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PlayStation 4 / PS4 Rumored to Use Real Names for Online Gaming

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73w ago - Today Kotaku reports that Sony's PlayStation 4 / PS4 console is rumored to use real names for online gaming.

Below are the details, to quote: "Among the bits of information dropped during last week's PlayStation 4 announcement was this from PS4 lead architect Mark Cerny, as he discussed the system's enhanced social features:

"With the PlayStation 4 we are transitioning to a friends network based on real world friends. We'll keep around the alias and icon used in today's multiplayer matches. These are great to have when anonymity is important. But most of the new social dimension to PS4 will be interacting with friends using real names and profile pictures most likely seeded from your existing social network."

Some crucial-sounding words in there: "Alias." "Real names." "Profile pictures." "Anonymity." But what exactly does all that mean? Like so many other things introduced at the PS4 event, it's not entirely clear.

Since its inception, the PlayStation Network has for the most part been a gateway to buying content and a loose way to connect with your friends to play games. But Sony appears set to turn their service into much more of a "proper" social network. And parts of that social network are going to involve your real name.

Let's scrounge for crumbs of information...
 

RenPKG v1.0 Beta 3 - Restore Names of PS3 PKG and EDAT Files

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131w ago - Below is a RenPKG v1.0 Beta 3 Win32 homebrew application made by myself with source code included.

It allows users to restore the names of PS3 PKG and EDAT Files to their original PlayStation 3 ones.

Download: [Register or Login to view links]

I hope It will be useful for you Be careful if you need to rename update pkg files! Source files are included


In related PlayStation 3 homebrew news, today on IRC deroad released [Register or Login to view links] followed by [Register or Login to view links] on his [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links] followed by [Register or Login to view links] in another [Register or Login to view links], and from the included ReadMe files:

This is a simple player, it reads two var (var1 and Var2) from a file.

The file must be called buzzer.txt and placed in the main folder of a USB an example:
 

Marcan Names PS3 Linux Bootloader on Firmware 3.41 AsbestOS

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199w ago - Nintendo Wii developer Marcan has been sharing updates via [Register or Login to view links] on his progress with a PS3 Linux bootloader, one that is currently working on PlayStation 3 Firmware 3.41 (including on the PS3 Slim) and now named AsbestOS.

Download: AsbestOS ATMega Port with Software USB (Arduino Mega)

Below are some of his recent Tweets for those curious, to quote:

"AsbestOS port to the ATMega with software USB (Arduino Mega, etc...) [Register or Login to view links]

Investigating how RSX access will work. It's definitely possible but it might end up very different from desktop Linux 3D as we know it.

[Register or Login to view links] git repo if you want to follow along. No support or docs yet, it's not done, don't ask, but feel free to peek.

Preliminary porting notes: [Register or Login to view links]. If you have developed or ported a version of the exploit, please let me know your comments

The device I'm using to test is an IGEPv2 (OMAP3,...
 

MLB 10 The Show for PS3 Names Joe Mauer as Cover Athelete

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240w ago - SCEA PR Manager Eric Levine has announced today that MLB 10 The Show for PS3 has named Joe Mauer as their cover athelete.

To quote: It may be December, but the [Register or Login to view links] off season is beginning to heat up. Roy Halladay to the [Register or Login to view links], Cliff Lee to [Register or Login to view links], and John Lackey to the [Register or Login to view links] has made for quite a week.

However, I'm proud to report that the biggest news to come out during the current winter meetings is not from an All-Star hurler changing addresses, but from the industry's #1 baseball franchise, MLB The Show. It is my pleasure to announce that the recently crowned 2009 American League Most Valuable Player and catcher for the [Register or Login to view links], [Register or Login to view links] will be the cover athlete for the latest installment of the series, MLB 10 The Show!

We're absolutely thrilled to partner with a player of Joe's caliber– a true professional on and off the field. Just to give you all a sense of how good this guy is here are some credentials–2-time...
 

Chinese Gamers Will Have to Give Real Names to Play Online?

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288w ago - According to China Daily, China is to start requiring gamers to register for online games with their real names!

It isn't confirmed when this new policy will go live, but it sounds pretty drastic if it is indeed true.

To quote: The government will start real-name registration for online game players this year, said Zhang Yijun, director of the General Administration of Press and Publication's technology and digital publication department.

Four online game companies' operations have been suspended after it was found that their software did not have the mandatory anti-addiction system, he said in Qingdao on Wednesday.
 
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