Archive for July, 2010

Analyst: Call of Duty Online Could Bring in Huge Profits

Don’t tell Bobby Kotick this, but Janco partners analyst Mike Hickey believes that a subscription-based Call of Duty game could reap an additional $50 to $100 million and more in sales in its first year of operation. Scary. Slim-PS3.com is updated several times every day with all latest Free Slim PS3 news, reviews and features.

Posted on July 31st, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 Slim news: G4TV: TRON: Evolution Video Game Preview

G4TV writes:
Wait, a movie-based video game that might not suck?! Morgan Webb gives you a preview of TRON: Evolution, the video game based on TRON: Legacy. Find out about the game’s storyline, combat, Light Cycle battles and multiplayer in this X-Play Preview.
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Posted on July 31st, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

LOVEFiLM Bringing Netflix-Like Service To European Consoles?

Latest games console news:
US-based gamers who enjoy their movies have been enjoying Netflix on their consoles for some time now. The service allows, for a flat fee, the streaming of TV shows and movies directly to the user’s TV via PS3, 360 or Wii. Videos can also be streamed to a PC or a variety of other devices, including Apple’s iPad.

Movie buffs elsewhere in the world have felt somewhat aggrieved by this. Services such as LOVEFiLM in the UK offer a similar service to Netflix. But up until now, the ability to watch online has been limited to owners of Internet-connected TVs or those who have their PCs connected to their home theater system. This changes today as LOVEFiLM announce a new agreement with a company named Widevine.

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Posted on July 30th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

Dragon Quest IX Hits The Road; Offers Treasure – Console news

The latest news:
Dragon Quest IX has been a huge success. With over 4.2 million units sold in Japan to date and acclaim from critics and consumers alike in the US and Europe, it’s certainly a fine reason to own a DS.

To celebrate the game and all its goodness, Nintendo are offering interactive demo opportunities and special downloadable content.

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Posted on July 29th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360 gets UK price tag










Microsoft has confirmed pricing for the arm-flailing body-sensing Kinect system. Xbox users will pay 130 for the motion-controlled sensor that allows them to play games without a controller.






130 gets you a Kinect Sensor to plug into your current Xbox 360, and one game, Kinect Adventures. You can buy the same kit with a new Xbox 360 Slim for 250. Forthcoming arm-wavey games such as Kinect Sports, Kinect Joy Ride and Kinectimals will cost 40 each.




Microsoft’s long-awaited competitor for the Nintendo Wii was officially named in June, having previously being known as Project Natal.



While we wait for a chance to flap our arms in front of our Xboxes, we can get in a flap over Kinect’s pricing. Predictably, we pay a premium for knowing how to spell “through” properly: the US price is $150, which is about 100.



Will you be counting out your cash for Kinect? Comments in the usual place please.

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Posted on July 28th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

Nintendo 3DS hands-on photos and FAQ: We test the 3D powerhouse

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Earlier today Nintendo invited us round for a bit of a natter, and a hands-on with its upcoming new console, the Nintendo 3DS. The 3DS is a follow up to the hugely successful DS and DSi handhelds, the major difference being that the 3DS lets gamers enjoy their precious vidyagames in glorious 3D, without the need to wear any stupid-looking specs.


Tell me more about that



Happy to! Nintendo says it works thanks to the layered top screen, which features a parallax barrier over the standard display. That layer is covered in tiny slits so that each eye receives a slightly different image. The result is a stereoscopic display without any glasses.

And how does that feel?



We wont beat around the bush, it feels blimmin marvelous. Wearing specs to get your 3D kicks has disadvantages — not only do the stereoscopic lenses make you look like a bit of a tool, they have a tendency to make the image look washed out, and they rob whatever youre watching of some of its brightness. Thats not the case with the 3DSs display, which is extremely colourful and vivid with a resolution of 800×240 pixels. You effectively see that as 400×240, since those pixels are split between each eye. Its looking nice and sharp too.



The 3D image has astonishing depth, and the games and footage we saw stayed in focus the whole time. Its very impressive stuff, and if the 3D element isnt quite right for you, you can tone the effect down, or turn it off completely using a slider on the consoles right side.

I must know more!



Wed recommend checking out our Nintendo 3DS in-depth preview article for the full report, but before doing so why not hype yourself up by clicking through this photo gallery? We have some very sexy close-ups, honest.

As for availability, Nintendo is keeping schtum regarding pricing, and all we know is that it’ll be available sometime before March next year. Fingers crossed for a holiday release then.

What are your thoughts on the 3DS? Are you convinced by the technology? Is it enough to prise you away from your hard-earned cash? Sound off in the comments, or on our Facebook wall, or write a message on a brick and throw it through our office window.

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Posted on July 27th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 news: Weekend Essentials – Issue 37

Get used to some Dog Days, experience a change of gravity and get your hands on some marvellous downloads this weekend…

A Marvel to behold

Marvel Comics has teamed up once more with PlayStation 3 platform title LittleBigPlanet for another batch of costumes that can make your Sackboy a true hero. Marvel Costume Kit 2 gives you the chance to make Sackboy look like five legendary Marvel characters: Thor, Spider-Man, Elektra, Ghost Rider and Human Torch. Flame on!

Give your Sackboy a heroic new look now – download Marvel Costume Kit 2 from PlayStation Store.

Every dog has its day…

The unlikely couple of Kane and Lynch have made their way back to PlayStation 3 with the gritty sequel Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days – and you can get a shot of the action in the PlayStation Store demo. Featuring documentary style visuals, this third person shooter for over 18s only is sure to get the blood pumping as you explore the dark world of two rather disturbed individuals. 

If you’re a PlayStation Plus member, the Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days demo downloads automatically to your PlayStation 3 via PlayStation Store without you having to lift a finger – and days before everyone else gets the chance to play it. If you want to get ahead of the game (and everyone else) with the biggest game demos, make sure you subscribe to PlayStation Plus for all the latest titles, first.

There’s a certain gravity about this one

Want to take some classic arcade blasting with you wherever you go? Gravity Crash on PSP is sure to give you that stellar experience, all in the palm of your hand. Explore new worlds on a plane, blast through psychedelic looking enemies on the train and get that unbeatable high score on the go – it doesn’t matter where you are, Gravity Crash will take you on a fun journey.

Blast off with Gravity Crash now by downloading it from PlayStation Store.

Fight for your faction

From 22 July 2010, MAG developer Zipper Interactive will be treating fans of the game to a brand new feature. All of the maps from the Sabotage mode will be faction neutral, so if your chosen Private Military Corporation is SVER, you can take on Raven in a map that was previously owned by Valor. Simply log on to the game, select Sabotage mode and prepare for action.

It’s already set up and ready to go – what are you waiting for?

A kung fu compendium

To celebrate the cinematic release of star-studded martial arts movie, The Karate Kid, and the arrival of the classic original films on Blu-ray Disc, PlayStation Store has a stunning offer for you to enjoy. From 21 July 2010 until 4 August 2010, a variety of martial arts related games, packs and films will be discounted.

And don’t forget about PlayStation Home on PS3, where you can collect exclusive free martial arts themed avatars.

Fighting fit? Prove it – head over to PlayStation Store and enjoy some great special offers.

Name that tune

Fans of the eagerly anticipated Gran Turismo 5 now have their chance to get even closer to the heart-racing action. How? Drive your browser to gran-turismo.com and cast your eyes (and ears) over the new GT5 trailer, which features a composition by musician Daiki Kasho. All you need to do is think of a suitable title for the music that will provide the epic backdrop to thousands of action-packed racing hours. Kazunori Yamauchi, the GT series creator, will select the winner and their name will appear in the Special Thanks section of the game’s credits.

Go to gran-turismo.com before 25 July and become part of the game’s history.

The Friday Debate – This is Hardcore

After last week’s debut, The Friday Debate at PlayStation.Blog returns with a new intriguing topic for you to ponder over and discuss. This week delves into gaming labels and asks you to discuss the associations you have with being a hardcore gamer, casual gamer or something completely different. What category do you fit into?

Check out the debate and make yourself heard at blog.eu.playstation.com.

Contests of champions

You can be a winner in a variety of competitions at eu.playstation.com/psn/competitions. There’s still a chance to win a gold PSP in celebration of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in the Gold PSP Limited Edition Competition; you can take a trip through time by winning a copy of Singularity on PS3 in the Singularity Competition; and enjoy some mechanised mayhem in the Transformers Competition where you can win a Transformers figure set and a copy of Transformers: War for Cybertron on PS3.

Keep an eye on PlayStation Blog at blog.eu.playstation.com for the latest PlayStation news as it happens.

Be sure to opt in to receive PlayStation emails when you sign up for a PlayStation Network account. If you already have an account, sign in to your PlayStation Network account settings at eu.playstation.com/registration or via the XMB™ (XrossMediaBar) and opt in. That way, you can keep bang up to date and receive the latest PlayStation news direct to your inbox.

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Posted on July 27th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 news: FirstPlay: See the future of PS3. First – Episode 17

The latest PS3 news:

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, 3D feature and interview with SCE UK boss

Episode 17 of FirstPlay will be going live on the Store from Wednesday, and this week we lead off with a fantastically sharp HD preview of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood. Alongside that we’ve also got a feature on 3D on PS3, including an interview with Sony UK boss Ray Maguire, a reviews round-up including Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and Toy Story 3, and a review of claustrophobic thriller Exam on Blu-ray.

In this week’s Network Highlights we take a look at downloadable games Hamsterball and Fret Nice in our Best Of PSN video, and we preview the multiplayer modes of some upcoming triple-A titles, including Call Of Duty: Black Ops, Medal Of Honor and Gran Turismo 5. We’ve also got a round-up of the best minis, and a new section called Personal in which members of the FirstPlay team and occasional guests will be talking us through some of their most memorable gaming experiences.

Lastly we’ve got our screenshot galleries, which this week include new Konami actioner NeverDead, American invasion shooter HomeFront, blockbusting sequel inFAMOUS 2 and Middle Earth RPG Lord Of The Rings: War In The North.

All of this comes at our regular price of 99p per episode, which falls to less than 75p if you take out a 90-day subscription for £8.99.

We’d also like to remind you that you can stay in touch with all things FirstPlay by following us on Twitter at @firstplay_uk and on our Facebook page. We also have a YouTube channel up and running here

The FirstPlay team would love to hear from the PS3 community so if you’ve got anything to share, from videos and grabs to suggestions for content feel free to get in touch.

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Posted on July 27th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 news: PS3 To Gain Support For 3-D Movies On Blu-Ray and YouTube

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Posted on July 24th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: PS3/PSP Minis reach 1 million downloads

Sony has said today that their PSP, PS3 Minis have reached one million downloads.

The Minis are low-priced games available via the PlayStation Network on either the home console or the handheld.

It is unclear whether the number includes free demos, but if it does, the number is even more insignificant than it already is.

Only 1.7 percent of all PSP owners have downloaded a Minis game, compared to 51 percent of iPhone owners and 54 percent of BlackBerry owners.

Minis were released 9 months ago, and there are over 60 million PSP owners, in all variations.

Of the 86 games available, PocketGamer says the following 10 are the best-selling:

Age of Zombies (Halfbrick)
Monopoly (EA)
Fieldrunners(Subatomic)
Zombie Tycoon (Frima)
Bloons(Hands-on)
Spot The Differences! (Sanuk)
Pinball Fantasies(Cowboy Rodeo )
Mahjongg Artifacts: Chapter 2 (G5)
Yetisports Pengu Throw (Xendex)
Breakquest (Beatshapers)

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Posted on July 23rd, 2010 by  |  No Comments »