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August 9, 2006

Game console interfaces reviewed – Xbox 360 versus PlayStation 3

Here’s a kind of review you don’t see everyday. Aeropause compares the user interface on Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 3 to that on Microsoft’s shipping Xbox 360:

Don’t even get me started on how horrible the 360 interface has been. It sure looks bright, but it was a crap shoot on whether the option you were looking for was in the Settings blade, or buried somewhere in the “Xbox Guide”. The latest dashboard has improved the organization of the 360 interface greatly, but has done little to make it simpler and more streamlined. Microsoft has a lot of work to do, there.

It looks like someone over at Sony has a clue about how interfaces should work.

I’m certain that not all console users would agree and in the comments on the article some don’t with emphasis on the observation that the PS3 interface being just a warmed over version of the PS2 interface.

Posted at 9:55 am. Filed under Companies, Microsoft, PS2, PS3, Sony, Video Games, Xbox 360

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January 20, 2006

Electronic Arts cuts console game prices

Troy Wolverton at

Some of Electronic Arts’ top games have just gotten a lot cheaper.

The retail prices of titles such as Madden NFL ’06, NBA Live ’06 and Need For Speed: Most Wanted have fallen by $10 to $20 this week, according to a report issued Thursday by Banc of America analyst Gary Cooper.

The price cuts, which only affected games made for current-generation consoles such as Sony’s PlayStation 2 and Microsoft’s original Xbox, are a reaction to weak video-game sales in recent months and likely will be the start of a trend, he said.

“We expect more price cuts to come from other publishers and believe very few new current-gen [eration] releases will be able to charge a premium price,” said Cooper…

Note that these are wholesale price reductions. What the retailers will do is another matter, but there seems little doubt that retail prices are going down.

Posted at 6:53 pm. Filed under PS2, Video Games, Xbox

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October 17, 2005

DigitalLife Wrap Up: How about a robot dinosaur?

The 2nd annual DigitalLife tradeshow for consumers (produced by Ziff Davis) wound up this weekend in NYC and provided all sorts of geeky goodness as you can see in this lengthy slideshow. Dan Costas at PC Magazine describes the award winners and while I was tempted by the PS2 game, Guitar Hero, it apparently requires that you have some minor amount of musical ability even if it is just punching lighted buttons on the guitar controller. Since that still lets me out, I guess I would go for the Roboraptor. Who wouldn’t want their own dinosaur robot? (Check out the video at both the links.)

Posted at 10:28 am. Filed under Companies, DigitialLife, PS2, Robots, Trade Shows, Video Games, Wow Wee

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