183w ago - SCEE Home Community Lead Alex Weekes has announced today that the Irem Square Japanese Festival has arrived in Sony's PlayStation Home.
To quote: With this week's update we have an eclectic selection of spaces launching!
The hotly anticipated Irem Square makes its entrance. Based upon a traditional Japanese festival, this colourful carnival scene will handsomely reward visitors.
Make sure to visit each stall and play the festival game to pick up a selection of unique items for your avatar and personal space. Make sure to stop by the Irem store stand, where you'll find the first selection of unique Japanese styled clothing.
Been dreaming of the perfect place to hang out in your Big Daddy or Big Sister outfit? Well dream no longer, as we have the answer! Releasing this week in Home Estates is the Rapture Apartment.
Imbued with the atmosphere Bioshock is known for, the space comes complete with special audio and interesting nooks and crannies. To top off your new space, Furniture updates with a variety of Bioshock seating, tables and posters.
195w ago - After reports of two new PS3 Slim models hitting the FCC a few weeks back, today Andriasang.com (linked above) has uncovered news of yet another, lighter, PlayStation Slim model CECH-2100A on the way courtesy of a Japanese retailer.
The slight weight reduction from its current 3.2kg to 3.0kg will be indicated by a change in model number from CECH-2000A to the new CECH-2100A.
To quote: "It's presumable that, aside from just the weight, something else has changed inside the system. Sony often makes minor hardware adjustments, changing the model number in the process.
The retailer expects Sony's PS3 shipments to switch to the new version in March."
204w ago - Today a new Heavy Rain PS3 trailer (below) has hit the Japanese PlayStation Store, and it includes both some awesome orchestral scores and spoilers as well.
While checking the latest teaser from Quantic Dream, keep in mind all of the footage shown is in-game.
To quote: "We'd warn you that this new trailer for Heavy Rain is filled with spoilers. Thankfully, it's in a language you probably don't understand: Japanese.
With Quantic Dream's PS3-exclusive thriller arriving in Japan next month (quite possibly before America gets the game), this trailer is packed with enough dramatic moments to make us run to Japan to get a pre-order."
225w ago - To confirm earlier reports of discontinued models and old stock drying up, today Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter stated in a Podcast that we're about to see a PS3 price cut and the introduction of a new hardware SKU.
To quote: "The retail commentary I've seen has come out of the UK. I have not seen at US retail. We heard Japanese retail a few weeks ago say they weren't going to be getting any more PS3s after August 8, and now we're starting to hear UK retail say they cannot re-order PS3s until month-end. And that suggests there'll be a model change."
He added: "If Sony's practice is the same as it was in the past, and the Slim is more of a redesign of the components to drive down cost, then I think we will get a price cut."
Only a few days to go until Sony's GamesCom keynote address in Cologne next Tuesday... then we'll all know for certain.