MGS Database Announced

19 06 2008

Interactive compendium coming with next PSN update.

June 18, 2008 – Perhaps you’ve played through the first three Metal Gear Solid games, but still have questions and haven’t had a chance to play Metal Gear Solid 4. Then again, maybe you’ve blasted through MGS4 and don’t fully remember all of the characters and who’s connected to what person in the mythology. Don’t you fear, because Konami and Sony are going to be releasing a huge amount of information related to this massive universe in a rather creative way. On the Playstation.Blog, Brandon Laurino from Konami Online stated that the MGS4 Database will be launched tomorrow, June 19th as part of the PSN update. A free downloadable application, it features information relating to all aspects of the franchise. As Laurino said in his post, the database will include, “complete storylines, character profiles, relationship diagrams, and much more!”

Obviously, this would be an excellent way to augment any knowledge of the previous games, which is a great addition for fans. However, the MGS4 Database will also contain MGS4 spoilers with easter eggs and other hints. However, if you haven’t beaten the title yet, players don’t need to worry about spoilers, because the Database will read your save files and black out these spoilers until you’ve beaten the game once.

Laurino ended his post by highlighting that this was only one of a number of downloadable extras that Konami plans on releasing with MGS4, noting that a new camouflage pattern and iPod song have already been released, and that more was on the way.

Thanks IGN and PS Blog

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Sony opens teaser site for new PS3 game, ‘dress’

18 06 2008

Dress will take advantage of a unique avatar system that operates separately from the regular Home interface. Sony will be working with real-world fashion brands to provide your virtual avatar access to the latest fashions in Dress Town, which is supposed to recreate the feel of buying clothes in a real-world store.

Thanks DLB-Network





EA C&C team still ‘very interested’ in PS3

18 06 2008

Thanks to videogamer we have learned that a PS3 version of Command & Conquer might still be on it’s way.

EA has reassured PS3 owners that they should not be concerned by the putting “on hold” of the PS3 version of Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 and the lack of a PS3 version of Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath, and reiterated its commitment to the platform “going forward”.

In an interview with VideoGamer.com, Kane’s Wrath associate producer Jim Vessella said that EALA (the division of EA which is responsible for its RTS games, including Command & Conquer and Battle for Middle Earth) was still “very interested” in the PS3 and “big fans” of Sony’s console.

When asked why there was no PS3 version of Kane’s Wrath, Vessella replied: “The PS3, it would just be extra development time we didn’t really have right now, so we could focus on the 360. And also specifically with Kane’s Wrath, because we’re building off of the foundation of Tiberium Wars it was just a natural transition to continue with the 360 exclusive development.

“Although we are very interested in the PS3. We’re big fans of the console. We’re definitely moving forward on that front for hopefully our future titles. You’ll have to talk to the Red Alert 3 team specifically about future plans for PS3 and also our future games going forward. So we’re definitely looking at the PS3, but for Kane’s Wrath, just not yet.”

Vessella moved to reassure PS3 owning RTS fans that EA wasn’t leaving them behind, and revealed that the company is hoping to “dive into the PS3 and give it the attention it deserves” “pretty soon”.

“I think that going forward in the near future we’ll be able to really focus on getting really good PS3 versions,” he told VideoGamer.com. “And that’s the other thing. We don’t want to just port it over to the PS3 without giving any care as to what really makes that console successful. We really want to put care and heart into every version that we do. And so we really want to be able to dive into PS3 and give it the attention it deserves. We’re really hoping that will happen pretty soon.”

You can check out the rest of our interview with EA’s Jim Vessella right here.





MotorStorm 2 Gets Photo Mode, Custom Soundtracks

18 06 2008

According to TheSixthsAxis Motorstorm 2 will get a photo mode plus the ability to play custom soundtracks. To read the original article continue reading or follow this link.

We’ve just had the latest Fact Sheet in from Sony on MotorStorm: Pacific Rift, and whilst most of the information we’ve know about for some time the document does confirm a launch period of Autumn 2008 (well, ‘Fall’, but you get the idea) and a couple of new features, which may or may not be news to some of you.

The Photo Mode will allow players the opportunity to save images at any point in the game to put on their desktop or send around to friends. Finally, also confirmed are Custom Soundtracks: players can take their own music stored on a PS3 HDD and add to the list of music played within the game.

Expect much more from Pacific Rift at E3.





Firmware (v2.36) coming soon, (v2.40) to include trophies, in-game XMB

18 06 2008

A new PLAYSTATION 3 firmware update (v2.36) will be launching soon, improving system stability when playing select PlayStation format software titles. We’re also happy to officially report that the 2.40 system software update for PS3 will include “XMB” access in-game. The update will also include “trophies,” an exciting new feature that we’ll be providing more details on soon, as well as some other new enhancements. We’ve talked about some of this on the blog previously and know that many of you can’t wait to get your hands on these features. You can expect us to share all of the official details shortly.

So that finally is the confirmation that all the leaked info is true. Let’s hope that it’s coming in the next several weeks 😉

Thanks Official PlayStation Blog





PSP (PlayStation Portable) v4.00 Update

17 06 2008

I wanted to give you all a heads up that a new PSP system software update, v4.00, will be released soon, adding Google Internet search directly to the XMB (XrossMediaBar) interface.

This new upgrade replicates the Google Internet search experience, delivering the same search results that you’d get at www.google.com. And with a search history recall of 20 items, Web searches couldn’t be easier.

After you download and install the firmware on your PSP, click on the XMB’s Network icon and then the new Internet Search icon. Enter your keywords and then let Google’s algorithms do the work. You’ll need to be connected to the Internet via a wireless access point or Wi-Fi hotspot. Googling something on the go has never been more convenient on your PSP.

Another new feature delivered through the 4.00 update is the ability to change viewing speed during playback of videos stored on your Memory Stick PRO Duo, so you can speed through or slow down what you’re watching. To do this simply press the up or down directional buttons while playing a video. Enjoy!

Thanks to the Official PlayStation Blog





PlayStation Network Blow-out!

15 04 2008

Dear visitors,

Normally you see me posting news updates on the site. This time around I have an important topic to discuss so I will give you my ideas this time.

As you guys and girls can read in the post below Peter Dille from Sony had some big surprises for us in the newest article on the official PlayStation Blog. Those surprises are:

– In-Game XMB

– Video content service

– Accomplisments

– PlayStation cards

Besides these topic he also named expanded community features, rewards and PlayStation Home.

When I read the post I had a feeling in my stomach that began to grow. I’m so thrilled that Sony finally opened up their ideas and showed us dear PS fans why we believe and love Sony so much. The PlayStation Network is now finally we can call our Home and be proud of.

The PlayStation 3 always had it’s Unique Key Selling points but the way I see thing, the competition and most likely Microsoft has it’s UKS slimmed down day by day. The PlayStation brand will offer the whole package and that’s what excites me the most.

Let me know what you guys think in the comment section 😉