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Sony Announces Early 2008 Line-Up

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354w ago - Make no mistakes about it, Sony is not joking around when it comes down to first party releases. Having come off a solid holiday line up, including blockbusters like Uncharted, Warhawk, and Ratchet and Clank, SCEA has wasted no time in announcing their early 2008 offerings.

The great news here is that they've made MLB 08: The Show official, as you may have read in Ben's piece. This is great news because this year's MLB 07 was a fantastic game, but MLB 08 looks to improve in virtually every facet, with a visual overhaul to boot. Moreover, we're finally getting a WipeOut HD release date: early next year it is, which usually indicates a period between January and February.

Of course, for those pining for the smell of burnt rubber, Gran Turismo 5: Prologue will arrive within the first quarter of 2008 (we predict March). To top things off, the PSP's God of War: Chains of Olympus will also hit in March, so keep an eye out for that.

Below you'll find Sony's current line-up, much of which, you should notice will arrive before the Spring:

PS3/PSN
MLB: The Show 08 (PS3) - Spring 08
Hot Shots Golf 5 (PS3) - March 08
Wipeout HD (PSN) - Early 08
Rat Race (PSN) - Winter 07/08
echochrome (PSN) - Q1 2008
Grant Turismo 5: Prologue (PS3/PSN) - Q1 2008
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Sony DualShock3 Stateside in early 2008

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354w ago - We were just alerted to an "easter egg" of sorts hidden in plain site in the text of the PS3 firmware 2.01 update released on November 20th.

It's not much, but an asterisked notation for "Vibration Function" says that the DualShock3 will be "Available for purchase in early 2008."

Goodish news for those of you having trouble acquiring the rumbler from Japanese importers.
 

Bioshock scoops game of the year

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354w ago - Action thriller Bioshock has been awarded game of the year at the Spike TV awards in Las Vegas.

The underwater adventure, widely praised for its storyline and production values, also won the prize for best Xbox 360 title and best score.

It beat high-profile titles such as Halo 3, Mass Effect and The Orange Box to win the top prize.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare won the awards for best shooter and best military game.

Actor Samuel L. Jackson hosted the awards, which were broadcast on cable channel Spike TV.

Nintendo title Super Mario Galaxy, which has been feted with a series of near-perfect review scores, won for best action game and best Wii game, while science fiction epic Mass Effect won best RPG and PC title Crysis won for best graphics.

Blockbuster title Halo 3 picked up two awards, for best multiplayer and most addictive game. The Orange Box, a compendium of Half-Life 2 titles, 3D puzzler Portal and online game Team Fortress, was named PC game of the year.

Other highlights included Colin McRae: DiRT picking up the best driving game prize, Ratchet and Clank winning the best PlayStation 3 prize, and Portal chosen as the breakthrough technology winner.
 

Rumor: PlayStation Home launching on April 1st 2008

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354w ago - Reports are indicating that the Sony CEO Howard Stringer has noted that Playstation Home will be aiming for a Spring 2008 release. The revelation comes as Stringer was upbeat about the PS3's future to connect to connect and network with other devices.

To quote: To this end he is also being reported as stating that the network overhaul will be open to third-party developers and will launch on April 1st 2008. Now, back at the Tokyo Game Show in September we reported the keynote speech of Sony Computer Entertainment president Kaz Hirai, during which he stated that the company was aiming for a Spring 2008 launch for PlayStation Home.

April 1st is Spring 2008 as far as we're concerned. Stringer is, as we said, rather upbeat about the PS3's online future not only stating that it will enable the PS3 to connect with other devices such as mobile phones, but also that network "puts us in the direct line of Apple and Microsoft".
 

PlayStation 3 Theme Builder v2.1 released!

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354w ago - Sbcroix has updated PS3 Theme Builder today! As always, changes are detailed below:

Download: PS3 Theme Builder v2.1

  • Added Support for including Sound effects into your theme.
  • Added XMB background to the previews.
  • Added color to the previews.
  • Fixed German / Spanish bug causing the update dialog to always display.
  • Fixed Pointer Icon Delete button.
  • Fixed Background Set Add button (it's now consistent).
  • Fixed assembly version. The application was reporting it was version 1.6.0.1 in the about box when it was actually 2.0.0.0, now it's 2.1.0.0
  • Some error messages were showing a rn in the middle.... I fixed that.
  • Moved the "Test Drive" button so it can be used easily on any tab.
  • Added support to upload to themes - this returns BB / HTML code you can use to post your theme out on the tubes.

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