Sony PlayStation Store Update for April 23, 2009

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260w ago - Another PSN update is upon us, and PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen has revealed its contents as follows:

Hey, everyone. It's time again for the weekly PlayStation Store update.

PULSE
Pulse 4/23 Edition (free)
Join host Christina Lee for PULSE presented by the PlayStation Network. New video arrivals include Quantum of Solace, political thriller Frost/Nixon, Sci Fi Channel's Caprica, and the latest season of MTV hit, The Hills. We also take a look at the classic turn-based combat of Worms, the PixelJunk Eden Encore expansion pack, and downloadable content for Cuboid.
File size: 193 MB (HD) 312 MB (1080)

Add-on Game Content
LittleBigPlanet Heavenly Sword Mini-Pack ($2.99)
Get costumes and stickers from the Heavenly Sword universe to enhance your LittleBigPlanet experience!
File size: 1.04 MB

LittleBigPlanet Creator Pack 1 (free)
What to get some hints on how to be a better LittleBigPlanet Creator? Download this pack and and get options and tutorials that will take you the next level, including:

• INFINITE LIVES CHECKPOINT
• TWEAKABLE VISIBILITY FOR CONNECTORS
• TWEAKABLE ANGLE RANGE FOR SWITCHES
• GLOBAL SETTINGS OBJECT
• TETHERLESS JETPACK AND ENHANCEMENT...
 

EA Sports Complex Now Live in Sony's PlayStation Home

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260w ago - Here we go, from PlayStation Home Online Community Specialist Locust_Star via PlayStation Blog today:

The day has finally come! Phase one of the EA SPORTS Complex has been unleashed and it is high time that all of you sports fanatics log in to PlayStation Home, explore this hugely interactive space, try your hand at the available mini-games, and check out all the teasers and trailers that await your prying eyes.

Out of the proverbial box, EA has two casual multiplayer mini-games for you to challenge your friends to: A whole floor of poker tables and the new EA SPORTS Racing game.





The former allows for up to 8 players per table to indulge in high stakes tournament-style Texas Hold 'Em and the latter lets you put the pedal to the metal and compete for the best time against 3 other users in a formula-style race.

The Complex - much like the PlayStation Home platform - will evolve over time. Currently scheduled updates include the EA SPORTS Golf mini-game (where users can test their stick skills at an indoor driving range) leaderboards, poker bracelets and a rewards system. As new titles are announced, content within the space and additional game-specific achievement rewards will be added.
 

H.264 Encoder is Coming to Sony's PlayStation 3 Console

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261w ago - Here's another way to harness the power of the PS3's Cell chip, to quote:

Fixstars Corporation of Japan has announced CodecSys CE-10, the first H.264 encoder that's designed specifically for the PS3. The product will be showcased at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas starting April 20th.

The CE-10 software will be installed on a PC, but will somehow allow users to access the power of the PS3 as a way of accelerating video encoding. Fixstars is promising "ultra fast HD encoding" and "high quality low bit rate compression," targeted at the prosumer market at a prosumer price.

When questioned further on how the PS3 would interface with the CE-10 program, we were provided this rather useful document (pictured below).

It appears the PS3 will need Linux installed, severely limiting its accessibility to all but hardcore PS3 owners. Considering the rather specific demands of this application, perhaps that makes sense.

CE-10 will be available for purchase in June 2009. For burgeoning HD filmmakers, this should be a very cheap way of turning the PS3 into a powerful piece of video hardware.
 

Sony PlayStation Store Update for April 16, 2009

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261w ago - Here we go, another PSN update courtesy of PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen:

Hey, everyone. It's time again for the weekly PlayStation Store update. Make sure to check out the new Save Our Earth Collection under Games & New Releases. With Earth Day in mind, Save Our Earth celebrates why this world is worth protecting!

Add-on Game Content
PixelJunk Eden Encore ($5.99)
PixelJunk Eden Encore is an expansion pack to the popular organic platformer that sees you take control of a little 'grimp', swinging and jumping between tall alien plants, and collecting pollen to grow more life. Lush visuals, slick controls and amazing music make it an incredibly atmospheric and addictive experience. Download this add-on to expand the game with five stunning new levels, complete with unique new Trophies and music.
File size: 34 MB

BUZZ! Quiz TV U.S. Sports ($7.99)
Are you the ultimate sports fan? Then test your knowledge on America's favorite past times, Football, Basketball, Baseball and everything in between. This new BUZZ! Quiz TV quiz pack features over 500 new questions about U.S. sports to play in your favorite BUZZ! Quiz TV game modes. Download this quiz pack today and turn your party into the ultimate trivia showdown. Challenge friends and family...
 

Sony Licenses PlayStation IPs for Apparel and Accessories

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261w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has named Target Entertainment, the production and rights management business, as its consumer product licensing agent for PlayStation software IPs.

Target will take over the role with immediate effect and will develop a range of PlayStation apparel and accessories, including toys, food stationary, and housewares across Europe and Australasia.

To quote: "Many of Sony Computer Entertainment's first party software titles and characters are now recognised by millions of people around the world - from the legendary Ratchet and Clank through to the iconic Sackboy from LittleBigPlanet," commented Stephanie Freeman, licensing and peripherals manager at SCEE.

"We really want our consumers to have the ability to interact with our brands and characters in ways other than just on screen. We feel Target Entertainment has the vibrancy and experience to help us do this successfully."

Global brand director, Helen Howells, of Target Entertainment Group, added: "To work with a brand like PlayStation, and its range of products, is a great opportunity for us. With a portfolio of fantastic games we will offer new and longer standing fans a range of products that will really add to their PlayStation experience."
 







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