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PS3 Dev: Sony PlayStation 3 Firmware Update 2.7 Hits This Month

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281w ago - Psyonix Studios developer Corey David let the cat out of the bag this week regarding upcoming PlayStation 3 firmware update 2.7.0.

In discussing a bug with the studio's game, Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, David let slip in a [Register or Login to view links] that the update is scheduled for release later this month, to quote:

"I've been working with Sony trying to reproduce and solve the PSN sign-out issues some of you report.

Any info you can generate will be really helpful. Sony mentioned a bug they fixed with the next system software update (2.70) that might resolve these issues, but we have to narrow it down and verify it's the same problem to be sure it's that and not something we need to fix on our end.

IIRC it will drop later this month. And contain lots of fun new fixes. I'm excited about this one, lots of new stuff.

Though, I dont think I can mention any of them just yet.
-Psyonix-Corey"

It is not uncommon for developers to recieve advance copies of hardware updates so that they can ensure compatibility with their software. After the internet caught wind of the premature announcement the post was swiftly edited to remove any reference to the 2.7.0 release,...
 

God of War Anti-Hero Kratos May be Sony's PS3 Super Hero

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281w ago - Imagine Kratos, the angry, irate ghost of Sparta sitting toe and toe with Mario. What he lacks in cuteness he makes up for with broken limbs. Industry rumblings say many possible millions of God of War fans have not purchased a PlayStation 3, yet.

This would put Kratos in the role of a true system seller, he has been welcomed into over 7 million homes world wide. Sony's official God of War III press event really help put the buzz back on the right path as many fans were disappointed at the VGA awards teaser.

Nick Williams, an industry analyst, postulates that over 33% of God of War III potential buyer's do not own the PS3 console. Speaking to Gamasutra the marketplace guru said this:

The price point for the PS3 remains a real problem for Sony. Sony execs now find themselves in the precarious position of trying to balance consumer price expectations with the high costs of producing each PS3.

That said, the PS2's continued success more than eight years after launch suggests that Sony is thinking long term with the PS3. If Sony can continue to bring down hardware manufacturing costs, it seems likely that it will offer a price cut by the end of Summer 2009.

The launch of God of War III in late 2009/early 2010 will mark a pivotal moment for Sony. But in...
 

Video: Microwaving a Sony PlayStation 3 Game Console

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281w ago - Not sure why someone would want to do this, but for those who have always wondered what happens when you put a Sony PS3 into the microwave can now find out.

The video comes from dovetastic, with the caption reading as follows:

This is a Double Feature Motion Microwaving Event Presentation brought to you by dOvetastic Microwave Theater about the story of an unsuspecting PS3 Sony Playstation Three and it's Controller that got microwaved into the biggest, baddest Gaming system on the planet. So hurry and grab your front row seats because you are in a for a world premier in grand style.

Check out the video below, courtesy of YouTube:




 

Are Sony PlayStation 3 Exclusive Titles Cursed by the Media?

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281w ago - PS3 exclusives have a way of getting dissed by the general public and media before they are given a chance. The more superstitious fanboy might even call it a PS3 curse.

Let's run down the list: Lair became an industry whipping boy filling up YouTube with spastics that flailed SIXAXIS controllers with reckless abandon.

Ninja Theory's gorgeous Heavenly Sword wasn't measured on its own merits, but was held up against the standard that should be reserved for God of War.

Sega's stellar Valkyria Chronicles is seemingly invisible to the majority of mainstream gamers. Resistance 2 hasn't seen the sales a title of its caliber deserves. It's almost as if we've collectively banded together to repeatedly punish Ken Kutargi for his oft-echoed and ill-advised comments of "People will get a second job to buy the PS3." No, Ken. We didn't.

Then Killzone 2 dropped. If the PS3 has ever seen a game changer this is it. Strangely, the PS3 has been having a couple of great weeks. The launch of Yakuza 3 during the first week of March sparked a fury of PS3 console sales across the sea in Japan.

The PS3 outsold all other consoles including the dominant Nintendo handhelds in its home market. Over here, Killzone 2 moved 750,000 units in its opening weekend alone....
 

Sony PlayStation Store Update for March 5, 2009

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281w ago - PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen is back with another weekly Sony PSN update today as follows:

Hey, everyone. It's time again for the weekly PlayStation Store update.

It's week four of the "PSN Spring Fever" section of the PlayStation Store, featuring games, trailers, and themes available for download! Headlining this week is Watchmen: The End is Nigh!

Street Fighter Arena Category
In this custom category, we gather all Street Fighter themed items to commemorate the launch of Street Fighter costumes in Home!

Downloadable Games
Watchmen: The End is Nigh ($19.99)
The lines between good and bad have been blurred and crime and terror run rampant in the streets. And now Underboss - in a daring escape - has escaped prison and is ruling with vicious darkness. The city need saviors and only masked vigilantes answer the call. Play the demo and experience Watchmen's unlawful brand of justice as Nite Owl and Rorschach team up to brutally take down the ruthless gangs and street thugs.
ESRB Rated M
File size: 1.23 GB

Add-on Game Content
High Velocity Bowling - Bruce ($0.99)
It's time to bowl - High Velocity style! Add Bruce "Flyboy" Fitzpatrick to your High Velocity Bowling roster....
 
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