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PS3 Firmware 2.35 sneaks YouTube functionality in!

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323w ago - Sony claimed that all Firmware 2.35 did was "improve stability of some PS3 titles". Well, it turns out that the YouTube compatibility is one of those secret updates that occasionally make it unannounced into a PlayStation 3 firmware update.

The functionality was added via Version 2.35 of the firmware. At the moment, Mainichi Issyo (the crazy cat game downloadable only on off the Japanese store) is the only title to do so.

Videos are captured at 320x240, 30 frames per second and saved in an MPEG-4 file at 768kbps. Sound is recorded at 64kbps in AAC format. The maximum clip length is ten minutes.

Upon selecting to finish their recording sessions, players are given the choice of either saving their clips to the hard disk or uploading them to YouTube. Choose the latter option, and you're prompted for your YouTube user name and password.

The game then uploads the clip on the spot, showing a progress bar while you wait for the upload to complete.
 

Electronic Arts Likely to Extend Take-Two Buyout Offer

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323w ago - The clock is ticking down on Electronic Arts's takeover bid for publisher Take-Two, and the company remains steadfast in its refusal to buckle. But the publishing giant doesn't seem ready to give up so easily.

When Electronic Arts made their initial offer of $25.74 a share in late February, a much higher premium than what Take-Two was trading for at the time, they apparently expected Take-Two to immediately jump on the offer, according to Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter in an article from Forbes. But when Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelnick stonewalled, EA was stumped.

Now, with Grand Theft Auto IV on the market and Take-Two shares hovering around $26.59 a share, the takeover attempt seems to be at an impasse. Though Rockstar, 2K Boston, and 2K Sports remain tempting targets, there are other issues that may complicate the deal.

Many analysts can't agree on how much Take-Two is really worth, and any takeover would probably necessitate a special deal with Rockstar. Founder Sam Houser has previously stated that working with a larger publisher would mean wanting a larger share of the profits.

Speaking at a Tuesday press conference, EA CEO John Riccitiello dismissed questions about Take-Two but reiterated that one of EA's core goal over the next three years...
 

Microsoft: PS3 Getting "Squeezed Out"

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323w ago - Following the release of April NPD data, Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg says that he respects his competitors, but claims Sony in particular is getting "squeezed out" of the console war.

Below are the excerpts from a phone interview from Thursday with director of product management for Xbox 360 and Xbox Live Aaron Greenberg, who comments on the sales of GTA IV, the fight for market share and how Microsoft still doesn't consider the Wii a direct competitor.

First, there are the hardware figures. GTA IV didn't seem to move consoles in the few days in April that it was on sale. We didn't see very impressive hardware figures from the two platforms that the game was available on. Will we see the hardware lift in May?

I think May will be a better barometer for GTA's impact on hardware sales. I think GTA is the type of franchise that is unique and does perform differently. It reaches a different type of customer than other big titles in our industry, and those mainstream buyers don't necessarily buy hardware the day a game comes out. I think we'll see a much longer tail with this game. That said, we're very pleased with the numbers... NPD validated what we had heard and seen from our retailers [regarding sales of GTA IV on 360 vs. PS3].

...From our standpoint, we feel good about having...
 

Sony adds YouTube API support to PS3 SDK

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323w ago - Japanese Web site ITmedia has revealed that "Sony Computer Entertainment has added support for the YouTube API to the PS3 SDK."

This apparently means that Devs will be able to make games that allow the uploading of user-created movies to YouTube, all from within the game. Sony say the PS3 is the first games console to have Official YouTube support.

To quote: According to Japanese website ITmedia, the experiment is being supported globally and is designed to let developers easily integrate YouTube uploading into games made for the system, helping developers onto Sony's user-generated content bandwagon.
 

PS2 outsells PS3 by 4 million units in fiscal year 2008

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323w ago - The PS2 outsold the PS3 in fiscal year 2008 by 4 million units. The figures are as follows: PSP - 13.9 million units, PS2 - 13.73 million units, PS3 - 9.24 million units.

According to Sony's Q4 earnings announcement for the 2007 fiscal year, the company expects to sell ten million PlayStation 3 units throughout fiscal 2008, which began on April 1 and ends March 31, 2009.

Comparatively, Sony pushed 9.24 million units in the previous fiscal year. Despite outpacing PS3 sales for the second year in a row, the company expects PS2 sales to drop off next year, forecasting yearly sales of 9 million, down from 13.73 million units in fiscal 2007.

Moving away from the console market, Sony is anticipating that worldwide PSP sales will hit 15 million throughout the course of fiscal 2008, up from 13.89 million the previous year.

To quote: The breakdown of the company's hardware sales for the year ending March 31st, 2008 reads:

PSP - 13.9 million - UP 46 per cent
PS2 - 13.73 million - DOWN seven per cent
PS3 - 9.24 million - UP 156 per cent

Global software sales (in units) for each format in the 12 months were:

PSP - 55 million - UP one per cent
PS2 - 154 million - DOWN 20 per cent
PS3 - 57.9 million...
 
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