Friday, July 28, 2006

Halo games Bungie to dump the Halo franchise after 3

In this interview, Marty says, "We all want Halo to be the great ending to an epic trilogy. We look at what Peter Jackson did with the Lord of the Rings films - which each film bettering the previous one and that is what we are aiming for." Does that mean we won't be seeing another Halo game in the future? To people who understand that making video games is a business, the rumors (which are already half-disproved) that Bungie would end the Halo franchise anytime soon are ridiculous.
The first two Halo games combined have sold 14.3 million units. That puts the Halo franchise within the top 30 best-selling game franchises of all time. Without Halo, Microsoft might as well not have bothered with the Xbox; Halo and Halo 2 sold more units than the next six best selling games on the Xbox combined (if you're wondering, these games are Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, Fable, GTA: Double Pack, Project Gotham Racing, and Need for Speed: Underground 2). With a Halo movie on the way, and the facts that Halo 2 sold more units than the first and is still the #1 game played on Xbox Live under Bungie's belt, it wouldn't be wrong to say that the Halo franchise is increasing in popularity.
The bottom line is that Bungie and Microsoft would have to be stupid to end their most lucrative franchise ever after #3. We don't claim to have any insider information, we don't dispute Marty's statement and we don't deny the possibility that Bungie will create new franchises, but based on pure business logic we'd expect to see at least another two games based on the Halo universe. From a business perspective, for Bungie to dump the Halo franchise after 3 would be sheer stupidity.I doubt that happens.

Monday, July 24, 2006

PlayStation 3 NVIDIA

the PlayStation 3 was due to launch in Spring 2006, as announced at E3 2005. However, at a business briefing in February, Ken Kutaragi, the creator of PlayStation, confirmed the rumours of a delay and pushed the launch to fall. At E3 2006, Sony revealed that the PlayStation 3 would be released in Japan on 11th November, and in Europe and North America on 17th November.

NVIDIA is producing the graphics chip for the PlayStation 3, called RSX or 'Reality Synthesiser'. Rumours suggest the chip's design was finished months ago, but neither NVIDIA nor Sony have revealed its final specifications, something graphics card enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

PlayStation 3's launch

According to Business Week, A Goldman Sachs analyst claims that Sony may lose up to $2 billion during the first year of the PlayStation 3's launch. The report claims that each PlayStation 3 will cost Sony $750 to produce while they will be retailing at $499 for the SKU with the 20GB hard drive and $599 for the unit with the 60GB hard drive.
Sony initially making a loss on each unit sold comes as no surprise as it is very common for console producers to take a hit on sales until production costs decrease- the PlayStation 2 only started raking in profits four years after it was launched while Microsoft has yet to make a profit from its Xbox series.
Sony has not made any official announcements on the manufacturing cost of the PlayStation 3 and analysts have speculated amounts from $500 to $800.
Currently known to be the most expensive console this generation, The PlayStation 3 will be launching in November this year. Its main competitors include the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii.

Friday, July 07, 2006

PlayStation 3 vs XBOX 360

Most people in the industry are predicting a successful launch for the PlayStation 3, selling out across the world, but it's the period following the launch that is casting doubt over the long term success of the console. Priced substantially higher than the competition at a staggering $599 (£425), the relatively low priced Xbox 360, and expected low price point of the Wii could well leave Sony and the PS3 in tricky situation.
Sony chief executive Howard Stringer doesn't see the high price as a problem though, noting that "you're paying for potential," and that "if the PS3 lives up to its total potential, then I don't think anyone will be worried about Nintendo or Xbox's cheaper price."
Sony is claiming that it has another trump card for its PlayStation 3 when compared to the XBOX 360. Sony is committed to distributing games digitally through its E-Distribution Initiative including first-party games. "Our first party projects are all unique to PS3. Some of our games, by virtue of their design and hardware demands, simply couldn't work on Xbox 360," said SCEA Santa Monica director of external production John Hight. Microsoft's XBOX Live Arcade, on the other hand, has been mainly limited to third-party efforts and classic titles.
Whether Microsoft will feel compelled to respond with its own first-party efforts on XBOX Live Arcade remains a mystery.