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Sony: 2008 will be a big year for PSN in many ways

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342w ago - Eric Lempel of Sony has recently been discussing the progress of the Playstation Network. Lempel notes that while the team is happy with what they have achieved during their first year, they are by no means going to stop merely with what we see today.

He remarks that the great thing about the PSN is they have the capability to alter and upgrade the service to meet the demands of users and concludes that 2008 will be a big year in general for the network.

To quote: "While we are happy with what we've accomplished during our first year, we're by no means going to stop with what you see today. We have a long-term strategy for the service and there are still a good amount of features we haven't delivered. The great thing about the PlayStation Network is that we have the ability to make changes and upgrade the service to meet the demands of our users.

"I recognize that there are a few features that PS3 users have asked for that we haven't delivered yet... We have a lot of features in different stages of development that I think our users will be very excited about.

"I know that an achievement system is very important to our consumers. With Home, and in addition to Home, we have some very exciting programs planned to recognize our consumers gaming skills and loyalty...
 

Sony discontinues 20GB & 60GB PS3s in Japan

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342w ago - Sony have announced today that it would discontinue shipment of both 20GB HDD and 60GB HDD configurations of PS3 after only 3 months since their launch there.

This will leave them with only the 40GB version which does not have backwards compatibility.

From the Press Release: Tokyo, January 10, 2008 - Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced that it would discontinue shipment of both 20GB HDD and 60GB HDD configurations of PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3®) originally launched on November 11th 2006, in the Japanese market after the completion of the final shipment scheduled in January 2008. Upon termination of the shipment, the sales of both models will be limited to stock in the market.

Along with both the increased efforts to improve software development environment and the availability of a more extensive line-up of software titles for PS3, SCEI will vigorously promote the expansion of the PS3 platform by further concentrating on the 40GB HDD (CECHH00 Series) model introduced in November 2007, equipped with the core technology components that make PS3 the most advanced high-definition entertainment system while realizing lower power consumption.

Following the ever greater line-up of the PS3 software during this holiday season, more and more software titles are scheduled...
 

Sony says MGS4 a PS3 exclusive

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342w ago - Sony have been demonstrating Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots at CES 2008. They have also been showing off some MGS4 facts.

One of the facts listed is that the game is exclusive for the PS3.

Will the Xbox 360 port rumors ever die? Probably not, but at CES 2008, Sony' maintains you'll have to pick up their machine to finish Snake's journey. :P
 

Sony showcases two BD-Live players, PS3 to get firmware upgrade

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342w ago - According to the Web site above, Sony is showcasing two new prototype BD Live players which will both be at profile 2.0.

Sony also reportedly indicate that the PS3 will also get a BD Live upgrade in the future.

To quote: At the Sony booth, they are showcasing two new prototype BD-Live players. The Sapphire 3 and 4 will both be Profile 2.0.

Sony also has indicated that the PS3 will get a BD-Live upgrade sometime in the future.
 

Sony sneaks extra features PS3 into Firmware v2.10

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345w ago - The big new features of the latest PS3 firmware DivX and WMV playback, but let us spare a thought for some of the lesser features that sneaked into the latest update. There is a new planet music visualizer, they fixed the video thumbnails in folders not playing and lastly BD/DVD dynamic range control has been tweaked.

And who could forget that the PS3 is now well equipped for the 1.1 profile movies that will hit early next year.

To quote: As well as providing DivX and WMV playback in the latest firmware as we revealed yesterday (which is now out, by the way) Sony have added a couple of really cool new features that aren't documented in the changelist.

Firstly, they've added a new 'planet' music visualiser from our friends at Q Games (press 'square' when playing music) which has got to be the most amazing thing we've ever seen. They've also fixed the video thumbnails in folders not playing, and finally BD/DVD Dynamic Range Control has been tweaked for those late night sessions. With the recent changes the PS3 is now the ultimate Blu-ray player, and the first 1.1 Profile movies come out on the 1st of January.
 
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