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PS3 Firmware 2.30 in April; required for new PlayStation Store

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352w ago - Update: Sony has officially confirmed that the new PlayStation Store interface will also be coming to North America in mid-April.

To quote: Customers will be able to access, browse, shop and download content as usual prior to the store's re-opening. However, no additional downloadable content will be posted prior to then, including this Thursday, April 3rd, and next Thursday, April 10th.

Regularly scheduled content updates will resume with the Store's re-opening, at which time additional games and game-related items will be added, including the downloadable version of the highly-anticipated exclusive PS3 title Gran Turismo 5 Prologue.

Sony has released 3 sample images of the new design for the PlayStation store and said that "Content will be suspended for two weeks while the improvements are carried out but users can look forward to a special update in mid-April."

Sony has also reportedly told the media that the PlayStation Store face lift on PS3 will no longer use the PS3 Web browser, and will require new firmware upgrade version 2.30. The facelift is said to be much faster and cache all images correctly.

Sony has yet to confirm the facelift release...
 

Rumor: PS3 Hello World Homebrew Method Found?!

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352w ago - Dragula96 has posted a video (below) on YouTube today that demonstrates a PS3 "Hello World" Proof-Of-Concept.

Needless to say, today is the day before April 1st (April Fool's Day), however, dragula96 has been a long-standing contributer of several development boards (including PS2Dev) for several years... so we have opted give him the benefit of the doubt for the time being and dubbed this a "rumor"

He also states he is attempting to get a game of Pong working, and that he will share the method and source code in time.





According to dragula96, this does not require any hardware modification and the method has been tested on a PS3 40GB and 60GB console- both of which have current 2.20 Firmware and are retail models, not development models!

To quote: In the video, you can see some tape on my TV, that is to hide MAC and IP addresses... there are no cuts in video at all.

I have spent somewhere around 9 hours to get this working, and I hope you guys don't think this is a fake.. I have a good reputation in the PSP scene. I would not release something if it was fake (even if it is close to April Fool's Day).

I do not know the extent of which the discovery will let me program, but I seriously...
 

PS3 1080i Support working in Burnout Paradise

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352w ago - Criterion has revealed that they've found a way to support 1080i in Burnout Paradise. This will enable any gamers who own a 1080i TV that doesn't support 720p to run the game in HD instead of SD.

They recommend that if you have the option to run 720p, run the game in this mode, because the 1080i image is effectively scaled from 720p. This feature will appear in the "Cagney" update version 1.3.

To quote: To trigger this feature, all you'll need to do is make sure you have 1080i ticked and 720p unticked in the XMB display options, once you've installed the Cagney download.

More Cagney features to follow this week...
 

SOCOM: Confrontation will include seven maps, clan support

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352w ago - Sony announced today that it was bringing the SOCOM franchise to the PS3 with SOCOM: Confrontation. The game is focused exclusively on on-line play and powered by PlayStation Network.

Key features include: up to 32 player multiplayer, 7 highly detailed maps and community features with increased clan & ladder support. The game will be available on Blu-ray Disc and as a download from PSN. There are also plans for DLC including new weapons, characters and maps.

Press Release:

London, March 28th 2008: - SOCOM: Confrontation™ brings the highly decorated SOCOM franchise to PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™). Focused exclusively on on-line play and powered by PLAYSTATION®Network, SOCOM: Confrontation delivers the contemporary combat experience that the SOCOM series is known for.

SOCOM: Confrontation allows players to freely associate, form teams and compete in up to 32 player battles and massive player tournaments. Customize your character and equip him from a selection of weapons. Recruit others, or be recruited, into an elite unit formed from free agents or friends you have served with before. Whether you are a Squad leader, or a soldier taking orders, everyone has a part to play. This is the chance for your team to confront the best soldiers the world has to offer and prove your superiority.
 

FCC approves new PS3 SKU

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352w ago - Sony has very recently handed over a new PS3 SKU to the FCC for approval.

However, it does appear to be based on the 80GB specification (CECHE01) which indicates that it could be part of a new bundle or even a new color. Or even less exciting, the new SKU could just be an updated version of the hardware.

Those interested can read all the documents at fcc.gov.
 
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