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Sony Announces PlayStation Network Scheduled Maintenance

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175w ago - Today Sony Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Social Media Patrick Seybold has announced news of PlayStation Network scheduled maintenance tomorrow- Thursday, August 11, 2011.

To quote: PlayStation Network is scheduled to undergo routine maintenance tomorrow, August 11th, from about 8am until approximately 7pm Pacific Time.

During this time, registration and Account Management will be inaccessible, including the password reset process.

While some users may experience difficulty signing into PSN and the PlayStation Store, the majority of users will be able to play online as well as sign in to external sites that require PSN authentication (like this one).

Stay tuned to the [Register or Login to view links] for updates and a notice when maintenance has concluded.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
 

Sony Announces PlayStation Network PLAY Pre-orders Begin Now

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176w ago - Today Sony's Digital Distribution Manager Pierre Gravereau has announced that PlayStation Network PLAY pre-orders begin today.

To quote: As you may remember from my post last week, our PlayStation Network PLAY program is bringing four of the hottest action games straight to you, with lots of added bonuses.

This new annual program is packed with special DLC offers with each purchase of the four featured titles during the PLAY promotion, along with bonus themes for each pre-order.

We're excited to announce that pre-orders for PLAY titles begin today for all four games: [Register or Login to view links], [Register or Login to view links], [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links].

Pre-orders begin today, so make sure to nab your copies soon. The first game in our PLAY line-up is Street Fighter III Third Strike Online Edition, which releases on August 23rd, and the game will only be available for pre-order through August 18th. Since the free theme offer only applies if you pre-order a game, act now so you don't miss out.

Keep in mind that SOE's...
 

Sony Announces PLAY PSN Event, Games with Special Bonuses

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176w ago - Sony Digital Distribution Manager Pierre Gravereau has announced news today of a new annual PSN event called PLAY, which will deliver action games with special bonuses to participants.

To quote: We're excited to introduce a new PlayStation Network event: PLAY. PLAY is a brand-new annual program, where we're bringing you four of the season's hottest PlayStation Network action titles.

With every purchase of a PLAY title in the PlayStation Store throughout the duration of the program, you'll receive a separate piece of DLC for each game, plus a new theme with every pre-order.

If these incentives aren't enough, if you're 18 years or older and purchase all four PLAY titles in the PlayStation Store, you'll get a voucher code for PAYDAY: The Heist as a bonus gift. And, PlayStation Plus subscribers will get an automatic 20% off every purchase.

Pre-orders will be available for all four PLAY titles starting next week on August 9 in the PlayStation Store. Remember, in order to qualify to receive PAYDAY: The Heist as a bonus gift, your purchases must be made by September 19, 2011.

PlayStation Network PLAY is going to be an annual program. Here is the 2011 line-up:

August 23: The PLAY program kicks off with Capcom's highly-anticipated [Register or Login to view links]
 

Team17 Announces Four New Worms 2: Armageddon DLC Packs

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176w ago - Today Community Manager Mark Baldwin at Team17 has announced that four new Worms 2: Armageddon PS3 DLC packs will be hitting PSN this month.

To quote: We have some exciting news for all you PlayStation 3 Worms fans out there - over the next month we have got some action-packed DLC packs for Worms 2: Armageddon set for release.

The first DLC pack we released last year was the destructive "Battle Pack", which had a nice mix of worm-y goodness, and was very well received by our passionate fans.

We also know that different [Register or Login to view links] players find different features of the game appealing, and people do have their favourites.

For example, some players like to spend time wracking their brains over the fiendishly-designed puzzles; others really enjoy demonstrating their 'leet' (their word!) heavy weapons skills in fort games, while others still prefer racing each other, or against the clock, using the ninja ropes and jet-packs.

We are also aware of the fondness that many fans have for the older titles that got people addicted to the wacky world of Worms in the first place. We are proud that our fans like the breadth of content that the game offers, and we hope that with these four new DLC packs we have...
 

Video: Sony Announces Move.me App Hits PlayStation Store Today

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178w ago - Sony Developer Support Senior Engineer John McCutchan announced that their new PS3 Move.me software application hits the PlayStation Store today, and is free to both students and educators!

To quote: At this year's Game Developers Conference we unveiled Move.me, a new software application that runs on the PS3 system and gives researchers, students, and programmers access to PlayStation Move's technology for developing apps beyond traditional gaming – physical therapy, sports rehabilitation, or education.

Move.me enables anyone with a PS3 to experiment with PlayStation Move and create new applications using a PC, the PlayStation Move motion controller, the PlayStation Eye camera, and the PS3 system.

Later today, Move.me will be available as a complimentary download for members of Academia including Academic researchers, faculty, staff, and students. Interested participants can apply for the Academia Program here. For all other users, Move.me will be available later today on the PlayStation Store for $99.99.





We're already seeing a tremendous response to Move.me in the academic community. Some of those developers with early access to the application recently gave us an inside scoop on their work. Check out the video above for...
 
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