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Sony Cuts Cost of PSP Development Tools in Half, to Only $1500

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290w ago - As of March 2009, cumulative worldwide sell-in units of the PSP system exceeded 51.6 million units, a remarkable milestone for the first handheld platform from the PlayStation family.

To further grow the installed base of the PSP system and to enhance its software line-up, SCE will also provide ProDG for PSP, a highly acclaimed powerful programming tool which helps to improve productivity of software development, as part of PSP Software Development Kit*1 without an additional charge.

Press Release: SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT FURTHER BOOSTS ITS SUPPORT FOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT FOR PSP® (PLAYSTATION®PORTABLE)

Providing a Lower-cost Game Development Environment, and Supporting broader range of developers and publishers to create varieties of small software titles

Los Angeles, June 2, 2009 - Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced that it is reducing the price of the Development Tool models DTP-T2000A and DTP-T2000, the hardware necessary for developing PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) software titles, to JPY150,000 in Japan, US $ 1,500 in North America and €1,200 in Europe/PAL territories effective immediately.

By offering PSP Development Tools at a very attractive price, SCE will provide a more affordable game development environment for a broader...
 

EA Says Sony's Motion Controller is Better than Natal

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290w ago - EA CEO John Riccitiello said in an interview with industry gamers that Sony's motion controller will be more accessible for developers than Project Natal.

To quote: "a great bridge technology," that provides users with an brand new experience but one that "doesn't require quite the leap of faith that Natal does."

Of Natal, Riccitiello spoke about potential development: "It's certainly very compelling for a number of game concepts I've got in my mind and my teams are working on," he said.

"I think the challenges around it is that there's a lot to be worked out - it's not something consumers have interacted with before."

"Providing users with an experience that's unlike what they've used previously, but at the same time, "it doesn't require quite the leap of faith that Natal does."

At this point, though, all we're seeing is a technical demo, and so we don't have anywhere as great an idea of how the technology will play out as we do with Project Natal."

Either way both Microsoft and Sony are out to take the Wii's motion controller dominance away. So Wii needs to watch out if they want to stay on top.
 

Electronic Entertainment Expo 2009 Analysis: Sony's Still Got It

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290w ago - SCEA President Jack Tretton joked as he took the stage, "Thank god you guys showed up."

His self-deprecating, nervous laughter was directed at all of the company's leaks - even Sony boss Kaz Hirai admitted the PSP Go! was "the worst-kept secret of E3.

But Sony's audience was there to applaud every stat: 364 games are coming to PlayStation 3 in the next year; the platform generated 30 percent of total retail sales for the industry in 2008.

To quote: "It's just the beginning of what we expect in 2009," Tretton said.

"I suspect the reason some of you have bags under your eyes is because you've been playing Infamous since it came out last week." Applause, cheers - and audible gasps - for the frankly breathtaking Uncharted 2 footage presented by Naughty Dog's Evan Wells, who said it "sets the new gold standard in limit-pushing."

Whoops, cheers, howls, for Modern Warfare 2, Rock Band: Beatles, Ratchet & Clank Future 2 and Heavy Rain; for Metal Gear Solid Peacewalker (stressed numerous times as the franchise's "true" sequel), Gran Turismo 5 and God of War III, for new exclusive Rockstar IP Agent and shock reveal Final Fantasy XIV, and for the unrelenting barrage of PS3 exclusives shown on a day when nobody was expecting very many.

The audience only...
 

E3 2009: Sony Finally Unveils PS3 Motion-sensing Controller

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290w ago - Sony has finally shown off its potential Wii remote beater. They have demo'd a stick-like pad that has a 'magic ball' on the end, which is then picked up by the PlayStation Eye.

Jack Tretton claims it is the closest thing to real life on the market.

They are aiming for spring 2010 launch, and the prototype of the new controller showed a glowing sphere on the end of the stick. PS Eye tracks it.

The demonstration showed 1-to-1 motion control. On the screen, the controller became a racket in the guy's hand, changing into various other bits and bobs, such as swords and guns.





It has true 3D pointing too, and if you change angles to the camera it'll notice. In FPS mode, you can move and shoot but, will sometimes need buttons.

The ability to use two controllers is there as well, and with one in each hand you can play with building blocks, paint, use a sword and shield and fire virtual arrows.

When you move the camera follows you, should you drop down on one knee, for example.

To quote: The prototype of the unnamed device was demo'd live on-stage by its creators. The stick-like pad - which has a 'magic ball' on the end - is held in the gamer's hand, and then picked...
 

PlayStation Now: Sony Prepares Army of PlayStation Evangelists

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290w ago - Earlier this year Sony began quietly readying an army of evangelists to take to the front lines of the escalating console wars.

The Experience PlayStation Now program had a "beta test" of sorts earlier this month, with Sony employees well-versed in the ins and outs of the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3 setting up temporary shop in a select number of Best Buys across the country.

The idea for the program is fairly simple: Get the PlayStation 3, the PlayStation Portable, into peoples' hands, explain all of the things they can do, and people will buy them.

"This allows real, live passionate people to reach out to consumers," said Kim Nguyen, marketing manager for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2. "They will answer some basic questions and tell people things about the PlayStation 3 they may not know."

The merchandising representatives will tell people about the PS3's games, but also answer questions about the built-in Blu-ray player, about the hard drive, about going online with the console.

"This is the sort of dialog we want to have with our consumers," Nguyen said. "The root of this program is education. We know people see the PlayStation 3 as a very expensive machine. In order for them to appreciate the value of the PlayStation 3 they need to see all...
 
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