318w ago - Our very own Courier has taken the plunge and cracked open his new 40GB PS3. Most of the hardware seems the same, the Blu-Ray drive components are also the same. Some components such as RAM, has been made by different manufacturers, but for the most part, the drive is identical to any other model drive.
While he was there, he also pulled the BGA flash of the Blu-Ray drive, which is encrypted, at least for now! It also seems that the Blu-Ray drive EEPROM has a unique per drive ID. More to come!
318w ago - PS3, Xbox 360 owners would rather play games instead. If you believe the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA), millions of PlayStation 3 gamers all over the globe are watching movies on their consoles. That's just not true, says HD DVD man Olivier Van Wynendaele, and it doesn't really work for HD DVD movies on the Xbox 360 either.
Van Wynendaele - who's the spokesman for the HD DVD Promotion Group - made the claims during an exclusive interview with Tech.co.uk conducted yesterday. He also said that the majority of PS3 owners didn't know their consoles could play movies, period:
"[According to] the independent figures we have from independent research companies and so on, it appears that 60 per cent of games consoles owners don't know they can play movies - either DVD or Blu-ray - in the PS3. That means at least 60 per cent are not active.
"Even among the remaining 40 per cent... 13 per cent are actually using their games console as a player, and the rest are not. People are buying their consoles to play games, not to watch movies."
The HD DVD experience
For further evidence, Van Wynendaele turned to Microsoft's record with the HD DVD add-on for the Xbox 360:
"The attach rate is less than two digits. So [Microsoft has] sold a lot, but it's an expensive accessory for...
319w ago - The Warhawk 1.1 patch is now officially available for download. To get the latest patch, just launch your Warhawk game and you will be notified that the 1.1 update is available.
The download is about 8.2 megs. If you managed to get the patch before today's official release, when it was accidentally released, you'll find there are fixes to the "viral-rank-up" and the "time-in-vehicle stat".
To quote: Just wanted to make a quick post to let everyone know that the Warhawk v1.1 patch will be deployed world-wide on Friday, November 2nd, during an extended maintenance window between 5am and 9am Pacific.
Some of you were able to download the v1.1 patch before it was "officially" ready. Since this occurred without the server-side updates to complement it, not all of the fixes would have functioned. Specifically, the viral-rank-up fix and the time-in-vehicle stat fix. Once we bring the system back online Friday, 9am Pacific, these fixes will be functional.
Also, once we deploy the patch, when you boot Warhawk, you will be prompted by the XMB to download the v1.1 patch. This is a fast download so it's not a time killer. Once the XMB has pulled the patch down, Warhawk will boot back up and be happy! You will also notice a "v1.1″ in the lower right corner of the screen.
319w ago - Capcom sent us a shower of images for the beat'em all Devil May Cry 4 on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Planned for a February 2008 release on our continent, this mega production will place Nero at the heart of a story where Dante will make some memorable appearances. The environments spread a delectable flavour, so the delay is half forgiven.
Rest of the awesome screenshots can be see at the link up top this story!