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Pump up your Playstation 3 Hard Drive to 320GB!

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359w ago - In case you haven't already ordered this piece of hardware, we bring good news: Western Digital have just launched a 320GB 2.5 inch Scorpio SATA hard drive. This 5400 RPM baby costs only $200 and it will be compatible with the PS3 that supports any SATA hard drive out there. Finally some freedom from Sony who will probably be the last company to ignore homebrewers instead of working with them.

I guess that buying a cheaper PS3 and than this hard drive is a better option than going for a more expensive console. Also, putting Linux on such a hard drive is also a good idea and an option used by many PS3 owners, who have that 10GB storage space required by the OS. So, what could you fit in 320GB? Well, probably enough Metal Gear Solid 4 and Final Fantasy XIII saves to last for a lifetime. Since Sony's new format, the Blu-ray brought some extra storage space to the new age disk, hard drives are forced to evolve as we're heading towards a "downloadable future", which will see the DVD, Blu-Ray and HD-DVD only being used for music and films, while the games are made available through online services.

Till that time comes, we're "training" with hard drives and Western Digital's latest work is not impressive considering that a PS3 games can take up about 30GB of storage space in case Sony decides to make it available...
 

PS3 network enters record book

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359w ago - A project that harnesses the spare processing power of Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) to help understand the cause of diseases has entered the record books.

Guinness World Records has recognised folding@home (FAH) as the world's most powerful distributed computing network.

FAH has signed up nearly 700,000 PS3s to examine how the shape of proteins affect diseases such as Alzheimer's.

The network has more than one petaflop of computing power - the equivalent of 1,000 trillion calculations per second.

"To have folding@home recognized by Guinness World Records as the most powerful distributed computing network ever is a reflection of the extraordinary worldwide participation by gamers and consumers around the world and for that we are very grateful," said Professor Vijay Pande of Stanford University and a leader of the FAH project.
 

Zucker: PS3 Tech Issues Over, 'Ambitious Open-World Game' Coming Soon

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359w ago - Midway CEO David F. Zucker said the company has learned from the development process of Stranglehold and Unreal Tournament 3, and that the company's multiplatform releases would be more promptly synchronized going forward.

He explained, regarding the issues with Midway titles being delayed on PS3: "For our first wave of next-gen games... lead development has been on the Xbox 360, due to its earlier introduction and larger installed base. We ran into some technical issues developing for the PlayStation 3 that have taken more time to finalize than we expected."

Zucker continued: "These include... making sure that the framerate, networking, and graphical features are at parity between the platforms. We've also encountered challenges as a result of shipping two of the very first PS3 games using Epic's Unreal Engine 3."

These titles are the now-shipped Stranglehold and the soon-to-ship Blacksite: Area 51. The Midway CEO concluded of the issues: "We do believe that these technical issues are now complete at a core level in our engine. Looking ahead to 2008, we expect the PS3 versions of our titles to ship day and date..." with the Xbox 360 and other SKUs.

Additionally, Zucker said that the company's production plan regarding Sony exclusives and Epic's Midway-published Unreal...
 

PlayStation Store Update (US) for Nov 1, 2007

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359w ago - We already posted the EUR PSN update info, and now here are the US details from their official blog:

Hey, everyone. It's time again for the PLAYSTATION Store weekly update.

Demos:
TimeShift Demo (free)
Master Time to become the Ultimate Weapon in this single player demo from forthcoming FPS TimeShift™
File size: 479 MB
ESRB Rated M

Need for Speed ProStreet Demo (free)
Compete at the highest level of street racing. Experience the intense rivalry of Grip Racing and prove yourself in the all-new Speed Challenge - the ultimate test of speed and control.
File size: 906 MB
ESRB Rated E 10+

PSOne Classics for PS3 / PSP:
Twisted Metal 2 ($5.99)
It's a whole new world to blow away with new cars, new battlegrounds, and new killer combat!
File size: 322 MB
ESRB Rated T

Add-on Game Content:
The Godfather: Don's Edition

* FAVOR PACK - 3 FAVOR MISSIONS (free)
Get three additional favor missions.
File size: 100 KB

* MOBFACE BUNDLE - 5 ITEMS (free)
Free Mobface Bundle, download now before its too late!
File size: 100 KB

*...
 

Warhawk v1.1 patch coming tomorrow!

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359w ago - Warhawk developer Dylan Jobe has confirmed that the highly awaited Warhawk v1.1 patch will be released tomorrow November 2nd, sometime between 5am and 9am pacific time.

To quote: FINALLY! -- and Yes...I realize this was a loooong time coming :-P

We are going to be globally deploying the v1.1 during an extended maintenance window Friday, November 2nd between 5am and 9am Pacific.

To recap, here are the items addressed by the patch:

Server-side
* Stat database stability improvements
* Improved server stability
* Max Clan limit changed from 32 to 64
* Viral Rank-up bug fixed and correct for players that were accidentally ranked up.
* "Time-in-Vehicle" Stats fixed so certain awards can now be granted properly.

Client-side (this is the one that you will actually download to your PS3)
* Stat connection, fetch/post fixes
* Significantly improved client connection stability
* Quad "????" Ping display bug fixed.
* Added support for Player-Ranked Servers.
* Game synchronization fixes due to fluctuating network conditions (packet-drop).
* Crash fixes for end of game and split screen.

A couple of things that I want to point out. Some of you were able to download the v1.1 patch before...
 
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