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Sony Refuses to Comment on Pay-to-Play MAG Reports

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309w ago - Sony has refused to comment on rumors that they will charge people to play online shooter 'MAG' (Massive Action Game).

Apparently Sony mailed out a survey asking gamers if they would be willing to pay a monthly or yearly fee to play the game. Many have been angered by the rumors, but some say they wouldn't mind paying for a lag free experience.

Sony revealed MAG at this years E3 and it will support up to 256 players in eight player squads. Sony have said that there is nothing out in the market today that is like it and that a game such as this would not be possible on other consoles.

To quote: Currently there is no evidence to prove the validity of the report, which a Sony rep pointed out to us when contacted this morning. We also got the obligatory: "We don't comment on rumor and speculation", too.
 

Sony PlayStation 3 EYE Camera running under Windows

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309w ago - As posted by AlexP on the forums of the Web site linked above:

As you may seen it before, here are the specs:

- 4 channel audio input:16 bits/channel, 48kHz, SNR 90db
- 56 or 75 Field of View zoom lens
- 2.1 F-stop, less than 1% distortion, fixed focus (25cm to 8 at 75 FOV)
- 640 x 480 at 60 frames/second
- 320 x 240 at 120 frames/second
- USB.0 high-speed data transfer
- Uncompressed video or optional JPEG compression

Downloads: PS3 Eye Driver / PS3 Eye Test [Fixed 320x240 frame (full sensor), Now capturing at 60fps.]

This makes the PS3Eye ideal for multitouch applications. The best part is the price $39.99!

Now, the main problem with this camera is that there are no drivers for Windows. The camera's chipset info is virtually non-existent on the Web.

After examining the camera internals I found that it features the OV534-LB50 camera USB 2.0 bridge and the OV7720 CMOS VGA sensor. Both of these are made by OmniVision.

I started thinking to my self: "This camera is awesome and it will be such a great and inexpensive replacement for...
 

Sony to Reveal Secret Game at Tokyo Game Show this October

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309w ago - We don't usually deal with rumor, however since we were the first to break this story to the net via the PlayStation forums, we thought we may as well report it.

So what was this rumor? Well, according to the Gut Reaction feature in the November issue of OPM, Sony will be revealing a "super sexy" secret game at the Tokyo Game Show this October.

We have included a scan below as proof, so start to get excited.
 

Sony is Dropping the 40GB PS3 Model Price $40 This Weekend

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309w ago - A leaked Blockbuster memo has revealed that Sony is permanently dropping the price of the discontinued 40GB PS3 as of Sunday.

The price of the 40GB will now be $360, while a bundle including a HDMI cable, Spiderman Movie, and Tansformers game will be available for $400.

To quote: According to a Blockbusters' memo leaked to us today Sony is permanently dropping the price of the discontinued 40GB model of the Playstation 3 starting Sunday.

The price drop, which was verified by calls to a number of Blockbuster stores, will drop the 40GB model to $360 and an PS3 40GB bundle with an HDMI cable, Spiderman the movie and Transformers the game to $400.

Stores that have trade-ins of the PS3 40GB will be selling it for $360 as well.
 

Sony Could Be Holding Back Resistance 2's Success

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310w ago - If you have paid attention to any of our editorials here at Blend Games since late 2006, you would have noticed a consistent disdain for a particular section of Sony's business model: their video game marketing section.

Sadly, these guys and gals have done very little to properly promote many of their own first-party games, and in result have managed to create a very sub-par community outside the initial fan-boy hype.

Like everyone else out on the net who have seen viral marketing videos for some of Sony's exclusives, you sort of wonder why they stop there. In comparison, Microsoft has all sorts of ridiculous marketing ploys surrounding many of their first-party titles, leading up to the game's release.

In some cases MS will even continue to schedule events, make announcements and continue the viral marketing just past the game's release, like what they did with Gears of War and Halo 3.

Even now, compare the likes of Gears of Wars 2 energy drinks, announcements for limited and collector's editions, as well as a vibrant promotional campaigns, to the simple techniques employed by Sony for Resistance 2. It is almost as if they expect the game to do well and that they should leave it alone, completely.

It appears especially odd considering that gamers seem...
 
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