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Start your “Life with PlayStation”

Noam Rimon's Avatar + Posted by Noam Rimon on Sep 17, 2008 // Sr. Development Manager SCEA R&D

If you’ve ever wished you could find everything you need to start your day on your PLAYSTATION 3, Life with PlayStation give you one more reason to do so. This free service delivers a new way for you to utilize your PS3 to instantly access real-time news and information like weather updates from over 60 cities around the world.

Life with PlayStation provides a stunning interactive globe, a 3D world map that you can twirl around to see live cloud movement courtesy of the University of Wisconsin, combined with up-to-date weather information from the Weather Channel, top news headlines provided by Google news, and live web cam images via the Earth Television Network — all localized to the select city. And why not have your favorite soundtrack playing in the background while you go through your morning ritual (just think, no TV commercials and teasers to find out if you need to bring an umbrella to work)? You’re on your own for your morning caffeine fix.

For those following the progress of Hurricane Ike throughout last week, we were able to track the storm’s real-time movement from Life with PlayStation. (See the screenshots below)

LWP Ike

We’re also really excited to share that this new lifestyle service is running in parallel with our Folding@home project. Essentially, this means that while you’re taking a stroll on Life with PlayStation, you’re automatically helping Stanford University to work towards curing diseases such as Alzheimer’s and various types of cancers. For those familiar with Folding@home, we’ve made some enhancements for more advanced simulations of protein folding and support for wider variety of simulations, in addition to adding a unique ranking system showcasing top contributors from around the world.

I’ve also put together a quick video demo to make sure you’re checking out all the new features here:

Life with PlayStation is now available for download by selecting the Folding@home icon under “Network” on the XMB. Give it a whirl, we look forward to reading your feedback.

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+ LeonBlade on September 23rd, 2008 at 1:18 pm said:

Anyone else think that Life with Playstation is an epoch phail?

It’s not as good as I thought it was going to be.

No local weather or any local information.
Life with Playstation is with The Weather Channel, shouldn’t you have better weather than just a few cities?


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+ Eraser74 on September 24th, 2008 at 9:25 pm said:

Epic fail Sony! The feature is almost worthless and even Nintendo did better with the Wii.

Weather without any forcast? Live pictures that aren´t live? Come on!

If this is life with PS3 then don´t count me in!


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+ ironheart991 on September 25th, 2008 at 3:53 pm said:

i was really lokking forward to life with playstation but when i started it up i was unimpressed….the wiis weather channel and news channel blow life with playstation out the water! life with playstation only displays the current temperature and not a whole forcast which renders it useless (if you check it in the morning and you see the temperature it is highly likely that that temperature with change throughout the course of the day and you can’t see is the weather will change during the day…..there are no options to add cities or delete cities to create a globe that you want which is terrible……also when you try to access the news stories its a bad internet based interface powered by google?….come one, google? we can look up those stories anytime from google…..overall this channel is terribly un-custimizable and its very locked….even when you open a news story you can’t read the bloody thing because the words are too small….and guess what….theres no zoom function….if the web browser has a zoom function why cant a bloody news page have one? this was susposed help me with getting weather forcasts and news stories with easy and convienant use. You should learn something from the guys at Nintendo on how to make a proper tool like this one…check out nintendos offering….its easier, better, looking, more convienant and it doesnt always freeze and lock up the system like life with playstation does to my ps3!!! I couldnt even imagine what life with playstation would have been with it if it was not held back…..but its still a clearly unpolished application. I really expected better.


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+ TRIX_BOL on October 3rd, 2008 at 3:25 pm said:

I feel sorry, because i was supposed to be the first one to write and give thanks to all of you guys who made “Life with PlayStation” happend (i wasn’t complaining though).But because i was the person who started to give those who didn’t know any informations about this awesome! feature on the PlayStation Forums.I also i’m more than glad to say “You guys are the BEST!”.Thanks making us the whole PlayStation community happy with Life. I don’t know what else to say than “God bless you all”.

Thank You!
By: TRIX_BOL


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+ Trystero on October 5th, 2008 at 8:43 am said:

I’m enjoying the Life with Playstation feature, but it does need improvement in a couple areas. As others have mentioned, a more comprehensive coverage of weather would be nice.

Also, please please please have a way to enlarge the webcam feeds. Looking at them in the present squint-o-vision, postage-stamp size is largely pointless, as we cannot tell what we are looking at, for the most part. You may as well just put a generic still picture in that shot for each city, as it stands. I love that the webcam feature is there, but I’d love it even more if it were more visually legible. :)


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