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Owners of Blu-ray players may become frozen out, PS3 is safe

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346w ago - The BBC reports on how owners of already purchased Blu-ray players may effectively find themselves locked out of future developments in the technology as their machines are not upgradeable.

Later on in the year, BD Live will be launched to support features to connect to the Internet and download content but as Internet functionality is not a strict requirement, no Blu-ray players currently on the market will be able to access this feature.

However, there is one small exception to the previous thought and that is the PS3 which should always be able to keep up with the Blu-ray technology updates due to the correct hardware and online access.

To quote: Machines released onto the market since November are called profile 1.1, but none of the standalone Blu-ray players can be upgraded to accommodate this profile.

Films will still play on the machines, but access to extra features is limited.

Later this year the Blu-ray camp will offer profile 2.0, called BD Live, which will allow the players which support the feature to connect to the internet to download related content, such as ringtones, trailers and photos.

But because internet functionality is not a mandatory requirement in current players, none on the market today will be able to access the feature.
 

2008 is the Year of the PlayStation 3

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346w ago - We all know that 2008 will be a big year for Sony's PlayStation 3. With huge promises of what's to come, such as the recent announcement of Resistance 2, your wallet is sure to take quite a beating.

While you wait, please enjoy a video that one member created focusing on the exclusive games that will be coming down the pipeline this year.





Will we be seeing announcements of a new Jak and Daxter, Kingdom Hearts III, or even an Elder Scrolls MMORPG? Time will tell. Please let us know what you're looking forward to!
 

Rumor: Sony has 20 unknown exclusives in development for PS3

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346w 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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346w 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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346w 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!
 
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