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PlayStation Father Ken Kutaragi Launches New Internet Business

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263w ago - The 'father' of Sony's PlayStation Ken Kutaragi has announced the launch of a new Cyber company today, with the business based in Tokyo.

The firm works in Internet services, however, it is not yet detailed how it may overlap into the videogame industry.

To quote: "The former chairman and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Ken Kutaragi, has established a new company in Tokyo.

A report from Japanese news group [Register or Login to view links], brought to attention in a [Register or Login to view links] report, claims that the new company is called 'Cyber AI Entertainment'.

Kutaragi, widely known as the 'father of PlayStation', has a purported 90 per cent stake in the new firm. Reports also indicate that Cyber AI Entertainment has raised 20 million Yen in capital.

The start-up firm will work in the field of internet services, though it is currently unclear exactly how the business will operate and if it will overlap with the game industry."
 

Video: BUZZ! Quiz World Launches Next Week on PS3

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264w ago - Sony Associate Producer Jenny Barbour has revealed today on the PlayStation Blog that BUZZ! Quiz World launches next week on PS3.

To quote: We're just a week out from the launch of BUZZ! Quiz World PS3 on November 10, so we wanted to take a moment to give you a little information about the latest BUZZ! installment on PS3 and get you excited for its release.

If you're familiar with the BUZZ! franchise, you've already been introduced to the trivia host-with-the-most, Buzz.

Well, now he returns to an all-new hi-def game-show studio surrounded by contestants old and new! And this time, you can personalize your character by selecting from hundreds of preset names and hear Buzz call you out by your own moniker.

The level of customization goes even further with the new option to build your own game by selecting your favorite round types and quizzes. And with more than 5,000 new questions and the addition of several new round types–including "Over the Edge," which involves a pit of goo awaiting those who answer questions incorrectly–your BUZZ! games have just gotten that much more fun!





BUZZ! Quiz World also reintroduces MyBUZZ user-generated quizzes meaning your question bank is still virtually limitless. And...
 

Video: LocoRoco Midnight Carnival Launches on PSP via PSN

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265w ago - SCEA Santa Monica Producer Tsubasa Inaba has announced that LocoRoco Midnight Carnival launches on PSP via PSN today.

To quote: Today is a grand day in Loco history as LocoRoco Midnight Carnival hits the PSN! As I've stated in my last few blog posts, Midnight Carnival is full of great new features to satisfy your "tilt and roll" needs! But one of the biggest things this game brings is... competition.

Now I'm not just talking about the multiplayer feature we went over on Monday where I took Kumi out. I'm talking about competition on a global scale! With Midnight Carnival, you can finally test your skills against the best in the world via the new online Global Leaderboard.





For those of you who can't find a LocoRoco opponents locally, check out the Global Leaderboard (accessible via Infrastructure mode) to compete with the top players from around the globe.

The top five players will be given the option to upload their replay save for bragging rights. Those who don't rank in the top 5 can download those replays for possible tips on improving their game. Talk about showing your LocoRoco supremacy!

For those of you who are sitting the fence, not to worry. We are releasing a Demo today, and a new PSP...
 

Sony Launches The Ultimate Gran Turismo PSP Fan Contest

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266w ago - Today Sony's Senior Product Marketing Manager Stephanie Yoshimoto has announced news of an Ultimate Gran Turismo PSP Fan contest, as follows:

I have some special news for all you GT fans out there.

If you followed the October 1 launch of the PSP debut of Gran Turismo, you've seen our TV ad teaser, the TV commercial itself, and the behind-the-scenes video for the TV commercial featuring Rhys Millen and Tanner Foust.

And if you are a true GT fan, you drooled over the custom GT-branded helmets and [Register or Login to view links] racing suits featured in the videos. Well, now's your chance to win your very own suit, helmet and gloves!

You'll also win a Gran Turismo PSP Entertainment Pack which just launched on Tuesday! The Entertainment Pack features a Mystic Silver PSP-3000 system, a copy of the game, a PlayStation Network voucher for The Italian Job movie, a 2 GB Memory Stick PRO Duo, a voucher for the exclusive white version of the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, and a [Register or Login to view links] voucher for 10 free songs.

How do you win one of these custom racing helmets and suits, you ask? Just send us a video, essay, or slideshow presentation and...
 

GTA: Chinatown Wars Launches Today for PSP on UMD and PSN

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266w ago - Sony's Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein has shared a video and announced that GTA: Chinatown Wars launches today for PSP on UMD and PSN.

To quote: With Grand Theft Auto: China Chinatown Wars hitting for PSP today, Rockstar Games sent along a brand new clip from the game. Like you'd see on any talk show, they also set up the clip; here's Rich Rosado, a RockStar producer.

Hello all! It's pleasure for me to introduce this next clip for the PSP and PSPgo fans reading this out there. We know that a lot of fans have been waiting to finally get their hands on Chinatown Wars and we're thrilled to finally bring an even more refined version of this game to the PSP.

For anyone that hasn't heard anything about Chinatown Wars yet, I can tell you that it brings a unique, arcade-like approach to the series. We really rethought the way a portable GTA experience could work from the ground up. On the PSP, the game includes some exclusive missions, music, re-optimized controls, and an intense high-resolution graphical overhaul that could only be done on this platform.





Some may still not realize this, but Chinatown Wars is actually the biggest portable GTA we've ever done - even bigger than Liberty City Stories or Vice City...
 
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