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Video: Burnout Paradise's New Island Detailed, Heading to PSN

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322w ago - Ready to check out "Big Surf Island"? Burnout Paradise is expanding quite a bit in 2009, and that includes a brand new island to drive around.

The premium DLC won't be free, but considering how much Criterion has already added to the game, we don't mind the opportunity to finally give them money for something.

The island is all about crazy jumps, as this new episode of the CrashTV podcast reveals.

The video is available below, courtesy of Joystiq. Enjoy!




 

Sony Talks PS3 Home, Coming By Year-End But Still In BETA

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322w ago - It feels as though I've been writing about PlayStation Home for years. I haven't, it's only been months in reality, but with its release being delayed constantly, known and unknown development issues, and questions still remaining, it feels like the service has been a long time coming. Which makes any official word from Sony very interesting indeed.

Jack Buser, the director of PlayStation Home, recently sat down with IGN to discuss Home. He talks about why we should care about it, what experience it will give us, and what is it with all these delays.

He explains that Home is going to be a place to meet friends online, to find gamers of the same skill level and into the same games as you. It's going to replace the arcade as the place to make new friends and share your hobby with them. All in all, Sony is excited about Home, and so, apparently should you be.

Great, so where is it and when can we, the great unwashed who haven't been invited to try the closed beta be able to experience the joys of Home? Buser claims the service is now entering the final stages of closed beta, with the open beta very close to launch. And he goes one further by stating:

"Like we've said, we're excited about moving PlayStation Home into its Open Beta stage this year. Once we make the...
 

Sony's PSP2 Graphics Processor Revealed?

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322w ago - A British company may have won the contract to design and build the next-generation graphics processor for the PSP2. Imagination Technologies Group announced in a press release this week that the company has signed a license agreement with a new partner, "a major consumer electronics company."

Industry sources say that the partner is almost certainly Sony, and that the SGX55x graphics chip will be used in the upcoming PSP2.

The secrecy on the part of Imagination Technologies makes sense, because Sony is understandably unwilling to announce its plans for a PSP successor just yet. Imagination's PowerVR MBX chip is already being used in the Apple iPhone, so Sony finds itself in good company with this manufacturer.

The SGX55x chip promises to be much more powerful than what is currently found in the PSP. At the moment, the PSP uses a proprietary GPU designed by Sony that is very similar to the older graphics processor in the PS2.

PSP GPU Specifications:
166 mhz core speed
2 MB VRAM
Up to 33 million polygons per second
664 million pixels per second (fill rate)

PowerVR SGX530 Specifications:
200 MHz Core Speed
 

European PSN Store Update for November 27th, 2008

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322w ago - Hey everyone. Here's another update for the European PlayStation Store. Age of Booty finally appears in the region with some good demos you should give all a try.

Here's the full list and Happy Thanksgiving day!

Full Games

* Age of Booty (£7.99)
* Syndicate Wars (PS1 game) (£3.99)

PS3 Demos

* Age of Booty demo (free)
* Dead Space demo (free)
* GTI Club+ demo (free)

Add-on Content

* LittleBigPlanet Chimera costume (£1.59)
* LittleBigPlanet Thanksgiving costume (free)
* G1 Jockey 4 add-on (free)
* Far Cry 2 "Fortunes" add-on pack (£7.99)
* Rock Band DLC (listed after the break)
* Guitar Hero World Tour DLC (listed after the break)

PS3 Videos

* Tomb Raider Underworld video
* Resistance 2 trailer
* Resistance 2 TV ad
* Shoot! episode 2 "Citizen Hero"
* Shoot! episode 2 behind the scenes video
* Shoot! episode 2 interview
* Shoot! episode 2 one-minute pitch
* Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm trailer

PS3 Themes

* High Velocity Bowling "Foxy and Chastity" theme (free)

Rock Band DLC

The Killers 3 Pack (£2.59)

* "Mr. Brightside"...
 

PS3 Sales Stagnate; Nintendo DS, PSP, XBox 360, Wii All Going Up

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322w ago - The PlayStation 3 and PS2 were the only platforms that didn't receive a significant boost this week as the end-of-year climb finally begins.

The DS and PSP platforms are both up nearly 20k units, the 360 almost doubled last week's effort from 8k to 15.5k, and the Wii is up 10k units from the previous week.

Defying the weekly gains for every other platform, the PS3 sold only 17.4k units this week, exactly (for our purposes) what it sold last week. As we look for continued increases in hardware next week, will the PS3 be along for the ride?

Hardware:

- DS+ 107,423
- PSP 61,226
- Wii 35,298
- PS3 17,436
- 360 15,474
- PS2 5,281
 
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