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Sony's PlayStation Portable May See Trophies After All

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258w ago - At less than two months away from the launch of the PSP Go, it now appears that portable trophies could be heading our way in the future.

In a recent [Register or Login to view links] with PlayStation: The Official Magazine, they asked if Trophies will "ever be available for PSP games?"

To quote: "It's under discussion, but there are some technical challenges," replied Shu Yoshida, SCEA Senior Vice President of Product Development.

Director of PlayStation Network Operations, Eric Lempel, previously [Register or Login to view links] during E3 that we're simply "not going to see Trophies on the PSP."

His main reasoning being in the interest of "keeping it secure," as artificially increasing their ranks and Trophies "kills the whole system."

Those security issues and "technical challenges" are no doubt linked to the fact that the PSP has been hacked time and again.

Surely, a simple method to prevent the homebrew gamer from bumping their trophy count is to implement anti-cheat protection, forcing PSP trophy hunters to remain logged in to PSN to unlock the goods.

Well, at least we've...
 

FYE, Hastings Ad Reveals $100 Price Cut on Sony's PlayStation 3

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258w ago - Following analyst Michael Pachter's prediction from earlier today comes another PS3 price cut ad leak... this time from Hastings, a Texas-based retailer.

According to the ad, the current stock of 160GB PS3s will be cut to $400, a $100 savings over the original.

In related news, [Register or Login to view links] is reporting FYE is now selling 80GB PS3 consoles for $299, with the Uncharted bundle for $400.

To quote: Of potential importance is the phrasing: the ad mentions the PS3 is experiencing a "price cut" versus a temporary "sale." The cut begins September 8th, weeks after Sony's press conference at Gamescom.

The reduced price could be exclusive to Hastings, and isn't necessarily indicative of a nationwide price drop. However, a price drop on current PS3 models can clear inventory and make way for a possibly upgraded one.
 

Sony Makes Giant PlayStation 3 and PSP Sand Sculptures

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258w ago - In keeping with the PlayStation Beach Resort theme we have going today, here is another bit of related news.

Siliconera (linked above) has posted up some pictures (below) taken from Korea's world sand sculpting championship where Sony made giant PlayStation 3 (dubbed "SandStation 3") and PSP sand sculptures.

To quote: Donghae City was the held the first Korean Invitational World Sand Sculpting Championship. What does this have to with video games?

Sony Computer Entertainment Korea showed up and joined the sand sculpting fun.

That's what SCEK made and they seem quite proud of it since they sent out a news bulletin reporting their marketing stunt.
 

Sony PlayStation Store Update for August 13, 2009

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258w ago - PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen is back with this week's PSN Store update, as follows:

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

Downloadable Games
Marvel Vs Capcom 2 ($14.99)
Fans asked, and Capcom listened! One of the most popular fighting games of all time returns! MvC2 brings legendary characters from throughout Marvel and Capcom history to duke it out in an insane tag-team fighting experience. Featuring an unprecedented 56-character roster and now with HD support and online play, one of the best fighting games ever just got better!
ESRB Rated T
File size: 199 MB

PSone Classics PS3 / PSP
Dead In The Water ($5.99)
Jump into your powerboat and get ready for a wet and dangerous ride! Choose from 14 wacky characters and nine different courses spread across the world.
Rated E
File size: 91 MB

Ten Pin Alley ($5.99)
Welcome to Ten Pin Alley, where you can have all the fun of real bowling without having to rent the shoes. Choose from 12 different bowlers or customize your own in pursuit of bowling a perfect 300 game. Spice up the experience with Open Play, Team Play and Tournament Mode.
Rated E
File size: 102 MB

Tomb Raider ($9.99)
Take control...
 

Sony's Life With PlayStation Gets 'World Heritage' Channel Added

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258w ago - Today Sony has updated Life with PlayStation by adding a completely new channel titled 'World Heritage' to it.

It's a simple update, as the channel includes information from various Web sites (including Wikipedia) from multiple areas around the world.

To quote: If you leave your controller for a long enough time, it automatically begins spinning the globe (like the other channels) and displays hi-res pictures from the areas you're hovering above about.

If you would like to see a picture from a designated area, then you can hover the country, hit 'X' and then press the 'start' button.

An overall nice addition to the free application, allowing many Life with PlayStation fans to do even more while helping the common good.
 
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