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Confirmed: PlayStation 2 Will Be Available for Under $100

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286w ago - Today Sony's Hardware Marketing Director John Koller has officially confirmed what the rest of us knew previously.

To quote: For the first time ever, PlayStation 2 will be offered at a price point under $100 (that's $99.99 MSRP, to be exact), starting April 1!

Why is this so significant? Well most importantly, this new price means that more people than ever will be able to join in on the fun that so many of you PlayStation 2 owners have been enjoying for years, which means new families will become part of the platform's record-breaking install base.

With this new price, we intend to introduce a new generation of consumers - some of whom weren't even alive when the system was first introduced in 2000 - to the immense entertainment value offered by PlayStation 2.

In the gaming industry, the typical lifecycle for a console is around five years, but because we build each of our platforms for a large and diverse consumer base, we design our platforms differently. With the original PlayStation and now PlayStation 2, we've proven that consumers can rely on our platforms for their gaming and entertainment needs for at least a decade.

This speaks to the technology...
 

Sony: Every Major Publisher is Interested in PlayStation Home

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286w ago - Sony's Home team has told GamesIndustry (linked above) that its online service is becoming the "perfect storm" for games publishers looking to interact directly with their consumers.

To quote: Three months after launch, and with the first tangiable user details being fed back to partners, publishers are now able to build more unique content for users, and turn that content in revenues.

"Every major publisher is interested in Home. Here you can speak directly to the PlayStation audience on the platform that your product is on," said Jack Buser, director of Home for Sony Computer Entertainment, in an exclusive interview published today.

"You have publishers and brands coming into Home looking to engage with an audience, but they also have the opportunity to generate revenue. It's a model that makes sense for everybody. It's kind of a perfect storm," he said.

Peter Edwards, director of the Home Platform Group at Sony, added that content creators are now looking at the future potential of the service, after a few months of creating standard software for Home.

"As is the way with most platforms, the first round of development is pretty safe. It works," he said.

"But people are getting the hang of how it works, and that's starting to come through in...
 

PowerMad Review Update of PAIN for the PlayStation 3 Console

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286w ago - As PAIN has recently added a new feature which makes the game better, I have decided to update my old review.

The link to the original review of PAIN can be found here.

The new updated video review is available below.

Enjoy!




 

PlayStation & XBox Games Turn Kids Into Scientists & Engineers

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286w ago - PlayStation and Xbox games help children become the scientists and engineers of the future, a professor claims.

To quote: Children who spend hours every day on their Playstation or Xbox video consoles are improving their brains, according to new research.

A study of 12 year-olds found they boosted crucial visual-spatial skills in which a child learns by thinking in pictures and images.

Psychologist Professor Linda Jackson, who led the study, said: "And these are the areas where we want to see improvements in our children's academic performance."

The findings are likely to surprise supporters of tougher regulation of computer games - some of which have been blamed for influencing violent crime among children.

The three-year study is part of a larger project exploring the effects of technology on children's academic performance and their social life, psychological well-being and moral reasoning.

Rsearchers asked how often the children used cell phones and played video games, both online and offline, and measured the children's grades, visual-spatial skills and performance in maths and reading tests.

As expected girls used cell phones more frequently than boys - who played video games far more frequently than did the females.
 

PlayStation Network Video Content Update for March 27, 2009

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286w ago - Another weekend is approaching, and with it comes PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen with the PSN video content update:

Hi everyone! The weekend's almost here, and that means it's time for your weekly update of the new movies and TV shows available on PlayStation Network.

Starting at midnight tonight, we will have three new movies available for download from [Register or Login to view links], including Vicky Christina Barcelona, Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Soul Men.

Also, we wanted to share some bonus content with you from Rescue Me. This is a show that revolves around the lives of the men in a New York City firehouse. Check out PlayStation Store for a free behind-the-scenes exclusive video, a [Register or Login to view links] mini-sode and the episodes from Season 4.





The new season will be available starting on April 8. Enjoy!

This week we've added the following new HD movies and TV shows:

HD

•Twilight
• Kiss the Girls
• Seed of Chucky
• Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter & Under the Hood
• Happy-go-Lucky
• Miracle at St. Anna
• End of...
 
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