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PSN authentication on PlayStation Forums coming April 14

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333w ago - The official European PlayStation Fourms have revealed that from Monday 14 April onwards, you will need to log in to the Forums with your PSN Sign-In ID (email address) and PSN password.

In preparation for the change, the Eu PlayStation Forums will be offline for one week from midnight on Sunday 6 April until noon on Monday 14 April.

To quote Lestrade (Community Team Coordinator): I have an update for you on the introduction of PLAYSTATION Network authentication on the PlayStation Forums: we will now be launching this new functionality on Monday 14 April.

From Monday 14 April onwards, you will need to log in to the Forums with your PSN Sign-In ID (email address) and PSN password. Your Forum name (i.e. the name that will appear on your public profile and next to your forum posts) will be your PSN Online ID.

If you haven't already, please make sure that you have linked your Forum account with your PSN. Guidance on how to do this can be found here. But don't worry if you don't manage to link your accounts in time, you will be able to log in to the forums and post using any valid PSN account.

To allow us to update the Forums in preparation for this change, they will be offline for one week from midnight on Sunday 6 April until noon on Monday 14 April.
 

Strange Sony PSP advertisement surfaces

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333w ago - Courtesy of kuteev via YouTube, here is another unusual Sony PSP advertisement.

From the link above, here is some production info of the video:

Agency: TBWA, London
Creative: Adam Chiappe
Creative: Matt Saunby
Agency Producer: Khirsty McCarter
Production Company: Independent
Executive Producer: Jani Guest
Producer: Fergus Brown
Director of Photography: Ivan Abel
Digital Effects: Glassworks
Edited by John Mayes, Marshall Street




 

Sony closing servers for some PS2 and PSP games

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333w ago - Sony has announced today that as from June 30th, 2008 a variety of PS2 and PSP games will no longer be online compliant.

Here is the list in full:

PlayStation 2:

Amplitude
Destruction Derby Arenas
Everybody's Golf
EyeToy Chat
F1 '04
Jak X
Lemmings PS2
My Street
Syphon Filter Omega Strain
This is Football 2004
This is Football 2005
Twisted Metal: Black Online

PSP:

Lemmings
World Tour Soccer 2

After this date, you will still be able to play them offline, with the exception of EyeToy Chat and Twisted Metal: Black Online, which do not have offline modes.
 

Sony: PS3 Home BETA for public opening very soon

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333w ago - Susan Panico, Senior Director of the PlayStation Network has stated in the latest edition of the Official PlayStation Magazine that "we'll be opening up the Home BETA to the public very soon and hope to see you there."

Hopefully April will be the month where all will be available.

To quote user patches 4 socom 3: I just got the may issue and the last page has an article from Susan Panico Senior Director of the PlayStation Network.

At the end of it she says "we'll be opening up the Home BETA to the public very soon and hope to see you there." I hope April is the month for it! but then again Metal Gear Online BETA, GTA 4... I could fit in the Home BETA... lol :P
 

Why do some PS3 games require HDD installs?

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333w ago - MTV have found out that some Blu-ray games require installs to the hard drive because Blu-ray drives can only read at one speed.

"When this is combined with the extremely large size of Blu-ray discs, and simply dumping existing DVD data onto a Blu-ray disc will inevitably result in longer load times."

To quote: The issue arises from differences in the reading techniques of DVD and Blu-ray. By nature, the outer and inner parts of a disc move at different speeds while a disc is spinning, regardless of format (CD, DVD, Blu-ray, HD-DVD, etc.).

While DVD drives can read data at those differing speeds, Blu-ray reads at one speed. Combine that with the extremely large size of Blu-ray discs, and simply dumping existing DVD data onto a Blu-ray disc will inevitably result in longer load times.

Installations are a way around this issue.

When a publisher asks you to install a game on PS3, it's because they're moving some of the disc data to an area of your console that has much faster read access: the hard drive. You get vastly reduced loading times, but have to sit through an installation.
 
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