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Sony Brings New 80GB GT5 and LBP PS3 Bundles to Japan

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315w ago - According to the latest issue of Famitsu, Sony will be announce that is release the 80 GB PS3 in Japan. The 80 GB PS3 will be bundled with a DualShock 3 controller and will come in black, white, and silver.

The price for the console is 39,800 yen, the current price of the 40 GB model. There will also be a LBP 80 GB PS3 bundle which comes with 2 Dual Shocks for 44,800 yen.

Famitsu also revealed that Sony will be offering a LittleBigPlanet and DualShock 3 bundle for 7.980 yen.

To quote: One of Sony's big Tokyo Game Show announcements has leaked out early through Famitsu. Sony will be releasing the 80 gigabyte PS3 model to Japan, the magazine reveals in its latest issue. Bundled with a Dual Shock 3, the new high capacity model will sell for 39,800 yen, the current price of the 40 gigabyte model. Sony will offer the system in black, white, and silver color varieties.

The deal gets better, though, as for a limted time, Sony will be including Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Spec III with the system, turning this into an effective 4,500 yen price drop for those who were interested in buying the racer anyway.

Spec III, which became available as an online update late last week for current Prologue owners, will also see its very own full release in Japan. GT5 Prologue Spec III will...
 

Confirmed: No Video Sharing in PlayStation 3 Home BETA

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318w 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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319w 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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320w 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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320w 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...
 
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