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Where are you camping out?

Launch LineLaunch week has finally arrived. Instead of days or weeks, the countdown to PS3 is down to hours. And this brings up a couple of important questions:
  • Where, exacty, will you be "camping out " for your PS3?
  • When, exactly, will you start?
Use the comments below to answer the questions, to find a camping buddy or to just ridicule you fellow fanboys. Who knows, you may run into PS3 Fanboy at a line near you!

Newest PS3 commercial hits

The latest in Sony's foray into PS3 commercials is a good one. And it continues to channel the spirit of Stanley Kubrick via an homage to 2001: A Space Odessey. Primitive mammals are replaced by primitive games, but the singular balck monolith remains the same. Sony has even borrowed the monolih's "buzzing" SFX from the film. Color us impressed with this fun, but very deep ad. We wonder if the connections and parrallels with the film and novel will be lost on the PS3's target audience?

Bonus Round debates PS3

Bonus Round has rolled out a new show called Bonus Round. Taking on the merits of the PS3, the premiere episode features a fairly impressive panel of industry experts:
  • Grant Collier - Founder, Infinity Ward
  • Michael Pachter - Analyst, WedBush Morgan Securities
  • Jason Rubin - Co-Founder of Naughty Dog
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you may want to punch Jason in the eye. The show is sure to divide opinions and bring out the best in both the Xbox 360 and PS3 fanboy communities. Ready. Fight!

[Thanks Brent]

PS3 is PC Magazine's newest cover model

PC Magazine logoUnder the exclamatory "MEET YOUR NEW PC!" cover story headline, the newest edition of PC Magazine has made the PlayStation 3 their newest cover model (to be fair, our favorite console does share some space with the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii on the cover, but it's clear who has won the heart of the photographer!).

The article, written by Xbox lover video game vet Dean TakaHashi, focuses on the next-gen consoles' prospects for winning the war for the living room. No winner was declared (wimps!), but the PS3 was cited for its raw power and the bleeding-edge technology embedded within the machine that could help future-proof it.

[Via PC Magazine]

Play the PS3 today!

First, engadget gets their very own PS3. Now, any New Yorker can walk into the TImes Square Toys R' Us and play the mighty new console. Life just isn't fair. If you get the chance to play the NY demo station, please send us your impressions. But, if like us, you're not going to be in the Big Apple this week, there is still hope... rumors abound that many Targets will be getting playable kiosks this week. Sweet.

[Thanks Josh]

Will the real PS3 game case please stand up?

PS3 game cases

After many, many, many posts regarding the PS3's game case of choice, the waiting is finally over. The final, official PS3 game cases have been man-handled by the fine folks over at IGN. In the end, the cases DO use the Blue-Ray form factor, but DO NOT utilize the blue plastice, instead opting for a clear case like its PSP sibling. Of note is that the PS3 cases are even shorter than the PSP ones, though a bit wider. More pics and comparisons await you in the link.

[Via IGN]

Circuit City PS3 midnight madness!

PS3 launch

Circuit City has thrown their hat into the growing PS3 midnight madness battle. Several stores have announced that they wil be hosting super-sized launch events. Not only that, but they've gone insane by announcing that exactly 100 PS3s will be available at each special launch event. CC also promise lots of other festivities and prizes. Here are the locations of the lucky launch stores:

  • New York - Union Square
  • LA - Torrence
  • Philly - Cherry Hill
  • Chicago - Schaumburg
  • Washington - Rockville
  • Richmond - Short Pump

Where will you get yours?

Riiiiiiiiidge Racer 7 gets a commercial

It's in Japanese and all that, but the new Ridge Racer 7 commercial is just dandy. Short, sweet and filled with the one thing that I hadn't seen much of yet... panaoramic views of several of the games environments/courses. Of course, it all looks beautiful (and fun!). This commercial solidifys RR7 as one of my launch day purchases.

The greatest PS3 unboxing ceremony ever


The most complete PS3 unboxing ceremony to ever hit the Interweb comes to us via our very own sister-site, Engadget! The lucky boys over there have just been graced with a shiney new PS3 test unit. They get up close and personal with the box, the console and the SIXAXIS. They've even thrown a snazzy little boot-up video for your viewing pleasure. The only thing they haven't done is shared the love... come on guys, when do we get invited over to play?

[Via Engadget]

Sony's Play B3yond website updates

Play B3yond

Sony is kicking their PS3 promotions into full gear. The latest PS3 propoganda is available via Sony's recently updated Play B3yond website. The new content is all about Rubick's Cubes, earthquakes, sunflowers and mazes. Sony is using some unique imagery to sell its computing prowess... and it's pretty effective. In the "coming soon" column of the continually revamped site is the "games" section. Come on Sony, this is the most important one! Let's see what you've got for us.

BTW, you have to be 18-years old to access the site. If you are under 18, then you have no hope of cracking the complex mathmatical code that will grant you access. And, if you're under 18, why would you want to play videogames anyway? Kudos to Sony for cracking down on under-age gaming!

[Thanks Jigstar]

eBay manages PS3 preorder auctions with an iron fist

ebayWe know that it's a business decision that will save ebay many headaches come November 17, but we'd also like to think that this Internet giant is looking out for the little guy. Today, ebay issued a new auction restriction that officially limits the sale of PS3s (and some other toy that we've never heard of) prior to the system's launch:

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.
Hats off to ebay for helping to minimize disappointment while allowing capitalism to do its thing by not completely halting all PS3 sales. Not every company would face this challenge and still support free trade.

[Thanks Corey]

PS3 unboxing

Our good friends over at IGN have received their PS3 review unit and have documented the unboxing! With all of those cables, it's a shame that they couldn't throw in HDMI (though there may be one in the pic above... but this is likely for IGN to be able to review PS3 games at 1080p). Also thrown in the box are several recent game builds for Resistance, Genji, MotorStorm and Lair. Lair? Is that one coming out sooner than we think?

You can view the full step-by-step ceremony over at IGN. And don't worry, I'm sure PS3 Fanboy's review unit is on the way.

Sony punches Europe in the face

PunchOk, Sony didn't really drop-kick Europe or anything. Although, it may feel a bit like that to the European fanboys who had been hoping to import the PS3 following Sony's disappointing decision to delay the launch of the PS3 until March of next year in that territory.

Apparently a british judge has already ruled that everybody's favorite importer, Lik-Sang, cannot sell the device in Europe until after its official release. And, according to the BBC, "Sony has said it will use the 'full scope of the law' to block the importing of PlayStation 3s (PS3) into Europe before its official release." Full scope of the law? Did that british judge also issue Sony a license to kill?

[Thanks Jose]

PS3 exclusives round-up [Update 2]

ps3 exclusivesEveryone loves exclusives. Except for people who don't. Count me among that group that appreciates a good exclusive... they're often our best hope that a game will utilize the full power of the given platform. Exclusives can mean that developers don't have to worry about design compromises that could impact the game's ability to take advantage of system specific naunces and features.

That said, let's take a look at what we know (or at least at what think we know) regarding PS3 exclusive titles. What's not on the list? What would we like to see on the list? What shouldn't be on the list? Thanks to PS3 fanboy, Mike C, for getting the ball rolling with the following list.

PS3 Potential Exclusives (i.e. these are not all 100% confirmed, but the vast majority are):
  • Afrika
  • BladeStorm: Hundred Years War
  • Coded Arms Assault
  • Devil May Cry 4
  • Eight Days
  • Eyedentify
  • Fatal Inertia
  • Fifth Phantom Saga
  • Final Fantasy Versus XIII
  • Final Fantasy XIII
  • Full Auto 2: Battlelines
  • Formula One (exclusive to Sony, but will be on PSP too)
  • Genji: Days of the Blade
  • Gradius
  • Grand Turismo 5/HD
  • Heavenly Sword
  • Killzone PS3 (aka Killzone 2 and Killzone 3)
  • Lair
  • Makai Wars
  • Metal Gear Solid 4
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire
  • MotorStorm
  • Monster Kingdom (aka Unknown Realms)
  • Ni-Oh
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma (this is technically a full "remake of the existing Xbox game)
  • Omikron 2 (this one is going multi-platform)
  • Ratchet and Clank 5
  • Resistance: Fall of Man
  • Ridge Racer 7
  • Singstar: Next Gen
  • Shin Megami Tensei
  • Tekken 6
  • The Eye of Judgment
  • The Getaway 3
  • Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom
  • Untitled Naughty Dog Project (Working Title)
  • Virtua Fighter 5
  • WarDevil Enigma
  • Warhawk
  • White Knight Story
  • Zone of Enders 3
Exclusives Wishlist:
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • God of War 3
  • Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier
  • Kingdom Hearts 3
  • Shadow of the Colossus 2
  • Socom 4
  • Soul Caliber IV
[Update: Changed the list headings to reinforce that this is a round-up of potential exclusives, not gospel. We still encourage you to answer the questions posed in the original post: namely, what exclusives are missing from the list and what exclusives would you like to see on the list?]

[Update 2: Added links. Incorporated reader input (in the parentheticals). Keep it coming! Fanboys unite!]

The PS3 box!

PS3 box

Sure, we've seen PS3 console boxes before. But those were blurry camera phone shots of precariously stacked boxes sitting in a warehouse. This is a full-on frontal box shot... and it's proudly being held by Kaz Hirai, the president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America. It looks like the Kazman is struggling a bit with the box -- with everything they stuffed in it, I'm betting that this box weighs in at 15 or 20 lbs.

[Via Techblog. Thanks aldo]

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