Eric Lempel

PS4: it’s hard to keep everything on PSN free, says Sony

PlayStation 4 users will have to pay for online multiplayer in the next-generation, and Sony’s Eric Lempel has stressed that this necessity comes from the explosive growth of both PSN and PS Plus. It’s becoming a bigger investment for the company, so it has to make more out of it essentially.

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  • Facebook coming to PS3... today

    Sony’s to release PS3 Firmware 3.10 today, PSN director Eric Lempel’s told 1UP, bringing Facebook integration. The firm’s been keen to stress the social media site’s advent on PS3 has nothing to do with the fact it’s just gone live on 360. “I’ll just say that it’s been in the works for quite some time,” […]

  • SCEA: Publishers are to blame for high cost of PSP Minis

    SCEA’s Eric Lempel has told Joystiq that Mini pricing for PSPgo rests solely in the hands of the publisher – that’s why you will find some games listed whose iPhone counterpart (Hero of Sparta) may be cheaper. “As far as pricing goes, the publisher of the title sets the pricing,” he said. “I think they […]

  • Typical PSN user is male, 28, educated, has a girlfriend apparently

    Ericp Lempel, director of operations for US PSN, sat down with Varitey’s Video Business and had a chat. During which, Lampel not only let slip that PSN has 12.5 million registered users in North America, bit that most users are educated males in their late twenties who apparently, have girlfriends if the type of movies […]

  • XMB battery glitch "definitely being corrected"

    Sony’s Eric Lempel has told PC World that the XMB glitch the causes the battery meter to cover PS3’s clock is going to be fixed. “I personally don’t like that either, and it’s something that’s definitely being corrected,” he said. Thank gravy for that. Lempel added that the major update coming to PS3’s UI later […]

  • Sony has no plans for NXE-like update for PSN

    SCEA’s director of network operations, Eric Lempel, has said that there isn’t a NXE-like overhaul in PSN’s future. “What we find is that people really like our current interface,” he told CVG. “We did redesign the PlayStation Store last April to make some improvements, make it faster, make it better, and we’re always listening to […]

  • PS3 Firmware 2.60 to add photo gallery and DivX 3.11 support [Update]

    Update: The software’s confirmed by both SCEE and SCEA as releasing tomorrow. SCEA’s announced PS3 Firmware 2.60, saying the update is “coming soon.” The main additions to the console’s functionality are a photo gallery and DivX 3.11 support. “The PS3 firmware update (v2.60) is designed primarily to enhance the system’s media capabilities,” PSN boss Eric […]

  • Sony launches PS3 Firmware 2.42

    According to this US PlayStation Blog post, Firmware 2.42’s launched for PS3. It sounds like a minor fix. “This update improves the playback quality of some PlayStation 3 and PlayStation format software,” said PSN director Eric Lempel.

  • PlayStation Video Store now Live in US

    We told you the PlayStation Video Store was going live last night, and PS3F has confirmed it. You can download a SD film in one-to-two hours, Eric Lempel said yesterday. If that feels like too long to wait, you can actually begin watching the film before it’s downloaded, which is nice. No word of a […]

  • PSP Firmware 4.05 is live

    PSP Firmware 4.05 is available for download right now. The update “will add new visualizers for music playback, among other features,” says Eric Lempel on the PlayStation Blog. Get it while it its hot. By Mike Bowden

  • Firmware 2.41 is live

    The PlayStation Blog is reporting that firmware 2.41 is now live. Sony’s Eric Lempel: “Hi, everyone. As many of you know, we released PS3 firmware update v2.40 last week, but had to take it offline temporarily because, for a limited number of users, the XMB wouldn’t display after the update was installed. We’ve been able […]

  • Home beta launch will be "fully robust," says SCEA

    PSN boss Eric Lempel has told Next-Gen that this autumn’s promised Home launch will be the real article – it just won’t be the finished product. “The reason we’ve been delaying [Home] is so that we can deliver a high quality service that the users will enjoy,” he said. “Even though it will be in […]

  • All PS3 games to have Trophies, says Lempel

    PSN chief Eric Lempel told Gamespy that all PS3 games will have Trophies, although these things take time. “We’re working with developers to hit a deadline. It’s not something that we’re trying to force on them, since it eats into their development schedules,” said Lempel when asked how long it would to implement Trophies into […]

  • Sony takes a jab at Xbox Live’s new delisting policy

    In an interview with Next-Gen, Sony ‘s Eric Lempel found time to criticise Microsoft’s newly-formed policy of dropping old and unpopular Xbox Live Arcade titles. “While naturally we only want to keep quality titles on the network we do have room for a lot of them,” he noted. “I think if I look over at […]

  • Sony releases PS3 Firmware 2.40 FAQ

    It’s here. The piece is Eric Lempel, Sony’s PSN boss, answering questions on tomorrow’s Firmware 2.40 launch, including topics on voice chat, web browsing, Trophies and a heap of stuff on in-game XMB. Must-read.

  • Google search bar confirmed for PS3 Firmware 2.40

    PSN boss Eric Lempel said in today’s PS3 Firmware 2.40 video walkthrough that the update would include the Google Search Bar. “We’ve addeed one more feature that we’ll talk about today,” said Lempel. “This is something we did a few weeks ago on the PSP, with Firmware 4.0, and that’s the addition of a Google […]

  • Custom soundtracks confirmed for PS3 Firmware 2.40: all games supported?

    PSN chief Eric Lempel said in today’s Firmware 2.40 video walkthrough that custom soundtracks will be supported, and alluded to the fact that all games would support the feature. Up until now no-one was sure whether the feature would be limited to specific titles, but Lempel made no mention of this in his demonstration with […]