Movies from VUDU are now available on the PlayStation Network, and, by activating your account you’ll get a movie rental in HD for free. VUDU offers movies streaming day-and-date with DVD/Blu-ray Disc releases, with a library of movies available for $2 for two nights.
PlayStation has officially launched its new community forum which boasts a new and improved design, better forum management by official PlayStation team moderators, microblogging capabilities and homepage personalization. While the PlayStation team made the improvements to enhance user experience, complaints about the new layout have already started hitting the forum. One PlayStation user says it’s “really really hard to find things now” while another says “….i cant find squat.”
Sony PlayStation Move-enabled games are reaching 50 with the addition of titles such as Beat Sketcher and Auditorium, and free updates to previously released titles such as Heavy Rain and Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition. More games will support Move technology in 2011, including hit games like LittleBigPlanet 2 and Killzone 3.
PlayStation will soon be available on iOS 4-based devices such as the Apple iPhone, iPad and iTouch, as well as Android-based mobile devices with at least OS 1.6. This news comes via the European PlayStation blog which posted the announcement yesterday, as well as posted pictures of the app in action. No doubt we’ll soon hear about an app release in the US, which will allow PSN members to keep tabs on trophies and member’s online status.
The PlayStation community will be switching over to a new platform during the next few weeks. Upgrades include an improved design, better community management with official PlayStation team moderators, microblogging and homepage personalization.
Sony has launched “Quests” as part of the PlayStation Rewards program that is currently in beta mode. When completed, Quests activities add to a user’s Rewards progress meter. Nine Quests will be added to the Reward’s beta on Dec. 7 which can be found various PlayStation Network locations such as in the PlayStation Move game “Move It,” by playing PlayStation Network’s PULSE in HD, and by visiting “No Place Like Home” in Home’s Central Plaza.
Hulu Plus has launched for select PlayStation members and will soon be available to all PS3 console owners within months. For now, selected Playstation subscribers with “Plus” level membership have the option of previewing Hulu Plus starting today for $9.99 per month.
PS3 may soon support a Hulu paid TV service, according to a Bloomberg report that says a partnership could be announced as early as next week. An agreement between Sony and Hulu could greatly expand the Hulu audience, which is internet-based but could move many of those viewers to their TV sets instead of computer displays.
After rumors and speculation, Sony has officially announced PlayStation Plus, a premium version of their PlayStation Network online service. Unveiled today at Sony’s E3 Keynote, PSN Plus will offer a wide variety of content for its subscribers. Online multiplayer will remain free for all PSN users, a marked difference from Microsoft’s Xbox Live service.
Sony released today the first set of 3D capable games to the PlayStation Network: Wipeout HD, Super Stardust HD, Pain, & the Motorstorm: Pacific demo, ushering in what could potentially be a gamechanger for console gaming.
Rumors have been stirring online recently that Sony’s readying a big announcement at this year’s E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) for their PlayStation Network (PSN). The rumors are focused around a premium paid version of the PSN dubbed the PSN+. This would be a significant shift for Sony, who have used the free model of the PSN as a big draw for the console in their advertising against Microsoft.
Sony has loaded up new add-ons for popular games including Heavy Rain, Dante’s Inferno, and Dragon Age: Origins. The packs are available in the Playstation Network store for $4.99, $2.99 and $2.99 respectively. PSN also has special pricing on echochrome (PS3) for $4.99 (reg. $9.99) and echoshift for $7.49 (reg. $14.99) good through April 7. See game add-on descriptions below.
Famed hacker George Hotz (aka GeoHot) has set his sights on the Sony Playstation 3 in the wake of recent news about firmware update 3.21. According to Hotz, his vendetta “isn’t about getting what you didn’t pay for, it’s about making sure you do get what you did.”
Sony announced today the addition of HD content from the major studios to their Playstation Network video-on-demand service. 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros. are the six major studios to provide titles for rent or own through the Playstation Network.
In an update to a previous HD Report story:
If you’re experiencing problems as of March 1st with your Sony PlayStation 3 (most models, though Sony says the Slim is unaffected), you are not alone. PS3 users worldwide claim to be unable to login to their Sony PlayStation accounts via the PlayStation Network. Users report being unable to purchase, rent new items and, in some cases, unable to use existing games already downloaded, users fumed on message boards and forums.
As of Sunday, February 28th there have been widespread reports of Playstation 3 network failures. It seems that owners of PS3 systems produced before 2009 are experiencing some sort of Y2K-esque internal clock issues which prevent everything from trophy recognition to playing entire games.
From time to time we like to bring you news of great deals in the wonderful world of HD entertainment. Now is one of those times. Today, any gamers who own a Playstation 3 and have an active PSN account can download the indie hit Fl0w for free on the Playstation Network.
Zipper Interactive, the developer of the upcoming title MAG for the Playstation 3, has announced an open beta for the shooter starting January 4th. To celebrate MAG achieving gold status and being on schedule for its January 26th launch in North American and Asia, January 28 launch in Japan, and January 29 release in Korea, players worldwide will be able to participate in a free open beta for the game.
On December 17th, the optional PlayStation 3 firmware 3.15 update will allow gamers to play PSP Minis on the PS3 console. This is even great news for PSP owners since it removes the need to hook the PSP up to the television for a bigger screen. There are rumors that adjustments are being made to the PSP Minis so they scale better on large screens, but there is no official word on any resolution changes.
This week in HD gaming saw the releases of Left 4 Dead 2 and Assassins Creed II. I haven’t picked up Assassin’s Creed 2 yet as I’ve been too busying assassinating zombies in Left 4 Dead 2. I’m pretty confident that bashing zombies with a variety of melee weapons will keep me entertained for a shocking amount of time.
Other stuff happened this week too: