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Rumor: PS3 Firmware 2.40 Update confirmed for June 18th?

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321w ago - Dutch Web site PlayStation Only has been told that Firmware 2.40 is 100% confirmed for a release on June 18th.

The previous reported date of June 10th is incorrect, our source told us. Only In-game XMB has been confirmed so far.

However, it's likely that there will also be Trophy support in it.

Needless to say, this is dubbed a rumor until the day (and the PS3 Firmware Update) arrives.
 

The Lies We Tell: BioShock's Exclusivity

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321w ago - The cat is now out of the bag, people finally knows that BioShock is coming to PS3, after it was 'confirmed' not to.

Well, I worked on the PS3 version, I was even lead programmer for the PS3 SKU at one point, but then there were a lot of lead programmers that worked on the PS3 version, but that's a sordid tale for another post. Today's post is about one of the lies of the games industry, the exclusivity deal.

Nowadays, almost all high profile games from 3rd party publishers are planned from the beginning to be multi-platform and simultaneous release. The extra cost of developing for multiple platforms can easily be recouped since both PS3 and 360 has a big enough installbase. The simultaneous release makes the most of the marketing money by spending it on one big campaign rather than two smaller ones months apart.

Remember Sony claiming that most developers are creating the PS3 version first? That is not because PS3 is more popular, or easier to code, it is purely because from a technical point PS3 is harder to create good code for. Once you've created a good code base for PS3, it is easy to turn that into a well running 360 version.

So how did BioShock's 'exclusive' come about and why PS3 version a year later? Well, you've got to follow the money, which leads us to Microsoft.
 

PSP Custom Firmware v3.95 GEN released!

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321w ago - Miriam has released Custom Firmware 3.95 GEN for PSP, including full support for 3.X kernel based homebrew applications, as well as an integrated in-XMB recovery menu.

Note that the 1.5 kernel add-on from previous M33 releases is not compatible with 3.95 GEN, and at least 3.71 M33 Firmware must be installed beforehand.

Download: PSP Custom Firmware v3.95 GEN

Changelog:

General

* Kernel updated to 3.95 (new nids, patches, etc).

Recovery

* Option added in recovery to choose between VSHMenu and in-XMB recovery.
* Option added in recovery to choose from Sony, GEN and M33 Network Update modes.

XMB

* Access VSHMenu / recovery menu via XMB with the SELECT button.

Finally, numerous reports suggest that the built-in PSOne emulator does not function properly, though an updated POPSLoader is included to allow prior versions of the emulator to run.
 

AutoStart PRX Plug-In for M33 CFW for PSP released!

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321w ago - Roe-ur-boat has released AutoStart PRX, a 3.90 M33 compatible Custom Firmware plug-in that, as the name implies, allows users to specify a list of up to four separate homebrew applications to load at launch.

Each application can be binded to certain keys. When that key is held during bootup, the PSP will automatically load your homebrew. As always, refer to the included readme file for installation and usage instructions.

Download: AutoStart PRX Plug-In for M33 CFW for PSP

To quote: Here's a small plug-in I've made that allows you to launch your homebrew at startup. You can configure it to launch up to four different eboots with the included configurator.

For example, by holding cross at start up, you can load one homebrew, while holding triangle will load another. Hope you like it!
 

Exclusive Info on the New PS3 Controller unveiled!

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321w ago - Sev1512 of PlayStationLifeStyle writes: It has been brought to my attention that PlayStation Underground held a secret focus group earlier this year.

A small group of PS3 owners were sent to a facility in [undisclosed location], California to test a new PlayStation product in development.

Once inside the testing facility, these PS3 owners were shown a mini-tripod that stood about 12 inches high. and what looked like 4 black PS3 "wiimotes". Well they were essentially "wiimotes" for the PS3, but didn't need a "nunchuck" attachment. I will refer to them as "PS3motes" for now on.

You can have up to 4 of these "PS3motes" connected at one time. A demonstrator at this focus group was there showing off the "PS3motes" capabilities, along with some mini-games to play. The mini games ranged from tennis, to fencing, to a "really really cool" paintball game. The demonstrator even used the "PS3mote" to play "Quake" on his laptop.

The "PS3mote" is said to be incredibly responsive and accurate. When the demonstrator crouched while playing the paintball game, the character on screen did as well.

The biggest concern of the demonstrator was that for these "PS3motes" to work they needed the tripod, which connected to the PS3's USB...
 
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