In the News #49 – 3/18/2008

Daily News for March 18th, 2008.

  • Electronic Arts and Massive Inc. announced an expansion and 2 year extension to feature dynamic in-game advertising in future EA games. Games that are likely to be affected are Madden NFL, NBA Live, Nascar, NHL Hockey, Need for Speed, and Burnout.
  • A Beatles sequel of Guitar Hero might be in the works, or atleast it’s a possibility. Martin N. Bandier of Sony/ATV said that, “It’s something we have talked about and would like to pursue.” It could very likely happen considering that Guitar Hero Aerosmith isn’t far off (June of this year.)
  • PSP Update 3.93 has been released. It offers more internet radio stations and more support for Playstation Network titles.

In the News #38 – 3/3/2008

Daily News for March 3rd, 2008.

  • Less than a week after leaving as the head of Sony Computer Entertainment, Phil Harrison has joined Infogrames Entertainment, parent company of the Atari Group.
  • Section 8, an upcoming shooter game for 2009, now has its own website. Check it out.
  • A new PSP color variation is on the way for Japan. “Matte Bronze” is the name of it and it will arrive on April 24th along with a couple of new accessories. It will only be available as a bundle. This bundle comes with a D cable for hooking it up to a TV. Click Here to see it.
  • Capcom announced today that Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles has, as of February 29th, topped the million units mark in worldwide shipments.
  • Wii TV: Read More.
  • Go watch the new trailer for the upcoming LEGO Batman: The Video Game game over on G4TV.com.

In the News #34 – 2/26/2008

Daily News for February 26th, 2008.

  • The makers of Dead Rising, Capcom, have been sued. MKR Group, holder of the rights to George A. Romero’s horror classic Dawn of the Dead, has filed a lawsuit against Capcom over similarities between the 1979 film and 2006 Xbox 360 game.
  • Haze has been confirmed for a May 2008 release. A new trailer was also released. Read and watch here.
  • Electronic Arts announced today that Indianapolis Head Coach Tony Dungy will be on the cover of NFL Head Coach ’09.
  • A new horror game by EA, Dead Space, has been announced for an October 31st, 2008 release. Gee, I wonder why?
  • Bioware announced today that Mass Effect will be coming to the PC on May 6th, 2008.
  • Metal Gear Solid 4 is coming in June 2008; but that’s not all folks. A MGS4 80GB PS3 Bundle is also coming. What? Read more.
  • God of War: Chains of Olympus has sparked a lot of interest in the PSP system. So much interest that Sony has announced a new Red PSP Bundle. It comes complete with a Red PSP w/ Kratos on the back, the God of War: Chains of Olympus game, a UMD version of Superbad, and a voucher for Syphon Filter: Combat Ops. For $199, it will be available in June. See the new Red PSP.
  • The DualShock 3 for the Playstation 3 (complete with rumble) will be released in North America on April 2008 for $54.99. Yay…

In the News #29 – 2/19/1008

Daily News for February 19th, 2008.

  • Toshiba announced today that it will stop manufacturing HD-DVD players. Which means that the HD-DVD has pretty much lost the High-Definition war. Who could have known that Sony was making a good decision with making the PS3 a Blu-Ray player? Weird.
  • Capcom has announced its demo for the upcoming Lost Planet: Extreme Condition on PS3 will be available on the UK PlayStation Network on Thursday, February 21st.
  •  According to The Famitsu Marketing Data Service 1,729,034 Playstation 3s, PSPs, and Playstation 2s were sold across Japan in just the month of January. The PSP was the most popular piece of Sony hardware sold during the month, with almost 400,000 units. The Playstation 3 sold 166,000 units in January in Japan. And somehow, after seven years on the market, the Playstation 2 still managed to sell 74,000 units in January in Japan.

Playstation Weekly Review #3

PSP, Playstation 2, and Playstation 3 Weekly Review for the week of February 4th, 2008 – February 8th, 2008.

  • Electronic Arts is predicting that the Playstation 3 is going to sell 9.5 to 11.5 million units this year. Europe is where the majority sales will take place. Playstation 3 has a predicted 5 to 6 million units sales as opposed to the Xbox 360 with 1.5 to 2.5 million.
  • Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. announced Monday that the total number of registered users for Folding@home has reached over one million users since PlayStation 3 started taking part in Stanford University’s Folding@home project back in March of 2007. On average, this is roughly 3,000 PS3 users registering for Folding@home per day or 2 new registered users every minute worldwide.
  • Sony Computer Entertainment Japan announced Tuesday that a new “Silver Satin” 40GB PS3 model will be available in Japan on March 6th at regular price. A Silver controller will also be available for purchase, and to our understanding will be included with the system. At this time, there are no plans for a U.S. release of this model.
  • Leading worldwide Publisher Lighthouse Interactive announced Thursday that it has acquired full publishing rights for the PlayStation 2 and PSP system platforms in North America through its signed agreement with Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
  • The Playstation Store has been updated. Read More.
  • The Lost Planet demo, that was released just a couple of days ago on the Playstation Network, has recently been taken down from the store. The demo was removed to “address issues that have come to light,” said Chris Kramer in a post on the Playstation Blog. No time has been given to when the demo is expected to make a return.

In the New #21 – 2/7/2008

Daily News for February 7th, 2008.

  • Earlier today on GTA-Division, we reported on how Take-Two Interactive might be bought out by Viacom. Read more on GTA-Division.com.
  • Leading worldwide Publisher Lighthouse Interactive announced today that it has acquired full publishing rights for the PlayStation 2 and PSP system platforms in North America through its signed agreement with Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
  • Legendary is coming. The first-person-shooter from Atari and Gamecock will be coming to PCs, Xbox 360s and PlayStation 3s in North America sometime this summer.
  • According to 1up.com, David Ortiz, the lead producer on the Madden football series, has left EA Tiburon. Family reasons were cited for the sudden leave from the company, but rumors say he was frustrated with the studio. Read more.
  • Well, we just went with the flow…and the flow turned out to be wrong. Duke Nukem Forever is not coming out in 2008, sorry. Yesterday, we reported that Duke Nukem Forever is coming out in 2008; but it turns out this was proven incorrect.

    “Quite simply, they are lying bastards and they know it,” Miller wrote.

    The release date remains “When it’s done.”

  • The Lost Planet: Extreme Condition multiplayer demo will be released on the next Playstation Network update.
  • A “Major League Eating” game has been announced. I can’t believe it either. Read more on IGN, I don’t have the stomach to explain it further.
  • Activision is saying they are going to ‘take it up a notch’ with their next installment in the Tony Hawk series. “We need to step up innovation,” stated one Activision executive. We’ll find out what they mean sooner or later. 

Playstation Weekly Review #2

Playstation 2, PSP, and Playstation 3 Weekly Review for the week of January 28th, 2008 – February 1st, 2008.

  • Several sources are saying that the 80GB Playstation 3 is being discontinued. This rumor is accompanied by another rumor saying that a 120GB/160GB Playstation 3 will replace it. Read more.
  • Gran Turismo 5 Prologue is hitting PlayStation 3 consoles on April 17th. The game will set you back $39.99 and will be available via download or disc. It is a Playstation 3 exclusive. Read more on IGN.
  • Sony has been contacted about the 80GB and 120/160GB Playstation 3 rumors, and responded by saying:

    “We don’t comment on rumors or speculation. Any rumors on separate PS3 configurations or package arrangements are just that — rumors and speculation.”

  • Skype is now available in the United States for the PSP; but only for PSP Slims.
  • Another big Playstation Network Store Update has arrived. Read more.

In the News #15 – 1/30/2008

Daily News for January 30th, 2008.

  • Scheduled for a release in October of 2009, a SAW movie tie-in game has been announced. The game will follow the Saw movie plotlines. A teaser trailer was released at a recent Brash Entertainment press event.
  • A rumor that was crushed earlier today was that Halo Wars was going to have a port on the PC from the already scheduled Xbox 360 version. This is in fact just a rumor, and Microsoft has confirmed that there is no PC version in development.
  • On a story that we have been following closely, we have more updates on the “PS3 80GB discontinued and 120GB PS3 coming” story. Sony has been contacted about these rumors, and responded by saying:

    “We don’t comment on rumors or speculation. Any rumors on separate PS3 configurations or package arrangements are just that — rumors and speculation.”

    I’m sure we will hear more about this soon.

  • The final add-on packs for Folklore have been announced and detailed. Read more.
  • Skype is now available in the United States for the PSP.

In the News #14 – 1/29/2008

Daily news for January 30th, 2008.

  • Gran Turismo 5 Prologue is hitting PlayStation 3 consoles on April 17th. The game will set you back $39.99 and will be available via download or disc. It is a Playstation 3 exclusive. Read more on IGN.
  • Valve has released its publishing and development tools – the same ones used on Half-Life 2 and The Orange Box – for free on its Steam download network. We’ll try and have more information later.
  • The Turok demo for North America’s Xbox Live has finally arrived. The demo was released on the Playstation Network and other Xbox Live regions about 2 weeks ago.
  • Ubisoft announced today the release of the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter® 2 Co-op Collection. This download is a new downloadable content (DLC) package for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 for the Xbox 360. It is now available on Xbox Live. Read more about the details on IGN.
  • PSP Update 3.9 is here with Skype. The is some bad news though, the Skype feature will only be available to PSP Slims. Skype is not compatible to run on the old version PSPs. Also in 3.9, Support for Playstation Network titles has been expanded. (It looks like I won’t be able to use Skype.)

Playstation Weekly Review #1

Playstation 2, PSP, and Playstation 3 Weekly Review for the week of January 21st, 2008 – January 25th, 2008.

  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare apparently outsold Halo 3 for the most sells in 2007. It sold more than 7 million units
  • Rumors of a price drop for the Playstation 3 are circulating all over the net. The new price is set at $299 and is set to supposedly drop on January 29.  
  • Sony said on Wednesday it is delaying the planned introduction in late January of a Skype Web phone service for PlayStation Portable (PSP) users in Japan due to technical problems.  Sony’s game unit said earlier this month it would start offering Skype software for downloading onto the latest PSP model, enabling PSP Users to make free Web-based phone calls to other PSP users and to users of PCs equipped with Skype software. However, the game unit said on Wednesday a microphone it planned to start selling in Japan for the new service did not meet Skype specifications, forcing the delay
  • Filings at the Federal Communications Commission reveal that Sony will be releasing the Ceramic White PlayStation 3 in North America. Originally released in Japan in November, the 40 GB units comes with a white DualShock 3 controller and retails for JPY 39,980 in the region.
  • Haze has been delayed. The company expects the title to arrive during the 2008 fiscal year, which runs from April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009.
  • THQ’s recent financial report revealed Wednesday that upcoming videogame Frontlines: Fuel of War will not be coming to the PlayStation 3 after all.
  • The Juiced series and the Stuntman franchise, as well as the PS2 version of Destroy All Humans: Big Willy Unleashed have all also been cancelled.
  • According to a post on PS3fanboy.com, the 80 gig PlayStation 3 is being discontinued. The blog says: “an anonymous Best Buy employee has sent us a scan of an internal letter, which notifies employees that the 80GB system is being discontinued.”
    The letter reads:

    “The 80GB version of the PS3 is going closeout and won’t be replaced at this time…It will come off the planogram on Jan. 28. The 60GB version should already be gone from stores. Only the 40GB version of PS3 will be sold in Best Buy stores at this time.”

  • It looks as if God of War III won’t be out until atleast December 2009. The game will be in 1080p, and will feature Sixaxis and rumble support when it makes it’s next-generation debut.
  • The Playstation Network Store was also updated with games, demos, add-ons, movies, and more. Click here to read the full list of new downloads.