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Confirmed: No Video Sharing in PlayStation 3 Home BETA

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314w ago - Sony has confirmed that the video sharing feature has been killed from the Home public BETA, and perhaps from Home altogether. The feature first came to light when Home was announced back in 2007, allowing you to go to someone's apartment and watch whatever movie that they had cued up.

Now it appears as if legal implications have got in the way, but Sony said they were looking into adding the feature in the future... to quote:

Remember how you were going to be able to invite other PlayStation 3 owners to your virtual apartment in Home, then watch videos together? That's not happening, at least not in the "open beta."

I got a demo of the latest beta version of PlayStation Home, Sony's upcoming PS3 virtual world, Tuesday. My full impressions are coming soon, but the biggest news to come out of our conversation was that the video-sharing feature has been killed, at least for the first public release of Home this fall.

Video sharing was one of the most talked-about features of Home when it was announced in 2007 -- not only because it would be awesome to go to someone's apartment and watch whatever movie they'd cued up, but because of the legal implications of such a feature that Sony was shrugging off.

While PlayStation Home director Jack Buser said the company...
 

Incoming Bad Company update brings Maps, Bug Fixes, Trophies

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315w ago - Remember BattleField: Bad Company? Of course you do. Some of you are probably still playing it. If you aren't, then you soon might be because the game is due to get a shot in the arm before too long.

After running a contest through which players could decide on which map pack DICE should start working on first, a post has gone up on the official blog to let us know that there will be other content coming when the map pack drops.

There's no indication on when that'll be, or if it'll cost us anything, but the accompanying patch will be free, at least. With this patch DICE are looking to fix several bugs, such as server lag and VOIP issues. There will also be various gameplay tweaks.

Not only that, but three weapons, previously only obtainable through pre-ordering, playing the demo or signing up to the newsletter, will be made available to everyone for free. Check out the full list of fixes and tweaks at the official blog.

Finally (saving the best til last) the patch will add trophy support to the game. PS3 gamers are being spoilt by all these free, content patches. Not that we're complaining. We hope to find out when this'll hit soon.
 

Novastrike Update Brings Trophies... Right Now!

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315w ago - Per Kevin McCann (President and Creative Director, Tiki Games, Inc.) via PlayStation Blog:

Hey folks - I'll keep this one short - the NOVASTRIKE update is finally out. Again, highlights of the update include trophies, tamed difficulty modes, customizable controls, XMB playlist support, and more.

You can also read about the NOVASTRIKE trophy requirements on PS3 Fanboy's trophy page.

I'd definitely like to thank QA, developer support, and my account manager - they were very responsive in helping us get the update out this week.
 

Take-Two Considering Grand Theft Auto on Wii?

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315w ago - Take-Two may be thinking about bringing Grand Theft Auto to the Nintendo Wii, reports MCV. At an earnings call, Take-Two CEO Ben Feder commented on the close relationship the company has garnered with Nintendo in the development of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.

"I will tell you that we've spent an enormous amount of time and effort working with Nintendo and developing that partnership," he said.

He goes on to comment that the company will "continue to build that relationship," and calls Chinatown Wars an "important step." When asked directly about a Grand Theft Auto game on the Nintendo Wii, Feder turned suspiciously evasive. "So without commenting on whether GTA specifically...is coming to the Wii or not, I will say that Nintendo and Take-Two work very well together," he said.

"We intend to continue to grow that relationship." This isn't by any means a confirmation, but refusing to give a straight no means it could be in the cards.

Note, of course, that he says GTA, not mentioning Grand Theft Auto IV by name, a game which could be difficult to port to the less powerful Wii hardware. If a title in the series is on its way to Wii -- and that's already a big "if" -- it's more likely to be a new...
 

Sony's Stringer: We Can't Make Enough PS3s to Meet Demand

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317w ago - Sony CEO Howard Stringer has revealed that consumers are purchasing PS3 systems faster than Sony can possibly produce them.

Obviously this contributes to what is known as a production bottleneck for the PS3. He also added that Sony continue to make a loss on every PS3 console sold.

To quote: He was, however, bullish in terms of consumer uptake of the PS3, saying that, "Consumers are purchasing our PlayStation 3 video game consoles faster than we can produce them."

"We currently have a production bottleneck with the PlayStation 3", he continued.

He also confirmed that even with hardware bottlenecking due to demand, "You also know, however, that our business model is not perfect, and that we make a loss on every console we sell. "
 
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