Where were you ten years ago today? If you're a European, you were probably unwrapping your shiny new PlayStation 2 console
Vu-whup. The system originally launched in Europe on November 24th, 2000. Ten years later it still holds a major store presence in most retailers. Incredible. The PlayStation 2 era was probably most famous for ushering a new generation of Grand Theft Auto, as well as playing..
Still surprised by its success
Capcom's only released one title for PlayStation Move, the very good Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition, a new update to an 18 month-old game. Despite its age, the game has sold remarkably well, breaking into the charts again and making a great accompaniment to Move's hardcore credentials. David Reeves, Capcom's European...
Pirate shooter ahoy!
It's already been first mate in the shooting compilation Time Crisis: Razing Storm and now Deadstorm Pirates is set to captain its own course towards PlayStation Store this month. Retailing at £15.99 or €19.99, the game will feature all the two-player blasting action of its Blu-ray release as well as online leaderboards...
The PlayStation 3's MUBI application is set to launch across Europe this week
The app — which is a movie streaming service for independent and classic films — will be available to download from the PlayStation Store on November 3rd in a range of different European countries. Hit up the PlayStation Blog to check you're covered. The service...
Four titles inbound for Movers
Today is one of the biggest release days of the calendar across all formats, so it's no surprise that PlayStation Move is also receiving a bumper crop of titles, with a stack of motion controlled games making their way to retailers across Europe. Televisual party game TV Superstars arrives alongside televisual shooting...
Gadgets to dominate one territory each
It's the showdown that gamers and industry insiders alike are anticipating to determine the future of PS3 and Xbox 360: Kinect vs. Move. "You are the Controller" vs. "It Only Does Everything", "No Buttons" vs. "Yay Buttons" and so on. Yves Guillemot, CEO of global...
Move to the beat
Melodic masterminds can try their arm at Buzz! The Ultimate Music Quiz, released across Europe this past Wednesday, with UK shops starting to sell it this weekend. We set a crafty music quiz of our own the other day but so far nobody has been able to crack the devilish teaser. Here it is again, but be warned: if you're not up to the...
Demo coming next Wednesday
Fortunate North Americans are likely already shooting their way through Time Crisis: Razing Storm, Namco's collection of three shooters: Razing Storm, Time Crisis 4's arcade version and Deadstorm Pirates. Europeans will get the chance to try out the title in just two weeks, as the game launches across the continent in...
New avatars and themes up now
Yesterday's US PlayStation Store update brought with it Heavy Rain videos and a playable demo of The Shoot, but the European update isn't quite so interesting, unless you're crazy about TV Superstars that is. The upcoming small-screen party game gets a pre-release boost in the form of a brand new premium theme and...
Not quite the bomba folks were expecting, SCEE's top body Andrew House has revealed Sony's expecting "very, very strong" holiday sales in Europe this season, with the PlayStation Move getting off to a roaring start
House told Bloomberg that Sony expects to exceed its current sales estimate of 15 million PS3 consoles moved this fiscal year party due to strong demand in Europe. Sales have been..
Its response: make more
Sony expected a slow start for Move, but it seems the controller has been more popular than anticipated, having surpassed the company's early sales targets. Andrew House, the head of Sony Computer Entertainment in Europe, spoke to Bloomberg about the accessory's early reception: [Move has had] very significant sales in the...
Get wet, go wild
Heavy Rain received its Move patch last week, but those of you who missed out on the update can now pick up the Heavy Rain: Move Edition on Blu-ray disc across Europe. With an RRP of £29.99/€39.99, the disc doesn't just add support for Move (though it can be played with DualShock 3 too). Gamers can also experience the Taxidermist...
Ubisoft's finally confirmed the long rumoured HD Collection of their classic PS2 Prince Of Persia titles
The package, set to be a European exclusive, will combine The Sands Of Time, Warrior Within and The Two Thrones onto one blu-ray disc. The collection will be enhanced in HD and will also be playable in full stereoscopic 3D. It's due to release on November 19th for £29.99. Ubisoft claims the..
We understand that in Europe Daft Punk and electro-disco culture is a big deal
What we don't understand is what it has to do with PlayStation Move. For as much as we love the sidechained bass synths in this Sony Norway commercial, we're not sure it says anything about the strengths of Move at all.
The truth finally uncovered
We already reported the ongoing confusion surrounding PlayStation Move's launch date, and finally after a lot of journalistic rooting around and emails back-and-forth we've put the issue to bed. The confusion lay in the fact that Sony classes Europe as a separate territory to the UK, hence the conflicting dates. Here, for...
Updated with launch titles!
Mainland Europe receives the Move on September 15th; Australia and New Zealand on September 16th; and the UK is the last of the bunch on September 17th. Your Move options: PlayStation 3 320GB Move Bundle (£284.99/€349.99) – Replacing the existing 250GB model in Europe, this 320GB machine comes with a PlayStation Eye...
The European arm of the PlayStation Blog has revealed that the on-demand PS3 music service, Vidzone, has been bolstered by music from EMI
The label's roster includes over 8,000 music videos from the likes of David Bowie, Daft Punk and Katy Perry. In addition to the playlist update, Vidzone's also getting a software upgrade. Version 1.15's main aim...
Last year Sony's GamesCom press conference brought with it news which changed the fortunes of the PlayStation 3
The PlayStation 3 Slim has been a resounding success world-wide, bringing Sony back into the three horse race it had previously been lagging behind. In many ways, that single announcement at GamesCom defined PlayStation's 2009. Yes, there was great software. Yes, there were other big..
Guess what Europeans - the Playstation 3 is officially three years old today in your neck of the woods
That's right, the system went on sale in Europe precisely three years ago today - March 23rd. It's been a bit of a roller-coaster ride for Sony since then, with initial PS3 sales tempered by a high price-tag. It is, however, with the launch of the PS3 Slim that the system has finally caught its..
If you're a hardcore British gamer who likes nothing more than chillin' to the back catalogue of Michael Jackson - then you're out of luck
Sony has confirmed to VG247 that there are no plans to bring the recently announced "This Is It" bundle to the UK. The bundle's due for release in Japan later this month. Guess you'll just have to make do with like a PS3, and a copy of the "This..
SCEE has announced a lovely little God Of War III collector's edition heading to Europe this March
The pack includes, obviously, God Of War III and the recently US-only God Of War Collection among a host of other lucious goodies. The pack includes (deep breath): God of War III God of War Collection Extra PSN game content (God of War Combat Arena containing an exclusive environment and seven..
The Playstation brand is kicking again
We've seen rather steady dominance for the Sony platforms over the past 3 or 4 months in the Playstation's homeland, and even a hint of celebration in the US; the Sony swagger is back. And that means Andrew House, Sony Europes head-honcho, can start talking about the competition again."I think at a time when we're seeing one of the major competitors..
Having had chance to browse around the Playstation Video Store this morning, we have to say we are very impressed
The pricing is more than reasonable and the range of content on offer is already staggering. It's a flawless update from the folks at SCEE, and we have to congratulate them on that. But with 2000 movies already on offer from the service,...
.. And that means, like, right now! Trust us, we checked. There are an absolute ton of movies to buy or rent (in SD or HD). To be precise, more than 2000 movies are available. It's a pretty impressive roll out from SCEE, and a service we're looking forward to using. Renting a movie in HD costs around the £4-mark in the UK, with SD a bit cheaper...
It's easy to forget while we're dancing around to Glockenpop that other regions across Europe are yet to receive the Playstation 3's Vidzone application yet
Worry not though Europeans. The service is on its way. In fact, here's a list of the where and whens. November 23: Austria, The Netherlands, and Portugal December 3: Denmark, Finland, Norway...
Playstation 3's studio boss Mike Denny reckons the Playstation Motion Controller is being treated as a platform by Sony
In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Denny said of the Playstation Motion Controller: The motion control system were putting in place going forward is were treating as more of a platform." Youre right that here in Europe we have a lot of experience helping..
You know something's going to be either exciting or disappointing when a company feel it's necessary to announce an announcement
But that's exactly what Square Enix have done in regards to Final Fantasy XIII, which is due an uber announcement over at the European Playstation Blog this Friday. What's most interesting about the announcement is the tie to both the Playstation Blog and the European arm..
So, erm, Sony have announced some scheduled maintenance for, erm, tomorrow
Don't bite our heads off, we know what tomorrow is. We're just the messengers. The downtime will take place between 8AM and 11AM GMT and is promised to only affect PSN sign-in for roughly 15 minutes (so not to a big a deal). On the plus side, the European Playstation Blog are...
It seems some parties are intent on ensuring the PSP Go fails
Despite having no personal interest in the product, many people like to trash talk it. It's a bit like when the PS3 got cheaper but wasn't backwards compatible. We cue it down to insecurity. Whatever, we digress. Point is, PSP Go sold fine according to Sony. PSP hardware is up 120 per cent compared with the previous week, with both PSP..
Joystiq have received some curious photos of a Norwegian GameStop's computer database
They include the listing of five (oui, five!) Playstation 3 250GB bundles. The bundles listed on the computer point towards Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time, Assassin's Creed II, Fifa 10, Need For Speed Shift and, of course, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. According to the information the bundles will be priced at..
The PS3 Slim is shifting units! Lots of units in fact. So many units that sales in the UK have increased by a whopping 999% since the Slim was introduced. So put it this way if Sony were selling 1,000 PS3s a week pre-Slim, they're now selling 9,999 units a week. Blimey. Did we get our maths right? We're not quite sure actually. Can someone confirm with a decent example? Ta.
Microsoft recently announced a 9 million XBOX 360 sale mark in Europe
Sony then claimed 10 million Playstation 3 sales in Europe at GamesCom. Interestingly, an MCV article has Microsoft's Chris Lewis completely U-turn and claim a "confident" one million unit lead. Either we're confused or someone has their maths wrong. Still, there's no denying the XBOX has a much greater grip on Europe..
What's going on? Fancy getting your hands on a shiny new Playstation 3 Slim. Well now's your chance, because the PS3 Slim is now officially available across Europe. The USA already have their hands on systems over the pond, Japan has to wait a couple more days, but Europe your time is now. Interestingly, we're not actually at the computer typing this. No, the magic of the Internet,..
The pound is weak and the British are being used as guinea pigs for increasing prices
No wonder the British video game market is down. Dropping by 20% in the first half of '09, Germany leapfrogged Britain as the biggest European market, with growth also seen in Sweden, Holland and Portugal. So far this year, Wii Fit has been the biggest seller.
We know how annoying it is when a game is due out on the European PSN but never comes
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix was a perfect example. Speaking openly on the Playstation Blog, Sony's Angela Madronero tried to clear some of those issues up. Talking about first party titles, Angela claimed, "We know how important this is to you, and...
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