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PS3 strikes second blood

December 2, 2006
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Only because the Live Arcade came first, but between the PS3 and Wii, original game downloads charge out the PS3 gates early (or is it on time?).

On December 19, the PS3’s online network will host flOw, a modern age take on Snake, and i’m not talking trouser. This was made by some kinda game design savant of the Asian persuasion, initially as a flash game and now headed for PS3.

It looks interesting, but what you wanna look at here is how early Sony is getting in on downloadable games. The Virtual Console is supposed to do the same, but when? Don’t ask Nintendo, they sure as hell don’t know. Wii has a hardware production advantage, but Sony is really trying to make something happen on the software side with their PlayStation. A very interesting state of affairs, given the fact that Nintendo is typically seen as software focused and Sony as hardware focused.

On Dec 19, if you have a PS3 and want to try something new-ish, check flOw out. The following day, Nintendo will retaliate with…the forecast channel — a feature that should’ve been on 2 weeks ago. Expect an announcement for new VC content around this time next year.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 2, 2006 10:07 pm

    I’ve played the free version of flow, and while it’s interesting as a concept, I wonder what they’ve done to make it worth downloading on a PS3.

  2. December 3, 2006 2:45 pm

    Nintendo has not made a big announcement related to original content on the VC, so I’m wondering if they will do it at all… They haven’t released a Developer’s Kit for it, have they?

  3. December 3, 2006 9:01 pm

    I really wish there was going to be original content on the VC. Seems like a brilliant idea.

  4. December 4, 2006 11:34 am

    Well there is, and they have announced it through interviews. If you recall, IGN is making an original VC game.

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