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DualShock 3 Rumbling with PS2 Games after All

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358w ago - While it seems like a natural conclusion to jump to, Sony has never really made any comments one way or another if the new DualShock 3 would rumble while playing PlayStation 2 games. Website PSPSPS is reporting that their brand new DualShock controllers are indeed vibrating with PS2 games; at least on a Japanese PS3. The games were Rez, OutRun 2006, and Katamari Damacy.

That was on a PS3 running the latest firmware, and if OutRun 2006 is vibrating, I'm willing to take a leap and assume the rest of the PS2's library (or at least the majority) will support the DualShock 3's rumble.

The control is very nice. Feels about three times heavier than the non-rumbling Sixaxis, which we're inclined to classify as a Good Thing (the plain Sixaxis feels too light). Rumbles like a tummy before lunch. And it has 'Dual Shock 3' stamped on its husk in blue type. The pad is also available in white, to go with the white 40GB PS3 model launched here today, but it looks a bit tacky because the sticks and buttons aren't white.

Alright, how about now - who's importing?
 

Resistance: Fall of Man Sequel Ready for Pre Alpha Testing

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358w ago - A trusted source has let us know that Resistance 2, the sequel to the PS3 launch title, is ready for the pre-Alpha testing stage. According to our source, Sony is going to be hiring a ton of testers in January to put Resistance 2 through a stress test.

Resistance was one of the best PS3 exclusives, and without a doubt we're sure Resistance 2 will be on everyone's wish list when a release date is announced.

With almost no other information released about this game so far, and with no screenshots to gawk at, it's hard to say how good it's going to be. But if it's anything like the first, with its crazy weapons and great looking monsters, they could probably stick to the game's roots and please old fans. Another option might be for them to go crazy with the story and offer us a completely new experience.

After the initial testing is over, we may see a lot of buzz around this game as testers talk about their experiences. Whatever the case may be, I'm hopeful Resistance 2 will be a smash success just like the first.
 

PSPSIM: A SamCoupe Emulator for PSP v1.1.0 (SLIM + IR)

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358w ago - Zx-81 has updated PSPSIM today, a SamCoupe emulator for PSP.

Download: PSPSIM v1.1.0 for CFW 3.X / PSPSIM v1.1.0 for FW 1.5

What's new in version 1.1.0:

- IR keyboard support !
- Speed improvement
- New speed limiter function
- Add option to display fps rate
- Now compatible with custom firmwares 3.x and PSP-slim
- Add a simple intro splash screen
- Option to prevent the blue led to be displayed when
L or R are pressed
- New help menu
- Support iso8859-1 fonts in print text functions
(might be useful to translate menus in german, french ...)
- Bug fix and code cleaning
 

Sony exits future Cell development

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358w ago - Japanese electronics giant pulls out of research and production facilities for high-powered processor; ramps investment in image-sensor tech.

The Cell processor has been both a boon and a burden for Sony. The high-octane processor at the heart of the PlayStation 3 has given Sony's console a competitive edge in performance potential for the current generation of gaming hardware. However, its development has also inflicted a significant dent on the Japanese electronics giant's bottom line, costing Sony approximately $1.7 billion alone, according to recent estimates by financial news service Bloomberg.

Last month, Sony confirmed speculation that it would be selling its stake in Cell manufacturing plants to development partner Toshiba. Although financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, Bloomberg reported that the deal will raise $860 million for Sony once final details are arrived upon in March 2008.

This week, Nikkei reports that Sony plans to cease participation in the Cell processor's future iterations. Along with partners IBM and Toshiba, Sony has been researching 32nm and 45nm successors to the Cell processor, which is currently made using a 65nm process--an improvement from the original 90nm process. Sony is currently in negotiations with IBM and Toshiba on the exact date and terms...
 

Memor 32 PS2 savegame software released

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358w ago - The initial build of the savegame software for use with the Memor 32 for PS2 has been released. This software gives Memor 32 owners the ability to manage PS2 savegames present on the card and from a PC. A video is also available below.

Download: Memor32 Savegame Manager v1.0 / Memor32 Drivers




 
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