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Sony PlayStation Store (US) Update for February 12, 2009

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292w ago - Here we go again, courtesy of PlayStation Store Seniro Manager Grace Chen via PS Blog:

Hey, everyone. It's time again for the weekly PlayStation Store update.

Get in the spring spirit with the new "PSN Spring Fever" section of the PlayStation Store featuring games, trailers, and themes available for download with the launch of Flower today!

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Qore Episode 09: February, 2009 ($2.99)
Episode 09 of Qore: Presented by the PlayStation Network kicks off Spring training with an inside look at MLB 09 The Show and demonstrates Resident Evil 5's co-op gameplay with new QoreVision technology.
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Sony Pledges to Reinvigorate PSP in 2009 with New Titles

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292w ago - Sony UK product manager Claire Backhouse has stated that significant new titles heading to the PSP this year will essentially revitalize the PSP.

Although a number of these titles are currently unannounced, Sony feels they will aid in attracting greater interest from new customers.

To quote: 'SIGNIFICANT' NEW titles are heading to the PSP this year that will revitalize the format and attract new consumers, Sony has told MCV.

Now over four years-old, the PSP has steadily established itself throughout the current generation, selling over 40 million units globally - 3.2m of them in the UK.

But software sales have been less consistent. In GfK-ChartTrack's monthly report for January, the format accounted for just 3.6 per cent of the UK software market in unit terms - a stark contrast to Japan, where 2008's biggest title was PSP game Monster Hunter.

Speaking to MCV, UK product manager Claire Backhouse said that comparable titles are on the way over here - a number of them unannounced - that can help turn around the format's current standing.
 

Video: Flower Available Today on Sony's PlayStation Network

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292w ago - PSN Associate Producer Randall Lowe reminds us that Flower for PS3 is available today via PlayStation Network. To quote:

We are delighted to remind you that Flower will be available TODAY on PSN for $9.99. No matter what type of gamer you are, we think you'll find something in Flower that you enjoy.

Our friends at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe put together this great trailer – it features the song "Catch The Wind" – to celebrate the game's launch today. Both the trailer and the developer diary video will be available on the store today as well.





Sit back, relax and enjoy!
 

Sony Encourages Buying PSN Content Over XBox Live Subscription

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292w ago - Sony continues to play the value card in its fight against the Xbox 360. This time, instead of focusing on hardware, the company shows you what games you could buy if you weren't paying for Xbox Live.

During CES, Sony gave press the argument that the PS3 was actually a great deal... considering all the features that came with the system. That only works if you want those features, and a $400 system is a hard sell even if it comes with an Eva(n?) Longoria love-doll.

Sony has now made a second argument that makes much more sense: look at what you can buy for the cost of Xbox Live.

Microsoft's online service costs $50 a year, if you don't find a card on sale, and Sony wants to show you what you could be buying with that money if you were online with your PS3. You have to give it to them: $50 on the PlayStation Network gets you some pretty great stuff.

"Rather than paying a $50 subscription fee that competitors charge for on-line services, PlayStation Network users could put that money towards a variety of content," the company claims. What could you get?

• PAIN ($9.99)
•Elefunk ($4.99)
•Guitar Hero Classic Rock Track ($6.25)
•LittleBigPlanet™ Metal Gear Solid - Level Kit ($5.99)
•Episode of Afro Samurai | Season 1 ($1.99)
 

Sony Could Clean Up with Backwards Compatibility on PS3

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292w ago - What is it above all else that the PlayStation 3 is missing? Access to the vast PS2 library. Backwards compatibility is the most obvious chink in the PS3 armour.

It is a strange strategic decision by Sony not to have a download service running by now considering that rivals Nintendo and Microsoft both have backwards compatibility in their respective consoles. The replaceable HDD on the PS3 makes the system ideal for a download service as space shouldn't really become an issue.

Lets briefly cover why such a service would be a guaranteed hit:

•The PS2 Library - There are thousands of games in the PS2 library and there are many classic games among that number. Giving gamers the chance to replay or experience for the first time games like Kingdom Hearts, ICO, or Shadow of the Colossus is surely a recipe for success.

•Cheap games - Obviously the pricing in such a service would be the most important consideration. Pricing would have to be very competitive. Even though Sony could populate the service with classic games the fact remains that the majority of them will be several years old. That has to be taken into consideration above all else so I would suggest a maximum price of €9.99.

I think that would be reasonable as you can already get PSOne games on the...
 
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