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Saturday, 19 July 2008

Anniversary Competition over - did you win?

Our one-year anniversary was celebrated by, amongst other things, the biggest-ever competition we have run at PS3 Attitude.

The competition is now over, and the winners have been chosen.

Check back next week for details of the lucky winners - were you one of them?

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Friday, 18 July 2008

PlayTV arrives on September 10th; confirmed

David Reeves, in an interview with Eurogamer, has confirmed that the UK launch of PlayTV will happen on September 10th.

The twin-tuner PVR solution will roll out in other territories across Europe between September and December. Australia and New Zealand are slated for a January/February 2009 launch when those countries have set their final DTT broadcast standards.

Reeves also confirmed that PlayTV will record whilst you play games, and that the 2.41 firmware included the code necessary to use PlayTV. If your PS3 is up-to-date, you theoretically have everything you need to use the TV add-on.

PlayTV will be priced at £79/€99.

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The Last Guy trailer appears

Looks like our man in Japan was spot on.

Take a look at the newly released trailer for The Last Guy, and you'll see everything we told you was true! Woo hoo!

A 'rescue game', the title seems to take cues from the likes of the classic 'Snake' and 'Centipede' games and ramp up the volume with 'better than Google Earth' visuals and a classic 80's soundtrack.

Go see for yourself what all the fuss is about.

The teaser site has also been updated, and includes hints that more information will be made available on the 25th and 29th July. We'll update you as it happens.

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Thursday, 17 July 2008

European PS Store update for 17th July

Considering we had a big special update earlier this week, it's no surprise that the official update would be a little - shall we say - smaller.

Given that, it is nice to welcome Elefunk to the PSN at last.

Here's the full list:

Games

Elefunk (£4.99)

Demos (all free)

Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm

Videos (all free)

Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty E3 Trailer
Siren Blood Curse E3 Trailer

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Ask PS3 Attitude; Favourite genre? Favourite game?

Q: I've got a question for you, what is your favorite genre of game and what is your favorite game of all time? Asked by kawaii

A: Thanks for asking Kawaii...

My favourite genre?

It's always tough to pick just one. I do enjoy FPS games as well as Action-Adventure, Sports and Racing.

Favourite game of all time?

Now that's almost impossible to answer, but here's a short list of some of my favourites:

  • Manic Miner
  • Sentinel
  • Marble Madness
  • The entire GTA franchise
  • Tomb Raider
  • Almost anything by Bullfrog
  • Starglider
  • Elite
  • MGS 4
  • Gran Turismo (add any number you like, and suffix Prologue where applicable)
  • Prince of Persia (the original)
  • Another World
  • Any Final Fantasy with an odd number at the end, plus X
  • Geoff Crammond's Formula One
  • Most EA Sports NHL, FIFA or Tiger Woods games (but not all!)
That'll do for now - there are so many more!
Ask DolphGB a question.

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PS3 local content? Schmocal content! Why Sony's silos need breaking down now...

At the last Sony strategy meeting, held in Tokyo this June, one of the audience members picked Sir Howard Stringer up on his progress in breaking down the 'silos' within Sony.

A year before, Sir Howard had vowed to bring down the silo mentality within Sony Corporation. And to be fair to him, much of the strategy meeting was based around the new integrations between products across different divisions - for example, bringing together products from SCEI, Sony Ericsson and Sony Electronics.

As time goes on, Sir Howard and Sony want to break down the walls and marry more of their products up with each other.

But there is one wall that refuses to fall, no matter how many people appear to trumpet their voices at it.

The geographical split within SCEI.

There are now far too many examples of this silo attitude. The latest regional issue, US exclusivity until 2009 for the new PS Video Store, has been worsened by David Reeves comments from E3 today.

He states that Sony believes "local content is important" which is what Sony are "working on right now. The dates for video content will come later this year."

Local content. Schmocal content!

At what point are movies like Cloverfield, The Bank Job and Rambo 'local'? They have all been distributed globally. They are all global movie brands.

Yes - they may have been released at different times, but timing can be handled through IP location and hardware information without issue.

Yes - Sony may want to play different trailers ahead of the feature, but that can be handled through location-based advertising too.

We also understand that Home is going to be region locked. I won't be able to virtually meet my US friends unless I explicitly invite them to my private Home space. And I won't be able to sit in the public areas and play a game of chess with them. The reason?

Sony don't want you to be watching US adverts if you're in Europe.

Is it really beyond the wit of Sony to feed the right adverts to the right place by using location-aware advertising? I think not.

Whenever I visit other countries and I open up a website, I get local banner advertising on the same sites I visit every day from the UK. Why can't Sony do the same?

The PlayStation Store in Europe is another cause for concern. Did SCEE and SCEA put their heads together when they created the new PS Store categories. No. Apart from a core understanding of the new update process, SCEE went their own way and didn't collaborate with SCEA.

They say it is because they have dozens of sites to update, whereas SCEA only has one. I say it's because they just didn't talk.

Result? We end up with an inferior PS Store with categories that don't make sense.

Silo mentality rules.

What else shows the huge gap in best-practise marketing processes between SCEA and SCEE?

How about Qore - US only; despite being a joint effort with a global media company, Future Publishing. Official PlayStation Blog - US only; despite the fact that the content there is as relevant to Europe as it is to the US.

So whilst Sir Howard may be doing a good job in bringing different Sony divisions together, we would ask him, David Reeves, Kaz Hirai and others to take a look at the geographical silos that still exist within SCEI alone.

Europe - one of the stand-out regions for PS3 sales - is depending on them to deliver, and we see no good reason for the gulf between SCEI's companies to exist.

'Local content' is not a good enough argument.

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E3 2008; Finally, Europe gets the 80Gb

David Reeves has confirmed that the 80Gb PS3 enjoyed by our friends across the pond will finally make it to Europe.

The 40Gb model will be phased out and replaced by the 80Gb, which will launch on August 27th. Has the PS3 Attitude Calendar been updated, you ask? Of course!

The unit will cost £299/€399, which is a straight replacement. Double the HDD space for the same price - good times.

Promotional bundles will appear in September and December at various prices. We can all begin to speculate, but I'm guessing that means we can expect a Motorstorm: Pacific Rift and a LittleBigPlanet promo.

Before being able to ask the most obvious question, David Reeves was quoted as saying "don’t ask if we’re going to go down in price on 40GB – the answer is no."

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E3 2008; ThreeSpeech Got (Video)Game

Our friends over at ThreeSpeech have been getting a little frisky with their video posts of late.

You may have already seen some of these via your local PS Store, but if you've not been able to download them, here's a handy link list that will take you to high-quality moving pictures for your favourite upcoming game.


Enjoy!

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Wednesday, 16 July 2008

E3 2008; PS Store special update

So, you're hankering for more E3 news, huh?

Well head on over to your friendly PS Store and download the massive amount of videos and content that have been uploaded today.

For a full list of what is available, visit our friends at ThreeSpeech.

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E3 2008; Sony keynote wrap-up

What a day to have a technical problem!

Instead of being able to 'live blog' the Sony press conference at E3 2008 like last year, we ended up being able to do absolutely nothing. Zip. Nada.

So, for those of you who don't already know what was discussed, here's a headline quick wrap-up and links to other stories from people who didn't have their equipment fail on them yesterday!

Headlines:

“If PlayStation in 2007 was all about hardware, PlayStation in 2008 is all about software.”

Resistance 2 caused cheers from the audience as Ted Price of Insomniac took on a 300 foot high Chimeran monster!

PlayStation Network gets a single sign-on system this Autumn on PS3, PSP and PC. You'll be able to check your frien list on the PC.

The new video service will appear as a new tab in the PS Store. On day one, Sony Pictures, Fox, MGM, Lions Gate, Warner Brothers, Disney and more will have content available. Movies can be copied to the PSP. When does it launch - right now, apparently!

Life with PlayStation, the global news and weather service PS3 Attitude got the scoop on last month, will launch by the end of July.

SOE previewed DC Universe, a new MMO for the PS3.

God of War III was announced as expected - "In the end, there will be only chaos!"

MAG (Massive Action Game) was launched. 256-player online madness!

You can get more news at our friends' sites:

PS3 Fanboy live from E3 2008

TheSixthAxis at E3 2008

Ripten real-time at the Sony Press Conference

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Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Final Fantasy XIII - why we're happy it's on the 360

Some of you may have been rocked today by the news that Final Fantasy XIII will be available on the Xbox 360.

Some of you may be slightly happier now that Square Enix have confirmed Final Fantasy Versus XIII will stay a PS3 exclusive.

I, on the other hand, am not worried in the slightest.

If by putting FF XIII, which by all accounts has cost an obscene amount of money to create, on the Xbox 360 means that FF XIV will see the light of day, then so be it.

Despite growing faster than the PS2, the PS3 sits with a user base that runs to 'just' 13 million. The Xbox 360 is enjoyed by over 19 million people. Sure, the PS3 is catching the X360 fast despite an almost two-year head start, but at this stage in its lifecycle the user base is still small for publishers like Square Enix.

The PS2 went on to sell over 117 million units (and is still selling!), so the future is looking great for the PS3. Sony only need a smal percentage of 'churn' to make the PS3 much more succesful that Microsoft's console. But this decision, announced at E3 during the Microsoft keynote, will help secure a payback for Square Enix that they simply would not have achieved with the PS3 alone.

Many people forget that Square have already gone down the bankrupcy path once before. If by making their flagship game available to over twice the audience ensures the new Square Enix company survive the same fate, then I'm happy.

Even if the Xbox 360 version will come on 6 discs (Ed: had to get one dig in there - sorry).

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Warhawk 1.4 arrives very soon

What? Yet another free update for one of our favourite games?

Hot on the heels of the superb Cagney update for Burnout Paradise, the guys over at Incognito have now announced a similarly free and feature packed update for Warhawk - still one of our favourite multiplayer experiences on the PS3.

There is a lot of additional content included within this update, so rather than copy/paste everything here, head on over to the Official PlayStation Blog to get the full update (with pictures).

The free v1.4 update arrives on 16th July at 10:00 UK time.

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Monday, 14 July 2008

Brand new Killzone 2 gameplay video

Check out this great new gameplay video for Killzone 2, released just one day before E3 2008 gets underway in LA.

Salivating yet?

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E3 2008; Every confirmed PS3 game

E3 2008 begins in LA tomorrow. We waited until the last possible minute to bring you the final list of confirmed games, including all those that are PS3 exclusive.

Of course, we are expecting all sorts of additional titles to appear during the Sony conference on Tuesday 15th, but this is the list of games actually confirmed to be on the floor at the event.

If you're going along, why not print out this list so you can check off all the PS3 action...

Baja: Edge of Control
Bionic Commando
Bionic Commando Rearmed [PS3 Attitude Big Three title]
BioShock
Blitz: The League II
Borderlands
Buzz! Quiz TV PS3 Exclusive [PS3 Attitude Big Three title]
Damnation
Dark Void
Darksiders: Wrath of War
Dead Space
Edge of Twilight
FaceBreaker
Fallout 3
Free Realms
Just Cause 2
Killzone 2 PS3 Exclusive
Legendary
LEGO Batman: The Videogame
LittleBigPlanet PS3 Exclusive
Madden NFL 09
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
Mirror's Edge
Monster Madness: Grave Danger PS3 Exclusive
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
MotorStorm: Pacific Rift PS3 Exclusive
NBA 2K9
NBA Live 09
NCAA Football 09
NHL 2K9
Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising
PixelJunk Eden PS3 Exclusive
Plunder
Project Origin
Pure
Red Faction: Guerrilla
Resident Evil 5
Resistance 2 PS3 Exclusive
Rise of the Argonauts
Saints Row 2
SIREN: Blood Curse (Episode 1) PS3 Exclusive
SOCOM: Confrontation PS3 Exclusive
Soulcalibur IV
Street Fighter IV
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
The Agency
The Last Remnant
The Lord of the Rings: Conquest
This is Vegas
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09
TNA iMPACT!
Tomb Raider Underworld
Wheelman
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009


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