MGS Portable Ops+ gets dated; no MGS4 PSN demo

339w ago - Do you remember when your fake ID couldn't fool the bouncer, leaving you outside sober, cold, and distanced from the girl you were looking to at least play ball with? That's kind of how we're feeling right now, after learning on the latest Kojima Productions podcast that there are no plans to bring a demo of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots to the PlayStation Store prior to launch.

Host Ryan Payton stated: "I can tell you, as of right now, we don't have any plans of uploading this demo on the PlayStation Store." And definitely, he added, no plans of "uploading [on PSN] next week." His statements were echoed by Konami's new flak master, Michael Shelling, adding "[E for All] is going to be your one chance to actually play it prior to it launching next year."

Yeah, while this news is certainly a crushing blow to the Metal Gear Solid fan base (many of which help run Joystiq), there was at least a little positive news: Shelling revealed that Konami has gone gold with Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops+, and is planning to release the game on November 13. That's a little antiseptic to the wound, no?

Sony Denies Surge Protector Voided PS3 Warranty

339w ago - This post in the PlayStation forums claims that Sony Customer Service told the owner of a bricked PS3 that plugging his console into a surge protector had voided his warranty, and that he'd have to pay $150 to have the unit repaired.

This sounded pretty unlikely to us, so we contacted Sony and were told that, no, plugging your PS3 into a surge protector does not void your warranty. Duh. Ok, they didn't actually say "Duh," but it was clearly implied.

Sony will be contacting the customer with the bricked PS3 to resolve the matter and sort out any misunderstandings.

New PlayStation 3 SKUs boost sales 178 per cent

340w ago - Third highest week of sales since launch

PlayStation 3 hardware sales jumped 178 per cent last week with the introduction of two new SKUs, helping the system record its third highest week since launch in the UK.

Data supplied to reveals that although Sony's console enjoyed a considerable sales boost, Nintendo's DS was still the best-selling hardware system in the UK, followed by the Wii and then the PS3, with the Xbox 360 behind its home console rival.

Two new PS3 models were introduced to market last Wednesday. A 40GB model with less functions has gone on sale for GBP 299, and the 60GB model has been reduced to GBP 349, bundled with two free first-party games.

PS3 software has also enjoyed a resurgence, with Resistance: Fall of Man climbing the all-formats charts from 22 to eight, Heavenly Sword re-entering the top 40 at number 14, MotorStorm moving from 22 to 18, and Formula 1: Championship Edition also back in the official charts at number 24.

PLAYSTATION 3 Bluetooth Headset, Keyboard Debuts

340w ago - The PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) computer entertainment system, is now Bluetooth engabled, with the Logitech Cordless Vantage Headset and MediaBoard Pro.
Bruce Lancaster, Vice President of Logitech's interactive entertainment business unit noted, ''Logitech is pleased to offer two Bluetooth-enabled products for the PLAYSTATION 3 console platform, making the PS3 experience even better. The Cordless Vantage Headset for PS3 allows gamers to coordinate with teammates - wirelessly. And the Cordless MediaBoard Pro Bluetooth keyboard significantly improves the PLAYSTATION Network experience, making it easier and faster to manage accounts and text with friends.''

Gamers can chat wirelessly - both in-game or during voice chat sessions - with the new Logitech Vantage Bluetooth Headset for PLAYSTATION 3. Providing Bluetooth freedom for PS3 gamers, the Cordless Vantage Headset features native PS3 support - so it's easy to connect - as well as providing a reliable link for hassle-free use. And the large-diameter audio drivers and advanced noise-filtering circuitry delivers premium audio and excellent sound playback.

The Vantage headset features an ambidextrous behind-the-head design. With a simple rotation of the headband and microphone, the ear piece can be worn on either the right or left ear. This innovative...

Official Playstation Magazine: Killzone 2 is ahead of anything on consoles

340w ago - The Official Playstation Magazine in the UK had the pleasure of recently jetting off to Amsterdam to get a world exclusive hands on with the hotly anticipated Killzone 2. Obviously as one might expect, after some time with the creators and the game itself, the OPM writers were left amazed and remarking that Killzone 2 is a 'notch ahead' of anything else being done on consoles at the moment, which is ultimately a very good thing for PS3 owners.

OPM go on to discuss the visual impact of Killzone 2 saying that even with a inhospitable and colour drained setting the graphical trickery the PS3 is capable of lets the game shine and come alive with incredible detail and dynamic lighting.

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