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Showdown: PSN versus Xbox Live

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316w ago - Recently, Sony rep Eric Lempell premiered the Playstation 3's in-game XMB system along with their answer to Xbox 360's "achievements", the PS3 trophy system. Jubilant PS3 owners can now listen to their favorite tracks during those marathon CoD4 sessions, message their friends without leaving Snake in the cold, connect Bluetooth headsets in-game and even enter a different game - all without quitting back to the XMB.

True, 360 owners have had the privilege of using these exact features for the past two and a half years, but with an ever expanding market for Blu-Ray, a wealth of excellent titles for '08 and Playstation Home on the way, Sony's now burgeoning online service can now compete directly with Microsoft's.

Storefront: PSN
Both PSN and Xbox Live allow you to download arcade games, download demos, additional content for games, trailers and wallpapers for your menu. Both offer roughly the same amount of demos each Wednesday and Thursday, but the library of downloadable games is strikingly different. While both services have experienced great success in allowing new developers to flex their creative muscle, the arcade game offering of Xbox Live slightly trumps that of the PSN.

Not to be outdone, Sony has managed to tap their Playstation One library while...
 

Rumor: Downloadable PS2 Games Hitting PSN This Summer?

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317w ago - This is clearly an unsubstantiated rumor, so take it with a fine grain of salt. According to poster NiTiZ on the N4G Forum (linked above), who claims to have a friend in the know at Sony London, downloadable PS2 titles are coming to the PlayStation 3 this summer.

Normally, we'd brush off rumors like this one, but this same poster also provided an off-screen capture of the PS2 download store in action, as shown below. Needless to say, it looks very legit.

Apparently, Sony will formally announce the store during this year's E3, with a launch following in summer. Plus, this isn't the first time we've caught wind of rumblings regarding downloadable PS2 games.

This rumor may be unsubstantiated, but it's far from unlikely.
 

Sony Expands PSN with Man's BFF List

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317w ago - Sony upped the ante and changed the game when they expanded their friends list from 50 to 100 recently. Not content to merely keep up with Microsoft's vaunted Live online service, Sony announced another startling addition to the Playstation Network.

XMB in-game? Ability to play music while playing a game? Halo 3? Nope. Even better. Sony announced that in the latest 2.4 firmware update would launch the new Man's Best Friend, Friend's list or the MBFF initiative. What is the MBFF? Why don't we let Sony spokesperson, Angie Shennandough explain.

"While adding additional support for 50 more friends to interact with on PSN, we thought, what about about Man's Best Friend? My circus show poodle, sparkles, is my friend. Why couldn't we allow pets onto PSN, ya know? What about my REAL best friend? The one that I feed, take for walks and play with everyday? Well, we're changing all of that. From now on, you'll have an additional 50 slots to add pets!"

We responded rather curiously to this new "friend's list" and wondered, why pets?

"Well, pets are our friends and we want to know what they're doing at all times, just like our PSN friends, right?" Shennandough explained.

Incredulously she was asked by the press, "Pet's don't...
 

European PSN Update for June 26, 2008

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317w ago - As expected, European gamers finally get access to the Metal Gear Solid 4 Database. Not much in the line of other updates this week, so stay tuned for future updates and the upcoming North American PSN Store update.

Playable content

- Metal Gear Solid Database FREE
- Pursuit Force full PSP game (GBP 14.99/EUR 19.99)
- Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 demo FREE

Add-on content

- PAIN Nigel add-on pack (GBP 0.69/EUR 0.99)
- Guitar Hero III "World of Warcraft song" add-on pack FREE

Videos

- Call of Duty: World at War Reveal Trailer
- Prince of Persia Debut trailer
- PAIN Characters trailer
- Prince Caspian trailer
 

PSN Downtime: Paves the way for new video store?

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317w ago - A new menu option has appeared under account management on the PS3 which suggests a movie store is coming up soon.

If you follow this path: XMB > Account Management > Account Management > Activate System, you will see a new option to activate the system for different types of content, for now you can only select game but previously you could only activate the system for all content.

This change suggests that more types of content are coming to the PS3 very soon - perhaps the downtime was for a server upgrade?

With Firmware 2.4 and its host of tasty features due soon, we're quite excited (as usual) about the PS3 this year. We're fully expecting a raft of announcements for the video store and associated partners at E3.
 
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