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Published on August 7th, 2008 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder

PlayStation Network Update 8/7/08

Well Sony’s trying to step things up a bit, and offering a Qore issue with beta surprises inside…  I can’t say that I’m a fan of pay-to-enter betas, but it definitely has people hyped up – I can’t deny being a bit excited about it myself…

Here are the update details:

Qore Episode 03: August, 2008 ($2.99 Issue, $24.99 Annual Subscription) – 1.34 GB

For those wondering the details of the Qore/Beta situation, those have been laid out:

  • Qore Annual Subscribers will be invited to the beta under “Premiere” status and be given early access.
  • Qore Ep 03 (single Episode) purchasers will be guaranteed access to the beta at a later date.
  • All invitations will be made via email/voucher – the beta WILL NOT be accessed through the Qore download center.
  • There will be multiple programs and methods to get access (or a chance to participate) in the Resistance 2 Online Beta. Details to follow.

Add-on Game Content

  • Snakeball Team Mode ($1.99)
  • NASCAR 09 Montreal Track ($3.99) -66.6 MB
  • NASCAR 09 Skin Pack 1 ($2.49) -12.5 MB
  • NASCAR 09 Skin Pack 2 ($2.49) – 11.7 MB
  • NASCAR 09 Skin Pack 3 ($2.49) – 12.5 MB

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Interscope Track Pack ($6.25) – 32.6MB

  • “Carcinogen Crush” by AFI
  • “Tina” by Flyleaf
  • “Putting Holes in Happiness” by Marilyn Manson, remixed by Nick Zinner

Rock Band – 26.2 MB – 32.2 MB (singles), 76.4 MB (track pack)

  • “Toxicity” – System of a Down ($1.99)
  • “B.Y.O.B” – System of a Down ($1.99)
  • “Rescue Me” – Buckcherry ($0.99)
  • “Face Down in the Dirt”- Mötley Crüe ($0.99)
  • “Life is Beautiful” – Sixx:A.M. ($0.99)
  • Crüe Fest Pack 2 ($2.99) – includes “Rescue Me” – Buckcherry, “Face Down in the Dirt” – Mötley Crüe, and “Life is Beautiful” – Sixx:A.M.

Game Videos (free)

  • PlayStation Home E3 Video
  • The Last Guy Behind The Scenes – 587 MB (HD)
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed – 253 MB (HD)
  • Tomb Raider: Underworld Trailer – 152 MB (HD)
  • Madden NFL 09 E3 Trailer – 94 MB (HD)
  • Madden NFL 20th Anniversary Video – 102 MB (HD)
  • Madden NFL 09 Adaptability Trailer – 70 MB (HD)
  • TNA iMPACT! Head to Head Trailer -166 MB (HD)
  • Dead Space Dev Diary #5: Creating Horror – 309 MB (HD)
  • Dead Space Animated Comic Issue #4 PG-13 – 270 MB (HD)
  • AST Dew Tour – Greg Lutzka’s Road to Finals – 86 MB (HD), 142 MB (1080)
  • AST Dew Tour – One on one with James Foster – 97 MB (HD), 160 MB (1080)
  • AST Dew Tour – PlayStation Pro Moments 2 – 40 MB (HD), 67 MB (1080)
  • AST Dew Tour – Spinner looks to ‘08 – 119 MB (HD), 196 MB (1080)

PS3 Themes (free)

  • PlayStation Home Theme – 4.02 MB
    • Remember: By downloading this theme, you get a chance to participate in the PlayStation Home Beta!

PS3 Wallpaper (free)

  • Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice Wallpaper (x3)
  • Tomb Raider: Underworld Mediterranean Shark Attack Wallpaper


Downloadable Games

Game Videos (free)

  • Hot Shots Golf Open Tee 2 Videos (x5)
  • Home Video

With Disgaea and Tomb Raider wallpapers, Star Wars: Force Unleashed, TNA Impact!, and Dead Space trailers, as well as a Home Beta theme and Qore beta access, this is a pretty decent PlayStation Network Update.

More demos would be a bonus, but considering the fact that Qore seems pretty solid, this is pretty decent. When I decide I want to pay for Qore, I may get a bit more out of these, but overall it’s still good.

What do you think? Would a couple of demos have better rounded out this week’s PSN update, or was this fairly solid?

PlayStation Store Update [PlayStation.Blog]

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Deejay has been a gamer since the Atari 2600, has wrestled–and defeated–alligators with only his toes, and once aligned all the planets in the Solar System by uttering the words "Coo Coo Ka-Choo". In his sleep. He currently bides his time behind the scenes here at, streaming at and teaching.

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