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PlayStation & Facebook Launch Year-long 'The Game' Tournament

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243w ago - Just under two weeks ago Sony incorporated Facebook integration into the PS3 XMB through the PS3 Firmware 3.10 update.

Today, NewMediaAge (linked above) is reporting that Sony PlayStation and Facebook are launching a year-long global interactive tournament in December following its recent partnership with social network Facebook.

Details are sparse at the moment, however, we do know that the tournament will be referred to simply as 'The Game' and will highlight the social networking elements of the PS3 system.

To quote: "Sony PlayStation is launching a year-long global interactive tournament, dubbed The Game, following its recent partnership with social network Facebook.

The Game, slated for an early December release and hosted via the online PlayStation Network, is the first tie-up between the two companies after they struck a partnership deal earlier this month."
 

XBox Live Fall Update Including Twitter and Facebook is Available

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244w ago - Today to celebrate the PS3's third birthday (yea, right ) Microsoft's Major Nelson has announced that the new XBox Live fall update is now available for XBox 360 users, which features Twitter, Facebook, Zune Video and Last.FM support.

To quote: "We've just released the latest new features for your Xbox 360. In case you've been off the grid for the past few months and don't know what is in this update, allow me to give you the some of the highlights: Facebook, Zune Video, Twitter and Last.FM.

Here is how to find 'em: Facebook and Twitter will appear automatically on your dashboard in the new My Community channel, Zune Video is in the Video Channel and Last.FM will be found under the Music Channel.

Assuming you have the latest Xbox 360 system update from Xbox LIVE, these new features will automatically appear sometime over the next few hours. Availability of these features will vary by region.

Remember, if you are under 18, you'll have to wait a little longer for some of these features."

Press Release: Come Join the Largest Social Network...
 

Rumor: Facebook & Gamercard Colors in PS3 Firmware Update?

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245w ago - Update: This rumor has been [Register or Login to view links] as true, with the tipster's screens originating from the PlayStation Web site itself (see [Register or Login to view links], [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links]).

There has been a lot of buzz circulating around the next PS3 Firmware update, presumably version 3.10, which is what developers currently have.

Last month, Cross-Game Voice Chat was inadvertently confirmed to be included in it from a Naughty Dog developer.

Today, ScrawlFX.com (linked above) received some pictures from a tipster indicating that Facebook and Gamercard colors may also be included in the next PS3 Firmware update.

To quote: "Facebook integration, the ability to change your gamercard colors and more are coming to PlayStation 3, if these images from an anonymous tipster are to be believed.

The leaked images show the ability to manage your Facebook in your PlayStation Network account settings, changing the color of your PlayStation Network gamercard...
 

XBox 360's Facebook & Twitter Requires XBL Gold Subscription

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256w ago - At E3 Microsoft said that Xbox Live users would need to be Gold members (requiring an annual fee) to access Last.fm without paying for a Last.fm-specific subscription.

What Microsoft didn't mention, however, was that these limitations would extend to both Facebook and Twitter as well.

This news was buried in Microsoft's late night press release about the new Xbox 360 price adjustments. Here's what the press release says, to quote:

"Xbox LIVE Gold Membership will be required for Twitter and Facebook when they are available, and is required for Netflix. Games, media content and Netflix membership are sold separately; a hard drive is required for storage."

When Facebook and Twitter's Xbox Live extensions launch later this year, you'll need to be a paying subscriber to access the applications.

The press release doesn't get anymore specific than saying the social networking add-ons will arrive sometime "this fall," as Microsoft has said in the past.
 

Facebook Connect Photo Integration with Nintendo DSi Launches

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259w ago - First announced with the recent Nintendo DSi System Update, today Facebook connect photo integration with Nintendo DSi launches.

Press Release: FACEBOOK CONNECT PHOTO INTEGRATION WITH NINTENDO DSI LAUNCHES TODAY

Free New Integration Lets Users Upload Photos to Their Facebook Profiles

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 3, 2009 - Starting today, Nintendo DSiā„¢ owners have even more ways to share their experiences with friends and family. Using an Internet-connected Nintendo DSi system and the Nintendo DSi Camera application, Facebook members can take pictures with either of the system's two cameras and upload their photos directly to their Facebook profile. This function will be available after 5 p.m. Pacific with a free downloadable system update.

While reviewing pictures they've stored in the Nintendo DSi Camera album, which includes photos taken by users and manipulated using the built-in interactive lenses, users can simply tap the Facebook icon on the system's touch screen to instantly transmit photos to the user's Facebook profile. The user's system must be configured to a wireless broadband Internet connection for the transmission of photos.

"Facebook and Nintendo DSi...
 
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