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PS3 Public Display of Affection Winners

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357w ago - The Official US PlayStation Web site has revealed the winners of their PS3 public display of affection contest.

They note that each of the winners will have received a PS3 and give games in times for Christmas which will be a nice gift.

Video below, courtesy of daburs, Directordark, and Naethugreat respectively:












 

User-Created UT3 content crashing PS3s

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357w ago - Over the past few days there has been a variety of user created content for the PS3 version of UT3, but unfortunately there is a range of reports that these are crashing PS3s.

Some are speculating that it is the fault of the Mutator mod released but there is s a bit of a 'problem' as it is not known as if Epic themselves will look into this issue as technically it is not their own content.

To quote from leukoplast: Well, seems the mods may have been all too premature. I was just playing campaign mode, nearly done with a level. As as it was counting down...boom the game freezes on me. So I restarted the PS3, started the game back up and the first thing to appear was this.

Sorry for the quality, but this was taken with my crappy camera off-screen. (click for bigger shot)

And for the record. I have downloaded and imported all the available PS3 mods to date. So not sure which one may be causing it.
 

Three more User-Created maps for UT3 on PS3!

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357w ago - Yesterday marked the day of the first ever user created content for the PS3 version of Unreal Tournament 3 on the PS3. And today, Epic's Mark Rein has let it be known that three more pieces of user-created content have been released in the shape of VCTF-Slax, DM-Krodan, and Mutator: VASUT3AutoShields.

Download: VCTF-Slax / DM-Krodan / Mutator: VASUT3AutoShields

To quote: Ready for more? Well, we've got more for you!

3 more maps and a new mutator! Again, all user-created! You guys rock!

The gametype we were looking at had some unexpected issues on the PS3, but if those manage to get resolved we'll be sure to get it out to everybody.

Hope everyone loves these new mods as much as we have here!
 

PS3 Leads In HDTV Connectivity

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357w ago - According to research data from from the Nielsen Group, most PlayStation 3 owners are connected to HDTVs, with Xbox 360 and Wii owners trailing closely behind. The results indicate that 71 percent of all PS3 owners are connected to an HD display (LCD, plasma, front/rear projector), while 66 percent of Xbox 360 and 65 percent of Wii owners are hooked up to a high-def set.

Component cables still remain the most widely used for connecting consoles to displays, however, it is expected that the availability of HDMI inputs on the PS3 and new-model Xbox 360s will drive up adoption of the HDMI interface.
 

PS3 Firmware Tool 1.00 Sneak Peek

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357w ago - Over the past few weeks, mainman has been working on a tool, with the assistance of our other PS3 Devs. This tool creates user-readable files from the PS3 flash dumps.

PS3's have two flashes, the firmware is spanned across both ot them. On boot they are interleaved and byte swapped. This tool recreates the process which interleaves and byte swaps the flashes.

This tool then creates a folder named PS3Nand-XXX.XXXX, where XXX.XXXX is the contents of "sdk_version", which is a file that stores the firmware revision of the PS3.

Upon completing that, the tool extracts every file from the flash, into said folder. Alas, all of the files (list below) are encrypted, but they are interesting nevertheless.

However if a PS3 was upgraded, it keeps a copy of the older flash as well. Say you are on 1.50, and upgrade to 1.60, it keeps 1.50 on there, and adds 1.60. The second firmware in this case, is not dumped (yet).

There are still a few bugs, it does not extract both firmware versions on a PS3, like the previous mentioned case. It also searches as a start for a fixed position, so it may not work with all dumps. We have had the most success with Infectus dumps, which you can get at Hardstore.
 
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