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Sony 'iTunes' Online Entertainment Service Coming in Early 2010

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262w ago - Today Sony Executive Vice President Kazuo Hirai announced that an 'iTunes' style online entertainment service will be coming in early 2010.

Sony plans to launch the new online service to distribute movies, music, books and other content to the PS3, network-capable Bravia TVs, Blu-ray players, ebooks and others in a bid to add value to its hardware.

To quote: "Sony Computer Entertainment chairman Kaz Hirai has revealed the firm has pencllled in an early 2010 launch date for its new iTunes-rivalling online service.

"[A launch] earlier in the year would be preferable," Hirai told [Register or Login to view links] in an interview after the announcement."
 

Revenge of the Wounded Dragons is Coming as PS3 Exclusive

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262w ago - Today Examiner.com (linked above) has uncovered an [Register or Login to view links] for an upcoming PS3 exclusive title, namely Revenge of the Wounded Dragons.

The game is in development from A2M, the folks behind WET, and with publisher Sony Online Entertainment on board the 2D fighting title will likely be heading to PSN.

To quote from the description: "This is a 2D fighting game in which players assume the roles of two brothers attempting to avenge their grandfather's death and rescue their sister from the local mafia boss. Players frequently punch, kick, and throw enemies as they "side-scroll" (i.e., walk) forward through the platform city environments; they can also use bottles, bats, knives, Molotov cocktails, pistols, shotguns, and uzi submachine guns to kill the henchmen.

All enemies disappear from the screen seconds after they are defeated. The gun attacks represent the most intense instances of violence, as enemies react to damage with brief blood spurts, screams, and twitches. One still-image cutscene depicts a strip club where women in lingerie can be seen pole-dancing in the background."
 

PSP Firmware Update 6.20 is Coming on November 19, 2009

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262w ago - To coincide with today's PS3 Firmware Update 3.10 it appears Sony's PSP console will also be receiving an update tomorrow, November 19, 2009.

According to kassatsu from NeoGAF (linked above), Thursday's PlayStation Portable Firmware update 6.20 will include an extra category to the XMB and also a comic reader.

To quote: "PSP Firmware 6.20 Coming Thursday! All we know so far is that it adds an Extra category to the XMB and the Comic Reader will be on there.

In other news, comics go on sale on PSN Dec 10th (in Japan).

Pricing: 420 per volume. 50-150 per chapter."
 

Sony: Cross-Game Voice Chat is Coming but No Date is Set Yet

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262w ago - Update: The official [Register or Login to view links] was recently revamped, and now lists in-game chat for online games as a separate feature and states, to quote:

"Talking with friends or other players in the middle of a game is easy. Chat by text or use your headset to voice chat. You can also add new friends or check other player's profiles (including their Trophy collections) to know who you're up against while you're playing."

Although many are a bit disappointed that yesterday's PS3 Firmware 3.10 update announcement didn't include the cross-game voice chat functionality discussed recently by PSN Director Eric Lempel, it is in the works.

The European Blog's James Thorpe has [Register or Login to view links] that cross-game voice chat is coming in response to the question "when is there going to be cross-game voice chat?" regarding the firmware update.

To quote his reply: "I wish I could just give...
 

Video: Coming to PSN this Week: Peggle & Peggle Nights for PS3

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262w ago - PopCap Games Associate Producer Michael Santora has announced today that Peggle and Peggle Nights are coming to PSN this week for PS3.

To quote: Hey everyone, I'm Michael Santora, an Associate Producer from [Register or Login to view links], bringing you all of our titles in association with [Register or Login to view links]. You may remember me from such blog posts as the announcement of Heavy Weapon on the PlayStation Network.

I am super excited to be able to tell everyone on the network that yes, we have listened, and yes, YOU CAN PLAY PEGGLE ON YOUR PlayStation 3 this Thursday!

Peggle took the PC world by storm back in 2007, and quickly became the casual game that everyone - including a ton of hardcore gamers - played. Following on its heels, Peggle Nights was released and has also received major excitement and fanfare from the gaming masses.





Peggle PS3 fans, I bring you the double-shot of good news that not only is Peggle available this week, but Peggle Nights will also be available as additional downloadable content. This gives you two separate Adventure modes and two sets of Challenges to complete, in addition to the online Peg Party & Duel modes for multiplayer competition.
 
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