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Sony Announces Spring Fever PSN Sale is Expanding Tomorrow

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133w ago - Sony's Digital Distribution Manager Ro Hernandez at SEN has announced that their Spring fever PSN sale is expanding tomorrow to include Wheels of Destruction and Mortal Kombat discounts as well!

To quote: It's official: Spring Fever has been elevated to a full-on pandemic and gamers everywhere are showing symptoms.

Case in point: our week-one title Journey has become the fastest-selling PSN title ever released by SCEA! Due to the overwhelming response to Spring Fever, we are delivering a bonus week packed with more special offers, starting with the multiplayer car combat game Wheels of Destruction and a 20% discount for PlayStation Plus members!

Wheels of Destruction's vehicular mayhem gives you tons of awesome weapons to decimate your enemies in the multiplayer arena. You can learn more about Wheels of Destruction in a series of dev diaries and videos here.

If automotive ultraviolence isn't your bag, we hope you got a chance to check out PSN's fastest-selling game Journey, an immersive online adventure that has enchanted gamers and critics alike.

Journey is one trip you won't want to miss, providing a deeply personal experience in which your path crosses with other players in unusual ways.

You'll also want to explore the eerie puzzles...
 

Sony Unveils PlayStation Suite SDK Developer Program Presentation

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135w ago - Following up on our previous article, this weekend [Register or Login to view links] has made available a [Register or Login to view links] slideshow of their Developer Program for the PlayStation Suite SDK.

To quote: Thank you very much for your interest in the Developer Program for PlayStation Suite (PS Suite). The Developer Program for PS Suite will provide content developers PlayStation Suite SDK (PS Suite SDK), a set of development tools and software libraries.

We will release the open beta version of PS Suite SDK to content developers in April 2012 and the official version later this year. Contents developed with the official version of PS Suite SDK will be distributed through PlayStation Store and can be enjoyed on PlayStation Certified devices, as well as PlayStation Vita.

Please refer to the GDC 2012 presentation slides (PDF 4.7MB) for details.

Finally, from tthousand via PSX-Scene (linked above) on the SDK contents:

PS Suite Studio (IDE based on MonoDevelop)

  • Debugger
  • Project Template
...
 

PSEN-CAP BETA Open, Now Seeking Free Usage Tester Applicants

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139w ago - Following up on my PSEN-CAP initial announcement, today we are rolling out the PlayStation Sony Entertainment Network Cloud Acceleration Platform BETA for those interested in testing it out!

Below is the official Press Release, as follows: Hello Members of the Community,

Today marks a revolution into next generation performance of your home broadband connection, no longer will you need to suffer intolerable slow speeds from the PlayStation Network, Matchmaking issues and NAT related problems.

What is PSEN-CAP? PlayStation | Sony Entertainment Network - Cloud Acceleration Platform.

It's a service which provides a multitude of additional features including the following:

  • Turbo Charged Downloads with a speeds up to 300 Mbps.
  • Dedicated DNS for gaming / with improved matchmaking.
  • Free remote desktop to assist with NAT, Port Forwarding and Internet Optimisation.

What are the usage restrictions?

  • 20GB Monthly Bandwidth
  • Only works for PlayStation Products (2007+)

How much will this cost?

We're aiming to keep...
 

European PlayStation Store Updates for February 21, 2012

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139w ago - Today Jawad Ashraf of the PlayStation Store Team has posted up this weeks European SEN updates just in time for the upcoming PS Vita launch, as follows below:

Tomorrow, PlayStation Vita launches across the PAL regions and here is the full list of what will be available to download when PlayStation Store is live on the system later this evening.

We believe that the PS Vita launch line-up is the strongest in PlayStation history and this list of games and other content, some of which is completely free, is testament to that.

Don't forget that if you already own Hustle Kings, Top Darts or Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom DLC on PS3, you can also use it on your PS Vita at no extra charge.

Have a blast and look forward to the PS3 store update coming soon. See you (or the digital formations of you) there.

PlayStation Vita Games

Everybody's Golf (£29.99/€34.99)
Rating: PEGI 3
Availability: All Locales

Little Deviants Trial & Unlock (£19.99/€24.99)
Rating: PEGI 7
Availability: All Locales

Modnation Racers: Road Trip (£29.99/€34.99)
Rating: PEGI 7
Availability: All Locales

Reality Fighters (£19.99/€24.99)
Rating: PEGI 12
Availability: All Locales
 

CCP Reveals The Future of War: Building DUST 514's PS3 Arsenal

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139w ago - Today CCP Community Manager CmdrWang has revealed the future of war - building DUST 514's PS3 arsenal below!

To quote: In this post, I wanted to pick a few weapons that changed the way that the development team played when we added them to the game.

Gamers don't always realize how long it can take for a weapon to make the leap from the drawing board to being fully functional and kicking ass in the game. It needs to be concepted, built, textured, animated, weapon logic needs to be engineered, sounds created, various values set up, tested, debugged, and tweaked.

As you can imagine, all this takes quite a while, which means you spend a lot of time playing your game with a limited set of gear. Over time, we add new weapons to the game and they can radically alter the balance of play because they open up new possibilities in combat. Below are some examples.

Heavy Weapons for Heavy Armor...

Let's start with the Minmatar MH82-BCR Personal Autocannon. This is a heavy weapon and, as such, restricted to the heavy dropsuit. As well as being simply devastating in its own right, this weapon really opened up the heavy dropsuit class once we added it to the game.

For some time, the heavy dropsuit wasn't very popular with our internal dev team. It may have...
 
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