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Mushroom Wars Online DLC on PSN Today, Tournament Incoming

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181w ago - Creat Studios Marketing and PR Coordinator Bill Fryer has announced that Mushroom Wars Online DLC hits PSN today, and that a developer tournament is also incoming.

To quote: Bill from [Register or Login to view links] here, and I'm excited to announce our US release of the Mushroom Wars Online DLC on April 5th for $2.99.

The original [Register or Login to view links] is available on PSN for $9.99.

The original Mushroom Wars is a fast-paced and accessible RTS, with a quaint, anime-inspired visual style in which players send their cute armies into battle, upgrade their mushroom bases, improve their weaponry and fight skirmishes in close-quarter maps.

Mushroom Wars Online introduces several expansions to these features, the most exciting being the ability to spread their fungal domination into the online realm with four-player online multiplayer support.

Along with the addition of online multiplayer support, Mushroom Wars Online introduces a number of new features to the original title, including local multiplayer support for up to four players. Players can enjoy custom matches against online friends for training and entertainment, or watch others battle from the sidelines to hone their strategic skills....
 

PS3 Price Drop, New Hack-Proof PlayStation 3 Console Incoming

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187w ago - Update: Today [Register or Login to view links] has spotted the new PS3 model CECH-3001A/B via the [Register or Login to view links] site further confirming the previous report.

The new PlayStation 3 slim model will cut power consumption from 230W to 200W and weigh in at 2.6kg down from 3.0kg, however, it will not include PS2 compatibility.

According to [Register or Login to view links] Sony is preparing a sizeable PS3 price drop soon which will coincide with Nintendo's 3DS console release in March (although [Register or Login to view links] states Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter predicts June) followed by a new hack-proof PlayStation 3 console in development.

To quote: "My source, who also told me the NGP's price will be £250 in the UK, stated Sony has been preparing a price...
 

PS3 Firmware 3.56 Update is Now Available, Details Incoming

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190w ago - Update: It appears Mathieulh is [Register or Login to view links] as GFI Security's Chris Boyd has confirmed Sony wrote the ability for remote updates into its terms and conditions since at least 2006 stating the 3.56 rootkit is not new.

Just under two months since the previous PlayStation 3 system software update has passed, and today Sony has released PS3 Firmware version 3.56.

For those wondering, PS3 JailBreak and Custom Firmware users can still access PSN via the bypass methods but read the IRC log below as a "rootkit" was found in PS3 Firmware 3.56 which reportedly allows Sony to scan for PlayStation 3 Custom Firmware or any unofficial homebrew software.

Download: [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] / PS3 Firmware 3.56 Keys / PS3 Keylist (.xls)...
 

ModNation Racers PS3 Far East Track Theme DLC is Incoming

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196w ago - Community Manager Ramone Russell at SCEA San Diego Studios has announced today that the ModNation Racers PS3 Far East Track Theme DLC is incoming.

To quote: If you've been dreaming of an extension to your ModNation career, some slick new creation parts, and new Trophies, your dreams are about to some true.

Introducing the "Far East" Track Theme ($9.99)

It's time to take MNR to a new level - literally. The Far East Track Theme hits the PlayStation Store tomorrow (Tuesday, December 21st) and it brings a whole new series to your career, new Trophies, and tons of new unlockables.

Race on and over the Great Wall of China, drift and dodge huge obstacles in an abandoned fortress, or speed through a thick bamboo forest filled with obstacles and surprises.

Here's a look at what you get:

Seven New Tracks:

• Great Wall
• Hidden Forrest
• Dragon City
• Terraced Drop
• Fortress
• Monsoon Edge
• Imperial Gardens





Extend your Career:

• New career race series
• 10 New Objectives
• 35 New Unlockables
• 7 New Trophies

Create New Tracks!

• Over 50 New Props
 

Rumor: Official Sony PSN Smartphone Application Incoming

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196w ago - A few days ago we reported on Sony's new PS3 / PSN site, and today TheSixthAxis.com (linked above) points out that it may be in preparation for an official PSN Smartphone application incoming.

To quote: What about a PSN smart phone App that will let you log in to your account on the go, queue up downloads, and generally always be connected to your PlayStation profile?

TSA reader bap10 thought he might enquire, asking SCEE:

Do you think we will ever see a mobile phone app for logging into the PSN to send messages and push demos and bought items to the PS3? Or even something along those lines for the PC?

Sony's response? Emmanuel Orssaud replied:

"I've got another post planned for this week which should answer your questions about the app. *wink*"
 
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