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Sony starting US movie download service for PS3 this summer

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318w ago - According to Engadget: Sony just released a rambling update to it corporate strategy through fiscal year 2010. An interesting read for fans and competitors alike as Sony lays bare initiatives intent on moving Sony from recovery to the "leading global provider of networked consumer electronics and entertainment."

Most notable in the near-term however, is word from Kazuo Hirai, chieftain of Sony Computer Entertainment, that Sony will make a movie download service available to US PlayStation 3 owners this summer -- Japan and Europe at later dates with details coming "next month," presumably at E3.

Moreover, Sony expects its gaming business to achieve profitability by March 2009, the end of the current fiscal year. Of course, we already knew that Sony was prepped to deliver full-length TV shows and movies sometime in 2008 via its North American PLAYSTATION Network.

But summer, eh? Judging by the increased molecular agitation of sidewalk effluence, we'd say that Sony's season of movie downloads is already upon us.
 

Final Fantasy XIII to be shown this summer at Japanese Event

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320w ago - Square Enix announced today its 'DKΣ3713' summer event that will be held in Japan. The invite-only event will allow a select few to check out various games including Fantasy XIII and Kingdom Hearts.

The party will be broken up into separate sessions, with three sessions taking place on August 2 and August 3, each lasting a duration of three hours.

Attendance will be limited to 400 attendees per session, which totals to 2,400 people. Users of the Japanese Square Enix Members site can apply for admission to the event now. Applicants will be picked at random.

Square Enix plans to show off a number of upcoming titles at the event, including Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Dissidia Final Fantasy, and Final Fantasy XIII. No mention of Dragon Quest IX, unfortunately. Check below for the complete list of games:

* FINAL FANTASY XIII (PLAYSTATION 3)
* FINAL FANTASY Agito XIII (Mobile)
* FINAL FANTASY Versus XIII (PLAYSTATION 3)
* KINGDOM HEARTS Coded (Mobile)
* KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days (Nintendo DS)
* KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep (PSP)
* DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY (PSP)
* The 3rd Birthday (Mobile)
* Sigma Harmonics (Nintendo DS)
* FINAL FANTASY VII ADVENT CHILDREN COMPLETE (Blu-ray)
 

SOCOM: Confrontation Public BETA coming this Summer

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321w ago - SOCOM have announced there will be a couple of ways to get into the Public BETA for SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Confrontation. One will be through a radically different pre-order program (think 'team') the team is working on with one of our retailer friends.

It's currently in planning mode, but I should have some more info soon. Trust me-- all you clan guys are going to love it. Stay tuned. The second option will be to go through Qore. The site hints the BETA will be released this summer.

To quote: Listen up folks, 'cause I've got some dirt on the Public BETA for SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Confrontation! We're not quite ready to say when it will come out, but let's just say that it's gonna be a hot summer... better to spend it inside, just in case.

There'll be a couple of ways to get in. One will be through a radically different pre-order program (think 'team') the team is working on with one of our retailer friends. It's currently in planning mode, but I should have some more info soon. Trust me-- all you clan guys are going to love it. Stay tuned.

The second option will be to go through Qore™: Presented by PLAYSTATION®Network, SCEA's new interactive monthly program. It goes up for purchase and download on the PLAYSTATION®Store on June 5th. Subscribers to Qore will get the...
 

EA Games Label Sets Summer on Fire with Blockbuster Games

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324w ago - The temperature is rising this summer as the Electronic Arts Inc. Games Label gets ready to release eight action-packed titles from seven of the world's most critically acclaimed development studios including BioWare™, Criterion, DICE, EALA, Maxis™ and Pandemic™ as well as the revered EA partner Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., a company of MTV Networks.

Between May and September, the EA Games Label will launch a stunning line-up of titles that rivals any independent game publisher, with offerings that appeal to the explorer, adventurer, action junkie, creator and rock star in all of us.

This summer, whether playing on the Xbox 360™ videogame and entertainment system, PLAYSTATION® 3 computer entertainment system (PS3™), PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PC, Mac®, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS™ or mobile phone, players will fire up their gaming rigs and have some serious fun.

Players looking for action will hunt for the spoils of war while delivering over-top destruction in Battlefield: Bad Company™ and go for revenge in Venezuela in Mercenaries 2: World in Flames™. Those looking for world domination will control epic armies in Command & Conquer™ 3: Kane's Wrath, or for those more interested in conquering worlds beyond earth, they can explore the depths of space...
 

LittleBigPlanet closed BETA coming this summer

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326w ago - Kyle Schubel, senior producer at SCEA, has revealed that there will be a LittleBigPlanet closed BETA this summer. Schlubed confirmed that the game will "1 to 4 Players on 1 to 4 PS3s" which means "up to 4 player online and offline."

Schubel also said the game should see a full release in September or October.

To quote: Schubel confirmed the excellent multiplayer support - the game will support 1 to 4 players on 1 to 4 PS3s. That means up to 4 player online and offline. On the DLC side, there will be capacity for 1 million user-created levels on a planet, and the number of planets can be expanded.

And to filter through the inevitable mediocre (read: rubbish) levels, you'll be able to search by popularity, upload date, what your friends have been playing, other levels created by a user and ratings. Video below!



 
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