A development presentation of Sony's 3D firmware for the PS3.
Scheduled for the summer of 2010, Sony plans to release firmware for the Playstation 3 system that will enable the system to play games (Blue-Ray support will be a separate release
) with 3D effects. In the near future, gamers could enjoy 3D effects in their favorite games much like they enjoyed the enhancement in blockbuster movies such as The Avatar
There are a few catches, however. Just because firmware is being released, doesn’t mean that players will immediately be able to put in Modern Warfare 2, for example, and become engrossed in 3D warfare. Game makers will need to re-release these titles with 3D production. Also, the 3D enhancement comes at a price. According to David Coombes, Sony’s Platform Research Manager, playing games in 3D could cut their console’s processing power in half.
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The official numbers for May have been released by the NPD Group, and for the third straight month, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter’s forecasts have missed the mark.
But that’s very good news for Sony in their battle with Microsoft for second place in the next-gen race.
Pachter had predicted XBox to outsell PlayStation 3 for the month of May in North America, but Sony wound up selling 208,700 units while 186,600 XBox 360 consoles were sold during the same period of time.
Nintendo won for May altogether with 671,000 units sold.
While Playstation 3 was number two this month, it was expected that GTA IV would translate into big hardware sales. It didn’t.
“The continued success of GTA IV is not translating into big hardware sales for either the PS3 or the 360 but there may yet to be a lift in June due to gift-giving for Father’s Day and graduations,” said NPD analyst Anita Frazier.