FirstPlay, a brand new interactive HD show for gamers, from the makers of Official PlayStation Magazine, will launch March 2010 in the PlayStation Store.
A weekly compendium of digital HD content, FirstPlay is downloaded directly to your PS3 hard drive and viewed on your TV screen. Made up of quality video reviews and previews, interviews and User Generated Content from the PlayStation Network it will also give subscribers access to exclusive demos and downloads not available anywhere else.
Above: The FirstPlay interface
We've had a demo of First Play and can confirm it's a a sleek digital 'magazine' with each section given an informative yet snarky voiceover by British comedian Lucy Porter. First and foremost it's a unique and refreshing way to digest game information - even the HD screenshot galleries are given a commentary - and it visually echoes and compliments the bold design of the Official PlayStation Magazine UK.
Above: FirstPlay features full, exclusive video reviews you can
watch on your TV
It's good value too - non-commital, 'suck it and see' types can download FirstPlay on an episode-by-episode basis for just 99p a week (it will update every Thursday). Alternatively £8.99 will buy you a three month subscription saving you... umm... you can do the maths. Anyway, check out this promo slot for a tiny taster of what's to come (Please note: this promo is in no way representative of the video quality of FirstPlay which is beautiful HD).
FirstPlay will be available in the UK first with releases in other European and PAL territories following later, which is a roundabout way of saying 'Sorry US gamers, this isn't for you'. But you guys have already got Qore, right?
Check back on GamesRadar in the coming weeks for more information on the FirstPlay launch date. In the meantime you can watch an exclusive walkthrough on the new FirstPlay website www.firstplay.co.uk.
*GamesRadar.com is published by Future Publishing, who also publish Official PlayStation Magazine and FirstPlay.*