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How to get the most out of your PS3!

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349w ago - Just when you think Sony has shown its hand, it pulls out another wild card. Criticized at first for trying to cram too many features into the box and raising the price tag, Sony has continued to deliver even more features while cutting the cost.

While not every model of the PS3 has the full suite of features (memory card readers, WiFi), there are still more than enough new features to help you get the most out of your expensive PS3 purchase. And what Sony doesn't provide, crafty users are there to supplement.

Here are a few of the things we think will help you get started being a PS3 connoisseur.

Say Goodbye to DRM:

iTunes or Napster addicts know what a pain it is to pay for music and then find that you can't listen to it wherever you want. Thanks to DRM technology built into the audio files (something iTunes is slowly abandoning), you normally can't stream those files from your PC to your PS3, thus enjoying your music library in the comfort of your living room.

Well, now you can. After downloading Orb's Mycast technology onto your PC (which you can get for free through WinAmp Remote), and assuming you've already synced up your PC and PS3 over your home network, those music files will now be fully playable on the PS3. Problem solved.

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PlayStation Store Update for April 17, 2008

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349w ago - Per Grace Chen, Senior Manager, PLAYSTATION Store today:

Hey, everyone. It's time again for the PLAYSTATION Store weekly update.

Downloadable Games:

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue ($39.99)
The best-selling racing franchise returns with the intense precursor to Gran Turismo 5, featuring over 60 cars from worldwide car manufacturers. With an all-new interior dash view, online racing with up to 16 players, Drift mode and more, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue unveils revolutionary advancements that deliver the ultimate racing experience.
ESRB Rated E
File size: 1.78 GB

Add-on Game Content:

Warhawk Broken Mirror Pack ($7.99)
Download the "Operation: Broken Mirror" Booster Pack and increase the effectiveness of your team's ground assaults with the new Armored Personnel Carrier and the Vaporfield Glacier Battlefield!
File size: 131 MB

Warhawk Booster Combo ($11.99)
Booster Combo includes the Warhawk "Operation: Omega Dawn" and "Operation: Broken Mirror" Booster Packs.
File size: 274 MB

Rock Band
Build your Rock Band library by purchasing these song game tracks. For song credits, visit www.RockBand.com.

- "Still Alive" - GLaDOS and Jonathan Coulton (free)
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SingStar Volume 2 for PS3 Q&A now available!

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349w ago - ThreeSpeech has posted a huge Q&A on SingStar Volume 2 today. A question many were asking was whether all the tracks from SingStar Vol 1 & 2 be downloadable from SingStore.

Sony say that they "are working hard at clearing tracks for the SingStore and will continue to clear as many tracks as quickly as possible. When Volume 2 is released a number of tracks from the disc-based product will also be available to buy in the SingStore."

They also said that the new Harmony mode will also be available to owners of the first SingStar blu-ray disc with a free upgrade via the PSN.

To quote: 1. Will all the tracks from SingStar Vol 1 & 2 be downloadable from SingStore and when will this happen?

'Licensing music for digital distribution is a different process to that of the disc-based product. We are working hard at clearing tracks for the SingStore and will continue to clear as many tracks as quickly as possible. When Vol 2 is released a number of tracks from the disc-based product will also be available to buy in the SingStore.'

2. Will the Harmony Mode on SingStar Vol 2 be available to owners of the first SingStar blu-ray disk? Will this be as a downloadable upgrade and will user's be charged for it?

'The new Harmony mode will be available as a free...
 

PS3's Warhawk Connects to iPhone from XBL App Developer

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349w ago - We hope Microsoft returns to Live Anywhere at some point, but in the meantime, gamers are picking up the slack.

1337pwn, who developed the Xbox Live application for iPhone (also compatible on browsers, Blackberries, etc.) recently developed a Warhawk scoreboard application, too.

There's not much functionality to the "Warhawk" application yet, and it's only designed for use on the iPhone and iPod Touch. You can view it through a browser just fine, though. The application is a little limited, however, because Sony doesn't have a community outreach program yet.

"Third party game publishers don't have access to PSN friends list information on the platform right now," said 1337pwn founder Det Ansinn.

"It's tough to predict when that might change. Given some of their initiatives like Home and the new PlayStation store, I would not be surprised to see them working in that direction."
 

Why Halo 3 and CoD4 Map Pack Pricing Makes No Sense

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349w ago - While both Halo 3 and Call of Duty 4 have given gamers hours upon hours of entertainment, sometimes fragging people in the same setting can start to get a little stale. Lately, we've seen a couple of new maps packs released, the latest being the Legendary Map Pack for Halo 3, as well as the recent Variety Map Pack for Call of Duty 4.

Both map packs retail for 10 US dollars (or 800 points in Microsoft land), and give gamers three, or in CoD4's case four, new maps to tool around with. Although to be realistic, not all of these maps are truly new, as two of the Legendary pack's maps are remakes, as well as one of CoD 4's.

Both games have practiced differing methods of distributing this content, raising the question if gamers could be getting a better deal.

The hardcore crowd will of course eat these maps up no matter what the cost, but the reality is that the majority of people won't be buying them. By that, I mean people who aren't reading news articles on gaming.

However, there are obviously enough interested consumers for publishers to charge us 10 whole dollars for more content, as less popular games, such as Turok, have seen map packs containing five new maps retailing for only $4.99. This shows that the bigger the game, the more leverage a company has to charge...
 
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