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Sony Secretly Raises PlayStation 3 Repair Fee on Launch Consoles

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245w 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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245w 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....
 

Sony Unveils Virtual London Pub to Hit PlayStation Home in 2010

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245w ago - Today Sony has announced that a virtual London pub created by VEEMEE will hit PlayStation Home in January, 2010 at a cost of 5 Euro's.

Press Release: The London Pub

LONDON- December 17th 2009- VEEMEE, an independent creator of branded and original content for games platforms and virtual worlds, are excited to announce details of the first virtual London Pub releasing on January 7th 2010 in PlayStation Home, priced at €4.99.

Based on your favourite London watering hole, situated on the banks of the river Thames overlooking The Houses of Parliament, The London Pub personal space comes complete with a multi-player darts game, a roaring open fire, comedy beer pumps, crank phone calls and hand dryers that don't dry your hands (they're only virtual you know).

Commenting on the upcoming release of The London Pub, Caspar Thykier, CEO at VEEMEE said, "We're really excited to be launching such a high quality, interactive PlayStation Home space, themed around such a famous and quintessentially British icon.

The London Pub in Home is sure to become a favourite hang-out for the ever growing community of Home inhabitants, and is the perfect place to relax, meet friends and play games after a hard day at work."

Priced at €4.99, less than the...
 

Sony: Full PlayStation 2 Support Will Continue in 2010

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245w ago - For those who don't yet own a PS3, it's nice to know that Sony intends to continue fully supporting the PS2 console in 2010.

Sony is seeking to emphasize that the PlayStation 2 has an extensive game library in comparison to the Nintendo Wii.

Speaking to GamePro.com (linked above) in a recent interview, Sony's Director of Hardware Marketing John Koller has stated the following, to quote:

"Yes, we have a very firm stance, and we're going to continue to support the PlayStation 2 wholeheartedly. The PS2 obviously had a price drop this year, which gets forgotten because of the PS3 noise, but it's still selling exceedingly well.

It's a new demographic, a consumer that's maybe a "last gamer" or a consumer that's new to gaming. With this economy, coming in at $99, a lot of these consumers are choosing between a PlayStation 2 and a Wii, and you're looking at a PS2, which is $99 and carries 2000 games."
 

Sony PlayStation Store Update for December 17, 2009

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245w ago - PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen is back with this week's North American PSN update, as follows:

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

Best of 2009 Collection

Take the guesswork out of shopping PlayStation Store. This year's top-ranked downloads for PS3, PSP, PSone, DLC, demos and premium themes are right here in the Best of 2009 collection. Find the most popular titles and DLC and celebrate a year to remember. It's the best of the best on PlayStation Store.

Updates

Beaterator Price Drop (was $39.99; now $19.99)
Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars Price Drop (was $39.99; now $29.99)
Holy Invasion of Privacy Badman Price Drop (was $19.99; now $9.99)
Brain Challenge Price Drop (was $9.99; now $4.99)
Unbound Saga Sale (regular price $9.99; sale price $4.99)
Tetris Sale (regular price $9.99; sale price $6.99)
Burn Zombie Burn (regular price $9.99; sale price $4.99)

Downloadable Games

PUZZLEGEDDON ($9.99)
Set in an array of galaxies, Puzzlegeddon features a clever mix of puzzle, action and strategy in a game that is fast-paced and addictive. Compete for the top spot on the planet by creating multiple combos for the quickest way to gather...
 
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