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

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302w 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.
 

Is Blockbuster Video the PlayStation 3's Answer to Netflix?

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302w ago - Are Sony and Blockbuster looking to form an alliance to bring Blockbuster's streaming video offer to the PlayStation 3? We'll know by 'early next year' says Blockbuster Video.

Sony and Blockbuster have some history together already. You may recall that Blockbuster was one of the first retailers in North America that they were going to be supporting Blu-ray on a much bigger scale than HD DVD. That announcement really got the ball rolling in Blu-ray's favor at the time.

Fast forward a year and we have Netflix signing streaming deals with every manufacturer they can find including an exclusive game console deal with Microsoft. Netflix has signed deals with TiVo Inc, Samsung, LG Electronics.

Now comes word from Blockbuster that, in the wake of their launch of Blockbuster OnDemand, they are actively seeking a partnership with Blu-ray player manufacturers. With Samsung and LG already in Netflix's corner, could this lead Blockbuster to seek out Sony as a BD player/game console entry into the market?

Unlike Netflix's "Watch Instantly" feature, the Blockbuster on-demand service will be open to customers who do not subscribe to its DVD-by-mail service.

Blockbuster Chairman and Chief Executive Jim Keyes said, "The service is essentially a rebranding and expansion of Blockbuster's...
 

Gran Turismo 5 for PlayStation 3 to have Christmas 2009 Release!

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302w ago - From a very surprising yet highly reliable source, we've got the most likely and realistic Gran Turismo 5 release date!

Sony's chief executive in southern Europe, James Armstrong, revealed in a statement to Spanish newspaper El Financiero that we can expect the game to arrive (in Europe, at least) Christmas 2009.

Here's the full translated quote: "For next year, the chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment for southern Europe said that they are developing a new game thriller, in which the player may be designing their own history, and the new version of Gran Turismo, which will arrive at Christmas."

This would provide for a late summer release in Japan, and late fall/early winter releases in the United States and Europe. From a sales perspective, it would also provide the PlayStation franchise with a major blockbuster release heading into next year's Christmas season. What do you think?
 

Rumor: Want Cash for PlayStation Home? Collect Trophies!

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302w ago - There was a rumored meet and greet that took place in the Home closed BETA that released details of PlayStation Home's upcoming release.

The meet and greet was held by the 3 head's of Home (hosted by Locust_Star and CydoniaX, and also they brought in Tdog) and announced the following:

- Home will be for use by those only 18+
- To gain cash in order to purchase things in Home you'll need to collect trophies (Currency System)
- There will be a random weather generator that produces rain, snow, clouds, sun, etc.
- The Home Open Beta will begin December 15th or 30th of this year

Some Home users have called this fake... so like most rumors, this is unconfirmed until it's officially announced.
 

Official European PlayStation Web site Adds PSN Integration

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302w ago - SCEE has now implemented their own PSN integration with EU.PlayStation.com, and based on community feedback thus far it actually appears better than the US version.

To quote: "My PlayStation Network" allows PS3 owners to login with their PSN ID and create a basic "Portable ID". While this is pretty bare right now, with only the ability to set your current mood, favorite game and change your background theme, the site promises that more features will be coming.

This includes online Trophy comparisons, a much-requested feature ever since they were first announced during the Summer. My PlayStation Network also lets you check your friends list and is much more user friendly that the US version, which splits your friends list into pages.
 
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