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Will Microsoft Phoenix rise from XBox ashes to topple PS4, Wii 2?

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318w ago - This generation of consoles has barely got going, with the price war not really having even begun, and no sign of a winner yet being called (although the Wii is clearly the frontrunner). But, the next generation of consoles could be on their way sooner than we all think. The only question remains: who will actually be involved?

Actually I lied, the other question is when will the next-gen consoles actually arrive on the scene. We've spoken about this before, with 2010 being the earliest date mentioned in terms of when a new console could emerge from one of the big three, More likely given the state of the industry (healthy console sales but all three platforms still viable) is 2011 or 2012.

Nintendo is guaranteed to be in there. The Wii and DS have made the company so much money that it is likely to want to throw money at a new development in an effort to repeat the phenomenal success of this generation's offerings.

Whether the Wii 2 is just a souped up version of the Wii or another evolution in game controls remains to be seen. However Nintendo decide to play it, I think the successor to the Wii will be the first out of the door.

Sony too is very likely to be involved. Sure, the Playstation 3 has cost the company a shed load of money to come to market, and it'll take years...
 

PS3 Controller Driver Available for Windows Vista

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318w ago - Although Googling takes this back to at least 2007 and the Chinese author's Web site linked in the application appears dead, I don't see this in our PS3 Downloads section yet so here goes, from the source link above:

A Chinese programmer has put together a PS3 controller driver that works with standard USB HID. That driver is called SixAxisDriver, and you can grab it right here. Simply run the install, load the driver, reboot Vista, and your controller will be identified and will start working!

We do, however, already have a several similar utilities in our archive including a Sixaxis PS3 Linux Driver For PC and a Sixaxis PS3 Win32 Driver For PC among others for those interested... the more, the merrier eh?
 

Alternative VSHMenu v6.1 Plug-In for PSP Released!

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318w ago - Red Squirrel has updated his Alternative VSHMenu plug-in for PSP today. For those who are unaware, this is designed to be used on units equipped with PSP Custom Firmware.

Download: Alternative VSHMenu v6.1 Plug-In for PSP

Changelog v6.1/v6.0:

- Fixed a bug that disabled the first plug-in in VSH.txt when you exit from the VSHMenu.
- Added FIVE new background colors
- Now Alternative VSHMenu can not be started before of 3 seconds: in this way you can avoid console crashes when you accidentally start it during coldboot or returning from games.
- Now there will be a pause of about one second when you exit from A. VSHMenu: in this way your key pressing will not have any effect on XMB (like happened in past).
- Changed HIDE MAC ADDRESS function in AUTO USB CONNECTION: if you enable it, USB connection will be enable always in XMB! In this way when you connect a USB cable your PSP will be connected to your PC/PS3 without you have to press on special icon! (like in PSP-3000).
- Changed CXMB PLUG-IN function in LANGUAGE: now you can select your language from the menu of A. VSHMenu! In this first version, there will be only two language: Italian and English.
- Changed...
 

Concept: PS3 USB Port / Card Reader Plate Unveiled

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318w ago - On the official PS3 EU boards (linked above) st0rmbr1nger has announced news of his new PS3 USB port/card reader plate concept.

He states that the lack of card slots on the PS3 is a real problem, this coupled with a shortage of USB ports means that some new product development is needed! So whats the big idea? A plate which connects to one of the existing USB ports using a slimline USB header with ribbon down the plate.

A multitude of ports, and a MS and SD card reader slot are also supplied bringing this bang up to date! At the back of the plate there are more ports for those always connected, but want to be hidden devices. He also suggests a deluxe version which could be made out of aluminum, therefore providing an extra heatsink for the PS3.

To quote: Don't think anyone has done anything like this. The lack of card slots on the PS3 is a killer, all the current card readers are clumsy and look messy, the shortage of USB ports is also a problem (USB can support upto 256 ports per controller..)

The plate connects to one of the existing USB ports using a slimline USB header with ribbon down the plate. A multitude of ports, and a MS and SD card reader slot are also supplied. At the back there are more ports for those always connected, but want to be hidden devices..
 

PSPHUGO: PC Engine Emulator for PSP v1.0.2 Update Released!

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318w ago - Zx-81 has recently updated his PC-Engine/Turbografx-16 emulator dubbed PSPHUGO.

For those who weren't aware, Hu-Go is a famous emulator of the NEC PC-Engine console, running on many system such as Linux and Windows. PSPHugo is a port on PSP of one latest versions of Hu-Go.

Download: PSPHUGO v1.0.2 for PSP CFW 4.X / PSPHUGO v1.0.2 for PSP FW 1.5

Changelog v1.02:
- Rewrite sound engine using part of code from Hugo-Wii port version, it is
now much closer to real PC Engine sound.
- Fix sprites display glitches in Gunhead and several other games
- Fix save state issue in all games (it was a miracle if that worked)
- Improve global emulation speed (fullspeed in many games at 266Mhz !)
- Add a new overclock option resulting in a faster emulation speed
(but if you encounter any graphical glitches then you may have to set
overclock to 0 and increase PSP clock speed instead)
- Improve file requester with virtual keyboard to choose sequentially
rom files beginning with a given letter
- Volume booster
- Bug fix in the keyboard menu (joystick keys)
- Add documentation...
 
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