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Sony Clarifies 14 Million User PlayStation Network Milestone

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317w ago - Sony confirms its recently announced network numbers include accounts from both the PlayStation 3 and PSP, but no duplicates; analyst estimates 50 percent of PS3s have gone online.

On Tuesday, Sony made a stir when it announced that its free PlayStation Network had attained 14 million "active users."

The number, revealed to celebrate the PlayStation 3's second birthday, was remarkable, as it appeared to match the 14-million-strong subscriber base for the pay-to-play Xbox Live. Microsoft's online service launched in 2002 and has been a central pillar of its strategy since the Xbox 360 launched in 2005, one year before the PS3.

Three days later, Sony has now clarified what exactly it counts as an active PlayStation Network user. "Seeing as PlayStation Portable does include PlayStation Network services (i.e. games store natively on PSP), yes those numbers do include all PlayStation Network registrations," said a Sony representative.

The rep also said, to guard against duplication, Sony does not count a registration made on the PS3 and then used on the PSP (or vice versa) as two accounts. Like with Xbox Live, the figure also includes multiple accounts used on the same console or in the same household.

So how many PSN users are logging on via the PS3? Sony declined to...
 

Sony's PlayStation: Entertainment Unleashed Ad Campaign

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317w ago - A couple days ago we reported on a few holiday adverts that are part of a "bigger campaign".

Today Sony's Senior Vice President of Marketing & PlayStation Network Peter Dille detailed their PlayStation: Entertainment Unleashed ad campaign officially via PS Blog as follows:

This is one of the fun parts of my job, when we get to unveil our TV commercials and give you, our loyal fans, a preview of our spots before they hit the airwaves. This year's campaign is dubbed "Entertainment Unleashed" and for good reason.





The campaign actually began quietly a few weeks back with three fifteen second "tease" executions. Hopefully, you've seen these by now. These initial ads depicted various people catching glimpses and reflections of beautiful PS3 game footage magically appearing on building facades across a city.

This weekend, we're excited to reveal what triggered the excitement. The spot begins with a guy creating a LittleBigPlanet level on a building wall and from there, the PS3 takes on a momentum all its own, spreading amazing entertainment content uncontrollably from building to building throughout the...
 

Sony Confirms 32 Additional PSP Titles for Ad-Hoc Party Support

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317w ago - Sony has announced that an additional 32 PlayStation Portable titles now support Ad-Hoc Party.

Most games seem to be working with no problem, but there a quite a few that are suffering from issues such as slowdown when using voice chat.

To quote: Games that have no reported problems include:

* Derby Stallion P (Enterbrain)
* Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable (Square Enix)
* Initial D Street Stage (Sega)
* Nouryoku Trainer Portable 2 (sega)
* Sarugetchu P! (SCEJ)
* Dokodemo Issyo (SCEJ)
* Piposaru Academia (SCEJ)
* Bleach Heat the Soul (SCEJ)
* Bleach Heat the Soul 4 (SCEJ)
* Boku no Natsuyasumi (SCEJ)
* Minna no Golf Portable (SCEJ)
* Minna no Golf Portable 2 (SCEJ)
* Ratchet & Clank 5 (SCEJ)
* LocoRoco (SCEJ)
* Gundam Battle Royal (Bandai Namco)
* Gundam SEED Federation VS Z.A.F.T. Portable (Bandai Namco)
* Taiko no Tatsujin Portable (Bandai Namco)
* Taiko no Tatsujin Portable 2 (Bandai Namco)
* Tales of the World Radiant Mythology (Bandai Namco)
* Tekken Dark Resurrection (Bandai Namco)
* Dragon Ball Z Shin Budoukai 2 (Bandai Namco)
* Narutimate Portable (Bandai Namco)

Games that have problems in some capacity include:
 

Microsoft's Helping Hand Through Sony PlayStation Advertising

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317w ago - Ever thought you would read this in a headline?

Well in any case, below is pictured a leaflet from Microsoft Windows Vista unconsciously advertising for PlayStation instead of Xbox or Xbox 360.

The sheet contains a photo with 2 guys playing with PlayStation 2 controllers!

Surely an oversight by Microsoft, but one they probably will not like once it catches up with them.

Click on the pic below to enlarge it.
 

Sony: LittleBigPlanet a Clear Number One Any Other Time of Year

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317w ago - Sony's head of public relations for the UK, David Wilson, has revealed the company is pleased with the initial reaction to LittleBigPlanet as it has been their highest scoring game ever.

He added that in any other time of year it would be a clear number one, so the chart which says otherwise must be put into context.

To quote: "We're really pleased with the initial reaction to LittleBigPlanet - it has been our highest scoring game ever I believe with a Metacritic score of 95 and a huge list of 10/10s or 100 per cent scores," explained Wilson.

"We are also pleased with its commercial performance. In other times of the year it would be a clear number one - so you have to put the chart in context.

This is an incredibly volatile time of year and the chart reflects that - November 7 saw 47 titles released on that one day alone including many big hitters with Christmas number one aspirations. Look at the chart this week - the top four are all brand new entries."
 
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