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Is the new PlayStation Store better than Microsoft's Marketplace?

332w ago - There's no doubt that PlayStation 3 owners have been breathing a little easier of late. A price drop and some excellent software - with a lot more on the horizon, including some great exclusives like Metal Gear Solid, Little Big Planet, Killzone 2 and Gran Turismo 5 - have helped even up the scales in the PS3/Xbox360 debate.

But there has been one lingering sore point: the PlayStation Network. Nobody who's used both this and Xbox Live can seriously say that Sony's implementation is superior. Basically, Xbox Live allows Microsoft to do what it does best, which is to build infrastructure. It's also now well into its second iteration and whilst it's not perfect, the overall experience leaves Sony's efforts way behind.

The Store has been a particular pain. Its layout was barely logical and basic navigation tasks were inconsistently handled. The wallet system had some merit, especially if you had several accounts on the one machine, but it was broadly acknowledged that Sony needed to get its online house in order.

Last week, the new PlayStation store rolled out (alongside the latest firmware update, which will finally allow owners of 7.1 surround systems to take advantage of all their speakers) and it's a much-improved experience. It's still a long way from perfect and there...

Call of Duty 4 Variety Map Pack Hits PS3 April 24!

332w ago - Activision today sent word that the Call of Duty 4 Variety Map Pack for PlayStation 3 will hit later this week on Thursday, to coincide with the weekly PS Store update. This applies to Europe as well, not only North America.

At $9.99, pricing is identical to the Xbox 360 version of the map pack, as are the set of four maps included.

Additionally, in celebration of the map pack's release, Activision and Infinity Ward will be hosting a Double XP weekend for both regions from Friday, April 25 to Sunday, April 27.

Also on Friday, gamers can play with Infinity Ward developers from 11AM to 2PM PDT and from 5 PM to 8 PM PDT.

PS3 Video Download Service Launches Summer 2008

332w ago - According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, which cites anonymous film studio executives, Sony is set to launch its online video download service later this summer.

As rumors have previously suggested, sources close to the LA Times say that the online store will closely integrated with Sony's PlayStation Network. Among the store's initial offerings are said to be movies and television shows.

It's no secret that a video store is coming. The only question is when. If this report is to be believed, the service will launch in summer. Which makes sense, considering the annual E3 Business and Media Summit kicks off in July.

Silent Hill V: Now Silent Hill Homecoming

332w ago - Konami has announced that Silent Hill V will now be called 'Silent Hill Homecoming'. The game will be released end of September in Europe.

The story follows Alex Shepherd, returning to his hometown of Shepherd's Glen to investigate the sudden disappearance of his brother. From Shepherd's Glen to Silent Hill, Alex must face the darkest of horrors in order to find his brother.

Struggling with his own grip on reality, Alex must unravel the mystery behind his nightmares, discover the truth behind his brother's disappearance, and confront the evil lurks in the seemingly empty streets of Silent Hill.

The game features an improved combat system that will help you fend off wave after wave of bloody deformed enemies.

The first Silent Hill to enter the next-gen world and it promises to be a good one, but only time will tell.

With new improved graphics expect even more blood and even more gore.. you have been warned!

Videos and screenshots can be found here!

Where's my Mac clone? You're fired!

332w ago - I've got to admit I'm entranced by the latest series of The Apprentice, because all the tasks that the teams are given seem designed to show up the fact that nobody in Britain makes anything any more, and so doesn't understand supply chains.

They can talk all the tosh they like about being the global sales manager, but when it comes to making things, like meals or printing photos, they're all at sea, because they can't seem to get all the bits together at the right time. And if you can't supply, you can't sell.

In the most recent episode they were tasked with making money from photographing people in the Bluewater shopping centre. One of the teams, brilliantly, found a David Beckham lookalike to pose with the punters.

It should have been candy from a baby, money for old rope, loadsamoney. But it wasn't, because for both teams the back office fell apart. No photos, no money.

And so we turn to Psystar, a (very) little company based in Miami, which last Sunday appears to have tipped off the Mac Rumors Web site about its latest project. The message posted via the site's "tips" link was commendably brief:

"PC running Leopard with no modifications", it said, with a link to a web page touting a new product - a PC that it said would run Apple's OS X 10.5, aka "Leopard"...
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