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GDC '09: Sony Offers Huge Incentive for PSN Exclusivity

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287w ago - Remember that biased and irrational media blowup concerning the PSN bandwidth fee? Yeah, well, who thinks publishers won't want to put their games on the PSN now?

As reported by [Register or Login to view links], Sony will match the development budget of a self-published video game if that title remains exclusive to the PlayStation Network.

The first game to take advantage of the deal is the recently released Burn Zombie Burn!, and Sony says they're "looking for a great many more titles," so pay attention, self-publishers! Chris Eden, Sony development relations manager, says they're ready to put their money where their mouth is:

"It's all very well for us as platform holders to say 'put all your money into PlayStation Network, it's a fantastic idea', but are we prepared to put or money where our mouth is? The answer is yes. We're looking for a number of great games, and in return for exclusivity we'll match your development budget with guaranteed royalties."

This deal is called the "Pub Fund" and just to be clear, Sony is not purchasing exclusive rights for the games in question (a practice Microsoft...
 

Sony's PS3 is Catching Up, is Microsoft's XBox 360 in Trouble?

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287w ago - Sony's catching up, and it's only a matter of time until both consoles are battling for what really matters, and what should still really matter in the gaming world - games.

It's lately been about who's got the best online, but those will be almost identical sooner or later and it will be back to the basics.

Sony started off the PS3's life with some okay games, a lackluster online service and little to no DLC to extend the lifetime of their games. 2008 came along, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of the Patriots, Resistance 2, LittleBigPlanet and MotorStorm: Pacific Rift were all brought exclusively to the PS3 for the enjoyment of it's users everywhere. Heck, MGS4 received multiple Game Of the Year awards.

Not only were those awesome games added to it's library, it finally received a much-requested feature - the in-game XMB. Rumor after rumor of firmware updates, it's 2008 all over again! Cross-game chat and voice-messaging are coming to the PS3 this year.

There's no doubt in my mind. Sony needs to add a new firmware with new features, they've done so much with the PSP - now it's the PS3's turn.

Just those two added features, and the PSN will come just so much closer to Xbox Live. Not only will the PS3 come closer, but it doesn't have the damn failure rate! How long will...
 

Sony Unveils PS3 LittleBigPlanet 1.12 Game Update Details

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287w ago - Today SCEA Marketing Manager Mark Valledor revealed the "Cornish Yarg" (aka PS3 LittleBigPlanet 1.12 game update) details as follows:

We don't yet have a fixed release date for this update, but it has now finished primary development so won't be too much longer. Additional fixes, particularly for online connection reliability and save game/profile size problems are already well into development and we'll bring you more news on that just as soon as possible.

This update addresses several outstanding issues with the game:

• There is a new music player which lets player's choose their own music from the XMB to play during create mode and in their Pod
• Improved decoration mode makes it easier to customize your Sackboy

New options to help prevent profiles becoming full of unwanted community objects:

•Option to delete all (unhearted) community objects and photos
• Option to select whether to automatically collect community prizes and photos
• A number of improvements have been made to make profiles more robust and to recover from certain errors
• We now support Japanese and Korean IME for text chat.
• Emitter prediction has been improved (this should help fast-moving projectiles e.g. in MGS levels)
 

Sony PlayStation Store Update for March 26, 2009

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287w ago - Here it is, the weekly PSN update courtesy of PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen:

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

It's week seven of the "PSN Spring Fever" section of the PlayStation Store, featuring games, trailers, and themes available for download! Headlining this week is Burn Zombie Burn!

PULSE
Pulse 3/26 Edition
PULSE presented by the PlayStation Network is a free high definition video showcase of what's happening right now on PlayStation. Featuring new game releases, demos, movie and television arrivals available for your PS3 and PSP systems, PULSE is a fast-paced new source to keep you connected and informed about the world of PlayStation. Hosted by Christina Lee.
File sizes: 184 MB (HD) 312 MB (1080)

Downloadable Games
Burn Zombie Burn ($9.99)
Burn Zombie Burn! is a third-person shoot'em-up in the classic coin-op tradition but with all new mechanics. The goal is simple: to get the highest score possible. Standing in your way is a never ending horde of undead. To survive you must shoot, burn and explode as many zombies as possible before they overwhelm you.
ESRB Rated M
File size: 164 MB

Worms ($12.99)
Run for cover! The Worms are...
 

Sony Aims for Simultaneous Digital PSP Game Releases in 2009

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287w ago - The head of PlayStation US marketing, John Koller, has revealed that Sony is planning on simultaneous digital versions of its PSP titles released alongside their UMD equivalents.

To quote: The head of PlayStation marketing at Sony America, John Koller, has stated that Sony would ideally like to see simultaneous digital versions of its PSP titles released alongside their retail UMD counterparts.

"In the back half of this year, we should see a good rise in the amount of content that comes to PSN for the PSP," he told Wired. "We're aware that most of the content thus far has been for PS3, and that's based on the usage model and who has been demanding that content.

"But as we continue, and there's more of a desire from the consumer for PSP content, we're going to really increase the size and amount of content that's available."
 
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