Thursday, April 24, 2008

EU/US & Jap PlayStation Store Update 24th April 2008

United States

-R-Types (PS1) - $5.99
-Echochrome demo
-Iron Man demo

-Army of Two - SSC Challenge Map Pack - $4.99? - $9.99?
-Call of Duty 4 map pack 1 - $9.99
-Eye of Judgement - Set 2 - $14.99?
-Guitar Hero III - Def Leppard Track Pack - $5.99
-Karaoke Revolutions - New Songs - $1.49 each

Rock Band tracks:
Mötley Crüe - “Saints of Los Angeles” (master) - $1.99

Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance LP (masters) - $14.99 for all or $1.99 each
“The Hellion/Electric Eye”
“Riding on the Wind”
“(Take These) Chains”
“Pain and Pleasure”
“Screaming for Vengeance”
“You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’”
“Devil’s Child”

-Army of Two - "SSC Challenge"
-Burnout: Paradise - "BTS - Fast Car music video"
-Burnout: Paradise - "Interview w/ Wyclef Jean, pt. 1"
-Burnout: Paradise - "Interview w/ Wyclef Jean, pt. 2"
-FIFA 08 - "Features"
-Gran Turismo 5 Prologue - "Techno"
-Iron Man
-PlayStation @ Coachella
-Prototype - "Discover Evolution"
-Resistance 2 - "Debut Teaser"

United Kingdom

-Bishi Bashi Special (PS1) - €4,99
-Command and Conquer (PS1) - €4,99
-Rocketmen: Axis of Evil demo

-Call of Duty 4 - Map Pack 1 - £6.99 / €9.99

-Resistance 2 - "Debut Teaser"
-TimeShift - "FPS Differently" (3 of them)
-Viking: Battle for Asgard (2 of them)
-Warhawk - "Operation Broken Mirror preview"

-Dark Sector wallpaper
-Metal Gear Solid 4 wallpaper
-MotorStorm wallpapers


-Siren demo (survival horror game, going up early Friday morning US time)

-Hot Shots Golf 5 – New Course(s) – ¥800
-Flow Expansion – ¥300
-PixelJunk Monsters Encore – ¥600

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Major UK retailers already sold out of GTA IV

Several major UK game retailers and supermarkets are already sold out of Grand Theft Auto IV.

Big gaming outlets such as, HMV and Gameplay are either completely sold out or can no longer guarantee delivery on April 29.

While it seems as though now you’re going to have to take your chances in shops on release day, most major online retailers still have the special edition available.

It also appears that the PS3 version is in higher demand than its rival.

Here’s a list of retailers that no longer can give you the game when you want it:

Monday, April 14, 2008

Playstation Store Officially Closed For Now

PS Store Closed April 14th 8am(PST) /4pm(GMT) . New PS Store reopens 11pm(PST) same evening/April 15th 7am(GMT).

Sunday, April 13, 2008

PSN Store Update and Network Downtime Confirmed

It’s been confirmed that the next system software update and PSN Store update will take place on April 14th, just in time for those of us rushing to file our US Income Tax returns to be forced to take a break and try to track down that receipt for that business dinner at the "Thirsty Alligator House of BBQ".

According to, the PSN store will be upgraded and inaccessible from April 14th at 8:00 am Pacific Standard Time and available again at 11:00 PM that evening. The entire PSN will be unavailable as well during this time frame. Once the PSN is back up and running, a new software upgrade will be available and will be required to use the PSN.

Once you get the update and check out the store, please check back and tell us your thoughts.

Friday, April 11, 2008

MGO Beta Free Download For All Europeans: No Pre-Order Needed

Well here’s some great news for the often forgotten Europeans. Although North American’s must pre-order Metal Gear Solid 4 to access the Metal Gear Online Beta, Europeans will be able to download the Beta for free, and with no need for a code. Follow the jump for more information.

In reporting new information on the Playstation Store relaunch and its included content, there was a nugget of information that would be easily overlooked if it wasn’t spelled out. Sony Europe confirmed that the Metal Gear Online Beta would be available on April 17th, but we presumed this would only be for thos who pre-ordered.

We then realised that, as of yet, there were no reports of Beta Codes in Europe. Konami thus made things all the clearer today, saying that the “Metal Gear Online Premiere Beta will be available as a free download on the Playstation Store from April 17th until May 6th.” The Beta itself will begin on April 21st (plenty of time to get hold of this presumably very popular download) and end on May 6th.

The beta phase features two maps, four gameplay modes, the SOP System that encourages up to 16 players to team up and share information, and deep skill-customization. Also equipped with auto-matching and training modes, the game offers players a sneak peak of this totally new approach to console-based competitive gaming.

Bring on the Metal Gear Online Beta for all Europeans (and hopefully others in the Pal region, including Australia) and those North Americans who were clever enough to pre-order.


Ben Heck's Latest Wonder Project: PS3 Laptop

It looks like the PS3 is finally getting some hot mod love from console modding's reigning wizard, Ben Heck. We don't really have all the details since he hasn't announced the project yet, but the display looks like it's the one he used for the Xbox 360 Elite laptop, for a true 720p picture. He's obviously been leveling up his already formidable powers though, 'cause this is one of his most polished projects yet.


Thursday, April 10, 2008

Sony Unaware Of Alleged PS3 Error

Sony has told Eurogamer that it is unaware of any issues regarding the mysterious PS3 error codes supposedly popping up around the world.

The allegedly cursed number is 80010514. It relates to a faulty sector on the hard drive and faulty installation of firmware updates, according to GameRevolver.

There's advice to avoid this by following the correct procedure when installing updates, using a stable Internet connection to download and dust your machine to stop heat issues and other glitches occurring.

Despite the problem being unrelated to the hardware, your system will apparently still need replacing if the error occurs.

So is this a serious problem, or just Internet bunkum? An SCE UK spokesperson told us, "I've spoken to our Customer Services department and they aren't aware of this issue with the PS3".

Make of that what you will. And many of you probably will.


Retail Confirms PlayStation 3 GTA IV Bundle

UK retailer Shopto has confirmed to that a PlayStation bundle with Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV is due for release in Europe on April 29.

The retailer said that there was some confusion as to who would be distributing the product in the UK – Gem, which has the exclusive distribution contract with publisher Take-Two, or Centresoft, the company that handles distribution for Sony.

"We know for a fact it is coming out in Europe and we are expecting an announcement in the UK any time," confirmed Igor Cipolletta, COO of

"We are not sure if Gem or Centresoft are distributing it yet, that seems to be the hold up," he added.

The bundle has a RRP of GBP 299 and will go on sale the same day as the release of the highly-anticipated Rockstar game.


Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Interview With SCE Engineers Reveal BD-Live, Firmware Plans

People love firmware updates on the PS3. Why? They continue to add new functionality. While the most-requested feature, in-game XMB, still has not arrived, the latest update (2.20) included a number of new features, such as support for BD-Live, the latest Blu-ray disc profile. The interview notes that the PS3 is much more powerful than standalone Blu-ray players on the market, and that the "performance gap" won't get smaller any time soon. Because of this, Blu-ray discs can differentiate between players, and include "richer effects" on PS3 systems.

Future firmware updates will include 1080 deinterlacing and DTS-HD MA, much to the joy of serious home theater buffs. Expect updates to happen quarterly -- although the revised PS Store will break from that planned cycle.

While the most recent firmware is required to sign into the PSN and play the newest games, it seems as though firmware updates will be required for movie playback as well. In fact, the Resident Evil: Extinction BD includes an updater on the disc, for firmware 2.10.

Expect this trend to continue into the future.


Monday, April 07, 2008

GTA IV PS3 Bundle Coming To Europe

Swedish retailer Webhallen has today revealed the first image of a new PlayStation 3 bundle which will be launching in Europe alongside Grand Theft Auto IV. The bundle includes the standard 40GB PlayStation 3 console and a copy of the game.
The price listed is 4499kr, which is the same as the Gran Turismo 5 bundle which launched just over a week ago. While availability in other countries has not been announced, this indicates that the GTA bundle should sell for £299.99 in the United Kingdom and €399.99 elsewhere.


Friday, April 04, 2008

Metal Gear Solid 4 - Official Packshot

Konami has revealed the official European boxshot for Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. The game is exclusive to PS3, and due too be released on June 12th.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue takes pole position in Australian charts

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue takes pole position in the latest Australian software chart.

n doing so the Polyphony Digital developed racer, which is out in the US on April 15, echoes the success it enjoyed earlier this week in the UK where it debuted at No1 in the chart and became the fastest selling PS3 title within a week.

Brain Training re-enters the top ten at No2, while Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, also for DS, is a non-mover at No3.

Last week’s best seller, Rainbow Six: Vegas 2, is down five places to No6, former No1 Guitar Hero III makes two entries, while God of War: Chains of Olympus for PSP is new at No10.

01. Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (PS3)
02. Brain Training (DS)
03. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (DS)
04. Guitar Hero III Double Pack (Wii)
05. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PS3)
06. Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 (360)
07. Mario Party 8 (Wii)
08. Guitar Hero III Rock Bundle (360)
09. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
10. God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSP)

Chart data compiled by GfK Australia.