The Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing, and Sony has already made a big announcement regarding their ever-expanding PlayStation Network.
Two major brands, easily recognized by most mainstream consumers, are going to make their presence felt on the PSN. The first is EA Sports, as one of the world's largest publishers will launch the EA Sports Arena within PlayStation Home. It is scheduled to arrive this spring and will boast leaderboards, new multiplayer games, fresh trailers and previews, and all new content for your favorite EA Sports titles. The second is MTV, who will make a big splash in the PSN's video delivery service "with plans to bring content from a diverse collection of programming including MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Spike and more." The initial lineup will include the likes of "The City," "South Park," "Spongebob Squarepants," and VH1's "Rock of Love Bus" with Bret Michaels. As of now, the video delivery service already holds "nearly 1,200 movies and more than 3,000 TV episodes," many of which available in brilliant high-definition. Said SCEA's Senior Vice-President of Marketing and PlayStation Network, Peter Dille:
We're thrilled to add content from MTV Networks to our line up, it's a perfect fit for the PlayStation demographic, one of the most coveted audiences in entertainment today. Combined with the superior technology of the PS3 and PSP, the PlayStation Networks video delivery service truly provides consumers the best and most comprehensive content on demand from an incredible line up of entertainment brands to enjoy at home or on-the-go."
Yes, between all these new additions to Home and the PSN, the Network is rapidly becoming a major selling point for the PlayStation 3, and unless we overestimate what each offers, we dare say the PSN is more robust and diverse than Xbox Live at this point. At the very least, they're darn close, and the PSN remains free…