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The Solution to PlayStation 3 HDD Install Times?

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303w ago - The PS3 has mandatory game HDD installs. No surprises there right? Since the beginning of the console gamers have complained that the PS3 has forced them to abandon the former gamer ritual and buy, unpack and play, adding the additional and sometimes painful step of WAIT between savage unpack (ripping off shrinkwrap is always fun) and the satisfying play.

Some installs have hardly taken any time, while others (Devil May Cry 4) feel like an eternity of wait time which creates the sensation of smelling a fresh baked batch of cookie chip cookies (or insert your favorite kind of cookie) that still has time left in the oven.

The install can be fixed redeemed however. The beauty of it is that the solution has been staring us gamers in the face since day 1 as well. The solution? PSN. I know, I know, you're wondering how that makes any sense, so without further adieu, here it is.

Place the install data on PSN.

It's so simple that it's brilliant at the same time. If Sony were to place the install data on PSN a week before any game were released, anyone that planned to purchase the game could download the data and install the files prior to owning the game.

The benefit to gamers is obvious, removing the delay from unpack to play. The benefit to Sony and...
 

PlayStation Store (US) Update for October 2nd, 2008

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303w ago - Per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PLAYSTATION Store) today:

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

Note: Qore Episode 05 debuts next week on Thursday, 10/9 celebrating Halloween with a scary game roundup featuring Fallout 3, Resident Evil 5, and Dead Space. Plus monster snowboard and skate master, Shaun White takes us on a tour of his new game. Episode 05 also features exclusive access to SEGA's Valkyria Chronicles demo and some other creepy surprises.

Add-on Game Content

NBA Live 09 Oklahoma City Pack (free)
This pack contains the up-to-date uniforms, logos, arena art and cheerleaders for the recently announced Oklahoma City Thunder NBA franchise.
File size: 42 MB

NBA Live 365 ($19.99)
Get NBA LIVE 365 for daily updates to Dynamic DNA all season long. Dynamic DNA brings unprecedented realism to NBA LIVE 09 with real world results driving Player DNA that drives how a player scores, Team DNA rating how players play together and Player Tendencies from each spot on the floor. Replay any NBA game all season with actual streaks, tendencies and DNA from that day in NBA LIVE Rewind. Basketball made fresh daily all season long!
File size: 778 MB

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 09 Firestone Country Club...
 

Puzzle Quest Plus Expansion for PlayStation 3 Coming to PSN

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303w ago - D3Publisher has announced plans to offer a downloadable PS3 version of Puzzle Quest.

The game will come bundled with the Plague Lord expansion this winter. No price has been mentioned, although we'd guess at around 10 pounds it feels right.

There's little more we can say about Puzzle Quest other than "buy it"; the game has appeared on just about every other system since the DS and PSP originals caused a riot in 2007.

Puzzle Quest is a blend of Bejeweled and an RPG; there's a fantasy tale to unravel, but monsters and baddies met along the way must be defeated in head-to-head puzzles. Those battles are spiced up with the arrival of abilities and spells as players progress.
 

European PlayStation Network Update for October 2nd, 2008

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303w ago - Here it is, courtesy of Fairyfrog from the EU PS3 boards:

Playable content

- Geon full game (£4.99/€7.99)
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 demo (free)
- Bioshock demo (free)

Add-on content

- FIFA 09 Live Seasons
- Rock Band DLC

Music

- PixelJunk Eden Soundtrack (£1.49/€1.99)
- PixelJunk Monsters Soundtrack (£1.49/€1.99)

Videos

- Facebreaker "Auditions" Part 1
- Facebreaker "Auditions" Part 2
- Facebreaker "Auditions" Part 3
- Tomb Raider Underworld trailer
- GT Academy - The Finalists

Themes and Wallpapers

- Fallout 3 "Pip-Boy 3000" theme
- Prince of Persia "Corrupted Landscape" wallpaper
- Prince of Persia "Healed Landscape" wallpaper

FIFA 09 DLC (Available for two different game SKUs -- make sure yours is compatible!)

FIFA 09 Live Season - All Leagues Pack (£12.99/€17.99?
FIFA 09 Live Season - Barclay's Premier League (£4.99/€5.99)
FIFA 09 Live Season - LIGA BBVA (£4.99/€5.99)
FIFA 09 Live Season - LIGUE 1 (£4.99/€5.99)
FIFA 09 Live Season - BUNDESLIGA (£4.99/€5.99)
FIFA 09 Live Season - SERIE A (£4.99/€5.99)...
 

Developers Starting to Back PlayStation 3

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303w ago - It's just something that I have noticed occurring behind the scenes over the last year that I think is worthy of bringing up, as it indicates a growing faith in the PlayStation 3 console from developers and publishers across the globe. It does not mean that the Xbox 360 is any less important, just that the PS3 is definitely starting to get equal-footing on multi-format games.

Go back six months and more, almost every game that was multi-format was given to journalists on Xbox 360. Code came in for Xbox 360 debuggers (the devices on which we play unfinished games), promo copies were for the Xbox 360 and almost always games were demoed to us on Microsoft's console when out at junkets across the world. It's just the way it was.

Obviously being a multi-format publication, we actively chased PS3 versions of these games but they were rarely forthcoming, and if they did make it in, it could be months later. I sit alongside both the editor of Australian 360 Magazine and Official PlayStation Australia and often see the frustration as the latter continually hassled for code that was already sitting on the former's desk in the opposing format.

So why did this happen? It is my belief that the Xbox 360 code during this period was simply more reliable. When you're giving media access to your game,...
 
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