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Official Confirmation: PS3 Firmware 2.36 coming soon; 2.40 to offer In-game XMB and Trophies

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326w ago - After weeks of rumored PS3 Firmware 2.40 coming and the recently rumored intermediate 2.36 update, today we finally have official confirmation straight from Eric Lempel (Director, PlayStation Network Operations) as follows:

A new PLAYSTATION 3 firmware update (v2.36) will be launching soon, improving system stability when playing select PlayStation format software titles.

We're also happy to officially report that the 2.40 system software update for PS3 will include "XMB" access in-game. The update will also include "trophies," an exciting new feature that we'll be providing more details on soon, as well as some other new enhancements.

We've talked about some of this on the blog previously and know that many of you can't wait to get your hands on these features. You can expect us to share all of the official details shortly.
 

Sony: PSP Firmware 4.00 Update Hitting Soon

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327w ago - PlayStation Network director Eric Lempel has announced that firmware 4.00 for the PSP will be released "soon."

The main highlight of the update, according to Lempel, will be the addition of an in-XMB internet search powered by Google. The search function can retain a history of up to 20 searches.

Additionally, the update will allow users to change the viewing speed of movies played from your Memory Stick Pro Duo. Essentially, you'll be able to slow down or fast forward playback by hitting up or down on the PSP's d-pad while playing a video.

Not a bad update by any means, but we can't help but feel slightly disappointed with the lack of any new major functionality. Where's the built-in PS Store for PSP, Sony? :P
 

XCM 1080p Mega-Cool VGA Box Coming Soon!

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328w ago - This morning we received word from the nice folks over at www.XCM.cc of their upcoming XCM 1080p Mega-Cool VGA Box (pictured below).

Features include the following:

- Supports PC video display resolutions up to UXGA (1600 x 1200 @ 75 Hz) or HD TV (up to 1920 x 1080)
- Supports 480i, 576i 480p,576p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p
- Transfer pictures from Game Cube, PS 2, Xbox, PSP slim, Wii , Xbox 360,PS3 consoles that can be displayed on a PC monitor (up to 1600 x 1200) or HD TV (up to 1920 x 1080)
- Supports SDTV, HDTV, XGA, SXGA, and UXGA video formats.
- Works on both PAL & NTSC system.
- Plug and play installation.
- Connect compatible YPbPr device to your VGA monitor Integrated YPbPr to RGBHV converter
- Applications: TFT LCD monitor, CRT monitor, Set-top box, Display projector
- Works on LCD TFT monitors
- Video output: VGA
- Automatic video source mode detection (film/graphic)
- Motion-adaptive interfiled de-interlacing
- Use the power from USB port, no extra power supply needed
 

PSP Needs to Act Soon, or it's Game Over

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328w ago - The PlayStation Portable handheld gaming system was first released in the United States on March 24, 2005, after being released in Japan the previous December. More importantly, the PSP found its way into my hands on December 25, 2007, in its second form, the PSP Slim/Lite.

I quickly invested days into the Internet, scouring for the greatest homebrew software that would enhance my portable system without corrupting and reducing it to its useless "brick" form. Half a year later, my PSP now acts as my GPS, a tutor in three different languages (French, Italian, German), a soon-to-be cell phone replacement (the wonders of Skype are highly underrated), and a digital photo album; not to mention a port of PC's SCUMMVM, allowing me to relive all my Monkey Island fan service memories.

More surprising than the device's versatility, was the fact that I seemed to be the only one in my city to have one. Sure, on a rare occasion I would spot another user on the bus and be struck with an immediate sense of brotherhood, but for every PSP packed into a student's backpack or stuffed against a row of textbooks atop a dorm headboard, there were ten DS's of various color schemes floating around.

The idea of the Playstation Portable just doesn't seem to appeal to the core markets in which it is supposed...
 

PS3 Trophies coming via PSN as soon as June?

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331w ago - What with the continual delay for Sony's Playstation Home, the latest rumblings from the industry, and a mysterious report from Sony's inner circle confirms that we may be about to see a new PSN update for the inclusion of Xbox style achievements, through the form of Trophies.

According to this report, 2D trophies located on the PS3's XMB may launch this June with firmware version 2.4 (which should also introduce in-game XMB access). These trophies are reportedly different to the 3D ones set to feature in Home later this year.

Another report over on Kotaku substantiates the claim somewhat. It points to a Sony fact sheet about upcoming PSN title PixelJunk Eden, which shows that one of the game's "key features" will be "Trophy Support", although it's unclear exactly what this is.

This news may be of certain interest to many consumers interested in the rise of MGS4 next month, to coincide with a new update perhaps for in-game achievements. We will have to wait for June 12th to find out.
 
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