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Sony Unveils PS3 Dev Kit for Academic Use

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294w ago - It looks like Sony is extending their support for schools and universities with courses geared towards computer engineering and programming.

At the Develop Conference 2009, SCEE R&D's Sarah Lemarie revealed that a PS3 dev kit designed for academic use is in the works.

To quote: "We have started a PS3 Academic Development Programme, and we're referring to the dev kits as mini-dev kits, which I can best describe as being in a closed beta stage at present," said Lemarie. "We'll be opening this beta up slowly."

"Of course universities can use Linux to program on the PS3 but I would really strongly recommend that if you are interested in the PS3 you look into this, as the experience you will get over Linux is quite incredible," she added.

The PS3 dev kit includes a consumer-sized PS3 with a low power function, two USB ports and a full SDK. Sony's cross-platform game engine PhyreEngine will also be made available as part of the program.

Sony has already provided academic institutions with PS2 and PSP dev kits in the past as part of their PlayStation-edu program.
 

Sony's PlayStation Network Gets 'Connect'ed with PSN-Connect

Sony's PlayStation Network Gets 'Connect'ed with PSN-Connect 50°
294w ago - Similar to Sony's PlayStationCloud.com domain that was uncovered a few weeks back, today PlayStationLifestyle (linked above) have discovered yet another hint of what's to come for PlayStation Network.

SCEA has apparently registered PSN-Connect.com this past April, to quote:

There is more evidence that PSN-Connect is some sort of website/service that Sony is prepping for PSN users. This domain, is currently hosted on a dedicated server.

That means this domain, is on a server all by it's lonesome, which likely means this bad boy is expected to get some decent traffic. Not something a "parked" domain name would need.

When I first heard PSN-Connect, I thought instantly of Sony's now defunct music-download service.

However this could be anything from a music service, to a social networking service for the PlayStation Network. Or it could be merely a way to access your PSN account via the web, and message friends, etc.
 

Netflix to Stream Movies to Sony Bravia TV Sets

Netflix to Stream Movies to Sony Bravia TV Sets 50°
295w ago - Last week a survey hinted at Netflix coming to Sony's PlayStation 3 console.

Today, it was announced that Netflix has signed a deal to stream movies to Bravia Internet-ready HD TV sets this Fall.

The Internet movie rental company currently offers approximately 12,000 movies and TV shows for instant streaming.

To quote: Online movie rental company Netflix Inc. signed a deal to stream movies to Sony Corp.'s Bravia high-definition TV sets starting this fall.

Netflix offers about 12,000 movies and TV shows for instant streaming over the Internet, for no additional cost to subscribers who pay at least $9 per month for a DVD rental plan.
 

Sony PlayStation Store Update for July 9, 2009

Sony PlayStation Store Update for July 9, 2009 50°
295w ago - Today PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen has shared this week's PSN update, to quote:

It's time for the weekly PlayStation Store Update.

Downloadable Games
Buzz Jr. Robo Jam ($4.99)
Blast off to a whole new galaxy of fun! Buzz! Junior: RoboJam takes you to a futuristic world where mischievous robots are sent to Robot Boot camp. Now for the PLAYSTATION 3 system, BUZZ! Junior: RoboJam provides 4-way mischievous action. So what are you waiting for? Join in the mechanical mayhem. Compatible with BUZZ! buzzers or PLAYSTATION 3 system controllers.
ESRB Rated E
File size: 385 MB

Battlefield: 1943 (Limited Time Offer: Bundled with Theme) ($14.99)
Pick your path - be it as a rifleman, a steel fisted tank commander, or ace fighter pilot dog fighting to protect the skies. Play as a lone wolf or with your friends, coordinating to turn the tide of battle. Whatever you choose, in Battlefield 1943 you get to enjoy the thrill of a fully featured online shooter.
ESRB Rated T
File size: 565 MB

PSone Classics PS3 / PSP
Spec Ops: Stealth Patrol ($5.99)
Immerse yourself in one of the first realistic military tactical combat simulators to be released. Choose your two-man team from a squad of five highly trained specialists:...
 

FUEL Demo Hits Sony's PSN and Microsoft's XBox Live Today

FUEL Demo Hits Sony's PSN and Microsoft's XBox Live Today 50°
295w ago - If you are into off-road racing, a free FUEL demo is set for release later today at 2pm for PSN, Xbox Live and PC with the trailer available below.

The FUEL demo enables players to take on the Ocean Rush career event, where seven racers pick their own paths through treacherous landscapes and short-cuts are key to taking the chequered flag.

Press Release: Experience the ground-breaking open-world racer from Asobo Studio as Codemasters announced that the FUEL playable demo will be available today from Xbox LIVE! Marketplace for the Xbox 360, the PlayStation Store in Europe for the PLAYSTATION 3 with links to the PC demo available on www.fuel-game.com from 2pm GMT.

Gamers can also take on Blitz - a wild, high-pressure challenge where players must race against the clock to reach the next checkpoint before time runs out.




Gamers who download the console versions can also play online for a limited period of two weeks from release, experiencing up to sixteen player free ride in a limited area of the Tsunami Reef zone or challenging up to six other players in the Ocean Rush career race.

Celebrating the demo's arrival, a new video showcases the wheel-to-wheel racing, open landscapes, diverse vehicles and dramatic...
 

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