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PS3 DualShock 3 rumbles all compatible PS2 games

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350w ago - Sony has confirmed to Eurogamer that all PlayStation 2 titles that support rumble and are compatible with PS3 will also rumble if you use the new DualShock 3 pad.

During last week's hands-on with the new controller, we noted that PS2 rumble seemed to be disabled. Since then, PS3 firmware 2.0 has quietly introduced support.

The news from Sony adds to anecdotal evidence from eager importers who reported success getting rumble out of games like Rez and Katamari Damacy.

PlayStation 3 games that already support the pad include MotorStorm, Resistance: Fall of Man and Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction.

So, another reason to put one on your shopping list, although you might have to wait a while if you opt for an import - the demand, not to mention price, seems pretty high. The official European and US release date for DualShock 3 is spring 2008.
 

Update: IGN modifies Assassin's Creed review after Destructoid's report

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350w ago - Yesterday I posted a report that IGN had critically slammed the PS3 version of Assassin's Creed, claiming the framerate issues were so bad, they affected the gameplay and that the former Sony exclusive fared poorly in comparison to the Xbox 360. Lo and behold, I wake up this morning to find the Internet set ablaze with reports that IGN has actually modified the review.

I'm not sure why IGN felt the need to do this -- pressure from Sony and/or Ubisoft, a need to impress PS3 fans and keep them reading, or maybe they just didn't want Destructoid on the case. Either way, this kind of activity makes sites like us, who don't have the luxury of IGN's cash and traffic, who have worked hard for our credibility, look bad. It's not professional behavior, and not behavior I condone. Even if I make a mistake on Destructoid, I keep it here, as my Elder Scrolls/MMO snafu proves.

I've already had a few people accuse Destructoid of making it up, though for what reason escapes me. If that's the case, then I'd also say that this Digg page and this IGN forum thread, which talks about IGN's framerate complaints, have to be suffering the same group hallucination as my colleagues and I. We're not the only ones who saw it.

IGN itself has forgotten to wipe all trace of the complaints. In the review, the article now...
 

Japanese Sales: PS3 Overtakes Nintendo's Wii, but Mario Tops the Chart

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350w ago - Update: In addition to the first day sales figures, some early numbers from Famitsu have been released for the whole week, including hardware sales that show a massive leap for the PlayStation 3 following the launch of the new White model, plus a price drop.

Due to the increase in adverts for Wii Play and Wii Sports, both games launch back into the Top 10, whilst Super Mario Galaxy holds up quite respectably in its second week, also helping to keep Wii sales at a healthy 35,000. Check out the numbers below:

1.) Mario Party DS (NDS, Nintendo) - 242,000 | NEW
2.) Dynasty Warriors 6 (PS3, Koei) - 176,000 | NEW
3.) Super Mario Galaxy (Wii, Nintendo) - 78,000 | 335,000
4.) Dynasty Warriors 6 (360, Koei) - 27,000 | NEW
5.) Final Fantasy Tactics A2 (NDS, Square Enix) - 24,000 | 235,000
6.) Castlevania (PSP, Konami) - 20,000 | NEW
7.) Wii Sports (Wii, Nintendo) - 18,000 | 2,091,000
8.) Nishimura Kyotaro (NDS, Tecmo) - 16,000 | 112,000
9.) Wii Play (Wii, Nintendo) - 15,000 | 1,648,000
10.) Mario Kart DS (NDS, Nintendo) - 13,000 | 2,528,000
15.) Ratchet & Clank (PS3, Sony) - 11,000 | NEW

11.) Pokémon Mystery Dungeon 2 (NDS, The Pokémon Company) - 13,000 | 1,042,000
13.) Nintendo Literature Collection (NDS, Nintendo)...
 

DivX On The PS3: Is Sony Selling Consoles or Sabotaging HD-DVD?

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350w ago - When I found out that DivX was going to be supported on the PS3, I was pretty much floored by the announcement. I can see lots of reasons why Microsoft would want to add DivX to the Xbox, but with Sony's studio assets, I never expected them to embrace the format.
While there is no way for me to know what really motivated Sony, I do have my suspicions.

On a basic level, Sony obviously adopted DivX as a competitive strategy for the console market. Announcing support for a popular codec among hardcore gamers, makes a lot of sense, especially going into the holiday season. Whether or not Microsoft ends up adding DivX to the Xbox 360, Sony's support for DivX will certainly provide a boost for the console.

On the surface, this explanation seems to make a lot of sense, but the tin-foil hat part of me, can't help but wonder, if this really had more to do with Blu-Ray.

The current state of the HDTV DVD market is a mess. The Blu-Ray and HD-DVD camps seem to have settled for a stalemate and consumers are getting shafted in the process. By choosing a side in this battle, consumers risk ending up with obsolete technology, but that isn't the greatest obstacle to adoption. The real reason why consumers are sticking with the standard DVD, is because they can't get all of their content on either...
 

PS3 Theme Previewer out now!

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350w ago - To quote from polishpride212: With the feature of themes just being added, there are a lot of themes on the Internet, some good some not so good. So I was bored so I made this file that reads all the pngs and forms them into what looks like the PS3's XMB via Web browser.

There is a readme file in there but all you have to do is drop the html file and the spacefill.png into the sample>01 folder, launch your Web browser, and take a photo of the screen, and you will give everyone a preview of your theme with most of the icons, easily.

Here is the file. Please read the readme since there are a few limitations. This is what the preview looks like. I know it is not perfect, but I have only been working on it for about an hour.
 
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