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Title: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Matt on May 8, 2006, 09:55 PM
Just announced at Sony's E3 conference:

November 17 US launch

All units will have built in hard drives

$499 for 20GB HDD
$599 for 60GB HDD

Plays Blu-Ray discs (movies and games), and is fully backwards-compatible with the PS2 (standard DVD movies, DVD-ROM PS2 games, CD-ROM PS2 games, CD-ROM PSX games, audio CDs)

Ships with a wireless controller that looks exactly like the Dual Shock, but is, uh, wireless, and has motion-control sensors
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: BillCable on May 8, 2006, 10:11 PM
I just hope I can find one...
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Rob on May 8, 2006, 10:40 PM
$600.00?

Blu-ray or not

****. that.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Scott on May 8, 2006, 10:46 PM
That's about the same price as what you pay for a PC, correct?

Why don't they just focus on making a PC that can hook to your TV?  Or a Laptop type thing that you can bring with you to other people's homes

Why not have an iTunesesque gaming store where you can rent games from Sony for $10 a week or buy them for $50

$600  ::)
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Matt on May 8, 2006, 10:53 PM
Two things are very important here, guys:

One:

It's $499.  You can get into a PS3, with a 20GB hard drive, and get a Blu-Ray player, for less than $500.  And 20GB is a lot--the first XBoxes had 20GB hard drives standard.  I've had mine for four years and haven't come close to filling it up yet.

Two:

My birthday is November 14, just three days before this thing comes out, so please remember that and keep me in mind, because THERE AIN'T NO ******' WAY I'M PAYING $500 FOR A VIDEO GAME CONSOLE.

That's all.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Scott on May 8, 2006, 11:02 PM
(http://nes.captainn.net/img/hrd_acc_rob_02.jpg)

Would you pay $500 if it came with a Robot and a couple of games?

*Sidebar OCB History
I actually had a ROB robot in my house
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Diddly on May 8, 2006, 11:05 PM
Yikes, I'll wait until this time next year when they're $300.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Matt on May 8, 2006, 11:07 PM
*Sidebar OCB History
I actually had a ROB robot in my house

I had R.O.B., too!  How cool it was. . .  for about five minutes.  I had more fun with the little gyroscope spinner things than I did the robot itself. 
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Matt on May 8, 2006, 11:08 PM
Yikes, I'll wait until this time next year when they're $300.

Would you like to make a wager that they're not gonna be $300 by this time next year?
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Matt on May 8, 2006, 11:21 PM
http://www.scei.co.jp/corporate/release/pdf/060509c.pdf
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Scott on May 8, 2006, 11:24 PM
Think I'll be able to hook my iPod up to the PS3?  What about my cell phone?  What about if I want to play Super Macho Man with my Power Glove?
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Diddly on May 8, 2006, 11:37 PM
Yikes, I'll wait until this time next year when they're $300.

Would you like to make a wager that they're not gonna be $300 by this time next year?

No, because knowing my luck I'll cave and buy one for full price, and the week after I get it the price will lower. :-\
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Rob on May 8, 2006, 11:43 PM
Watch Xbox run a sale on 360's the same week PS3's come out - that's what I'll be watching for, since I've been wanting to buy one anyway.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Matt on May 8, 2006, 11:46 PM
60GB (http://media.ps3.ign.com/articles/705/705880/img_3580724.html) has an HDMI out; the 20GB (http://media.ps3.ign.com/articles/705/705880/img_3580718.html) does not.

Front (http://media.ps3.ign.com/articles/705/705880/img_3580712.html)
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: DSJ™ on May 8, 2006, 11:47 PM
Hmmm, another eBay sellers market I see.  :-X
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Ryan on May 8, 2006, 11:48 PM
Watch Xbox run a sale on 360's the same week PS3's come out - that's what I'll be watching for, since I've been wanting to buy one anyway.

Apparently Bill Gates has said they plan on releasing Halo 3 at the same time as PS3 just to smite them.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Matt on May 8, 2006, 11:58 PM
Think I'll be able to hook my iPod up to the PS3?  What about my cell phone?  What about if I want to play Super Macho Man with my Power Glove?

What about if you stop asking stupid questions?
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Scott on May 9, 2006, 12:03 AM
 >:(
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Matt on May 9, 2006, 12:13 AM
Apparently Bill Gates has said they plan on releasing Halo 3 at the same time as PS3 just to smite them.

Smite?  Or spite?

Both are feasible, I suppose, but using the words "smite" and "Bill Gates" anywhere near each other is more than a little scary.  Dude has enough power as it is. 

And there isn't any way that Halo 3 is gonna be ready by November.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Ryan on May 9, 2006, 12:19 AM
Smite. I just had a wee-little brain fart there. Finals will do that I suppose.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: jokabofe on May 9, 2006, 12:23 AM
Watch Xbox run a sale on 360's the same week PS3's come out - that's what I'll be watching for, since I've been wanting to buy one anyway.

Actually, I've heard rumors that Microsoft is sitting on quite a number of units of the 360, waiting for PS3 to drop so they can ship them all... this way, when you go to the store to buy a new PS3 and they don't have any, they can offer the 360 instead. And since they are still quite hard to find - at least in my neck of the woods - this scheme will probably work.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Jesse James on May 9, 2006, 12:25 AM
I'm just waiting things out I think...  They all are looking/sounding great, it's become a headache just deciding what I want.  Even the Nintendo's sounded promising to me in ways.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: DSJ™ on May 9, 2006, 12:26 AM
Live Update Of E3 Sony Conference by PSPCrazy Himself! (http://pspcrazy.com/?page=Story&id=967)
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Matt on May 9, 2006, 12:31 AM
Smite. I just had a wee-little brain fart there. Finals will do that I suppose.

Again, I say. . .  smite?  You sure?

'Cause to me, smiting is more like, **** that God does.  "I'm gonna lay your soul to waste, sinner!" and all that crap.  I just don't know that I like the idea of Bill Gates having that kind of power.

Whereas spite is less a physical action, and more of a mental or psychological thing, except in terms of the phrase "cut off your nose to spite your face," which is more just an expression than anything, but there must be some true story behind it, or it wouldn't have become an expression in the first place.

What were we talking about?
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: jokabofe on May 9, 2006, 12:44 AM
Even the Nintendo's sounded promising to me in ways.

Yeah, until they changed the name of it...  ::)
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Jesse James on May 9, 2006, 12:46 AM
Wheeeeeeee!  I can't wait. :)  To me, nothing screams fun like it.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: jokabofe on May 9, 2006, 12:48 AM
I think it's ridiculous. The Nintendo Revolution was a great name for a game system and then they went and changed it.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Rob on May 9, 2006, 01:20 AM
It should have been spite if you want to use the expression.

As for the notion of some kind of a sale on the 360 with Halo 3 on the shelves... that's where my oodles of money would be going that weekend.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Angry Ewok on May 9, 2006, 01:24 AM
I'm broke, so I think I'll just pick up a PS2 Greatest Hit and pretend I'm playing the PS3.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: ruiner on May 9, 2006, 09:14 AM
$500 is not bad considering you get a Blu-Ray player.  I just saw a Toshiba HD-DVD player at Best Buy for $499.

The 360 is what, $400 ($500 loaded)?

Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Darth_Anton on May 9, 2006, 09:30 AM
I good friend of mine from Highschool, whom I visit yearly in NC, designed the main processing chip for the PS3. He promises that the unit is going to blow all other gaming away.

Incidentally, the Government came in and stole his chip design to use in guided missiles.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Jayson on May 9, 2006, 09:38 AM
Great. Now Iran will try to acquire our PS3's to get the components for their Nuke delivery systems  ;)
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Matt on May 9, 2006, 09:55 AM
To me, nothing screams fun like it.

Nothing? (http://www.rebelscum.com/dlr06.asp)

 :-\

Nintendo's gonna rock the house, and we're gonna find out exactly how much so in a couple of hours during their press conference.  The name's a little goofy, but going from being interested in it when it was the Revolution, to being, uh, not interested in the Wii, is even more stupid than the name itself. 
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Rob on May 9, 2006, 10:20 AM
The 360 is what, $400 ($500 loaded)?

The 360 is $300, $400 loaded - and the loaded one has a lot of extra stuff - if the only difference between the different PS3's is the hard-drive, it's not worth it. 

And in my experience, playing DVD's on a Playstation just wears them out faster - but that could have been coincidence.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: ruiner on May 9, 2006, 10:24 AM
It's possible to wear out a DVD?

Can the 360 play Blu-Ray?  I think the whole spin Sony is trying to put on the PS3 is that it's your all in one multi-media unit.

I'm sold.

Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Matt on May 9, 2006, 10:30 AM
if the only difference between the different PS3's is the hard-drive, it's not worth it.

Another difference (that I posted earlier) is that the $500 20GB model will NOT have an HDMI output, and the $600 60GB model will. 

May not sound like a big deal, but it's huge if you've got a TV with an HDMI input, or are planning to buy one any time soon.  It's different than what Microsoft did, where the Core and Premium units themselves are identical.  Sony is intentionally crippling the cheaper hardware, to basically force people into getting the more-expensive model.

Quote from: Ruiner
Can the 360 play Blu-Ray?

No.  Blu-Ray is a Sony thing.  Microsoft has said that they'll be coming out with an HD-DVD add-on at some point in the future.  We'll probably find out more about it today.

Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Angry Ewok on May 9, 2006, 11:03 AM
It's possible to wear out a DVD?

I think he's saying playing DVD's on the Playstation wears the Playstation out faster. Playing Audi CD's and PS1 discs is said to wear it out quicker, too... I know my PS2 won't even accept anything but DVD-Rom PS2 discs.

Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: ruiner on May 9, 2006, 11:08 AM
Well I'm in trouble then.  My PS2 doubles as my son's DVD player.  You can imagine how much it gets used.

Hell, I don't even play video games on it anymore!

 :P
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Cory Chaos on May 9, 2006, 11:33 AM
PS2's aren't designed to double as DVD players.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Rob on May 9, 2006, 11:36 AM
PS2's aren't designed to double as DVD players.

Then why do they play DVD's?
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Matt on May 9, 2006, 11:39 AM
PS2's aren't designed to double as DVD players.

(http://images.dvdtalk.com/images/smilies/lol.gif)

Didn't you use your PS2 as your main DVD player for a time?

(http://images.dvdtalk.com/images/smilies/lol.gif)
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: BillCable on May 9, 2006, 11:51 AM
PS2's aren't designed to double as DVD players.

(http://images.dvdtalk.com/images/smilies/lol.gif)

Didn't you use your PS2 as your main DVD player for a time?

(http://images.dvdtalk.com/images/smilies/lol.gif)

I still use my PS2 as my primary DVD player.  I have a launch model, and I've never once had a problem.  Who said it's not supposed to double as a DVD player?
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Matt on May 9, 2006, 12:02 PM
Who said it's not supposed to double as a DVD player?

Only Cory, as usual.

Guess it's time for you to go buy a new standalone player, Bill.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Matt on May 9, 2006, 01:54 PM
Nintendo's gonna rock the house, and we're gonna find out exactly how much so in a couple of hours during their press conference.  The name's a little goofy, but going from being interested in it when it was the Revolution, to being, uh, not interested in the Wii, is even more stupid than the name itself. 

Nintendo's press conference just wrapped up.  They didn't get specific like Sony did regarding pricing and date, just that the Wii (yes, that is the real name) will be cheaper than the other two consoles (as if it could be any more expensive), and that it would be available in the fourth quarter.

Other tidbits:

Zelda: Twilight Princess will come in two flavors: GameCube and Wii, and both will be available day-and-date with the Wii, on the Wii launch.  This is huge.

Super Mario Galaxy is the Mario game for the Wii

Metroid Prime 3 is gonna be on the Wii

Wii Sports is a launch title which includes tennis, golf, and baseball, and which looks like it will be really fun with the new controller and multiplayer

Bunch of new franchise games for the DS: Starfox, Yoshi's Island 2, Mario Hoops, Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2, Final Fantasy III, others

The new controllers make the "motion-sensoring" on the PS3s controllers look like an absolute joke.  They've got little speakers on them, which will correlate with the on-screen action, and they have a rumble feature, which Sony's "new" controller will not

Big emphasis on the feel of the games as opposed to the graphics

Even bigger emphasis on getting non-gamers involved

Very, very impressive stuff




Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Jeff on May 9, 2006, 02:07 PM
Other tidbits:

Zelda: Twilight Princess will come in two flavors: GameCube and Wii, and both will be available day-and-date with the Wii, on the Wii launch.  This is huge.

Sweet... that means my GameCube isn't quite obsolete yet.   :)

The PS3 intrigues me (as did the XBox, the Xbox360, and PS2 before it), but I think when it comes down to it, I'm a Nintendo guy.

I love Zelda.
I love Mario/Luigi/et al.
I love Samus.
I love DK.

I'm more of a recreational gamer than a hard-core d00d.  Sure, I miss out on "cool" games now and again, but junk like BMXXX or Halo or GTA or RE or whatever isn't really my thing anyway...   I'm much happier with my Nintendo fare.

And hey - if you haven't played any version of Mario Party as a drinking game, you are totally missing out.

So, until I can get some Mario love on the PS3, I'll have to pass...


Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Rob on May 9, 2006, 02:21 PM
I'm more of a recreational gamer than a hardcore dude too - but by the time it's all said and done I always end up with each of the big-3 consoles.  It's not about the platform for me, it's about the game.  I bought an Xbox for the variety and to start with Medal of Honor, then I bought a Gamecube (with some helpful advice from Matt on getting the good bundle) for Zelda and Resident Evil Zero, and I finished up by buying a PS2 for King's Field and the remaining Resident Evil games.

That's not to say I don't find lots of other games I want to play - but I'm not above buying all the different hardware (eventually).




Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Matt on May 9, 2006, 02:27 PM
I'll eventually have 'em all, too--I'm a console agnostic--but I'm a hell of a lot more excited about the Wii than anything else at this point.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Jeff on May 9, 2006, 02:42 PM
Up until the first Playstation, I had pretty much everything - PS, Sega Genesis, N64, SNES, NES, and some other stuff mixed in there too.  For some reason, I never bought a Dreamcast... then I skipped the PS2... then the X-Box, etc.

I just don't have as much time to devote to video games as I did back in the olden days... funny that my gaming decreased just as my "dorky star wars website" career started up.  :P


Anyway, yeah - PS3 is cool and all but I'm saving my cash for the Revolution... er, Wii.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Matt on May 9, 2006, 03:37 PM
Grand Theft Auto IV: October 16, 2007

PS3 and 360

360 will have "exclusive downloadable episodic content"
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Rob on May 9, 2006, 03:38 PM
I just don't have as much time to devote to video games as I did back in the olden days...

I don't either - probably 1/3rd of the 50 or so games I've bought since 4 years ago when I bought my first of the current generation consoles are still wrapped in plastic.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Cory Chaos on May 9, 2006, 04:08 PM
PS2's aren't designed to double as DVD players.

Then why do they play DVD's?

I thought it was fairly obvious that by what I said, it was implied they weren't designed to be EVERYDAY USE DVD PLAYERS, but I guess not, so here;

Quote
PS2's aren't designed to double as everyday use DVD players.

Clarification complete.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Matt on May 9, 2006, 04:12 PM
(Pssst, Cory:

(http://www.dutchonlinetrade.com/techtronic/images/295big.jpg)

These weren't intended to be used to play games with. . .  pass it on. . .)
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: S_A_Longhorn on May 9, 2006, 04:24 PM
I'll be picking one up, but I am not happy about the prices, $500 or $600!!!

Everytime a new gen system comes out it jumps $150-200.  This hobby is getting too expensive and pricing out the kids.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Diddly on May 9, 2006, 05:44 PM
Grand Theft Auto IV: October 16, 2007

PS3 and 360

360 will have "exclusive downloadable episodic content"

Those sneaky bastards.

Good thing I'll eventually have all 3 systems, with the Wii possibly being bought first.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Angry Ewok on May 9, 2006, 08:41 PM
I'm digging the Halo and Bonus GTA stuff, so for the first time I'm actually considering XBOX over PS3... but I won't be an online gamer. So the whole MP thing is lost on me. I'll probably just wait for the price to dip before I even try to decide which of the two I want.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: BillCable on May 9, 2006, 09:41 PM
I thought it was fairly obvious that by what I said, it was implied they weren't designed to be EVERYDAY USE DVD PLAYERS, but I guess not, so here;

Quote
PS2's aren't designed to double as everyday use DVD players.

Clarification complete.

So, they're designed to spin video game disks every day, but not DVD movie disks?  A task that takes significantly fewer system resources?

While you're at it, do you have anything else you'd like to pull out of your ass?
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: jjks on May 10, 2006, 04:42 AM

(http://www.dutchonlinetrade.com/techtronic/images/295big.jpg)

These weren't intended to be used to play games with. . . 

****. That explains why I had such a hard time beating SOCOM.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: ruiner on May 10, 2006, 10:45 AM

I just don't have as much time to devote to video games as I did back in the olden days... funny that my gaming decreased just as my "dorky star wars website" career started up.  :P



Wait til those twins show up!

Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Scott on November 16, 2006, 09:11 AM
I saw people camped out at Best Buy on two nights ago already...then I saw an article in Minne paper stating that only 20 were going to be available per store...what if you camped out for 4 days and were #21
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Jeff on November 16, 2006, 10:03 AM
My local Target last night was nuts...  three separate groups of people camping out.   :o

1 - People camping out for the Exclusive "Cities 97 CD Sampler" (promo from a local radio station) that was released today

2 - People camped out for PS3 (Friday)

3 - People camped out for Wii (Sunday)
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Matt on November 16, 2006, 10:40 AM
what if you camped out for 4 days and were #21

More than likely, those people are just scalpers "opportunists," looking to make a quick buck on eBay, so boo-*******-hoo if they don't get "their" system.  Cry me a river.

Maybe they can find some TMX Elmos or something to scalp instead.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: BrentS on November 16, 2006, 11:43 AM
I've been calling around town.  All the local stores have people camping out for the PS3.  Most stores are only getting SIX systems...  There will be many disappointed people. 
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: ruiner on November 16, 2006, 12:22 PM
Jesus, PS3's are going for $2100+ on ebay - why would you keep it if you scored one?!

I have to commend ebay a little for their new requirements for selling the new video game systems - even though they're easy to get around, their intent is honorable.

Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Master_Phruby on November 16, 2006, 01:15 PM
What are their new requirements?
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Darth Gamboa on November 16, 2006, 01:34 PM
I was at the Super Wal-Mart in Palmdale last night, and the PS3 crowd there was getting out of control. The cops showed up and they closed down the store (normally 24 hour).
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: ruiner on November 16, 2006, 01:34 PM
1. Must have a Feedback of 50 or more.
2. My Feedback score must be 98% or above.
3. I may only list one system. I may list 1 PlayStation 3 and 1 Nintendo Wii with a photo of my pre-order receipt for each system.
4. I must accept PayPal as my only payment option.
5. I must include a photo of my receipt in the listing.
6. No Buy It Now will be allowed.
7. No one day listings will be allowed.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: MetalJedi on November 16, 2006, 02:21 PM
1. Must have a Feedback of 50 or more.
2. My Feedback score must be 98% or above.
3. I may only list one system. I may list 1 PlayStation 3 and 1 Nintendo Wii with a photo of my pre-order receipt for each system.
4. I must accept PayPal as my only payment option.
5. I must include a photo of my receipt in the listing.
6. No Buy It Now will be allowed.
7. No one day listings will be allowed.

I believe that's only for preorders. They'll probably update it for when they hit on Friday.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: MetalJedi on November 16, 2006, 02:38 PM
This (http://cgi.ebay.com/SONY-PLAYSTATION-3-PS3-60GB-Premium-System-NIB-NR_W0QQitemZ180050827536QQihZ008QQcategoryZ62054QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) is crazy!
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Brian on November 16, 2006, 04:16 PM
Wow, that's just nuts.  Some people have way too much money I guess :).  Its crazy how some people just have to have it "right now" too.  I've heard that these will be pretty limited at launch, but you know eventually they'll be easier to get.  Why not save the $9,500.00 by waiting a little while :).
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: ruiner on November 16, 2006, 05:23 PM
Odds are half the people who bid these things up have no intention of paying.  During lunch, I watched a PS3 end at $4050 - won by some guy with no feedback. 

Coincidentally, he was one of the bidders on that $10K PS3 (and many more I suspect).

Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: DSJ™ on November 16, 2006, 09:37 PM
So eBay has kinda cracked down on the Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii Pre-Sales (http://www2.ebay.com/aw/core/200610.shtml#2006-10-24174743).

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October 25, 2006 | 08:15AM PST/PT

Here are two listing policy clarifications that we are implementing effective immediately:
Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii Pre-Sales. These highly-anticipated video game consoles will be in extremely short supply during their initial launch. During the launch of the similarly-released Microsoft Xbox 360, we saw a high number of well-intentioned sellers unable to meet their pre-sale obligations to buyers due to restricted supply, as well as an increase in fraudulent listings for these items. To prevent similar problems with these latest releases, the following restrictions have been placed on pre-sales for the PS3 and the Wii:

Only one of each console can be listed per eBay account prior to the launch of the console (PS3 is expected to be available on 11/17/06, Wii on 11/19/06).
The seller must only accept payment through PayPal, and have at least 50 feedback with a 98% or greater positive rating so that they qualify for PayPal Buyer Protection.
The pre-sale item must be listed in the 3, 5, 7 or 10-day formats, and cannot use Buy It Now.
The listing must include a photo of your pre-order receipt in the description.


So you want a Nintendo Wii & can't wait! Do what Cartman did on Southpark, season 10 episode Go, God. Go! Part II & XII (http://allsp.com/). If you remember the late 70's & early 80's, you'll catch it! (http://www.telusplanet.net/public/djustus/rotfl.gif)
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: EdSolo on November 17, 2006, 07:27 AM
My brother-in-law bought four Xbox 360's last year on ebay.  He managed to resell three of them for a high enough profit to pay for the fourth one.

PS3 and Wii are going to go crazy after this weekend.  Personally, I plan on buying a Wii, but I have no problem waiting until I can find one in a store.  I have too much stuff to do this weekend so I doubt I'll be able to pick one up on Sunday (assuming I could find one anyways).
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Hemish on November 17, 2006, 08:10 AM
Thats just stupidity at its finest.
Half of those bids were from people with zero or negative feedback, tell me there was no shill bidding in that auction.
Idiots with way too much money.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: EdSolo on November 17, 2006, 08:31 AM
This (http://cgi.ebay.com/SONY-PLAYSTATION-3-PS3-60GB-Premium-System-NIB-NR_W0QQitemZ180050827536QQihZ008QQcategoryZ62054QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) is crazy!

That is nothing, check this one out.

PS3 (http://cgi.ebay.com/Playstation-3-PS3-60GB-Free-Overnight-Shipping-Blu-ray_W0QQitemZ150059269467QQihZ005QQcategoryZ62054QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: MetalJedi on November 17, 2006, 02:03 PM
This (http://cgi.ebay.com/SONY-PLAYSTATION-3-PS3-60GB-Premium-System-NIB-NR_W0QQitemZ180050827536QQihZ008QQcategoryZ62054QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) is crazy!

That is nothing, check this one out.

PS3 (http://cgi.ebay.com/Playstation-3-PS3-60GB-Free-Overnight-Shipping-Blu-ray_W0QQitemZ150059269467QQihZ005QQcategoryZ62054QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)

LOL! Funny how half of those people that bid are no longer registered users. Ebay must be cracking down.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: DSJ™ on November 19, 2006, 05:36 AM
Robbers prey on PlayStation 3 buyers (http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/11/17/playstation.ap/index.html)

(http://images.southparkstudios.com/media/images/1013/1013_wii_discovery.jpg)

 :D
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Brian on November 20, 2006, 12:24 PM
I was kind of surprised to see all the people camping out here in Nebraska for these too.  I know I heard of it around the country, but there were 8-10 tents at Best Buy (and 2 at the Target across the street) the day before the PS3 was released - and we then saw probably 5 or so at Best Buy on Saturday likely awaiting the Wii on Sunday.

Anyways, is anyone here picking up one of the "next gen" systems - the 360, PS3, or Wii?  If so, which one are you hoping to get (now or eventually)?  Just curious what the general consensus is on the gaming systems, and which one everyone is clamoring for.  The price aspect puts me towards the Wii, if any of them, eventually - but I'm curious which one will "win" the console wars.  It seems like Playstation has the name brand loyalty that Nintendo once had in the NES/SNES days, but maybe that will change.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Morgbug on November 20, 2006, 12:44 PM
I'm no gaming guy for the most part, but we tend to have a console around most of the time.  If we buy one it will probably be the Wii.  Pricepoint and certain games will drive that, plus the reports thus far of backwards compatibility have some appeal to me.  All we have in the house right now is a Gameboy.  I guess we're mostly a Nintendo family.  Any games I do play that the wife has no interest in are done on the computer but a separate system is cool too. 

I'm wondering if Nintendo won't win due to the seemingly greater availability of consoles combined with the lower pricing.  PS3 doesn't really seem that expensive to me once you factor in the inclusion of a blue-ray DVD player.  Up here the larger hard drive version is running $600+ I think and a straight blue-ray player is still well over $800, so why not get a bonus gaming system?  I'd be curious to hear how they set their specific target markets though.  Seems like Xbox and Wii are after broader, more generic markets while the PS3 market is the true gaming fanatics.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Brian on November 20, 2006, 12:50 PM
That's a good point about the Blu-Ray player Brent.  When I was talking about the systems with the Mrs., I mentioned that people are really just saying "$600 for video games" when it really isn't too bad of a deal when you consider the Blu-Ray player as well.  But, still, the price overall keeps us away - we just can't afford that.  I'm not a huge gamer by any means either, but I always kind of like to have a console around.  I went with the Gamecube last time due to it being cheaper, at the time having Star Wars titles like Rogue Leader, and wanting to get back to the "fun" Nintendo gaming of my youth.  Now I'm still happy with the cube, but it really did start lacking in games after awhile while the other two systems seemed to get almost everything (outside of exclusive titles).  I don't know if we'll ever have one of these consoles in the house or not, we'll see.  I've thought about just getting some sort of handheld system instead too, but I've never actually owned one of those.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Rob on November 21, 2006, 10:42 AM
And the scam auctions are out in full force.

And the idiots not reading the message are as well.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=020&sspagename=STRK%3AMESO%3AIT&viewitem=&item=300050305788&rd=1&rd=1

There is a second identical listing up there... I just reported it.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: Dressel Rebel on November 21, 2006, 10:54 AM
I love Playstation and have PS2, but I haven't really been into any games since Battlefront 2 and Madden and haven't played in months.

I may buy a PS3 but not for at least 6 months, maybe longer.  A couple games are gonna have to come out to motivate me, probably Star Wars.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: name on November 21, 2006, 11:36 AM
And the scam auctions are out in full force.

And the idiots not reading the message are as well.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=020&sspagename=STRK%3AMESO%3AIT&viewitem=&item=300050305788&rd=1&rd=1

There is a second identical listing up there... I just reported it.


That's sad.

Not as sad, though, as the bastards running XBox 360 Box auctions at the peak of that scalper frenzy.  Part of me can't feel sorry for someone who can't tell the difference in a PS3 auction and 3 Playstations with no photos.  The XBox 360 Box auctions though, with a photo of the box were just visciously deceptive.
Title: Re: Sony PS3: 11/17/06, $499/$599
Post by: JoshEEE on November 22, 2006, 02:12 PM
Had to post this here. Good news for gamers, bad news for scalpers.

http://www.joystiq.com/2006/11/22/next-gen-auction-prices-fall-as-supplies-increase/

Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Matt on July 5, 2007, 04:49 PM
Rumors running rampant of a $100 price drop on the PS3 within a matter of days. . .
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on July 5, 2007, 05:48 PM
I'm sure they're thinking E3 announcement.  A price cut would be welcome.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Matt on July 5, 2007, 06:51 PM
Here's a scan from the Sunday, July 15th Circuit City ad:

(http://img240.imageshack.us/img240/2867/ps3pricecutjw8.jpg)

Hopefully this means that Microsoft will follow suit. . .
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on July 6, 2007, 09:26 AM
That's not a bad price considering most Blu-Ray players are close to that.

Nintendo played their cards right - I still haven't seen one at retail.

Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Madcow on July 6, 2007, 11:34 AM
So is the 20gb coming down as well?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: S_A_Longhorn on July 6, 2007, 12:30 PM
So is the 20gb coming down as well?

That price break is for the 60GB version.  Sony no longer makes the 20GB version since retailers only carried the 60GB version.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Diddly on July 13, 2007, 03:16 PM
Sony dropping 60GB PS3, replacing it with $600 80GB (http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=26704)

This is one of the STUPIDEST things I have ever heard. Sony announces a price drop on their system, getting people talking about it, and then a week later they yank it and replace it with the new $600 version, basically putting them back at square one. All the more reason to buy a Wii or a 360. At this rate, the PS3 may end up being a bigger bomb than the Dreamcast.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Jesse James on July 14, 2007, 02:15 AM
I'm a bit confused on the 360 at this point...  IS the thing actually  having a price drop, or no?  The Sony thing's sparked a lot of talk but I can't seemingly get a straight answer on whether or not the 360 is price dropping soon.  I'd like to pick one up, even have a giftcard to kill some of the price of one, but I'd like to wait till it's cheaper if they are dropping the price.

I'd like a Wii too but damned if I could find one even.  ::)  So 360's on my radar, I just gotta figure out what it's going to cost me if I wait a little while.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on July 14, 2007, 03:29 AM
Don't buy an xbox360 before they start shipping the 65nm systems.  Presumably, they'll have the defect that's causing RROD failures resolved in them.  Every unit shipped to date has a potentially fatal design flaw, which is why they extended the warranty to 3 years.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Jesse James on July 14, 2007, 08:38 PM
Yeah I've been waiting because of that too...  Found an announcement from MS about no price breaks for the 360 to compete, so that answered my question on that too...  GUess I play the waiting game to see if they go on sale around the holidays.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Brian on October 18, 2007, 02:55 PM
Cheaper PS3 on the way (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071018/ap_on_hi_te/sony_playstation).  It is still the most expensive of the next gen consoles ($399), will be 40 gig, and won't play PS2 games (apparently due to a more extensive lineup of PS3 games).
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on October 18, 2007, 03:29 PM
Give me a 60GB with backwards compatibility for $399 and we'll talk.

Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on March 20, 2008, 10:46 AM
I started playing Heavenly Sword on Monday.  I finished it last night.  That's just ridiculously short.  I liked a lot of it, but I was really underwhelmed by quite a few things.  The production values would have been stunning had there not been inexcusable flaws like framerate drops during cutscenes and really poor lip sync problems.  On a game that was supposed to be interactive cinema, you'd think they would have nailed those two elements.  The acting was fantastic, but I kept being pulled out every time the lips moved half a second before the words.  And there were just odd cuts in the action.  You fight the snake woman, then all of a sudden you're face-down and the main baddie is standing over you?  Couldn't they have shown why?  Did you pass out from exhaustion?  Was the army hiding?  And I was upset by the part where Kia got the last shot off on another boss.  You see a "shoot" prompt, sort of line up, hit the button, but it doesn't show the shot flying and hitting like every other shot in the game... it cuts to the boss with an arrow in his head.  All that sort of stuff made it feel rushed.

I turned off motion sensing for the after touch on projectiles almost immediately.  It was much better to use the left analog for that.  I wasn't all that impressed on how the motion sensing worked for anything in the game.  Ratchet and Clank was MUCH more polished in that respect.  Actually, R&C was letter-perfect in motion sensing, and all other developers should use it as a model.

It was a fun diversion, but certainly not a top game like Uncharted.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on March 24, 2008, 11:50 PM
The latest firmware update just became available on the PSN.  It's version 2.20, and it makes the PS3 BD-Live compliant.  There are a few Blu-rays that use BD-Live already (War, Saw IV, and Enchanted are the three that I know of), and this update makes the PS3 the first Blu-ray player capable of using those features.  This shows yet again that the PS3 is an amazing piece of hardware.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on March 26, 2008, 11:15 PM
Metal Gear Solid 4 already sold out in Japan! (http://www.ps3fanboy.com/2008/03/25/japanese-metal-gear-solid-4-bundle-sells-out/)

That's almost 3 months before the game is even released!   ;D
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on April 3, 2008, 10:36 PM
I picked up Burnout: Paradise this week off eBay, and it's every bit as fun as it ever was.  The graphics are insane.  I'm still learning the map, but so far it's great.  And my daughter loves driving around and wrecking into stuff.

I've also been playing Stranglehold.  I'm not all that impressed by the graphics, and there are some bad framerate drops when things are destructing, but it's still an blast to play.

So does anybody else here even own a PS3?  Feels like I'm talking to myself.   ;)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: CaptainYoda on April 4, 2008, 10:52 AM
So does anybody else here even own a PS3?  Feels like I'm talking to myself.   ;)


Not yet, but soon. Probably around when GTA:IV comes out.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on April 4, 2008, 10:57 AM

So does anybody else here even own a PS3?  Feels like I'm talking to myself.   ;)

You're the only one Bill.  My addiction to Wii Sports has prevented me from even thinking about the PS3.

 :D
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on April 4, 2008, 11:06 AM
So does anybody else here even own a PS3?  Feels like I'm talking to myself.   ;)

I'm waiting for the next price drop.  Still too pricey for me.  I didn't get my PS2 till 02 so I can wait another year or two.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Matt on April 4, 2008, 11:24 AM
I'm waiting until there's something actually worth playing on it.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on April 4, 2008, 12:53 PM
I'm waiting for the next price drop in December. $299!!!!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on April 7, 2008, 12:31 AM
Here you go, fence sitters:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0014WJ78E

When you consider you get $70 in games (MGS4 + PAIN), a Dualshock3 controller, and a high-end Blu-ray player, it's the bargain of the century!   ;)

BTW, PAIN is the best $10 game I've ever purchased.  I couldn't tell you how many hours I've wasted playing that thing.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: MetalJedi on April 7, 2008, 03:11 AM
I'm waiting until there's something actually worth playing on it.

I have to agree. I've played a few games on it and they haven't grabbed me. Hopefully they'll announce something good down the road for me to drop that kind of cash on another console.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on April 7, 2008, 09:56 AM
Uncharted is one of the best, if not the best game of this generation so far.  And Ratchet & Clank Future is the best game in a very strong series.  Those two games alone were worth the price of admission to me.  If you don't think there's anything worth playing, you must have a very narrow interpretation of what makes a good game.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on April 7, 2008, 12:15 PM
The problem for me, beyond the price, is the lack of E rated games. My wife and I restrict my son (who is eight) from playing any games that are rated T or higher. Since the PS3 seems to have a huge number of shooters that are either T or M it doesn't seem worth it to me to buy the system at its price until a larger number of kid friendly games are available.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: S_A_Longhorn on April 7, 2008, 12:23 PM
Most games you buy from the PS Store are kid-friendly.  Puzzle, racing, arcade space shooters games.  Sony has really done a great job with the online store.  Stardust, Pain, Everyday Shooter are all highly recommended games, along with Puzzle Fighter, Calling All Cars. etc.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on April 7, 2008, 12:43 PM
The Wii is the king of kiddie games, no question there.  But my daughter (6 years old) has gotten a lot of play on the PS3 out of Lego Star Wars, Ratchet & Clank, Burnout, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Matt on April 7, 2008, 04:41 PM
Uncharted is one of the best, if not the best game of this generation so far.  And Ratchet & Clank Future is the best game in a very strong series.  Those two games alone were worth the price of admission to me.  If you don't think there's anything worth playing, you must have a very narrow interpretation of what makes a good game.

Uncharted looks interesting, but no multiplayer kills it for me.  Same reason I won't buy Bioshock. 

Ratchet and Clank--have heard great things, but have never been interested in that franchise.

For me to drop four or five Franklins on a system, there's gotta be something I just really have to play, and right now, there's just not.  Maybe when God of War 3 comes out, then we'll talk.  Until then, sorry, Sony.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Jesse James on April 7, 2008, 04:48 PM
I'm in the same boat as Matt on the PS3...  I seriously looked at it when I was considering a new system last Fall, and the things that made the decision easy were the lack of games that interested me on the PS3 and the Wii's simple lack of availability (coupled with it being a gimmick I'd maybe like, but wasn't sure I'd really get into).  I was glad then that I got my 360 and haven't regretted it.

If I had a ton of cash to blow left and right, I'd probably buy a PS3 just because...  For me though, I had to have the gaming library I was going to be interested in.  PS whores the Metal Gear series and that's one I just never liked much either...  It's amazing that in this day and age, the games available can still be what sway you from one system to another.  I figured that, by now, it would be more a matter of taste on the console itself.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on April 7, 2008, 05:07 PM
Quote
I figured that, by now, it would be more a matter of taste on the console itself.

It's getting there IMO. 

I'm not an avid gamer, but a lot of 'big' franchises are no longer exclusive - the entire Sega library, Grand Theft Auto - it's just a matter of time before Sony let's Microsoft have Metal Gear Solid.

Honestly, I don't think there's a reason to buy a PS3 over an X-Box these days.  I think the conversation here that Bill's having with himself pretty much mirrors what's going on 'outside.'

Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: jjks on April 7, 2008, 05:35 PM
There's just nothing out on the PS3 that gives me any desire to pick one up. Uncharted looks good, but definitely not even close to inspiring me enough to go out and get one. God of War 3 would be enough for me to buy one, but last I heard it wasn't even coming out this year. SOCOM is another title that could sway me, but not the version that's coming out this summer. I want a real one.

Sadly the new Rambo on Blu Ray is probably my biggest reason to get a PS3 right now, and that's just not reason enough. 360 is still drinking PS3's milkshake.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Jesse James on April 7, 2008, 05:56 PM
SOCOM and Turismo are the only games I ever liked on PS2 enough to make me want a PS2 (never got one, but may need to consider it actually now that they're cheap).  I agree Ruiner about the consoles getting there, I just figured by now they'd be there...  Game exclusivity isn't the HUGE draw to a console that it used to be I guess.

Wii's sort of extending Nintendo's life since they seemed doomed after the Gamecube...  They usually have the most exclusive gaming experience...  I loved my Gamecube honestly, but it just lost support after a while and never got more games.  The ones I have I think are fantastic though, so that's a shame.  I still tear up Bounty Hunter now and again...  It still ranks as one of my favorite SW games.  Top 5 at least.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: S_A_Longhorn on April 7, 2008, 06:08 PM
The main reason I bought my PS3 in Dec 2006 was because I had good experiences with my PS1 and PS2 console.  I never had problems with either system, and still have my original PS2 from 2002.  WIth the first PS3s being backwards compatiable, I saved up the money and bought it the first time I saw it.  Basically, I had faith in the brand.  And like others here, I wasn't excited by any of the games, so I didn't preorder one.  Besides, in 2005-2007, I was still playing Battlefront 2 online almost exclusively.  I continued to play that game the first couple of months on my PS3.

Once MotorStorm was reelased in Mmarch 2007, I played that game online non-stop for months.  I'm not much for exclusive games either (little personal interest in MGS, Gran Turismo, or GTA), but new franchises like UNCHARTED and HEAVELY SWORD are great games that make me happy I got the 60 GB PS3 early.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on April 7, 2008, 08:57 PM
God of War 3 is slated for 2009.

This year's big exclusive titles are:

Metal Gear Solid 4
Killzone 2
Resistance 2
Little Big Planet
Final Fantasy XIII
SOCOM: Confrontation

There's a bunch more, including some racing titles I don't know all that well, but those are the biggies.

BTW, the first review of Grand Theft Auto IV (http://www.gamerevolver.com/article-113-CGReviewcom-Full-GTA-Review-here.html) has popped up.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on April 7, 2008, 10:18 PM
Basically, I had faith in the brand. 

I can respect that sentiment.  I usually stick with Sony in regards to televisions, DVD players, etc.

Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on April 7, 2008, 11:14 PM
If you have an HDTV then the PS3 is a no-brainer.  Once you watch a movie on Blu-ray in 1080p, you'll never want to watch anything else.  And the games in HD are just stunning.

If you don't have an HDTV yet, then the PS3 is in a lot of ways wasted on your system.  The graphics are a lot nicer than the PS2 or Xbox, but you're only seeing about 25% of what it can do.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: S_A_Longhorn on April 8, 2008, 10:34 AM
Basically, I had faith in the brand. 

I can respect that sentiment.  I usually stick with Sony in regards to televisions, DVD players, etc.



TO clarify, I have faith in the Playstation brand.  Outside of my original PS2 and PS3, I have two other Sony products in my house.  One is a cassette Walkman (still works) and another is a 4-head VCR.  Outside of the PS3, the only other Sony item I use is the clock display on the VCR.  That works great!

Never owned a Sony TV or standard DVD player.  My 4 HDTVs are from 4 different companies.   :P
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on April 10, 2008, 08:55 PM
Check out what you get if you buy the DELUXE Metal Gear Solid bundle...

(http://ps3media.ign.com/ps3/image/article/865/865857/new-playstation-3-color-option-20080410023859179.jpg)

Limited edition gun metal gray finish.  It makes me wish I didn't already own one.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on April 11, 2008, 07:06 PM
Holy freakin' Hell... Sony goes to the mattresses!  (http://www.gameplayer.com.au/Home/NEWS/NEWS/tabid/1482/Default.aspx?CID=cc15aa90-e533-470a-a6ac-f0e47946bc45)

Sony is releasing a 40-Gig Grand Theft Auto 4 bundle in the UK and Australia at no additional cost over the standard 40-Gig console!  That's just brutal.  For people who don't already own a console, which do you choose?  PS3 with Blu-ray and GTA4, or 360 with el-zilcho?

Well played, Sony.  Well played.

I picked up a DualShock3 earlier this week.  It rumbles.  It's nice.  Can't wait to play MGS4 with it.   ;D
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Matt on April 14, 2008, 11:53 AM
Sony is releasing a 40-Gig Grand Theft Auto 4 bundle in the UK and Australia at no additional cost over the standard 40-Gig console!  That's just brutal.  For people who don't already own a console, which do you choose?  PS3 with Blu-ray and GTA4, or 360 with el-zilcho?

Well played, Sony.  Well played.

Anything they can do to try to counter Microsoft's exclusive downloadable content. . .
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on April 14, 2008, 08:40 PM
Yeah, I still don't understand that move my Microsoft.  They spent $50 million to get a 10-hour add-on quest that won't even be available for 6 months.  You'd think for $50 million they could have had the content ready on day one so it could be used as an actual selling point.  Now it's like... "And 6 months from now you'll be able to dust off this game that you haven't touched in forever and play it for another 10 hours... for only $19.95!!"  I don't know, maybe they're hoping it'll push consoles over Christmas.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Matt on April 15, 2008, 11:28 AM
Oh, Bill. . .  (http://images.dvdtalk.com/images/smilies/lol.gif)

I'd love to know what you'd say if the ball was in the other court and Sony had the DLC instead.  I'm sure you'd say the exact same thing, right? 
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on April 15, 2008, 11:41 AM
Seeing how I haven't purchased any of the DLC offered for any of the other games I own... ah-yup.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Matt on April 15, 2008, 11:49 AM
Right.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on April 15, 2008, 12:21 PM
I absolutely loved Oblivion.  I sunk at least 100 hours into it.  I played every side quest.  But I'm not going to drop the cash for Shivering Isles.  I haven't touched the game in months, and really am not that interested in picking it up again.

But hey, believe what you want.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Matt on April 15, 2008, 01:10 PM
You may not be interested in DLC, but you're the biggest Sony fanboy around, and I can't help but think that if the tables were turned, you'd rather Sony have that content than Microsoft, no matter if you were ever interested in it personally or not.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on April 15, 2008, 01:45 PM
Sure, it'd be nice for Sony to have it.  But they'd have to be pretty stupid to pay $50 million for it.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: S_A_Longhorn on April 15, 2008, 03:23 PM
How much did it cost to create GTA IV?  About $50 million?  The cost to produce the top-notch games are in the millions, but I don't think I've seen a single game cost that much.  Perhaps, based on the payouts thrown around for the HD movie market, that payout could/should have resulted in GTA IV being exclusive to the 360, it would be a bit more understandable.  But for some DLC?  Especially if the DLC isn't available for another 6 months?  Based on that time frame, Take Two probably only began work on it this year.

Nice to have, but I personally wouldn't pay more than $10 for any DLC.  I've purchased Warhawk, GHIII, Motorstorm and some complete games for less than $10.  I still have a problem paying anything for something I see as material that should have been in the original shipped game. :-\
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on April 24, 2008, 11:08 PM
Grand Theft Auto IV is just 5 days away.  Some comparison comments are in...

http://planetgrandtheftauto.gamespy.com/

You'll need to scroll down to Morning GTA IV News

The choice quote:

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Interesting indeed, I myself - who is a big fan of the Xbox 360 - will be getting the PlayStation 3 version, as I've read and heard personally from people who have played the game already that this version is undoubtedly superior to the Xbox 360. Granted, not as much that I would recommend going out to buy a PS3 console if you have a 360 already. Too bad that episodic content is Xbox exclusive, is Take-Two/Rockstar regretting that decision now?

It looks like Microsoft got to them and forced them to print an explanation of that quote, stating both "offer superior graphics" without stating which is better. But if there are differences, they won't be able to keep it quiet much longer.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: S_A_Longhorn on April 25, 2008, 10:04 AM
I've decieded to pick it up, since I'm done with my other action/adventure games (Uncharted, Sword, & Creed).

I'm really looking forward to the online multiplayer part of the game.

Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on April 26, 2008, 02:08 PM
IGN gave it straight 10s.  I don't think that's ever happened before.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on April 26, 2008, 02:39 PM
Bill... any idea if they'll make a GTA bundle with the PS3? Something similar to the Metal Gear, even?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on April 26, 2008, 04:08 PM
Only in the UK and Australia.  It's bundled with the 40.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: S_A_Longhorn on April 28, 2008, 05:42 PM
IGN gave it straight 10s.  I don't think that's ever happened before.

They are not the only ones:

IGN (100/100) (http://ps3.ign.com/articles/869/869541p1.html) - "For those wanting to know which version looks better, the edge goes to the PS3 ... Grand Theft Auto IV is one of the best games we've ever seen ... The only thing you need to know is that you have to play this game. Period."

 1UP (100/100) (http://www.1up.com/do/reviewPage?cId=3167589&p=37) - "The PS3 version has the slightest visual edge, plus motion-control support ... Liberty City is no longer just a place you explore outdoors, looking for stunt jumps or the thrill of a six-star wanted level after riling up the LCPD during missions. I spent hours of my week-long review session checking out the game's indoor attractions."

 GameTrailers (98/100) (http://www.gametrailers.com/gamereview.php?id=2924) - "Rockstar always has a knack for choosing just the right songs to set the tone of its games, and once again it's hit a homerun with Grand Theft Auto IV."[/list]

I copied the above from my post on RS.  Most multi-platform reviews actually suggest the PS3 version as the better buy, despite the 360 having their $50 million DLC.  With the mandatory 3Gb download, the PS3 version graphics are sharper, have less pop-up, and more realistic color.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on April 28, 2008, 05:56 PM
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With the mandatory 3Gb download

Elaborate please.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on April 28, 2008, 06:03 PM
It's actually an install, not a download.  3.5Gigs installed on the HDD, which eliminates load times and improves pop-up, textures, and other graphical areas.  That's why all the review sites are giving the graphical edge to the PS3 version.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on May 27, 2008, 07:01 PM
Walmart to offer $100 gift card with purchase of a 40-Gig PS3 (http://news.punchjump.com/article.php?id=6083).

The offer is only good June 1st-7th.  If you've been waiting, this would be the time to bite!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: JoshEEE on May 30, 2008, 06:22 PM
I posted this query over at RS, but I figured I should ask here too (since Bill is on hiatus from the thread over there).

Ok PS3 fans (or fan)...I've got a question.

I have been planning for a few months now to buy my PS3 in a couple of weeks (the MGS bundle with the new controller and the game I've been waiting for).

Today, I see this:

http://www.ps3fanboy.com/2008/05/30/free-100-gift-card-with-ps3-purchase-at-walmart-com/

That's pretty darn tempting. 
I'm having trouble talking myself into waiting for the grey one now....except it has 40GB more HDD space and it already comes with the game and controller I'm going to want.  I'm just not sure if that's worth the extra 200 bucks.   Thoughts?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Theo Zissou on May 31, 2008, 03:57 PM
I kinda wish i would of waited for the MGS bundle that looks pretty awesome. As soon as that gov money hit my account i ran out and bought a PS3 and GTA4. I have the special edition of MGS4 on reserve though :)

Only thing I'm kinda bummed about is the 40GB i bought doesn't play my old PS2 games :/

I recently did that blockbuster game pass so at least I've try ed a few other PS3 games i wouldn't buy. 
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on May 31, 2008, 11:18 PM
Josh - The gunmetal gray MGS bundle is the 40-Gig model, and is only available through Konami's web site for $599.  And I'm pretty sure they already sold out.  The retail bundle is a standard black 80-Gig.  That might make your decision a little easier.   ;)  I guess you just need to decide if 40 extra Gigs, a Dualshock 3, and MGS4 is worth an extra $200.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: jjks on June 1, 2008, 01:08 PM
If anyone is on the fence about the giftcard deal at Wal-Mart, I just got back from Best Buy and can confirm that they are price-matching and giving you a $100 gift card as well.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on June 2, 2008, 09:17 AM

Only thing I'm kinda bummed about is the 40GB i bought doesn't play my old PS2 games :/


Well, that's a load of ****.

Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on June 2, 2008, 09:42 PM
It's also very well documented.   ::)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on June 3, 2008, 09:07 AM
Doesn't make it right.

Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on June 3, 2008, 09:14 AM
If anyone is on the fence about the giftcard deal at Wal-Mart, I just got back from Best Buy and can confirm that they are price-matching and giving you a $100 gift card as well.

I was but I think you can guess why I'm not anymore.

That and the gift card can only be used online.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: jjks on June 3, 2008, 04:08 PM
Amazon has Uncharted on sale for $39 today if anyone's interested.

 I had zero issues at my Best Buy getting the Wal-Mart deal matched, and turned right around and used the gift card on MLB '08 and a couple of Blu-Ray's. Also snagged a Blu-Wave IR remote for $10 at Gamestop so I can use the USB IR controller from it with my Harmony.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: JohnH on June 7, 2008, 10:41 PM
I had very little issue today.  Best Buy's policy is that the competition has to have the item in stock for them to honor the price match.  The guy I dealt with was cool enough to call a couple of Wal Marts to find one that had it in stock so that he could act within policy.  I ended up using the gift card and some of my extra Bush Bucks on a few Blu Rays, a game for the kids (Sonic), an extra controller and the remote control.  More than likely the system will be used for Blu Ray 90% of the time, but I'll probably pick up a game for myself soon (I'm thinking Marvel Ultimate Alliance...I'd always thought about getting it for the Wii).

John
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on June 7, 2008, 11:03 PM
Gha... don't open Sonic.  Horrible game.  Pick up Ratchet & Clank.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: JoshEEE on June 9, 2008, 06:12 PM
Josh - The gunmetal gray MGS bundle is the 40-Gig model, and is only available through Konami's web site for $599.  And I'm pretty sure they already sold out.  The retail bundle is a standard black 80-Gig.  That might make your decision a little easier.   ;)  I guess you just need to decide if 40 extra Gigs, a Dualshock 3, and MGS4 is worth an extra $200.


Yeah...I'm just finding that out today (My Eb and Gamestops all have them and have the info). What a ******* rip off. There's no way I'm paying 599 to get a console with no backwards compat and a smaller hard drive just because it's gray.  It's not sold out (Konami is still offering pre-orders) but screw them.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on June 10, 2008, 08:23 AM
It's really aimed at limited-edition collectors rather than gamers.  As far as it being sold out, I was probably thinking of the Japanese version.  Sorry about that.  The 80-Gig bundle is a heck of a deal, though.  If they put that one up on Sony Style, with their $100-off credit card offer, that'd be the way to go for certain.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: JoshEEE on June 10, 2008, 08:34 AM
See, I always thought that gray bundle was going to be "the" SKU to get, so I had my hopes up a little too high about it. I'd already been waiting for MGS4 to finally buy my PS3, so buying the bundle seemed like the best thing to do. It's only in the last few days that I've started to realize what a terrible deal it is.

Meanwhile, Wal Mart is selling the 80GB bundle with a 100 dollar gift card starting Thursday, so that's the one I'm shooting for. I've already checked with Best Buy and they will price match it, so if I can find a local Wal Mart that has it in stock....that's another back up plan.  I'm thinking of grabbing it tomorrow night at a midnight launch somewhere, and spending that extra 100 bucks on the other games I want (Motorstorm, Heavenly Sword, Ratchet & Clank and possibly Warhawk).

Sony Style requires a credit card application....but if I strike out across the board at Wal Mart and Best Buy, that'd be my next best shot.   I called Target, Fred Meyer and several Gamestops, and everyone is getting bundles Thursday, so I figure in any event, I should have my PS3 by the weekend (I just want to make sure I get it in the bundle and with the 100 dollars off).
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on June 10, 2008, 10:13 AM
Hopefully I'll be moved into my new house by this weekend, and I'll see you online.  PSN ID:  CreatureCantina.   ;D
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on June 13, 2008, 10:55 AM
IGN gives MGS4 straight 10s. (http://ps3.ign.com/articles/881/881472p5.html)

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Is it possible to give a game an 11? If so, this would be the game that would merit that score. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is a title that exceeds all of the hype that was attached to the title.

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Not only does it sum up the full franchise of Metal Gear, its depth and its complexity, coupled with its technical prowess, make it one of the best games of the year and, indeed, one of the best games ever made.

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This game is emotional, powerful, fun, beautiful, deep, engaging, and just about every other positive adjective you could assign it. Metal Gear Solid 4 pulls you in and doesn't let you go until the final, final credits roll.

Oh yeah... it'll probably be a while before I get the chance to play this, so please NO SPOILERS!!!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Theo Zissou on June 13, 2008, 07:43 PM
i picked up my limited edition from gamestop yesterday. so far it's been really cool. still getting used to the controls though so i'm not as sneaky as i would like to be. I just started the 2nd act. The Metal gear online game is ok. seems like it might be more fun once you get really good with the mgs4 controls.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on July 16, 2008, 12:08 AM
I picked up the Metal Gear Solid 4 bundle with the 80G Playstation 3 last weekend. I've beat the game twice, already, and I'm working on a third run. I got GTA IV tonight, played it for about 20 minutes, then set it aside and went right back to trying to collect more "goodies" in Metal Gear. GTA isn't that bad, I guess, but the controls are so different from what I'm used to that I'm very disoriented with the camera and it gets frustrating fast. I feel like my character is Borat, too, which is kind of lame.

But yeah, Patriots is one of the best games I think I've ever played.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on July 16, 2008, 08:36 AM
Played?  Don't you mean watched?

All kidding aside, I was kind of hoping for an announcement pertaining to a price break for the PS3...guess not.

Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Theo Zissou on July 16, 2008, 03:37 PM
well kinda the 80gb is $399 now. sad too i payed $399 for my 40gb only 2 months ago :/
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on July 16, 2008, 05:41 PM
I haven't heard anything about a price break.

Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: name on July 16, 2008, 07:15 PM
color me stupid....and lazy for not wanting to do the reading...but what's the advantage of a massive hard drive on these consoles? 

At 399, these are coming close in range to the price of a regular old blu-ray, which makes the console game part seem downright cheap.  If I had the HD set and was in the market for a blu ray, this is probably the way I'd go.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on July 17, 2008, 09:16 AM
The massive hard drive will allow you to "own" HD movies you download off of Sony's new video delivery service.  You do have the option of deleting a film after you download it to make space and can download it again at any time for free, but if you don't want to go through that hassle you can just let it sit there.  But really, even 80-Gigs is insufficient for more than a couple movies.

There are also quite a few games that load a bunch of stuff on the hard drive when you first run the game, to help with game performance.  Some of the installs are 2-5 Gigs.  So you can fit 15 games or so without having to delete anything.

Then there's people who load their iPod play lists onto their PS3 for custom in-game soundtracks... If you want 20,000 songs you'll need some space.   ;)

And I agree with you... there's never been a point yet in this generation of movie players where it's made sense to buy anything but a PS3 for Blu-ray playback.  It's future-proof.  It runs better than most stand-alone players.  It's about the same price.  And heck - you can play games on it if you want!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on July 17, 2008, 04:44 PM
I stand corrected:

80GB price cut to $399 (http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_9895957?source=rss)

If this includes the MGS4 bundle pack; I'm in.

Edit:  Just did some digging and it sound like the new 80GB model will NOT have backwards compatibility so it might be a good idea to pick up the current $499 MGS4 bundle pack if you want the capability to play PS2 and PS1 games.

http://www.engadget.com/2008/07/15/sony-cuts-80gb-ps3-price-to-400/

Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BrentS on July 21, 2008, 04:38 PM
So my son has become obsessed with getting a Play Station 3.  I may be going out tonight with him to buy one.  I've resisted getting more than one console for a long, long time.  However, he's got $300 is birthday and Christmas money saved up and he's willing to drop it all so I might help him finance this purchase.  I know its going to set us back almost $600 after we get the system, an extra controller, and a couple of games. 

We currently own a Wii, a Gamecube, and multiple DS/Gameboys.  This will be our first forray out of the confortable world of Ninetendo :)

I'm curious, how do other mutli-console families handle this situation. 
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on July 21, 2008, 04:45 PM
I'm living a bit in the past, but I have an N64, Dreamcast, and my Ps2 and they all get along with no problems.   :)

I've been holding out for more price drops before I make the leap to the Ps3.  Plus I'm almost postitive that I'll want to dump my DVD collection and start all over again with Blue Ray and I'm just not looking forward to that for some reason.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on July 21, 2008, 06:32 PM
You don't need to replace any of your DVDs.  They'll play just fine in your Playstation3.  And it'll even upscale them to 1080p resolution (if you have an HDTV).  I only plan to repurchase a few marque titles (Star Wars, LOTR, etc.).

As far as multiple consoles go, your TV should have multiple inputs, depending on how new it is.  So you can hook your TV signal into Video1, Wii into Video2, your PS3 into Video3.  Or if you have a receiver hooked up, you can do the same thing.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BrentS on July 21, 2008, 06:47 PM
I know I've got plenty of connectors on my TV.  I've even got a TV that will support 1080p.  What I'm worried about is investing another boatload in games and accessories :)

Oh well, the joys of being a parent I suppose.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on July 21, 2008, 10:14 PM
Ah...

Well, think of it as an investment in a Blu-ray player then.   ;)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on July 21, 2008, 10:25 PM
As with my game systems - I'm behind the times.  How well does 1080p w/HDTV compare to a standard player with a 36" tube TV that weighs a ton versus a BR disc w/Flatscreen?  Did I mention I'm behind the times?  I haven't used my N64 or Dreamcast since 03, so I  suppose it's time to toss them.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on July 22, 2008, 07:44 AM
A 1080p HDTV with HD cable/satellite blows away a standard 36" tube.  However, when you watch non-HD programming on an HDTV it actually looks worse than a 36" tube, because you can see the pixelation and compression artifacts.  So you'd be advised to pay the extra $10 per month for HD programming.

BTW, watching the NFL in HD is about as close to heaven as we can get on this planet.

When it comes to Blu-ray movies and PS3 games, the difference in quality with knock you over.   ;)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on July 22, 2008, 08:21 AM
Do it now !!! It's so worth it !!!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BrentS on July 22, 2008, 09:02 AM
Yea, we broke down and bought the PS3 last night.  I'm such a sucker.  Cost me $600 to get out the door.  We traded in a few Wii and GameCube games at Gamestop and picked up two Sports titles that my son wanted - MLB the Show and NBA 2K8.  We got them both used so saved a bit there.

I was pleased how easy the PS3 hooked up to my TV, just needed the single HDMI cable :)

Oh yea, and as far as an investment in a blu-ray.  Yea, I already had one of those too.  Like I said, I'm such a sucker.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on July 22, 2008, 09:22 AM
You're not a sucker.  You're on the cutting edge!   ;D
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on July 22, 2008, 09:31 AM
I haven't used my N64 or Dreamcast since 03, so I  suppose it's time to toss them.
Don't toss the Dreamcast. It's actually worth some money. People look for those things for emulation and homebrewing games. I can emulate every console ever made up to a playstation on that thing. All the way from Atari to N64.  They are getting harder to comeby and most of its library iso images can be found fairly easily if you know where to look.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 7, 2008, 08:54 AM
Some in-game screen of the upcoming PS3 game Heavy Rain:

(http://spilzonen.dk/images/dynamic/archive/126915.jpg)

(http://spilzonen.dk/images/dynamic/archive/126917.jpg)

(http://spilzonen.dk/images/dynamic/screenshots/1037314.jpg)

(http://spilzonen.dk/images/dynamic/screenshots/1037311.jpg)

Better than anything else I've seen on a console...
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on August 7, 2008, 09:30 AM
I wonder if the game itself will live up to the visuals.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 7, 2008, 10:23 AM
I have no idea what the game is even about.  They're supposed to officially reveal it in two weeks at Leipzig.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on August 7, 2008, 10:55 AM
I have no idea what the game is even about. 

From the looks of it (and the title) - rain.  Heavy rain.

But seriously, I've come very close to trading in my old PS2 on that new PS3 MGS4 bundle pack many times...

I'm thinking I should just wait for the reduced price version coming later this year...I really don't need the backwards compatibility and from what I've heard it's spotty at best.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on August 7, 2008, 11:27 AM
But seriously, I've come very close to trading in my old PS2 on that new PS3 MGS4 bundle pack many times...

How much store credit do they even give for the PS2?  I've also got the old fat one.  Not sure if that matters or not.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Smartypants1635 on August 7, 2008, 12:10 PM
You'll get 25 bucks for it. No more than that. A thin one, maybe 50
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on August 7, 2008, 12:23 PM
Yeah it does. 

They offered me $45 for the new slim (black) version.

Not sure about the older one - I'd be willing to bet it's closer to $30.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on August 7, 2008, 02:55 PM
I don't think you would get much more on ebay unless you though in some games.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on August 7, 2008, 02:56 PM
But seriously, I've come very close to trading in my old PS2 on that new PS3 MGS4 bundle pack many times...

How much store credit do they even give for the PS2?  I've also got the old fat one.  Not sure if that matters or not.

Can't you check that on their website ?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: JayDouble on August 7, 2008, 05:43 PM
How much store credit do they even give for the PS2?  I've also got the old fat one.  Not sure if that matters or not.

$35 for the fat one and $40 for slim.  There's also a $20 bonus promo going on until 8/10.  Bonus not added yet.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on August 7, 2008, 06:06 PM
There's also a $20 bonus promo going on until 8/10.  Bonus not added yet.

What's the bonus - and what do you mean it's not added?  I feel like an old man when it comes to video games nowadays.  I used to be "hardcore" back in the NES/SNES days.   :-[

I'll eventually get a PS3 probably moreso for the BluRay player since I'm still watching my DVDs on my PS2, but I'm always a few years behind these days simply because I refuse to pay $300-$600 for a system and $50+ for new games. 
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BrentS on August 7, 2008, 06:26 PM
Wow, that image is sick!

We've still only got 2 PS3 games and I constantly find myself doing a double take when I look over and glimpse the screen.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: JayDouble on August 7, 2008, 07:10 PM

What's the bonus - and what do you mean it's not added?  I feel like an old man when it comes to video games nowadays.  I used to be "hardcore" back in the NES/SNES days.   :-[

I'll eventually get a PS3 probably moreso for the BluRay player since I'm still watching my DVDs on my PS2, but I'm always a few years behind these days simply because I refuse to pay $300-$600 for a system and $50+ for new games. 

PS2 fat $35 + bonus $20 = $55. 

That's what I meant sorry about the confusion.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 14, 2008, 01:27 PM
Guess what Criterion uses as their reference Blu-ray player... (http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10016208-1.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=Crave)  ;D

That's Criterion... the folks who make Criterion Collection DVDs and Blu-rays.  The best of the best, as it were.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on August 14, 2008, 02:30 PM
Say Bill, can I use the controller as a remote when I watch a Blu-ray movie? 

Also, I've spotted 'special' Sony PS3 HDMI cables that runs close to $55 - are they really required or can I just settle for an off-brand?

Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 14, 2008, 02:40 PM
You can use the controller as a remote, but it doesn't have all the specialized functions.  But if you're just interested in watching and pausing from time to time, it's fine.

Any HDMI cable will work equally well.  Since the data is digital and not analog, there is no degradation except under extremely long cable runs (like 50 feet or more).

http://www.monoprice.com/ is a good place to look.  You can get a 6' HDMI cable for about $9 shipped.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on August 14, 2008, 02:58 PM
Try $4.73.

 :D
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 14, 2008, 03:02 PM
Even better!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on August 14, 2008, 04:35 PM
Got Resistance: Fall of Man yesterday... pretty fun shooter.

Man, I really want to know more about LittleBigPlanet...
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 14, 2008, 04:48 PM
GameTrailers.com has a ton of videos that are worth watching.

http://www.gametrailers.com/game/4491.html

Basically, it comes with 50 pre-built levels.  But you can also create your own, or play levels created by other users.  It's a wide-open development platformer.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on August 15, 2008, 12:29 AM
It looks really cool - the visuals are very nice - I'm wondering about the single player mode, though... I doubt I'll have access on the internet with my PS3 anytime soon, so I'd hate to buy a game that depends on a connection. I wonder if user-made content can be downloaded onto a USB drive, then uploaded to the offline PS3?

(http://ps3.rocktheconsole.com/posters/little-big-planet.jpg)

After beating Metal Gear Solid IV, Grand Theft Auto IV, Resistance: Fall of Man, and possibly Assassin's Creed in the not so distant future... the change of pace with a kid friendly, pleasantly designed, colorful, cute LittleBigWorld might be a huge hit with me... especially if it's really as creative, open, and rewarding as people say it'll be.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 15, 2008, 08:32 AM
You need to get your PS3 online!  I assume you have broadband Internet access.  You can get a wireless router for like $40.  They're a cinch to set up.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Theo Zissou on August 16, 2008, 09:57 PM
anyone here on ps3 that has the new madden? I'm hoping to get some kind of online league going :)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BrentS on August 20, 2008, 10:25 AM
I've been trying rather unsuccessfully to get my PS3 (60gb version) to hook up to my wireless network.  It seems that I can recognize the network but I'm only getting about 30% signal strength (the router is clear on the other side of my house).  When I try to "test the internet connection" 95% of the time if either fails to get an IP address or fails on the internet connection.  The times I do get a connection, its seems to drop after a few minutes.

Anyone have any suggestions?  I've googled for help but most things get a bit too technical for me and I'm not one that would usually be a technophobe.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 20, 2008, 10:37 AM
You either need a signal booster, or you need to run a wire.  Given that most signal boosters require you to run a wire to them anyway, you're best bet is probably just running a wire to the PS3.  You could also try relocating your wireless router closer to the PS3.  Or if the router is old, maybe updating it would help.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BrentS on August 20, 2008, 12:04 PM
You either need a signal booster, or you need to run a wire.  Given that most signal boosters require you to run a wire to them anyway, you're best bet is probably just running a wire to the PS3.  You could also try relocating your wireless router closer to the PS3.  Or if the router is old, maybe updating it would help.

I just bought one of those new "dual band N" routers.  Its supposed to have the "best range on the market".  Whatever.  I previously used a Range Extender from Linksys (Cisco) but that was only marginally effective.  In fact, my range extender has seemed to die already (I don't get any lights to come on at all.  Unfortunately, my PS3 is waaaay far away from my computer room and it would require much trouble to run a wire. 
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 20, 2008, 12:21 PM
That stinks.  Looks like you're in a bad spot.  Do you have the same trouble with laptops in that area of the house?

If you have a basement running Ethernet is extremely easy if both rooms are on the first floor.  Just drop a cabe through the floor in the computer room, and pop it back up in the living room.  Otherwise it's very difficult.  I ended up going wireless to a PC in the second floor bedroom rather than running anything through the walls.  The connection isn't the best, but it suffices.

If your booster is on the fritz, your best bet might just be replacing it.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on August 20, 2008, 01:20 PM
I wish California houses had basements.   :'(

Right now, I'm working on a project to ethernet the house threw the attic and down inside the walls. Most annoying.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 20, 2008, 01:29 PM
Basements are AWESOME.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 20, 2008, 02:04 PM
Introducing the 160-Gig PS3 (http://ps3.ign.com/articles/900/900562p1.html)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BrentS on August 20, 2008, 02:07 PM
That stinks.  Looks like you're in a bad spot.  Do you have the same trouble with laptops in that area of the house?
Yes, sometimes I do.   


If you have a basement running Ethernet is extremely easy if both rooms are on the first floor.  Just drop a cabe through the floor in the computer room, and pop it back up in the living room.  Otherwise it's very difficult.  I ended up going wireless to a PC in the second floor bedroom rather than running anything through the walls.  The connection isn't the best, but it suffices.
The actually are both on the same floor and I do have a basement.  I had to run a second coax cable for my DirecTV when I got the new TV installed last year.  I am Sith helped me with that project and it was actually a real pain in the ass.  I don't relish the idea of dropping an ethernet cable from my office into the basement and then across the basement and then up the through the floor.  It could get ugly quickly.




If your booster is on the fritz, your best bet might just be replacing it.

I think I'm going to try to do that and see if I can't eek something out of it. 


If I'm only getting 30% signal to the PS3 do you think that is the reason it keeps disconnecting or fails on the internet connection test?  I hate to go through all this hassle if I've got something configured wrong on the PS3.  I can definitely get connected to the internet for a short period of time but when I've been trying to download the latest update it usually looses connection before 3% is downloaded (after 2-5 minutes of time).
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 20, 2008, 02:17 PM
I think if you're connecting at all, the configuration is correct.  There's only a couple things to set, and if any of them were incorrect (WEP setting, password, etc.) you'd never connect at all.  So I would conclude that the signal strength is just wavering enough that it drops completely periodically.

As for running a wire... I actually enjoy doing stuff like that, so that probably biases my assessment of the difficulty.   8) 
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BrentS on August 20, 2008, 02:34 PM
As for running a wire... I actually enjoy doing stuff like that, so that probably biases my assessment of the difficulty.   8) 

Well, then I wished you lived closer to me  ;D
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 21, 2008, 09:28 AM
I just can't imagine this working this well... (http://www.video.dpadmagazine.com/2008/08/20/eyepet-debut-trailer/)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: S_A_Longhorn on August 21, 2008, 10:50 AM
How about this with HOME coming out later this year:

(http://www.blogsmithmedia.com/www.ps3fanboy.com/media/2008/08/ps3_3keypadcontrollertdogether.jpg)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BrentS on August 21, 2008, 11:36 AM
So Day 2 in my saga to get the PS3 connected to the wireless network.  I mapped out my entire lower level with my laptop computer.  I'm definitely losing signal when I cross a certain threshold.  My PS3 is about 60ft away from my router and it only seems to be getting between 20-35% signal.  I bought a new range extender which didn't extend the range at all.  Its like my family room has a black hole for wireless signal in it!

So my next step is to either run a cable which I am loath to do as it would require putting two holes in my carpeted floors, running the cable probably 100ft to my PS3 and through my basement which would require a significant cleaning effort to get to (don't want to give the misses a chance to complain about my collection storage do I?) or find an alternative.

I'm thinking of picking up this little contraption.  The reviews seem reasonable on it and heck, what's another $150 right??  :-\

NETGEAR - Powerline A/V Ethernet Adapter Kit  (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8868406&st=netgear&lp=2&type=product&cp=2&id=1210290067693)

Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on August 21, 2008, 12:21 PM
I'm in the same boat as you - I'm getting 67% signal and when it performs the connection test it fails to gather the IP address.

I have no idea what to put in those crazy fields....
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 21, 2008, 12:58 PM
You might need to dig out your router documentation.  I don't remember it being difficult at all.  Just needed to pick the security method, and type in the 10-digit pass key.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on August 21, 2008, 03:04 PM
The controller/keyboard looks ridiculous.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 21, 2008, 03:33 PM
It's less about how it looks and more about how it works.  I can't see it being all that comfortable for thumb-typing.  But who knows. 
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on August 22, 2008, 08:14 AM
Why is Metal Gear Solid 4 so difficult for me?

 :-\
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 22, 2008, 08:41 AM
I haven't had any problems with it outside the boss battles.  You need to approach it as a stealth game rather than a third-person shooter.  Ideally you never need to fight at all.  The elite players can get through not fighting or even being seen by anybody.  I'm not elite, but I use the tranq gun almost exclusively.  Creep around slowly.  See an enemy.  Put him to sleep.  Repeat.  In a few areas I just ran through after getting spotted.  Those 3-armed balls in the old hanger kept spotting me, so I just booked it to the door.  I don't have the patience to memorize patterns like I did for MGS2 and 3.  Since I can get ammo from Drebbin at any time, I use the tranq gun very freely.

One thing I did do was increase the speed for aiming.  I bumped it up to 8.  Made the boss battles a lot more manageable.

I figure the second time through I'll use a sniper rifle to kill everyone.  One of the ones I have has a silencer.  Should be fun.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on August 22, 2008, 10:58 AM
Why is Metal Gear Solid 4 so difficult for me?

 :-\

I am the same way.

I am stuck at the spot where I am disguised as the enemy and there is a blockade in the road. I went up the building everything and have no clue where to go ?  :'(
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on August 22, 2008, 12:09 PM
I like the controls from MGS2 for some reason.  You could 'cling' to walls and other objects better.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 22, 2008, 12:53 PM
I've had some camera issues, especially when fighting bosses.  When you're knocked down, it inverts the y-axis for some reason.  So I end up aiming at the floor for a second until I allow the camera to right itself.  It's annoying, but nothing too horrible.  I only really had problems with Raging Raven, since the battle is so vertical. 
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Ryan on August 22, 2008, 03:35 PM
Well I just joined the PS3 club... My roommate wanted to get Guitar Hero for my 360. The Xbox is in my room and I don't want to put it out in the main TV room, nor I did I want them playing it in my room. I was thinking about trying to find a Wii and getting that instead, but elected against it. I figure he wanted Guitar Hero and wouldn't be able to download songs to the nonexistent hard drive on the Wii so I went with the PS3. Now I can play the few PS3 games I've wanted to play, there really are only a few, XBox definitely has better exclusive titles. And I now have blu-ray too. I went with the 80 gig version with the DualShock3 and bought MLB The Show to go along with it. I'll probably pick up MGS4 here sometime soon. Once I get my online setup I'll throw my gamertag up here and maybe someone can get a game going soon. Playstation should really come with a headset for online play BTW...
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 22, 2008, 07:34 PM
You can use any Bluetooth headset on the PS3.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Ryan on August 22, 2008, 07:35 PM
But I don't have a bluetooth headset, that's the point. It's pretty lame that the PS3 doest come with any kind of high-def cables. The thing should be all ready to go for HD in some capacity if they are going to charge $400 for it, blu-ray drive or not.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 22, 2008, 07:47 PM
A lot of people do, so it saves them buying redundant (and likely inferior) hardware.  And yeah, an HDMI cable would be nice.  Maybe it'll come standard when most TVs use HDMI.  Seeing how you can get an HDMI cable for around $5 online, I don't see it as a big deal.  I ordered my cable before I even bought the console, but I'm crazy like that.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on August 25, 2008, 01:46 AM
I am stuck at the spot where I am disguised as the enemy and there is a blockade in the road. I went up the building everything and have no clue where to go ?  :'(

Sounds like you're trying to contact the resistance. What you need to do is take off the disguise and just use your camo suit... Wait for the resistance member to show up, and then follow him throughout the map. You will need to keep your eye out for enemy sentries, because they'll have to be disabled for the resistance member to progress.

This is a hugely tedious and stupid mission, it may take about 15 minutes of just following this dude quietly through the streets. There are no shortcuts that I know of. On the bright side, once you finish this mission and nap over a good 10 minute intermission of mindless dialogue, there's a really cool level and a pretty decent boss up ahead.

I recently beat Resistance: Fall of Man. I got kind of bored with it, relatively fast. Haven't tried to replay it.

I also played through Metal Gear 3: Subsistence. Very awesome... controls are kid of clunky compared to MGS4, though. I would love to see the Snake Eater on bluray...

I'm looking forward to Force Unleashed and hoping to grasp the concept of LittleBigPlanet in time to pre-order for some sort of exclusive goody.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on August 26, 2008, 07:59 AM
I am stuck at the spot where I am disguised as the enemy and there is a blockade in the road. I went up the building everything and have no clue where to go ?  :'(

Sounds like you're trying to contact the resistance. What you need to do is take off the disguise and just use your camo suit... Wait for the resistance member to show up, and then follow him throughout the map. You will need to keep your eye out for enemy sentries, because they'll have to be disabled for the resistance member to progress.

This is a hugely tedious and stupid mission, it may take about 15 minutes of just following this dude quietly through the streets. There are no shortcuts that I know of. On the bright side, once you finish this mission and nap over a good 10 minute intermission of mindless dialogue, there's a really cool level and a pretty decent boss up ahead.

I recently beat Resistance: Fall of Man. I got kind of bored with it, relatively fast. Haven't tried to replay it.

I also played through Metal Gear 3: Subsistence. Very awesome... controls are kid of clunky compared to MGS4, though. I would love to see the Snake Eater on bluray...

I'm looking forward to Force Unleashed and hoping to grasp the concept of LittleBigPlanet in time to pre-order for some sort of exclusive goody.

Should I get involved with their fight at all ?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on August 26, 2008, 08:20 AM
MGS4 = too many cut scenes.

That is all.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 26, 2008, 08:28 AM
Should I get involved with their fight at all ?

Which part are you at?  There's one part where you follow a guy around in the dark streets of Europe.  There's another section where you fight alongside resistance fighters in the Middle East.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on August 26, 2008, 09:50 AM
Should I get involved with their fight at all ?

Which part are you at?  There's one part where you follow a guy around in the dark streets of Europe.  There's another section where you fight alongside resistance fighters in the Middle East.

I just got the disguise. I put it on. Up ahead there is a blockade and they are firing against the guys on the other side. All side roads are blocked. I can go up in a balcony walkway where there is a gun in the corner. But if I kill them all, I can't cross the barrier or go on the side streets  :'( ???
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 26, 2008, 11:23 AM
Ah... gotcha.

There's a ladder along the wall on the left of the barrier.  That took me a while to find myself.  Just walk left of the barrier and follow along until you hit the ladder.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BrentS on August 26, 2008, 11:35 AM
So Day 2 in my saga to get the PS3 connected to the wireless network.  I mapped out my entire lower level with my laptop computer.  I'm definitely losing signal when I cross a certain threshold.  My PS3 is about 60ft away from my router and it only seems to be getting between 20-35% signal.  I bought a new range extender which didn't extend the range at all.  Its like my family room has a black hole for wireless signal in it!

So my next step is to either run a cable which I am loath to do as it would require putting two holes in my carpeted floors, running the cable probably 100ft to my PS3 and through my basement which would require a significant cleaning effort to get to (don't want to give the misses a chance to complain about my collection storage do I?) or find an alternative.

I'm thinking of picking up this little contraption.  The reviews seem reasonable on it and heck, what's another $150 right??  :-\

NETGEAR - Powerline A/V Ethernet Adapter Kit  (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8868406&st=netgear&lp=2&type=product&cp=2&id=1210290067693)



I just wanted to report that I tried out that Net Gear Power adapter and it worked like a charm.  I've got no idea if my "ping" is any good (any way to tell?) but I do know that I was able to download my system update with no issue whatsoever.  I guess now I have to figure out how to use the PS3 in an online mode.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on August 26, 2008, 12:36 PM
Ah... gotcha.

There's a ladder along the wall on the left of the barrier.  That took me a while to find myself.  Just walk left of the barrier and follow along until you hit the ladder.

Sweet I thought I checked but I will double check again. I'll let you know tomorrow. Thanks bro.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on August 26, 2008, 10:07 PM
I suggest you watch a walkthrough on YouTube... there are several of them and they'll even show you how to go through missions without detection.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on August 26, 2008, 10:13 PM
(http://www.shapermc.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/littlebigplanet.jpg)

I don't know what it is about sackboy, but I see this cutesy, kid friendly gameplay and design and I just want to smoke weed and play LittleBigPlanet all day long.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 27, 2008, 09:14 AM
Amazon Gold Box is running video game deals all day, including Gran Turismo 5: Prologue for $23.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/goldbox/

Up right now is Blazing Angels 2.  I guess we'll see what the rest of the day holds.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: S_A_Longhorn on August 27, 2008, 10:09 AM
Amazon Gold Box is running video game deals all day, including Gran Turismo 5: Prologue for $23.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/goldbox/

Up right now is Blazing Angels 2.  I guess we'll see what the rest of the day holds.

From PS3Fanboy.com:

Amazon is having an All PS3 Gold Box event today. To kick things off, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue is on sale for $22.99 today only or while supplies last. According to ZappDeals, who is usually correct, the following selections will be the Lighting Deals for the rest of the day. The deal goes live at each corresponding time. We'll update this post throughout the day with the price and if there are any changes, so stay tuned:

6AM PST | 7AM MST | 8AM CST | 9AM EST: Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII $23.99

10AM PST | 11AM MST | 12PM CST | 1PM EST: Logitech Driving Force GT Racing Wheel
12PM PST | 1PM MST | 2PM CST | 3PM EST: Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
2PM PST | 3PM MST | 4PM CST | 6PM EST: Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
4PM PST | 5PM MST | 6PM CST | 7PM EST: Devil May Cry 4
6PM PST | 7PM MST | 8PM CST | 9PM EST: Haze
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on September 7, 2008, 05:59 PM
I'm hearing now that all PS3's on shelves are no longer backwards compatible.  Is this true?  If so, why?  I've got a ton of PS2 games that I don't want to give up.  Granted the Blue Ray player is the selling point for me at least, but I don't get why they'd stop offering that technology in their consoles since there seems to be a fanbase still for the PS2.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on September 7, 2008, 06:54 PM
It was a cost savings decision.  The PS3 needed to include one of the graphic chips from the PS2 to offer backward compatibility.    By removing that chip, they save money building the newer PS3s.  Their market research showed most people don't use the feature, so it made sense.

If you can track down the Metal Gear Solid 4 bundle somewhere, that's an 80-Gig that still has backward compatibility.  They're sold out in most places,  but people have said they're still finding them at low-traffic stores like Kmarts and stores off the beaten path.

There's a rumor out there that they're working on a patch that'll allow full software emulation of PS2 games.  But I don't know if it's reliable or not.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on September 8, 2008, 01:18 AM
I need a new game for the PS3... I might pick up Assassin's Creed, but I was hoping to hold out for LittleBigPlanet or ForceUnleashed.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on September 8, 2008, 07:34 AM
You can snag Assassin's Creed for less than $25 off of eBay right now.  That's a pretty cheap way to tide yourself over until LBP.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on September 10, 2008, 08:44 AM
I received a review copy of Soul Calibur IV, which I obligatorily reviewed.  You can read it here:

http://www.creaturecantina.com/news_stories/2008/0910/soul-calibur-iv.html

I liked the game a lot.  I haven't gotten too deep into it yet, but so far it's been impressive.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on October 8, 2008, 01:12 PM
If anyone is interested in playing the LittleBigPlanet beta, send an E-mail to littlebigplanet@usatoday.com with the subject LittleBigPlanet Beta.  I'm hoping I was one of the first 15,000.   ;D
Title: PS3!
Post by: JangoTat on October 9, 2008, 11:40 PM
I cant find a ps3 thread but if there is one Mods do what you will with this.

Just a question. In the states how much does the PS3 sell for and is the 80gb the only system now available? I ask because I want to get this system BUT I cannot afford a $400 purchase at the moment (and if I do well now more SW collecting for awhile) Is the 60gb still out there? (new) I know I dont need 80gb because that is A LOT but if that is all that out I might get it but only if it is cheap..er then 400.
Title: Re: PS3!
Post by: Matt_Fury on October 10, 2008, 12:14 AM
Check Here. (http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=12303.240)


Or just ask Bill Cable...the rest of us might tell you to buy an X-box 360.   :D
Title: Re: PS3!
Post by: BillCable on October 10, 2008, 09:55 AM
Just a question. In the states how much does the PS3 sell for and is the 80gb the only system now available? I ask because I want to get this system BUT I cannot afford a $400 purchase at the moment (and if I do well now more SW collecting for awhile) Is the 60gb still out there? (new) I know I dont need 80gb because that is A LOT but if that is all that out I might get it but only if it is cheap..er then 400.

Right now your only official options are to buy an 80-Gig at $399 or preorder a 160-Gig at $499.  If you're really lucky you might stumble across an 80-Gig MGS4 bundle at some out-of-the-way Kmart.  But those are the price points right now, with no drop predicted until March.  Your only other options are a used/refurb model through an online retailer, or a used one off of eBay.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on October 15, 2008, 02:47 PM
The MGS4 80-Gig bundle is available on Amazon at retail price.  This is the last system featuring (limited) backward compatibility.  Get it while it lasts!!

http://www.amazon.com/PlayStation-Metal-Gear-Solid-Pack-3/dp/B0014WJ78E/
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Keonobi on October 15, 2008, 03:09 PM
The MGS4 80-Gig bundle is available on Amazon at retail price.  This is the last system featuring (limited) backward compatibility.  Get it while it lasts!!

http://www.amazon.com/PlayStation-Metal-Gear-Solid-Pack-3/dp/B0014WJ78E/

I'm confused a bit.  I have a PS2 now, and I think I'll get a PS3 at some point, are you saying the above mentioned model is the last that will play PS2 games?  Or does the limited backward compatibility refer to something else?  I was under the impression that all PS3 played prior model games.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on October 15, 2008, 03:10 PM
This is the last model of PS3 that will play PS2 games.  Newer models have had that feature removed.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on October 15, 2008, 03:13 PM
PS3 was always my intention from the getgo for nextgen gaming/movies, but that's waaaaay more than I'd like to spend.  Had no idea the MGS set were that much.  Probably just going to finish off some of my PS2 games I haven't completed, then I'll ditch it in hopes of finding a good deal on a PS3 sometime early next year.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on October 15, 2008, 08:23 PM
Amazon's sold out.  Back up to $640 from various 3rd-party vendors.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Theo Zissou on October 17, 2008, 02:37 PM
Man i was really hyped for little big planet. now i hear they might recall right before launch :( http://kotaku.com/5065076/littlebigplanet-faces-worldwide-recall-for-quran-references

like the guy who posted on that page "cant they just patch this on launch day"
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on October 17, 2008, 02:47 PM
They actually had a patch ready, but Sony decided it wasn't enough.  People without Internet access might still hear the song.  This really, REALLY sucks. 

There are some people who got their games early... almost makes me want to drive around and see if I can find it anywhere.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on October 17, 2008, 02:53 PM
Some places are reporting the recall won't affect North America, only Europe.  No confirmation one way or the other yet.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: S_A_Longhorn on October 17, 2008, 05:30 PM
Summary of reviews (from Wiki) for LittleBigPlanet:

Edge 10/10
Eurogamer 9/10
GamePro 5/5
GameSpot 9/10
Official PlayStation Magazine (UK) 10/10
Gamereactor 10/10
IGN (UK) 9.7/10
IGN (US) 9.5/10
IGN (Aus) 9.2/10

Wasn't originally going to pick it up, but I can't refuse a game with those scores.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on October 17, 2008, 05:47 PM
I just got a call from GameStop that LBP has been rescheduled to 10/27.  I'm not going to complain at all over a 1-week delay.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: JangoTat on October 18, 2008, 03:53 PM
ok with a new deal at zellers being game and ps3 for 399.99 i might buy the system this week. another question to all you ps3 owners. how much is the quality difference from connecting the ps3 to an hd tv and non hd? cause my dad refuses to have any game system hooked up to our Flat screen lcd so until next year i am stuck with an old style "tube" screen tv.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Ryan on October 18, 2008, 04:06 PM
Just tell him you are hooking up a blue-ray player. :P

Both of the the Next-Gen systems (X-Box and PS3) still look pretty good on regular old TVs. Though it really is a night and day difference seeing it on HD as compared to a regular TV.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: JangoTat on October 18, 2008, 04:16 PM
Just tell him you are hooking up a blue-ray player. :P

Both of the the Next-Gen systems (X-Box and PS3) still look pretty good on regular old TVs. Though it really is a night and day difference seeing it on HD as compared to a regular TV.

yeah my dad knows its a bluray player and thats its probably better then the one we already have (which may be the reason why he is fine with me buying it) but he has this fear of video games causing ghosting on LCD tvs.

Makes sense. As long as it looks better than the PS2 I will be happy though. Now I just need to find the system and convince my parents to let me take 200 out of the bank lol.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on October 18, 2008, 04:22 PM
It looks way, WAY better than a PS2, no matter what kind of TV you use.  But there's really no downside to hooking it up to an LCD TV.  It can't damage it any more than any other Blu-ray player would.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: JangoTat on October 20, 2008, 09:03 PM
Well I did it. Zellers didnt have any in stock so I went to go check out the Sony store just to compare price. I didnt expect them to but they ended up matching Zellers deal so I got the PS3, Resistance:Fall of Man, and a 2 year extended warranty for $514. The game was free so that was great and the warrenty was just $50. I wasnt planning on buying it BUT given the issues with the ps2 systemS I had i dont want to risk it. Took me a while to set up wireless (I didnt know what the WEP was) but it works and it looks great on my regular old tv.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on October 21, 2008, 10:37 AM
the warrenty was just $50. I wasnt planning on buying it BUT given the issues with the ps2 systemS I had i dont want to risk it.

What issues?  I've owned (1) now for 7 years strong.


eek....7 years.  That just sounds old.  Some day PS3...you will be mine.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: JangoTat on October 21, 2008, 06:33 PM
the warrenty was just $50. I wasnt planning on buying it BUT given the issues with the ps2 systemS I had i dont want to risk it.

What issues?  I've owned (1) now for 7 years strong.


eek....7 years.  That just sounds old.  Some day PS3...you will be mine.


My first system had the really annoying disc read error problem, warrenty expired so they wouldnt send me a new one. My second one my aunt gave me, lasted about 2 weeks same thing happened. And then i got the thin model which heats up really fast and makes a ton of noise even though its not supposed to. I still have my first model but I literally have to take it apart every 2 months to dust the insides if I want it to work, which is to much of a hassle just to play a 15 minute game of NHL lol.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: JangoTat on October 25, 2008, 02:31 PM
ok so i was playing my NHL 09 demo but when I exited the game, my screen went black and my system beeped. When I hit the little on button on the front nothing happened and nothing else would respond.  I had to turn the switch on the back to get it to work again. Does this happen a lot? is it something I should call sony about? or am I just being paranoid?

I was also having trouble signing in. it kept signing out after 5 minutes saying something about a dns error. but once i reset the system it worked again.

and lastly is there any way to take demos that have not been DL out of the shopping cart? i got two games in there that i hit X by accident and I dont know how to get them out. :-X
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on October 25, 2008, 10:05 PM
ok so i was playing my NHL 09 demo but when I exited the game, my screen went black and my system beeped. When I hit the little on button on the front nothing happened and nothing else would respond.  I had to turn the switch on the back to get it to work again. Does this happen a lot? is it something I should call sony about? or am I just being paranoid?

It's rare, but it happens.

I was also having trouble signing in. it kept signing out after 5 minutes saying something about a dns error. but once i reset the system it worked again.

Again, rare but it happens.

and lastly is there any way to take demos that have not been DL out of the shopping cart? i got two games in there that i hit X by accident and I dont know how to get them out. :-X

No idea on that.  Sorry.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on October 27, 2008, 09:46 AM
I picked up LittleBigPlanet yesterday.  Logged a couple hours last night to get my mind off the Steelers game.  It's largely the same as the Beta, though I did notice they changed how you detach the jetpack.  You used to have to shake the controller.  Now you just hit circle.  Much nicer.

The servers aren't online yet (I'm hearing Tuesday) so I couldn't do anything outside the story mode and creation tutorials.  Still it's very fun stuff, though I'm repeating a lot.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BrentS on October 27, 2008, 01:08 PM
I'm thinking of getting LittleBigPlanet for my 9year old for Christmas.  Seems like a nice little distraction type game.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on October 28, 2008, 02:09 AM
Enjoyed Force Unleashed, despite its many flaws... been playing a lot of Rock Band 2... Might have to snag LittleBigPlanet for Christmas or something.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Theo Zissou on October 29, 2008, 01:44 AM
well i got little big planet today :) so far just as fun as i thought it would be. the creation is just as impressive. so many options. oh yeah i got the pre order bonus kratos, medusa, and minataur too! Already played a few player created levels like a skateboard ramp one and a batman themed level.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on October 29, 2008, 09:51 AM
Today Amazon Gold Box is doing PS3 deals, including the EyeToy for $23...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/goldbox/

Right now Haze is on sale, but that's supposed to be a pretty bad game.  I'm guessing LEGO Indiana Jones is up after that (in 2 hours).  Then after that I'm guessing Soul Calibur IV (5 hours).  Then a golf game.  Then maybe HDMI cables.  Not sure.

If you don't have an EyeToy yet, this is a great time to pick one up! 
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on October 29, 2008, 10:13 AM
I might check back to see if Indy Lego shows up - any idea on what the price might be Bill?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on October 29, 2008, 10:41 AM
None.  I might pick it up as well if it's $27 like Haze.  I'm only guessing it's Indy since they described it as "better than the latest movie."   ;D
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on October 29, 2008, 10:51 AM
Yeah, I saw that too.  Pretty good guess.

Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on October 29, 2008, 12:09 PM
It's up... $29.98.  But for some reason I can't add it to my cart.  It says "Claimed" and it's grayed out. 
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on October 29, 2008, 12:10 PM
Never mind... must have taken a minute for the widget to start working.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on October 29, 2008, 12:15 PM
I can't seem to buy it either...says I already bought it or have it in my cart...
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on October 29, 2008, 12:40 PM
Hit refresh a few times.  I figured mine just started working after a while, but maybe it was a loading issue.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Morgbug on November 2, 2008, 08:57 PM
Stupid question, but easiest way to get the answer.  Back on page 11 or so someone mentioned some backwards compatibility with a newer PS3 console.  Is that the case now?  Are the newest consoles compatible with PS2 games (and hardware) or is that just a fantasy?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on November 2, 2008, 09:33 PM
Pretty sure the only BWC PS3's (available today) are the ones bundled with MGS.

And once discontinued, there won't be a BWC replacement.

Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on November 6, 2008, 04:05 PM
Walmart $100 gift card with the purchase of a PS3 (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/catalog.gsp?cat=1026142).

If you're waiting for a good deal, Saturday's the day!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on November 6, 2008, 04:18 PM
Walmart $100 gift card with the purchase of a PS3 (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/catalog.gsp?cat=1026142).

If you're waiting for a good deal, Saturday's the day!

Not a bad deal.  I might finally cave.  At least it's not an exclusive so I might actually have luck finding one.  Just been wanting to find the time to finish off start Final Fantasy X-2 & 12 before a bid my ps2 a final farewell.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: JangoTat on November 6, 2008, 07:18 PM
Walmart $100 gift card with the purchase of a PS3 (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/catalog.gsp?cat=1026142).

If you're waiting for a good deal, Saturday's the day!

Not a bad deal.  I might finally cave.  At least it's not an exclusive so I might actually have luck finding one.  Just been wanting to find the time to finish off start Final Fantasy X-2 & 12 before a bid my ps2 a final farewell.


I would say skip x-2..it was bad..really bad lol. 12 I started but never really got anywhere, especially when I went 3hours without saving only to die becuase the AI attacked some monster that was 15 levels higher than all my characters lol.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: JangoTat on November 15, 2008, 11:38 AM
has anyone played the game SKATE? i played the demo yesterday and thought it was really good but is it worth a buy?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on December 17, 2008, 11:09 AM
Tomorrow (Thursday) is reportedly to be an all-PS3 deals day at Amazon Gold Box.  So warm up your mouses!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on December 17, 2008, 11:22 AM
Last time was a joke with regards to trying to check out.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on December 22, 2008, 01:08 PM
$150 off a PS3 (http://blog.us.playstation.com/2008/11/24/get-your-own-playstation-credit-card/)

That's a hell of a deal for anybody who doesn't already have one.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: JangoTat on December 22, 2008, 02:56 PM
yeah but the credit card isnt worth it. People are having enough troubles with debt and spending as it is.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on December 22, 2008, 03:10 PM
If you don't actually use the thing you'll be fine.  Just because somebody give you a $2000 line of credit doesn't mean you're forced to go out and spend $2000.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on January 27, 2009, 11:11 AM
The 80-Gig is $50 off on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/PlayStation-3-80GB/dp/B001COU9I6/
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on January 27, 2009, 07:19 PM
Get Bioshock for $20 (http://playstation.joystiq.com/2009/01/22/get-bioshock-for-20-next-week/)

I took the Best Buy ad and coupon to Walmart and the did a price match.   ;D
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on January 27, 2009, 09:43 PM
Christmas fell through without a new ps3, but I'm still reluctant on the price despite the BR player.  Still have too many ps2 games that I don't want to let go yet.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on February 13, 2009, 01:38 PM
New God of  War III trailer! (http://www.gametrailers.com/player/45513.html)

Loved the first two.  Can't wait for this one!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on February 13, 2009, 07:58 PM
Did Sony ever come out with the downloadable PS2 emulator?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on February 13, 2009, 08:03 PM
Speak of the devil...I actually just beat GOW2 less than a week ago.  Can you tell I'm behind the times?  AWESOME FRANCHISE though!  This makes me a step closer to a PS3....Someday.   :-\
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: JangoTat on February 13, 2009, 08:08 PM
Did Sony ever come out with the downloadable PS2 emulator?
not that I am aware of. but I seriously doubt they ever will:-\
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on February 24, 2009, 09:30 AM
The backwards compatibility is a joke - Battlefront II doesn't even work on my PS3.  $400 machine can't even play a $20 PS2 game.

The Wii kicks the **** of the PS3 when it comes to wireless connectivity (my PS3 hasn't even been online yet despite the fact that it sits right NEXT to the Wii) and overall fun factor (have you seen the old NES games available for purchase)?

After fifteen years of loyalty, I'm done with Sony.  It's no wonder they lost the console war.

Their $3000 televisions even rank below $1400 Samsungs. . .
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: JangoTat on February 24, 2009, 10:18 AM
The backwards compatibility is a joke - Battlefront II doesn't even work on my PS3.  $400 machine can't even play a $20 PS2 game.

The Wii kicks the **** of the PS3 when it comes to wireless connectivity (my PS3 hasn't even been online yet despite the fact that it sits right NEXT to the Wii) and overall fun factor (have you seen the old NES games available for purchase)?

After fifteen years of loyalty, I'm done with Sony.  It's no wonder they lost the console war.

Their $3000 televisions even rank below $1400 Samsungs. . .

which PS3 do you have? because the newer ones cant play PS2 games but some of the old ones can. and dont do wireless with the PS3, even when you do get a connection its weak( i have wireless sadly) however online gaming is free so dont complain about that..its better that paying yearly fees thats for sure.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on February 24, 2009, 10:40 AM
If you can't figure out PS3's wireless it's your own stupid fault.  I had mine set up in 5 minutes, and the connection has never dropped.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on February 24, 2009, 10:41 AM
I have the 80GB MGS4 version - it's backwards compatible.  Online gaming is free with Nintendo too.  And it works with wireless.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on February 24, 2009, 10:47 AM
If you can't figure out PS3's wireless it's your own stupid fault.  I had mine set up in 5 minutes, and the connection has never dropped.

Don't start. 

I set up my Wii in five minutes so why is the PS3 not picking up the signal?  For the same reason it can't play one of the best selling PS2 games. 

It's an overpriced piece of ****!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on February 24, 2009, 11:09 AM
I haven't checked the backward compatibility list of the MGS 80-Gig, but I know it was more limited than the earlier 60-Gig.  Maybe BF2 isn't on the list.

As far as wireless, you're the only person I've ever known who couldn't set it up correctly.  As such, I blame user error.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Matt on February 25, 2009, 01:32 PM
The backwards compatibility is a joke - Battlefront II doesn't even work on my PS3.  $400 machine can't even play a $20 PS2 game.

The Wii kicks the **** of the PS3 when it comes to wireless connectivity (my PS3 hasn't even been online yet despite the fact that it sits right NEXT to the Wii) and overall fun factor (have you seen the old NES games available for purchase)?

Posts like this make me glad I've got a modded Xbox, with a ****-ton of original Xbox games on the hard drive (including Battlefont II), along with pretty much every Atari 2600, Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Genesis, and arcade game ever made.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on February 25, 2009, 05:15 PM
Yeah, despite what the PS3 ****sucker has to say, the thing is an overpriced piece of **** Blu Ray player.

I'd like to know why the older, discontinued 20GB and 60GB versions can play BFII but my newer 80GB version can't.

And the **** causes breakouts:

http://videogames.yahoo.com/feature/game-console-linked-to-skin-disorder/1291580



Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on February 25, 2009, 06:23 PM
I'd like to know why the older, discontinued 20GB and 60GB versions can play BFII but my newer 80GB version can't.

Because they removed the Emotion Engine hardware from that SKU and only featured software emulation along with the legacy GPU.  The 20 and 60 had both hardware components.  Sony did this as a cost-saving measure, concluding most gamers didn't want backward compatibility.  Personally, I think it was a mistake on their part.  But it was a well-publicized change, so you'd need to be pretty ignorant not to know what you were getting.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on February 25, 2009, 10:55 PM
Only Sony could come up with varying degrees of backwards compatibility.  I have no problem with producing models that either do or don't read old software but this **** is just plain deceptive.

Even a tool like yourself can agree with that.


Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on February 28, 2009, 04:24 PM
Chill, dudes.

I've also got the 80G MGSIV model, but it plays Battlefront II flawlessly, last I checked. The only PS1-PS3 game that didn't play perfectly fine was the Orange Box Bundle - and those glitches are apparently thanks to a ****** port-job by Valve.

No major complaints and no skin breakouts, yet.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on February 28, 2009, 07:11 PM
Heh... looks like all of ruiner's problems are self-inflicted.  If he has a PS3 at all.  Could be he's just a troll.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on February 28, 2009, 08:22 PM
For being a self proclaimed Sony expert, you don't know **** Bill:

http://www.us.playstation.com/Support/CompatibleStatus

Quote
Star Wars: Battlefront II
Publisher: LucasArtsProduct No: SLUS-21240
Description: At a specific point during gameplay, various graphics appear corrupt.


Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on February 28, 2009, 10:57 PM
"Doesn't even work" v/s "At a specific point during gameplay, various graphics appear corrupt."

Are you sure you have the thing plugged in?   ::)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on March 1, 2009, 01:49 AM
For being a self proclaimed Sony expert, you don't know **** Bill:

http://www.us.playstation.com/Support/CompatibleStatus

Quote
Star Wars: Battlefront II
Publisher: LucasArtsProduct No: SLUS-21240
Description: At a specific point during gameplay, various graphics appear corrupt.

There's also this one,

Quote
Product No: SLUS-21240
Description: The following conditions have been confirmed on PS3 System Software Version 2.00: At various points during network gameplay, the title hangs. All conditions have been resolved on PS3 System Software Version 2.10.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on March 1, 2009, 12:16 PM
So yeah, if you don't have the console online, you can't download the required patches.  What version of the OS are you running?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on March 1, 2009, 12:37 PM
2.42
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Morgbug on March 1, 2009, 04:17 PM
So how many backwards compatible versions are there?  I'm looking at something that would handle the Rock Band/Guitar Hero stuff?  If it's not readily available, I'm saying screw it and buying a Wii and new hardware. 
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on March 1, 2009, 04:54 PM
I don't think they make them anymore.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on April 13, 2009, 04:19 PM
Amazon Gold Box (http://www.amazon.com/gp/goldbox)

It looks like Fallout 3 and Killzone 2 will be on sale later this afternoon.  Fallout 3 is fantastic (already beat it and sold it).  I just picked up KZ2 last week.  I've played it twice, and so far it's lived up to the hype.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on April 13, 2009, 05:35 PM
Just missed buying a Playstation 3 for $100 on our corporate discount web site. They had 50 of them and sold them in 6 seconds!!! >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on April 13, 2009, 05:59 PM
Well six seconds doesn't give you a whole lot of opportunity to get your foot in the door.  I'm caving if and/or when the next price drop happens.  Been getting most of my PS2 games out of my system and into Gamestop these past few months.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on April 13, 2009, 07:16 PM
Just missed buying a Playstation 3 for $100 on our corporate discount web site. They had 50 of them and sold them in 6 seconds!!! >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(

Damn... hell of a deal!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on April 14, 2009, 12:46 PM
Goldbox was $40 for Fallout 3 and $45 for Killzone 2. Easy pass for me, both. Can't believe Fallout 3 wasn't $30 or less.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on April 14, 2009, 01:03 PM
I paid almost that much for a used copy of  Killzone 2 on eBay.  So far it's been worth it.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on April 14, 2009, 03:07 PM
Killzone looks good, sounds good. But I hated the demo. As linear as the beach landing was, I still managed to get lost for a few minutes. The controls also felt sluggish. Tell me the full version is better. I want to like it.

I really want Fallout 3, but I refuse to pay more than $30 for it, knowing there's been talks of an expanded edition.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on April 14, 2009, 06:39 PM
They patched KZ2 to make the controls more responsive.  The original was designed not to feel exactly like COD4, but all they got were complaints so they changed it.  It is linear, but I haven't gotten lost yet.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on April 21, 2009, 02:04 PM
Is the PS2 dead already?  I just finished TFU so that shows you how behind the times I am.  Anywho - One of my local Targets has maybe 1/4 of their PS2 games on clearance and the other 3/4 were completely gone from behind the glass case.  Guess it might be just a little kick in the pants as to being time to upgrade.  Either that or I have a rouge Target in my neck of the woods.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on April 21, 2009, 02:09 PM
PS2 just dropped to $99.  There's still an occasional new game released, but for the most part developers have moved on to the PS3.  I expect a price cut to be announced prior to E3 in a few weeks, so you might want to hold your horses until mid-May.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on April 21, 2009, 03:20 PM
They patched KZ2 to make the controls more responsive.  The original was designed not to feel exactly like COD4, but all they got were complaints so they changed it.  It is linear, but I haven't gotten lost yet.

And yes, I know it sounds stupid for me to complain about a game seeming linear, and about getting lost in the same game.

 ;D
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on April 21, 2009, 03:57 PM
Nah... some of the maps are rough.  They did a good job of masking the linearity by making some areas look very open.  That little objective pointer has proven valuable already.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Matt on May 15, 2009, 06:11 PM
Quote
Pictures of what appears to be a redesigned PS3 have appeared on Chinese message boards.

Fake? Maybe. But its worth noting that the PSP-3000 was revealed in much the same way, and those images were also greeted with skepticism.

Could this be a move by Sony to get the price down?

(http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/7396/ps3slimboxb.jpg)

(http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/1378/ps3slimgloves.jpg)

(http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/1886/ps3slimcasing.jpg)

(http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/7522/ps3morecasing.jpg)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on May 15, 2009, 06:23 PM
Interesting....Skinny, and ugly all at the same time.  I really want a PS3, but that $399-$499 pricetag is killing that for me.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Sugart on May 15, 2009, 07:48 PM
So my father in law owns a building and the guying renting it out up and left. For some reason he left behind thousands of dollars of electronics like a camera, ipod, camcorder, and a ps3. So I ended up with the PS3 but it has no cables or controller. I have an old computer power cable and that works, but what else would I need to see if it even works. Just an AV cable and controller? If it doesnt work Im wondering if I can send it to Sony to be fixed or I read that you can buy a refurbished one for 150 if it is out of warranty. My only hope is that its not stolen, seriously
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on May 15, 2009, 09:47 PM
You're pretty much correct.  They'll repair it for $150 if it's out of warranty.  And you'll just need a controller and a/v cable.  I wouldn't worry about it being stolen... the worst they can do it take possession.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on May 16, 2009, 12:25 AM
New skinny piece of **** PS3 still can't play a $20 PS2 game.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on May 19, 2009, 08:57 AM
If you're interested in a backward-compatible PlayStation 3, the Metal Gear Solid version is available on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/PlayStation-Metal-Gear-Solid-Pack-3/dp/B0014WJ78E/

If you're interested I'd bite immediately.  It probably won't be there long.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Brian on May 19, 2009, 09:13 AM
Wow, it sounds like the PS3 is really struggling (http://videogames.yahoo.com/events/plugged-in/ps3-bested-by-older-brother/1315218), apparently placing sixth among all video game sales - and bested by the PS2 following its price drop.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on May 19, 2009, 10:03 AM
Yeah, they need a price drop.  Hopefully one will come soon.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on May 20, 2009, 06:59 PM
If you're interested in a backward-compatible PlayStation 3, the Metal Gear Solid version is available on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/PlayStation-Metal-Gear-Solid-Pack-3/dp/B0014WJ78E/

If you're interested I'd bite immediately.  It probably won't be there long.

Two things:

A.) Don't take the term 'backward compatible' literally and
B.) It's still available
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on May 20, 2009, 07:05 PM
yeah... theory is dealers are unloading the ones the hoarded before the PS3 Slim is introduced at E3.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on May 20, 2009, 10:22 PM
Picked up COD4: Modern Warfare the other day on Amazon - $35. Still waiting patiently for Fallout 3 to hit the $30 range...
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on May 20, 2009, 11:16 PM
Wait until October!  They're releasing a "Game of the Year" edition for the PS3 that will include all 5 expansion packs.  It'll be $59.99.  Given that each expansion costs $10, it's a fantastic bargain!

I actually sold my copy on eBay about a month ago anticipating the announcement.   ;D
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on May 21, 2009, 12:04 PM
Dude, I totally forgot about that. I wonder of my Game of the Year edition of COD4 I just bought from Amazon has any extra goodies?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Ryan on May 21, 2009, 01:36 PM
It'll have the 4 DLC Maps. What's your user name Brad? We should play some CoD sometime.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Morgbug on May 21, 2009, 01:44 PM
If you're interested in a backward-compatible PlayStation 3, the Metal Gear Solid version is available on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/PlayStation-Metal-Gear-Solid-Pack-3/dp/B0014WJ78E/

If you're interested I'd bite immediately.  It probably won't be there long.

Too little, too late.  Wii has been in the house for over a month and I'm just waiting for a price drop on RB2 before I start picking up the hardware to move my guitar games over to that platform.  Would have dearly loved to have found a PS3 that played the older GH and RB games off my PS2 disks.  **** 'em.  The cost of RB2 at full price and the Wii console would still be less than the backwards compatible PS3.  As it is I'll end up beating the price by $100.  I'll use the PS2 when I want and anything new goes to Wii.   :)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on May 21, 2009, 02:08 PM
I'm a Sony fan, and I sincerely believe they screwed up the PS3 strategy.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Morgbug on May 21, 2009, 03:24 PM
I was fully prepared to be a Sony fan.  The first console I'd bought since an N64 was the PS2.  I'd have happily carried my PS2 games forward to the PS3 were it readily available with backwards compatibility.  I'd go so far as to say the price probably wouldn't have affected me all that much.  $300-500 I'd have lived with. 
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on May 22, 2009, 01:55 AM
It'll have the 4 DLC Maps. What's your user name Brad? We should play some CoD sometime.

I have no idea what my username is. Let me get back with you on that... But yeah, we'll definitely have to arrange a duel.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Matt on May 22, 2009, 01:10 PM
It'll have the 4 DLC Maps. What's your user name Brad? We should play some CoD sometime.

I read not too long ago that Infinity Ward removed the new maps from new copies of COD4 a couple months ago.

And do you have a PS3 in addition to your 360, Ryan?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Ryan on May 23, 2009, 05:25 PM
It'll have the 4 DLC Maps. What's your user name Brad? We should play some CoD sometime.

I read not too long ago that Infinity Ward removed the new maps from new copies of COD4 a couple months ago.

And do you have a PS3 in addition to your 360, Ryan?

I do. I still prefer the 360, but I have both.

I bought CoD4 Game of the Year Edition for PS3 on eBay back in March and the DLC maps still came with it, that could have changed though I suppose.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on May 29, 2009, 01:17 PM
Played through COD4 in less than 5 hours... good game, just wish there were another couple of missions. Why won't these games let us pick our own inventory? I want to start missions with my own weaponry.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on June 4, 2009, 10:06 AM
Dell has a Playstation 3 deal going on right now.

PS3 for $340 (http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&oc=PS380GB&m_133=704680&dgc=CJ&cid=24471&lid=566643&acd=10495476-1225267-u319087t0f0fp21371c0s441)

Click on the link.
Click Add to cart.
You can edit and remove Killzone 2 if you'd like.
Click Add to Shopping Cart.
Enter the promo code:  65G7RQ11J?M2LH

Enjoy!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: jediraven82 on June 7, 2009, 06:06 PM
Thanks for the heads up Bill.

Just a heads up for anyone using Firefox: it wouldn't let me advance to view my shopping cart so I had to do the transaction in my Safari browser.

Update: You can apply for a Dell Preferred Account to reduce the price by another 3%.  So my total was 349.54.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on June 7, 2009, 06:26 PM
So no price drop across the board?  No reveal of the slim PS3?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: jediraven82 on June 7, 2009, 10:13 PM
So no price drop across the board?  No reveal of the slim PS3?

Nope, not at E3.  Only big 'reveal' they had was the PSP Go, but that had been leaked online weeks before E3.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on June 11, 2009, 09:27 AM
80-Gig PS3 for $350 in Amazon's Gold Box (http://www.amazon.com/gp/goldbox)

It's looking like if Sony won't offer a price cut, then retailers are gonna take a stab at it.  First Dell, now Amazon.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: jediraven82 on June 13, 2009, 04:30 AM
Got my PS3 on Wednesday and finally picked up some games today.  Bought used copies of Resistance and Uncharted.  Have only played Resistance so far.  Not too bad, but pretty standard FPS so far.  I'm definitely going to get the XCM Cross Battle which lets you use a 360 controller on the PS3 because I do not like the feel of the DualShock at all.  I also played the demo for Valkyria Chronicles and really enjoyed that so I found a cheap copy of that on eBay.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on June 13, 2009, 08:12 AM
I haven't picked up Resistance since I beat it. Very bland, in my opinion. I'd recommend finding Force Unleashed for $20-30, Call of Duty 4 for $30, and if you're into the NCAA games, just wait 'til next month for 2010 to come out.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Ryan on June 13, 2009, 08:17 AM
I haven't picked up Resistance since I beat it. Very bland, in my opinion.

I felt the same way. I can't believe they try to bill it as one of the best exclusive titles on PS3 and Sony's answer to Halo. It is just an average shooter, at BEST.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on June 13, 2009, 09:26 AM
Resistance was fantastic for a launch game.  Almost 3 years later is shows its age.  I just started playing Resistance 2 after having played Killzone 2 - BIG MISTAKE.  The graphics in R2 are a joke by comparison.  It's still fun and challenging, but it looks way worse.  KZ2 is probably the best graphics I've ever seen.

Valkyria Chronicles is a top-notch game that you should absolutely pick up.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on June 13, 2009, 10:49 AM
I've heard that about Chronicles but don't even know what kind of game it is. For my money, the best game I've got is Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution. I dunno, that's just something I do when I chill out... Go Greek on people's asses.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: jediraven82 on June 13, 2009, 12:17 PM
I played the demo of KZ2 and what's with FPS having R1 as the default fire button?  Doesn't make much sense to me.  Didn't they release an update that gives you an option of a CoD4 control scheme?  Using L2 to aim down the sights and R2 to shoot just seems more natural even though I'm disappointed with Sony's attempt to shape both buttons like triggers.  KZ2 was definitely pretty, but I don't know if I'll ever pick it up because I doubt I'd play online.

Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on June 13, 2009, 12:39 PM
I've heard that about Chronicles but don't even know what kind of game it is. For my money, the best game I've got is Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution. I dunno, that's just something I do when I chill out... Go Greek on people's asses.

It's a strategy RPG with FPS elements.  There's about 15 campaigns.  You deploy your squad, then you have a round of movement/attack, followed by the enemy's round of movement/attack.  Unlike most strategy RPGs you actually control the attacks... it switchs to FPS mode and you get to pick your shot.  The faster you beat each level, the more XP you earn, and the better weapons/armor/troops you get.  On top of that it has a very solid and engaging story.  The levels are challenging and beating them well is very satisfying.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on June 13, 2009, 07:06 PM
I'm definitely going to get the XCM Cross Battle which lets you use a 360 controller on the PS3 because I do not like the feel of the DualShock at all.

Isn't the PS3 remote the same as the PS2 - but wireless?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on June 13, 2009, 09:50 PM
Yes.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on June 13, 2009, 11:20 PM
There are minor differences, but it's pretty much the same.

The biggest difference is the PS button.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on June 22, 2009, 08:34 AM
Looks like it might be a PS3 day on Amazon Gold Box...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/goldbox

COD4 is already listed.  Looks like Wolverine is up in 90 minutes.  Not sure on the rest of the clues...
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on June 22, 2009, 08:47 AM
Speakings of COD4... I don't have broadband but I do have a buddy come over and duel me all the time. I hooked my system up at work and downloaded the $10 map pack to freshen things up, only to find you can't use the maps in split-screen play. Online multi-player only. Imagine our disappointment.  :(

But I've found out my PS username is angryewok so feel free to add me (I'm rarely on, though).  :D
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on June 22, 2009, 10:08 PM
I'm not creating a new thread and don't have the time to fish out at PS2 thread, but I picked up Ghostbusters over the weekend....Horribly long load times and awful graphics and basically a cheesy game after a few levels, even though I enjoyed destroying Mr. Marshmellow.  Blah.....
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on June 22, 2009, 10:52 PM
Yeah, the developers totally screwed the Sony platforms. Even the PS3 version has crap graphics and awful load times.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on June 23, 2009, 09:31 AM
I was disappointed to hear how badly Ghostbusters turned out.  They couldn't even get it to render at 720p... it's upscaled from 540.  Just a piss-poor effort on their part. 
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on June 23, 2009, 09:55 AM
The best part is the developers basically claimed they had it running at max capacity within the PS3's abilities. Maxed out, dude.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on June 23, 2009, 11:12 AM
Wow, that's too bad. 

But expected, considering, you know, it's a piece of ****.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on June 23, 2009, 12:13 PM
Wow, that's too bad. 

But expected, considering, you know, it's a piece of ****.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v298/CorvusTortus/musik25.gif)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on June 23, 2009, 12:16 PM
Has anyone given HAWX a try, yet? The demo was "aight" but nothing special. Was wondering if anyone bit on the $30 Gold Box, yesterday.

I tried the Savage Moon demo yesterday. Kind of fun, if you're a fan of Starship Troopers and tower defense games.

Last but not least, who tried the NCAA 2010 demo? I almost got it but didn't have the time to wait for the 1G+ download. The last NCAA I played was 2008 for PS2, but since they're usually just rehashes, I'm wondering if there's really much of a leap at all. Not sure if I want to drop the $60 on a new one - but a buddy of mine is always coming over to kick my ass at 2008.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on June 23, 2009, 12:26 PM
I always hear the NCAA games are better than Madden... better features and gameplay.  And it's a significant improvement over the PS2 version.  I could never see dedicating the time to get good at those... franchise management and all that.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on June 23, 2009, 12:34 PM
Yeah, my buddy doesn't even like football but for whatever reason he kicks my ass at NCAA 2008. He knows all of the shortcut buttons (R1, up, stick to the right, circle, etc). I have season tickets for the Crimson Tide and go to the Atlanta Dome every once and a while... he doesn't even watch the games on TV. I recognize formations and crap - he doesn't, but he's got the game figured out.

It's okay, though, because he's my bitch in COD4.  :D
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Keonobi on June 23, 2009, 12:38 PM
Couldn't find a thread on it, but anyone have a PSP and have any thoughts on it?  I have to travel for work next week and it got me thinking of something to do on the plane ride (don't know if I'll be get it prior to then, but started me thinking anyway).
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BrentS on June 23, 2009, 12:57 PM
My son got a PSP for christmas this past year.  He enjoys using it for the titles that he plays.  The graphics do look nice from what I can tell.  The biggest challenge is available titles (especially new ones) and ongoing future support for the platform.  He mostly just plays the sports titles and the Battlefront games on the PSP - both types of games aren't available or don't translate as well on the Ninetendo DS. 
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on June 23, 2009, 01:11 PM
Can't the PSP sync to the Playstation Store? I swear I heard you can download Metal Gear Solid for the PSP now.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Keonobi on June 23, 2009, 01:14 PM
Thanks BrentS, I was looking specifically at the Battlefront titles, and maybe a few others.  I don't have a huge amount of time to play games, sitting on a two hour flight being the longest stretch I've had lately, so those type of games would work best.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on June 23, 2009, 01:14 PM
I have a PSP (Star Wars limited edition) but don't really travel enough to get good use out of it.  I only own two games.  It's a quality piece of equipment, but I'm not in love with the layout of the controls.  It's just not as easy to grasp and use as it probably should be.  But it is a nice way to kill a few hours.

And yes, you can link your PSP up to your PS3 via Bluetooth and download apps that way.  It'll also hook up to a PC via USB.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Matt on June 25, 2009, 11:31 AM
Alleged PS3 Slim Details Leaked, Forecasted to Arrive This Fall (http://www.ps3news.com/PlayStation-3/alleged-ps3-slim-details-leaked-forecasted-to-arrive-this-fall/)

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It is real. As previously reported, according to Super_Secret the 'PS3 Slim' is a PS3 that's been cut down as much as physically possible without preventing the loss of playback of any existing PS3 title out there.

It still has Blu-ray, it still has wireless, it still has bluetooth and it still has gigabit ethernet. "OtherOS" support has been removed.
You still get 2 USB ports.

Hard drive sizes will be bigger, it will come in 120Gb and 250Gb flavors. It's still replaceable and will actually be slightly easier as it has been relocated to the front of the console.

It will NOT have any "new" features, such as backwards compatibility or enhanced peripheral support. It's just a PS3, but slightly smaller and cheaper. The power supply is still internal, but a different power cable will be used.

Rear ports are still the same: 1x HDMI, 1x Sony AV port, 1x Optical, 1x Ethernet. And of course a power port. Release date and official announcement are not final.

Price is undetermined, but make no mistake, this is a "slimmed" PS3 in every sense of the word. It's as cheap as can possibly be, so expect it to launch with a smaller price tag than what you're paying now in your respective territories.

Internally, several daughter boards have been removed, but all functionality is still there. This is due to a more advanced manufacturing process. It still uses a few extra boards, though, we're not quite at PSTwo levels yet.

A cheaper Blu-ray drive is being used. It wont be any slower, but expect to see similar issues that another competitor had a while ago. Touch-sensitive buttons on the front for power/eject are gone in favor of cheaper push buttons.

It has a slightly different startup screen. Only slightly. It's about 50% smaller than current PS3s. It wont be called the "PS3 Slim". The PS1 "slim" and the PS2 "slim" were never officially called the "slim", either.

In short: It's a smaller PS3, but that's it. No new features, no special hardware, just smaller and cheaper. And it wont have sex with you.

Cross-game chat is in the works as part of Firmware 3.0. It wont be out during the summer, but assuming all goes well, it will be out well before the holidays.

Current timeframe places it around September, but it's still very much a WIP. If there are any major delays, that will slip and if there are very few delays at all, it might even arrive earlier, but don't bank on it as it is a lot more complicated than you might imagine.

At this point, it's working quite well in the labs and supports several players at once. It's targeted to work with all past and future games that support ingame XMB, much like text chat.

I'm not a betting man, but I wouldn't be surprised if the "slim" shipped with this firmware installed (that doesn't mean the slim will come first, remember).

Who said the 3000 wasn't being phased out? It will be and sooner than you realize. However, the PSP Go isn't what's replacing it. The 4000 is. And yes, it will have a UMD drive. And similar to the PS3 "slim", it's nothing to actually get excited about.

Keep a very close eye on the hard drives shipped with newer PS3's. In a few months (or possibly sooner), something strange is going to start happening.

There you have it, folks. That's it, I'm done, I'm outta here. If you have any more questions, you'll just have to wait like everyone else.

This account is gone, never to be logged into again. You might see me in a few months time when I've got something even more awesome to tell you, but it wont be from this account, and it probably wont even be on this site. Adios!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on June 26, 2009, 08:37 AM
So I'm wanting high speed for my PS3 and PC. I'm willing to call Comcast Cable and get them to install it... I know my PS3 is capable of wireless play, but I don't know how far away the router can be installed for it to work well. I don't even know what kind of wireless I need. Can someone please give me a hand?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on June 26, 2009, 09:02 AM
The PS3 Wi-Fi is 802.11 b/g.  I have FiOS, and the router they installed included wireless out of the box.  All I needed to do was plug a PC into the router, type in the router's IP address, set the password for access, then detect the wireless connection on my PS3 and enter the password.  It was very simple.

Not certain on the maximum distance from the router.  Mine's maybe 15 feet away, through one wall.  I'd get them to install the router as close as possible.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BrentS on June 26, 2009, 12:31 PM
I haven't ever had luck getting my PS3 to connect via wireless and my router.  I think my family room is a black hole for wireless signal though.  My router is about 70 feet away and even with a so called "range extender" I couldn't get sufficient signal.  I went with the powerline approach that lets you use a standard power outlet as an ethernet bridge.  Seems to work okay, although I don't do much online gaming so I'm not sure how the speeds are.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on June 28, 2009, 09:55 PM
Next weekend a bunch of us ought to meet up and play some COD: Modern Warfare together. I'll kick 'yer ass.  :D
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on June 30, 2009, 05:02 PM
I'll be playing COD4 in about two hours if any of you guys want to duel. My PS name is angryewok.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Sugart on June 30, 2009, 09:50 PM
Just got my Ps3 back from Sony. Right now I am downloading a demo, and Ill be buying COD4 tmrw. How long do your demos take to dl. Mine seems to be slow with Comcast DSL.

Looking forward to getting online and playing with you guys.
 
Edit- Been playing online and man do I suck, I managed like 10 kills to 18 deaths. Whats the marksmen challenge so I can unlock red dot sights and such?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on July 2, 2009, 08:57 AM
Hey Sugar! I'll be playing at around 5PM my time, today... maybe we'll get a chance to duel.

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Edit- Been playing online and man do I suck, I managed like 10 kills to 18 deaths.

10-18 is a pretty decent ratio, believe it or not. What really matters is if you help your team win. I like playing Domination because you earn about 200 EXP points if per match if you win, and a good 80 or so at least if you lose. There are a couple of maps where I will just squat over a single objective and play defense. I might make 5 kills the entire match, but if I prevent the other team from securing our bridge (or whatever) I've done better than what I could probably do on the attack. EXP points give you rank, the more rank you get, the better perks and weapons you'll have.

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Whats the marksmen challenge so I can unlock red dot sights and such?

Marksman challenges are listed in the Barracks>Challenges>Weapon Type>Specific Weapon. Typically it's 25 kills with whatever weapon you want the red dot for. You will eventually also unlock a silencer and scope, as well. I believe scopes require 25 head shots. What I'm looking forward to unlocking is the "Overkill" perk which allows you to carry a second primary weapon in the place of your service pistol. (just don't equip two weapons that use the same ammo!)


Just a bit of advice in case you didn't already know this... Red dots are great and don't change your weapon's abilities, but the scopes actually reduce accuracy while improving range. Silencers make you invisible on the radar, but you lose range and accuracy. Keep that in mind when you customize your weapon. If you normally engage the enemy at mid-to-long range, the silencer may not give away your position but your repeated misses will.

Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Sugart on July 2, 2009, 09:17 AM
Cool thanks for the tips. I gotta say so far everything I was worried about hasnt been the case. I assumed that it would be a whole lot of 14 years olds cursing at me and talking trash, not the case so far. I played campaign for a bit and want to finish it at some point, but the real reason I bought the game is for online play.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Matt on July 2, 2009, 12:13 PM
10-18 is a pretty decent ratio, believe it or not.

. . .in baseball.

Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on July 6, 2009, 02:59 PM
New PS3 bundle on the way from Best Buy (http://kotaku.com/5305883/ps3-bundle-includes-mgs4-killzone-2)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on July 6, 2009, 06:45 PM
How come Sony can't sell a bundle without M rated games? My kids arn't allowed to play M rated or even T rated games. That bundle makes the PS3 less tempting to me. How about just $90 off?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: MetalJedi on July 6, 2009, 09:52 PM
How come Sony can't sell a bundle without M rated games? My kids arn't allowed to play M rated or even T rated games. That bundle makes the PS3 less tempting to me. How about just $90 off?

Um, you obviously didn't pay attention the one they released before this one. The bundle with Wall-E and Little Big Planet (both of those are rated E) for the same price. Anyway the PS3 is directed to Teen and Adult gamers. Maybe you should just get a Wii and save yourself the headache.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on July 6, 2009, 09:57 PM
The Wall-E/LBP bundle is still available! (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9367883&type=product&id=1218092611397)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on July 7, 2009, 10:29 AM
That's a sweet bundle, right there.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on July 7, 2009, 10:52 AM
I never saw that set in stores or advertised in the paper. But still $400 for a system with a game that might be too difficult for my 5 year old and I know the 9 year old could care less about. The movie we already have on dvd so why get the blu-ray version? The kids watching the movie aren't going to care about picture quality. Anyone have a list of E rated PS3 games that you can currently buy in the store?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on July 7, 2009, 11:13 AM
List of Rated E games from Amazon (http://tinyurl.com/nblfl6)

Five might not be too young for LBP.  My daughter Julia is 7 and she plays it constantly.  Nine certainly isn't too old to be interested in it.

Also, the LEGO games are fantastic, especially Star Wars.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BrentS on July 7, 2009, 02:35 PM
I never saw that set in stores or advertised in the paper. But still $400 for a system with a game that might be too difficult for my 5 year old and I know the 9 year old could care less about. The movie we already have on dvd so why get the blu-ray version? The kids watching the movie aren't going to care about picture quality. Anyone have a list of E rated PS3 games that you can currently buy in the store?

I have a 10yr old son that uses the PS3 a lot more than the Wii.  He plays LittleBigPlanet and most of the sports titles.  However, he's not allowed (or interested yet) in the "M" rated games.   My 8 year old daughter doesn't use the PS3 much at all - she uses the Wii a bit more.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on July 7, 2009, 03:35 PM
Thanks Bill for the list. My 9 year old loves sports games and it looks like the list is full of them. He would love to play M rated games but they are forbidden in our household. He tries to sneak in GTA every so often so I have quite of collection of them now that I've confiscated.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on July 7, 2009, 03:43 PM
Glad to help!  There's certainly a fantastic assortment of sports game available (though most are multi-plat).
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on July 13, 2009, 09:24 AM
Video footage of the officially denied PS3 Slim... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUBn3_5IbGE)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on July 20, 2009, 01:26 PM
New Lara Croft revealed! (http://buttonmasher.co.nz/blog/2009/07/12/rumour-lara-croft-rebooted-with-concept-art/)

(http://buttonmasher.co.nz/files/2009/07/tombraiderreboot1.jpg)

I don't know... I kinda liked the old Lara Croft.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on July 22, 2009, 03:02 PM
Bill, is there a list of features for the PS3 online dashboard? It would be interesting to see what the PS3 can do verses the 360 as far as networking and non-video game play is concerned.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on July 22, 2009, 03:20 PM
Here's the Wikipedia article on the XMB:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XrossMediaBar

I haven't used it all that much as I don't care a whole lot about various media.  I know is has an MP3 player, and you can connect to media servers that the PS3 can use to play movies or music.  I've never looked much into it.  You can do text, video and voice chat in the XMB, but they haven't finished cross-game voice chat yet.  The Internet browser is kinda clunky compared to anything you'd run on your PC, but it's serviceable.  I'm mostly a games and Blu-rays guy, so I haven't explored much else.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Matt on July 22, 2009, 03:45 PM
Don't forget, PS3 has Home (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayStation_Home).  And Folding (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folding@home).  Truly awesome, awesome stuff.    (http://img149.imageshack.us/img149/8697/lolr.gif)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on July 22, 2009, 03:50 PM
I'm mostly a games and Blu-rays guy, so I haven't explored much else.

Blu Ray here.  That's about all my PS3 is good for.  

Definitely not playing $20 PS2 games.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on July 22, 2009, 05:25 PM
Thanks Bill for the link. I'm trying to get either one of these systems in a budget for a home theater system as a media extender to my home server. The PS3 takes away the need to buy a blu-ray but the 360 seems to work as a more complete media extender. However, I can easily change out the HDD on the PS3 for extra homebrew software.

By the way, I wonder what kind of homebrew games and emulators I can get for the ps3. I know I can program the 360 with the toolkits I have here at work. With my Dreamcast, I could emulate anything.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on July 22, 2009, 05:35 PM
With my Dreamcast, I could emulate anything.

How would one go about doing this?  A local media store buys the systems for like $10 and pays pretty much nothing for games, but I'd prefer to keep it if there was a way to mod the console.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on July 22, 2009, 06:50 PM
Thanks Bill for the link. I'm trying to get either one of these systems in a budget for a home theater system as a media extender to my home server. The PS3 takes away the need to buy a blu-ray but the 360 seems to work as a more complete media extender. However, I can easily change out the HDD on the PS3 for extra homebrew software.

I haven't played with it, but there's a "Media Server" option under both Music and Video.  I assume if you have a media server, you can detect it with the PS3 and stream whatever's on there...

OK, here's what you need:  http://reviews.digitaltrends.com/guide/130/playstation-3-media-server-setup

By the way, I wonder what kind of homebrew games and emulators I can get for the ps3. I know I can program the 360 with the toolkits I have here at work. With my Dreamcast, I could emulate anything.

You can run Linux on the PS3, so your emulation capabilities will be pretty extensive.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on July 22, 2009, 06:54 PM
The Dreamcast was very easy to program. There are a couple of sites that talk about how to burn Dreamcast CDs and have the emulators for it. I was able to emulate almost every system up to the original playstation. It was great to play Super Mario World or Donkey Kong Country again without having to hook up a SNES.

I'll post the sites when I get home.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on July 22, 2009, 06:58 PM
Do you know of any homebrew Atari 2600 or SNES emulators for the PS3? I remember a demo or something where the ps2 or 3 was running a number of older system emulators on each side of a cube.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on July 22, 2009, 07:00 PM
The Dreamcast was very easy to program. There are a couple of sites that talk about how to burn Dreamcast CDs and have the emulators for it. I was able to emulate almost every system up to the original playstation. It was great to play Super Mario World or Donkey Kong Country again without having to hook up a SNES.

I'll post the sites when I get home.

SWEET!  I'd love to know more about this   :)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on July 23, 2009, 12:10 AM
Ok, DC Factory is a program that makes iso boot images for home brew dreamcast games.
DC Factory (http://krypt.dyndns.org:81/dcfactory/)

IMR Technology has a bunch of emulators that run on the Dreamcast (http://imrtechnology.ngemu.com/emulators.htm)

A little site on programming the Dreamcast (http://mc.pp.se/dc/)

Dreamcast homebrew (http://dreamcast.dcemu.co.uk/)

Now I've got to find some sites like these for the PS3. Maybe I can run a Dreamcast emulator on the PS3? Then I can run an Atari emulator on the Dreamcast emulator on the PS3. Run an emulator on a emulator!!!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on July 23, 2009, 01:47 PM
LittleBigPlanet reaches ONE MILLION user-created levels (http://blog.us.playstation.com/2009/07/22/littlebigplanet-community-reaches-one-million-creations/)

You could conceivably play nothing but LittleBigPlanet for the rest of your life and never play the same level twice.  Crazy stuff!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BrentS on July 23, 2009, 02:16 PM
LittleBigPlanet reaches ONE MILLION user-created levels (http://blog.us.playstation.com/2009/07/22/littlebigplanet-community-reaches-one-million-creations/)

You could conceivably play nothing but LittleBigPlanet for the rest of your life and never play the same level twice.  Crazy stuff!

So my son (10yro) loves LBP.  However, I'm not sure he was aware of user-created levels that you can access.  I'm sure I could google this and get the answer quickly, but is it easy to access these created levels?  Obviously, you have to be connected to the internet but is there anything specific that has to be configured to get to them?  Is there anything that should worry a parent trying to protect a child?  I'm always guarded when it comes to letting him access the internet (through whatever means we have).
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on July 23, 2009, 03:06 PM
They're very easy to access.  Once you've beaten the first group of levels, you'll be able to access community levels from the menu below the center planet.  There are a bunch of search features now that I haven't played with much.  But my daughter plays constantly.  She's 7.  There are some levels that are bloody/scary, but they're pretty uncommon.  LBP allows you to report obscene levels, so you really don't stumble across them often.  Other than a couple bloody levels, I haven't come across anything I'd keep her from playing.

You can choose to play any community level by yourself, or online with whoever might be trying to play the level at the time.  I haven't run into any trolls or profane people online, but if that's a concern you can always have him play on his own (or with you!).
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BrentS on July 23, 2009, 03:29 PM
Thanks Bill.  I'm going to look into.  I know how much he loves playing it with his friends.


You can choose to play any community level by yourself, or online with whoever might be trying to play the level at the time.  I haven't run into any trolls or profane people online, but if that's a concern you can always have him play on his own (or with you!).

They don't let me play because I suck so bad, I keep slowing them down  :P
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 15, 2009, 02:07 PM
PS3 Price Drop (http://www.cheapassgamer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=233847)

Also it's widely expected that Sony will announce a new PS3 model - the PS3 Slim - at a GamesCom in Germany on Tuesday.  It's anticipated the price will be $299 with a 120GB hard drive.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on August 15, 2009, 02:38 PM
Why would the old version be $299 for an 80gb while the new slim version be $299 for an 120gb?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 15, 2009, 05:24 PM
The $299 80-Gig is to clear out inventory before the Slim becomes available in September.  There hasn't been any official word, but they're probably going to phase out the original PS3 completely.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on August 15, 2009, 06:09 PM
About frikkin time already.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on August 16, 2009, 06:29 PM
It looks like there is only about a $10 difference in price between 80gb retail HDD and 120gb HDDs.

This news also makes the PS3 $100 less than the Xbox 360 elite. I wonder if Microsoft will reduce the price.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 16, 2009, 08:21 PM
Supposedly the 360 will be dropping price as well... actually the Arcade will still be $199 and the only other model will be the Elite for $299.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 18, 2009, 02:55 PM
Price cut confirmed effective immediately.   $299.  And the Slim will arrive the first week of September.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on August 18, 2009, 03:31 PM
Price cut confirmed effective immediately.   $299.  And the Slim will arrive the first week of September.

I assume there's going to be a backlog of the fat versions before the slims make it out.  Was it ever finalized what's missing/added to the slim design?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 18, 2009, 03:46 PM
It supposedly has all the same functionality of the current 80-Gig model, except you can't install Linux on it.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3436/3833615213_2c582aab60.jpg)

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3537/3833752493_0af6567932_o.jpg)

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3584/3833593107_579fa1b592_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Rob on August 18, 2009, 03:48 PM
I was going to buy a second blu-ray player for the bedroom sometime in the next few months.  At this new price point, I'll probably just get the slim PS3.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 18, 2009, 03:51 PM
Oh yeah... forgot to answer your first question... stores have been thinning their current stock of PS3 for a while now, to the point it's difficult to find at some locations.  Now prices will be cut on the 80-Gig to $299, and the 160-Gig bundle to $399.  The Slim should be on shelves the first week of Sept.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Rob on August 18, 2009, 04:01 PM
What titles are there for the PS3 that are awesome, and not available on the Xbox360?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 18, 2009, 04:08 PM
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Ratchet & Clank
Valkyria Chronicles (fantastic strategy RPG)
Little Big Planet
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Killzone 2
Infamous (haven't played - supposedly good)

That's off the top of my head.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Rob on August 18, 2009, 04:13 PM
Thanks, I'll start looking into those.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 18, 2009, 04:16 PM
LBP is something to be seen.  I'd think with your background you'd have a blast creating levels.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BrentS on August 18, 2009, 04:22 PM
LBP is something to be seen.  I'd think with your background you'd have a blast creating levels.

I don't play Little Big Planet much but I would vouch for it to be visually satisfying.  It really is a captivating title. 
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Sugart on August 18, 2009, 05:41 PM
Fat Princess is just stupid fun.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on August 22, 2009, 04:58 PM
80GB PS3's are drying up all over the place out here - fast.  Going to try and scramble to get a fat version at Gamestop tomorrow.  Hopefully 50 PS2 games and the system will put a dent into that $299 price.  I know that the slim is 120GB, but it's just...ugly.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 27, 2009, 11:04 AM
The new PS3 Slim is showing up at retailers everywhere, and apparently selling at a brisk pace.  I've read reports of stores selling out of entire pallets of PS3s the same day they get them in.  They've also begun shipping from Amazon and other online retailers.

One of the Sony "insiders" who posts on another forum I frequent said he expects the PS3 Slim to be difficult to track down after the initial shipments are depleted until mid/late October.  That's when the next "big boat from China" is due to arrive.  So if you want one now you'd be smart to grab one sooner rather than later.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on August 28, 2009, 07:55 PM
Finally a proud owner of a PS3.  Gamestop had 1 fat and 1 slim PS3 in stock and I could have gotten a free controller if I went with the slim - that had a huge dent on the box, but I stuck with the fattie just becuase.  Haven't felt so giddy about a game system since...well the PS2.  Now I just need to find me a flatscreen to go with it.

Stayed on the cheap side for games and just picked up Rainbow Six: Vegas (I used to live there so I thought it'd be fun to blow things/people up there) and Dark Sector (cheap game, but came highly recommend by the geeky salesmen)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 28, 2009, 11:36 PM
Congrats!  I pick up most of my games on eBay.  You can get 2 or 3 month old games for sometimes 1/2 the price of retail.  I picked up Force Unleashed for $17 shipped two months back.  I got Resident Evil 5 for $36.  I expect I'll pick up Batman next.  I'll be getting a couple of games this fall when the launch, though... Uncharted 2 and Ratchet & Clank.  They're worth full retail.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on August 29, 2009, 05:57 PM
Picked up Deadspace on clearance at Target and I didn't really need printed help, but I got the game guide at Best Buy for a penny.  Extremely odd price, but I guess I don't need to google for help now if I need it when I find time to play the game.

Congrats!  I pick up most of my games on eBay.  You can get 2 or 3 month old games for sometimes 1/2 the price of retail.

Thanks!  I usually just wait a year or two - that's my strategy on getting cheap games.  I'm very patient when it comes to gaming.   ;)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on August 30, 2009, 02:34 PM
Tried out a handful of demos, this weekend. Batman is awesome, even for a hack and slash it was pretty damn fun. Could perhaps be a tad linear beating up a hundred generic goons before every tiered face oponent. Il-2 was okay - but sort of boring - I'd rather have more arcade style maneuverability. COD:World At War was very bland - no interest in that at all at this point. The Ghostbusters game was decent enough for nostalgia - perhaps a good $15 game some day.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on September 3, 2009, 10:40 AM
Saw a PS3 slim at Target a couple of days ago.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: IncomT65 on September 9, 2009, 11:10 AM
Downloaded CMR Dirt2 this afternoon and did a couple of laps on the Baja and Morocco tracks. Pretty fun, but I think I'll save my money for GT5.....
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on September 9, 2009, 11:30 AM
I've been playing Resident Evil 5.  Very enjoyable so far, though I agree with the folks who've found it a bit easy.  I'm thinking of the Batman game next.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: GrandMoffNick on September 10, 2009, 09:51 AM
This is a random post but, anyone seen the PS3 commercial about the rumors it is dropping to $299 where the Sony guy says "don't believe rumors you hear on the internet, that's how WW1 started"? Its pretty funny.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on September 11, 2009, 11:24 AM
Ordered Beatles: Rock Band and Batman: Arkham Asylum the other day from Best Buy. Best Buy is having a buy one, get one half off sale, so I'm getting both for roughly $45. Not a huge savings, but better than the retail here in town.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on September 11, 2009, 12:06 PM
This is a random post but, anyone seen the PS3 commercial about the rumors it is dropping to $299 where the Sony guy says "don't believe rumors you hear on the internet, that's how WW1 started"? Its pretty funny.

The original line was funnier:  "if everything you read on the Internet were true I'd be a Nigerian millionaire."

Then Nigeria complained...   :P
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Morgbug on September 13, 2009, 12:51 AM
Any backwards compataible slims?  :D
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on September 13, 2009, 12:28 PM
Any backwards compataible slims?  :D
The original line was funnier:  "if everything you read on the Internet were true I'd be a Nigerian millionaire."
Then Nigeria complained...   :P

These two quotes seem to go together.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on September 18, 2009, 03:50 PM
Uncharted 2 review from Games Radar (http://www.gamesradar.com/ps3/uncharted-2-among-thieves/review/uncharted-2-among-thieves/a-2009091875511998094/g-200812159395546092)

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Since we briefly played Uncharted 2 at Gamescom in Cologne recently and were part of the multiplayer Beta, we expected it to be pretty good, but ****in’ crikey, not this good.

Launch day buy for certain.   ;D
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on September 20, 2009, 06:56 PM
Uncharted looks like fun.  Will probably be a year before I good price on the sequel.  Picked up Bionic Commando on clearance for $15 at Target today.  Loved the original NES version and this looks like a fun ride - once I actually hook my system up to play it.   :-\   Trying to figure out what to do with my Dreamcast that's still sitting on top of my ol 32" tube tv.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on September 21, 2009, 11:43 AM
FINALLY got high speed at the house and am formally challenging all of you to a duel at Modern Warfare (and eventually MW2), Rock Band: Beatles, or whatever else.

PSN name is, of course, angryewok.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on September 21, 2009, 02:37 PM
I've been playing the Uncharted 2 multi-player demo since I pre-ordered the game last week, and it is truly impressive.  I'm not very good, but it's a blast.  I was able to score twice at Plunder to secure my team's victory.  Great feeling there.  A tutorial would have been nice, but I'm slowly catching on.  The public demo may go up in the store this week or next.

I don't have many other multi-player games AE.  I haven't tried any of the co-ops in Resident Evil 5 if you own it.  Or there's always Little Big Planet.  I'm CreatureCantina if you want to add me.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Sugart on September 21, 2009, 06:58 PM
Picked up Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, pretty good so far.  Just got to the pro/anti registration part, havent tried online yet. Im hoping this will tied me over until MW2
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on September 22, 2009, 03:19 PM
Added you, Bill!

Finally solved all of The Riddler's riddles in Batman: Arkham Asylum - didn't even cheat! But still only have 65% of the trophies. I suck at collecting trophies.

And for Modern Warfare, I just ordered a headset... I'm totally putting a voice changer on it so that I sound like an ewok.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on September 29, 2009, 07:56 PM
Uncharted 2 review by G4 TV's Adam Sessler (http://g4tv.com/games/ps3/57025/Uncharted-2-Among-Thieves/review/)

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I’m not 100% certain when it happened. I think it’s when I had Nathan Drake atop a building in a war-torn Nepalese city, cornered and being fired upon by a helicopter, engaged in a fist fight with the screen slowly draining of color, snapping my enemy’s neck and quickly rolling into cover to reload my grenade launcher only to turn and fire upon the chopper one last time as I watched it crash and explode. I think this is when I realized that Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was the best single-player game I have ever played.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on September 29, 2009, 08:28 PM
Woah, that's a pretty big statement.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on September 30, 2009, 09:31 AM
Gives me chills.   ;D

Dude doesn't shower praise lightly.  It's gonna be a long two weeks, I'm afraid.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on October 5, 2009, 03:56 PM
14 Perfect review scores for Uncharted 2 (http://playstation.innovyx.net/v?xlvllnnEHWcvcHTllHcW)

Uncharted 2 Metacritic score:  97 (http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/ps3/uncharted2amongthieves)

8 days of waiting...   :'(

Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on October 25, 2009, 07:23 PM
Found time to get a flatscreen so I was able to finally free my PS3!  SHEER AWESOMENESS!!!   ;D   ;D

Taking it easy with Ratchet & Clank first.   :)   B-utiful
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on October 25, 2009, 08:06 PM
Be sure you play through a bunch of other games before you get to Uncharted 2.  It'll spoil you to everything else.   ;)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: IncomT65 on October 30, 2009, 03:24 PM
I went out and got this one:

(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a295/incomT65/_A305762.jpg)

Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on October 30, 2009, 03:32 PM
Sweet!  I didn't know they made an arcade fighter controller!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on October 30, 2009, 03:41 PM
I gave up on fighting games after Street Fighter 2 came out in the mid-ninties or so...Way too many complex combos that just lost me in many of the fighting games.  Looks like a cool controller though!

-the old man
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on October 30, 2009, 04:34 PM
Took advantage of a couple of Amazon deals...

$60 Modern Warfare 2
$56 Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition
$27 Uncharted

Altogether, $60 credit added to my account... so I'll pick up either Uncharted 2 or Badlands for free.

Basically $35 for four titles, three new releases and one Greatest Hits.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on November 1, 2009, 06:08 PM
Dusted Ratchet and Clank.  I only play games for a few hours on weekends and the other PS2 R + C games I've played lasted a bit longer it seems.  Kind of a let down, but it was fun and AWESOME candy for the eyes.

Bionic Commando
Dark Sector
DeadSpace
Rainbow Six Vegas

Any suggestions for what I should hit next?  Probably not the most stellar line up, but this is all I have at this point.  Also noticed that the fan gets quite noisy after awhile...is that typical?  I'm sure it is but thought I'd ask you vets.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on November 2, 2009, 09:24 AM
Here's what I've got...

Bioshock
Rock Band 2
Star Wars Force Unleashed
Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution
Metal Gear Solid IV
Grand Theft Auto IV
The Orange Box
Call of Duty 4
Resistance: Fall Of Man
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Beatles: Rock Band

Ordered, not played...

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Fallout 3 (Game of the Year)
Modern Warfare 2

iFett, I recommend Bioshock, Star Wars Force Unleashed, Metal Gear Solid IV, and Grand Theft Auto IV. All of which are in the $30 range. If you want to drop $60, I recommend Batman: Arkham Asylum. I'm not a huge Batman fan, but it's a great, great game - even has voice acting with Mark Hamill.


Regarding the fan...

How old is your machine? How long do you play it before it gets loud? How loud is it when its first boot up, how loud does it become? The fan shouldn't sound any louder than a laptop fan, even a couple of hours into play. Check to see if the air ducts are covered by dust or if the machine is sort of crammed into a corner where it can't breathe, or anything like that that may prevent air from coming and going.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on November 2, 2009, 09:59 AM
The original 60-Gig model has a nosier fan than later models.  I need to crack mine open and vacuum it out at some point, as the fan kicks in after about 15 minutes and never stops.  It's still much quieter than a 360, but it's noticeable.

If you have a new Slim the fan is supposed to be essentially silent.  If it's making distracting noise I'd get it looked at.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on November 2, 2009, 10:29 AM
I bought a new 80G fat model back when the slims first came out and just openend and connected it last weekend.  I have it hooked up flat - flush with the stand for my LCD so perhaps that's what's causing it?  The stand is only a few centimeters high so I didn't think that would be a problem.  It's quiet the first hour, but then it just sounds like it's going to take off into hour 2-4, but it quiets down at times.

Thanks for the recommendations on games AA - will have to check some of those out.  I played and beat TFU on PS2, but I really want the USE.  Definitely not a fan of $60 games.  I've always waited a year or two for the price to come down - same for the systems.   :)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on November 2, 2009, 10:39 AM
I don't think the fan kicking up on the 80-Gig is unusual.

For budget games, Assassin's Creed was very enjoyable.  Some complained that the side missions were too similar (there's really only about 5 types of missions, and you do each over and over in each new region) but I enjoyed each and pretty much cleared the entire game (minus flag hunting) in my first play-through.  Grand Theft Auto IV should be pretty cheap at this point, same with Metal Gear Solid 4.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on November 2, 2009, 10:51 AM
I'll probably buy Assassin's Creed after I play through the other games I've got ordered. I'm really hoping Fallout 3 (Game of the Year) isn't as glitchy as people are screaming... Same goes for Uncharted 1, actually.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on November 2, 2009, 10:54 AM
iFett, I've got the 80G MGSIV model... I put it on a little stool so that whenever I want to play, I pull it out towards the center of the room to make sure it gets all the air it needs. I hear my fan, but it isn't distracting for me...
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on November 2, 2009, 11:15 AM
I never had any problems with Fallout 3.  I didn't play every side mission, though... just the ones I came across naturally.  I plan on picking up the GOTY edition sometime down the line to play all the DLC missions.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on November 2, 2009, 12:07 PM
I can't help myself, I really want to buy Borderlands...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aur7uADSAY

I dunno, I'm just drawn to it.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on November 2, 2009, 01:48 PM
Yeah, that's one I definitely plan to pick up as well.  I love the cell-shaded style.  Very cool.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on November 2, 2009, 03:05 PM
Bill, are you getting Modern Warfare 2?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on November 2, 2009, 03:21 PM
Nah... that game's multi-player is just too hard-core for me.  It's no fun playing casually when it's non-stop me getting pwn3d.  I might pick it up down the line for the single player campaign, which is supposed to be decent but I doubt it's worth the full price of admission.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: jediraven82 on November 2, 2009, 03:48 PM
Nah... that game's multi-player is just too hard-core for me.  It's no fun playing casually when it's non-stop me getting pwn3d.  I might pick it up down the line for the single player campaign, which is supposed to be decent but I doubt it's worth the full price of admission.

Bill, the multiplayer is anything but hardcore.  Infinity Ward now caters to the lowest common denominator.  Anyone can pick this game up and be decent because it no longer takes any skill.  That's the only reason why this game is popular.  Only Call of Duty games that were hardcore were the original and its expansion, United Offensive.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on November 2, 2009, 05:18 PM
Yeah, the perks totally ****** up what was actually a very balanced formula. In the United Offensive days, riflemen were the ones who set the tone. In Modern Warfare, riflemen are pretty sparse on account of the reduced damage of the rifles and the increased accuracy and range of the SMG.

I've been using a Dragunov, lately. With Stopping Power and Deep Impact perks, I still have to hit a target up to three times in the torso to kill. Lame.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: jediraven82 on November 2, 2009, 06:35 PM
Yeah, they really ruined the rifles.  I gave up CoD4 right away once I realized that a .50 cal sniper shot doesn't kill a person right away which is completely retarded.  I would LOVE to see some of these guys who've only played CoD4 and WaW(which is one of the worst games ever made)try playing CoD and UO.  They would get annihilated.

When Battlefield 1943 first came out you could very easily pick out the players who had only played CoD4 and WaW.  They would always use the Thompson and try to kill you from a mile away because for some stupid reason you can actually do that in WaW.  I would just laugh at them as I smoked them with my rifle.

Enough about crappy games though because tomorrow I am picking up my Collector's Edition of Dragon Age: Origins at Gamestop.  I've got it ordered for the 360 but from everything I've heard the 360 and PS3 versions are exactly the same.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Angry Ewok on November 2, 2009, 07:24 PM
Yeah, in my UO days I would seriously turn those noobs out with the bolt action. No, really, they'd be doing tricks on the corner of Carentan by the end of the match. In Modern Warfare you can tell the dev's just stat'd the rifles that looked coolest. How else can you explain a fiddy not being a one shot kill on any part of the body?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on November 18, 2009, 03:12 PM
Walmart Black Friday:  Playstation 3 Console w/Infamous & Batman Arkham Asylum Games + Dark Knight Blu-ray - $299 (http://www.black-friday.net/bf/walmart-black-friday.html)

That's just a FANTASTIC deal.

I finished earning the platinum trophy in Uncharted 2 and have been playing Braid the past week.  Braid is really compelling.  You really need to bend your mind to get through it.  I've beaten worlds 2 through 5 and have one puzzle piece left to get in 6.  Funny thing... I'll play at these tough pieces for like half an hour, give up and turn it off, then just keep thinking about the solution in the back of my head until the solution pops into it.  It's rare that a game stays on my mind like that.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on November 18, 2009, 04:08 PM
Wow...and I thought the $100 off was a good deal....sigh    ::)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Nicklab on November 19, 2009, 07:27 AM
Yeah, in my UO days I would seriously turn those noobs out with the bolt action. No, really, they'd be doing tricks on the corner of Carentan by the end of the match. In Modern Warfare you can tell the dev's just stat'd the rifles that looked coolest. How else can you explain a fiddy not being a one shot kill on any part of the body?

Best.  Video.  Ever.  British kid cries over Modern Warfare 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v_dFtizv7I)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Sprry75 on November 21, 2009, 07:47 PM
Walmart Black Friday:  Playstation 3 Console w/Infamous & Batman Arkham Asylum Games + Dark Knight Blu-ray - $299 (http://www.black-friday.net/bf/walmart-black-friday.html)

That's just a FANTASTIC deal.

I finished earning the platinum trophy in Uncharted 2 and have been playing Braid the past week.  Braid is really compelling.  You really need to bend your mind to get through it.  I've beaten worlds 2 through 5 and have one puzzle piece left to get in 6.  Funny thing... I'll play at these tough pieces for like half an hour, give up and turn it off, then just keep thinking about the solution in the back of my head until the solution pops into it.  It's rare that a game stays on my mind like that.

I think that about does it for me...Unless anybody can tell me four or more reasons Bill's totally full of ****, I think I'm finally in.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on November 22, 2009, 01:31 AM
Whatever you do, don't play Uncharted 2 first.  It'll ruin you to everything else out there.   ;)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Sprry75 on November 22, 2009, 05:38 PM
You sure don't seem to like that game very much.   ;)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Sprry75 on November 22, 2009, 05:44 PM
Any backwards compataible slims?  :D

I never saw an answer to this, and if I'm taking the plunge on Friday, I'd like to know...anyone?  Bill?  Brad?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on November 22, 2009, 05:55 PM
Slims play PS1 games, not PS2 games.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Sprry75 on November 22, 2009, 06:36 PM
Huh.  That's dumb.  But I'll still probably get one.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on November 22, 2009, 06:51 PM
It was a cost reduction move.  In order to play PS2 games it needed the PS2 graphic processor built-in.  There are rumors that they're working on a software solution, but Sony keeps denying them.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Sprry75 on November 22, 2009, 08:03 PM
At 34, I want that Batman game, but I honestly think I've finally outgrown video games (I'm just waiting until this stupid action figure habit goes away), but my kids love the Final Fantasy and Lego video games, so another game system (other than the Wii) makes a little sense.  I'm just ready to dive into Blu-Ray now that the HD-DVD/Blu Ray war is over, and it makes sense to kill two birds with one sub-$300 stone.

I don't want to have to re-buy the Lego games, and I don't want to bother hooking up the PS2.  So damn Sony to hell.  Here's hoping for a software fix.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Hemish on November 23, 2009, 02:00 AM
I just got my ps3 via a redemption programm over here with the lcd bravia tv
I just watched starwars and empire and spank my ass and call me chearlie if they werent the clearest things I have seen ever, they upscale so well I cant wait for the official release of those movies, this weekend its the indy series to see how they upscale and then to the shops to score some bluray flicks
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on November 23, 2009, 12:09 PM
Sony lost me with their inability to ensure true backwards compatability.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on November 23, 2009, 12:11 PM
So you're a Wii player, then?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: IncomT65 on November 23, 2009, 04:44 PM
So um, forgive my undoubtedly childlike question here, but I was wondering if two people can log on to the PSN on one console. You see, I have an account and always automically log on when I turn on the PS3. But my g/f likes to play along with some Tekken and LBP every now and then and I was wondering if I made her an account as well, she could log on at the same time?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on November 23, 2009, 05:58 PM
You can set up multiple profiles in the same console.

http://ps3explained.com/beginner/users-accounts-and-sub-accounts/
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: IncomT65 on November 24, 2009, 01:59 AM
Cool, thanks!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Sprry75 on November 27, 2009, 11:47 AM
Walmart Black Friday:  Playstation 3 Console w/Infamous & Batman Arkham Asylum Games + Dark Knight Blu-ray - $299 (http://www.black-friday.net/bf/walmart-black-friday.html)

That's just a FANTASTIC deal.

I think that about does it for me...Unless anybody can tell me four or more reasons Bill's totally full of ****, I think I'm finally in.

Or not.  I drove by Wal-Mart this morning, and it was an absolute circus (and well after the opening rush, so they were probably cleaned out anyway).  I'll still probably pick one up somewhere down the line, but nothing is worth going anywhere near a Wal-Mart today.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on November 27, 2009, 12:08 PM
Walmart bundle online (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=13227824)

I'd click fast...
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on November 27, 2009, 12:09 PM
Ya I think this is one of the limit of 6 per store dealos or what not, but I did see a guy with one this morning.  Who knows - maybe they'll restock?

Walmart bundle online (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=13227824)

I'd click fast...

Out of stock - that was quick.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on November 27, 2009, 12:10 PM
Sorry... went from In Stock to Out of Stock while I was posting.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on November 27, 2009, 12:35 PM
Looks like Best Buy's kid friendly bundle (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sony+-+PlayStation+3+(120GB)+with+Ratchet+%26+Clank%3A+A+Crack+in+Time+and+LittleBigPlanet/9576274.p;jsessionid=65B69F4FF1C9BBB966EA5A1D6AB62C16.bbolsp-app04-09?id=1218129404573&skuId=9576274&st=playstation%203) is sold out as well.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on November 27, 2009, 12:52 PM
Yeah, apparently the Best Buy bundle went on sale Thursday morning and sold out very quickly.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Sprry75 on November 27, 2009, 03:15 PM
Walmart bundle online (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=13227824)

I'd click fast...

You know, I was online trying to get that early this morning.  It was weird.  On the general search for "playstation," it came up along with a list of several other PS3 bundles, but it was listed as "out of stock."  When I clicked on it specifically, though, the page had it listed as "in stock," and had an "add to cart" button.  I clicked and added it to my cart, but when I tried to check out, it wouldn't let me.  Instead, it kicked me out and emptied my card.  I did that three or four times...God and/or Sam Walton clearly did not want me to get such a good deal that easy.

It's not a big deal, really.  I can get the movie for $10, and if I buy a PS3 at BestBuy, I'll get half that amount back in reward points, so it's pretty much a wash.  And I'm really not that big into games, although I've heard that Arkham Asylum one is pretty awesome.  If I do get it, I can wait until the price drops.  Plus I could care less about whatever that other game is.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on November 27, 2009, 09:48 PM
Best Buy bundle back in stock (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/null/9576274.p?id=1218129404573&skuId=9576274)

Pick-up only...
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on November 30, 2009, 11:55 AM
Cyber Monday Walmart bundle (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=13020931)

It's pretty much their Black Friday bundle, with an additional controller and a Blu-ray remote for $369.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on November 30, 2009, 02:18 PM
Uncharted 2 for $40 (http://www.amazon.com/Uncharted-2-Among-Thieves-Playstation-3/dp/B001JKTC9A?&tag=blurayforum-20)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Sprry75 on November 30, 2009, 03:25 PM
Cyber Monday Walmart bundle (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=13020931)

It's pretty much their Black Friday bundle, with an additional controller and a Blu-ray remote for $369.

That one got me.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on November 30, 2009, 03:27 PM
Sweet!  Congrats!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Sprry75 on November 30, 2009, 03:30 PM
Thanks for the heads up.  I hope Sony pays you commission.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Jim on December 12, 2009, 05:36 PM
If anyone is a late bloomer like myself and has just gotten a PS3 and are considering picking up the SW and INDY Lego titles, grab them if you see them.  I had both ordered as XMAS gifts and was notified that my order was cancelled as both titles have been discontinued ???  I had to drive to about 10 Walmarts and 3 TRU last night just to find Lego SW.  The last TRU had the buy one get one half off deal, so I lucked out with both for $30. Thought for sure that these two titles would still be big sellers.  On a side note, can anyone tell me if the Lego Clone Wars is being considered for any other format than PC? Also, any news on whether Battlefront will make its way to the PS3?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on December 12, 2009, 05:42 PM
I bought LEGO SW & LEGO Indy a month or so ago when Target had a $10 off coupon.  I already played through the PS2 version of Indy and didn't really care for it so I returned it and will be rebuying Indy 2 with new levels when I find it for cheap.  I already played through both of the LEGO SW games on PS2, but this is just a must have for any gaming library IMO.

Oh - also picked up Fallout 3, MGS4, Uncharted 1 at Gamestop this morning with their buy 2 get 1 free sale.  This should keep me busy for awhile.   :)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on December 13, 2009, 04:39 PM
Double dipped at Gamestop again and got TFU - USE, Resistance, and the Orange Box.  Loved Half-Life back in the day on my PC so this should be fun even though the dorks behind the counter told me not to buy it since Valve doesn't support PS3 anymore, but what the hey.

I think I'm good on games for a few months now.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on December 13, 2009, 09:31 PM
I got a ton of play out of Orange Box, which I grabbed a few months back.  Portal is a truly fantastic, innovative game.  And Half-Life 2 was just as much fun as it was when I played it on the PC years ago.  The graphics are a bit dated, but it's still an amazing experience.  I didn't run into any problems with the PS3 version, which supposedly suffered from issues with the PS3 port.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on December 15, 2009, 08:40 AM
PS3 games today on Amazon Gold Box (http://www.amazon.com/gp/goldbox)

Hoping for a good deal on Infamous...
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on December 15, 2009, 12:20 PM
PS3 games today on Amazon Gold Box (http://www.amazon.com/gp/goldbox)

Hoping for a good deal on Infamous...

I caved.  $25.77 is a good price.  K...I'm done with PS3 games for awhile now.   :)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on December 15, 2009, 01:09 PM
Same here.  I've wanted to get it for a long time... at that price it was an easy decision.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on December 16, 2009, 05:54 PM
Started Uncharted today and I'm 69% of the way done with it.  Not really as "attached" to the game or its characters as much as most of the reviews lead to believe.  Fun game though...for the most part.

Next day...

92% complete...taking a break - didn't know there was going to be "Resident Evil" aspects of this game, but it's getting better since I found Drake and I want my reporter chick back.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: JesseVader08 on December 25, 2009, 02:21 PM
My wife gave me a 250GB PS3 for Christmas - I'm really looking forward to hooking it up.  Besides our Wii, I haven't had a game system since our N64!  :D

Anyone have any 'must have' game recommendations?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on December 25, 2009, 02:41 PM
Welcome to the club Jesse - I'm sure the vets can help you out with must haves.  Uncharted actually turned out to be one of the funner and easier games I've played on this system.  Started MGS4 and Fallout, but those aren't working out too well so I'm hooked on Deadspace for the moment.  Totally forgot about the Prima game guide I got for a penny at BB.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Ryan on December 25, 2009, 03:01 PM
Put Assassin's Creed II on your 'must have' list. :)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on December 25, 2009, 06:24 PM
Play Uncharted 1 before you play Uncharted 2.  I'd actually recommend waiting to play UC2 until you play everything else on your list, because nothing else really compares.  I agree Assassin's Creed 2 is excellent.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Sprry75 on December 26, 2009, 10:45 AM
I don't mean to be a needy prick, but I've been reading places like IGN to get some reviews on these games you're all talking about, and they read like commercials.

I've been out of the videogame loop since Zelda Windwaker came out on the Game Cube, but I got a PS3 and full on geeked out over Batman: Arkham Asylum, which I've now passed.  I wouldn't mind picking up a game or two more, but I am by no means a hardcore gamer.

That said, can any of you guys who have played Uncharted and Uncharted 2, plus Assassin's Creed 2, give me a bit of a synopsis of the games?  They're obviously highly endorsed by you guys, but I guess I like a certain kind of game and want to know what I'm getting into.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on December 26, 2009, 12:29 PM
Uncharted 1 and 2 are "adventure" games.  They're 3rd-person shooters with a cover system.  You'll face wave after wave of enemies, and patience and accuracy are critical.  There's also a considerable amount of platforming, climbing and puzzle solving.  They both have strong stories and compelling characters.  They're like playing an Indiana Jones movie.  Uncharted 2 is significantly more polished, with the best graphics available on a console game.

Assassin's Creed is similar.  Platforming, climbing, killing people.  AC1 was criticized for lack of variety in the side missions... they were all either kill a bunch of guards harassing someone, eavesdrop on a conversation, or follow someone and beat them up.  AC2 has a much more varied batch of side missions.  A lot of AC is about avoiding detection and not getting in a big fight... the big fight is the penalty for screwing up.  AC2 is almost as polished as UC2.  The battle system is fun.  The story is decent.  And the environments are fantastic.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on December 26, 2009, 06:02 PM
I don't mean to be a needy prick, but I've been reading places like IGN to get some reviews on these games you're all talking about, and they read like commercials.

I've had the same problem with Gamestop.  Most of the reviews don't mean ass at least IMO.

That said, can any of you guys who have played Uncharted
Thanks.

Uncharted 1 was really great actually after getting through more of the latter levels I guess I was too harsh on it at first.  Environments are beautiful and the gameplay is solid.  Get good at those head shots though to save on ammo.  Lots of hidden "treasure" to find on the back side of the game.  They really put a lot into this and I dug the special features.  Like Bill said - it feels like your in an Indy movie at times.  I've played maybe 6-7 games so far on the PS3 and I think know this is a must own.  Definitely some replay value here in a while.

The first Ratchet and Clank for the PS3 was a fantastic icebreaker for myself being my first game on this system.  Loved the PS2 versions so this was leaps and bounds all over the place to get used to this system and it's gorgeous graphics.

That probably doesn't help you one bit, but party on!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Sprry75 on December 26, 2009, 08:25 PM
Perfect, those sound fun.  I got my kid Ratchet & Clank for Christmas, maybe I'll play that a bit in the meantime.  I suck at FPS, so the third person aspect of the Uncharted games sounds down my alley.  I'll keep an eye out for deals on those.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: JesseVader08 on December 26, 2009, 09:14 PM
I've seen shots of Uncharted 2 and Assassin's Creed 2 on TV and that's what really got me interested in the system and "hinting" for Christmas.  If they're anywhere near what I've seen in those commercials, I think I'll be blown away.

I've always enjoyed first person shooters (like the classic Doom games and its various incarnations), so I think third person shooters should be pretty fun for me too.

Thanks from me too from the great info!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on January 17, 2010, 06:01 PM
Picked up District 9 today (to enjoy) and to check out the GOW III demo.  Prompted me to update my PS3 which lead me to finally download and check out Home....Ya - kinda lame, but it's free so it was nice to walk around and check things out.  Also tried surfin the web, but it felt strange on my tv so I'll just stick with my PC.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: JesseVader08 on January 18, 2010, 12:21 AM
Picked up District 9 today (to enjoy) and to check out the GOW III demo.

I forgot about that!  I picked up District 9 last week and have yet to try the demo, but I will.

I've enjoyed a few demos to see what I might be spending my money on.  Wolfenstein was definitely fun.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on January 18, 2010, 09:17 AM
I started playing inFamous over the weekend.  So far I'm really impressed.  It's the kind of game where you're always telling yourself "well, maybe just one more mission."  And then you look at the clock and it's 3am.  My first play-through I'm being Mr. Good Guy.  It kinda sucks, because you gotta do a lot of things detrimental to your own self-interests, which actually makes a number of missions quite a bit harder.  I probably should have been bad first... it would have been easier.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Hemish on January 19, 2010, 08:47 AM
I only have uncharted2 and ghostbusters for the ps3, I find myself using it to play blurays and stream movies and tv from the pc more than play games at the moment, hope to pick up the play tv unit for it in a couple of weeks too.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on January 19, 2010, 11:54 AM
Picked up LEGO Batman at Target for $13.98..Just couldn't resist.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Morgbug on January 19, 2010, 12:34 PM
When is the PS4 coming out?  And will it be backwards compatible with PS3/2/1 games or will Sony just opt to screw over its users again?   :-*
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on January 19, 2010, 12:49 PM
Picked up LEGO Batman at Target for $13.98..Just couldn't resist.

I actually enjoyed Batman more than Star Wars.  There's just more variety.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BrentS on January 19, 2010, 05:41 PM
My son thinks Batman lego is the best of all the lego franchise so far.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on January 19, 2010, 06:45 PM
I had and played through PS2 LEGO Batman and personally - I just didn't enjoy it as much as I did with SW and Indy, but I still had a good time with it and it's a staple to a good library IMO.  I guess Harry Potter and Spongebob are up for the next LEGO treatments?  I'd dig a CW themed game myself...
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Sprry75 on January 19, 2010, 07:04 PM
I guess ...Spongebob [is] up for the next LEGO treatments? 

Do you have any info on this?  I have a six year old that would absolutely wig his **** over a Lego Spongebob video game.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on January 19, 2010, 07:33 PM
I thought Lego Batman was better than Lego Indy. Lego Indy didn't have enough puzzles and was too straight forward. Also, there wasn't enough different characters. However, playing as Santa Clause was a plus though. Lego Star Wars: complete was the best one. I'm looking forward to Lego Harry Potter.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BrentS on January 19, 2010, 11:33 PM
Lego Harry Potter is definitely on our watch list.  The trailers look pretty cool.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on January 20, 2010, 08:45 PM
Do you have any info on this?  I have a six year old that would absolutely wig his **** over a Lego Spongebob video game.

Sorry - I must have read into a bad rumor mill.   :-\
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Sprry75 on January 20, 2010, 10:10 PM
Oh, man.  I hope that one happens (mostly because I told him it was going to).
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: IncomT65 on January 30, 2010, 02:30 PM
Bought NFS: Shift and MW2 last Saturday. I'm really into NFS: Shift, awesome game and finally it's about racing again.

I also started MW2 and played a bit online with fellow SW fan blaster_e11. I'm really not good at FPS online, but we played a couple of fun 2-player coop rounds.

I also bought GT for PSP. But I'm really looking forward to GT5 for the PS3. That's gonna be one helluva ride!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on January 30, 2010, 02:40 PM
I just finished up inFamous which was awesome.  I played through as a "good" guy.  I figure after a while I'll go back and play bad.  Since then I've been playing Saint's Row 2, which I picked up for $10 at Best Buy before Christmas.  This game is a blast.  Totally fun, and totally twisted.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on January 30, 2010, 09:45 PM
I'm still stuck on The Orange Box and lovin it just like I did with the original Half Life back in the day...Good stuff here even though it's old stuff!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: DSJ™ on February 1, 2010, 10:32 AM
Saw this posted on the othe|R site & was mentioned... Skynet!  :D

U.S. Air Force building supercomputer from PS3s (http://videogames.yahoo.com/events/plugged-in/u-s-air-force-building-supercomputer-from-ps3s/1387199)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on February 1, 2010, 10:43 AM
Wasn't the government doing something "special" with the PS2 when it came out back in the day?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on February 1, 2010, 10:59 AM
Saw this posted on the othe|R site & was mentioned... Skynet!  :D

U.S. Air Force building supercomputer from PS3s (http://videogames.yahoo.com/events/plugged-in/u-s-air-force-building-supercomputer-from-ps3s/1387199)

Quote
"In a general sense, we are interested in making it autonomous."

 :o :o :o

How about a nice game of Global Thermonuclear War?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on February 1, 2010, 07:38 PM
Saw this posted on the othe|R site & was mentioned... Skynet!  :D

U.S. Air Force building supercomputer from PS3s (http://videogames.yahoo.com/events/plugged-in/u-s-air-force-building-supercomputer-from-ps3s/1387199)

Quote
"In a general sense, we are interested in making it autonomous."

 :o :o :o

How about a nice game of Global Thermonuclear War?

Be glad its not the 360 otherwise the Red Ring of Death would take on entire new meaning.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on February 9, 2010, 07:42 PM
Picked up the GOW collection the other day at BB for $15 after the $10 price drop and $15 in reward points.  Glad to have these back after ditching my PS2.   :) 

Hope they do a Kingdom Hearts upgrade type deal someday.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on February 18, 2010, 11:48 AM
Just got a press release...

Greetings everyone,

LucasArts is taking PlayStation Home by storm! Today, users on Home will be able to visit the just-launched LucasArts storefront, where they’ll be able to browse, try on, and buy a wide variety of virtual items for their Home avatar. Notable items includes a male and female Stormtrooper outfit, iconic Indiana Jones outfits, and some great new gear from Star Wars The Clone Wars. There are a bunch of items to peruse at the store, so be sure to check it out. I’ve attached a few images of some of the more notable items. This is just one of many upcoming updates for PlayStation Home, so stay tuned for more details as they come.

Here’s a complete list of what is available now:

Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: JayDouble on March 1, 2010, 12:23 PM
Anyone else getting the 8001050F error?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: JesseVader08 on March 1, 2010, 03:09 PM
I've got the new slim system, so it sounds like I should be OK (http://ps3.ign.com/articles/107/1073007p1.html).  But I'm leaving mine off for now just in case.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on March 1, 2010, 03:21 PM
Wow...That really sucks.  I haven't played my PS3 for about two weeks, but logged about 5 hours yesterday morning on Assassin's Creed.  Hopefully that doesn't come back to bite me in the ass.   :-\
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on March 1, 2010, 05:59 PM
In theory the issue will resolve itself in about an hour.  It's tied to Leap Year math and the GMT time zone.  For whatever reason it thought 2010 was a Leap Year, and died when it couldn't resolve the date.  If it's not working by 7pm EST, I saw if you remove the battery for 10 minutes the internal clock will reset and it'll be fine.  I've wanted to vacuum mine out for a while, so this might be the time to do it.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on March 12, 2010, 11:26 AM
Got my Game Informer yesterday and it said that Sony's going to shut off Home.  Never really bothered with it much, but do they have plans for any other sort of online community?

Glad I never forked over any cash for a Stormtrooper outfit    :)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on March 12, 2010, 11:28 AM
That's the first I've heard that.  I don't use Home either, but I know there are people out there addicted to the thing.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on March 12, 2010, 11:45 AM
I guess those two will have to find somewhere else to go.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on March 12, 2010, 11:48 AM
Apparently this was in the April Fools section...   ;)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on March 12, 2010, 11:53 AM
Apparently this was in the April Fools section...   ;)

That's what I get for skimming through a magazine.   :-\   :)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Jim on March 15, 2010, 08:41 PM
Anyone pick up Aliens vs Predaors? The single player mode was a bit disappointing. The enviroment was a bit too dark IMO and the light you have isnt the greatest.  The online mode is a different story though and is pretty fun.

Also looking for some feedback on a decent but not overly priced headset.

On a side note, I just recently started playing online and am looking for contacts to add.  So feel free to shoot out your usernames so I can add them. Mine is crossroads69. Thanks!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on April 11, 2010, 04:17 PM
Started Infamous a few weeks ago and finished it on hero mode this afternoon.  Fun game, and I look forward to replaying it in evil mode someday. 

Had to update my PS3 today and it said that I couldn't install Linux if I went through with the install.  I've never pimped any of my previous systems, but I declined the update just in case.

Time now for Batman Arkham Asylum.   :)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: IncomT65 on April 13, 2010, 05:04 PM
I had to update two weeks ago or so. I can't have another OS running anymore either (not that I had), but the system also said I couldn't log on if I didn't install the update. I don't mind though.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: JayDouble on May 20, 2010, 07:20 PM
Anyone pick up Red Dead Redemption?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on May 20, 2010, 07:36 PM
Anyone pick up Red Dead Redemption?

I had a good time with Red Dead Revolver and heard this is a great GTA type game, but I've never paid more than $60 for a game and never intend to.

Case in point - still living in the past.  Finished Batman Arkham Asylum a few weeks back and I'm about halfway through with Resistance 1.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on May 20, 2010, 07:40 PM
Wanna sell your Batman?   ;)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on May 21, 2010, 11:01 AM
Wanna sell your Batman?   ;)

2-disc collector's edition $20 + shipping (if you're serious)

It's just the "Digi-pack" sleeve with the 2 discs - not all that extra crap that came with that set.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on May 21, 2010, 11:44 AM
I was planning to pick it up off eBay to play anyway... might as well do it within the family since the option's there.  PM me your PayPal address.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BrentS on May 21, 2010, 04:00 PM
My son just started playing Split Second (received the day it was released via his Gamefly subscription).  He's having a blast blowing up cars as he races through the cities.  Not sure on the long term replayabilty yet though.


He's also looking forward to ModNation Racing coming out next week and apparently Little Big Planet 2 is due out "sometime" in 2010.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: IncomT65 on May 29, 2010, 04:08 PM
Having a bloody great time with Darksiders. I've fast become a huge fan of not only the game, but of the amazing artwork as well. I've read about a contest during the release of the game. Anyone have that lifesize Chaoseater for cheap?  ;D
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on May 29, 2010, 04:56 PM
Been playing Batman Arkham Asylum (thanks iFett!).  Pretty terrific so far.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on June 4, 2010, 05:27 PM
Glad to hear you're enjoying the Dark Knight Bill!  Ivy and Harley Quinn are about the sexiest female video game characters I've seen in awhile.   >:D

I've resisted Resistance since I'm stuck on one of the final levels and can't move forward so I've gone back to LEGO Star Wars (which is a NICE break from FPS) and have started Wolfenstein on the side (which is not a break from FPS).  I still remember playing the first version on a cheesy PC back in the "late" 90's??  This is an awesome upgrade!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on June 15, 2010, 12:53 PM
Sony's E3 conference starts in about two hours.  Looking forward to that, even thought it seems they've already announced all their games.  I'm not expecting many surprises at this point.

If anyone wants to be next in line for Batman - Arkham Asylum, I'm finished.  It was absolutely worth the $20 + shipping.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: ruiner on June 15, 2010, 05:42 PM
I might take you up on that offer.

Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on June 16, 2010, 01:14 AM
Looks like Sony has a new premium online service for $50 a year. They also show off the new Playstation Move controler. Looks like a magic microphone to me.

(http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2010/03/ps3-move-20100318.jpg)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on June 16, 2010, 09:53 AM
meh...I'll just go to my Wii if I want to play any motion type game.  Nintendo already has my $ for that kinda stuff.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on June 16, 2010, 10:57 AM
I'm reserving judgment.  From some reports I read, the Move is actually substantially better for FPS games... more natural, more accurate, and faster than the DualShock.  I think it all depends on the software... if they implement the controller well, it might be awesome.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on June 16, 2010, 04:14 PM
I understand you have to use the PS3 camera with it. The camera reads the position of the ping pong ball on top of the controller. Pretty cheezy if you ask me. Why not just use a simple RF bar and bluetooth like the Wii does?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on June 16, 2010, 04:20 PM
I understand you have to use the PS3 camera with it. The camera reads the position of the ping pong ball on top of the controller. Pretty cheezy if you ask me. Why not just use a simple RF bar and bluetooth like the Wii does?

Much better accuracy, apparently.  It's also better for tracking in 3D space, since the PS3 can calculate relative depth based on the size of the bulb.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on July 2, 2010, 06:43 PM
Infamous 2 gameplay vid (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ttv7JQGHeI)

Pretty damn intense.  I can't fathom why they changed his voice so much, but I'll try not to let it bug me too much.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on July 2, 2010, 06:57 PM
I really enjoyed InFamous and I'm looking forward to the sequel - at a good price though.

Finished Wolfenstien this morning (lame endinig, but good game) and moved on to RE5, but it's very difficult to get head shots in the bright hot sun.  Gave up on the game an hour or so in when I ran out of ammo in a mining tunnel.  Off to Killzone 2.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: JayDouble on August 6, 2010, 01:10 PM
Anyone have a Slim PS3 and owned the Fat PS3 before?  How do you like it? 
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on October 14, 2010, 10:30 AM

Netflix on PS3 goes disc-free, gets 1080i streaming and 5.1 surround sound (http://www.engadget.com/2010/10/14/netflix-on-ps3-goes-disc-free-gets-1080i-streaming-and-5-1-surr/)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: JesseVader08 on October 14, 2010, 04:35 PM
And now they've updated to say 1080p will be supported.  Very interesting.  (They've just added Netflix to the Canadian market.  Woot!)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on October 17, 2010, 05:00 PM
Picked up FF XIII, GOW III, and Uncharted 2 at Gamestop with their B2GOF sale.  Got all the way home and the prick forgot to put the discs in the cases...No worries.  Guess they have some new Power Up rewards program thing.  I'll be busy for awhile...
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Rob L on October 22, 2010, 12:37 PM
Anyone have a Slim PS3 and owned the Fat PS3 before?  How do you like it? 

I had the 60GB model so I miss the card slots, but apart from that the slim version is a lot quieter and seems to use less power.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on October 27, 2010, 10:22 AM
Playstation Phone (http://www.engadget.com/2010/10/26/the-playstation-phone/)

I haven't touched my PSP in ages, but still this looks pretty sweet.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on October 27, 2010, 11:33 PM
Too bad it will be cursed with Sony's awful ps3 interface.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BrentS on December 29, 2010, 02:07 PM
This answer is probably buried in this thread already but I'm don't want to sift through 39 pages to find out. 

Has anyone upgraded their Hard Drive on their PS3?  My son has a 40GB PS3 and he's basically filled it up with games, saved games, and the like.  I was doing some internet searching and it looks like the PS3 is actually made to be upgraded and I've upgrading various PCs several times so I'm not foreign to the concept.  I'm just wondering what people's experience's are with upgrading the PS3. 

Also, any recommendations for a drive?  As best as I can tell it just needs to be a "slim" style hard drive.  I'm going to start shopping around as my son thinks a nice beefy HD would be a good birthday present.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: IncomT65 on January 23, 2011, 01:47 PM
Haven't played on my PSP for months either. Sold my 10 games quite a while ago and bought GT for PSP. I think I'll get rid of it one of these days, though.

On the PS3, it's racing games all the way for me: NFS:Shift, F1 2010 and GT5. Tekken 6 not so much anymore, but I'll undoubtedly get back at that too. Really looking forward to Killzone 3 next month, though!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on January 27, 2011, 10:05 AM

(http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2011/01/11x0127b7y466.jpg)
Sony's next PSP, codenamed NGP (http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/27/the-sony-psp2/)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Matt on May 3, 2011, 12:40 AM
Finally bought a PS3!  Need some good online games to play.  What do you guys recommend?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on May 3, 2011, 08:04 AM
Ha!  Online games.  That's funny.   ;D

Portal 2 is on sale right now for $35 at Amazon. (http://www.amazon.com/Portal-2-PS3/dp/product/B003O6E3C8?SubscriptionId=0AKK26D74VRPDADHKP02&tag=bluray-065-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B003O6E3C8)  Hell of a price for a brand new game.  I grabbed one myself.

What sort of online games are you looking for?  Shooters?  RPGs? It'd help to know to make some recommendations.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Sprry75 on May 3, 2011, 09:05 AM
If you want to get games online, I have 10 million or so accounts I will sell you for cheap.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Hemish on May 3, 2011, 08:13 PM
I love need for speed hot pursuit, its alot of fun and the online was great, man I hope they get the network up and running soon, been what 2 weeks now since the network was hacked?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on May 3, 2011, 08:17 PM
If you want to get games online, I have 10 million or so accounts I will sell you for cheap.

Just sell me Bill Cable's and Brent's accounts and I'll be set for life!!! >:D
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Matt on May 4, 2011, 01:56 AM

What sort of online games are you looking for?  Shooters?  RPGs? It'd help to know to make some recommendations.

Troll simulators, mostly.  What do they have in the way of those?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on May 4, 2011, 09:30 AM
I can give you a couple of Disney sites that are overrun with them. Good hunting!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on July 30, 2011, 05:05 PM
Any of you guys ever experienced any "flickering" issues on your PS3 while playing games?  I haven't until I was in the few final stages of Half-Life 2 Ep 2 a few weeks ago and I thought it was just the game, but eversince then it seems all of my games do this after about 30-45mins now into play, but it does not effect the main PS3 menu whatsoever....
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 17, 2011, 08:16 AM
Price Drop (http://ps3.ign.com/articles/118/1188138p1.html)
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on August 18, 2011, 12:55 AM
Any of you guys ever experienced any "flickering" issues on your PS3 while playing games?  I haven't until I was in the few final stages of Half-Life 2 Ep 2 a few weeks ago and I thought it was just the game, but eversince then it seems all of my games do this after about 30-45mins now into play, but it does not effect the main PS3 menu whatsoever....

My inlaws TV does alot of flckering. They don't have game console hooked up to it. Maybe your TV is dying?
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on August 18, 2011, 09:42 AM
My inlaws TV does alot of flckering. They don't have game console hooked up to it. Maybe your TV is dying?

Nope...It's a brand new 47" Vizio.  TV only flickers when I play PS3 games.  TV/DVD/BD all work perfectly with it.  Finally figured out it has something to do with my "vintage" receiver that doesn't have HDMI so I tried my ps3 on other tv's in my house that don't have surround sound and it's been purring like a kitten.  Even disconnected all the sound cables on the Vizio and viola - kitten.  Odd that sound output would cause the screen to flicker, but ya, either need a new receiver or I have to do some tweeking on my sound settings.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on August 18, 2011, 09:45 AM
I go HDMI direct to my TV and optical to my receiver, and don't have any sort of flickering.  You need to make sure your outputs are set up correctly on the PS3 settings.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on November 3, 2011, 12:31 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2011/11/01/sony-patent-reveals-biometric-ps3-controller-and-handheld/

Biometric Controller?  Not sure I want enemies in my games knowing I'm stressed, but kinda neat....maybe.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on November 3, 2011, 12:40 PM
Man... I hope they don't use it to adjust difficulty on the fly.  I get pissed off when I'm stuck on something, and it'd cheapen the eventual victory if the task got progressively easier the more it stressed me out.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BrentS on December 23, 2011, 10:58 AM
My son's PS3 died last night - Merry Christmas on the first day of your vacation.

I'm getting the blinking red light of death which based on my internet research indicates its likely a problem due to long term over-heating and a malfunction with the Motherboard.  By all accounts, Sony can fix this for the tidy sum of $150 + taxes, shipping and of course time.

He was getting some Christmas money from Grandma so we were able to go out and buy a new 160GB version.  I was under the impression that I'd be able to pull the old HDD out of the malfunctioning PS3 and slide it into the new model.  The old HDD was upgraded to a 500GB drive in February and I figured that I could just swap out the drives.  Apparently that is not the case... each PS3 encodes an individual HDD so that it will only work in that system.  I suppose that makes sense but its incredibly frustrating.

So my son was completely devastated, first at the thought of no PS3 for Christmas vacation (he's expecting several new video game gifts!!) and then second when we got the new PS3 and found out his old files can't be transferred.   >:( >:(

At least his two favorite games we were able to "recover" the most "important" information - For MW3, apparently all his "status" is saved with the PSN account and when we logged in on the new system he didn't lose anything.  His second favorite game is WWE12 and he had made several in-game purchases... all of those were still "recognized" as purchases and we could re-download them.

He has still lost any saved games / progress in any game he owns though...

So now I'm wondering if I can find a "cheap" way to get the old PS3 up and running long enough to do the data transfer or at least back-up the saved game files.  According to the internet research I did last night, you can repair these with some solder and a heat gun.  Not something I'm proficient with so I'm going to look around for a local "tech" resource that can help... I do not want to send this to Sony for $150.  I don't need to the old system to work for long... just long enough to try and recover the data files. 
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on December 23, 2011, 12:53 PM
There are tricks to overheat the unit to the point where the solder melts and the connections are reestablished.  Some people run it wrapped in a towel, or put it in an oven.  There are tutorials on YouTube.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BrentS on December 23, 2011, 11:15 PM
There are tricks to overheat the unit to the point where the solder melts and the connections are reestablished.  Some people run it wrapped in a towel, or put it in an oven.  There are tutorials on YouTube.

I'm going to give those a try tomorrow. Nothing to lose at this point!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: Master_Phruby on December 24, 2011, 11:39 AM
PS3 rosting over an open fire.....MW3 snipping at your nose.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BrentS on December 24, 2011, 12:47 PM
The PS3 hair dryer trick got the system back up and running!!! Recognizing this isnt a permanent fix, I've started running the backup utility (very slow!!!). I hope the system holds out long enough to complete the backup - 6 hours to go  :o
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BrentS on December 24, 2011, 08:27 PM
Back-up was completed... just need to restore to the new system now!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on December 24, 2011, 09:28 PM
Congrats!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on March 27, 2012, 07:44 AM
Amazon Goldbox has the 320-Gig PS3 on sale for $249:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/goldbox
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on April 30, 2012, 11:45 AM
I just won a free copy of Uncharted 3 from Subway...some kinda second chance prize from some online "taste for adventure" game.  neat.  Last thing I ever won was a Rancid CD from a radio station when I was a kid - oh and some SW figs here at JD years back.   8)

Meh - it's just some leather armband and some journal...oh well still free!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on April 30, 2012, 07:07 PM
That's probably more valuable than the game... sounds like some of the promo merch or maybe some of the deluxe game pack-ins.  The wrist band is pretty sweet in-game.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on April 30, 2012, 10:53 PM
Is that a decent trade for Batman Arkam City CE?  Still not sure why I'm being contacted after all these months, but ya....I would have rather preferred the actual game myself.  Uncharted is good stuff!
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: iFett on June 3, 2012, 05:51 PM
Got my UC3 promo stuff.  Kinda lame.  The dude I'm trading it to is going to dress up as Drake for Halloween so good for him.  Picked up DukeNukem for $5 at Target yesterday..should be fun?  Never played one of these games.
Title: Re: Sony PlayStation 3
Post by: BillCable on June 5, 2013, 11:11 AM
With the PS4 just over the horizon, it's great to see the old girl still has something left in her...

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/06/05/the-last-of-us-review

That's the first game they've given a 10 since 2011.