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New PS3 and Revolution Info at GDC 67

Posted by Zonk
from the delicious-information dept.
GameDailyBiz has a talk with Jamil Molena, the Director of the Game Developer's conference, about the upcoming event. Some interesting stuff about what to expect out of the event, as well as some happy news about the Sony and Nintendo keynotes. From the article: "BIZ: What can you tell us about Phil Harrison's keynote? Will we finally get some new information on the PlayStation 3? JM: The answer is yes. In general, platform providers have a unique opportunity at the GDC to share knowledge with and inspire the people who will make or break their consoles, namely the game developers themselves. With that in mind, this GDC keynote, along with the Nintendo keynote by Satoru Iwata, have both been in development for several months, and contain significant editorial value and developer takeaway."
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New PS3 and Revolution Info at GDC

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  • The race begins (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Looks like we find out on March 20 what the next generation is going to look like...
    • Re:The race begins (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      like the xbox360 only 8 months later and 100 dollars cheaper / 200 dollars more expensive
      • You misspelled "speculation."
  • DS Lite (Score:3, Interesting)

    by DeltaStorm (118517) on Thursday March 09, 2006 @01:34PM (#14884397) Homepage
    While I'd like more information on the Revolution, right now I'm just waiting to find out when the DS Lite will be available in the US.
  • Um (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Winterblink (575267)
    JM: The answer is yes

    Actually, the correct answer is "I have no idea", because chances are excellent that's entirely correct. I'll wait until an official Sony person says yes.
    • by Castar (67188)
      Given that the official title of the Phil Harrison keynote is "PlayStation3: Beyond The Box", I'd have to assume that we will learn *something* new about the PS3. It may not be much, but you can't schedule a major keynote at GDC and expect to get away with no new info. That's really the only purpose of these keynotes - if they had nothing to say, they wouldn't give a keynote.
    • Re:Um (Score:1, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Well here's the official topic summary of Harrison's speech from the GDC website, which must have been provided to them by Sony:

      Phil Harrison
      President, Worldwide Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment
      "PlayStation 3: Beyond the Box "
      Wednesday, March 22
      10:30 - 11:30am

      Focusing on the new creative, technical, and business opportunities provided by the arrival of PlayStation 3, the keynote will share Sony Computer Entertainment's innovative plans for the format and will provide a look at how new technology and new

    • by G-funk (22712)
      Of course there'll be some PS3 Info, and it'll be something Sony can spin as "Huge" because they'll want to steal Nintendo's thunder, that's how Sony operate.
      • Glad to see some common sense arround here. I wouldn't be surprised if Sony announces the PS3 can cure cancer.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 09, 2006 @01:41PM (#14884458)
    What else is Mr. GDC supposed to say? "You will learn absoluteley nothing by attending. In fact, you'll walk out dumber!"

    Besides, it was obvious. E3, GDC, and obviously the Japanese conferences and trade shows always bring at least a few new details to light around product launch time, even if it's just new software announcements.

    BTW, this Slashdot story is an announcement about an announcement about possible future announcements (which everyone was expecting anyway). I love it.
  • by WillAffleckUW (858324) on Thursday March 09, 2006 @01:46PM (#14884501) Homepage Journal
    Basically, what he was saying is that it's likely that both Sony and Nintendo will reveal information on the PS3 and NR at their two keynote speeches, but that he personally knew zip nada zilch about what they were going to say.

    Or if they would even talk about the PS3 or the NR.

    Basically, it's spin signifying "Here's a time when maybe, just maybe, they are likely to say something, and I want you to send tons of reporters just in case."
  • Everything about the revolution has been pretty tight-lipped, which is suprising since apparently the dev kits have already been shipped out for it.

    I mean, we are expecting a release later this year (October?) and we as informed consumers know very little about it. The average joe six-pack probably doesn't even realize that it going to be on store shelves.

    Nintendo has said there are more "secrets" to be revieled. I, for one, hope they will be revieled at the GDC this year.

  • Revo & DS (Score:5, Interesting)

    by paullyjunge (953573) on Thursday March 09, 2006 @01:50PM (#14884539)
    I wonder how long it will take for Nintendo to announce the ability to play the classic games downloaded by the Revo to also be able to be played on the DS.... that would be a great announcement. I would cry for joy...
    • I would weep as no man has wept before. I'd been really looking for a way to port SNES and NES to my DS when I had it.
    • Re:Revo & DS (Score:3, Informative)

      by rohlfinator (888775)
      I think your idea is probably more likely than you think.

      Instead of simply using the same screens as the GBA and GBASP, Nintendo upped the resolution slightly on the DS's screens, to 256x192 (from 240x160 on the GBA). The DS's screens use the same horizontal resolution as the NES and SNES, so emulation could be more accurate. The NES Classics series for the GBA had to scale the images down slightly to fit on the GBA's screen, but that would be mostly unnecessary for the DS.

      Also, the DS's Download Pl
      • It'd be even better (for users) if you just put in "classic games" game card into the DS that had it's own client working through the Nintendo WFC to download games on-demand. Mmmmm, deciding to play ExciteBike while hanging out at the local Starbucks. Of course, Nintendo really likes tying their consoles together more than that, so it's doubtful they'd let the DS stand on its own in such a way.
    • I wonder how long it will take for Nintendo to announce the ability to play the classic games downloaded by the Revo to also be able to be played on the DS.... that would be a great announcement.

      And, to some extent, impractical.

      The DS hardware is not powerful enough to emulate GameCube or N64, though ports of games for those systems to native DS programs can be done (vis Super Mario 64 DS et al).

      The DS should be able to emulate most if not all NES and SNES titles, but the problem is that those consoles run
      • The DS should be able to emulate most if not all NES and SNES titles

        Yeah, that's what I had meant about classic games. I should have clarified. Super Mario World was ported to the GBA(Super Mario Advance 2), so I think playing all of the SNES/NES collection would not be a problem. (Portable Chrono Trigger anyone?)
    • Look, for the 100th time,,who CARES that Starbuck is a woman? The series is so good that it makes me forget the original anyway. Besides Katee Sackoff is HOT.

      Oh wait, what were we talking about again?

      -Eric

  • Oh, Puhleeeze! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Pearson (953531)
    In general, platform providers have a unique opportunity at the GDC to share knowledge with and inspire the people who will make or break their consoles, namely the game developers themselves.

    If these developers are interested in either of these consoles, then they already have dev kits and official support from the "platform provider". These consoles are coming out this year; it's not as though someone is going to be in one of those presentations and suddenly decide to make a launch title.

    The only s
  • by AzraelKans (697974) on Thursday March 09, 2006 @07:15PM (#14887305) Homepage
    Seriously, they are not going to say they are not revealing anything important about the most hyped and eagerly awaited consoles coming, however historically the GDC hasnt revealed info about new consoles, You have to realize the GDC is aimed at developers NOT general public and developers already now target release dates under NDA's so that info has absolutely no use to them.

    You want to know more about those consoles? wait for the E3.
  • by BkBen7 (926853)
    ...More interested in what Will Wright has to say.

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