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Sony on Virtua Tennis 4 & PlayStation Move, Hits PS3 Spring 2011

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231w ago - SCEE Blog Manager James Gallagher has shared details on Virtua Tennis 4 and PlayStation Move today, and confirmed it will be hitting the PS3 entertainment system in Spring 2011.

To quote: I recently spoke to the game's Executive Producer, Mie Kumagai, and asked why she had chosen to develop a tennis game when she served us the first in the Virtua Tennis series, back in 1999.

"When we first started the series, we wanted to make a casual arcade game that everyone could pick up and enjoy," she said.

"Sport seemed like a good place to start because it appeals to many people that wouldn't usually play games. That was the start of the series, but we reached a point where we were looking for something new; it's around this time that we heard about PlayStation Move."

Virtua Tennis 4 lets you step into the shoes of some of the world's best tennis pros. Every swing of the racquet can be performed with the PlayStation Move motion controller and you can judge the approach of the ball better than ever, thanks to stereoscopic 3D support. I asked Kumagai for her thoughts on Move and her philosophy behind working with a motion controller.

"I saw PlayStation Move at quite an early stage in its development," she replied, "and I remember being curious...
 

OzMods on PS3 Homebrew, PS JailBreak Contains No Sony Code

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231w ago - Yesterday we reported that Sony halted PS JailBreak Australian sales and distribution, and today OzMods (linked above) confirms PS3 homebrew will still arrive next week while the PS JailBreak folks stand by their claim that the PlayStation 3 modchip contains no Sony code.

Below is an image from the PS JailBreak discussion via ConsoleWinkel.nl and OzMods full statement, to quote:

"28/08/2010 - Hello Everyone. On Friday the 27/08/2010 we where given some documents from the Lawyers representing Sony. The documents are Federal Court orders for a temporary injunction.

The Injunction states that from 24 hours of receiving the documents to the 31st of August OzModChips, Quantronics, Modsupplier and anyone else in Australia:

• Give up all stock in our possession, including our sample

I guess it was lucky that the device was delayed by a couple of days. While many people that have received their sample and sent it off to cloners....we sent ours to a well known homebrew developer.

The developer we picked showed us various homebrew applications that he had already developed for ps3 dev units, that he wants to port over to retail units. Yes, PS3 homebrew...
 

Sony Announces PSN Maintenance is Planned for August 30, 2010

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231w ago - SCEE Blog Manager James Gallagher has announced today that PSN will be down for planned PlayStation Network maintenance this Monday- August 30, 2010.

To quote: PlayStation Network will undergo routine maintenance on Monday 30 August between the hours of 08:00 and 21:00 BST.

During this time you will not be able to access PlayStation Store, PlayStation Home or any part of Account Management, such as your Download List.

However, you should be able to play games online and sign-in here on the PlayStation Blog, at eu.playstation.com and on the official PlayStation forums.

If you have any questions or experience any problems, please head to the official PlayStation forums.
 

Sony Outlines More Exclusive Extras for PlayStation Plus Members

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232w ago - Recently Sony revealed some exclusive extras for PlayStation Plus members including Mushroom Wars/2Xtreme and PlayStation Protection Plan Discounts, and today PlayStation Network Product Manager James Thorpe has outlined more!

To quote: Back again just to let you know that we have managed to secure another early demo for PS Plus members.

From the 25th August, Plus members will have early access to the latest demo of R.U.S.E.

This is exclusive to Plus members until the 1st Sept, when the demo will be available on the Store.

As with the last demo, you will be able to download this from the Plus section of the Store or you will get it via Automatic Downloads if you have this feature switched on.

Will let you know as soon as we have more little treats for you during the coming months.
 

Sony Unveils a Preview of FirstPlay Episode 21 for PlayStation 3

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232w ago - Sony Associate Editor Nathan Ditum has unveiled a preview of FirstPlay Episode 21 today for PlayStation 3, which arrives on PSN this Wednesday.

To quote: Coming up in episode 21 of FirstPlay this Wednesday we have a review of scuzzy crime sequel Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, as well as a Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow hands-on with all-new footage, and a preview of the PlayStation Move's launch line-up.

On top of that we've got a review of super-addictive PSN car-scrapper TNT Racers, a look at Modern Warfare 2 and Battlefield: Bad Company's recent DLC, a round-up of the latest PSP comics releases and a look back at what made the original Dead Space so scary.

Oh, and we've also got our regular selection of screenshots, this week including Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock, Operation Flashpoint: Red River, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine and WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2011.

All of this comes at our regular price of 99p per episode, which works out at less than 75p if you take out a 90-day subscription for £8.99.

See the Future of PS3. First.
 
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