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Sony Asks: Why Do You Hack Your PSP?

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332w ago - The engineers at Sony can't be too thrilled with fighting the constant battle against PSP hackers, issuing firmware updates that "strengthen security" in a futile attempt to curb piracy and homebrew applications.

Going by a recent survey commissioned by Sony Computer Entertainment, passed on to us by a reader who was asked to take part, the company seems to be looking into the reasons why PSP owners are opening up their portables.

Sony reps call the survey a part of "ongoing PSP consumer research", attempting to learn more about the size of the PSP hacking population and the mentality behind the behavior.

Questions like "Do you know of anyone who has "hacked," or modified, transferred and customized their PSP firmware and software?" were included elsewhere in the poll.
 

ArkTool with Source Code and GUI v6.0 for PS3 released!

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332w ago - Update: Updated once more today, ArkTool with Source Code and GUI v6.1 for PS3 is available which now includes additional fixes and Linux support.

Recently xorloser released ArkTool with Source Code and GUI v5.2 for PS3 which can edit ARK/HDR files found in games including Guitar Hero 1, Guitar Hero 2, Guitar Hero 80s, Rockband, and Karaoke Revolution.

Today, he has updated it to ArkTool with Source Code and GUI v6.0 for PS3!

To quote from his page- v6.0 changes:

* now decrypts rockband song files on the fly when extracting them from ARK files

I've said it before, but these tools and source code will work with the following games for any system including PS2, PS3, X-Box, X-Box 360.

Games: Guitar Hero 1, Guitar Hero 2, Guitar Hero 80s, Rockband, Karaoke Revolution. (Sorry but Guitar Hero 3 uses a different format to all the above)
 

PS3 owners: Does the code 80010514 mean anything to you?

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332w ago - The Xbox 360's RROD has been the monkey on Microsoft's back for the past couple of years, but according to some reports, Sony has been dealing with some similar problems with the PS3 as well.

Complaints on Sony's own forums show a small percentage of users being greeted with 80010514 errors, and finding out that their Blu-ray drives are no longer functioning. A quick search via the information superhighway seems to indicate that Sony has not released an official breakdown of the code, but that it veritably indicates an issue with the Blu-ray drive.

To be fair, it has to be mentioned that isolated reports of this error have been around for quite some time -- since the PS3's launch, in fact -- and that we've heard nothing about it coming anywhere near Xbox 360 levels of concern. However, it should be known that at least a couple people on staff know of others who have had issues with their PS3's giving up the ghost.

Since I've taken a liking to my own, and I'm aware of a few of you owning the hardware yourself, I just have to ask: Do you know of anyone personally whose had their PS3 go on the fritz? Inquiring minds want to know.
 

Hardcore Dungeon RPG Baroque Creeps into Stores

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332w ago - Atlus U.S.A., Inc., today announced that Baroque, the new dungeon-crawling action RPG for Wii and PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, is now in stores across North America.

Dark, addictively challenging, and totally immersive, Baroque is a pure RPG experience, highly regarded by Japanese gamers and now finally available for Western audiences to enjoy.

For more on Baroque, please visit the official Web site: www.atlus.com/baroque

About Baroque:

You awaken to find the world in ruin, your heart beset with unexplained guilt. A cataclysm has destroyed the cities and empires of men and disfigured the spirit of humanity. In this nightmare, it falls to you to descend a mysterious tower in search of absolution.

Battle merciless foes through treacherous dungeons, scour for new items to aid you in your travels, and unlock the secrets of a devastated land. You will find death in the depths, yet learn that death is not the end of the story; in the twisted world of Baroque, it is only the beginning.

Key Features:

- Hardcore dungeon-crawling RPG action! With its many ever-changing levels, each teeming with perverse monsters and tormented souls, the world of Baroque is a frightening and unforgiving realm....
 

Additional Refinements Coming To PS3 Gran Turismo 5

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332w ago - Gran Turismo 5: Prologue is probably the best looking racing game to ever hit a console. If you squint your eyes just a little, it really does look like you're watching real video on your PS3.

But when the full fledged GT5 finally hits PlayStation 3, it looks like the graphics may be even better than what we're seeing with Prologue.

"In terms of quality we've been able to establish a benchmark in this version, but I think with GT5 there will be additional refinements, perhaps to the lighting and maybe the weather... weather effects," Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi told Videogamer.com.

Yamauchi says that it'll be about a decade until we'll be at the point where games look exactly like CG in the movies.

"Real-time computer graphics are about 10 years behind non-real-time computer graphics like you see in movies," he explained. "I think that gap is what we'll be trying to fill in the years to come."
 
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