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E3 2013 Console Announcements

Next Gen Console

This June 11-13, the annual E3 Expo was held and there was some huge news about the three video game consoles.

Microsoft was the first company to present at E3 and the news coming from their conference was not good. The new Xbox One will be have an always-online requirement and will not support used games. It will also be priced at a steep $499. When asked to comment about the always-online feature, a Microsoft executive stated that if you don’t want to always be online, keep playing Xbox 360.

Sony was up next with their conference and they announced that the PlayStation 4 doesn’t need to be connected to the internet and will support used games. It will also be $100 cheaper than Xbox One. One negative thing about the PS4 is that in order to play multiplayer online, you will need to be a PlayStation Plus subscriber.

Finally, Nintendo announced many exciting new games for the Wii U including Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros., Super Mario 3D World, Pikmin 3, Donkey kong Country: Tropical Freeze. and New Super Luigi U. For 3DS, Nintendo announced Super Smash Bros., Pokemon X & Y, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Yoshi’s New Island.

New Super Slim PS3′s Announced

Super Slim PS3

It doesn’t seem that long ago that Sony released the Slim PS3 which just made the original PS3′s look prehistoric. Sony has just announced a new super slim PS3 that puts the slim PS3 to shame. It is roughly 20 percent lighter and 25 percent smaller than the slim PS3. New on the super slim is the absence of the familiar Blu-ray slot but instead features a conventional top loading disc tray. The console will include only two front-facing USB ports. The base model will jump from $250 to $270 when the updated console is released in America on September 25.

More @ PlayStation.

Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

Okay, well here we go right here, the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection that everyone’s been waiting for. The release will be November, 2011 and the collection comes with Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 and also Peace Walker in HD. It will be out for both 360 and PS3. I am very excited to replay Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 in HD. I’m also looking forward to playing Peace Walker for the first time.

Gran Turismo 5 Collector’s Edition For PS3

Gran Turismo 5 is finally getting closer to a release date and PlayStation is going all out by releasing a $100 collector’s edition of the game available later this month. The collectors edition contains the folowing:

  • Gran Turismo 5 on Blu-ray
  • Collectible Diecast Car
  • Exclusive “Apex” Car Guide
  • Five exclusive DLC cars
  • Numbered certificate of authenticity

More @ PlayStation Blog.

Netflix Streaming Now Disc-free on PS3, Wii

Netflix streamless

I love Netflix. For under $10/month you get tons of movies and TV shows delivered directly to your computer or DVD via mail. The most convenient thing for me however is Netflix’s streaming service via Wii or PS3 because it lets me watch my favorite movies right on my TV, where they belong. The only problem I had been having with the old Netflix streaming system was that the service could get lousy due to the disc having to be in in order for the Streaming service to work. I had to order 3 new discs over the past 6 months due to them simply not working.

Today however Netflix has gone disc-free for Wii and PS3. It’s been a long time coming. As I type this I’m watching “The Brady Bunch Movie” on my PS3 in my living room and in a few minutes I’m going to retire to my bedroom and maybe turn on the Wii and see how the disc-free service works on it. Thank you Netflix for continuing to be awesome and so reasonably priced compared to how much the cable company wants to deliver me cable TV.

More @ Netflix.

Scott Pilgram Vs The World PSN Game

Scott Pilgram Vs. The World was a decent movie I recently saw in the theater and I just discovered that they made an awesome game to go along with the movie. The 2D side scroller game reminds me of River City Ransom type graphics. The game seems pretty deep. It lets you buy items, level up and learn new moves on your way to defeating seven angry boyfriends. This PSN exclusive is only $10 and looks to me like a must buy, as in I must buy it tonight.

Little Big Planet 2 Collectors Edition

Little Big Planet 2 Collectors Edition

Due to the success of Little Big Planet, Media Molecule is making Little Big Planet 2 which now has a release date of November 16. The $79.99 Collectors edition package will come with a ton of extra swag including:

  • A copy of LittleBigPlanet 2.
  • Your own little 7″ plush toy Sackboy.
  • Exclusive LBP2 game bookends.
  • Exclusive DLC  including:
    • Disney / Pixar’s Toy Story 3’s “Aliens” Sackboy Costume
    • Disney’s TRON: Legacy “Clu” Sackboy Costume
    • The Muppets’ “The Great Gonzo” Sackboy Costume
    • PlayStation’s “Ratchet” Sackboy Costume
    • PlayStation’s “Clank” Sackboy Costume
    • Even More Animals’ “Crocodile” Sackboy Costume
    • Even More Animals’ “Vulture” Sackboy Costume
    • Even More Animals’ “Cobra” Sackboy Costume
    • Even More Animals’ “Mandrill” Sackboy Costume
  • And exclusive to the LittleBigPlanet 2’s Collectors Edition:
    • PlayStation’s “Jak” Sackboy Costume
    • PlayStation’s “Daxter” Sackboy Costume
    • 5 exclusive LBP2 PSN Avatars – Lastly, complete your PlayStation experience with a new identity on the PlayStation Network with these new avatars.

Gran Turismo 5 Trailer

Still no release date but Sony released a Gran Turismo 5 trailer earlier this week.

Little Big Planet: Little Price, Big Game

Little Big Planet

Rumor has it that Sackboy has reason to smile because word on the streets is that Little Big Planet will become a greatest hits game very soon. When that happens, the color of the game box magically turns to a transparent red and the price magically falls to $29.99 MSRP. By the way it’s the GOTY edition that’s rumored to become a Greatest Hit which means that in addition to the standard game, it features exclusive levels from 18 members of the LittleBigPlanet community, the “Metal Gear Solid“, “Monsters” and “History” costume and level packs and the “Animals” costume pack.

The other games rumored to be getting Greatest Hits status are:

  • Killzone 2
  • Resistance 2
  • inFAMOUS
  • UFC Undisputed

More @ NeoGAF.

Mega Man 10 Dynamic Theme On PS3

Mega Man 10 came out the other day which is impressive considering the orignal Mega Man came out 23 years ago but I think that just as impressive is this PS3 Theme related to the newly released game. While the buttons you push in no way control the outcome of the race, the price of the dynamic theme is only $2.99 and I will be downloading it soon.

PS3 To Go 3-Dimensional This Summer

3D PS3

SCEA’s John Koller has revealed that after multiple 3D firmware updates this summer, PS3 will be able to play 3D games and movies.

3D is a major part of our initiatives in 2010 and we’re currently developing 3D stereoscopic games to come in conjunction with the launch of Sony’s 3D compatible BRAVIA LCD TV in summer 2010. The amazing thing about the PS3′s technology is that all PS3 units that exist in homes and markets will be able to play 3D stereoscopic games as well as 3D BD movies through separate firmware upgrades – something that other platforms are unable to do. We’ll be announcing actual game titles separately later, but we think that 3D stereoscopic gaming has a ton of potential, particularly in placing consumers within the actual experience.

More @ Pocket-lint.

God of War III Ultimate Edition

If you have some disposable income coming in and enjoy playing PS3 games you may want to check out the God of War III Ultimate Edition coming out in mid-March. The Ultimate Edition includes the following:

  • High-End Sculpted Replica of Pandora’s Box
  • Limited-Edition God of War Art Book featuring exclusive art, content and interviews
  • God of War Combat Arena containing an exclusive environment and seven challenges
  • Premium Kratos Skin – Dominus
  • God of War: Unearthing the Legend Franchise Documentary – a full-length movie documentary depicting the history of the God of War franchise
  • God of War Trilogy Soundtrack – God of War, II, and III scores from the game (mp3 digital download).
  • God of War: Blood and Metal EP – a heavy metal homage featuring original music inspired by God of War (mp3 digital download).

More @ PlayStation Blog.

Sony Announces Slim PS3 and Pricecuts

It’s been rumored for quite some time but yesterday Sony announced pricecuts for the PS3 along with the PS3 Slim. The PS3 Slim will come with you choice of a 120GB or 250GB hard drive and they start at $299. The Slim consumes 34 percent less power and takes up 32 percent less space than the Phat version. In addition to this news Sony also announced that the PS3 will also get new firmware 3.00 update that brings a bunch of new features including status indicator, custom themes, avatars, redesigned friends list and trophies. Sony has slashed the price of the current phat PS3 to $299 while we eagerly wait for the Slim this September 1.

DJ Hero Controller Revealed

DJ Hero Controller

If you’re a fan of Guitar Hero or Rock band and the tons of controllers they come with then you may like this news.. if you’re into house music. According to DJ Hero’s Twitter page, the DJ Hero game will feature a controller that looks like what’s above. No word yet on if the turntable will spin partially of fully yet. The official webpage is now live too @ djhero.com although there’s not much on it yet.

Lego Rock Band Due Out Later This Year

Lego Rock Band

As a fan of both Lego and Rock Band, this is exciting news. Lego and Rock Band are working together to come out with a video game this holiday season on PS3, 360, Wii and DS. Lego Rock Band will use all the existing Rock Band and Guitar Hero peripherals although a premium guitar you could build out of Legos wouldn’t be a bad idea and would probably sell well. Lego Rock Band will be more family focused and will include songs like:

  • Blur: “Song 2″
  • Carl Douglas: “Kung Fu Fighting”
  • Europe: “The Final Countdown”
  • Good Charlotte: “Boys and Girls”
  • Pink: “So What”

More @ Joystiq.