Confirmed: PlayStation Home BETA Extended Today

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291w ago - As an official follow-up to TedTheDog's Details, Jack Buser (Director, PlayStation Home) stated the following today via PS Blog:

If you've applied for the PlayStation Home closed BETA, but have yet to receive an invite, you may want to check your inbox again as we're opening PlayStation Home's expanded closed BETA again to thousands of new BETA testers.

The closed BETA test is going quite well, so please don't sweat if you didn't make today's list, as this wave of invitations will be followed by many more before our launch into open BETA.

Since the initial wave of new invitations went out a few weeks ago, we've been having an incredible amount of fun in PlayStation Home meeting each other, launching into games together, and dancing the night away by Listen@Home! To give you an idea of what we're up to, we gave some folks in the media a sneak peak of PlayStation Home. Check out their tour recaps:

PS3 Fanboy: http://www.ps3fanboy.com/2008/09/17/preview-playstation-home/
 

MegaMan 9 Coming Soon to PlayStation Network

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291w ago - After this week's PSN Store Update, PLAYSTATION.BLOG has been updated with a fascinating entry related with the upcoming Capcom title everyone is waiting: MegaMan 9.

John Diamonon from Capcom has unveiled a new boss artwork from the official MegaMan site

Also, he has revealed the new game package.

Finally, the game will arrive to the PSN for $9.99. No release date confirmed yet.
 

PlayStation Store (US) Update for September 18th, 2008

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291w ago - Per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PLAYSTATION Store) today:

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

Price Promotion

Call of Duty 4 Map Pack 1-week price promotion @ $4.99 (from 9/18/ - 9/25)
Note from Infinity Ward: We're kicking off a full week of promotions for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare this week, starting on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 2pm (PT). We'll kick it off by dropping the price of the #1 Add-on DLC on PSN, the Variety Map Pack, to the price of $4.99 all week long.

Four new maps - Creek, Broadcast, Killhouse, and Chinatown will be great new locations to rank up when we switch on the Double XP this weekend. Some of the IW crew will be jumping on Friday between Noon - 4pm (PT) to rank up and take on any open challenges from the community. Be sure to add our PSN IDs and drop us an invite if you see us online.

Add-on Game Content

Rock Band

Build your Rock Band library by purchasing these song game tracks. For song credits, visit www.RockBand.com.

* "The Conjuring" - Megadeth ($1.99)
* "Wake Up Dead" - Megadeth ($1.99)
* "Bad Omen" - Megadeth...
 

PlayStation Store (EU) Update for September 18, 2008

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291w ago - We're sure you've grown to expect each European update to be disappointing and seriously lacking, however it's time for a change. SCEE has finally released an update capable of being proud of.

With demos for upcoming titles such as Fracture, where you're able to change the entire landscape at will and NBA Live 09, where basketball fans can rejoice and prepare for the long season ahead, gamers can probably let loose a smile.

Playable content

- Fracture demo
- SoulCalibur IV demo
- NBA Live 09 demo

Videos

- Fallout 3 official trailer
- Resistance 2 "Twisted History" video
- Pure Exhilaration trailer
- PAIN Amusement Park Clown Toss trailer
- PAIN Amusement Park Hot & Cold trailer
- PlayTV Product trailer

Themes and Wallpapers

- inFamous theme
- 4x PAIN themes
- PlayTV theme
- 3x PAIN wallpapers
- PlayTV wallpaper

Rock Band DLC

- Locksley Pack 1 (£2.49)
- "She Does" - Locksley (£0.99)
- "Dont Make Me Wait" - Locksley (£0.99)
- "All Over Again" - Locksley (£0.99)

PAX Pack 1 (£1.69)

- "Skullcrusher Mountain" - Jonathan Coulton (£0.59)
- "Livin' on the Corner of Dude...
 

Rimon: Start your Life with PlayStation!

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291w ago - As a follow-up to the initial announcement HERE, this is what Sr. Development Manager at SCEA R&D Noam Rimon has to add:

If you've ever wished you could find everything you need to start your day on your PLAYSTATION 3, Life with PlayStation give you one more reason to do so.

This free service delivers a new way for you to utilize your PS3 to instantly access real-time news and information like weather updates from over 60 cities around the world.

I've also put together a quick video demo to make sure you're checking out all the new features below:





Life with PlayStation provides a stunning interactive globe, a 3D world map that you can twirl around to see live cloud movement courtesy of the University of Wisconsin, combined with up-to-date weather information from the Weather Channel, top news headlines provided by Google news, and live web cam images via the Earth Television Network – all localized to the select city.

And why not have your favorite soundtrack playing in the background while you go through...
 







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