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PTOM Interview: PSN Boss Talks Voice Chat & Firmware Updates

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255w ago - During a recent interview with PlayStation: The Official Magazine (PTOM) in the Holiday '09 issue, PSN Director Eric Lempel discusses how Firmware update features are planned and released for the PlayStation 3 and PSP consoles and touches on cross-game voice chat.

To quote: "We go about doing that in a few different ways. We do consumer research in addition to following our roadmap.

We've had a very long roadmap that we've wanted to roll out, and clearly all of them couldn't be rolled out day one when the PS3 launched. So we've been implementing these features as we go along and some of them, and some of them take longer than others."

Lempel continued: "Of course time and manpower always factor in because there aren't limitless resources. And are sometimes key features that must go out in Firmware updates. For example, you saw on September 1, we released a 120GB PS3 and we did a Firmware update, and there were some enhancements in that specifically to bring on the new hardware."

The director of the PlayStation Network further explained: "We absolutely read all the feedback that we see on our blog when we do firmware updates. We have people who look across different forums and different sites. And we also do our own testing - some very extensive testing.."
 

Video: TGS Interview - Trinity: Souls of Zill O'll for PS3

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261w ago - Sony's Social Media Senior Specialist Chris Morell has shared a new video from this year's Tokyo Game Show, with the focus Trinity: Souls of Zill O'll for PS3 from Koei.

If you don't know much about the series, here's a primer from from Jem Alexander, to quote:

"While at the Tecmo Koei booth we got a chance to chat to Akihiro Suzuki, the Director of Koei's upcoming PS3 exclusive action RPG, Trinity: Souls of Zill O'll.

It's the latest in the Zill O'll series, but you'd be forgiven for not knowing that – the previous games never made it outside of Japan. It's a pretty popular series over there and now it's coming to both the US and Europe, so we'll be able to see what all the fuss is about when it releases next year.

It's a prequel to the Zill O'll series, so story-wise it promises to be very accessible. In terms of gameplay it's also a departure from the norm for the series, as it leaves its turn-based RPG roots behind and embraces a more action-orientated approach."

Check out the video interview below!




 

Video: Gran Turismo PSP Update: Interview with Jay Leno

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261w ago - Today SCEA Producer Taku Imasaki has shared a video interview with Jay Leno discussing Gran Turismo for the PlayStation Portable.

To quote: As many of you might know, comedian and nightly talk-show host Jay Leno is a gearhead through and through. His passion for cars is legendary, and so is his vast garage.

It was in this very garage that the Qore crew caught up with Jay to talk about his inclusion in the upcoming Gran Turismo title for PSP, which is due out this Thursday, Oct 1 on UMD and as a digital download.

Jay Leno lent his iconic voice to Gran Turismo game and his Voice Over can be heard from the first time you fire up the game on PSP. Check out the video segment below that ran in the September issue of Qore on PSN.





Keep an eye on the PlayStation Blog for more Gran Turismo updates this week.

For more on Gran Turismo for PSP, check out the new [Register or Login to view links].
 

Video: The Last Guardian - Interview and TGS 2009 PS3 Trailer

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262w ago - Sony's Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein has updated the PlayStation Blog this morning with a new video... specifically, a TGS 2009 interview and trailer of The Last Guardian for PlayStation 3.

To quote: Short and sweet- Just shown at the end of a media event for White Knight Chronicles, this interview with Team ICO Director and Game Designer Fumito Ueda.

Following the Q&A, see some brand new game footage of The Last Guardian.

The video does fade to black, before coming back up so be patient! Enjoy!

We'll have an in-depth interview with Ueda-san later from the show!




 

Video: Uncharted 2 Interview with Naughty Dog, X-Play Tonight

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262w ago - Today Sony's Social Media Senior Specialist Chris Morell has shared an Uncharted 2 interview with Naughty Dog and news of a special X-Play episode tonight, as follows:

You might remember back at PAX, we sent out a Tweet asking what you'd want to ask Naughty Dog Creative Director Amy Hennig about Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.

Well, we had an overwhelming response to say the least, and in this interview Amy touches on everything from the game's adventure aspects and the power of the PS3 to [Register or Login to view links] and crispy veggie bacon. Don't ask, just watch.

And be sure to tune in to G4 tonight at 6:30PM ET/PT for a 30-minute special episode of [Register or Login to view links] that features a behind-the-scenes visit to Naughty Dog.

Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb get the scoop on Uncharted 2's epic single-player campaign, go in-depth on co-op, as well as what it takes to design the game's highly intricate and difficult puzzles.




 
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