120w ago - After being included on countless PlayStation 3 fans wishlists and even news that PS Vita will include it, today Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida admitted cross-game chat is not possible on the PS3 due to memory restrictions.
To quote from Eurogamer.net (linked above): "Cross-game voice chat is not possible on the PlayStation 3 because of memory restrictions, Sony has revealed.
The PS3's RAM is gobbled up by the games it runs, which prevents the much-desired feature from being implemented, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida told Eurogamer.
"Once a game gets RAM we never give it back," he said. "It's not possible to retrofit something like that after the fact."
Vita has 512MB of RAM and 128MB of V-RAM, compared to the PS3's 256MB of system RAM and 256MB of video RAM. This enables features such as cross-game voice chat to run in the background while games are being played.
On the PS3, however, things are different. "The game has to use its own memory to do [in-game voice chat].
There's always voice chat in the game. But it's a part of a game feature. It's not a part of an OS feature. That's the reason...
120w ago - Today Examiner.com (linked above) reports that a leaked Sony R&D presentation PDF File (BuildingCommunitywithPlayStationNetwork.pdf) has revealed PS3-Vita connectivity, save sharing and more through PlayStation Network.
In addition, features such as voice chat and messaging along with remote play will also be available. Those interested can check out some slides from the SCEE R&D presentation HERE.
To quote: "Today a PDF file was discovered from a Keynote given at Develop in Brighton, the PDF reveals plans for Vita and how the new portable will interact with other Vita's locally and over the internet, what services the handheld will feature, DLC, as well as how the Vita and PS3 can interact - Vita as a PS3 controller but using Vita's unique features to enhance the game experience and several others are touched on.
The PDF document also details Vita's communication modes and how it will interact with the PlayStation Network, future updates, information on cross-platform play, cross-game chat, and much more."
120w ago - Today Sony has announced that they are bringing 99-cent movie and TV rentals to the PlayStation Store.
Below is the official Press Release, and to quote from JoyStiq on the news:
Sony has announced that the $0.99 movie and television rental program will become a permanent part of PlayStation Network. Every Tuesday, a selection of movie and TV rentals will see a week-long discount to $0.99 for SD versions and $1.99 for HD versions.
Press Release: PLAYSTATION NETWORK ANNOUNCES NEW 99¢ MOVIE RENTAL PROGRAM
99¢ Movies Also Available on a Variety of Sony Network Entertainment Devices
August 16, 2011 - Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) and Sony Network Entertainment (SNEI) today announced that its 99¢ movie rental program is coming back to the PlayStation Store in both the United States and Canada.
Beginning today, PlayStation Network users can rent a selection of movies and TV shows for 99¢ (SD) and $1.99 (HD) through the video section of the PlayStation Store.
The storefronts will refresh the content available with new titles every Tuesday, and the movies discounted the previous week will return to their original price.
Since its initial debut in July 2011, the 99¢ movie rental program has been one of the most...
120w ago - Sony PlayStation Store Director Grace Chen is here with this weeks US PSN updates today, as follows:
Exciting news for Qore this month. With today's Store update, this month's episode of Qore will be available for free!
While PlayStation Plus subscribers were able to get it first and free, all PSN members can now delve into unparalleled behind-the-scenes access to Resistance 3, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and Dead Island; all part of this month's Qore, hosted by Veronica Belmont.
If you've never had the chance to watch Qore, download it for free today and see what you've been missing.
This week brings some great content including Medal of Honor: Frontline! Battle your way across Europe during WWII as Lt. Jimmy Patterson in this HD re-mastered version of the critically acclaimed original.
In PSOne Classic news, the beautiful RPG adventure Breath of Fire IV hits today. PlayStation Plus is also helping celebrate the Breath of Fire IV PSOne Classic release with an exclusive avatar bundle; available this week for Plus members.
In the add-ons department, grab the Brink: Fallout and Spec-Ops Bundle allowing you to extend your customization options further; or go with the Little Big Planet 2 Toy Story 2 Costume Pack and dress your Sackboy up as Woody,...
120w ago - Not to be confused with the upcoming PS Vita, today SCEE's James Gallagher has announced news at Gamescom of a new PSP E-1000 handheld console.
To quote: While most attendees to the SCEE press conference at Gamescom will have anticipated some announcements around PlayStation Vita, our upcoming next generation portable, few would have predicted the unveil of the brand new PSP E-1000.
Value for money is the goal with this new model that will retail at just €99.99 (RRP), accompanied by an exciting range of PSP Essentials titles that will retail at only €9.99 (RRP) and will include Invizimals: The Lost Tribe, EyePet Adventures, FIFA 12 and many more.
While PSP E-1000 does not include Wi-Fi, it will still provides access to the full catalogue of PSP games either on UMD or from PlayStation Store via Media Go. The design is also slightly different, with a Charcoal Black finish - the same as on the slimmer PS3 model - to give more of a matte feel.
PSP E-1000 will be available across PAL. But that's not all that was announced at the SCEE gamescom press conference - be sure to read our posts on...