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Sony tests digital copies on DVD releases for PS3, PSP, PC

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355w ago - Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has been experimenting embedding digital copies of its movies on DVD. Wal-Mart has been exclusively offering six Sony catalog titles that have an embedded a digital copy for playback on the PSP/PS3/PC since late last month.

The embedded copies expire within three to six months of going on sale at Wal-Mart, and you must register online to obtain a code to let you use it.

Sony is apparently also hoping to raise the profile of the PSP as a movie playback device, as all you need to do is place the file on a memory stick.

To quote: The embedded copies–within Blood & Chocolate, Bobby Z, The Contractor, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth and Wind Chill–all expire within three to six months of going on sale at Wal-Mart. Additionally, titles may be offered widely at retail after 30 to 60 days. Wal-Mart has priced the discs at $13.72.

In order to enjoy these copies, buyers register online using an individual code that is included in the DVD. That registration will notify people about whether the file has timed out or not. Sony reserves the right to extend the life of the file at any time.

One possible benefit to a short-view copy is the ability to curb rampant file-sharing or copyright infringement.

In January, Sony also offered a...
 

European PS Store updates for March 6, 2008

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355w ago - The PlayStation Store has been updated once again. Will we get more than we did last week? Well, we couldn't get any less, could we?

In fact, it's not a bad update at all if you like add-ons.

The flOw expansion pack has made its way over to Europe. flOw has always been a little but of a favourite here at PS3 Attitude. When you've had a stressful day, it has a happy knack of unwinding the knots in your muscles faster than a massusse on crack - and with no pressure to have a 'happy ending'.

Guitar Hero III content is always welcome, and No Doubt is as good a track pack to have - even if it's just for 'Don't Speak'.

Here's the full list:

Add-ons

flOw expansion pack (£1.99)
Guitar Hero III - No Doubt Track Pack (£3.99)

Videos (all free)

Oblivion Shivering Isles trailer
WipEout HD trailer
Uncharted 'DJ Shadow' trailer
The Pursuit of Happyness Blu-ray movie trailer
Reign Over Me Blu-ray movie trailer
Perfect Stranger Blu-ray movie trailer

Themes (all free)
 

Sony, Microsoft discuss Blu-ray for Xbox 360

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355w ago - Sony is in talks with console rival Microsoft about offering a Blu-ray drive for the Xbox 360, according to a senior executive.

The Japanese electronics maker has until now touted Blu-ray as an advantage its PlayStation 3 holds over Microsoft's console. Microsoft has backed Toshiba's HD-DVD format and offered an HD-DVD drive that can be plugged into the 360.

But after Sony's victory last month in the high-definition DVD format war, Stan Glasgow, Sony Electronics US president, said the two sides were now talking about Microsoft adopting Blu-ray.

A Blu-ray drive in a 360 would make Microsoft more competitive with the PS3, but it would also mean extra revenues for Sony's electronics division. It would also add further cost to the 360, meaning a premium edition of the console could be necessary.

A Blu-ray drive could be incorporated in its top-of-the-range Elite Xbox, or Microsoft could again offer a drive as a plug-in peripheral.

Mr Glasgow, speaking at a media dinner, added that discussions were also taking place with Apple, which has not offered Blu-ray drives on any of its computers so far and has focused on digital media via downloads and streaming through devices such as its Apple TV.

The Sony president said he did not believe Blu-ray would be...
 

PlayStation Store Update for March 6, 2008

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355w ago - Per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PLAYSTATION Store) today:

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

Downloadable Games:
Rocketmen: Axis of Evil (free demo, $9.99 full game)
Join Nick Sion, Alec Mink and the rest of the Alliance of Free Planets in their white-knuckled, frenzied struggle to free the Solar System from the tyrannical grip of Lord Invictus and the Legion of Terra! With its distinctive cel-shaded art style, engaging storyline, RPG elements and non-stop action, this shooter promises to keep players coming back for more!
ESRB Rated E
File size: 124 MB

Add-on Game Content:
Guitar Hero III: Modern Metal Track Pack ($6.25)
"Almost Easy" as performed by Avenged Sevenfold, "The Arsonist" as performed by Thrice, "Hole in the earth" as performed by Deftones. For all song credits please visit www.redoctane.com
File size: 46.2 MB

Rock Band
Build your Rock Band library by purchasing these song game tracks. Rock Band Grateful Dead Pack 1 includes all six songs. For song credits, visit www.RockBand.com.

"Casey Jones" -Grateful Dead ($1.99) "Sugar Magnolia" -Grateful Dead ($1.99) "Truckin'" - Grateful Dead ($1.99) "Franklin's Tower" - Grateful...
 

US Air Force Wants 300 40gb PS3s

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355w ago - It looks like the United States Air Force needs some heavy research machinery at a low cost. Who do they turn to? The PlayStation 3, 300 of them to be exact.

The Air Force Research Laboratory is conducting a technology assessment of certain cell processors.

The processors in the Sony PlayStation 3 are the only brand on the market that utilizes the specific cell processor characteristics needed for this program at an acceptable cost.

At this moment it is only a Request for Proposal, in which sellers will provide price quotes to the Air Force.
 
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