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Sony: Interest in PlayStation Home has Been Off of the Charts

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292w ago - PlayStation Home's director Jack Buser has told MSNBC that the interest in PlayStation Home has simply been off the charts.

However, Buser himself failed to give out any specific numbers but added the whole point of Home is to help people form deep relationships.

To quote: "The interest in PlayStation Home has been off the charts," Jack Buser, Sony's director of Home, told me earlier this week, though he declined to reveal any specific numbers.

A visit to Home during this, its first week open to the public, certainly reveals a place bustling with visitors - even into the wee hours of the morning.

What Buser will say is that, "Home was born out of this Need for a social network for gamers. The idea was that we could provide this extremely realistic, immersive environment that would allow people to get to know one another.

When you meet someone in Home, and you hang out with them... you really start to feel like you know this person. And that was our hope - to enable people to form deep relationships.
 

Sony Smashes Guinness World Records with BRAVIA-drome

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292w ago - A modern take on a 19th century classic, the BRAVIA-drome was today confirmed as the 'World's Largest Zoetrope' by a Guinness World Records adjudicator.

Press Release: WEYBRIDGE, UK--(Marketwire - December 17, 2008) - Sony unveiled the motion making star of its latest marketing campaign in front of the world's media at a dramatic night-time shoot in Venaria, Italy this month.

The construction's final measurements were officially recorded as a circumference of 31.41 metres, equivalent to a diameter of exactly 9.998 metres. At nearly two and a half metres in height, the adjudicator required the assistance of several helpers and a step ladder during a tense fifteen minutes of measuring.





FIFA World Player of the Year and AC Milan soccer legend Kak√° was also present at the unveiling as still images of him performing his signature moves had been placed inside the BRAVIA-drome for its first ever public performance.

"I didn't expect it to be quite so big, even though I had seen the dimensions on paper," said Raymond Marshall, the adjudicator from Guinness World Records. "When it started to spin, I could only watch in amazement. I never believed it would actually work due to its sheer size. It...
 

GridNetworks Announces Support for GridCast TV on Sony's PS3

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292w ago - Support for Xbox 360, Internet-enabled TVs, and now the PlayStation 3 allows the new GridCast TV service to deliver high-value Internet video to over 36 million homes today using existing devices.

Press Release: SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Video delivery platform provider GridNetworks today announced support for GridCast TV on the Sony PlayStation 3.

The GridCast TV service, which launched last month, enables content distributors and owners to stream video directly over the Internet to viewers' TVs without requiring a set-top box or any other additional hardware.

GridCast TV uses existing UPnP (universal plug and play) devices such as the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Internet-enabled TVs.

GridCast TV can now be viewed by anyone with an Internet-connected Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. With combined support for these two gaming consoles, which hold a majority of console market share, GridCast TV can reach over 36 million homes worldwide, with roughly half of those in the U.S.

These numbers are also growing quickly, with Microsoft recently announcing the biggest Black Friday ever for the Xbox 360, with record sales on one of the biggest shopping days of the year for U.S. retailers.

"Microsoft and Sony know that today's console gamers are perfectly suited...
 

Rumor: Sony to Invite Third-party Developers in PlayStation Home

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292w ago - Although only a rumor thus far, Telegraph speculates that Sony may eventually and legitimately open up the PlayStation Home platform to third-party developers in order to build and create extra features.

It is rumored that having an official area for hacks and teaks may prevent damaging hacking attempts.

To quote: Developers have found a way to exploit vulnerabilities within the software's code to allow them to customize their PlayStation Home experience beyond the options provided by Sony.

PlayStation Home, a Second Life-like virtual world that providea PS3 users with a three-dimensional social gaming space in which to interact and communicate with other players, was launched on Dec 11.

One hack uses a combination of the Apache web server and DNS re-direction to allow users of PlayStation Home to watch their own movies on display screens within the game, and change text and music to whatever they choose.

A second hack enables players to download any file they want from PlayStation Home's servers, such as a fellow user's profile or avatar, the cartoon-like representation of themselves they create to appear in the virtual world.

But the most worrying...
 

Rant: Why all the Sony PlayStation 3 Console Hate Recently?

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292w ago - If there's one thing I've noticed this past couple of weeks, it's the increased amount of disdain for Sony's PlayStation 3.

It's almost as if the whole industry has something against Sony for winning the last two generations. First Time Magazine, then Alleyinsider and now Kotaku. There's a name for this and it's called media sabotage.

Who would have thought that after the NPD results were posted that sites like Kotaku would start kicking Sony while their down? Sony isn't down though. Their performing well considering the cost of the system. Of course many wouldn't know this if they took some time to read some of the headlines on N4FB (News 4 Fanboys), Alleyinsider or Time Magazine.

Since when is Time magazine experts on video games? Isn't that our territory? Time Magazine made a huge mistake in a story they wrote about Home last week. They quoted the PS3 as having sold only 200,000 units in the US.

Starting today, owners of the pricey PlayStation 3 – there are nearly 17 million of them worldwide, a scant 200,000 of whom live in the U.S. – can download the software for free via Sony's PlayStation Network

How is it that such a respected magazine as Time, messes up so hard on the numbers? I was happy to see that Gamezine.co.uk...
 
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