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Oh... You mean you wanted to play online? Sorry.

Ronald Diemicke (1195) on Sep 18, 2006


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The latest shot in this new console war is Sony putting a hole right in their foot... well... that would be if they hadn't already shot themselves in the foot about 4 times previously.

On top of the high cost, missing HDMI cable, cut number of units shipped on launch day, and delayed European release, Tony Hawk Project 8, the newest title in the pro skater franchise, will be shipping without online play on the Playstation 3. According to IGN in their newest article on the game, Nervesoft Entertainment, the game’s developer, has said that they are “confident the PS3 version of the game will ship at launch in November, but it still hasn't received all of the software libraries and has no indication of how the online components will work on PS3, so it's not offering them.”

This begs the question – Will anyone be supporting online play at launch on the PS3? The recently we’d learned that Xfire was going to be used for Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom, but is the reasoning for this that the official PS3 network architecture / development libraries aren’t going to ready for launch titles?

Half the people who owned a 360 have used Xbox Live last time I checked the numbers. Can Sony really get away with having a launch that doesn’t have a strong online component?

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Doppelgamer (304) on Sep 18, 2006


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Does anyone know if the PS3 online play will be a pay service such as X-Box Live or will it be something else?

Re: Oh... You mean you wanted to play online? Sorry.

Matt Neuteboom (989) on Sep 18, 2006


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Sony will be using free wireless Wi-fi a la Nintendo DS and the Wii, but will not have a centered, dedicated system like XBox Live to hook people up.

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Corn Popper (69281) on Sep 18, 2006


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wasn't that what Xfire is suppose to be for?

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Sciere (557110) on Sep 18, 2006


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Xfire is used exclusively for a single game: Untold Legends. I have no clue why Sony doesn't buy/license the technology to integrate it into the PS3 and make the multiplayer uniform for all games. Even funnier: Neversoft announced today that the PS3 version of the new Tony Hawk game will not have multiplayer, while the Xbox 360 version will.

(Edited by Sciere (557110), Sep 18, 2006)

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nullnullnull (1492) on Sep 18, 2006


The only thing that could be worse for Sony would be for EA to not release any of their sports games for PS3 and kill it like the Dreamcast. Of course the DC had terrible security and was likely the most pirated console system ever. Games of course no one bothered to make the hardware.

The funny thing is Sega did not learn from an earlier mistake. When I worked at EA proudly displayed in the lobby was EA's blue box where they reverse engineered the Sega Genesis/Megadrive. This was one of the feats that put EA on the map ( the other major one was Trip Hawkin's convincing John Madden to put his name on a game ). EA was able to cut a really sweet deal with Sega and make way more money than other publishers for the same number of units sold.

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Zovni (10644) on Sep 21, 2006


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Did not know that.