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Sony: Support the PlayStation Portable Better in the Rest of 2009

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294w ago - According to reports, the PSP is showing [Register or Login to view links] for Sony over previous years.

In Q1 of 2009, PSP hardware sales are up 75% from last year and software sales are up over 20%. Despite this growth, many are worried as it's yet to catch up to PS3 or even PS2's formidable numbers.

Huh... That's kinda weird. Like myself, you've probably noticed that when you visit your favorite retailer, the PSP section has been getting smaller and smaller.

This appears to be the result of the PSP's candle burning at both ends. On the one hand, retailers are devoting less space to the PSP in favor of more popular products. On the other hand, developers are complaining about the level of difficulty in programming games for the device, especially when dealing with the UMD format. For most, it's just not worth the hassle.

However, 2008 showed a spectacular increase in business through digital distribution. Seeing this, Sony's announced great plans for expanding their PlayStation Store. Many developers, such as Capcom, have also [Register or Login to view links] in taking advantage of this...
 

Sony UK Launches an Official LittleBigPlanet YouTube Page

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294w ago - Sony has launched an official new LittleBigPlanet YouTube page today, and in celebration they are offering someone the chance to be sent all the way around the world.

Full details are available linked above, or at [Register or Login to view links] and to quote:

Welcome to the home of LittleBigPlanets Creators. This channel is a celebration of all the weird and wonderful level creations out there on LittleBigPlanet. So get busy with your creations, submit, subscribe and enjoy as every week there will be special LittleBigPlanet giveaways to our community.

Finally, below is a video from LittleBigPlanetUK entitled "Where in the world is Sackboy?"

Enjoy!




 

Sony PlayStation Store Update for April 2, 2009

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294w ago - PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen has shared the following PSN update today:

"PSN Spring Fever " continues this week, featuring games, trailers, and themes available for download! Highlighting this week is Qore Episode 11, for free!

Qore
Qore Annual Subscription - April 2009 ($24.99)
Qore: Presented by the PlayStation Network is a monthly interactive video production covering the world of PlayStation. Qore provides its audience with exclusive behind-the-scenes access to developers and their games, from both the SCE Worldwide Studios and the third-party community, where the audience member can freely navigate through the content.
File size: 1.28 GB

Qore Episode 11 April 2009 (free)
Episode 11 of Qore: Presented by the PlayStation Network explores the creative process behind the music of inFamous, visits the Seattle-based developers of Fat Princess, takes a look at the upcoming Red Faction: Guerrilla, and spotlights the innovative games pushing the boundaries of interactive media on the PlayStation Network. In addition, this month's downloadable content includes an exclusive Fat Princess theme.
File sizes: 1.28 GB

Media
"Killzone 2 Behind the Bullet" (free)
You've seen the Killzone 2 TV commercial,...
 

Opinion: Sony Didn't Shaft Anyone with PS3 Firmware 2.70

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294w ago - I can't count how many times I and many others have told people to not get their hopes up with PS3 firmware updates. Sony didn't 'shaft' anyone.

They haven't even hinted there was a firmware update coming out for the PlayStation 3. Loads of blogs/Web sites have reported what could come in the next firmware update - but why all the hype? Sony hasn't said if the rumored features were true or not. Why are you pissed at Sony?

They're called rumors for a reason. Sure, some of them end up being true, but chances are it's nothing more than an eager fanboy begging for features the competition already has to offer.

Others who want to believe these rumors will probably end up being disappointed, maybe even angry if they're ultra-fanboys. It's like they're fighting with themselves (which is actually pretty funny).

On that note, I just want to say - keep the excitement meter to a maximum-minimum (add that to your vocabulary). If you find clues to what could possibly point to anything, tell people about it. And maybe, just maybe - it could end up being true.
 

Sony Confirms PS3 Firmware 2.70 Update Details, Coming Soon!

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294w ago - Today PlayStation Network Operations Director Eric Lempel has confirmed PS3 Firmware Update 2.70 details, and mentions its coming soon via PS Blog:

Hi everyone, we're adding some great new features with the next PS3 firmware update (v2.70) that will continue to enhance your connected experience on the PS3. The 2.70 update brings a new Text Chat feature that enables you to communicate online with your PlayStation Network friends.

Now, you'll be able to chat with up to 15 online friends using the Wireless Keypad, on-screen keyboard, or other compatible keyboard peripherals. Not only can you chat with your friends instantly, but you can also access Text Chat while playing PS3 games and even participate in up to three chat rooms at once.

For a quick preview of Text Chat and some of the other 2.70 features, check out this video:





In addition to Text Chat, we've added a few more enhancements:

Friends list on the XMB (XrossMediaBar)

• Sort your friends via their online status
• Attach larger files to the messages you send to your friends (file size will increase from 1MB to 3MB)

Video delivery service on PlayStation Store

• Video files you've...
 
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