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A huge PSN update that makes the two weeks of silence well worth the wait!

PlayStation Network Update: 04/17/2008

The anticipated update after two weeks off the air is here and it is as huge as expected. Not only do we have the newly revamped PlayStation Store, we have the addition of DTS-HD Master Audio decoding for Blu-Ray playback and tons of downloads to enjoy.

First and foremost is the highly anticipated Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (see our review) available for download via the PSN today. Would have liked to see it slightly less expensive then the retail disc due to the cost savings they will enjoy, but the price is as expected. The other downloadable game is the Metal Gear Online Beta which is only available for select people who pre-ordered Metal Gear Solid 4 or won a code online. The Beta is available now but you cannot play until Monday April 21st.

On the Add-on front we have three weeks worth of Rock Band songs already seen on the other console. We also see the new Warhawk Operation Broken Mirror add-on as well as a Warhawk Booster Combo which contains both add-ons for the game.

There is a curiously small in file size add-on called Super Stardust HD Solo which adds a number of features to the original game despite the small download size. Lastly we have the amazing and FREE add-on Lair – Dragons and Control Pack which adds two dragons and the MUCH requested analog controls to the game.

There is a huge amount of game videos and movie trailers to enjoy as well as some themes to enhance your XMB. Lastly for you soccer fans we have a demo for UEFA EURO 2008 to get your footy on with!

Deets on all the downloads are below. I can only hope that Sony continues their momentum and keeps giving us quality updates on the PSN. This year we can expect a ton of features and content and I cannot wait!

Downloadable Games

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue ($39.99)
The best-selling racing franchise returns with the intense precursor to Gran Turismo 5, featuring over 60 cars from worldwide car manufacturers. With an all-new interior dash view, online racing with up to 16 players, Drift mode and more, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue unveils revolutionary advancements that deliver the ultimate racing experience.
ESRB Rated E
File size: 1.78 GB

Metal Gear Online Beta (only for users with Beta Code)
The Beta for the highly anticipated multiplayer add-on for MGS4. Downloads available now, Beta starts April 21.

Add-on Game Content

Warhawk Broken Mirror Pack ($7.99)
Download the “Operation: Broken Mirror” Booster Pack and increase the effectiveness of your team’s ground assaults with the new Armored Personnel Carrier and the Vaporfield Glacier Battlefield!

Warhawk Booster Combo ($11.99)
Booster Combo includes the Warhawk “Operation: Omega Dawn” and “Operation: Broken Mirror” Booster Packs.

Rock Band
Build your Rock Band library by purchasing these song game tracks.

* “Still Alive” – GLaDOS and Jonathan Coulton (free)
* “Sprode” – Freezepop ($0.99)
* “Shake” – Count Zero ($0.99)
* “Rock Rebellion” – Bang Camaro ($0.99)
* Harmonix Pack 1 ($2.99) – Harmonix Pack 1 includes “Rock Rebellion” by Bang Camaro, “Shake” by Count Zero, and “Sprode” by Freezepop
* “Call Me” – Blondie ($1.99)
* “Simple Man” – Lynyrd Skynyrd ($1.99)
* “Message In A Bottle” – The Police ($1.99)
* Classic Rock Pack 1 ($5.49) – Classic Rock Pack 1 includes “Call Me” by Blondie, “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, and “Message In A Bottle” by The Police.

Super Stardust HD Solo ($4.99)
Your solar system is under attack! Download Super Stardust HD Solo for an exhilarating single player experience. Enjoy bigger explosions, extended music tracks, completely remastered sound effects and three new game modes – Endless, Survival and Time Attack. This is an upgrade pack for Super Stardust HD. You must already own the full title to make use of this upgrade.

Lair – Dragons and Control Pack (free)
Download the “Lair – Dragons and Control Pack” and experience an enhanced level of scorching and smashing with TWO NEW playable dragons, Analog Flight Control via the dual analog sticks, and DUALSHOCK 3 rumble support.

Game Demos (free)

UEFA EURO 2008 Demo
Download the demo for UEFA EURO 2008 and experience the only official game of the UEFA European Championships 2008! Challenge Europe’s best and take your team to championship glory.
ESRB Rated E

Game Videos (free)

Warhawk Broken Mirror Trailer
Download the Warhawk Operation Broken Mirror trailer today and learn how to increase the effectiveness of your team’s ground assaults with the new Armored Personnel Carrier and the Vaporfield Glacier Battlefield! Available in HD

Condemned 2: Bloodshot Making Of The TV Spot
A behind the scenes look at how Sega developed their horrific TV advertising for Condemned 2: Bloodshot. Available in SD

HAZE Mantel Corporate Vision
See the Mantel Difference. Meet David Bloomfield, CEO of Mantel Global Industries. This passionate leader explains the vision of his great company. Join Mantel. Fight the good fight. Available in HD

This is Vegas Announcement Trailer
Live your Vegas Fantasy. Take a tour through THIS IS VEGAS with this outrageous teaser trailer.

GT5 Prologue Friendly Fires Video
The best-selling racing franchise returns with the intense precursor to Gran Turismo 5, featuring over 60 cars from worldwide car manufacturers. With an all-new interior dash view, online racing, Drift mode and more, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue unveils revolutionary advancements that deliver the ultimate racing experience. Download the latest trailer featuring the song “On Board” by Friendly Fires from the game’s soundtrack. Available in 1080pHD

GT5 Prologue Beyond the Apex Trailer
Download the trailer for the HD feature “Beyond the Apex,” exclusive to the Blu-ray disc version of the game. The full documentary gives a behind-the-scenes look at the history of Gran Turismo, the making of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, and much more. Available in 1080pHD

Movie and Blu-ray Disc Trailers (free)

Pineapple Express
Next summer, the guys who brought you Superbad reunite for the action-comedy Pineapple Express. Available in SD, HD and 1080pHD

PS3 Themes (free)

Warhawk Theme (x2)
Customize your PS3 system with a cool Warhawk theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons. Download today!

Lair Mokai Theme
Customize your PS3 system with a cool Lair Mokai theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons. Download today!

About Michael Prince

A longtime video game fan starting from simple games on the Atari 2600 to newer titles on a bleeding edge PC I play everything I can get my hands on.

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