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Showdown: PSN versus Xbox Live

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329w 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...
 

E3 2008: How "Sony" Could Steal the Show!

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329w ago - Lets face, E3 is only a short while away, 2 weeks today actually it kicks off with Microsoft's press conference. But what can we expect before E3 with the pre-E3 conferences.

First off, there are some pretty big changes. While Reggie Fils-Aime is still at Nintendo, Phil Harrison and Peter Moore have now bitten the dust from Sony and Microsoft and are now at EA Sports and Atari which means no fun with them this year (Especially Peter).

But what can Sony pull out of the bag for their conference this year? Well, we tell you all here what could possibly happen at that conference on July 15th.

Hardware: This will most likely be the PlayStation 2's final appearence at E3 after the short time they had on it last year. There could be one final swansong game for the PS2 unveiled at E3 to send the console off to Videogaming heaven but that is very doubtful sadly.

As for the PSP, it needs a shunt in the back-side. Not since May of last year have I got a PSP game which was Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops. Since then, nothing has come close to interesting me for the PSP (Bar God of War: Chains of Olympus but I'm too poor to get it right now) and now the PSP is dying because of a lack of games so maybe some new games should be coming out of E3.

Games from Sony's...
 

E3 will be Showing Alan Wake for XBox 360

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330w ago - Alan Wake has been "coming soon" to the Xbox 360 since before the console even launched. Billed as a "psychological action thriller" which finds its roots in dramatic television, the story follows the titular horror novelist as he copes with the sudden disappearance of his fiancée.

Plagued by writer's block and an inability to sleep, Wake sequesters himself at a clinic in the small town of Bright Falls, Washington. Terrifying nightmares give the writer fresh inspiration, but things take a turn for the sinister when the horrific visions begin to manifest in his waking life.

More screenshots can be seen via the link at the top of this article!
 

Final Fantasy XIII to be shown this summer at Japanese Event

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332w ago - Square Enix announced today its 'DKő£3713' summer event that will be held in Japan. The invite-only event will allow a select few to check out various games including Fantasy XIII and Kingdom Hearts.

The party will be broken up into separate sessions, with three sessions taking place on August 2 and August 3, each lasting a duration of three hours.

Attendance will be limited to 400 attendees per session, which totals to 2,400 people. Users of the Japanese Square Enix Members site can apply for admission to the event now. Applicants will be picked at random.

Square Enix plans to show off a number of upcoming titles at the event, including Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Dissidia Final Fantasy, and Final Fantasy XIII. No mention of Dragon Quest IX, unfortunately. Check below for the complete list of games:

* FINAL FANTASY XIII (PLAYSTATION 3)
* FINAL FANTASY Agito XIII (Mobile)
* FINAL FANTASY Versus XIII (PLAYSTATION 3)
* KINGDOM HEARTS Coded (Mobile)
* KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days (Nintendo DS)
* KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep (PSP)
* DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY (PSP)
* The 3rd Birthday (Mobile)
* Sigma Harmonics (Nintendo DS)
* FINAL FANTASY VII ADVENT CHILDREN COMPLETE (Blu-ray)
 

New Home Pics Showcase Virtual Venues, Ubidays Inside Home

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334w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment Europe today sent over a selection of screenshots showcasing the new PlayStation Media & Events Space in Home. Last week, the PlayStation Day media event was broadcast within the area to a total of 10,000 Home BETA testers.

On a separate note, a brief e-mail sent out to those participating the Home BETA test today has revealed that Ubisoft will be using the Media & Events Space to showcase their latest titles live from Ubidays tomorrow.

The Home team and Ubisoft would like to invite you to the first ever Publisher Event in Home. Its a pretty exclusive event too as we're still in closed BETA so please try and make time to be a part of a real first.

We'll be in Home in the new Media & Events space on the evening of Wednesday the 28th of May between 7pm BST and 8pm BST time and Ubisoft will be showcasing their new titles for you all.

And there's more to come. While Ubisoft is the first, SCEE is promising that other third party publishers will use the newly-created Home Space to broadcast events as well.
 
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