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Everything since the 2nd revision of the original Playstation controller, if memory serves.

I didn't ask which of Sony's controller was a copy. I asked which of Nintendo's controllers was copied.
post #42 of 71
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Been in a coma since ’07?

I'm with him here TS- so are you saying the iPhone is a competitor to the $99 Playstation TV?
The OP to your comment takes the same stand as me. It's obnoxious to hear about a new competitor to go against an unreleased apple product. I mean- Apple TV doesn't do gaming outside of airplay- clearly an apples-apples comparison is PS TV vs Amazon. Apple TV isn't even a factor. And until apple releases their next iteration- it will only be a factor if gaming is a big topic for them.
FYI- Apple TV is in a league of its own- not saying anything about sales or which is better, just saying that comparing a gaming streamer to the Apple TV isn't a fair comparison- and to compare a gaming streamer to an unreleased product that doesn't exist is borderline insane.

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post #43 of 71
Originally Posted by iaeen View Post
I didn't ask which of Sony's controller was a copy. I asked which of Nintendo's controllers was copied.

 

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post #44 of 71
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I thought the same thing. When they announce the ATV, and if it has gaming- I'll bet the developers hear about an easy port with their existing games.

Of course, even an Apple die-hard like me is starting to wonder when they are going to release something. I was eagerly anticipating something in spring of 2013, then planning on something fall of 2013, then expecting something spring 2014. I don't know what verb I want to use anymore. It's getting ridiculous.

'Insanity' doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome. I feel the same way. My guess is that Apple wanted the Apple TV to have an exclusive access to TV content but in the end the media owners held firm and that isn't going to happen. Now what do you do to differentiate your TV product from others? Fallback to making it a decent video gaming console with lots of inexpensive video games. Not as differentiated as an exclusive TV product and one others have somewhat of a claim to from what I understand, but appealing enough to sell.

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everyone cries specs, I say give me great games not specs. I'm an old school gamer (Atari 2600), and those old blocky games had better and more satisfying play than alot of the current games with movie like graphics. Ok, let the flames begin. 1smile.gif

Agree 100%

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The Apple TV will virtually be an iPod set-top box that will directly download Apple TV apps, and you will be able to play games with the game controllers that uses Apple's game controller API's. The next Apple TV will be an evolution of the 1st generation Apple TV that had a hard drive; but will instead have a solid state drive to have the capacity to download and play large games directly from the console.

Apple TV is obviously a streaming platform; but what will be key is a Video Podcast subscription based model for content that is similar to their News Stand model. It will just be a matter of economics that works for both content providers and subscribers, where subscribers can subscribe to a channel package similar to Direct TV, and be able to stream local television programming directly; where Apple will be a platform that will be a legal form of Aereo; but in this case Apple will have a license with the Broadcast Networks to stream their channels directly to Apple.

With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, the integration of the Apple cloud ecosystem, the sharing of apps across 6 devices, the Apple TV will bring it all together beautifully in the living room. Apple is very active getting all of the licensing and AppTV UI SDK's into place, to make the Apple TV what it truly can be. When Steve Jobs said regarding TV that they cracked the code, I believe that everything that we are seeing now across the entire Apple platform and ecosystem, is the realization of what Steve said.

What's interesting is how the elimination of physical media, along with ITMS "family" licensing, has the potential to radically change gaming and game retailing.

Combined with Metal and faster ARM processors - this will be interesting to watch...
post #47 of 71
so basically the PSTV is the Sony gizmo that will add backwards-compatibility to play PS3, PSP, etc. games on the (can't-do-that) PS4 - for $100 extra. well that's good no doubt for all the folks with a lot of those games (i don't see a DVD drive, so i guess it's just their cloud download games). of course you could simply keep your PS3 plugged in for free ... but hey, it's a new gizmo! that's news!

but what this has to do, aside from the similarity in names and price, with the Apple TV escapes me. the PS3/4 both already host all the popular web streaming services ATV does, so the PSTV is not making any difference there. and for those very few who really are fully set up with an Xperia "ecosystem" of Sony hardware products they already offer a limited version of AirPlay.

sure there are always those rumors about a new Apple TV this year that will add console gaming capabilities to its current features - based on no hard evidence at all. as if Apple would become a fourth entry into that niche market with a me-too product.

forget it.

(well, maybe if Apple buys up the pieces - the game franchises basically - of Nintendo in a year or two after it goes under).

but No! we must have a "Battle" headline! Sony vs. Apple! PSTV vs. ATV! get those page hits!!

shame on AI.
post #48 of 71

I don't think Nintendo will be able to stay afloat too many more years at least not in their current form. They may be forced to do what Sega did and simply make games for the Xbox and Playstation and mobile devices. I think if Apple bought Nintendo and transition their vast library of games to iOS and possibly even to OS X that could be a very bold move. I used to be a big gamer on my computer and game console but I like iOS games that allow me to play it only for a minute or two if I am busy or a longer time if I want. I can't even remember the last time I played a game on my computer now. When I stated a battle in Unreal Tournament 2004 which is probably my favorite game of all time (Onslaught especially) I knew I would be playing for a long time. With Clash of Clans I can log on and train troops, collect my cash, do an upgrade and log off again within 2 minutes. A raid on a rival also only takes just a few minutes. Clash of Clans would look great on my 70" TV if I have a good controller that makes controlling games fast and easy to do. 

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Never. Never. Never.

I was one of the early adopters of the PS3, back when it cost $600. I really liked it for a while, but then they started having frequent mandatory software updates that won't allow you to continue to use it as before until you have downloaded and installed the update. It's incredibly annoying to get home from work and think you have just barely enough time to see a movie before going to sleep, only to find that Sony has made other plans for your evening, involving 20+ minutes of software updating. For a while, this seemed to be happening every 4-6 weeks, but the pace has slowed lately.

One of these updates added a bunch of advertisements for downloadable software to the home page, and there seems to be no way to get rid of them. If Apple installed a bunch of ads on the desktop of my MacBook Pro after I'd owned it for a few years, I'd be livid, too.

Also, the thing stopped working after 1 1/2 years, and cost $160 to fix.

So no, I wouldn't go near this thing with a ten-foot pole.

I had a similar experience although my Blu-Ray drive failed after the 3.x firmware update. Others had the same issue (check the Sony message boards), but Sony denied any defect, and the PS3 was out of warranty by then. At least Microsoft fixed the RRoD problems and extended everyone's warranties automatically.

If you ever do get the first-gen PS (anything) units, always get a 3-yr extended warranty. I don't trust Sony any further than I could throw them.

Eventually, some retailers (e.g., Fry's) started carrying inventory of refurbished PS3s. Where do you think those came from? 1wink.gif

And now Fry's carries an inventory of unsold refurbished first-gen PS VITAs, LOL. That should tell you something. It comes free with a ten foot pole.

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post #50 of 71

I don't know what generation my PS3 is, I bought it around 3 or 4 years after they first were released. But I have had it now for at least 5 years if not longer and have not had a single issue with it. Yes the updates are annoying at times especially when I am excited to watch a new episode of House of cards or Orange is the new Black on Neflix, but I don't ever remember waiting more than around 5 or 10 minutes for the update to complete. 

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Been in a coma since ’07?
Apparently so.

Pray tell, what standalone living room gaming console did Apple release in 2007?

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post #52 of 71
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Apple won't because they don't work that way. The new Apple TV is so much more than the device that serves the content. It is all about ecosystem and content, not CPU and features. Apple will have to step up and provide a new way of serving content or they'll miss the boat just like iTunes/Spotify.
Spotify doesn't even approach iTunes in revenue they also don't have 800,000 customers with credit cards on their books.
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Spotify doesn't even approach iTunes in revenue they also don't have 800,000 customers with credit cards on their books.


And if Spotify ever did begin to approach even the same ballpark as iTunes, their rates would go up, advertising would infest everywhere, and it would die off.

 

You can't offer something as "good" as Spotify and have it become successful. They licensing agreements they have are only for the small numbers they produce.

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Originally Posted by gwmac View Post
I don't think Nintendo will be able to stay afloat too many more years at least not in their current form. They may be forced to do what Sega did and simply make games for the Xbox and Playstation and mobile devices. 

 

Once again you show a complete disconnect from reality.

 
I think if Apple bought Nintendo and transition their vast library of games to iOS and possibly even to OS X that could be a very bold move.

 

I think that even if Apple invested in Nintendo to bring their library of games to iOS/OS X without an outright purchase (which Nintendo would never accept anyway), it would be a very bold move, and I support it wholeheartedly.

 
I used to be a big gamer on my computer and game console but I like iOS games that allow me to play it only for a minute or two if I am busy or a longer time if I want.

 

You highlight quite a valid point here, and the thought of even just Nintendo’s handheld library on iOS devices to fill the demand of this shifting demographic is something I think both sides should consider.

 

Originally Posted by Crowley View Post
Pray tell, what standalone living room gaming console did Apple release in 2007?

 

I was unaware we were talking about anything even remotely close to that.

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post #55 of 71
So Sony is ready to disrupt it's own market (PS4) to pursue Apple's hobby?

Good for consumers. I'm interested.
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Seems more like it's going after the Amazon set-top game box. I assume people buy Apple TVs because they are into the Apple ecosystem. This has no answer to that.

You basically posted what I was thinking. It makes sense that AI would call it competition for AppleTV, but this sounds more like a response to the release of Amazon FireTV, so-called smart TVs with built in game capabilities (usually some kind of embedded Android OS), and $99 micro consoles like OUYA. AppleTV's gaming is currently powered by an iOS device, and its not the primary reason to buy one.

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I don't know what generation my PS3 is, I bought it around 3 or 4 years after they first were released. But I have had it now for at least 5 years if not longer and have not had a single issue with it. Yes the updates are annoying at times especially when I am excited to watch a new episode of House of cards or Orange is the new Black on Neflix, but I don't ever remember waiting more than around 5 or 10 minutes for the update to complete. 

Lucky you.

Mine was first gen PS3 with the original revision motherboard: it still had the PS2's Emotion Engine chips in it. They later ditched that and finally came out with slimmer versions. I got a slim model later and it runs cooler, quieter, and more reliably than my first-gen launch unit, which is now non-functioning and out of warranty.

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post #58 of 71
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I was unaware we were talking about anything even remotely close to that.
Then I guess it's you that's in the coma. Learn to follow a conversation.

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Originally Posted by Crowley View Post
Learn to follow a conversation.

 

Nah. Explain how this device “takes aim” at set top boxes instead. That seems ambiguous at best; it’s just a conduit for the PS4.

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post #60 of 71
What? I never claimed it had any such aim. It's use as a set top box is at most secondary, it's a gaming device. Competition with the Apple TV is more a coincidence of form factor and a few incidental services than any kind of concerted effort to "battle" it.

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post #61 of 71
I plugged my old PS2 into my 55" TV, and it looks pretty bad... I wonder if they rewrote the old games for HD?

Edit- I would get this thing if I could play Cyberball 2042 for psp on my tv though. 1smile.gif
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Lucky you.

Mine was first gen PS3 with the original revision motherboard: it still had the PS2's Emotion Engine chips in it. They later ditched that and finally came out with slimmer versions. I got a slim model later and it runs cooler, quieter, and more reliably than my first-gen launch unit, which is now non-functioning and out of warranty.

well i got the lower-price 40G PS3 when it was released a year later at the end of 2007. still works fine. got a few favorite games, but not at all a "gamer."

 

for watching Netflix, i prefer it to my Apple TV because its on-screen UI is nicer and its candybar remote control is easier to use than the awful ATV remote. but its real advantage for me is Vudu, which ATV does not offer. that's the one streaming service with as many 3D movies for rent as Hollywood will allow to be shown on our snazzy 3D televisions. (obsviously they want to force us to pay $10+ each at an IMax instead.)

 

otherwise the ATV with AirPlay is the way to go.

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VUDU has been great in my experience on the ps3. There's an app for it as well. It was nice to scan my DVD's/blurays and have them in HD in the cloud for a nominal fee. At the very least, I wish apple would allow ultraviolet syncing to iTunes. That would be great for everyone.

I'm intrigued by the PSTV but aside from gaming, i don't think it will touch the Apple TV in features. Sony's music service is beyond pathetic. They could possibly add amazons cloud player but that has major issues as well like gapless playback, inability to change cover art, no grouping of compilation artists to name a few.

I do hope with the next Apple TV upgrade that they support 120hz TV's with motion flow. VUDU on the ps3 does a beautiful job of it but the current Apple TV doesn't support it. Real bummer because I absolutely love watching movies that way.
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And then Apple releases the 4th gen Apple TV and makes this look like the garbage it is.

LOL...4th generation ATV with full iOS, larger internal storage or expandable storage and some motion control sensors will eat this Sony Stream Box and others alive. And that will make the $35 Chrome Cast look like a piece of sht.

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post #65 of 71
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

And then Apple releases the 4th gen Apple TV and makes this look like the garbage it is.

Will the next Apple TV slow me to stream games from the PS4?
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Originally Posted by r00fus View Post

So Sony is ready to disrupt it's own market (PS4) to pursue Apple's hobby?

Good for consumers. I'm interested.

Based on what you and others have written, I'm not sure you actually understand what this device is.
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I had a similar experience although my Blu-Ray drive failed after the 3.x firmware update. Others had the same issue (check the Sony message boards), but Sony denied any defect, and the PS3 was out of warranty by then. At least Microsoft fixed the RRoD problems and extended everyone's warranties automatically.

If you ever do get the first-gen PS (anything) units, always get a 3-yr extended warranty. I don't trust Sony any further than I could throw them.

I have a first Gen Ps3, plus a second Gen one, first then vita, Ps4. Have had no issues with any of them, they update fine each time, and have had tones of functionality added over the years. It's not good that you have had issues but don't assume everyone has
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I have a first Gen Ps3, plus a second Gen one, first then vita, Ps4. Have had no issues with any of them, they update fine each time, and have had tones of functionality added over the years. It's not good that you have had issues but don't assume everyone has

Your first-gen PS3 sample size is as large as mine: one. Don't tell me your experience with that is a more accurate barometer of Sony's quality than mine. Enjoy your unbroken Sony products, but don't piss on people who weren't as lucky as you.

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Your first-gen PS3 sample size is as large as mine: one. Don't tell me your experience with that is a more accurate barometer of Sony's quality than mine. Enjoy your unbroken Sony products, but don't piss on people who weren't as lucky as you.

I have two PS3's.

But while we are at it, two of my four macs have failed, does that mean Apple has a 50% failure rate and we can just rubbish them?
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But while we are at it, two of my four macs have failed, does that mean Apple has a 50% failure rate and we can just rubbish them?

Welcome to the internet.

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I have two PS3's.

But while we are at it, two of my four macs have failed, does that mean Apple has a 50% failure rate and we can just rubbish them?
The dvd drive on both my macs failed so I think we can say that macs have a 100% failure rate on dvd drives. Good job the Apple TV doesn't have one and must be the real reason Apple started removing drives from their products.
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