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PS3 System Software Update 3.15 Introduces PSP Minis & More!

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242w ago - Today SCEE PlayStation Network Product Manager James Thorpe has confirmed rumors that PSP Minis are soon coming to the PS3 console, via PlayStation 3 Firmware update 3.15!

To quote: The next system software update for PS3 will be available very soon. Update 3.15 is an optional update and has two key features which are explained below -

'PSP Minis' come to PS3:

We launched minis for PSP back in October but from the 17th December you will be able to enjoy these bite size games on your PS3 as well as your PSP. This firmware update allows the minis emulator to work on PS3 and we are working on getting the majority of the current minis ready for the PS3 from the 17th December.

If you buy a minis game from the 17th it will work on both platforms so if you have a PS3 and a PSP you will only need to buy it once and it will be available to download to your PS3 and your PSP.

If you have already bought a mini for PSP and want to get it on your PS3 as well, just go to your download list in the Store and download it again for free. The game will then work on your PS3 as well. Simple!

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PSP Minis Drop WiFi Multiplayer, DLC & Software Update Support

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254w ago - Sony has revealed that PSP Minis won't support wireless multiplayer functionality, downloadable content or software updates.

SCEA senior account manager Justin Cooney said that the decisions had been made in a bid to "accelerate the approval process" of games for the company's handheld.

To quote: "When you look at it from a testing perspective, you have to do more QA. [Allowing those features] would defeat the purpose of having a dedicated service for smaller content. It increases the barriers," he told [Register or Login to view links].

Cooney noted that the QA process for PSP Minis takes around three to five days, compared to up to fourteen days for regular PSP games.

Announced at Gamescom, PSP Minis will be exclusive to the PlayStation Network and have a 100MB size limit. 15 titles will be made available at launch on October 1 in Europe / PAL territories and the US, coinciding with the release of the PSP Go.
 

Famitsu Magazine Reveals New From Software PS3 Game

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258w ago - Today the Examiner (linked above) is reporting that the latest issue of Famitsu Magazine has revealed a new PS3 video game by developer From Software... namely, 3D Dot Game Heroes.

A picture from the magazine article is below, and currently it's believed to be the the 'mystery title' on the From Software Japanese [Register or Login to view links].

To quote: "The new issue of Famitsu revealed the latest PlayStation 3 game developed by From Software. 3D Dot Game Heroes has a unique visual style in which 2D sprites become 3D.

It looks like it could be the mystery title on the From Software Web site.

Previously, From Software developed the cult hit Demon's Souls for the PlayStation 3, which will come out in North America on October 6."
 

Sony Testing Laugh Detection and Emotional Tracking Software

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259w ago - Today Siliconera (linked above) has uncovered an SCEA patent application which reveals that Sony is experimenting with laugh detection and emotional tracking software.

According to the documentation, the application picks up metadata, including laughter recorded by the microphone and a user's expression from the camera.

Apparently the software isn't limited to video games, and can be used for TV shows and films along with other media presentations.

To quote: Both devices are linked to a "game console", shown as a PlayStation 3 in the diagram, which identifies the user, notes emotions, and transfers the data over a network.

How will Sony identify emotions? The patent mentions identifying body gestures and tracking group interactions "such as when two individuals give each other a 'High Five.'"

Sony also developed smile detecting software for their Cyber Shot W120 camera which could be used too.

While the patent focuses on laugher it can identify other emotions such as sadness, excitement, anger, joy, interest, and boredom. For example, boredom may be detected if a user is "looking away from the presentation, yawning, or talking over the presentation."
 

iD Software: PS4 Will Be the First Next-Gen Console to Market

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259w ago - iD Software's technical director John Carmack predicts that the PS4 will be the first next-gen console out on the market.

He also expects for at least one of the upcoming consoles to ship without support for optical media.

To quote: John Carmack, technical director at iD Software, has predicted that Sony will be the first platform holder to make a move into the next generation of gaming hardware - though he doesn't expect any new machines to be announced in the near future.

"The whole jockeying for who's going to release the first next-gen console is very interesting and pretty divorced from the technical side of things," Carmack told CD-Action, as spotted by Eurogamer's Digital Foundry.

"Whether Sony wants to jump the gun to prevent the same sort of 360 lag from happening to them again seems likely.

"As developers, we would really like to see this generation stretch as long as possible. We'd like to see it be quite a few more years before the next-gen consoles comes out, but I suspect one will end up shipping something earlier rather than later."
 
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