277w ago - Sony's Home is one of the most highly anticipated titles on the PlayStation 3, and it has the potential to revolutionise the way users interact online. However, there's no doubt it's taken a long time to come to fruition.
At the Sony E3 2008 press conference, the company reiterated Home's importance to the platform and promised that it would release an open beta in the third quarter of 2008.
Home is designed to bring together Sony's three key interests: gaming, music, and movies. The home square is the embodiment of this intention and houses a gaming arcade, a movie theatre, a music zone, as well as shops and meeting areas.
The games arcade allows you to play simple games against other people from right inside Home. These include such games as chess, pool, and bowling – all of which could be described as simple but addictive mini-games. From our preliminary look at the pool game, the physics feel good, but they won't compete with a proper stand-alone pool sim.
In the music zone, you'll be able to listen to communal music and make your character dance along to the music. A menu system allows you to choose from different dancing styles, and we were shown a particularly funny robot dance. Sony hasn't confirmed whether you'll be able to buy music here, but we expect it's a feature...
277w ago - Sandy Spangler has revealed two new EyeToy games that will be released by Christmas this year.
Although Hero is the more interesting out of the two. It is a title in which the sword can be tracked at all times and allows for more complex gameplay, sounds like the Wii better be on its guard!
To quote: Hero was undoubtedly the more interesting of the two, being the first story-driven EyeToy game. (That means the other eighteen EyeToy games were just gimmicky mini-game collections then?) This title is controlled by means of a fluorescent-green foam toy sword. If you felt silly with a Wiimote in your hand, you're gonna love this.
As the game can track where the sword is at all times, this allows for more complex gameplay. The first thing to note is that EyeToy Play: Hero is played from a first-person perspective, so the player's image is not displayed onscreen like most other EyeToy games.
What is seen onscreen is a glowing green representation of the sword that the player holds, and as the game is camera-based it follows the player's movements to an exact 1:1 ratio.
277w ago - Sony boss Chris Deering has surprised many by predicting that the firm's PlayStation 2 console, which launched in the UK in the year 2000, will have more active users than Nintendo's Wii by 2011.
Speaking at the launch of Edinburgh's Interactive Festival, the games chief said all platforms will see major growth by 2011, predicting there will be 2.5 billion gamers worldwide.
Deering said the DS will have rocketed to 150m users, but top of the home console market will be the PS2 with 90m active users.
The Sony boss added the Wii will be second with 80m users, the PS3 and PSP will be at 70m and the Xbox 360 at 40m.
278w ago - Sony has launched a LittleBigPlanet news site (linked above) today. The site aims to keep us up to date with the latest LBP goodness, either direct from Media Molecule, Sony Computer Entertainment, or from the community.
Per SackBoy103: LittleBigWelcome!!!
Welcome to the new LittleBigPlanet News Site - your destination for anything LBP.
Our goal is to keep you up to date with the latest LBP goodness either direct from Media Molecule, Sony Computer Entertainment, or from you, the community. Since we revealed LittleBigPlanet at the 2007 Game Developers Conference, the team has been working hard - creating the game, touring to game events and conducting interviews with our favorite press - and as we reach the homestretch its time to make time for our fans.
Our LBP fans have made so many amazing tributes to LittleBigPlanet, and we'd like to share what we see and know with everyone. So stay tuned for categories like "LBP 101," "SackBoy in the news," "LittleBigChallenges" and much, much, more...
For now, the news site will keep you informed, educated and hopefully excited about our release in October, but eventually, our website will evolve into something much bigger and better to support our community of Players, Creators and Sharers.
278w ago - Numerous amounts of gamers are reportedly requesting to Sony that they release the new PS3 firmware ASAP as v2.42 is causing them loads of issues. The reported issues range from no discs being read to problems of going online.
To quote: Personally our PS3 is just fine but then we have not had much time with it since the latest firmware. This is what some gamers have reported to PR:
Well this is totally Effed Up!!! My son decided that it would be a good idea to update the PS3 and he did 2 nights ago without me knowing it. Well now ANYTHING BLURAY does NOT play. NOTHING!!! Doesn't even recognize the DAMN Disc!!! Is there anything I can do???
Installed this newest update and now nothing works, can not read disks at all. We have done the system restore, etc. now have to wait while it gets shipped to Sony to fix it.
Very upsetting, fairly new PS3 (5 months) in excellent condition and was working perfectly prior to update. Extremely frustrating.