Thursday, December 17, 2009

Final 3-D Blu-ray Specification Announced

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) today announced the finalization and release of the “Blu-ray 3D™” specification. It leverages the technical advantages of the BD format to deliver “unmatched picture quality” as well as uniformity and compatibility across the full range of Blu-ray 3D products, both hardware and software. The specification is also designed to allow the PS3 to play back Blu-ray 3D content in 3-D.

Notably, the specification allows every player and movie supporting it to deliver full HD 1080p resolution to each eye. Moreover, the specification is display agnostic, meaning that Blu-ray 3D products will deliver the 3-D image to any compatible 3-D display, regardless of whether that display uses LCD, plasma or other technology and regardless of what 3-D technology the display uses to deliver the image to the viewer's eyes.

Regarding compatibility, the specification supports playback of 2-D discs in forthcoming 3-D players and can enable 2-D playback of Blu-ray 3D discs on the installed base of Blu-ray Disc players currently in homes around the world.

The Blu-ray 3D specification calls for encoding 3-D video using the Multiview Video Coding (MVC) codec, an extension to the ITU-T H.264 Advanced Video Coding (AVC) codec currently supported by all Blu-ray Disc players. MPEG4-MVC compresses both left and right eye views with a typical 50% overhead compared to equivalent 2-D content, and can provide full 1080p resolution backward compatibility with current 2-D Blu-ray Disc players. The specification also incorporates enhanced graphic features for 3-D. These features provide a new experience for users, enabling navigation using 3-D graphic menus and displaying 3-D subtitles positioned in 3-D video.

The completed specification will be available shortly and provides individual manufacturers and content providers with the technical information and guidelines necessary to develop, announce and bring products to market pursuant to their own internal planning cycles and timetables.

“Throughout this year, movie goers have shown an overwhelming preference for 3-D when presented with the option to see a theatrical release in either 3-D or 2-D,” said Victor Matsuda, chairman, BDA Global Promotions Committee. “We believe this demand for 3-D content will carry over into the home now that we have, in Blu-ray Disc, a medium that can deliver a quality Full HD 3-D experience to the living room.”

“From a technological perspective, it is simply the best available platform for bringing 3D into the home,” said Benn Carr, chairman, BDA 3D Task Force. “The disc capacity and bit rates Blu-ray Disc provides enable us to deliver 3D in Full HD 1080p high definition resolution.”

“In 2009 we saw Blu-ray firmly establish itself as the most rapidly adopted packaged media format ever introduced,” said Matsuda. “We think the broad and rapid acceptance Blu-ray Disc already enjoys with consumers will be a factor in accelerating the uptake of 3-D in the home. In the meantime, existing players and libraries can continue to be fully enjoyed as consumers consider extending into 3-D home entertainment.”

A note on spelling

Earlier this year, the team unanimously decided to use the spelling "3-D", with a hyphen, for everything related to stereoscopic images, and "3D", without a hyphen, for three-dimensional graphics and animation. We shall continue to do so, except when citing the name of the “Blu-ray 3D” specification, which doesn't use the hyphen.

Final Fantasy XIII : Lightning Edition - PS3 Unboxing

Looks awesome.:D

Thursday, December 10, 2009

PS3 Firmware 3.15 Full Change List; Now Live

As mentioned in an early post, a firmware update (3.15) was coming to fix some issues that had arisen after the 3.10 firmware update. Along with these minor fixes come a few new features such as the ability to play PSP minis on the PS3.

Check out the full firmware update details:

Bluetooth sync issues fixed

Trophy syncing issue resolved

PSP Minis now playable on the PS3 (starting December 17th all PSP minis will be playable on the PS3, for now you must go to your download list and re-download any previously purchased PSP minis for them to function on the PS3)

XBM Icon Added – Minis Save Data Icon

LAN Data Transfer Utility

1. Turn both the current PS3 (A) and new PS3 (B) on and connect them with a LAN cable; PS3 (A) should be connected to the TV. Please note, firmware (v3.15) must be installed on both systems.

2. On the XMB of PS3 (A), scroll to the Settings category and select [System Settings] and then [Data Transfer Utility]

3. Follow the instructions on-screen and transfer data

4. After transferring the data, follow the instructions on-screen, and then connect PS3 (B) to the TV to view the XMB

5. If content that was downloaded from PlayStation Store, was transferred as part of this operation, you must activate PS3 (B) before you can use the data. Log in to the PS3 system as the user who owns the content, and then select (PlayStation Network) > (Account Management) > (System Activation) to activate the system.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

PS3 System Software Update 3.15 Announced

The next system software update for PS3 was anounced yesterday, and will be available very soon. Update 3.15 is an optional update and has two key features which are explained below –

‘minis’ come to PS3:

Minis launched for PSP back in October but from the 17th December you will be able to enjoy these bite size games on your PS3 as well as your PSP. This firmware update allows the minis emulator to work on PS3 and we are working on getting the majority of the current minis ready for the PS3 from the 17th December.

Check out great titles like ‘Blast off’ (8.5/10 – IGN), ‘Fieldrunners’, “a wonderfully crafted casual nugget” (8/10 – Eurogamer) or ‘Kahoots’, “a must-buy” (8/10 – Videogamer).
If you buy a minis game from the 17th it will work on both platforms so if you have a PS3 and a PSP you will only need to buy it once and it will be available to download to your PS3 and your PSP.

If you have already bought a mini for PSP and want to get it on your PS3 as well, just go to your download list in the Store and download it again for free. The game will then work on your PS3 as well.

PS3 Data Transfer:

This feature enables you to transfer all of your saved data from one PS3 to another. So if you decide to get a new PS3 you can make sure you don’t loose any of your existing content. Content such as games, game save data, and videos downloaded from PlayStation Network can be transferred to the new PS3 system and deleted from the current PS3. Other content, including personal media files (photos, music, videos), can be copied onto the new PS3 and remain on the current PS3 system.


24k Gold PS3 Not Over $9000

A few weeks ago, computer Choppers teased us with an image of the shell of it’s 24k Gold PS3. At that time nothing was known except that it was a PS3 Slim dipped in 24k gold. Today, Computer Choppers has released it’s 24k Gold PS3 to the world and been kind enough to supply us with some information.

The 24k gold PS3’s are now available and can be ordered like any of their other products. Units start at $4,999, come with 2 24k gold controllers, and a 1 year warranty(just in case). Customers who purchase one of these can get custom logos in chrome, black chrome, 24kt gold, white gold, rose gold, or platinum.

If customers would like to take things a step further and make theirs a little more unique, they will be allowed to create a PS3 logo with diamonds or almost any exotic material. No word on how much extra that will cost you, but I’m sure it will.

There is a “jeweled” limited edition PS3 on the way for those seeking something more extravagant and limited. Computer Choppers told us, “The limited edition model will be released in the coming weeks, unfortunately not in time for the Christmas holiday.” By limited there will only be a few of these “jeweled” PS3s made.

We believe these will be the five 24k Gold & Diamonds PS3 Slims we were told about a few weeks back. We’ll let you know when those come around. Those will probably be a bit more pricey, but for those who can’t afford those, the $5000 model is perfect for you!

Sony's Plans To Win The Console War

Ever since the start of this current generation of consoles, Sony has been playing catch up to Nintendo, and to a lesser degree, Microsoft. Whether it was due to launching a year after the Xbox 360, or retailing at a more expensive price point than the Wii, the PlayStation 3 struggled in its infancy. But, ever since the price drop and the introduction of the PS3 Slim, the brand appears on strong legs, and Sony says it is poised to have a significant 2010.

Yesterday PSU had a chance to speak with John Koller, director of hardware marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America, about Sony’s momentum leading into the holidays. When asked about catching up to its competitors, Koller said, “We are making every effort to do so.”

“We know our heritage, we have the PlayStation and PlayStation 2, and we’re a company of strong sales,” he said. “We really enjoy providing consumers with what they ask for. There’s tremendous value in the PS3 and going into next year, we have so much wind at our back. Consumers are still going to be heavily demanding our product in 2010.”

In 2010, Sony will introduce its motion controller, a concept that Koller describes as “the holy grail of gaming, placing people in the game.” The PlayStation version will be more precise and fun than any other product on the market, he said. If Sony’s motion controller appears to rip off the Wii’s technology, it’s important to note that Sony has been developing its motion control technology for many years.

Beyond the new motion controller, Sony has a stellar list of games launching for the PS3 in 2010. We already know about God of War III, MAG, Heavy Rain, and ModNation Racers, but Koller says Sony has some big tricks up its sleeves in the software department, both first and third party titles. We’ll have to wait for more details, but it sounds like 2010 is going to be a huge year for Sony as it builds off the momentum from the past few months.

PSU will have more of the interview with Sony shortly, along with a look at a time that we believe is Sony’s new golden age.


PS3 Central: Top 10 PS3 Exclusives As Of The End Of 2009

Sony really strengthened their development core during the past few years since the launch of the Playstation 3. In addition to some exceptional efforts from third-party studios as well, the exclusive lineup for the Playstation 3 is top notch. So which games are the best of the crop? Here are the PS3 Central Top 10 Playstation 3 exclusives as of the end of 2009.

Check em out.

10. EyePet(Solus) - £19.97, EyePet Bundle - £29.97

This cute little game lets you raise 3D virtual pets with the power of the PS3. Using PlayStation Eye, you can interact with your pet through gestures in realtime. Existing in Augmented Reality, your EyePet will be fully aware of people in the room and will interact with you and your friends in realtime -- it will even recognize items in your room and attempt to play with them! You can play with your EyePet (including tickling, playing chase games and teasing it to jump around,) customize its look and outfit, and even draw toys for it to play with!

Bundled with this release of EyePet is the PlayStation Eye camera, allowing gamers to hook up and instantly become friends with their EyePet companion.

9. Uncharted: Drakes Fortune - £22.97

A 400-year-old clue in the coffin of Sir Francis Drake sets a modern-day fortune hunter on an exploration for the fabled treasure of El Dorado, leading to the discovery of a forgotten island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The search turns deadly when Nathan Drake becomes stranded on the island and hunted by mercenaries. Outnumbered and outgunned, Drake and his companions must fight to survive as they begin to unravel the terrible secrets hidden on the Island.

Taking full advantage of the power of PS3, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is developed using proprietary technology that promises to impress players with incredibly realistic characters and lifelike environments. Building on its legacy of extraordinary storytelling, developer Naughty Dog has created an elaborate plot that will have players guessing at every turn. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, brings players into a world ripe with realism and unexpected juxtapositions.

8. Valkyria Chronicles - £27.97

Originally developed for the Xbox 360, Valkyria Chronicles features a unique mix of genres: third-person shooter, strategy and role-playing. As a result, the gameplay feels fresh and original. With beautiful graphics and an engrossing story to boot, Valkyria Chronicles is one of the best exclusive games on the system so far.

7. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - £24.97

No Playstation 3 exclusive was more anticipated than Metal Gear Sold 4: Guns Of The Patriots. The final saga for Solid Snake easily lives up to the tremendous hype with an unforgettable cinematic experience that streamlines the classic stealth gameplay from the long-running series. Not to mention that the much underrated Metal Gear Online provides plenty of fun long after you finish the epic story.

6. LittleBigPlanet - £22.97

LittleBigPlanet pretty much has everything you want for an exclusive game: outstanding graphics, fun online multiplayer and an instantly recognizable protagonist in Sackboy. The 2D physics-based platformer also pushes new grounds with the ability to create and share user-create levels over the Playstation Network. Moreover, it is constantly evolving thanks to constant updates that adds new features in addition to the endless streams of levels.

5. inFamous - £22.97

What would you do if you could channel millions of volts through your fingertips? Take to the streets and try to right the world's wrongs? Create pandemonium with your newfound abilities, dealing out death and destruction with the flick of a wrist? Or simply kick back on the sofa and impress your mates as you flick through the digi-box without the aid of a remote control? That's the predicament at the centre of Sucker Punch's inFamous, an open world game with a superhero lilt that's easily one of the finest PlayStation 3 exclusives to date.

4. God Of War Collection(US Import) - £39.97

Perhaps more than any of its franchises, God of War stands out as the most looked-upon series in Sony's library of fantastic titles as even people who don't own a PlayStation system take a look at what Kratos is up to every time new info hits. While we still have some four months to go until we can get our hands on God of War III, the wait is being made a little bit easier with the release of the God Of War Collection.

3. Gran Turimo 5: Prologue - £22.97

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue has most everything you've loved about the GT franchise in the past, though with some notable improvements and additions while simultaneously on a smaller scale. The AI is much improved, the online, while basic, works really well, and the series (or really any other racing game in existence) has never been more realistic nor arguably fun to drive (with Burnout being its only "fun" competition).

Prologue is not necessarily a game for someone who wasn't quite into Gran Turismo in the past and is thinking of giving it another go (that'll be the full GT5 release next year), but it's definitely a worthy pickup for fans of the franchise.

2. Killzone 2 - £22.97

No one could have suspected that the sequel to 2004's Killzone would be this good. Killzone 2 is a tremendous package, offering an exciting campaign and terrific competitive online play, neither of which create new paradigms for first-person shooters, but rather set new standards in subtle but significant ways. From groundbreaking visuals to well-crafted multiplayer maps, most of Killzone 2's individual elements stand out in a crowded genre, making its meager attempts at storytelling easy to ignore. PlayStation 3 owners looking for a shooter to keep them busy for the rest of 2009 and beyond need look no further: The fierce action will keep you glued to your television screen for some time to come.

1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - £39.97

As great as Uncharted: Drake's Fortune was, the sequel absolutely blows it out of the water. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves features a far more epic and better paced single-player campaign. Moreover, you have plenty of cooperative and competitive online multiplayer modes to plow through as well. Add in the fact that Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is by far the best-looking game on the system and you have yourself one of the best exclusive titles on the Playstation 3 as of the end of 2009.

Honorable mentions:

MotorStorm: Pacific Rift
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
Resistance: Fall of Man
Resistance 2

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Feel free to post your own Top 10 PS3 Exclusives so Far.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Firmware 3.00 Q&A

Posted on 8 September by Mark Bowles - PS3 Brand Manager:

Many of you have been asking why we haven’t responded to your complaints about last week’s 3.0 update until now. Sorry it’s taken us a while to get back to you – this is obviously an emotive subject and there have been a lot of issues raised surrounding the release, so we wanted to make sure we could come back to you with a comprehensive response that answers your most frequently asked questions.

I don’t like the “Fizz”. How do I turn it off?

To turn the fizz off, go to the Theme Settings under Settings on the XMB, you can choose different themes from here. “Classic” is the default theme without the fizz.

Where’s the game start chime gone? Why would you remove it?

One of the reasons we removed the PS3 jingle is that it was created to indicate the start of a game, but now we’re offering non-game content such as Vidzone in addition to games. More importantly though, this change makes the loading time a bit quicker than before, which we think will be a noticeable benefit for all game users.

The BBC iPlayer icon hasn’t appeared on the XMB. How can I get it?

There are 2 criteria for the presence of the iPlayer icon on the XMB:
(1) A PSN account or guest account as a UK resident
(2) A PS3 console sold in the UK. If you don’t have either of them, the icon will not show up. You can access the BBC iPlayer without the icon, by using the PS3 browser. The quickest way to get around it, is to type “iplayer” in the Google search shortcut on the XMB and click “iplayer” from the search result. You will be redirected to the PS3 special site of iPlayer, where you can then press “Select” to add to your bookmark.

For a better experience in the future, we are looking at the possibility of removing point (2). However (1) is required to identify your country of residence.

I don’t like the size of the font and the icons. Why can’t I change it back to its old size?

Based on your feedback, we are looking at the possibility of making the changes optional.

The US and Japan have a few Dynamic Themes available already. Where are ours?

The Dynamic Themes were supplied to all three regions at the same time, but unfortunately, due to the complexities of the PAL region’s PlayStation Store publishing process, they missed our publishing window last week. (Remember, we have 29 stores across 25 countries, which require the use of 13 currencies and 8 languages, so it’s more difficult for us to publish last minute content than it is for either the US or Japan).

We can confirm that some Dynamic Themes will be made available on the EU Store this week, and we have a little surprise prepared especially for our PAL readers that we hope you’ll agree is worth the wait!

I used to be able to surf the net and listen to music simultaneously. Now I can’t. Why?

The PS3 extended the upsampling capability to audio tracks stored on HDD and storage media with v3.00. Some function on the XMB such as the internet browser and photo gallery outputs with 48KHz only so you need to set audio outputs as 48Khz to enjoy music and net surfing.

The first thing I see when I turn my PS3 on is adverts. What does this offer me?

It’s not just about adverts — the primary role of the “What’s New” screen is to get you into the game more quickly. You’ll be able to jump straight into the last three games or applications that you’ve been using. It’s basically acts as a short-cut to the games that are resident on the HDD, so that they can be automatically booted up rather than having to go via the game selection icons on the XMB. In addition, “What’s New” will give you a chance to discover some of the best deals on offer, read about the hottest stories currently making news across the web or even give you a heads up about some exclusive content our own EU Blog. We’re planning to improve “What’s New” in the future with some exciting content and customisation, so we eagerly await your feedback and ideas.

Uncharted freezes ever since 3.00 was released. Is there a fix coming soon?

We’re aware of the problem with Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune following the latest system software update and have a team working hard to isolate the issue. We’ll update further information here on the blog, as and when we get it. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and appreciate your patience and understanding.

Well guys, I hope that’s helped answer some of your questions. Thanks to all those of you who have provided positive feedback on 3.0.

As a wise person once said, “You can please all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot please all the people all the time” — We love hearing everyone’s opinion so keep the comments coming!


BBC iPlayer proves a hit on PS3

Sony's PS3 games console now accounts for 10% of all viewing of the BBC iPlayer, according to the UK pubcaster, which has launched a new version it says "bodes well" for Project Canvas.

A PS3-compatible version of the iPlayer has been around for about a year but last week the BBC launched a new version, which it says has already overtaken Apple Macs to become its second most popular platform for IP-delivered TV.

PS3 claims 10% of all iPlayer viewing while Apple Macs have 8.5%. PCs meanwhile are still number one, accounting for around 70%. Virgin Media cable, which claims around a third of total iPlayer viewing, is not included in this count.

"We'll have to wait and see whether this holds up in the coming weeks, but this enthusiastic reception makes it clear that users do want iPlayer on their TV - something that bodes well for Canvas and other IPTV propositions," said BBC Future Media and Technology online and Vision controller Anthony Rose.

The reference to the BBC's plan to create an open IPTV standard comes as the Future Media and Technology executive awaits the outcome of the BBC Trust's final decision on whether it should be allowed to go ahead.

Rose commended Sony on technical work it has carried out recently which made the process of putting the new version of iPlayer on the PS3 much easier.

Sony last week announced that it was bringing its Bravia Internet Video capable devices to Europe early next year with broadcasters across the continent, including the UK's Five, on board.

A BBC spokesman said today that developments with the iPlayer on PS3 would not necessarily mean it would also mean the BBC catch-up service would be compatible with the new Sony TVs.

Porn king calls for PS3 support

The kingpin of the world's largest pornography producer has called on Sony to make downloadable HD adult movies available worldwide through PSN.

The Vivid Entertainment founder and co-chairman, Steven Hirsch, told MCV that he believed the distribution of porn films on PS3 had "real potential" for the adult entertainment industry.

Japanese firm last month revealed that it had launched an HD porn download service for owners of the PS3 – but it is only available in its home territory for the time being.

Euro FFXIII date to be announced in the “very near future”

Square Enix Europe has announced that European FFXIII date is imminent.

"We plan to announce the PAL release timing of Final Fantasy XIII in the very near future", said a rep.

The company has just confirmed a December 17 launch for the RPG’s exclusive PS3 version in Japan, priced 8,800 yen. Sony has also mentioned that a possible FFXIII slim bundle is in the works.

We were told by the game’s developers at GamesCom that it'll hit both the US and Europe on the PS3 and 360 early next year.

Sony investigating PS3 3.0 firmware issues

Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) has confirmed that it is aware and is actively investigation isolated reports of PS3s behaving badly after the latest firmware, v3.0, has been installed. PS3 3.0 included a lot of aesthetic changes to the XMB as well as the addition of "What's New, Status Indicator, Friends List, PlayStation Store Shortcuts, Personalization and improved Trophies".

However, since it was released, there has been numerous reports made on forums about the console acting badly after the latest firmware update has been installed. "SCEA is aware of reports that PS3 owners are experiencing isolated issues with their PS3 system since installing the most recent system software update (v3.00)," the blog reads.

It continues:

"Rest assured that we are looking into the matter and will provide an update here as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience, as it’s our mission to deliver the best consumer experience on all PlayStation platforms".


Monday, September 07, 2009

PS3 Slim Sells 500,000 units worldwide in the first week

According to, PS3 Slim launch sales will top 500k worldwide for the first week, making it one of the most successfull console re-launches in history. The break down of sales are as follows:

Europe(incuding UK)

Approx 200k


Approx 150k


Approx 150k

PS3 software sales around the world have also increased because of the amount of new users. UK sales of Call of Duty 4 saw a 137% rise as a result of retailers bundling the game with the PS3 Slim.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Sony Announces PSN Reality Series: Win a Job at SCEA


SCEA to Award Job at PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced an open casting call for “The Tester,” a new competitive reality series created for PlayStation®Network, which will become available exclusively for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™).

The program will follow a group of gamers as they face off in a series of elimination challenges designed to test their mental prowess, dexterity, and video game knowledge and compete to win a gamer’s ultimate dream job – an official PlayStation game tester. Open casting for the series begins today.

To enter, gamers must complete the online form and submit a short video at.

Explaining why they have what it takes to be a part of the PlayStation family. Selected contestants will then compete over the course of eight episodes, going head-to-head in a series of game-themed challenges designed to test the will and grit of even the most dedicated gamer. The winner will earn a contract position as a tester at PlayStation’s Quality Assurance department in San Diego, CA, where he or she will get hands on time with the most highly anticipated games in the industry.

Leveraging its unequalled studio relationships, PlayStation Network has partnered with reality programming veterans, 51 Minds Entertainment to produce “The Tester.” Widely credited for inventing the celebreality genre of reality programming, 51 Minds Entertainment’s previous credits include many iconic, pop culture hits such as “The Surreal Life,” “Flavor of Love” and “Rock of Love.”

The latest in a series of original programs designed exclusively for PlayStation Network, “The Tester” will debut this winter. Each episode of “The Tester” will be available in high-definition and distributed digitally through the PlayStation®Store. Episodes can be purchased individually or all eight at once through a season pass.

For more information on “The Tester” and how to participate please visit:

Friday, August 21, 2009

PS3 Slim Uses 45nm Cell Processor

Now we know what the Playstation 3 Slim offers as far as energy consumption and size, but how has the hardware changed to make it possible?

Way back in September of last year, the first rumblings of a 45nm Cell Processor were heard. It was reported that mass production of the smaller, more efficient chip would begin in 2009. Well, here we are in 2009, faced with a smaller, more efficient PS3 Slim. Does it incorporate the new technology?

IBM says yes. The PS3 Slim's Cell Processor was "manufactured using an advanced 45-nanometer manufacturing process," bringing "many performance improvements while drawing less power than earlier chips".

The original report from International Data Group goes on to say that the PS3 Slim "adds hardware enhancements that make it speedier".

Wait, so Sony knew about the Slim the whole time they were denying the rumors? Those sly dogs!

Sony Throwing A Global Launch Party For Slim PS3

Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong sent out a press bulletin proudly announcing they are going to host the global launch party for the slim PlayStation 3. The system arrives in stores on September 1st everywhere, but Japan. Due to time zone differences Hong Kong will be the first region to sell the system.

Sony is celebrating the slim PS3’s launch with a party in Causeway Bay, one of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping districts.
The event starts at 6PM and goes on past 12AM when the console goes on sale.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Video: GamesRadar and PTOM unbox the PS3 Slim

Gamecom 09: Slim Is Real

The MEGATON announcement has just happened, Kaz Hirai has just reaveled the PS3 Slim and a price drop on all other PS3 models effective now.

PS3 Slim will be release first week of September, priced at:

299 euros, 299 dollars and 29,980 yen.

The PS3 Slim is smaller, lighter, and has all the same features as current PS3 Models.

Kaz has left the stage, to thunderous applause.

Gamescom 09: Video Download Service Available Later This Year

The Video Download service will be for both the PS3 and PSP. At first it will offer just movies, but will be expanded to include local content.

Movies will be available to rent or buy, either in SD or HD formats.

The service will cover UK, France, Germany and Spain, and is coming in November.

Gamescom 09: VidZone Is Been Expanded Across Europe

Later in the year VidZone will get expanded across more European territories.

Gamescom 09: PSN Cards Are Coming To Europe

The PSN Cards will be available as 20 Euro or 50 Euro versions.

They will be released in September.

Gamescom 09: SingStar Getting own Home Space

Live from Sony's Gamescom Conference, Andrew House is showing off the SingStar Home Space.

The new Home Space includes a music quiz, a video jukeboz, an interactive dance floor and "more to come..."

Gamescom 09: LittleBigPlanet to get 'Water' via DLC

Today Media Molecule has announced that water is coming to LittleBigPlanet.

They have also shared a video dubbed 'Just add water' (available below) and have posted the following prelude on their site.

Ever feel like something was... missing?

That’s right folks.

Water is coming to LittleBigPlanet as part of a future downloadable addon kit.

Gamescom 09: Battlefield 1943 Hits 1m Downloads

During EA's Gamecom press conference, EA announced that the digital download only game 'Battlefield 1943' has been downloaded over one million times since it's release on the PS3 & 360 on July 8th.
The impressive new figures highlight the huge growth currently being enjoyed by the digital download space.

GamesCom Schedule Of Events

The GamesCom conference kicks off today in Germany, where more than 350 exhibitors from 30 countries have already registered for the first ever GamesCom conference.

Over the next 3 days, members from the public as well as journalists and industry professionals will get a distinctly european glimpse at the hottest electonic entertainment products.

Starting this afternoon, we will be covering the big Sony press conference.

Here is the official schedule of events for GamesCom Germany. Please note that local European time is used:

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Press conference Electronic ArtsPalladium, Schanzenstrasse 40, 51063 Cologne

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Press conference Sony Computer Entertainment EuropeE-Werk, Schanzenstrasse 37, 51063 Cologne

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

8:10 a.m. Opening ceremonyOutdoors in front of the North entrance

8:30 a.m. Opening press conferenceRheinsaal, Sections 1 - 4, Congress Centre North

9:00 a.m. Press breakfast Electronic ArtsAt the trade fair stand, Hall 6, Stand A 071 / C 070

10:00 a.m. Press conference Microsoft Game Studios / Lionhead Press BriefingKonrad-Adenauer-Saal, Congress Centre North

11:00 a.m. Press conference German Association for the Protection of Children, State Association Bavaria [Deutscher Kinderschutzbund Landesverband Bayern e.V.]Conference room D, Congress Centre North

11:00 a.m. Press conference Turtle EntertainmentAt the trade fair stand, Hall 9.1, Stand C 061a

12:00 p.m. Press conference KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT GmbHRheinsaal, Sections 1 + 2, Congress Centre North

1:00 p.m. Press conference Koch Media / Deep SilverAt the trade fair stand, Hall 7.1, Stand B 041

1:00 p.m. Press conference ProSiebenSat.1 / SevenOne IntermediaRheinsaal, Section 3, Congress Centre North

3:00 p.m. Press conference ASUSRheinsaal, Sections 4 + 6, Congress Centre North

4:00 p.m. Press conference NAMCO BANDAI PartnersAt the trade fair stand, Hall 8, Stand B 040

5:00 p.m. Press conference Bethesda SoftworksAt the trade fair stand, Hall 6, Stand B 051

6:00 p.m. Press conference Ankama GamesRheinsaal, Section 3, Congress Centre North

6:30 p.m. Opening of gamescom (only for invited guests)Konrad-Adenauer-Saal, Congress Centre North

Thursday, 20 August 2009

All day open for public

12:00 p.m. Press conference KalicanthusRheinsaal, Sections 4 + 6, Congress Centre North

Rumour: GT5 In Playable Form On PS3 At GamesCom

According to Japanese magazine Express, Polyphony Digital's PlayStation 3 game Gran Turismo 5 will be playable at GamesCom in Cologne, Germany. The article is mostly about Gran Turismo on PSP, but a small box features Gran Turismo 5, titled "PS3 GT5 Playable," and reads:

"GT5 will be playable at Gamescom and next will be at Tokyo Game Show".

Though we'd like to take this as a rumour for now, Sony is expected to announce a release date for the game later today during their conference.

[UPDATE] - The appearance YouTube walkthrough of GamesCom's show floor by Brian Crecente of Kotaku all but confirms GT5 will in deed be in playable form on PS3 - you'll spot a load of GT5 demo pods at 1.30 minutes:

SingStar: The Beatles On way

MCV have revealed that EA are to release Singstar: The Beatles exclusively to the PS3.

SingStar: The Beatles will basically be an instrument-free port of The Beatles: Rock Band. Sources at Gamescom in Cologne told industry site MCV that, as with The Beatles: Rock Band, the title will be published by MTV Games and distributed by Electronic Arts.

The title, which will come bundled with SingStar microphones, will be released “within days” of The Beatles: Rock Band’s arrival on September 9th.

Monday, August 17, 2009

PlayStation®Network Maintenance

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During this time you may:

* Not be able to access the PlayStation®Store
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Please click here to check the status of the PlayStation Network. Please note when you log into the PlayStation Network, a message indicating the PlayStation Network has been suspended may appear. This does not mean that your account has been suspended, it simply means the PlayStation Network has been taken offline. Please wait until the maintenance has been completed before attempting to connect to the PlayStation Network.

Sony again apologize's for any inconvenience.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Sony Sculpts Giant “SandStation” 3

Donghae City was the held the first Korean Invitational World Sand Sculpting Championship. What does this have to with video games? Sony Computer Entertainment Korea showed up and joined the sand sculpting fun.

That’s what SCEK made and they seem quite proud of it since they sent out a news bulletin reporting their marketing stunt.

Thats cool.

What do you think?

Friday, August 07, 2009

Pimp My Console ebid Store Now Open

Hi, the Pimp My Console ebid Store is now officially open. Check it out. We specialise in upgrading PS3 hard drives. Hard drive sizes go from 160Gb - 500Gb, prices suitable for all budgets. At present our service covers UK only.

Be sure to bookmark our site. Thank You.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Naughty Dog 50 'Uncharted 2 Beta Codes' For EU.

Naughty Dog has posted 50 'Uncharted 2 Beta Codes' for EU PS3 users on there facebook page. To redeem code goto 'Playatation store' and enter code under the 'redeem code' function. Be quick. Enjoy!


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Bits & Bytes ebid Store Now Open

Hi, the Bits & Bytes ebid Store is now officially open. Check it out for all the new games releases on PS3 at great prices. At present we can supply games to only the UK & europe.

Be sure to bookmark our site. Thank You.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

E3 2009: Castlevania : Lords Of Shadow Trailer

E3 2009: Split/Second Trailer

SingStar: Take That Is Heading to Sony's PS3 & PS2

Featuring a collection of new and classic tracks from their multi-million album selling career, SingStar Take That is packed full of those tunes that will tug on your heartstrings and have you delivering the performance of your life.

Grab your Wireless SingStar Microphones and get your mates together for a harmonious performance of uplifting, chart topping single Shine - or serenade your loved one with the heartfelt Back for Good and Could it be Magic.

Press Release: Let it Shine with SingStar Take That!

London, 5th June 2009: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe today announced SingStar® Take That is coming to PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) on Blu-ray Disc and PlayStation 2. Take That fans are in for a treat this year as one of Europe’s hottest acts comes to SingStar.

Set to launch late 2009, SingStar Take That will have fans and music lovers singing along to classic pop hits and soulful ballads that span the group’s hugely successful career. You can get practising this summer when the Take That SongPack comes to SingStore™, giving you five exclusive tracks so you’ll be ready to impress when SingStar Take That arrives later this year!

Whether Take That stole your heart in their early days or won you over with their latest releases, prepare to put on a performance you’ll Never Forget and perform the hit ballads of one of the world’s hottest groups when SingStar Take That launches on PS3 and PlayStation 2 later this year.

As proud sponsors of the band’s record breaking UK stadium tour which sees the band perform to an audience of some 1.2 million people in just twenty shows, there’ll be the opportunity for fans across the country to warm up their vocal chords early, in dedicated SingStar sampling areas, at many of the concert venues.

For those with a PS3 there will be a taster Take That SongPack to download from SingStore, these tracks will be on the disc, but for those that just can’t wait – this SongPack is sure to get you singing.

Breaking News: UK Gets 80GB PS3 InFamous bundle

There’s one thing Sony UK like more than anything its bundling First party titles with a PS3 at no extra cost and today is no exception. Following on from previous bundles which included Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, Killzone 2, Uncharted: Drakes Fortune and LittleBigPlanet we now have the 80GB PS3 with the rather excellent InFamous retailing at £299.99 in most stores now.

Available at Amazon

Sony PLAYSTATION 3 80 GB Console with inFamous (PS3)

for Only £279.99

Uncharted 2 Beta Has Been Updated

For some lucky people, and I'm one of them. I have little news about the multiplayer beta of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. There is a persistent bug that your PlayStation 3 suddenly restart when the beta closes. Naughty Dog is already aware and will fix this very soon. The matchmaking problem will be solved too.

The Limits of both the Deathmatch and Plunder games, has been increased. The kill limit Deathmatch has gone from 25 to 50 and looting limit of 3 to 5 gone. This extends the game naturally, making it more enjoyable.

I'll keep my readers upto date with any tweaks the Uncharted 2 beta may get over the next couple of weeks, the time the beta runs. Overall Uncharted 2 is shaping up to be another solid game.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

E3 2009: EyePet Preview

Virtual pets have been tried time and time again. From Tamagotchi to Pokemon, these imaginary creatures have been amusing some and inspiring thoughts of torture in others for over a decade now. Be that as it may, the concept of Eyepet is nothing new, but the way that it is presented is. Using the Eyetoy camera and a paper thin object known as the magic card, Eyepet lets you interact with these furry critters in every way imaginable, offering all new dimensions of functionality to these cute little varmints.

The goal of Eyepet is to bring the virtual pet into your living room and make them just as interactive as an actual pet. You start by aiming your Eyetoy towards a surface, placing the included magic card down within the camera's view and tapping that area to bring your pet to life. The demo that we witnessed had him jaunting forward from the middle of the card and beginning to prance around. The creature looked like an amalgamation of a monkey, dog, and cat, happily running to and fro within the camera's view. The woman sitting behind the table began to wave her arms near the pet, and he reacted to them realistically. When she swiped her hand across the surface, the pet leaped to avoid getting smacked. When she waved her arms over the table, the critter jumped upward attempting to nip at her fingertips while waving his tail incessantly. When she waved her arm over the pet's back, the little guy smiled and purred like any regular household pet would. This level of interactivity is astonishing, and there was plenty more to be revealed.

Placing the magic card on the floor and tapping it brings up the toy menu, which is full of fun activities to entertain both you and your pet. One of these is a bubble machine that sends a ton of bubbles flying in your pets direction when you press the button on top of it. Your pet will be overjoyed at this development, jumping at the bubbles and smiling when one pops. The developer then created a trampoline toy, which has the magic card appearing as a trampoline that your buddy can bounce on. You have to move the card underneath the bouncing pet so that he doesn't land on his rump, which the developer promised would be one of many available toys for both of you to enjoy.

The Eyepet needs nurturing just like any other animal, so you have to pay attention to their face to see how they are feeling. The creatures are very expressive, as it was visibly upset when the developer removed the trampoline from the screen. You can turn the magic card into an X-Ray, which shows you the innards of your critter as you wave it in front of him. This presents you what the creature is feeling, be it happy, sad, hungry, weak, or dirty. We were also shown the customization options, which allows you to change the fur color, fur length, skin pattern, clothing, and almost anything else. This insures that every single pet can be completely unique. I officially call dibs on the turtle costume, as it makes the little dude look totally rad.

There are over 250 outfits and toys available within the game, and they are unlocked by completing various challenges. You will be given new toys every day, giving you reason to check in with your pet as much as possible. If you get tired of the preset toys, it was revealed that you will be able to create new ones in a unique way. Using an ordinary piece of paper, you can draw an object and your creature can bring it to life for you. The example that was shown was an airplane, which was scanned in by holding the paper near the Eyetoy and recreated in-game by the pet. A 3D plane then popped out of the pet's notepad, which he was able to hop on and ride up into the sky. This drawing feature was very impressive, but I am afraid to think of what more deviant minds will create. After flying through the clouds for a bit, a minigame launched that had the pet popping a certain number of balloons within a time limit. This is just one of what the developer promised would be dozens of available minigames to try.

From what I saw, Eyepet looked remarkably impressive, though the limitations of what they showed—like the drawing feature—were not discussed. Eyepet will be launching in October 2009 for Europe, but no US date has yet been determined.

E3 2009: Fat Princess Trailer

Coming to PSN sometime in June.

European PS Store Update 04/06/09

As was reported here first, this week's Playstation Store update gives us PSOne Classic Final Fantasy VII, just a few days after our cousins on the other side of the Altantic received it.

Elsewhere on the store this week we also get a demo for Fight Night Round 4 and the downloadable game, Trash Panic.

A great week for content really.

PS Store Update - 04/06/09

PS3/PSP Add On's

GTI Club+ Content
•Car Pack 1 (£2.39/€2.99)
High Velocity Bowling Content
•Don Carlos Caliente Pack (£0.79/€0.99)
•Milan Travallage Pack (£0.79/€0.99)
Motorstorm Pacific Rift Content
•VooDoo Signature Livery Pack 4 (Free)
Resistance Fall of Man 2 Content
•Grim Skin (free)
•Malikov Skin (free)
Rock Band (PS3 Content)
•A Favor House Atlantic by Coheed and Cambria (£0.99/€1.49)
•Shimmer & Shine by Ben Harper (£0.99/€1.49)
•Steady at the Wheel by Shooter Jennings (£0.99/€1.49)
•The Running Free by Coheed and Cambria (£0.99/€1.49)
•Wilson (Live) by Phish (£0.99/€1.49)
•Wolf Like Me by TV on the Radio (£0.99/€1.49)
•Bonnaroo Pack 01 (this combines all the above tracks in one pack) (£4.99/€7.99)
Rock Band Unplugged (PSP Content)

•Crushcrushcrush by Paramore (£0.99/€1.49)
•Feed The Tree by Belly (£0.99/€1.49)
•Gimme Three Steps by Lynyrd Skynyrd (£0.99/€1.49)
•Hysteria by Muse (£0.99/€1.49)
•Inside The Fire by Disturbed (£0.99/€1.49)
•Just A Girl by No Doubt (£0.99/€1.49)
•The Kill by 30 Seconds To Mars (£0.99/€1.49)
•Typical by Mute Math (£0.99/€1.49)
•Under The Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers (£0.99/€1.49)
•Wonderwall by Oasis (£0.99/€1.49)

PS3/PSP Demos

Fight Night Round 4 Demo - Free

PS3/PSP Games/PSOne Classics

Trash Panic (£3.99/€4.99)

Tokobot (PSP) (£9.99/€14.99)

Final Fantasy VII (PSOne Classic) (£7.99/€9.99)

PS3/PSP Themes / Wallpaper (Free Unless Stated)

infamous – Red Wallpaper

PS3/PSP Trailers/Videos (Free Unless Stated)

E3 Video Content•Gran Turismo 5 Trailer
•White Knight Chronicles Trailer
•Pain Museum Trailer
•The Agency Trailer
•DC Universe Trailer
•Final Fantasy XIV Trailer
•Burnout Paradise Big Surf Island Trailer
•Split Second Gameplay Trailer
•Castlevania: Lords of Shadows
•Assassin’s Creed 2 Cinematic Trailer
•Assassin’s Creed 2 Commented Gameplay Trailer
•Tekken 6 PSN Trailer
Weekly Video Content•Trash Panic Tutorial Trailer
•inFamous Behind The Scenes Story Trailer
•Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time Teaser Trailer
•Terminator Salvation Launch Trailer

E3 2009: Metal Gear Solid Coming To PS Store June 18th

Konami has announced that the original Metal Gear Solid will finally be heading to the PlayStation Store in America -- and pretty soon, too.

You'll be able to replay Solid Snake's original adventure on June 18 and, similar to previous high-profile PS1 releases, will cost $9.99.

As for Europe? No word, yet.

E3 2009: Sony's Koller Talks Motion Control Rivalry, Core Vs Casual

When assessing the head to head between Microsoft and Sony's E3 briefings this year, there may be something of a role reversal visible.

Whereas Sony once stressed the PlayStation 3's potential as a multimedia device, this year it gave a very software-focused, core-targeted presentation, while it was Microsoft talking more about the "future of home entertainment" than it has in years past.

Even some analysts seemed to think that Sony's gesture recognition scheme debut was more 'gamer-oriented,' while director Stephen Spielberg's comments about accessibility and broader audiences led attendees and industry-watchers to peg Microsoft's Project Natal as having more relevant implications for wider or more casual audiences.

But Sony director of hardware marketing John Koller says that although capturing the core audience is certainly a goal, there was no deliberate attempt to refocus on prioritizing that market, and that Sony, too, remains interested in being "expansionary".

"Most of the games you saw... there are certainly others we didn't get into, some things the Xbox 360 got into -- for example, Rock Band: Beatles is coming to PS3 as well,".

"We didn't want to wave the defensive flag for every single game".

When it comes to those motion control solutions, Koller says Sony is "intimately familiar" with Microsoft's approach and how its own differs.

"Microsoft's is impressive because it does a full-body scan," he says. But he claims Project Natal has "depth issues on the Z axis" that Sony's PlayStation Eye-tracked solution avoids. "The PlayStation Eye is more accurate and more precise," he adds.

Taking a wider-lens view of both solutions, the largest question becomes whether or not it is preferable for the player to have an object in hand. At its briefing, Microsoft said controllers and their buttons were the last barrier between video games and "everyone else".

Sony counters that argument with the assertion that there are some gameplay experiences that require an object in hand or a button to push. "It's not necessary for every genre," says Koller. "But without it, you can't play every genre".

"Microsoft's [solution] is going to have issues with shooting games, for example," he suggests. "We want to be as diverse as we can; the controller that we're looking at will be open as possible".

With both technology concepts in such early stages, there are few definitive conclusions to draw about the merits of one approach versus the other. Analysts suggest the concepts are different enough that, alongside a lengthening lifecycle, it might drive opportunities for more individualized audiences for each console, as it could become more relevant for users to own both.

The first to market will also be a factor. "It's not going to be this calendar year," says Koller of Sony's plans. He suggests the company is currently working on having a strong lineup of software to support the peripheral at launch.

"Developers are looking at it now," he says. "The halfway answer is that there are a number of first-party and third-party games that will launch, and the idea is to have both franchise-type games [that are] very familiar, and to have new IP".

PSP Go pre-Orders Begin (US)

Pre-orders for the new PSP Go system have already begun. Just announced at E3 2009 this week, the new PlayStation Portable is available for pre-order now at $249.99.

Some of the main features of the PSP go include 16GB internal flash memory, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, 3.8 inch screen (16:9 format), 5.56 oz weight, USB 2.0, Memory Stick Micro (M2), Analog Video Out, built-in speakers and microphone. An AC adaptor
, USB cable and CD-ROM with Media Go ver.1.1 is also included.


Rumour: PSP Go! Priced For The UK - £229.99 (Not £179.99)

We were slightly miffed when Sony announced the PSP Go! the other day. Not because of any great disappointment at the hardware - we knew all about that prior to the official announcement. Rather, we were annoyed at the lack of a UK price for the unit.

We discovered that the US and European PSP Go! will retail at 250 Dollars and Euros respectively, and the fear was that the '250' policy would extend to Sterling, too.

Interestingly, a sneaky peek over at two of the largest video game retailers in the UK, Game and GameStation, shows that the PSP Go! can be preordered for the sum of £229.99. Earlier today, it was listed as £179.99, which would have made it the same price as the original PSP when it was released back in 2005.

So, educated punt? Or do they know something we don't?

E3 2009: Check Out The Sony E3 Booth

Credit to the YouTube uploader.

Cool stuff!

E3 2009: We Could Release GT5 Now , Says Yamauchi

Gran Turismo's dad Kazunori Yamauchi has told Eurogamer that Gran Turismo 5 is "at a point we can release it any time we want".

"I want to release it as fast as I can," Yamauchi told us, "but GT5 for us, when you talk about its status, it's at a point we can release it any time we want, but we can always keep working on it. It's very important for us to make sure everything is done perfectly and everything is done in detail."

Yamauchi also discussed possible connectivity between Gran Turismo PSP - due out with the PSPgo on 1st October - and GT5. "We're hoping maybe to make it so you can share the garage with the PSP version so that cars you unlock on PSP will be available immediately on GT5," he said.

Elsewhere, Yamauchi said the PSP version would hopefully be about a gigabyte in size when it's released for digital download, but it's unlikely to receive any downloadable content afterwards.

E3 2009: HOME Gets Picture Frames Feature

The highly touted promise of picture frames in Home has finally come to fruition, but at a price...

Yes, you can now display pictures from your PS3 HDD, in the form of picture frames, in your personal spaces in Home.

The only downside is that there are no starter frames whatsoever, so you must drop $2.99 for the initially released frame in the Home Mall.

Here are a few limits to consider as well, regarding the amount of frames which can be used in each personal space:

Harbor Studio - 4 Frames Max
Summer House - 2 Frames Max (Why? I have no idea.)
Lakeside Cabin - 6 Frames Max
Chamber Apartment - 12 Frames Max
Loot StageSet - 0 (!?)

Also, for some odd reason, this feature was not implemented into the club system, at least not yet, so you're confined to only using them in your personal spaces. Guess that club logo will have to lay low for awhile, eh?.

Overall it's good to see this feature finally hit Home, but c'mon Sony, you could have at least gotten us started with a freebie frame or something because $2.99 is a steep price to pay for a static image that few people will probably end up seeing.

E3 2009: Sony Hits Many Highlights At E3 (Recap)

Sony took the stage Tuesday during E3 to announce a laundry list of games. Some of the most impressive were on the PSP and the recently announced PSP Go! There are several exclusives, new IPs, and the suddenly popular motion control. Also know that the Uncharted 2: Among Thieves beta started 2nd june, at midnight. Let me just say that God of War III looks sick.

Take a look at the recap.

Sony focused a chunk of its presentation on the PSP brand. The PSP Go! was leaked over the weekend. But not many details were known. Sony announced during E3 that the new PSP model will be available Oct. 1 for $249.

It will have the same operating system as the PSP-300, built-in WiFi, and Bluetooth. It will be 50 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter than the original PSP. Though it will only use downloaded content, Sony promises it won't replace UMD.

The PSP-300 will continue to get support, Sony said. Both versions of the handheld will have access to the upgraded Playstation Store, which will allow direct downloads to the PSPs.

After going though the PSP hardware, Sony announced a string of new portable games.

Grand Turismo - Oct. 1- It will feature 800 cars and 35 tracks with 60 different layouts.
- Users will be able to share vehicles with friends.
- It will have an Ad-Hoc mode where four people can race together.
- There will be several single-player modes, including the license skills tests.
- It will run at 60fps.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker - 2010
- Hideo Kojima said this is the sequel to Metal Gear 3.
- It takes place in the 1970s, 10 years after MGS3.
- Kojima is writing the script.

Sony then showed a montage video of the other games coming for the PSPs. Included was Resident Evil, Fat Princess, Jak & Daxter and PixelJunk Monsters.


God of War 3 - March 2010
The demo included the first few minutes of the game. It featured a mix of small cutscenes and typical God of War gameplay. The game is going to be very violent.

Final Fantasy XIII, XIV
So we all know about Final Fantasy XIII and its migration to the XBOX 360. Well, Sony announced today that Final Fantasy XIV: Online will come exclusive to the PS3. Both games will come in the Fall.

The rumors of a Rockstar exclusive are confirmed. Only a few details were given and no trailer was shown. But the game will be set in the 1970s and will center around an assassin.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
The demo showed a new level with very intense gameplay. The game still looks like a Game of the Year contender.

MAG - This Fall
Zipper Interactive did a very cool demo of the game. It had 256 live players and really showed what this game will be about. Players were split into eight player platoons and carried about small objectives as part of the bigger battle. Respawn points were dynamic and changed as the platoon advanced. Nothing about a price was given. Nor did they talk about what type of game modes there would be. They also didn't talk about how the communication system would work.

ModNation Racers
This is going to be a new racing IP that the developers said would allow users to share content. Think Mario Kart mixed with Little Big Planet.

Last Guardian
I'm not going to lie. By this point of the press conference, I was working on the recap. All I got was that it's an exclusive game.

Motion Control
Last but not least, Sony showed us their version of motion control gaming. It was a prototype presentation, but it has great potential. The video will do it more justice than my words. But it uses a controller to play off of the Playstation Eye.

The kid playing it was able to do many things, including shooting an arrow into the head of some hobbit looking thing. He also grabbed virtual items, turned the screen into a first-person shooter, and created a makeshift strategy game.

All in all, PS3 users have loads of really cool stuff to look forward to in 2009/2010.

E3 2009: Metal Gear Solid: Rising Confirmed For PS3, 360 And PC

Konami has announced Kojima Productions is working on a new Metal Gear Solid title, which will mark the series’ first simultaneous multi-format release. Entitled Metal Gear Solid: Rising, the game will be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

The first Metal Gear Solid game in the series’ history to be released simultaneously on three platforms, Metal Gear Solid: Rising stars Raiden – one of the most popular characters within the MGS universe. Raiden made his debut as a playable character in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty for PlayStation 2, and appeared as a non-playable cyborg in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots for PlayStation 3.

Martin Schneider, European Marketing Director for Konami

"The Metal Gear Solid series has always pushed the bar with its cinematic visuals and entertaining story line. Now even more gamers can immerse themselves in the franchise and experience the groundbreaking series as Metal Gear Solid: Rising heads to the platform of their choice".

Killzone 2 Patch 1.27 Is Now LIVE

Patch weighs in at Patch is 76mb.

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Killzone 2 v.1.27 Patch Now Available06/04/2009 Written by Louis EdwardscloseAuthor: Louis Edwards Name: Louis Edwards
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Killzone 2
Now available to Killzone 2 gamers around the globe, Guerilla Games has released v 1.27, their 9th patch for their flagship title.

The patch adds new functionality that has been requested by the Killzone community and addresses several other issues as well. The patch is 75MB in size (272MB for Asian release).

Here are the details:

•DLC - Enables support for downloadable content pack #2 “Flash & Thunder”, released on June 11th on the Playstation®Store
•Network errors – Improved handling of large message groupings to decrease network errors on heavy loads. Should decrease some instances of network errors
•Stability - Fix for potential Quick-join stability issues when DLC pack “Steel & Titanium” is not installed
•Stability – Removal of DLC could result in stability issues when using game pre-sets
•Stability – Crash fix for potential Search & Retrieve issue
•Stability – Fix for infrequent hang on loading when using spectator mode
•Exploit – Search & Destroy objective exploit fix
•Exploit – Collision fix for map MP04 – Visari Hammer
•Exploit – Collision fix for map MP07 – Blood Gracht
•Exploit – Collision fix for map MP07 – Blood Gracht (2)
•Exploit – Collision fix for map MP08 – Corinth Crossing
•Exploit – Collision fix for map MP08 – Corinth Crossing (2)
•Stats – Fix for clans not always receiving the clan match win medal
•Controls – Addition of High precision mode option for both Single Player and Multiplayer. New accounts will have this mode set as standard and existing users will have to enable it manually.
•Feature – Players will be automatically placed on the same faction, if they are friends upon using the ‘Join Friend’ option
•Feature – Players will be automatically placed on the same squad, if they are friends upon using the ‘Join Friend’ option
•Feature – Squads will remain constant over multiple rounds unless disbanded.•Feature – Faction balancing only checked when entering the game to the pre-game lobby or spawn-select New faction select screen on spawn-select
•Feature – In-game faction changing now allowed on heavily unbalanced factions
•Feature – Skirmish – All Badges and Abilities are now unlocked for Skirmish mode to allow users with lower bandwidth network connections to experience the full range of weapons and abilities available in Multiplayer mode
•Gameplay – Invulnerability when spawning on a deployable spawn-point outside of a base-camp is now disabled
•Gameplay – Armor of Assault class reduced from 100 to 50 hit-points
•Gameplay – AI and health of the flying Sentry Bots has been tweaked upwards
•Gameplay – Firing rate of the Sentry Turret’s rocket system has been reduced slightly
•Bug – Cooked grenades dealing friendly fire damage despite the option being disabled
•Bug - DLC Pack 1 “Steel & Titanium” front end text fix for Japanese sku
•Moderation – Enhanced moderation tools for SCE Moderators
• – Revived players now appearing correctly in Battle Replays
•Misc - Various minor bug fixes

E3 2009: Call Of Duty 6: Modern Warfare 2 Trailer

E3 2009: VidZone Trailer

E3 2009: Jack Buser Discusses New Home Spaces Coming Soon

Director for PlayStation Home SCEA, Jack Buser, discusses and demos what new spaces we can expect to see in the near future as well as what features and games they'll convey.

Well, that's three new spaces right there, looks like Sony just might live up to their promise of several new Home spaces each month.

Credit to the YouTube uploader for the video.

E3 2009: VidZone To Have 10.000 Videos At Launch, And Get 100's More every Week

Today the producer from VidZone has confirmed at the E3 that VidZone will have 10.000 music video's at launch. Also it will have a weekly update with every week more than 100 new music video's.

"Our ultimate dream is to have every music video ever made on the service, as well as classic live performances dating back to the 1950s, in their entirety.” Our ultimate dream is to have every music video ever made on the service, as well as classic live performances dating back to the 1950s, in their entirety".

VidZone will be released on 11th June in UK, Ireland, Australia, Italy, France, Spain and Germany.

E3 2009: Persona 5 Coming To PS3

Fans of Atlus' Shin Megami Tensei Persona series have been anxiously awaiting a next-gen update to the cult favorite series. That wait might not be too much longer.

Today, Atlus told our E3 reporting team that Persona 5 "probably won't be on the PlayStation 2," and will likely be making the jump to the PlayStation 3 and/or Xbox 360. It's much too soon to talk about release schedules, but just the notion that the game is in development is good enough for me.

The PlayStation 2 versions of the series were highly enjoyable, and if Atlus gives the same love and attention to this next entry, you can be sure they'll have another critical darling on their hands. Be sure to check back later for more on Coop and Sarah's visit with the publisher.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

E3 2009: Final Fantasy VII Comes To PS Store 4th June

Get ready to return to Midgar. Final Fantasy VII, one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed Role Playing Games of all time, makes a long-awaited return this week, via digital download on the PlayStation Store.

The original PS one release has long been out-of-print and unavailable to a new generation of console owners and Final Fantasy fans. Now players will get another chance to own and experience the original adventure that brought us such memorable characters as Cloud Strife, Tifa Lockhart, Aerith Gainsborough, Barret Wallace, Vincent Valentine and the fearsome Sephiroth.

John Yamamoto, president and chief executive officer of Square Enix. comments, “Final Fantasy VII is the most highly-respected entry in the history of the Final Fantasy franchise, possessing possibly the most memorable storyline in the history of videogames. It brings me great pleasure to see Final Fantasy VII available to play once again and I am sure that it will create a whole new generation of fans.”


- One of the most critically acclaimed Final Fantasy games ever made returns

- Experience a classic storyline with some of the most shocking and memorable moments the Final Fantasy series has ever delivered

- A cast of legendary heroes and villains that have become fan favourites of players around the world

- The game that introduced Limit Breaks, spectacular near-death special moves to shock your opponents

- Master the Materia system to make your attacks stronger and unleash greater summons

- Playable on both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable (PSP)

Final Fantasy VII is available on the 4th June in all PAL countries where the PlayStation Store is available.

E3 2009: EyePet Trailer

E3 2009: New Uncharted 2 Trailer

E3 2009: VidZone Hits PS Store 11th June

Today Mike Kebby (PlayStation Store Team Europe) has confirmed that we will be able to download VidZone on 11 June. If it's coming on this day to America is unknown at the moment. But in Europe can download VidZone free on 11 June in the PlayStation Store.

E3 2009: God Of War III Gameplay Blowout

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Awesome stuff!

Breaking News: Uncharted 2 Beta Gameplay Footage

Uncharted 2 BETA (co-op mode)

Uncharted 2 BETA (deathmatch mode)

Credit to the YouTube uploader, awesome stuff.

E3 2009: FREE Playstation HOME Items

Free Playstation Home items for E3 conference, the codes are:

Presentation Podium:

* NPLH (No place like Home) Grey on Red T-shirt (Male) code: N4GI-6NBC-JPHH (Removal Date: 6/5/09)

* NPLH (No place like Home) Blue on Yellow T-shirt (Female) code: N4GI-6NBC-JPHH (Removal Date: 6/5/09)

Central Plaza:

* NPLH (No place like Home) Red on Blue T-shirt (Male) code: AH6D-5CB4-3NMD (Removal Date: 6/5/09)

* NPLH (No place like Home) Pink on Blue T-shirt (Female) code: AH6D-5CB4-3NMD (Removal Date: 6/5/09)

Grab them why ya can!

Breaking News: Uncharted 2 Beta Available To Download NOW

That's right, confirmed reports are coming in now of EU residents being able to download the Uncharted 2 beta. Get it while it's hot!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

E3 2009: PS Store Content Update


E3 Content:

Buzz! Quiz World


Fat Princess

Gravity Crash

Heavy Rain

Hustle Kings


Pixel Junk Shooter

Ratchett & Clank: A Crack in Time

Replay (Working title) trailer

VidZone Trailer

Battlefield 1943 Wake Island Trailer

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Squad Story

Brutal Legend

Dante's Inferno Announcement

Dragon Age Violence

Red Dead Redemption trailer 1

Front Misiion: Evolved


Batman Arkham Asylum 'Play as Joker'

Gran Turismo PSP trailer

MotorStorm Arctic Edge trailer

PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe trailer

SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3 trailer

LittleBigPlanet PSP trailer

Besure to check out the PS Store daily for more E3 content!

E3 2009: Lost planet 2 Confirmed For PS3

Sneaked into Jack Tretton’s briefing, he announced that Capcom’s Lost Planet 2 would be coming to the Playstation 3 this year. There had been some confusion as to whether the game was an XBOX 360 exclusive; apparently not.

E3 2009: PS Store Revised

While everyone has their eyes on Sony’s E3 conference, the EU and US PS Store’s have been given a little freshen up.

No major new features; however there is a darker shade of blue to the background and new borders to each segment (e.g. Latest, PS3 Games etc). The load times of the content is swifter and there is a new noise when scrolling through the products available.

Overall, it looks fresher and is an improvement over the older style, but this is not a massive change by any means. We will let you know if there are any improvements other than purely cosmetic as soon as we find anything.

E3 2009: God Of War III Coming March 2010

Sony Santa Monica showcased a decent chunk of God Of War III at this year’s E3, and typically the game looked absolutely amazing. However, they also announced that the game will be released March 2010, somewhat missing optimistic expectations the game will be available this year.

To say it looks incredible would be an understatement.