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Video: Toy Story 3: Pixar and Avalanche Software PS3 Q&A

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226w ago - Sony's Senior Social Media Specialist Sid Shuman has shared a video today on the PlayStation Blog showcasing Toy Story 3: Pixar and Avalanche Software complete with a PS3 Q&A.

To quote: We've shown you the PS3-exclusive character, Zurg. We've given you our full hands-on preview. We've even given you a peek inside Pixar Studios.

Now there's only one thing left to do: talk to the developers of Toy Story 3: The Video Game! The PlayStation.Blog participated in a roundtable that included the film's director and senior production staff from [Register or Login to view links], and we've highlighted the best exchanges below.

Movie-based games have a mixed track record. What will make Toy Story 3 work well as a game?

We think it's successful because Avalanche Software tapped into something great – the fundamental idea of play, of kids at play. It's something we've done in all three of the movies, where we've seen Andy playing with the toys. This free, unbridled, silly play that's exhilarating to watch.





In Toy Story 3, we decided to go into that world and see what play time is like from a toy's perspective. Avalanche Software tapped into that early...
 

Sony Updates Media Go PSN PC Software to Version 1.40

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230w ago - Just before the weekend, Sony updated their free Media Go PC software that enables PlayStation Network users to download content from PSN to their PC and then to their PSP (PlayStation Portable) system.

Download: [Register or Login to view links] [91.2MB]

Media Go provides an easy-to-use solution to download and organize games and videos, and in version 1.40 several enhancements have been added, as follows:

• PC users in the United States with a registered PlayStation Network account can access and download a rich library of entertainment content from PlayStation Store, including more than 20,000 popular TV episodes and movies in SD, as well as original entertainment content such as the PlayStation Network reality series, The Tester. Video content downloaded for rental or purchase can now be played on the PC and/or transferred to the PSP system to be taken on-the-go.

• Media Go can now queue up multiple items for download from PlayStation Store at one time.

• PSP users can download games and entertainment content to their PC without having their PSP connected (this excludes Themes).

• Downloaded content is transferred into...
 

New DivX Plus Software Update Targets PS3 via MKV Conversion

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234w ago - Today porfitron mailed in to let us know about the recent [Register or Login to view links] update, as the latest version targets the PlayStation 3 entertainment system with MKV video conversion.

The new DivX Plus Player now has DivX to Go, which will move/convert video files to a USB drive or CD/DVD disc for free... all you do is drag the video onto the PS3 icon.

The simple 5 Step outline is below, with the full guide available linked above or from [Register or Login to view links].

Step 1 - Download and Install the Free DivX Plus Software
Step 2 - Add your MKV video to the DivX Plus video library
Step 3 - Drag the video file to the PlayStation 3 icon
Step 4 - Follow the Transfer Wizard and Insert a USB or Disc
Step 5 - Let DivX to Go Finish, and Enjoy!
 

CodecSys CE-10 H.264 Software Encoder v1.3.0.0 for PS3 Arrives

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242w ago - Fixstars CodecSys CE-10 H.264 software encoder for PS3 was updated to v1.3.0.0 last month, which offers stunning H.264 encoding speeds for home users.

The previous update was quite some time ago, and the following features are now included in the latest version for the PlayStation 3 entertainment system:

CodecSys Version 1.3.0.0 Features:

Improved Picture Quality
•Added support for Open GOP.
•Improved rate control method.

New Features
•Added support for custom matrix setting.
•A different matrix can be applied per frame.
•FLAT16 and JVT will be selectable as preset.
•Revised the encode setting dialog.
•Optimized speed of color matrix conversion.
•Changed the communication module to native code.

Other
•And more small resolves.
 

Microsoft Drops Internal Natal Chip, Opts for Software Solution

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245w ago - Today GamesIndustry.biz (linked above) reports that Microsoft is opting for an XBox 360 software solution after dropping the internal hardware chip in Natal in an effort to reduce costs of the device.

The load previously handled by the chip now falls on one of the main three Xenon processors, but while taking a "percentage" of performance away from the system, most games don't use up 100 per cent of the available processing power anyway.

To quote: "Microsoft has dropped a chip from its forthcoming Natal motion control system as the platform holder eyes accessible price points in the build-up to release later this year.

The chip, which was responsible for processing information for the Natal's 'bone system,' has been removed in favour of a software solution."
 
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