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Sony Aims for Simultaneous Digital PSP Game Releases in 2009

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296w ago - The head of PlayStation US marketing, John Koller, has revealed that Sony is planning on simultaneous digital versions of its PSP titles released alongside their UMD equivalents.

To quote: The head of PlayStation marketing at Sony America, John Koller, has stated that Sony would ideally like to see simultaneous digital versions of its PSP titles released alongside their retail UMD counterparts.

"In the back half of this year, we should see a good rise in the amount of content that comes to PSN for the PSP," he told Wired. "We're aware that most of the content thus far has been for PS3, and that's based on the usage model and who has been demanding that content.

"But as we continue, and there's more of a desire from the consumer for PSP content, we're going to really increase the size and amount of content that's available."
 

Sony's PSN Home is Still Plagued with a 'Go Anywhere' Bug

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296w ago - Probably most of you noticed something strange in PlayStation Home Square last time you connected to HOME.

In the image 6 people are walking on thin air or in places they are not supposed to be... This is even advertised inside HOME!

I won't say here how is it done but it is very - very annoying! Imagine playing Chess and someone walks over the table and places a bubble machine that obstructs both your views!

Now it's even possible to report people for "DISRUPTING GAMES"... I would prefer fixing the bug instead of the possibility to report people who do that, but hey.. it's not up to us to choose the right way to fix things!
 

GDC 09: Sony Updates Dev Kits, Lower Prices for PS3 Developers

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296w ago - With the start of the company's new fiscal year, Sony is devoted to pushing the PS3 as a gaming console, and has slashed prices for PS3 dev kits, as well as upgraded them to attract more developers.

To quote: In what it describes as a move to "further strengthen its support for game development on PlayStation 3," Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is introducing a range of tool updates at lower prices.

Sony introduced new dev kit models at reduced prices: DECR-1400A for North America ($2,000) and Europe/PAL territories (€1,700), and DECR-1400J for Japan (200,000 yen). The company says the new models are the same in form factor to the commercial PS3, and claims they increase programming capabilities and graphics rendering efficiency.

At GDC 2009 today, SCE also introduced PhyreEngine version 2.40, an update to its graphics rendering engine. It includes a new "foliage rendering" system for trees and plants.

SCE will also provide a suite of tech support services for PS3 developers, promising to improve the SNC PPU toolchain, a compiler included in the SDK since February 2008.

Said the company in a statement: "With more and more new and exciting PS3 titles scheduled...
 

GDC '09: Sony Upgrades PhyreEngine, Reveals Four New Titles

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296w ago - Sony announced earlier that they upgraded their cross platform engine, the PhyreEngine, to version 2.40.

To quote: New features included 'foliage rendering', which allows for more ultra-realistic trees and leaves, best seen in the PSN exclusive title, Flower.

For gamers though, the bigger news is that Sony has seemingly unveiled 4 unheard of games which are all using the PhyreEngine.

These include an unamed title from Australian developer Big Ant Studios, puzzle/platforming PSN title Topatoi developed by Boolat Games, third person action game Strength of the Sword from Invent Studios, and finally, The 7th Seal by Paul Cuisset's (of Flashback fame and Shaq Fu notoriety) studio VectorCell.

Hopefully as GDC goes on, we'll hear more about these titles.
 

Sony Community Manager Explains PlayStation Home Xi Mystery

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296w ago - Earlier today, SilentTigeR let us know HERE that PlayStation Home Xi: The Hub is now available for PS3 users.

Now, PlayStation Home Community Manager CydoniaX has officially explained what Xi is on the PS Blog (linked above) as well as on the official [Register or Login to view links] as follows:

The world's first console-based Alternate Reality Game starts today in PlayStation Home.

Called Xi , the adventure takes place in a series of secret areas in Home - and beyond - changing day by day, week by week, in real time. Anyone with a PLAYSTATION 3 can join in the fun for free.

To discover the mystery of Xi, simply log on to PlayStation Home and look for the graffiti on the wall in the main square.

Find that, and all will be revealed...
 
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