Sony to Announce New PS3 Chassis Design at Gamescom 2011

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145w ago - Although no PS3 price drop is planned for the event, today IndianVideogamer.com reports that Sony will be announcing a new PlayStation 3 chassis design at Gamescom which runs from August 17th to the 20th, 2011.

This is not to be confused with the recent PS3 model CECH-3001A/B that weighs in at 2.6kg down from 3.0kg and cuts power consumption from 230W to 200W.

While the upcoming PS3's functionality is said not to change, during a recent interview PlayStation India Country Manager Atindriya Bose stated that the new PS3 chassis design will feature a slightly different internal design.

To quote: "Any chance of a price drop on the PS3 soon?

As of now, no.

Gamescom, then?

(laughs) Well, if there was a price drop coming at Gamescom, I'd know. There is, however, a new PS3 chassis being discussed. A slightly different design, but from what I can tell, not much difference in functionality."
 

Sony PSN Pass Uncovered on Resistance 3 PS3 Bundle Box

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145w ago - Update: Sony has now confirmed PSN Pass to IGN, stating the program requires customers to input a one-time use code to access a game's online capabilities similar to EA's Online Pass.

Today Darko on German site Konsolentreff.net (linked above) has shared an image uncovering Sony's PSN Pass on a Resistance 3 PS3 bundle box.

The text in the image reads as following: "PSN Pass. Network features only available in countries that have PlayStation Store."

While there is currently no official announcement on what PSN Pass is from Sony, Kotaku reports that it may be similar to EA's Online Pass which provides online access to those who either purchase a new copy of a game or those who pay the extra ten bucks to buy their way into networked features.

To quote: "Sony has employed the practice before, selling "Online Entitlement" passes for PSP games SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 and ModNation Racers.

We don't yet know if PSN Pass is real, whether...
 

Sony PlayStation Store PS3 and PSP Updates for July 5, 2011

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145w ago - PlayStation Store Director Grace Chen is here with this weeks US PSN updates today, as follows:

Happy day after 4th of July! Calling all Ape Escape and PlayStation Move fans be sure to check out the latest addition to the franchise - PlayStation Move Escape.

Other games releasing today include (2) Japanese PS one Imports - Rapid Angel and Yakiniku Bugyou. Also, the Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Multiplayer Beta is now available for all. Add-ons to note include Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime Challengers Pack, Dirt 3: Horn Pack & the LittleBigPlanet 2 inFAMOUS 2 minipack.

On the PlayStation Plus side, the free games include the PS3 game Bomberman ULTRA, (2) minis: Alien Zombie Death and Me Monstar: Hear Me Roar! & the PS one title MediEvil. In addition, Qore Episode 38: July 2011 is free. Download today!

Here is the weekly PlayStation Store update:

PlayStation Plus

New Release Games & DLC

• Bomberman ULTRA (Free with Plus, a $9.99 value)
• Me Monstar: Hear Me Roar (Free and Exclusive Plus)
• Medievil PS one title (Free with Plus, a $5.99 value)
• Alien Zombie Death mini (Free with Plus, $3.99 value)
• MotorStorm Apocalypse Outlaw Vehicle Pack (PlayStation Plus price $1.99; a 20%...
 

Sony PS3 and PSN Releases for the Week of July 4, 2011

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145w ago - Sony's Senior Social Media Specialist Rey Gutierrez is here with details on the new PS3 and PSN releases for this coming week today, as follows:

With a special July 4th edition of The Drop comes a patriotic salute to what is surely one of the year's most anticipated betas.

Soon enough, everyone will be able to join in on the UNCHARTED 3: Drake's Deception Multiplayer Beta, as it opens on Tuesday to all PSN users. PlayStation Plus members have been enjoying early access to the beta all week, but its time we open things up!

Also, this week - the Earth needs some defending! Sunshine, barbecue and fireworks will come in between you and the apocalyptic arthropod uprising in Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon.

Lastly, PSOne Japan Imports return, and PS Move goes bananas with Ape Escape. Happy fourth everyone!

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Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon - Insect Armageddon continues to follow the rich history of casual fun and addictive gameplay that made the franchise a cult classic.

The game also adds a new aspect to the Earth Defense Force series that was born in Japan, with additional elements for all EDF soldiers to experience. The Campaign mode that lets up to three players team up online to battle...
 

Sony PlayStation Store PS3 and PSP Updates for June 28, 2011

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146w ago - PlayStation Store Director Grace Chen is here with this weeks US PSN updates today, to quote:

You've waited long enough, we're proud to announce the release of Beyond Good and Evil HD with a special limited time Avatar gift with purchase.

Also, (3) other PS3 games are available now - Gatling Gears, Puzzle Dimension and Streets of Rage 2. For PSP, we have (3) PSP Game Dual Packs available - Daxter and Secret Agent Clank, SOCOM: Fire Team Bravo and Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror & Killzone: Liberation and Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow.

For PlayStation Plus subscribers, be sure to check out the deep discount on Funky Lab Rat and the various EA Welcome Back Special Offers including sales on Shank, DeathSpank & Tetris.

Here is the weekly PlayStation Store update:

PlayStation Plus

Featured Games & DLC

• UNCHARTED 3 Drake's Deception Multiplayer Beta (Free and exclusive to Plus)
• Streets of Rage 2 (Free with Plus - a $4.99 value)

Discounted Games

• Dead Space Ignition (PlayStation Plus price $2.50; a 50% discount)
• Deathspank (PlayStation Plus price $7.50; a 50% discount)
• Deathspank Thongs of Virtue (PlayStation Plus price $7.50; a 50% discount)
• Funky...
 







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