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Home Free: Why 360 and Wii Owners Should Root for PS3’s Home

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352w ago - Although all three consoles of this generation offer online play, originally Microsoft stood alone in it's decision to charge Xbox gamers for the ability to join their friends in online multi-player matches.

Recently this trend has continued with the announcement of Wii Pay & Playthat will similarly charge gamers an as-of-yet-undisclosed fee to take particular Wii titles online. The PlayStation 3 stands alone as the only console that gamers are not asked to pony up any dough whatsoever for online multi-player support.

At present, Microsoft feels confident that the market can sustain the $50 they ask of their Gold members annually. After all, Xbox LIVE offers 360 owners a few things console gamers can't get elsewhere, like player screening, TrueSkill matchmaking, and a reputation system that encourages everybody to play nice.

Regardless of whether or not you feel the subscription fee is justified, Microsoft's success with their LIVE service established an important precedent: It's OK to charge people to play games with one another. Sony has been promoting the fact that they don't charge people to use the PlayStation Network, but currently the PS3's online gaming experience is lacking many of LIVE's popular features, prompting many Xbox fans to declare, "You get what you pay...
 

Resistance 2 like you’ve never seen it before

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352w ago - Here's a little bit of delicious eye candy for all you Resistance fans - Resistance 2 screenshots in extreme size. And by extreme size I mean extreme size - ~5,000px times ~3,000px. We also have them available in 10,000px x 5,000px, but...you know...that would be ridiculous.

Brace yourself though, these images reveal that the game doesn't look quite as good as previously thought. The images we've seen so far are obviously smaller versions of the same shots, and when resizing images this huge, the visual flaws tend to get hidden up pretty well.

Update / Ok, a lot of people seem to think we resized the old images and made them 7 times bigger or something. Rest easy, we did not. As said earlier in this post, the original images were 10,000px in size. And they were released in this form by Sony themselves, so we in fact sized them down 50% to approx. 5,000px so they wouldn't be too ridiculously huge. The point was to give the fans of the R franchise a very detailed look at R2. As Sony probably wanted when they released them in this über-size.
 

PlayStation Store getting a new look on April 15

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352w ago - Sony revealed today that they are sprucing up the PlayStation Store's graphical user interface. They plan to have it up when they release Gran Turismo 5 Prologue on April 15.

It is rumored that it will look a bit like the SingStore and navigation for the site will be via icons at the bottom of the store.

To quote: PlayStation Store Getting Overhauled In April
While Metal Gear Solid 4, DualShock 3 and God of War news may have dominated our Destination PlayStation coverage, one other interesting leak came out of the retailer conference.

According to sources there, the PlayStation Store is finally getting a graphical user interface overhaul, one planned to arrive alongside Gran Turismo 5 Prologue on April 15. The revamp of the PlayStation Store is said to give it a look more in tune with the SingStore, pictured above, which is already accessible from the PlayStation 3 version of SingStar.

Details were light on the change, but beyond a coat of paint, word was that navigation would change to a series of icons running along the bottom of the interface. We don't have official confirmation on this one yet, so consider it rumor for now.
 

Official: Sony Announces Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3 Bundle

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352w ago - Confirming reports coming in from the PlayStation Destination trade show event, Sony today officially announced that it plans to introduce a Metal Gear Solid 4 bundle package in North America.

The bundle will include a base PlayStation 3 console equipped with an 80 GB hard drive, a copy of Metal Gear Solid 4, and a DualShock 3 controller.

MSRP for the bundle is $499.99 and it is expected to hit store shelves in Q2 2008.

Press Release: SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA INTRODUCES METAL GEAR SOLID4: GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS PS3 BUNDLE AVAILABLE IN LATE Q2 2008 IN NORTH AMERICA

Company Also Announces Limited-Edition God of War PSP Entertainment Pack and April Availability of DUALSHOCK3 Wireless Controller for North America

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., February 26, 2008 - At its annual retail and publisher conference Destination PlayStation, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) announced details of upcoming PLAYSTATION3 (PS3™) and PSP (PlayStationPortable) (PSP-2000) hardware bundles with two of the most highly anticipated 2008 titles. The company also announced the April 2008 availability of DUALSHOCK3 wireless controller in North America.

To coincide with the much-anticipated North American launch of Metal Gear Solid4: Guns of the Patriots...
 

DualShock 3 US Release Date Revealed

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352w ago - Sony announced at today's PlayStation Destination conference that the DualShock 3 controller has received a solid US release date. The controller is set to launch on April 15 at an MSRP of $54.99.

To quote: We have more word from retailer conference Destination PlayStation: the DualShock 3–you know, that DualShock we've been waiting for since the PS3's launch–has gotten a US release date.

Set to launch April 15th for $54.99, it's slated to coincide with the release of GT5 Prologue. Oh yes, feel those engines roar through your controller and make your SIXAXIS-wielding friends envious...like they're just playing a video game or something.
 
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