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European PlayStation Store Update for December 17, 2009

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262w ago - Today Mike Kebby of the SCEE PlayStation Store Team has posted this week's European PSN update, as follows:

Good morning - the store will be updated nice and early today, so I'm still a little bleary eyed.

Our batch of special offers for the festive period begins today, but we'll also be adding a few more titles next week too. From today though, you'll be able to grab games such as Burn Zombie Burn!, Bomberman Ultra and Battlefield 1943 at lower prices.

Also following the firmware update last week, minis now join the fun on PS3, so you can now enjoy the majority of our minis on both formats.

Next week we're updating the store on Tuesday the 22nd of December, and then that's it for the holidays - normal service will resume from Thursday the 7th of January.

Finally, as a personal Christmas gift to some of you lucky, lucky readers, I have some codes I'll be giving out over the next week - there is no competition to enter - all I'll be doing is scouring your comments and giving codes out to those who have left constructive / commendable feedback (think of this as a 'letter of the week' type deal, except it's more 'comments of the week'). These codes will be sent from my store management PSN account and will give you your code directly,...
 

Sony: Your PSP Minis Are Now PS3 Compatible

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262w ago - Last week Sony posted a preliminary list of PSP Minis that were compatible with PS3 Firmware 3.15, and today SCEE PSP European Product Manager Adam Grant has revealed the complete PSP Minis to PS3 compatibility list.

To quote: Today is the day that minis arrive on PS3! Since 1st October the minis range has been ever expanding and includes everything from addictive puzzle games, super sports games, retro arcade titles and many more.

These bite-size games are the ideal companion for your PSP and now, PS3 owners can enjoy these bite-sized downloadable games in the comfort of their living room. One purchase will allow you to the download to both your PSP and PS3, giving you the option to play whenever and wherever you like. If you only have a PSP or PS3 you can still download these games and play them of the system of your choice!

New titles are added to the minis category every Store publish but the current list of minis titles available to play as of today on your PSP and now PS3 is:

• Alien Havoc
• Beam'Em Up
• Blast Off
• Bloons
• Brainpipe
 

Bulletin Indicates Final Fantasy VIII is Coming to PlayStation Store

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263w ago - Update: Final Fantasy VIII is out on the North American PSN, and will be released on the European PlayStation Store sometime in January according to Mike Kebby of the SCEE PlayStation Store Team.

According to JoyStiq, a recent [Register or Login to view links] indicates that Final Fantasy VIII is coming soon to Sony's North American PlayStation Store.

The title reportedly weighs in at 1.78GB so be sure you have enough space on your PS3 HDD or PSP memory stick before purchasing it.

No information is available yet on how much American consumers can expect to pay, but given that the Japanese PSN began offering the game months ago for 1,500 yen North Americans should expect to pay about $15.

To quote: According to a recent email bulletin sent out to its customers, Sony revealed Final Fantasy VIII will be coming to the U.S. PlayStation Store.

No exact timeframe was given for the game's arrival, but it's listed under a section of the newsletter titled "Coming Soon."
 

Star Trek, Monty Python, LBP & Gravity Crash in PlayStation Home

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263w ago - Today PlayStation Home Online Community Specialist Locust_Star has announced a massive PS Home update for both the US and [Register or Login to view links] which includes Star Trek, Monty Python, LBP, SingStar Xmas VIP Room, Audi, Gravity Crash, an Uncharted 2 contest and more!

To quote: With more than 50 public and private spaces to explore, 100 free games to take part in, 2000+ virtual items for users to collect, and over 250 community events executed to date (including the ongoing Holiday event complete with a Festive Tree puzzle game in Central Plaza), it's safe to say that PlayStation Home is THE place to be this season if you own a PlayStation 3.

There's so much going on in-world that you are bound to miss out if you aren't logging in every day. Each weekly content publish heaps a whole lot more on the pile of cool stuff to do in the ever-expanding world of PlayStation Home.

And this Thursday promises to deliver more of the exciting content you've come to expect us to deliver day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year (that's right, as of December 11th we are officially on our second year as a platform!)

First up, we have a brand...
 

Sony Updates Life With PlayStation for PS3 to Version 1.2

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263w ago - Today TheSixthAxis.com (linked above) is reporting that Sony has updated Life With PlayStation for PS3 to Version 1.2.

According to the changelog on their [Register or Login to view links], here is what's new in this update:

• Added support for video playback.
• Added support for photo slideshows.
• Exclusive content for PlayStation 3 System owners in the US: PlayStation Network Game Trailers Channel is now available.

With the PlayStation Network Game Trailers Channel, you can quickly and easily check out the latest video trailers for game content available on PlayStation Store.

You can read additional information about each title, and even purchase the games directly from PlayStation Store without ever leaving Life with PlayStation.

For a more TV like experience, allow auto playback mode to kick in and trailers will be streamed automatically.

*PlayStation Network Game Trailers Channel is exclusive for PlayStation 3 System owners in the US.

Note: Videos are now available in the United Village channel with this update.
 
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