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Sony talks Home and user-gen content!

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359w ago - Sony says that the ultimate aim of Web 2.0-style user generated content is to make games more open and accessible.

VP of worldwide studios, Jamie Macdonald, said: "There's a changing landscape out there regarding how people interact with entertainment. People now, out of the box, expect to be able to interact in a connected fashion, and to exchange experiences built around that."

He went on to say: "I think what we're doing with Home, SingStar and LittleBigPlanet is, essentially, providing the environment in which people can create their own entertainment experiences and share them with a much wider circle of friends than they've had before."

Peter Edward, director of the PlayStation Home platform group added: "We're into another area where gaming is not just an interactive experience, but it's an interactive experience with your friends, rather than with the people who made the game."

"Giving people that semi-ownership of the game itself is great for building up the bond between the games and the gamer, rather than it just being a commodity that you use and, once it's expired, you move onto the next thing. It's great, because it gives longevity to games, which was a very difficult thing to do before."

Sony also once again shunned comparisons between its upcoming Home...
 

Sony Debuts Rolly MP3 Player

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360w ago - Screen-less mp3 player is all about motion control. Will this innovation win Sony a place beside Apple in the mp3 hardware market?

Last month the rumor got around that Sony was prepping another attempt at regaining some market share in the mp3 player market. According to the early leaks the device would use physical movement as its interface and would be shaped like an egg.

Today Sony gave the world the first clear look at the device, which, as the early leaks suggested, is named the 'Rolly.' It is indeed egg shaped, and in relation to the hands in the various pictures, is quite a bit larger than we would have guessed.

The Rolly is equipped with motion sensing capabilities that allow various aspects of its music playback to be controlled by physically moving the device. Volume can be adjusted by turning the Rolly clockwise or counter-clockwise while holding it in hand. Track selection can be accomplished by rolling it back and forth on a surface, and shuffle mode is adopted by shaking the Rolly. Because the device has no screen of any sort, its status and activity will be denoted by the changing colors of the two lighted rings.

At each end of its egg-like body the Rolly sports a 20-mm, 1.2-Watt neodymium magnet driven speaker. Each driver is capped by a protector that flips out...
 

Sony Dates PlayStation Games For Europe (Including Home)

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360w ago - SCEE today clarified some near final release dates for games across the entire PlayStation family, including providing a tentative release date for its online social software Home.

PLAYSTATION 3

October 17 - Folklore
October 19 - Lair
October 24 - Eye of Judgment

November 7 - Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction
November 28 - Time Crisis 4

December 5 - Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
December 2007 - Gran Turismo 5 Prologue

PlayStation 2

October 19 - Buzz! Hollywood Quiz

November 2 - Syphon Filter : Dark Mirror
November 7 - EyeToy Play : Astro Zoo

December TBA - ATV Off Road Fury 4

February 2008 - Pursuit Force : Extreme Justice

PSP

October 17 - Pursuit Force : Extreme Justice

November 2 - Syphon Filter : Logan's Shadow
November 2007 - ATV Off Road : Fury Pro

December 2007 - WipEout Pulse

February 2008 - God of War : Chains of Olympus

Playstation Network (PS3)

October 4 - SnakeBall
October 4 - PixelJunk Racers
October 11 - Home (tentative)
October 18 - High Velocity Bowling
October 24 - Aqua Vita
October 25 - Operation C.F
October...
 

Sony invites MS to join the Blu-ray party

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360w ago - A Sony Pictures exec has been quoted as saying that he'd love Microsoft to join the Blu-ray revolution.

"We would love to have Toshiba and Microsoft on board," Don Eklund, almost in charge of advanced technologies, said in an interview. "Toshiba can't keep dropping prices much more. It maybe a strategy for fighting a format war, but for us it has to be profitable."

Eklund also made some comments about potential for the Blu-ray / HD DVD format war to be eclipsed by movie downloads.

"People aren't interested in downloading videos at the moment," he said. "The internet is a good way of delivering music but not video. Blu-ray has a good 8 to 10 years before the internet catches up."
 

PR boss quits Sony before 'difficult holiday' says analyst

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360w ago - Karraker called the decision "very difficult" having been presented with a promotion closer to home in an industry he had previously worked in.

"I have enjoyed immensely my tenure at SCEA and think the company and its brands are very well positioned to have an exceptional holiday and a very bright future," he wrote in an email to the media. "I look forward to continuing to follow this industry as a gamer, rather than a spokesperson."

Analyst Michael Pachter called the outgoing public relations director a "steady contact in a volatile industry."

Karraker played a key role in helping Sony brave the public relation waters of a tumultuous PS3 launch year by making himself readily available to both traditional and new media outlets. It was a position that we called the toughest job in video games this past May.

"The other PR people at Sony are quite competent, but it would help to strengthen the team with someone as good as Dave to handle the schizophrenic press over the next 6 months," Pachter told us.

"I think Sony will have a difficult holiday with only a handful of exclusive games and a pricing disadvantage against Microsoft and Nintendo," he added. "But I expect things to get better in spring with the release of Grand Theft Auto 4, Gran Turismo 5, and Metal Gear Solid...
 
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