Friday, August 12, 2005

Internet, Games, Entertainment and the Uber-device.

I was thinking of Lara Croft and consequently the Play Station and the I flicked over the first Bluetooth post on the Blog. That got me thinking about online gaming again.
But I’d like to turn your attention to the ultimate home Entertainment device, and generally the drive to create something that replaces your DVD, TV, computer, a sort of central HUB of the home of the future.

Play Station 3. This thing is amazing and I feel if it is integrated into the home it will be this piece of technology that impacts our life as much as the cell phone. Sony are spending huge efforts in creating a control unit for your house if you like.

Plain Games are yesterdays news. Here is the link for the specs of the PS3
http://playstation.about.com/od/ps3/a/PS3SpecsDetails_3.htm

More powerful than any modern PC with an amazing new processor that Sony nursed to life it will be great for games no doubt. However, Sony is offering the home user so much more than games.
Blue Ray DVD player, excellent.
Internet ready. Online shopping, I assume there is some allowance for browsing too.
Surround sound. Just buy your favourite brand of speakers and BOOM!!!
Bluetooth! It can talk to you Bluetooth Fridge or up to 4 BT devices I think.

Moreover, there are rumours of Sony and Apple getting together to integrate PS3 and iPod into some workable system. http://homeentertainment.engadget.com/entry/1234000020043386/

There also rumours that Sony is integrating its Location free technology into the PS3. to what effect its hard to imagine, probably that you can play your games or watch movies through the Location free monitor while running it off the Play Station.
Here is a link for the TV set itself
http://www.gizmodo.com/archives/sonys-locationfree-tv-handson-009722.php

So what do you people think? Is the technological behemoth a must in every home? Or is this going to be another flopped venture? Is Sony onto something with it’s HUB concept? Would you get one? Would you use one?

2 Comments:

At 1:44 PM, Blogger Kevin said...

The PS3 is certainly interesting, but I think we need to be careful of buying into the hyperbole surrounding the 'next generation' gaming consoles.

I remember marking some essays on gaming last semester which spent far too much time discussing the opinion that the XBox 360 and PS3 were going to transcend space and time, becoming benign rulers of humanity due to their sheer coolness and that they could incidentally cure baldness with a touch.

Investigating other news articles yields information that Sony's apparently going to lose a billion dollars because their console costs so damn much to make, while the Nintendo Revolution is going to be relatively cheap but it won't launch until everyone has bought the other systems. At this point it's announced that the Microsoft people are working overtime to create movies of what their Xbox 360 games might look like.

*Chuckle.*

So the development is interesting, but we should be wary of leaping onto a bandwagon of manic enthusiasm which has had millions of dollars poured into creating it.

When the PS2 came out, Sony artificially inflated demand by only selling a tiny number of units. Anyone remember that? Spending upwards of $2000 for a PS2 at release, and the price hanging in that region for six months or so? It's likely to happen again, the major difference will be the competition between the two companies. On that note:

http://www.penny-arcade.com/view.php?date=2005-04-13

 
At 5:58 PM, Blogger Andrew Cozens said...

Will you be able to play PS2 and PS1 games on the PS3? i know with the revolution they are supposedly having a function that enables you to download any game from their back catalogue which sounds pretty damn cool, can go play Ocarina Of Time again, or Super Mario Kart on the SNES.

 

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