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FuturLab Sony Pitch: Flash Devs Licensed for PSP and PS3 on PSN

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221w ago - FuturLab Managing Director James Marsden has revealed today how Flash developers recently became licensed PSP and PS3 video game developers on PSN.

To quote: Today I'm going to spill the beans on how a bunch of Flash developers managed to become licensed to make games for PSP and PS3!

Contrary to popular belief, we didn't have lots of games under our belt; none of us had worked on a commercial video game before, and none of us knew anything about C or C++.

What we did have was a great idea and the naïve enthusiasm to rock up to Sony's Liverpool headquarters and present it in person.

It all started back in 2007 when I'd just finished building our Flash game engine, [Register or Login to view links]. We decided to use the engine to develop an idea I'd had at University. The idea was essentially a game that reaches outside of the console, with characters in the game contacting players through instant messaging, email and telephone calls.

You might have heard of this kind of game, it's called an [Register or Login to view links] (or ARG - pronounced A.R.G.).

So we used our engine to build a [Register or Login to view links] and started...
 

Sony's PS3 to Get Officially Licensed 500GB External Hard Drive

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234w ago - In order to accomodate the Torne digital TV recorder add-on announced for Japan, Sony's PS3 will be getting an officially licensed 500GB external hard drive next month.

PC hardware maker [Register or Login to view links] announced today news of two external hard drives that have been granted official recognition from Sony, which apparently is the first time Sony has granted licensing to hard drive peripherals.

To quote: "Both drives have 500GB capacity and connect to the PS3 via an included USB 2.0 cable. The 14,800 Piano Black HD-AV500U2/SC sits horizontally and has a meter on its front showing remaining space.

The 11,800 Black HD-CL500U2/SC stands vertically but lacks the meter. They're both pre-formatted in a FAT32 format, allowing for immediate connection to the PS3.

In addition to being used as an external recording device for Torne, the drives can also be used for backup and restore of the PS3's internal hard drive, and for saving and playback of videos, pictures and music."
 

Sony Confirms Licensed Bluetooth Headset for PS3

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317w ago - Internet reports purported of an official, licensed Bluetooth headset made specifically for the PlayStation 3 back in March. Turns out it's real, as Sony confirmed today that the headset in question will be packaged with the retail-exclusive Blu-ray version of SOCOM: Confrontation and also will be sold separately.

Unlike most standard run-of-the-mill Bluetooth headsets, this one in particular will feature a mute button. Additionally, it will ship with a handy USB powered charging dock.

The product is slowly exiting the prototype phase, so pricing details have yet to be finalized, but expect more information to come to light as Confrontation nears its scheduled mid-September release.

More pics available from the link above, courtesy of PS3FanBoy!
 
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