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Rumor: Sony to Remove HD Downscale on PS3 Slim K Models?

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180w ago - Update: Sony has now confirmed the news via [Register or Login to view links] stating, to quote: "The new CECH-3000 series PS3 requires HDMI only for BD movie output in HD, in compliance with AACS standards, PS3 continues to support component output for HD gaming and streaming content."

Today Kotaku (linked above) reports news of a rumor that Sony may be removing HD downscale for the component output on new 'K' PS3 Slim models making an HDMI cable mandatory for them.

To quote: "A tipster sends us rumored word (and image) of an incoming replacement model for the 160GB PlayStation 3 which brings with it a change in the way some people will hook the console up to their HD television.

The new "K" chassis, which Sony will begin shipping to retailers this week, will require customers to use an HDMI cable to play a game or watch a movie in high definition, according to the tipster. The component out, which on all other models supports high definition video modes, will no longer do so, according to a memo apparently sent around at GameStop today.

All future models of the PS3, the memo continues, will require an HDMI cable for high definition output. Previous models will not...
 

PlayStation Plus Celebrates 1st Birthday with Bonus Months Offer

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182w ago - Today PlayStation Store Director Grace Chen revealed that PlayStation Plus is celebrating its 1st birthday with a limited-time bonus months offer to subscribers.

To quote: We're excited to announce that this week PlayStation Plus celebrates its first birthday!

Over the past year, we've given PlayStation Plus subscribers access to a number of great deals, including free games, huge discounts, full game trials, early beta access as well as additional exclusive features like online game saves and automatic downloads.

To celebrate, for a limited time, we're offering "Birthday Bonus Months" for PlayStation Plus. Starting today, lasting through July 11th, when you purchase a PlayStation Plus 1-year package, you'll get 3 additional months, and gamers who sign up for the 3 month package get 1 additional month.

That's 15 months for the price of 12 (just over $3 per month) or 4 months for the price of 3 (less than $5 per month). There's no better time to sign up for PlayStation Plus and take advantage of these birthday savings!

So just what are the benefits that PlayStation Plus subscribers have gained that you won't want to miss out on? In its first year alone, PlayStation Plus has offered access to:

• More than 50 Free Games
 

Video: Beyond Good & Evil HD is Coming to PSN Next Week

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183w ago - Ubisoft PR Coordinator Alex Monney has posted up a video trailer today and confirmed that Beyond Good & Evil HD is coming to PSN next week.

To quote: The time has almost come for you to join Jade on her quest to uncover a planet-wide alien conspiracy. For those of you that are new to Beyond Good & Evil, you will be able to partake in a hidden gem that 1UP says is "still a treasure today."

For the veterans of the series, you'll experience the best version of Beyond Good & Evil HD that we have to offering, including updated visuals and audio. Still don't believe me?! Well, check out our new trailer including a handful of our favorite review quotes:

As a quick reminder, we will be offering two free PlayStation Network avatars for all purchasers who pick up [Register or Login to view links] within the first two weeks of launch. I personally will be switching my avatar to Pey'j (he's a pig with a wrench... what's not to like?!).





Keep your eyes out for Beyond Good & Evil HD to hit the PlayStation Network next Tuesday for $9.99.
 

Video: Scott Rohde Answers PS Vita Questions from E3 2011

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183w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein has made available an E3 2011 video today featuring Scott Rohde answering some common PS Vita questions from fans.

To quote: The most talked-about PlayStation product out of E3 was, and continues to be, PS Vita. Yes, the hardware is impressive - especially at the starting price of $249 dollars.

But - as is always the case - it's all about the games. Fortunately, Vita looks set to launch with a plethora of big names and innovative indie games.

Who's responsible for ensuring an awesome PS Vita launch lineup? People like Scott Rohde, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Studios Product Development at SCEA.

In our E3 interview, Scott Rohde talks about the making of Vita and the flexibility of the platform. It's safe to say that fans of traditional button-and-analog-stick controls will be satisfied, all while incorporating innovative new interfaces like the back touch panel.





I've got to say, I love working for a company where a senior vice president doesn't wear a suit. Like, ever.
 

Scogger HD PlayStation 3 Homebrew Game is Now Available

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183w ago - Today PlayStation 3 developer Scognito has released what he calls Scogger HD, a PS3 homebrew version of the popular Frogger video game.

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From his site: New graphics for my latest console: PlayStation 3! Rules of the game are the same as other ports: frog can jump forward, left, right (not backward) and the goal is to jump over all the leaf of the level.

There are 10 levels, out of 100 random ones

Controls:

• Move the frog with arrow keys
• Restart level with Circle button

Scogger 0.1 for PS3 Changelog:

• First and last version
• New fantastic graphics in HD thanks to SpriteAttack!

Thanks to SDL library I ported the original game on PC in a breeze, then I started changing every single image, add some sort of animation and writing some sort of animation code, tweaking with frames, rewrite menu code, polishing the trash code... so I did 90% of the work PC side. Porting it over on PS3 was (almost) straightforward.
 
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