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PSP VLF Library (VSH Look & Feel) 1.0 Now Available

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310w ago - Today PSP hacker Dark_AleX has released a library that aides homebrew developers in making applications resembling the look and feel of the PSP's original XMB.

The PSP VLF Library (VSH Look & Feel) is also responsible for the official 'XMB' look of Despertar del Cementerio, for example.

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To quote: It is here finally. Note that the library is incompatible with old version. Now all Add function return a pointer (an opaque type), not an integer. Intrafont.prx has also changed slightly, so make sure to use new intrafont.prx.

There are two version of the library, one with png support, and other without it. The one with png support additionally exports png and zlib functions in vlfutils.

Plans for future versions are like this:

1.1 C++ and D oop wrappers,add some missing functions and add other style to central menu,

2.0 Sound support, fix position bugs, and implement messagedialog natively.

There may be other versions in between. Also at some point I will look at how the new waves are drawn, it is not a gmo model.
 

Sony: Let Me Introduce You to the Concept of PS3 Advertising

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310w ago - Hey Sony, you may not be aware, but you've got a shot at a mammoth year in 2009.

You've got quite the software lineup - your PlayStation 3 exclusives greatly outstrip the competition - and you've got plenty of momentum with the likes of Blu-ray, PlayStation Home, and the ever-expanding Network.

Wait... we don't need to tell you. You keep telling us. But we're not the ones you need to convince; you need to convince the mainstream populace.

As the years have progressed, you managed to chip away at the numerous arguments built against the PlayStation 3, and that includes classic complaints like lack of software, price, and Network that isn't as robust as Live.

The games are here, you've dropped the price several times (could use another one, but whatever), the Network has Home, the video delivery service is great, and an awesome set of online content awaits all owners.

But there's one last drawback that needs to be conquered: the marketing and advertising that never seems to measure up. Recently, you completely dropped the ball in pushing Resistance 2, and although you said there'd be a huge campaign for LBP... well, we haven't seen much (excluding the picture below).

In comparison to what we've seen for Gears of War 2 and other Microsoft and Nintendo...
 

Pachter: PS3 at $299 in April, XBox 360 Price Cut to Follow

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310w ago - Well known gaming industry analyst Michael Pachter believes that Sony will drop the price of the PlayStation 3 to $299 this April.

Pacther also indicated that Microsoft may further lower its price on the XBox 360.

To quote: Pachter, however, believes the $399 price point will finally come down to $299 in just a few months. Microsoft is likely to drop its price on the 360 as well.

"Once the PS3 is at a more affordable price point (we expect a cut to $299 in April), we think that sales of that device will once again begin to grow. We expect another cut in price for the Xbox 360, with the feature-laden Pro model likely to come down in price to $249 at or before this year's E3 show in June.

We expect Nintendo to maintain Wii pricing at $249 until the company sees signs that demand is slowing, which means a price cut may not happen until late in the year, if at all," Pachter said.
 

Video: Custom Firmware Running on the PSP-3000 Console!

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310w ago - Below is a video of Custom Firmware running on Sony's new PSP-3000 console.

The video comes courtesy of DailyMotion, and the roughly-translated French caption for it reads as follows:

PSPGEN Custom Firmware 5.02 HEN-A

"To run a Custom Firmware for PSP 3000 was announced as possible and yet our development team has done and we're online video that shows you the feat from A to Z"

Check it out below!



 

PS3 BiOS CXR713120-202GB Chip System Controller Details

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310w ago - Here is a translation of an ongoing project from Spanish developer DemonHades (linked above) courtesy of idone, detailing the PS3 BiOS chip being pulled and starting to be traced as follows:

For some time, we have been talking about the PlayStation 3 BiOS, and up to date there is no public info about the IC which does this job and the way it stores the information.

Here is a quick briefing of what we have done so far (pictures in sequence with the below text, spread across the three images below):

Pic #1: The reference of this IC is CXR713120-202GB.

Pics #2 & #3: Thanks to KnightSolidus we have these photos with the ways of this IC and some notes of connections references with colors.

Pic #4: The PLAYSTATION 3 BIOS is also known as SYSTEM CONTROLLER (SysCon)

Pic #5: As we can see in the image, SYSTEM CONTROLLER uses an SPI interface to communicate with the CELL eeprom, on which possibly it will know how to behave. We think it *might* be something interesting to work with.

Pic #6: Using this SPI interface, we can try to cause a livelock that would get us the checkstop.

Pic #7: Here we can see the CXR SYSTEM CONTROLLER, internal diagram. We believe that the UART port...
 
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