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Sony PlayStation Store Update for June 11, 2009

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288w ago - Here we go, another weekly PSN update courtesy of PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen, as follows:

It's time for the weekly PlayStation Store Update.

Downloadable Games
Heavy Weapon ($9.99)
Mount an assault on the enemy like never before with Heavy Weapon and the PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system! Launch your mission as an atomic tank to collect power-ups from friends and engage the enemy! Choose Mission or Survival modes to blast your way through 19 exciting stages or see how long you can stand against the enemy. Heavy Weapon features new and unique PLAYSTATION 3 system trophies!
ESRB: E10+
File size: 48 MB

Gunstar Heroes ($4.99)
The Gunstar 9 planet was peaceful for many years until the vicious dictator, Colonel Red, kidnapped the Gunstar twins' older brother and used mind control to make him his slave. You'll face many different enemies and bosses as you battle to stop the dictator from unleashing "Golden Silver the Destructor" with apocalyptic consequences!
ESRB: E
File size: 35 MB

Bomberman ULTRA ($9.99)
Because you demanded it! Bomberman ULTRA gives everyone who picks up the controller the chance to bomb their way to victory. Hop online to play against up to 8 people from around the world!...
 

Analyst States Sony is Ripping Off Consumers with PSP Go

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288w ago - Here we go again.. Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter stated in a recent episode of [Register or Login to view links] that Sony's newly announced PSP Go console is priced too high.

To quote: Pachter matter of factly states, "$249 is too much. Period." He goes on to say that while the handheld is priced to compete with Apple's $229 8GB iPod Touch, it doesn't deliver the iTunes App Store or downloadable music from iTunes (as conveniently, at least, as the iPod Touch).

Furthermore, he posits the $250 price of the PSP Go is vastly overinflated considering its contents, claiming it costs Sony less to build and ship the PSP Go than the PSP-3000 model, "The $169 PSP-3000 is a profitable device - the disc assembly, for a UMD, costs more than 16 gigs of flash does. So this new device doesn't cost them as much as the PSP-3000 and they jack the price up $80?"

When Keighley presses Pachter as to whether Sony is "ripping off" the consumer or not, he answers, "They're rippin' off the consumer ... they're making a lot more money on the PSP Go than the PSP-3000."
 

Confirmed: Sony Set to Launch VidZone PS3 Service on June 11

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289w ago - Sony has confirmed that VidZone will go live on June 11, 2009 for PS3 users.

The free service gives you access to thousands of streaming music videos on demand, just in case you didn't know.

Users can expect 10,000 videos right off the bat to download off PSN, with more to come.

Press Release: Turn your PLAYSTATION 3 into a music video jukebox on June 11th - with three solid weeks' worth of videos from day one!

London, 10th June 2009: VidZone, the revolutionary on-demand music video service for PLAYSTATION 3 from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, is confirmed to go live on Thursday 11th June. VidZone is a brand new, free service that gives you the freedom to view thousands of music videos on demand by streaming them directly to your PS3 and onto your TV screen - complete with Surround Sound.

It's launching with a bang and it's packed with a huge library of over 10,000 videos. What does that mean? It means that if you put them all into a single playlist and watched it for 24 hours a day, seven days a week - it would take you three solid weeks to watch it all. And there's much, much more on the way.

VidZone is completely free and extremely...
 

Sony Announces Improvements for PlayStation Network Store

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289w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) have announced that they will be making many improvements to the PlayStation Network Store.

They stated they will be improving the digital quality of the games that are soon to be arriving on the store, to quote:

For the few years the store has been online, it has been in a huge competition with the 360's version of PSN, XBLA.

Items for the PSP like songs will be better quality when downloaded from your PC. The PSN Store sees games such as Fat Princess coming soon and with a huge range of PS one originals also on their way, Sony are putting their all into the PlayStation for the moment.

Despite having over 200 full games already on the network, Sony are planning to expand that to around 300 by the end of the year.

It is also rumored that Sony have secured exclusivity for DLC content for upcoming games. Xbox Live needs to watch their backs for the moment.
 

Sony Explains Unnamed New PS3 Motion Controller a Little More

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289w ago - The head of marketing for the PlayStation brand told Kotaku at E3 that Sony's new PlayStation 3 motion-control tech could be the thing to get hardcore players into "motion gaming."

To quote: We covered Microsoft's new motion-control system, Natal, heavily last week. And that's without us getting a firm release date for it.

But what of Sony's camera-and-wand PS3 tech, also debuting at E3 2009, and which is dated for a spring 2010 release?

During my interview with Sony Computer Entertainment of America marketing chief Peter Dille, I pressed for more details.

The Sony approach involved a showcase of a player holding one or two wand-shaped controllers in his hand. A PlayStation camera detected some of the positional information of the controller.

Holding the controller allowed the player to precisely write words on a virtual canvas and to tightly control a bow-and-arrow or a gun in shooting demos. The PS3 was also able to render the wand as a virtual object, even when showing a video feed of the person holding the wand (that wand appearing as a giant gold gun...
 
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