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Covered in this week’s reading list: Xi, MLB, and DLC.

Downloadable content announcements have sparked new conversation about Killzone 2 and SRPG gem Valkyria Chronicles, which is a good thing.

Read anything good this week and don’t see it on our list? Please share your links with the class in the comments below. Or, y’know, copy-and-paste lists of demands meant for people who didn’t write this post. You know who you are! :-)

The PS Blog weekly reading list (Week of April 6, 2009)

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  • xmb intergation with twitter would be nice. jus’ sayin, y’know.

  • There’s word around that Nonaka Ryutaro, Valkyria Chronicles producer, mentioning how he hopes to create a sequel to the game. I certainly hope so. :D

    Explodemon looks great.

  • BTW Jeff, I know that Pixeljunk Eden Encore is coming out this week…but you know about any other game coming out on thursday? Crystal Defenders, Peggle, Smash Cars??

    • I don\’t believe any of those titles you mentioned are coming out this week. We usually preview all upcoming titles week of.

  • http://kotaku.com/5206591/play-final-fantasy-vii-on-your-ps3-now

    alot of people would like to no the status of this comeing to UK/US

  • Can say something about Yakuza 3 is possible for sony to try to make some type of deal with Sega of america to release the game on europe and america? cuz is a system seller in the same level of MGS4.

  • ERIC LEMPEL
    – Universal Game Invites and Join Session Button(XMB)
    – Voice Mail and Private Voice Chat in-game
    – Add OPTIONAL sound for notifications(sign on, new messages,etc.)
    – symbols and numbers that show friends online and new messages on the XMB and beside message box
    – Auto Sync Trophies
    – More developed profiles + mentioned options on profiles(refer to image below)
    – Report feature to report issues and stuff
    – Faster loading in-game XMB and profiles
    – When you receive a message you should be able to push the PS button for it to automatically pop up as long as the notification is still there
    – More Avatars
    – XMB formovies, browser and PS2

    The Profile Concept: http:*//i41.tinypic.*com/11t8q3p.jpg

    Read more : http:*//boardsus.playstation.*com/playstation/board/message?board
    .id=ps3updates&thread.id=62394

    NOTE REMOVE THE ASTERIKS (*)

    • Thanks!

      So, out of curiousity, do you and Und3rneaththeGUN get brunch together on weekends? You always post within a minute of each other, and always the same exact post.

      I have this vision of you, sipping mimosas, laptops at the ready…

      Just curious!

  • ERIC LEMPEL
    – Universal Game Invites and Join Session Button(XMB)
    – Voice Mail and Private Voice Chat in-game
    – Add OPTIONAL sound for notifications(sign on, new messages,etc.)
    – symbols and numbers that show friends online and new messages on the XMB and beside message box
    – Auto Sync Trophies
    – More developed profiles + mentioned options on profiles(refer to image below)
    – Report feature to report issues and stuff
    – Faster loading in-game XMB and profiles
    – When you receive a message you should be able to push the PS button for it to automatically pop up as long as the notification is still there
    – More Avatars
    – XMB formovies, browser and PS2

    The Profile Concept: http:*//i41.tinypic.*com/11t8q3p.jpg

    Read more : http:*//boardsus.playstation.*com/playstation/board/message?board
    .id=ps3updates&thread.id=62394

    NOTE REMOVE THE ASTERIKS (*)

  • i only like chat on my xmb as im playin games or movies sony its easy to do just look at the crapbox360 if they can anyone can.do it b4 the wii do it thin i know for sure u love ur fans sony thx!!!!!!!

  • Jeff, seriously, just ban these morons.

  • ERIC LEMPEL
    – Universal Game Invites and Join Session Button(XMB)

    – Voice Mail and Private Voice Chat in-game
    – Add OPTIONAL sound for notifications(sign on, new messages,etc.)
    -symbols and numbers that show friends online and new messages on the XMB and beside message box
    -Auto Sync Trophies

    -More developed profiles + mentioned options on profiles(refer to image below)
    -Report feature to report issues and stuff

    -Faster loading in-game XMB and profiles
    -When
    you receive a message you should be able to push the PS button for it
    to automatically pop up as long as the notification is still there

    – More Avatars
    – XMB formovies, browser and PS2

    The Profile Concept: http:*//i41.tinypic.*com/11t8q3p.jpg

    Read more : http:*//boardsus.playstation.*com/playstation/board/message?board

    .id=ps3updates&thread.id=62394

  • @Jeff

    Yes, we do enjoy brunch together on weekends. Thank you for asking.

  • will see anything about a infamous demo soon?

  • Add: Rockstar announces South Central Vehicle Pack 1 and 2 and makes the consumers of Midnght Club LA South Central Premium in suckers.

  • Jeff i want your job…. lol

  • EA’s mafia Space is GREAT!

    But chatting is definitely needed for the poker.. its hard to play a 30-1hr game without saying a single word.

  • Wow those demands from #5 & #6 are heavy modifications for the PSN profile, it’s like loading a website with all those details, if that ever comes to the PS3 i’ll never be able to load my profile due to my slow internet connection.

    By the way Jeff, can you help me with a game purchase? right now i want to buy 1 game & it’s between Valkyria Chronicles & Call of Duty 4, i don’t know which to choose! :(

  • Hey jeff thank the Sony team for all they have done to make the ps3 evolve into such a great entertainment experience will ya?

  • Can’t wait for the Valkyria Chronicles DLC. The anime started in Japan and is actually pretty good!

  • May I be the first one to say I’m so *freaking* happy that Tales of Vesperia is “FINALLY” hitting the PS3?! That game is now my number 1 wanted game on the PS3, followed by Uncharted AT, R&C CIT, Atelier Rorona, End of Eternity and FFXIII.

    I so hope for a Western release this year *keeping fingers crossed*.

  • @ Jeff, Making fun of ps3 owners is really rubbing me the wrong way.

    I think if you don’t have anything to comment on regarding xmb issues, you shouldn’t even bother doing so. Thats a tad annoying. Because everyone feels like you and everyone else, especially lempell, is ignoring the gigantic blog outcry for a response.

    I’m just as irritated as most PS3 owners when it comes to the lack of communication outside of generic ‘oh we are workign on tons of things guys! and while you’re around.. buy more psn content!’ All people want is to have a single update about why these features ARE NOT EVER MENTIONED OF. Its like this blog pretends there isn’t a constant outcry for 5 basic features that are ignored daily. You’ll find people talking about boycotting the PSN store and other things just to get some simple basic information.

    • Really, it\’s the opposite. The requests are heard loud and clear, and I knew that jakinov (and his doppelgangers) would be there within minutes to reiterate the same thing. Which is what happened.

      This weekly link post update isn\’t really the best place forum for that kind of request, but I know he\’s posting here b/c he knows he\’s being heard.

      On the other hand, we have people saying \’ban this guy for spamming\’, which is an unsavory option for me. However, we\’re getting to that point.

  • OH by the way can i add you jeff?

  • @15
    Text is tiny in size so it loads fast, the graphics will most likely be stored on the hard drive the only thing it will have to load is the text, the trophy info, avatar, and some other things, which the profile right now mostly already does load.

    Name, location, about, trophies info, avatar all there already.

    Live also loads everything just fine too so there’s really no loading problem.

  • WOW jakinov! That profile Concept is SEXY!

    Also, I hope VC get a sequel (and that its released here!)

  • If you care to know why hes posting the stuff over and over again, maybe read the forums. People just want answers, so spamming the blog is the ONLY way to get it done since there is no other actuall feedback/response from moderators or sony in any other forum.

    People are sick of it. It wouldn’t hurt to just do a “state of xmb” type post where someone actually does some homework and gets a decent response to the community. An easy break down of: Universal Music, why or why cant it be done. XMB voice chat, why or why cant it be done. More avatars, why or why cant it be done. ETC. Instead of “hahaha i bet you have a bunch of loser friends who have nothing else to do but post on a blog i bet you two hang out together too!” Even if they did sync it, you are in no position to belittle them. They paid money for a console, they buy psn content, they would love some response from something they are putting money into, and investing time into.

  • Jeff it was a good week not great as others , pulse need to be weekly and longer ( more content of whats happening in the playstation world ) , is it true that we are going to be able to but playstation merchandise, toy and other things from target entertainment??? have you guys thought about making your own tv show??? i mean you guys have three platform on the market and a lot of first and second party studios to make it happen lol , heck just make pulse a 30 minutes show and air it on tv with exclusive videos and news from all your studios all over the world , man one can dream

  • lol thats what i like to hear :) glad the team is hard at work, including you, just dont kill yourself working to hard

  • I request a feature that allows you to report players! I’m tired of getting friend invites only to have people ask me to “share” my PSN games…. It’s getting REALLY annoying!!!!

  • Happy Easter Jeff and all the guys at Sony

  • I would rather that Sony spent their time developing brand new; better ways of improving the Playstation 3. As opposed to just implementing things which can be found elsewhere. One of the main features that makes the PS3 so unique is its stand out differing style and features from its competitors.

    One thing, just one thing that I would like you guys to work on doing before adding any new features. Please, from a European customer; put European content on a par with its American Counterparts. We are still without many of the same fantastic features as they have, movies, network games at the same time and quore (or something of the like).

    You guys are doing a great job, keep it up.

  • hey jeff…

    when are we getting fat princess info? we were supposed to this week but that didnt happen

  • @27
    Being different for having slow communications, and not supporting developers for helping consumers play online with friends easier aren’t things to be proud of being different for. It has the same features right now it’s competitors have more.

  • Simmer down Commedieu. I think your anger is misdirected. I’m sure the guys here at the PS blog have some pretty strict orders on what they can or cannot talk about.

    I totally understand the frustration (though I don’t share it), but there is no need to lash out at Jeff.

  • ERIC LEMPEL

    – Universal Game Invites and Join Session Button(XMB)

    – Voice Mail and Private Voice Chat in-game

    – Add OPTIONAL sound for notifications(sign on, new messages,etc.)

    – symbols and numbers that show friends online and new messages on the XMB and beside message box

    – Auto Sync Trophies

    – More developed profiles + mentioned options on profiles(refer to image below)

    – Report feature to report issues and stuff

    – Faster loading in-game XMB and profiles

    – When you receive a message you should be able to push the PS button
    for it to automatically pop up as long as the notification is still
    there

    – More Avatars

    – XMB formovies, browser and PS2

    The Profile Concept: http:*//i41.tinypic.*com/11t8q3p.jpg

    Read more : http:*//boardsus.playstation.*com/playstation/board/message?board

    .id=ps3updates&thread.id=62394

    NOTE REMOVE THE ASTERIKS (*)

  • @25
    I would love to have that as well, but that same system being abused by those same people could definitely be a problem.

  • @15
    get faster internet :)

    i agree the xmb needs some improvments… would love to see em…

    i kudo’d that post in the forums… the ones thats being spammed… i like many features of it… the msg notifcation is HIGH on my list… sound and a lil icon would be great… sometimes i turn around from ps3 and dont realise a msg has been sent… or i go out for a smoke and come back and dont check my friends list everytime to see if ne1 sent a msg…
    bah i dunno… some1 please do something about that before ne other feature…

  • LMaO i love how they(or him with multi-acc.) keep repeating

    but the only thing that i’d love to have is

    MAG beta info!

    either way keep it up jeff

  • Happy Easter, everyone!

    @28 I hear you, I can’t wait for more Fat Princess news. Maybe they’ve moved up the release date? Hey, a guy can dream! ;)

  • Splendid week, and can’t wait to see what you guys have in store for us this week =D
    Thanks for everything Chris, and Jeff… =D

  • Happy Easter! =]

  • Happy Easter. ;)

    I’m looking forward to the Killzone 2 DLC, looking good.

    Concerning Facebook and PS3, well…I use Facebook, I just don’t see how it can be used on PS3, really (more than with the browser I mean). I would rather have Skype, just like on the PSP, that would be nice, but that’s just me thinking out loud.

    Oh, and the Art of Uncharted 2 is awesome, can’t wait to get my hands on that game. :)

  • hey jeff, when is more info on infamous coming, i wanna know tha release date, more about the demo, or at least a live chat with suckerpunch. u dont understand i cant wait for that game! i tried e-mailing them about this stuff, but they havent answered baack yet(didnt expect them 2 either :P)

  • Hey Jeff,

    You know, every now and then, we will hear a “ZOMG! X Game will be coming to be PS3” and when you check out the source it’s from someone like Hiphopgamer or such, the downside of this is that most people don’t know the source, and when they don’t see the “rumor” before the post, they just think it is real, only to be disappointed later and blame Sony for it.

    There are more of it, and sometimes, it gets really annoying, like the supposed insider info for Firmware 2.70, and I think you actually saw how most people were letdown by FW 2.70 even though it was a great update.

    I am sure we will likely see many rumors like “ZOMG! Kingdom Hearts 3 will be announced at E3!!!!” or so, which will most likely cause many people to be disappointed by the actual show no matter how great it might be.

    So, I would really like to see Sony makes official announcement of ruling out some of the obvious rumors and fake articles. And I think you are the best guy suited to do this since you take a lot of your time by checking to see what’s happening in the gaming world.

    Thanks.

    • It\’s a good point. And as much as I\’d like to say that the fact that the rumors were *so wrong* would make people think twice, I know that\’s not the case.

      Bottom line: If you don\’t read it here or from another official source, it\’s just not true. Kingdom Hearts info comes from (and only from) Square Enix. Firmware info debuts here. and so on…

  • Hey Jeff

    Do you know if there will be a Sony’s Gamers Day this year in Europe? I believe it was this time last year they had one.

  • Hey Jeff, Happy Easter to you and yours!!!
    I also agree that this isn’t the best place to comment on the XMB and the perks we want but, like you said, we post cause we know we are being heard. And I agree totally with the spamming part but then again, he and others keep on posting b/c we don’t hear anything on when/if things are gonna happen, if in fact they are coming, and the progress. we get the feeling that you guys are hearing us but brushing us off at the same time. We/I appreciate everything you, Chris, Lempel and others are doing but, the one most important thing to us and I believe sony as a whole is, some answers on the in-game invites, voice chat/messaging, etc… If you can acknowledge that our requests are being heard and give us some info to nibble in the meantime until they do come out, I guarantee that you wouldn’t hear from us as much until the firmware update. Please, we’re sorry if your getting annoyed at us posting the same thing all the time but, when you feel as passionately as we do that the PS should have been had these perks than you too (if you didn’t work for sony) would be posting up until some info came forward. again, thanks for everything you guys do… we greatly appreciate it…

  • Hey, thanks for this weekly reading list Jeff.

    Is inFAMOUS going to release before E3’09 or after?

    By the way, please let Konami know that fans only want MGS4 story mode trophies “If they are working on them”. Because the majority of fans didn’t like MetalGearOnline!

  • any info on when the video store or psn cards are coming to Canada?

  • thanx jeff cant wait for fat princess and infamous

  • http://playstation.joystiq.com/2009/04/10/final-fantasy-vii-now-available-on-the-playstation-store/

    Forgot about FF7 on the JP store there Jeff. Thats news man, big news! Lets hope the US store and Square Enix USA can see the validity of this.

  • Jeff, the problem is, sometimes it happens from Sony. I am talking about stuff like the supposed 11 unannounced games to be shown at TGS 08, people were constantly talking about what are the games at that time, but the fact of the matter was that the whole thing was something taken out of proportion from Sony’s official (Japan) website.

    I think it would be much better for Sony to clarify some rumors, you know, like how Infinity Ward smashed the fake rumor about PS3 being the lead platform for Modern Warfare 2, it’s much better this way, I think.

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