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PlayStation Store (US) Update for January 15, 2009

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296w ago - PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen has posted the weekly PlayStation Store update via PS Blog as follows:

Just a quick note to let all of you Qore Episode 08 (January '09) purchasers and Annual Subscribers know that your exclusive early access to WBI/Monolith's F.E.A.R. 2 demo begins today with the 1/15/08 PlayStation Store publish. Go to the Episode 08 Download Center now to snag this single-player demo.

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Magic Ball ($9.99)
A fresh spin on classic brick-breaking gameplay, in which players bust apart a 3D environment, piece by piece. Smash your way through dozens of colorful and stylized levels including pirate islands amid shark-infested waters, and castles filled with noble knights and courtly ladies. Special power-ups, weather effects and realistic physics make Magic Ball...
 

Sony Refuses PlayStation Brand on Sony Ericsson, No PSP Phone

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296w ago - MobileToday (linked above) is reporting that there is no PSP phone as Sony refused Sony Ericsson to use the PlayStation brand after pitching to the board late last year.

Apparently there has been a fall out because of the refusal to use the PlayStation brand, so a PSP phone is looking far less likely now.

To quote: Sony is understood to have refused to allow Sony Ericsson the use of its PlayStation brand, after the handset manufacturer presented a pitch to the board late last year.

Sony Ericsson was planning to develop a PSP phone to capitalise on the growing success of the gaming sector, and after the success of Cyber-shot and Walkman handsets.

Sources said the refusal to sanction the brand on the handsets in December has prompted a fallout between Sony and the mobile phone joint venture.

Several sources close to the matter claimed Sony executives told colleagues at Sony Ericsson that it would only license the PlayStation brand if and when Sony makes handsets independently - effectively pushing for an exit From The joint venture with Ericsson.
 

Guide: YouTube on Your PlayStation 3 Console in Full-screen!

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296w ago - Earlier today YouTube TV was [Register or Login to view links] for PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii game consoles.

Here is a follow-up from Sony's Sr. Director of Promotions Ginger Kraus: Simply open up the Web browser on the PS3, and enter the following URL: www.youtube.com/tv (note: this link will not work from a PC or Mac, only from a PS3) and hit enter.

Now you're good to go! You'll notice a new YouTube interface that allows you to watch videos in full-screen. With enlarged text and simplified navigation, it makes watching YouTube on your TV as easy and intuitive as possible. Here's a helpful video that guides you through the process:





We're working closely with the YouTube team to make a more PlayStation-centric version of the YouTube TV Website page accessible from the lefthand menu bar (the YouTube button currently takes you to our branded channel on YouTube).

So stay tuned for that and in the meantime grab a cold one and sit back to enjoy your favorite videos on the big screen!

Happy watching,
Ginger Kraus
 

Konami Announces GTI Club+ Exclusively for PlayStation Network

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296w ago - In GTI Club+ Arcade-style racing revs up with high definition graphics for up to eight players online.

Press Release: KONAMI ANNOUNCES GTI CLUB+ EXCLUSIVELY FOR PlayStationŽNetwork

El Segundo, Calif. - Jan. 15, 2008 - Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced that GTI Club+, the classic arcade-style racing game originally released by Konami in 1996, is now available for download on the PlayStationŽNetwork, the digital media delivery service for the PLAYSTATIONŽ3 computer entertainment system.

With spectacular HD graphics, GTI Club+ enables players to compete online with up to eight friends in either free-for-all events or team play.

In GTI Club+, players race through the tight city streets and winding mountain roads of France's Ville De Circo with an elite collection of high performance European hatchbacks, such as the Mini Cooper and Volkswagen Golf.

The easy pick-up-and-play racing game allows beginners and experienced veterans alike to explore the open city for the most efficient routes between checkpoints, race each other to the top of the worldwide leaderboards, or partake in the fast-paced game of Bombtag, a free-for-all-mode where players play hot potato with explosives.

GTI Club+ takes full advantage of the PLAYSTATIONŽ3 system,...
 

Magic Ball for PS3 Available Today via PlayStation Network Store

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296w ago - Creat Studios Producer Olga Sokolova shared the following today via PS Blog:

Magic Ball (available today, January 15 for $9.99 on the PS Store) is another addictive game from [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links] and it's filled with fast action, great humor and giggle-inducing fun.

While the game doesn't have an overall storyline like Cuboid, we have created comedic scenes for each level - so in a way, each level has its own little story! Each of the scenes is divided between two visual themes - Pirates and Knights - and each theme has its own mini-story scenes.





Magic Ball boasts a vast number of trophies that players can try and achieve - each of the trophies requires the player to overcome a specific challenge. It was a blast trying to come up with the trophies, and we tried to keep a lot of them consistent with the humorous themes of Magic Ball.

For example, we have the "25 in a row" trophy where you need to complete 25 levels in a row and several "Goodbye Cruel World" trophies where the player needs to pick up 5 skulls while completing the level.

One of the strategic elements of Magic Ball is the...
 
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