SCEJ: PSP Firmware 5.0 on October 15, PS Store for PSP Screens

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288w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment Japan has confirmed that the PS Store for PSP will officially launch on October 15, 2008 coinciding with PSP Firmware Update 5.0.

The update will add an XMB icon which will allow users to access the PlayStation Store directly from their PSP consoles. Sony will then begin offering downloadable UMD-based titles on the same day as their retail release.

In related news, IGN has made available the first PlayStation Store for PSP screens along with a description on how you use the store.

To quote: Users will need to connect directly to PlayStation Network from PSP via Wi-Fi connection, and then register for a PlayStation Network account to access the PlayStation Store on the XMBTM (XrossMediaBar) of PSP. PlayStation Network account for PS3/ PC can also be used.

Press Release: PLAYSTATION®STORE FOR PSP® (PLAYSTATION®PORTABLE)
TO BECOME AVAILABLE ON OCTOBER 15TH

Users Can Access Directly to PlayStation Store from PSP with over 250 Downloadable Content and Services

Sony Computer Entertainment Japan (SCEJ), a division of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. responsible for business operations in Japan, announced today that it would open PlayStation®Store for PSP®...
 

Rumor: PS3 Firmware 2.50 to Arrive between October 13th to 19th

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288w ago - TheSixthAxis (linked above) is reporting that the PS3 Firmware v2.50 update will be released sometime in the week, between the 13th and 19th of October.

To quote:

Our friends over at eLhabib have just let us know that the next PS3 Firmware update will be between the 13th and the 19th of October.

Basically, at some point next week. There should also be another PSP update around the same time.
 

PlayStation Store (US) Update for October 9th, 2008

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288w ago - Per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PLAYSTATION Store) today:

Hey, everyone. It's time again for the PLAYSTATION Store weekly update. Enjoy!

Qore

Qore Episode 5 ($2.99 for episode / $24.99 for Annual Subscription)
Episode 5 celebrates Halloween with a scary game roundup. It also includes exclusive access to SEGA's Valkyria Chronicles demo, some spooky/creepy artwork and new shooting galleries.
File Size: 1.68 GB

Games

Linger in Shadows ($2.99)
Linger in Shadows is a unique interactive digital art experience that uses the SIXAXIS controller to manipulate the very fabric of time and reality. Groundbreaking graphics and interactivity raise the bar for what is possible on PlayStation 3. Download Linger in Shadows and experience a truly unique journey that will change the way you think about games and art.
File Size: 100 MB

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords ($14.99)
Building upon the addictive and easy to- learn gameplay of a puzzle game by integrating story and character progression elements found in RPGs, Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords delivers a brand new type of game that pushes the puzzle genre to a previously unseen level. The PSN version of the game also includes the content from the 'Wrath...
 

European PSN Update for October 9th, 2008

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288w ago - This is a really good time for the European PSN Community. First, it includes the long awaited DEMO of Valkyria Chronicles (Senjou no Valkyria), a Japanese RPG from Sega featuring music from Hitoshi Sakimoto, followed with Super Stardust HD "Complete" and finally two Megaman 9's DLC. Check the list below:

Playable content

- Linger In Shadows full game (£1.99/€2.99)
- Valkyria Chronicles demo
- Hail to the Chimp demo
- Super Stardust HD "Complete" (£6.99/€9.99)

Add-on content

- Buzz! Quiz TV "Comedy Movie" Quiz pack (£3.49/€4.99)
- NBA Live 365 expansion (£6.99/€9.99)
- NBA Live 09 "Oklahoma City" pack (free)
- Rocketmen: It Came From Uranus expansion pack (£1.99/€2.99)
- Super Stardust HD "Double Pack" (£2.49/€5.99)
- Everybody's Golf: World Tour Costume Pack (£3.19/€3.99)
- Mega Man 9 "Endless Attack" mode (£1.99/€2.99)
- Mega Man 9 "Proto Man" character (£1.49/€1.99)
- Rock Band DLC (listed after the break)

Videos

- Puzzle and Power Packs trailer
- WipEout HD making of video
- Midnight Club: Los Angeles trailer
- Mirror's Edge 2D story trailer
- Need For Speed: Undercover trailer
- MGS4 story trailer
 

Worldwide PS3 Releases for the Week of October 5th, 2008

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289w ago - Did anyone else think that the Fracture demo wasn't as abysmal as you were expecting? Sure, it was the epitome of mediocre third-person action with a gimmick attached, but at times it was almost fun.

Well the full game is out this week in both the US and Europe and, unless you're a European lego fan with vigilante tendencies, that's pretty much it. Oh, except for basketball. Lots of basketball. Here's the full release list:

US Games
Fracture
NBA 2K9
NBA Live 2009
NBA 09: The Inside

EU Games
Lego Batman
Fracture
NBA 2K9
NBA Live 09

Asian Games
NBA 09: The Inside
NBA Live 09
Guitar Hero III
Guitar Hero Aerosmith

Release dates are constantly subject to change, so be sure to check with your local retailer before making any sudden moves. Your PS3 will play games from any region, so go ahead and import anything you see above.

Do be aware that DLC is locked to specific regions, though, so European games will require DLC from the Euro PSN Store. You may also be interested to know that NBA 09: The Inside is the only NBA game to support trophies.
 







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