Gamestop holiday deals

Game stop Holiday deal

Game stop Holiday deal

More holiday deals are popping up.

  • Xbox 360 Elite w/ Lego Batman, Pure, & Choice of Call of Duty 4 OR Spider-Man: Web of Shadows – $299 (3 games total)
  • PlayStation 3 120GB w/ LittleBigPlanet GOTY & God of War Collection – $299 (3 games total)
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Assassin’s Creed II Lineage & new Dev Diaries

Ubisoft released a number of episodes supporting the launch of Assassin’s Creed 2 called the Lineage series. These films are intended to “focus on the story of Ezio’s father, Giovanni Auditore da Firenze” and delve into the history of “the Assassin’s Creed 2 storyline and characters”. Here is the complete video file of the Lineage series.

A while ago, I posted the first 3 videos on Assassin’s Creed 2 Dev Diaries here. Here are the rest of the Dev Diaries.

Games on demand

There are 3 main companies working on the Games On Demand concept (the ones that I know off so far at least). Mainly, OToy, OnLive, and GaiKai. Here is a brief description of each and a video showing the service in action.

OTOY is developing technology for delivering real-time 3D rendering through the browser. OTOY has partnered with AMD for creating these render farms. The service can be used for games among other applications.

Onlive develops server-based video game processing, allowing games to run without game consoles or high-end computers, moving away from a system in which games are purchased and downloaded. OnLive debuted in GDC 2009 with a splash and I talked about them before here. With OnLive, you have to download a browser plugin for your PC or MAC or you can use a Micro-console to play on your TV. Out of the three companies mentioned here, I believe OnLive has the most complete solution to the Cloud Gaming initiative.

GaiKai is a company backed by David Perry and based in Amsterdam also trying to deliver Games via a web browser without any plug-ins or custom Micro console. The game will run in a Flash player streamed to your web page.

Sony Ericsson releases Android powered phone … then I end up talking about PS3

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10


Two days ago I posted about Android catching up to the iPhone
and wished for an Android powered PSP. I wrote about this before here and here. Well it does not seem far fetched now with the new Android-powered Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10. Engadget has more on the pre-production model here and GIZMODO here. Looks like Sony still has some few hurdles to overcome to deliver on this phone. However, poking around online, I found the following piece:


Sony Ericsson’s head of portfolio planning, Steve Walker, said that this is just the start, and that in future we’ll see closer integration with other Sony products, though he wouldn’t comment as to whether the PS3 was a possibility, via Remote Play like the Sony Ericsson Aino.

Given that Sony barely released the PSP GO recently, I don’t see them investing in a new handheld console-phone combo platform right now. Coupled with the upcoming PSP versions of LittleBigPlanet, Assassin’s Creed and Rock Band, the PSP is getting back some attention that has been focused on the PS3 for the past couple of years.

Lets look at some numbers. According to Joystiq here, Sony has lost close to $4.7 Billion dollars on the PS3 so far. Also according to VGChartz, Sony has sold 25.74Million PS3 units so far compared to 52.31Million PSP units. The Xbox360 launched a year earlier than the PS3 and their total sales so far is 32.78Million units. That’s not too bad. By end of April next year, I think we will have a good idea of the PS3’s overall performance in this generation. It seems to me that by April 2010, Sony will have shown most of their cards for the PS3. I say April 2010, because FF XIII, God Of War III, and Gran Turismo 5 will all be out by then (MAG, Heavy Rain, and The Last Guardian may all be out by then too). These titles should enable Sony to capture a lot of the PS2 users back to their side. Knowing that the PS2 sold over 138 million units as of August 18, 2009, the potential to sell more PS3s is huge.

If this generation cycle manages to stay for 10 years, there is a big chance for Sony to recoup its losses on the PS3. I got to all these numbers just to see if its feasible financially to create a PSP phone.

Android catching up to the iPhone – anyone else to step up?

iPhone vs Droid

iPhone vs Droid

Droid

Droid

After reading Mobile Crunch’s review of the Motorolla Droid device vs the iPhone, it finally seems like someone was able to catch up with Apple(feature wise).

Each phone platform has such tremendous merits. Androids got better navigation; the iPhone has a better browser. Androids got unbeatable expandability and flexibility; the iPhone OS is mind-numbingly easy to use and the rate of growth and drive behind the App Store is simply explosive.

Samsung is also making Android powered phones and we will soon see more Hardware makers jumping on the Android bandwagon.
I wrote before here
and here how it would be awesome to have a Sony phone with an open operating system platform like Android. It finally seems like that its viable for Sony to compete with a unique value offering. Now that Sony has adopted the “It only does everything” line for the PS3, they should do the same with the PSP. A powerful handheld console like the PSP coupled with a smart phone functionality would be something I would buy in a heart beat.