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Sony Strikes Taiwanese Development Deal for PS3 and PSP Titles

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272w ago - Sony has struck a deal with Asian game developers to bolster the platform holder's array of PSP and PS3 titles.

Sony Computer Entertainment Asia signed the deal with six developers, such as Taiwanese groups XPEC Entertainment and Yeck Entertainment.

SCE Asia has also opened up its proprietary PlayStation platform to Taiwanese group SOGA Interactive - the team currently developing Stephen Chow's-Kung Fu Hustle, scheduled to be released this winter.

To quote: as the [Register or Login to view links] reports the manufacturer has signed a new deal with Taiwanese developers in an effort to help boost the PS3's and PSP's presence in the region. It's been down due to consumers flocking to the cheaper Wii and, consequently, causing the development manpower to follow suit.

Through this new deal with Sony Computer Entertainment Asia, six different independent developers will work on PlayStation products. The Taipei Times implies that digital content on the PS3 and PSP Go is likely to result.
 

Rumor: New Microsoft Ad Deal is Why Hulu Blocked PlayStation 3?

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273w ago - As reported a few days ago, since last weekend Hulu started blocking PlayStation 3 owners from accessing content.

Speculation is now underway whether it's due to Hulu's recent [Register or Login to view links] change, or if a new partnership with Microsoft is behind the dreaded "This Video is Not Available on Your Platform" messages PS3 owners are currently seeing.

To quote: A more interesting theory is that Microsoft paid off Hulu to block the PS3. Rumors of Hulu coming to the Xbox 360 have been circulating ever since Netflix 'Watch Now' arrived on the console.

If in fact Microsoft was in negotiations with Hulu to offer the service through their hardware, it isn't hard to imagine one condition of the deal (sweetened with a big sack of shiny gold coins) being that Playstation 3 owners be blocked. (But then, see above re: nervous network execs.)

No matter what the truth is, once again the consumer loses out. Is it too much to ask for transparency when changes like this are made? Wouldn't it be refreshing if Hulu made clear why it is suddenly cutting off some users of its service?
 

GameStop Offers PS3 Owners a Deal on Used Games Until May 21

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279w ago - GameStop is offering PlayStation 3 owners who are interested in used games a sweet deal.

Valid now until May 21st, 2009 the following coupon (below) will give PlayStation 3 owners 20% off used PS3 game titles.

Great deal, right?

Well, the only downside is the coupon will work only for up to 3 PS3 games.

In any case, those interested may wish to take advantage of this deal while it lasts.
 

Eidos & Square Enix Deal Details, Eidos to Retain Independence

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282w ago - Eidos will remain as an independent operation, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co.,Ltd., following the completion of the £84 million acquisition last week.

Phil Rogers will continue in his role as CEO of Eidos, reporting directly to Yoichi Wada, President and CEO Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. and Eidos will continue to focus on delivering on the clear strategy to leverage the company's franchises and develop world class games.

Also confirmed is that the 'Eidos' brand will continue to be the brand identity for the business.

Yoichi Wada, President and CEO, Square Enix Holdings Co.,Ltd., said:

"This is an exciting beginning to what I believe will be an incredible journey. I am very happy that Phil Rogers has agreed to lead Eidos in what I see as an international marriage between our two companies, a marriage that will give birth to great things. Eidos is a content rich company and a culturally significant business to the Square Enix group."

Phil Rogers, CEO, Eidos, said:

"This is a watershed moment for Eidos. We have the backing of an incredible company which believes in our strategy and our people.

In the Square Enix group, we have a parent company, which I have held in high respect...
 

Speculation: The Real Deal on Sony's Next PSP Console

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283w ago - Sony has contended there is no PSP2 and they are telling the cold hard truth. There won't be a PSP2 coming for at least a couple more years.

That doesn't mean that some new PSP hardware isn't headed our way soon enough. Think more aesthetic changes, more along the lines of DS to DSLite but more substantial of a change.

We are not at liberty to divulge our sources. Rest assured all will be revealed during E3.

Let's take a look at some "Facts" from the Internet:

• UMD is dead. Sorry folks, UMD IS dead, they got this one right...
• Touch Screen. Many say that this is a given as this seems to be the trend the industry is heading towards. Well Sony boasts it's "Like No Other" and that is the truth, Sony doesn't follow trends, it sets them. There will be NO touchscreen in the next PSP.
• "Monstrous Hardware Specs" If that were the case, it WOULD be the PSP2, and the next PSP is NOT the PSP2, it's not the PSP-4000 either. In fact it's something entirely unique.

Now let's move onto the "Fiction":

• Release before Christmas 2009. We don't know an exact release date, but it's much sooner than anyone is expecting. One thing we are sure of is that it's definitely going to be before Holiday...
 
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