From/De: Sony Computer Entertainment America
Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced details of the next system software update (v. 2.70) for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) system, which includes several new features that enhance how PS3 users communicate and interact with their online friends. The system software update 2.70 will be available soon and delivers a new Text Chat feature that will enable users to chat with their online PlayStation®Network friends. Other updates include enhancements to the Friends list on the XMB™ (XrossMediaBar) and improvements to the video delivery service on PlayStation®Store.
Through the new Text Chat feature, PS3 owners can chat with their friends using the Wireless Keypad, on-screen keyboard, or compatible keyboard peripherals. Users can participate in up to three persistent chat rooms at once, and each room can host up to 16 users. Text Chat can be accessed while playing PS3 games.
In addition to Text Chat, firmware 2.70 provides enhancements to Friends lists, allowing users to sort their friends by online status. Online friends will still be sorted in alphabetical order, while offline friends will be sorted by when they were last online, with the most recent being first. PS3 owners will also be able to attach larger files to messages sent to their friends – the file size limit will increase from 1MB to 3MB.
The system software update 2.70 will also make improvements to the video delivery service on PlayStation Store. Video files purchased from PlayStation Store can be backed up to an external storage device and then restored to PS3 system’s internal hard drive for playback. Additionally, videos purchased for PSP®(PlayStation®Portable) system can now be transferred to PS3 system for playback.
Enter The Shadows With Batman: Arkham Asylum (Extended cut)
Batman takes and extended walk through Challenge mode
Wednesday 1st April/…Join Sefton Hill, Game Director at Rocksteady in this extended video as he guides you through one of the Challenge Modes from Batman: Arkham Asylum showing off the Invisible Predator gameplay moves. Learn to propel yourself into the shadows, take out enemies with pre-planned explosive attacks and finish them off with a devastating glide kick.
From/De: Sony Computer Entertainment America
PLAYSTATION®3 EXCLUSIVE inFAMOUS ELECTRIFIES WITH INNOVATIVE, HYBRID MUSICAL SCORE
World-Renowned Musicians Amon Tobin, James Dooley, Mel Wesson and Martin Tillman Come Together to Create the Imaginative Score Heard in the Highly-Anticipated Open-World Superhero Adventure
FOSTER CITY, Calif., April 1, 2009 – Sony Computer Entertainment America announced today that inFAMOUS, the highly-anticipated, modern day superhero adventure exclusively for the PLAYSTATION® (PS3™) computer entertainment system, will feature an innovative musical score created by popular underground electronic musician Amon Tobin, world-renowned composers James Dooley and Mel Wesson and electric cellist Martin Tillman. Developed by Sucker Punch, creators of the critically-acclaimed Sly Cooper® series, inFAMOUS launches in June, immersing players in the troubled world of Cole McGrath, a regular guy turned superhero who survives a massive blast within Empire City and learns to master his newfound powers.
Varying from dark intensity to haunting melancholy, collaborative efforts for the score were led by SCEA Music Manager Jonathan Mayer, veteran of the God of War® II and Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune™ soundtracks. To encapsulate the gritty and decimated nature of Empire City, Mayer and the contributing musicians threw out all conventional standards of traditional music production, turning instead to real-life objects and materials found in urban environments. Objects such as trashcan lids, water jugs and broken glass were combined with traditional music instruments played in non-traditional ways — bungie cords were stretched across a concert bass drum and strummed, wire brushes were beat on a suspended tuba and shakers were constructed of broken glass. Recorded and produced at SCEA’s newly built Foster City recording studio, the end result is a hybrid electronica orchestral score that enhances the chaotic and menacing nature of the city.
CHECK OUT A VROOM WITH A VIEW AS FUEL™ VEHICLES VIDEO LAUNCHES
All six classes of vehicles revealed in new vehicles gameplay video
Wednesday 1st April/… Showcasing FUEL’s wide ranging on and off-road vehicle line up, including its Cars, Bikes, SUVs, Trucks, Quads and ‘Specials’ classes, Codemasters® today launched the new ‘Vehicles’ FUEL gameplay video, now available to view and download from http://www.fuel-game.com.
FUEL’s 70 strong, garage tuned vehicles, each designed to perform differently according to the terrain, are perfect to race and explore the unique and diverse 5,000 square mile gameworld. The full range of vehicle classes is showcased in the video, demonstrating how the broad line-up gives players the freedom and scope to choose how they navigate the challenging environment to take the chequered flag.
From/De: Activision & BHPR via GamesPress
GUITAR HERO® TO SPONSOR 2009 SONISPHERE FESTIVALS HEADLINED BY ROCK LEGENDS METALLICA
Guitar Hero® Metallica® to be Playable at SONISPHERE Festivals and Select Metallica Concert Venues In Advance Of Its Release In Europe
Wednesday 1st April/… Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today its sponsorship of this year’s European Sonisphere Festivals, which are headlined by Metallica, and will be taking place in Holland, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Finland, before finishing off the season with a two day festival in the UK. At the six festivals and a host of Metallica’s European gigs, fans itching to get a taste of Guitar Hero® Metallica® will have the opportunity to hone their skills and shred, drum and wail on a demo of the band’s highly-anticipated game before the European release in May 2009.
“Guitar Hero Metallica offers fans a unique opportunity to live out their dreams of stardom playing as one of the greatest bands of all time to a set list of over 45 explosive rock and metal tracks,” says Siân Evans, European marketing manager, RedOctane. “To be able to play as Metallica and experience their intensity and musical skill in a video game and then watch them perform live, will be an awesomely, unique event for any music fan.”
Gigamedia and Mythic Entertainment to Launch Taiwan Closed Beta for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning on April 15th
TAIPEI, Taiwan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Gigamedia Ltd (GIGM), publisher of Warhammer® Online: Age of Reckoning® (WAR) in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, and Mythic Entertainment™, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) studio, today announced that the closed beta for the highly acclaimed MMORPG will begin on April 15th, 2009. As part of the closed beta launch, closed beta packs will be available at major retailers. The Limited Edition closed beta game packs, available at participating 7-Eleven® retailers in Taiwan, have been sold out.
“Since day one, it’s been our goal to make the Age of Reckoning a global phenomenon,” said Mark Jacobs, VP and General Manager of Mythic Entertainment. “The closed beta in Taiwan brings more players around the world the chance to answer one very simple question: who do you fight for – Order or Destruction?”