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Counting Rupees: Take me to your lead platform

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332w ago - N'Gai Croal of Level Up recently pointed to an interesting development factoid from EA CEO John Riccitiello's 3rd quarter earnings call. A Cowen & Company analyst noted that many publishers have had difficulty in completing PS3 titles quickly and asked whether or not EA had made progress in narrowing the development times between PS3 and 360 games.

The answer appears to be that meeting technical specifications is no longer an issue for games where development led on the PS3 - but where development was either parallel or started on the 360, there's still a notable lag in speed and quality.

Croal e-mailed EA with an obvious follow-up question: If that delay can be eliminated by starting with the PS3, would EA consider mandating that development begin there? Director of Communications Jeff Brown responded that no, the company doesn't provide such edicts and that a number of factors are considered when selecting a game's development path. Why might this be the case? I think this decision probably makes sense from a business perspective for several reasons.

First of all, I suspect that some of this difference is probably illusory. It's well-known that the PS3 is more difficult to develop for than other consoles, which means that converting a game from a less complex to a more complex development...
 

Five Features That Will Make or Break Socom Confrontation

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332w ago - With the recent announcement that EGM's next cover story will feature Socom Confrontation, one can't help but get excited for the game, especially after it seemed to have fallen off the map last winter in terms of announcements and news.

The Socom franchise has been the backbone to Sony's online service since late 2002, providing players with competitive gameplay and extensive clan support. To help fill the void between what's rumored to be Zipper Interactive's next entry into the Socom world, Slant Six has promised to give fan's a chance to relive that classic Socom feel, which was undoubtedly absent from both Socom 3 and Combined Assault, by bringing back old maps such as Crossroads and focusing solely on the online multiplayer aspect of Confrontation.

However to the fan, that's easier said than done. Here are five features that will make or break Socom Confrontation.

1) Ignore Matchmaking

One of Socom's featured perks was always the ability to choose which map, game type and server you wanted to play in at any time. Not only did these options give players the option to play whatever they wish, but it also allowed clans easy access to meet up with each other and begin playing almost immediately. This feature also gave stat fan's the chance of bypassing an easy...
 

New Haze Screenshots for PS3

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332w ago - Haze, Ubisoft's new first-person shooter, is preparing to ship for PlayStation 3 in May. While Free Radical puts the finishing touches on the game, though, they're slowly releasing new in-game screenshots for Haze. You can see the five newest Haze screenshots below.

Quick game overview: Haze is a first-person shooter set in a harsh future where war is never quite what it seems. Gamers play both sides of the same war, either as an armed-to-the-teeth and Nectar-induced Mantel soldier, or as a cunning and think-on-the-fly Promise Hand rebel.

These new Haze screenshots provide a glimpse of playing as a Promise Hand rebel, with rebel-exclusive gameplay mechanics, weaponry and vehicular combat. You can click on any of the PS3 screenshots below to see it in high resolution.

Taking down the Land Carrier will require a full force land attack in a furious effort to strike a major blow to Mantel's presence, pic below and more screenshots can be seen at the link at the top of this article!
 

PlayStation Store Update for March 13, 2008

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332w ago - Per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PLAYSTATION Store) today:

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

Add-on Game Content:
Toy Home Expansion Pack ($6.99)
The Toy Home Expansion Pack adds even more racing fun to the miniature universe. This pack includes 6 new vehicles and 2 new playrooms, each with 3 separate configurations. Players will now be able to engage in 4-player battle both offline and online and check out their rankings online. Also included are a new set of courses in the single player mode and a free-run mode.
File size: 100 KB

PAIN Character: Nurse, Ginger ($0.99)
PAIN can hurt, but be careful - Sometimes your medical professional is really the one who needs help. Case in point, downloadable character Ginger, our on-site PAIN Nurse.
File size: 7.42 MB

PAIN Character: Cheerleader, Muffy ($0.99)
Gimme a P! Gimme an A! Gimme an I! Gimme an N! What does it spell!?!?? Umm...Can someone tell me what that spells, please? Yeah, that's Muffy, our new downloadable Cheerleader for PAIN.
File size: 4.68 MB

GUITAR HERO III: Dropkick Murphy's Track Pack (free)
"Famous for Nothing", "Flannigans Ball", "Johnny", "I Hardly Knew Ya", as performed by Dropkick Murphy's....
 

PS3 Firmware Update 2.17 released!

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332w ago - Update: Per Jeff Rubenstein (Social Media Manager, PlayStation Blog): In case you were wondering what it's all about, the operating stability of some online PS3 titles has been improved. Hope that clears things up!

It's now official- Sony has indeed skipped a retail release of PS3 Firmware 2.15 (Debug) in lieu of PS3 Firmware Update 2.17 which is out now via Network Update or below!

Download: PS3 FW Update 2.17 (US) / PS3 FW Update 2.17 (EU)

There isn't an official changelog available yet, but it appears to be primarily a bugfix update at this time.

Also, for what it's worth a little birdie told us Sony Devs already have 2.20 so perhaps another quick update will follow soon? :P
 
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