Launch Dates you Should Not Miss
Video game consoles are on the loose. Since the Magnavox Odyssey era, video gaming systems are evolving to become one of the most powerful machines in the entertainment industry that ever existed. From the simple animation and mono background game music during the Atari years, video game consoles nowadays will make you feel that you are the one fighting monsters, racing with other cars, or shooting the ball to the hoop right in front of your opponent because of advanced three-dimensional animation technology, thanks to game software developers.
Thus, do not be surprised if video game consoles are now on the transition to the so-called "seventh generation". Despite of the video game crash in 1977 wherein many game manufacturers abandoned the game console manufacturing industry due to unpopularity, gaming firms who have left in the battlefield tried to win the hearts of the gaming public, especially the younger generation, by producing high-quality games compatible to their consoles. And with the success of these gaming firms, video game consoles stand to its popularity among gamers of varying age groups, which eventually paved the way to the birth of the seventh generation of video game consoles.
The seventh generation began by the introduction of Microsoft's Xbox 360 in November 2005, following the huge success of its predecessor, the Xbox. Since then, rival game console manufacturers began producing new genres of video game consoles, each one having unique characteristic from its rival consoles or predecessors alike. Thus, the generation is branded to be a "console war" in the history of interactive entertainment.
Following the success of Sony Corporation's PlayStation 1 and 2, they are determined to maintain their dominance in the game console market. Thus, in May 16, 2005 at the E3 Conference, Japan's leading electronic company, under its computer entertainment subsidiary, formally unveiled to the public the latest member of the PlayStation 3 series—the PlayStation 3 (PS3). It is expected to compete with its two rival game consoles, which are the Nintendo's Wii and the Xbox 360.
PlayStation 3 is scheduled to be released on the following launch dates:
• The first release is scheduled in November 11, 2006 at Japan.
• Six days after the Japan debut, PS3's launch date in Canada and United States would be on November 17 of the same year.
• On the other hand, the launch date of PS3 on Australasia and Europe is scheduled to be on March 2007, with the definite date pending on the decision of Sony Corporation.
On these launch dates, Sony has plans of releasing two different configurations for the PlayStation 3. The first one is known as the "premium version", where the video game console will come with a 60 GB internal hard drive with multiple flash memory card readers and Wi-Fi or wireless internet connectivity. The other is known as the "alternate configuration" in which the video game console will come in lower internal hard drive (20 GB to be exact) and without Wi-Fi connectivity and memory card reader features, though the hard drive of the alternate configuration can be upgraded and memory card support can be added through the use of adapters.
Despite of the different launch dates of PlayStation 3, it is expected to be a hit for countries where it would be initially released. Watch out for the launch dates mentioned above and experience the interactive entertainment courtesy of PlayStation 3.
Be Careful When
Placing Playstation 3 Pre Orders
Playstation fanatics will not have to wait much as Sony has announced the release of Playstation 3. The PS3, successor of PS and PS2, is due for release this November in United States, Japan, and Canada. However, the release in Europe and Australia has been postponed reportedly because of the limited production of Blu-ray disc diodes. These diodes are key components of the PS3. The people in Europe and Australia would then have to wait until March 2007.
In the initial release, Playstation 3 will be offered in two configurations: 1) Basic, and 2) Premium. In the Basic, the PS3 will come with a 20 GB hard drive, wireless controllers, Blu-ray drive, and HDMI port. The premium version has a 60 GB hard drive and has additional features that include built-in Wi-Fi and flash card readers. The hard drives of both configurations are upgradeable. Flash card readers can be installed in the Basic version by using extra adapters.
As to its physical features, the Playstation 3 weighs about 5 kg and measures 9.8 cm x 32.5 cm x 27.4 cm. Moreover, the PS3 is designed with heat pipes to control the heat output. The PS3, as Sony claims, is developed to operate quietly.
Sony has also listed titles of PS3 games that are under development and may be available upon release, or within a few months after the release of the game console. The game list includes: Call of Duty 3, Fatal Inertia, Genji: Days of the Blade, F.E.A.R., Madden NFL 07, Resistance: Fall of Man, Need for Speed: Carbon, NBA 07, NBA 2K7, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire, Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Sonic the Hedgehog, Full Auto: Battlelines, Call of Duty, and Blazing Angels: Squadron of WWII. Other main titles consist of Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, Resident Evil 5, Armored Core 4, Battlefield: Bad Company, Unreal Tournament 2007, Killzone PS3, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII, White Knight Story, and many others.
In the United States, the 20 GB PS3 will be retailed for $499 while the 60 GB will be sold for $599 on the release date. In Japan, the 20 GB will be set at US$420. Meanwhile, Sony has adopted an open pricing strategy for the 60 GB version; that is, Japanese sellers are free to name their price. In Canada, the 20 GB and 60 GB models will be sold for US$480 and US$480, respectively. On the other hand, Australian retailers will sell the PS3 units for US$570 (20 GB) and US$680 (60 GB).
Based on some statements by the President of Sony Computer Entertainment, the cost of the PS3 games is suggested to set at US$60 up to US$100.
So what are you waiting for? Pre orders are now being offered by various websites. Sign up now to have your own seventh generation era game console.
But practice caution. Sony Corporation has confirmed the issue of rampant misleading offers. A lot of internet sites have been posting pre orders on bulk or discounted deliveries of the game units without the authorization from Sony.
Although Sony chose not to name the websites who are engaged in such scams, the consumers are advised to buy the Playstation systems only from legitimate retailers. This is to avoid scams and other unwanted consequences.
PlayStation 3: Be One of the First People to Own Sony
PlayStation 3 Gaming Console
In the world of gaming consoles, Sony is one of the leading manufacturers and also made one of the most popular gaming consoles in the market today. When Sony released the PlayStation back in the mid 90's, it took the world by storm for its state-of-the-art graphics and sound technology.
The same success was also met when Sony released their PlayStation 2 back in the year 2000. It was so widely anticipated that many people preordered the PlayStation 2 even before it was officially released in the market. The same rush is expected with the upcoming release of Sony's new gaming console.
Today, many people are now anticipating a new kind of gaming console from Sony. This particular gaming console is now being considered as one of the most popular and also one of the most widely anticipated gaming console ever developed by Sony. This gaming console is called the PlayStation 3.
The PlayStation 3 has a lot of features that will change the way people play games on gaming console. It has different features that are considered to be the latest in the gaming console technology and the people working side-by-side to develop the PlayStation 3 gaming console has definitely thought a lot about developing a one-of-a-kind gaming console that people will surely want.
The PlayStation 3 is scheduled for release on November 2006 in Japan, United States, and Canada, and on March 2007 in Europe and Australasia. Because of its features, the PlayStation 3 gaming console by Sony is now receiving preorders from all over the world before it is even officially released in the market. If you know about PlayStation 3, you would want this gaming console to be part of your home entertainment system.
Sony will be releasing two configurations of Sony PlayStation 3. One is the basic configuration and the other is the premium configuration. In basic configuration it will be integrated with a 20 Gigabyte upgradeable hard drive, a Blu-ray drive, HDMI port, and one Bluetooth controller. In the premium configuration, it will include an upgradeable 60 Gigabyte hard drive, a Blu-ray drive, HDMI port, one Bluetooth controller, silver-colored trim, built-in Wi-Fi, and Flash card readers. If you want maximum enjoyment ahead of everyone else, you may want to preorder the premium configuration of PlayStation 3.
PlayStation 3 will also have a wide library of popular games and will also have backward compatibility to PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games. With this feature, you will be able to play with your old PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games with the Sony PlayStation 3 gaming console.
Integrated with the latest technology in gaming consoles, you may want to preorder PlayStation 3 in your country in order to avoid joining the early Christmas shopping rush where a lot of people will be expected to purchase the PlayStation 3 gaming console. Preordering will allow you to own the PlayStation 3 even before it will reach the shelves of your nearest PlayStation 3 retailers.
So, if you want to secure a PlayStation 3 for yourself, preordering a PlayStation 3 in your nearest authorized dealer of PlayStation 3 in your area is a very good idea. Avoid getting trapped in the early Christmas shopping rush for the PlayStation 3 by preordering it with your nearest authorized dealer of PlayStation 3 or you may also preorder online.