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Sega Leak Reveals PSN to Bring PS2 & DreamCast Games to PS3

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252w ago - According to Edge Online (linked above), Sega has leaked a confidential [Register or Login to view links] (removed now) of a meeting with SCEA held in August by accidently uploading it to their public FTP site.

Among other things, the document states a March 2010 release for Sony's new Motion Controller in Japan with the ambition of selling 4-5 million units world-wide. No Prices or Bundles are mentioned though, yet.

Furthermore, and for many of you maybe even more interesting, the document states that Sony wants to introduce a PS2 emulator for the PS3, allowing them to sell DreamCast games and "all PS2 titles on PSN".

Unfortunately it doesn't mention any further details or the possibility to play PS2 game discs.

To quote: We've contacted Sony and Sega for comment and have reprinted the document in question in its entirety below:

SCEA Meeting Aug 5th Notes
Aug 6 2009 - DRAFT FOR COMMENTS

Objectives of Meeting
Dyer agreed to regular quarterly meetings with SOA

Sony PS3
• SCEA reiterated plans to sell 13 million PS3s this year
• Big announcement back half of year they can't talk about (potentially price cut of PS3 to reach hardware...
 

Rumor: PSP Firmware 6.00 Reveals Existence of 8 PSP Models

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253w ago - There are four PSP models right now- the 1000, 2000, 3000 and the soon-to-be-released PSPGo.

Rumor has it that Sony may be planning to release at least eight different PSP model revisions according to PSPGen (linked above).

While investigating PSP Firmware 6.00, apparently an index_0xg.dat file in it can load from _01g to _08g... which may mean support for eight versions.

Of course this isn't concrete evidence as the modules could simply be associated with prototype or debug versions, but don't be surprised if we end up seeing another PSP revision next year.
 

Sony Reveals PS Home Update Details and a Virtual Pet at CEDEC

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255w ago - At CEDEC 2009, Sony Home developer Masami Kando revealed that a future update will enable users to load up the PlayStation Store directly from Home.

This will allow you to do things such as downloading demos from PlayStation Home via PlayStation Store and playing online with friends.

[Register or Login to view links] also shows images of a new virtual pet robot (pictured below) for PlayStation Home which looks like an old television set. The robot's reaction can change (smiling/frowning) depending on the user's current situation.

To quote: "One demo focused on synchronized playback of multimedia content. The player was able to access a virtual media player whose menu contained listings for real net radio and pod casts.

Additionally, the player's virtual Bravia set was made to show commercials. In both instances, users were able to enjoy the content with their friends.

Another demo, which was developed in five days, showed a cute (?) pet robot walking about a player's room. The player could scold the robot to make it calm down (and then get angry), call out to the robot to make it come close, and do other activities that one might do with a pet.

Kando pointed out that this system allows for single players...
 

nDreams Reveals Pirate Galleon PlayStation Home Space

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256w ago - A few weeks ago nDreams (the Xi Team) hinted that they were working on some new PlayStation Home spaces.

Today, Patrick O'Luanaigh's [Register or Login to view links] account revealed one of their next projects, titled Pirate Galleon.

Below is an image for the upcoming Home space, and to quote:

"Argh. Our server just went down.... seems the pirate shot was quite popular "

"Preview of an exciting forthcoming nDreams Home space ONLY on this Twitter feed next week... *drum roll*"
 

Sales Ad Reveals XBox 360 Elite Drops to $299 on September 1st

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257w ago - As previously reported, today the sales ads for the first week of September at Walmart, Gamestop and Meijer show the Xbox 360 Elite priced at $299 and replacing the current Pro SKU which Microsoft is phasing out.

[Register or Login to view links] has managed to get a leaked photo of the Walmart ad as you can see below.

To quote: "In a move obviously designed to offset Sony's recent PS3 redesign and price drop, the $299 price point will take effect on the same day as the new PS3 launches - September 1st. The Arcade SKU will remain at $199."

Expect an official Microsoft announcement soon...
 
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