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Sony PlayStation Store PS3 and PSN Updates for May 1, 2012

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115w ago - PlayStation Store Director Grace Chen is here with this weeks US PSN updates below, as follows:

Hi Everyone - It's a banner week for the PlayStation Store with the debut of great new titles, an out of this world PlayStation Plus update, the return of some treasured classics and much more.

Make your first stop this week with Awesomenauts. PlayStation Plus subscribers know from last week's May preview that this title is free this month starting today!

This colorfully action packed 2D online multiplayer battler with split-screen gameplay drops you in frantic online environments.

Unlock loads of new abilities and characters for your arsenal, get in on the co-op action and storm the online arenas in Awesomenauts! Read up more on the game in PlayStation.Blog's post with tons of info and screens from the game.





Then power up your PS Vita and download Mortal Kombat.

Featuring the same over the top combat and fidelity from the console release, this version brings all-new PS Vita exclusive content (kontent?) like 150 new Challenge Tower missions that incorporate the DLC characters (like Freddy Krueger!), while also integrating the front touchscreen and accelerometer in ways that...
 

Video: Sony Announces Free Realms PS3 Three Year Anniversary

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115w ago - Today Sony Producer Jose Araiza has shared a new video announcing Free Realms PS3 three year anniversary with details below!

To quote: It's been three years since Free Realms first came out, and what better time for a reminder of all the fun to be had in [Register or Login to view links] than... our third birthday!

Yes, that's right folks - Free Realms officially turned three this weekend. Can you believe it? No? Neither can we! Time flies when you're having fun!

As the first massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) for the PlayStation 3, it has been an exciting journey for us thus far and we have been beyond thrilled with the response we have gotten from the community and media.

For those that haven't jumped into the action, Free Realms is a free 3D online world for all ages where you can do whatever you want, whenever you want.

From building and decorating your own house, to inviting your friends over for a dance party, the fun is limitless in Free Realms.

As the go-to place to join up with friends, you and your friends can do everything together including battling enemies throughout the year, searching for lost treasure, dueling with other players, cooking up meals, or racing cars.



 

New Sony PS3 and PSN Releases for the Week of April 30, 2012

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115w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Specialist Rey Gutierrez is here with the new PS3, PS Vita and PSN releases for the upcoming week today!

To quote: This week's The Drop returns with a gang busters of games on PS Vita, PSN and PS3 - including PSone and PS2 classic gems. Mortal Kombat on PS Vita brings the PS3 experience and uppercuts it straight onto the palm of yours hands.

Packed with an exclusive PS Vita challenge tower, classic character costumes and all four DLC kombatants.

Hardcore FPS fans will be served with a three main entrees of destruction with Battlefield 2: Bad Company, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Both Call of Duty titles come fully packaged with DLC content, and all three FPS juggernauts are PS3 digital downloads.

On a special note, make sure to return tomorrow morning at 8 AM PST, and join God of War: Ascension game director Todd Papy, and our very own Jeff Rubenstein for a special [Register or Login to view links] event, straight from Sony Santa Monica Studios. Enjoy this week's The Drop.


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Mortal Kombat (Digital and GameCard) - After centuries of Mortal Kombat, Emperor Shao Kahn has finally defeated Raiden and his allies. Faced with...
 

Rumor: Sony PS3 Blu-ray Drive Emulation PCB in Development

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115w ago - Today we received word from Dutch site [Register or Login to view links] (ConsoleWinkel) of a rumor that a Sony PS3 Blu-ray drive emulation PCB is currently in development which will allow users to unlock their PlayStation 3 console without the use of Custom Firmware or dongles.

Reportedly they have been in contact with [Register or Login to view links] who stated a team (possibly the Wasabi or Drivekey team) is working on the PS3 Blu-ray drive emulation PCB that is slated for release later this year.

They have also speculated via e-mail that the project has been kept under tight wraps due to Sony being unable to stop this new PS3 hack via Firmware updates, meaning once it becomes public Sony's legal team will be on the warpath in full force.

Below are some concept pictures (not actual finished product pictures) from their site and the details, roughly translated as follows:

"PlayStation 3 drive emulation

No hacking, no flashing, no modding. Emulation is the future. A team is currently working on a new hack for the PlayStation 3.

The Blu-ray player, Sony's PCB has been cracked and costs can thus be gekloont. The team probably Wasabi or Wiikey team...
 

Rumor: Sony Bringing PSOne Game Emulation Support to PS Vita?

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115w ago - Update: This rumor is now confirmed as true via [Register or Login to view links] who state that PlayStation Vita version 1.8 Firmware will add PS Classics support.

To quote: "We still don't have a precise start date for PS Classics support on PlayStation Vita. But we do have something a bit more specific - a firmware version number.

Sony said today that PS Classics support will be added to Vita via the system's version 1.8 firmware update. As previously announced, this firmware update will be available some time during the Summer.

The version 1.8 firmware update was mentioned during Sony's announcement of the PlayStation 2 Game Archives service for PlayStation 3."

Today ryukyu22 has discovered PS1 Classic game Buzz Lightyear of Star Command on the PS Vita European PlayStation Store which sparked debate as to whether Sony is adding PSOne emulation support to the new handheld console.

The video game has since been removed, and below is what he said to say to quote:

"Sorry for the bad title i just didn't want to get people's hopes up as the game is not working at the moment. However, i would like to show what i did achieve.

Firstly i was happy to buy as i had money left over...
 
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