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PS3 Firmware Update 2.17 released!

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354w ago - Update: Per Jeff Rubenstein (Social Media Manager, PlayStation Blog): In case you were wondering what it's all about, the operating stability of some online PS3 titles has been improved. Hope that clears things up!

It's now official- Sony has indeed skipped a retail release of PS3 Firmware 2.15 (Debug) in lieu of PS3 Firmware Update 2.17 which is out now via Network Update or below!

Download: PS3 FW Update 2.17 (US) / PS3 FW Update 2.17 (EU)

There isn't an official changelog available yet, but it appears to be primarily a bugfix update at this time.

Also, for what it's worth a little birdie told us Sony Devs already have 2.20 so perhaps another quick update will follow soon? :P
 

Playing as the Spud of War on PSP!

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354w ago - It's one of the easiest unlockables in God of War: Chains of Olympus, and it fills our hearts with joy. The franchise is known for its wild and wacky costumes, and the Spud of War is no different.

This carb-o-licious outfit may make Kratos a bit less menacing, but let's not forget that he can rip your body in half.

Thanks to our friends at PSP GadgetZ for capturing the video.

Video can be seen below:




 

Analysis: Take Two financials

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354w ago - Take-Two reported a relatively weak quarter, posting a loss in the holiday quarter for the third consecutive year.

While new management is not to blame for the poor results, we think the weak performance reflects the extent of the turnaround required to restore the company to profitability.
Take-Two's bottom line results were slightly better than we expected, with lower than expected R&D and marketing expenses accounting for most of the EPS upside.

On the top line, revenues were higher than expected due to significant contribution from the company's distribution business. The company's margins were slightly lower than we expected due to a higher mix of distribution revenues.

We think that it is important to point out that U.S. industry software sales have grown by over 58% from the November 2005 - January 2006 period through the November 2007 - January 2008 period, while Take-Two's publishing revenues have declined by almost 23%.

This is clearly a company that is losing market share, and as we review the lineup for the balance of 2008 and 2009, we see more of the same type of games we have seen over the last three years. The company's sports lineup continues to underperform, generating only $32 million of sales (26% of publishing revenues) for the key holiday...
 

How Do You Feel About There Being No GTA IV Episodic Content for PS3?

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354w ago - How do you feel about the PlayStation 3 version of Grand Theft Auto IV not receiving the downloadable content that the Xbox 360 will be receiving?

Microsoft previously mentioned the two downloadable episodic content they payed Rockstar $50 million to receive will equal the size of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and San Andreas.

A recent preview in the latest issue (April 2008) of PlayStation:

The Official Magazine stated that Rockstar's Jeronimo Barrera said the PlayStation 3 will most likely receive it's own form of downloadable content as well. However, a new Take-Two release states that the Xbox 360 will be receiving it's downloadable content in 2008, and they plan on issuing more content for (most likely) both consoles in 2009. That means the PlayStation 3 will never see those San Andreas and Vice City sized pieces of episodic content.

If you would like to know how I feel, I'll tell you. I'm not just a blogger, I'm a proud PlayStation 3 owner as well, and will be picking up Grand Theft Auto IV for PlayStation 3 no matter what. Seeing as how San Andreas and Vice City went to Xbox, I see that it's only right Rockstar does the same with these two new pieces of episodic content (possibly Bully as well). So I guess as we near the release of Grand Theft Auto IV, you can take it that...
 

MotorStorm 2 teaser trailer out!

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354w ago - IGN has posted the trailer for MotorStorm 2 a little early. The trailer, however, is only a CGI target render. The game will feature a four-player split-screen mode, alongside online play for up to 16 players.

To quote: Sony has officially silenced rumor mouths too, revealing that monster trucks are a definite addition to the vehicle roster, offering an excessively muscular new challenge for players looking to crush their way through the field - and over opponents.

Speaking of which, MotorStorm 2 will indeed feature a four-player split-screen mode, alongside online play for up to 16 players.

Press Release

MotorStormâ„¢ returns this autumn on PLAYSTATION®3: Prepare for the next instalment of the world's most brutal off-road racing festival

o A brand new location: experience the grandeur, diversity and unpredictability of a remote Pacific island
o 16 new diverse multi-route tracks hosting MotorStorm's unique mixture of vehicles
o The aggressive monster truck now joins your garage
o Split-Screen Multiplayer racing - compete with up to four buddies on the same screen

It's the best selling PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3â„¢)...
 
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