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Firmware 5.0 Demo: PlayStation Store on PSP

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328w ago - Per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PLAYSTATION Store) today:

Hi everyone, as Eric mentioned in his post yesterday, we wanted to give you a live demo of the PSP's direct access to PlayStation Store, which will be coming with the 5.00 firmware update.

Now whenever your PSP is connected to the Internet over WiFi, you'll be able to download and enjoy the latest games, demos and trailers on the go without needing to sync up to your PS3 or PC. Here's a brief walk-through of what you'll experience.





On a related note, the PS3 firmware update (2.50) will add Flash Player 9 support to the PS3 Web browser, so you'll be able to actually watch this video (and all of our blog videos) on your PS3 once the firmware goes live!

In addition, I want to point out that the PlayStation Network is scheduled to be unavailable in North America today from 11AM to 4PM PST due to essential maintenance work.
 

PSP-2000 Video-Out to Display Classic Titles at Full TV Screen Size

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328w ago - Sony have issued an Official PS3 (v2.50) / PSP (v5.00) software update press release today. It reveals that the PSP-2000's video-out feature will be able to display PlayStation format software (classics titles) at the full-screen size of the TV that the PSP is connected to (the feature will also support interlace displays). Both system software updates will be released on October 15, 2008.

Press Release: London, October 14, 2008 - Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today announced details of the next PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) and PSP®(PlayStation®Portable) system software updates, adding new features to both platforms to benefit consumers.

The PS3 firmware update (v. 2.50) will include the implementation of advanced voice chat features for the PS3 official wireless headset, the ability to capture screenshots in-game with supporting titles in the future, and Trophy enhancements, among other new features. The PSP firmware update (v. 5.00) will add direct access to PlayStation®Store on PSP, enabling consumers to browse the store and download games whenever they're at a Wi-Fi hotspot. Both system software updates will be released on 15th October.

PLAYSTATION®3 Firmware 2.50 Update
Building upon the foundation set by previous firmware upgrades, the 2.50 system software update...
 

No PS3 Update Needed for Video Capturing and YouTube Uploads

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328w ago - According to Al de Leon at the PlayStation Blog, the PS3 already has the ability to capture videos and upload them to YouTube, its up to the Dev's to implement it.

This is a comment's reply made by Al de Leon on the feature:

"This firmware update applies to screenshots only. The PS3 already has the capability to capture videos and upload them to YouTube.

Developers are starting to incorporate this into their games, such as PixelJunk Eden."

So there you have it!
 

Tokyo Game Show 2008 Hands-On: Spelunker for PSN

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328w ago - Spelunker is a remake of the NES classic from Irem. Does it look familiar to you? Do you remember the game from way back in the day, 20 years ago?

If you do, it's probably because the aesthetics haven't changed much. Though boasting updated, modern graphics, the game's visuals retain a retro-stylized feel. The 2D characters are still there.

The lifts and ladders are still in the places they would've been. Overall, it looks like an interesting title for those old-school gamers looking for a blast from the past.

Of course, the question is: How does it play? First off, the controls are simple enough. It's a 2D game with a focus on platform jumping, with other actions including: riding down elevators; leaping over pits; climbing ladders; and dodging fire, steam, and toxic liquids.

You can collect items such as bombs to demolish obstacles in your way, or keys in order to progress through locked sections of a stage.

It all sounds very simple, familiar and arcadey -- in other words, a perfect fit for a PSN game. Right?
 

PSP Firmware 5.0 Hands-On: PlayStation Network on the PSP

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328w ago - Ever since the introduction of the PlayStation Network, I have been complaining about the PSP's inability to support its use. Well it looks like Sony is finally going to make me eat crow, as they announced full PSN integration into the newest PSP firmware update.

Details on PSP firmware 5.0 had been lacking, but Joystiq was able to get hands-on time with the newest update while attending the Tokyo Game Show:

"PSP firmware 5.0 ushers in the PS Store for PSP. With the exception of a separate video storefront, it is functionally identical to the PS3's PS store, including the option to enter PSN Card numbers and voucher codes from within. The final content categories are still being finalized, but the build we tried featured sections for downloadable games, UMD Legacy games, themes, video, and music. SCEA isn't saying whether it plans to offer digital releases all future UMD-based games day-and-date via the service like SCE Japan is.

The rest of the PSP updates are fairly low-key. PlayStation Network now has its own spot on the PSP XMB, just as it does on PS3. (This is where the PS Store lives.) There's now a sleep timer function for music playback and a new XMB background theme - basically a...
 
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