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Insider reveals XMB Firmware v2.40 features, set for E3 launch

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325w ago - Update: Since the original story went live, further information regarding the inclusion of trophies in the 2.40 update became available. As expected full 2D trophy support will be in the XMB update and there will be four types: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

Platinum is only awarded when you have collected all other trophies in a game. Also there are no gamer points, it's all done via a levelling up system. Think Call of Duty 4 leveling up system, we reckon.

According to Future Publishing, an insider has dropped by to tell them that firmware v2.40 is set to launch in around three weeks time and has also revealed all the features.

The XMB features that you will be able to access in game include - friend category, messages, manage downloads, set vibration, sign in to PSN, register friends, bluetooth devices, music category, use system BGM, work system BGM operation panel, settings, assign controllers, view profiles, game category, set audio devices and use the voice channel. The update will allow you to play back custom tracks in-game from XMB music column although it's not sure if this is only compatible with new titles.

To quote: A quick look at the diary reveals that E3 is just under three weeks away. It doesn't take a genius to see that Sony's pre-E3 conference would...
 

Complete Song Set List for Guitar Hero: Aerosmith

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326w ago - Here's the new 41 songs list from Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. The Xbox 360, PS3, PS2 and Wii music-rhythm game will launch in America on June 29th, in Europe on July 27th, and in Australia on August 6th, 2008.

The list under the video is ordered by alphabetical song title and followed by band name.

Also, below is also a video of how the ingame set will appear:





Tier 1: "Getting the Band Together" (Nipmuc High School)
1. "All the Young Dudes" by Mott the Hoople (cover)
2. "Draw the Line" by Aerosmith
3. "Dream Police" by Cheap Trick
4. "Make It" by Aerosmith (re-recorded)
5. "Uncle Salty" by Aerosmith

Tier 2: "First Taste of Success" (Max's Kansas City)
6. "All Day and All of the Night" by The Kinks (cover)
7. "I Hate Myself for Loving You" by Joan Jett
8. "Movin' Out" by Aerosmith (re-recorded)
9. "No Surprize" by Aerosmith
10. "Sweet Emotion" by Aerosmith

Tier 3: "The Triumphant Return" (The Orpheum)
11. "Complete Control" by The Clash
12. "Livin' on the Edge" by Aerosmith
13. "Love in an Elevator" by Aerosmith
14. "Personality Crisis" by New York Dolls (cover)
15....
 

Infosys: Holograms on handsets by 2010

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326w ago - Holographic mobile handsets capable of projecting, capturing, and sending 3D images have been developed by Indian tech giant Infosys.

By 2010, the devices will routinely beam 3D films, games, and virtual goods into our laps, according Infosys, which has patented the handset.

The portable machines will capture and send 3D snapshots of the surrounding world, helping accident investigators, teachers, and doctors work remotely by instantly relaying realistic depictions of car damage, injuries, medical scans, or educational aids.

The powerful onboard processor on the Infosys machine would build a series of 2D shots taken, for example, from a digital camera, into 3D holograms using algorithms called 'Fourier' transformations to calculate the extra third dimension.

The patent, granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, says this allows complex 3D holographic images to be squeezed through the narrow pipes of existing communications networks by sending only the unprocessed data to be translated into the 3D hologram at the other end.

Infosys' device will be able to both send and receive these 3D images, displaying them using a projector with a laser source and micro holographic optical elements lenses.

The global 3D screen market is forecast by the industry...
 

Bioshock set for a September PS3 release?

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331w ago - According to the latest issue of EGM (Electronic Gaming Monthly), Bioshock is set to be released on the PS3 this September.

The multi-award winning first person shooter is said to include all the downloadable content seen on the Xbox360 version as well as improved visuals over both 360 and PC versions.

One of the biggest selling xbox 360 games last year, Bioshock sold 490,900 copies in it's first month of release, and as of December 2007, it had sold 2million copies over both platforms.

The game recived wide critical acclaim, with Metacritc showing 96/100 for both the 360 and PC versions.
 

Wii Parental Control Reset Tool Available!

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331w ago - Marcan has released a quick little tool to obtain Parental Control password reset codes without having to call Nintendo.

Bushing found the code inside the system menu, and he converted it into a PSP script (Python Server Pages) which you can use on-line.

It should be of use for those who bought second-hand Wiis that were parental-locked.

Check it out here: http://wii.marcansoft.com/parental.psp
 
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