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CES 2009: Sony Teases with High-Quality PlayStation 3 3D

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293w ago - We've heard from many of you that 3D technology is something you're interested in seeing at CES, and Sony has one of the most impressive displays of 3D at their booth... but you won't learn anything about it.

"Don't get caught up with specs," the Sony representative told me. "We're not going to talk about specifications. This is just a look at what 3D could look like if Sony decided to move in this direction."

The idea was just to show the technology to people, to see if they would be interested in sitting at home, wearing a dorky set of black glasses, watching content in 3D.

I couldn't pry details about how the 3D affect was achieved, or if the display could turn any source into 3D, but what's clear is that, glasses or no, the 3D affect is amazing. Sony showed off Wipeout HD running in true 3D, and I was ready to whip out my credit card right there. Frank and I both agreed, this was one of the best demos of 3D technology we have ever seen.

"3D has come a long way, hasn't it?" the representative asked me. Sure it has, but give me some details. We can't get excited if all the press gets is a short tech demo. The crowd around the display was large, and filled with "ooohs" and "aaaahs."

This probably won't be the last 3D display we see at CES, but as a proof of concept,...
 

PlayStation Store (US) Update for January 8, 2009

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293w ago - Per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PlayStation Store) today:

Hey, everyone. It's time again for the weekly PlayStation Store update.

Qore

Qore Episode 08: January, 2009 ($2.99)
Episode 08 of Qore: Presented by the PlayStation Network travels to the Netherlands to go inside Guerrilla and get an exclusive look at one of the new year's most anticipated games, Killzone 2.
File size: 1377 MB (HD)

Price Update

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames - Blow It Up Again DLC Pack ($1.99)

Rock Band tracks: "Are You Dead Yet," "Hay Poco Rock n Roll," "Ready, Set, Go!", "The Real World," "Tempted," "Tutto E Possible" ($1.99)

Downloadable Games

Cuboid ($9.99)
A stunning 3D puzzle game in which players navigate ancient ruins and lush environments, maneuvering a rectangular block through mystical exits. Cuboid's 66 twisted levels will bend your mind with their addictive puzzles, and engage the senses with amazing graphics and soothing music, immersing you in a surrealistic puzzle world.
ESRB Rated E
File size: 102 MB

Mahjong Tales: Ancient Wisdom ($9.99)
The classic game comes to the PlayStation Network, combining the hottest features of Mahjong into...
 

PlayStation 3 Had a Strong Holiday Season, Says Sony

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293w ago - Not to be bested in the battle of marketing spins by Microsoft, Sony has released figures of their own to spin people's perception of the PS3's success. Sony claims that the year-over-year drop in sales during November was simply an anomaly and that the system has actually seen much better numbers overall.

There was understandably some concern following the release of the November NPDs when the PS3 was the only system of the three current-gen consoles to sell fewer consoles than in November 2007. But Sony claims this was an unusual set of circumstances that can be traced back to "an abnormally strong month due to a price cut (with) the introduction of the 40GB PS3," referring to that SKU's release on November 2, 2007.

Sony Computer Entertainment America VP Ian Jackson said (via [Register or Login to view links]):

We've had a solid holiday season and have delivered consistent growth throughout this year. 2008 was a pivotal year for PlayStation with the best software line up in the industry, a dramatic expansion of PlayStation Network including the launches of the video delivery service and the beta of the PlayStation Home.

Early internal data points to an increase of more than 130 percent of PS3 hardware sales for the holiday season --...
 

PlayStation 3 Price Will Drop Soon, Predicts Microsoft Exec

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293w ago - Microsoft exec Aaron Greenberg has predicted that Sony will cut the price of PlayStation 3 very soon.

"We absolutely expect the PS3 price drop to happen in the next couple of months," he told [Register or Login to view links].

"We're frankly surprised it's taken this long... I would expect they'd have to move on price, sooner than later, for sure."

Right now the 120GB Xbox Elite carries an RRP of GBP 229.99, while the 80GB PS3 is GBP 299.99.

At last year's Leipzig Games Convention, SCEE boss David Reeves told us there would be no price cut "this year" - and as it turned out, he wasn't making it up.
 

PlayStation Home - Door Codes and New Glitches Discovered

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293w ago - Team Alpha has been poking around again, and this time, they've found four new glitches in PlayStation Home. They're gonna take us through the glitches in these vids one by one, so sit back and watch so you can try them out later.

This first one is called "Owned Space Shenanigans." You basically get to sit on an invisible couch, making you look like you have powerful thighs. The same glitch also lets you pull a David Blaine and levitate like you do it every day. Well, with Home, now you can.

PS3 Home Glitches - Owned Space Shenanigans





This next one shows a few codes so you can reach more rooms in Sully's Bar. Simple enough, just follow the instructions and unlock away.

PS3 Home Glitches - Sully's Bar Secret Door Codes






This one's called "Smuggler's Den Couch Fun." You get to act like you're six years old again and stand on a couch just for the heck of it.

PS3 Home Glitches - Smuggler's Den Couch Fun





This one's also in Smuggler's Den. It's called the "Smuggler's Den Globe Stand Teaser, and it's...
 
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