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Bejeweled 2 Coming to Sony's PlayStation Network

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299w ago - Today PopCap Games Vice President of Video Game Platforms Greg Canessa announced that Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) and PopCap have teamed up to bring hit casual game titles to PSN and PlayStation 3 as follows:

Our first title is none other than the classic online puzzle game Bejeweled 2. Many of you may be familiar with the franchise - it has won dozens of awards and has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.

It's our biggest franchise at PopCap and our most successful title, which is why we chose Bejeweled 2 as our first title for PSN and PS3. The game is a natural fit for the platform - it plays great, looks great and is as compelling as ever.

And there is a ton of gameplay in Bejeweled 2 - four different game modes, more than 60 puzzles, power-ups, high-definition graphics and much more. And if you're like me, you'll sit there for hours playing late into the night, wondering why you're unable to pull yourself away!

The team at SOE has been fantastic to work with, and they share our vision of making the best versions of our games possible, with features that are specific to the PS3 platform.

For Bejeweled 2, that means exclusive stuff like Trophy support and PSP remote play, which you'll only find on PSN. We've got similar exclusive...
 

Sony PlayStation 3 and XBox 360 Worldwide Sales Equal in 2008

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299w ago - Sony's PlayStation 3 sold less in the third quarter of 2008 (ie. the Oct-Dec holiday season) than in 2007, but the strength of the console's earlier sales did it proud, shipping 10.77 million in 2008 (up from 2007's 8.85 million).

In contrast, Microsoft's Xbox 360 had a huge holiday season, shipping around 6 million consoles worldwide (a record for the Xbox), but had a weaker sales period earlier in the year: the playing field has been levelled.

The PlayStation 3 shipped around 10.77 million and the Xbox 360 also shipped 10.8 million: a dead heat. As for life-time sales, the Xbox 360 is at 28.45 million and the PlayStation 3 at 21.35 million - a slightly tighter gap than Microsoft's announced 8 million.

On average the PlayStation 3 has sold 2.37 million units per quarter, in comparison to the Xbox 360's 2.18 million. Still without a PS3 price cut, Microsoft's console will surely pull away in 2009.

As for Nintendo's Wii, it's solidified first place by selling an outstanding 4.99 million units per quarter. Find the numbers below:

SHIPPED Q3 2008 (Oct-Dec 2008)

PlayStation 3: 4.46m
Wii: 10.42m
Xbox 360: 6.0m
PlayStation 2: 2.52m
NDS: 11.89m
PSP: 5.08m

SHIPPED 2008

PlayStation 3: 10.77m
 

Does the Sony PlayStation 3 Need a Price Drop NOW?

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299w ago - The obvious answer anybody would give you is yes. However if Sony isn't careful Nintendo could knock them out of the race with this drop in price.

How is this? Well the Wii is obviously underpriced, but we don't know by how much.

Lets say it costs 80 dollars to make a Wii, if Sony decided to lower the PS3 to $299 in the U.S. and Nintendo sees this they could drop the Wii to $120, Halving their price and virtually make the PS3 price drop a whimper.

What can Sony do about this? Either drop the price now, or wait until August or November. If Nintendo drops their price give it 3 months, then they should drop theirs.

So basically it's a game of chicken. If Sony Waits too long they will lose their chance, but if they move too soon Nintendo will follow and cause them to lose.
 

Street Fighter II HD (EU) Stuck in Sony QA Due to Problems

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299w ago - Although American players have been able to enjoy Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix for quite some time now, European PS3 owners have been left in the dark. We've heard the cries before: "blame Sony," they'd say.

ThePSN.co.uk (linked above) had a chat with Capcom UK's Leo Tan to find out why SCEE is denying release of the game. To quote:

The nice Leo Tan at Capcom UK advised us that the release was currently dependant on "Sony QA", having been submitted twice before for release but winding up banjoed by SCEE due to "faults and other problems" that required the game to be "redone".

Capcom plan to submit a further version "hopefully within three weeks" that they expect to pass QA, but they "can't give any assurances as [we] thought the last one would pass".

Rumors still abound that the game was delayed due to arriving in Europe just after Sony's "no Trophies, no release" rule came into effect, so perhaps we'll get a definitive, Trophy-ready version by February.
 

Sony Launches World's Thinnest TV, Slimmer Than Slice of Toast

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299w ago - The £3,000 TV, the latest in the Japanese firm's Bravia range, is just 9.9mm thick. That is 60 TIMES slimmer than a typical set from the 1950s.

It is so thin because tiny LED lights usually illuminating the flat screen from behind have been placed round the sides.

Spokesman Christian Brown said: "Sony is continuously striving to lead the way with advanced innovations in TV technology and cutting edge design. We're excited to see our customers' reactions."

THE 1969 moon landing has been voted the best "World First" captured on TV, according to a Sony poll to promote its new tellies. Barack Obama's inauguration was second and the assassination of John F Kennedy third.
 
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