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Sony Announces PhyreEngine is Expanding to PSP at GDC 2010

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246w ago - Today Sony has announced at GDC 2010 that PhyreEngine is expanding to the PSP for developers.

For those unaware, PhyreEngine for the PS3 is an advanced graphics rendering engine used by developers on a number of Blu-ray disc based titles as well as downloadable games from the PlayStation Store.

It has been used for titles including Critter Crunch, Flower and Shatter.

To quote: "We're very happy to see the continued popularity of PhyreEngine with the global game developer community" SCEI senior VP of technology Teiji Yutaka said.

"PhyreEngine for PSP was developed in response to requests from the game developer community, and we hope that the release of the PSP version demonstrates our commitment and support for game developers on all our platforms."

PhryeEngine for the PSP and a game demo "Tunnel Vision" will be on display all week at the SCE booth at GDC.
 

Mega Man 3 Joins PSOne Classics for PS3 and PSP on PSN in April

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246w ago - Today Siliconera.com (linked above) has revealed that Mega Man 3 is joining the PSOne Classics for PS3 and PSP on PSN in April, 2010.

Fans of the series will be pleased to know Mega Man 3 will be hitting Japan's PlayStation Store sometime next month!

This version will include re-done menus, tips from Protoman while playing, a 'hard' mode and an assortment of various illustrations.

To quote: "Features in this edition of Mega Man 3 include a revamped menus, in-game tips from Protoman, hard mode, a boss rush, and a collection of illustrations.

You can get Mega Man 3 from Japan's PlayStation Store sometime in April or, if you're really lucky, win it by purchasing Mega Man 10.

Fifty people that buy Mega Man 10 from PSN between March 9 and 23 will win a digital download of Mega Man 3. Unfortunately, this promotion is only for Japan, or perhaps those with Japan region PSN accounts."
 

PSP Phone Coming, Sony Labels PlayStation Device as Speculation

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247w ago - A PSP Phone has been rumored for quite some time now to compete with Apple, and now the [Register or Login to view links] is reporting that a portable PlayStation device which shares characteristics of netbooks, electronic-book readers and handheld-game machines is indeed coming from Sony.

The device is designed to compete against multifunction products such as Apple's iPad tablet and the smartphone from Sony will allegedly be able to access downloadable games, movies and music, just like the iPhone.

As expected, Sony has [Register or Login to view links] the news as 'speculation' only, and noted that it is not their policy to discuss potential products prior to an official announcement.

To quote: "As already announced, Sony (including SCE) and Sony Ericsson have been strengthening their collaboration in the networked mobile space.

However, it is not our strategy to discuss future products or business plan before we make a formal announcement. Any media report that suggests details of the product or business is based on speculation."
 

Sony PSP Digital Comics Store Update for March 4, 2010

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247w ago - SCEE Digital Comics Team Designer Pete Stott has revealed the Sony PSP Digital Comics Store update for this week.

To quote: Suddenly... there were over 1000 comics. Yes that's right there are now over 1000 comics available via the [Register or Login to view links] store! I was going to say gotta catch 'em all, but I understand someone else got there first.

On to this week's highlights:

Marvel introduces us to the first ever appearance of Iron Man in Tales of Suspense (1963). Plus they have more Wolverine and X-Men.

IDW releases the second Army of Two comic and we see the first of a new series "Weekly World News". Written by Chris Ryall with art by Alan Robinson, Weekly World News is a 4 part mini series inspired by the famous American tabloid. It also comes with some great audio commentary, read an interview with Chris [Register or Login to view links].

Star Trek fans are in for a treat with the beautiful Star Trek: Nero which is set in the 25 years between the movie's opening sequence and the rise of James T. Kirk.

Locke & Key continues to be the first comic I download and read each week, I highly recommend it. Also, I hear it on good authority...
 

Video: Rocket Racing PS3 and PSP Mini Comes to PSN Next Week

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247w ago - Halfbrick's Phil Larsen has shared a video today showcasing Rocket Racing which will be coming to PSN as a PS3 and PSP Mini game next week.

To quote: [Register or Login to view links] is the next title to hit PSP minis from Halfbrick, and I'm excited to announce that it will be released next Thursday, March 11.

Rocket Racing has been developed from the ground up, combining high-speed futuristic racing with classic top-down gameplay, which is a perfect fit for minis.

Each track has been designed with a unique twist, suspended high in the air above the clouds and cityscapes to give players a light and almost surreal feeling as they drift around the crisp, detailed courses.

Challenge Mode is the main backbone of gameplay, giving players a number of tasks to complete over six different tiers. Completing once challenge with its specific objectives will unlock adjacent challenges along the tier, so players can choose their own path to the final race.





A key part of racing is the ability to grind. Grinding is a new concept which involves positioning your rockets against the outer walls of the tracks. This opposing force will give you a speed boost as well...
 
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