The PlayStation Recap

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I didn’t attend the PlayStation Meeting 2011 in Japan with Jeff and Rey — though now we can watch the whole press conference in HD. Like most of you, however, I felt the waves of the NGP (Next Generation Portable) announcement all the way across the Pacific. The NGP is one of the first devices I’ve seen that will use an OLED screen, and the tech specs are undeniably impressive. And then there are the dual analog sticks, rear touch panel, and geo-social services like Live Area — not to mention tons of upcoming games from UNCHARTED to Call of Duty.

The announcement of the “hardware-neutral” PlayStation Suite was no less significant, as it means PlayStation content will find its way to Android devices for the first time, starting with PSOne classics.

What was your favorite announcement from the PlayStation Meeting 2011?

The PlayStation Recap – PlayStation.Blog

  • Kick Off the New Year with PlayStation Network’s ‘11 for 2011’ PS3 Game Sale — I know a good deal when I see one.
  • Killzone 3: The Right Tools for the Job — Killzone 3’s massive multiplayer arsenal is splayed out for all to see.
  • Killzone 3 Invades PlayStation Home This Thursday, Fight Back and Earn Unlock Points — I’ve been hearing good things. Have you tried it?
  • ModNation Monday: The Party’s Not Over! — Download Party Hardy and see the latest user creations.
  • More Avatar Options Coming to PlayStation Network Tomorrow — A deluge of new avatars (over 40 in all) including Red Dead Redemption, GTA IV, and Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood.
  • Happy Birthday MAG! Let’s Celebrate! — The 256-player multiplayer shooter comes of age.
  • Upcoming Novel to Bridge Gap Between Resistance 2, Resistance 3 — The Chimera have a secret weakness: Lively prose, engaging story arcs, and fleshed-out character development.
  • Dead Space 2 Terrorizes PS3 Today, Limited Edition Includes Dead Space: Extraction — This weekend, I’m curled up with Extraction on PlayStation Move.
  • PlayStation Store Update — Dead Space Extraction (with demo), Bulletstorm demo, Lord of Arcana and more.
  • Killzone 3 – Single Player Demo Coming in February — The open multiplayer beta (2/2/11) was just the beginning.
  • Stacking: Double Fine’s Tim Schafer and Lee Petty Play With Dolls Rey always delivers quality videos, but I think this might be a new high. Agree or disagree?
  • MotorStorm Apocalypse 3D Trailer Live on PSN, Watch it in 2D Now — Nice to see more 3D trailers hitting PSN.
  • Digital Comics Store Update — Dead Space: Salvage, World of Warcraft, Deadpool, and Return to Labyrinth.
  • Killzone 3 Invades PlayStation Home Tomorrow with Rewards Galore — Fun fact: Playing Killzone 3 challenges in Home earns you Unlock Points for Killzone 3’s multiplayer mode.
  • PS3 System Software Update (v3.56) — The new update is out now.
  • Live From Japan: PlayStation Meeting 2011 — The scene of the crime. Investigate it carefully and learn its secrets.
  • Introducing the Next Generation of Portable Gaming — SCEA President and CEO Jack Tretton lays out the vision for NGP.
  • Next Generation Portable (NGP): All the early details — We got your quad core, we got your dual analog, we got your OLED. But that’s just the start.
  • SOCOM 4 Ships Out April 19th, New Multiplayer Video — Zipper’s return to the SOCOM series is coming faster than a speeding bullet.
  • The Epic Story Behind Explodemon, Hitting PSN on February 8th — Ed Fear: “It’s a dramatic story, featuring MYSTERIOUS BENEFACTORS! LAST-MINUTE DEAL BREAKDOWNS! HIDDEN USURPERS! and BOUNCY CASTLES!”
  • Chime Super Deluxe: Music Puzzle Game Coming Soon to PSN — Methinks Lumines fans will be interested in this.
  • Killzone 3: Behind The Scenes — Worth watching if only to see tough guy Ray Winstone in a skin-tight one-piece studded with mocap balls.
  • Slam Bolt Scrappers Bursts onto PSN in March with Innovative “Beverage Mode” — Now you’re talking my language!
  • Five Things You Didn’t Know About MAG — All secrets revealed by Jeremy Dunham.
  • PlayStation Move Heroes Bundle, Box Art Revealed — A new alternative to the ever-popular Sports Champions PlayStation Move bundle.
  • LittleBigPlanet Community Update – Resources Galore — is absolutely worth checking out. It’s like Facebook for LBP2 user levels!
  • Plants Vs Zombies Coming Soon to PSN! — I don’t know what’s scarier: Zombies or PopCap’s Jeff Green. LOVE the game, though!
  • PlayStation Network Video Content Update — Red, Saw: The Final Chapter, Secretariat, Nowhere Boy and more.
  • Watch the reveal of NGP and PlayStation Suite in 1080p HD — Now translated for your comprehension pleasure.
  • Uncharted 3 banner

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  • Neil Druckmann at Sundance 2011 — Naughty Dog presented a panel, Video Games: The Plot Thickens, at the Miner’s Hospital on Wednesday.
  • REMINDER: The Lab – Sniper Extermination — For this episode of “The Lab” we’re bringing back a community favorite gametype variation from June 2010. All players use Dragon Sniper rifles – NO sidearms.
  • Play the MAG Beta with Zipper!

  • MAG by the Numbers — It’s MAG’s birthday this week, and we thought we’d share some of the more interesting numbers that you, the fans, have accumulated over the past 12 months.
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