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Sony Explains Importance of First-Party Exclusives

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337w ago - First-party exclusives are getting rarer these days, with staggered releases being the preferred method of temporary exclusivity by publishers.

Sony head honcho Shuhei Yoshida recently talked about how the new dynamic makes first-party exclusive titles that much more important for the company.

"In this generation, it costs much more to develop one product, it's just natural for third-party publishers trying to recoup the investment from multiple platforms," he told ThreeSpeech.

"I think that's pure economic pressure, pushing most of the third parties to move from some exclusive games to more multi-platform titles."

"Because we know that is the trend, we, as a company, can invest in our first-party studios; in terms of exclusives, our role becomes more important," explained Yoshida.
 

Official PS3 Firmware v2.40 Walkthrough Part 2: Trophies

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338w ago - Hello again, everyone! Very recently, we demonstrated a major new function enabled in PLAYSTATION 3 firmware v2.40: XMB access in-game. But that's only part of the story, as the next system software update also introduces the Trophy system to the PS3. This video demonstration shows the system in action.

Super Stardust HD, a PLAYSTATION Network-exclusive released in June 2007, will be the first game to leverage Trophies and will offer a variety of trophies. Trophy support in Super Stardust HD will be available for first-time users who purchase the game soon after firmware v2.40 is released, while those who previously purchased and downloaded the title will be prompted to install a free patch.





PS3 users can expect to see additional games bringing Trophies support to their feature sets through 2008 and beyond, providing even greater opportunity to showcase their accomplishments and compete with friends. The following first-party games are also slated to offer Trophy support:

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Official PS3 Firmware v2.40 Walkthrough Part 1: the XMB

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338w ago - The Firmware update PlayStation 3 owners across the globe have been waiting for is nearly here. In part one of a video walkthrough posted on the PlayStation Blog, PSN director Eric Lempel gives us a detailed preview of the impending 2.4 Firmware update, highlighting the much requested in-game XMB access feature.

To quote: Hi everyone! We know you're all patiently waiting for the next PS3 firmware update, v2.40, which includes XMB access in-game and Trophy support. The good news is that it's coming soon, and you can now see how accessing the XMB from in-game will work in this video demo.





Shortly, we'll be posting another video here on the PlayStation.Blog that shows the Trophy feature in action for the first time. At that time we'll provide even more details on how firmware v2.40 will enhance your PLAYSTATION 3 experience.
 

Sony starting US movie download service for PS3 this summer

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338w 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.
 

Electronic Arts Confirms E3 2008 Line-up

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339w ago - An invite to the Electronic Arts E3 festivities has just landed in my inbox, and it confirms what games they will be showing off. The list incudes the no brainers like their 2009 sports lineup, but more importantly their rapidly approaching new IP's like Dead Space and Mirror's Edge.

There is even something in there for the MMORPGerphile... full list below:

- NCAA 2009
- Madden NFL 2009
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2009
- NBA Live 2009
- Lord of the Rings
- SimCity Creator
- Crysis
- Harry Potter
- Half Blood Prince
- Skate it
- C&C Red Alert
- Littlest Pet Shop
- Family Game Night
- Facebreaker
- My Sims
- My Sims Kingdom
- Spore
- Mercenaries 2
- Mirrors Edge
- Dead Space
- Warhammer Online
- Mobile & iPhone titles
 
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