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Red God of War PSP Bundle Coming This Summer

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334w ago - Sony has announced plans to bring a new red, God of War themed PSP bundle over to North America at the Destination PlayStation retail trade show.

The bundle will include God of War: Chains of Olympus, a UMD copy of Superbad, and a voucher good for a free copy of PSN title Syphon Filter: Combat Ops.

Scheduled for a release in June, the God of War PSP bundle is expected to retail at $199.99.

Press Release: SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA TO UNLEASH KRATOS IN LIMITED-EDITION GOD OF WAR® PSP® ENTERTAINMENT PACK

Package Includes "Deep Red" PSP with Kratos Silkscreen, God of War®: Chains of Olympus, Superbad on UMD Video and Voucher to Download Syphon Filter®: Combat Ops

Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced the God of War® PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) Entertainment Pack, a limited-edition offering that celebrates the debut of the best-selling God of War franchise on PSP. This special bundle will feature a limited-edition "Deep Red" PSP with the God of War himself, Kratos, silkscreened on the back of the unit; the highly anticipated God of War®: Chains of Olympus game; the hit comedy movie from Columbia Pictures, Superbad, on UMDâ„¢ (Universal Media Disc); and a PLAYSTATION®Network voucher to download the Syphon Filter®: Combat...
 

DualShock 3 US Release Date Revealed

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334w ago - Sony announced at today's PlayStation Destination conference that the DualShock 3 controller has received a solid US release date. The controller is set to launch on April 15 at an MSRP of $54.99.

To quote: We have more word from retailer conference Destination PlayStation: the DualShock 3–you know, that DualShock we've been waiting for since the PS3's launch–has gotten a US release date.

Set to launch April 15th for $54.99, it's slated to coincide with the release of GT5 Prologue. Oh yes, feel those engines roar through your controller and make your SIXAXIS-wielding friends envious...like they're just playing a video game or something.
 

PlayStation bounces back - PS3!

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334w ago - It was hard not to spot the optimism beaming from both Sony execs and developers about the future at the Game Developers Conference last week.

The concerns and hushed whispers at last year's GDC about whether Sony had made fatal errors with the platform's launch have given way to positivity.

Sony's Phil Harrison, head of worldwide studios, looked relaxed when I spoke with him on Thursday, although that may have been more to do with the fact he was not giving a keynote this year and was able to enjoy some of the sessions.

I had spoken to Mark Rein, of Epic, earlier in the week and he told me he had never doubted that PlayStation 3 would be anything other than a success. Of course Epic did release Unreal Tournament 3 on PS3 this week so his comments have to be seen in that light.

UT is the kind of franchise PlayStation has been crying out for - a hard core first person shooter with credibility. The Xbox has long been seen as the platform of choice for FPS fans who don't play on PC.

The 360 of course has Halo 3 and many feel that game set the benchmark for online FPS play.

Mark Rein told me: "We've surpassed what Halo 3 offered."

I'll let you - the readers - argue over that one.

Epic are one of the finest exponents of hard core...
 

Alternative VSHMenu 4.0 Plug-In for PSP released!

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334w ago - Red Squirrel returns with an update to his Alternative VSHMenu plug-in for PSP. The plug-in adds additional functions to the XMB configuration menu already included in M33's Custom Firmware series.

Alternative VSHMenu 4.0 comes with a rather extensive list of additions and changes, including minor optimizations, bug fixes, and a menu item for toggling the hide PIC0 and PIC1 function.

Download: Alternative VSHMenu 4.0 Plug-In for PSP

Additionally, the author mentions that users running version 4.0 on a regular PSP can change the GAME menu kernel setting from within the XMB, while users with a Slim unit are able to change the USB Charge setting.

Note that changing either of these settings will automatically reboot the PSP.

Changelog v4.0:
-Added a security check to the plug-in.
-Added the NO PIC0 AND PIC1 function
-Added the GAME KERNEL function for PSP Fat
-Added the USB CHARGE function for PSP Slim.
-GAME KERNEL and USBCHARGE functions share the same line, so if you use Alternative VSHMenu on a PSP Fat the GAME KERNEL function will appear, otherwise on a Slim the function USB CHEARGE will appear.
-Now when you change one of the functions that requires...
 

Do anything with PS3's PlayTV recordings

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334w ago - A producer at Sony who is working on the software for the PlayTV device, revealed today that there is no copy protection in place and no time limit on how long you can keep PlayTV recordings.

Users will be able to move the MPEG-2 video files from the PlayTV interface to the PS3's home menu and then from there onto a storage device (memory stick, external HD or PC).

To quote: It will be possible to export TV recordings made with PS3's forthcoming digital TV receiver in a standard file format and store them anywhere you like, Sony explained today.

Mark Bunting, a producer at Sony's Cambridge Studio, which is working on the software for the PlayTV device, showed how the MPEG-2 video files could be moved from the PlayTV interface to the PS3's home menu.

From there, they can be moved to another storage device such as a memory stick, backup hard drive or PC. There is no copy protection in place and no time limit on how long the recording can be kept. Asked what you could do with the file Bunting said: "Anything you like, really, as long as you do it legally. It's in its raw format."

He was no doubt alluding to the piracy of TV programmes that is currently rampant on BitTorrent peer-to-peer networks. It seems that there will be nothing to stop PlayTV acting as a source...
 
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