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PlayStation Network Video Content Update for July 10, 2009

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284w ago - The weekend is finally here, and PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen has announced today's PSN video content update, as follows:

Hi Everyone - Here are this week's new releases and top downloads for the Video Store.

This week we've added the following new content:

HD Movies

•Knowing
• Push
• Dragonquest
• Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd Out of Control
• The Matador
• Evil Bong II: King Bong
• The Devil's Tomb
• The Sky Crawlers
• Brokedown Palace

Movies

• Slap Shot
• Dead Wood
• Knowing
• Push
• The Unborn
• The Unborn (Unrated)
• Masters of Science Fiction - Little Brother
• Masters of Science Fiction - The Discarded
• Masters of Science Fiction - Watchbird
• Masters of Science Fiction - Jerry Was a Man
• Surfer, Dude
• Dragonquest
• Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd Out of Control
• The Matador
• Evil Bong II: King Bong
• The Toothfairy
• Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

HD TV Shows

• Kings | Season 1 Chapter One
• 4th and Long | Season 1 Moose Crossing...
 

New 3D Technology May Put Your Face in PlayStation Home

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284w ago - In a recent [Register or Login to view links] with PhysOrg, Dr. David McKinnon, a researcher from Queensland University of Technology and the Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID), has mentioned a revolutionary new piece of software that could put users' faces in Sony's PlayStation Home.

The background research took eight years to develop, allowing anyone to convert 2D images into 3D models... and eventually these could be uploaded to PlayStation Home.

To quote: "Another application is allowing people to create 3D models of their own face to use on their avatar in computer games or 3D social networking sites such as Second Life or Sony's Home."

The free prototype software can be found on the [Register or Login to view links] Web site.

To create a 3D image, the software requires between five and 15 consecutive, overlapping photos of an object. The photos must overlap each other by a minimum of 80 to 90 per cent.
 

Sony PlayStation Store Update for July 9, 2009

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285w ago - Today PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen has shared this week's PSN update, to quote:

It's time for the weekly PlayStation Store Update.

Downloadable Games
Buzz Jr. Robo Jam ($4.99)
Blast off to a whole new galaxy of fun! Buzz! Junior: RoboJam takes you to a futuristic world where mischievous robots are sent to Robot Boot camp. Now for the PLAYSTATION 3 system, BUZZ! Junior: RoboJam provides 4-way mischievous action. So what are you waiting for? Join in the mechanical mayhem. Compatible with BUZZ! buzzers or PLAYSTATION 3 system controllers.
ESRB Rated E
File size: 385 MB

Battlefield: 1943 (Limited Time Offer: Bundled with Theme) ($14.99)
Pick your path - be it as a rifleman, a steel fisted tank commander, or ace fighter pilot dog fighting to protect the skies. Play as a lone wolf or with your friends, coordinating to turn the tide of battle. Whatever you choose, in Battlefield 1943 you get to enjoy the thrill of a fully featured online shooter.
ESRB Rated T
File size: 565 MB

PSone Classics PS3 / PSP
Spec Ops: Stealth Patrol ($5.99)
Immerse yourself in one of the first realistic military tactical combat simulators to be released. Choose your two-man team from a squad of five highly trained specialists:...
 

SCEA President on Price Cut: PlayStation 2.5 for $299, Not PS3

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285w ago - During a recent [Register or Login to view links], President of Sony Computer Entertainment America Jack Tretton reinforced Sony CEO Howard Stringer's views on a PS3 price cut.

To quote: "We could've come out with a PlayStation 2.5 for $299 or less, and in the first two or three years it would sell extremely well," he explains.

"But there would be a point where people would be going, 'I am not really seeing the incremental leap.'"

"People are having short-term thinking–the platform is not even three years old," Tretton adds. "It was $599; it's now $399." He goes on to say that Sony isn't planning to snare all customers in day one, but over a ten year period.
 

Speculation: What is Known on Sony's PlayStation 4 Console

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285w ago - It's no secret that Sony has been working on the PlayStation 4 for a good two years now, and rumors abound that Sony will bring forward its launch to 2011/2012 to directly take on Microsoft's proposed launch of its next Xbox.

All this talk of will it, won't it? or 'will PlayStation 3 be Sony's last PlayStation?' are largely irrelevant. It's happening, the real question is: what form will the console take?

What follows is a list of possible functions based on what experts inside and outside of Sony have been saying, both current and future trends in the videogame, multimedia and Internet markets, to quote:

Sony successfully pioneered the first truly mainstream games console with the PlayStation 2 by first appealing to an early adopting customer and then, later, opening up the console to a wider market with aggressive pricing, marketing and a range of products (EyeToy, Singstar) that appealed to your non-traditional gamers.

In this regard, PlayStation 3 has failed to learn the lessons that Sony itself once taught. It appeared that only Nintendo was listening.

Nintendo's Wii has proved that the games/software market is much bigger than anyone had previously imagined - PlayStation 4, therefore, needs to appeal to geeks and grannies alike or it will simply...
 
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