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Is This PlayStation 3 Too Dusty To Be Repaired Under Warranty?

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354w ago - We now have pictures of the Playstation 3 that Sony refused to repair under warranty because the unit was too dusty.

Sony originally claimed that the pictures would not be released without a subpoena, and that the dust presented a threat to their technician's health that could only be alleviated if our tipster paid $150.

After our posts, Sony abruptly reversed course and released the pictures to our tipster. Sony's letter, the pictures, and our poll below:

Thank you for contacting us regarding our Warranty policy as it pertains to the condition of your PLAYSTATION 3 console.

After consultation with legal counsel, SCEA has determined that the photographs of your console as returned to our service center are neither confidential nor private. Consequently, we may lawfully release these photographs to you. Because the photographs are not confidential, we may also release them to media who inquire about your recent Internet postings concerning the console.

Regards,

Cindie Smith
Sr. Manager Technical Support, eService & Security
Sony Computer Entertainment America
Consumer Services Department
 

K-Mart shoppers take 20% off PS3 hardware

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354w ago - Select K-Mart stores this week began to honor a 20 percent off coupon for Sony Corp.'s Playstation 3 hardware at brick and mortar locations.

Members of deal website Fatwallet.com this week confirmed that the coupon could apply to the latest Playstation hardware to provide a substantial discount to either the 40GB or 80GB SKU.

The coupon is a valid for one week between Nov. 11 and Nov. 17 on one item in the store.

The 40GB PS3, which features built-in Wi-Fi and a copy of Spider-Man 3 on Blu-ray disc, typically retails for $399. The 80GB version, which features limited backwards compatibility, is sold for $499.

Sony released the 40GB PS3 this month to spur sales at U.S. retail. The $399 option is the lowest-priced SKU to date and will likely attract buyers to the hardware and Blu-ray disc technology this holiday.

Sony last month said that losses caused by the PS3 game console may near $1 billion, an increase from a prior estimate of $876 million.

The company in Oct. recorded a 96.7 billion yen loss in the game division that was offset by a quarterly profit from strong electronics sales.
 

No Geometry Wars sequel next week

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354w ago - I'm sure most of you heard the rumor that a popular franchise on Xbox Live Arcade would be receiving a sequel next week to celebrate the 100th XBLA release. The game which came into a lot of gamers minds was a Geometry Wars sequel.

We went straight to the source in Bizarre Creations "community and web lead" Ben Ward to see what his thoughts were on this rumor.

Ben said...

Not true I'm afraid. We are working on more Geometry Wars fun... but you won't be seeing it next week.

Yes, I wanted to see some new Geometry Wars action like everyone else but I guess Waves will still do for now.
 

Memor 32 PS2 savegame software released

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355w ago - The initial build of the savegame software for use with the Memor 32 for PS2 has been released. This software gives Memor 32 owners the ability to manage PS2 savegames present on the card and from a PC. A video is also available below.

Download: Memor32 Savegame Manager v1.0 / Memor32 Drivers




 

Warhawk: Take Two

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355w ago - No, not Take Two Interactive, but Warhawk.

Months ago, we were able to replace files on the PS3 HDD using the Warhawk Beta PKG, and some interesting network trickery, by hijacking the update procedure. Within the past week, we came across some more update files, these were interesting.

They were "fake SELF's". Basically SELF's, without the encryption. These are used (and runnable) on DEV boxes, but not on retail machines.

Whats so good you might wonder?

This gives many people a real first peek at PS3 executables, as this is the first without any encryption all over it. Sure, some people have been privileged to have seen and used Development compiled stuff, but nothing that was an actual game.

Now, this file has a ton of information. Aside from the fun strings, there are system calls to the hypervisor many have never seen before, information on how Warhawk communicates with its online server, information about filepaths in the PS3, and the actual code itself. Another tidbit, the file disappeared off the update servers yesterday. I wonder if someone realized their mistake.

I will leave you with the picture. Take note the highlighted string. Every...
 
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