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http://blog.us.playstation.com/2009/04/01/...re-v270-update/

The video is on the webpage linked.

The main feature update is in-game (and out-of-game) instant messaging with up to 15 people. Of course, PS3 games have in-game voice chat for those who are playing together.

Other features include updates to the video delivery service (for movies/TV shows you've bought or rented) and friend's list.

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This chat feature is cross-game. You don't have to be in the same game to use it with somebody. You don't have to be in a game period, while others may be playing. You can have up to 3 chatrooms, with up to 15 other people in each.

I think it lays the framework for cross-game voice chat. They already have the chatrooms going. So the only thing left is to include voice.

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we are going on three years with this... what is taking so long? why is cross game voice chat that hard to implement?

Microsoft has a lot of patents in their X360 OS. The in-game guide for music playback, the in-game voice chat, and other things.

Sony can't just use that code. Its engineers have to figure out other ways.

Microsoft is great with software (Yes, even Windows.).

Sony is also very good with software, even if hardware is their bread and butter. They do have the largest games development studio in the world, after all. Microsoft is just better in that respect.

Microsoft also has INCREDIBLE compression technologies (That they have on lock down, and nobody else can just use.). Which allows them to still be able to use DVD's in their gaming system with most games.

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Microsoft has a lot of patents in their X360 OS. The in-game guide for music playback, the in-game voice chat, and other things.

Sony can't just use that code. Its engineers have to figure out other ways.

Microsoft is great with software (Yes, even Windows.).

Sony is also very good with software, even if hardware is their bread and butter. They do have the largest games development studio in the world, after all.

let's take MS out of the equation. Let's focus on sony and what they are doing. It seems to me that a company that is capable of the many, many technological advancements that sony has a history of coming up with should have no problem implementing something like cross game voice chat. is it me or is that just too hard?

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let's take MS out of the equation. Let's focus on sony and what they are doing. It seems to me that a company that is capable of the many, many technological advancements that sony has a history of coming up with should have no problem implementing something like cross game voice chat. is it me or is that just too hard?

Microsoft has to be in the equation because they hold patents and exclusive rights to a lot of the software features you and others mention.

Sony can't just one day incorporate such features. They have to build and code them from the ground up using other methods.

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"Video files you’ve purchased from the PlayStation Store..."

So still no access to Netlix online service? What a rip. <_<

The PlayStation video store has a wider selection than the Netflix service on X360, and you can rent all movies.

I rented The Hills Have Eyes for $2.99 a month ago.

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The PlayStation video store has a wider selection than the Netflix service on X360, and you can rent all movies.

I rented The Hills Have Eyes for $2.99 a month ago.

Netflix streaming is awesome fer sure, but it is only a small portion of the video goodness available on Live :)

Microsoft announced today it has signed two new partners for the Xbox Live Video Marketplace. TNA Wrestling and The Weinstein Company will offer pay-per-view content and new movies. Below is the press release with some of the new video content that will be available starting this week.

If variety is the spice of life then consider Xbox LIVE Video Marketplace HOT! The best keeps getting better with a little bit of something for everyone on Xbox LIVE, and this week even more great content is available thanks to two new partners: TNA Wrestling and The Weinstein Company.

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Tantalizing new movies are also available, beginning with the Academy Award® winning film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and the comedic cult-favorite “Zack and Miri Make a Porno.” These are just the first two titles coming from The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films, a new Xbox LIVE content partner that will release more than 15 additional titles on Video Marketplace soon, including “Extreme Movie,” “Fanboys,” and “Janky Promoters.”

Xbox LIVE Video Marketplace has a history of providing the best entertainment has to offer and the LIVE community has devoured it. More than 42 million pieces of entertainment content from Video Marketplace have been downloaded to-date, and since the New Xbox Experience update four months ago, the pace of downloads has doubled! This is proof positive that the new dashboard design makes it easier for people to discover all the fun and entertainment of Xbox 360.

No matter your entertainment choice, whether it’s in the ring, on the red carpet or somewhere in between, there are more than 17,000 movies, TV shows and music videos available on Video Marketplace, in addition to the Netflix instant watch library of 12,000 titles – making Xbox LIVE the premier source of video entertainment in your living room.

Sony and Nintendo have made big strides over the last year in downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 (Sony) and the Wii (Nintendo). But Microsoft's Xbox Live service got there first — and it still holds a comfortable lead, both in quantity and quality of content.

Not that Microsoft is coasting. Xbox Live hosted the exclusive launch of Rockstar Games' “Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost & Damned,” which broke all the service's single-day records when it was released in February. And the company is making another big online push over the next two months with its “Days of Arcade” promotion.

The series of new releases begins this month with Electronic Arts' “Hasbro Family Game Night,” which is actually four separate games: Scrabble, Yahtzee, Battleship and Connect Four. Subsequent weeks will bring the puzzle games “Flock,” “Lode Runner” and “Puzzle Quest: Galactrix”; the six-player racer “OutRun Online Arcade”; the indie-developed hack-and-slasher “The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai”; and “Uno Rush,” the long-awaited sequel to Xbox Live Arcade's best-seller.

Scott Austin, Microsoft's director of digitally distributed games, says that when Xbox Live Arcade began, “the bulk of users were hardcore gamers. Yet they were the people buying ‘Uno.' The hardcore user likes more than just hardcore content.”

Austin says Arcade has changed a lot since its early days. “Our partners are bringing a new level of quality,” he says, “with bigger, deeper, more immersive games.” He cites “Castle Crashers” and “Braid” as products that “got more buzz than many retail games.”

“The quality bar is rising,” Austin says. “And we've got lots of good stuff on the way.”

More Xbox news

Xbox Live is also dominating the competition with its Video Marketplace, which now has nearly 30,000 movies, TV episodes and music videos available for download. But Sony's PlayStation Network is working hard to close the gap, and the recent addition of NBC Universal gives PSN content from all the major Hollywood studios.

Grace Chen, PSN senior manager, says “we've seen huge growth since July,” when Sony began its video download service. The NBC Universal deal pushes PSN's video offerings to about 6,000.

http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll...IVING/903220303

Netfix says they offer over 12,000 videos to PIRATED VIDEO IS ILLEGAL on Live, so as you can see just the Netfix PIRATED VIDEO IS ILLEGAL on Live offers more than the entire PSN video library, as of last month anyways

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Voice chat is included in all games that have online multiplayer.

well yea, it's been there for a long time, since socom 1 on ps2. the thing is i want to be able to chat with my friends no matter what game we are playing. plus i would like to voice chat with multiple people, together in the same room, at the same time.

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well yea, it's been there for a long time, since socom 1 on ps2. the thing is i want to be able to chat with my friends no matter what game we are playing. plus i would like to voice chat with multiple people, together in the same room, at the same time.

that might be easier for Sony to implement if they enforced one standard that everybody adhered to instead of letting the game Devs handle chat however they want to, that way it would be seamless from game to game and in and out of game.

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The PlayStation video store has a wider selection than the Netflix service on X360, and you can rent all movies.

I rented The Hills Have Eyes for $2.99 a month ago.

No it doesn't. Netflix took a steroid like hit and blew up their streaming system with new movies. And for the cost of 2 movies on PSN's rental service you can watch unlimited movies on Netflix's.

Althought Microsoft might as well get rid of their movie rental service now with Netflix on there.

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