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Sony PlayStation Store Update for April 23, 2009

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287w ago - Another PSN update is upon us, and PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen has revealed its contents as follows:

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

PULSE
Pulse 4/23 Edition (free)
Join host Christina Lee for PULSE presented by the PlayStation Network. New video arrivals include Quantum of Solace, political thriller Frost/Nixon, Sci Fi Channel's Caprica, and the latest season of MTV hit, The Hills. We also take a look at the classic turn-based combat of Worms, the PixelJunk Eden Encore expansion pack, and downloadable content for Cuboid.
File size: 193 MB (HD) 312 MB (1080)

Add-on Game Content
LittleBigPlanet Heavenly Sword Mini-Pack ($2.99)
Get costumes and stickers from the Heavenly Sword universe to enhance your LittleBigPlanet experience!
File size: 1.04 MB

LittleBigPlanet Creator Pack 1 (free)
What to get some hints on how to be a better LittleBigPlanet Creator? Download this pack and and get options and tutorials that will take you the next level, including:

• INFINITE LIVES CHECKPOINT
• TWEAKABLE VISIBILITY FOR CONNECTORS
• TWEAKABLE ANGLE RANGE FOR SWITCHES
• GLOBAL SETTINGS OBJECT
• TETHERLESS JETPACK AND ENHANCEMENT...
 

Sony to Make an 'Electrifying Announcement' on April 27, 2009

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287w ago - Update: It looks like inFamous (coming May 27th) could come with an online BETA code of some sort for Uncharted 2's unannounced (and unconfirmed) multiplayer mode. We'll find out soon enough!

After jumping onto Sony's [Register or Login to view links] website, I noticed that they have a small teaser hinting something big is on the way.

They show pictures of inFAMOUS and Uncharted 2 in the short clip.

Are there new demos for these highly anticipated titles on the way? Or something bigger?

Only time will tell for sure, but feel free to speculate below in the comments.
 

EA Sports Complex Now Live in Sony's PlayStation Home

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287w ago - Here we go, from PlayStation Home Online Community Specialist Locust_Star via PlayStation Blog today:

The day has finally come! Phase one of the EA SPORTS Complex has been unleashed and it is high time that all of you sports fanatics log in to PlayStation Home, explore this hugely interactive space, try your hand at the available mini-games, and check out all the teasers and trailers that await your prying eyes.

Out of the proverbial box, [Register or Login to view links] has two casual multiplayer mini-games for you to challenge your friends to: A whole floor of poker tables and the new EA SPORTS Racing game.





The former allows for up to 8 players per table to indulge in high stakes tournament-style Texas Hold 'Em and the latter lets you put the pedal to the metal and compete for the best time against 3 other users in a formula-style race.

The Complex - much like the PlayStation Home platform - will evolve over time. Currently scheduled updates include the EA SPORTS Golf mini-game (where users can test their stick skills at an indoor driving range) leaderboards, poker bracelets and a rewards system. As new titles are announced, content within the space and additional game-specific achievement rewards will be added.
 

Speculation: The Real Deal on Sony's Next PSP Console

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287w ago - Sony has contended there is no PSP2 and they are telling the cold hard truth. There won't be a PSP2 coming for at least a couple more years.

That doesn't mean that some new PSP hardware isn't headed our way soon enough. Think more aesthetic changes, more along the lines of DS to DSLite but more substantial of a change.

We are not at liberty to divulge our sources. Rest assured all will be revealed during E3.

Let's take a look at some "Facts" from the Internet:

• UMD is dead. Sorry folks, UMD IS dead, they got this one right...
• Touch Screen. Many say that this is a given as this seems to be the trend the industry is heading towards. Well Sony boasts it's "Like No Other" and that is the truth, Sony doesn't follow trends, it sets them. There will be NO touchscreen in the next PSP.
• "Monstrous Hardware Specs" If that were the case, it WOULD be the PSP2, and the next PSP is NOT the PSP2, it's not the PSP-4000 either. In fact it's something entirely unique.

Now let's move onto the "Fiction":

• Release before Christmas 2009. We don't know an exact release date, but it's much sooner than anyone is expecting. One thing we are sure of is that it's definitely going to be before Holiday...
 

Sony: Piracy Has Taken a Big Chunk of Game Sales from PSP

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287w ago - Sony's Peter Dille has revealed that PSP sales have been severely affected by piracy. Dille noted that piracy is no good for anyone in the gaming industry, and the data from BitTorrent sites on how many copies are being illegally downloaded is 'sickening'.

To quote: It certainly makes business sense for Sony to switch to digital distribution, but one of the motivating factors for the new-found focus on digital distribution may be rampant piracy on the platform.

Peter Dille, senior vice president of marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America, believes that PSP sales have been severely affected by pirates.

"It is criminal what's going on," Dille tells [Register or Login to view links]. "It's not good for us, but it's not good for the development community. We can look at data from BitTorrent sites from the day Resistance: Retribution goes on sale and see how many copies are being downloaded illegally, and it's frankly sickening. We are spending a lot of time talking about how we can deal with the problem."
 
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