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Revamped PlayStation Store Demoed, New Firmware April 15

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341w ago - Sony have released a video demonstrating the newly redesigned PlayStation Store, set to launch later this month.

The clean new look certainly makes the store easier to navigate, and the ability to watch video previews of PSN titles straight from within the store is icing on the cake.

In other PS3 related news, the upcoming 2.30 firmware will feature support for DTS-HD Master Audio. The update is due out on April 15 worldwide.



 

PS3 Debug/TEST Flash Dumped!!

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341w ago - Earlier last week, one of the PS3 Devs sent his PS3 Debug/TEST unit off to another resident Dev (who also successfully did a PS3 Retail Flash dump early last year) to have the PS3 Flash dumped.

Well, it has been done! In an amazing feat taking all of 10 minutes, Courier pulled the two PS3 NAND Flash chips from the PS3 TEST and dumped them. Nothing like a hot air rework station in the hands of a professional!

So, the PS3 TEST Flash has been dumped! We also had a chance to do a preliminary analysis on it as we have seen and catalogued nearly 15 seperate PS3 Retail Flash dumps- and there is only (1) constant string in the section we are examining in all of them.

But in the PS3 TEST, it differs!!

More information will be posted soon, but the plan is now to replace said data on a Retail PS3 system, and by doing so modifying its identity to pass the update verification so that Debug/TEST Firmware can be installed on it... along with all the goodies it allows of course.
 

Microsoft releases X-Box 360 HD DVD Firmware Update

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341w ago - In a surprising move, Microsoft has released a new Firmware Update for the X-Box 360 HD DVD player, which will automatically download the next time users watch an HD DVD movie.

The new update includes "compatibility improvements" for specific HD DVD titles as well as "additional support for network features," according to a post by X-Box Live's Larry Hryb in his official blog.

The update is widely expected to be the last Firmware Update for any HD DVD player. In fact, it comes as quite a surprise that an update was released at all, as Microsoft officially disowned the fallen format last month.

It is also peculiar to see additional network support as one of the updates, because most movie studios have stopped supporting online features on their HD DVD discs.

The update is available now from the X-Box 360 console and will also be posted on XBox.com "later this week," said Hryb.
 

Pay and Play: Step up for Nintendo WFC, or crash and burn?

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341w ago - GDC 08 was a nice place for some little announcements for Nintendo. Around GDC, Nintendo announced official release dates for Wii Fit and WiiWare. They also announced another interesting feature...

Nintendo Pay and Play is a new feature that will likely go on a game by game basis. Games that feature the blue Nintendo WiFi Connection logo will support free online play. Games with the Red WiFi logo will support Pay and Play.

Of course, this was all announced a couple of months ago, and everyone likely knows about it. But lets take a look at the the good features that could come from Pay and Play, as well as the possible bad features.

When many gamers read about the announcements for Pay and Play, many were instantly frustrated on how Nintendo said they would support a free online service, but is now going to make them pay. I instantly thought of the good things that can come from Pay and Play. First off, no more friend codes! Nintendo said that Pay and Play games will have more features then regular WiFi games.

Could we be saying good bye to friend codes for a while? It is possible. Of course, it would mean that maybe we would get a specific name of some sort for each game, and wouldn't have the same friends list for all games, but it would be a step up from friend codes.
 

Future PS3 Firmware to Support Managed Copy

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341w ago - We know that a future PlayStation 3 firmware update will enable Portable Copy, a feature that will allow users to copy a downsampled version of certain Blu-ray titles over to their PSP for portable viewing.

But in a recent interview with Japanese site Impress Watch, Sony engineers revealed that an upcoming firmware update will also bring support for Managed Copy.

With Managed Copy, PS3 owners will be able to pop-in a Blu-ray disc and legally rip it straight to their PS3's hard drive. Additionally, future updates are expected to bring 1080 deinterlacing and DTS-HD MA support to the console. A release window for the new features was not given.

On the subject of Firmware 2.20, one of the engineers said that the forthcoming update will greatly reduce system memory usage.

Without a doubt, this is great news for developers and likely means that Sony is paving the way for in-game XMB.
 
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