New Blog Features Arrive!

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Hey everyone, you may recall last month we wrapped up our reader poll asking what features you’d like to see added to this here blog.

Downloadable high-resolution images, a desktop widget and a subscribe-via-email option were the top 3 requests – and that’s exactly what we’re adding here today. Take a quick peek at the sidebar —–>

Multi-Megabyte Images Await
We have a growing collection of images and artwork from PlayStation games available via Flickr. Each image is available for download at multiple resolutions, most of which scale up to 1280 x 720 and/or 1920 x 1080, and a few that are even bigger than this for you bandwidth gluttons. We’ll be adding new pictures to this collection fairly regularly, so we’ve also created a separate image feed (RSS) that you can subscribe to if you’d like to be notified of updates.

You Love the Blog, Now Get the Widget Too!
We’ve created a PlayStation.Blog widget that lives on your desktop and automatically pulls in all of our latest blog posts. We’ve got two flavors for you guys: one for the Mac, the other for the PC. The Mac widget is your standard OS X Dashboard Widget (download here), and the PC version uses Yahoo! Widgets. Note that you’ll need to first install Yahoo!’s Widget app before you can download and use this PC version.

You Can Never Have Too Much Email
We’ve added an option to subscribe to PlayStation.Blog updates via email (this is in addition to our RSS feed and is provided via the same service, Feedburner). Simply click on the email icon, enter your email address and hit “subscribe.” Once you verify that you’re indeed human and your email works, you’re all set. As we publish new posts here, you’ll automatically receive updates via email.

That’s it for now. It bears mentioning, while info is – and will always be – our priority and focus for you guys here, how you access this info is a matter of preference that can take a lot of different shapes. Hopefully these new features give you a few more options to consider, and at very least, make this blog a little more useful. We’ll be looking into some additional blog bling down the road, most of which involves things you’ve commented or emailed us about, but if you have any additional ideas, let us know. Thanks everyone.

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72 Comments

  • Thanks for the high res images!
    Hopefully this blog will continue to evolve.

    Thanks again.

  • Question.

    What are you guys planning for TGS and the blog? Hopefully you’ll give us a sneak peak.

    Im really looking forward to TGS!!!

  • This is great..oh yeah THIRD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Cool;) Love the Widget!!! ;-P

  • Widget FTW. Thanks!

  • Are we still getting the post ranking option?

  • Pretty sweet with those hi-res images. Would be even more awesome if you made some kind of wallpapers out of those screenshots though!

  • windows vista gadget.

  • Wow, I can’t wait for more new features! Keep it up guys great blog!!

  • There should be a VISTA Sidebar Gadget

  • Thanks for making all of these new features!

  • Is there a way to change your password?

  • great show sony!

  • Thanks for the Mac widget, pretty much all i’ve been hoping for

  • I have an idea for the image feed!!

    You could release some Blog-exclusive PS3 wallpapers that we can use! I’m talking ones that actually work on the PS3, and you can see the white text on top of (The Street Fighter Puzzle wallpapers don’t work at all as wallpaper). I like how they’ve been doing the bar across the top of the PS3 wallpapers to allow for the XMB.

    Good idea or no?

  • nice new blog feature

    @14 – all I want is 1 game from Sony I cant put down! Im more disappointed with every new game that comes out – I will exclude warhawk from that list but its still not what the PS3 consel needs! I enjoyed your comments but they will soon delete it. they did mine!

  • Google Desktop Gadget anyone?

  • That is so funny, i was thinking an Igoogle program would be cool. I use I-Google for all kinds of information to post on my home page at work and would love to see that functionality. (Besides, Google and Microsoft don’t play well so why not rub Microsofts face in it?)

  • Thanx for the high res images thats awesome…. the widgets are cool but I check this blog more than twice a day, so I probably wont need them… but cool feature non the less!

  • Thanks for the Mac OS X Dashboard widget! It rocks! I was afraid you guys at Sony would forget about us ;).

  • Sweet add ons, my favourite is the email subscription and widget is nice, too! We haven’t seen Patrick blog for a bit, so its nice to see you’re back Patrick. :)

  • i still think the blog is a mess, the fact that we can’t reply to a commenter with a single click instead of having to type out the users name or refer to what number post they were. Do something about it! It’d make things run alot easier.

    @Zampano, I completely agree with you on that. Censorship just makes things worst in my opinion. The parents are the ones taht are supposed to prevent their children from doing anything “wrong” I’ve grown up on horror movies,violent games, and i’ve never committed a crime, never did drugs,etc. I’m 23 and love violent games! I know that the things in GTA are wrong! Thats why I did it through the GAME.

    Bah, keep up the good work anyway

  • Awsome, this blog is getting better and better!

  • For those on a Mac and are behind the times like me and still running Panther, you can use the Yahoo version Widget. You just need to download the Mac version of the Yahoo Widget Engine.

  • Good work holmes!

  • I like this update :-).Is there a chance that we will be able to download high res videos via PlayStation Blog once it’s updated again? If not, I’m cool with it, but I think it would be a nice feature.

  • Yahoooooooooo, widget !

  • The blog keeps getting better and better.
    Keep up the work

  • Its nice to see you guys are really listening to our feedback. I like the new add ons to the blog

  • thanks for the widget but can youll put more color in it and also make it smaller?

  • The Mac OS X widget was a surprise, I didn’t think you guys would do anything for the Mac users.

  • Great job once again SONY!!!

  • Google Desktop too please :D

  • self.confessed.cynic

    Well, both you guys and us know that the blog isn’t perfect – but the fact that you guys are listening is all I need to know. Fantastic work.

    You now have everything I’d ever want from a blog except a podcast which features in-depth interviews… if only.

    Keep it up.

  • My macbook thanks you sony for the widget

  • this is absolutley fantastically!! I already downloaded the yahoo widget and its pretty cool. I also subscribed to email updates and they are ok. (just a lil slow). and i’ve already checked out the high def photos and those are awesome!!! great update to the blog. love you guys.

    lh

  • WarHawk’s successful launch, good scores for LAIR, several PSN Store updates and now this

    Sony knock it em’ out of the park!

    Bravo!

  • thanks for the new updates! I would like to know if you will make a WINDOWS VISTA widget too? thanks

    Journey, Don’t Stop Believin’

  • Fantastic. Bolstering this site is always good.

  • vista’s sidebar is non-functional..

  • amazing

  • HAHAHAHAHAHA @ #44

  • Oh, and in the midst of my spiel there, I forgot.

    Good additions to the blog Sony! I also own a Mac, and to have an OSX widget is unexpected, but very well thought of. Kudos, keep it up!

  • This is why i love Sony so much. Thank you guy’s.

  • Great work guys! Cant you do a roundtrip around the world so we can see photos from every little sony game studio with interviews?.. would be a very nice read.

  • Very nice additions but i’m a vista user so could you make a vista widget too?

  • Sweet, i love the whole Widget thing…
    Good work folks

  • As you (Sony) seem to pay attention to us (the users) I would like to make a request. I’m very happy that you decided to let people run Linux on their PS3s, I don’t like that you have denied access to the RSX but I can cope with it.

    So, my request is that I (and presumably many others) would like an icon in XMB to launch into Linux. It’s ain’t pretty now when you need to change your default system each time you want to boot into Linux.

    If you implemented this I would be very very happy. And please try to explain why you have cut off the access to the RSX in Linux, please.

    Thank you for the good work so far!

  • i thought thought the PSPSLIM came out in a month?!?!?!

  • Yay for new blog features, but… I’m sitting here with Lair, crashed at the leaderboards and afraid to turn it off because I’m downloading a bunch of stuff…

    In any case, crash notwithstanding, why haven’t you guys done anything about Lair since it’s release yesterday? Why is the release date still listed as the 4th on the official site? I have it here, it’s playing it’s epic music (not much else, though, because I can’t even access the PS button menu) You guys should feature it now that it’s released like you did with Warhawk…

    Except this crash and some MINOR control issues, this game is pretty good. Not worth being pushed under the carpet simply because IGN and PSM had a stick up their butts about motion control. Seriously… Feature this game!

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