Shawn DrotarWelcome to The Show

Posted on May 31st, 2007 in Gaming, Playstation 3, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

If you’re either a baseball fan or a sports game fan at all, you’ll want to know about MLB 07: The Show for the PlayStation 3.
After too many hours to count with the title, I’ve written a full review at Operation Sports that might help you decide if the game’s for you or not.
But here’s […]

Shawn DrotarIs EA Sports finally gaining ground online?

Posted on May 30th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Wii by Shawn Drotar

The answer is a resounding “sort of”.
In a textbook illustration of how wildly out of touch the mainstream media is with the gaming world, AP writer Pat Eaton-Robb glosses over EA Sports’ online initiatives, but the big picture is obscured: while EA has some interesting ideas, the reality has always lagged far behind what’s seen […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on May 25th, 2007 in Gaming, PC Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

We’re headed into Memorial Day weekend, and I’ll admit it - I’m really ready for it.
Forza Motorsport 2 should be on store shelves when we return on Tuesday, so a trip to the ‘ol gaming store will probably be in order. That way, those of you who were driving somewhere over the holiday weekend can […]

Shawn DrotarIs a PS3 price cut necessary?

Posted on May 24th, 2007 in Gaming, Playstation 3, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Listen to the mainstream media and internet chatter, and the answer seems to be, obviously, yes. The sales numbers seems to affirm that conclusion. A Bank of America analyst even suggests that a $200 price cut is necessary.
So, naturally, I disagree.
After last night’s 1.80 firmware upgrade, the PS3 is a very different machine than that […]

Shawn DrotarPS3 Upscaling Ahoy! Connectivity, too!

Posted on May 23rd, 2007 in Gaming, Playstation 3, News by Shawn Drotar
The capability to upscale DVDs to HD quality is a feature normally only associated with top range DVD players, and its inclusion in the latest firmware upgrade now allows PS3 owners with an existing DVD collection to dramatically enhance the viewing pleasure of their DVD collection when viewed through a compatible HDTV set. Not only can DVD movies be enhanced to full 1080p HD quality but so too will PlayStation 2 and PlayStation games be upscaled to provide much improved gaming pleasure.

In a comprehensive update to PS3’s already impressive capabilities, Version 1.80 also allows users to enjoy Remote Play on their PSP across the internet, allowing them to access their PS3 anywhere in the world where a broadband internet connection is available.

Version 1.80 also allows users on a home network to seamlessly view and play rich media content such as images, music and video on their PS3, that is stored on their DLNA enabled devices such as PCs and laptops elsewhere in the house, reinforcing PS3’s credentials as a home entertainment hub that truly deserves pride of place in the Living Room.

A host of other enhancements include the ability to print photo images stored on PS3’s hard disk or inserted storage media to a selection of Epson printers.

PS3 owners will be able to upgrade their PS3 with the latest Version 1.80 firmware from 24th May 2007.

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Notes

1. DVD-ROM (including DVD Video content) can only be upscaled with HDMI compatible TV sets.

2. Use of Remote Play requires a powered up PS3 with Version 1.80 as well as PSP firmware version 3.50 which will be available at the end of May.

3. DLNA – Digital Living Network Alliance. For more info on DLNA, please see http://www.dlna.org/en/consumer/home

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Finally!
It always surprised me that the 1080p-compatible Blu-ray player inside my PS3 couldn’t upscale DVDs like the $125 Sony player I demoted from my TV’s HDMI slot could. It never made sense, and it was disappointing to lose that functionality.
Tomorrow, the PS3 will be able to do what it should have all along; upscale standard […]

Shawn DrotarComing Soon: A More Sensible Sony?

Posted on May 22nd, 2007 in Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

GamePro keeps delivering the Sony-related goods.
While SCEA president Jack Tretton didn’t do himself many favors in his most-recent interview with the magazine, director of corporate communications Dave Karraker does a bang-up job, providing hope that a more lovable Sony may be peering around the corner for the first time in what seems like a long […]

Shawn DrotarThe Sore Winner

Posted on May 21st, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News by Shawn Drotar

When Sony updated it’s PlayStation 3, allowing it to participate in the Folding@Home medical research project, they were justly hailed for their contribution to the larger community, and it’s been perhaps the PS3’s brightest moment since the system’s launch.
Despite the fact that nobody remembers who led the second expedition to the summit of Mount Everest […]

Mark FossenPS3: 82,000 … GBA: 84,000

Posted on May 18th, 2007 in Gaming, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, PSP by Mark Fossen

I don’t really know how to fill the rest of this post, as my mind is too busy boggling at April’s NPD numbers.
DS: 471,000
Wii: 360,000
PlayStation 2: 194,000
PlayStation Portable: 183,000
Xbox 360: 174,000
Game Boy Advance: 84,000
PlayStation 3: 82,000
GameCube: 13,000
Third place among home consoles is certainly par for the course at this point. Getting beat by the supply-constrained […]

Shawn DrotarBeta late than never

Posted on May 17th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Yesterday morning’s release of the Halo 3 public beta never happened, as a behind-the-scenes SNAFU tripped the process up for most of the day. It was finally resolved last night, and now formerly infuriated gamers, many of whom apparently never even tried Crackdown, the brilliant game that the beta was packaged with, are undoubtedly […]

Mark FossenThrow Down The Bubble Shield!

Posted on May 16th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, News, Opinion by Mark Fossen

In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s some news for you: the public beta test for HALO 3 launches today.
(It appears that some in Redmond have sub-rock domiciles, as the beta isn’t actually available at this point to the mass of gamers who bought Crackdown. I’m not sure how you blow something like […]

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