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Make phone calls with your PSP!

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346w ago - Noobz has released their own PSP phone software today which works with both slim and regular PSP's. You can use it anywhere in the world, subject to signing-up to a suitable local SIP-based voice-over-IP provider and being near a usable wifi access point.

Download: Furikup - PSP SIP Phone

Its in beta stage, so there are some issues with audio, the UI isn't pretty and video calls aren't working yet. Enjoy!
 

Sony and Namco’s Cellius Lives

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346w ago - Remember Cellius? The company formed by Sony and Namco Bandai to create Cell based games? It was announced last year and since then things have been very quiet. Too quiet. Especially when you know that Ken Kutaragi is meant to be the chairman. A year later Cellius rears its head once more.

To apparentlly take market share from Microsoft and Nintendo in the games division, Cellius has high expectations.

Cellius will use Sony's Cell Broadband chip, which powers PlayStation 3, to create games for the console and content for mobile phones and personal computers. Perhaps even arcade machines.

Where the hell are they then? Cellius was announced in January last year, and the venture was said to begin operations March 6th 2007. I expect they have been putting together prototype games and developing engines to pitch and present this year.

Our first sign that they are still alive is the addition of a logo (above) on the official Cellius website. Yes I'm afraid that's it. A nice, pretty logo. But that's the start of any good business, as we ourselves know at Ripten. It's a pretty snazzy logo to say the least, with a form of morse code spelling out Cellius above the letters.

Whether this new company will develop on the Playstation 3, or will seek to further Cell usage...
 

Devil May Cry 4 on sale in early February

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346w ago - Activision, the local distributor of Capcom, has confirmed that Devil May Cry 4 will go on sale in Australia on February 7. The release will be simultaneous across PC ('Games for Windows'), PS3, and Xbox 360.

While the release date has been perfectly coordinated, the same can not be said for the price. DMC4 will retail for $79.95 on PC, $99.95 on 360, and $109.95 on PS3 - a full ten smackers more.

For Xbox 360 owners having trouble imagining how PS3 owners feel about this, take a look at the picture of Banjo Paterson on the $10 bill. The legendary poet's morbid despair will be felt across the land as he is unfairly whisked from gamers' wallets.

This news joins a disturbing trend. We already know that GTA will cost more on PS3; each new price disparity announcement suggests the problem is systemic.

But why is it so? One possibility is that Sony charges a higher licensing cost per unit sold than Microsoft. Another is that Blu-ray discs cost significantly more to manufacture than DVDs. Though as we've already established, most PS3 games don't even need the format's additional storage space.

A telling example: Devil May Cry 4 itself. All the PS3 preview code Activision has sent us has been on DVD discs.

Devil May Cry 4 has been rated 'M'...
 

Sony claims HD format gap to widen

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346w ago - Sony has said that its Blu-ray format will pull further ahead of HD DVD in the coming year. Speaking at CES 2008 in Las Vegas, Randy Waynick, senior vice president of Sony's home products division said: "Blu-ray discs outsold HD DVD discs in North America by two to one this year. In 2008 that gap will just widen."

Waynick praised Warner Brothers' decision to stop supporting HD DVD and said that the move was "in response to consumer demand".

Sir Howard Stringer, chairman and CEO, Sony Corporation also praised the decision.

"All of us at Sony are feeling blu today, but that's a good feeling around here," he said. "I want to thank Warner Brothers for making the decision."

Stringer went on to say that the move was in the long-term interest of the consumer.
 

GPS for Sony PSP coming to US

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346w ago - The GPS receiver for the Sony PSP is about to find its way out of Japan and into US gamers' hands.

According to Sony's CES 2008 page, "Your PSP will provide 2D/3D locations, driving directions, POI's, and even downloadable city guides."

No official release date or price - the peripheral in Japan retailed for approximately US $51. Of course, if you're impatient, you can always hack the PSP now.
 
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