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PSM Becomes Playstation: The Official Magazine

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361w ago - Kotaku's mention of the return of The Official PlayStation Magazine with a new name, PlayStation: The Official Magazine, a couple of weeks ago, what I didn't see is that it's going to replace PSM, the independent PlayStation magazine. Issue 130 of PSM arrived at my door today telling me so, even letting me know that at least the first new PTOM will ship with a Blu-ray disc of demos.

Ah of course, a physical disc of demos bundled with a paper-based magazine, that's exactly what the PlayStation 3 needs. If only the console had a high-speed digital distribution system for getting demos into the hands of end-users without having to buy a physical magazine and disc. If only it had a web browser built in that could show web content like a monthly web magazine and can even download audio and video files to, I don't know, a hard drive built in standard? And what about a handheld that had a web browser and cheap flash storage that could accept downloads of audio and video files, wouldn't that be a great handheld to write a magazine for? Why, a web magazine could make its stories even more timely, couldn't it?
 

The other shoe falls on the Sony’s PS3 chip sale

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361w ago - For the past couple of days, the news everywhere has been reporting how, Sony sold it's Cell Chip business to Toshiba: "Sony has sold it's billion dollar cell chip business to Toshiba after months of speculation. The deal will be finalized before Toshiba can officially operate facilities and production."

What everybody seemed to miss about this news -especially me– was that these 'advanced' Cell processors were in fact the obsolete chip. As reghardware.co.uk sagely reports, Sony reaffirms IBM as 45nm Cell partner: the upcoming 45nm Cell chip for the PS3 will have, "a lower power and lower cost processor for its next-gen games console.. Sony's agreement to sell its [only it's] Nagasaki processor production plant to Toshiba.."

That is, Sony dumped its outmoded Nagasaki fab plant on Toshiba, which now only can produce 65nm semiconductors and IBM will manufacture the new state-of-art 45nm Cell processor at its East Fishkill, New York facility for Sony's latest game machines.
 

Lost Planet confirmed for PS3

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361w ago - Capcom's shooter Lost Planet is heading to PS3 early next year, says word that's sneaked out onto the interweb.

According to that word, the PS3 edition features all the download content released for the original Xbox 360 version of the game, in addition to bonus multiplayer characters - Frank West (Dead Rising), Mega Man and Jo from Lost Planet - that were released for Lost Planet on PC.

Speaking of multiplayer, it's expected that on PS3 16 players will be able to shoot each other in the face online.

Lost Planet's an all-out, sci-fi action-blaster that finds you battling aliens and other enemies in adverse environments.
 

In pictures: The new 40GB PS3

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361w ago - We've got all-new photos of the new $400 PS3 40GB -- read on for in-depth comparisons between it and the older models. Is there anything different?

Judging by looks alone, it appears the "new" 40GB PS3 is, in fact, thinner. GamePro is currently trying to confirm this information with Sony HQ; in the meantime, check out our comparison shots!

Sony announced today that it will begin selling the cheaper, $399-priced 40GB PlayStation 3 in the U.S. on Nov. 2 in an effort to boost slow sales.

As previously reported, the 40GB PS3 excludes backwards compatibility of PS2 games and features two USB ports instead of four. In addition to introducing a cheaper PS3, Sony immediately cut the price of the 80GB MotorStorm bundle to $499 as expected. Read the full story.

Here are the first images of the new, cheaper 40GB PS3. Notice anything different?
 

Frontlines: Fuel of War for PS3 Preview!

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361w ago - It's 2024, and the Caspian Sea contains the last remaining oil reserves on the planet. In order to secure them, the world's superpowers converge on the oil towns of Turkmenistan with jets, Humvees and tanks. Powering all this military hardware just for a few barrels may seem a bit wasteful, but in the future global economy you'll have to spend oil to earn oil.

In Frontlines: Fuel of War's single-player campaign, you'll use an array of weapons and vehicles to beat back the combined military forces of Russia and China. Various strategic objectives are scattered around the maps, and as long as they're not too far into enemy territory, you can approach these in any order you choose. Dying in the single-player mode doesn't force a reset, either, as you'll simply take control of another teammate at the front.

Leading the charge are over 60 playable vehicles (which, by the way, will never run out of gas). Similar to the Battlefield series, vehicles are scattered around maps two-to-four miles in size, and in either the single-player campaign or multiplayer mode you can hop into a tank or helicopter and fight however you see fit. For example, there's the "battle bus," a Land of the Dead-inspired coach that holds a team and comes with barbed wire barricades and a gunner's nest on the roof.

The vehicles...
 
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