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    From Playstation Magazine September Issue
    PSM September Magazine reveals interesting PS3 Information

    In the upcoming PSM magazine, there is a feature article about the PS3. They say they received some 'new' information from their development sources who wish to remain anonnymous! No more memory cards, HDD is not for games and more detailed in this article!

    #1 No More Memory Cards

    We've received a lot of letters asking about how PS2 will be backwards compatible with PS2 and the original Playstation if it doesn't have memory card slot. Well, we have an answer, and it's both good and bad. First, the bad news: All of those old memory cards you have won't be usable with PS3. Okay then, wha's the solution? Sony has actually decided to only use Memory Stick Duo cards(the same format PSP uses) for PS3 save data. However, if you play a PS1 or PS2 game on PS3, the system will treat the Memory Stick like it's a normal memory card. This is different from the PS2, which requires you to use a PS1 memory card for PS1 saves. What this means is that you won't be able to use any of your old saves if you play PS1/PS2 games on PS3(wonder if a DexDrive will work...). But there's an upshot to all this: Downloading and sharing saves via PC for all three Playstations and PSP(hint, hint) will be easy as pie.

    #2 Peripherals Passed Up

    PS3 won't have old style memory card slots, and we can confirm that it won't support PS1/PS2 peripherals that used the controller port. You will be able to play PS1/PS2 games just fine using the new PS3 controller (bizarre as it looks), but things such as dance pads and third-party controllers won't be officially supported. Of course, it's highly likely some PS2-to-USB adaptor will be made(there's already one for the PC) allowing for such a thing. The question, then, is when.

    #3 The Specs Aren't Set

    Sony revealed some impressive PS3 tech specs at E3, but they apparently weren't set in stone. Developers have begun to tell us about actual improvements being made to the system's specifications, including more system memory and other low-level upgrades that we won't physically notice, but are making the people producing the games simply giddy.

    #4 The HDD Won't Be For Games

    There were plenty of moans heard when Sony started talking about an add-on hard disk drive for th PS3. We all know how well the PS2 HDD did. Still, there will be a micro HDD released for PS3 at some point in time. The first capacity being pitched is 80 gigabytes, but developers are being told it won't be for use with games. Instead, Sony is planning to use it as pure storage; you'll do things like put downloaded movies on it, copy MP3s to it, and store your digital photos on it. Then, using the PS3's network hub capability, be able to watch/listen to it all on any capable device hooked up to your home network, like a PC, PSP or even another PS3.

    #5 The PSP As A Remote

    A lot of folks were left scratching their heads after Sony talked about using the PSP as a emote for the PS3. Well, here's how it works at present: Even if your PS3 is in sleep mode, you will be able to access it via a PSP using Wi-Fi. You can then manage media stored on it, control movie playback from another room, or simply turn it on. Whee!

    #6 There's A TiVo-like Add-on

    Plans call for PS3 to eventually receive a USB video input box that will make it capable of recording video and television programming to the optional micro HDD. In other words, TiVo. Sony is also making a lot of behind-the-scenes noise about being able to go on trips and download shows you've missed from your PS3 to your PSP -- over the internet. We imagine using a USB cable would work just fine, too.

    #7 Most games will be 720p

    Although many PS3 games will feature 1080i and 1080p high-definition modes, a majority of developers are using the 720p standard as their target resolution. This is great news because the majority of HDTV's out there don't support 1080p yet, and the ones that do are hella expensive. It's pretty, though.

    #8 Speed OR Quality: It's Your Call

    It's something PC gamers have been able to do for years: Run their games at a lower resolution in order to speed them up. As it stands, Sony is leaving the door open for developers to offer players the ability to make their games run faster and smoother by using lower resolutions like 480p(progressive) or 480i(the standard egular TVs use). Sony obviously wouldn't want to abandon the majority of gamers who have non-HDTVs do by forcing all games to run at 720p. It's nice to hear that HD-less folks will get a little speed (can't read) from the lower resolutions, but if you're like us, it's all about resolution, baby.

    Obviously the original source of this information is the PSM magazine September edition, so when it's available be sure to grab yourself a copy!

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    Wow... nice find mariotrev!

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    I got that mag like a week ago and was only really surprised about the memory card thing. I was super pissed that I was unable to use PS2 mem card space for PS1 saves (archival purposes aside), and even though Memory Card Pro Duos cost way too much, I'll be very glad to have a catch-all mem card from now on...

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    i was thinking that it will not be that bad cause you can ftp to the ps2 memcard and tranfer the files to your pc then you can take those files and put them on the mem stick just like the psp saves it is just a theory and for the hd not been for games that makes me a little mad cause the i have to stay with my old ps2 just to play FFXI and socom2 maps hum i don't know i hope sony don't be that stupid cause a 80 gig hd is to much just for mp3 and movies it is just not smart i really don't care about playing mp3 on a ps3, that why i have an ipod for that well i hope they do smart moves on this new console . . .

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    This is so awesome! I am getting so excited that I cannot wait!

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    right on alucard, look how nice it was with xbox not to have to bother with memory cards! just play and it saves, fairly fast too, to the hard drive. Also if ps3 games could use the hdd as virtual memory it could also speed things up... they are throwing the great potential of using the hdd out the window
    i do like the 1 mem stick duo for all ps1,ps2 and ps3 saves thou, thats a good idea, but like said above, what about my socom ill have to keep the ps2 around for a bit longer

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    Quote Originally Posted by northernpimp
    Also if ps3 games could use the hdd as virtual memory it could also speed things up... they are throwing the great potential of using the hdd out the window
    Ahh, but XB360 will be doing the same thing (in a sense). Since the HDD will be removable and the XB360 will be playable without it, they can no longer use HDD cache space. What brilliant person at MS thought that was a good idea???

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    no, the xbox 360 will be useable without it...but not playable..

    usable insense that you can use the menu system and access xbox live, play dvd's, and stuff since it's all stored in it's own flashrom.

    the xbox 360 uses the hdd the same way the xbox does...and it's also where it stores the "emulation" stuff for when you want to play xbox games on it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by MKE
    no, the xbox 360 will be useable without it...but not playable..

    usable insense that you can use the menu system and access xbox live, play dvd's, and stuff since it's all stored in it's own flashrom.

    the xbox 360 uses the hdd the same way the xbox does...and it's also where it stores the "emulation" stuff for when you want to play xbox games on it....
    Hmm... coulda swore I read that somewhere. Maybe XB360 games are playable but XB1 games arn't? We shall find out soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boba Fett
    Hmm... coulda swore I read that somewhere. Maybe XB360 games are playable but XB1 games arn't? We shall find out soon
    MS has pretty much said that you can play "Top Selling" Xbox games on the 360. Mircosoft will release downloadable software to let you play some of the most popular Xbox titles. Expect Halo 2, Project Gotham 2, and some other big hits. Less popular or older games are SOL.

    I'm hoping new games will ship with the ability to be played on 360. My buying the system pretty much depends on that, as there are a bunch of multiplatform games coming out that I would like to snag to play on the 360 instead of the PS2, ie Stargate and From Russia With Love.

 

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