By Eli Green
November 20, 2007 - 23:59
Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) unveiled the Playstation Store for PC in North America today. PSP users can now access their Playstation Network games, video content, and other services over the Internet, using a personal computer at store.playstation.com. The new free service allows users to create a Playstation Network account and download free or purchased content directly from the Playstation Store, all without the need for a Playstation 3.
“ The library of innovative, downloadable games, videos and entertainment content available through the Playstation Store provides a new way for PSP owners to get content and demonstrates the continued evolution of Playstation Network,” said Peter Dille, senior vice-president of marketing and Playstation Network for SCEA. The Playstation Network allows PSP users to download classic Playstation games, download free PSP playable demos and game trailers, download exclusive Playstation Store titles for PSP and even play some PSP games without requiring a UMD.
SCEA released a new firmware update for Playstation 3 today, and it's all about fixing bugs. Firmware Version 2.01 is an update that should take care of a large number of issues that Playstation 3 users started noticing after they updated to Firmware Version 2.00. Some of the fixes include improved stability when playing some Playstation 3 format software ( Assassin's Creed would crash due to the Information Board), improved stability for some of the system applications, including the Internet Browser and Information Board, improved stability for the upscaler for Playstation 2 format software on PS3 models with backwards compatibility and a Remote Start feature update. For more information on the update, click here.
One of Microsoft's most highly anticipated titles, probably only second to Halo 3 , released today for Xbox 360. Developed by BioWare, creators of the massively popular Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Jade Empire , Mass Effect has been described as “one of the greatest science fiction stories ever told” (Game Informer Magazine). Players take on the role of Commander Shepard, an elite human Spectre agent entrusted with keeping galactic law and order, and charged with the task of uncovering a terrifying truth.
“ Mass Effect is like playing a movie! The magic of video games bridges science fiction, intense combat and intriguing story lines to create an emotional connection between players and their characters,” said Jeff Bell, corporate vice president of global marketing for the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. The game has already received high acclaim and a few awards including “Best Console Game” and “Best Role Playing Game” from the 2007 Game Critics Awards. Mass Effect is available now, exclusively on Xbox 360 in either a regular or Limited Colllector's Edition for $59.99 USD and CAD or $69.99 USD and CAD and is rated M for Mature. We are hoping to have a review for this game later this month.
Today's game releases
Electronic Arts Medal of Honor Airborne for Playstation 3 - $59.99 USD and CAD