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Sony To Shift The PSN Into Overdrive

If you were around during the early days of the PlayStation 3, you should be amazed at the strides the Network has taken since late 2006 and early 2007. Well, Sony isn't about to sit on its laurels and say, "gee, we done good."

Nah, they're gonna keep making the PSN your favorite online home for video content. As Gaming Front reports, SCEA has announced that more improvements will soon be headed your way. First, they say they'll ramp up the "digital quality" of the games that will be coming online soon, and other pieces of content - like songs for your PSP - will be of a better quality as well. We also see mention of a "huge range" of PS1 classics, and we've already heard about the impending digital releases of PS1 cornerstone titles like Final Fantasy VII and Metal Gear Solid. As of now, there are currently a grand total of over 200 games available for download on the PSN but Sony isn't happy with that number; they plan to add another hundred before the year is out! Oh, and let's not forget about that last comment in the article, which hints at exclusive DLC for certain impending titles...what could they be? Sony fans have long since complained of Microsoft securing a bunch of DLC for the biggest games of the generation ('cough' GTAIV 'cough') but these days, with the console war at a full boil, both sides have a healthy amount of ammunition.  Oh, you got a cannon...?  We got a missile!

So anyway, expect bigger and better things from the PSN in 2009. If there's one aspect of Sony's game business that has been a 100% positive this generation, it's the increased quality and overall amount of PSN content. There's just no denying that.

6/8/2009 John Shepard

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Yogi
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 9:58:29 PM
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I only expect the best from the sony camp anymore.. it seems like they just understand what we want..

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 10:04:42 PM
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I just hope they continue the trend of PS1 greats like FF7, Resident Evil, and Metal Gear. Too many of those PS1 "classics" are mediocre at best. They have a gold mine if they simply would fill the store with their PS1 library, what is taking so long?!

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Mamills
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 10:08:02 PM

yea i hope to see more of square's catalogue such as vagrant story, All the other FFs and FF tactics. oh and the dragon quests and brave fencer musashi

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Jalex
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 5:21:04 AM

@ Mamills

Dude, 'Vagrant Story' was the first game that popped into my mind.
They've released some of the best already, but I've only played 'Vagrant' once and never owned it, so that would be great for me if they added it to the Network.

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Godslim
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 5:30:57 AM

lol i want Final fantasy X on the store they should start doing ps2 games

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Jojoman
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 9:53:52 AM

"Intelligent Qube"

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shadowpal2
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 9:55:56 AM

CHRONO CROSS!!!!!!

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Mamills
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 10:06:45 PM
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about time, so happy im still in the playstaion camp. i just prefer their content
(im a sucker for RPGs and so far this entire generation RPGs are crap across all consoles)
just need me some FF13, 13 versus, 14, white knight chronicles ooh and the last guardian. as for PSN exclusives, 2 words: Fat Princess

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Deleted User
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 10:11:58 PM
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Considering that they own a movie studio and BGM it's crazy they haven't done better with content delivery. There is no reason they couldn't get at least 2 PS1 games out per wk. Emulation of the PS1 is over a decade old. They have no where to go but up.

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Treydogg0011
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 10:27:40 PM
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XMB chat. That is one thing I enjoy on my 360, its a shame my friends and I have to use AIM or Yahoo to talk while playing games on the PS3.

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Blaiyan
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 7:33:39 PM

I think ps3 has an instant chat feature you can use in game with people on your friends list. But if you want to talk (in the meantime while you wait for that luxury feature) you could do like we did in olden times and use a phone. I mean if you want.

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Juanalf
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 10:31:01 PM
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Lets' hope so; I really want to see PSN grow and expand more than it already has.I get tire of hearing people make fun of PSN and it's lack of features and content and all that stuff.There are thought too many junkie PS1 games in the store hopefully they bring most of the "real" classics this year.

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Zemus101
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 10:34:02 PM
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I need a bigger PSP memory sick! ugh ...FFVII alone takes almost all of it up >< I wanna play me some Breath of Fire 3 (or 4 maybe? Never played that one) when I'm done with FFVII in a month or so.

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Highlander
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 10:58:22 PM

LOL, spoiled for choice...

I was playing Breath of Fire III when I got a great deal on Star Ocean 2, which I was playing when FFVII dropped to PSN, meanwhile on the PS3, I was replaying Xenosaga I, and of course wouldn't you know it, Cross Edge lands in my mailbox, and of course FFVII dropped to PSN, and I still want to do a second run through of Valkyria Chronicles.

It's too much, TOO MUCH!! I tells ya!

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Banky A
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 11:36:28 PM

That is living ^_^

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Highlander
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 12:17:34 AM

You know what'll happen next? Monster Hunter on PSP will be the crack cocaine of PSP ownership....

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jdt1981
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 10:34:19 PM
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Don't stop with PS1 games Sony, I want my entire collection of PS1 and PS2 games available for download off the PS store. Maybe we could also get some classic PC games on the PS store like the whole Thief Series KOTOR 1 & 2 etc.

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Highlander
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 12:46:02 PM

You want a PC emulation on a PS3!? Sacrilege!

;-)

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ctd669
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 10:48:10 PM
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Gotta upgrade my HDD...Very exciting to be a PS3 owner this year!!!

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Scarecrow
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 11:13:20 PM
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People over hype networks
As long as I can play the games online I don't care 'bout anything else.

It's good to have network games too, and the PSN has a lot of 'em. And nothing beats exclusives from ps1!

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Highlander
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 11:15:18 PM

Uber classics like FFVII and MGS - PSN exclusives like these really do matter in he 'exclusive' game arms race.

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Jed
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 11:14:45 PM
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I just upgraded my hd so bring it on!! I think FFVII is a steal at $10. I will probly download it so I don't risk scratching up my discs anymore. Oh ya, it will be great having it on my psp.

Does anyone know if game saves can be transferred back and forth between psp and ps3?

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Highlander
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 11:15:49 PM

Yes, they can.

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eLLeJuss
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 11:58:04 PM
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Ah, i want moster rancher #(forgot the number) for my psp. XD. I Love'd that game. You had to switch CD's to get new mosters. FuN xD.

Though i think theres a problem with the PSN tonight. I was trying to log-in but it always times out. I'm getting pretty annyoed by it. =/

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karneli lll
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 12:16:59 AM
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The psn has become a monster. downloaded 2 episodes of dexter,1 of tudors and some e3 videos in almost an hour.

Here's hoping Sony brings dexter's fourth season in the fall

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th0mas21
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 12:22:44 PM

Incase anyone hasnt seen the Pilot for Dexter, its free under extras in the movie section of the PSN. (under TV shows obviously)
check it out, i enjoyed it.

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Banky A
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 12:51:02 AM
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Well written
;)

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kratos17
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 1:05:38 AM
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wat i dont understand is that the psn has syphon philter 1 and 3
but not the second game

anyway those games were one of my favorites growing up

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Qubex
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 4:09:29 AM
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Its looking UP for Sony!

Q!

"i am home"

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www
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 5:45:44 AM
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I think Sony have a weapon of mass destruction though.

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N a S a H
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 6:48:41 AM
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How about sorting out the lag in most of its online games? Some games it's so bad, it's actually unplayable online *cough RSV2 cough*.

They also always delay patches from coming in quickly. Content is good but the actual service itself?...

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Wage SLAVES
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 9:44:25 AM

Resistance 2 runs like a champ under 60 player fights...

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Highlander
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 12:42:16 PM

The only lag you'll see on games on the PS3 is inherent in the Internet connections and wireless networks of the other players (and possibly your own too).

Burnout Paradise is a peer to peer game, it doesn't depend on any servers what so ever. So Burnout Paradise is a great game to use to illustrate why network lag is more likely to be the fault of you or other players in your game, than it is PSN or Sony, or servers. Even though there are no servers for Burnout Paradise, people still complain bitterly about lag.

Here's why. In a game running at 60 frames per second, each frame lasts 16 thousandths of a second. Your average wireless network has something in the region of 100ms, or a tenth of a second of lag, just because it's wireless (it's inherent in the protocols). That's 6 frames on screen.

Now Say you and another player are playing against each other and one of you has a laggy connection with a mere 100ms delay. That means that when that player takes an action in game there is a tenth of a second delay before the data actually is transmitted to your console. Then your game processes that incoming data and displays the effect for you and sends that information back to the other player (peer to peer games do this). After yet another network delay your opponent finally sees the effect of his action. Because your games need to be in sync to play effectively, each console in the session must communicate with the other all the time, and each must make predictions on movement of vehicles to maintain synchronization of all of the players in the session.

Now, not only will your opponent see the lag in their experience, but you will to, because the game must sync with the slowest player in the session.

If you're playing a game that uses servers, the situation is a little different, but laggy players in a session still cause the same kinds of delay because the server has to wait for them in order to sync all the players in the session. So the server could be lightly loaded and have near instant response, and still you have a laggy experience.

Imagine how having a group of players from around the world with varying amounts of network lag will impact your experience.

Lag is inherent in the protocols used for wireless links, it's inherent in routed networks because the data has to be routed. The data can be routed through several nodes before arriving, and each node data routes through will add to the time taken for a data packet to go from source to target. All of this is independent of PSN.

It's not like in the old days of LAN parties where all players are on the same LAN and so have essentially zero network lag.

People often blame PSN (and XBL to some extent too) for the lag they experience. Yes busy game servers can be a problem (especially on XBL), but in truth, the Internet will always lag, it's not PSN's fault.

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N a S a H
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 4:07:18 PM

I'm talking about FPS's. I can't say much about racing games other than GT5P.

I have COD4 and RSV2 for both 360 and PS3, and XBL always provide a much more stable and less-laggy game.

The same can be said about Forza on 360. The races online are much more stable and have no lag when compared to GT5P online. That's a pitty though because GT5 is such a great game and Forza has NOTHING on it, other than the online part.

I don't think it's just a coincidence. I wouldn't mind paying €7 a month for a much smoother PSN.

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 4:47:28 PM

GT5P /= GT5

Let's get that straight

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bigberr
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 7:36:03 AM
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I enjoy both systems (360 and PS3). Sony's PSN will always be 2nd to Xbox Live.

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Banky A
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 11:38:45 PM

What the fudge?

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shaydey77
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 8:16:54 AM
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I still dont get the whole DLC thing. I dont mind expansions like but telling people that they need a certain map pack to play in areas that they used to be able to play is complete b****x. cough Halo 3 cough. not to mention that it takes on aaverage 4 times longer to load a game on XBL than PSN.oh yeah...its also FREE..thats definitely 2nd...

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The X Factor 9
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 10:41:27 AM
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Xbox Live is a better community, but there's no doubt that PSN is a MUCH BETTER deal.
A couple of firmware updates and PSN could be just as good as Xbox Live.
I hate the fact that Xbox Dashboard looks like a never ending giant advertising board. I much prefer the clean look of the XMB.

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sticklife
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 11:39:24 AM
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You know, with so much stuff on the way it'd be cool if they made it two release days a week so that if there was nothing you like then you'd only have to wait like 3 or 4 days.

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Highlander
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 12:44:03 PM

Then how would you keep up?

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Robochic
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 11:54:14 AM
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The PSN is going to just keep exploding it's great :)

Looking forward to seeing more PS1 games hit the store.

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RadioHeader
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 3:46:58 PM
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Like jdt1981, I'd also like to see some PS2 classics on there too. Does anyone know if it's even a possibility for the future...Highlander?

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Blaiyan
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 7:38:45 PM
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Nice. I like luxury features. PSN is good for me right now. I can't think of a feature I don't have that I really need/want but whatever it should be good. Okay better digital quality ps1 games would be nice. Maybe touch up the graphics on those games. I could barely tell what I was looking at playing Jet moto 2.

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F302Pilot
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 10:37:23 PM
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I would like to the PS1 classic games expand,add Front Mission 2 and Front Mission Alternative and expand on TV shows

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somethingrandom
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 11:26:33 PM
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Note: If a cannonball and missile collided, cannonbal=missile in destructive power. I know what I just said was very circumstancial and pointless, but I felt like saying it.

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Skatejimmy5
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 10:10:58 AM
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The only thing I really want from the PSN is that movie download service will come to Europe.

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