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Sony Sends Out a New PlayStation Home Service Survey

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268w ago - Whether you are a first-time user, come back all the time or haven't been back in a while, it appears Sony is seeking your input on PlayStation Home.

The survey asks how many times have you visited Home since it's public BETA launch last year. Questions also include general awareness of Home and what it offers including the Spaces, Mall, Theater and so on.

Game launching was also a subject touched upon, with how frequent you do it or if you even know about it.

To quote: Sony is asking questions, and you are giving answers. What Sony wants to know:

"How appealing would each of the following potential features be if a new public space was created that was dedicated to the PlayStation brand?"

That's the main question, and Sony then breaks things down into smaller, bit-sized polling that covers everything from PlayStation dev video interviews to trailers of upcoming games to the history of PlayStation.
 

Unigine Joins PlayStation 3 Tools and Middleware Program

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268w ago - Unigine, a provider of the cutting edge 3D middleware, announced today the conclusion of a Tools & Middleware License Agreement for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3â„¢) from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Thus, game developers for PS3 will be able to access the full power of Unigine engine and tools to express all aspects of their creativity using more advanced technologies later this year.

Press Release: "We are pleased to join Sony Computer Entertainment's Tools and Middleware program for PS3 since support of the modern hardware is one of the most important strategic directions of our company. We plan to make our technology available on PS3 at the end of 2009. It is targeted to AAA-level games and can be licensed by companies from all over the world", said Denis Shergin, CEO of Unigine LLC.

Unigine engine provides photorealistic 3D render, powerful physics module, object-oriented scripting system with a very rich library (more than 3000 methods out-of-the box), full-featured GUI module, sound subsystem, and a set of flexible tools.

Efficient and well-architected framework supporting multi-core systems makes Unigine a highly scalable solution, on which multi-platform games with different hardware requirements can be based. Currently both the engine and the toolset are available...
 

Confirmation: PlayStation Cloud Exists, Domain Belongs to Sony

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268w ago - Here we go again- another chapter in the Sony debunking a rumor turned truth saga.

A week ago PlayStation Cloud details surfaced, which Sony was quick to debunk only to have PSW Magazine July '09 Issue reveal more concrete PlayStation Cloud details.

Today, PlayStationLifestyle (linked above) has revealed that SCEA has indeed registered PlayStationCloud.com, as follows:

Registrant:
SCEA San Diego Studio
10075 Barnes Canyon Rd
San Diego, CA 92121
US
858-824-4760

SCEA San Diego recently mentioned while speaking to [Register or Login to view links] that they would be exclusively working on PSN game development. This goes against all speculation so far pegging PlayStation Cloud as a social networking service. Of course Sony San Diego could very well be developing a service or application, for the PSN with PlayStation Cloud.

Whatever PS Cloud is, it seems as though it's going to be coming from Sony's...
 

Rumor: New Microsoft Ad Deal is Why Hulu Blocked PlayStation 3?

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268w ago - As reported a few days ago, since last weekend Hulu started blocking PlayStation 3 owners from accessing content.

Speculation is now underway whether it's due to Hulu's recent [Register or Login to view links] change, or if a new partnership with Microsoft is behind the dreaded "This Video is Not Available on Your Platform" messages PS3 owners are currently seeing.

To quote: A more interesting theory is that Microsoft paid off Hulu to block the PS3. Rumors of Hulu coming to the Xbox 360 have been circulating ever since Netflix 'Watch Now' arrived on the console.

If in fact Microsoft was in negotiations with Hulu to offer the service through their hardware, it isn't hard to imagine one condition of the deal (sweetened with a big sack of shiny gold coins) being that Playstation 3 owners be blocked. (But then, see above re: nervous network execs.)

No matter what the truth is, once again the consumer loses out. Is it too much to ask for transparency when changes like this are made? Wouldn't it be refreshing if Hulu made clear why it is suddenly cutting off some users of its service?
 

Sony: Motion Control for PlayStation Home Will Happen in Future

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268w ago - Sony's PlayStation Home platform group director Peter Edward has told SPOnG (linked above) that PS3 Motion Controller support for Home is likely, though not in development yet.

To quote: Peter Edward, director of Sony's PlayStation Home platform group, has told SPOnG that motion controller support for Home is likely, though not set in stone just yet.

Asked whether we'll see a use for the wand popping up in Home, Edward told us at the GameHorizon conference in Gateshead that "I'm sure that at some point in the future, it's something that will happen".

Explaining what the circumstances would have to be, Edward said, "That's something that I guess there would have to be a case that instigates that development. If one of our internal teams or a third party or whoever, had an amazing way that that could be implemented within Home... and there was sufficient impetus behind it, then we would have to work together on that.
 
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