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Sony: PlayStation 3 Firmware 3.00 Questions & Answers

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276w ago - Today PS3 Brand Manager Mark Bowles has made available a PS3 Firmware 3.0 Q&A on the European PlayStation Blog, as follows:

Many of you have been asking why we haven't responded to your complaints about last week's 3.0 update until now.

Sorry it's taken us a while to get back to you - this is obviously an emotive subject and there have been a lot of issues raised surrounding the release, so we wanted to make sure we could come back to you with a comprehensive response that answers your most frequently asked questions.

I don't like the "Fizz". How do I turn it off?

To turn the fizz off, go to the Theme Settings under Settings on the XMB, you can choose different themes from here. "Classic" is the default theme without the fizz.

Where's the game start chime gone? Why would you remove it?

One of the reasons we removed the PS3 jingle is that it was created to indicate the start of a game, but now we're offering non-game content such as Vidzone in addition to games. More importantly though, this change makes the loading time a bit quicker than before, which we think will be a noticeable benefit for all game users.
 

PlayStation 3 Sales Jump Over 1000% on PS3 Slim Release

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276w ago - Chart-Track has told GamesIndustry.biz (linked above) that sales of the PlayStation 3 have jumped over 999% in the past week, shifting eleven times the number of units sold the prior week.

As Sony introduced the new, slimmer SKU, and although Chart-Track does not reveal actual sales numbers, Dorian Bloch, director of the firm called the growth "a huge increase".

To quote: "The uplift on week 36 on week 35 is plus 999 per cent," revealed Bloch. "We don't give out the hardware numbers, but never-the-less it's a very large increase."

The boost in sales will be a pleasing early start to the Christmas season for Sony, which told GamesIndustry.bizlast month that it expected the redesign to pull in new consumers.

"I think what I've heard anecdotally is that this is the point people were waiting for - a redesigned model and, in Euros, a significant price reduction," said Andrew House, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. "That's people's cue to jump into the business."
 

Rockstar Games: AGENT Set for a 2010 Release on PlayStation 3

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276w ago - Although hardly any information on the upcoming AGENT videogame for PlayStation 3 is available from the official [Register or Login to view links], Rockstar Games will apparently release Agent in 2010.

Here is what their development team recently posted, to quote:

"We appreciate the enthusiasm of PlayStation 3 owners and believe us, we understand where you're coming from.

That's why we are working hard on a lineup of PlayStation 3 releases for 2010 that we know you will be very excited to play - including Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and the PlayStation 3 exclusive AGENT, which is a brand-new title from Rockstar North, the creators of the Grand Theft Auto series.

Plus there's more yet to be announced... Thanks again for your patience and please stay with us!"

Finally, when asked for more Agent details on their [Register or Login to view links], Rockstar simply replied:

"Thank you - it's not likely we will have any more news this year, but the game is shaping up to be something truly spectacular."
 

Video: PlayStation Store Enhanced with Two New View Modes

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276w ago - Last year, after the complete PlayStation Store revamp, Sony allowed gamers to change the view mode of the items displayed on the PlayStation Store from just pictures to a list format.

They have now added two more modes that you can see in the video below.

To quote: "You can now view the icons in different sizes with either three, four or five per row. This will especially benefit people with giant or tiny size TVs.

If you have a small TV for instance, you may want the icons taking up extra space on the screen so they are easier to identify. Or big screen users may like the option to see more items per screen, reducing the need to scroll.

This isn't anything major of course but it is good to see that Sony are still improving the store all the time."




 

PlayStation Network Video Content Update for September 4, 2009

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276w ago - PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen is here with this weekend's PSN video content update, as follows:

To get you ready for your Labor Day weekend, here is this week's list of new arrivals and top downloads from the Video Store.

Check out the clip below from the new release thriller "State of Play," starring Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Helen Mirren, available now for rent and to own.

Enjoy your long weekend – a great time to download a movie or TV show from PlayStation Store!





HD MOVIE NEW ARRIVALS

•Coraline
• Dan in Real Life
• Frayed
• State of Play
• Sin Nombre
• All About Steve Theatrical Trailer
• Beach Kings
• The Human Contract
• Death Sentence Uncut
• Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil

MOVIES NEW ARRIVALS

• Another 9 1/2 Weeks
• Dan in Real Life
• South Beach Academy
• The Human Contract
• BTK
• State of Play
• Sin Nombre
• Bring it On: Fight to the Finish
• Sugar
• All About Steve Theatrical Trailer
• Boot Camp Unrated
•...
 
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