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Sony Confirms PlayStation Home Launch Soon, Maybe Next Week?

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294w ago - Jack Buser, the director of PlayStation Home has confirmed that the launch of PlayStation Home is imminent, although he would not get into the specific details of the exact date of release.

In related news, mainstream news site TimesOnline stated yesterday, "To try Home, which is slated for release in the next 10 days, players must download a piece of free software from Sony's PlayStation store onto their own PS3."

If accurate, this would put a PlayStation Home public release on track for the rumored December 17 date previously reported.

To quote: Amid rumors of a December launch for PlayStation Home, SCEA has confirmed to Joystiq that the social platform's public, open beta phase will arrive before the end of calendar year 2008, as we've been hearing for some time.

"We've been saying it will launch by the end of calendar year 2008," PlayStation Home director, Jack Buser, responded when asked about a December release. "And that's getting very, very close," he concluded, laughing.

"Launch is imminent," Buser confirmed - although neither he nor an SCEA rep were willing to divulge an exact day of...
 

LittleBigPlanet Street Fighter DLC Hits PlayStation Store this Week

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294w ago - Just over a week ago, we reported on rumored LittleBigPlanet Street Fighter Sackboys surfacing soon... and today SCEA Marketing Manager Mark Valledor finally confirmed it as follows:

HADOUKEN! When you're taking a break from playing your newly downloaded Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (available now on the PlayStation Network) – imagine venturing around LittleBigPlanet dressed as some of the greatest and most iconic characters in fighting.

Beginning this Thursday, CAPCOM's Street Fighter, one of the world's greatest pop culture phenomenons, teams up with LittleBigPlanet to bring you brand new Street Fighter costumes made especially for your Sackboys and Sackgirls.

Now is your chance to be geared up and ready to go toe-to-toe with anyone who stands in your way with Ryu, Chun-Li, Guile and Zangief costumes that will be available at the PlayStation Store.

For all you fans who want to add to your growing costume collection, each costume will be available for $1.99. OR you can purchase ALL 4 COSTUMES for $5.99 in our Street Fighter...
 

Global PlayStation 3 Releases for the Week of December 7, 2008

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294w ago - Sonic Unleashed. That's it. Though, if you're in Europe you won't even be getting your hands on that until next week.

Otherwise, Asia catches up with the rest of the world with Mirror's Edge. Hear that? That's the sound of your wallet breathing a sigh of relief. The end of year barrage of titles is over.

Here's the list in handy bullet point form:

US Games

• Sonic Unleashed

EU Games

• No new releases

Asian Games

• Mirror's Edge
• Wall-E

Release dates are constantly subject to change. Your PS3 will play import titles, so if you're a Euro Sonic fan go ahead and import it if you like. Keep in mind, though, that if there's any DLC in the future, you will have to grab it from the American PSN Store.
 

Americas Sales for the Week Ending November 29, 2008

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295w ago - Black Friday sales for the video game industry were excellent. Nintendo sold 1.8m systems for the week ending November 29 while machines from rivals Microsoft and Sony combined to sell about 1.1m units.

Software sales were quite strong as well, but the vast majority of the spike this week is simply from the fact that Americans spent $10 billion ($30/per American if every American shopped) on Black Friday according to various reports, and a lot of that went to video games.

Last year, Black Friday week sales were strong as well, but Wii, DS, and Xbox 360 saw significantly better sales this year. PS3 had the weakest Black Friday to Black Friday growth, at 13%, and PS2 declined.

Sony's machines accounted for about 1 out of 3 video game machines sold (31%) during Black Friday week in 2007, this year that ratio is down to about 2 out of 9 (22%) as the shares for Microsoft and Nintendo increase.

Although Wii had a smaller percentage increase, it increased almost as much as DS did in raw units sold (470,000 vs. 610,000). Five Xbox 360s sold for every two that sold last week, an impressive increase.

PSP had a percentage increase almost as great as PS2, and DS in percentage, but it was only about a 170,000 unit increase. PS2 and PS3 each saw increases of almost 100,000 units...
 

Global PlayStation 3 Releases for the Week of November 30, 2008

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295w ago - This week marks the end of the brutal end-of-year release period. We're ending on a high note with Prince of Persia's worldwide release.

We've been looking forward to this one for quite some time, so hopefully it'll live up to expectations. Here's the full release list:

US Games
• SingStar ABBA
• Prince of Persia (free Limited Edition upgrade)

EU Games
• Prince of Persia
• Brain Challenge

Asian Games
• Brain Challenge
• Prince of Persia
• Pro Yakyuu Spirits 5 Kanzenban
• Saints Row 2

PS3 games are region free, so go ahead and import any games you fancy. Try to keep in mind, however, that DLC is always region locked. So your US game will only read content downloaded from the US PSN Store.

Finally, Prince of Persia has been confirmed to have DLC coming in the future. Release dates are constantly subject to change, so check with your local retailer if you have any worries.
 
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