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Sony PlayStation Store PS3 and PSP Updates for August 9, 2011

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154w ago - PlayStation Store Director Grace Chen is here with this weeks US PSN updates today, as follows:

Introducing PlayStation Network PLAY: Score the summer's 4 hottest new PSN titles and get more action with your purchase:

Gift with every purchase, bonus gift with every pre-order. Buy all 4 PLAY titles and get PAYDAY: The Heist as a bonus!

On the new releases front, check out Far Cry 2, Driver San Francisco Demo, & Madden NFL 12 Demo. For you Home enthusiasts, we recommend the Scribble Shooter virtual item. Notable Add-on releases include: Mortal Kombat Warrior Freddy Krueger, Worms 2: Armageddon Forts Pack & Puzzle Pack and TestYourself: Attention.

New to PlayStation Plus are Comix Zone & Far Cry 2 Full Game Trial and 20% off on the PLAY Pre-Orders for Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition, The Baconing, BloodRayne: Betrayal, & Renegade Ops. Download now!

Here is the weekly PlayStation Store update:

PlayStation Plus

Free PSN:
Comix Zone

Free DLC:
Crash Commando Add-On Bundle

Full Game Trial:
Far Cry 2

PlayStation Network PLAY Pre-order Discounts
 

Video: London Riots Engulf Sony DADC UK Warehouse in Flames

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154w ago - Today Sony has reported that their DADC UK distribution warehouse in north London was engulfed in flames as violence in the capital continued for a third night.

Below is some video footage courtesy of CoolChrisVilla via YouTube, and although this isn't really PS3 news per se, it will definitely impact the gaming side of Sony's empire in the UK.

To quote: The music industry has become the latest victim of the riots ripping through London after a 20,000 sq metre distribution warehouse owned by Sony was burnt to the ground by rioters, destroying vast quantities of stock.

“We can confirm that the Sony DADC UK distribution centre in Enfield has been damaged by a fire which was reported around 11:30pm, 8th August. There have been no injuries to employees,” Sony said in a statement.

“The fire is under control but can be described as ‘smouldering’, consequently no one can enter the facility. Therefore at this time we are unable to confirm the extent of the damage or the cause until the fire is fully extinguished and a full investigation can be carried out by authorities.”

The Digital Audio Disc Corporation centre is the group’s sole distribution base in the UK. The impact however will be felt beyond Sony operations as the...
 

Video: Beat Hazard Ultra: Music-Powered, Hits PS3 in September

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154w ago - Cold Beam Games CEO Steve Hunt shared some background today on the upcoming PS3 video game entitled Beat Hazard Ultra, which will arrive on PSN in September and be powered by your music!

To quote: My name is Steve Hunt and I'm excited to talk about my PSN game [Register or Login to view links], which hits the PS3 this September. I wrote the game from scratch on my own, in my bedroom!

About the Game

Beat Hazard Ultra is a twin stick arcade shooter that is entirely powered by YOUR music! Just copy some music on to your PS3 hard drive, or use the built-in songs, choose a track, and be dazzled by the eye-bleeding visuals as you blast away at enemy ships to the sound of your favorite pumping tunes.

Everything you see in the game is dictated by the music in some way, from the firepower of your ship to the number and patterns of enemies coming at you. Each track produces a unique (but, most importantly, repeatable) level.





In addition to Standard play, Ultra has plenty of cool gameplay features to keep you busy, including Boss Rush and Survival modes, 23 perks to unlock and 42 in-game challenges that award 14 trophies. There are also three awesome...
 

OedipusRSX PS3 RSX Reality Synthesizer Documentation Surfaces

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154w ago - Today Sony PlayStation 3 hacker durandal has released OedipusRSX PS3 RSX Reality Synthesizer documentation for other developers to improve graphics utilized in PS3 homebrew applications and games.

Download: [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] (Mirror)

Below is some background on the PS3 RSX 'Reality Synthesizer' via [Register or Login to view links], as follows:

The RSX 'Reality Synthesizer' is a proprietary graphics processing unit (GPU) codeveloped by Nvidia and Sony for the PlayStation 3 game console.

Unless otherwise noted, the following specifications are based on a press release by Sony at the E3 2005 conference, slides from the same conference, and slides from a Sony presentation at the 2006 Game Developer's Conference.

Specifications:

  • 500 MHz on 90 nm process (shrunk to 65 nm in 2008 and to 40 nm in 2010)
  • Based on NV47 Chip (Nvidia GeForce 7800 Architecture)
  • 300+ million transistors
  • Multi-way programmable parallel floating-point shader pipelines
  • Independent pixel/vertex shader architecture

 

New Sony PS3 and PSN Releases for the Week of August 8, 2011

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155w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Specialist Rey Gutierrez is here with details on the new PS3 and PSN releases for the upcoming week today, as follows:

The PlayStation Network continues its summer dominance this week on The Drop. Take out The Jackal when the PS3 first-person shooter FarCry 2 joins PSN's digital library of full-length PS3 games.

Demos are also strong this week: You can try out [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links] this week on PSN.

PlayStation Network

Far Cry 2 - Caught between two rival factions in war-torn Africa, you are sent to take out "The Jackal", a mysterious character who has rekindled the conflict between the warlords, jeopardizing thousands of lives.

In order to fulfil your mission you will have to play the factions against each other, identify and exploit their weaknesses, and neutralise their superior numbers and firepower with surprise, subversion, cunning and, of course, brute force.

Demos

Madden NFL 12 - Madden NFL 12 continues the rich tradition of the storied franchise by bringing fans closer to the NFL than ever before. Featuring all 32 teams, stadiums, and all your...
 
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