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Microsoft APAC - What Say You?

Sony can take the risk and release the Playstation 3 here. What about Microsoft? With all the rumors on Natal and the new 'Slim' Xbox 360, it would actually be good timing for them to unveil a new marketing strategy for Asia, and include more countries for Xbox Live.

So, is Microsoft going to let the opportunity in Asia slip by their fingers? Sony really does rule this territory; their mindshare with the Playstation brand remains very strong, and perhaps Xbox's failings in Japan even make this more evident.

Is Microsoft just focused on the western markets? Will they let possibly millions of dollars in potential profit just go to waste by continuing to ignore the Asian market?

You've really got to hand it to Sony; they've got guts to release high-end electronics like the Playstation 3 in places like the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand. As income levels in these places rise, Sony is establishing their foothold as *the* console brand of choice for the mains…

Playstation Asia Website Now Lists the Philippines! PINOY GAMERS WIN

More craziness abounds regarding official support for console gaming in the Philippines: http://asia.playstation.com now lists the Philippines as an officially supported country for the Playstation brand!

PS3 Philippines Launch Is Serious Business: First Pics On Site and Event Schedule Details!

I was in Glorietta this evening; lo and behold...!









It begins tomorrow! From the Facebook group page, here's the schedule of events for the PLAYSTATION 3 PHILIPPINE LAUNCH this weekend, March 27 to 28 at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati!

DAY 1: March 27, 2010

2:00pm: Official Opening of PlayStation Exhibit plus Onsite Registration for competitions (COSPLAY Fashion, COSPLAY Battlefield Competition and PlayStation Race)

3:30pm - 4:00pm: Band Performance by EEVEE

4:00 pm- 5:30 pm: COSPLAY Fashion followed by COSPLAY Battlefield

5:30pm - 6:00pm: PlayStation Race

6:00pm - 6:25: Awarding of Winners

6:00pm - 7:00pm: Band Performance by PUPIL

DAY 2: March 28, 2010

10:00am – Exhibit Opens

12:00pm – Physical Registration of contestants for PSP and PS3 Games (PS3 Ridge Racer 7 / PSP Tekken : Dark Resurrection)

2:00pm – Simultaneous Elimination Games

4:30pm – Band Performance by LETTER DAY STORY

5:00pm – Celebrity Showdown

5:30pm - Finals game for PSP

6:00pm – Finals game for PS3

6:30pm – Awarding

7:00…

IT BEGINS!

Questions Worth Asking at the Upcoming PS3 Launch

1. Warranty Details - are units bought before the launch date covered? Or, at least, is there a repair option available?
2. Playstation Network - Will there be a 'Philippines' region? Will there be locally available PSN cards in peso denominations?
I guess the major question here is, how much of a launch will this be? Is it a...
a. Full blown launch - all features available in other countries will be available here b. Hardware launch - The PS3, PSP and its hardware and software will be sold, and not much else.
Either of the two is possible---and to be honest, I'm keeping my expectations in check. It is still good to know this is really happening.
3. Games - will games get cheaper? Or at least, will games stay at the same prices you could get them in grey market retail shops?
What region will the games be? Personally, I hope it's Region 3, so they're the same price as the games sold in neighboring Asian countries.
4. Marketing - Is Sony going all the way with this? Will we…

How To Launch A Game Console In The Philippines (Non-fanboy tips)

UPDATE: I wrote this post a few days before Sony officially announced their local launch. Sony Philippines is launching the Playstation 3 in the Philippines on March 27-28, with a launch event at the Glorietta Activity Center. It's great news for Filipino gamers everywhere! For more information, check out this page.

For a few years, me and my wife have learned a lot about gaming here in the Philippines. With the birth of our son recently, our priorities have changed. We do still love gaming but we no longer can devote that much time to promoting it as a hobby.

That said, all that wealth of experience that we learned as Xbox MVPs would just go to waste if I didn't write this post. I write this not as an Xbox fan, but as a gamer, and personally if it really does come to pass that Sony is launching a game console here, it's nothing short of a miracle, and to have it happen after we did all those things before feels like one of those 'you get what you wished for, but not exa…

Sony Playstation 3 Philippine Launch Details!

It's official - Sony is releasing the Playstation 3 officially in the Philippines! This marks an important milestone for console gaming and for gamers in our country. Finally - some official support!

http://www.sony.com.ph/microsite/PS2010/PlayStation_Mar2010_Newsletter.html

Sony Philippines, Inc. invites you to the first PlayStation Event in Philippines on March 27 and 28 at the Glorietta Activity Center. Enjoy the extensive display of the full PlayStation line-up, try out the newest game offerings and watch the hottest bands perform onstage.

Up for grabs are brand new PlayStation 3 , (PSP) PlayStation Portable and limited edition PlayStation premium items by simply joining any of the following activities:

* COSPLAY Fashion - Come in your best Anime/PS game character COSPLAY attire and strut your stuff to win a brand new PlayStation 3
* COSPLAY Battlefield - Create a 2 minute Battle/Fight Scene Simulation with 2 other friends and win 1 PSP each
* PlayStation Amazing Race - Discover the…

Philippine SONY Catalog Features Playstation 3, Launch on March 26?

Note that the date is based on an Internet rumor, and what used to be on the asia.playstation.com/ph/en site (which got pulled)





More on PS3 Philippine Launch: PS3 Ad in Local Sony Catalog!

Picked up the '2010 Bravia/Summer Fever 2010' local catalog from the Sony store in Park Square. It had an ad for the Playstation 3 in there....
Looks like this PS3 launch thing is really happening.
(Why no picture? I've got an important day job and I've only five minutes to blog about gaming stuff....Take my word for it, this is real. Or you can just visit the Sony store in Park Square and see for yourself....)

Playstation 3 Local Launch Imminent???

So recently I've been hearing a lot of rumors about the Playstation 3 launching officially in my corner of the globe. I'm really happy to hear this news and it's great news for all gamers here in my country, whether you prefer Xbox, Nintendo or Windows/PC -based gaming.
Why? It's a bit of recognition that games are a big deal, and the industry is here to stay.
The rumors I've read say that: The PS3 will be 18,000 pesosIt will come with a 2 year warrantyThe site http://asia.playstation.com/ph/en now says it is launching on MARCH 26 - an actual date!