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MAG Beta 5.0 Statistics, No PS3 HDD Install Confirmed for Release

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243w ago - The MAG PS3 blog has unveiled Beta 5.0 statistics today, and [Register or Login to view links] has spotted an official [Register or Login to view links] from Sony's Jeremy Dunham that the release later this month (January 26, 2010) will not have a mandatory PS3 HDD installation required.

To quote: "I have a question, will MAG require a Mandatory Install or will it run off the disc?

Jeremy Dunham replied on January 14, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Ye olde disc."

MAG Beta 5.0 Statistics

Here's what we have:

•Before the end of the beta on January 10, there were well over a million downloads (860,000 in North America alone) of the MAG beta client worldwide.
•Of the 619,000+ people who gained at least one point of experience, 52,846 of them qualified for Squad Leader, 10,249 people qualified for Platoon Leader, 3,181 warriors made it all the way to OIC, and a mere 143 diehard soldiers made it to the level 60 experience cap.
•The breakdown of PMC preference ended up like this: Valor - 38.7%, Raven - 37.2%, SVER - 24.1%
•Who won the Beta 5.0 Shadow War? Despite their smaller...
 

XBox 360 Genesis360 Alpha Emulator Release by Yoshihiro

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244w ago - To compliment the previously released SNES360, today Yoshihiro has released a Genesis emulator PC port dubbed Genesis360 Alpha for the XBox 360.

Download: [Register or Login to view links] / XBox 360 Genesis360 Alpha Emulator [Mirror]

To quote from the ReadMe File: Quick and simple Port from PC to XDK to let you see what can be done without an official devkit. 100% Coded on Retail :=) No Need for donations at all

• Plays all Genesis Games
• All the roms go inside the genroms folder
• Full screen mode
• Zip Gz support
• Simple rom Browser
• Sound support.
• Pad setting to enable the 6 buttons paddle
• 4 player possible.

Buttons mapping:

360 Genesis
X = A
A = B
B = C
Y = X
LB = Y
RB = Z
LT = MODE
START = START
BACK = if you want to go back to the roms list while playing.

TODO:

•Fix a small Bug
•Add the VSP processor support for Virtua Racing

PS: It's...
 

GameStop Dates God of War III PS3 Release for March 16, 2010

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244w ago - Today retailer GameStop has [Register or Login to view links] God of War III for PS3 to arrive for US gamers on March 16, 2010.

What makes this date different from other dates in the system is that this title is street dated for the 16th.

What this means is that GameStop will get the game in likely a week or so before the official release and they'll be required to hold them until March 16th to sell them to consumers.

To quote: "GameStop had the title slated for March in their system prior to this, but the 'Street Date' label is new and is likely the confirmed release date for the title.

Usually, GameStop doesn't street date titles until they know an official release date. Thus far, Sony has only stated that the title will release in March. It's been confirmed that God of War III will hit Japan on March 25th.

With a large amount of God of War III content set to be released in a week, it's possible we could hear a potential official release date, too."
 

Sony Confirms Release of PS3 Firmware Update 3.10 for Today

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252w ago - Shortly following the video preview of the upcoming PS3 Firmware Update 3.10 comes the official Press Release (below) and confirmation that it will indeed arrive today.

According to [Register or Login to view links], Sony will be releasing the 3.10 update today.

To quote: They've apparently been planning this for some time now, but network operation director Eric Lempel wouldn't say how long.

"I'll just say that it's been in the works for quite some time," he said in an interview with 1UP.

"It's never been easy to just integrate new content into the PlayStation Network. We've had this planned for a while now."

Press Release: Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. to Offer Richer Online Social Experience to PlayStation 3 Computer Entertainment System Owners with Facebook Integration

Next Firmware Update (v3.10) Enables PlayStation 3 system Gamers to Share Their Experiences with Friends on Facebook, Including Trophies Won In-Game, PlayStation(R)Network Game Purchases, and Game Events

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Nov. 18 - Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. ("SCEA") today announced an integration with Facebook...
 

Sony Reveals Why PSOne Classics Have No Set PSN Release Date

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253w ago - Today the sleuths at Examiner.com (linked above) have uncovered a reply from Sony's PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen explaining why PSOne Classics have no set PSN release date.

Although the answer isn't surprising, it's definitely good to know why classics such as Final Fantasy VIII are not available in the States to date.

To quote: "Ever since Sony announced PSOne Classics for the PSP and PlayStation 3, new releases have been inconsistent and often appear suddenly without any prior announcements.

Grace Chen, Senior Manager of the PlayStation Store, explain why this is the case on the comment section of the [Register or Login to view links]:

There are a variety of reasons that need to be considered when releasing PSOne Classics... code emulation and testing, licensing rights, music clearances, etc.

Although the process may not always be smooth, Sony has definitely been picking up the pace in 2009 with new PSOne Classics."
 
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