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Sony Secretly Raises PlayStation 3 Repair Fee on Launch Consoles

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267w ago - According to AnalogHype.com (linked above), Sony has secretly raised the PlayStation 3 repair fee on launch consoles this week.

Apparently they used to charge a flat $150 service fee, which has now been quietly increased to $179.

To quote: "Sony Computer Entertainment secretly raised the price for servicing your PlayStation 3 at the beginning of this week. Originally a $150 flat rate fee including shipping has gone up to $179.

Sony is pushing to have the launch consoles replaced with the new 120 gb Playstation 3 Slim. All you have to do is pay $120 and lose your backward compatible console for the new and improved PS3 Slim."
 

PlayStation Network Video Content Update for December 18, 2009

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267w ago - Following up the European PSN video content update from earlier today, PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen has posted the North American update, as follows:

Here's the list of new arrivals and top downloads on the Video Store this week.

In addition to some great new releases this week, we've launched a new collection that brings you 12 full days of holiday savings.

Check our out the Holiday Daily Deal under Featured Collections daily through December 28 for some amazing one-day-only discounts. Here's a list of what you can expect:

Visit the Store to take advantage of these great seasonal specials - it's our present to you!

FREE MOVIE EXTRAS

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Featurette

HD MOVIE NEW ARRIVALS

Taking Woodstock
Terminator Salvation Director's Cut
G-Force
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
The Other Men
The Open Road
Night at the Musuem: Battle of the Smithsonian
Fight Club

MOVIE NEW ARRIVALS

Talhotblond
Inglourious Basterds
Taking Woodstock
Terminator Salvation...
 

Sony: PlayStation Home Reaches 10 Million Users, New Spaces

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267w ago - Today Sony announced that PlayStation Home has reached 10 million users, quite an amazing feat for the virtual online meeting place.

In the works for 2010 are several new PS Home spaces... details are below.

Press Release: PlayStation Home: where users and developers meet

• As three new, interactive game spaces open in PlayStation®Home, its status as the meeting place of choice for users and developers becomes ever more apparent

• More than 10 million Home users is the evidence of the success.

City, Date: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) has opened the doors to two stunning new spaces in PlayStation®Home for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves™ and Ratchet and Clank™ A Crack in Time, with a MotorStorm™ space set to arrive soon.

Each space has its own distinct feel offering an interactive area where all of the 10 million users can get a taste for the title, hang out with other fans, enjoy fascinating mini-games and watch the latest game footage.

For developers, it's a chance to showcase their products and creativity to their core audience; the MotorStorm space, for example, is decked-out as a garage-come-industrial warehouse, complete with DJ area, dancefloors and chill-out zones, while offering new merchandise and quest rewards....
 

EA PS3 and PSP Game Holiday Sale Now on PlayStation Network

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267w ago - EA Europe's Ross McGregor has just announced that starting now through the middle of January, 2010 Electronic Arts is having a sale on PS3 and PSP games available through PSN.

To quote: It is the season to be jolly and we at [Register or Login to view links] want to help get you in the festive mood by offering PS3 gamers exclusive discounts across a range of PSN titles and PDLC. From December 17th right through to January 7th just visit the Special Offer section of the PSN Store to download any of these Christmas treats including:

The summer smash hit, Battlefield 1943. Unleash wide destruction with bombing raids, tanks, or fighter planes. We will see you on the battlefield!

Flick it, kick it, skate it with a whole range of Skate 2 DLC.

Go old school and relive the glory days of yesteryear with EA replay including classic hits such as Desert Strike & Road Rash.

Here's the full list of EA games and expansions now on sale:

• Battlefield 1943 (was - £9.99/€12.99 now - £6.29/€7.99)
• Red Alert 3: Commander's Challenge (was - £7.99/€9.99 now - £5.19/€6.49)
• 3 on 3 NHL Arcade (was - £6.29/€7.99 now - £3.19/€3.99)
• Burnout Paradise (was - £24.99/€29.99 now - £13.99/€17.99)
•...
 

Sony Unveils Virtual London Pub to Hit PlayStation Home in 2010

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267w ago - Today Sony has announced that a virtual London pub created by VEEMEE will hit PlayStation Home in January, 2010 at a cost of 5 Euro's.

Press Release: The London Pub

LONDON- December 17th 2009- VEEMEE, an independent creator of branded and original content for games platforms and virtual worlds, are excited to announce details of the first virtual London Pub releasing on January 7th 2010 in PlayStation Home, priced at €4.99.

Based on your favourite London watering hole, situated on the banks of the river Thames overlooking The Houses of Parliament, The London Pub personal space comes complete with a multi-player darts game, a roaring open fire, comedy beer pumps, crank phone calls and hand dryers that don't dry your hands (they're only virtual you know).

Commenting on the upcoming release of The London Pub, Caspar Thykier, CEO at VEEMEE said, "We're really excited to be launching such a high quality, interactive PlayStation Home space, themed around such a famous and quintessentially British icon.

The London Pub in Home is sure to become a favourite hang-out for the ever growing community of Home inhabitants, and is the perfect place to relax, meet friends and play games after a hard day at work."

Priced at €4.99, less than the...
 
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