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Sony Talks PS3 Video Store & Firmware 3.0, PSPgo 'Minis'

Digital Reader

Another simple addition and despite the name, not the addition of eBook reading to the PSPgo as might have been rather cool. Instead digital comics - including the likes of X-Men and Spider-Man - will be available via the PlayStation Store. I'm not particularly thrilled by this one, I like my comics made of paper and ink thanks, but I'm sure Sony will make a fair few sales regardless my cynicism.


If you caught the rumours that Sony had something up its sleeve to combat the growing presence of the iPhone and iPod touch as portable gaming devices, this is it. Minis will be available via the PlayStation Store, with a 100MB limit imposed on developers. Currently EA is promising such amazing titles as Tetris and Sudoku, but I'm pretty sure we'll see less frivolous games emerging given a little time.

PlayStation Network Video Store

November will see the launch of the PSN video Store into Europe, with titles available to buy or rent in both standard and high definition. Once started, at least 24 hours will be provided to watch films and any videos downloaded to a PS3 will be transferable to a PSP.

Sony has all the major studios, and a number of not-so-major ones lines up so we should see a decent content library available. The list, for those interested, is as follows: 20th Century Fox, Disney-ABC-ESPN Television, Lionsgate, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM), Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Starz Media, Universal, and Warner Bros.

September will see the launch of special "optimised TV websites." In the UK, that means the iPlayer, though no details other than the fact something will happen are available right now.

Let's see what Microsoft has ready in retort...



August 19, 2009, 4:36 am

Um, "at least 24hours"? Surely that should be "at least 3 days" or are they living in another world? Seems a bit off to me.

Also, without dragging this into a console war, what do you have against Nintendo?

PSPGo 'Minis' to combat the popularity of iPod/iPhone? It seems you dismissed outright another digital games delivery system called DSiWare. Ring a bell? More recently, the offerings on there have been utterly brilliant.

Heck, the DSi is worth buying just for KuBos!

Ok, ok, I said I wouldn't start a war... anyway, you left a bit out, so that's it said.

Did they settle the UK price for a PSPGo once and for all?


August 19, 2009, 5:01 am


because them and microsoft use the stupid points system to purchase things as the article states.


August 19, 2009, 1:33 pm

What? No toasted cheese sandwiches? Damn...

These "fiend lists" also sound interesting. I could use one of those given the number of enemies I seem to make online (read: 12 year old kids that accuse you of "hax", whatever one of those is).

Hamish Campbell

August 19, 2009, 2:07 pm

What does 'into Europe' mean? I'm used to only a few countries at a time so I'm a bit skeptical that all, or even most, of Europe is included...


August 19, 2009, 3:18 pm

@drdark - it says 24 hours after it's started, which presumably means after you start watching the download. Doesn't seem unreasonable to me - I (and I presume most people) tend to watch a film at one sitting, maybe pausing it for 5 minutes here and there. 24 hours is more than enough for this.

If it is 24 hours from the time you start downloading, then yes that would be unreasonable.

Eagerly awaiting costings for this. If it is at all price competitive with Blockbuster / Sky Box Office (say £3 - £4 for HD) and downloads are reasonably quick, I can see this taking off in a big way. Let's just hope the quality is decent and they don't put a ridiculous premium on HD over SD.


August 19, 2009, 8:35 pm

What I want is for my ripped MP3 files on my PS3 hdd to not appear as a totally unstructured list of garbage in the XMB. Maybe Sony could implement something radical like, say, folders.

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