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IGN AU's Pre-E3 2009 Sony PlayStation Predictions

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285w ago - E3 2009 kicks off again on June 2 this year - and while that's still a couple months off, IGN AU has layed its cards on the table and made a few educated guesses about what might be shown.

2008 has been the Sony PS3's strongest year, while almost in direct correlation to how poorly the PSP performed in many markets.

This E3, we're expecting big things on both console fronts - the PS3 could use a price cut and the PSP needs a successor - two things we're expecting to come out of Sony's E3 presentation.

Elsewhere, we're predicting the announcement of Sony's foray into 3D gaming as well as a playable version of Gran Turismo 5, video of Team ICO's next title and a continued push on the PlayStation Home front. We're also tipping an off-chase of a PS3 redesign to bring it in line with PSOne and PS2 Slim models. Will these pan out, or have we missed the mark completely?

95% - First 3D-compatible titles announced
Our thoughts: Sony has been demonstrating true 3D compatibility for titles like WipEout and MotorStorm at technology trade shows. We're almost positive that where there's smoke, there's 3D. Sony's very likely to announce downloadable patches for these games to make them 3D-compatible, as well as the promise of future compatibility with major releases.
 

Sony: Support the PlayStation Portable Better in the Rest of 2009

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285w ago - According to reports, the PSP is showing [Register or Login to view links] for Sony over previous years.

In Q1 of 2009, PSP hardware sales are up 75% from last year and software sales are up over 20%. Despite this growth, many are worried as it's yet to catch up to PS3 or even PS2's formidable numbers.

Huh... That's kinda weird. Like myself, you've probably noticed that when you visit your favorite retailer, the PSP section has been getting smaller and smaller.

This appears to be the result of the PSP's candle burning at both ends. On the one hand, retailers are devoting less space to the PSP in favor of more popular products. On the other hand, developers are complaining about the level of difficulty in programming games for the device, especially when dealing with the UMD format. For most, it's just not worth the hassle.

However, 2008 showed a spectacular increase in business through digital distribution. Seeing this, Sony's announced great plans for expanding their PlayStation Store. Many developers, such as Capcom, have also [Register or Login to view links] in taking advantage of this...
 

PlayStation Network Video Content Update for April 3, 2009

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285w ago - A rainy Friday is here, and with the weekend approaching comes PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen with this weekend's PlayStation Network Video Content Update as follows:

By now, you've heard about the latest PS3 Firmware update (v2.70) that allows you to backup the movies and TV shows you purchase from PlayStation Store to an external storage device, so you can make room on your hard drive and restore the videos any time in the future.

Also, the videos you purchase for the PSP can now be transferred to the PS3 for playback.





Here are this week's updates to the video store. We also wanted to share with you a short clip from [Register or Login to view links], which debuts on [Register or Login to view links] next Thursday, April 9. It will be available for purchase on PlayStation Store the following day.

Saddle up with reluctant hero Krod Mandoon and his band of inept freedom fighters as they battle an evil warlord–and their own incompetence–in Comedy Central's epically outrageous fantasy series.

This week we've added the following...
 

Sony PlayStation Store Update for April 2, 2009

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285w ago - PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen has shared the following PSN update today:

"PSN Spring Fever " continues this week, featuring games, trailers, and themes available for download! Highlighting this week is Qore Episode 11, for free!

Qore
Qore Annual Subscription - April 2009 ($24.99)
Qore: Presented by the PlayStation Network is a monthly interactive video production covering the world of PlayStation. Qore provides its audience with exclusive behind-the-scenes access to developers and their games, from both the SCE Worldwide Studios and the third-party community, where the audience member can freely navigate through the content.
File size: 1.28 GB

Qore Episode 11 April 2009 (free)
Episode 11 of Qore: Presented by the PlayStation Network explores the creative process behind the music of inFamous, visits the Seattle-based developers of Fat Princess, takes a look at the upcoming Red Faction: Guerrilla, and spotlights the innovative games pushing the boundaries of interactive media on the PlayStation Network. In addition, this month's downloadable content includes an exclusive Fat Princess theme.
File sizes: 1.28 GB

Media
"Killzone 2 Behind the Bullet" (free)
You've seen the Killzone 2 TV commercial,...
 

FLOCK! for PS3 Hits PlayStation Network on April 9, 2009

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285w ago - Today Capcom's John Diamonon announced that FLOCK! for PS3 will be hitting Sony's PlayStation Network on April 9, 2009.

To quote: The real reason I'm here is to let you know that next Thursday, FLOCK! finally arrives on PSN. Soon you'll be able to manipulate cute, cuddly animals with the help of your trusty UFO. You don't even have to be in a farm to flock sheep, Capcom is giving you the ability to do this in the privacy of your own home. You can even call a friend over and flock.

If you've never herd of FLOCK! before, here's a video with the beautiful Veronica Belmont and one the folks at Capcom going over some of the cool features in the game (I'm loving the outfit Veronica!).





Did I mention trophy and in-game XMB music support? Another cool feature is the level editor where you can create your own plushy environments and share them online.

There's also a rating system where you can praise the brilliant work of others, or pan some of the more awkward levels that are made available (Giving fans creative freedom is not always a good thing).

So, if you've been keeping up with my blogs, I've been hinting for months about a cool surprise for PSN gamers this year. Well, stay tuned. I'm ready to talk...
 
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