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Free gift from SONY for PSN users

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347w ago - In an official post on the au.playstation.com Web site, Sony is intending to give away some sort of free prize in an attempt to encourage PS3 users to play online via the PSN.

There are no official statements as to what the prize could be, although I guess it will probably be a free game of the PSN or such like. (see quote below)

"In the month of March we thought we'd show you all how much we appreciate having you as part of the Online Community by giving you a prize just for logging on and taking part on the selected nights!

Simply play online on any of the following nights between 6pm - 8pm AEST for your chance to win although you will need to get in quick as we only have a limited number of prizes.

03/03/2008
06/03/2008
11/03/2008
14/03/2008
17/03/2008
19/03/2008
25/03/2008
27/03/2008

HOW TO REGISTER: Register a friend request with the SCE account below and play online on any of the dates listed above to win. It's that easy!

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Sony and Sharp forge TV alliance

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347w ago - Sony and Sharp have forged an alliance to help them meet the growing demand for liquid crystal display televisions.

Sony is to take a one-third stake in Sharp's $3.5bn (£1.8bn) LCD panel factory, which is due to be completed in March 2010.

Sony does not currently make the LCD panels for its flat-screen televisions, relying instead on a joint venture with South Korea's Samsung.

Sony shares rose more than 1% on the news, while Sharp closed unchanged.

Sony and Samsung branded televisions are competing for the number one spot in LCD sales, with Sharp trailing behind them.

Global sales of LCD televisions are expected to double to 155 million units by 2012, according to the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Association.
 

Official: Sony Announces Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3 Bundle

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347w ago - Confirming reports coming in from the PlayStation Destination trade show event, Sony today officially announced that it plans to introduce a Metal Gear Solid 4 bundle package in North America.

The bundle will include a base PlayStation 3 console equipped with an 80 GB hard drive, a copy of Metal Gear Solid 4, and a DualShock 3 controller.

MSRP for the bundle is $499.99 and it is expected to hit store shelves in Q2 2008.

Press Release: SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA INTRODUCES METAL GEAR SOLID®4: GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS PS3 BUNDLE AVAILABLE IN LATE Q2 2008 IN NORTH AMERICA

Company Also Announces Limited-Edition God of War® PSP® Entertainment Pack and April Availability of DUALSHOCK®3 Wireless Controller for North America

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., February 26, 2008 - At its annual retail and publisher conference Destination PlayStation, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) announced details of upcoming PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3â„¢) and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) (PSP-2000) hardware bundles with two of the most highly anticipated 2008 titles. The company also announced the April 2008 availability of DUALSHOCK®3 wireless controller in North America.

To coincide with the much-anticipated North American launch of Metal Gear Solid®4: Guns of the Patriots...
 

Sony's New Executive Appointments

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347w ago - Following the sudden resignation of Phil Harrison, Sony has announced the appointment of three new key executives - Robert Dyer is the senior VP of PR, Ian Jackson is the VP of sales and Sally Buchanan is the VP of HR. These new figures will all report to CEO Jack Tretton.

To quote: It looks like Phil Harrison's sudden resignation was not the only change in Sony's executive lineup as of late. In a recent press release, Sony Computer Entertainment America announced the appointment of three new key executives: Robert Dyer to Senior Vice President of Publisher Relations, Ian Jackson to Vice President of Sales and Sally Buchanan to Vice President of Human Resources.

These positions will take effect in March and April of 2008, and the executives will report directly to SCEA President and CEO Jack Tretton.

"Rob Dyer, Ian Jackson and Sally Buchanan's proven records of strategic leadership and innovation, combined with their extensive industry experience re-enforce their new roles as a great fit for our organization," said Tretton.

"These three appointments augment an already strong executive staff at SCEA and provide the company with additional leadership to focus on key relationships with some of the most important constituencies, our publishing partners, retail community, and...
 

LittleBigPlanet potentially Sony's biggest game of 2008, demo unlikely

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348w ago - Sony's senior product manager Nick Robinson has said that "LittleBigPlanet is potentially our biggest Blu-ray release of 2008. We definitely see it as a triple-A Blu-ray release and will be a full price product."

He also confirmed plans for an open beta for the game before release that will focus on the creation and sharing aspects of the game. Robinson said that he is unsure if there will be a demo of the game.

To quote: "It's not like you will get to play the full game early," he said. "It will focus on the create and share side of things. The potential for people to break the game is amazing."

However, it looks unlikely that we'll see a demo of the game. "I'm not sure," Robinson said when asked. "How do you do a Little Big Planet demo? If we put up a level people will just finish it."

He added: "You can't sum it up in a press release. And in some respects you can't sum it up in trailers."
 
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