Sony Downplays GTA IV Episodic Content

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316w ago - SCEA's Scott Steinberg tells GameDaily BIZ that only a very small percentage of gamers will even buy the episodic content for which MS "spent the GNP of several small Latin American countries."

In an exclusive interview to be published in the next few days on GameDaily BIZ, Scott Steinberg, VP of Product Marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America, has commented on Microsoft's exclusive episodic content for Rockstar's much anticipated Grand Theft Auto IV.

The GTA franchise historically has always been associated with Sony's PlayStation, but this time not only is the latest GTA not exclusive, but Sony failed to secure a deal for any exclusive episodic content on PS3. If you ask Steinberg, however, none of that ultimately matters to the average consumer.

"[Microsoft] spent the GNP of several small Latin American countries to get that [content], and if you've ever played San Andreas...there's a lot of game to Grand Theft Auto and there's going to be a lot of game to Grand Theft Auto IV to the point where I think most people will have that Grand Theft Auto experience on the PS3, day and date, same core game shipping on the 360. Perhaps they'll be shipping some episodic content in the fall, but there is a whole lot of product shipping on the PS3 in April and I personally don't think...
 

New PlayStation Store Design Coming Soon, Says Sony

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316w ago - Following confirmation from SCEA director of product development John Hight that the PlayStation Store would receive a visual revamp in April, Sony today updated the store with a fairly large banner advertising that a "Great new look is coming soon."

We already knew that, but further confirmation is always welcome.

Yet to be revealed, the new design is said to sport a sleek, clean look with simplified navigation that will make the store easier to browse and find the items you're looking for.
 

GT5 Prologue finally on PSN, Sony say sorry

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316w ago - GT5 Prologue has finally been released on the PlayStation Store in Europe.

Sony earlier apologized for the delay on its forums saying "We'd like to apologize for the lack of a PS Store refresh yesterday. Unfortunately we experienced some last minute technical difficulties and were unable to publish the new content as planned. We are working hard to resolve these issues and content will be refreshed as soon as possible."

Three Speech haved also chimed in with a statement, which is also out of date now too. "'Unfortunately due to some last minute technical difficulties, we were unable to publish the new content to the PS Store yesterday. We are working to resolve these issues and will let you know as soon as new content is posted," it reads.
 

Sony canned Facebook style platform for PSOne

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316w ago - Former Sony Entertainment President Chris Deering has said that a "secret Facebook-style web networking platform was being worked on behind-the-scenes by those responsible for launching PSOne."

The project was code named 'Moccasin 5' and would have allowed the PSone to run a "text-based community chat group with a special box called Net-Station that hooked up PCs to the TV."

He also said that they later worked on a PS2 concept called 'Central Station', which was planned to stream its own PlayStation TV channel back in 2002, but it didn't take off because of slow broadband uptake.

To quote: When asked what the biggest challenge of his career was, Deering said: "Getting Sony to believe that PlayStation could be a community online... We had a secret test program in Europe back in 1997 on PSOne, running a text-based community chat group with a special box called Net-Station that hooked up PCs to the TV.

"The project code name was 'Moccasin 5'. It operated across the major countries of Europe, and had quite a following, even from the US. "At Sony Europe, we later worked on a PS2 concept called 'Central Station', which was planned to stream its own PlayStation TV channel, back in 2002. But uptake in broadband took longer to reach mass market than we expected,...
 

Sony Says No To Portable Copy In PS3 Firmware 2.20

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317w ago - Despite media reports to the contrary, Sony has officially confirmed that the much-touted Portable Copy feature will NOT be included in the upcoming Firmware 2.20 update for PS3.

Not entirely unexpected, considering the original press release made no such mention of the feature.

To quote: SCEA contacted us today to let us know we were right to doubt, the Playstation 3's firmware 2.20 update will not include Portable Copy support, despite reports to the contrary.

Too bad, I'm about to go away on a trip for a few days and was thinking I might be able to bring some movies with me. Of course, I'm also still confused about whether all Blu-ray movies will be copyable or if it will be only for movies that have an extra PSP file included on the disc.
 







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