The Classification Board of Australia has hit Australians with another shocking blow, banning the upcoming game The House of the Dead: Overkill Extended Cut. Continue reading
Today, THQ Australia has announced the retail specific pre-order bonuses for the up and coming game in the Saint’s Row series.
Shadows of the Damned is a third person survival-horror game developed by the Japanese company Grasshopper Manufacture. Continue reading
Yesterday Sony released a brand new firmware update for the Playstation 3, software update v.3.70. Continue reading
Quickflix has this morning made yet another major announcement, this time revealing that the company has signed a deal with Sony to stream movies to Internet-connected devices from later this year. Continue reading
The success of Batman: Arkham Asylum, it was obvious that there would be a sequel. In the 3rd Quarter (US Fall), Batman: Arkham City will be unleashed. Continue reading
Sony has this afternoon announced that their Playstation Network — the subject of much scrutiny over the past month or so after hackers broke into the service and stole million’s of users personal information — will be back up and running completely by the end of this week.
While the network has been operating for a couple of weeks in Australia, after the attacks occurred near the end of April, some functionality, such as the PlayStation Store, has remained offline as the gaming giant scrambled to add extra protection for users.
In a statement released this afternoon, the company says that they’re now satisfied with the precautionary measures added to the service, and that they’ll be switching on all aspects of the network in Australia over the next few days.
“We have been conducting additional testing and further security verification of our commerce functions in order to bring the PlayStation Network completely back online so that our fans can again enjoy the first class entertainment experience they have come to love,” Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President, Sony Corporation said in the statement.
“We appreciate the patience and support shown during this time.”
Sony says that the functionality returning to Australia includes the PlayStation Store, which has been offline since the attacks occured, support once more for in-game commerce, the ability to redeem vouchers and codes, full functionality on Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3, PSP, VAIO and other PCs and full functionality on Media Go.
Unfortunately for those in Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea, Sony is unable to turn on services at this time, with investigations still continuing and preventing the company from being able to re-launch their offerings.
Uncharted 2 came out 1 year and 2 months ago. It smashed records and won many awards including several high profile GOTY (game of the year) awards. Naughty Dog, the developers of the top franchise have opened the curtains and have given us a teaser trailer (follow link), as well as some lovely screen shots (seen below in the gallery). The game was fully revealed on the Playstation Blog, and the description for the game was as follows.
UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception features the return of famed fortune hunter Nathan Drake and follows him through a gripping, action-packed storyline that will take you all over the world. In his search for the fabled “Atlantis of the Sands,” Nathan Drake and longtime friend and mentor Victor Sullivan set off on a daring trek into the heart of the Arabian Desert. But when terrible secrets of this lost city are uncovered, their journey becomes a desperate bid for survival that will force him to confront his deepest fears.
The game is already looking absolutely stunning, with the VGAs coming this weekend, and a confirmed non-CG trailer, I am personally very excited for the coming reward ceremony.
Companies really should plug their leaks. Yet another image has risen for the hotly anticipated sequel, Killzone 3. Set to release in February of next year, it will be the second install of the franchise to hit the Playstation 3. Whilst the first game had no co-operative experience to be had, the sequel is now looking to be more co-op friendly. With recent image and video leaks of the game hitting the web, the latest one may be a falsely created Photoshop image, or it may indeed be a legit leak. With the VGA (Video Game Awards) quickly coming, more than likely this will be either confirmed or denied.
At 1AM AEST on Thursday morning, PSN users are now able to find a icon in their XMB interface, where they will be able to rent or purchase both standard- and high-definition movies to watch on their PS3 and up to three PSPs per account. Sony said that the average SD file size is around 1.5GB at a resolution of 526p; HD is 5GB at 720p. However, Avatar in SD had a file size of 2.8GB, and we saw file sizes of up to 7.2GB for HD.
Sony says that 600 films will be available at launch, with a further 50 being added every month. The company is optimistic, claiming that the service has been enormously successful since its launch in the UK six months ago.
Film rental prices will start at AU$3.99, but will average at around AU$5.99. Once you have rented a film, it will stay in your playlist for 14 days. Once you start watching a film, it will be removed in 48 hours.
Purchase prices will start at AU$7.99. Most of the films shown were substantially higher than this, though; Avatar in SD was retailing for AU$24.99, with no rental option, and Dude, Where’s My Car was retailing for AU$17.99, with a rental option for AU$3.99. Whether or not a film is available for rent, purchase or both will depend on the studio and the title.
Sony also claimed that the Video Store’s delay in Australia was due to customising the service for the Australian market; however, the only nod in that direction seems to be the inclusion of Roadshow Entertainment in the list of studios providing content, with no channels dedicated to Australian content.
Other studios providing films include 20th Century Fox, ContentFilm, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Walt Disney Studios, Universal Pictures Australasia and Warner Bros.
All content will be subject to digital rights management, which means that while you can store it on an external hard drive, you’ll need to have a PS3 or PSP for playback.
Ok stop right there. The average Australian can not download files that are 7.2 gigabytes. That is just ridicules; the average internet download limit in Aus is going to enable users to have about 3 movies before their respective caps are blown. Personally I have a 25 gig limit, as this is the best my area can have, I am unable to use this feature. It is a pure shame that the Australian people are not given equal opportunities to be able to use the feature properly. Granted, there are areas of Australia that have far better speeds and caps than the location I live but sadly that is not the norm for our country. This is not insulting Sony or the video store. It is applauding how high quality the store must be putting out. Sadly the Australian internet speeds have not caught up with the amazing service. Microsoft has a feature also available and it also has the same problem. Hopefully soon we will be able to utilise these products to the full.