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Sony Announces PLAY PSN Event, Games with Special Bonuses

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155w ago - Sony Digital Distribution Manager Pierre Gravereau has announced news today of a new annual PSN event called PLAY, which will deliver action games with special bonuses to participants.

To quote: We're excited to introduce a new PlayStation Network event: PLAY. PLAY is a brand-new annual program, where we're bringing you four of the season's hottest PlayStation Network action titles.

With every purchase of a PLAY title in the PlayStation Store throughout the duration of the program, you'll receive a separate piece of DLC for each game, plus a new theme with every pre-order.

If these incentives aren't enough, if you're 18 years or older and purchase all four PLAY titles in the PlayStation Store, you'll get a voucher code for PAYDAY: The Heist as a bonus gift. And, PlayStation Plus subscribers will get an automatic 20% off every purchase.

Pre-orders will be available for all four PLAY titles starting next week on August 9 in the PlayStation Store. Remember, in order to qualify to receive PAYDAY: The Heist as a bonus gift, your purchases must be made by September 19, 2011.

PlayStation Network PLAY is going to be an annual program. Here is the 2011 line-up:

August 23: The PLAY program kicks off with Capcom's highly-anticipated [Register or Login to view links]
 

Sony European PSN Game Store Updates for August 3, 2011

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155w ago - SCEE's Ross McGrath of the PlayStation Store Team has posted up this weeks European PSN Game Store updates today with details below.

To quote: Content galore this week ranging from Digital Blu-rays right through to new minis and for once, there's too much for me to actually talk about all of it!

Ubisoft have put a few bits and pieces on sale for you for one week only, so take a look at those - as well as releasing the 10/10 Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood onto the store and available digitally for the first time.

Don't forget that as part of Plus, if you buy Assassin's Creed Brotherhood you get two of the avatars releasing today for free. There are also Plus deals on AC and ACII as well, so be sure to check those out. Square-Enix have also reduced the price of a selection of PSone Classics - have a look at the list below.

What else is new? Well, Back to the Future is finally completed this week with the release of the fifth and final episode. 3D Ultra Minigolf Adventures 2 makes an appearance again this week and this time it's here to stay - you can also get the DLC at the same time if you'd like.

ModNation Racers is finally here for download and Plus consumers also get 20% off. And if you've never tried Fat Princess (and really you should...
 

Insomniac Games Announce Resistance 3 Public PS3 Beta Dates

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156w ago - Today Senior Community Manager James Stevenson at Insomniac Games has announced the Resistance 3 public PS3 Beta dates, with early access beginning on August 4, 2011.

To quote: Many of you have been getting very excited about the chance to play Resistance 3′s competitive multiplayer modes online when the Resistance 3 Public Beta launches.

Today, we're happy to give some additional info about the launch dates for the beta.

For those of you who have received Early Access to the Public Beta via specially marked packages of SOCOM 4, we will be opening the beta to you at some point on Thursday, August 4th.

Your existing codes will be able to be redeemed via the PlayStation Store and the Redeem Code button. PlayStation Plus subscribers in the U.S. will also be invited to join the beta beginning on August 23rd. If you're a subscriber, all you'll have to do is navigate to the PlayStation Plus section of the PlayStation Store to download the beta.





The Resistance 3 Beta includes two of our major maps in the game, the Seaside of Glamorgan, Wales, as well as a Trainyard in Bogota, Colombia. The Public Beta includes two of our five multiplayer modes, Team Deathmatch and Chain Reaction (the other...
 

Video: Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One Up Your Arsenal PS3 Gameplay

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156w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment America Product Marketing Specialist Derek Osgood has posted up a new gameplay video today spotlighting Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One - Up Your Arsenal with These Tools of Destruction.

To quote: The first thing that comes to mind when most people think of Ratchet & Clank (aside from Qwark's dashing good-looks and unflappable courage) is the incredible arsenal of weaponry.

The Insomniac Games team has always prided themselves on delivering out-of-this-world weaponry that gives you all kinds of wacky ways to turn your enemies into space dust.

In honor of that long lineage of weaponry, we're kicking off our gameplay video series with four videos highlighting the weapons you'll find in Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One.

Check out this first video in the series and get a look at the Combuster, Darkstar Fission Tether, Warmonger, and Thundersmack in action.





Don't forget to keep checking back here for the rest of our Gameplay Series as we highlight a different aspect of All 4 One with each video, including the rest of the game's unique weapons!
 

Nvidia FXAA Enabled for PS3 Games via HD Capture Card and PC

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156w ago - Today [Register or Login to view links] has shared how to enable Nvidia's [Register or Login to view links] for PS3 Games using [Register or Login to view links] with an [Register or Login to view links] and PC.

To quote: Some PC gamers (myself included) like to go on about the huge image quality advantages of playing on PCs. Now, your PC can actually improve the visual quality of console-exclusive games! (outside of emulation)

I've previously posted about the small program PtBi that I use to display 360 and PS3 games. Today I added the ability to use NVidia's FXAA - thanks to them for releasing the code to the public domain and making it easy to integrate.

For those that are unaware, FXAA is a post-processing method that tries to reduce the amount of aliasing artifacts (think pixel staircase) in an image. It's similar to MLAA in that aspect. Like all post-processing methods that act purely on image data, it has some drawbacks:

- It can't handle subpixel aliasing well. (Unlike most similar methods, it at least tries to reduce it though)
- Sometimes aliasing may be detected incorrectly,...
 
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