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Sony Begins New PlayStation Home Closed PS3 Beta Testing

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231w ago - Today several European users have reported receiving an invitation to participate in the latest PlayStation Home closed PS3 Beta testing.

Participants receive an access code coupled with the standard NDA agreement in the e-mail, as follows:

Dear Beta Tester,

You have been invited to take part in the Private Beta for PlayStation®Home.

This Beta is to test and obtain your feedback on changes that have been made based on suggestions by yourselves and members of the PS Home Community.

User Hells Vacancy of N4G provided the following additional details, to quote:

"For this Beta, Event Nights are taking place on select dates.

Each Event Night will concentrate on specific features in PS Home. The dates for the Event Nights are:

• Wednesday, 24th of February
• Tuesday, 2nd of March

The Event Nights will start at 8pm UK time and finish at 10pm UK time.

The PS Home Beta Servers will only be open during the above mentioned dates and times."
 

Video: Heavy Rain PlayStation 3 TV Ad Unveiled by Sony

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231w ago - Today Sony European Product Manager Alex Pavey has unveiled the official Heavy Rain PS3 TV ad on the PlayStation Blog.

To quote: Hi everyone - Heavy Rain will start hitting shelves in parts of Europe tomorrow, so I thought I'd give you a peek at the TV ad, versions of which will be running in many countries over the next few weeks.

From Director David Cage, to quote: "Heavy Rain is about normal people who have landed in extraordinary situations. I wanted a much more personal story.

The first thing that came to my mind, as a father of two little boys, was that the main theme should simply be a father's love for his son. This is not a game about saving the princess or the world. Its purely about a father's love.

The main story will revolve around four different characters, and we're putting the spotlight on their perceptions.

The question 'what is good and what is evil' is the key here, that will be just a matter of viewpoint... I believe heavily in moral choices, I'm going to use them A LOT.

They're not about being good or bad, but about finding the right balance."




 

Sony Details State of PlayStation Home for PS3 Owners in 2010

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231w ago - Today Sony's PlayStation Home Director Jack Buser has detailed the state of PS Home for PS3 owners in 2010.

To quote: As many of you know, 2009 was a big year for PlayStation Home. The millions of you that use PlayStation Home saw us transform from a 3D virtual world into a true social gaming platform with more than 50 spaces and over 100 games.

One of the biggest highlights of the year was the launch of the popular Sodium One space, which has redefined what a social game can be by combining massive action, stunning graphics and social experiences in a way never done before.

PlayStation Home has become a leader in the evolution of social games from simple 2D web games to immersive high-definition 3D experiences made possible by the tremendous horsepower of the PlayStation 3.

As we start the new year, we are not slowing down. We are adding new spaces, community events and virtual items each and every week, with many of these updates based directly on your feedback.

Last week marked an important milestone in our evolution with a new iteration of the Mall, which was heavily influenced by our community's request to have a more streamlined shopping experience.

The Mall now features stores from some of our closest partners, including Loot from [Register or Login to view links]
 

Sony PlayStation Store Update for February 18, 2010

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232w ago - Sony PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen is back with this week's PSN update today, as follows:

Hi Everyone - It's time for the weekly PlayStation Store Update. Today we launch the premiere of The Tester, a brand new original reality series on PSN. You can download Episode 1: "The Critical Eye" from the Game or the Video Store.

Price Updates

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Sale, One Week Only (now $7.49, original price $14.99)
Topatoi Permanent Price Drop (now $7.99, original price $9.99)

Ubisoft Game Sale - Ends on 3/4:

• Call of Juarez: Bound In Blood - Old West Map Pack Sale (now $5.99, original price $9.99)
• Shaun White Snowboarding The Glamour Pack Sale (now $2.49, original price $4.99)
• Shaun White Snowboarding Target Limited Edition The Glamour Pack Sale (now $2.49, original price $4.99)
• Tom Clancy's End War Faction Elite Pack Sale (now $1.99, original price $3.75)
• Brothers in Arms D-Day Sale (now $7.49, original price $14.99)
• Price of Persia Revelations Sale (now $4.99, original price $9.99)
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) Sale (now $9.99, original price $19.99)

The Tester

The Tester Season Premiere: Episode 1 "The Critical Eye"
 

Sony PlayStation Store Update for February 11, 2010

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233w ago - PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen is here with this week's PSN update, as follows:

Hi Everyone - It's time for the weekly PlayStation Store Update.

Be sure to check out the demo from the critically-acclaimed PS3 exclusive Heavy Rain, now available on the PlayStation Store. The demo features two full chapters from the game!

Special Offers

Burnout Paradise Complete Edition Bundle ($29.99)
ESRB Rated E10+
File size: 3.25 GB

Burnout Paradise Complete Downloadable Content Bundle ($19.99)
ESRB Rated E10+
File size: 700 KB

Sonic Unleashed "Unleash Your Desire" Bundle ($11.99)
ESRB Rated E10+
File size: 3.38 GB

Valkyria Chronicles "Love Conquers All" Bundle ($9.99)
ESRB Rated T
File size: 429 MB

Price Updates

• Patapon 2 Permanent Price Drop (now $14.99, original price $19.99)
• Call of Duty: World at War Map Pack Bundle Temporary Sale (now $19.99, original price $24.99)

PSone Classics

Dirt Jockey ($5.99)
Earn your license and get behind the wheel of your very own dump truck, bulldozer, wheel loader, or crane and see what it's like to operate these massive machines.
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