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Home Beta build v0.7.7 out now!

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356w ago - The newest build of online communication hub Home has been released.

According to members of our forum, several new options are now available in build 0.7.7:

-There's a new building in the world, although it's currently not able to be entered
-You are finally able to enter your Home Space's patio
-You can now use your own pictures in your Home Space
-A game launching option has been added, though it is not functioning completely at the present time
-The cinema's movie theatres have transferred from the second floor to the first floor
-America, Japan, and Europe each have their own server now

It seems Sony is working hard to implement all the features they promised for their virtual world. From the other side of the spectrum, it's unsurprising they delayed the full product until 2008 if they are just implementing these key aspects now.

Stay tuned for more on the Home Beta and Home's ever-changing release date.
 

Sony: PS3 Sales Up Nearly 300 Percent

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356w ago - The PlayStation 3 saw a nearly 300 percent increase in sales since the 40GB and 80GB models hit on Nov. 3, Sony Computer Entertainment of America let us know today in a press release.

The short release goes on to say that PS3 sales were up 245 percent this Black Friday compared to last year's Black Friday. Of course last year Sony was still having stock issues with their shaky launch of the console.

Here's the full press release:

Today, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) announced that overall PlayStation brand unit sales during the week including Black Friday increased by 178%, sales dollars increased by 154%. Below are the sales figures for each PlayStation platform for the week including Black Friday for the top 10 retailers in North America:

PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3â„¢) hardware sales increased by 245% when compared to Black Friday sales last year.

Since November 2nd, and the availability of both the 40GB and 80GB PS3 models, PS3 hardware sales have increased by 298%.

PSP® (PlayStation® Portable) hardware sales increased by 136% when compared to previous week sales.

PlayStation®2 (PS2) hardware sales increased by 287% when compared to previous week sales.

It probably doesn't hurt that the Playstation 3 has two rock-solid...
 

MTV's "Rock Band" takes on "Guitar Hero"

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356w ago - MTV Games has taken its first major step into the console game arena with the launch of "Rock Band," with company executives touting the title as the integration of music and gaming on a whole new level.

"Our belief is that 'Rock Band' is not just a game," said Jeff Yapp, executive vice president of program enterprises at MTV Networks Music Group. "It's a new platform for which to engage with music, and that's what we're most excited about."

"Band" is not alone in the music-gaming category, although its inclusion of multiple instruments such as guitar, drum and microphone peripherals makes it the most ambitious title to date. Activision's "Guitar Hero III" recently racked up $100 million in sales in its first seven days of North American release, leading to concerns over how its early success would affect MTV's game, which is being published and distributed by Electronic Arts.

But retailers, analysts and MTV note that the early signs for "Band" are positive.

"From the comments of GameStop management, it seemed they expected to sell out of their initial batch of 'Rock Band' over the Thanksgiving (Black Friday) weekend," Banc of America Securities analyst Jonathan Jacoby said in a report released Wednesday.

Jacoby added that he expects MTV's parent company, Viacom, to...
 

PSPAtari for PSP v1.1.0 (SLIM+IR) released!

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356w ago - Zx-81 has released an update to PSPAtari, an Atari 800, 800XL, 130XE and 5200 series emulator for PSP. Changes below:

Download: PSP Atari v1.1.0 for CFW 3.X / PSPAtari v1.1.0 for FW 1.5

What's new in version 1.1.0:

- Major speed improvements in smooth rendering !
- Compatible with custom firmwares 3.x and PSP-slim
- Display and save thumbnail images for each save state
- Add a simple intro splash screen
- New speed limiter function
- Support iso8859-1 fonts in print text functions
(might be useful to translate PSPAtari menus in German, French ...)
- IR keyboard support (mainly for menu)
- Add option to display fps rate
- Option to prevent the blue led to be displayed when
L or R are pressed
- Bug fix in help menu and in file requester
 

PS3 Theme Builder v1.6.1 released!

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356w ago - Sbcroix has updated to PS3 Theme Builder v1.6.1 today, with the following changes:

Download: PS3 Theme Builder v1.6.1

v1.6.1 Changelog:

  • Fixed the error that was causing the could not find the p3textractor dialog to show no matter what.
  • Additional Bug Fixes
  • Refactored a whole bunch of code
  • Added ability to copy P3T files to a USB drive
  • Added ability to create themes from p3t files
  • Added ability to remove Icons
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