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PS3 Can’t Display 1080i?

PS3 Can’t Display 1080i?

Thinking of getting a PS3? But you only own an older HDTV that can only do 1080i rather than 720p or 1080p? You might wanna think twice about that; apparently the PS3 can't display 1080i, which a lot of older HDTVs support instead of 1080p. So, if your HDTV supports 1080i but not 720p, the PS3 will scale all the graphics down to 480p, which most wouldn't consider to be HD. IGN has found this issue in at least 4 games (Resistance: Fall of Man, Need for Speed Carbon, NHL 2K7, and Tiger Woods 2007), and quickly points out that the Xbox 360 has no issue scaling to 720p or 1080i (though it's 1080p support is hit-and-miss). Hopefully Sony will fix this problem in an update; otherwise gamers with older, or cheaper, HDTVs will be quite angry when they find their new high-def console can only output at 480p on their sets.

[via Engadget]

First Nintendo Wii Commercial!

First Nintendo Wii Commercial!

The first Nintendo Wii commercials have finally hit the airwaves, getting the public hyped for the console's Sunday launch. These commercials make a LOT more sense (at least to me) than Sony's rather ambiguous PlayStation 3 commercials (though the exploding Rubik's Cube was admittedly cool). Enjoy!

Wii Originally Supposed to Cost Under $100

Wii Originally Supposed to Cost Under $100

Leave it to Nintendo to think of the craziest idea ever. According to Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo's very own game developer god, the company's upcoming Wii console was originally envisioned as a console that would cost consumers less than $100 a shot; however, due to some R&D costs, the price jumped to the $249.99 price tag we all know and love today. Apparently NAND flash memory "and other pricey parts" are to blame, but seeing as how this console isn't running a next-generation DVD technology inside it's hull, I doubt anything in the Wii truly counts as "pricey." To read what the master of Mario had to say, hit the jump!

PS3 Shipment Quantities Slashed Again?

PS3 Shipment Quantities Slashed Again?

Haven't we been down this road before? First Sony was supposed to deliver six million PlayStation 3 consoles by the end of March. Then the initial launch quantity got cut to 400,000 for the US. And now, it looks like those numbers might get snipped again, to the tune of a 50% decrease in what was expected. According to analyst Lazard Capital Markets has reported that they expect only 150,000-200,000 consoles for the PS3's American debut, meaning that (if it turns out to be true) at least half the people who thought they were getting themselves a shiny new PlayStation will be getting an IOU instead. To be fair, we got a hint about this earlier this week when GameStop/EB Games started calling pre-order owners to tell them that they'll have to wait a bit longer for their consoles. Oh well, maybe next time Sony won't be stupid and launch a console with so few machines available at launch. Maybe.

[via MegaGames]

Gizmodo Shows Off the Wii’s Settings Menu

Gizmodo Shows Off the Wii’s Settings Menu

The noble gamers over at Gizmodo have gotten their hands on Nintendo's Wii a little earlier than the rest of us (lucky!). So, they've decided to show off the Wii's settings menus, which lets you modify video/audio settings, Internet settings, and all sorts of other crazy stuff. While it's not as complicated as the PS3's menu system, you also get to see how the Wiimote works with the menu system. All I can say is: Sunday can't get here fast enough. Enjoy!

Halo 3 Multiplayer Beta Set for Spring ’07

Halo 3 Multiplayer Beta Set for Spring ’07

While it's still going to be a long while before we see the likes of Halo 3, Bungie isn't about to let the first half of 2007 go without some teasers. Specifically, a beta for the multiplayer part of Halo 3 (otherwise known as the "selling point") is due out next Spring to the satisfaction of hungry gamers everywhere. Bungie hopes this beta test will result in a much-improved multiplayer mode when Halo 3 finally does go gold, as well as establishing a stronger connection between the company and its fan base. If you still play Halo 2, you're also getting some love in the form of new multiplayer maps so long as you play Halo 2 on your Xbox 360; otherwise, no new maps for you. So, Halo fans, get ready; 2007 is going to be a busy year.

[via GamePro]

First Wiis Head to Retail

First Wiis Head to Retail

The time for rejoicing is near! Well, I'll rejoice at least; you guys can jump in if you want. If the occasion isn't obvious, the first Wii units have been sent out to retailers for the console's upcoming Sunday launch (what IS it with Nintendo and Sunday launches?). So, those of you lucky enough to have gotten a pre-order will be enjoying motion-sensing Zelda goodness, while the rest of us will have to settle for pretty Wii interface videos until the next shipment. No fears though; Nintendo is planning to ship 4 million little white Wiis between now and the end of the year, so if you don't have a pre-order, you're still in the running. Now all Nintendo has to do is put out Super Mario Galaxy...

[via IGN]

PS3 Backwards Compatibility Not Quite There Yet

PS3 Backwards Compatibility Not Quite There Yet

Well, something had to give. In keeping with our massive amount of Sony coverage, we're now learning that the software which the consoles uses to emulate PSOne and PS2 games isn't quite perfect yet. Games like Gran Turismo 4 and Final Fantasy XI apparently suffer from audio and graphical glitches, with the occasional full-blown crash. Sony promises to fix these glaring issues with another online update, so sit tight if your favorite PSOne/PS2 games aren't working as they should be. In the meantime, you could always download some old PSOne games and play those!

[via BBC News]

Sony Posts First Downloadable PSOne Games

Sony Posts First Downloadable PSOne Games

Should you happen to be lucky enough to own Sony's PlayStation 3, you'll be happy to know two things. One, the PlayStation Network went live this weekend (oh joy), and two, they've since posted the first group of downloadable PSOne games for your gaming pleasure. Each game will run Japanese gamers 2000 yen (roughly $17 USD), which means they should cost around $20 when the system launches Stateside this Friday. While this list, to put it bluntly, is disappointing, hopefully the really good classic PSOne games will find their way to the service before long. Until then, here's the list:

  • Arc the Lad
  • Biohazard: Director's Cut Edition (Resident Evil: Director's Cut as it's known in the US)
  • Bishi Bashi Special
  • Jumping Flash!
  • Konami Antiques MSX Collection Vol. 1
  • Konami Antiques MSX Collection Vol. 2
  • Hot Shots Golf 2
  • Mr. Driller
  • Silent Bomber
  • Tekken 2

Again, the selection isn't that great right now, but this should improve with time. Until then, one more round of Resident Evil can't be all that bad, right?

[via GameBrink]

GameStop PS3 Stocks Slashed in Half?

GameStop PS3 Stocks Slashed in Half?

Pre-ordered your shiny new PlayStation 3 from GameStop/EB Games, did ya? You might wanna sharpen your pitchfork/sword/other weapon: apparently, due to "lower than expected yields", most stores have been forced to cut the number of consoles they'll have available when the console launches in the United States this week. In some cases, stores have lost half the stock they thought they'd have for the November 17th sendoff, meaning that a lot of very anxious campers are going to go home empty-handed. Just so that you're not left out in the cold, EB/GS are selecting unlucky pre-order owners based on when they ordered their machines and phoning them to tell them the news. Oh well; there's always the Wii if you need some gaming goodness! Otherwise, you're stuck waiting for the next PS3 shipment, and who knows when THAT might be?

[via IGN]

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