Europe's update is on
The PlayStation Store updated in Europe today with some new downloadable content for several Move-enabled games. Here's what's out now. Also, although it's not PlayStation Move-related, we'd like you to know there will be a Sonic Generations demo on PlayStation Store tomorrow. Killzone 3: From the Ashes Map Pack...
SCEE's registered two new trademarks for PSVita and PlayStation Vita in Europe, adding weight to the rumours suggesting the former codename will be the NGP's final name
The trademarks were spotted on GAF, and were registered on Friday to the Trademarks and Designs Registration Office of the European Union. There's really no point debating it anymore: Vita is almost certainly going to be NGP's final..
Poor old Under Siege has had a rocky road to the PlayStation Store: originally planned for release in late 2010, it suffered delay after delay before finally being set for release in April. Of course, the PlayStation Network outage struck, but now the PlayStation Store is back online the game is finally available. The fully Move-compatible...
Conquer the world from your sofa
So far, Buzz! The Ultimate Music Quiz has the Move quiz market all to itself, but that motion-controlled monopoly won't last long, as National Geographic Challenge! is on the way in June. Taking a leaf out of Buzz!'s fondness for exclamation marks, National Geographic Challenge! is a Risk-style affair with players...
Surprisingly good choices
It's not long until the PlayStation Store is back now, and as part of its promised "Welcome Back" programme Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has announced the games affected users will be able to choose from as compensation. Users across Europe can choose two of the following PS3 games:...
Definitely not for kids
No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise is coming to Europe next week, and Konami wants to get you better acquainted with series hero Travis Touchdown by publishing a new trailer. The new PS3 version has been awarded an 18 rating thanks to its inclusion of blood, as well as plenty of swearing and over-the-top violence, as is made...
Won't need to rustle up many notes
PlayStation Move Ape Escape — called simply Ape Escape in Europe — will be available from PlayStation Network in North America, but in Europe the game is is heading to retail next month, with several retailers putting a pleasantly low price on the Move-exclusive net 'em up. Amazon lists the game at £24.99 with...
Make a racquet
After the disappointment that was Top Spin 4 comes Sega's attempt at mastering the Move tennis game with Virtua Tennis 4, out today across Europe. Unlike Top Spin, Virtua Tennis limits the use of Move to offline-only modes: Exhibition and Party, with no Move support for the World Tour or online play. It does however use 1:1 motion...
Better load up
Just as we'd all but given hope of seeing Activision's animal-blaster Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2011 reaching Europe, the company pulls it out of the bag by announcing a release date of 6th May 2011. This year's outing is notable for including a full first-person story mode that sees a family head into the woods to kill things, as well...
Sorry, North America
Here's something that might put bees in a few bonnets: tomorrow's European launch of SOCOM: Special Forces doesn't come with a SOCOM Pro access code because this access is free for European PlayStation Network users. North American SOCOM Pro access is only free with the purchase of a new game — players who pick up the game...
Better late than never
It's been a long road to the PlayStation Store for Under Siege: originally set for release in December last year, the game was beset by delays but is finally set for release in Europe on 27th April for £11.99/€14.99. Seed Studios' real-time strategy game launches with PlayStation Move support, a built-in map editor and...
Access code: denied
We recently told you about the SOCOM 4 "Pro" Access Code to be included in the American release of SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs (known as SOCOM: Special Forces in Europe). Following in the footsteps of EA and THQ, the code is a once-use only affair that limits online access for gamers who pick up the game pre-owned, while...
Aiming for 147 on Friday
Hustle Kings may have the baize and shiny balls market all sewn up on PlayStation Network, but there's a new challenger in the form of WSC Real 11, due out in Europe on Friday. Developer and publisher Dark Energy Digital just confirmed the game will feature PlayStation Move support available as a downloadable patch on day...
Sony has cut the European price of the PSP by approximately 24 percent in a bid to improve final breath sales in the region
The PSP has been cut from its original price of 169.99 to <span>129.99 and is effective as of today. The price was reduced to $129.99 in North America earlier in the year.</span> "The price cut is aimed at increasing adoption of the player in..
If you're in the mood to knock down some pins with your Move controller and you haven't yet tried the decent High Velocity Bowling, today sees the European launch of Brunswick Pro Bowling. There's plenty of content to get stuck into with the game, from a Career Mode to a Split Challenge that'll test even the most experience bowlers...
PS Plus members get it free
For some, Killzone 3 came and went in the blink of an eye, but those still waging war on Helghan's surface can explore new battlefields with extra downloadable content available from the PlayStation Store. The Steel Rain pack contains two multiplayer maps inspired by locations from the campaign mode: Junkyard, a...
Europe's chance to tame the tiger
Move gets its third dedicated golf game today in the familiar form of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters. Tiger's second outing on Move has a lot to prove after last year's effort disappointed many with its implementation of Move controls, and our upcoming review will go a fair way to find out whether EA has got...
A rare sales report compiled by IDG and cited in a GameStop document has given us the first picture of Europe's console install base for some time
The data puts PlayStation 3 about a million units ahead of XBOX 360, despite launching some 15 months after Microsoft's console. The report, accurate as of December 2010, puts PS3 sales at 14.7 million with XBOX 360 at 13.7 million. The report notes that..
The PlayStation 3 is four years old today in Europe
Hurrah. The system launched on Friday, March 23rd 2007 after a pretty enormous delay. The game launched alongside Resistance: Fall Of Man and MotorStorm, as well as Ridge Racer 7 and Call Of Duty 3. SCEUK recently announced that the PlayStation 3 has sold four million units in Britain, with a grand total of 47.9 million units worldwide. Happy..
Ubisoft has a ball
There's a trio of new Move games on European shelves this week, with Ubisoft bringing a pair of titles and 2K Sports also contributing. Let's take a look at what's available to buy now. Top Spin 4: The first dedicated tennis game for PlayStation Move, Top Spin 4 boasts some of the sport's biggest names, past and present, as well...
Sony's announced that the PlayStation 3 has shifted 3 million units in France since its release in March 2007
If we wanted to fan the fanboy flames, we'd tell you that Microsoft's XBOX 360 has moved 2.3 million units over a longer period of time. Did we say that out loud? Sony's shifted 418 million worth of software, which equates to roughly eight million units. That's in contrast to 337..
Grab your wood
It's nearly time for Tiger to take to the fairway again, with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters out in a matter of weeks, and now European gamers can get a taste of Tiger's wood with a free Move-enabled demo of the game. The 1.74GB trial features the new True View first-person perspective that lets you see through the eyes of your...
We reported last week that the demo for PlayStation Move Heroes was available on PlayStation Store, yet the update came and went with no sign of the demo. For unknown reasons it appears the demo was delayed for a week, but is now available to download in both North America and Europe. Those of you with weak connections planning on...
Fans of PlayStation franchises and PlayStation Move are just weeks away from ecstasy, as PlayStation Move Heroes is set for release in Europe this month, though the exact date fluctuates from source to source. Retail giants Gamestation and Game both have the game pegged for 25th March, while Sony's official site lists it for 30th March...
Hits Europe on 23rd March
Tactical shooter SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs — known as SOCOM: Special Forces in Europe — isn't just the focus of the most awesome Move bundle, it's also getting a playable beta in the next few weeks. PlayStation Plus subscribers across Europe can get access to the beta on 23rd March, more details of which will be...
Square Enix has just put a date on the most pretentious name in video game history
DISSIDIA 012 FINAL FANTASY will launch in Europe on March 25th, a week before Square Enix's other blockbuster PSP title, The 3rd Birthday. As with the Parasite Eve spin-off, DISSIDIA's retail UMD package will come with a few additional goodies, included downloadable costumes, exclusive art prints, and a 50 percent..
Eurogamer's managed to unearth the details from a top-secret SCEE presentation that took place in London yesterday
Attended by roughly 20 developers, Sony shared a wide range of information about its Next Generation Portable, including details on launch plans, specifications and marketing. One attendee, who's sensibly keeping himself anonymous,...
Square Enix has formally revealed the Twisted Edition of upcoming PSP shooter, The 3rd Birthday
The Europe-only (for now) package includes a number of premium items, all of which focusing on the game's, err, lovely protagonist Aya Brea. There's an artbook, lithographs and more. It sounds like all UMD copies of The 3rd Birthday will ship as the Twisted Edition. Which is cool. More freebies for you,..
SCEE's posted up the LittleBigPlanet 2 television advert over on the PlayStation Blog
The ad was created in conjunction with a number of high profile LittleBigPlanet level designers, and the results are kinda amazing. The coolest thing is that each of the levels are available to play now in the game. Our favourite is the Mediterranean Street Race, a super clever level which is a mix of Outrun and..
Amazon's announced that they've acquired the European-based DVD-rental (and streaming) service LOVEFiLM for an undisclosed amount
LOVEFiLM launched an application on the PlayStation 3 late last year. According to VentureBeat, Amazon went ahead with the purpose because of the company's streaming solutions. Apparently, with 20 percent of the service's movies available digitally, Amazon jumped at the..
PS3 title on the way
DanceDanceRevolution has been out in North America for a while now, but European fans of the dancing series were clueless as to when or if the game would make its way to the continent. Until now, that is, with Konami renaming the game DanceDanceRevolution New Moves and bringing it over in March 2011. Coming to the continent with...
Yoostar 2's an odd-ball title coming to the PlayStation 3 that uses the PlayStation Eye to put you into the movies
It takes a karaoke approach, tasking you to deliver lines all the while filming your progress. The end-result places you in the movies, rubbing shoulders with some of Hollywood's biggest names. The game, which was originally slated for release in North America only, has been picked up..
Ignore the dreadful name and Sony might be onto something with Qriocity
The super-slick cloud based streaming service magically appeared on European PlayStation 3s last night, promising on-demand audio streaming for a small fee. The service — which is accessible from a range of Sony products including Bravias, VAIOs and Blu-ray players —...
It's Christmas -- or so the neighbours' irritatingly chirpy festive lights are trying to tell us
Of course, we all know that the best thing about Christmas (aside from it being over) are the ridiculous sales. When else can you get Naughty Bear for £3.99 from GAME? (Don't do it.) Digital sales are probably the best kind because there's no physical...
PlayStation Plus subscribers have had Sackboy's Prehistoric Moves for a week now, but now all PlayStation Network members can get their hands on Sackboy's latest adventure. Costing $5.99/£4.79, the game is a co-operative only title where one player handles the DualShock 3 while the other joins in with the Move controller. It's worth a...
And some other treats on the way
Sony's Move line-up is growing on a weekly basis, with no fewer than 39 titles now available for the motion controller, so the company naturally wants to crow about the games by putting out a press release. We'll let Sony speak for itself, but as always remember you can get full reviews of these titles and many, many...
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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