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Transfer Blu-ray Movies From PS3 To PSP

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347w ago - Sony announced at this year's Consumer Electronics Show that future Blu-ray titles will contain a portable copy of the movie/show embedded on the disc encoded specifically for the PlayStation Portable.

Consumers will able to boot up their PlayStation 3, pop in a Blu-ray disc, then simply copy the portable version of the disc to their PS3. From there, PSP owners can transfer the portable copy over to their handheld device.

It's good to see that movie studios are finding ways to take advantage of the extra storage space on Blu-ray discs. Hopefully we'll see this feature adopted by many new BD titles in the near future.
 

First Skype PSP Screens; USB Mic Dated For Japan

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347w ago - Below are the first screenshots of Skype running on PSP. It's not much – but does give us an idea of what to expect.

The USB microphone accessory (also pictured) is set to hit Japan on January 24 as a standalone peripheral for 2,500 yen ($23).

A two-piece set will also be available on the same day for 4,000 yen ($36). Previously, the microphone was only available for purchase in a bundle package with the UMD game Talkman.
 

Make phone calls with your PSP!

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347w 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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347w 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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347w 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'...
 
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