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SCEA Appoints Timothy Bender as Senior VP of Sales

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265w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment America has appointed former Livescribe executive Timothy Bender as senior vice president of sales.

Reporting directly to SCEA president and CEO Jack Tretton, Bender will be charged with overseeing sales and merchandising initiatives across all PlayStation platforms in the US.

His appointment comes as Sony prepares to release new iterations of its home and portable gaming systems in the form of the PS3 Slim and PSP Go, and the company is gearing up for what Tretton referred to as one its "most aggressive" Christmas seasons.

Press Release: FOSTER CITY, Calif., Aug. 24- Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. ("SCEA") today announced the appointment of Timothy Bender to Senior Vice President of Sales, who brings more than two decades of industry experience and strategic leadership in U.S. and global sales and marketing expertise to the company. Bender will report directly to SCEA President and CEO Jack Tretton.

"Tim brings a proven ability in growing strong consumer brands and building deep relationships with his team and the retail community," said Jack Tretton, president and CEO, SCEA.

"As we approach one of our most aggressive holiday seasons and a truly exciting future for all our product platforms, we are confident...
 

GamesCom SCEE Press Conference Recap is Now Available

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265w ago - More than 800 journalists and their laptops packed into E-Werk in Cologne, Germany before the start of GamesCom to hear the latest announcements from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

A brand new PlayStation 3 topped the bill, as Kaz Hirai - President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. joined Andrew House - President and CEO of SCEE - on-stage.

Two-thirds slimmer and lighter than the previous model, it features a 120GB Hard Disk Drive and will be available throughout Europe from September 1, 2009, at the attractive price of €299.

Staying with hardware, it was also revealed that, from November, PSP will be available in two new colours - Turquoise Green and Blossom Pink.

PlayStation Store will expand its range of downloadable content when the PlayStation Network video delivery service comes to the UK, France, Germany and Spain this November - the rest of Europe will follow in 2010.

Partnerships with illustrious studios such as 20th Century Fox, Disney, Paramount Pictures and many more will ensure a stellar line-up of movies available to buy or rent at launch, on both PS3 and PSP, and in either SD or HD.

PSP owners can also look forward to a new section on PlayStation Store. The new Digital Comics service, announced...
 

SCEE Announces PSN Cards and Video Store Coming to Europe!

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266w ago - Today SCEE has officially confirmed the rumor that PlayStation Network Cards are making their way to Europe.

Angela Madronero, European PlayStation Store Manager, announced that more information on PSN Cards will be revealed 'in the not too distant future'.

Additionally, she stated the following regarding Europe getting a video and music download service:

"We will be making an official announcement regarding our forthcoming Video Store, next week, at Gamescom!"

Check out the entire PlayStation Store FAQ linked above!
 

Rumor: SCE to Confirm PS3 Price Drop, PS3 Slim Caught on Film?

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267w ago - A few rumors to kick off the new week... Portuguese site GamersTek.com (linked above) is reporting that SCE is allegedly going to confirm a PS3 price drop to €299.00 today, noting that Spanish retailers including [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links] are already listing PlayStation 3 80GB + LittleBigPlanet bundles at a 25% drop.

Additionally, [Register or Login to view links] is speculating on whether a recently uncovered YouTube 'Making of Batman' clip from the Rocksteady team contains a PS3 Slim at the 1:35 minute mark that was edited out.

A picture of it as well as the video are below, and to quote- roughly translated:





It was a worthy post in the forum NeoGAF and known who started the latest rumors about the declining price of the PlayStation 3.

According to the same, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe will confirm today, Monday 10th of August, that the console will actually fall in price to € 299.00.

To give force to speculation, the chain of Spanish stores Alternate already put...
 

SCEE Clarifies Naughty Dog Comments on 2.80 Firmware Secret

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268w ago - Yesterday Naughty Dog's Sam Thompson stated in a Comic-Con 2009 interview that the PS3 Firmware 2.80 update adds more memory.

Today, SCEE has clarified these comments explaining that the Naughty Dog rep apparently got confused due to the Comic-Con excitement.

To quote: "There's no secret in firmware 2.80. Naughty Dog were actually talking about their engine 2.0, but in the ComicCon rush they simply got confused and said 2.80 referring to the latest firmware," SCEE told Gamezine.

Additionally, Naughty Dog community manager Arne Meyer has stated the following on NeoGAF forums:

"This was just a typical blunder with all the info and people coming up to us constantly at the PS booth at San Diego ComicCon.

"He was actually referring to Naughty Dog Engine 2.0 updates we made. We had just been making sure at the event that all the PS3s brought in were on FW 2.80, since that is what that build needed to run on, so I have no doubt it was top of mind."
 
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