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Sony Talks Firmware: What's in Store for PSP and PlayStation 3

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308w ago - Version 5.0 and Version 2.5 of their respective Firmwares gave the PSP and the PS3 some much asked-for features. So what's in store for Sony's PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3 consoles?

For answers, we turn to Munechika Nishida, who posted his latest Random Tracking column to Impress Watch over the weekend.

This time around, the well-connected technology writer managed to get commentary from Naoya Matsui, Koujiro Umemura, Masaki Takase, and Shinji Noda, all high ranking Sony Computer Entertainment employees directly responsible for firmware and network issues regarding the PS3 and PSP.

The column first recapped some of the major points of the recent firwmare updates, with particular attention given to the inclusion of Flash 9 support in the PS3. This was a heavily requested feature, said Matsui, with Japanese fans hoping to view videos from Nico Nico Video, a Japanese version of YouTube.

Sony has actually been working on Flash 9 support for quite some time -- as far back as late last year. To get it running on the PS3, Sony ended up customizing a separate Flash implementation that was provided to it by Adobe.

For a sense of how computationally intensive some areas of Flash 9 can be, you...
 

PlayStation Store Update (US) for October 23, 2008

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309w ago - Per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PlayStation Store) today:

Hey, everyone. It's time again for the PlayStation Store weekly update.

Downloadable Games
Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One ($14.99)
The first installment in the RPG-adventure game series based on the web comic Penny Arcade. Create your character in the classic comic style, and join Gabe and Tycho in the alternate 1920s universe of New Arcadia, where you'll combat savage enemies, solve mysteries, meet bizarre new characters, and discover their distinctive adult humor for a 100% authentic Penny Arcade experience!
ESRB Rated M
File size: 215 MB

Prince of Persia Classic ($9.99)
The original action adventure game comes to the PlayStation Network! Rescue the Princess from the clutches of the evil Jaffar in a redux of the original 1989 action-adventure that redefined the platform genre. All set for the HD-era, this enhanced and updated version features new character designs, animations, visuals, and lighting effects, all brought to you in glorious 1080p!
ESRB Rated T
File size: 117 MB

Add-on Game Content
BUZZ! Quiz TV Horror Pack ($5.99)
Scare away any challengers to your trivia crown with horror movie questions....
 

European PlayStation Store Update for October 23, 2008

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309w ago - This week, the PlayStation Network is home old classics like Prince of Persia Classic and Crash Bandicoot: Warped.

The update also features demos for one of the best basketball games to date, as well as a top-notch wrestling title. Add to that a massive Rock Band update and you're looking at one of the best European updates in recent memory.

Playable Content

- Prince of Persia Classic full game (£7.99/€9.99)
- Novastrike full game (£6.29/€7.99)
- Crash Bandicoot: Warped PS1 game (£3.99/€4.99)
- WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2009 demo
- NBA 2K9 demo

Add-on Content

- SoulCalibur IV Yoda add-on character (£3.19/€3.99)
- Buzz! Quiz TV "Horror Movies" add-on pack (£3.99/€4.99)
- Dead Space "Obsidion Suit" add-on
- Dead Space "Scorpion Suit" add-on (£2.39/€2.99)
- Rock Band DLC (listed after the break)
- Civilization Revolution "Scenario Pack - The Victory Pack" (£0.79/€0.99)
- Civilization Revolution "Scenario Pack - Survival" (£0.79/€0.99)
- Civilization Revolution "Map Pack - Brave New World" (free)
- Civilization Revolution "Map Pack - The Surreal" (free)
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 "Spyglass Hill" pack (£6.29/€7.99)
- Mega Man 9 "Hero Mode" (£1.19/€1.49)
 

Mortal Kombat 2 Pulled from PlayStation Store

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309w ago - Update: Apparently, the European PSN store still has the title on its list. However, the American store doesn't even show it on the download history.

It looks like Mortal Kombat fanatics won't be getting their kicks from the franchise's early releases for a while as Midway Games' Mortal Kombat 2 has been pulled from the PlayStation Store.

What's even worse is that the game's been removed so completely that it doesn't even show up on users' recently downloaded lists, so reinstalling it is no longer an option.

There is a bit of good news, though. According to a Sony PR guy, the removal was due to an issue that occurred after the firmware 2.50 update.

The Sony rep also said that the game will be back on the store as soon as it's fixed.
 

PlayStation Store (US) Update for October 16th, 2008

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310w ago - Per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PLAYSTATION Store) today:

Hey, everyone. It's time again for the PlayStation Store weekly update.

Downloadable Games

SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation ($39.99)
Alone I am Lethal. As a Team I Dominate. SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation deploys you online into intense and unpredictable 32-player battles where it's better to fight as a team than it is to be a hero. Battle teams across the world, earn your Community stripes and become the ultimate Spec Ops squad.
ESRB Rated M
File size: 2.65 GB
PS1 Classics

Sno-Cross Championship Racing ($5.99)
Welcome to Sno-Cross Championship Racing! Join extreme sled racers from three different leagues as they hit some of the toughest snow-covered slopes in the world! Featuring 12 real Yamaha racing sleds and seven racing locations with changing weather and daylight conditions. Customize your sleds and even make custom track layouts!
ESRB Rated E
File size: 174 MB

Add-on Game Content

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 09 Spyglass Hill Golf Course ($7.49)
Discover Pebble Beach's hidden gem, Spyglass Hill. This course is consistently ranked as one of America's Greatest Public Courses and is known for having some of the toughest...
 
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