PS3 Gets Update - Sony Gets Reality Check

Sony bounces out the good news – after online spat

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Tekken 5: DR - someone needs a slap!
Tekken 5: DR - someone needs a slap!
Sony’s got more PlayStation 3 announcements today following an online, rumour-fuelled, PR-based ‘exchange of views’ last night, which saw the gaming community coming out in support of the freedom to publish.

First up is the actual release of Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection in 1080p HD resolution to the PlayStation Store for $20. Previously a hit on PSP and in the arcades, the game features “visually customizable” characters; Arcade, Ghost and Versus Battle Modes; the ability to control boss Jinpachi Mishima for the first time. There is a also a new Gallery feature, used to download items including promotional movies and character ending movies, rare character images and in-game music – all using Fight Money earned within the game.

That price again, $20 (£10) – seems a little high to us, given that – as we reported on Febraury 28th – it’s going to be available in the UK from March 23rd at £6.99.

Also available at the Store is a behind the scenes video from the Motorstorm team.

Next up on the good news front is the announcement of firmware update Version 1.54 for the PlayStation 3 in the US. Not a huge thing in and of itself, as the only addition announced is, “Screen Mode has been added as an option in the options menu for video chat. The image of the person you are chatting with during video chat can now be changed to match the screen size. You can now use a compatible USB camera (webcam) compliant with USB video class (UVC) for video chat.”

What this does support, however, is a continued commitment by SCE to the online capabilities of the PlayStation 3.

This also came to the fore in an internet spat last night, during which Dave Karraker, senior director of corporate communications for Sony Computer Entertainment of America, threatened to pull support from blog-site, Kotaku (which stood its ground).

The rift emerged following the printing of a rumour (declared as such) that Sony is going to announce ‘PlayStation Home’ – a mix of Wii Miis and Xbox Live achievements – as part of Phil Harrison’s highly-anticipated Game Developers Conference (GDC) address next week.

Fortunately for all concerned, the gaming community voiced its support for the ability to print news. This was shortly followed by Karraker backing down during a phone call. And now, peace reigns.

Source: Kotaku


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