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PS3 Flash Goodies - Part 2: The XML Revolution

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340w ago - With the great ongoing work in our PS3 Forums with the RCO files, we are also going to talk about component two of the PS3's XMB includes- its XML Files!

Inside the directory exists 30 XML files. They control quite a bit in regards to the PS3's appearance and functioning, from telling the XMB what types of information to display, all the way to letting you download PlayStation Home!

Do make sure to check out the attached image, as it is code snippets of the XML files we're speaking of below.

For example, in category_game.xml, it appears upon disc insertion, the insertion is added into a database, along with what type of media it's on (CD/DVD/BDVD), and if it detects, what format it is (PS1/PS2/PS3) and so on. Now there are your different media types of course: PS1 CD, PS2 CD, PS2 DVD, PS3 DVD, PS3 BD.

Additionally, in that particular XML file pertinent game information is stored in a similar fashion such as game saves, including the type of Memory Card, if it is from Memory Stick, USB, Internal, Virtual, or through a PS2-USB Memory Card is also stored.

Also a hint for what's coming from Sony.. quite a few references to the Trophy room,...
 

PS3 voted 'Teen Favorite' by Global Youth Survey

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340w ago - A Global Youth Survey conducted by Habbo, the second one it's done apparently, has revealed that PlayStation 3 "is the console of choice for teens today".

The report asked 58,486 teens between the ages of 11 and 18 in a global survey across 31 markets. 69 percent refer to PS3 as 'great' or 'good'. This was followed closely by the Nintendo Wii at 64 percent and Xbox 360 with 58 percent. So there's not much in it by the looks of it.

PS3 beat Wii in every age group except the 11 to 12 year olds and Wii was more popular among girls up to 16. Are you surprised to learn that it's the "favored female choice overall"? Thought not.

The results also showed that while Xbox 360 is less popular in Europe and Asia, its popularity in the US is much better. It's the most popular console in Mexico and Colombia and takes second place in the US, Canada, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

"The results of this survey are interesting as it gives us an insight into which brands these teens aspire to as the level of ownership does not correspond to the consoles' popularity," said the people behind the survey. "By order of ownership, the Wii leads, followed by the Xbox 360 and PS3."

Of the teens surveyed, 24 percent own a Wii, with 21 percent and 23 percent owning a PS3 and Xbox 360 respectively....
 

Videos showing Recording/Uploading to YouTube from PS3!

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340w ago - Below are videos showing how the YouTube API that has been added to the PS3 SDK will allow users to record and upload videos from within a game.

The videos show a demo of how to record and upload videos to YouTube.

The first video details Mainichi Issyo recording and uploading, and the second is a video that was uploaded directly from the PS3.

Enjoy!








 

Bioshock set for a September PS3 release?

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340w ago - According to the latest issue of EGM (Electronic Gaming Monthly), Bioshock is set to be released on the PS3 this September.

The multi-award winning first person shooter is said to include all the downloadable content seen on the Xbox360 version as well as improved visuals over both 360 and PC versions.

One of the biggest selling xbox 360 games last year, Bioshock sold 490,900 copies in it's first month of release, and as of December 2007, it had sold 2million copies over both platforms.

The game recived wide critical acclaim, with Metacritc showing 96/100 for both the 360 and PC versions.
 

PS3 Firmware 2.35 sneaks YouTube functionality in!

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340w ago - Sony claimed that all Firmware 2.35 did was "improve stability of some PS3 titles". Well, it turns out that the YouTube compatibility is one of those secret updates that occasionally make it unannounced into a PlayStation 3 firmware update.

The functionality was added via Version 2.35 of the firmware. At the moment, Mainichi Issyo (the crazy cat game downloadable only on off the Japanese store) is the only title to do so.

Videos are captured at 320x240, 30 frames per second and saved in an MPEG-4 file at 768kbps. Sound is recorded at 64kbps in AAC format. The maximum clip length is ten minutes.

Upon selecting to finish their recording sessions, players are given the choice of either saving their clips to the hard disk or uploading them to YouTube. Choose the latter option, and you're prompted for your YouTube user name and password.

The game then uploads the clip on the spot, showing a progress bar while you wait for the upload to complete.
 
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