153w ago - Update #2: GeoHot has now released GeoHot_1st.self (first signed PS3 homebrew on Firmware 3.55) and Lv2diag.self (also Lv2diag.elf in ELF format) stating the following: "...and this is a real self, hello world although it's not NPDRM, so it won't run off the hard drive. shouts to the guys who did PSL1GHT. without you, I couldn't release this. first piece of homebrew you can run, put in service mode, put on usb stick, boot."
Next up, Ifcaro has released PUPView BETA, to quote roughly translated: "PUPView is a GUI application used to view and extract the contents of the PUP update files for the PlayStation 3. At the moment it will only permit you to extract, but I also have plans to simplify the creation of new PUP files thanks to the new keys released "
In other PS3 hacking news today, KaKaRoToKs has released a PS3 PUP Packing Tool, a PS3 OFW to CFW Script and Fix_TAR...
154w ago - Sony Senior Product Marketing Manager Stephanie Yoshimoto has confirmed that GT Academy starts today alongside an announcement of some new expansion features for Gran Tusismo 5 PS3.
To quote: Round 1 of GT Academy, the ground-breaking competition that will turn one Gran Turismo 5 player into a professional race car driver, is now open!
If you haven't heard about GT Academy, it's an online competition within GT5 that takes the top 32 players in the United States, based on time trial events, to a national finals event where they will compete for one of 16 spots in the GT Academy boot camp.
At the boot camp, the finalists' strength, stamina, mental agility, and driving skills will be pushed to the limits and beyond. Only one champion will ultimately go on to train to become a professional race driver and compete in a real endurance race.
This unique competition will be documented in a GT Academy reality show that will air on the SPEED channel and PlayStation Network.
Round 1 is now open and runs through January 23, 2011. To enter, register at the GT Web site, then...
155w ago - According to Andriasang.com (linked above), as a special holiday gift for GT5 racers worldwide Sony will be offering three downloadable cars for Gran Turismo 5 PS3 owners in time for Christmas along with upgrading a few standard cars to premium status.
The three cars are the Lamborghini Murcielago LP 640, the BMW M3 Coupe, and the Jaguar-XJ13, which will hit PlayStation Store from December 24 to January 31 for fans to grab.
To quote: "Owners of the recent racer can look forward to three free downloadable cars: the Lamborghini Murcielago LP 640, the BMW M3 Coupe, and the Jaguar-XJ13. These cars have seen design arrangements by Polyphony and fall under the 'Chrome Line' series.
The cars will be distributed through PlayStation Store from December 24 through January 31. Anyone with GT5 will be able to make the download for free."
155w ago - Today world-renowned classical Pianist Lang Lang has shared details on recording the Gran Turismo 5 PS3 soundtrack, as follows:
Gran Turismo is my absolute favorite racing game - the speed, combined with the realism of the graphics and the sound, really gets my heart pumping.
My schedule gets really crazy, and it feels great to just be able to relax and enter this thrilling world of car racing.
I was so excited to be asked to perform music for the soundtrack. Combining music and technology has always been something I'm passionate about, and this was the perfect opportunity.
It might seem incongruous at first - classical music and video games - but the more we delved into what we could do with the music, the more excited I got.
Classical music reflects the same passion and intensity as racing, and hearing these musical pieces that have stood the test of time for centuries brings a whole new element to sensation of racing.
When I recorded the music for GT5 in the studio, I felt like I was racing on the track - it was really thrilling. I'm sure this music will bring more passion and excitement to the game when you play too.