Sony Acquires Little Big Planet Developer Media Molecule

March 2, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, Playstation

In an announcement that will be little surprise to anyone Sony has said that they have officially purchased Little Big Planet creator Media Molecule.

The announcement came via the official Playstation Blog, with Michael Denny, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Studios Europe, releasing a statement on the acquisition.

“The decision was an easy one after meeting five young, talented people with a massive ambition to redefine video games as we know them and create and grow a fantastically talented team at Media Molecule. This was followed by a fantastic exclusive relationship that culminated in the launch of one of the most innovative PlayStation games of recent years. Of course, LittleBigPlanet needs no introduction here, as it was thanks to you that it became a best selling PS3 title when it released in late 2008.

The acquisition will enhance the talent pool within SCE, protect past and current investment and ensure a solid base for future investment. Media Molecule have exciting projects in the pipeline and we’re looking forward to sharing these with you in the not too distant future.

The most important thing is that nothing will change from your perspective; Media Molecule will simply continue to make great games. Welcoming Media Molecule into the PlayStation family will allow us to better support their future titles and ambitions.”

Obviously this means that all future Media Molecule titles will be exclusive to PS3 and PSP, so sorry to those people hoping to see Little Big Planet on other platforms.

Sony Trademarks ‘Playstation Arc’ In Japan

March 2, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, Playstation, Uncategorized

The wand like motion control device that Sony revealed at E3 last June is yet to be given a proper name (other than “Sony Motion Controller” anyway), but a trademark filing and previous reports have put us one step closer to finding out just what Sony intends to call its new controller.

Siliconera noticed that Sony has previously filed a trademark for the name “Playstation Arc” in Japan. While companies seem to file trademarks for random names all the time this one is particularly intriguing because VG247 said earlier this year that an anonymous source had told them “Arc” would indeed be the final name.  The domain PlaystationArc.com has also been registered by Sony, whilst THQ’s CEO has referred to the device as “Arc” a number of times.

If we put everything together then it may seem fairly obvious that the device will be called “Arc” when it is released later this year. Of course, we could all be wrong and Sony may just be registering the name for another idea they have in the pipeline. In the end I guess the only thing we can say is to place your bets now and hope that all the evidence is correct.

GDC is coming up next week, so hopefully we’ll find out more details then.

“Don’t Connect PS3 to PSN”, Says Sony

March 1, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, Playstation

Earlier today we posted about a bug that is currently affecting millions of PS3 owners around the world. In an attempt to alleviate any further damage to consumers Sony has issued a warning.

“We would also recommend not connecting any consumer units to the PSN to the network for the remainder of today.”

Sony have also sent out an official statement on the matter, saying that speculation the consoles internal clock caused the bug is indeed correct. Sony hope to have the problem fixed within the next 24 hours, so you’ll just have to hold your horses until then. Also bear in mind that PS3 Silm’s are unaffected.

The full statement is below:

As you may be aware, some customers have been unable to connect to the PlayStation Network today. This problem affects the models other than the new slim PS3.

We believe we have identified that this problem is being caused by a bug in the clock functionality incorporated in the system.

Errors include:
* The date of the PS3 system may be re-set to Jan 1, 2000.
* When the user tries to sign-in to the PlayStation Network, the following message appears on the screen; “An error has occurred. You have been signed out of PlayStation Network (8001050F)”.
* When the user tries to launch a game, the following error message appears on the screen and the trophy data may disappear; “Failed to install trophies. Please exit your game.”
* When the user tries to set the time and date of the system via the Internet, the following message appears on the screen; “The current date and time could not be obtained. (8001050F)”
* Users are not able to playback certain rental video downloaded from the PlayStation Store before the expiration date.

We hope to resolve this problem within the next 24 hours. In the meantime, if you have a model other than the new slim PS3, we advise that you do not use your PS3 system, as doing so may result in errors in some functionality, such as recording obtained trophies, and not being able to restore certain data.

As mentioned above, Please be advised that the new slim PS3 is not affected with this error. We are doing our best to resolve the issue and do apologise for any inconvenience caused.

For the latest status on this situation please check either the PlayStation blog (for SCEE: www.blog.eu.playstation.com/for SCEA: www.blog.us.playstation.com) or PlayStation.com.

UPDATE: Sony has said that the problem is now fixed and you can connect to PSN again.

PS3 Still Has 6+ Years Left According to Sony US CEO

February 27, 2010 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Playstation, Xbox

The PS3 launched back in November 2006

The CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, Jack Tretton has dismissed any claims that there will be a follow-up to the Playstation 3 anytime soon.

He said that he believes that we are still currently “in the first 25% to 30% of this generation”. Agreeable, given that Sony and Microsoft are still to release their motion controllers that should add another few years to their respective lifespans.

This is what he told Fast Company:

“I would say we’re sitting in the catbird seat. We’ve just passed the third year of the PlayStation 3 and we’re just hitting our stride. And I don’t think anyone is saying, ‘This is a five-year cycle; what’s new on the horizon?’ I can’t even imagine what can be done technically beyond the PlayStation 3 in the near future.

I can’t say that I have even really given a thought to what or when the next generation will be yet. I suppose that the motion controllers the two companies are coming out with could almost be said to be generation 7.5 as it will add so much to both systems. But they have both said before that there is still a long way to go in this generation. Personally, I’m in no rush to move on just yet…

European Collector’s Edition of Heavy Rain Unveiled, Along With Confirmation of DLC

December 21, 2009 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, Playstation

Heavy Rain Collector's Edition (EU)

Sony has unveiled the European Collector’s Edition of Heavy Rain through their EU Playstation Blog. Thankfully it doesn’t include useless tat, so even those who don’t have deep enough pockets to spend on night-vision goggles may want to read on.

As well as the snazzy box – that apparently gives the impression of 3D rain-drops due to a ‘special embossing’ on the slipcase – you will also get a voucher that entitles you to extras that us lowly peasants won’t get (at least some of it anyway).

  • Heavy Rain: Chronicle One – The Taxidermist. This is going to be the first piece of downloadable content for the game, and expands upon the original ‘Taxidermist’ demo that was shown at E3 last year. This will eventually be available for anyone to buy through PSN, but those that buy the Collector’s Edition will get it early.
  • The Heavy Rain Official Soundtrack – Recorded at The Abbey Road Studios (where acts like The Beatles and Pink Flyod recorded tracks) and features ‘powerful orchestral themes’.
  • Dynamic XMB theme

Details of pricing and avenues of release are yet to be announced, so in the meantime you can check out the full image of the Collector’s Edition box and read a few more details here.

Sony launches PS3 compatible mobile phone

October 14, 2009 by Ivan Cronyn  
Filed under News, Playstation

Aino PS3

Sony has launched a mobile phone that is compatible with the PS3. The Aino handset from Sony Ericsson comes with RemotePlay functionality, allowing users to access and control their PS3 media content from the phone, via the Internet or a home network. The touch-screen emulates a PS3 controller, allowing users to turn the PS3 on and off, browse the XMB interface, sign in to the PS3 network and send messages, shop on the PS3 store, and watch and record live television using PlayTV.

“Media Home and Remote Play with PlayStation 3 are key steps in broadening the entertainment experiences users can enjoy on their Sony Ericsson phone and gives a taste of our vision of the future,” said Alexandre Cardon, Sony Ericsson’s marketing business manager.

God of War 3 demo up and coming

September 24, 2009 by Rob Knight  
Filed under News, Playstation

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Sony of America has today announced that  it will be sexy time for Kratos earlier than expected (for our American cousins at least) as the God of War III demo showcased at Comic-Con and PAX will be included via an in-pack redemption code in the soon to be released God of War Collection on PS3.

For those of you unversed in the collection, this comprises the original two PS2 God of War titles with a spanky new 720p makeover. The bad news is that, at present, this $40 collection is to be released in the US only (Boo ! ) but the good news is that is it region unlocked (Hurray ! ) so those of us with an internet connection can already pre-order (Double Hurray ! )

Sega leaks Sony PS3 secret plans

September 22, 2009 by Rob Knight  
Filed under News, Playstation

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In a move that will no doubt have Sonic wagging his finger furiously a news piece appeared and was then hastily removed on segapr.segaamerica.com this morning blowing the cover on some on Sony’s upcoming plans for PSN network and backwards compatibility on the PS3.

Being quick on the mouse we managed to grab the below which details the juiciest details from this “secret” meeting

Sonic Anniversary
Could put out collectors edition with all old sonic games on one BD disc.

“Best of Sonic” for around $99.
SCEA would love PSN exclusive power ups/different game modes (like Castlevania’s flip it over/backwards)

PS2 emulator for PS3 (confidential)
SCEA wants to sell all PS2 titles on PSN (GTA Vice City/Sonic/etc)
For co Marketing money show PS3 controller on TV ads – similar to EA Madden Spots, NCAA, etc…

London Olympics
Perfect opportunity for Motion Controller integration.

DC Digital Titles
If we provide a list of DC titles SCEA will let us know which ones they’re interested in having exclusively.
If we give them a long period of exclusivity they’ll give us more marketing support.

PSP Titles
For SKU differentiation it’s best to offer features that are slightly different from PS3 version.
Titles that are coming up on PSP are Assassin’s Creed II, GTA China Wars, Resident Evil, Little Big Planet – all massive franchises.
SCEA has a specific PSP deck which they can send up with their hardware director for a chat.

Of the above it is no doubt the PS2 backwards compatibility and Dreamcast digital titles that will be most eagerly awaited….watch this space

Sony confirm and deny 250GB PS3

September 17, 2009 by Rob Knight  
Filed under News, Playstation, Xbox

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Following the announcement this week of the upcoming 250GB Xbox 360 Modern Warfare 2 bundle and the news that a similarly themed Forza 3 bundle is incoming, Sony have moved to distance themselves from similar bundles appearing for the newly revitalised PS3 Slim.

SCEA have denied the fact that the above is indeed a legitimate upcoming SKU whilst at the same time saying that they cannot comment on rumour or speculation regarding other SCE regions – that old chestnut !

I think all that means that Europe will be receiving an Uncharted 2 bundle sometime around launch of the game on October 16.

The current rumour and speculation is that it will include the console, 250GB hard drive and a copy of the game for £299, only £50 more than the current 120GB model – no wonder they’re denying it for now.

PS3 Slim announced and priced

August 19, 2009 by Dave Burns  
Filed under Playstation

Finally its been announced, the PS3 Slim is hitting our stores from the first week in September.  Its boasted the be 32% smaller but from the unboxing guide that Joystiq posted its looking on par to be the same size as the Xbox 360.  Priced at a modest £249 and boasting a 120gb Hard Drive we expect this to fly off of the shelves this Christmas.  That price increase isn’t looking so great now is it Microsoft?