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SCEE Sends Out Over 100K PlayStation Home BETA Invites

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294w ago - If you're one of the lucky ones, in your inbox you should receive a PlayStation Home BETA invite to the much-anticipated PS3 Home BETA. This chap has recieved an e-mail as of 5:46 EST, and some should be receiving their invites as we speak, good luck!!!

To quote SCEE community team manager TedTheDog's announcement on the official PlayStation boards:

Last night v1.0 went live in the beta and our existing testers are now up and running with it.

Today, Friday 21st, over a hundred thousand invitations will be sent across the SCEE region and next Thursday the 27th another larger batch of invitations will be sent.

If you are lucky enough to get an invitation then please note there will be load test event on each of the two evenings.

For everyone else Open Beta will not be far behind.
 

Sony Clarifies 14 Million User PlayStation Network Milestone

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294w ago - Sony confirms its recently announced network numbers include accounts from both the PlayStation 3 and PSP, but no duplicates; analyst estimates 50 percent of PS3s have gone online.

On Tuesday, Sony made a stir when it announced that its free PlayStation Network had attained 14 million "active users."

The number, revealed to celebrate the PlayStation 3's second birthday, was remarkable, as it appeared to match the 14-million-strong subscriber base for the pay-to-play Xbox Live. Microsoft's online service launched in 2002 and has been a central pillar of its strategy since the Xbox 360 launched in 2005, one year before the PS3.

Three days later, Sony has now clarified what exactly it counts as an active PlayStation Network user. "Seeing as PlayStation Portable does include PlayStation Network services (i.e. games store natively on PSP), yes those numbers do include all PlayStation Network registrations," said a Sony representative.

The rep also said, to guard against duplication, Sony does not count a registration made on the PS3 and then used on the PSP (or vice versa) as two accounts. Like with Xbox Live, the figure also includes multiple accounts used on the same console or in the same household.

So how many PSN users are logging on via the PS3? Sony declined to...
 

Sony's PlayStation: Entertainment Unleashed Ad Campaign

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294w ago - A couple days ago we reported on a few holiday adverts that are part of a "bigger campaign".

Today Sony's Senior Vice President of Marketing & PlayStation Network Peter Dille detailed their PlayStation: Entertainment Unleashed ad campaign officially via PS Blog as follows:

This is one of the fun parts of my job, when we get to unveil our TV commercials and give you, our loyal fans, a preview of our spots before they hit the airwaves. This year's campaign is dubbed "Entertainment Unleashed" and for good reason.





The campaign actually began quietly a few weeks back with three fifteen second "tease" executions. Hopefully, you've seen these by now. These initial ads depicted various people catching glimpses and reflections of beautiful PS3 game footage magically appearing on building facades across a city.

This weekend, we're excited to reveal what triggered the excitement. The spot begins with a guy creating a LittleBigPlanet level on a building wall and from there, the PS3 takes on a momentum all its own, spreading amazing entertainment content uncontrollably from building to building throughout the...
 

Microsoft's Helping Hand Through Sony PlayStation Advertising

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294w ago - Ever thought you would read this in a headline?

Well in any case, below is pictured a leaflet from Microsoft Windows Vista unconsciously advertising for PlayStation instead of Xbox or Xbox 360.

The sheet contains a photo with 2 guys playing with PlayStation 2 controllers!

Surely an oversight by Microsoft, but one they probably will not like once it catches up with them.

Click on the pic below to enlarge it.
 

PlayStation Store (US) Update for November 20th, 2008

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294w ago - Per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PlayStation Store) today:

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

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A costume kit for SackBoy! Contains 5 different costumes.
File size: 1.04 MB

BioShock PS3 Challenge Rooms ($9.99)
Experience the intense, terrifying world of Rapture like never before with the all-new PLAYSTATION 3 exclusive Add-On Game Content featuring three unique Challenge Rooms and some very cool extras. In "A Shocking Turn of Events," rescue a trapped Little Sister in a disturbing carnival in Rapture. In "The I in Team", defeat a Big Daddy using only your wits. In "Worlds of Hurt" plow through eight rooms filled with the worst Rapture has to offer.
File size: 402 MB

Dead Space

* Dead Space Astronaut Pack ($2.99)
Download the Astronaut Suit and Weapon Skin Pack, featuring an amazing 26th Century Astronaut Suit and new skins for the Plasma Cutter, Pulse Rifle, and Ripper!
* Dead Space Big Gun Pack ($0.99)
Download the Steam Punk Force Gun, the ultimate in Necromorph-killing...
 
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