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Video: Castle Crashers Coming to PlayStation 3 via PSN

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282w ago - Sony's Social Media Senior Specialist Chris Morell has shared another Comic-Con 2009 video entitled Castle Crashers coming to PSN.

To quote: Hidden amongst the madness of the Comic-Con 2009 show floor was a gem. Castle Crashers, a game that some hoped would eventually come to PS3, is finally headed our way.

If you're unfamiliar, it's a really clever downloadable co-op action game that utilizes some cool RPG elements for great results. And it was officially announced for PSN at Comic-Con.

We cornered the kind folks at The Behemoth for a little back and forth, so take a look at the video to find out why you need to keep your eye out for Castle Crashers.

And get to know these guys because they promised to come back on the Blog when they have even more to talk about.




 

PSP Video Downloads Direct from PSN go Live in Japan

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282w 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:

ā€¢ "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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283w 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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283w ago - SCEE's head of developer relations, Zeno ColaƧo, 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 ColaƧo, 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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283w 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.
 
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