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Skype Confirmed For PSP!

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364w ago - Following reports of the service being mentioned in firmware code, it looks like the popular voice-over-IP service known as Skype is indeed coming to PSP. Sony's official CES 2008 page states the following:

Call friends, talk trash to fellow gamers or catch up with acquaintances via Skype for PSP system.

No word on when Skype is coming to PSP, but we should hear more on this very anticipated functionality soon.
 

Portable VNC v1.2.7 for PSP released!

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364w ago - Zx-81 has released a minor bug fix update to Portable VNC for PSP. Portable VNC enables users to remotely access their PC desktop via the PSP.

Version 1.2.7 is a bug fix release that improves compatibility with IR keyboards and 3.X kernel-based Firmware. The changelog is detailed below:

Download: Portable VNC v1.2.7 for CFW / Portable VNC v1.2.7 for FW 1.5

What's new in version 1.2.7:

+ Fix issue with fw3x (not enough heap memory)
+ Fix issue with irkeyboard (linked with latest version)
 

The Latest on Quantic’s Heavy Rain

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364w ago - Not much is known about Quantic Dream's latest project, entitled Heavy Rain. All the info thats been released on it thus far is a trailer called "The Casting" and a movie poster - neither of which are even necessarily representative of what the game will actually be.

While details on the actual game are fuzzy, Quantic Dream has been more liberal when talking about the technical aspects behind the game. In all of their previous projects, Quantic Dream has aimed at achieving a theatrical experience that could compete at the same level as a Hollywood production. They have always put strong emphasis on using motion capturing technology , which they believe delivers the best sense of realism. Over the years, they went from working with outsourcing studios to developing a specialized in house motion capturing system. With Heavy Rain, they've further upgraded their motion capturing system, able to capture even small facial movements.

What this means is that Quantic Dream has moved beyond just needing motion capture actors - they need real actors, people capable of delivering a Hollywood quality performance. Thus, Quantic Dream has been in contact with several A ranked actors, most notably Leonardo Di Caprio. Heavy Rain could very well set the bar for theatrical performances in video games.

As...
 

5 PS3 predictions for 2008

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364w ago - Disclaimer: None of these predictions were made by Miss Cleo.

Every year, PSP Fanboy made predictions on what will happen in the year ahead. So far, they've been quite successful with many of their visions of the future coming true. Now, we'll have some fun with the PS3. Here's what we're seeing in our crystal ball ...

PS3 Prediction #1: Warner Bros. will go Blu-ray exclusive.
Rumors have been quite persistent about this major movie studio's upcoming HD plans. With Blu-ray consistently outpacing HD DVD sales, we believe that Warner Bros. will finally feel the need to choose one format over the other. Of course, Toshiba's more than willing to get its moneybags ready for HD DVD. The war will still continue through 2008.

PS3 Prediction #2: A new color for PS3 will be introduced.
Expect some sexy new colors for PS3, many of which won't appear in the US. Our European and Japanese friends will get special skinned systems for high profile games, like Metal Gear Solid. America may introduce a new premium bundle in White that includes an even larger hard drive and a hotly anticipated game.

PS3 Prediction #3: Video rental service will begin this year.
Sony will finally allow PS3 fans to download movies from the PS Store later this year. However, just like Xbox Live, the...
 

That’s ONE way to sell PS3 Controllers

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364w ago - The other night, Lono and I had to make a late night run to Walmart to get some medicine for his daughter, and while he was searching for the right medicinal concoction, this caught my eye.

Can you guess what it is you are looking at? Here's a closer shot of the hilarity, after the jump.

Obviously Microsoft is paying big money for these endcap displays, and I can't help but feel they might have a problem with this. Alex and I have decided that at least one misguided parent or relative, is going to see the Xbox logo, and pick up a controller for the wrong system.

Given the sales numbers for the PS3, I can't guess I blame Walmart for doing ANYTHING to unload all of those extra Sixaxis Controllers.

Seriously though, this is why I never ask a Walmart representative about a new game. It would be like asking a homeless person for their opinion on adjustable rate mortgages.

In any event, when we pointed out the problem with the display, a store representative told us that they came from Microsoft that way. Somehow.... I just really doubt that.
 
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