About That Social Networking Thing On Consoles

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social-networkingBoth Microsoft and Sony have integrated Facebook into their consoles in some form or another. Some cry foul while others enthusiastically welcome these social networking hooks. I don’t have a Facebook account, so it doesn’t affect me in any way. I think it’s a neat integration and as long as it doesn’t get in the way of what I want to accomplish with my console, I don’t care.

I am not a fan of those auto generated status updates though. Sony’s 3.10 firmware will allow your PS3 to advertise what the hell you’re doing on your console. Trophy updates, purchase updates and all that other nonsense seems excessive. I’m cool with posting a status update when you obtain a Platinum Trophy or upload a piece of content to the web or something, but not the generic “everyday” stuff.

Unlike with the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 3 firmware will not have a dedicated application for Facebook since it already has a web browser. Twitter support is also absent from Sony’s platform. I don’t want a dedicated application for any of this stuff. Ideally, a Twitter client should be integrated into the XMB where I can quickly check the latest Tweets. If I have to launch an application, I might as well pick up my netbook an log on because a dedicated application will force me to exit my game.

Again, I don’t care if these are included into the consoles or not, but they’ve got to have it work without interfering with the console’s primary purpose: playing games.

FYI: Uncharted 2 & Next Dashboard Update Dated

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Announcements

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Debuting on October 13th (via Kotaku)

  • Multiplayer demo will be an EB Games/GameStop pre-order bonus which will grant exclusive access from September 9th to 29th.
  • Multiplayer demo will be available to everyone on September 30th
  • Other outlets will be given different pre-order bonuses.
    • Amazon.com (possibly .ca as well) – Uncharted 2 treasure map
    • Game Crazy (N/A for Canadians) – Multiplayer currency bonus (like bonus XP for leveling up)
    • BestBuy (possibly .ca as well) – Golden AK-57s and Golden Barettas for multiplayer use

Next Xbox 360 Dashboard Coming August 11th (via Kotaku)

  • Includes Xbox Live Games on Demand service (buy old games from Xbox Live Marketplace)
  • Includes Netflix party support AKA the service which Canadians can’t use

Intel Announces New 34 nm X-25-M Solid State Drives (via AnandTech)

  • Evolution of the current X25-M (2.5 inch) drives
  • Available in 80GB ($225 USD) & 160GB ($440 USD) flavors
  • X18-M (1.8 inch) models at a later date
  • Halogen free; great for Apple and environmentalists
  • Will have TRIM support via firmware update just in time for Windows 7

Windows 7 RTM on August 6th; Family Pack Confirmed (via NeoWin)

  • Family pack was confirmed, but no details yet.

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