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Sony brings PlayStation 3 interface to the big screen

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336w ago - Sony declares "game on" as Adam Turner discovers the PS3's menu system is now built into Bravia televisions.

The user interface seems to be an afterthought on many consumer electronic devices, but Sony has obviously had its UI boffins working overtime (playing games consoles - nice work if you can get it).

They've decided that the XMB (Xross Media Bar) menu system used by the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable is more friendly that the menus used by Sony's big-arse Bravia LCD televisions, so the new generation of Bravias will utilise the PS3's menu system.

The old Bravias were designed around a standard tree-like menu system, with options opening up to the right as you scroll down through the categories. The Bravia's Xross Media Bar menus are built around a similar concept, the menus are sightly more animated but it still requires you to scroll down through categories as your options pop up on the right.

The Xross Media Bar actually has a similar look and feel to the Vista Media Centre interface and even the changes in Windows Mobile 6.1.

The Bravia's move to Xross Media Bar is more cosmetic than functional, yet I can't deny that I prefer it over the old Bravia menus. Smooth and responsive menus reduce the feeling that you're fighting with a device....
 

PS3 exclusives sell 45% better than Multi-platform releases

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336w ago - PS3 fanboys don't like to share, it seems. According to EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich, PS3 owners prefer exclusives on their systems.

In fact, a title that is exclusive to PS3 will sell 45% better on the system than a multiplatform title. Exclusives on both the Wii and Xbox 360, according to the analyst, only have a "small increase" over multiplatform titles.

June NPDs are almost guaranteed to belong to Sony, and Microsoft may respond to two consecutive months of PS3 victories through a price cut announced at E3.

How will this affect the price of the PS3? "If there is a hardware price cut, it is not known if Sony will follow suit right way, but it would be safe to assume that Sony would execute some type of plan within a 2 month window of any hardware price cut from the Xbox 360."

The console war looks to be heating up. It'll be interesting to see where it goes in the coming months.
 

New Releases on North American PSN for June 12, 2008

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336w ago - Another update has taken place for the American PlayStation Store. As usual, we got a lot of new themes and wallpapers. For PS1 classics, we only have the third installment of Syphon Filter, so let's hope to have more classic titles soon. Check the whole thing out and enjoy!

PS1 classics for PS3/PSP

- Syphon Filter 3 ($5.99)
(File size: 398 MB)

Add-on Game Content

- Army of Two Veteran Map Pack presented by Pontiac (free)
(File size: 532 MB)

- Guitar Hero III: Isle of Wight Festival Track Pack ($6.25)
(File size: 44.3 MB)

Rock Band Songs

- "Girls Who Play Guitars" - Maximo Park ($1.99)
- "Bullets & Guns" - Them Terribles ($1.99)
- "Moving to Seattle" - The Material ($1.99)
- "A Clean Shot" - The Myriad ($1.99)
- MTV2 Pack ($5.49) - includes "Moving to Seattle" by The Material, "A Clean Shot" by The Myriad, and "Bullets & Guns" by Them Terribles.

Game Demos (FREE)

- Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars Demo
(File size: 1.29 GB)

Game videos (FREE)

- GameTrailers TV - Resistance 2 Teaser 1080
(File size: 32 MB)

- Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots "Theatrical" Trailer HDTV 1080p
(File size:...
 

Hacked2123's Final Release - PS3 Tri-Fold Attack Potential

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337w ago - It's been a long time coming, but 06/12 is finally here. For months, I've held a secret, something that may have the shear potential to ultimately unlock the PS3. A few select, knew of my work, and my prospects for this project, and a few select others were told "06/12 is the day."

Explanation: So on this day I give to you a PS3 Tri-Fold Attack Potential release (and Update 1.0 Files, NOT NEEDED- but for those who want to examine the file verification system), all stemming from one game that has a very grave security flaw.

Call of Duty 3: Many games prior to discovering this one, had great potential to write files to the PS3 HDD, such as Resistance: FoM, Motorstorm, and Warhawk. Warhawk was a particularly good one at that cause at the time we managed to overwrite other game param.sfo's.





The major flaw that came about was patches, and game updates that blocked our methods. At the time we had little knowledge of the HDD's true importance to the system's operation, as with prior PS3 Dev news on AIX.

This leads me to the security flaw of CoD3, it can't be patched without an entire Firmware update....
 

Old But New News: PS3 Debug Firmware 2.30 Leaked!

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337w ago - This is a few days old, but since nobody submitted it here goes: Recently PS3 Debug Firmware Update v2.30 was posted on the Spanish Web site Elotrolado linked above.

The file size is 110 MB (115,403,104 bytes), and it is available from our PS3 Debug Firmware section or download it linked below, however, unless you own a PS3 Debug/TEST console the most it will allow you to do is use XVISTAMAN2005's Install Debug Firmware on a Retail PS3 method to browse the non-functional menus.

Download: PS3 Debug Firmware v2.30 (USA) Update

More to come, another resident PS3 Dev hinted he plans to share something he has been working on here shortly...
 
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