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BUZZ! Comes to Sony's PlayStation Home

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291w ago - Sony's Product Marketing Manager Rob Alvarez has announced that BUZZ! is heading to PlayStation Home.

To quote: We're going to launch a brand new space in PlayStation Home called BUZZ! HQ, where players can chat and meet up with other trivia fans in a new lobby area or take part in a massive 64-player BUZZ! trivia showdown!

The game works by making you run around the studio on a massive BUZZ! Buzzer to answer questions, all of which are taken from the best content that you've created on the [Register or Login to view links] Web site.

Four colored answer buttons are laid out on the floor and you need to make sure you're standing on the right answer when the time runs out.





The winner's decided over four rounds, and there are a number of exclusive Home prizes up for grabs for the greatest players.

We are very excited to be bringing a fantastic new BUZZ! multiplayer game to Home and we know this is going to be a great social experience.

So keep an eye out for the new BUZZ! space, which will go live very soon. In the meantime, check out this virtual tour of the space and let us know what you think.
 

Sony to Sponsor a PS3 Programming Master Class in Paris

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291w ago - Paris Master Classes will host a Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE)-sponsored Master Class on June 24 titled "PS3 Programming Master Class PS3 Programming to the Next Level".

This Master Class will be accessible for free to all PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3)-registered developers who are attending at least one other Master Class. The full press release is below for those interested.

Press Release: Latest Classes announced and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe to organize a sponsored Master Class

Lyon - May 26, 2009

Paris Master Classes have unveiled their latest Master Classes presented during this unique two-day training event that will take place in France's capital this June 25-26. Masters who have worked on the following titles will share their experience with participating developers: Assassin's Creed 2, Splinter Cell, Alan Wake, Madden's franchise, Resistance: Fall of a Man, Warhammer: Dawn of War, Dante's Inferno, World of Warcraft, I am Alive, and many more.

Paris Master Classes will also host a Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE)-sponsored Master Class on June 24 titled "PS3 Programming Master Class PS3 Programming to the Next Level". This Master Class will be accessible for free to all PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3)-registered developers who are attending...
 

Secret Agent Clank Sneaking Onto Sony's PS2 Today

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291w ago - SCEA Sr. Producer Frank Simon has announced that Secret Agent Clank is sneaking onto Sony's PS2 console today.

To quote: Just wanted to let you know to look for Secret Agent Clank on the store shelves beginning today! [Register or Login to view links] did a fantastic job of bringing this game to the PS2 adding and increasing textures, geometry and just raw numbers of models to make a more beautiful, richer game experience. Characters and the animation for them were rebuilt and augmented.

Couple this with an all new camera system, customized controls for the DualShock 2 and a whole lot of additional polish and love from the team and you end up with a really great game.

You might ask yourself, why bring PSP games to the PS2? The answer we'd tell you is there are a lot of folk out there that are still hungry for content. We believe Secret Agent Clank will deliver this. Sanzaru did a fantastic job of really customizing the experience for the PS2. They went in and rebuilt whole sections of the game in order provide for a deeper richer experience.

Even with all this change, we kept the fantastic game that [Register or Login to view links] put together for the PSP, just now taking advantage of everything the PS2 has to offer.
 

Sony is Cutting Down on the Number of Parts Suppliers

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292w 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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292w 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?!
 
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