Speculation: Is Sony's PS Cloud Patent for the PlayStation 4?

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264w ago - Sony has patented the 'PS Cloud' with the US Patent and Trademark Office, following the announcement of a number of new 'cloud gaming' services such as OnLive and Playcast Media at this year's Games Developers Conference.

To quote: The patent has lead to speculation that Sony Computer Entertainment may well be looking to 'cloud gaming' - where the processing power of a home console is replaced by that of a remote server outside of the gamer's home - as a strategic move forward for its PlayStation division.

The future of PlayStation?

Or, put in more straightforward terms, is PS Cloud the PlayStation 4? Is the 'next' PlayStation going to resemble a server-based system that allows gamers to play and save games to a user account via a range of devices such as their PlayStation 3, their PC or even their TV set-top box?

Sony filed the patent for 'PS Cloud' on 24 March, describing PS Cloud as a provider of "entertainment services, namely, providing an online videogame that users may access through the Internet".

TechRadar spoke with a SCEE rep this morning who declined to comment on the story. Let the speculation commence...
 

Sony: Every Major Publisher is Interested in PlayStation Home

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264w ago - Sony's Home team has told GamesIndustry (linked above) that its online service is becoming the "perfect storm" for games publishers looking to interact directly with their consumers.

To quote: Three months after launch, and with the first tangiable user details being fed back to partners, publishers are now able to build more unique content for users, and turn that content in revenues.

"Every major publisher is interested in Home. Here you can speak directly to the PlayStation audience on the platform that your product is on," said Jack Buser, director of Home for Sony Computer Entertainment, in an exclusive interview published today.

"You have publishers and brands coming into Home looking to engage with an audience, but they also have the opportunity to generate revenue. It's a model that makes sense for everybody. It's kind of a perfect storm," he said.

Peter Edwards, director of the Home Platform Group at Sony, added that content creators are now looking at the future potential of the service, after a few months of creating standard software for Home.

"As is the way with most platforms, the first round of development is pretty safe. It works," he said.

"But people are getting the hang of how it works, and that's starting to come through in...
 

Sony PlayStation Store Update for March 26, 2009

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265w ago - Here it is, the weekly PSN update courtesy of PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen:

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

It's week seven of the "PSN Spring Fever" section of the PlayStation Store, featuring games, trailers, and themes available for download! Headlining this week is Burn Zombie Burn!

PULSE
Pulse 3/26 Edition
PULSE presented by the PlayStation Network is a free high definition video showcase of what's happening right now on PlayStation. Featuring new game releases, demos, movie and television arrivals available for your PS3 and PSP systems, PULSE is a fast-paced new source to keep you connected and informed about the world of PlayStation. Hosted by Christina Lee.
File sizes: 184 MB (HD) 312 MB (1080)

Downloadable Games
Burn Zombie Burn ($9.99)
Burn Zombie Burn! is a third-person shoot'em-up in the classic coin-op tradition but with all new mechanics. The goal is simple: to get the highest score possible. Standing in your way is a never ending horde of undead. To survive you must shoot, burn and explode as many zombies as possible before they overwhelm you.
ESRB Rated M
File size: 164 MB

Worms ($12.99)
Run for cover! The Worms are...
 

Sony Community Manager Explains PlayStation Home Xi Mystery

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265w ago - Earlier today, SilentTigeR let us know HERE that PlayStation Home Xi: The Hub is now available for PS3 users.

Now, PlayStation Home Community Manager CydoniaX has officially explained what Xi is on the PS Blog (linked above) as well as on the official PS Boards as follows:

The world's first console-based Alternate Reality Game starts today in PlayStation Home.

Called Xi , the adventure takes place in a series of secret areas in Home - and beyond - changing day by day, week by week, in real time. Anyone with a PLAYSTATION 3 can join in the fun for free.

To discover the mystery of Xi, simply log on to PlayStation Home and look for the graffiti on the wall in the main square.

Find that, and all will be revealed...
 

Smash Cars Coming to Sony's PlayStation Network for PS3

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266w ago - Today Creat Studios Director of Communications Michael Robinson announced news that Smash Cars coming to PlayStation Network for PS3, as follows:

You're hearing it here first, that the next game to be released under the successful, critically acclaimed partnership between Creat Studios and TikGames will be (wait for it...) SMASH CARS!

A follow-up to the original Smash Cars, Creat's 2003 'no rules' RC (radio-controlled) racing game, the franchise returns to PlayStation and will be available for download during the second quarter on the PlayStation Network.

Sound interesting? Of course it does. So here's more details: real-time physics, innovative stunts and next-generation graphics combine into a dynamic, tricked-out single and multiplayer RC car racing experience where players twist and turn, grind and gear up, performing aerial tricks and stunts while racking up trophies and points as they race to the finish, all in an unlikely location.

Set on a beautiful and tranquil Mediterranean island, the fast-moving, bumper car gameplay style transforms this calm and relaxing setting into a dynamically frenzied raceway.

A high-speed mini car racing game with a distinct arcade...
 











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