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PSP Video Downloads Direct from PSN go Live in Japan

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265w ago - We've known since E3 in June that Sony would open up the PlayStation Network for direct video downloads over WiFi to the PSP - no PC or PS3 required.

Now it's live, in Japan anyway. At the moment, there are about 90 PSN video titles to choose from at the moment including anime episodes at 200 (about $2) per or animated movies for 500 ($5.30) in standard definition or 600 ($6.40) for HD.

PSP downloaded videos can be transferred to the PS3 and some content can be rented for 72-hours at a pop. No word on US or European launches but really, how much longer could it be with the PSP Go launching on October 1st.

To quote, roughly translated: PSP PlayStation Store's video rental service is now available as well. Traditionally the first drop in the PS3 from the PSP to "move" is needed to further download the PSP via WiFi directly to Memory Stick and you can play.

Once downloaded to the start of play the first 72 hours are available for viewing and using the same DRM restrictions from the PS3. Like the PSP to the PS3, PSP and download content directly to the PS3 can play and move. "Of course" I should add, PSP can only rent the SD version.

And according to today's launch for the PSP:

•"Toro travel and THE MOVIE" (SD 500 version, HD version of 600)
 

PS3 Gets Its First Pay-To-Play Game via Japanese PSN Network

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266w ago - According to TheSixthAxis.com (linked above), Trash Panic has hit the Japanese PSN Store today under the name Gomi Bako in its native country.

The title has been re-released as a pay-to-play game: for 100 you get 3 lives, and unlike the 'full' PSN game, you can unlock Home Rewards.

To quote: 100 Yen is roughly 69p, which gives you an idea of the cost. Whilst I'm all for new ideas, this one makes me feel a little uneasy - I'd rather pay more up front and keep the game free, and yes in this case that's entirely possible but if Sony go down this route for other games in the future they'd be on groundbreaking territory.

Still, it's probably more effective than a demo, especially with the Home Rewards. There are no PS3 Trophies for this version of the game.
 

PSN App Store Confirmed for PSP Download Games and Apps

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266w ago - SCEE's head of developer relations, Zeno Colaço, has confirmed [Register or Login to view links] that a new section of the PS Store that focuses on "snackable" games and applications for the PSP in on the way, to tackle the threat posed by Apple's fast-growing App Store.

To quote: "We're introducing new initiatives for the PSP which take it beyond traditional gaming, but still includes elements from gaming, and also includes new developers," said Colaço, confirming Sony has over 50 studios already working on games and apps for the new initiative.

These are to be sold via a new, "specially branded" area of the PS Store for the PSP and PSP Go, according to Develop.

"It is still a professional environment, you still need a development kit and you still need to have investment and a team," he told the site." But it can be a small team. We don't see any of the restrictions on the disc-based space being in this space."

Users can expect "snackable" games as small as 20MBs in size, he teases.
 

Sony's PlayStation Network Gets 'Connect'ed with PSN-Connect

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267w ago - Similar to Sony's PlayStationCloud.com domain that was uncovered a few weeks back, today PlayStationLifestyle (linked above) have discovered yet another hint of what's to come for PlayStation Network.

SCEA has apparently registered PSN-Connect.com this past April, to quote:

There is more evidence that PSN-Connect is some sort of website/service that Sony is prepping for PSN users. This domain, is currently hosted on a dedicated server.

That means this domain, is on a server all by it's lonesome, which likely means this bad boy is expected to get some decent traffic. Not something a "parked" domain name would need.

When I first heard PSN-Connect, I thought instantly of Sony's now defunct music-download service.

However this could be anything from a music service, to a social networking service for the PlayStation Network. Or it could be merely a way to access your PSN account via the web, and message friends, etc.
 

Fallout 3 PS3 Downloadable Content Schedule for PSN

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267w ago - Today Bethesda Softworks Production Director Ashley Cheng has announced the Fallout 3 PS3 Downloadable Content schedule for PSN, as follows:

We're excited and eager to bring Fallout 3 DLC to PSN. Unfortunately, the content is going to be releasing later than originally expected. Our DLC expands on the original game tremendously – each DLC offering 4-6 hours of additional content – and is no trivial undertaking. Here's a brief look at the DLC you'll be able to play.

• Operation: Anchorage (pictured above) - Enter a military simulation and fight in one of the greatest battles of the Fallout universe - the liberation of Anchorage, Alaska from its Chinese Communist invaders.
• The Pitt (pictured below) - Journey to the industrial raider town called The Pitt, located in the remains of Pittsburgh and choose sides in the battle between the slaves and the slavers.
• Broken Steel (pictured below) - Join the ranks of the Brotherhood of Steel and rid the Capital Wasteland of the Enclave remnants once and for all. Continues the adventure past the main quest and raises the game's level cap to 30.
• Point Lookout - Explore a massive new swampland area filled with new quests and content.
• Mothership Zeta - The aliens have returned, and they're pissed....
 
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