PS3 Offers Very Good Value to Consumers

Yes, Kaz Hirai is at it again. This time he’s resorted to some not-so-subtle attempts at hypnosis to prove his point:

The pricing that we announced for the PlayStation 3 is a price that ultimately offers fantastic value to the consumers. I think that we are offering a very good value for the consumers. We look at our products having a 10-year life cycle, which we’ve proven with the PlayStation. Therefore, the PlayStation 3 is going to be a console that’s going to be with you again for 10 years. We’re not going to ask the consumers to suddenly buy another PlayStation console in five years’ time and basically have their investment go by the wayside. So for all those reasons, I think at $599 we’re offering a very good value to the consumers.

In case you didn’t catch it, the PS3 offers very good value to the consumers. Now, if only they’d start production already, we consumers might actually be able to buy their very good value console before 2008.

Full Interview at GameSpot

Burnout 5 Announced for Next-Gen Consoles

Well, the 360 and PS3, anyway. This time the game is all about constant action:

Burnout 5 gives players license to wreak havoc in Paradise City, the ultimate seamless racing battleground, with a massive infrastructure of traffic-heavy roads to abuse. Gone is the need to jump in and out of menus and aimlessly search for fun like many open world games; in Burnout 5, every inch of the world is built to deliver heart-stopping Burnout-style gameplay. Every intersection is a potential crash junction and every alleyway is an opportunity to rack up moving violations.

The game will ship sometime in 2007. Check back for screens and more info in the very near future.

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Nitro Stunt Racing

Nitro Stunt Racing

Nothing beats a fun racer that entails lots of crashing, lots of jumps, and massive doses of nitro boosts. Nitro Stunt Racing promises all that and more, with on- and off-road racing, formula-style cars with turbines on the back, and huge roller-coaster style tracks that should be a blast to crash on, over, and through. The game will interestingly offer what looks to be reasonably realistic handling on the ground, while also offering the ability to steer the cars through the air as well (thanks to the wings and turbines). This should make for a game where you can get massive air off of jumps without having to always worry about getting everything perfectly square before you leave the ground.

We don’t know much more about NSR at the moment, other than it’s due on European PC’s later this year. We do, though, have a raft of screenshots to show, and you can download the trailer in high or low resolutions from the game’s simple but effective website.
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More Backwards Compatibility for the Xbox 360

Major Nelson has posted a sizeable list of new Xbox titles that have been made compatible with the Xbox 360. Included in there are a number of racers that have been added or updated (aka fixed), some that really should have been added long ago, others…maybe could have been delayed a bit. Perhaps the most notable on the list is the iconic Richard Burns Rally, the best rally sim on the Xbox. Some of the highlights:

  • Burnout 3: Takedown
  • Crash Bandicoot: Nitro Kart UPDATED
  • Ford vs. Chevy UPDATED
  • IndyCar Series 2005
  • Maximum Chase
  • MTX: Mototrax Featuring Travis Pastrana
  • MX vs. ATV Unleashed
  • Richard Burns Rally
  • Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run

Full List at MajorNelson.com

Windows Vista MSRP’d

As seen at Evil Avatar, Gizmondo has the leaked US pricing details for the upcoming (?) release of Windows Vista. This one isn’t going to be cheap if you want full functionality:

Full Version
•Vista Ultimate $450
•Vista Business $341
•Vista Home Premium $269
•Vista Home Basic $233

Upgrade Version
•Vista Ultimate Upgrade $269
•Vista Business Upgrade $224
•Vista Home Premium Upgrade $179
•Vista Home Basic Upgrade $116

Wheelman Gets Rolling

If Vin Diesel just sets your heart a-flutter whether he be in the flesh or digitally rendered, then you should head on over to 3D Downloads, which has both standard and high-def trailers available for his new videogame/music/movie action extravaganza. The franchise in the making, announced back in February, seems to share a lot of “spirit” with The Transporter, as seen in the main character’s refusal to do much of anything if his rules aren’t followed. Here’s hoping this film/game combo packs the same punch and doesn’t get mired down in too many Fast and the Furious-style over the top antics.

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Gran Turismo HD Not Just a Tech Demo?

When Kazunori Yamauchi showed GT4 at E3, even he looked bored. The game was simply a high-res port of the PS2 version of the game, enough to impress some series fanbois, but not much else. It seemed like a quick tech demo that we’d never see again, but now it seems that’s not the case. According to a GameSpot translation of a Famitsu article, the “Working Title” designation has been dropped from the game and while Yamauchi is saying that Gran Turismo HD isn’t a true successor to the series, it sounds an awful lot to me like we might just see this included as a demo or a low-cost offering to tide GT fans over until Gran Turismo 5 is released…which should be sometime before 2009.

Full Story at GameSpot