Sony considering a subscription service for the PlayStation store?

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328w ago - Sony is running a survey over in Asia where a question on the list asks "Which of the following offer from PLAYSTATION®Store (PC) that you find it appealing?".

One of the selectable answers is "Monthly subscription plan (1 price for unlimited download)."

While this is far from concrete information, we welcome the idea of PSPTap. If a user can spend $5 or $10 to get unlimited access to a library of downloadable PsOne Classics and a handful of PSP originals like Beats many would do it in a heartbeat.
 

Sony Computer Entertainment to increase penetration in India

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329w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has announced its itention to capitlize on the growing popularity of gaming in India.

A Sony spokesperson commented that the Indian games market is expected to grow by 78 percent by 2010 and barely one percent of its gaming potential has been reached. Therefore Sony is aiming to increase its penetration in the top 20 cities of India.

To quote: "The Indian gaming market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 78 per cent by 2010, and barely one per cent of the country's gaming potential has been tapped," said Atindriya Bose, country manager (PlayStation) for Sony Computer Entertainment. " However, we are still at a very nascent stage, even though there is a lot of potential for the industry," he added.

The vendor is aiming to increase its penetration in the top 20 cities of the country by selecting partners on the basis of their sales potential as well as their capability of selling entertainment products. " We are looking forward to have a phase wise distribution pattern, and hence aiming to have around 3-4 quality product centers in these cities," said Bose.
 

Sony sneaks extra features PS3 into Firmware v2.10

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330w ago - The big new features of the latest PS3 firmware DivX and WMV playback, but let us spare a thought for some of the lesser features that sneaked into the latest update. There is a new planet music visualizer, they fixed the video thumbnails in folders not playing and lastly BD/DVD dynamic range control has been tweaked.

And who could forget that the PS3 is now well equipped for the 1.1 profile movies that will hit early next year.

To quote: As well as providing DivX and WMV playback in the latest firmware as we revealed yesterday (which is now out, by the way) Sony have added a couple of really cool new features that aren't documented in the changelist.

Firstly, they've added a new 'planet' music visualiser from our friends at Q Games (press 'square' when playing music) which has got to be the most amazing thing we've ever seen. They've also fixed the video thumbnails in folders not playing, and finally BD/DVD Dynamic Range Control has been tweaked for those late night sessions. With the recent changes the PS3 is now the ultimate Blu-ray player, and the first 1.1 Profile movies come out on the 1st of January.
 

PSP Radio in 3.8 overcomplicates years of simplicity

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330w ago - A new feature brings Internet Radio to your PSP .. too bad the interface designers forgot to show up

I was personally excited about this one because it would mean that my PSP would finally have that trump card for my audio time vs. my iPhone on the road. And by road I mean a place with a steady interwebs connection of course.

But it seems like nothing with the PSP can be as simple as the line item in the firmware describing it and what should have been a bad ass feature is more hassle than what its worth.

First off you have to download the firmware, not a problem done it over 20 times now since I bought my first PSP. Easy. Done.

Next find the Internet Radio XMB icon.

Navigate to the About Internet Radio Icon and select it.

Click on Adding an Internet Radio Player.

Choose from one of the 2 radio players which seem to be these flash based things with a fuckload of buttons .. I am already shaking my fist in the air.

Agree a couple of times.

Download the Internet Radio Player to your Memory Stick.

Back out to the XMB and choose the IRP you just downloaded.

Select yes to run the imbedded plugin which we all know is FLASH DAMNIT. WHY CANT WE JUST HAVE A MASTER AGREEMENT LIKE EVERY OTHER BROWSER...
 

Joystiq hands-on: God of War: Chains of Olympus

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331w ago - We got a chance to try an updated version of the upcoming PSP-exclusive God of War: Chains of Olympus and walked away impressed, yet again. Somehow, the tech team at Ready at Dawn has managed to make the game look even more stunning than the demo disc version earlier this year. We can't pinpoint it exactly, but it appears the framerate has improved, as has the lighting and anti-aliasing. (Maybe it's due to the developer's access to PSP's full power?)

Of course, impressive visuals are only a small part of what makes the God of War experience so much fun. Ready at Dawn has managed to capture the feel of the PS2 originals by adapting the controls quite smartly to the PSP. We tried swimming, and found it remarkably easy to get used to. To perform Kratos' underwater dash, players must hold the L and R shoulder buttons together and release. Because it's mapped the same way the dodge move is, it feels rather intuitive.

We also got a chance to use some of Kratos' later moves. As in God of War II, Kratos will now be able to reflect enemy attacks by pressing L (block) right before an enemy strikes. We don't know if its our experience with the PS2 game, but we found returning enemy projectiles to be quite easy. Maybe the timing is more generous in this handheld iteration? Regardless, it was easy to catch projectiles...
 







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