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Sony Responds to PlayStation Skin Disorder Claims

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310w 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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310w 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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310w 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.
 

Sony Pulls the Plug on Go!Messenger Service for the PSP Console

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310w ago - Edge has confirmed that Sony will offcially be pulling the plug on the Go!Messenger service that was launched one year ago on February 29th in PSP Firmware 3.90.

The downloadable VOIP service will be closed on March 31st, just barely being available for more than one year. Originally listed online in a [Register or Login to view links] (now removed), a PlayStation Network community team leader commented and then an SCEE spokesperson confirmed:

"Although Go!Messenger brought innovative communications features to the PSP community, the service has not developed the base of users that we were hoping for. We'd like to thank all fans of Go!Messenger and are sorry to have to make this announcement."

Go!Messenger was established from a partnership between Sony and the service's wireless network operator, BT. It allowed PSP users to send videos, voice recordings and text messages, as well as talk directly via video-chat.

SCEE has confirmed to Edge that there were no jobs directly tied to Go!Messenger within the company, and so no jobs will be lost from the withdrawal of the service.
 

Sony: 21 Million PS3s Sold Worldwide, 17 Million PSN Users

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310w ago - Sony has revealed that global PlayStation 3 sales have eclipsed the 21 million mark. According to the platform holder, life-to-date sales figures for the console now stand at approximately 21.3 million units.

Additionally, the firm also confirmed that PlayStation Network has now achieved 17 million registered accounts, though neglected to specify whether or not this included duplicate accounts and/or excluded PSP accounts, and those activated on the PSN Web site.

To quote: As part of the Sony's announcement regarding its bid to launch hardware across Latin America, the firm claimed that life-to-date sales of the PS3 were now at 21.3 million.

The company also stated that the PlayStation Network has amassed 17 million registered accounts, though this was given as a whole number and not specifying if it included duplicate accounts and/or excluded PSP accounts and accounts activated on the PSN Web site.
 
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