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Sony PlayStation Store Update for July 23, 2009

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288w ago - PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen is back with this week's PSN update, as follows:

Hi Everyone - It's time for the weekly PlayStation Store Update.

Downloadable Games
Shatter ($7.99)
Shatter supercharges the brick-breaking genre with Boss battles, physics effects, power-ups and special attacks. Intuitive and visceral controls give you the power to break free from the machine across 10 vibrant and distinct 3D worlds. Shatterâ„¢ features multiple game modes, leaderboards and trophies, and a fully scored soundtrack with over 90 minutes of original music.
File size:195 MB

PSone Classics PS3 / PSP
Spec Ops: Covert Assault ($5.99)
Lock and load, because the Rangers are back in action! Choose your two-man team from a squad of five expert Rangers. Traverse dangerous ground and utilize ten different weapons to complete your missions and defend democracy. Download this PSone classic game today and jump into the action!"
File size: 64 MB

WILD ARMS 2 ($5.99)
Odessa plans to conquer your home world of Filgaia. You are chosen to combat this organization as an elite member of ARMS.
Download this PSone classic game today and defend your planet!
File size: 614 MB

Game Demos
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Industry Trends: Microsoft is the New Sony, Sony is Now Nintendo

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288w ago - Sony and Nintendo have studied each other over the years and formed patterns to combat against each other.

Nintendo relied strongly on superior first-party offerings, while Sony created strong third-party relationships and offered a wide variety of exclusive titles.

A change of strategy is now being made according to the Examiner, to quote:

This generation, Sony has become much more reliant on the prospect of first-party offerings to bring in the gamers. Uncharted, InFamous, Killzone 2, LittleBigPlanet, two Resistance titles, Ratchet and Clank, etc, have become the mainstay titles to the PS3.

Thankfully, the first-party offerings from Sony have been amazing. Introducing several new franchises from established developers, Sony has been able to create a lineup strong enough to rival that of Nintendo. On the flipside, Sony doesn't have the in with the third-party developers.

This biggest, and by far one of the best games this generation, third-party title Sony has exclusive rights to is Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. After MGS4, we have scrapings of major releases.

Several niche titles have seen release like Disgaea 3 and the under loved Valkyria Chronicles. Sony had to make a shift and start crafting AAA first-party titles to counteract...
 

Banned Gamer Alleges Sony Violated Free Speech & Stole Money

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288w ago - A PlayStation 3 gamer has [Register or Login to view links] (PDF) in U.S. District Court in California, alleging that SCEA suppressed his free speech rights and caused him pain and suffering by banning his account on the PlayStation Network.

In a complaint filed on July 6th, Erik Estavillo of San Jose writes that he is disabled by a variety of disorders; among these are agoraphobia, a fear of crowds, to quote:

The pain and suffering was caused by the defendant, Sony, banning the plaintiff's account on the PlayStation 3 Network, in which the plaintiff relies on to socialize with other people, since it's the only way the plaintiff can truly socialize since he also suffers from Agoraphobia...

Estavillo's issues with SCEA apparently stem from his play of the PS3 hit Resistance: Fall of Man:

The ban is supposedly due to the behavior of the plaintiff when he plays the video game "Resistance: Fall of Man," which Sony owns and employs moderators for its online play. These moderators kick and ban players that they feel are deserving; though their biases to a player seem to be what determines the kick or ban...

The plaintiff was exercising his First Amendment Rights to Freedom of Speech in the game's public forum when he...
 

Sony's New PS3 Motion Controller is 'Army Accurate'

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288w ago - In an [Register or Login to view links] with Eurogamer following the Develop Conference, Kish Hirani and SCEE's vice president of research and development, Paul Holman, shared just how accurate the upcoming PS3 Motion Controller is.

To quote: The controller, reports Sony, is incredibly accurate.

"What most people are really surprised about is the precision," Sony's Kish Hirani, head of developer services, tells game site Eurogamer.

"It's scarily good. The army has had this sort of technology for a long time, so a lot of academians have seen these things, but when you see a consumer space device with this level of accuracy – that's when developers say, 'Wow.'"

Something else that might make developers say "wow"? It's possible to set the color of the controller's light up ball.

"I'm not a games designer, but if I was I might use it as a muzzle flash if you're using a gun, or use it as a paintbrush you can use to dip in and pick up different colors," Hirani adds.
 

Realview Innovations to Release 3D Technology for Sony PSP

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288w ago - RealView Innovations Ltd., a developer of optical technology located in Ireland, has announced that it will launch its V-Screen for the Sony PSP handheld video game console in time for the Q4 Christmas buying season.

The V-Screen is a consumer-friendly attachment that enhances the perceived depth of the 2D screen image on the PSP.

To quote: Founded in 2001, RealView Innovations (RVI) has developed a unique 3 dimensional screen technology that enhances the perceived depth of 2 dimensional screen images. Currently the company is focused on providing this technology to the personal entertainment and video game accessory market.

RVI has developed optical technology that does not rely on software or electronics, but rather offers a simple attachment that renders a fully 3 dimensional experience from the PSP screen.

"The innovation uses special optical components in unconventional ways," states Eamonn Ansbro, an Optical Engineer who is co-Executive Director of RVI. "No software, electronics or headgear is required. Nonetheless, the optical results are astonishing." Continued Ansbro: "The video game industry is a perfect fit for our technology. The V-Screen offers consumers a tremendous leap forward in optical enhancement."

RVI has been working with a variety...
 
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