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Rumor: Home is coming very soon, in-game XMB done!

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345w ago - sev1512 claims to have some insider access to a variety of news relating to PS3 Home and in-game XMB features. He says that PSedge dev kits released an update and the new Home libraries were introduced.

It is claimed that a game must be able to integrate into Home and a game must be able to support accomplishments. Moreover, every game that is coming out soon now supports in-game XMB and those already out will have to be patched. All in all Home is said to be very close as well as in-game XMB.

To quote: Anyways, very exciting stuff happened on Monday (The one that just past). The PSedge dev kits, recieved an update. So whatever, we take a look, and the major addition, was that the TRC's were updated, and the new HOME libraries were brought in.

What does this mean? A TRC is a checklist of things a game must have for Sony to approve, in order for them to give the "Go-Ahead" on releasing the game on their console. This checklist has things like: Can't crash, Load times under 10 seconds, and things like that.

Two new ones were added: A game must be able to integrate into Home, a game must support "Accomplishments". Right there, two important things, the PS3 system for achievements is called "Accomplishments", and Home is coming out VERY VERY VERY Soon.

Then, we...
 

PS3 rear USB port mod unveiled!

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345w ago - MacSolidWorks undertook the painful process of modifying his PS3 in order to provide it with a rear USB mod for use with the Playstation Eye.

After searching high and low for instructions, he decided to just go ahead and perform the mod himself as shown in the video below.

To quote: I modified my PS3 to have a rear USB port for my Playstation EYE. I looked all over the web for instructions on how to do this but couldn't find anything. So I just did it myself.





Here are the results:

1. It works.

2. As long as you don't plug anything into the front USB port you've "borrowed" for the rear port, everything is fine.

3. If you plug something into the "borrowed" port, both peripherals stop working and you'll need to restart the PS3.

4. This setup cannot act like a true USB hub as it's just a pass-thru for one of the front ports.

Since this setup is not optimal and I'd like at least 2 USB ports on the back of my PS3, I'm currently working on a new mod that will allow a true hub on the back eliminating the aforementioned limitations.
 

PlayStation 3 Pulls An Impressive 180

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345w ago - It's less than two months since the launch of the PlayStation 3 in North America and Japan. The highly anticipated, supposedly ultra-powerful next-gen video game system from Sony has, according to just about every legitimate news source, flopped.

Availability for the launches had been pathetic, must-have software remains limited to Resistance: Fall of Man, the console is super expensive ($599 for the 60GB model), Sony is mired in debt due to the outrageous production costs incurred by producing the console, and to make matters worse, Microsoft and Nintendo are soaring.

The Wii caught on huge in Japan - and just about everywhere else - and the Xbox 360 had already enjoyed a one-year head-start, in which we saw more than a few great titles. Blu-Ray, still in its infancy, hasn't yet started to move much, considering the lack of PS3s in the marketplace. Whispers of "another Betamax" are rampant... Doom and gloom permeates almost every PS3-related news story, and editorials from jump-the-gunners say the console might actually fail. It's a dark time.

Fast-forward to one year later, 2008- Sales have been climbing for the PlayStation 3 for quite a while, and January 2008 marks the first month where the system outsells the Xbox 360 and essentially ties the Wii in North America.

Availability...
 

GamePro's top 6 predictions for GDC 2008

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345w ago - Though 2007 was a breakout moment for gaming, this year's Game Developer's Conference looks to be anything but. Here's how we see GDC 2008 going down.

PREDICTION: Insomniac will announce a release date for Resistance 2.

New Resistance 2 news at GDC? Don't bet on it
When Insomniac's Resistance launched with the PS3 in 2006 it blew many of us away with its intense action, robust online mode, and creative weapon choices. In fact, it is still one of the best games on the PS3. It may not be the most polished effort, but it's still highly enjoyable.

Now that Resistance 2 is out of the shadows and into the spotlight, some fans may be hoping that Sony and Insomniac will announce more details, such as the game's official release date. Though many of us would like to know exactly when we can get our hands on the game ("fall 2008" is all we've heard), it seems unlikely that GDC will be the venue for such an announcement. The combination of the rising sales of the PS3 and the intense promises Insomniac has made regarding multiplayer (supporting 60 players at once is a hefty load) make it unlikely that we'll hear anything concrete yet. We suspect that Insomniac is too busy working out the details to worry about making splashy announcements.
Chance of it happening: LOW

PREDICTION:...
 

If You Want The FFXIII Demo Start Saving For Last Remnant

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345w ago - Earlier this year we posted reports from Japanese Gaming Magazines Famitsu and Degeki speaking of a Final Fantasy XIII demo. Tetsuya Nomura, Character Designer for the Final Fantasy XIII, said himself that they plan on releasing a demo so fans of the series and everyone else anticipating the game can see the battle system in real-time for themselves.

This announcement, along with earlier speculation in 2007 about a possible demo, has led to various debates about the format the demo would come in, and to whom it would be open to. A Playstation Network demo, a solo demo disc, or possibly packaged another Square Enix game, all of these are possible. We're going to dissect the ramifications of each of the possibilities to see which we can expect in the near future from Square.

Playstation Network (PSN) Release

A PSN released demo is a no brainer for most of us these days. Anyone interested in demos with a PSN account has downloaded at least a few and took them for a spin. Burnout Paradise, Devil May Cry 4, Motorstorm and Uncharted are all examples of extremely popular demos for the Playstation 3, and they were all released through the Playstation Network. However, many triple-A games have breezed past releasing PSN demos, such as Assassin's Creed and Metal Gear Solid 4. Ubisoft simply did not release...
 
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