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Rumor: Sony's PlayStation Portable 2 to Drop UMD Drive

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291w ago - In a recent Twitter post (linked above), Earthworm Jim creator Dave Perry hinted that Sony is planning to remove the UMD drive from their next PlayStation Portable console.. which he dubs simply PSP2.

To quote: "I hear Sony FINALLY has the PSP 2. And thank goodness, they've removed the stupid battery-sucking UMD disc drive.

I'm excited!"

11:04 PM Feb 23rd from Web

Only time will tell if this rumor pans out, however, it sounds feasible based on the [Register or Login to view links] PSP-4000 news.
 

LittleBigPlanet is Coming to Sony's PlayStation Portable Console

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291w ago - As first announced earlier today, Media Molecule confirmed the long speculated rumors that the adorable SackBoy will be making his way onto the PlayStation Portable sometime this Fall.

Over the last several months and shortly before release of the PlayStation 3 version, there was an enormous amount of belief that these rumors were true, and finally they've come to fruition.

Sony declared that LittleBigPlanet will hit the PSP while offering new levels and the ability to play, create, and share with users much like its PS3 counterpart. It wasn't disclosed if cross-platform functionality would be included, but who are we kidding, it would be a no brainer.

If the PlayStation 3's DLC wasn't draining your wallets enough as is, we're sure the company has more content planned on the way for its Mini-SackBoy as well.
 

Sony Responds to PlayStation Skin Disorder Claims

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291w ago - Earlier [Register or Login to view links], a buzz was being made about "PlayStation palmar hidradenitis" after a girl developed painful red lumps on her hands after playing PlayStation for a number of hours per day.

Sony has responded to the matter by indicating there are possible consequences if gamers do not follow common sense and the guidelines.

To quote: Sony has issued a statement following an earlier report linking use of its PlayStation console to a skin disorder.

Earlier today the British Journal of Dermatology released a report in which it named a skin disorder "PlayStation palmar hidradenitis" after researchers at Geneva University Hospital in Switzerland studied an afflicted 12-year-old girl.

She had developed painful red lumps on the palms of her hands after using her PlayStation for several hours a day before symptoms first appeared.

Sony has stated that it will study the findings, but points out that this is the first time it has heard a complaint of this nature.

"We firmly believe that video gaming is a legitimate entertainment pastime like watching movies, listening to music, or reading books," reads the statement.

"As with any leisure pursuit there are possible consequences of not following...
 

Sony VP: We'll Put Our PS3 Exclusives Up Against Anyone

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291w ago - Sony's senior VP of Marketing, Peter Dille, has stated that his company will be launching "the most aggressive marketing year in its history", this year. To quote:

First with Killzone 2, then God of War 3. Now, this does not mean that GOW3 will be launching in 2009; simply that the marketing will. However, seeing how late the company has left the push for KZ2, we wouldn't be surprised of the marketing started on launch day.

Equally interesting from Peter, is his contention that Sony "employs more people in development than Microsoft and Nintendo combined" and that this, according to Dille means that, "We'll put our exclusives up against anyone."

Indeed 2009 is a year in which having excellent exclusive games will stop PS2 owners from jumping over to the Xbox 360 or Wii. Thus far Killzone 2's buzz appears to be serving the console well.

Bear in mind this is the guy who said, "The PS3 is a very deep ocean and folks are really still only scratching the surface..." when speaking about how "There's no way (Killzone 2) is taking it to its full potential".
 

Sony, Nintendo, and Nokia Sued Over Wireless Patent

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291w ago - Sony, Nintendo, and Nokia are currently infringing on patents related to the connectivity of handheld gaming devices, a new complaint says.

To quote: A court filing obtained by Edge from February 13 shows that Plano, Tex.-based Wall Wireless LLC is suing Sony, Nintendo, Nokia and related companies including Sony Computer Entertainment America and Nintendo of America for allegedly infringing upon [Register or Login to view links] 6,640,086, named "Method and Apparatus for Creating and Distributing Real-Time Interactive Media Content Through Wireless Communication Networks and the Internet."

The patent explains that the invention "pertains ... to methods and systems that allow an operator to distribute messages having aural or visual content that is generated by the operator using handheld apparatuses such as mobile telephones."

Wall Wireless alleges that Sony's PSP, Nintendo's DS, as well as certain real-time online multiplayer games such as Mario Kart and WipeOut Pulse infringe on the patent. The plaintiff also says that Nokia's mobile devices N81, N82, N93 and N95 infringe on the patent, along with the mobile game Reset Generation.
 
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