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Rumor: Sony PSP2 to Feature a Touch-Screen and Two Cameras

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217w ago - Following up on our previous article, today VG247.com (linked above) has reported that Sony's upcoming PSP2 will feature a touch-screen and two cameras.

As part of their E3 2010 reveal, the following details have currently surfaced on the PlayStation Portable 2, to quote:

• Multiple British sources have confirmed that PSP2 NDAs have been in place at publishers and developers for many months.
• PSP2 has two cameras, one forward and one backward facing.
• It has a touch-screen, but apparently it has retained the trademark physical PlayStation buttons.
• UK sources were previously working towards a "2010″ release. This is now "2011″.
• One source would be "amazed" if there was any kind of physical media involved. We've been told it "could" be 3G-enabled, as opposed to the WiFi-only PSP go. This bit was sketchy.
• Multiple PSP2 games are being made in Britain right now. Some have even already been canned.
• There have been "finished units" in the UK, but we haven't spoken to anyone that's seen a final case.
• When asked directly about reveal timing, one source said, "If the games were aiming for end 2010, beginning...
 

PS3 Firmware 3.21 Coming April 1st, Disables OtherOS Feature!

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224w ago - Today Sony's Sr. Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media Patrick Seybold has confirmed that PS3 Firmware update 3.21 is coming on April 1, 2010 and will disable the OtherOS feature!

To quote: The next system software update for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) system will be released on April 1, 2010 (JST), and will disable the "Install Other OS" feature that was available on the PS3 systems prior to the current slimmer models, launched in September 2009.

This feature enabled users to install an operating system, but due to security concerns, Sony Computer Entertainment will remove the functionality through the 3.21 system software update.

In addition, disabling the "Other OS" feature will help ensure that PS3 owners will continue to have access to the broad range of gaming and entertainment content from SCE and its content partners on a more secure system.

Consumers and organizations that currently use the "Other OS" feature can choose not to upgrade their PS3 systems, although the following features will no longer be available;

• Ability to sign in to PlayStation Network and use network features that require signing in to PlayStation Network,...
 

Just Cause 2 Video Capture Feature is Exclusive to PlayStation 3

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233w ago - Square Enix London Studios Communications Manager Gareth Ramsey has announced today that Just Cause 2 for PS3 will feature video capture functionality that is exclusive to Sony's PlayStation 3 entertainment system.

To quote: This week we've some fantastic Just Cause 2 news for PlayStation players and not just that it's now only two months until release!

Nope, this week we can reveal that - exclusive to the PS3 - players will be able to capture their favourite moments of mayhem and destruction in Just Cause 2 using a unique, in-built video capture function. Capture, view and share via [Register or Login to view links] your craziest stunts, your most over-the-top grapple kills or your moments of sheer jaw-dropping awesomeness that leave you and your audience lost for words!

If ever there was a game screaming out for video capture, it was Just Cause 2. The freedom given by the game to mess around in the over 1000Km of game world gives you the power to pull-off some of the most incredible Hollywood-style stunts ever seen in a videogame.

Whether surfing commercial airliners, freefalling from exploding jet fighters into fortified enemy bases or 'grapple jumping' from helicopter to helicopter (you've got to try this!), Just Cause 2 has moments you'll...
 

Rock Band 2 PS3 Software Update, Fan Feature Requests Added

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235w ago - Today Rock Band 2 Lead Designer Dan Teasdale has announced that a new Rock Band 2 PS3 software update is on the way that includes some long-awaited fan feature requests.

To quote: I'm proud to announce that the Rock Band team has finalized a software update for Rock Band 2 on the PlayStation 3 that addresses some common feature requests from our fans.

We've also added some great new functionality that we think you'll be excited to try out when the software update arrives this Thursday.

This update wouldn't be possible without the feedback and suggestions that we receive from everyone in both the [Register or Login to view links] and PlayStation communities. Everybody here at Harmonix takes your [Register or Login to view links] and suggestions to heart, and we wouldn't be able to make our games as awesome as they are without all of the feature requests and feedback that we get from you on a daily basis.

So from all of us here at Harmonix, thank you, and please keep letting us know what you'd like to see in future updates and games!

This update includes:

• "Sort by Stars" in Quickplay. If you hit the "Sort" button on the Song Select screen, you'll come to a brand new sort...
 

UHD: Ultra-High Definition TV to Feature 7680 x 4320 Pixels

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244w ago - This holiday season most will be trying to replace their DVD players with Blu-ray and their nice plasma flatscreens with HDTVs.

However, the industry already is worrying about the market for UHD – Ultra-High Definition.

Apparently, UHD will debut in the next five to 10 years, but is expected to take a long time before it reaches a "critical mass," deemed to be taking up residence in 5 percent of households globally, according to market research firm In-Stat.

To quote: UHD will come in two resolution levels: 7680 x 4320 pixels (8K) and 3840 x 2160 pixels (4K) and provide four to 16 times the resolution of Blu-ray or 1080p high-def. And "22.2 multichannel three-dimensional sound."

In-Stat's study concluded that high resolution digital cinema would drive consumers to UHDTVs so they could experience the same quality on their home television sets and that broadcasters would start providing content in the lower-resolution UHD by 2017 and the high-resolution technology by 2022. The market in Europe is expected to hit 5 percent penetration by 2021 and then zip up to more than 28 percent by 2025.

Ultra HDTV Requirements:

•Ultra HDTV requires 300Mb/second transmissions using a compressed image at 24 FPS, while 60 FPS will require a new compression system...
 
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