While Sony's PlayStation Move motion-controller has been taking all the headlines in recent months, it's easy to forget that 2010 was a stellar year for PS3 exclusive titles. From the noir-thriller Heavy Rain to the blood-and-guts brawling of God of…
Ignore the picture but word has it from a bloke who knows a bloke at Sony that the PSP2 will not have a number or code but instead a subtitle, such as the PSP monkey or PSP Armageddon or such. The best guess out there at the mo is that it’ll be the PSP Go! in line with their PSP services already released, but I wouldn’t put a whole lot of stock in that.
What does make sense are some of the details which suggest that the handheld will be unveiled at E3 in June, it’ll be out in the last quarter of 2009 and it will indeed have the much drawn slide-out screen. Whether it’s of the 800×480 pixel touch variety is another matter.
There’ll be just the one analogue joystick and one d-pad, no UMD disc drive but it will come in two iterations of 8GB and 16GB built-in flash memory. There’ll be 100 classic titles available for download at launch, including Gran Turismo, and, fingers crossed, it should be something special to fight off the DSi at one end and the iPhone 3G at the other.
Good luck Sony. Don’t think I’ve ever said that before?
If you’re can’t quite afford the £160,000 for an Aston Martin DBS you might want consider the Vision Racer 3 racing game chair for around a hundredth of the price. You might not be able to order your upholstery to match but you won’t be so concerned about your mates having a go.
Today was the lauch of the third generation of the Vision Racer to site alongside the Logitech G25 racing wheel. The whole set up is designed to work with games consoles and in full comes with the wheel, steel alloy peddles (adaptable to both automatic and manual), a six speed gear stick, Logitech 2.1 surround speakers with sub-woofer vibrating directly under your bum and now the ultimate in gaming chairs too.
The Vision Racer 3 was created by ex-rally car designer Geoff Turton and features a steel alloy chassis, full adjustable seat and optional gear stick and monitor mount designed to house the sub 26″ flat pannel of your choice. It’s not about gimmicks – the seat doesn’t move about or rumble when you crash – it’s all about the racing position which is apparently so spot on that Geoff assures me he is nummber 10 out of 14 million players in the world of online motor racing.
I’m not in the slightest bit interested in motor racing games but there were some petrol head gamers there at the launch slavering as they accelerated out of the chicanes of virtual Monaco. What I can tell you is that, yes, the seat is comfortable and it does sit you at just the right viewing angle and position for a proper drive. I’m not sure you’d ever choose the gearstick instead of the levers behind the wheel but it does look good, if feel a little on the plastic side compared to the quality of the rest of the set up.
At £1,699, with all bits and pieces included, it’s actually not a bad deal considering the wheel alone costs £279. Better still, it comes in a reasonable sized box and with the kind of tool kit you’ll be proud of forever. Definitely one for the enthusiasts but not necessarily the filthiest of the rich.
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