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SingStar ABBA Announced, PS Exclusivity until December 2009

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307w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment Europe today announced a collaboration with ABBA to bring the band's best loved tracks to SingStar for both PlayStation®2 and PLAYSTATION®3. Owners of either system will now be able to sing along with some of the most iconic pop tracks of all time including 'Mamma Mia', 'Gimme Gimme Gimme', 'Waterloo' and 'Dancing Queen'.

Press Release: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, ABBA and Universal Music Announce Collaboration on SingStar® SingStar® ABBA Available For This Christmas, Exclusively on PlayStation®

SingStar ABBA is being developed in full collaboration with ABBA and Universal Music Group in Sweden, which manages the rights to the ABBA brand. The terms of the agreement include a window of exclusivity for disc-based PlayStation titles until December 2009.

ABBA's recordings have sold an estimated 370 million units worldwide. Their 1992 album, "Gold," is one of the most popular albums of all time, with sales of 26 million copies.

The SingStar agreement comes as the music of ABBA enjoys a renewed surge of popularity worldwide, sparked by the huge success of the film, "Mamma Mia!" Global sales of the soundtrack album, released by Universal Music Group, the world's leading music company, are now approaching 3 million.
 

Resistance 2: Collector's Edition details announced!

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308w ago - The box art itself still hasn't been shown on Amazon (but it should come soon, as the IGN voting for the boxart earlier this week is already over for the US). The one below is simply of the three candidates (and the obvious favorite).

But until now, we haven't really known what was going to be the in CE edition of the game. Amazon's got the lowdown on what will come for your $80.

Like a lot of CE versions of games these days, Resistance 2 will come with a bonus disc with behind-the-scenes footage, video commentary from Insomniac themselves, and a video dubbed "Twisted History" chronology video.

Of course, there's more. It also comes with an exclusive multiplayer skin (HVAP Wraith), a double-sided art book 'covering a war-torn America from two unique perspectives', and even a sneak peek at the soon-to-happen Resistance novel "The Gathering Storm." Yeah, they're doing one too.

Finally (yes, there's STILL more), a 5.5″ figurine of a Chimera Hybrid will come with the package (holding a Bullseye).
 

Two new PlayStation 3 Bundles Announced for Europe

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309w ago - Sony Entertainment has revealed two new PS3 packs. They are an 80GB PS3, with two Dual Shock 3's and GT 5 Prologue for 449 Euro's. While the other pack will see a 80GB PS3, DualShock 3 and a specific movie sold at 399 Euro's.

The packs go on sale September 10th and October 29th respectively according to French site GameKyo (linked above).

449€: PS3 80Go + two Dual Shock 3 + Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (Septembre 10th)

399€: PS3 80Go + Dual Shock 3 + Blu-Ray Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis (October 29th)
 

MGS5 Announced? Payton mentions Title's Development

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309w ago - If you've been amazed by the technical prowess of MGS4, you may have been saddened to know that the title was the last game in the series. Or was it? In an interview with Kotaku, former Assistant Producer at Kojima Productions Ryan Payton (widely credited with the Westernized control scheme for MGS4), mentioned his reasons for leaving the company and memories of developing the acclaimed title.

At the very end of the interview, he revealed something that all Metal Gear fans wanted to hear. "It'll be hard not being involved in MGS5, but I've got the utmost confidence that Hideo Kojima, Ken Imaizumi, and our amazing team will put together another blockbuster game. I'll be cheering from the sidelines," Payton said.

This isn't the only Metal Gear news that has been released recently. According to an interview with Eurogamer, Hideo Kojima himself noted that MGS4 probably isn't possible to be made on the 360 because of the optimization for the PS3, physical media differences between Blu-ray and DVD and technology issues.

However, he did mention that technological issues might not be a problem farther along in the future. "If the hardware technology rises then obviously, you know, [my future games] won't be based on the hardware anymore. Probably I will first create the software and then, um,...
 

PSP-3000 Announced; Official Press Release provides many Details

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310w ago - At Sony's ongoing conference at Games Convention 2008 in Leipzig, SCEE president David Reeves announced that the long-rumored PSP-3000 goes on sale this fall worldwide, pinning an October 15 date for EMEA territories.

As expected, the new model is a hardware refresh, adding a built-in microphone, as well as an enhanced LCD screen with significantly less glare and more vibrant colors. Cosmetically, the PSP-3000 sports slightly smoother curves compared to the design of the current Slim & Lite revision.

It'll ship in eight separate hardware bundle packages in Europe, with each priced at 199€.

For those of us outside of Europe, SCEA has confirmed that the PSP-3000 will be sold initially in North America through the previously announced Ratchet & Clank Entertainment Pack on October 14, as well as a new 4GB Entertainment Pack due out in November.

Both packs will cost $199.99. A standalone pack with the updated model, still priced at $169.99, will be available "later this year."

Press Release: Hitting the PAL Market in October 2008

Leipzig Games Convention, August 2008 - Sony Computer Entertainment IEurope. (SCEE) today announced that it would launch a new PSPâ„¢ (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system (PSP-3000) with an advanced...
 
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