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

The PlayStation®Network will be taken offline for maintenance on August 18, 2009 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST. We apologize for any inconvenience.

During this time you may:

* Not be able to access the PlayStation®Store
* Not be able to play online games
* See a maintenance page when attempting to access the PlayStation Network

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

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