If you thought E3 was big, you may want to pay attention to the upcoming GamesCom event in Cologne, Germany. The more we hear, the more it seems as if Sony is prepared to unleash a barrage of huge announcements.

First of all, we can apparently expect a PlayStation 3 price drop along with the official revealing of the PS3 Slim, and there's a further possibility of a price drop for the initial retail tag affixed to the PSP Go (which currently sits at $249.99). But according to PSInsider , the big news won't stop there: one rumor says Sony will lift the veil on something "for the first time," and evidently, that "something" is the snazzy new PlayStation Network we've been hearing about. As the "inside source" states, this should coincide with the release of firmware update 3.0, which should be fully detailed at Sony's press conference on August 18. There's a good chance we'll see premium features we've never had before, and in addition, let's not forget about that supposed "P.S. Thanks" rewards program Sony presumably has waiting in the hopper. At this point, we'd be happy with a PS3 price cut but perhaps we'll get a whole lot more than we bargained for; perhaps Sony will make announcements that will undoubtedly give them the edge this holiday season.  Don't forget the impending software, either.

This is one of those times where we have to be careful about all the rumors and speculation floating around out there. The bottom line is that none of this is official…but it seems damn certain that at least some of it will be true.  Cross your fingers…

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sticklife
sticklife
11 years ago

I hope it's a party system.

N a S a H
N a S a H
11 years ago

Same, REALLY needed.

Mr Bitey
Mr Bitey
11 years ago

Wow I never really cared about GamesCom before. This is exciting. Does anyone know if there will be live coverage?

Complex
Complex
11 years ago

I still have the feeling that the big announcements (whatever they may be)will be at TGS but I could be wrong.


Last edited by Complex on 8/9/2009 10:21:03 PM

newchef
newchef
11 years ago

it all sounds goos for sony maybe ps3 will be the top seller this holiday season

cLoudou
cLoudou
11 years ago

For sure if they reveal the slim along with a price drop.

Victor321
Victor321
11 years ago

Out of all the rumours mentioned in the article, for me, I'm awaiting and if they come out true, anticipating FW 3.00 and PS Thanks, as I don't need a PS3 slim (I've had the original PS2 for 5-6 years, i.e. my childhood, and my original PSP for 2 and a half years) as I believe that for the PS consoles, the original model is always the more reliable one.

Lastly, I don't need a PSPGo, unless my PSP is T.T, gone.

556pineapple
556pineapple
11 years ago

Here's hoping they announce everything. Given Sony, though, I wouldn't be surprised if they left some things out just to keep us guessing for another several months. If I expect just a couple big announcements, then I'll probably be pretty impressed with what they do announce.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
11 years ago

Man, do I hate speculations. Lets see..

– PS3 price drop? Check
– PS3 Slim? Check
– PSP Go price reduction? Check
– Firmware 3.0? Check
– New PSN? Check

Now while all of the above is intriguing to say to the least, it's all the same old same old.

But hey, Sony is more then welcome to surprise us all.

Victor321
Victor321
11 years ago

"The spiritual successor to Final Fantasy 13, Final Fantasy 13-2, is coming out 2012, exclusively for the Playstation 3."- Jack Tretton

sticklife
sticklife
11 years ago

yeah i hope we're able check some of those off after the 18th

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

You forgot the PS2 BC in the 3.0 FW rumor…

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Maybe 3.0 will have backwards compatibility tucked away inside of it.


Last edited by Jawknee on 8/9/2009 10:52:00 PM

Kangasfwa
Kangasfwa
11 years ago

Firmware 3.0=universal voice chat? ("Ha! What you got now 'live'?!)


Last edited by Kangasfwa on 8/9/2009 11:02:24 PM

Bugzbunny109
Bugzbunny109
11 years ago

lol Dont hate, appreciate 🙂

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

All I care 'bout is software

Let me play my Metal Gear Solid 4 in my super awesome room with great surround sound and I'm GOOD!

Or my beautifully emotional, yet funny, and engaging rpgs

But hey new firmware features don't hurt that much.

A ps2 backwards compatibility patch wouldn't be bad for those without a 60GB ps3.

iGraves1
iGraves1
11 years ago

I just hope its better than the PS2 emulation on the 80GB PS3. I was playing Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence the other day and it ran the game terribly.


Last edited by iGraves1 on 8/9/2009 11:28:47 PM

b3mike
b3mike
11 years ago

I don't know where to post this, but it seems Gamestop Spain has cut the price of the ps3 to 299 euros:

http://www.gamestop.es/juegos-detalle.php/44/957

SHADOW
SHADOW
11 years ago

It's called the forums. There's a big fancy button for it at the top of the screen.

Any time you want to post something that has nothing to do with a news story go there.

BlinkBoy
BlinkBoy
11 years ago

Yeah we welcome you in the forums.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Didn't they already put the kabash on the big 3.0 rumors?

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

kibosh

Sony does not comment on rumors or speculation.


Last edited by Fane1024 on 8/10/2009 8:34:31 PM

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

Hey World, you may want to slow down, this guy doesn't speak l337.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=kabash

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

OK since you felt it necessary to comment:

1. the urban dictionary is hardly proof of correct usage
2. if you read that entry, you'll see that someone corrected it
3. I checked the word in the OED before posting, to make sure I had it right

Just because lots of people do something doesn't make it right. Next you'll tell me "rediculous" is a valid spelling or "could care less" makes sense because a bunch of 12-year-old internet pinheads use them.

The only cure for ignorance is education; there is no cure for wilful stupidity.


Last edited by Fane1024 on 8/10/2009 11:40:37 PM

dveisalive
dveisalive
11 years ago

I want 3.0 to include voice chat like the 360 has, so I dont have to have my friends calling me all of the time when they can talk to me when ever when were are online always etc…!

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

There's this device, it's called a telephone, there are even mobile ones and they are conference call capable – amazing tech really.

😀

Jed
Jed
11 years ago

tele- what? Where do I get one of those!!!

www
www
11 years ago

Lol Highlander,I sometimes got this feeling that you've been on Psx longer than we think, maybe you just changed your username 😉

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

I don't think I've ever commented under a different name, although I've been on the PSXE mailing list for a good long time.

Generally, I've used variations of my screen name for years, I've been known as Highlander for a long time.

<Insert obligatory Highlander reference here>
There can be only ONE!

www
www
11 years ago

Okay.
Your writing seemed familiar, like some dude who used to be on here.


Last edited by www on 8/10/2009 12:24:49 PM

Shadow_Ninja
Shadow_Ninja
11 years ago

highlander reminds me of LCF. its some guy that has a great knowledge in terms of computers and especially ps3 that used to comment here on psx.

Zemus101
Zemus101
11 years ago

I have a feeling we'll be seeing a new PSN that we have to pay for (along side what we currently use now) 😛 People will complain because you'll get exclusive content by paying for it where as we get everything for free now. That would be terrible news 😛

phantomMenace
phantomMenace
11 years ago

I don't think that Sony would risk pissing off that many people by adding a payment system to a portion of the network. Now if it were for things that would not effect gameplay and what not then yes, that would be reasonable. But not for something like voice chat.

ElectricTiTAN
ElectricTiTAN
11 years ago

all i really care about are the games. a new PSN could be nice. voice chat and all that is a plus. but bring me the games!

Swim_Irr
Swim_Irr
11 years ago

i really hope they streamline the in-game xmb. you can't use most of the things in the in-game xmb anyhow. like they could take the videos and photos tabs out seeing as they are useless in game. as well as other things. hell, it doesn't even have to be an xmb, it could have a different look completely.

the in-game xmb doesn't need to load all of my album art and whatnot too. just text would be fine, that way it wouldn't take so long to load. As long as i could navigate it quickly, i would be satisfied.

then we could have things like cross game voice chat and voice messages. and maybe a feature that when someone sends you a message and the PS button is pressed when the little grey box is up, you can be taken straight to the message.

kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

Dude, that is genius!

phantomMenace
phantomMenace
11 years ago

If all of this came true it would make this the best year for Sony and I couldn't possibly see the 360 keeping up. My order for what I would like to see announced would probably be:
1. Price Cut
2. Update 3.0
3. PS3 slim

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
11 years ago

Yeah. Having a lobby-styled chat in online gaming would be pretty cool. Would help to join games with your friends. As for the sex in games? It's a part of life. Nothing to be ashamed of and yes, it doesn't seem out of place in RPG's.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

umm, different news story?

Jed
Jed
11 years ago

at least you're half way on topic.

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
11 years ago

How the hell did my post above end up on this? I seriously clicked on the other topic. Wow. Something strange is seriously going on.

kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

lol

DIsmael85
DIsmael85
11 years ago

Party Chat system in New firmware!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!! Then no one can say Live is better anymore. That's all they need and it's complete.


Last edited by DIsmael85 on 8/10/2009 12:28:07 AM

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
11 years ago

I don't like the word premium, it gives be a bad feeling.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Premium is another word for paid. Considering the amount of paid video content in the PS Store, I'd say we already have premium content. What if premium content was not game related, but referred to other media? Sony has talked of extending the PSN to other Sony entertainment devices. What if PSN had premium content feeds that included Hulu and/or Netflix?

Jed
Jed
11 years ago

I feel the same way BTN

jaybiv
jaybiv
11 years ago

I'm thinking the same thing. I hope Sony isn't stupid enough to charge for the gaming portion of the PSN after stating it was and will be free.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Jaybiv,

I agree with you. But, as we saw with the removal of BC from the PS3, just because Sony has stated something categorically does not mean they won't change their mind. Never say never…

Ivan_PSP
Ivan_PSP
11 years ago

I hope the PLAYSTATION Network doesn't change much because we only need a party system. Also they should somehow integrate the PSN with Home. Hall Of Fame. And make the web browser a little better. Also i hope they add flash 10 to PSP.

My PSN ID: Ivan-

Jed
Jed
11 years ago

Flash would be much welcomed