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New Nintendo DS to Feature Built-In Camera and Music Playback

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311w ago - According to a report from Japan's Nikkei business daily via Reuters, Nintendo is planning to launch an updated Nintendo DS model by the end of 2008. Among other options, the new model is expected to feature a built-in camera along with support for the playback of music files.

To quote: Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co Ltd plans to launch a new model of its DS handheld machine that can take pictures and play music by the end of the year, the Nikkei business daily said on Sunday.

The move would pit the top-selling portable game gear with Apple Inc iPod and camera-embedded cellphones in general.

The price for the new machine, which will also be equipped with advanced wireless communications functions, is expected to be below 20,000 yen ($189) in Japan, compared with 16,800 yen for the current model, the Nikkei said.

The Wii game console and DS have been Nintendo's twin growth engines, helping its share price to grow more than three-fold over the past three years.

The DS far outsells Sony Corp's rival machine, PlayStation Portable (PSP), globally.

But in Japan, the PSP's unit sales exceeded the DS's in five consecutive months through July, according to game magazine publisher Enterbrain, in a potential sign of slowing momentum for the current DS model.
 

Video: GC 2008 - VidZone Music Streaming on PS3

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317w ago - Here's a direct-feed video of VidZone, how it will look and work on the PS3. VidZone is a free Music Video streaming service for PS3 and PSP (via remote play).

The video is available below, courtesy of gaffyh at GameTrailers.

The caption reads as follows: "Direct feed video of VidZone, how it will look and work on the PS3. VidZone is a free Music Video streaming service for PS3 and PSP (via remote play).

Shown at Sony's GC 2008 keynote." Enjoy!



 

Sony gives PS3 Music Peripheral Compatibility Update

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317w ago - SCEA's Michael Shorrock has confirmed that for the past few months they have been working very closely with the likes of Neversoft, Activision, Harmonix and Konami in order to ensure PS3 guitars and drum sets all feature a basic level of gameplay compatibility. So for example, Gutar Hero: World Tour's guitars and drums will work with Rock Band 2 and Rock Revolution software!

To quote: For the past several months, we have been working closely with Neversoft and Activision, Harmonix and Konami to ensure that PlayStation 3 guitars and drum sets will all feature a basic level of gameplay compatibility.

For the most part, this means that the titles with musical peripherals will work with the other's software. A few specific examples include: Guitar Hero: World Tour's guitars and drums will work with Rock Band 2 and Konami's Rock Revolution software.

And yes, you guessed it, Rock Band 2's guitar and drum set will work with Guitar Hero: World Tour and with Rock Revolution.

Conversely, Rock Revolution's drum set will work with both Guitar Hero: World Tour and Rock Band 2.

In addition, Guitar Hero: World Tour and Rock Band 2 will both support the SingStar microphones.

We're still working hard to ensure compatibility between the Guitar Hero and...
 

2.40 In-Game XMB Music Access revealed in latest PSBlog update?

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325w ago - The latest Official PlayStation Blog entry may have revealed In-Game XMB Music Access, relating to the ongoing question that is "In-Game XMB Access - Will it have Music?"

On the PlayStation Blog, it lists the Burnout Paradise patch update content. To quote:

Plus heaps more, including:
- 1080i support for PlayStation 3 owners with "almost HD" sets
- Improved Standard Definition rendering for PlayStation 3
- Support for Custom Soundtracks on PlayStation 3

One thing stood out from the others.. "Support for Custom Soundtracks on PlayStation 3"

This could mean a couple of things, either each game will have it's own in game custom soundtracks, or Sony have succeeded in making In-Game XMB Music possible by just having the developer update the game to make the game compatible with the PS3's system & settings.

Of course I could be wrong, but I try to stick to the optimistic, rumor boosting, speculative side. My verdict? Yeah, it will. 2.40 will add In-Game XMB Music accessible through a PS3 version music player.
 

PSP Music PRX Plug-In for 3.90 M33 Custom Firmware out!

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333w ago - Cpasjuste has released an update to Music PRX, a Custom Firmware plug-in originally written by Joek that allows users to playback music files when playing a UMD game, running a homebrew application, and even while browsing the XMB.

As the article title implies, the update brings complete support for 3.90 M33 series Firmware to the table. No other significant changes were made in this release.

Download: PSP Music PRX Plug-In for 3.90 M33 CFW
 
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