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Sony Clarifies PlayStation Plus PSN Content Ownership for Users

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208w ago - Just over a month ago Sony updated the PSN Terms of Service and explained PlayStation Plus, but many consumers were still confused and so today Sony has clarified PlayStation Plus PSN content ownership for end-users.

To quote from Sony's Jeff Rubenstein via [Register or Login to view links] comments:

"Free add-ons expire if your subscription ends.

Add-ons you pay for (even if you pay at a discount) are yours to keep for good. The same thing is true for games- free ones expire if you don't renew your subscription. Anything you pay for - even at a discount - is yours forever. Themes and avatars that are free, stay free for good.

There may be instances where a downloadable game is free and the add-on is priced at a discount. In this case, if your subscription ends, you would still have access to the DLC, but would need to re-purchase the game in order to use the add-on."
 

Bethesda Clarifies the Future of Elder Scrolls Franchise

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257w ago - Bethesda's Pete Hines has clarified Internet speculation about the future of the Elder Scrolls franchise.

Hines has said that Bethesda' producer Todd Howard was misquoted at QuakeCon last week, when he refused to give any details on a possible fifth title in the series, leading some to assume a new single-player game was not in development.

To quote: "Of course, we're going to do another Elder Scrolls game. The last one was enormously popular," wrote Hines on the publisher's official [Register or Login to view links].

"Todd and Bethesda Game Studios are hard at work on their next big game, and we're not ready to discuss it. As always, we prefer to have something amazing to show when we talk about it.

We aren't going to confirm or deny or comment on speculation, nor are we going to give hints about anything. If you know us by now, you know we don't really do that," he added.
 

SCEE Clarifies Naughty Dog Comments on 2.80 Firmware Secret

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260w ago - Yesterday Naughty Dog's Sam Thompson stated in a Comic-Con 2009 interview that the PS3 Firmware 2.80 update adds more memory.

Today, SCEE has clarified these comments explaining that the Naughty Dog rep apparently got confused due to the Comic-Con excitement.

To quote: "There's no secret in firmware 2.80. Naughty Dog were actually talking about their engine 2.0, but in the ComicCon rush they simply got confused and said 2.80 referring to the latest firmware," SCEE told Gamezine.

Additionally, Naughty Dog community manager Arne Meyer has stated the following on NeoGAF forums:

"This was just a typical blunder with all the info and people coming up to us constantly at the PS booth at San Diego ComicCon.

"He was actually referring to Naughty Dog Engine 2.0 updates we made. We had just been making sure at the event that all the PS3s brought in were on FW 2.80, since that is what that build needed to run on, so I have no doubt it was top of mind."
 

Sony Clarifies PSP2 Rumors: No New Hardware Dev Kits Available

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282w ago - Sony's head of PSP marketing in North America would only confirm that part of what longtime developer Dave Perry recently said about the PSP's future is true.

The following is an excerpt from an interview I conducted today with Sony Computer Entertainment of America's John Koller, the director of PSP marketing in North America.

I originally booked the phone interview with Koller to discuss the stunning line-up of PSP games Sony announced earlier this week, but by the time we talked, there was the PSP2 rumor to discuss that had been churning through the Internet ever since veteran game designer Dave Perry Twittered that a disc-free PSP2 was in the works for a possible fall release.

I'll have a lot more from Koller about the new games and the future of the PSP on Friday, but let's start here by dealing with the Dave Perry rumor. This is how I broached the topic:

MTV Multiplayer: Do you still consider Dave Perry a friend?

John Koller, Director of Hardware Marketing for the PSP: [laughs] That's a great question! I didn't even know who he was until about a month ago. I heard about [his PSP2 report] yesterday. We've never...
 

Sony Clarifies 14 Million User PlayStation Network Milestone

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296w ago - Sony confirms its recently announced network numbers include accounts from both the PlayStation 3 and PSP, but no duplicates; analyst estimates 50 percent of PS3s have gone online.

On Tuesday, Sony made a stir when it announced that its free PlayStation Network had attained 14 million "active users."

The number, revealed to celebrate the PlayStation 3's second birthday, was remarkable, as it appeared to match the 14-million-strong subscriber base for the pay-to-play Xbox Live. Microsoft's online service launched in 2002 and has been a central pillar of its strategy since the Xbox 360 launched in 2005, one year before the PS3.

Three days later, Sony has now clarified what exactly it counts as an active PlayStation Network user. "Seeing as PlayStation Portable does include PlayStation Network services (i.e. games store natively on PSP), yes those numbers do include all PlayStation Network registrations," said a Sony representative.

The rep also said, to guard against duplication, Sony does not count a registration made on the PS3 and then used on the PSP (or vice versa) as two accounts. Like with Xbox Live, the figure also includes multiple accounts used on the same console or in the same household.

So how many PSN users are logging on via the PS3? Sony declined to...
 
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