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Introducing "Life with PlayStation" for PS3

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330w ago - Today, Sony Computer Entertainment exec Kaz Hirai announced "Life with PlayStation" for the PS3.

During the presentation, the "Life" was demoed for the audience for the first time – the service shows the Earth, and users can access current news and weather for locations around the world.

It's possible to even pull up the full article from the headline. Users can also set background music while looking at the Earth, checking the weather and the world news. Click through pics below to see it in action.

More images can be found if you follow the link above!
 

Sony starting US movie download service for PS3 this summer

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330w ago - According to Engadget: Sony just released a rambling update to it corporate strategy through fiscal year 2010. An interesting read for fans and competitors alike as Sony lays bare initiatives intent on moving Sony from recovery to the "leading global provider of networked consumer electronics and entertainment."

Most notable in the near-term however, is word from Kazuo Hirai, chieftain of Sony Computer Entertainment, that Sony will make a movie download service available to US PlayStation 3 owners this summer -- Japan and Europe at later dates with details coming "next month," presumably at E3.

Moreover, Sony expects its gaming business to achieve profitability by March 2009, the end of the current fiscal year. Of course, we already knew that Sony was prepped to deliver full-length TV shows and movies sometime in 2008 via its North American PLAYSTATION Network.

But summer, eh? Judging by the increased molecular agitation of sidewalk effluence, we'd say that Sony's season of movie downloads is already upon us.
 

PS3 NAND Flow Rebuilder v2.30 released!

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330w ago - Today I decided to make public a tool of mine that does the following:

Download: PS3 NAND Flow Rebuilder v2.30

INTERPOLATE FLASHES SORTING BLOCKS: Using this tool you can build an interleaved file, sorted by block sequence or partition, (it seems that the most useful mode is to sort by block sequence).

This way you can check the files inside the NANDs in a better way because the blocks order is the one that the console use when boot. Then if you sort 2 dumps it's easier to compare them because the files inside them follow the same order.

DEINTERPOLATE INTO NEW FLASHES: This tool can be used on a modified sorted dump, you can modify some bytes or even swap some whole files, the tool will rebuild the NANDS dumps flash0 and flash1 using the original flow order (only this way the dump work) and will compile a log file writing the page in which the ECC needs to be recalculated.

Note: This requires .NET Framework installed to run.

NDT ;-)
 

Sony exec: Ten-year lifespan for the 'PlayStation Networked' PSP

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330w ago - In an interview, a Sony exec admitted the 'PlayStation Networked' PSP has "probably suffered" due to a high reliance on third-party content which is no longer appearing on the PSP as regularly as previous years."

"We need to revitalise the developer community to get behind PSP," said Zeno Cola├žo, VP of publisher and developer relations for Sony Europe.

"One of the issues when you rely on a business model that relies on 25 per cent games from Sony and 75 per cent from other publishers is that if they start to refocus, you can't recover that space because you don't have the internal capacity, so we've probably suffered from that," he stated.

"Our sales for PSP is over 37 million units, which is huge, particularly when you take into account the level of third-party sales there are for PSP compared to DS."

"So from my perspective, what's important is we continue to tell publishers and developers that there's an opportunity to make money on PSP, which is something that will become apparent over the next two years as the network services are developed," said Colaco.

He also stated that with support of the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Network, the company hopes the handheld will enjoy a ten-year lifecycle.

"We definitely have the ambition for it to...
 

Five PS3 Games to Watch For at E3 2008

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330w ago - The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo is just around the corner, and the gaming industry as well as the fans are excited to find out what major announcements software and hardware developers will make this year.

There will undoubtedly be some big new titles announced, as well as some nuggests of information about games we already know are in the works. Here are the five PS3 games that we are most excited about, as well as some questions that we hope developers can answer on the show floor in Los Angeles two weeks from now.

1. Fallout 3

This hybrid RPG/first-person shooter has players exploring the familiar post-apocalyptic universe of Fallout. Set in a creepy "what if" version of 1950s America, the series has garnered praise for its complex plot lines, incredible environments and interactions with NPCs. Fallout 3 will bring the experience into the next gen, with an epic, open world to explore, a new action-oriented battle system, and tons of customizable weapons and skills.

The designers have stated that the scale of the game will be only slightly smaller than that of Oblivion, which gamers know was one of the most massive environments ever seen in a video game. The title has been in development at Bethesda for more than two years, and promises to be one of the biggest...
 
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