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Rumor - Phil Harrison’s GDC Keynote Details Leaked

If this is all true, March 8th will be a very exciting day for PLAYSTATION 3 owners. A huge firmware update, a more refined PS Store, Playstation Lifestyle, and lots of demos to try out.

We will find out if this is all true soon. The Keynote begins on Wednesday, March 7, 2007 10:30-11:30 AM PST.

Details from Phil Harrison- Sony Computer Worldwide Studios – Keynote at GDC March 7th 2007:


Firmware update available on the 8th for North America/Japan and Asia. European PS3’s will be preloaded with this latest update.

Features of this latest firmware include:

More refined PS Store front end
Playstation Network integrity enhanced
Wallpapers from pictures
Ability to change background colors
Sony Connect Store for music and movies added to the PS Store. Hundreds of trailers/full films/song videos and MP3’s available for download.
Playstation Card option in PS Store enabled.
Playstation Lifestyle- Similar to my space/youtube. User generated content and experiences are the key.
+ more.

Removal of Emotion Engine chips in PS3’s in NA and Japan to follow in April. Reason for this is to reduce costs and focus on enhanced opportunities via software. Benefits include the ability to upscale selected PSone/PS2 games to 1080i/720p.

Lots of development talk.
Release dates for key games. Warhawk in June/July 2007. Heavenly Sword delayed. Killzone and MGS4 in late 2007.

New content on PS Store available on the 8th:

Tekken 6 trailer
Lair demo & trailer
Rainbow Six Vegas demo
EA: Skate trailer
Battlefield Bad Company trailer
Warhawk demo
Virtua Fighter 5 demo
Virtua Tennis 3 demo & trailer
GRAW 2: trailer
Mortal Kombat 2 game
Killzone trailer, demo in May.

I can’t wait to download all these demos and try them out. And I’m happy to see that there is at least a Tekken 6 HD Trailer I can download 🙂 I’m a huge tekken fan.

Phil Harrisons GDC Keynote details inside