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Thursday, 11 October 2007

US PS Store updates for 11th October

The jewel in the PS Store update crown goes to the US. Putting us into complete shade once more our friends across the pond have just received a veritable smorgasbord of PlayStation joy:

  • Everyday Shooter Full Game ($9.99)
  • Ratchet & Clank Demo (as predicted)
  • Conan Demo
  • NHL 2K8 Demo
  • Folklore Launch Trailer
  • Uncharted BTS Part 2 Video
  • Fallout 3 Trailer
  • Walk Hard Movie Trailer
  • The Assassination of Jesse James Movie Trailer
  • Spiderwick Chronicles Trailer

There may be some wallpapers thrown in there too, but I'd already lost the will to find more content by then given the state of the EU Store update.

So if you're in the US, or if you have a US account, enjoy playing one of the standout games that I'm sure is going to sell PS3's everywhere - welcome back Ratchet & Clank; we missed you.

And let's not forget the psychedelic Everyday Shooter. If you can't remember what it looks like, take a trip back in history to when we featured the video in July.

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European PS Store updates for 11th October

Well, the Ratchet and Clank demo didn't hit the EU Store today but that doesn't mean it won't hit the US Store.

What did we get? A mix of demos and wallpapers that were already released to the US and that many of us already played through our US accounts. Here's the full list:

  • Pixel Junk Racers Trailer (many have already played the demo)
  • Fallout 3 Trailer
  • Tiger Woods 08 Demo
  • The Simpsons Demo
  • Pixel Junk Racers Wallpapers
  • Lair Wallpapers
  • Folklore Booktease (it's just a wallpaper)
  • Men of Honor BD movie trailer
  • Planet of the Apes BD movie trailer

Not exactly an inspiring collection of updates. Let's hope the R&C demo arrives later today or tomorrow on the US account.

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PS3 Attitude; new Digg summary

We love new features here at PS3 Attitude. There's a whole slew of them coming, and so let's begin with the first of a long line of updates and upgrades to your PS3 news portal.

When you subscribe to the PS3 Attitude RSS feed, you will now get a Digg Summary.

'What's that when it's at home?' I hear you cry.

Every time we Digg a story that already exists or if we submit a story to Digg, RSS feed subscribers will get a exclusive Digg summary post that explains what we've just dugg.

You can then click over and Digg it for yourself, helping other Digg users find the story as it becomes more popular. And we'll be digging other people's PS3 news as well as our own, so you'll gain access to a raft of extra information (plus the very occasional 'off topic' tidbit).

You can also add yourself to our Digg Friends list by visiting our profile page and choosing 'Add as a friend'. Once you are a friend of ours (and if you allow 'shouts'), you'll get exclusive first access to news and the odd extra 'shout' we might throw out.

Just use the 'Subscribe in a reader' link below or in the left sidebar to add our RSS feed to your favourite reader to enjoy this new feature. See you on Digg...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Ratchet & Clank demo hits PS Store tomorrow? [UPDATE]

One of the more popular stories on today's PS3 news feed at N4G tells the story of a list of 'confirmed' EU PSN releases.

I'm not posting the list here yet because I've been told by SCEE directly that the list is a bit 'hit and miss' - in other words some of the titles are right, and some aren't.

All we can say with any surety is that the Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction demo is expected to hit either the US or EU PS Store (or maybe even both) tomorrow. Which is awesome news.

Slowly but surely Sony are releasing the captive demos we know have been finished for some time...

Let's hope that R&C is the one item on the rumoured release schedule that is more hit than miss.

[UPDATE: We just heard that Ratchet & Clank will also support rumble straight out of the box, just like that other AAA title we mentioned, so importing a DualShock 3 is getting more and more tempting.]

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Tuesday, 9 October 2007

PS3 SingStar delayed again; X-Factor rejects weep


It's becoming a bit of a tired refrain.
SingStar has been delayed yet again.
The karaoke hit title is still being tested.
Our patience has once again been bested.

I should promise not to sing songs.
About SingStar, that would be wrong.
But I can't help myself at this time.
So I made up this silly rhyme.

Oh SingStar
Where have you been
Oh SingStar
In which year will you be seen
Oh SingStar
I can't wait any more
Oh SingStar
Someone show me the door

[Repeat until head explodes]

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PS3 exclusive Uncharted: Drake's Fortune goes gold in two weeks




Over on the official PlayStation Blog they've announced that Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, certainly one of the most anticipated PS3 exclusives, is only two weeks away from going gold.

For those that don't already know, going gold is video game parlance for 'that's it, we're all done and the master disk is at the production factory'.

The QA team are working furiously in various locations to ensure they hit their deadlines, which is great news for a simultaneous worldwide release. So what do we know about this title already:

1. It's by Naughty Dog who gave us Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter, so platforming credentials are all in place
2. You play Nathan Drake who believes he is a descendant of Sir Frances Drake, on the trail of the fabled treasure of El Dorado
3. We know the actual screens are not only as good as the 2006 'target render', in most cases they're better
4. Uncharted gives us rumble straight out of the box, so if you import a DualShock 3 from Japan in November, you'll get to feel the game without waiting for a downloadable patch
5. Nathan shows emotion throughout the game, so you can actually see the fear on his face when he is behind a wall that is being peppered with bullets
6. The game will run at both 720p and 1080i at 30 fps
7. Release date is expected to be late November/early December, with a demo available on the PSN just before release

All in all Uncharted: Drake's Fortune looks like another potential PS3 seller this Christmas along with a host of other AAA exclusives. Looks like everyone else's present money has already been spent - sorry family and friends!

You can pre-order this title from GAME right now.

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Monday, 8 October 2007

60Gb PS3 will disappear when stocks are sold

In what I can only assume is a moment of madness at Sony, they have confirmed that when the 60Gb PS3 is sold out the 40Gb will be the only kid on the block.

Why do I think this is madness? First, let's have some good news...

So far the PS3 hasn't been the complete failure everyone would like you to believe it has been (and by everyone, I mean MS and Nintendo fanboys and any podcast or TV show by G4).

If you look at the sales of the PS3 and map out a graph, then overlay the original sales pattern of the Xbox 360 (i.e. line up the launch dates), you'll find that sales of the PS3 have tracked the sales of the MS box almost exactly.

One in the eye for Xbox fanboys then...

So what could accelerate PS3 sales so that Sony grab the number one or two slot once again? In a word, churn.

'Churning' the current base of 110+ million worldwide PS2 owners over to the PS3 would make a huge different to the so-called 'next-gen battle'. And other than a price drop, what softens the blow for PS2 owners who want to upgrade?

Backwards compatibility.

You see, the current 60Gb PS3 doesn't just play PS2 titles, it makes them look even better than ever by upscaling the graphics. Who wouldn't want to revisit their PS2 library and play those old classics again, especially since the PS3 is still getting up to speed on 'must-have' titles.

The defining line between the 40Gb and 60gb choice is clear for me.

If you are more of a movie buff than a gamer, or if this is your first PlayStation experience, go for the 40Gb. For £299 there's not a single BluRay or DVD upscaling player out there that comes close.

If you're a gamer or a PS2 owner who wants to upgrade (and who doesn't, frankly, want to have both consoles hanging around) then spend the extra £50 and get extra disk space, some memory card slots, extra USB and backwards compatibility.

I'm waiting to hear from SCEE on whether an 80Gb or 120Gb unit might come in with all the options that the 60Gb offers, but no word as of yet.

By removing the choice and turning their back on the massive PS2 owner base, I believe Sony have made a mistake on this occasion. I hope they rectify it with a bigger and better PS3 in the near future once the 60Gb has gone.

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