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Network issues with 1.92? Sony is aware and trying to fix it

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360w ago - We've received many, many complaints from PlayStation 3 owners who are complaining that after upgrading to firmware 1.92, they've been unable to connect to the PlayStation Network, the Store, or the Warhawk servers. The problem seems to happen immediately after the upgrade, but for some people (PS3 Fanboy writers included) the issue will crop up randomly days later.

We contacted Patrick Seybold, Sony's Senior PR manager, about the ongoing network issues and he confirmed that Sony is indeed aware of it and are actively working on a fix. When he gets more details, he said he'd pass it on to us and of course we'll let you know as soon as we hear anything.

It's frustrating when a minor firmware patch breaks something major, but it's good to know that Sony is actively researching methods to ease our pain. Put down your pitchforks and torches folks, hopefully we'll all be playing Warhawk again soon.
 

Condemned 2: Bloodshot preview!

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360w ago - Monolith Productions is a developer in a prime position to shed some light on the situation, having achieved critical and retail success with their launch title Condemned: Criminal Origins, and working on their follow-up with the upcoming sequel, Condemned 2: Bloodshot. "There is a certain satisfaction in taking on major challenges and overcoming them -- and this was definitely a major challenge. Sega also wanted us to hit the launch date... [and] gave us great testing and localization support to help make sure that we did hit our dates," says producer David Hasle, who later adds, "We knew that being present at launch would provide us more time to get more game titles developed internally at Monolith Productions for the 360 over the course of the lifespan of the 360 so this was seen as a good business decision. Plus being one of six or seven games is better than being one of 50 or 60 games on the shelf at your local game store."

The making of Condemned 2 is not just about redressing past mistakes, but also about implementing new features with the intention of enriching the gameplay experience. A prime example includes the inclusion of multiplayer gameplay, a particularly intriguing gesture considering the visceral experience that Condemned's combat engine imposes on the player in that first-person beat-them-to-a-pulp...
 

Grateful Dead Revived for Rock Band

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360w ago - Harmonix and MTV Games announced today that they are partnering with Rhino Entertainment to bring 18 psychedelic tracks from legendary rockers the Grateful Dead to Rock Band in the form of downloadable content. No word yet on how the tracks will be distributed, whether in the form of albums or smaller packages, but confirmed songs include "Casey Jones," "Sugar Magnolia," "Touch of Grey," "Truckin'," and "Uncle John's Band."

"Grateful Dead's unique fusion of rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, and jazz challenged traditional musical boundaries and pushed the limits of creativity to produce a signature sound that is undeniably their own," said Paul DeGooyer, senior VP of audio, home video and electronic games at MTV. "With an enormous legion of fans all over the world, Rock Band will give players a chance to interact with the music of these beloved rock pioneers and experience what Grateful Dead did best -- jam from the depths of their souls."

The 18 Grateful Dead tracks join previously confirmed complete albums Nevermind by Nirvana and Who's Next by The Who among of the ranks of downloadable content for Rock Band, along with unrevealed tracks from Metallica.

Also new on the Rock Band front are four new disc-based tracks, confirmed during a playtest of the head-to-head drum battles by IGN. The new...
 

Redesigned PSPs reportedly in stores now from $169

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360w ago - Sony announced in a press release on Wednesday that the newly updated PSP 2000 is in stores now from $169.

PSP "Slim" (or 2000 as it's officially called) in stores now
The revamped units, first unveiled at E3 2007, are 33 percent lighter and 19 percent slimmer than original models. HD video and audio out have been added in addition to optimized memory for reduced loading times.

"PSP sales have soared since we introduced the $169.99 price point in April, and that momentum will only continue with the launch of the newly designed PSP," said Jack Tretton, president of Sony Computer Entertainment of America amid criticisms that the handheld lacks compelling software.

The redesigned PSP comes in three models; Piano Black for $169, a Ceramic White Star Wars bundle for $199, and the Ice Silver Daxter Entertainment bundle for $199.

An estimated 23 million PSP units have been sold worldwide compared to 49 million DS units.
 

Sony: Over 40 playable PS3 games at Tokyo Show

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360w ago - Sony unveiled a partial list of playable games to be shown at the Tokyo Game Show later this month including at least five unannounced games.

Houston, we've got playable games. The Sony booth is also said to feature gameplay videos of more than 50 different PS3 games in addition to a testing area for the console's latest firmware update.

The incomplete list of playable games are as follows:

  • Agalest War (Idea Factory)
  • Spider-Man 3 (Activision)
  • Transformers (Activision)
  • Pirates of the Carribean World's End (Disney)
  • FIFA 08 World Class Soccer (EA)
  • NBA Live 08 (EA)
  • Need For Speed: Pro Street (EA)
  • Harry Potter And the Order of the Phoenix (EA)
  • Railfan (Ongakukan)
  • Devil May Cry 4 (Capcom)
  • PixelJunk Racers (Q-Games)
  • Unannounced Title (Q Entertainment)
  • G1 Jockey 4 2007 (Koei)
  • Dynasty Warriors 6 (koei)
  • Oblivion (Spike)
  • Tony Hawk Project 8 (Spike)
  • Sega Rally (Sega)
  • Imabi Kisou (Sega)
  • Oideyo! LocoRoco Buu Buu Cocoreccho (Sony)
  • The Eye of Judgment (Sony)
  • Echochrome: The Infinite Gallery (Sony)
  • Go! Sports Ski (Sony)
  • Heavenly Sword (Sony)
  • LittleBigPlanet...
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