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Photo Sharing is Coming to Sony's PlayStation Home

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295w ago - Update: We experienced a minor glitch this morning with the Buzz space in PlayStation. We know what the issue is and we are working to resolve it as soon as possible. Please check back with the blog for an update on when it will go live.

Today PlayStation Home Community Manager CydoniaX has announced that Photo Sharing is coming to PlayStation Home, as follows:

Greetings, Homies. Fasten your seatbelts, because we have the most exciting news to hit PlayStation Home since Open Beta! We know you loyal Home fans have been asking for media sharing since the get-go, and we're very happy to tell you that the first stage is here!

Photo sharing, the first feature to support user-generated content, is finally coming to PlayStation Home! Starting today, Thursday, June 4th, you'll be able to purchase picture frames in the Mall, upload photos from your hard drive or select from a gallery of default pictures, and then display them in your personal apartments.

So if you've got photos from your latest game tournament that you want to share, all you have to do is upload them, choose the angle and size options for display, and then invite your friends back to your Home pad for your viewing party. Awesome!

But that's not all! As usual, we have more exciting content...
 

Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto is a Fan of Sony's PSP Go!

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295w ago - For those who didn't know, Shigeru Miyamoto is a Japanese game producer and designer who has been called the "father of modern video games" and "the Walt Disney of electronic gaming" for helping create the Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Star Fox, Pikmin and F-Zero franchises and games such as Nintendogs and Wii Music.

Was someone expecting to see the man, Shigeru Miyamoto, in flesh and bones, playing a Sony PSP Go!?

Well, think again because HE was and HE is, in fact, a PSP fanboy. The Brazilian site called Games Sem Compromisso (linked above) has posted some nice exclusive pics of it.

See more on the related site. LoL!
 

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

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295w 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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295w 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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295w 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...
 
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