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Sony ACGi '09 Document Reveals PS3 OS Footprint Slash to 50MB

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267w ago - Today PlayStationUniversity.com (linked above) reports that a Sony Computer Entertainment Europe [Register or Login to view links] [PDF] has made its way to the Internet from the All-Russian Conference on Game Industry (ACGi) 2009.

It reveals, among other interesting things, that the PS3's OS footprint has again been slashed down to 50MB in the latest PS3 Firmware revision.

As mentioned previously, back in PS3 Firmware 1.80 the PS3's memory footprint was reduced to 74MB.

The document also outlines PlayStation Development Resources, Architecture of the PlayStation 3, Case Studies for both PSP / PS3 and Advanced Programming... definitely a good read at 86 slides long!
 

Sony Reveals the PS3 Slim System Could Have Been Smaller

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268w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment Inc's Masayuki Chatani revealed to [Register or Login to view links] in a recent interview that the PS3 could have been even smaller if they left the power supply on the outside.

However, if they had done this there would have been issues with transport and easy use. The obvious question: Would you prefer the PlayStation 3 Slim to be even smaller with an external PSU, or is it fine with an internal one?

To quote: "It was pretty tough to squeeze a power-hungry piece of equipment like the PS3, drawing up to 250W, into a case this small, complete with power supply.

I think it's a very advanced design, and am really proud of the engineers who achieved it.

True, the case could have been made even smaller if we'd left the power supply on the outside, but that would have imposed restrictions on transport and use, making it harder to use freely."
 

Sony's PS3 Motion Controller Wand Patent Reveals Attachments

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269w ago - A recent [Register or Login to view links] filed by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. has revealed what are believed to be some attachments for Sony's upcoming Motion Controller Wand PS3 accessory.

To quote: "The patent for an "Expandable Control Device Via Hardware Attachment" touches on a number of control options. According to details from the patent, Sony's motion controller may offer the option to join two motion control units together lengthwise or in an H-shape.

And as pictured above, a unique, secondary controller attachment may offer a solution to the one DualShock in one hand, one motion controller in the other hand scheme seen at Sony's Tokyo Game Show press conference.

Other potentially interesting add-on possibilities are attachments shaped like a baseball bat, a the business end of a flashlight and a rattle-like sphere that's very maraca like.

Perhaps more interesting is a...
 

Ubisoft Reveals Assassin's Creed 2 DLC Packs to Arrive in 2010

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269w ago - Ubisoft has already started work on DLC for Assassin's Creed 2, with two packs set to arrive on Sony's PS3 and Microsoft's XBox 360 in 2010.

Two DLC plans have been revealed so far, the Battle of Forli (most likely deals with the town being seized by Cesare Borgia in 1499), and the Bonfire of the Vanities (supporters of the church would congregate and burn possessions that were associated with vanity).

For those of you who have finished the game, you know that a couple of main memory blocks are missing. These two DLC packages will most likely fill in those two spots.

No pricing has been announced yet, but Ubisoft has stated that each piece of DLC will be over 1 Gig, so you can expect these additions to be quite lengthy.
 

Amazon Listing Reveals Yakuza 3 is Coming to PS3 in March 2010

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270w ago - A few months back it was reported that Yakuza 3 may be making it's way to US and European markets for Sony's PS3 console.

Today, a listing on German site [Register or Login to view links] reveals Yakuza 3 is heading to PlayStation 3 in March, 2010 with a retail price of €62.99.

[Register or Login to view links] attempted to confirm this news, however, their Sega rep simply stated "No comment from me, I'm afraid" so only time will tell.

To quote: "A current listing on Amazon suggests the game may see release in March 2010. The listing is from Amazon.de which would mean it's in Germany.

Previously, the site did have all the PS3 Slim information up a couple weeks prior to a formal announcement by Sony, so this could be another misstep by Amazon.

With Sega hinting at a possible release out of Japan via PSN before the TGS, a Spring 2010 release is quite feasible."
 
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