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Sony brings PlayStation 3 interface to the big screen

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332w ago - Sony declares "game on" as Adam Turner discovers the PS3's menu system is now built into Bravia televisions.

The user interface seems to be an afterthought on many consumer electronic devices, but Sony has obviously had its UI boffins working overtime (playing games consoles - nice work if you can get it).

They've decided that the XMB (Xross Media Bar) menu system used by the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable is more friendly that the menus used by Sony's big-arse Bravia LCD televisions, so the new generation of Bravias will utilise the PS3's menu system.

The old Bravias were designed around a standard tree-like menu system, with options opening up to the right as you scroll down through the categories. The Bravia's Xross Media Bar menus are built around a similar concept, the menus are sightly more animated but it still requires you to scroll down through categories as your options pop up on the right.

The Xross Media Bar actually has a similar look and feel to the Vista Media Centre interface and even the changes in Windows Mobile 6.1.

The Bravia's move to Xross Media Bar is more cosmetic than functional, yet I can't deny that I prefer it over the old Bravia menus. Smooth and responsive menus reduce the feeling that you're fighting with a device....
 

Sony's DualShock 3 Controller for PS3 finally arrives

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333w ago - When Sony Computer Entertainment's behemoth, the PlayStation3 (PS3) launched locally back in March last year, one missing feature from earlier PlayStation console systems was the rumbling controller.

While the PS3's new wireless SIXAXIS controller debuted in all its motion-sensing glory, the vibrating feature wasn't included due to legal action at the time that saw both Microsoft and Sony being sued for a patent infringement to do with the technology both of their consoles controllers used. While Microsoft settled out of court by purchasing shares in the company Immersion, Sony chose to fight on defending their case.

Though fast forward a few months and $100 million later and Sony too has settled its differences with Immersion, which cleared the path for them to release the game controller that should have shipped with the PS3 in the first place, the DualShock 3.

Featuring exactly the same physical look, shape and tilting-goodness as the SIXAXIS controller, the only things that tell these two apart are a subtle insignia and the weight difference with the heavier DualShock 3 now a more comfortable 190g.

There's currently over 60 PS3 titles that support the DualShock3, either automatically or after a downloadable patch and naturally any new titles are going to be rumble-ready.
 

Sony stops work on Eight Days and The Getaway

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333w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment has announced that it has cancelled production on two PlayStation 3 titles that were in development at the Sony London Studio - Eight Days and The Getaway.

A statement from the Corporation read as follows: "It has been agreed that production of both Eight Days and The Getaway will cease immediately due to the redistribution of resources and budget.

This decision was made following an internal review of all games and it was deemed that with the incredibly strong list of exclusive first party titles coming up both this year and in the near future, resource should be reallocated to enhance those projects closer to completion.
 

Sony: Qore won't affect availability of great content on PSN

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334w ago - A Qore introduction video is available below, and Sony rep amurphy has already responded to some of the angry comments on its US Blog about its monthly lifestyle gaming program 'Qore'.

One comment asked if demos were going to be exclusive to Qore from now on, or if they will still be free. Sony replied: "If you purchase Qore, you will have access to exclusive content that would not be available otherwise - it does not impact the availability of the great content found on PSN, nor does it change our free play model."

The response probably won't mean much to most people who feel they are basically taking stuff that would have been free normally and charging for it.



 

No Afrika for Europe, says Sony

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335w ago - A Sony Computer Entertainment Europe spokesperson has confirmed that it will not publish Rhino Studios' forthcoming "safari-simulator" Afrika in European territories, according to a Eurogamer report.

Initially announced during E3 2006, a coming soon teaser page for Afrika was recently launched on the company's Japanese website. Little is known about the title thus far, but from looking at the released screenshots it does appear to be a photography game in the vein of Pokemon Snap – except with, you know, real wildlife.

Note that this does not rule out another publisher picking up the title for a European release in the future. A North American release has yet to be announced.
 
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