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PTOM Interview: PSN Boss Talks Voice Chat & Firmware Updates

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251w ago - During a recent interview with PlayStation: The Official Magazine (PTOM) in the Holiday '09 issue, PSN Director Eric Lempel discusses how Firmware update features are planned and released for the PlayStation 3 and PSP consoles and touches on cross-game voice chat.

To quote: "We go about doing that in a few different ways. We do consumer research in addition to following our roadmap.

We've had a very long roadmap that we've wanted to roll out, and clearly all of them couldn't be rolled out day one when the PS3 launched. So we've been implementing these features as we go along and some of them, and some of them take longer than others."

Lempel continued: "Of course time and manpower always factor in because there aren't limitless resources. And are sometimes key features that must go out in Firmware updates. For example, you saw on September 1, we released a 120GB PS3 and we did a Firmware update, and there were some enhancements in that specifically to bring on the new hardware."

The director of the PlayStation Network further explained: "We absolutely read all the feedback that we see on our blog when we do firmware updates. We have people who look across different forums and different sites. And we also do our own testing - some very extensive testing.."
 

PlayStation Network Video Content Update for November 13, 2009

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251w ago - PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen has posted this weekend's PSN video content update today, as follows:

Here's the list of new arrivals and top downloads on the Video Store this week.

This weekend, you can celebrate MGM's 85th anniversary with a legendary collection of movies starting at $1.99, including Dirty Work, Hannibal, Species, Soul Plane and Walking Tall.

Also, check out classic titles like Wizard of Oz, now available in the digital format for the first time. Watch the clip below for a sneak peak, then head to Featured Collections on the Video Store!





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Video: Pinball Heroes Out Today on PSN for PSP

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251w ago - Today SCEA Producer Jason Coker has announced that Pinball Heroes is available on PSN for PSP, and has shared a video of it in action.

To quote: Jason Coker here, Producer of the new downloadable PSP title, Pinball Heroes, which is available beginning TODAY for download onto your PSP from the PlayStation Store for $3.99 each. So, what is Pinball Heroes?

Well, the Pinball Heroes team loves pinball - go figure - and we also love the games that Sony Computer Entertainment publishes, so we figured, "Hey, what if we were to make pinball tables based on SCE titles?"

We approached some of the internal teams here at Sony, made the magic happen, and we've put together a really fun mix of tables, both in the range of pinball game play types and in the titles we're representing. Please take a look at the trailer below to give you an idea of what I'm talking about:





There are four different tables available to download, which are based on High Velocity Bowling, Hot Shots Golf, PAIN, and UNCHARTED. For me, the coolest thing about Pinball Heroes is that if you dig pinball, you'll really like any of the tables because of the diverse set of challenges that each one features, including an in-game trophy shelf, in-game trophies,...
 

Video: Free Comet Crash PS3 Update is Available Now on PSN

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251w ago - Pelfast President John Bates announced today that a free 'Kreios Resurge' Comet Crash PS3 update is available now on PSN.

To quote: Ever since we released Comet Crash for PS3 on PSN, we've been receiving a stream of emails from fans requesting new features. We're excited to satisfy a bunch of these requests in a content patch that's available right now.

The update introduces new levels, new maps, new battle settings and a new difficulty mode. The fresh additions showcase the best of what Comet Crash has to offer, while making sure fans have plenty to keep them warm during the holidays.

Check out this gameplay footage of the Kreios Resurgence:





The 1.03 update adds the following features:

•'Expert' difficulty setting for seasoned Comet Crash players. You'll see a surge in enemy attacks that will put your skills to the test.
•4 new Resurgence levels-one unlocked at the end of each comet during the Campaign. Resurgence levels may require completely new strategies. Beware... no hints!
•4 new Battle maps to mix up your games a bit.
•Battle timer setting. After the timer runs out, all mobile units generate at 8x the normal rate which should bring games to an exciting finish!...
 

Coming to Sony's PSN this Week: Bubble Trubble PSP Mini

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251w ago - Today Creat Studios Director of Business Development Scott Hyman has announced that Bubble Trubble PSP Mini is coming to Sony's PlaySTation Network this week.

To quote: This is Scott Hyman, Director of Business Development at Creat Studios along with Jason Benham, Producer and Creator of Bubble Trubble, our new PSP Mini game. Bubble Trubble will be available for download on the PlayStation Store tomorrow, November 12 for $4.99.

Almost everyone loves puzzle games, but the "Match 3 colors" concept has become so tired that we just had to tuck in into bed and put it sleep. On a quest to create a new color-matching challenge, Jason was inspired to develop a new game where bubbles of the same color fuse together into one upon contact, and grow, grow, grow until they pop.

As bubbles grow, on-screen space gets more and more crowded. If the bubbles don't expand enough to pop, all that room gets filled and the game ends. However, if enough like-colored bubbles are combined, they burst with points, bonuses and much more on-screen space to keep on playing.

Bubble Trubble is a single-player game with two modes of gameplay:

•Survival Mode allows players achieve the highest score by matching and popping the increasingly faster onslaught of colored bubble clusters....
 
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