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)
More holiday deals are popping up.
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.
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.
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.
Kotaku announced that they are holding a pre TGS party here. If you are in Tokyo and going, please contact me so we can arrange to go together.
I guess I should make a legal disclaimer that I’m an immature investor who lost more money than he made in the Stock market so don’t take my word for stock tips. However, I like to share my analysis and get people’s opinions and feedback on what I think is going on in the industry.
So I think Activision-Blizzard stock is definitely worth buying right now. Based on their sales figures and potential for 2010, analysts expect an upside of about 25-30% on the stock price.
Activision Blizzard reported better than expected results driven by Call of Duty and Guitar Hero franchises as well as World of Warcraft. During a challenging economic climate, Activision Blizzard was the #1 U.S. third-party console and handheld publisher3.For the first half of 2009,Activision Blizzard had two of the top-five best-selling titles in the U.S.A and Europe – Guitar Hero World Tour and Call of Duty: World at War.
Before I left the US, I had a good chat with several friends including Mark Deloura about the future of Sony and their potential next steps and where their market is headed. Now that I’m in Tokyo, I got to attend the Sony Developer Conference and saw up close and personal some of their efforts from their mother land office.
Here some interesting evidence that Sony is heading the right direction:
– More PSN offerings including
– PS1 and PS2 games
– General media content including first party exclusive programming like Qore and many other media offerings from 3rd parties
– Enhanced PS1 and PS3 re-releases on Blu-Ray. For example the God Of War 1&2 games for the PS3(announced here)
– PS3 price cut and large hard drive capacity along with a slimmer (and faster model)
– A great line up of exclusive and non-exclusive games scheduled for 2009 and 2010 including: Heavy Rain (exclusive), Final Fantasy XIII (exclusive to Sony in Japan), Final Fantasy Vs XIII (exclusive to Sony everywhere), The Agency, God Of War III (exclusive), Uncharted 2(exclusive), Assassin’s Creed 2(non-exclusive) and Assassin’s Creed PSP(exclusive obviously)
– Sony is investing in new technologies like Facial and photo recognition (announced here) also as we know they have demonstrated the Sony motion controller
– Potential PS Phone (check here and here)
– Sony will introduce 3D LCDs by 2010 (check here)
Well after all that, I still have not answered the question. Is it a good time to buy Sony stock? I think the answer is yes. Its based on evidence that Sony has been trying to cut a lot of fat and increase their PS3 sales. Now the issue is that Sony is a huge company and their gaming sector is only a portion of their business so if they do well in games, that does not mean that the company will do well overall. I would like to add more analysis here but I gotta head to CEDEC tomorrow. So what do you think?
I read here that Saudi Arabia is the fastest growing market for the Xbox360. Knowing the Arab world, the Playstation platform is usually the strongest selling game console. I wonder how well the PS3 is doing in Saudi.
Exclusive news from Microsoft officials: Saudi Arabia is now the fastest growing market worldwide for the Xbox360 console, surpassing Russia, who was leading the growth rate last year.
At the end of the 2008/9 financial year, the system achieved a growth rate of 100% in Saudi Arabia, and continue the company’s ongoing successes in the region.
Yesterday, I wrote about expectations and hype building up for this year’s E3. Looks like we don’t need to wait until Tuesday to find out about the PSP Go. Here is the video: