121w ago - PlayStation Store Director Grace Chen is here with this weeks US PSN updates today, as follows:
The first title of PlayStation Network PLAY is finally here! Street Fighter 3: Third Strike Online Edition hits the PlayStation Store today.
As part of PSN PLAY, purchase this title before 9/19/2011 and receive free access to DLC in the form of Gill, the self-proclaimed god, without having to beat the game with every character.
For those that pre-ordered, check your XMB messages and hit the link to start your download; or simply head into the Store and download.
As a reminder, you can still pre-order the other titles of PSN PLAY to get your extra gift. The Baconing, BloodRayne: Betrayal, and Renegade Ops are all in the wings, along with 20% PlayStation Plus discounts for each if pre-ordered or purchased before 9/19/2011.
Other notable PSN releases include Hamilton's Great Adventure. Navigate the gorgeous environments of this harrowing platformer/puzzler in the demo, or purchase the full game. The 16-bit classic Comix Zone is also now available for all PSN to download with full Trophy support.
For PlayStation Plus subscribers, get in on the Resistance 3 action with access to the Multiplayer Beta, which includes two major maps in the game: the Seaside...
121w ago - Sony Associate Producer Jenny Barbour has announced that SingStar Song Packs will be coming to PSN today.
Below are all the details, to quote: I'm happy to tell you that starting today you'll be able to expand your SingStar track library by purchasing a great selection of downloadable SingStar Song Packs that were previously only available on the SingStore via the PlayStation Store as well in the U.S. and Canada.
To start, you'll be able to choose from 49 packs including party-starting essentials like the Britney Spears, Bon Jovi: Rock, The Jackson 5 and Alternative 80s Song Packs. Each pack has five songs and will be available for download via PSN for $6.99.
Additional SingStore Song Packs will be coming to PSN soon; but for now, check out the full list of packs that will be available today!
Motor City Soul
80s Part 2
Essentials: For Boys
Essentials: For Girls
Essentials: Party Starters
Essentials: Pop Classics
121w ago - Today Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida told Eurogamer.net (linked above) that they plan to shift to the next-generation PS4 console once developers can't get anything else out of the PlayStation 3 console.
As previously reported, the PlayStation 4 is also expected to launch after Microsoft's new XBox console currently slated for 2013.
To quote: "Sony will launch its next generation home console when developers are unable to improve the games they make, a senior executive at the company has said.
When that happens, Sony will have to "seriously consider" launching the PlayStation 4, worldwide studios boss Shuhei Yoshida told Eurogamer.
"Looking at the platform cycle, when the platform becomes something game developers are not able to improve their creations with, that's the time we have to really seriously consider shifting to the next generation," Yoshida said.
While Microsoft is rumored to be preparing to launch its new Xbox in 2013, we've heard little about Sony's next home console.
Sony has insisted its focus is on the PS3, which recently enjoyed a price cut, and the PS Vita, due out in Europe early next year.
122w 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...
122w 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."