Future Plus teams with Sony for PlayStation 3 brochure

10/09/07– Sony Computer Entertainment (UK)– SCE(UK) has signed up the UK’s fastest growing customer publishing agency– Future Plus, to produce a high-end brochure for its PlayStation 3® console.

The new brochure is part of a wider promotional campaign, as SCE(UK) gears up for the first Christmas of the PS3®, which launched across Europe earlier this year.

The brochure acts as a sales and customer acquisition tool for Sony’s console. Over 250,000 copies of the brochure will be distributed by Sony at specially created PlayStation 3 displays and events held across the UK– at major shopping centres, department stores and transport hubs from early October– as the company educates potential buyers about the benefits of the PlayStation 3 console. Aside from hosting the most advanced video games, the PlayStation 3 is a media hub for the front room, playing Blu-Ray movies and offering internet connectivity, with personal video recorder (PVR) functionality coming early next year.

A lavishly produced 60-page perfect bound, matt laminate brochure, the publication is closer to a premium car brochure than traditional video games marketing materials. The handbook is split into four clearly defined chapters, revealing all about the console’s advanced HD technology, the upcoming games and movies, its powerful online capabilities, with all the facts and figures a prospective new owner could want.

Alan Duncan, UK Marketing Director, SCEE, said:

“Future Plus got the objective of communicating the broad functionality of PlayStation 3 in a digestible form from day one. Their solution meets the objective whilst retaining a sense of attitude and personality which is so important to PlayStation. Deepening consumer's understanding of the PS3 is important for us this Christmas and the brochure will play a key role in achieving this.”

Mike Goldsmith, Editorial Director, Future Plus added:

“We are delighted to be working with SCE (UK) on our first project together. This high-end brochure will be a fantastic marketing tool for the PlayStation 3, designed to encourage, attract and educate potential buyers. There will be fierce competition for console sales this Christmas and the brochure will give many reasons why people should buy a PlayStation 3 over its rivals.”

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About Future Plus

Future Plus is the award-winning customer publishing agency of Future PLC, providing innovative cross-channel content and bespoke communications for its partners– including BskyB, BT Vision, HMV, Nvidia, PC World and Vodafone.

Future plc is an international special-interest media group with offices in the UK, US and France. Founded in 1985 with one magazine, today it creates over 180 special-interest publications, websites and events, with strong portfolios in the technology, games, music, automotive and sports sectors. Over 130 international editions of Future's magazines are published under licence by publishing partners in 30 other countries around the world. Future employs around 1,450 people worldwide. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol FUTR).

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