Posts Tagged ‘Sony 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.

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.

Super Street Fighter IV Discounted at Amazon

Friday, May 28th, 2010

I picked up a copy of Super Street Fighter IV for my Playstation 3 from Amazon for a great deal. First, the game was listed at $27.99, a savings of $12. On top of that, it is currently eligible for a bonus special at Amazon. Once your game ships, you will get an online voucher for $10 off the next game you buy. Since you can buy PlayStation Network games from Amazon, a feature I just learned about today, you can conceivably buy a downloadable game for PS3 or PSP with this $10 voucher. On top of that, I got $5 in mp3 downloads from Amazon’s mp3 store. Using a gift card I had on file I ended up paying $10 for the game, and with the voucher and free music I got $15 back. On top of that, I have Amazon Prime, so I got free 2-day shipping. I am pretty stoked.

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