Sony: PS3 Home BETA for public opening very soon

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315w ago - Susan Panico, Senior Director of the PlayStation Network has stated in the latest edition of the Official PlayStation Magazine that "we'll be opening up the Home BETA to the public very soon and hope to see you there."

Hopefully April will be the month where all will be available.

To quote user patches 4 socom 3: I just got the may issue and the last page has an article from Susan Panico Senior Director of the PlayStation Network.

At the end of it she says "we'll be opening up the Home BETA to the public very soon and hope to see you there." I hope April is the month for it! but then again Metal Gear Online BETA, GTA 4... I could fit in the Home BETA... lol :P
 

Sony BMG get busted for piracy by PointDev

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315w ago - A French software company known as PointDev is claiming €300,000 (over $475,000) in damages in its suit against Sony BMG.

The suit comes following a call from a Sony BMG employee to PointDev for support who gave them a pirated license code for one of their products. A raid followed which revealed that pirated software was installed on four of Sony BMG's servers and it is believed that up to 47 percent of the software on Sony BMG's computers could be pirated.

To quote: PointDev, a French software company that makes Windows administration tools, received a call from a Sony BMG IT employee for support. After Sony BMG supplied a pirated license code for Ideal Migration, one of PointDev's products, the software maker was able to mandate a seizure of Sony BMG's assets.

The subsequent raid revealed that software was illegally installed on four of Sony BMG's servers. The Business Software Alliance, however, believes that up to 47 percent of the software installed on Sony BMG's computers could be pirated.

These are some pretty serious –not to mention ironic- allegations against a company that's gone so far as to install malware on consumers' computers in the name of preventing piracy.
 

Sony confirms new PlayStation Store won't be region locked

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315w ago - SCEA has confirmed that there will be no changes to the PlayStation Store as part of its revamp in relation to region locking.

So just like before, users with a number of accounts relating to different regions will not be locked out of those PlayStation stores.

To quote: With the new PlayStation Store moving to a native XMB application and away from a web-based system, many have questioned if Sony would take the opportunity to region lock the store. So we passed along the question.

The Official answer, thankfully, is no. Our friendly SCEA rep "confirmed that no changes to the store will be made as part of this revamp relating to region locking".

So like before, those users with multiple master accounts corresponding to different regions will indeed not be locked out of those PlayStation Stores.
 

SCEE quiet on 2.30 details, how new PS Store will be deployed

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316w ago - SCEE refused to be drawn on details of Firmware 2.30 this morning, following yesterday's confirmation that the PS3 software update would be needed to use the new version of PlayStation Store, to be released in mid-April in both the US and Europe.

To quote: We have made no official announcement of the details of Firmware 2.30 or exactly how the new Store will be deployed, a rep stated.

If the information released yesterday was correct, there should be a full Firmware release in the next two weeks, straight off the back of 2.20, which added BD-Live functionality only last week. Time will tell for sure...
 

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...
 







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