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Join PlayStation Plus for even less, play ICO on PlayStation Vita and relive some legendary adventures this weekend.

Play more, pay even less

It’s the best members’ club in video games, and there’s never been a better time to join. Sign up to a year’s PlayStation Plus subscription before 19 September 2012 and you’ll get a 25 per cent discount – that means the biggest and best games, exclusive trials and wallet-friendly discounts for even less.

Find out how you can get access to games such as Red Dead Redemption and services including Cloud Storage and automatic updates by heading to, then sign up this weekend.

Iconic games on PS Vita

ICO & Shadow of the Colussus Classics HD and God of War Collection are both ready to enjoy on your PlayStation Vita this weekend, thanks to the handheld system’s innovative Remote Play feature. That means you can play both acclaimed collections on your PS3 at home, then continue your progress on the move.

To find out how to make your PS3 and PS Vita systems the perfect gaming partners, head to and enjoy these classic adventures wherever you are. 

New to download

Explosive action, intrigue and outright carnage hit PlayStation Store this weekend. Solid Snake travels from a remote oilrig to the Russian jungle in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, respectively. Both unforgettable stealth titles, part of the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, are available to download to PS3 and PS Vita now.

Now you can download the devastation derby of Twisted Metal straight to your PS3. Don’t spend another second without this compelling game.

Zen Pinball 2 is ready to download at no extra cost from PlayStation Store, with a number of themed tables available, such as the Marvel Pinball series. Play it this weekend on either PS3 or PS Vita, or both thanks to Cross Buy.

Elsewhere, dominate the world by being friendly to the environment in PS3 shoot ‘em up Wicked Monsters BLAST!, and discover hidden bounty in PS Vita app Treasure Park.

More for your game

Give the fighters in SOULCALIBUR V on PS3 a fresh new look, albeit one that might ring a few bells. The Tekken Costumes Set – SOULCALIBUR V includes Panda, King and the outfits of the Kazama dynasty.

Calling all sports fans: the EA SPORTS Season Ticket is waiting for you. It’s the 12-month subscription that gives you access to the biggest downloadable sports games three days before anybody else, 20 per cent off all game add-ons for EA SPORTS titles and much more.

From the vaults

Joining Twisted Metal on PlayStation Store this weekend is Twisted Metal: Black, the PlayStation 2 car combat classic. Throw yourself into this high-octane blast from the past and do battle with merciless racers in some of the most unforgiving arenas ever seen on PlayStation.

From the PlayStation Community

See how much you remember from gamescom 2012 in Cologne, where more than 250,000 fans took in some of the most exciting video games on the planet. That’s the theme of this month’s Level Up, so put your knowledge to the test.

Killzone fans are in for a visual treat over at, where the Killzone Art Design Contest has been drawing imaginative and stylish creations inspired by the war between Earth and Helghan. Check the winning entries out today. 

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Posted on September 7th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

3D: a gamers’ guide

Everything you need to know about playing 3D games

The arrival of 3D technology into cinemas and now our homes is one of the most controversial aspects of popular entertainment. Some see it as a massive creative leap forward, the equivalent of Renaissance painters discovering perspective; others dismiss it as a gimmick, a means of selling ever more expensive movie tickets and TVs to gullible thrill-seekers. And now, at the heart of this whole debate, is the games industry.

All three of the major console manufacturers are backing 3D as a concept (some more than others, but we’ll get on to that in a bit) and most game publishers, too, are supporting 3D with their main titles. There’s now an interesting range of games available, showcasing the potential for 3D in the interactive sphere, and several massive examples are due out later in 2011.

Arguably, it is in games where the tech could really make a difference. While seeing stuff flying out of the screen can certainly enliven films, the ability to perceive depth might actually make a palpable impact on the very nature of game design, leading to environments of greater immersion and a more intuitive navigation experience. Anyone who’s ever tried to leap from one platform to another in a polygonal world, like Assassin’s Creed or Super Mario 64, will know what I mean.

So what do you need to play 3D games at home, and what titles should you try first? With the significant help of James Rivington from TechRadar, here’s our quick guide to 3D entertainment for the interested console owner…

What you need

A 3D capable televisionThere are basically two types of 3D technology for the home: passive and active. The former requires those cheap plastic glasses you get in the cinema, and the latter uses battery-powered LCD specs. “The advantage of active 3D is that it supports full 1080-line high resolution,” says James. “Passive only supports 540-line half-resolution 3D; so active is obviously the better option in most cases.” However, if you’re also planning on watching a lot of 3D TV and movies with your whole family, then a TV that employs passive 3D tech might work out cheaper.

But should you go for an LCD TV or plasma screen? “Plasma is popular with home cinema buffs, because the contrast ratio you can achieve on a high-end plasma is still beyond even the best LCD TVs with LED backlighting,” says James. “But LCD TVs have always been very popular amongst gamers because of the added brightness you get from an LCD panel. Plasmas have traditionally had the advantage when it came to smooth motion but LCDs produce a hell of a lot more light, which can make for a more clear and vivid picture with brighter colours – and that in turn can give you the edge as a gamer.

“However, 3D plasmas do still have a few ninja skills in their 3D closet. 3D TVs suffer from a phenomenon called crosstalk where the left and right images bleed into each other, creating a sort of ghosting effect. The cheaper 3D TVs tend to exhibit this behaviour a bit more than the high end ones but as a rule, plasma TVs have so far been more successful at keeping crosstalk to a minimum.”

If you’ve just started saving up for a new TV, keep an eye on the latest models as new features are being added regularly. LG is making grand claims for its “flicker-free” CinemaTV displays, which use cheaper passive glasses. “It’s worth looking at Samsung’s new 3D TVs, which feature improved lightweight active glasses using a version of Bluetooth rather than infrared for signal synchronisation,” says James. “And of course we can expect to see more glasses-free 3D TVs this year and next – so far, models have been small, expensive and ineffective, but that’s bound to change in time.”

LG, Sony and Toshiba all showed off glasses-free models at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and Toshiba claims it’ll launch a range in the UK next year; with the first batch of prototypes the viewing angle is very narrow (you’ve tried the Nintendo 3DS, right? Same thing) but then that was also the case with the first generation of 2D LCD televisions. We might have to wait five years before displays are big, affordable and viewable from all around the living room.

For now, here are three of our favourite models:

Sony KDL-40NX713 (£1,000): Converts 2D to 3D, and can be upgraded to full 3D with a TMR-BR100 emitter and TDG-BR100 glasses.

Philips 46PFL9705H (£2,500): Does a good job of overcoming the “ghosting” typical of LCD/LED 3D TVs.

Samsung UE65C8000 (£5,000): The world’s largest 3D LED TV, with a stunning, thin, 29mm titanium-finish frame.

Some sets also “upscale” 2D footage to 3D via a process I’m not even going to pretend to understand. Of course, it’s more subtle than “proper” 3D, but it works reasonably well on my Sony HX8.

If you’re not sure, go to a decent electronics shop and try all of this out before you buy.

An HDMI 1.4 cable”HDMI 1.4 supports various types of signal switching data which allow 3D Blu-ray players, multi-channel amplifiers and TVs to talk to each other and select the correct modes automatically,” says James. “You will probably be able to get a system working with HDMI 1.3 cables, but you may have to do some manual switching – not a major issue really.”

You can pick up basic cables for less than a tenner, and these will usually do the trick (ThatCable has an award-winning HDMI 1.3 option for a fiver). For high-end 1.4 cabling you might want to opt for the WireWorld Chroma 6 or a Chord Active (both about £50). But is it worth spending extra on a fancy product, with hi-tech insulation and super-shielding? “A home cinema expert will tell you that it’s always worth investing money in quality cables,” says James. “Not only is it possible that a cheap cable may degrade general video and audio performance, it may also fail to carry the system data which is needed to keep HDMI-based equipment and 3D systems running smoothly. That said, the majority of casual gamers could pick up a cheap cable and not encounter any problems at all.”A surround sound set-upSure, you can play a 3D game without a big home theatre set-up, but you’re losing some of the immersive nature of the medium. There are dozens of sound systems on the market, which offer seven channels plus a bass subwoofer. For standards, look out for products that support Dolby Digital Plus or better yet, Dolby TrueHD (7.1). Alternatively, there’s DTS-ES (6.1) and DTS-HD Master Audio (DTS-HD MA).

“Many manufacturers are also working on adding an extra dimension of movement to the front-channel speakers,” adds James. “So sound could move up and down, as well as left and right. There are two ways to do this; by adding two more actual speakers, or by using psycho-acoustic processing. Samsung, for instance, will offer both techniques in their forthcoming range of home theatre systems…”

PC gamers can also listen out for the Dolby Axon technology, which offers spatial 3D to in-game voice chatting. This makes other players sound like they’re really in the environment, shouting from a distance, rather than sitting right in your head.

The games machines

Here are your 3D options on different gaming platforms.

The PlayStation 3If you want to experience 3D games on a big TV in your living room, right now, PS3 is certainly the way to go. Sony is heavily backing the technology (see its dedicated 3D website here), which is unsurprising considering it manufactures hardware all the way down the 3D pipeline, from filmmaking equipment, to displays, to consoles. The company has an expert team in the UK dedicated to evangalising 3D to developers; one member of that team, senior engineer Ian Bickerstaff, gave a fascinating lecture at last year’s Bradford Animation festival explaining the art and science of 3D entertainment and how Sony is helping studios to exploit the technology.

Setting up the machine for 3D is simple. Just head to the Settings section of the XMB, select Video Output Settings, then HDMI and finally Automatic – the system will now check your TV and ensure the 3D signal is compatible. Make sure you’ve also selected the 3D option on your TV, and that your TV is connected to your PS3 via an HDMI cable. Most 3D compatible PS3 titles have a 3D option on the menu – hit that, and you’re away.

There is already a reasonable selection of games to try. Here is pretty much everything that’s been released so far:

• Auditorium (PSN)• Call of Duty: Black Ops• Crysis 2• de Blob 2: Underground• Dungeon Defenders (PSN)• Enslaved: Odyssey to the West• EyePet• The Fight: Lights Out• Ghost Recon: Future Soldier• Gran Turismo 5• High Velocity Bowling• Hustle Kings (PSN)• James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game• Killzone 3• MLB 11: The Show• MotorStorm Apocalypse• MotorStorm: 3D Rift (PSN)• NBA 2K11 • PAIN (PSN)• Prince of Persia Trilogy (PSN)• The Sly Collection• SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs• Super Stardust HD (PSN)• Swords and Soldiers• Top Spin 4• TRON: Evolution• Tumble (PSN)• WipEout HD (PSN)

Coming soon…

• Cars 2• Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection• Mortal Kombat• Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One• Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception• Virtua Tennis 4

We’ll follow this feature with a list of the best titles, but for now I’d recommend Killzone 3, the gritty sci-fi shooter that makes effective use of 3D technology – there are times it genuinely helps with the experience, especially in sections where you’re sniping distant enemies; the extra depth information really helps to pick them out from the scenery.

I’m also enjoying the insane futuristic offroad racer Motorstorm: Apocalypse, which regularly splatters your screen with muddy water and sends buildings crashing to the ground around you. There are some marvellous effects and the game’s frantic, explosion-filled gameplay provides a better showcase for the tech than the more austere Gran Turismo 5.

And, of course, the PS3 features a Blu-ray player that can play a whole range of 3D movie titles.

Xbox 360Although technically 3D capable, Microsoft is holding off on supporting the technology for now. In a statement last year, the company noted: “It’s projected that less than one half of 1% of all TVs in the US this year will be 3DTVs. And 3DTVs will make up only 5% of the TV installed base three years from now.”

There are, however, a few third-party titles that let Xbox owners experience stereoscopic visuals: Call of Duty: Black Ops; Enslaved: Odyssey to the West; Crysis 2; and the XBLA title Invincible Tiger.

Nintendo 3DSNintendo’s dual-screen console is currently the only gaming system to offer glasses-free 3D. It uses “parallax barrier” technology to send a different version of the image to each eye, creating a stereoscopic effect. The device also features a 3D camera, and comes with several fascinating augmented reality demos that overlay computer graphics on to the real world as viewed through the LCD screen.

It’s easy to set up and use (you charge it up, switch it on and, hey presto, autostereoscopic fun!), but the console has to be held in a steady position directly in front of the player; the effect is easily lost if you move just centimeters from the hotspot. Also, some purchasers have complained of dizziness and headaches when playing for too long, but most people won’t have a problem. The 3D effect can be turned down, and even off, using a slider control on the side.

The launch line-up wasn’t great, with Super Street Fighter IV, Nintendogs + Cats, Pilotwings: Resort, Ridge Racer, Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars and Pro Evolution Soccer proving the best of a distinctly half-hearted bunch.

There are some promising titles on the way though – even if most of them are based on very familiar brands. Nintendo has the submarine sim Steel Diver in May (much better than it sounds) and then The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D the month after. Animal Crossing 3DS, Kid Icarus, Paper Mario 3D, Super Mario, Mario Kart and Star Fox are also on the way this year. From third-party developers we can expect Resident Evil: Revelations, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater, Pacman & Galaga Dimensions and Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns. Still no absolute killer apps in there, but a crowd-pleasing bunch.

PC3D gaming has been a reality on PC for a couple of years. The most popular solution is Nvidia’s 3D Vision, which provides a pair of 3D glasses and all the drivers you need to get the system working on your PC, which has to be running Vista or Windows 7. You’ll also need a 3D monitor and a compatible Nvidia graphics card – most of the GeForce products are fine. The company reckons that more than 500 titles are compatible with its technology, including Call of Duty: Black Ops, Starcraft 2, Left 4 Dead and Far Cry 2. Bigpoint, a publisher of free-to-play online games, is also set to support 3D, with two titles, ToonRacer and Ruined Online, arriving this spring.

We can also expect a range of glasses-free PC laptops, with Dell, Asus and Toshiba all unveiling models this year.

SmartphoneOver the past few years, Japan has seen several mobile phones using the same glasses-free 3D technology as the 3DS, but these haven’t made it over to the West. That’s all about to change. Two major new Android handsets will feature autostereoscopic displays: the LG Optimus 3D and the HTC Evo 3D. Even more intriguing though are the glasses-free 3D tablet PCs that manufacturers are developing. Toshiba has been showing off a 12.1-inch model, complete with an accelerometer that works in conjunction with the stereoscopic display, allowing users to manipulate and effectively peer around the objects on screen.









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Slim PS3 news: Coming to PS3 in 2011

Discover some of the biggest games heading your way on PlayStation in 2011.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception It’s time for you to take on the role of Nathan Drake once more as you embark on a daring trek into the heart of the Arabian Desert on a journey that pits you and your mentor Victor Sullivan against a shadowy clandestine organization and its ruthless leader. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception features brand new hand-to-hand combat techniques, stealth attacks and a multiplayer experience that promises to bring the cinematic elements of the single player campaign to PlayStation Network. And best of all, it can be experienced in stunning stereoscopic 3D.

Killzone 3Prepare for the next instalment in the gripping series as you try to escape the nuclear aftermath of Pyrrhus City and attempt to leave the hostile planet Helghan once and for all. Playable in stereoscopic 3D and with your PlayStation Move motion controller, Killzone 3 promises more action, more explosions and all-new brutal melee moves for when you want to get up close and personal with the Helghast forces.

LA Noire Developed by Team Bondi and published by Rockstar Games, LA Noire is a dark and disturbing crime noir tale set on the streets of a perfectly recreated Los Angeles during the late forties. Take to the seedy streets of Los Angeles in search of clues to solve a series of heinous crimes as the epic story hurtles towards its conclusion.

LittleBigPlanet 2Sackboy and friends are back in LittleBigPlanet 2, the sequel to the 2008 award winning title that lets you make your very own games as well as levels. You will be able to play through a fun filled story mode packed with new puzzles and challenges, and share your cool creations online with the thriving LittleBigPlanet community via PlayStation Network. 2011 promises to be a year of playing, creating and sharing with LittleBigPlanet on PlayStation 3.

Resistance 3After the shocking conclusion of Resistance 2 on PlayStation 3 the war for humanity’s survival rages on as a brand new hero, Joseph Capelli, steps into the fray to take on the Chimera forces. Set four years after the events of Resistance 2, Capelli must travel through the remnants of the United States on a desperate mission to save man from extinction at the hands of the Chimera.

The Last GuardianGet ready for an incredibly moving journey in the latest tale from the award winning game director, Fumito Ueda. In The Last Guardian you take on the role of a young boy in a strange and fantastic world as you befriend a mythical beast created by the minds behind the spectacular PlayStation 2 hits, ICO and Shadow of the Colossus.

inFamous 2The second electrifying chapter in the superhero series from developer Sucker Punch returns with a bang in 2011 as reluctant hero, Cole MacGrath, embarks on a journey to discover his true super-powered potential after being blamed for the destruction of Empire City. Featuring new powers, enemies and blockbuster action, inFamous 2 promises one of the most visceral takes on being a superhero on PlayStation 3.

MotorStorm: ApocalypseBuckle up racing fans, the MotorStorm festival is back with MotorStorm: Apocalypse on PlayStation 3. Battling it out on the roads of an earthquake ravaged city, you’ll have to survive hundreds of staggering, epic real-time destruction effects as you gun towards that number one spot on the track. Playable in eye-popping stereoscopic 3D, MotorStorm: Apocalypse is the fastest and most furious in the series yet.

Other titles to watch out for on over the coming months in 2011 include Dead Space 2, Batman: Arkham City, Portal 2, Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, Mortal Kombat, Virtua Tennis 4 and Twisted Metal.

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

Slim PS3 news: 15 years of PlayStation – the defining moments

Take a journey with through 15 years of PlayStation innovations.

PlayStation has helped define an industry since its explosive arrival on the videogames scene 15 years ago. From the birth of the revolutionary PlayStation games console to the advanced technology of PlayStation 3, there’s always been something that has moved your entertainment experiences to the next level… The PlayStation revolution

1995 saw the European arrival of a fresh-faced machine called PlayStation. The games console sported an attractive design and the ability to play audio CDs. This merging of entertainment – music and videogames – in one system was a baton passed down to PlayStation 2 in 2000, which was the first home games console to offer in-built DVD playback, USB support for a range of handy peripherals and full backwards compatibility with its predecessor. PS2 went on to be one of the most popular videogame consoles ever created, shipping over 145 million units worldwide to date – and still going strong. 

With the seeds of multimedia planted, the stage was set for PSP (PlayStation Portable) to dazzle in 2005, thanks to a combination of powerful portable hardware and the ability to play Universal Media Disc movies, as well as MP3 music, photos and games. PSP also boasted a built-in Wireless Internet connection for web browsing and continued to broaden the creative diversity that PlayStation had become famous for.

Further evolution came in the shapely form of PlayStation 3 during 2007. The world’s most powerful entertainment system brought with it a host of new hardware features to once more alter the videogames landscape. PS3 offered things no other system could, with a built-in Blu-ray Disc player for incredible full High Definition picture quality, connectivity with PSP through Remote Play and a unified online platform – PlayStation Network. This paved the way for downloadable games across PS3 and PSP (something especially significant for the pocket sized PSPgo, which features a large amount of internal memory for downloadable content), along with a number of other advantages for music, films and television. Put the power in your hands

Revolutionary hardware is nothing without precise control, and the history of PlayStation is rife with ergonomically-designed controllers that made sure all your entertainment needs were in hand. The roots for the famous DUALSHOCK controller were established by the original PlayStation controller which boasted four buttons on top of the controller instead of the standard two, giving developers the scope to explore more gameplay possibilities in their titles. This was soon followed by the twin analog stick wielding Dual Analog Controller, and then the original Analog Controller (DUALSHOCK). In 2000 the DUALSHOCK 2 for PS2 introduced vibration function features and pressure sensitive buttons which transformed gaming from a visual and aural experience into a tactile one as well.

In 2007, PS3 signalled the arrival of motion control on PlayStation with the SIXAXIS Wireless Controller and later the DUALSHOCK 3. Tilt sensors, Wireless connectivity and the PS button for accessing the XMB™ (XrossMediaBar) user interface became standard, along with all the other advantages of the previous DUALSHOCK controllers.

The simple to use Buzz! Buzzers introduced a brilliantly fun way to play the accompanying quiz series, Buzz!, on PS2 and PS3 in 2005. Featuring big coloured buttons, the controllers make answering quick-fire quiz questions a blast!

In 2010 the latest addition to the PlayStation controller family, the PlayStation Move motion controller, was launched. Placing incredibly accurate motion control technology in the palm of your hand, PS Move changes the way you play games. Working in tandem with the PlayStation Eye camera, PS Move replicates your movements on-screen and puts you right in the action. Suddenly you don’t just have a controller in your hand – you have a mighty sword, a powerful ray gun, a trusty bow and arrow… you have whatever you need for the game you’re playing. Light and Wireless, PlayStation Move represents the epitome of how far PlayStation has progressed when it comes to videogame control.

The birthplace of gaming classics

Many blockbuster franchises started life on PlayStation and have since become household names. Tomb Raider became synonymous with PlayStation thanks to its impressive debut in 1996 which made Lara Croft a lasting and popular videogames figure across the globe. Solid Snake was reborn in the Metal Gear Solid franchise during that same generation, providing a new look for the rugged hero as well as helping popularise stealth based gameplay. And who can forget the birth of the survival horror genre through Resident Evil and Silent Hill, both PlayStation titles originally.

Tried and tested genres also got a welcome shot in the arm with PlayStation systems. Role-playing games found a new way to portray cinematic storytelling thanks to the epic Final Fantasy VII, using the console’s technology to realise narrative techniques which are still used today. Futuristic racing games flew out of the home and into nightclubs with WipEout offering blistering visuals and a dance floor filling soundtrack.

The world-beating likes of Tekken, Ridge Racer, God of War, Jak and Daxter, Ratchet & Clank, Killzone, Uncharted, LittleBigPlanet, Kingdom Hearts, MotorStorm, Resistance and so many more all became popular series that took off on PlayStation. And the fresh breath of innovation drifted into videogames through titles such as EyeToy: Play, EyePet, Grand Theft Auto 3 and the emotion driven storytelling of Heavy Rain, ICO and Shadow of the Colossus.

Fans of realistic racing games were put into the driver’s seat with the emergence of Gran Turismo. In 1998, the Real Driving Simulator took Europe by storm by delivering the most stunningly realistic portrayal of racing ever seen in a videogame. Gran Turismo’s sequels on PS2 set the bar even higher, leaving rivals in the dust thanks to a perfect combination of well observed physics, a massive range of selectable cars and a comprehensive career mode.

Critical and commercial acclaim has followed Gran Turismo on the track to success, which looks set to be repeated with the late 2010 arrival of Gran Turismo 5 on PlayStation 3. Over 950 stunningly recreated cars, more than 70 track variations and unparalleled realism await, along with compatibility with another innovation – stereoscopic 3D. With a 3D compatible TV, compatible glasses and the PlayStation Eye camera, you can change your field of view as if you’re actually inside your car by moving your head left or right while driving. No other driving game can offer this sort of realism.

With the arrival of the PlayStation Move motion controller and experiences offered by related titles such as Sports Champions, Heavy Rain Move Edition, The Fight and SingStar Dance, PlayStation continues to be the home of memorable and genre changing fun for all ages.

Step into a wider world online

No glimpse through the defining moments in PlayStation history would be complete without a mention of PlayStation Network (PSN). Released in Europe in 2007, the online service took PSP and PlayStation 3 into the wonderful world of free Internet access, where over 50 million users to date now regularly create their own colourful online IDs, play online at no extra cost, browse their favourite sites and use features such as the ever growing PlayStation Store. Offering a colossal range of downloadable content, PlayStation Store is open 24/7 for you to stock up on games, playable demos, themes, trailers, avatars and game add-ons.

PSN took another defining step with the arrival of premium subscription service PlayStation Plus, in 2010, which introduced exclusive discounts, services and content such as early access to beta trials and demos, and free games and downloads.

Snackable titles on both PS3 and PSP became all the rage with minis on PlayStation Store in 2009. Their bite-sized blast of addictive gameplay meant the range of game types and genres instantly increased on PlayStation.

Demand more from your machineWhen it comes to entertainment services, PlayStation is ahead of the game. PlayTV unlocks the potential of your television by letting you watch, pause and record live TV. Planning television programmes around your life is easy with PlayTV and you can even use Remote Play to organise your viewing schedule on PSP, VAIO laptops or compatible Sony Ericsson phones, meaning you also have access to previously recorded programmes wherever you go. And with an increasing range of TV on-demand services, such as BBC iPlayer also at your command, you don’t have an excuse to miss your favourite shows ever again.

If movie madness is your thing, then you’ll find plenty of opportunities for popcorn viewing on PlayStation with MUBI and the PlayStation Store Video Store. MUBI reels in some of the most treasured film masterpieces and puts them on demand for your PlayStation 3 viewing pleasure, while the Video Store is all about the biggest films and newest releases at the touch of a button.

Music maestros aren’t left out either with VidZone pumping thousands of music videos to your PS3 absolutely free. Redefining your music experiences on PlayStation, VidZone lets you create your own playlists from hundreds of artists, with regular updates to keep your tunes fresh. You can even access the service on the move using Remote Play for PSP.

The world of comic books was also unleashed on PlayStation through Digital Comics on PSP, a service which lets you download some of your favourite comics and take them anywhere you go in the comfort of your own pocket. Be social

Fostering communities is something which has helped define PlayStation throughout the years and PlayStation Home is a large social environment which no home console can compete with. Accessed through the PlayStation 3 XMB, this free to explore world has you creating a custom avatar before decorating your own personal apartment. Then you can venture out into PlayStation Home and interact with other users enjoying the constantly growing environments. Want to watch a trailer? Make new friends? Play games and take part in special events? PlayStation Home brings all these elements together for the perfect blend of videogaming and social fun – and it’s only on PlayStation.

3D: A new dimension to home entertainment

It may be relatively new technology, but stereoscopic 3D is already making waves with PlayStation. Both 3D compatible games and movies are available to change your experience. Arm yourself with a 3D TV, compatible glasses and the 3D game or Blu-ray 3D disc movie of your choice and see the future of home entertainment pop out of the screen. If you already have the equipment you can dive into new depths with titles such as PAIN, MotorStorm 3D Rift and WipEout HD, and 3D movies including Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs and Monster House.

Putting you at the forefront of PlayStation

Even before the arrival of stereoscopic 3D, PlayStation has looked at new and inventive ways of playing games. Augmented reality is one such area, showing a live version of the world around you on the screen and overlaying it with computer generated images which you can interact with. You become part of the virtual world and use your body and surroundings to alter the game.

PlayStation explored this exciting concept as early as 1999 with the announcement of the EyeToy USB Camera for PlayStation 2, pushing augmented reality gaming into the mainstream. Games such as EyeToy: Play thrust you on to your TV screen, while other titles like EyeToy: Kinetic Combat offer the opportunity to keep fit or jump into other activities.

With the clear success of these titles, PlayStation took the concept even further with the PSP camera. Games such as Invizimals give you a taste of what it’s like to find and collect hidden creatures around your home, while EyePet lets you rediscover the world around you with an adorable new friend.

On PlayStation 3, augmented reality is in full flow thanks to a combination of the PlayStation Eye camera, PlayStation Move and stereoscopic 3D. Titles that use PS Move and the PlayStation Eye camera give you the chance to be on-screen and in the spotlight – Start the Party! and The Shoot are perfect examples of this magical way to play, while EyePet Move Edition adds stereoscopic 3D to really bring it all to life. Augmented reality is a defining moment happening right now – and you can be a part of it with PlayStation.

During its first 15 years, PlayStation has helped the videogames industry move into the mainstream and brought memorable and engaging entertainment into your homes. Where will the next 15 years take you? The journey starts here… is updated regularly per day with the very latest Free Sony Slim PS3 news.

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

Playstation 2 classics Ico and Shadow of Colossus in HD

Powerful games bought to new audience

Ico was the greatest game ever released on Playstation 2. Ico’s minimalist look and emotional pull – why don’t more games use the character hand-holding mechanic so memorably used here? – created a game unlike any other. The “spiritual successor” Shadow of the Colossus – also released on PS2 – didn’t quite hit the same highs but was still a memorable and powerful experience. So the confirmation that both are getting HD upgrades for a PS3 release is easily the best gaming news you will hear all month.

Famitsu – via andriasang – have published separate boxes for each but you would imagine a bundle release would make more sense in Europe. What we don’t want are any “updates” that detract from the original games. HD visuals will do fine thanks.

Anyway, what do you think? Excited by the news? And if so, what are your memories of Ico and Colossus?



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