It’s been a busy week at PlayStation with E3 and the latest updates on the upcoming PlayStation 4. That means there’s also a lot to look forward to on the PlayStation Store this week.

New this week exclusively for PS3 is the anticipated new adventure survival game The Last of Us (Releases 12:01 AM PDT on 6/14). The game focuses on the two survivors, Joel and Ellie, as they trek across a post apocalyptic United States, facing dangers that include infected humanoid creatures who want to spread the infection, surviving scavengers on the fringe and the military that are determined to get Ellie back no matter what.

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Also new this week for PS3 is Aliens: Colonial Marines, which pits players against the universe’s ultimate alien killing machines, the Xenomorphs, in claustrophobic environments guaranteed to produce blood curdling thrills.

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The follow-up to the 2010 hit Final Fantasy title, FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 is also new on PS3 this week. When Serah’s town is suddenly overrun by monsters, a mysterious man named Noel appears to save her. Together, the two set off to find Lightning who has disappeared without a trace.

Final Fantasy XIII-2

Don’t miss the latest news from PlayStation during E3 2013. Check out everything that’s going at the expo and any new updates here.

Find the full list of new games and deals in this week’s update here.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Smaug is shown in the first trailer of the second part of the epic trilogy. Plus, more dwarves, more elves and more Middle-Earth action.

More Lord of the Rings: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring / The Two Towers / The Return of the Kin

Insidious Chapter 2: The horror continues right where we left off as this haunted family’s attempt to be normal again hits a supernatural speed bump.

Watch the original on the Video Unlimited service: Insidious

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The Powerful Oz, the Incredible Wonderstone and the famed Phantom are taking over Video Unlimited New Release Recap. Be one of the first to get a rundown of the new releases happening this week!

The fantastical adventure of Oz The Great And Powerful follows James Franco as Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics. When Diggs is hurled away to the vibrant Land of Oz, he puts magic to work against three witches who are not convinced as him being the greatest wizard that everyone anticipated. Reluctantly drawn into epic problems facing Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. See how Oscar transforms himself into the great Wizard of Oz, now available on Video Unlimited service.

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NewReleases611Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Read the highlights and browse new albums & singles below.

Highlights:

  • Gustavo Santaolalla’s epic score to the highly anticipated PlayStation®3 exclusive, The Last of Us.  
  • Black Sabbath’s first album since 1995 and the first to feature Ozzy Osbourne since 1978.
  • Another outrageous set of songs from SNL’s comedy trio, The Lonely Island, including “YOLO.”
  • The 8th studio album from beloved emo revolutionists Jimmy Eat World, featuring “I Will Steal You Back” & “Damage.”

New Albums Available This Week [6/4/13]:

Gustavo SantaolallaThe Last of Us (Video Game Soundtrack) 
Black Sabbath13
The Lonely IslandThe Wack Album
Jimmy Eat WorldDamage 
Big Time Rush24/seven
The Goo Goo DollsMagnetic
Surfer BloodPythons 
Harry Connick Jr.Every Man Should Know
The AlmostFear Inside Our Bones
Children Of BodomHalo of Blood
Various Artists - 20 Feet From Stardom – Music from the Motion Picture
Court Yard HoundsEP
Pacific AirStop Talking
MatrimonyMontebello Drive
Everything EverythingArc
Prodigy & AlchemistAlbert Einstein
Gold Panda - Half of Where You Live
CelldwellerCelldweller 10 Year Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Teen DazeThe House on the Mountain

New Singles Available This Week [6/11/13]:

Jack Johnson – “I Got You”
Five For Fighting – “What If
Mike Posner – “The Way It Used To Be
Grouplove – “Ways To Go
The Civil Wars – “The One That Got Away”

Coming Up Next Week [6/18/13]:

Kanye WestYeezus
J. ColeBorn Sinner
Kelly RowlandTalk A Good Game
Mac MillerWatching Movies with the Sound Off
3OH!3 - OMENS
Empire Of The Sun - Ice On The Dune
Sublime3 Ring Circus – Live At The Palace [Live At The Palace]
HansonAnthem
Sigur RosAgaetis Byrjun
SoundtrackThe Bling Ring: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Hunter Hayes - Hunter Hayes (Encore)
Victoria Justice - Victoria Justice (Digital EP)
Primal Scream - More Light
Falling In ReverseFashionably Late
The Mowgli’sWaiting For The Dawn
Woodkid - I Love You
Valient ThorrOur Own Masters
TripwiresSpacehopper
Matthew Dear - Beams (Expanded Edition)
Roberto TapiaLo Mejor De

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Just in time for summer, PlayStation Plus members can get a whole year’s worth of music at a substantial discount.  Starting today for a limited time, a 12 month Premium subscription to the Music Unlimited service is just $41.99 for PS+ members – a discount of over 65 percent from the regular monthly price.  Those who don’t have a PS+ membership can also take advantage of a special rate of $59.99 for the 12 month Premium subscription.

Get more information about this amazing offer at PlayStation.Blog.

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MU_ArtsAndCraftsCustomChannel_US_FB-WallThis Saturday, the Toronto-based Arts & Crafts will be officially celebrating their 10 year anniversary at Field Trip Music & Arts Festival at Fort York and Garrison Common. We’ve sent one lucky winner up to enjoy the festival and we will be on site all day catching sets from the bands that defined the influential record label, including Feist, Stars, Dan Mangan and Broken Social Scene (performing You Forgot It In People in its entirety! Eeek!)

While Field Trip is the “senior prom” of the year-long celebration, A&C has been commemorating the occasion with a series of albums compiling their marquee artist’s iconic songs and original collaborations, including Feist x Timber Timbre, Amy Millan x Dan Mangan, Chilly Gonzales x Stars and more. We’ve gathered these anniversary tracks in the Arts & Crafts: 2003 – 2013 Channel, available now in the premium channels section of the Music Unlimited service.

These artists not only made Arts & Crafts what they are today, but have made a significant impact on the indie rock scene worldwide. Listen to it now and keep an eye out for more from the festival this weekend!

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It took some plotting and planning but Identity Thief was able to steal it’s way to the number one spot on our list of top movies purchased on the Video Unlimited service this week. But with the hit comedy combo of Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses) and Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) is anyone really surprised?

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Looking for a weekend movie to keep you on the edge of your seat? Our number two film for the week, Dark Skies, should do the trick. Or if you’d rather have some heart pumping action, there’s always Parker and A Good Day to Die Hard, the next two films in our top 10 films of the week.

Check out the rest of our Top 10 below:

  1. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunter
  2. Jack Reacher
  3. Mama
  4. Warm Bodies
  5. Beautiful Creatures (2013)
  6. The Last Stand
  7. A Good Day to Die Hard
  8. Parker
  9. Dark Skies
  10. Identity Thief (Unrated)

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RoadrunnerMosaicThis week, we released the Roadrunner Records Channel, featuring tracks from the well-respected and influential hard rock/metal label. They’ve achieved a quality of catalog that very few labels are able to do, creating a brand around a roster of some of the biggest acts in the world. In fact, if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can visit their Facebook page to browse their staggering list every album they’ve released by year.

However, for today’s #ThrowbackThursday, we’ve narrowed it down for you, modestly collecting our favorites below. Do you agree? Hear all of these and more in the premium channels section of the Music Unlimited service.

King Diamond
Album: Fatal Portrait (1986)
Song: “Halloween”

Life of Agony
Album: River Runs Red (1993)
Song: “River Runs Red”

Sepultura
Album: Roots (1996)
Song: “Roots Bloody Roots”

Type O Negative
Album: World Coming Down (1999)
Song: “Skip It”

Fear Factory
Album: Digimortal (2001)
Song: “Linchpin”

Killswitch Engage
Album: The End of Heartache (2004)
Song: “Loco”

Nickelback
Album: Dark Horse (2008)
Song: “If Today Was Your Last Day”

The Devil Wears Prada
Album: Dead Throne (2011)
Song: “Mammoth”

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If you’re a country music fan, last night was a big one as the stars came out for the CMT Music Awards. Not only was the night a recognition of the best in music videos but it also featured performances by Keith Urban, Jason Aldean (with special guest Lenny Kravitz, Kacey Musgraves and others.

However, the night was all about the music, so on to the winners, all of which you can listen to now on the Music Unlimited service.

Carrie Underwood took home the night’s big prize, Video of the Year, for “Blown Away” off the album of the same name.

The ladies of country music were the big story in a number of categories as Miranda Lambert was recognized not only for “Mama’s Broken Heart” but also “Over You,” both off of 2012′s Four The Record.

And Lady Antebellum won Group Video with “Downtown.”

Blake Shelton took time away from his “The Voice” coaching duties to accept an award for his “Sure Be Cool If You Did” video. And the breakout sensation Florida Georgia Line‘s “Cruise” took home two awards, one for Duo Video and another for Breakthrough Video.

You can see the full list of winners here. If you can’t get enough country after last night, be sure to check out the Country Channel on the Music Unlimited service.

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There’s lots of great new titles and deals this week on the PlayStation Store.

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New this week on the PlayStation Store for PS3 is the third-person action-adventure title Remember Me. Players take on the role of the character Nilin, a former memory hunter for MEMORIZE, who you must help recover the memories MEMORIZE took from her and stop the organization for good.

Also, check out these great new games now available on the PS Vita:
Limbo
 
Limbo
Toros-Friend-Network
 
Toro’s Friend Network
Quell-Memento
 
Quell Memento
Paint-Park-Plus
 
Paint Park Plus

As some of you may know, E3 will be next week in Los Angeles and the PlayStation teams are deep in preparation for some big announcements on Monday, 6/10. Don’t miss out on the latest news and watch the livestream next Monday starting at 5:30pm Pacific/8:30pm Eastern. Get more details on the event and how to watch here.

Find the full list of new games and deals in this week’s update here.

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