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GTA IV PS3 bundle coming to Europe

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328w ago - Swedish retailer Webhallen has today revealed the first image of a new PlayStation 3 bundle which will be launching in Europe alongside Grand Theft Auto IV. The bundle includes the standard 40GB PlayStation 3 console and a copy of the game.

The price listed is 4499kr, which is the same as the Gran Turismo 5 bundle that launched just over a week ago. While availability in other countries has not been announced, this indicates that the GTA bundle should sell for £299.99 in the United Kingdom and €399.99 elsewhere.
 

Deaf call for better phone access

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329w ago - Deaf people are lobbying politicians in the UK for greater access to technology that helps them use the phone.

A mass lobby of MPs is being carried out using the same technology to which deaf people want improved access. These systems use different means to turn sign language or text into speech to support a phone conversation.

"We want to keep pace with technology," said Ruth Myers, chair of the TAG consortium that is co-ordinating the day of protests.

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The TAG consortium includes the Royal National Institute for Deaf People, the British Deaf Association, Hearing Concern, Sense, and many others.

Added Ms Myers: "We want equality in education, training, the workplace and as consumers and citizens in the information society."

The mass lobby takes place on 3 April and aims to get politicians thinking about ways to help deaf people get at the technology.

Ms Myers said many deaf people still struggled to make good use of the telephone.

She said: "They are bereft of key telephone services that could help them gain equality with the rest of society, educationally and professionally."

There are several different ways that technology can help deaf people chat via the phone:

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GT5 Prologue vehicle deformation coming as early as Fall

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329w ago - Gran Turismo head Kazunori Yamauchi has officially confirmed vehicle damage for Gran Turismo 5 Prologue in an interview with IGN.

Yamuchi said vehicle damage could be included as a downloadable feature for GT5 Prologue as early as this Autumn.

To quote: In an interview with IGN earlier today, Yamauchi said that, "maybe by Fall we'll be able to implement it," before confirming that it would feature as a download for Prologue, which launched in the UK and across Europe last week.

Gran Turismo has long been famed for its refusal to include any vehicle deformation, despite heightening demands from its fan-base, and any inclusion of the feature would be a massive boon for the series.
 

Ken Kutaragi joins the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame

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329w ago - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) will be welcoming the former chairman and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Ken Kutargi, into its Hall of Fame.

Kutargi, know as the "Father of the PlayStation," was instrumental in the creation of the Sony Computer Entertainment division and the original Playstation.

The CEA said that its Hall of Fame "honors leaders whose significant contributions make the consumer electronics industry a vibrant, dynamic and vital part of our nation and its economy."

To quote: A few of the other inductees into the Hall of Fame include Dr. Fritz Sennheiser, a pioneer in microphone and headphone technology who founded Sennheiser Electronic Corp. in Hanover, Germany; Martin Cooper and Donald Linder, who led the Motorola engineering team that developed the first mobile phone, the DynaTAC, in less than six months; and Warren Lieberfarb, former president of Warner Home Video, who was dubbed by Variety as "The Father of the DVD."
 

Why do some PS3 games require HDD installs?

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329w ago - MTV have found out that some Blu-ray games require installs to the hard drive because Blu-ray drives can only read at one speed.

"When this is combined with the extremely large size of Blu-ray discs, and simply dumping existing DVD data onto a Blu-ray disc will inevitably result in longer load times."

To quote: The issue arises from differences in the reading techniques of DVD and Blu-ray. By nature, the outer and inner parts of a disc move at different speeds while a disc is spinning, regardless of format (CD, DVD, Blu-ray, HD-DVD, etc.).

While DVD drives can read data at those differing speeds, Blu-ray reads at one speed. Combine that with the extremely large size of Blu-ray discs, and simply dumping existing DVD data onto a Blu-ray disc will inevitably result in longer load times.

Installations are a way around this issue.

When a publisher asks you to install a game on PS3, it's because they're moving some of the disc data to an area of your console that has much faster read access: the hard drive. You get vastly reduced loading times, but have to sit through an installation.
 
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