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Sony is Cutting Down on the Number of Parts Suppliers

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290w ago - After 14 years of profits, Sony recently posted its first annual net loss for the fiscal year ended March.

As part of its plans to turn things around, the company has announced that it will cut the number of its parts suppliers by half in order to slash costs.

The Associated Press (linked above) reports that Sony plans to reduce number of its parts makers from about 2,500 now to about 1,200 next year.

Additionally, the company will be centralizing its purchasing to better negotiate for cheaper prices. In the past, each Sony division worked out contracts with suppliers individually.

Centralized purchasing will likely affect Sony's games division, which traditionally has been given more leeway to buy parts.

Hardware cost reductions have already cut the games division's operating costs by more than half, and if the plan goes well, it should give Sony even more incentive to institute a price cut for its game consoles in order to remain competitive.
 

Rumor: Music Downloads Coming to Sony's PlayStation Network?

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291w ago - CNET has an interesting PSP/PSN rumor that might interest all you music lovers out there.

The word from [Register or Login to view links] is that Sony has been talking to some big recording labels. This is of course about placing music on the PlayStation Network for download.

Apparently the pitched idea is focused on the PSP. This would make yet another great expansion to the PSN library. Add the rumored game rental service, the ever growing movies/TV shows library, and the talks about making PSN for other Sony products, this could get PSN to be a full fledged download hub from Sony.

Not a bad idea if you ask me. The focus on PSN will grow our reach, and will potentially cover the things we have been wanting for a long time. If this is Sony slowly trying to get digital distribution to us, they seem to be doing it the right way.

Don't get your hopes up though, this is all rumors. Now with that said, where is my cloud gaming?!
 

Sony PlayStation Store Update for May 21, 2009

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291w ago - PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen has now announced this week's PSN update today, as follows:

It's time for the weekly PlayStation Store Update. inFAMOUS fans, download the demo today!

PSone Classics PS3 / PSP
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six ($5.99)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six pits you as the commander of an elite counter-terrorism squad, and you will have to plan and execute complete a variety of covert operations to take down terrorists and make the world a safer place. Assemble your team from an international pool of special operatives and select from authentic gear and weapons to help you complete your missions.
ESRB Rated T
File size: 113 MB

Ford Racing ($5.99)
Push yourself to the limit as a new driver on the Ford Racing team. Test your driving skills in 12 different Ford cars, from Mustangs to tuned high-performance race cars. Compete in single races, time trials, or start a career in Career mode and work your way up the ranks. Upgrade your car and tweak its performance and handling in the body shop.
ESRB Rated E
File size: 66 MB

Game Demos (free)
inFAMOUS Demo
The inFAMOUS demo is set in Empire City, where a massive explosion leveled 6 square blocks, killing everyone in its path...except you!
 

Sony is Refusing to Comment on trICO for PlayStation 3

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291w ago - A Team ICO Project Trico HD trailer and screenshot was posted yesterday, but a follow-up mail to Sony on the subject, to confirm if Fumito Ueda will be at E3 in two weeks time with trICO in toe met with a response as follows:

Yup, nout. Sony said that on the subject of Team ICO, they werent commenting on it. The official line given to us was:

With regards to the Team ICO video, I'm afraid we're not commenting on this.

Which means that, unlike SCEA, SCEE do acknowledge it, they're just not talking about it as such.

Which now worries us even more now considering the earlier news that a E3 reveal is now 50-50. But considering the positive reaction to the trailer, surely it will lead somewhere to a reveal 2 weeks from now, right?

Mind you, no comment basically means it's coming or real, in this case, it's real. We shall see...
 

Fallout 3 DLC is Coming to Sony's PlayStation 3 Console in June

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291w ago - PlayStation 3 is set to receive existing Fallout 3 downloadable content beginning in June, with two new add-ons announced coming to PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

Bethesda has announced plans to bring Operation Anchorage, The Pitt and Broken Steel to PlayStation 3 over the coming months. These Fallout 3 add-ons were previously only available for Xbox 360 and PC.

Operation Anchorage will be released on PS3 in June, with the other content following four to six weeks apart. An update will be released for the PlayStation 3 version of the game to enable such content to work.

Meanwhile new content is coming for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Fallout 3. These are Point Lookout "Explore a massive new swampland area filled with new quests and content" and Mothership Zeta "The aliens have returned, and they're pissed. Experience an alien abduction first hand and find out if you're tough enough to survive."

Point Lookout will be released on PC and Xbox 360 in June and follow on PlayStation 3 once the three other expansions have been released. The cost for the initial PC/X360 release will be 800 Microsoft points. Mothership Zeta will cost the same and will arrive on PC/X360 in July, again with a PS3 release once the other four pieces of content have appeared on the PlayStation Network.
 
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