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UK Retail Hails Record-Breaking GTA IV

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325w ago - Gian Luzio, Play.com's head of games, says Grand Theft Auto IV has become the online store's fastest selling game ever, while specialist UK retailer Game has labeled the title's launch "phenomenal".

"GTA IV is the fastest selling game ever on Play.com and has broken the record previously held by GTA San Andreas," Luzio told Next-Gen on Thursday.

He said that sales had been "neck and neck" between the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game building up to release, but that in the last couple of days the 360 version had been "creeping ahead in daily sales". He did add that "the PS3 GTA IV hardware bundle sold out within 24 hours."

Both versions of the title are temporarily out of stock, but Luzio said that customers shouldn't have too long to wait before they can pick up a copy.

"We are receiving regular shipments from Take-Two and they have handled the biggest game release admirably. Congratulations to all of them for doing such a great job in difficult circumstances (enough groveling, give me more stock!)."

While business has been booming in recent weeks for UK videogame retailers, with the likes of Mario Kart Wii, Wii Fit and now GTA IV bringing in the pounds, Luzio said that the latter half of the year may yet prove to be even...
 

Video: How to run Grand Theft Auto IV at 1080p!

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325w ago - Here is a little how-to guide on how to run Grand Theft Auto at 1080p on the PlayStation 3. If you have a 1080p set and the game keeps booting up in 720p all you need to do is disable the other resolutions, I will show you how to do that now...

Go to to the display option under settings
Select video output settings
Select HDMI
Select custom
Untick 1080i and 720p
Press X
Press X again
Select finish
Launch game

Please note that you need a 1080p HDTV in the 40" range and preferably connected via HDMI.

Here is a video:




 

PlayStation Day May 6th: Two Store updates set for next week!

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325w ago - From Lestrade (Community Team Leader) of the EU PlayStation Forums:

Hi all,

On 06 May 2008, SCEE will reveal a host of exciting content coming to PlayStation during the coming year. You'll be able to keep up-to-date with all of the news from the event over at PlayStation.com:

* PlayStation Day @ UK.playstation.com
* PlayStation Day @ IE.playstation.com

To mark the event, PLAYSTATION Store on PS3 will carry two updates instead of the usual one. Look out for great demos, including PS3 exclusive Haze, as well as a host of game trailers, expansion packs and videos of the press conference which will include a keynote speech by Kaz Hirai, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Check out the full line-up below:

06 May - PLAYSTATION Store (PS3)
Game Demos:

* Condemned 2
* Haze

Full Games:

* Blast Factor Advanced
* High Velocity Bowling
* Street Skater

Expansion Packs:

* Blast Factor Advanced Research
* High Velocity Bowling Character - Mike

Trailers:

* Buzz! Quiz TV
* Secret Agent Clank
* Siren Blood Curse

06 May - PLAYSTATION Store (PC)
Full Games:

* Street Skater

Trailers:
 

New MGS4 bundle announced for Japan

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325w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment Japan (SCEJ) today announced that it would release "PLAYSTATION 3 Metal Gear SOLID 4 GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS WELCOME BOX with DUALSHOCK®3″on June 12th, 2008, as a limited offer, at a recommended retail price of 49,800yen (including tax).

It will comprise of a 40GB PS3 (CECHH00 Series), MGS4, a Dualshock controller and a Sixaxis controller. The PS3 available in the pack will be available in three different colors of "Clear Black", "Ceramic White" and "Satin Silver".

Press Release:

Sony Computer Entertainment Japan (SCEJ), a division of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) responsible for business operations in Japan, today announced that it would release "PLAYSTATION®3 METAL GEAR SOLID 4 GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS WELCOME BOX with DUALSHOCK®3″on June 12th, 2008, as a limited offer, at a recommended retail price of 49,800yen (including tax).

It will become available concurrently with the release of the software title, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, from Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. (Konami).

"PLAYSTATION®3 METAL GEAR SOLID 4 GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS WELCOME BOX with DUALSHOCK®3″ comprises 40GB model of the PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3®) computer entertainment system (CECHH00 Series), Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns...
 

PSPlorer v1.4 File Management Application for PSP out!

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325w ago - pspZorba has released an update to PSPlorer, a file management utility for PSP that allows users to browse the directory tree of their memory stick or the PSP's flash memory.

Additional application features include a built-in hex-editor and ad-hoc support for transferring files and folders between two PSP units.

Download: PSPlorer v1.4

New to version 1.4 is the ability to backup an inserted UMD in CSO format, as well as convert already dumped ISO files to CSO.

Changelog:

* UMD backup in CSO format
* File conversion from ISO to CSO
* Transfer directories in ADHOC mode
* File and directory properties change (access right, creation/update/access dates) (WELL it's not really new it was present in the homebrew but not in the doc)
* A single bug correction in the default value of the OSK virtual keyboard. The effect of the bug was that sometimes strange extra characters could be seen in the default value.
 
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