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Sony Celebrates New Year's Eve on PS3 in PlayStation Home

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238w ago - Sony will be celebrating New Year's Eve on PS3 in PlayStation Home this year, complete with a 2010 ball drop in the Central Plaza at 11:59PM on December 31, 2009 and special party items available.

To quote from Sony's [Register or Login to view links]: "Grab special New Year's Eve items in PlayStation Home and watch the ball drop in Central Plaza at 11:59pm on 12.31."

Finally, the PlayStation Home Community Management Team of CydoniaX, Locust_Star and GlassWalls offered the following message of the day for PlayStation Home:

"Forget Times Square - Central Plaza is the place to be this New Year's Eve. Join us on Thursday evening and watch the PlayStation Home ball drop right at the stroke of midnight.

Be sure to load up on the New Year's Eve party items - now available in the Mall - so that you can ring in the 2010 in style."
 

Sony to Combine Main Division with PlayStation 3 Subsidiary

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238w ago - Sony has confirmed via [Register or Login to view links] that its main company and the PlayStation 3 based Sony Computer Entertainment subsidiary will combine hardware distribution operations in an effort to cut costs.

The two divisions are planning combine forces to put physical distribution of Sony products under one unified roof.

Previously, Sony's televisions and other hardware were distributed by a separate set of employees in the parent company.

To quote: "Sony Corp. plans to consolidate its international distribution operations with those of its video- games unit this fiscal year to reduce overlapping costs.

The Tokyo-based company and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., which sells PlayStation 3 software and hardware, will combine distribution routes and jointly bid for contracts, spokeswoman Mami Imada said, confirming an earlier report by the Nikkei newspaper. Imada declined to give specific figures on the estimated savings."
 

Sony PlayStation Store Update for December 22, 2009

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239w ago - Sony PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen is here with this week's US PSN update today, as follows:

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

PSN Game Sale
In addition to the SEGA game sale detailed earlier, the following games are on sale until January 7, 2010 unless otherwise noted.

• Bomberman Ultra - $4.99 (revert to regular price on 1/7/10)
• Worms - $9.99
• Topatoi - $4.99
• Armored Core 3 Portable - $9.99 (revert to regular price on 1/21/10)
• Scrabble - $13.99
• NFS Underground Rivals - $10.49
• NFS Carbon - $13.99
• NFS Most Wanted - $13.99
• NFS ProStreet - $13.99
• GI Joe - $27.99
• Sims 2 - $10.49
• Commander's Challenge - $6.99
• Battlefield 1943 - $10.49
• Hasbro Family Game Night - $29.99
• Burnout Paradise Ultimate Bundle - $20.99

Downloadable Games

Battle Fantasia ($19.99)
Battle Fantasia immerses you into a fantasy world of 12 unique and fun to play characters!
ESRB Rated T
File size: 1.17 GB

Polar Panic ($9.99)
Play through 50 challenging levels and battle Mr. Big in Story Mode. Work your way through...
 

Sony Secretly Raises PlayStation 3 Repair Fee on Launch Consoles

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240w ago - According to AnalogHype.com (linked above), Sony has secretly raised the PlayStation 3 repair fee on launch consoles this week.

Apparently they used to charge a flat $150 service fee, which has now been quietly increased to $179.

To quote: "Sony Computer Entertainment secretly raised the price for servicing your PlayStation 3 at the beginning of this week. Originally a $150 flat rate fee including shipping has gone up to $179.

Sony is pushing to have the launch consoles replaced with the new 120 gb Playstation 3 Slim. All you have to do is pay $120 and lose your backward compatible console for the new and improved PS3 Slim."
 

Sony: PlayStation Home Reaches 10 Million Users, New Spaces

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240w ago - Today Sony announced that PlayStation Home has reached 10 million users, quite an amazing feat for the virtual online meeting place.

In the works for 2010 are several new PS Home spaces... details are below.

Press Release: PlayStation Home: where users and developers meet

• As three new, interactive game spaces open in PlayStation®Home, its status as the meeting place of choice for users and developers becomes ever more apparent

• More than 10 million Home users is the evidence of the success.

City, Date: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) has opened the doors to two stunning new spaces in PlayStation®Home for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves™ and Ratchet and Clank™ A Crack in Time, with a MotorStorm™ space set to arrive soon.

Each space has its own distinct feel offering an interactive area where all of the 10 million users can get a taste for the title, hang out with other fans, enjoy fascinating mini-games and watch the latest game footage.

For developers, it's a chance to showcase their products and creativity to their core audience; the MotorStorm space, for example, is decked-out as a garage-come-industrial warehouse, complete with DJ area, dancefloors and chill-out zones, while offering new merchandise and quest rewards....
 
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