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PSP Recovery Flasher v1.30 update released!

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318w ago - Hellcat has released an update to Recovery Flasher, a custom firmware compatible utility that allow users to perform various maintenance tasks on their PSP, from restoring flash-based content (PS Store license data, theme files) to fully re-installing 3.71 or 4.01 M33 firmware without the need of Pandora.

The most notable addition is the ability to backup flash content, regardless of the firmware installed, and use it for restoration purposes on the same PSP, or another PSP as long as it is the same model (i.e. a flash backup from a PSP Slim cannot be used on a Phat unit).

Download: PSP Recovery Flasher v1.30

Changelog:

* changed the path where the Pandora RFLASH.ELF looks for the original EBOOT. It now looks for the EBOOT as RFLASH.DAT (simply rename it) and when not found it looks for /PSP/GAME/RECOVERY/EBOOT.PBP

* added detection of TimeMachine and disabled backup/restore functions on there, since they don't work propperly on TM. Complete firmware restore (see below) DOES work fine and is still enabled on TM.

* added "slots" for the backup functions. With those you can have multiple independant sets of backups on your stick and use them directely without needing to rename folders. If you DO...
 

EA: Mirror's Edge will not be a Timed Exclusive for PS3

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318w ago - Previously a German Tech site quoted David Reeves from Leipzig as having stated that Mirror's Edge would be a timed exclusive for the PS3... this came out of the blue for many people looking forward to the game and especially the Xbox 360/PC owners.

To quote: "The PS3 will be continuously supplied with exclusive games: We are continuously, month after month publish new titles that bring something unique and different target groups. In a month, it is Gran Turismo, in the next SingStar, as well as Third-Party Title as mirrors Edge by Electronic Arts are part of this strategy. According to Reeves, Mirrors Edge will initially exclusively for the PS3 this year. PC and Xbox 360 versions would follow much later."

EA however have declined this statement by the SCEE President with the following...

Mirror's Edge will be shipping this winter on PS3, XBOX 360 and PC. Mirror's Edge will not be a timed exclusive for PS3.

Pretty clear. Now back to waiting impatiently for it's release!
 

New 80GB PS3 provides minimal power savings, 65nm RSX GPU

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318w ago - Last we heard, it was still up in the air somewhat as to whether upcoming PlayStation 3 consoles would house the elusive 65-nanometer RSX graphics processor.

According to couch21, a curious buyer of Sony's newest 80GB unit, there is a smidgen of data that hints at a 65nm chip actually being under the hood. By using the oh-so-scientific Kill-A-Watt, he discovered that his older 40GB PS3 sucked down 125.8-watts when idle, while the fresh 80GB edition ate up just 111.9-watts.

The findings were similar when looking at power draw during DVD playback and while spinning Metal Gear Solid 4. Unfortunately, this mighty fine fellow is planning to return the new unit after being disappointed by the minimal energy savings, so he's not apt to rip the thing open and prove once and for all what kind of GPU is in there.

Meanwhile, we heartily suggest that someone do just that and put this question to bed.
 

GC 2008: PS3 Home Update - It is coming this year, and FREE!

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318w ago - Martijn Van der Meulen, a Producer on Home, has said that "it is a 100 percent guarantee that Home will be released by the end of this calendar year.

There had been concern that Sony may one day charge for PlayStation Home, but Meulen says that "there are no plans to charge for Home, even in the far future."

To quote in full: Home. We've been waiting for it for quite some time now and some gamers were beginning to think it would never arrive at all. But here at the German Games Convention, Home did in fact make an appearance at the top of a stylish, multi-tiered patio structure built into Sony's booth. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Martijn Van der Meulen, a Producer on Home, to talk about what's going on with the free software that promises to revolutionize the way PS3 owners interact with one another online.

First and foremost, Van der Meulen told me (without hesitation) that it is a 100 percent guarantee that Home will be released by the end of this calendar year. He has absolutely no doubt that this will be the case, so it looks like the long wait to come Home is finally reaching its conclusion. Van der Meulen also assured me, quite adamantly, that Home will always be a free service -- only premium content will need to be purchased. I know some gamers were concerned that...
 

Rumor: Mirror's Edge PS3 will be a Timed Exclusive

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318w ago - We don't believe you David Reeves. It would be kind of us to say that much of what you spout is exagerated, but now you, Mr SCEE boss, have more "news" for us. DICE's promising first person adventure game, Mirror's Edge, will be a timed PS3 exclusive.

A Turn Up for the Sony?

That would certainly be good news for Sony, especially considering our impressions of the game at E3 and the seductive footage revealed at Leipzig GC 08. Moreover, it'd be better move than Sony's Hazey chapter with Ubisoft. According to Heise.de, David Reeves has informed them that Mirror's Edge will "initially be PS3 exclusive this year", with the "PC and Xbox 360 versions to follow much later", further stating:

We are continuously, month after month publishing new titles that bring something unique and target different groups. In a month it's Gran Turismo, in the next SingStar, and Third-Party Title's such as EA's Mirror's Edge are all part of the strategy.

Developer Confusion

DICE were bemused when asked, either by David Reeve's incompetence, or by EA's reluctance to inform them of the exclusivity deal; "We know nothing of that so far. But it is possible that there is collusion at the highest level, of which we are still...
 
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