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Rumor: PS3 Firmware 2.80 Included Cinematic 21:9 TV Support?

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272w ago - According to TheSixthAxis.com (linked above), Sony's recent PS3 Firmware 2.80 Update may have included yet another 'hidden' feature that was not uncovered in the changelog compilation... specifically, Cinematic 21:9 TV support.

To quote: "The first [Register or Login to view links] was unveiled this year and is now available if you've got the cash to splash, and whilst the 2560 x 1080p resolution set sounds like a blessing for movie fans not happy with black bars on their 'regular' widescreen TVs, game developers surely won't pick up the better-than-HD resolution for some time.

That won't stop Sony pushing the actual XMB display out further than 1920 pixels, though - as far as we know HDMI 1.3 - the format used in the PS3 firmware at the moment - can support the resolution just fine and hopefully there's no reason why the PS3's OS can't too."

That being said, Sony has made no comment on this yet so it's essentially speculation until someone with a new ultra wide-screen 21:9 TV can confirm it.
 

Rumor: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves May Be Heading to PSP Go

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272w ago - According to [Register or Login to view links], Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is heading to the PlayStation 3 and PSP Go consoles... the latter just coming to light over the weekend.

A mysterious screenshot was discovered by [Register or Login to view links] from the forthcoming issue of Official PlayStation Magazine, which suggests the reference to Sony's PSP Go Wikipedia entry may indeed be accurate.

For the time being it's being labeled as a rumor though, as this could simply be the Uncharted trailer playing on a PSP Go.

However, the wording above the screenshot "New screen from Unchar... for the..." begs to differ. Of course only official verification from Sony/Naughty Dog will confirm this rumor as true, so as always time will tell.
 

Rumor: Socom 4 and Syphon Filter 5 in Development for PS3

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272w ago - According to the PCB Productions [Register or Login to view links] page, both Socom and Syphon Filter will be getting new PS3 sequels.

To quote: Two franchises from Sony Computer Entertainment, SOCOM and Syphon Filter, will be getting sequels on the PS3, according to the PCB Production Credits page.

The page shows that SOCOM 4 and Syphon Filter 5 are currently in development. SOCOM 4 has no developer listed, while Syphon Filter 5 shows the developer as Sony Bend.

The listings are shown below:

• SOCOM 4 - (motion capture direction) - PLAYSTATION 3 (in development)

• SYPHON FILTER 5 - (Facial Mo-cap) - PLAYSTATION3- SONY BEND
 

Rumor: Full PS3 Backwards Compatibility Only Weeks Away?

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272w ago - Recently it was reported that Sony patented software-based PS2 emulation technology. This got users excited who own 80GB, 40GB and 160GB PS3 consoles without backwards compatability.

Although the article speculated that the upcoming PS3 slim may utilize this technology, today a German Web site has supposedly gained comment from a Sony employee, to quote:

This brings us to the German Web site [Register or Login to view links], which claims to have gained comment from a Sony employee stating that full backwards compatibility is coming to US PS3's as a firmware update in the "next few weeks."

If this rumor is true, it will make many newer PS3 console owners very happy indeed!
 

Rumor: Taiwanese Firms Get PS3 Slim Manufacturing Contracts

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273w ago - Rumor has it that two Taiwanese manufacturing companies have been awarded contracts to build Sony's new streamlined PS3, affectionately known as the PS3 Slim.

To quote: According to [Register or Login to view links], half of the orders have gone to Taiwanese group Foxconn, while the other half has gone to Pegatron.

The units are expected to start shipping in early July "to cope with expected summer vacation demands."

The news has a ring of truth to it, given that the two firms have manufactured the original PS3.

The timing also makes sense, as Japan actually buys most of its game consoles during the summer vacation period (as opposed to the winter holidays in the west).

Assuming the news is true, it would mesh well with the PS3 Slim rumors we've heard so far, most notably that Ars Technica expected the units to hit the market in August or September.
 
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