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GTA IV Multiplayer patch for PS3 due out today!

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328w ago - Rockstar and Sony plans to patch the PS3 version of Grand Theft Auto IV today to improve the multiplayer experience.

Speaking to Eurogamer, a Sony source explained that the patch would help by "reducing the loads on the servers at GameSpy and hopefully the completely random hangs that some users have seen".

PS3 owners who bought GTA IV last week have had to endure problems connecting to the multiplayer service almost from day one.

What's more, some reported random crashes, for which Rockstar suggested that erasing game data and reinstalling as a possible solution.

This week, UK chart monitor Chart-Track reported that 926,000 copies of GTA IV were sold during its first week on sale here - with 413,000 of going to PS3 owners.
 

No other PS3 HDD Configurations planned for Europe

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328w ago - Speaking at the SCEE PlayStation Day in London yesterday, SCEE president David Reeves said that PS3's hard drive is staying at 40GB in Europe for the foreseeable future.

"I don't know that any other hard drive configuration is even planned," he said when asked when an 80GB SKU - so popular in the US - would release in Europe.

Continuing on the topic of PS3 hard drives, Reeves went on to indicate that those looking to get involved with PlayTV in September are likely going to have to buy a new one.

"I think eventually, yes, it will be," Reeves said when asked if hard drive size was significant to the consumer SCEE's trying to reach in Europe.

"I think the person that wants to be multimedia - and when we bring out PlayTV, they're going to find that 40Gb is too small. But it's not proprietary. You can go out and you can just buy another hard drive and just plug it in.

"You know, hard drives are a commodity. Sony says, 'OK, we'll go with 40, we'll go with 60, we'll go with 80,' but Seagate, who produces hard drives, they might find that next year, for example, the cheapest hard drive is 120Gb.

I'm not saying we're launching it, but they might say, 'We're putting a zillion 120Gb hard drives into Vaio and Toshiba laptops,' right?...
 

MotorStorm 2 Demo before launch say Evolution Studios

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328w ago - Paul Hollywood, creative director at Evolution, said at Sony's PlayStation Day event that a demo for upcoming MotorStorm Pacific Rift is planned.

He also said the game will "be locked at 30 frames-per-second in 720p", something the pre-alpha demo version lacked at the event.

"Yes, there'll be a downloadable demo on the PSN Store before launch," said Evolution's Hollywood. "Autumn 2008 is when we're coming out. I don't know the date or what we're going to do with the demo - that'll be forthcoming."

MotorStorm is an arcade style racer so a stable frame rate is a must for the fast paced action. With the increase in the number of tracks and interaction of the environments its even more crucial to avoid drops.
 

Europe PS3 sales overtake X-Box 360

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328w ago - Sony's PlayStation 3 games console has outsold Microsoft's Xbox 360 in Europe, according to figures released by Sony. More than five million PS3s have been sold across the continent, Sony's David Reeves confirmed.

Speaking at a European PlayStation event in London, he said: "The numbers are a testament to the strength of the PlayStation brand."

He said PlayStation 3 had been outselling the Xbox 360 since October last year.

"We have sold more PlayStation 3's throughout Europe than Xbox 360 even though they launched 16 months before us."

Mr Reeves, head of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, also said 12 million PSP handheld consoles and 48 million PlayStation 2s had been sold in Europe.
 

Review: Crash Bandicoot for PSP

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328w ago - The fact that the PlayStation made gaming cool, hooking hordes of twenty-something trendies with its adult marketing and ruthless abandonment of childish characters in favor of games like Wipeout, is well documented.

But after the Playstation's first year, Sony was becoming anxious that maybe it had been too hasty in overlooking the younger market; perhaps the idea of a platform mascot wasn't so retrogressive. The revolutionary Mario 64 was proving a compelling vindication of an antiquated concept, and Sony was getting nervous.

Luckily, a little known development team called Naughty Dog was already well underway with a title to plug the gap. Seizing the opportunity, Sony snagged the publishing rights, introduced a hardware price cut, frog-marched Crash Bandicoot centre stage and sat back, anxious for its plan to take effect.

Though we can probably be thankful that Crash didn't end up being cemented as the Playstation's official mascot, we can be glad that the game performed well, especially seeing as 12 years later it has given the PSP store another classic title.

The story goes that on a trio of islands just South East of Australia, the evil Doctor Neo Cortex and his sidekick, Doctor Nitrus Brio, have created an 'Evolvo Ray' - no prizes for guessing what that does. Before long,...
 
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