PSN now down, PS3 Firmware 2.40 rumored for July release

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304w ago - To quote Lestrade, Community Team Leader at the European PlayStation Forums:

PLAYSTATION®Network Downtime - Tuesday 24 June, 15:00-20:10 BST

The PLAYSTATION Network will be offline for 5 hours today from 3pm BST (4pm CEST) for maintenance work. It's pretty much all behind-the-scenes work and is, most definitely, not the 2.4 System Software update. Sorry, you need to wait a little longer for that one!

During this maintenance, the following online services may not be available:

- PSN account registration,
- PSN account sign-in,
- PSN account management,
- PlayStation Store purchases,
- online gaming, unless you are already logged in at 3pm
- forum login

In related news, self-proclaimed Sony employee Knight613 from GameFAQs states that PS3 Firmware v2.40 was supposed to come out on June 18th, but a bad error was found and needed fixing. Now the date is very early July (1st to 3rd), and the RC release is already ready... so it's just a matter of time.

To quote: 2.40 was supposed to come out June 18th actually... till they found a pretty bad error with the XMB and had to fix it. New date is supposedly July 2ndish,...
 

Sony: More MGS4 PS3 bundles coming in early July

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304w ago - With the Metal Gear Solid 4 80GB PlayStation 3 bundle in short supply, according to Sony, more shipments will become available to retailers soon.

"Due to overwhelming demand, the product is currently unavailable. The new estimated time of arrival date for when this will be available is the beginning of July," a Sony Style representative said.

Sony has yet to release any information about stock, but promised that it is working for additional shipments.

"While we can't provide specifics on inventory levels, the Metal Gear Solid 4 PlayStation 3 bundle is a limited-edition offering that's experiencing high demand from Metal Gear and PlayStation enthusiasts," the SCEA statement read.

"We're pleased with the strong consumer interest in the bundle and are working to ensure that additional shipments are provided to retailers."
 

WWDC 2008: iPhone Games Hit in July

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306w ago - At its Worldwide Developers Conference today, Apple announced that the first full-fledged games for iPhone will be released alongside the launch of iPhone App Store this July.

SEGA's Super Monkey Ball will be one of the initial launch titles, featuring a whopping 110 stages spanning five worlds. Pricing is set at $9.99.

Other titles shown at the conference include Enigmo, Cro-Mag Rally, and a God of War-like 3D action game. Games less than 10 MB in size can be downloaded directly via the iPhone.

If larger, you'll have to use WiFi connection or iTunes on the PC. Pricing for future games will be ultimately up to the developers themselves, with Apple taking a 30 percent royalty cut.
 

Metallic Blue PSP Hits Japan This July

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307w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment Japan today announced plans to release two new PSP hardware bundle packages on July 17.

The value pack consists of a Metallic Blue colored PSP, along with a pouch, hand strap, cloth, a 32MB Memory Stick, and a D Terminal AV Cable.

Then there's the 1 Seg Pack, which includes the same PSP, in addition to a 1GB Memory Stick and 1 Seg TV tuner. Both packs will retail for 23,800 yen and 29,800 yen respectively.

Press Release: Tokyo, June 3, 2008 - Sony Computer Entertainment Japan (SCEJ), a division of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) responsible for business operations in Japan, today announced that it would release two PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) packs in "Metallic Blue" color, "PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) Metallic Blue Value Pack" and "PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) Metallic Blue 1 Seg Pack," featuring a new color for the summer season. Beginning Thursday July 17th, 2008, "PSP Metallic Blue Value Pack" and "PSP Metallic Blue 1 Seg Pack" will be released as a limited offer at recommended retail prices of 23,800 yen (including tax) and 29,800 yen (including tax) respectively.

"PSP Metallic Blue Value Pack" comprises a new "Metallic Blue" PSP, pouch, hand strap, cloth, a 32MB Memory Stick™ Duo, as well as a "D...
 







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