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Sony PlayStation Store Update for April 2, 2009

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285w ago - PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen has shared the following PSN update today:

"PSN Spring Fever " continues this week, featuring games, trailers, and themes available for download! Highlighting this week is Qore Episode 11, for free!

Qore
Qore Annual Subscription - April 2009 ($24.99)
Qore: Presented by the PlayStation Network is a monthly interactive video production covering the world of PlayStation. Qore provides its audience with exclusive behind-the-scenes access to developers and their games, from both the SCE Worldwide Studios and the third-party community, where the audience member can freely navigate through the content.
File size: 1.28 GB

Qore Episode 11 April 2009 (free)
Episode 11 of Qore: Presented by the PlayStation Network explores the creative process behind the music of inFamous, visits the Seattle-based developers of Fat Princess, takes a look at the upcoming Red Faction: Guerrilla, and spotlights the innovative games pushing the boundaries of interactive media on the PlayStation Network. In addition, this month's downloadable content includes an exclusive Fat Princess theme.
File sizes: 1.28 GB

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"Killzone 2 Behind the Bullet" (free)
You've seen the Killzone 2 TV commercial,...
 

Opinion: Sony Didn't Shaft Anyone with PS3 Firmware 2.70

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285w ago - I can't count how many times I and many others have told people to not get their hopes up with PS3 firmware updates. Sony didn't 'shaft' anyone.

They haven't even hinted there was a firmware update coming out for the PlayStation 3. Loads of blogs/Web sites have reported what could come in the next firmware update - but why all the hype? Sony hasn't said if the rumored features were true or not. Why are you pissed at Sony?

They're called rumors for a reason. Sure, some of them end up being true, but chances are it's nothing more than an eager fanboy begging for features the competition already has to offer.

Others who want to believe these rumors will probably end up being disappointed, maybe even angry if they're ultra-fanboys. It's like they're fighting with themselves (which is actually pretty funny).

On that note, I just want to say - keep the excitement meter to a maximum-minimum (add that to your vocabulary). If you find clues to what could possibly point to anything, tell people about it. And maybe, just maybe - it could end up being true.
 

Sony Confirms PS3 Firmware 2.70 Update Details, Coming Soon!

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285w ago - Today PlayStation Network Operations Director Eric Lempel has confirmed PS3 Firmware Update 2.70 details, and mentions its coming soon via PS Blog:

Hi everyone, we're adding some great new features with the next PS3 firmware update (v2.70) that will continue to enhance your connected experience on the PS3. The 2.70 update brings a new Text Chat feature that enables you to communicate online with your PlayStation Network friends.

Now, you'll be able to chat with up to 15 online friends using the Wireless Keypad, on-screen keyboard, or other compatible keyboard peripherals. Not only can you chat with your friends instantly, but you can also access Text Chat while playing PS3 games and even participate in up to three chat rooms at once.

For a quick preview of Text Chat and some of the other 2.70 features, check out this video:





In addition to Text Chat, we've added a few more enhancements:

Friends list on the XMB (XrossMediaBar)

• Sort your friends via their online status
• Attach larger files to the messages you send to your friends (file size will increase from 1MB to 3MB)

Video delivery service on PlayStation Store

• Video files you've...
 

Analysts: Sony PS2 Price Cut Signals PS3 Price Drop This Year

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285w ago - Now that it's in a price-cutting mood, analysts tracking Sony Corp. (SNE) say the company is more likely than ever before to lower the price of its flagship PlayStation 3 videogame system sometime this year.

To quote: Sony's computer entertainment division announced Tuesday it will lower the price of its PlayStation 2 console to $99.99. The PS2 was released in 2000.

Sony hopes the 23% price cut, which takes effect Wednesday, will sustain the life of the PS2, which it says has sold more than 136 million units worldwide since its launch.

Critics contend Sony now needs to lower its PS3 prices for a number of reasons, starting with staying competitive with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), which saw sales of its Xbox 360 jump after lowering the price and bundling the system with games in early September.

PS3 price-cut pressure increased in December, when analysts said Sony might not reach its goal of selling 10 million PS3 consoles through March without a price reduction, as sales for the hardware dropped despite gains by competitors. March videogame console sales results won't be available for another two weeks, a Sony spokesman said.

Meanwhile, the company is in the midst of...
 

Sony: PS3 Offers Unprecedented Value, Secures Blu-ray Format

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285w ago - Sony's Jack Tretton has commented that the PS3 will help secure the Blu-ray format just as the PS2 did with the DVD format.

He also expressed that the PS3 offers 'unprecedented value' and as such there are no immediate plans to reduce the price of the PS3.

To quote: "Just as PlayStation 2 is delivering on a 10-year lifecycle and helped expand and solidify the DVD format for home entertainment along the way," he said, "we believe Playstation 3 offers the same promise by helping secure the Blu-ray format."

Tretton went on to say that the PS3 offers "unprecedented value" as the total home entertainment solution for the next decade, clarifying perhaps that the business has no immediate plans to reduce the price of the PS3.
 
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