ACCESS ALL AREAS WITH FUTURE AND SONY PLAYSTATION

21/09/11 – Future, the special-interest media group, and Sony Computer Entertainment UK Ltd (SCE UK) today reveal Access, a new weekly HD video guide to the best of PlayStation® in the UK.

Available to download every Wednesday from the UK PlayStation Store on the PlayStation Network (PSN™), Access is completely free for all UK PSN account holders to watch on their PlayStation 3 consoles.

Hosted by comedian Lucy Porter, Access offers unrivalled access to the world of PlayStation – getting up close and personal with the best games, the biggest industry events and SCE UK’s Access community. The focal point of the Access community is the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/playstationaccess, which offers gamers exclusive game and entertainment related activities.

Episode one of Access, available now, tackles blockbuster games including the smash-hit shooter Resistance 3, as well as taking an exclusive look at footballing behemoth FIFA 12. It also reports direct from SCE UK’s Access tour – events across the UK offering upfront plays on unreleased games, live music and much more.

Each 10-minute episode is packed with up-to-the-minute HD previews, interviews, features and more, offering expert guidance to the huge array of multimedia services available on PlayStation 3 – from Blu-ray movie releases to the best downloadable PSN games.

Following its premiere on the UK PlayStation Store every week, selected content from each show will be available to watch across Future’s acclaimed portfolio of videogames websites, including www.computerandvideogames.com and www.gamesradar.com.

Simon Maxwell, Future’s Group Publisher, Entertainment, says: “We’re hugely proud of the market-leading video content we’re producing and this is the perfect showcase for it. Access reaches PlayStation 3 owners directly at their consoles, offering a completely unique experience, and further bolsters Future’s reputation for multi-platform innovation.” 

Alan Duncan, SCE UK’s Marketing Director, says: “The show is a key part of our Access project delivering high quality original content covering everything that’s happening on PlayStation in the UK. It also gives our partners a new opportunity to reach key PlayStation gamers.”

Access continues the long-running and successful partnership between SCE UK and Future, which began in 1995. Today, the Future group operates on both sides of the Atlantic with its portfolio of print and digital PlayStation content.

Download Access from the UK PlayStation® Store for free now.

For more information about Access, please visit www.facebook.com/playstationaccess

ENDS

About Future

Future is a leader in the field of digital publishing and recently won both Consumer Publisher of the Year and the Grand Prix at the annual Association of Online Publishers Awards. Its web and mobile sites deliver 160 million* page impressions every month to over 25 million unique users. Digital now accounts for a third of all Future’s commercial revenues. And its development of video on demand and apps is rightly regarded as market leading. Technology brand T3 is leading the way on iPad, becoming one of the top grossing apps in the UK and one of the very few five star apps in the world. The Future digital portfolio includes award winning and hugely respected brands including: www.techradar.com, www.cyclingnews.com, www.gamesradar.com, www.cvg.co.uk, www.musicradar.com and www.bikeradar.com.

About Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), based in London, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and sales of PlayStation®3, PlayStation®2, PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) and PlayStation®Network software and hardware in 99 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. SCEE also develops, publishes, markets and distributes entertainment software for these formats, and manages the third party licensing programs for the formats in these territories. Since the launch of PlayStation 3 in November 2006, 50 million units have been sold globally and continue to be sold at a record level. Maintaining its position as one of the most successful consumer electronic products in history, PlayStation 2 has sold over 151 million systems worldwide. Since its launch at the end of 2004, over 69.5 million PSPs have been sold globally, highlighting the importance of the portable entertainment market. With the huge increase in interest and accessibility of network applications and network gaming, more than 77 million accounts have registered to PlayStation Network, the free-to-access interactive environment, and over 1.57 billion items have been downloaded.

More information about PlayStation products can be found at http:/www.playstation.com/www.playstation.com" > www.playstation.com.

PlayStation, the PlayStation logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. PS3 and PSP are trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

For more information

Contact Steve Wright, Communications Executive, on 01225 822803 or steve.wright@futurenet.com  


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