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Tuesday, 26 August 2008

PlayFactory set to bring more Eye candy

Along with the recent announcement of EyePet at Leipzig, news comes to us that Curve Studios are working on a new PS Eye title.

Curve are probably best known for collaborating on the PSP version of Buzz! with Relentless. The London based team have now added an entry for PlayFactory to their website, which simply reads:

"The PlayFactory range of titles encompass six individual games developed for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Eye for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe."
Other than the world's smallest boxart picture, that's all we know right now. Keep your Eyes peeled for further info as we get it.

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Sunday, 24 August 2008

PS3 Attitude's Comprehensive Leipzig Review, Part 2

Part dos of our Leipzig review:

SingStar Vol. 3 Party Edition
With 2.2 million downloads to date, no wonder SingStar is getting a big push. SingStar's PS2-PS3 compatibility was announced and later explained for the PS3 version. Vol. 3 artists includes: Michael Jackson, Barry Manilow, The Ting Tings, Lionel Richie, Queen, Katrina and the Waves, among others. Officially announced tracks are:
  • Barry Manilow, Copacabana
  • David Bowie, Space Oddity
  • Stevie Wonder & Paul McCartney, Ebony & Ivory
  • Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson, The Way I Are
  • Coldplay, Viva La Vida

Wish upon a SingStar
PS2's SingStar Singalong with Disney was announced for PAL territories only. Songs from Aladdin, Toy Story, Pinocchio, The Lion King, The Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians, The Little Mermaid, and more will be made available in local languages across PAL territories.

Introducing EyePet
Read our recent post of this promising PlayStation Eye game. I wonder which pet will try to hump the other first...


Heavy Rain
This is a game I'm truly looking forward to. Actually this is the only game I'm looking forward to. And not just because of the graphics...that's just a bonus. A demo was confirmed by Quantic Dream's founder David Cage, a gameplay trailer was released, and the developers are touting an immersive and emotionally-engaging experience. Yum, yum. Normally I would scoff at all this fancy talk from a game developer, but this is Quantic Dream. The people responsible for Indigo Prophecy/Fahrenheit are not to be taken lightly.

New PSP Hardware
The rumors were (somewhat) true, a new PSP was officially announced. The PSP-3000 improves the LCD allowing for higher image quality and more definition when in sunlight. This new PSP also comes with a built-in microphone, perfect for you Skypers out there. Available in PAL territories (Europe, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand) from 15th October 2008 as a bundle, including one software title valued at €199. For NTSC regions the PSP-3000 will also be offered as the Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters bundle (including a 4GB Memory Entertainment Pack) for $199.99, while a core pack will be available later this year at $169.99.


Will there be a part tres? Come back and find out.

Sources [us.playstation.com, uk.playstation.com, PS3fanboy, EuroGamer]

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Saturday, 23 August 2008

PS3 Attitude's Comprehensive Leipzig Review, Part 1

Another year, another Leipzig. It's time to re-visit our on-site coverage by our guest writer Alexander Chalkidis with some new info from the Leipzig aftermath. Let's begin with part uno:

New 160 GB PS3 SKU
The new SKU comes as a bundle for North America this November for $499.99. The Uncharted: Drake's Fortune PS3 bundle includes:
  • 160GB PS3 system (same specs as the current 80GB model)
  • Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
  • PAIN PLAYSTATION Network voucher
  • DUALSHOCK 3 Wireless controller
Europeans will enjoy this SKU the 31st of October for €449. Exactly the same specs as the current 80GB offering but will include €70 of PLAYSTATION Network content (expected to vary by territory).

PlayTV launch Dated
As we reported earlier, 19th of September is the date you lucky Europeans can (finally) enjoy PlayTV. You may want to check out this recent unboxing for more info.




Little Big Planet
Launching on the 29th of October for Europe and in the mysterious date of "October 2008" for America. Join us in our longing for all things LBP here, here, here and of course here.



PS3 Wireless Keypad
Great potential that both first and third party developers will surely overlook (*cough* Touch pad mode*cough*). I hope someone notices. Key features include:
  • QWERTY keypad designed for fast, thumbs-only typing.
  • Touch pad mode turns the main key area into a touch pad. When touch pad button is pressed, user can not use the keys for character input but can slide her finger on this area to select something on the screen. On the internet browser, user can see a cursor when this mode is set on.
  • Dedicated short cut keys provide instant access to text-based communication applications on the PLAYSTATION®Network.
  • Automatic pairing with the PS3™ system via a USB cable.
  • Charges by connecting it directly to the PS3™ system using a USB cable.
  • Bluetooth® 2.0
  • Up to 33 feet (10 meters) operating range
  • USB 2.0 full speed (for battery charging and Bluetooth® pairing only)
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion polymer battery (Capacity – 610mAh)
  • Approx Weight: 60g

Free Streaming Music from VidZone
VidZone will deliver free streaming music videos to the PlayStation 3. A trial service is scheduled for launch in early 2009 for Europe, Australia and New Zealand (no yankee love). You will be able to stream VidZone’s music videos for free on your PS3 or your PSP via Remote Play. You can even make your own playlists from their vast library. Apparently all of VidZone's features (maybe even more) will be available for PS3 users. There will be a small fee if you want to download songs, music videos or ringtones to your mobile phone though.


Sources [us.playstation.com, uk.playstation.com, Engadget, Stuff.tv]

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Friday, 22 August 2008

EyePet release date gives real pets one last year of dominance

Pets are great. Offering companionship and an endless source of enjoyment, there's just so many positives to having a furry friend occupy your home. From walking them, playing with them or just simply rushing them to the vet when they've somehow gotten their paws on your anti-inflammatory medication*, pets just keep on giving.

Sony have other ideas however and have recognised the negatives of pet ownership (a Tamagotchi has never peed on anyone's rug for example) and believe a virtual version of your cute companion would be a great addition to your already decimated living space.

With the announcement of EyePet at Leipzig this week Sony's press centre have divulged some minor details about SCEE's upcoming impish interloper. Developed by SCE London Studio, the tech junkies of you out there will be pleased to know the technique of having the little mite run around a representation of your living room is called "augmented reality". The press release also mentions how the developers have made advances in the "animation [of] facial reactions, lifelike fur and incredibly intelligent interaction with you, your environment and anything you choose to place in front of it."

Anything? Really? Oh this is going to be fun. What happens when you put your REAL pet in front of your EyePet? We're thinking both your real and imaginary living rooms are not going to come out unscathed.

The game is still over a year away and can be seen as yet another key cog in Sony's plans to tap the youth market so dominated by Nintendo over the last 18 months. We shall have to wait and see.

*Don't worry, she's fine now.

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