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Top 4 reasons piracy hasn’t hit the PS3

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364w ago - In Asia's gaming culture, piracy has been common place for every major game console since the NES. In the mid 90's a device called the UFO, allowed ROM games stored on floppy disks to be played on the SNES via a disk-drive like device that sat on top of the SNES. The 32-bit era saw the rise of mod-chips and insane swap-tricks to get past CD region lockouts.

Not much has changed in the generations that followed. Even today, the Xbox 360, Wii, DS and PSP have all fallen victim to heavy piracy. The advent of torrent sites and faster download speeds don't do the major players any favors either. The PS3, on the other hand, remains a different story. I have been keeping an eye on the local pirating scene, and with almost a year after the PS3's release, it appears to be the only console piracy free. On that note, I have concluded these reasons for the PS3's success in the anti-piracy war. (Note: despite the tone of this article, I have no doubt that eventually, technology will catch up and savvy pirates will have their way)

4. Hardware complexity
Let me preface this by saying that I'm by no means an engineer or have any expertise with console hardware, but from what I've heard from around the Net, I've decided to include this point with some doubt. With the Xbox 360, all that is needed is...
 

SingStar PS3 Delay Due to Licensing, No US Date

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364w ago - Sony doesn't want to launch without a stocked online marketplace.

A few weeks ago, Sony Computer Entertainment America confirmed that SingStar on PlayStation 3 had been delayed. The company wouldn't elaborate, but their official statement indicated the hold up was a licensing issue, not development. Then, last week, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe announced SingStar would arrive overseas in December, but SCEA wouldn't assign that date for the US version to 1UP.

"We have not yet set a US launch date," said a SCEA spokesperson. Additionally, when SCEA announced their new SKU, we had the chance to speak with Sony's VP of Marketing for PlayStation, Peter Dille, about the delay and came up with confirmation of a licensing hang up.

1UP: You mentioned Singstar, but that's not coming to PS3 this year anymore, correct?

Dille: That's correct. We had to push Singstar back a little bit, with an eye to making the downloadable content...

1UP: So it's more of a licensing issue?

Dille: Yeah, it's not a technology issue at all. It'll be a disc-based product and that'll be a great experience in and of itself, but obviously we're equally if not more excited to deliver content via the PlayStation Network and have consumers experience new songs that way. We want to make...
 

PS3 Firmware Update v2.00 Confirmed!

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364w ago - According to the official PlayStation UK site, the recent PSP Firmware 3.72 update includes a new Remote Play feature called Remote Start, which allows users to remotely turn on their PS3 from the PSP. This was one of the rumored features for the upcoming PS3 Firmware v2.00 update.

To use the feature, Firmware v2.00 must be installed on your PS3. Last we heard, the next PS3 Firmware update was slated for the end of October.. which leaves it hitting within the next 1-2 days if Internet rumors hold true.
 

First PS3 COD4 retail product screens

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364w ago - chartwel has managed to get COD4 earlier than most and has posted some retail screens for the game including PS3 XMB shots and box art.

More pics can be seen here!
 

Pubble - open source Puzzle Bobble clone on PS3 out!

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364w ago - ralferoo posted HERE of his new PS3 Puzzle Bobble clone called Pubble.

Pubble is a homebrew Puzzle Bobble style game for the PS3 supporting up to 5 players on a single PS3. If you don't have that many sixaxis controllers, you can plug in standard USB joysticks and use those too!

This screenshot (below) should give you an idea of what the game is about...

Express instructions:

1. Download Pubble v0.2.9b for PS3. [Right-click, Save As]
2. Unpack it to a USB memory stick.
3. On the PS3, select [System Settings]/[Install Other OS].
4. Ignore the warning about needing a partition - you don't.
5. Select the otheros.bld on the memory stick and wait for it to flash.
6. Select [System Settings]/[Default System].
7. Choose [Other OS] and start the other system.
8. Wait until the boot menu appears and then press PS on your controllers.
9. Select [Pubble] from the boot menu.
10. Play!
 
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