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Rumor: Sony has 20 unknown exclusives in development for PS3

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341w ago - In one of those I heard from a friend rumors, a Sony Japan employee has reportedly revealed that Sony's internal studios have over 20 yet to be revealed projects for the PS3.

The only extra bit of information is that ICO is reportedly working on two of these exclusives.

To quote: Yesterday in a heated IM discussion about which of the three console makers is going to have the strongest line-up this year, a friend of mine who works at Sony Computer Entertainment Japan blurted out that Sony's internal studios have up their sleeves more than 20 yet-to-be-revealed projects for PlayStation 3.

Intrigued by this I asked if he could give me some examples. Project Siren (makers of the Forbidden Siren franchise), Team Saru (creators of the Ape Escape series) and Team ICO are three of the studios who're getting ready to reveal their new projects this year. After some more pushing, he told me that all he knows about Team ICO is that the team is working on two games, both for PS3.

My guess now is that Team ICO is indeed working on two games, none of which is for PSP. Most probably one is for PSN (hence the need of staff specialized in networking technology) and the other is headed for a Blu-ray disc release.
 

PS3 'Pick N Mix' deal is no deal at all

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341w ago - For UK-based gaming fans not yet swayed by the considerable lure of Sony's PlayStation 3 console, a brand new hardware and software bundle might yet be the catalyst for change - not least in established Xbox followers unwilling to share their platform allegiance in light of Sony's upper tier pricing.

Specifically, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) has this week rolled the covers off what appears (at first glance) to be a rather tempting 'Pick N Mix' retail deal that will see UK consumers able to snaffle the PlayStation 3 and two games for a total price of £349.99 GBP.

While that might not seem like much of a deal, its worth becomes somewhat clearer when factoring in that the games on offer are first-party titles, not shoehorned third-party also-rans bundled in for little more reason than shifting dusty and unwanted stock.

Sony says the offer will launch this coming Friday (January 18) and will run until further notice, with the games open for selection being as follows: Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, Formula 1, Lair, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, and SingStar PS3 (with microphone peripherals), Motorstorm, Resistance: Fall of Man, Folklore, Warhawk (with accompanying headset, and Genji: Days of the Blade.

However, The current (Amazon) GBP price of...
 

Halo Now Playable on PS3: Via UT3

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341w ago - In an odd turn of events for non-PS3 games making their way to the console, the Halo map "Wizard" is now playable in Unreal Tournament 3. Should this awaken Microsoft lawyers? We hope not.

The beauty of Unreal Tournament 3 is that the PC community can create maps for PS3 owners to play. It's such a revolutionary setup for consoles, that you're really getting a lot of bang for your buck with this insane multiplayer experience.

Now a Halo map has been created from scratch for the game:

This is a remake of the Halo map named Wizard. This was a great close quarters map and I felt it would be right at home with Unreal Tournament 3.

This also has full bot pathing so you can play singleplayer without having to find a server with someone hosting this map.

Enjoy the screenshots below, but most importantly enjoy this new map, which can be found here. More screenshots can be seen at the link at the top of this story!
 

US porn studio and HD-DVD camp in divorce row

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341w ago - It's one blow after another for the Toshiba-lead HD-DVD consortium. This time round, it's California-based Digital Playground Inc. turning its back against the red camp.

A recent statement released by the pornographic movie studio indicated a possible Blu-ray switch by end 2008. This was revealed in an interview between the company founder and a German website Heise online during the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo 2008.

Among the reasons cited are the Warner coup and higher Digital Playground Blu-ray title sales volume against their equivalent HD-DVD offerings. The latter was said to be attributed to PlayStation3 gaming console's success, though it's still facing resistance from Sony on distributing pornography on Blu-ray, understandably with Walt Disney Pictures onboard. It has since worked around this issue by collaborating with independent Blu-ray disc manufacturers.
 

Bluetooth PSP/PS2 Headset Mod

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341w ago - I was bored and decided to come up with a little mod to give me something to do. So here it is: A universal Bluetooth headset mod for the PSP and PS2/ PS2 games on PS3.

With this mod I'm able to voice chat wirelessly on PSP games like the SOCOM FTB franchise using my Bluetooth headset. In addition to working with the PSP I can also use the same Bluetooth headset to voice chat wirelessly on any PS2.

In case you didn't know if you try to play say SOCOM: Combined Assault (a PS2 game) on the PS3 without this mod you cannot use a Bluetooth headset because the PS2 game is not coded to take advantage of the PS3's Bluetooth functionality, but with this now you can!

Note: I'm in the process of writing up step by step guide to build your own which I intend to release on the instructables site.

Thanks for looking,

N3M3515 aka 51N15T3R aka Shane-O-Mak
 
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