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PSP-2000 Video-Out to Display Classic Titles at Full TV Screen Size

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323w ago - Sony have issued an Official PS3 (v2.50) / PSP (v5.00) software update press release today. It reveals that the PSP-2000's video-out feature will be able to display PlayStation format software (classics titles) at the full-screen size of the TV that the PSP is connected to (the feature will also support interlace displays). Both system software updates will be released on October 15, 2008.

Press Release: London, October 14, 2008 - Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today announced details of the next PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) and PSP®(PlayStation®Portable) system software updates, adding new features to both platforms to benefit consumers.

The PS3 firmware update (v. 2.50) will include the implementation of advanced voice chat features for the PS3 official wireless headset, the ability to capture screenshots in-game with supporting titles in the future, and Trophy enhancements, among other new features. The PSP firmware update (v. 5.00) will add direct access to PlayStation®Store on PSP, enabling consumers to browse the store and download games whenever they're at a Wi-Fi hotspot. Both system software updates will be released on 15th October.

PLAYSTATION®3 Firmware 2.50 Update
Building upon the foundation set by previous firmware upgrades, the 2.50 system software update...
 

The Fallout from Fallout 3's Piracy

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324w ago - The eagerly anticipated Fallout 3 is nearly upon us, yet a full three weeks before its release rapacious pigs cracked the game and offered it via various torrent sites.

This is the third AAA title that has been hacked and cracked in as many months, leaving publishers frothing at the mouth as they consider even more draconian digital rights management.

To the casual observer this may seem like an overzealous response to retain the vast sea of greenbacks the industry seems to float upon. And that certainly is a concern, after all Electronic Arts is not motivated from a position of altruism. This is about control of their product, control of their intellectual property, and control of the consumer.

Flinchingly I have read DRM proponents scathing insinuation that, and I'm paraphrasing, that "nothing is safe! Nothing is sacred! We must protect ourselves at any cost!" Yet the price of that protectionism is at the expense of the consumer. Pirates care little for the mores of the videogame industry. However it's not the pirates that are feeling the brunt of the industry's wrath, it's us.

Citing piracy concerns, EA slapped DRM restrictions on Spore that prohibited more than one installation per copy, turning it into a $60 rental. Yet that did not keep Spore from being cracked...
 

No PS3 Update Needed for Video Capturing and YouTube Uploads

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324w ago - According to Al de Leon at the PlayStation Blog, the PS3 already has the ability to capture videos and upload them to YouTube, its up to the Dev's to implement it.

This is a comment's reply made by Al de Leon on the feature:

"This firmware update applies to screenshots only. The PS3 already has the capability to capture videos and upload them to YouTube.

Developers are starting to incorporate this into their games, such as PixelJunk Eden."

So there you have it!
 

Sony rules out PS3 Price Cut for Christmas, PS3 is a Good Value

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324w ago - The Financial Times is reporting that Kazuo Hirai "has ruled out cutting the price of the PlayStation 3 console before Christmas, insisting that the PS3 is better value than rivals half its price."

To quote: Mr Hirai argues that the basic Xbox has no hard disk drive while the PS3 plays high-definition Blu-Ray movies as standard. "When you really compare apples to apples, then I think we have a very good value proposition," he said.

"The answer is yes, if you're asking, 'Are these the prices we're going with this Christmas?'" said Kazuo Hirai, president and group chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment, in an interview with the Financial Times.
 

Euro WipEout HD Patch Fixes Freezing Issues for Popular Players

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324w ago - Just over two weeks ago there were reports of WipEout HD crashing/freezing and some partially-working DIY-style fixes.

The good news is, WipEout HD has now been patched in order to fix the common game freezing problem among PSN users with over 50 friends.

Currently this patch is available for the European version only, though it is expected to go live in America very soon. The patch notes, which can be retrieved from within the game, state that your save file needs to be deleted after the patch has been installed for the fix to take affect.

This means your lap times, team loyalties and other single-player stats and options will be lost. Your trophies and leaderboard scores, however, won't be lost.

If you've been sidestepping the issue by playing whilst signed out of the PSN, starting again is no doubt quite an annoyance. Don't get too upset, though, at least you can now play online with your friends.
 
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