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European PlayStation Store Update for January 7, 2010

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264w ago - SCEE's Mike Kebby of the PlayStation Store Team is back in the new year with this week's European PlayStation Store update.

To quote: So, it's my first post of 2010, bye bye 2009 it was fun. What were your highlights of the year we've just left by the wayside? What are your resolutions for the coming year (apart from playing lots of games of course)?

Personally, I thought 2009 was a pretty good year for gaming, but I think from many aspects a lot of what made 2009 good for me (apart from the games actually released) were the glimpses, and promises, of what's to come this year.

Even though I didn't manage to get there myself, I felt that E3 really cranked up the expectations of what is to come in 2010...I feel it could be a vintage year for the gaming industry (though I reserve the right to renege on this assumption this time next year, if I'm wrong).

As for my resolutions this year, I'll be striving to help continue improving the store and the offering we make available to you all (that actually goes without saying really), I'll try and interact with you all more than I have been thus far, and my final resolution is to get more platinum trophies!

To help us improve, this week could you do me a kindness in the comments section and provide your...
 

Sony Expands PlayStation Network ID, PSN Wallet to More Devices

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264w ago - At CES 2010 in Las Vegas, Kaz Hirai confirmed Sony's plan to expand PlayStation Network beyond the PS3 and PSP to their other products, including Bravia televisions and VAIO laptops.

With over 38 million-strong in the PlayStation Network community, [Register or Login to view links] reports that Sony's premium video offerings will mimic Microsoft's Live Anywhere philosophy... a single user ID and password will work across all Sony products and services.

Additionally, the PSN virtual wallet can be used universally across Sony's services.

To quote: "To help facilitate the cross-proliferation of content across Sony's multiple devices, Hirai also announced the creation of a new division within Sony: the not-very-creatively named Sony Network Entertainment, Inc.

With this new initiative, expect the PSN logo to be far more ubiquitous than ever before."
 

PlayStation Home London Pub, Complete with Darts Board

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264w ago - Update: Sony has now [Register or Login to view links] that the London Pub has been removed from Home due to a bug with purchasing this space, and they will be republishing The London Pub next week.

Today Sony's European Product Manager Elliott Linger has shared an update on the PlayStation Home London Pub, which is coming complete with darts board as follows:

The first PlayStation Home update of 2010 is imminent, and brings with it the great new London Pub personal space. Visit Home Estates today to get your own personal London Pub, and become a virtual pub landlord.

Priced at €4.99, the London Pub offers a warm fire and comedy beer pumps - and more! - all in a setting on the Thames that overlooks the Houses of Parliament.

Gather your friends and challenge them to a few darts matches with the included multiplayer Darts game. You'll need the practice, as you could win one of 30 genuine Eclipse Pro Dartboards courtesy of VeeMee and Unicorn! Do you have what it takes to make it to the top of the leaderboard?

Elsewhere in Home, there's a brand new "Be Stupid" shirt, in male and female varieties, available for FREE in the Diesel store. Enjoy!
 

Video: Dark Void PS3 Demo Hits PlayStation Network This Week

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265w ago - Update: Although the Dark Void PS3 demo was scheduled to hit PlayStation Network this week, several PSN users have reported that it is not currently available.

While the demo of Dark Void is shown in the PS3 XMB menu under "What's New," when trying to download it users are getting error code (80023111).

Senior Producer Morgan Gray has shared a Dark Void video and announced that this week a PS3 demo of the title will be hitting PlayStation Network, as follows:

I wanted a chance to drop by and let everyone know that a demo of Dark Void will be releasing this Thursday on the PlayStation Store. We figure why not start the new year with a bit of jet pack action.

So what's in the demo?

With all the aspects of [Register or Login to view links] ranging from ground combat, jetpack dogfighting, vertical combat, its hard to slam everything into a 10 minute window

We decided that everyone would want to get a feel for flight right off the bat, so we start you off with a bit of flying tutorial, then get into some serious UFO dogfighting (well, not that serious, but it should be enough for people to figure out what button does what and kill some Watchers... which is really what it is all about when you get down to it).

[viddler...
 

Sony PS3 Releases to Arrive in January 2010

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265w ago - With the new year upon us, PS3Center.net (linked above) has compiled a list of Sony PS3 releases slated to arrive on consoles in January, 2010.

Below is the list of PlayStation 3 games to look forward to this month, to quote:

January 5:

• Darksiders
• Bayonetta

January 7:

• Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond (PSN)

January 12:

• Army of Two: The 40th Day
• Vancouver 2010

January 19:

• Dark Void

January 26:

• M.A.G. (PS3 Exclusive)
 
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