A sneak peak at The PlayStation Network Video Delivery Service.

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PlayStation Network Video Delivery Service has been officially confirmed for release in Europe this November. Exciting news allowing PS3 users to stream HD quality movies straight onto their HDTVs. I hope the movie database will include lesser known films than purely the big special effects heavy blockbusters too. The studio lineup at present is impressive they also state more are to be announced. Full details below and more news upon its launch.

This year at GamesCom gamescom, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) announced the latest addition to the PlayStation® entertainment experience – the PlayStation®Network video delivery service. Launching this November, the service will allow movie fans to download the latest releases straight to their PlayStation®3 (PS3™) and PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) for viewing at home or on the go.

Launching this November in France, Germany, Spain and the UK, with other markets to follow in 2010, the service will allow movie fans to download the latest releases straight to their PlayStation®3 (PS3™) and PSP™
(PlayStation®Portable) for viewing at home or on the go.

The video delivery service will offer high quality entertainment, available to buy or to rent, from major movie studios including 20th Century Fox, Disney-ABC-ESPN Television1, Lionsgate2, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.
(MGM), Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Starz Media2, Universal2, and Warner Bros. in addition to local markets studios which will be announced closer to launch, in addition to local market studios including Universum Film (Germany) and Constantin Film (Germany). Additional local studios in other territories will be announced closer to launch.

Were You Disappointed With Resistance 2?

 

    When the PS3 launched everyone and their cat  agreed that Resistance: Fall of Man was the only game worth purchasing for the system. It went on to sell over a million copies leaving fans of the series with high hopes for the sequel. While Resistance 2 was well-received by the gaming media  ( G4TV’s X-Play rated  it 5/5 with high praise), Senior community manager James Stevenson, in an interview with VideoGamer.com, admitted that some fans of the series believed Resistance 2 “was a failure”.

“Resistance 2 got better reviews than Resistance 1,” said Stevenson. “But the long term fan feedback from that game weighed on me.

“The hardcore fans of Resistance 1 were maybe a little bit disappointed. Those folks consistently expressing that – especially GAF [NeoGAF] – it was like your dog turned on you,” Stevenson explained.

“That’s the feeling of it. You had this dog that loved you. You loved the dog, too, but they expressed all this affection for you. And then suddenly the dog bites your hand and it’s that feeling of, ooh, ow, that really hurts.

Agree or disagree? Did Resistance 2 fail to meet your standards?

UPDATE: Netflix Streaming on PS3 Confirmed!

According to This Article, Netflix has recently announced a deal that is taking place, with the article stating:

The latest buying spree was spurred by the growth potential of Netflix’s supplemental service for streaming video over high-speed Internet connections. Netflix stirred the excitement late Thursday by revealing the streaming service will soon be available through a device already owned by a large number of consumers.

This announcement shot their stocks up to around $57.50 a share (but later backed down to around $54, but it closed the day higher than it had opened). Since the 360 gained Netflix support, subscriptions for Netflix had risen by 2.4 million (with the end of the third quarter showing 11.1 million total subscribers).

With this deal, Netflix had said they expect between 900,000 to 1.2 million more subscribers by the end of the 4th quarter 2009. Could this be support for the long-awaited Netflix streaming on the PS3? The Associated Press said it was almost certain to be one of the two remaining consoles, either the Wii or the PS3. My money is on the PS3, especially since Sony owns a large number of movies to begin with. Not to mention, it’s far more capable.

And as a side note, Netflix will be bringing the service overseas as well. I’m not sure if that’s for the streaming service, the disc-based service, or the hybrid service (both streaming and disc), but it is nice to see them spreading out like that. At least with the streaming service, for a low monthly fee, you can stream movies from their huge library of titles (though, more recent movies might not make it on right away, but more and more of those are available soon after release anyway, especially on the Starz portion of the service). I, myself, am a big fan of the service, especially since the turnaround on the mail rental service is only about a day (2 max) and the large number of TV shows and movies you can stream.

I would assume this Netflix support could pop up along the rumored PS3 update that is supposed to come next month (along side the cross-game chat tons of folks seem to want). If you aren’t a subscriber already, would this be incentive enough to become one?[RSSImport display=”5″ feedurl=”http://feedurl.com/” before_desc=”
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    UPDATE
    IT’S BEEN CONFIRMED! Jack Tretton, CEO of SCEA, has officially confirmed Netflix streaming will be made available for the PS3 starting next month. From IGN:

    The PlayStation 3 system has always been about more than just gaming, and it will soon be the only platform in the industry to offer consumers such a variety of convenient options for enjoying movies and TV shows. Whether you want to watch content on Blu-ray disc and DVD, download it from the PlayStation Network’s video delivery service, or stream videos instantly from Netflix, the PS3 system is the only solution that offers it all.

    Plans for Netflix start at $8.99 a month, and in order to use the service on the PS3, you’ll have to get the free Blu-Ray disc (which should only be a one time deal) that:

    …leverages Blu-ray’s BD-Live™ technology to access the Internet and activate the Netflix user interface on the PS3 system, which must be online via Wi-Fi or Ethernet.

    In other words, you’ll have to use the disc initially to be able to stream the content. As to whether that means for just software installation or for whenever you want to use the service, I don’t know (though, I’d say for whenever you want to use it). In any case, it sounds like if it’s the latter, there will be a dedicated program available, like Home, that you can access directly from the XMB in the near future. That would probably come with the rumored PS3 update, so use of the disc probably won’t be around for long before it goes fully digital. And as Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, said:

    As a leading game console and Blu-ray disc player, bringing Netflix to the PS3 system is a real win for both Netflix members and PS3 system owners.

    If you’re a Netflix subscriber, you can pre-order the Streaming Disc HERE. When they become available, they’ll ship them out and will be in the mail usually within 1 business day. This is awesome news and I’m glad it became a reality! It’s just unfortunate that, for the time being, you’ll need to use a disc, but at least that’s not how it will always be!

    View the entire press release here.

    The Weekly Recap (October 18-24)

    Yeah, it’s about time I get this recap up in time! I apologize for the past few weeks’ being up later than I wanted. Anyway, seems like this week has been a bit skimpy on submissions as well. The holiday season is literally right around the corner now, though, so coverage should pick up a bit! We also managed to get a review in for Uncharted 2, written by Trev, so be sure to check that out! Now for what you’ve all been waiting for:

    Within the community, we don’t have any new features or anything on this site, but we do now have a Facebook fan page, so if you’re on Facebook, be sure to be come a fan over there! You can check that out here. As for the week’s recognitions, out of the 23 main articles received:

    Contributor of the Week

    • Tosh – 6 Entries

    Most Liked

    Most Comments

    Calling All Cars Servers to be Shut Down
    Eddie – October 19th

    Heavy Rain Demo Interview
    Eddie – October 19th

    Aliens vs. Predator | Alien Video
    Tosh – October 19th

    Borderlands Video Review by IGN
    Blackstaffer – October 19th

    Classic Oddworld PSOne Titles on PSN This Week
    JimmyMagnum – October 19th

    September 2009 Sales
    Darrin – October 20th

    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Review.
    Trev – October 20th

    Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time Update
    JimmyMagnum – October 20th

    No More PixelJunk Games for PSP?
    JimmyMagnum – October 20th

    40 Hour PS3 Marathon Sets World Record!
    Nico – October 21st

    No wonder Sony is losing money on PS3…
    Trev – October 21st

    PlayStation Home Update: Content, Spaces and a Patch!
    JimmyMagnum – October 21st

    Critter Crunch Mini-Impressions
    Darrin – October 21st

    Borderlands PS3 Co-op Issues
    Nico – October 22nd

    Need for Speed Hits 100 Million
    Tosh – October 22nd

    Another Strange Controller Patent from Sony
    Tosh – October 22nd

    Tekken 6 Live Right Now
    Tosh – October 22nd

    First Episode of UNCHARTED: Eye of Indra on PSN Today
    Tosh – October 22nd

    PS3 UEFA Champions League Adverts.
    Trev – October 23rd

    3D Dot Game Heroes Gameplay
    Tosh – October 23rd

    A Couple More Kevin Butler PS3 Ads!
    JimmyMagnum – October 23rd

    Borderlands First Impressions
    Blackstaffer – October 23rd

    Box Art shows the classier side of gaming.
    Trev – October 23rd

    Continue reading The Weekly Recap (October 18-24)

    Borderlands First Impressions

    As far as the eye sees, only sand and rock. Plus maybe a skag or two trying to rip out your entrails!

    Ga!!!!!

    If you like fighting hideous creatures, then maybe Borderlands is your thing. Personally, I prefer fighting a beautiful creature, because then I have something nice to look at while I’m extinguishing its life. (Seriously.) But that’s just me. Luckily Borderlands makes up for this huge failing (again, just me) by providing a great RPG/FPS experience, which they call a RPS (Role Playing Shooter).

    So yeah, it’s already got me hooked.

    I’m not the best shooter guy. My k/d ratio is usually between 0.5 and 0.7. So I’m not that good, but I like it a lot. So a game like this where it’s me and friends versus the console is just perfect for me. Add on top of that the role playing elements, and I’m definitely hooked. I love leveling up.

    Like all the ads say, this game has a bazillion guns, but you only get to carry a very few of them. I hope that as I level up my carrying capacity increases because even though I’ve sold a bunch of guns I want to keep the ones I have just because I find them interesting. Too bad there’s no chest I can put them in, a la Sacred 2.

    Like all the people say, the graphics are great. The stylized cartoony look is awesome, and it’s unbelievable how well it works with this style of game. To me it looks a lot better when I’m playing it than when I see it in ads or videos.

    I’ve done a couple missions already, and leveled up a few times. Not every level up is a chance to actually improve your character however, which is unfortunate. But there is a different skill tree for each of the four character classes, which is great.

    I haven’t played this game online yet so I can’t comment on that, nor on the supposed audio lag that lots of people are getting.

    There are a couple gotchas. If you want to play two player split screen, all the characters have to be stored on one account, which sucks. It would be nice if my friend came over and we could play splitscreen, then he could continue playing at home online. But it doesn’t look like that’ll happen. I have one hope left: that the game creates multiple save files (one for each character) and that they can be moved between accounts seamlessly. That would solve the problem, but it’s a clunky solution at best, if it works. I’ll test it tonight. Another problem with the game is that in two player splitscreen mode, when you enter the menu you don’t see the whole menu. You have to scroll back and forth. I know why they did this – both players can enter the menu independently. But they really should have tailored the menu to the half screen it now occupies. A bit of laziness there on the part of the developers.

    All in all I’m very happy with Borderlands. I’m not 75% done the game, like I am with Uncharted 2, so I still have lots more to discover. I’m glad to be playing two such great new games within weeks of each other. It makes my gaming heart full. Wait a sec, did that skag just steal it?

    Update: There is an issue about playing this game with a friend, if you want to play both locally and online. See the support thread I just created on the topic.