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Sony to launch fourth version of PS2 by Diwali

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316w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) will be launching the fourth version of PlayStation 2 (PS2) by Diwali this year. This will simultaneously be released in the European and Indian markets, said SCE country manager (PlayStation) Atindriya Bose to ET.

The higher-end version promises to be slimer, sleeker and more suave in its looks. There will be no more external AC adapters, all of which will be in-built and the product price will also be the same as the earlier version (Rs 6,990).

SCE India will also be launching the playstation network for their PlayStation 3 in India, which will allow gamers to download free games and also buy them online. This portal is already available in the US and Europe.

"The PlayStation Network is ready for India. It is only the integration of the payment gateway that needs to be done." said Mr Bose. We shall launch it by the end of this fiscal, he added.

Sony PlayStation, over the last 13 years, has evolved as every gamers aspiration. It has its own cult following and to grow this base, SCE wants to market PS2 as gaming console for novices of all age groups and class.

"PS2 is an entry-level console, which helps first timers to enter the gaming zone," said Mr Bose. While PS3 failed to make as great an impact as PS2, SCE wants...
 

Insider reveals XMB Firmware v2.40 features, set for E3 launch

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317w ago - Update: Since the original story went live, further information regarding the inclusion of trophies in the 2.40 update became available. As expected full 2D trophy support will be in the XMB update and there will be four types: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

Platinum is only awarded when you have collected all other trophies in a game. Also there are no gamer points, it's all done via a levelling up system. Think Call of Duty 4 leveling up system, we reckon.

According to Future Publishing, an insider has dropped by to tell them that firmware v2.40 is set to launch in around three weeks time and has also revealed all the features.

The XMB features that you will be able to access in game include - friend category, messages, manage downloads, set vibration, sign in to PSN, register friends, bluetooth devices, music category, use system BGM, work system BGM operation panel, settings, assign controllers, view profiles, game category, set audio devices and use the voice channel. The update will allow you to play back custom tracks in-game from XMB music column although it's not sure if this is only compatible with new titles.

To quote: A quick look at the diary reveals that E3 is just under three weeks away. It doesn't take a genius to see that Sony's pre-E3 conference would...
 

MGS4 Official Malaysia Launch on June 11th, 2008

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321w ago - Metal Gear fans rejoice! PlayStation 3 game Metal Gear Solid 4 will be released exclusively for Malaysian on June 11, 2008!

ConsoleGame.com.my proudly collaborate with partner retailer, TecAsia, Malaysia largest IT superstore as main venue sponsor and endorsed with full support by Play Interactive Software Sdn Bhd, Malaysia Konami exclusive distributor, to officially launch this long awaited PS3 exclusive title, "METAL GEAR SOLID 4: Guns of The Patriots"

Event details as following:

- Date: 11 June 2008 (Wednesday)
- Time: 7.30pm until mid-night
- Venue: TecAsia, Lowyat Plaza Level 4, Kuala Lumpur

If you are a real Metal Gear Solid fans, don't miss this event as there will be lots of exclusive goodies & activities only for those who pre-order! Attractive prizes such as the Limited Edition PS3 MGS4 Bundle Gun Metal to be won, Sony 32" Bravia LCD TV, Sony 5.2 Channel Home Theater System and 12" Medicom MGS4 Limited Edition Action Figure!

Furthermore, you will stand a chance to buy MGS4 Limited Edition at normal edition price. We will have 10 units for those lucky ones.

Non-gamers do not fret, TecAsia will be having a special midnight SALES! Shop till you drop with super deals at TecAsia on 11 June 08!

Pre-order cards...
 

Sumitomo Chemical to Launch Large Organic EL Panels in 2009

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323w ago - Sumitomo Chemical Co. said Friday that in 2009, it plans to launch the production and sales of large-screen organic electroluminescence display panels for use in televisions of 40 inches or larger.

President Hiromasa Yonekura said his company is considering forming alliances for the development of such organic panels.

EL panels are thinner than liquid display panels and consume less power.

Sumitomo Chemical is developing so-called macromolecule-type organic EL panels. Because these can be produced through an ink-jet printing process, it is possible to lower production costs and make large displays, a company spokesman said.
 

European DualShock 3 launch imminent says SCEE president

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324w ago - Speaking at the SCEE PlayStation Day in London yesterday, SCEE president David Reeves confirmed that DualShock 3 will be launching in Europe very soon.

"The DualShock 3 launch is imminent," he told us in answer to a remark we made on the fact a Sixaxis is included in the newly-announced European MGS4 bundle.

The Euro boss gave no other hint as to when we're specifically going to see the controller over here, or whether or not we've going to see it release before Metal Gear's launch on June 12.
 
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