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Sony Shares a Preview of FirstPlay Episode 17 for PlayStation 3

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236w ago - Sony Associate Editor Nathan Ditum has shared a preview of FirstPlay Episode 17 today, which hits the PlayStation 3 and PSP this Wednesday- July 28, 2010.

To quote: Episode 17 of FirstPlay will be going live on the Store from Wednesday, and this week we lead off with a fantastically sharp HD preview of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood.

Alongside that we've also got a feature on 3D on PS3, including an interview with Sony UK boss Ray Maguire, a reviews round-up including [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links], and a review of claustrophobic thriller Exam on Blu-ray. Because we're nice like that.

In this week's PlayStation Network Highlights we take a look at downloadable games Hamsterball and Fret Nice in our Best Of PSN video, and we preview the multiplayer modes of some upcoming triple-A titles, including Call Of Duty: Black Ops, Medal Of Honor and Gran Turismo 5.

We've also got a round-up of the best minis, and a new section called Personal in which members of the FirstPlay team and occasional guests will be talking us through some of their most memorable gaming...
 

Sony PlayStation Store PS3 and PSP Update for July 20, 2010

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236w ago - PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen is here with this weeks PS3 and PSP update PSN today, as follows:

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

Playstation Plus

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days Demo (Free and Exclusive to PlayStation Plus)
Demo for Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, a raw and brutal crime shooter. Relentless action in single player and Fragile Alliance multiplayer.
ESRB Rated M
File size: 1.38 GB

echochrome (PlayStation Plus price $5.00, original price $9.99)

Resistance 2 Skin Bundle (PlayStation Plus price $2.00, original price $3.99)

Hamsterball (PlayStation Plus price $7.99, original price $9.99)

Heavy Rain Origami Swan Avatar (Free to PlayStation Plus Subscribers)
File size: 100 KB

Bloody Escape Theme (Free to PlayStation Plus Subscribers)
File size: 6.1 MB

Updates

• Peggle Nights (Free with the purchase of Peggle)
• Marvel Vs Capcom 2 - Sale (now $7.49, original price $14.99)
• After Burner Climax - Sale (now $4.99, original price $9.99)
• TV Show King - Permanent Price Drop (now $4.99, original price $9.99)
• Obscure: The Aftermath - Permanent Price Drop (now $14.99,...
 

Sony Announces PlayStation Beta Rooms for UK Gamers

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236w ago - SCEE's Community Leader MusterBuster has has just [Register or Login to view links] something which will give UK gamers an opportunity to try out betas in PlayStation Beta Rooms.

It's an event being held in Vaad Gallery at Birmingham's Custard Factory. Full details are available below, to quote:

"Calling all PlayStation faithfuls, we're inviting you to come and prove yourself on games before they're released, battle it out with the best of the best, win prizes, and speak face to face with your gaming heroes. While other people can only talk about future games, you can be launching yourself into them for real at our first ever PlayStation BETA event in Birmingham."

"So what kind of crumbling apocalyptic cities can you race through and what kind of power struggles can you get caught up in? For a taster of what's about to be unleashed on the market, you can sample all of these at the event: The Fight Move Edition, Kung Fu Rider, Sports Champions, Killzone 3 Dualshock, Motorstorm Apocolypse, GT5, Dead Nation, Eat Them, Heavy Rain Move Edition."

"We'll even stage a Motorstorm Apocolypse tournament. The prize? The champion of...
 

Sony Shares Answers to Mafia II PlayStation 3 Fan Questions

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236w ago - Today Sony's Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein has shared answers to several Mafia II PlayStation 3 fan questions, as follows:

Last week I attended a [Register or Login to view links] preview event, armed with a list of questions you wanted me to investigate.

After speaking with Director of Creative Production Jack Scalici, I left with those answers... and a tommy gun filled with tequila (seriously). Since there isn't enough in there for me to mix margaritas for all of you, I'll just cut straight to the interview.

PlayStation.Blog: Why go with Empire Bay instead of New York City?

Jack Scalici: It's New York, with a little bit of influence of Chicago, with a bit of San Francisco mixed in there. But when you do New York you have to do it right, and it has to be exact, and you'll get some psychopaths on the forums who'll take a map of New York City, and a map of your game and point out everything that you did wrong and bad and why go through that?

And also, if you've ever driven through New York, it's not the most gameplay-driving-friendly city. There are a lot of one way streets, and it's not as much fun as it could be if you were driving around doing 90 mph in a convertable blasting 1950's rock 'n' roll....
 

Sony on PS3 3D Gaming: 720p, but PlayStation 3 Can Do 1080p

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236w ago - Over the weekend [Register or Login to view links] revealed that Sony is limiting use of 1080p 3D in PS3 games while opting for 720p, and today both PC World (linked above) and [Register or Login to view links] explain why Sony mandates 720p for PS3 3D while admitting the PlayStation 3 can do 3D 1080p.

Sony's Simon Benson confirmed that the PS3 can do 3D gaming in 1080p, but developers are generally encouraged to keep PS3 3D games at 720p due to frame rates and related issues that may arise with 1080p in PlayStation 3 3D gaming.

To quote: "3D exacerbates the issue, requiring the system process two discrete interlaced images--one for each eye--to fake depth perception.

In an undated tech presentation by a Sony engineer, the engineer admits "rendering two images from the same hardware may require compromises or limit the possibilities," citing performance ("the scene must be rendered twice"), VRAM usage ("the frame buffer may be larger in some cases"), and resolution limits ("more pixels may be processed") as mitigating factors in the list of technical considerations."

According to Eurogamer, to quote: "Tt's simply the case that the new stereo 3D support built into the...
 
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