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Porn Industry Warms Up to Blu-ray

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349w ago - A while ago, Digital Playground and others in the porn industry have strongly avoided Blu-ray as it is more costly to produce for and because the Blu-ray association themselves have expressed reservations on publishing such content.

However, in realizing how much money and power is involved and the fact that the format war is far from over, the porn industry has decided to put its stuff on both formats. A spokesperson for Digital Playground also revealed that a lot of Playstation owners were asking when their content would hit Blu-ray too as a reason for making the Blu-ray move.

To quote: So why go with Blu-ray? Joone explains, "A lot of people were emailing that bought a PlayStation and they were basically saying, 'When are you guys going to release Blu-ray?' They really have no preference in format yet because it's so now. When it comes down to image quality, there is no difference between the two."

The first Blu-ray title from Digital Playground is Pirates, which has garnered awards from all of the major industry outlets. Adult Video News says that Pirates, in its standard and HD DVD formats, holds the record for highest sales and rentals of XXX video.

So splendid is "the most expensive adult effort yet produced," according to Digital Playground, that the Motion...
 

Gran Turismo 5: Prologue previews!

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349w ago - It's like GT5 Lite, but still kind of expensive. The real, full Gran Turismo 5 is due out Holiday 2008, at best, so to please the legion of GT fans (or cash in shamelessly, depending on your point of view), Sony CEJ just released Gran Turismo 5: Prologue in Japan. Obligatory stats: 37 cars, 5 tracks, $40 via Japanese PSN or about $50 if you import a disk (PS3 is region-free, so guess your way through the menus and you can play with little difficulty).

That's a lot of cash for something that makes no claim of being a full game. Prologue offers a series of tiered events, time trials, an arcade mode, and a taste of GT5-features-to-come, such as an RSS-like automotive news feed (in Japanese, but interesting nonetheless) and GT TV, a video content hub that could grow into something really cool. And on December 25th, the online multiplayer goes live. We're expecting support for 16 players, with the usual leaderboards and hopefully some other trimmings, but we won't really know until next week.

Unsurprisingly, Prologue looks and feels pretty great (look under the video tab above to see it in action), but at this point improvements to the series are limited, though a 'professional' setting option aimed at the hardcore increases the game's realism and rewards deft throttle control. Prologue currently has no US...
 

Hands-On With PS3 Blu-ray Profile 1.1 and Resident Evil: Extinction

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349w ago - This past Tuesday, Sony released the latest Playstation 3 firmware upgrade highlighted by much-coveted Blu-ray Profile 1.1. Rushing to download the firmware isn't of much use until January 1 when the first Profile 1.1 Blu-ray Discs arrive in stores. That is, unless you get one of the discs early. Which is exactly what we did with Resident Evil: Extinction.

I was a bit stressed for time last night so providing a full review of Resident Evil: Extinction is still a couple days off. I did watch the film, and it looks and sounds fantastic, as expected. But I was most interested in how the picture-in-picture Profile 1.1 functionality would work, both in terms of how it was presented and how Playstation 3 handled it.

Activating picture-in-picture on Resident Evil: Extinction is identical to turning on a commentary track; you simply click it on in the special features and then fire up the movie. The actual picture-in-picture window will appear intermittently in any one of the four screen corners displaying either sketches or full video and audio.

Unfortunately I don't think Sony took full advantage of the two separate audio and video streams. If they did, then they need to include an instruction manual in the future because I couldn't figure it out.

When the picture-in-picture turns...
 

Sony Gift: Free PS3 With Every Full-HD Bravia

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349w ago - Update: This news article relates only to Australia. Though there are similar offers in other different regions.

Following their Bravia full-HD purchase, consumers should visit www.sony.com.au/bonusPS3 to register their purchase for redemption.

Sony is spruiking PlayStation 3 consoles with every Bravia full-HD 1080 LCD TV model bought between 21 December and 28 January, as part of a marketing campaign to encourage users to make the switch to HD.

The offer applies to current XBR, X and W series Bravia models, with a 40GB PS3 thrown in for added support - the PS3's Blu-ray Disc player works seamlessly with the full-HD panels.

"Our Full HD BRAVIA range shows the phenomenal detail possible with high definition, and what better way to experience this than through the Blu-ray-enabled PS3," said Sony Australia senior product manager, Graham Keogh.

"Sony is as much about content as we are about hardware. Now, consumers will get the best of both worlds with this Full High Definition combination."
 

GTA IV Release Date and Price Announced?

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349w ago - It's the biggest game of the year, we all know it, and it could even be the biggest game of all time if what we have seen is anything to go by. We already knew that the game was coming out sometime between Feb and April 2008 and we had banked on Easter being the more likely target date in that period. You know, given the holidays and all. But perhaps we were wrong.

Local Australian online games retailer Games Warehouse has not only gone live with a date, but also a price for both the standard and special editions of the game. According to them, both versions of the game on both formats will launch on March 15th, with the standard version at AU$108.95, and the special edition for AU$149.95. Interestingly the standard edition is set for AU$119.95 on PS3! What the...?

The special edition will be presented in a metal safety deposit box and will include; the game, a book featuring exclusive artwork, selected soundtrack CD including "new material from top artists", an exclusive Rockstar keychain for the safety deposit box and a limited edition Rockstar duffel bag. Pretty rad!

Officially there is no word from Rockstar or Take-2 on the matter. Could this be a case of a retailer jumping the gun and going out with the info early? Or is it simply a retailer taking a punt in the hope of luring some...
 
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