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PlayStation PULSE debuts over at the PSN site

Submitted by on Monday, 8 December 2008No Comment

Sony have revealed yet another method for PS3 fans to get new and exciting content with the introduction of PULSE over on the PSN website.

The biweekly show is part of Sony’s “continuous push to provide original video programming” and will showcase new games, demos, Blu-ray releases, videos and anything else that’s vaguely PS3 related.

Want to know what’s on display in the first episode?

The first of the fortnightly webisodes can be found over at the PSN section of the U.S. site. Presented by Christina Lee, we get a nice and succinct intro about what PULSE is all about, followed immediately with the goodies.

Christina talks about our Game of the Moment, Prince of Persia, with a nice video montage of the Prince in action. She then goes on to mention how it makes their “Gotta Have Games” list. What else makes the grade? Glad you asked. Fallout 3, FarCry 2, LittleBigPlanet, Mirror’s Edge, Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm, Quantum of Solace, Resistance 2, Rock Rand 2 and Tomb Raider: Underworld. It got us thinking: what’s on your gotta have list? Let us know in the comments below. Surprise us by actually naming a recent game that we haven’t already gushed about.

As PULSE will focus on the PSN, and therefore what’s on offer from the PlayStation Store, there’s no shock when Prince of Persia Classic is then showcased. Next up is Street Fighter 2 HD followed by an early look at Lumines Supernova which arrives next week.

On to the top 10 downloads and we discover that PS3 Attitude favourite and all-round mind-melter Linger In Shadow tops the chart. The list is an interesting and eclectic bunch and, without rattling off numbers two to ten (after all, the idea is that you watch PULSE and not read about it) we’re still intrigued to see Mortal Kombat appear so high in the rankings.

At this point you’re thinking: isn’t PULSE basically Qore without the downloadable trinkets? Well, when the next segment appears promoting the aforementioned zine (and the fact that Episode 7 of the U.S. exclusive eMagazine is free) you’ll realise you’re witnessing life imitating art imitating … woah, hang on, Veronica Belmont is in Europe? And we weren’t informed?

Next up you get some details about upcoming films Step Brothers, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Dead Franchise and Hancock, all available for download soon enough. We even get a look at the TV download chart and, no surprises here, it’s topped (and bottomed) by Family Guy.  Of course, this service is not even available in Europe – but, we’re not bitter. And if you believe that …

All in all, at just over five minutes in duration, the micro-show is fresh, informative and Christina Lee comes across as someone you believe as actually having some modicum of interest in gaming. She won’t threaten your average geek in other words.

Note: we won’t be narrating the PULSE broadcast every two weeks. We took the opportunity of a slow news day to give you an idea of what kind of content you should expect from the new media channel but, next time, we’d just recommend watching it yourself.