- In a standard living room, the PS3 was perfectly fine except for a strange noise coming from the disc tray after 12 hours. Nothing surprising there!
- The PS3 was put in the back of a freezer van for the second test, where the temperature gradually went from 50 degrees to 0 degrees (Fahrenheit). When the temperature reached zero, the PS3 started to become sluggish and eventually, the screen blacked out. However, this was due to a power cord getting a bit too moist -- the PS3 still worked fine.
- Placing the PS3 in a hot sauna seems like a terrible idea -- where the temperature went from 100 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit over time. After 64 hours, there was a slight burning smell and after 108 hours, the console was extremely hot (no, really?) but the console still worked fine after 108 hours.
Thanks to Hot Shots Golf, Japan sells one millionth PS3
The Experience More event was a huge promotion for the PS3, Blu-ray, and whatever else Sony felt like talking about (like those hot OLED screens). Blu-ray, they said, contributed to about 80% of all high-def content sales, excluding PS3 games. Australia itself, it was estimated, had about 64,000 PS3 units sold in it to date, which is pretty good considering the price (the chart listed above was claimed to be a little dated). So, is it 4.5 or 6 million units sold worldwide (CNN estimated about 5 million as a correction)? Different market estimates, we suppose, but that's a pretty big gap. Thoughts?
Sony sells 4.5 million PlayStation 3s worldwide
Onto the numbers themselves, the 4.5 million sell-through is nothing to be scoffed at and shows that they are keeping pace with the overall number of 360s sold during the same post-launch time frame. Unfortunately, the numbers aren't great -- especially when you consider that only 700,000 PS3s sold during the entire first quarter of the year, a huge decrease from the initial sell-rate. Of course, the decrease in sales makes sense considering there were almost NO GAMES RELEASED during that time frame. Funny how people don't buy consoles when there is nothing worth playing on it.
Regardless, Sony feels that the one-two punch of the PS3 price-cut combined with a plethora of high-profile titles coming out in the coming months will help propel sales of the system. Their goal is to have another 10 million PS3s sold by March 08, which would put it about 50% above where the 360 was at the same time (~15 million units sold vs ~10 million). While this is an optimistic goal, we can't help but feel some of their excitement. Games like Heavenly Sword, Lair and MGS 4 (just to name a few) have been making gamers salivate like Pavlov's puppies and the sales spike post-price cut shows that people really want a PS3, they just don't want to sell a kidney to get one.
PS3 hardware only factor holding Sony profits back
However, even with the losses, Sony acknowledges that compared to this time last year, profits from the PS3 selling are up 60%. All this leads us to ask what the PS3 actually costs to manufacture. Once the Emotion Engine stuff is removed, mass-production of the smaller pieces, or whatever else strategy Sony may employ, will they be able to sell the console at, say, $399 without taking a hit? It's a mystery, but let us know what you think it actually costs to manufacture the PS3.
Sony is listening, working on in-game XMB access
There you have it! Sony has heard your cries and is working towards a solution for the requests about XMB access in-game. We're glad to hear it, since it has been an almost unavoidable topic on any and all posts regarding firmware updates or newly announced PS3 features. After you guys get this (which is probably going to solve your custom music quandaries), what's next on the agenda?
In addition to these claims, Reeves again associates the PS3 with a tsunami -- a force to be reckoned with, indeed. Along with that, he squashes the European price drop rumors with the explanation of July not being a big month for games or gamers in general, so a price drop now would be annoying to consumers. He may be indirectly implying a holiday price drop, but he may not. Reeves concludes by saying this wonderful tidbit: "We're not putting our heads in the sand - we know it's not selling that well, but we know that it's selling according to the targets." We're glad to hear it and we can't wait to hear what's going to get announced at Leipzig!
Australia, you get a nice PS3 bundle also, you know!
When you buy the bundle package, you get two Sixaxis controllers, a copy of Resistance: Fall of Man and a copy of Motorstorm along with your 60GB PS3. So, if you were unable to take the plunge before due to the high start-up cost of the system, this bundle doesn't make it any less painful for your wallet, except you'd have saved quite a bit on the extra peripheral and two games. Would you guys rather have the US consumers' price drop, or keep this bundle? Again, look for your version of Europe's bundle to hit shelves August 2nd.
For those keeping tabs like middle-aged men at the horse races, this more than doubles sales of the 360 in Japan, which still hovers around 421,000 units sold (we rounded up). However, this announcement goes to show that the Nintendo Wii still outsells the PS3 by a ratio of about 3:1 in Japan. Yes, the Wii is near the 3 million mark in Japan already. In any case, kudos for Sony to hitting one million. Does anyone think they can cross 2 million by the end of the year?
Why do we think it's Twisted Metal? What other game has a clown that would be so delighted to have an atomic explosion bearing a laughing clown hidden therein? Only Sweet Tooth will suffice. Yeah, the face doesn't look as dark and sadistic as Sweet Tooth, but the fact remains: there is an explosion and it is a clown. We welcome Twisted Metal coming on the PS3, even if it's a collection of the old games. Though we'd love a new entry with some badass online modes and "Create Your Own" car of sometimes-humorous death.
Not likely. Seems the demo itself is actually slated for next Thursday. You know, the 26th. We don't mind waiting an extra week, since most of the PS3 Fanboy staff is still in a hot competition to keep the highest score amongst one another in Super Stardust HD. As far as the game itself, Heavenly Sword is complete and going through the bug-fixing stage. If that's true, they should release it early. We're tired of waiting for this fantastic looking "launch title", honestly.
There are reports that, in Europe, standalone HD DVD players outsell standalone Blu-ray players by 70%. Of course they do. The PS3 is a cheaper alternative with more capabilities, so that's a pretty unfair report. To further offset that report, actual movie sales dip the 70% advantage towards those lovely Blu babies. Even so, HD films are still a niche market and moving to support their "competition" isn't high on Universal's list of priorities. Their standard DVDs still sell just fine and since the PS3 can upscale those, we're not too hurt if Universal decides to stick to their guns and support HD DVD to the bitter end. Although we really wanted some Blu-ray Heroes.
A triumvirate of White Knight Story screenshots [UPDATE]
Another screenshot is what appears to be a shop menu, but ... for some reason, we can't help but think it's a character creation screen. If someone could translate the menu, we'd know for sure. Does this mean you create your main hero, or perhaps create your own personal party member? If so, that would be the coolest thing ever. It's like putting yourself in the shoes of not the "silent protagonist", but "that guy who happened to travel with the world's greatest hero." We know, that sounds odd, but from a writing standpoint, it's a nice touch that we hope is what we assume it is.
[UPDATE] Word has reached us the White Knight Story will be playable at the Tokyo Game Show in September. We'll report back to you with our hands-on impressions during the event.
Interestingly, sales of the PlayStation 3 have been so strong that its pushed the Amazon special pack-in movie Resident Evil into the top 5 movie sellers across all formats, including DVDs. That's something that even top tier Blu-ray releases can rarely do for even a couple days, and Resident Evil has been holding there all week. Since it's pretty unlikely that an older Blu-ray disc would undergo such a resurrection in sales by itself, that alone indicates that the PS3 sales have been extremely good at Amazon. With great games finally coming out and a decent library starting to form, this is a good time to be a new PS3 owner -- but how long will the sales spike last? Until the only option is a $599 80GB PS3?
Looks like they got an early new shipment of PS3s and they're back in stock at Amazon. Go get your buy on!
Holy crap, they just ran out of stock again. People REALLY want their PS3s, don't they?
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