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Sony PlayStation Store (US) Update for February 12, 2009

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288w ago - Here we go again, courtesy of PlayStation Store Seniro Manager Grace Chen via PS Blog:

Hey, everyone. It's time again for the weekly PlayStation Store update.

Get in the spring spirit with the new "PSN Spring Fever" section of the PlayStation Store featuring games, trailers, and themes available for download with the launch of Flower today!

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Video: Flower Available Today on Sony's PlayStation Network

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288w ago - PSN Associate Producer Randall Lowe reminds us that Flower for PS3 is available today via PlayStation Network. To quote:

We are delighted to remind you that Flower will be available TODAY on PSN for $9.99. No matter what type of gamer you are, we think you'll find something in Flower that you enjoy.

Our friends at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe put together this great trailer – it features the song "Catch The Wind" – to celebrate the game's launch today. Both the trailer and the developer diary video will be available on the store today as well.





Sit back, relax and enjoy!
 

Sony PlayStation Home Update: Ninja And Pirate Costumes

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288w ago - PlayStation Home Community Manager CydoniaX shared news today of new virtual items at the PlayStation Home mall, including ninja and pirate costumes as follows:

We've got some big plans for PlayStation Home coming up, some of which may involve ninjas and street fighters. We thought that would grab your attention. It did for us at SCEA.

And as we continue to expand upon existing content with PlayStation Home spaces, we've introduced a leaderboard for the Red Bull Air Race in the Red Bull space.

We recently made the most of these new leaderboards with a contest to see who could get the highest scores. Shopaholics rejoice too, you'll find some cool new virtual items at the mall, including ninja and pirate costumes.

As you may have heard, Capcom is set to expand its blockbuster franchises globally with Street Fighter and Resident Evil within PlayStation Home.

Resident Evil 5 fans can launch straight from PlayStation Home into the game. And for the Street Fighter fans, Capcom is bringing Street Fighter IV costumes and additional themed content to PlayStation Home, much of which will be unlocked through in-game actions.

I know that is a lot to digest, but that's not all ... in the next few months, gamers will find even more clothing, furniture...
 

Sony: PlayStation 3 is Future-Proof, Will Last Longer Than PS2

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289w ago - Against all odds, the PlayStation 2 is still hanging around, though it's ailing rapidly. According to Sony though, the PlayStation 3 will last even longer. To quote:

Speaking to T3 via [Register or Login to view links], a Sony rep made a statement that discourages the thought of expecting a PlayStation 4 anytime soon.

"PS2 was still going strong after eight years, and with the power the Cell processor provides, not to mention the fact that PS3 is inherently future-proof, we see the PS3 sales curve far outlasting that of PS2."

Meanwhile, most analysts seem to think that new consoles will be hitting in 2011 or 2012. The PlayStation 3 is indeed a powerful console, so it'll be interesting to see if developers can continue unlocking the machine's full potential four or even five years down the road.
 

Rumor: Intel Will Design the Sony PlayStation 4 GPU?

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289w ago - TheInquirer (linked above) claims to have been informed by a Sony Rep at CES that Intel bought the win, and will design the PlayStation 4 GPU. Until confirmation directly from Sony is available we'll label this as a rumor, but to quote:

The nice Sony engineering lady at CES told us that Intel essentially bought the win, a theoretically good architecture, no imminent threats of going bust, and not being hated by Sony all contributed too.

With a couple of deliverables satisfied, the PS4 GPU belongs to Intel. No word if this is going to be the entire architecture, CPU as well, or not. That, from what we are told, is not final yet.

Moving on to the the XBox3 GPU, also due in 2012, we hear strong rumors (but have not confirmed yet) that it is an ATI design. Given the close ties between ATI and MS over DirectX, the bad blood between Nvidia and MS over the grand Nvidia DX10 neutering, plus memories of the XBox1, this is not a surprise either. The bed was made for short-term profits years ago, time to lie in it.

That brings us to the Wii2, also due around the same time. Given that the ArtX / ATI guys have won about every Nintendo GPU since they went 3D, this one appears to be a no-brainer. If you take into account that it will likely be evolutionary, it is almost assuredly an ATI win as...
 
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