220w ago - Today Sony's Eric Lempel has clarified Justin Cooney of SCEA's statement from just before the weekend.
Cooney initially said that PSP Minis will drop WiFi Multiplayer, DLC and Software Update support.
However, speaking to Destructoid.com (linked above) Lempel reassured concerned users with the following statement, to quote:
"So you can patch Minis, but we won't have multiplayer functions in the beginning. Basically, to get these developers on board, and to make it easier to test and get it through the pipeline, we won't be allowing that functionality for the first stage of Minis.
It's something we will consider in the future, he added, referring to the posibility of game updates and multiplayer in future PSP Mini titles."
230w ago - Today PlayStation Home Online Community Specialist Locust_Star has announced news that the PlayStation Home mall has been updated with new stores and items.
To quote: We've managed to push a few extra goodies out the door at the last minute. The first of which is the Namco Bandai Arcade, which is live as of right now. And if you mosey on over to our Mall, you'll notice a huge change in both layout and inventory.
Of special note is the new Costumes store, which we are launching packed full of new costumes for you. Each costume in our inventory - from old community favorites (Ninjas and Pirates and Guiles, oh my!) to brand-spanking new get-ups - has found its way over to this new locale.
In the revamped Threads store (Threads II), you'll see that we have rolled out some awesome animated t-shirts. And in the Costumes store, you'll find the new Killzone 2 Helghast Tactician outfits as well as Samurai, Medieval Knight, Spartan, Luchadora, Robot, and Geisha costumes all waiting for you to collect.
We've even bundled them together at special discount prices, so go check 'em out and let us know...
231w ago - PCWorld had the opportunity to interview Sony's Director of Network Operations Eric Lempel to get answers to several topics including PS3 Firmware Updates, NXE and Hulu.
For the complete interview see the link above, but below are some excepts from it, as follows:
When asked why Sony doesn't provide more PS3 Firmware Update details on the PlayStation Blog, Lempel stated:
"Well basically in the updates that we do on the blog, it's really to tell consumers this is what you can do today with your PS3, or in the next few days when we release a firmware update.
It isn't about diving into the tech and letting them know six months from now you're going to see a game that may have better effects in a certain area because we've put this in such and such update. That's not as digestible for the majority of consumers. It just won't work."
When asked if Microsoft's NXE debut mimicked the PS3 XMB, he stated:
"You know, I didn't really think about it that way. I mean, I saw some comparisons when it came out, but that's very interesting that you say that. You know, hey, it's great, if they like our interface and want to copy it, as long as that's legal, sure. I don't really know...
234w ago - Team RamRod's Brandon Akiaten has announced two new ball packs among other updates for High Velocity Bowling today.
To quote: Some of you may have missed it because of all the E3 excitement, but we released a patch and two brand new characters for you June 3rd. We are also releasing two new ball packs for you at the end of the month. Here is some info for our new additions:
There were a couple things we wanted to fix up to make things a bit more enjoyable:
• Resolved network stability issues
• Background music playback is now available while not signed into PSN
• More than 1 additional costume is now allowed especially in Online Head to Head.
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245w ago - Microsoft Corp., tacitly acknowledging the continued popularity of Windows XP, said recently that it was updating the operating system's antipiracy technology to detect illegal copies installed with newlystolen or faked product keys, or with new activation cracks.
In an entry to a company blog, Alex Kochis, director of Microsoft's Genuine Windows group, spelled out the update to WGA Notifications.
That's the antipiracy component that provides the messages and other on-screen prompts when the other half of WGA, dubbed Validations, detects an illegal copy of the operating system.
"This update includes the latest validation information, including recently stolen or misused product keys and other information," said Kochis, who elsewhere in the blog noted that the "other" category included "attempts to circumvent product activation." Such circumvention methods, called "cracks," are popular downloads on file-sharing sites that also feature pirated software.
The update applies only to Windows XP Professional, added Kochis.
Although Microsoft tried to put a stop to Windows XP sales last year -- and will be shifting it into a more limited support plan next month...