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Sony Announces PSN Maintenance is Planned for August 30, 2010

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210w ago - SCEE Blog Manager James Gallagher has announced today that PSN will be down for planned PlayStation Network maintenance this Monday- August 30, 2010.

To quote: PlayStation Network will undergo routine maintenance on Monday 30 August between the hours of 08:00 and 21:00 BST.

During this time you will not be able to access PlayStation Store, PlayStation Home or any part of Account Management, such as your Download List.

However, you should be able to play games online and sign-in here on the PlayStation Blog, at eu.playstation.com and on the official PlayStation forums.

If you have any questions or experience any problems, please head to the official PlayStation forums.
 

Video: Sega Announces Vanquish PS3 Demo Hits PSN Next Week

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210w ago - Today Sega's Associate Community Manager Julian Mehlfeld has announced that the Vanquish PS3 demo arrives on PSN next week.

To quote: I'm very happy to be writing all about our soon-to-release Vanquish demo for PlayStation 3, which should be out on August 31 across PSN.

For everyone at SEGA, this is very exciting news, and we hope you enjoy taking a spin on SEGA and [Register or Login to view links] newest offering.

Before we jump into the details, I want to give you a quick bit of info on the setting, the game, and then offer you a bit of a challenge. The Story So Far...

Vanquish is set in a desperate future, one that centers around exponential population growth, a demand for resources, and a political power play from Russia that lands you in the heart of the action aboard an orbiting space station.





You play Sam Gideon, DARPA Agent and co-designer of some very advanced technology - the Augmented Reaction Suit (ARS). Your mission is to work with the infiltrating military to restore order, find your fellow agents, and prevent an attack on New York City, among other American targets.

The Secret to Success: Vanquish is the newest game from the mind of Shinji Mikami, creator of...
 

Sony Announces Locnville to Play in PlayStation Home

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211w ago - SCEE Blog Manager James Gallagher has announced that the electro-hip hop duo Locnville is scheduled to play an exclusive performance in PlayStation Home, as follows:

Visit the brand new gamescom space for a taste of Europe's biggest games exhibition and while lounging in this super cool VIP area, take in this one off special by South Africa's brightest exports.

Born in New York and raised in Cape Town, Locnville (identical twin brothers Andrew and Brian Chaplin) have an eclectic music palette and a passion for a multitude of music styles belying their years.

Recording their first songs in their bedroom at the tender age of 7, they have to date written and produced a multitude of tracks fusing rock, rap, electro and hip hop and winning a plethora of music awards in their home of South Africa.

This year the boys finally signed to a major label and are destined for big things... They'll be performing in Cologne at the legendary PlayStation Party. If you can't make it there - we'll be streaming the gig in the gamescom space in PlayStation Home.

And even more great news - everyone attending the gig, which will run all day Monday, 23 and Tuesday, 24, will receive a free and exclusive tour t-shirt. Don't miss it!
 

Ubisoft Announces Ghost Recon Predator is Coming to PSP

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211w ago - Ubisoft Senior Brand Manager Nate Mordo has announced today that Ghost Recon Predator is coming to Sony's PSP and PSPgo handheld consoles.

To quote: We'd like to introduce you to Ghost Recon Predator. In the game, you'll lead your elite squad on the hunt for terrorists in the jungles of Sri Lanka. Deep behind enemy lines, your mission is to take out the insurgents before the situation gets out of hand.

You'll encounter the enemy on his own ground; he knows the terrain better, has more allies, knows where to hide and where to attack.

Surprise is on his side - he can be anywhere, he can be anyone. In a crowded street, you'll first have to make the distinction between friend and foe, and the only way to fulfill your mission is with the help of your technology and training.

For Ghost Recon Predator, our goal was to create a game that would deliver some of the classic [Register or Login to view links] action moments from this fantastic franchise. We really wanted to make the player feel like an elite soldier surrounded by highly-trained teammates and include as many cool features as we could.




Some of the features we're most excited about include character...
 

Sony Announces Mafia II PS3 Demo PlayStation Plus Exclusive

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212w ago - Today SCEE's Ross McGrath of the PlayStation Store Team has announced that PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to check out an exclusive 24-hour advanced preview of the Mafia II PS3 Demo for the PlayStation 3 entertainment system.

To quote: Okays, listen up ya clowns, we gotta talk a little business over here.

We got an offer all yous wiseguys with your fancy PlayStation Plus subscriptions can't refuse.

See, from tomorrow mornin' we'll be pushin' you the brand new demo for [Register or Login to view links]' Mafia II through Automatic Downloads - and because we're reasonable guys over here, we're gonna make it available to download right from the PlayStation Store too - just go find it in the PlayStation Plus section, download it, ba da bing, ba da boom, you got yourself a good way to spend some time, ah?

Me and the Capo, Big Mikey, paid those 2K Games guys a visit last week for a little 'hands-on' time with the demo and we think you guys are gonna have yourselves a good time.

There's a little chit-chat, a little shootin'... ah, we don't need to go into all that, you go see for your own self, capische?

Ain't got no Plus subscription? Well why tha heck not? Jamooks! Well, as a personal favour from us...
 
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