Chicago (IL) - An estimated 150,000 to 200,000 Playstation 3 consoles are going on sale today. The first devices were sold in midnight launch events, while most consoles will be distributed when electronics stores and other retailers such as Walmart and Target will be handing them out in the morning. Ebay sales are picking up steam, with sellers asking for as much as $7000.
The hours tick down to the imminent North American launch of the PS3. And a lot of hot air it is.
Customers at electronic stores across the country are eagerly camping out for Friday's Sony PlayStation 3 launch. In Hawthorne California two very different camps formed at the Circuit City and the Best Buy store across the street. Management at Circuit City maintained a hands-off policy with their camp, while Best Buy employees have been holding regular meetings with their campers and have even helped pick up the trash.
Electronic Arts has announced that Command and Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars will be coming to the Xbox 360. The game continues the Command and Conquer series after a seven year break with the good guys, GDI, fighting the familiar NOD Brotherhood for control of Tiberium.
The Company of Heroes v1.3 patch is out. That's the good news.
As home theaters become an increasingly large part of the home entertainment market, custom component makers have found a niche for the home theater enthusiast. Numinus is one such vendor and makes "Stardomes", decorative and acoustic panels filled with glittering stars and glowing nebulae.
Three PS3 campers and a WKYT news reporter were hit in a drive-by Wednesday night while outside the Lexington Kentucky Best Buy store. The four people were hit by BB pellets and were not seriously hurt. According to WKYT, some of the campers are now afraid for their lives and have left the line.
Chicago (IL) - If you are already planning on spending $600 for the Playstation 3 and few extra dollars on or more games this package should not be much of a sticker shock: According to this ad (PDF - 2.9 MB), which we found through a post on the FatWallet forums, Fry's will require PS3 buyers to buy at least eight games with their new console.
Showcasing the latest model of itsart-over-TV product, TV Coverups is on hand at the Electronic House Expo with one of the more artistic showings. The company now offers a more affordable, manual mechanism that allows consumers to flip between a large-screen TV and a framed piece of artwork, in addition to the automatic, remote control-based model.
One of the more interesting things we found at Electronic House Expo is a full-room home speaker tower from Ferrari. The elegant and expensive car maker wants to make the speakers as luxurious and exclusive as possible, and at a $20,000 standalone price, it meets that depiction.
Speakers are usually big and ugly boxes, but Stealth Acoustics wants to change that with their invisible in-the-wall speakers. All the components are housed inside the dry wall and the speakers make sound by vibrating the wall and surrounding wood studs.
Microsoft and Bungie Studios today said that the first multiplayer public beta of Halo 3 will be released in spring of next year.
Chicago (IL) - And you thought the supply of Playstation 3 consoles in the U.S. was tight: Digitimes reports that Sony has allocated a total of 150 game consoles for its major launch event in downtown Taipei on November 17. An additional 350 consoles will be sold through 35 selected stores, according to Sony's Taiwan branch.
Toshiba today announced the launch of its second-generation HD DVD players in the Japanese market.
In an announcement that came just three days before the widely anticipated PS3 release, Ziff Davis today said that the official US PlayStation Magazine, one of its properties, will shut down publication, tagging the January 2007 issue as the final one.
Sony's Playstation 3 game console, which went on sale in Japan over the weekend leading off a global launch, can't play some of the older games for the original Playstation and the upgrade Playstation 2 , a company official said Tuesday.
Microsoft has re-released the infamous Blue Screen of Death screensaver from Sysinternals. The screensaver simulates the trademark Windows error message and even fakes hard drive activity.
Nintendo of America has confirmed that a DVD-enabled Wii is indeed coming to the U.S. Previous reports suggested that this may have been a Japan-only promotion. Sonic Solutions will be providing the DVD navigation software for the Wii.
Best Buy Burbank has given the boot to the ten people waiting for the Sony PlayStation 3 launch. According to our sources in the line, Best Buy kicked the group off property on Friday afternoon November 10. This comes almost four full days after they initially started lining up.
Sign posted at the Best Buy store entrance
Tokyo (Japan) - Over the weekend, the hotly anticipated PS3 console made its worldwide debut when it launched in Japan on Saturday, November 11. The console was virtually a sell-out within hours of store openings on Saturday, setting the pavement for the increasingly fervent North American launch this week.