Monday, January 28, 2008

Woolworths Dumps HD-DVD

Becomes first High Street retailer to solely back Blu-Ray

Woolworths has announced that it is to drop HD-DVD from its product mix in March – leaving Blu-Ray as the sole ‘next-gen’ DVD format in its stores.

The decision was made by Woolworths execs after Blu-Ray discs outsold HD-DVD by ten-to-one at the chain over Christmas.

Woolworths will continue to sell HD-DVD online, but a new Blu-Ray-only chart will now appear in 820 stores online.

The retailer started selling both HD-DVD formats in October.

“Sales figures clearly show that the market is moving towards one format of high definition DVD,” says Woolworths DVD buyer Steven McGunigel. “

The main reason is the success of Sony’s PlayStation 3 machine.


Friday, January 25, 2008

Sony Shrinks Blu-ray Lasers, Drives Cost Down

New module promises thinner Blu-ray drives that are cheaper

After the inevitable clamour to declare Blu-ray the 'one true' high-definition optical disk format, comes the drive to make the technology more compact and - crucially - cheaper.

Foremost in the hardware race is Sony, which has developed the world's smallest Blu-ray reader/writer module that also happens to be less costly than existing models.

Slimmer drive bays

Developed jointly with Nichia of Japan, the new laser unit is just 3mm thick and should help manufacturers miniaturise the hardware in their Blu-ray drives. Sony says it imagines the device ending up in 9.5mm laptop drives sometime this year.

Cost savings come from a simpler manufacturing process that will yield dividends in mass production, while other features include the ability to handle dual-layer BDs and disks with organic dye in the recording layers. Organic disks can be churned out from existing DVD production lines, so it's a win-win situation here.


Monday, January 21, 2008

LittleBigPlanet Will Not Intimidate Users, Says Sony

There's a fairly lengthy interview over at GameTap where Sony's senior producer, Pete Smith, speaks up about the hugely ambitious LittleBigPlanet. While we'd love to cover the whole Q&A session, we're just going to give you a glimpse of what's discussed. For example, the concept of the game was brought to Sony when Media Molecule had a total of three members on the development team. Of course, the game has changed drastically since then, but tapping into user-generated content has always been their vision.

The game keeps it's 2D structure primarily to deter users from feeling intimidated. It's much easier to work with a 2D world, anyway. The intense physics engine helps keep things fresh and prevents the game from becoming just a 2D platformer. Keeping things approachable and keeping the single-player experience fun and satisfying are also keys to success. While some levels can be designed with teamwork in mind, if it's not fun alone, it probably won't work online. There's plenty more to read up on, so check out the whole interview. We're just excited to hear anything about this glorious sounding game.

Friday, January 18, 2008

PlayTV: Watch, Record And Replay Digital TV On Your PS3!

Sony have released a video of PlayTV in action. Watch, record and replay digital tv on your Playstation 3!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Rumour :- Crysis Might Be Coming To The PS3

Even before the PC version released, rumours of a PS3 conversion of the stunning Crysis (developed by Far Cry creators Crytek) were rife, and not far off the mark if insiders at the studio are to be believed. The game looks to be a port of the PC original plus some extra modes and features, a kind of Crysis 1.5. Like the PC game you can expect a visual powerhouse; an open-world shooter that begins on a beautiful tropical island before things take a turn for the worse and aliens from a parallel world stake a claim on Earth. Only the mighty Killzone 2 could possibly hold a candle to this shooter. For technical reasons we hear an Xbox 360 version of Crysis isn’t in development.

Bet you’re glad you bought a PS3 now, eh?


EU & US PlayStation Store Update 17th Jan 2008

European Playstation Store Update:

Actua Tennis (France only)
FIFA Street 3
NBA ‘08

Downloadable Content:
Folklore- Visions of the tower
Guitar Heros III:
Die Fantastichen vier
So Payaso
Warner pack

Brothers In Arms Hell’s Highway
GT5 Prologue

Call of Duty 4 theme (France only)

US Playstation Store Update:

Mesmerize: Trace (PSEye Game)
Tori Emaki (PSEye Game)
FIFA Street 3

Downloadable Content:
MotorStorm Double Track Pack
Rock Band Songs
Blast Factor Bundle

PixelJunk Monsters
Lost Planet
Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway
Dynasty Warrior’s 6
Syphon Filter Combat Ops