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Rumor: PS4 to be backwardly compatible?

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354w ago - And could PS3 backward compatability make a return, too?

Sony isn't ready to turn its back on backward compatability just yet, according to a job ad put out by the company.

So Gamefront.de is reporting, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan is currently advertising for a software engineer to deal with backward compatability for both the PS3 and an unspecified next-gen console - which sounds an awful lot like the PlayStation 4 to us.

Specifically, the engineer will be required to implement and optimise emulation software for PS1, PS2, PSP and PS3 games on both formats.

Not only would it suggest that PS4 development is now at the point where Sony can start thinking about specific software such as emulators, the fact the PS3 is mentioned as part of the job brief is also of note.

Although Sony has enjoyed considerably more PS3 success since it introduced the 40GB model last year (going so far as to drop all other versions of the PS3 in Europe and Japan), the fact it's not backwardly compatible with the PS2 hasn't gone down well with some gamers.

With many gamers still owning large numbers of PS2 games, reintroducing PS2 compatability would only help strengthen the PS3's improving image.

Or on the other hand, it could all just be wishful...
 

Bionic Commando Rearmed for XBLA and PSN is a looker

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354w ago - You've gotta hand it to the folks at Capcom, they've done gone and gotten us excited about Bionic Commando again. No, not the big-budget remake featuring Nathan (née Radd) Spencer (we're still not sold on that one), we're talking about the 2D remake bound for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, revealed today by IGN to be Bionic Commando Rearmed.

Just tossing an HD upgrade of the game onto either service wouldn't have piqued our interest quite the same way this reimagining has. Terrorists in this Bionic Commando?

Nope, Hitler Master D and the Badds are back. Fancy three-dee graphics? Well, yes, but with that same old 2D gameplay you remember. Check out the video to watch Radd do his swing-thing in motion.




 

PlayStation Store Update for January 17, 2008

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354w ago - Hey, everyone. It's time again for the PLAYSTATION Store weekly update.

Downloadable Games:
Tori-Emaki ($1.99)
PLAYSTATION Eye required. Presented in High-Definition 1080p resolution, Tori-Emaki is an innovative interactive art experience. Enter a world of atmospheric wonder as you embark on a magical journey by guiding a flock of birds through a living masterpiece inspired by ancient Japanese paintings. Move your body to vary the speed and direction of the birds' flight and to immerse yourself in a beautiful visual experience.
File size: 72.8 MB
ESRB Rated E

Mesmerize: Trace ($1.99)
PLAYSTATION Eye required. Presented in High-Definition 1080p resolution, Mesmerize: Trace is a collection of absorbing visual and aural effects that respond to your body movements and sounds (such as clapping or snapping your fingers). Make photon particles dance and sing in Firefly, create a glowing cityscape with your own two hands in Urban, and go on to explore Twister, Chain Reaction and Flare.
File size: 119 MB
ESRB Rated E

Blast Factor Bundle ($12.99)
Blast Factor is a physics based action game which takes players into a fierce microbiological arena to guide a nano-machine against viral swarms. The Bundle includes the full game as well as the Multiplayer...
 

VISA extended warranty protection replaces dusty PS3

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354w ago - A huge fuss was recently kicked up regarding a certain PS3 that was too dusty for Sony to repair.

However, it seems as if the gamer has been saved by his VISA card's extended warranty protection which should see his system replaced.

To quote: I just got off the phone with Visa for the third time and they are sending me a claim form to start the repair/replacement process of my system.

They at first said that they would need to attempt to have it repaired in my local video game repair shop, but I let them know that i had already contacted them and the firmware in combination with the blu-ray lens made it impossible to repair economically and it would have to be replaced.

They said as long as I had a repair receipt stating that it wasn't economical to repair, I could walk into a Best Buy, charge a new PS3 to my credit card and they would credit that charge.

Thanks A LOT, for all your help, you guys have more helpful than i would ever imagine. Lets just hope I never need to email you guys again shall we?

Thanks again,

Reid
 

V-Jump Scans from Closed Mega Theatre Trailers

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354w ago - Everyone knows that the Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy XIII series is causing quite the stir among RPG fantatics across the globe, with three games that are sure to deliver that classic Square-Enix flavor we've grown to know and love.

Thankfully, the latest issue V-Jump at least curbs the appetite by dishing out new images sure to make you jump for joy -- there's even footage from the infamous Closed Mega Theatre at TGS 07!

Please check out the link at the top of this article for more information (the site is in Japanese, but just look under the current date and click on the links to be sent to the scans).
 
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