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Asia gets PlayStation Home in Autumn

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322w ago - While the wait for Sony to confirm a long overdue release date for Home, it's just confirmed that PS3 owners in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan will get access to the online virtual world this autumn.

Sony will also begin closed beta testing in the region in mid-September, the release confirms (via Kotaku), with details of how to get in on that appearing on the official site tomorrow.

As it stands, Home is expected out here in autumn too, and SCEE president David Reeves promised that it was well on track for that release.

However, both E3 and the Leipzig Games Convention have passed without a mention of Home's release.
 

European PlayStation Store gets A-Z Search functionality too

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324w ago - MrTrill, a Community Team Moderator over at the EU PlayStation forums (linked above) has revealed that the European PlayStation Store we will be implementing a Search By A-Z category within the Store.

To quote: "In support of our continued improvements to the PlayStation Store we will be implementing a Search By A-Z category within the Store.

Featuring within our store update this Thursday the 14th August, the All Games section will now include sections sorting our game content into A-Z listings by letter.

Therefore, if you're looking for a specific game, demo or game add-on content by name, you can use this handy new feature to speed up your search."
 

Former SCEE boss: Only 3 in 10 Games earn back Dev Budgets

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325w ago - Former Sony boss Chris Deering has put up word that right now just 3 out of 10 games earn back their development budgets.

In addition to this he expects a greater inflex of game companies outside the video game industry to move into the market.

To quote: The gaming industry is still high on its rampant success even in the face of declining economies.

Even so, Deering warned that "traditional revenue sources will not be sufficient to fund games development" as the market continues to grow, and studios need to explore new business models in order to support themselves.

He claims that as of now, only 3 in 10 games earn back their development budgets, and soon companies outside the video game industry will be moving in on its markets.
 

The PS2 Controller that gets Tired as your Character gets Tired

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329w ago - Near Future Laboratory has put some information on their analog version of a PS2 controller for the PSX project online recently.

This is the one that slows the analog part of the controller down over time, so that when you play a title like Katamari Damacy the Prince will get tired. A lot more details are available linked above.

To quote in part: So, this is my analog version of a playful Playstation 2 controller for the PSX project – the one that slows the analog part of the controller down over time so, you know.. when I'm playing Katamari Damacy it's a bit more realistic that the Prince gets tired or during GTA, my guy actually gets tired from running away from liquor store heists and stuff.

I'm looking at two approaches. The first is digital – basically intercepting and modifying the communication between the console and the controller. (I've described the protocol, and there's lots of great, hard-gained information out and about describing how it works.)

This second, is a more expeditious design. Basically, I tap right into the PSX controller, putting a microcontroller in between the analog control joysticks and the little FPGA or whatever it is that senses the analog control joysticks.

So, my microcontroller determines where the control sticks...
 

Video: Nintendo Wii gets Downgraded!

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334w ago - Waninkoko has uploaded a fantastic video to YouTube which appears to show him downgrading the Nintendo Wii System Menu.

In the video, the Wii System Menu is downgraded from 3.1E to version 2.1E.

Video below, cool stuff indeed!




 
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