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Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 to be announced shortly?

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344w ago - Hungarian PC gaming magazine PC Guru has a front-page story detailing exclusive news about Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3. Hungarian subscribers will recieve this magazine on Thursday.

Anyone interested in the franchise has been waiting for another Red Alert, and this is surely great news indeed and we hope that this isn't a repeat of this Gears of War story that turned out to be a big fuss about nothing.

We'll be on top of it the moment it's live. Stay glued to your screens, people.
 

Is PS3 Backwards Compatibility Dead? Maybe Not!

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344w ago - The one version of the PlayStation 3 that currently supports PlayStation 2 software – via emulation of the "Emotion Engine" – looks like it's about to go the way of the dodo. Exactly how crushed should those of us be, should we want to experience PS2 classics on our future PS3s?

Oh, totally crushed for now, but the future may provide a glimmer of hope, backing us away from the ledge. PlayStation Network director Eric Lempell says there are "possibilities" the PS2 playing capabilities could come back to the gutted PS3 in the most recent issue of EGM.

When asked by the mag if the now BC-less console kills any chance of offering PS2 games via the PlayStation Store, as it does for original PlayStation games, Lempel said "We haven't talked about that yet, but there are possibilities through technology and software emulation to make that possibles."

Lempell chose not to talk about "specific plans at this point" but that doesn't mean we can't hope. And pray. And start online petitions.

The full interview, which is actually with Sony Computer Entertainment SVP of marketing Peter Dille – he says backward compatibility is "important to us" – is in the newest issue of EGM, which is in subscriber hands now. We hope that 1UP will publish the interview online, in-full, at some point...
 

PS3 NAND Extractor Update & More!

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344w ago - Mainman has updated his PS3 NAND Extractor/UnPacker to v0.4 recently! Changes to the latest revision include support for multiple dumps. The NAND Tool now scans for files, versus using a fixed position making it much more robust with extracting files.

It includes BETA support for the 40gb PlayStation 3 flash, however, we are still working out a few major bugs prior to a public release.

As mentioned above, extraction now dumps the files, plus additional data including the IDL section. It extracts the MAC Address, and also dumps the asecure loader section. More on this soon..

In other news, we are waiting for the InFeCtuS Team to update their program to support the new Samsung Flash revision, so we can experiment more with our recently discovered PS3 downgrading technique. Until then, not much new to report on this area yet.

Finally, we have been successful with running PS3 Retail game back-ups on a PS3 Test from both Internal and USB HDD (along with DVD). Unlike PS2 and PS1 development systems, a PS3 Test won't play a 1:1 copy/scene release.

It only plays development copies, so the executables (EBOOT.BIN) had to be decrypted and rebuilt for them to load. However, as mentioned previously,...
 

Double Boost For Blu-ray Backers!

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344w ago - The backers of the Blu-ray high definition DVD system have received a twin boost in their ongoing format war with HD DVD.

Best Buy - the US's largest consumer electronics chain - has announced it is to recommend that its customers choose Sony's Blu-ray format.

Its shops will carry HD DVD but Blu-ray will be displayed more prominently.

And online video rental company Netflix said it would phase out its HD DVD stock and exclusively offer Blu-ray.

Studio backing

Netflix has become the US's largest company in a fast-growing field - DVD rental by mail - and announced a year ago that it had made its billionth DVD delivery after just eight years in business.

It has stocked both Blu-ray and HD DVD since the formats came on the market in early 2006 but said it had been prompted to reconsider this after a majority of the major Hollywood studios came out in favour of Blu-ray.

Walt Disney, Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Brothers and MGM are the studios that have endorsed Blu-ray. Paramount and Universal Studios publish their high-definition DVDs in Toshiba's HD DVD format.

The company also said the reality was that not many customers were ordering HD DVDs. "From the Netflix perspective, focusing on one format will enable...
 

Resident Evil 5: People are going to "flip out"

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344w ago - Capcom's assuring us we'll all go bonkers - in a good way - over Resident Evil 5, and we're desperately hoping that turns out to be true.

"Just being able to see Resident Evil 5 running, I'm like 'Oh my god!' Honestly, when we start showing more of that, when we start letting people go hands-on with that, people are going to flip out", Capcom's Chris Kramer (senior director of communications and community) has said in an interview with Major Nelson.

"That game to me is super exciting", Kramer added.

He explained he's just returned from a trip to Japan where he met with producers on games coming in the next two years, and later sparked speculation about Resident Evil 5's release date.

When asked what's coming up from Capcom, he replied, "We have a really fantastic year ahead of us, a year that's going to include games like... Resident Evil 5...".

Alluding to a release in 2008, or simply the fact that we'll get hands-on reports this year? Surely the latter.
 
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