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Sony to Expand PSN with Video Content and PS1 / PS2 Classics

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247w ago - According to Senior Director Susan Panico, Sony plans to introduce The Tester on PlayStation Network this month while VP Peter Dille has also hinted to [Register or Login to view links] that more PS1 and PS2 classics are destined for PSN.

The Tester joins other original programming, such as PULSE and Qore, as the company looks to continue expanding its video content on the service.

To quote: "We've had a very different strategic approach by having our service offered for free," Panico said. "Offering a premium service someday that might make sense, but right now it's important to deliver a great array of digital content for free to help broaden PlayStation Network's access."

Dille stated, to quote: "From our side, we're going through our own studio organization and trying to make sure all these old games are out there so that we can lead by example, but we're also communicating with all the third-parties about the success of the Final Fantasy games, and other PS1 and PS2 classics.

By all means, I think people can look for more of that because once the third-parties see how this works, it's just found money. There's not a whole lot...
 

Sony Reveals Why PSOne Classics Have No Set PSN Release Date

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259w ago - Today the sleuths at Examiner.com (linked above) have uncovered a reply from Sony's PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen explaining why PSOne Classics have no set PSN release date.

Although the answer isn't surprising, it's definitely good to know why classics such as Final Fantasy VIII are not available in the States to date.

To quote: "Ever since Sony announced PSOne Classics for the PSP and PlayStation 3, new releases have been inconsistent and often appear suddenly without any prior announcements.

Grace Chen, Senior Manager of the PlayStation Store, explain why this is the case on the comment section of the [Register or Login to view links]:

There are a variety of reasons that need to be considered when releasing PSOne Classics... code emulation and testing, licensing rights, music clearances, etc.

Although the process may not always be smooth, Sony has definitely been picking up the pace in 2009 with new PSOne Classics."
 

Oddworld Hits PSone Classics on PlayStation Network this Week

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262w ago - Oddworld Inhabitants Co-founder & Creative Director Lorne Lanning has announced that two Oddworld titles will be hitting the PSone Classics section on PSN this week, as follows:

Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee and Oddworld: Abe's Exodus PSone Classics are both available on the PlayStation Store for only $9.99 each starting Thursday, October 22.

It was only about six years ago that I told our agent at the time, "Larry, don't you get it!? Our classic Abe games are history. The systems that played them are gone and they aren't coming back.

Ours is a disposable medium and we don't have a Turner Classics channel." He looked at me with this defeated expression and said, "Dude, that's the most depressing thing I've ever heard you say." He believed me, and I too believed it at the time.

Six years later and I have to admit it's great being proved wrong.

We couldn't have been more thrilled when we learned that the PlayStation Network was willing to offer our classic Abe games to an entirely new generation of gamers. Finally, gamers who never got the chance to meet and play him when he first came out on the PSone system, will now get that chance to meet the guy who graced many magazine covers and proved the unlikely hero that captured people's hearts.
 

ESRB Reveals More PSOne Classics Heading to PS3 and PSP

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264w ago - According to the latest ESRB listing, several new PSOne Classics are coming to Sony's PlayStation 3 and PSP consoles via PlayStation Network.

To quote from Examiner.com (linked above): "They have several exciting PSOne Classics on the horizon.

The Entertainment Software Rating Board recently rated several games as PSOne Classics. Although some were already released, a handful of upcoming titles were also revealed.

Here is the latest batch of PSOne Classics rated by the ESRB for the PSP and PlayStation 3:

• Bomberman Party Edition
• Dirt Jockey
• Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
• Silent Hill
• Tomb Raider III"
 

Sega Classics Hit PSN Today with the Launch of PSPgo

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264w ago - Sega's Associate Community Manager Julian Mehlfeld has announced that today Sega Classics are hitting Sony's PlayStation Network to coincide with the launch of their PSPgo console.

To quote: Starting with the release of the PSPgo, we're happy to announce our some of our PSP of titles are available for download on day one.

We've got a few titles you might have missed that are worth a look, or even a second look if you've already played them. Below we've got a brief summary of the titles you'll come across and will be taking a deeper dive on a few of them across our Sega blogs in the days to come.

Alien Syndrome
Alien Syndrome is a sequel to an old arcade game of the same name and takes place some 20 years after the original. Featuring over 80 different weapons, hundreds of armors and items, 3 difficulty modes, ad hoc multiplayer, and over 40 levels, Alien Syndrome will keep any dungeon crawler busy for a while. The game is probably best described as a top down shooter with added RPG elements.

Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars
Are you ready to make some crazy money? Crazy Taxi for PSP is actually a collection containing the original Crazy Taxi and the sequel, Crazy Taxi 2. In Fare Wars, you've got access to all the original crazy moves, over 30 crazy...
 
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