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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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  • Add one to the list of people who found out about Valkyria Chronicles from this blog and fell in love with it. That game is seriously amazing, the perfect blend of action and strategy (in my opinion, at least). Beautiful game.

    Can’t wait for the DLC Thursday. :)

  • I read something this week “around the web.”

    I read that Final Fantasy VII was released on the PSN in Japan.

    I also bought it. SCEJ’s getting more of my PSN money than SCEA.

    Why? They deserve it. You, however, do not.

  • I just hope a nice update would soon come to the PS3s XMB and PSN. I am actually backing up those who want to make it better, these features are needed yet everytime there is an update it’s something without no use, beacause really voice is pretty useless. I really hope someone out there from Sony could hear what PS3 users like myself want, we are only trying to make it better Sony please hear us.

  • Sorry. I couldn’t resist.

    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 (*)

    There are some good suggestions on that list though.

  • woot, upload screenshots to facebook comfirmed. nice

  • So my 60GB just got the yellow light…may I please have it fixed for free? Please? $165 USD is quite a bit of money and is nearly equal to 3 brand new games priced at $59.99

    Otherwise I won’t be able to get any games :(

  • Jeff, do you have any info on whether Ad-Hoc Party will come to the US? Please! A simple yes or no will suffice….

  • Jeff, is the PS2 portable in the works? Also convince zipper to put a 3rd person view mode as an option. Because if they don’t they lose all their socom fans. All of them. Me included. I( Actually I don’t understand why it can’t be made mandatory, they would sell more games to more people. Makes economical sense to me.)

  • Ooo Wondergirls. Funny to see them in a post on a US blog. Their music is pretty catchy though.

  • Wow, people complain a lot. Think about any other company out there…now think of the support and constant innovation that Sony gives us.

    For the people (person) that keep posting the same post over and over: I know this is your opinion of what should be added, but time and effort devoted to games and stability are more important. I swear if I see another post about voice chat, I will scream. Most people don’t want to talk over their PS3’s – that’s why most people don’t have mics when playing COD, Warhawk, etc. In movie XMB? Would you really want a box popping up in the corner every time your friends go on and offline?

    Keep up the good work, Jeff & Co. The effort is appreciated. Keep doing what you are doing…

  • @105
    Constant innovation? Most people don’t have mics because the Mics only came out recently and cost 60+. Sure you can use cell phone ones but guess how many of the 22 million people know that. I’m pretty sure it pops up either way.

  • Forget voice/video/3D xtreme PS2 BC holo-chat.

    Just make the buddy list the way it used to be. Why take away the option of perfection?

    And maybe put the ‘Internet Search’ menu option below ‘Eject Disc’ as I eject more games than I google.

  • The spamming is getting really annoying. The fact that this blog allows for a dialogue to occur between Playstation and its fans is appreciated by many of us. So, please cut the spamming out guys.

  • Really looking forward to the VC DLC this week (got to pick up a PSN Card) and if troubles arise with a VC sequel falling through, I would hope Sony would step in and foot the bill with the franchise and help get it made (getting a quality franchise in return so pass that on if you can/must).

    Just having picked up Killzone 2, also looking forward to the 2 new maps. The level with the trains should be interesting :D

  • I’d rather have Sony to spend time on “games” and spending time on recruiting more devs to the PS3 so we’ll get more games on our beloved console. I do love the features on the PS3 and for me its a surprise of what’s coming next in a firmware update. Its like people only care about those stuff, while all I care about is my PS3 keeps on working just fine and I’ll be pleased with games that I like.

  • @Noks415 agree, one request for this blog Sony, please add an edit button haha… now I’m a spammer too.

  • hey i don’t think banning the guys requesting these features is the right way to go. I agree with them; it’s not that we don’t think we’re getting heard, it’s that we would like more updates as to when this stuff is coming. Like where is this stuff at? What are you guys working on? We’re not asking for it to be released tomorrow or even a release date we just want some info ya know?

    I can understand how hard it is for you guys too, i know it takes longer than people think to set these changes in motion, but like i said a progress report would be nice.

    If you hear us, tell us what you’re doing to satisfy us. You ask us to be vocal, so we are, but if you don’t respond then it’s kinda like we’re talking to a wall. I don’t mean to sound hostile or anything by the way it’s just we’d really like to know what’s being done about these features.

  • @ onna the people that work on games and the people that work on firmware are 2 entirely different entities if im not mistaken, so them working on FW isn’t going to detract from game development, and the FW features that we’re asking make the gaming experience better

  • Hey Jeff can you please do this for me? Can you please ask the devs whether the DLC is region locked? The thing is I travel a lot and I have to buy games from different regions. The beauty of the system is that its region free, however most DLC are region locked.

    Thanks alot in advance bro!

  • @ 106 lol yes the sony PS mic are new too us but we always had the able to communicate with other gamer when we play online games so 105 question is a great question . here another question to answer are you and others are willing to pay for these features ?

  • So there is some Internet speculation that new PS3 colors will be coming out, like they have in Japan. Would be good to see this eventuate as I posted about it a while ago on the PS blog. I’m kind of surprised SCEA haven’t done it sooner since they’ve been on sale here in Japan for ages. Could just be another rumour though.

  • @115 and others

    what’s up with asking if we are willing to pay for the features that were promised to us before launch? Why does that matter? Are you willing to pay for a game that you like? We just want a progress report!!! That’s it… I love Jeff and Chris and Eric and everything they do but, Jeff skipping over our posts and replying to the others and on top of that, commenting about us on others posts is just not cool! I along with others have been here since launch and before this blog was a reality. Im not upset that Jeff didn’t reply to my post either. Just more dissappointed that we can’t end this. All we need/want is a progress report/update, not a general “we’re working on it”. If sony is working on it at all. We are starting to think that they are avoiding our question, closing threads, and threatening to ban us because they dont have anything and wont admit it. And Sony always brags that they listen to their fans. I agree that we are lucky to have this blog but, that doesn’t mean we dont deserve better…

  • P.S.- Not a snub to Jeff/Chris. Love what u guys do, just a little frustrated. i know if it were up to you guys you would tell us something already. i know they are using the harnesses to hold you back…

  • 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 (*)

  • Nice update.. But honestly jeff I really hate it when I see this site (Sony) providing links to that lame, bias website Katoku. That site is soooo anti Sony its not even funny.. Even when its good news there’s always little cheap jabs hear and there and lets not even get started on the people who post there. I signed up there made about 3 post (no foul language or flaming) and was banned from posting???? All b/c I was PS owner who actually like his system :/

  • hey jeff looking forward to all the content in the blog this week,keep up the great work peace

  • 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’m gonna call you Lip-Service Jeff from now on.

    You say your team is listening, but your actions prove otherwise.

  • @ Jeff, thank you for taking the time to respond to so many posts even those that may rub you the wrong way! Really that kind of feed back goes a long way towards making us gamers feel important. I would ask this simple request of you. Just a simple yes or no please. 99.9999% of us are wanting/needing/begging for the same thing…so. Will the PS3 be getting in game and cross game PRIVATE VOICE CHAT? If it’s up in the air still or whatever just a simple response please and the vast majority of us will get off sony’s back, but we need to know. Thank you very much! Oh yeah and whats your log in name so I can school you in Killzone 2….lol peace

  • @ Jeff, Hey man Modern Warfare 2 is going to be out in Nov. and will instantly be the best selling game on both consoles. Can we look forward to any exclusives with that title??? How about working it out that if we preorder we get a code that gives us the 1st map pack for free when it is made. I know getting demo’s early is something, but we will All be getting the game and doing something as BADA$$ as my idea would send sales through the roof. One more thing. It must sound like every other gamer just wants to spout off to who ever is listening, but thats not the case. We feel that we have some great ideas or valid complaints, and just want sony to listen. Infinity Ward does that w/ their C O D games, and treyarch doesn’t. That’s why infinity ward sells the most popular game ever made( and most downloaded add on ever), and treyarch has to give theirs away for free. We are not all haters man, we want to help make the PS3 the system everyone wants to own. PEACE….Jeff add me to your friends list

  • Spam!!!

  • Hi Jeff/Eric and team,
    First of all I would like to say I love the PS3 and have always been a Sony gamer since the days of the Playstation 1. But there is one feature I would like added to the PS3 system and that is the ability to listen to our own music in-game NOT on the developers say-so but direct from the XMB menu on any game. Are there any plans to add this as a feature in a future firmware update? This is at the top of my most wanted features for the PS3 and would be great to have this as an option in a future update.
    Thanks,
    Steve.

  • still on fw 2.70, we’re just asking you a feedback on our feedback…. I don’t think it will be so difficult.. it seems like a top secret military affair.. the thing is disappointing us is just this mysterious silence… why?? the only “answer” became back in june 2008:

    “We are evaluating the opportunity to offer voice chat, but for this update (2.40), we wanted to focus on text messaging as the key priority for communications that our users have asked for.”

    https://blog.playstation.com/2008/06/30/firmware-v240-faq/

    1. anybody ask for a text chat.. specially as key priority

    2. you are evaluating voice chat..

    now back ONE YEAR LATER.. evaluated enough? any words for us?

    please, really, please.. JUST an answer

  • Well, since the recent announcement of Tales of Vesperia came to your attention, I hope you guys can cooperate with Namco Bandai of America to make a US release of the game possible.

  • It is nice that you are addressing the many interests of PSN users, but I would like to bring up one interest of mine: Almost a whole month ago, the Xbox 360 (and the Japanese PSN) received DLC for Sonic Unleashed in all regions, starting with the Chun-nan Adventure Pack. I was so excited, so I waited for the next U.S. PSN update… but nothing. I waited until next Thursday…nothing, oh, but the Xbox 360 got the Spagonia Adventure Pack! Every week was filled with disappointment because one of my utmost favorite 3D Sonic games (,and one of the reasons I wanted a PS3 in the first place) did not receive its download content on the U.S. PSN. Japan, I believe, has all the current DLC on PSN. Europe at least has the Chun-nan pack, but we have nothing. Please, if you could, release all the DLC soon. I am ready to purchase and enjoy it. Thank you for listening.

  • @ Sony just somethings to think about. I think you should try to take advantage of some popular trends.
    1) people love to feel like they won something so… you should think about a “sony give away” Every ps3 user id can enter to “win” a free $50 network card or dual shock controller or something
    2) people love to talk so…please include your headset in your next bundle idea
    3) loyalty program
    4) Tournaments, contests, and championships….tired of watching this or that “championships” on tv being played on M$
    5) I know you have heard it a million times but these features would go a long way towards making the ps3 the elite system and top in sales…in game and cross game Private Party Voice chat, universal in game custom music, and b/c

    let me know what you think????

  • Please can somebody @ Sony confirm if in game music is possible or not for the PS3? By this I mean direct from the XMB maybe from a firmware update. Come on Sony, please can you just confirm if this is something you have planned or not. If it isn’t in the planning stages or you simply won’t be able to include it as an option on the PS3 due to technical reasons or maybe due to the Microsoft patent (is this patent still valid??) then I will understand and will gladly drop the subject. But please come on, can you confirm where we stand with in game custom soundtracks. It is a much needed next gen feature that is hugely needed for the PS3.

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