A common error while setting up a wireless connection on a Playstation 3 is the time-out while obtaining IP error. Best solution is to make sure you entered the right security settings for your wireless network. The Wep encryption consists of a long range of case sensitive characters. Double checking your wep encryption will often solve this time-out issue.
Although the exact release date is not set yet, more and more information about the upcoming release of the new Grand Theft Auto 4 game on the PS3 hits the web. Above is the offical boxart for the PS3 game!
Sony has announced that a PlayStation 3 delay is a very real possibility.
Any delay could be caused by Blu-ray, one of two next-generation DVD formats backed by Sony. The PlayStation 3 will be able to play Blu-ray movies and games. The format can hold up to 25GB on a single layer, and 50GB with dual layer.
Delays in finalising specifications is the main reason behind Blu-ray production lagging so far behind. In particular, Advanced Access Content System (AACS), a Digital Rights Management feature, has delayed the production of both Blu-ray and its competitor, HD-DVD. It is believed both camps have now reached an agreement.
“The highest quality picture is vital to the PS3. There is a possibility of delay [to the launch] if delivery of parts is delayed,” said a Sony spokesperson.
Speculation suggests that all other parts, including RSX, the PS3’s graphics card, have been completed. But Blu-ray, one of the most anticipated features of the PS3, could be the whole reason Sony has refused to comment on the progress of its next generation console.
Interestingly, though, it has also been announced that Sony aims to ship the initial Blu-ray titles on 23 May in the US, to coincide with the release of Blu-ray players. This could very well mean that Sony is still able to meet its “Spring 2006″ launch in at least one territory (assuming Spring ends on 21 June).
In a recent Business Week article, Kenji Hall writes that PS3 might possibly confuse the audience with too many features. Sonyâ€™s super-packed PS3, which will debut in the summer of 2006 in Japan and the fall of 2006 U.S, will come with Blu-Ray drive, wireless feature, latest CPU called the â€śCELLâ€?, on-line capability, and many more latest technologies. However, these many features will certainly confuse the very reason to purchase this machine which is to play next-gen games. Kenji Hall states that by having feature like Blu-Ray drive will drive consumer to buy Blu-Ray dvds instead of spending that money on games. Sony makes most of their money via games than selling the system itself. In fact they are expected to lose 1 billion dollars on PS3 console alone and to recover the money and be in the black means selling licenses to game developers.
Moreover, when PS2 came out, people have bought 3 games per system but when PSP came out, due to the hand held systemâ€™s ability to play music and movies, the ratio has gone down to 2:1.
Some question whether Sony is trying to cram too much into the new box. The PS3 is expected to cost $350 to $400. While it has the potential to be a megahit, Sonyâ€™s message might get muddled in the process of going after too broad a market, says Deutsche Securities analyst Takashi Oya. â€śIt would be difficult to sell PS3 initially as anything other than a game machine,â€? Oya says. Sony declined to comment on such concerns.
If consumers buy the PS3 as a multimedia machine, they might not purchase as many video games. Sony ought to know: The handheld PlayStation Portable (PSP) has been a success since its debut in December, 2004. But since the PSP also plays music and movies, fewer people are buying games designed for it. In the PS2â€™s initial year on the market, players bought more than three games for each machine that was shipped. For the PSP, that ratio slipped to 2 to 1.
Phil Harrison, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, is preparing to make a keynote speech at this year’s Game Developer’s Conference, set to take place at the San Jose Convention Center on March 22nd at 10:30 am.
The title of the keynote will be “PlayStation 3: Beyond the Box.” According to Sony representatives, the speech will focus on a “what’s next theme,” highlighting “various development and business opportunities” for the PS3.
Though there are few specifics in the press release, it’s possible that Sony will use this keynote to formally announce their widely rumored online gaming service, “PlayStation HUB.”
Sony’s official stance on these reports is that they are “purely speculative.”
Sony will offer an online gaming service for the Playstation 3, similar to Xbox Live. Well-placed industry sources have confirmed that the PS3 will have an online service, which is currently being referred to as Playstation HUB, according to Next Generation.
The sources said that Playstation HUB would be a â€™subscriber serviceâ€™, support Sonyâ€™s Playstation Portable (PSP) handheld system, and offer features similar to Micosoftâ€™s Xbox Live online gaming service.
No prices for the subscription were quoted.
If accurate, the news supports earlier reports that Sony was developing an online gaming service for the PS3 to rival that of Microsoftâ€™s Xbox Live.
Next Generation also reported what sources believe will be the Playstation 3 release dates, citing September 16 and September 21 as the release dates in Japan and the US respectively.
The release of the Playstation 3 is being delayed due to the threat of piracy, Sony has announced.
At the Taipei Game Show, the managing director of Sony Computer Entertainment Asia, Mr Tetsuhiko Yasuda, told reporters of Japanese news outlet Mainichi
that Sony would not launch the PS3 until it could handle the troubles posed by counterfeiters.
â€śWe want to be completely prepared when we bring PlayStation 3 to the marketplace. Our No. 1 competition is not other companies but counterfeiters.
We want to work with governments to stop this.â€?
Yasuda said that Sony was yet to decide when it would begin marketing the new console.
The Playstation 3 will use the new Blu-ray next-generation DVD format for their game media. Part of the delay of the Playstation 3 release date may be caused by uncertainties concerning Blu-rayâ€™s copy protection systems. Advanced Access Content System Licensing Administrator (AACS LA) manages the content stored on next-generation media such as Blu-ray Discs.
Heise online reports that the AACS copy protection for Blu-ray disc and HD DVD is delayed again:
â€śLast Friday, the meeting of the AACS LA was to resolve the final specifications of the new Advanced Access Content System (AACS). But insiders are reporting that no such agreement was reached. Instead, it is said that an important member of the Blu-ray Disc Association is still voicing concerns about the interaction of AACS and the additional BD+ protection for Blu-ray movies. The next meeting is scheduled for February 23rd and 24th.
Without the AACS specification, the copy protection keys that manufacturers of drives and media need cannot be produced. For instance, manufacturers such as NEC, Pioneer, Samsung, and Toshiba are eagerly awaiting the specifications so they can implement AACS in their equipment.
Hollywood movie studios are insisting that such protection be included in all drives. â€ś
As the Playstation 3 is equipped with a Blu-ray disc drive, Sony may be forced to wait until the problems with the AACS have been resolved before commiting to a release date for the PS3 console.
Gamestop and EBGames have started preordering video games for the coming PS3 console. Both retailers are preordering for $59.99 and have a shipping date of October 1st 2006 except for the long awaited Metal Gear Solid 4 who has a date of December 1st 2006.
This is very good news because it means that Sony has spoken to major retailers and announced an approximate release date of Fall 2006 for the PS3 in North America.
Here is a full list of games available for preorders:
Condemned: Criminal Origins
Devil May Cry 4
Fifth Phantom Saga
Fight Night Round 3
Metal Gear Solid 4
Peter Jacksonâ€™s King Kong
Scarface: The World is Yours
The Getaway 3
Vision Gran Turismo
News site ‘Next Generation’ is reporting that Sony will announce an online service called PlayStation HUB in the next few weeks, and that Japan and the US will see a September release for the PlayStation 3.
The site claims that “well-placed industry sources” have said there will be an online service similar to Xbox Live, that offers the ability to play games and chat, and download music, movies and games. Apparently, HUB has been described as a “subscriber service”, suggesting some sort of monthly or yearly subscription much like Xbox Live.
Next Generation also went on to say that developers have seen a schedule citing 16 September as the launch date for Japan, and 21 September as the launch date for the US.
Unfortunately, we are once again in a situation where we have no proof of the validity of the sources of information. Kikizo recently ran an article called Exclusive: Hands-On with PlayStation 3, which used very similar rhetoric as Next Generation. The Kikizo article in particular was so vague about its sources and its actual information that much of what was said could have been contrived from what we already know.
It’s difficult to accept that relatively unknown sites have been given such detailed information. However, PSM, an unofficial PlayStation magazine, did suggest similar features for the PlayStation 3’s online service, and so maybe there is truth in Next Generation’s findings.
As usual, Sony refuses to comment on rumours and speculation. The Taipei Game Show is due to start in a few hours, and many news sites have hyped up the presence of the PlayStation 3 at the event in Taiwan. However, we all know how CES turned out, so let’s not get our hopes up just yet.