HBO TV Show On PlayStation Network

Starting today, gamers on Sony Playstation 3 and PlayStation Portable will be able to download original television content from HBO from the PlayStation Network. The videos can be downloaded via internet from PSN and may be watched on TV.

The move is in an attempt to score a point against Microsoft that has become pretty successful in luring users to XBox 360 via video content downloadable via XBox Live. The new partnership will mean Sony PSN users may be able to download and view True Blood, Big Love, Entourage, Eastbound and Down, The Sopranos, The Wire, Sex and the City, Rome, Da Ali G Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Flight of the Conchords on their television.

Given the massive access to such shows via alternate channels as well, I do not see this as offering Sony a competitive edge. However considering that similar content is available via XBox, it makes sense for Sony to bring on a level playing field through striking such a content deal with HBO. Your thoughts?

[via Venture Beat]

US Video Game Revenues By Platform

Spending on video games in the US is estimated to be close to $20.2 billion for 2009. This includes a variety of platforms including mobile phones which is expected to grow from the $4.7 billion in 2009 to $11.4 billion by 2014.
Here is the share of the various other video gaming platforms as measured […]

Spending on video games in the US is estimated to be close to $20.2 billion for 2009. This includes a variety of platforms including mobile phones which is expected to grow from the $4.7 billion in 2009 to $11.4 billion by 2014.

Here is the share of the various other video gaming platforms as measured in a study by TNS and NewZoo. The numbers may not add up to 100% due to rounding

Gaming Console : 59%
PC Games : 17%
Game portals : 11%
Massively Multiplayer Online games : 8%
Mobile : 4%


PSP2 May Not Support UMD – May Be Smartphone

Sony has not had a great few releases as far as its gaming console segment is concerned. PSPGo did not ‘go’ down really well with the customers. However, according to the Head of Sony Australia, Michael Ephraim, PSPGo has marked the path forward for the company that may now be contemplating an end to physical distribution of game. Ephraim said,

“[PSPGo] was the first device of its kind where you did not have packaged goods or pre-recorded media. I think PSPGo will blaze the trail for future iterations of the handheld.”

While Ephraim did not explicitly rule out the possibility for PSP2 to not support the original UMDs of PSP, he noted that PSP2 may be a digital download-only device. He further said that any handheld device in the market today will be in direct competition with smartphones – that are basically an all-in-one device and are pretty popular among gamers.

So will PSP2 also include voice-calling capabilities to take on competition from smartphones? Ephraim did not answer.

[via GameSpot]

PlayStation Move Launch In July

Is PlayStation Move – an upcoming sport simulator using advanced motion sensing techniques – launching in July? South African retailer, BTGames, has popped ad advert that, among other things, claims that the PlayStation Move is launching in July. “Watch out for PlayStation Move. Coming this July”, is what the ad claims.

For one, the source may have some credibility. The retailer had broken the news about the launch of a 250GB XBox 360 Elite nearly two months prior to launch. Despite this, there are doubts regarding the claim because Sony is learned to have delayed the launch of PlayStation Move until Fall 2010.

Maybe this is all a big rumor game.

[via VG247]

Virgin Games To Relaunch Next Month?

Richard Branson’s Virgin Group may be making a comeback to the gaming segment. According to reports on MCV, the company is likely to relaunch Virgin Games during the E3 event at Los Angeles next month. Richard Branson is rumored to be personally attending the event.

According to unnamed sources MCV spoke to, the games are noted to be “online only” and shall be built over acquired technology. However, Virgin is expected to make the games compatible across all the leading gaming console platforms. That would help Virgin tap the networks built through Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, as well as multi-player PC gaming.

[via MCV]

Nintendo 3DS To Launch During Christmas Holidays 2010

We have heard a few rumors about the Nintendo 3DS of late. Last week, there were speculations that the soon to be launched device might possibly incorporate a 3D camera. These reports have now been confirmed by Nintendo CFO Yoshihiro Mori.

Now we are also hearing that the Nintendo 3DS shall come with a widescreen display. Currently, the displays are in the 4:3 ratio. Also, it has been confirmed that the 3DS will come with additional security features like DRM encrypted gaming cartridges to prevent privacy.

The launch is expected to happen during the Christmas holiday season. This is noted from a FCC filing which has requested for confidentiality that expires just in time for the holiday season.

[via Kotaku]

Sony PSP 2 To Launch Next Month?

Sony has been pretty tight-lipped with regard to their new product launches so far, be it a low cost version of PlayStation 3 or this one. But according to sources that MCV spoke to, two key publishers are waiting on an increasing marketing spend and that they are waiting for Sony to announce its new platform before the publishers could announce their own PSP plans

Speculations are that this announcement could come during next month’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, that is scheduled to be held at Los Angeles.

PSP was launched over six years ago and so far has remained free from any major changes to its model. Next month could change all that.

[via MCV]

Top Gaming Countries By Average Revenue Per Gamer

PlaySpan, a company focused on providing monetization solutions for online games, social networks and virtual worlds has released its latest report on the state of the international virtual goods economy.
According to the report, virtual goods will bring close to $1.6 billion to the US economy in 2011. The highest revenues on a per-gamer basis […]

PlaySpan, a company focused on providing monetization solutions for online games, social networks and virtual worlds has released its latest report on the state of the international virtual goods economy.

According to the report, virtual goods will bring close to $1.6 billion to the US economy in 2011. The highest revenues on a per-gamer basis comes from Australia.

Here is the average revenue per paying user (ARPPU) of gamers from the top 20

1. Australia : $24.38
2. USA : $22.76
3. Netherlands : $22.03
4. Portugal : $22.11
5. Sweden : $19.61
6. UK : $19.12
7. Canada : $17.74
8. Peru : $17.42
9. France : $13.99
10. Turkey : $10.64
11. Germany : $8.31
12. Israel : $7.62
13. Spain : $7.41
14. Italy : $7.20
15. Argentina : $6.25
16. Poland : $5.71
17. Brazil : $5.56
18. Mexico : $4.08
19. Colombia : $3.51
20. Chile : $2.43