Posts Tagged "Sony"

A Better Approach to System Exclusives

A Better Approach to System Exclusives

For years, exclusive third-party games have heaped stress and despair on gamers. If you own a limited number of consoles, it’s agonizing to watch a cool-looking game or a long-awaited sequel get locked down by the rival camp. In 1996, when Square announced that Final Fantasy VII would be a PlayStation exclusive, Nintendo 64 faithfuls wept in rage. Happily, video game exclusives are gradually becoming less brutal. Earlier in the month, PlayStation software...

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NGP vs Xperia Play: Too Confusing?

NGP vs Xperia Play: Too Confusing?

Sony has two big plans to put games in the palm of your hand: The Next Generation Portable (NGP), which is scheduled for a Holiday 2011 release, and the Xperia Play (XP)–or, if you like, “that PlayStation Phone”–coming in March 2011. Clever plan, right? With so many people who are undecided between buying a handheld game system or just making do with games on their mobile phones, Sony has provided an option for both camps. Unfortunately,...

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Developers vs. Publishers: Who Wins?

Developers vs. Publishers: Who Wins?

In the latest episode of Game Theory with Scott Steinberg, entitled “Video Game Developers vs. Publishers: Who Wins?” we take a closer look at the state of the modern games industry. Exploring the shifting balance of power following in the wake of new business models, gaming devices and online technologies, the new documentary film also examines whether there’s a place for independent developers in today’s increasingly cutthroat business world. In...

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Budget Video Game Systems Live

Budget Video Game Systems Live

The world can do without yet another zombie joke, but it’s hard to avoid metaphors about the living dead when referring to the PlayStation 2. Sony’s follow-up to the PSOne debuted in 1999 and gained infamy after it sparked some magnificent eBay bidding wars. The flashy battles cemented the PS2 as an instant winner in our memories, but few people realize just how successful the PS2 actually is. Not only is the system still being manufactured, but it...

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How Sony’s NGP Can Beat the Nintendo 3DS

How Sony’s NGP Can Beat the Nintendo 3DS

When Sony unveiled its Next Generation Portable (NGP), the Internet rushed to hold it up next to its immediate competitor, Nintendo’s 3DS, like a scientific specimen. Though there’s a lot that still needs to be made clear about the NGP–price included–we haven’t been able to resist speculating if Sony’s sales will sprint ahead of Nintendo’s in this coming generation of handheld video game systems. When you look at an NGP,...

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