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GC 08: PSP 3000 Available Bundled with Software in Europe Only!

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309w ago - Those of you looking to upgrade your existing PSP to a PSP 3000 this October, prepare yourself - the console will only be available to buy in a package bundled with software.

Speaking to SCEE President David Reeves broke the news that those of you looking to pick one up at launch will be forced to buy some software with it.

"We're going to introduce PSP-3000 in October, and this will be sold initially as part of a bundle, with a piece of software. During this period, PSP-2000 will remain as the base PSP model."

SCEE confirmed that the PSP 3000 will only be available to purchase in Europe in a bundle packaged with either FIFA 09, Buzz! Master Quiz or Harry Potter. Part of us wonders whether the bundle will be used to justify the 30 Euro price-hike over the existing model.

PSP 3000 was announced at GC yesterday sporting an improved screen and in-built microphone. The console goes on sale across Europe on October 15th for 199 Euros.
 

Software Enables PS2 to Play Online Videos

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311w ago - A company called BroadQ LLC has unveiled a software application that allows the PS2 to play video content on the Internet. It is due to go on sale for $50 this fall.

To quote: In addition to these capabilities, users can customize Qtv. For example, while using API (application programming interface) available from online video distributors, users can set keywords related to their favorite videos on the Website run by BroadQ.

Using the company's system, users can choose and display videos related to those keywords on their terminals.

BroadQ is planning to release Qtv at US$49.95 sometime around fall 2008. Also, it is planning to disclose and sell its software applications for mobile phones and PCs at the same time.

In addition to selling the software by itself, the company is considering incorporating its software applications in set top boxes and other items manufactured by other companies.
 

Hardware & Software Chart for Week Ending July 18th, 2008

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313w ago - VGChartz reports that their estimated worldwide hardware and software chart for week ending July 18th, 2008 is as follows:

Hardware Totals: [Last Week #]

DSL: 465,874 (-2%) [476,583]
Wii: 367,552 (+8%) [338,884]
PSP: 228,299 (+12%) [203,993]
360: 164,980 (+46%) [113,345]
PS3: 157,990 (-12%) [178,948]
PS2: 105,041 (+7%) [98,033]

Top 15 Software Worldwide:

1. Dragon Quest V (DS) 679,461 679,461 [NEW]
2. Wii Sports (Wii) 329,968 26,207,276
3. NCAA Football 09 (360) 290,627 290,627 [NEW]
4. Wii Fit (Wii) 177,528 5,807,191
5. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) 173,879 6,435,346
6. Pokemon Mysterious Dungeon 2: Time / Darkness (DS) 158,526 2,817,388
7. Wii Play (Wii) 153,390 13,694,627
8. Gundam Battle Universe (PSP) 152,722 152,722 [NEW]
9. NCAA Football 09 (PS3) 124,663 124,663 [NEW]
10. Super Smash Bros Brawl (Wii) 111,602 6,318,173
11. Guitar Hero: On Tour (DS) 99,760 602,040
12. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3) 95,680 2,577,415
13. Nintendogs (DS) 76,133 19,038,481
14. New Super Mario Bros (DS) 73,405 15,072,890
15. Brain Training (DS) 71,851 13,619,456

Other New Releases:

16. NCAA Football 09 (PS2) 71,288 71,288 [NEW]...
 

Burnout Paradise' Cagney Software Update is now available for PS3

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315w ago - The 3rd FREE update to Burnout Paradise, codenamed Cagney is now available in Japan and will be hitting the rest of Asia, North America and Europe tomorrow morning (10th) at the same time... that's:

9:00am GMT
1:00am Pacific Time (US)
4:00am Eastern Time (US)
10:00am BST (British Summer Time)
11:00am for the rest of Europe

We look forward to seeing PS3 fans in Paradise City tomorrow, and trying out our 3 new online game modes, special calendar events, new cars, 70 multi-part, timed Freeburn Challenges and a wealth of improvements to the existing game.
 

SCEA announces 2008 and Early 2009 Software Line Up

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323w ago - SCEA announced today a line up of software titles set to launch over the remainder of 2008 and early 2009 exclusively for PS3, PSP, and PSN.

Press Release:

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) today announced a line up of highly-anticipated software titles set to launch over the remainder of 2008 and early 2009 exclusively for PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system, PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system, and PLAYSTATION(R)Network.

A mix of original concepts as well as franchise mainstays, the upcoming list of software includes more than 15 games across all PlayStation(R) platforms. The robust line up demonstrates the depth of content coming to PlayStation, and further emphasizes SCEA's commitment to providing the widest range of gaming options to consumers.

"For the second half of 2008 and beyond, we will see a spectacular line up of triple-A titles and original gaming content that will satisfy PlayStation fans across the board," said Scott A. Steinberg, vice president, product marketing, SCEA. "Highly anticipated games such as Resistance 2(TM), LittleBigPlanet(TM), and Killzone(TM) 2, along with original content such as SIREN: Blood Curse and PixelJunk(TM) Eden, demonstrate SCEA's passion to lead the market by continuing to deliver unique gaming...
 
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