2006

January

7th of January 2006
The CES show is held and Sony shows the PS3, but does not have a working/playable machine, hrere is a video taken at the event:

18th of January 2006
Sony confirm some launch titles, which include, Genji 2, Angel Rings, Monster Carnival, Everybody’s Golf 5, Gran Turismo and The Eye of Judgement.

February

17th of February 2006
The PS3 is shown at the TaiPei Games Show, behind a glass screen, with rumours suggesting that the console will not be released in Spring 2006:
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19th of February 2006
Sony stocks plummet as rumours circulate that the PS3 may possibly be delayed.

28th of February 2006
Sony releases a statement, saying that the PS3 will be delayed, with a possible Japanese release in October 2006.

March

16th of March 2006
Sony’s shares yet again plummet as they reveal that the PS3 will be delayed to early November 2006

22nd of March 2006
Phil Harrison speaks at the Game Developers Conference in San Jose, at the conference he confirms that the PS3 will receive a worldwide release in November 2006 and Developers would receive Final Production Units in June 2006.
Demo’s showed at the conference included, Heavenly Sword, F1 Racing, Warhawk, Motorstorm and Resistance: Fall of Man.
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April

28th of April 2006
Namco Bandai reveal that they will be releasing Ridge Racer 7 for the PS3

May

1st of May 2006
Sony release details of their fourth quarter and full-year fiscal results, they state that they see big losses with the PS3 launch.

2nd of May 2006
EA announce that they will be releasing Army of Two for the PS3

2nd of May 2006
Sega reveals that they will be releasing Full Auto 2: Battlelines exclusively to the PS3.

3rd of May 2006
UbiSoft announce Assassin’s Creed for the PS3.

4th of May 2006
Sony files a patent for something that looks similar to the PS Toy, you can view it here.

8th of May 2006
Sony files a patent for a “Video game controller”, you can view it here.

8th of May 2006
Sony showcased their powerhouse, this time it was different, it was black, had one Ethernet port, one HDMI port and only four USB ports, it would come in two flavours, 60GB, which would be the premium console and sported a shiny coating, with a wireless Sixaxis control pad and WiFi and a 20GB which was black but had a dull coating and was minus the WiFi, one think was noticeably different, the control pad was minus the rumble function, this was due to legal problems
Sony stated that they would have a Worldwide Release in November 2006, with Japan receiving the console on the 11th of November 2006 and the price would be 59,800 Yen for the 20GB and the 60GB PS3 will have an open price which retailers will set, the US will cost $499 for 20GB and $599 for the 60GB, EU regions would cost 499 Euro for the 20GB and 599 Euro for the 60GB, you can read the E3 run down on joystiq here.
Sony also revealed the final specs, here they are:
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E3 PS3 Conference 2006

A comparison between the early promise and the final release:
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31st of May 2006
In an interview with German Magazine SPIEGEL ONLINE, Sony’s Phil Harrison, strongly denies that Sony copied Nintendo’s Motion Sensing idea and states that the PS3 is a computer and that no one needs a PC, here are a couple of quotes from the interview, click the “Show” button to view inside the spoiler:

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You can read the full interview here.

June

2nd of June 2006
Sony still deny copying the motion idea from Nintendo, in an interview Sony’s David Reeves says this:

We’ve had a positive reaction to the controller and obviously some people have asked if it’s a last minute thing, It’s not – it’s been planned for around two and a half years.”

7th of June 2006
Hiroshige Goto interviews Ken Kutaragi regarding the PS3, Ken confirms what Phil Harrison said a couple of weeks earlier, by stating that the PS3 is not a Games Console, but a computer, here is the interview, click the “Show” button to view inside the spoiler:

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You can read that entire interview here.

8th of June 2006
The Second Hiroshige Goto/Ken Kutaragi interview is released, you can read it here.

9th of June 2006
The Third Hiroshige Goto/Ken Kutaragi interview is released, you can read it here.

14th of June 2006
The Fourth Hiroshige Goto/Ken Kutaragi interview is released, you can read it here.

July 

25th of July 2006
In an interview with Next-gen.biz, Ryan Bowling who is a PR manager with SCEA, stated the commitment they had with developers, here is a quote:

To date we have shipped more than 10,000 development systems to 208 companies in 11 countries, the largest number ever for a PlayStation platform.

August

2nd of August 2006
Yoshihito Koyama, SNK’s marketing manager, has stated that the company will not start developing for the PS3 until 2009.

2nd of August 2006
Sony Announce a PS3 Memory Card Adaptor, which will let people who plan to but the PS3, to grab game saves of their hardware PS1 and PS2 Memory Cards.

18th of August 2006
GameSpot speak to Kaz Hirai, regarding the PS3’s future and availability/shortages at release, Kaz also states that the PS3 is not yet in production, you can read it here.

22nd of August 2006
In an interview with Ryan Schneider a spokesperson for Insomniac Games, it is revealed that the size of space used on a Blu Ray disc, for the game Resistance: Fall of Man is 22GB, which almost the entirety of a single layer Blu Ray.

28th of August 2006
Biologists reveal that they plan to utilise PS3 to help fight Alzheimer’s and Cancer, PS3 owners will be able to download an app and it will run in standby, the app is known as Folding At Home or F@Home

31st of August 2006
Sony reveal that they might need to half the amount of consoles due to be produced, due to a shortage in Blu Ray diodes.

September 

6th of September 2006
Sony announces that the PS3 will not be released in Europe in November, instead they plan to postpone it until March 2007

15th of September 2006
Electronics website Audio Cubes, puts the 60GB PS3 on Pre Order at a whopping $999.

22nd of September 2006
The Tokyo Game Show is held today, Sony’s main focus was Gran Turismo HD.

27th of September 2006
Sony’s Jack Tretton in an interview with Bloomberg, reveals that Sony plans to give 15,000 PS3 Kiosk units to American and Canadian retailers.

October 

2nd Of October 2006
Kikizo interviews Kazuo Hirai regarding the PS3:

Video property of:
http://archive.videogamesdaily.com/features/ps3_kazhirai_vidiv_oct06.asp

5th Of October 2006
Logitech announce that they will be releasing a ChillStream control pad for the PS3, this control pad keeps the players hands coll through the built in fan.

10th Of October 2006
EB GameStop and start taking Pre Orders for the PS3

10th Of October 2006
Terra Soft reveal that they are to build a Cell based Super Computer from PS3’s

17th Of October 2006
Terra Soft announces that it is to release Yellow Dog Linux v5.0 for the PS3, it will be packed with the following components, kernel 2.6.16, gcc 3.4.4 and glibc 2.4, Cell SDK 1.1, OpenOffice.org 2.0.2, FireFox 1.5.0, Thunderbird 1.5.0 and Nautilus 2.1.4

18th Of October 2006
Phil Harrison speaks about the PS3, here is what he had to say:

Already, at our launch titles, we’re getting up close to the 25GB limit that we have on our Blu-Ray discs this year,” he claimed. “Next year we’ll raise that to 50GB, and I’d expect that we’ll be getting close to that in the fairly near future as well.

19th Of October 2006
In a statement to GamesIndustry.biz, Sony states that it is illegal to import PS3 consoles without permission from SCE, here is a quote:

The law is clear; importing PS2, PSP or PS3 into the EU, without the express permission of SCE is illegal. Therefore, we will utilise the full scope of the law to put a stop to any retailers who chose to do this.
Ultimately, we’re trying to protect consumers from being sold hardware that does not conform to strict EU or UK consumer safety standards, due to voltage supply differences et cetera; is not – in PS3’s case – backwards compatible with either PS1 or PS2 software; will not play European Blu-Ray movies or DVDs; and will not be covered by warranty.

26th Of October 2006
Sony release a video advertisement, discussing the Cell Broadband Engine:

November

8th of November 2006
The creator of Pong Nolan Bushnell, says he PS3 will probably fail, here is what he said during an interview with RedHerring.com:

I think Sony shot themselves in the foot. There is a high probability [the PS3] will fail.
The price point is probably unsustainable. For years and years Sony has been a very difficult company to deal with from a developer standpoint. They could get away with their arrogance and capriciousness because they had an installed base. They have also historically had horrible software tools. You compare that to the Xbox 360 with really great authoring tools [and] additional revenue streams from Xbox Live… a first party developer would be an idiot to develop for Sony first and not the 360. People don’t buy hardware, they buy software.

11th of November 2006
PS3 released in Japan, the event in Yurakucho was attended by Ken Kutagri, here are some images and video of the event, click the “Show” button to view inside the spoiler:

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11th of November 2006
[Official Firmware Release – v1.10]
This is the very first firmware released by Sony, it was released on the PS3’s Japanese release day and adds PSN and Remote Play.

11th of November 2006
[Game Release – Blu Ray]

  • Sega Golf Club
  • Ridge Racer 7
  • Resistance Fall Of Man
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire
  • Genji: Days of the Blade

[Game Release – PSN]

  • Blast Factor
  • Mainichi Issho

11th of November 2006
Japanese website PC Watch disassembles the PS3, to view the awesome images, click this link.

11th of November 2006
Several people start camping outside a Best Buy store in Burbank, California, waiting for the PS3’s release, thats eight days before it is due to be released in America.

13th of November 2006
[Game Release – Blu Ray]

  • NHL 2K7

14th of November 2006
Reports suggest that the PS3 is having problems playing certain PS1 and PS2 titles

16th of November 2006
[Game Release – Blu Ray]

  • Mahjong Kakutou Club

16th of November 2006
People who are waiting in a line at a Best Buy in Lexington, Kentucky, for the PS3 released, are attacked along with a news reporter in a drive by shooting, the weapon used was a BB Gun….

16th of November 2006
Ebay UK bans UK Ebayers from selling any PS3 consoles until March 2007, this is to stop people importing PS3’s then charging extortionate prices.

17th of November 2006
The PS3 is released in America today.
Here are a group of people racing to get in line to buy PS3’s:

Kaz Hirai had this to say about the consoles release:

With today’s launch of PS3, we are officially ushering in a new era in true next-generation entertainment for homes all across North America.
The innovative PS3 system features powerful technologies and capabilities that have never been brought together in one system, including the Cell Broadband Engine, BD drive, HDD and online connectivity as standard features of every system. The results are breathtaking new interactive worlds to explore, eye-popping multimedia functionality, and a fully integrated online experience — all in high- definition clarity. The value we are providing consumers with PS3 is beyond compare.

Whilst Jack Tretton had this to say:

We’re thrilled that PlayStation fans are anxious to get their hands on PS3 and are working around the clock to meet that demand with additional shipments during the busy holiday season and beyond.
With the incredible technology and value packed into PS3, we expect rapid adoption of the system around the world, and we are ready to support that market growth.

There are more interesting stories from this day, to check them out, click the “Show” button to view inside the spoiler:

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17th of November 2006
The PS3 is also released in Taiwan and Hong Kong today.

17th of November 2006
[Game Release – Blu Ray]

  • Tony Hawks project 8
  • NBA 07
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07
  • NBA 2k7 (North America)
  • Need For Speed Carbon
  • Call Of Duty 3
  • Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom
  • Madden NFL 07
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance

[Game Release – PSN]

  • Cash Guns Chaos

21st of November 2006
With the continuous reports of Backwards Compatibility problems with the PS3, so they open a website to help people search for PS1/PS2 games they owned, to see if that game had any problems playing on the Ps3

22nd of November 2006
[Game Release – Blu Ray]

  • Mahjong Taikai IV

23rd of November 2006
Koei postpones two PS3 games, Fatal Intertia and Bladestorm until March 2007

23rd of November 2006
Taco Bell gives a PS3 owner the chance to give to charity and get free Taco’s, by trading their PS3 for 20,000 Taco’s.

23rd Of November 2006
[PS3 Hacks – Homebrew/Exploit]
CJCP from ps3news.com, dumps(Back’s Up) the very first PS3 game(First documented)

26th November 2006
[PS3 Hacks – Homebrew/Exploit]
DCEMU reports that a someone called deadsoulasis promised a ISO loader for the PS3, here is what he said, click the “Show” button to view inside the spoiler:

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Full thread here.

26th Of November 2006
[PS3 Hacks – Homebrew/Exploit]
The very first Ps3 game rip, was uploaded to the internet, this was done by a well known warez scene group called Paradox, here is a quote from their readme, click the “Show” button to view inside the spoiler:

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26th of November 2006
[PC Software Used With PS3]
Red Kawa File Server v1.0 is released, which allows PS3 owners to view media files stored on their home computers on their consoles via the PS3’s Web Browser.

28th of November 2006
[Official Firmware Release – v1.11]
This Firmware add’s Account Management

28th of November 2006
Two men are arrested for the shooting of a person, during a robbery of people waiting in line for PS3’s at the Putnam Wal-Mart on the 17th of November 2006.

30th November 2006
Jack Tretton is named president and chief executive officer at SCEA replacing Kaz Hirai.

30th November 2006
[PS3 Hacks – Homebrew/Exploit]
On the Maxconsole forum, deadsoulasis, promised a method of running backups, here is what he said in his thread, click the “Show” button to view inside the spoiler:

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He continues to argue and talk rubbish on the thread, which you can read here.

December

1st of December 2006
[Game Release – PSN]

  • Lemmings

1st of December 2006
Polyphony Digital announce that they have stopped working on Gran Turismo HD

1st of December 2006
[PS3 Hacks – Homebrew/Exploit]
Team Xecuter uncovered what they called “Hyperdrive”, it let you use various HardDrives such as 3.5″ IDE drives, to extend the size of your internal storage, here is some information about it, click the “Show” button to view inside the spoiler:

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1st of December 2006
An 18 year old suspected of robbing the student at Wilmington of his two PS3’s on the 17th of November 2006 is shot and killed by police, whilst they were executing a search on the premises, witnesses said the 18 year old was unarmed and the police officer who shot him also shot his dog.

2nd of December 2006
A third man is arrested in connection with the shooting of a person, during a robbery of people waiting in line for PS3?s at the Putnam Wal-Mart on the 17th of November 2006.

2nd of December 2006
[PS3 Hacks – Homebrew/Exploit]
Warez group Paradox release a dumped version of Marvel Ultimate Alliance on the internet, in the NFO the playable status is marked as “soon”.

5th of December 2006
[Game Release – Blu Ray]

  • Fight Night Round 3

5th of December 2006
Sony’s e-Distribution Initiative (EDI)(PS Store) goes live.

5th of December 2006
Julian Eggebrecht president of Factor 5, reveals that the company will be releasing games for Sony’s e-Distribution Initiative (EDI)(PS Store).

6th of December 2006
[Official Firmware Release – v1.30]
This adds better compatibility for PS2 related USB devices.

7th of December 2006
[Game Release – PSN]

  • Go! Sudoku

8th of December 2006
wraggster releases a method to use the PS3’s Sixaxis on a PC/Laptop

12th of December 2006
[Game Release – Blu Ray]

  • Full Auto 2: Battlelines
  • Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII

13th of December 2006
[Official Firmware Release – v1.31]
This add’s better compatibility for PS1/PS2 games, also add’s the ability to save some PS2 games to the HDD.

14th of December 2006
[Game Release – Blu Ray]

  • MotorStorm

15th of December 2006
The Asia Game Show(AGS) started today and was mostly a Sony/PS3 conference

18th of December 2006
The Asia Game Show(AGS) ended today, with Sony doing quite well, during the event they sold over 1000 PS3’s.

18th of December 2006
In an interview with MTV, Phil Harrison states that no developer will ever use 100% of the PS3’s power, here is a quote of that statement:

Nobody will ever use 100 percent of its capability due to firmware upgrades and new uses for the Sixaxis controller, I fervently believe that the biggest challenge we face is that our industry is referred to as ‘video games,’ and games are supposed to be fun. Games should deal with fear, should deal with comedy and with death. They should deal with peril, with drug offenses.

21st of December 2006
[Official Firmware Release – v1.32]
This updates the online gaming functionality.

21st of December 2006
[Game Release – Blu Ray]

  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Armored Core 4
  • Railfan: Chicago Transit Authority Brown Line

24th of December 2006
After being cancelled, what remains of Gran Turismo HD, is given away free to US PS3 Gamers.

27th of December 2006
[Game Release – PSN]

  • Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection

27th of December 2006
Warez release group Paradox release another PS3 Dump on the internet, it is the Japanese version of Motorstorm and the NFO that comes with it, claims the game is playable.

28th of December 2006
[Game Release – Blu Ray]

  • Formula One Championship Edition

31st of December 2006
[Game Release – Blu Ray]

  • Yamasa Digi World DX

31st of December 2006
[PS3 Hacks – Homebrew/Exploit]
PS3News confirms that Paradox have got a working ISO Loader for the PS3, here is what was said on their forum, click the “Show” button to view inside the spoiler:

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