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Sony Announces Major PlayTV Update Due at the End of 2010

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228w ago - PlayStation Network Product Manager James Thorpe has announced news today of a major PlayTV update that will be available at the end of 2010.

To quote: Just wanted to let you know that the guys at Cambridge studios are working really hard to develop some great new features for [Register or Login to view links]. The next update for PlayTV is due later this year but testing of some of the new features has already begun.

I don't want to give too much away and spoil the surprise but a little hint to one of the new features is that PlayTV will have links to the worlds most popular social network site, Facebook.

Other great enhancements to PlayTV and brand new features will also be included in the update.

As soon as these exciting new features are ready for you I'll give you all the details here on the blog.

Hope you are enjoying your PlayTV on your PS3. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to add them and I'll be back on here on Monday to answer as many as I can.

I look forward to getting this update to you later in the year.
 

Sony Apologizes for OtherOS Removal due to PS3 Piracy Concerns

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229w ago - Despite some refunds being granted, today Sony UK has officially apologized for the OtherOS removal in the recently released PS3 Firmware 3.21 update citing PS3 piracy concerns as the underlying factor.

To quote from Sony's official statement to Thinq.co.uk (linked above):

"We are sorry if users of Linux or other operating systems are disappointed by our decision to issue a firmware upgrade which when installed disables this operating system feature.

We have made the decision to protect the integrity of the console and whilst mindful of the impact on Linux or other operating system users we nevertheless felt it would be in the best interests of the majority of users to pursue this course of action.

As you will be aware we have upgraded and enhanced functionality and features of the console by numerous firmware upgrades over time and this is a very rare instance...
 

European Law Grants Partial Refund Due to PS3 OtherOS Removal

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229w ago - Update: [Register or Login to view links] now reports that Sony has stated they have no intention of reimbursing retailers if they offer fat PS3 users partial refunds because of the removal of the Install OtherOS function, and as a result retailer GAME is already refusing refunds.

According to PlayStationUniversity.com (linked above), a European law grants a partial refund to PS3 consumers due to the recent removal of the OtherOS feature in the PS3 Firmware v3.21 update.

A PS3 owner (60GB) version has managed to gain a partial refund from Amazon (without returning the system) due to the removal of the OtherOS feature.

The EU citizen cited a European law which states a product must be fit for its purpose which was made known to the seller at the time of purchase, and as a result he managed to receive around 80GBP back!

To quote: "The online retailer's policy was to offer a refund weighing in at approximately 20 per cent of the console's original value. Amazon responds:

We are writing to confirm that we have processed your refund in the amount of £84.00 for your Order 666-5327564-4432412.
 

Q-Games: PixelJunk Shooter PS3 Delay Due to Final Fantasy XIII

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248w ago - Recently Q-Games developer Dylan Cuthbert revealed that PixelJunk Shooter for Sony's PS3 system will be delayed due to Final Fantasy XIII's release on December 17, 2009 in Japan.

The new date for PixelJunk Shooter to hit PSN will now be December 24, 2009.

This news comes from a [Register or Login to view links] update, to quote:

"Yes, the Japanese release date is delayed a bit so as not to collide with the Final Fantasy steamroller!"

He later added the following:

"Noone in Japan will be switching on their PS3s before FF is released."
 

LittleBigPlanet Recalled Due to LBP: Game of the Year Edition SKU

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261w ago - It appears LittleBigPlanet is in for a second recall, but this time it's not for allegedly offensive Islamic themes.

Media Molecule has sent out an internal memo to GameStop stores saying to load up and ship back any copies of LittleBigPlanet as the upcoming LittleBigPlanet: Game of the Year Edition will be using the same sales SKU.

To quote: "Today, GameStop received an internal memo telling managers to load up their copies of LittleBigPlanet for a recall.

Why? It seems that the Game of the Year Edition of LittleBigPlanet will be using the same sale SKU as the original title and they'll only be offering the GOTY edition here on out."
 
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