SingStar for PS3 and PS2 Hits Shelves Today, Updates Detailed

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281w ago - The US Producer of SingStar, Aaron Orsak, shared the following via PS Blog today:

With SingStar ABBA hitting the shelves today for PLAYSTATION 3 and PlayStation 2, we wanted to share with you some new SingStar updates.

We've been listening to your feedback over the last few months and wanted to let you know that we will be adding 60+ songs to the North American SingStore over the next few months.

We'll be sure to keep you all posted as we begin rolling out new songs to the SingStore. In the meantime, here's a highlight of songs to appear in the coming weeks:

• UB40 - 'Red Red Wine'
• Billy Joel - 'We Didn't Start the Fire'
• Chumbawamba- 'Tubthumping'
• David Bowie- 'Let's Dance'
• Pink - 'Get the Party Started'
• Queen- 'The Show Must Go On'
• New Order- 'Blue Monday 88′
• Men at Work - 'Down Under'
• Starship - 'We Built This City'

Just in time for the holidays we will also be releasing a Christmas song pack to the SingStore in mid-December featuring popular Christmas carols from top artists such as Toni Braxton, Celine Dion and Paul McCartney. The pack will be available for $6.99 and will include the following tracks:

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Rumors: Extra Updates in PS3 Firmware 2.40

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303w ago - Thanks to reader Ben Torode, we've got a proper translation of this Watch Impress article, detailing a number of new features coming to 2.40 not yet mentioned by SCEA, as far as we know:

1. The way to quit games has also been modified in line with these changes, and a game can be exited by pressing the PS button during a game and selecting "Game" then "Quit Game" from the XMB.

2. On the XMB in general, added functions include a clock displayed on the XMB, a function to delete all entered text in the entry field when using text entry with a keyboard, and a function which displays an icon to indicate when operation of the PS button is disabled.

3. In "Users" under the XMB, an item has been added to power off the PS3 console. Under "Settings", options have been added to automatically power off after a system software update, and "assign controller", "controller vibration function" settings have been added under "accessory settings".

4. Under "Photos", as well as photos within a playlist becoming printable, when photos are sorted by month or year taken, an ascending and descending order option has been added.

5. Under "Music", a mini control panel can now be displayed while playing music, as well...
 

Sony announces a Trojan Horse, through PS3 updates

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303w ago - Well, they didn't announce one in its current parlance exactly. It's more like the original horse – the one that disgorged the elite Achaeans into Troy. In this case, the Trojan Horse is the PS3 console, and it will be disgorging content. It's not I who made this historical comparison, some analyst did, but I sure wish I had.

The plan was, all along it seems, to roll out the game console and constantly upgrade its capabilities. For example, soon you will be able to get news and weather from your PS3, download feature films, and there will be a photo/movie management app with geotagging and a globe view, not unlike what I saw at the Surface event, but without the (somewhat critical) touchy interface.

Well, I look forward to getting a PS3 one of these days, but they keep making it a sweeter deal so I think I'll just continue to hold off for the moment.
 

Sony Updates Folding@Home Client to Version 1.31

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322w ago - Sony has issued a subtle update to its PlayStation 3 Folding@Home client today. Now at version 1.31, the update patches up an issue regarding network communication errors.

When communication with Stanford University's servers is unsuccessful, the application will now try an effective method of attempting to reconnect based on the specific error condition.

To install the update, simply restart or launch the Folding@Home client if you aren't already running it and follow the on-screen prompts to install.
 

Latest Game Updates: What Are They?

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329w ago - Typically, we'd like to believe an "update" is a good thing. But when the reasons for the update and what that update actually does remain a mystery, we start to get a little concerned. Perhaps you didn't notice, but more than a few PS3 titles got recent and very unexpected updates...and some users are wondering what actually changed, and if it could potentially hurt the system.

Some updates are more public than others (most are aware of update 1.01 for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, designed to fix slowdown issues). But a few, like updates for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Heavenly Sword, pop up out of nowhere and request that you download the mysterious patch. The previous two updates were 18MB in size and we haven't yet concluded what has been fixed and/or changed in either game, but they must've been issued for a reason, correct? Normally, updates can't possibly hurt the machine, but one game that needs another of these un-detailed 18MB updates is Time Crisis 4. Now, according to several new reports, including one user at Siliconera, this has resulted in the PlayStation 3 not being able to recognize any discs.

Whether or not you have the latest firmware update seems irrelevant; these games need a 18MB update, and we don't know why. Furthermore, we're a little worried about these scattered reports...
 







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