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Sony's PS3 Gets a New Invite System for Text Chatting

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232w ago - Today SCEE's Community Team Moderator Yaster has [Register or Login to view links] the PS3 entertainment system's new invite system for text chatting that is built into the PlayStation 3 XMB.

To use it, simply head to a Chat Room, load up a supported game and click the relevant option (for Bioshock 2, this is "Manage Invites". From there, select the empty box at the top as normal.

When you do this, though, in addition to inviting from your friends list or a new Online ID, you'll see Invite From Chat Room - click it, and the XMB will list your current Chat Rooms - pick one and it'll invite everyone in that lobby.

Currently supported games are limited to Bioshock 2, The Aliens vs Predator Demo and Call of Duty: Classic but hopefully the number of titles with this new feature will grow.

From the guide, to quote: How to invite chat room players into a (supported) game

Hot on the heels of my previous guide to "that" invite system in MW2 I now bring you something which I think a few of may not be aware of.

The PlayStation 3 firmware has a feature which allows you to invite players in your active text chat room straight into...
 

Hong Kong International Airport Gets PlayStation 3 Game Kiosks

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234w ago - According to MoodieReport.com (linked above), the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) now offers PlayStation 3 game kiosks to visitors providing free public PS3 access to all.

This means of course that while waiting for flights, passengers will be able to entertain themselves on any one of the 14 PS3 consoles available!

To quote: "Implemented in partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong, the developer of PlayStation 3, the PS3 Game Poles comprise a total of 14 units of PlayStation 3.

Stationed at various spots, including areas near the boarding gates at Terminal 1 and the Coach Station at Terminal 2, these PS3 Game Poles allow travellers to enjoy themselves while waiting for flights."
 

Sony PS3 Gets Fried in Mysterious Psyclone HDMI Cable Blaze

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236w ago - A PS3 owner has revealed to Gizmodo (linked above) that his Sony PlayStation 3 console became a little burnt after plugging in a Psychlone HDMI cable.

The big fry up ended after around 10 seconds once the cord had eventually melted off, however, it still caused quite a bit of damage.

To quote: "He had his PS3 plugged into an electrical source although it wasn't running any games at the time of this. He plugged in his Psyclone HDMI cable from his Samsung 32-inch flatpanel TV to the PS3 when the sparks started flying.

A flame actually shot up out of the PS3, and sparks were firing out of both ends where the HDMI cable met with the ports. The mess ended in 10 seconds when the cord melted off. Pictures included.

We cannot figure out why/how this occurred. No breakers were tripped, no damage or discoloration to any wall outlets or other power sources. Only the HDMI ports."
 

Video: PS Home Gets Waterfall Terrace Space, NCAA Jerseys

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237w ago - PlayStation Home Online Community Specialist Locust_Star has shared a video highlighting the latest additions to Sony's PS Home today, which include a waterfall terrace personal space, NCAA football jerseys and more!

To quote: We here on the PlayStation Home team are dutifully working away on our New Year's resolution, which is to continually offer more and more awesome stuff to you, the loyal PlayStation Home community, all throughout 2010.

And to start, we're releasing one of the coolest personal spaces to ever appear on the platform - the Waterfall Terrace.

This gorgeous abode, carved from the belly of an enormous tree, sits atop a massive waterfall, overlooking a truly breathtaking vista where you can enjoy an eternal sunset all while entertaining your friends with the space's built-in fishing game.

Cast out into your private lagoon and then try to reel in the big one. The better your lure, the better your chances of landing a lunker (hint: your lures upgrade as you progress throughout the game). Your best catches are automatically mounted on the wall of your apartment as testament to your angling prowess.

Display your achievements in this expansive pad, which gives plenty of room to party and plenty of space to customize (special Waterfall Terrace...
 

Sony Targets an Older Audience in New PS3 Marketing Campaign

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245w ago - Today Sony PlayStation has launched a European online campaign to position the PS3 console to an older audience.

The new marketing campaign highlights that the PS3 can be used for more than just playing games, to generate appeal to a more mature crowd.

Those interested can check it out at the official site: [Register or Login to view links]

To quote: It asks visitors their interests and then plays back the unique selling points of the console through an interactive presenter. Visitors to the site are then invited to create their own video to send onto friends based on their particular needs.

The campaign will also include social media, search and online advertisng.

Christian Noer, Nordic marketing manager at PlayStation, said, "This is a modern twist on a traditional 'elevator sales pitch'. As we broaden the PlayStation's appeal to a wider group of consumers, we just feel our audience needs a little bit of help selling the full range of capabilities to their wives, mums or girlfriends."
 
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