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Sony Cuts Cost of PSP Development Tools in Half, to Only $1500

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266w ago - As of March 2009, cumulative worldwide sell-in units of the PSP system exceeded 51.6 million units, a remarkable milestone for the first handheld platform from the PlayStation family.

To further grow the installed base of the PSP system and to enhance its software line-up, SCE will also provide ProDG for PSP, a highly acclaimed powerful programming tool which helps to improve productivity of software development, as part of PSP Software Development Kit*1 without an additional charge.

Press Release: SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT FURTHER BOOSTS ITS SUPPORT FOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT FOR PSP® (PLAYSTATION®PORTABLE)

Providing a Lower-cost Game Development Environment, and Supporting broader range of developers and publishers to create varieties of small software titles

Los Angeles, June 2, 2009 - Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced that it is reducing the price of the Development Tool models DTP-T2000A and DTP-T2000, the hardware necessary for developing PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) software titles, to JPY150,000 in Japan, US $ 1,500 in North America and €1,200 in Europe/PAL territories effective immediately.

By offering PSP Development Tools at a very attractive price, SCE will provide a more affordable game development environment for a broader...
 

Recession-busting $150 Blu-ray Players Coming This Year

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283w ago - As Blu-ray market penetration increases, the entry price of Blu-ray Disc players will continue to decrease.

China's Economic Daily News [Register or Login to view links] that white-box vendors will offer Blu-ray players at approximately a $150 USD price point this year.

Lite-On IT, a prominent Taiwanese disc drive manufacturer, plans to offer a half-height Blu-ray drive for laptops for around $150 USD, according to the newspaper.

White-box vendors are obscure electronics manufacturers, so don't expect to see Sony or Samsung Blu-ray players reach that price point just yet.
 

Midway has 50 Days to Rack Up US $150 Million or it's Game Over

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292w ago - Big trouble. Big big trouble. Midway Games is in hot water now, trying to figure out how they can earn US $150 million in just 50 days.

If they fail, they'll have to declare bankruptcy, and it's game over. After getting sold for for a mere pittance, the publisher remains in such bad shape that they're facing bankruptcy in just a little over two months.

A file from the US Securities and Exchange Commission tells us that Midway is really grimacing in financial pain right now. So far, they've got US $10.3 million in the bank, so that's US $140 million to go.

No word yet on what Midway is planning to do with the situation. Call it quits or fight to the death? Or by some miracle actually make that deadline? The health bar is running low, and the economy is itching to deliver its fatality.

Check the source link above if you want to read up on the SEC file, to the lay man, good luck trying to understand that.
 
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