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Battlefield 1943 is Coming to PS3 via PlayStation Network

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273w ago - Today Battlefield 1943 Producer Gordon Van Dyke announced news that Battlefield 1943 is coming to PS3 via PlayStation Network.

To quote: The online multiplayer, first-person-shooter title, Battlefield 1943 for the PSN will take you back to the WWII Pacific Theater in a way never before seen, this June on the PLAYSTATION 3 for only $15!

You'll enjoy three amazing locations with Iwo Jima, Wake Island, and Guadalcanal letting you pilot and drive a variety of airplanes, tanks, and transport vehicles to help you win the battle.

Today is a really exciting day, first it's [Register or Login to view links] here in Sweden celebrating the start of summer's approach with bonfires, yes I said bonfires, and this is done all over the country.

It is quite the sight to see from atop the DICE studio. Another really exciting thing for me today is the release of the Battlefield 1943 trailer for the first time on PSN (later today) and seeing it in full glory on my PS3.

Now before you watch the video, imagine with me flying your Corsair airplane over the tropical Wake Island engaged in a dogfight with a Japanese Zero, you take him down and notice your squad mate's tank about to be flanked by the enemy in another tank.

You...
 

Next3D 3D Movie Player Coming to Mac and Sony's PS3 Console

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274w ago - Next3D has confirmed that its 3D movie player technology is heading to the PS3 as well as the MAC platform. The software is free, and the technology can provide 1080p high definition stereoscopic imagery.

Next3D's technology is based around a proposed specification for the H.264 video standard.

To quote: [Register or Login to view links] announced Monday that its 3D Movie player technology will be released for Macs and for Sony's PlayStation 3 video game console. The software will be free and will work in conjunction with Next3D's content delivery service.

Next3D movies are encoded using technology that provides 1080P-resolution high-definition stereoscopic imagery, along with digital rights management, distribution and auditing mechanisms for content providers.

The software made a splash at last month's Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco; a public beta is expected to be made available soon for the Xbox 360 version.

Next3D's technology is based around a proposed specification for the H.264 video standard already in use; the proposed spec adds support for compression of multi-view-based content.

When paired with a 3D-capable...
 

PS3 Remote Play Reverse-Engineered, Portable API Coming Soon

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274w ago - Prepare yourself for complete and utter devastation - presenting a Dashhacks exclusive, from our very own talented Dashhacker - PS3 Remote Play: successfully reverse engineered, authentication system broken, and a portable API on the way.

What does this mean? Well for starters you'll soon be accessing your PS3 from just about anywhere - your PC, your iPhone, your whatchamacallit, and whatever other Internet-enabled device.

Stay tuned, for real.
 

PSP Firmware 5.50 Update is Coming Soon

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275w ago - Here we go, courtesy of PlayStation Network Operations Director Eric Lempel on this Monday afternoon:

Hi everyone, the next system software update (v5.50) for PSP (PlayStation Portable) will be available soon, and I wanted to provide you all with a preview of some of the key features.

The firmware update will introduce an Information Board on the PSP system's XMB (XrossMediaBar) interface. Those of you who have a PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) may be familiar with this feature, which displays news and updates from the world of PlayStation in a scrolling ticker in the upper right-hand corner of your TV screen.

Now you'll be able to read up-to-date information about upcoming games, new content available on PlayStation Store, and other news right on your PSP whenever you're at a wireless Internet hotspot.

In addition, we'll be adding a few more enhancements with the 5.50 update:

Memory Stick improvements - You'll be able to create and access sub-folders on your Memory Stick PRO Duo for music, videos and photos. Separately, the available space required to download a file from PlayStation Store to your Memory Stick has been reduced significantly.

Internet search for games directly from the XMB - You'll be able to easily...
 

H.264 Encoder is Coming to Sony's PlayStation 3 Console

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275w ago - Here's another way to harness the power of the PS3's Cell chip, to quote:

Fixstars Corporation of Japan has announced CodecSys CE-10, the first H.264 encoder that's designed specifically for the PS3. The product will be showcased at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas starting April 20th.

The CE-10 software will be installed on a PC, but will somehow allow users to access the power of the PS3 as a way of accelerating video encoding. Fixstars is promising "ultra fast HD encoding" and "high quality low bit rate compression," targeted at the prosumer market at a prosumer price.

When questioned further on how the PS3 would interface with the CE-10 program, we were provided this rather useful document (pictured below).

It appears the PS3 will need Linux installed, severely limiting its accessibility to all but hardcore PS3 owners. Considering the rather specific demands of this application, perhaps that makes sense.

CE-10 will be available for purchase in June 2009. For burgeoning HD filmmakers, this should be a very cheap way of turning the PS3 into a powerful piece of video hardware.
 
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