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Rumor: Sony making unique Trophies Mandatory in 2009

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315w ago - According to an anonymous development source, Sony will be making the inclusion of trophies mandatory with the release of each new PS3 title going forward in 2009. Doesn't sound too far fetched to us, considering that trophies are essentially Sony's answer to Xbox 360 achievements.

What's interesting, though, is that Sony may be requiring a certain level of variation in regards to trophies. Meaning, if a third-party dev studio is working on a multi-platform project for both PS3 and Xbox 360, they won't be able to simply recycle all of the same challenges in each version of the title.

To quote: While not every game may include Trophies for now, at least one major developer tells Joystiq that Sony's answer to Achievements will be "mandated" by Sony for every new PS3 release in 2009.

This isn't entirely unexpected given recently-revised comments by PSN director of operations, Eric Lampel. What's more interesting, however, is that the developer, which is currently working on an early 2009 release, is also hearing that Sony may be enforcing some measure of uniqueness between spoils earned on its console versus the Xbox 360.

Commented to developer, "We've heard some things that make it sound like we will have to do some unique to PS3 Trophies...this is all very new to us." While...
 

Sony Europe Looking for PS3 BETA Testers

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316w ago - Eighteen or older? Live in Europe? Have time to spare? If you answered YES to all three questions, then you might be interested that Sony is currently recruiting BETA testers for upcoming PlayStation 3 titles over on its official European Web site.

To apply, all you'll need to submit is the ID of your master PlayStation Network account.

Note that placement is limited and according to Sony, not all applicants will be chosen, as is usual for offers of this type.

Check out the link above to register today!
 

Kingsley: PSP has a good few years left in it still

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319w ago - The PSP is a great little platform with a good few years left in it still thanks to its versatility says Rebellion CTO Chris Kingsley.

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Kingsley noted that his company has probably done more games on the PSP than most publishers.

"It wasn't a deliberate choice, it just happened. We were very keen on it as a platform and it took off for us," he said.

Kingsley conceded that not as many publishers are supporting the PSP to the extent they once did.

"Well, you know what people are like - they all like to work on the flashy, high-end stuff.

"But there's still very good business to be done on the less glamorous platforms - look at PlayStation 2, it's still selling bucket-loads of consoles and bucket-loads of games, though they've got to be the right games for the right platform."

He noted that the PSP is "kicking the arse of pretty much every other system out there" in Japan because the right games have come out - with a bit of luck, he thinks that some of those games will come out in Europe and be just as successful.

As a developer, Rebellion has the luxury of focusing on a few products at a time - unlike Sony, who has to take a broad approach with multiple projects which aren't necessarily theirs, making it...
 

Rumor: Sony working on break apart motion PS3 pad

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320w ago - According to reports, Sony is working on a new PS3 controller that can "break apart into two separate units, each of which contains an accelerometer for Wiimote-like motion-sensing functionality."

Some developers apparently already have working units. Sony has yet to comment on the matter.

To quote: It's not clear when the pad will be officially announced, but it is believed that working units have already been supplied to certain developer partners, according to sources.

The potential for new game types to be developed with the additional motion-sensing functionality should open up the PlayStation 3 to the sorts of gaming audiences that the Nintendo has been so successful at gathering with its Wii console.

Sony Computer Entertainment will therefore hope that, with the ongoing development of the PlayStation Network, the success of Blu-ray as the de facto next generation standard of video, the gradual roll-out of Home later in the year and the release of additional high definition titles over time, it will be able to overwhelmingly position the PS3 as the best all-round home entertainment unit on the market.

The original controller released with the PS3, the Sixaxis, did contain some motion-sensing ability, although it came at the expense of the popular 'rumble'...
 

Canadian bill targets illegal downloads, unlocking iphones, more

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320w ago - According to the Canadian Press, the "Federal government is expected to introduce legislation Thursday that will seek to make it easier to prosecute individuals who download copyrighted material from the Internet."

Experts say that Canada has finally given in to pressure from the U.S government to crackdown on illegal filesharing with provisions including: A $500 fine for each illegal file shared online, making it illegal to unlock cellphones or copy music from protected CDs to iPods, forbidding the right to copy "time shifted" shows onto personal video recorders if flagged by broadcasters.

To quote: Although it is currently unclear how the copyright bill will be enforced, observers have said enforcement could be aided if Canada signs on to the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, to be tabled next month at the G8 summit in Japan.

The agreement, which was recently published on a Web site known for disseminating leaked documents, would require Internet service providers to police the content that travels over its network.

According to the four-page document, ISPs could required to filter pirated digital files and reveal the identities of customers suspected of infringing on copyrighted material.
 
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