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PS3 – Yawn

So then, Sony have announced the release date for the PS3 in Europe, that date is Friday the 23rd of March.

Oh well, Thanks Sony, it's nice to be remembered. Oh slight issue though.

The ONLY version available in Europe will be the 60GB version, and it's going to rip you off cost you £425 (599Eur in Ireland, so with current exchange rates pop to Dublin to pick one up, it'll save you 30 quid, and you can get a day out at the Guinness factory), however Sony (like Nintendo) have still decided to rape us! In the USA these go for $600(ish) the converted price for Europe? Yes you worked it out $840. That means it's cost Sony 25% more to ship them to Europe? Give me a break! Sony are shipping 300,000 units to the UK (1 million Europe wide), who are they kidding, do you seroiusly think you will sell that many? You only just managed to sell that many over Christmas in the USA! for £100 less than your going to rip us off. Seriously, it costs Sony £100 to turn the PAL output on, and ship it to Europe, per console? Give me a break. At least Nintendo only charges us £40 more, and I thought that was bad enough!

If I were you, I'd save your money, pop out and get an Xbox 360 and a Wii, and enjoy your games, there just as good (mostly better) than anything on the PS3, and you will be able to play Halo3, Gears of War, GTA4 and Zelda.

Let's face it, BlueRay is dead (the BlueRay consortium have all starting hedging their bets by making dual reader devices like LG's), the device you buy will have to go back to Sony at some point, like my Xbox, but at least MS have decent customer service, oh yeah, and it's just plain FUGLY.

Sony save your effort, Europe wont buy any more devices than anyone else, stop feeding your engineers crack laiden sushi and just give up on this generation, work on the PS4. Lets hope you can make a decent device next time.

Other Blogs Covering this story (as I'm a little one sided)

Joystiq / Bloggad / Kikizo / TVG

HD-TV

So then, the last time I wrote about what TV to get, I was set on a Panasonic Plasma of either 37 or 42 inches.

Well the wife had a think, and said no, 37 is too big, my mistake? I took her to the local Panasonic dealer and setup a side by side viewing of the 37 and the 42, hoping I could stear her in the 42″ area; what a mistake, after seeing 37″ in the flesh I was told it was too big for the room, Damn! Well it sort of made my decision I have bought and take collection shortly of a very fine Panasonic TX32LXD52 LCD screen.

LCD, yes I know Plasma is ‘better’ as the blacks are better defined and they are 42″ but hey, I was told 32″ so that is what I have bought.†It has HDMI input, the same panel as the Panasonic TX32LXD500 and for £1000 it’s not badly priced.

The XBox360 should Continue reading HD-TV

KumaWar

Bumped into kumawar.com, now that is a strange thing. It takes real events from war news and re-creates them in game. Now you can play your favourite Dessert Storm 2 scenes yourself.

 

I suppose it’s a little sick being able to take on real life events yourself, however the game engine is not bad and seems to play quite well.

It’s a 65mb download so give it a go.

Where Sony waiting and did they know?

So the question that needs asking now is did Sony know about the iPod Gen5? Sony today released the v2.5 PSP firmware which, to be honest; makes the iPod’s new video ability look a bit out of date!

 

Sony are saying why download the video after they have been aired when you can watch whatever is on the TV now.

Sony Location Free TV will allow you to watch your TV on the move from your PSP (as long as you have a WiFi link).

So this all sounds pretty impressive? it is, however there are some slight downsides, these are Price : Costs about $300 for the base unit that sits at home, Bandwidth : Requires 300KB/s downstream connection at the PSP end, this however means you will need a similar bandwidth at the home end, in the UK that causes problems as most cable/DSL connections only have 128kb/s upstream connection.

So again, another product that wont quite work in the UK.

If only someone would create something that could hook into my Sky+ and allow me to transcode my unwatched/saved shows onto my mobile device then I would buy it now.

So my recommendation for the moment is to keep hold of the v1.5 firmware on your PSP and pay all the great homebrew out there.