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Sony releases Filmy movie viewing app for the PlayStation 3

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on February 9th, 2011

Sony has just released a PS3 app for those people who watch a lot of video using the PS3. The new app is called Filmy and is designed to organize and play videos recorded in the AVCHD (H.264) format and can be accessed from the PS3’s hard drive or from a device attached through a USB cable.

If the videos are geotagged, users will be able to see where they were taken and sort them by date. The Filmy app is available in the media section of the PlayStation Store. The trial version is free, but it will only be fully functional for 15-minutes, after which you’ll need to pay $5 to access the full features.

LG wants the PS3 taken off store shelves

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on February 8th, 2011

Lawsuits. It’s how large companies throw punches at each other. In the latest lawsuit news, LG has asked the International Trade Commission (ITC) to block the sale of PlayStation 3 consoles in the US due to a patent dispute.

According to LG, many of Sony’s BRAVIA TVs, Blu-ray players, and the PS3 itself infringes on four patents held by the Korean company. The complaints about the PS3 have to do with “a way of dealing with multiple data streams, such as different camera angles, as well as a system to reproduce data that’s stored on a read-only device.” If the ITC finds in LG’s favor, it does have the power to bar the PS3 from sale in the United States, though this is rarely enforced in such cases.

Sony posts strong Q3 profits in PlayStation group

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on February 3rd, 2011

Despite a small 6% dip in quarterly sales year-over-year, “due to a decrease in sales in the game business resulting primarily from unfavorable foreign exchange rates,” Sony’s Networked Products & Services group, which houses the PlayStation brand, managed to post ¥45.7 billion (about $564 million) in profits for the third quarter period, which ended December 31. That’s a 135% gain over the prior-year’s period.

Even though quarterly sales of the PlayStation 3 and PSP have lagged year-over-year, Sony is predicting 15 million PS3 consoles sold for the fiscal year, compared to 13 million for the year prior. This has a lot to do with “cost reductions” on the PS3 and significant gains in PlayStation 3 software sales. So things are looking great for the PS3 right now. As for the PSP and PS2, not so much.

Silver Satin PS3 hits Japan on March 10th

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2011

Most of us have a plain old black PS3. If you’re lucky you have a white version or a titanium blue. This PS3 is a sexy silver satin and is bound to hit Japan on March 10th.

As usual, you get the same specs, with the 160GB model CECH-2500A SS selling for ¥29,980 (about $366) while the 320GB CECH-2500B SS is ¥34,980 (about $427). It even has a matching vertical stand for ¥2,000 (about $24) if you like your PS3 vertical.

Dead Space Plasma Cutter replica

Posted in Weapons by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2011

As Dead Space 2 hits the stores, you might be looking to expand your collection of gamer gear. If that’s the case, check out this Dead Space Plasma Cutter replica, complete with scorch-marks, light-up effects, and an attractive display-case to keep it safe when you are not fragging mutant aliens.

The details are dead-on and it comes with a rechargeable battery good for about 30-minutes of play time. The replica weighs less than 3 pounds, and can be pre-ordered now for $219, with deliveries starting in March.

Activision considering closing PS3 Black Ops servers

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2011

An Activision support representative has suggested that Activision may be considering or has considered the possibility of closing PS3 Black Ops servers due to problems reported by players. If you play Black Ops on the PS3, then you know those problems very well.

A refund petition was started last year and had 8,800 signatures after 5 weeks. Players are complaining of frame rate issues, disconnects, lagging and hard freezes and other problems. I don’t know about you, but I play all the time and while there are problems, I spend 99% of my time just playing and enjoying flawless games.

Angry Birds hits PS3 and PSP

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on January 3rd, 2011

The anger of birds knows no bounds as the game has now arrived on the PS3 and PSP. The Angry Birds game will be released as a PlayStation mini title, so it can be played on your PlayStation 3 console or a PlayStation Portable.

Rovio CEO Peter Vesterbacka says that mobile titles hitting consoles will become more common. “The smartphone gaming platform is actually turning out to be the biggest and most played out there,” he said. “So it’s starting to beat the traditional games on consoles and PCs.”

Sony on track to sell 15 million PS3 consoles this year

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2010

Christmas is here, so companies are watching their sales figures closely and outing those numbers. Christmas time is definitely a time when people are buying consoles, so how is Sony doing this year? Well, Sony’s PlayStation 3 is selling very well.

For the fiscal year ending March 31st, 2011, Sony is on track to sell 15 million PS3 consoles. If you are keeping score, that’s up over 15% from last year’s 13 million consoles. Sony also announced that it sold 4.1 million PlayStation Move controllers in just two months.

Ben Heck creates military-grade PS3 gaming case

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2010

Even hardcore soldiers and James Bond types like to play games on their PS3 during boring missions. And so they need a military grade case to keep it safe. That’s where Ben Heck comes in with this shrapnel-resistant PlayStation 3 suitcase.

Yes, Ben Heck has created a military-grade gaming system. It was custom-built for a couple working with the military in some war zone. Work hard, play hard I guess. Their new PS3 may be safer than they are since Ben’s work is so good.

Dreamcast compilation on its way for Xbox 360 and PS3

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on December 16th, 2010

If you love Dreamcast and own either a PS3 or an Xbox 360, we have some good news. SEGA is releasing its Dreamcast compilation to both platforms very soon. The price is an affordable $29.99 for the compilation. So you can play all of these classic games without dragging the old console out of the closet.

The titles and a date have yet to be released, so we hope it has a good selection for the price. Even if they only include some of the hits, it will be well worth it.

SNK Neo Geo gamepad for PS3

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2010

It’s a good month for Neo Geo fans, with 10 Neo Geo classics hitting the PS3 and PSP complete with online multiplayer. And now SNK is releasing an updated version of the classic Neo Geo gamepad.

The gamepad is for the PS3 of course, with USB connectivity and a PS button in the middle. We wish it was available here in the US, but sadly this is only getting a release in Japan for 3,129 yen (about $37). Still, you can get one imported if you really want one for $45.

DC Universe Online beta for the PS3 is a hefty 15GB

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2010

PlayStation Plus members can now enjoy the DC Universe Online beta on their PS3, but first you will have to take care of the 15GB download. The PlayStation Store has been updated to include the beta, and at 15GB this is one of the largest PS3 installations yet. But the game looks well worth it.

If you still have one of those old 20GB PS3s, you might want to skip this one. The beta will be downloaded in segments, which is nice for those with unreliable Internet connections. If you have problems you won’t need to start over again.

PS3 to start streaming ITV and Channel 4 in the UK

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on December 13th, 2010

The Guardian is reporting that both ITV and Channel 4, two of the nation’s largest commercial channels, are bringing their video catchup services to the PlayStation 3. The ITV Player and 4OD have had web-based services for some time and now they have both made deals with Sony, who expects their overall traffic to improve by 10 percent.

ITV says they are open to adding their content to “other consoles,” web-connected TVs, and tablets, while Channel 4 has had no luck with Xbox 360 deals and the Wii isn’t for them since it doesn’t support advertising. Sony however is very open to more content and welcomes them.

Xbox 360 outsells Wii in November, PS3 comes in third

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on December 10th, 2010

The Xbox 360 outsold the Nintendo Wii in November with sales of 1.37 million Xbox 360s sold against 1.27 million Wiis. sadly for Sony, the PS3 was third with 530,000 consoles sold. However, when Nintendo’s DS hand-held is added to the equation, Nintendo sold a total of 2.7 million consoles in November.

Compared with sales this time last year, the Xbox 360 is up 67 percent while Nintendo held steady, recording 10,000 more sales this year. Sony sold 25 percent fewer PS3 consoles this November when compared to its November 2009 performance, when Sony sold nearly 200,000 more consoles.

Best Buy throws in free PS3 with TVs

Posted in Best Buy by Conner Flynn on December 1st, 2010

Looks like now is a good time to buy a new TV if you also need a PS3. Best Buy has just announced some post-holiday deals that are valid until December 11. In the Sony PS3 bundle deals there are several discounts when a Sony TV is paired with a PS3, including a 46-inch LED-lit LCD with a 160GB PlayStation 3 for $1,300, which saves you $1,380. Not bad right?

A 3D-ready 46-inch LED TV with a PS3 will cost you $1,700, a savings of about $1,180. How about a 55-inch 3D-ready LED HDTV and the same PS3 for $2,200?