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Sony Unveils PlayStation Vue, New Internet / Web Cloud-Based TV Service

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6w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment's Andrew House officially unveiled their new Internet / Web cloud-based TV service called PlayStation Vue today proclaiming "Everyday TV is about to become extraordinary with our new cloud-based TV service."

Below is the official Press Release, as follows: Sony Network Entertainment International LLC (SNEI) and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today unveiled PlayStation Vue, a pioneering new cloud-based TV service that reinvents the television experience.

"Everyday TV is about to become extraordinary with our new cloud-based TV service, PlayStation Vue," said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Group Executive in charge of the Network Entertainment Business.

"PlayStation Vue reinvents the traditional viewing experience so your programming effortlessly finds you, enabling you to watch much more of what you want and search a lot less.

PlayStation Vue brings the best of live TV and a robust catalog of the latest content, always keeping you connected to what's popular, new and trending. Today's announcement builds on the historic success of PlayStation 4 and demonstrates what our company is capable of when we embrace disruption and stay true to gamers."

Removing Barriers between Viewers...
 

Sony Announces MouseCraft Brings Cheese-Based Puzzling to PS Vita

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45w ago - Curve Studios PR and Marketing Manager Rob Clarke announced today on Sony's blog that MouseCraft brings cheese-based puzzling to PS Vita.

Below are the details, to quote: Hey everyone, Rob from Curve here! It seems like only a few weeks ago I was here talking about our Mega bundle of 2013 games. This week we're very happy to announce something brand new: an indie puzzle game called MouseCraft.

MouseCraft takes some of the most recognizable elements of classic puzzle games and combines them to create something that's completely new and great fun to play, especially on a portable device like PS Vita. The basic gameplay is very simple: Your goal is to lead a group of mice through a machine to find the cheese at the other end of the level.

You don't control the mice directly however, but instead control their environment through the use of many different types of classic 'Tetromino' blocks that can be dropped onto the level. Imagine the careful strategy and planning of a game like Lemmings with the blocks and fast-paced decision making of Tetris, and you've got an idea of how MouseCraft works.

There are over 50 levels in the campaign mode, and as you play the path and methods of getting to the exits becomes more and more complicated, introduce different blocks that can used to...
 

New Flash-based 12GB PS3 Console Hits US and Canada for $199.99

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71w ago - Today the previous PlayStation 3 rumors have been confirmed as a new flash-based 12GB PS3 console has been spotted on retailer shelves in both the US and Canada for $199.

Below are the details, to quote: "Following its release in Europe last year, the heavily rumored Flash-based PlayStation 3 is now on sale in the United States and Canada, The Verge has confirmed.

Sony's first low-storage model of the venerable console is now on shelves at Best Buy selling for $199.99. It's also available for sale at Canadian retailer Future Shop.

Sony had resisted selling a lower-capacity console in light of its emphasis on digital game and media downloads, even though Microsoft has always offered a low-storage Xbox 360. Both systems support adding additional storage through USB."

Finally, from Sony Hardware Associate Brand Marketing Manager Crystal MacKenzie:

At PlayStation, we want to provide the best place to play. That’s why today, we are pleased to announce the North American launch of our brand new PS3 12GB System for $199.99 (MSRP). This new 12GB system is the perfect way to play exclusive titles found only on PlayStation*, and to get access to the entertainment services offered through...
 

Sony Patents Method to Award PS3 Tophies Based on Disc Access

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92w ago - Today an online Sony [Register or Login to view links] has surfaced that outlines a method to award PS3 Trophies based on disc access, possibly to be used with the upcoming PlayStation 4 / PS4 console as well.

Below are the details, as follows: Called "Method and Apparatus for awarding trophies", the patent explains a way to award trophies, even for games that don't natively support them...

"A method and apparatus for adding trophy support games that do not have trophies without modifying the original game," the patent states.

"The method and apparatus are used to detect particular disk access, use the detected disk access as potential trophy triggers in games, and recognize the triggers while a game is played. Trophies are awarded based on the triggers, and the awarded trophies are stored."

The diagram below also gives an idea of how it works:

"A method for assigning one or more trophies to a user, comprising: accessing media content; defining one or more trophies; defining a trigger associated with the media content; detecting the trigger during media content access; and assigning the one or more trophies to a user account that is associated with the...
 

Sony Launches Official PSN / SEN Web-based Online Store

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107w ago - Today Sony has launched their official PSN / SEN Web-based online store, accessible from Internet browsers (although Linux users [Register or Login to view links] they are blocked) in several territories with more expected to arrive soon.

Those interested can check it out [Register or Login to view links], simply select your language region (such as [Register or Login to view links] one) and wait for the page to load a selection of games, deals and offers including PlayStation Plus.

To quote from [Register or Login to view links] Fred Dutton (via GameChup.com linked above):

“We are testing a new web store, which we look forward to announcing and launching to the PlayStation/Sony community shortly.”

Also from Jemal Alexandar, ex-marketing manager for Square Enix, who revealed how important this was for Sony:

“Web based store for PSN is pretty huge, though. I remember being in many meetings with publishers who wanted to see it happen. 3 years ago.”

Jem Alexander (@[Register or Login to view links])...
 
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