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PlayStation Store Update for December 23, 2008

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304w ago - PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen shared the following update today via PS Blog:

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

PULSE
PULSE 12/23 Edition
Today, as requested, we're making PULSE presented by the PlayStation Network available as a free video download through the PlayStation Store. This original program is a high definition video showcase of what's happening right now on PlayStation. You'll find the current edition of Pulse in the New Releases section of the PS3 store.
File size: 184 MB (HD)

Price Update
Jeopardy (permanent price drop to $9.99)

Downloadable Games
LUMINES Supernova ($14.99)
Indulge in the fusion of puzzle, lights and music! The latest installment to the blockbuster franchise from Tetsuya Mizuguchi and Q Entertainment is packed with brand new skins and modes, exclusive to the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system. Puzzles, block-dropping beats and video entertainment combine to create a pulse-pounding experience that will keep you playing day after day!
ESRB Rated E
File size: 669 MB

Add-on Game Content
BUZZ! Quiz TV National Geographic: Undersea ($7.99)
The world famous National Geographic archives...
 

Braid on PlayStation 3 Depends on Sony Interest Level

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304w ago - Developer Jonathon Blow has implied that there is a possibility of Braid making its way to the PlayStation 3 console.

He commented, that it certainly is a posibility but depends on whether Sony is interested in bringing it over to their platform.

To quote: First off, developer Jonathon Blow lets us know that the PC version of Braid should be available between February and March next year. This is to let the game have some space and avoid the crowded Christmas market.

Secondly, he's in talks to develop a native-Mac version of the game, so you Apple folks won't be left out.

Finally, although there are no plans for other platform releases in the near future, a later PlayStation 3 version is possible. Jonathon Blow comments;

"[As] I've mentioned before, a PS3 version a little later on remains a possibility (though again, this depends on whether Sony is interested in the game)."
 

Company Says Sony PlayStation 3 to Support 3D Gaming in 2009

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304w ago - The president of a 3D certification and advocacy group has revealed that Sony fully intends to support 3D gaming and Blu-ray 3D on the PlayStation 3 in 2009.

It will need a BIOS upgrade to work, and it is speculated that 3D gaming may be unique to the PS3 out of all other gaming consoles.

To quote: According to Neil Schneider, President and CEO of Meant to be Seen (MTBS), Blitz Games Studios has confirmed that Sony "fully intends" to support stereoscopic 3D gaming and Blu-ray 3D on PS3 in 2009 with their Blitz Tech engine. MTBS is a stereoscopic 3D certification and advocacy group.

Andrew Oliver, CTO of Blitz Games Studios says, "3D gaming on console is coming and we license the tech."

"The best part is console support will only need a bios upgrade to work," Schneider writes. "We are told that the ability to add this capability via bios may be unique to Sony PS3 versus the other console solutions."

Stereoscopic 3D is the ability to display visible depth through two dimensional media. According to MTBS, stereoscopic 3D has proven to be successful in cinema with movies like Beowulf, U23D, and Hannah Montana, earning 2:1 and 3:1 revenue compared to traditional 2D theaters.

Attempts at making games "pop out" and look truly...
 

Suikoden Now Available for the Sony PlayStation Network

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304w ago - Konami's epic RPG Suikoden makes its way onto PLAYSTATION Network today as the flagship title is now available for download for $5.99.

In Suikoden, players enter an ancient world of bravery, mysticism and romance as they embark on a quest to discover their true destinies.
With the future of the Scarlet Moon Empire at stake, players seek out the Stars of Destiny to aid them in overthrowing the corrupt government.

The head of the Liberation Army, players can also gather up to 108 companions to join them in battles as they call the shots in large-scale warfare.

Suikoden offers variation in combat with the ability to battle groups of enemies with a team of six characters, defeat foes in one-on-one duels, or control the battlefield during major conflicts as the Liberation army wages war.

Note: may require Memory Stick Duo.
 

Did the PlayStation 3 Have the Best Software in 2008?

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304w ago - Everyone is asking whether or not 2008 could be considered "the year of the PS3," and while it certainly closed the gap, the system still has a long ways to go from a sales perspective.

And while we're 100% certain the console will have the best exclusives in 2009 (do we really have to list those again?), this is a time for reflection. So...did the PS3 have the best software this year? Did the exclusives outstrip that of the competition?

As for the best games of the year, it had Grand Theft Auto IV, but there's no doubt that the driving software force in 2008 for the PS3 was Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Many will put this up against Gears of War 2 and GTAIV for their Game of the Year pick, and... well, the Wii doesn't even have games, does it?

Yeah. No, it doesn't. So it's a two-horse race for this year, and because most everything is multiplatform these days, maybe it's best to compare the PS3's "Big 3" against the 360's "Big 3."

Sure, stuff like GTAIV, Fallout 3, Dead Space, Rock Band 2, Guitar Hero: World Tour, Call of Duty: World at War, Devil May Cry 4, Far Cry 2, Burnout Paradise, and Soul Calibur III are multi-console hits, and most all are almost identical between the PS3 and 360. So, about that big 3: the way I see it, it's MGS4, LBP and Resistance 2 versus...
 
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