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New XBox 360 to Upscale DVD's

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341w ago - This past week Microsoft announced that they would be lowering the price of the 20GB Xbox, and introducing a new model for $349.99 with a 60GB hard drive.

This larger amount of storage will come in handy when the new system update hits so that you can store your games.

Circuit city is now listing this new model with a release on August 8th, but they also gave some more information about the system...

From Circuit City Page: Upscaling DVD Player: With an HDMI cable (sold separately), watch your favorite DVDs in near high-definition using the upscaling capabilities of Xbox 360.

Now that HD DVD is basically gone, this Upscaling DVD player will help bridge the gap between your current DVD's and the downloadable HD content.
 

Video: Purchase from US PSN Video Store with EU-Located PS3

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341w ago - As a follow-up from his previous video, 0komp0 has made a second one detailing how to purchase from the USA PSN Video Store with an EU-located PS3.

To quote: Following on from yesterdays Access the USA PSN Video Store with EU located story I thought I would today go through the process of purchasing content from the USA Video store.

Video Part 2 is below, enjoy!




 

Video PoC: European PS3 accessing Sony's US PSN Video Store

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341w ago - 0komp0 has posted a video on YouTube showing his European PS3 connected to gain access to Sony's US Video Store. He hasn't tried purchasing any content yet, and the video below is just to show that it is possible for Europeans to access the Video Store.

To quote: After watching E3 live via a friends stream I heard about the New Video Store for PS3 Owners. It sounded amazing and I planned to purchase content. However the days past and the news comes that its not available to us EU-based PS3 owners!

Here is a proof of concept video to show it can be accessed from other countries. Thanks for screwing us EU users AGAIN SONY!!!




 

Live Demo: Valkyria Chronicles, PS3 Exclusive SRPG

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341w ago - Per Jeff Rubenstein (Social Media Manager) via PS Blog today: E3 may now be over, but the games shown off at the event will be a part of our lives throughout this holiday season and beyond. One title that will occupy the lives of PLAYSTATION 3 owners for hours upon hours this fall is Valkyria Chronicles. This PS3-exclusive strategy-JRPG from Sega (to clarify, NOT a PSP game), is utilizing the power of the console to push its dynamic and visually arresting Canvas Engine.

The graphics in Valkyria Chronicles appear similar to an animated watercolor painting, with a bit of the colored-pencil-sketch action seen A-ha's 1980's "Take On Me" video. As you'll see in the video below - it really works.





Speaking of the video, it features Sega Associate Producer Christopher Kaminski detailing the unique battle system found in Valkyria Chronicles - it completely takes the Strategy RPG genre "off the grid."

We'll have more on Valkyria Chronicles here on the PlayStation.Blog as we near its November release date.
 

Launch Java Homebrew from the PS3 XMB; Not an Exploit!

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341w ago - Tmaster let us know at the link above that silenoz has found a way to run simple Java games on the PS3 with the BD-J (Blu-ray Disc Java) functionality.

To quote silenoz: I've managed to launch a simple Java game on Game OS, with the BD-J functionality, thanks to the HDCookBook project. You just need to copy some files on a USB key and you're good to go.

Steps to launch Blaster Bunny, pictured below, are as follows:

1) Download it HERE and UnZip it.
2) Copy it to the root of a USB/Flash drive.
3) Go to the device in the video menu and launch "AVCHD".
4) Go to BONUS and click GAME to launch Blaster Bunny.

It has also been confirmed that this method has been working on all PS3's regardless of Firmware and region, including 2.41 apparently, and it's likely to work for other Java Virtual Machine games.

Finally, we'd like to clarify to PS3 newbies that this is not an exploit nor will it lead to non-Java PS3 homebrew, etc as CJPC detailed HERE... anyone stating otherwise is completely clueless!
 
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