Posts Tagged ‘Playstation 3’

Disc-Less Netflix Streaming Coming to PS3 October 18

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Netflix streaming video will be made available without requiring a disc starting Monday, October 18 according to the PlayStation Blog. This has been a long time coming, and it is finally arriving. Xbox Live users have been enjoying this feature from the beginning. With this update, only the Wii will be stuck on disc-based Netflix streaming.

With the streaming feature come some even more welcome announcements. The PS3 will be streaming Netflix in 1080p, with Dolby 5.1 support. The HD options will only be available on select movies/shows, but this list will likely grow soon. Netflix is continuing to add subtitles to its streaming content as well.

Finally, to top off an impressive set of improvements, there is also a new user interface that improves the speed and UI appeal. You’ll also be able to search for content directly on the PS3. You should also notice improved response times for beginning content playback.

These are certainly welcomed improvements. I am looking forward to not having to find that streaming disc when I want to watch a show, or removing the game I’m working on just to watch a movie. I’ll be upgrading on Monday and will let you know how it goes.

Hands-On with the PlayStation Move

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

I got some hands-on time with the PlayStation Move and thought I’d share my initial impressions. So far, it was almost exactly what I expected from it, which is good. I think it will take a little getting used to, but from the time I spent on it, I think things are looking pretty good.

The controller was smaller than I expected. It fit really easily into my hand, about the size of a bicycle handle. I was concerned that the big bubble on top of the controller would be distracting, but I hardly noticed it. The buttons are pretty straightforward – a trigger, the basic PlayStation array and home menu buttons and a long central button that served a start button-like function.

I spent a few minutes playing the game included in the Move Bundle and the PS3 Console Move Bundle, Sports Champions, by Zindagi Games. I focused on the Gladiator portion for my first tests. I knew going into it that there is no cheating with the Move controller. You have to fully swing if you want your character to respond. You can’t just flick your wrist while vegging on the couch like you can with the Nintendo Wii. Knowing this, I probably was still a little too zealous with my swing. I could feel the workout after just a few minutes. I am happy to say I won both matches I tried, even without my weapon of choice. I used a guy with a battle axe instead of a swordsman. It took a little getting used to, as with any game, but I knew that the gist was you had to swing your weapon and parry or dodge as best you can when your opponent swings. Like I said, I won, so I think it was easy enough to figure out. I can imagine the harder settings will give quite the workout.

At first glance, the PlayStation Move delivers. I will give it a more thorough test and post another review. The Move can be obtained a number of ways, and is coming this Friday, September 17. If you have a PS3 and don’t have the PlayStation Eye camera, you can get the Move Bundle. It comes with a Move Controller, the PlayStation Eye, and a copy of Sports Champions. The Move Bundle comes in at $99. If you already have the PlayStation Eye Camera, you can get the Move Controller by itself. It goes for $50. Of course then you have to pay $40 for Sports Champions, and that brings you up to $90. If you don’t have a PS3, you can get a PlayStation Move Sports Champions Bundle for $399 which includes the PS3 and the Move Bundle. No matter which way you go, the Move is a pretty good deal considering what it brings to the table.

Based on my initial tests, I think the PlayStation Move is definitely worth checking out. It offers better precision than the Wii, and runs on a much more powerful console. The games will be more realistic and more intense than those found on Wii. While the Wii certainly has its place with my 4 and 2 year old, the Move offers some game-time for the grown-ups.

This author of this post was not compensated for this review. Please see Disclosure Policy.

Upgraded PlayStation 3 Consoles Coming this Fall

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Sony has announced new PlayStation consoles coming this Fall. One is a bundle, one is not. Both feature expanded hard drives.

The PlayStation Move Sports Champions Bundle features a PS3 Console with a 320GB hard drive and the PlayStation Move bundle. The bundle, worth $100 alone, consists of a PlayStation Eye camera, a Move controller, the game “Sports Champions” and another demo game disc. The camera itself is going for $30-$40 now, so the bundle is a good deal even without throwing in a huge hard drive on the console. The whole package will cost $400, so the savings is in the Move bundle and not the overall package. Sony and Microsoft have been consistently offering the same pricing point while simply upgrading features, which is nice, but not everyone can afford a $300 console.

Sony is also upgrading the hard drive on the standard console. It will feature a 160GB drive. The box on the Move bundle mentions Netflix streaming, but the 160GB one doesn’t. I am not sure if this means anything, as I would expect both versions to feature Netflix, having been told the disc-less version was coming.

Next month will be a good one for Sony with the launch of the PlayStation Move, as well as these consoles. Both consoles and the stand-alone Move bundle will be available September 19. I am particularly looking forward to the Move. What do you think? Are you waiting for the Move, or do you prefer Microsoft’s Kinnect for Xbox 360? Are you going to buy both? Let me know in the comments.