Archive for June, 2010
…And the PSP will be getting system update v6.3, to add PS+ compatibility to that as well. Here’s the list of some of the changes:
- PlayStation Plus: PlayStation Network users will be able to purchase membership to PlayStation Plus; a new subscription service on the PlayStation Network that provides you with new options to expand and enhance your gaming experience and enable you to gain an exclusive set of features and content. Friendly reminder, all of you PlayStation Network users will continue to have free access to PlayStation Network’s unmatched and expanding suite of new and exclusive features while PlayStation Plus subscribers will gain access to an exclusive and expanding set of gaming features, content and functionality.
- Photo Gallery: A new network based photo sharing feature is now available on the Photo Gallery. The enhancement allows you to upload, browse and comment on photos on Facebook and Picasa Web Album. You can also opt to share your photos between your PlayStation Network friends as well as print photos from Photo Gallery.
- Video Editor & Uploader: Video Editor and Uploader is a new function found on the XrossMediaBar (XMB), which enables you to edit, save and upload video files stored on the PS3 system to sites such as Facebook or YouTube.
- Five Star Rating Support: Users can rate the PlayStation Store content they have purchased with one to five star ratings.
- Power Save Settings: The default setting for PS3 System Auto-Off will be set at 2 hours, providing you with additional power save options and further improving power save features on the PS3 system.
Now, there are a couple really cool features there. The photo sharing will be nice, but the Video Editor? Are you kidding me? This is going to open up a lot of doors for cool stuff, especially since you can upload directly to YouTube from the XMB! And one thing taken from Live, the ability to rate things on a 5 star scale in the store. Something I thought was a nice touch on Live.
The Facebook integration has also been updated quite a bit, with a new PlayStation application. Here’s what they posted on the Official Blog:
The application allows you to display your PlayStation Network profile on your Facebook account, find out which of your Facebook friends have a PSN account and send them a PlayStation Network friend request, view your PSN friends’ online status and add the PlayStation Network application tab to your Facebook user profile.
This is a really cool feature if you use Facebook a lot like I do. Compared to the past few system updates, this one actually has a lot more going for it. I wonder how many hidden updates there will be?
So, you think you can make a short story like this one or even this? We are giving away TWO $20 US PSN Cards for the best stories derived from Red Dead Redemption. Just use the form below to submit your entry.
Entries submissions closed.
You have until June 30th to submit your story, after that we’ll close the submission form. I’ll read all of them and pick the two best chronicles by July 2nd. They’ll be published here on PS3Blog.net and two lucky cowboys will receive a PSN Card each. You can even inspire yourself in our upcoming Game Night (expired). Good luck, pardners…
A few days ago, I finished up the story missions for Red Dead Redemption. And I must say, I was impressed. It brought me back to my wide-eyed youth when I was first stunned by just how brilliant video games could be with Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in 2004. It is a beautifully written, beautiful looking video game. Now, without further ado, here are my six thoughts on RDR. This post contains spoilers, so please read it at your own risk.
Since what some may consider the relaunch of the PS3 with the introduction of the SLIM, some developers have become enthusiastic about Sony’s black box. Last week at E3, EA announced special edition versions of their upcoming Dead Space and Metal of Honor games that will be only available on the PS3 and demonstrated many of their games on the system.
Despite that Electronic Arts COO John Schappert told IGN not to “read too much into what we’re showing the demos on, but I will tell you, in the marketplace, the PlayStation 3 is doing incredibly well.”
“Since Sony changed the PS3 form factor, rolled out the Kevin Butler marketing campaign, and launched some great content, the box is on fire,” he said. “Now the problem is you haven’t been able to find it at retail, it’s been out of stock. But I think they’ll fix that soon.” ”We have high hopes on the PlayStation 3 this year. Again, we like them all, but PlayStation 3 is doing very strong right now,” he added.
With long time XBox only supports( and PS3 critics ) like former Team Ninja Tomonobu Itagaki and Gabe Newell of Valve finally making games for the system it looks like publishers are finally warming up to the system.
It been a while since a game developer has caused a stir when trying to sum up the differences of next gen systems. Four years ago Metal Gear Solid creator, Hideo Kojima, described the PS3 as a “movie theater”, and the XBox 360 as a “DVD player”. Sony proudly boasted their HD system was “Fillet Mignon while anything else was a McDonald’s hamburger.”
This week, Platinum Games’ Atsushi Inaba jumped in with their own comparison of Sony’s and Microsoft’s machines. Speaking to VG247 at E3, Platinum’s Atsushi Inaba, producer of the upcoming Vanquish, is quoted as saying:
“The PS3 is kind of like a sports car that’s very high-performance and specific in its usage, whereas the 360 is more like a car that everybody’s driving,” “It doesn’t have the same range as a sports car, but it has more versatility.”
“It’s about adapting your game to those two sorts of different frameworks,” Inaba added. “That’s where we’re focusing. Fundamentally, the game play experience itself is the exact same game.”