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Sony's Life With PlayStation Gets 'World Heritage' Channel Added

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289w ago - Today Sony has updated Life with PlayStation by adding a completely new channel titled 'World Heritage' to it.

It's a simple update, as the channel includes information from various Web sites (including Wikipedia) from multiple areas around the world.

To quote: If you leave your controller for a long enough time, it automatically begins spinning the globe (like the other channels) and displays hi-res pictures from the areas you're hovering above about.

If you would like to see a picture from a designated area, then you can hover the country, hit 'X' and then press the 'start' button.

An overall nice addition to the free application, allowing many Life with PlayStation fans to do even more while helping the common good.
 

Rumor: Sony's PS3 Slim is 'Confirmed' to Open GamesCom

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289w ago - Today's PS3 Slim update is another unofficial 'confirmation', this time stating the PlayStation 3 Slim will open GamesCom next week.

VG247.com has also confirmed that Sony's press conference is set to last "just over an hour" and the extra time around it is "for people to sit down", not the three hours as previously reported, and will begin around 7:00pm CET.

To quote from Pocket-Lint.com (linked above): "Sources close to the product have told us that Kazuo "Kaz" Hirai, head of Sony's console division, will announce the new hardware version of the PS3 at it's Tuesday evening press conference at GamesCom in Cologne, Germany next week.

The console, which has been rumored to be coming for some time, will land in shops in time for Christmas in both the UK and the US, and follow the company's history for creating slimmer versions of the console."
 

Sony PlayStation Store Update for August 6, 2009

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290w ago - It's a sunny Thursday afternoon, and PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen has just posted this week's PSN update, to quote:

Hi Everyone - It's time for the weekly PlayStation Store Update.

Qore
Qore Annual Subscription: August 2009 ($24.99)
Qore: Presented by the PlayStation Network is a high-definition monthly interactive video production covering the world of PlayStation. Qore provides its audience with exclusive behind-the-scenes access to upcoming titles from both the SCE Worldwide Studios and third-party developers across the globe.
File size: 1.55 GB

Qore Episode 15: August 2009 ($2.99)
Episode 15 of Qore: Presented by the PlayStation Network transports viewers to the massively multiplayer battlefields of MAG, jumps into Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, rolls on with Katamari Forever and gets its kicks with Tekken 6.
File size: 1.55 GB

Downloadable Games
Crystal Defenders ($9.99)
Crystal Defenders is a defensive strategy game in which players deploy popular jobs from FINAL FANTASY Tactics A2, such as Black Mages and Soldiers, to fend off encroaching enemy hordes and prevent them from stealing their party's crystals.
ESRB Rated E
File size: 52 MB

TV Show King ($9.99)
Confront friends...
 

Sony's Video Game Line-Up for GamesCom 2009 is Unveiled

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290w ago - Although it's still a tentative list, Dutch site PS3Life.nl (linked above) have reported on Sony's (and some other developers) video game line-up for the Games Convention Developers Conference 2009.

For those curious, the festival for gamers known as GamesCom takes place this year from August 19-23 in Cologne, and was previously held in Leipzig.

Line-ups, to quote:

Sony

• Heavy Rain
• Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
• God of War III
• MAG
• EyePet
• Ratchet and Clank: A Crack In Time
• SingStar
• Buzz!
• White Knight Chronicles
• DC Universe Online
• Gran Turismo (PSP)
• Invizimals (PSP)
• MotorStorm: Arctic Edge (PSP)
• LittleBigPlanet (PSP)
• Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier (PSP)
• SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3 (PSP)
• Gravity Crash (and more PSN games)
• VidZone (APP)
• PlayStation Home (APP)
• PSP Go (APP)

Namco Bandai

• Dragon Ball: Raging Blast (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3)
• Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo (Wii)
• Katamari Forever (PLAYSTATION 3)
• NARUTO Shippuden: Legends: Akatsuki Rising (PSP)
• SOULCALIBUR: Broken...
 

Sony Announces 2TB Memory Stick XC Specifications

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290w ago - It appears Sony has finalized specifications of their new Memory Stick XC line, which includes: Memory Stick XC Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC Micro (M2 XC) and Memory Stick XC-HG Micro (M2 XC-HG).

Sony's Memory Stick XC keeps the current form factor for memory sticks (likely backwards compatible) with the XC series (XC Duo, XC-HG Duo, XC Micro (M2 XC), XC-HG Micro (M2 XC-HG)) using the exFAT file system, and the PRO series (including the PRO Duo, PRO-HG Duo, Micro (M2), HG Micro (M2-HG)) using the tried and true FAT12/16/32.

For those interested, below are the specification details courtesy of SonyInsider.com. Cheers!
 
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