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Notice: PlayStation Network Will Be Down On Wednesday

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334w ago - Lestrade, community team leader over at the official SCEE message board, has announced that the PlayStation Network will be down on Wednesday for around six hours due to scheduled maintenance, starting at 07:00 BST UK time.

As usual, the maintenance will be region-wide, however, due to the timing, will mainly affect European users of the service. Lestrade notes that "during the maintenance, some users might be unable to sign in to PSN, while others who have previously signed in (before the maintenance has started) might suffer disconnections."

To quote: Hello all, Please be aware that there is planned PLAYSTATION«Network maintenance on: Wednesday 07:00am - 1:00pm BST or Wednesday 02:00am - 8:00am EST

During the maintenance, some users might be unable to sign in to PSN, while others who have previously signed in (before the maintenance has started) might suffer disconnections.
 

How PlayStation Network can beat XBox Live

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334w ago - If you regularly browse any popular gaming site you'll have found it hard to avoid hype over the Firmware 2.4 update for the PlayStation 3. While every new update seems to generate unfathomable levels of interest over the smallest, most trivial new features, 2.40 actually appeared to be worth the excitement.

I still firmly believe that Sony gets off extremely lightly with regard to its online service, rolling out additional features and gaining press coverage for services that its rival Microsoft has given Xbox 360 (and even Xbox) owners for months, if not years.

Firmware 2.40 even caused a number of PS3s to cease working, yet the platform holder seemingly came out of the situation fairly unscathed. Those issues aside, PSN is finally becoming the service it should have been from day one, but how can it beat Xbox LIVE?

The biggest inclusion in Firmware 2.40 is support for Trophies, Sony's answer to Xbox's Achievements. Great on paper, but in reality it's nothing more than a novelty. At the time of writing only one game supports the trophy system, which is pretty shocking. Why not launch with support for all key Sony titles? Surely that should have been the bare minimum to expect.

More games will be added to the list over time, but most older titles won't be patched to include...
 

PlayStation Store (US) Update for July 3, 2008

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334w ago - Per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PLAYSTATION Store) today:

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

Qore Digital Magazine:
Qore Episode 02: July, 2008 ($2.99 Issue, $24.99 Annual Subscription)
Episode 02 of Qore: Presented by the PLAYSTATION Network includes Part one of a three part series following the development of Resistance 2 and the exclusive release of the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm demo.
File size: 1.71 GB





Add-on Game Content:
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock July 4th 2008 Holiday Single (free)
FREE "Top Gun Anthem" as performed by Steve Ouimette. For all song credits please visit www.redoctane.com
File size: 14.9 MB

Rock Band
Build your Rock Band library by purchasing these song game tracks. For song credits, visit www.RockBand.com.

"Promised Land" - Vesuvius (free)
"Who's Going Home with You Tonight?" - Trapt ($0.99)
"Time Is Running Out" - Papa Roach ($0.99)
"Down at the Whisky" - Motley Cr├╝e ($0.99)
Cr├╝e Fest Pack 1 ($2.99) - includes "Time Is Running Out" - Papa Roach, "Down at the Whisky" - Motley Cr├╝e, and "Who's Going Home with You Tonight?" - Trapt....
 

PlayStation Store (EU) Update for July 3, 2008

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334w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) has updated the region's PlayStation Store for another week.

See below for a full list of updates, including the release of Capcom's PSN shooter, Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3.

Downloadable Games:

-Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 (GBP 6.99/EUR 9.99)

Add-on Content:

-Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 "Gift Pack" map pack (Free)
-Buzz! Quiz TV "UK Culture" quiz pack (GBP 3.49/EUR 4.99)
-Buzz! Quiz TV "Culture" quiz pack (GBP 3.49/EUR 4.99) (Each country has it's own unique Culture pack corresponding to the user's location)
-Buzz! Quiz TV "Sci Fi" quiz pack (GBP 3.49/EUR 4.99)
-Buzz! Quiz TV "Rock Legends" quiz pack (GBP 3.49/EUR 4.99)
-Guitar Hero III "July 4th Holiday single" (Free)

Videos:

-8 Movement "Paris" videos
-Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway Ubidays trailer
-Haze launch trailer

Miscellaneous:

-Metal Gear Solid 4 theme
-Elefunk theme
-Echochrome theme
-Top Spin 3 wallpaper
-Elefunk "Forest" wallpaper
-Elefunk "Circus" wallpaper

Stay tuned.
 

Ten Things We Still Want in PlayStation 3 Firmware

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334w ago - Gizmodo has posted a list of 10 things they still are seeking in PS3 Firmware. To quote:

10) Smarter Firmware Updates

Let me agree to terms and conditions–a tiny 1K file transfer–before downloading the whole software update. Then once the update downloads it can roll into an install without me having to push some stupid buttons on the controller.

9) Automatic Downloaded-Game Installation

We're really still manually installing most game and demo downloads? Seriously? No, seriously?

8) Real Keyboard Support

The PS3 "supports" a mouse and keyboard. But keyboard support is still not functional or assignable in most games. Some middleware solutions would be nice here, Sony. I should be able to play anything on a mouse and keyboard by mapping SIXAXIS/DualShock3 buttons.

7) In-Game Web Browsing

OK, so here's an instance where we can access the XMB while in a game, but we can't really access it. Because you can't browse the web while in a game. I'd love the option to look up walkthroughs...err...hints and tips without going to the computer.

6) Controllers Don't Charge Without PS3 "On"

Why do I need to leave on my entire PS3 to charge one controller? A firmware update could program the USB portion of...
 
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