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Sony's PlayStation Network Gets 'Connect'ed with PSN-Connect

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289w ago - Similar to Sony's PlayStationCloud.com domain that was uncovered a few weeks back, today PlayStationLifestyle (linked above) have discovered yet another hint of what's to come for PlayStation Network.

SCEA has apparently registered PSN-Connect.com this past April, to quote:

There is more evidence that PSN-Connect is some sort of website/service that Sony is prepping for PSN users. This domain, is currently hosted on a dedicated server.

That means this domain, is on a server all by it's lonesome, which likely means this bad boy is expected to get some decent traffic. Not something a "parked" domain name would need.

When I first heard PSN-Connect, I thought instantly of Sony's now defunct music-download service.

However this could be anything from a music service, to a social networking service for the PlayStation Network. Or it could be merely a way to access your PSN account via the web, and message friends, etc.
 

Netflix to Stream Movies to Sony Bravia TV Sets

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290w ago - Last week a survey hinted at Netflix coming to Sony's PlayStation 3 console.

Today, it was announced that Netflix has signed a deal to stream movies to Bravia Internet-ready HD TV sets this Fall.

The Internet movie rental company currently offers approximately 12,000 movies and TV shows for instant streaming.

To quote: Online movie rental company Netflix Inc. signed a deal to stream movies to Sony Corp.'s Bravia high-definition TV sets starting this fall.

Netflix offers about 12,000 movies and TV shows for instant streaming over the Internet, for no additional cost to subscribers who pay at least $9 per month for a DVD rental plan.
 

Sony PlayStation Store Update for July 9, 2009

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290w ago - Today PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen has shared this week's PSN update, to quote:

It's time for the weekly PlayStation Store Update.

Downloadable Games
Buzz Jr. Robo Jam ($4.99)
Blast off to a whole new galaxy of fun! Buzz! Junior: RoboJam takes you to a futuristic world where mischievous robots are sent to Robot Boot camp. Now for the PLAYSTATION 3 system, BUZZ! Junior: RoboJam provides 4-way mischievous action. So what are you waiting for? Join in the mechanical mayhem. Compatible with BUZZ! buzzers or PLAYSTATION 3 system controllers.
ESRB Rated E
File size: 385 MB

Battlefield: 1943 (Limited Time Offer: Bundled with Theme) ($14.99)
Pick your path - be it as a rifleman, a steel fisted tank commander, or ace fighter pilot dog fighting to protect the skies. Play as a lone wolf or with your friends, coordinating to turn the tide of battle. Whatever you choose, in Battlefield 1943 you get to enjoy the thrill of a fully featured online shooter.
ESRB Rated T
File size: 565 MB

PSone Classics PS3 / PSP
Spec Ops: Stealth Patrol ($5.99)
Immerse yourself in one of the first realistic military tactical combat simulators to be released. Choose your two-man team from a squad of five highly trained specialists:...
 

FUEL Demo Hits Sony's PSN and Microsoft's XBox Live Today

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290w ago - If you are into off-road racing, a free FUEL demo is set for release later today at 2pm for PSN, Xbox Live and PC with the trailer available below.

The FUEL demo enables players to take on the Ocean Rush career event, where seven racers pick their own paths through treacherous landscapes and short-cuts are key to taking the chequered flag.

Press Release: Experience the ground-breaking open-world racer from Asobo Studio as Codemasters announced that the FUEL playable demo will be available today from Xbox LIVE! Marketplace for the Xbox 360, the PlayStation Store in Europe for the PLAYSTATION 3 with links to the PC demo available on www.fuel-game.com from 2pm GMT.

Gamers can also take on Blitz - a wild, high-pressure challenge where players must race against the clock to reach the next checkpoint before time runs out.




Gamers who download the console versions can also play online for a limited period of two weeks from release, experiencing up to sixteen player free ride in a limited area of the Tsunami Reef zone or challenging up to six other players in the Ocean Rush career race.

Celebrating the demo's arrival, a new video showcases the wheel-to-wheel racing, open landscapes, diverse vehicles and dramatic...
 

Sony Comments on PS3 Firmware Updates, NXE and Hulu

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290w ago - PCWorld had the opportunity to [Register or Login to view links] Sony's Director of Network Operations Eric Lempel to get answers to several topics including PS3 Firmware Updates, NXE and Hulu.

For the complete interview see the link above, but below are some excepts from it, as follows:

When asked why Sony doesn't provide more PS3 Firmware Update details on the PlayStation Blog, Lempel stated:

"Well basically in the updates that we do on the blog, it's really to tell consumers this is what you can do today with your PS3, or in the next few days when we release a firmware update.

It isn't about diving into the tech and letting them know six months from now you're going to see a game that may have better effects in a certain area because we've put this in such and such update. That's not as digestible for the majority of consumers. It just won't work."

When asked if Microsoft's NXE debut mimicked the PS3 XMB, he stated:

"You know, I didn't really think about it that way. I mean, I saw some comparisons when it came out, but that's very interesting that you say that. You know, hey, it's great, if they like our interface and want to copy it, as long as that's legal, sure. I don't really know...
 
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