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Is PS3 Backwards Compatibility Dead? Maybe Not!

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346w ago - The one version of the PlayStation 3 that currently supports PlayStation 2 software – via emulation of the "Emotion Engine" – looks like it's about to go the way of the dodo. Exactly how crushed should those of us be, should we want to experience PS2 classics on our future PS3s?

Oh, totally crushed for now, but the future may provide a glimmer of hope, backing us away from the ledge. PlayStation Network director Eric Lempell says there are "possibilities" the PS2 playing capabilities could come back to the gutted PS3 in the most recent issue of EGM.

When asked by the mag if the now BC-less console kills any chance of offering PS2 games via the PlayStation Store, as it does for original PlayStation games, Lempel said "We haven't talked about that yet, but there are possibilities through technology and software emulation to make that possibles."

Lempell chose not to talk about "specific plans at this point" but that doesn't mean we can't hope. And pray. And start online petitions.

The full interview, which is actually with Sony Computer Entertainment SVP of marketing Peter Dille – he says backward compatibility is "important to us" – is in the newest issue of EGM, which is in subscriber hands now. We hope that 1UP will publish the interview online, in-full, at some point...
 

Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 to be announced shortly?

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346w ago - Hungarian PC gaming magazine PC Guru has a front-page story detailing exclusive news about Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3. Hungarian subscribers will recieve this magazine on Thursday.

Anyone interested in the franchise has been waiting for another Red Alert, and this is surely great news indeed and we hope that this isn't a repeat of this Gears of War story that turned out to be a big fuss about nothing.

We'll be on top of it the moment it's live. Stay glued to your screens, people.
 

Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2008 coming March 11

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346w ago - Dust off the old axe and brush up on those hot licks! Guinness World Record's will be holding an international Guitar Hero Relay Marathon between the UK, France, US, Canada, South Africa and Australia to celebrate the release of the Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2008.

Any and all Guitar Heroes are welcome to participate, dress as their their favorite Guitar Hero, and shred in this historic record attempt! For more information, or if you'd like to submit a record to break, please visit guinnessworldrecords.com.

Although Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2008 hit store shelves last week in Europe, it won't be released in North America until March 11th. Here are a few records to whet your appetite until then:

1. THE MOST VIDEO GAME ACCOLADES

Sid Meier, founder of Microprose and creator of Civilization, has won more game awards than anyone else. He was also the second person (of nine) to be inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame. Civilization III was named the game of the year for 2001 by over 12 gaming critics, with Civilization and Civilization II picking up similar accolades in their respective time-frames. Civilization IV has continued this trend, picking up strategy game of the year from...
 

Nyko releasing Zero controller for PS3 with rumble and motion sensing!

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346w ago - High-End Wireless Controller with Rechargeable Battery Pack for PlayStation® 3.. Coming March 2008 (Limited Early Release Edition without rumble in select retailers now).

Experience innovation with the Zero wireless controller for PlayStation 3. The Zero controller is an entirely new ergonomic design, built to maximize comfort for all players while providing a unique and stylish appearance. With full six-direction tilt functionality and vibration support, the Zero is fully compatible with all PS3 software and control schemes. The Zero is powered by an included NiMH rechargeable battery that provides up to 25 hours of wireless gameplay.

When necessary, simply plug the included charging cable into the PS3s USB port and play and charge the controller simultaneously or use the included AA battery pack. The Zero is the first controller to feature LED back-lit action buttons, heat dissipating aluminum panels and a hybrid metal-resin design. The Zero is the paramount in controller precision, design and engineering.

Wireless:
Low Latency, high-end wireless chipset provides a fast, responsive and secure connection.

Hybrid Design:
Unique metal-resin design provides a strong grip, and comfort for long gameplay sessions.

Backlit Buttons:
The back-lit LED...
 

PS3 NAND Extractor Update & More!

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346w ago - Mainman has updated his PS3 NAND Extractor/UnPacker to v0.4 recently! Changes to the latest revision include support for multiple dumps. The NAND Tool now scans for files, versus using a fixed position making it much more robust with extracting files.

It includes BETA support for the 40gb PlayStation 3 flash, however, we are still working out a few major bugs prior to a public release.

As mentioned above, extraction now dumps the files, plus additional data including the IDL section. It extracts the MAC Address, and also dumps the asecure loader section. More on this soon..

In other news, we are waiting for the InFeCtuS Team to update their program to support the new Samsung Flash revision, so we can experiment more with our recently discovered PS3 downgrading technique. Until then, not much new to report on this area yet.

Finally, we have been successful with running PS3 Retail game back-ups on a PS3 Test from both Internal and USB HDD (along with DVD). Unlike PS2 and PS1 development systems, a PS3 Test won't play a 1:1 copy/scene release.

It only plays development copies, so the executables (EBOOT.BIN) had to be decrypted and rebuilt for them to load. However, as mentioned previously,...
 
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