Snackbar Speculator: Timing issues

February 28, 2011

This week we talk about YouTube on consoles, Aya Brea’s PSN debut and Resident Evil 6. 

Current score

Gerry Pagan: +30

Andrew Passafiume: +395

Graham Russell: +384

Eric Schabel: +35

Shawn Vermette: +335


YouTube coming to XBL and PSN

According to a recent job listing on Google’s website, they are looking to hire a Game Console Software Engineer for YouTube. Currently, you can access YouTube on the PS3 and Wii via the in-system browser, but it appears that Google’s plans are for integration similar to Netflix. The job description says that they will be working on ” the next generation game-console-based TV experience with YouTube video content,” and will “integrate and optimize with distribution channels and devices including all major game platforms.” Obviously Google is up to something console related, but is it a dedicated game service for YouTube?

Gerry: Given Microsoft’s efforts to integrate every possible web service into the XBL service, I wouldn’t put this possibility past them. PSN is a lot more unlikely, though it’d be nice. 55%

Andrew: This is an odd rumor. It just seems like something that should have already happened by now: a dedicated way to view YouTube videos on your consoles. It’s probably only a matter of time! 90%


Graham: I’m torn on this one. It seems like a logical thing to do, to be sure, though It seems like it should have happened already. A more likely thing to me would be appearance on 3DS and NGP. Google and Sony seem friendly these days with the PlayStation Suite initiative, and a YouTube service capable of showing 3D shorts on a glasses-free screen would be appealing, too. (Of course, Nintendo likes its walled garden.)  68.264%

Shawn: I’m with Andrew, a little surprised this hasn’t happened yet. My gut feeling is that this will be announced at E3, and that it’ll be a timed exclusive for either Sony or Microsoft, with it being accessible to XBL Gold members only. As for whether it is true or not, I think it will definitely happen.  95%

Parasite Eve coming to PSOne Classics service

The ESRB has once again potentially let the cat out of the bag for Square Enix. The ratings board has released a new rating for Parasite Eve on both the PS3 and PSP. Square Enix has said nothing on this development so far, but with the upcoming release of Parasite Eve: The 3rd Birthday, is Square ready to re-release yet another one of their classic PSX RPGs?

Gerry: If it’s gotten an ESRB rating, then sure! 3rd Birthday should prove enough incentive for people to get the the original game. 100%


Andrew: Whenever the ESRB rates a game, it usually means it’ll be coming out soon. And considering both games are available for PSN in Japan, it would only make sense for them to be released here. 95%

Graham: Square Enix, I think, senses the end of the console generation, and has decided to get everything they can out in some form before the next wave. There’s no reason to keep things in the tank, after all, when your fanbase is rabid enough to just buy them again the next time around. This one, though, does seem like a bit of a stretch, so I can’t rubber-stamp it.  91.3365%

Shawn: I really hope this is true, as I missed out on almost every single PSX RPG from Square that wasn’t named Final Fantasy. With Xenogears and Vagrant Story already confirmed for PSN release, the Parasite Eve games are about the last major Square RPGs I’ll be missing. Also, the ESRB hasn’t steered us wrong about one of these re-releases in awhile. 95%

Resident Evil 6 to be PS3 timed exclusive

Microsoft has had timed exclusive after timed exclusive this generation, while Sony has had very few, if any, up to this point. However, if a recent rumor is true, that may be about to change in a big way. Rumor has it that Capcom and Sony are discussing a 6-12 month long exclusivity arrangement for Resident Evil 6. Considering the big money made this generation by Capcom in their multiplatform releases, would they really consider such a long exclusivity arrangement for such a huge franchise?

Gerry: There’s really no precedent for the PS3 getting any timed exclusives over the 360, especially not with a big name title like Resident Evil. I’ll give Sony the benefit of the doubt though, since it’s never too late to start sending “exclusives” your way.60%

Andrew: Resident Evil 6 could work well as a PS3 exclusive, especially if it also had Move support. I definitely see this being a possibility. The Resident Evil series used to be practically considered a PlayStation franchise, despite having releases on other systems as well. At the same time, exclusives, even timed exclusives, are becoming less likely these days. They just don’t happen nearly as often as they used to. I would be a bit surprised if RE6 were PS3 exclusive, even for a short period of time, considering how well RE5 sold on the 360.  60%

Graham: What do we know? We know timed exclusivity is basically free money. We know Capcom jumped at the opportunity to implement Move support with the last Resident Evil. We know Sony would like some timed exclusives to combat Microsoft, and we also know they’d tend to go with the type of game that would succeed in Japan as well as the U.S. (something Microsoft doesn’t really factor in). Is it a good idea? Yeah, probably.  66%

Shawn: It’s about time Sony tries something to take some thunder away from Microsoft, the runaway leader among the two companies in both software and hardware sales this generation. However, I just don’t see Capcom jumping on something like this without a huge cash incentive from Sony…and I just don’t know that Sony has the will to spend that much money on an exclusive. 45%

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