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No cross-platform play for The Agency!

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318w ago - Sony Online Entertainment's upcoming espionage MMO The Agency is not going to allow cross-platform play between the PC and the PS3, according to lead designer Hal Milton.

Speaking at SOE's annual Fan Faire in Las Vegas, Milton said, "There's no technological reason why you can't play cross-platform, but there's a philosophical reason why design doesn't want to do it. If we have to compromise one platform to support both, then we won't.

"A couple of members of our team gained a lot of experience working on Shadowrun, and no matter how well you fine-tune it, you end up with a player-base that's polarised," Milton said, referring to Microsoft's ill-fated cross-platform shooter for PC and Xbox 360.

"PC guys say, 'PS3 guys have aim assist and the controls nerfed for them'. And PS3 guys say, 'PC guys have a mouse and keyboard - it's all easier for them'. Even if it's not true.

"So what I would rather concentrate on is taking all that delicious persistent data and the community capabilities and try to find more interesting ways of putting that together," Milton added, and yes, he did describe persistent data as being "delicious".

When we quizzed him further on what kind of "interesting ways" he had in mind for combining the PC and PS3 player-bases, Milton said,...
 

PLAY: FFXIII Kitase & Hashimoto Interview Scans Available

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319w ago - The latest Play UK Magazine has graced us with a E3 08 Q&A interview, with Corporate Executive Shinji Hashimoto & Producer Yoshinori Kitase.

The interview does not give us much more insight into FFXIII, as to be expected, but does give us a nice clean evaluation on some matters.

Play have also updated their preview section on FFXIII since E3 08.

One scan can be viewed below, with the rest linked above from the source.

Enjoy!
 

Software Enables PS2 to Play Online Videos

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319w ago - A company called BroadQ LLC has unveiled a software application that allows the PS2 to play video content on the Internet. It is due to go on sale for $50 this fall.

To quote: In addition to these capabilities, users can customize Qtv. For example, while using API (application programming interface) available from online video distributors, users can set keywords related to their favorite videos on the Website run by BroadQ.

Using the company's system, users can choose and display videos related to those keywords on their terminals.

BroadQ is planning to release Qtv at US$49.95 sometime around fall 2008. Also, it is planning to disclose and sell its software applications for mobile phones and PCs at the same time.

In addition to selling the software by itself, the company is considering incorporating its software applications in set top boxes and other items manufactured by other companies.
 

Video: Play Crisis with SIXAXIS on PS3

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320w ago - Streaming software by StreamMyGame, that enables the latest PC games to be played on the PlayStation 3, now enables you to play PC games with your SIXAXIS controller.

The new StreamMyGame PlayStation 3 player includes a USB and Bluetooth pairing tool that enables the SIXAXIS to be used via cable or wirelessly.

"Both our new StreamMyGame PS3 player and the Bluetooth tool install automatically, just download and double click" said Richard Faria, StreamMyGames CEO. "In addition to streaming games from your local PC, the new player enables games to be streamed from remote PCs or PC servers housed in ISP exchanges".





Also included is a new configuration tool enabling gamers to map each SIXAXIS button and thumb controller to a different keyboard key and mouse axis so gamers can create map settings that suit their preferred gameplay.

"The new player works with Yellow Dog Linux Version 6 which is now really easy to install and recommended by Sony," said Richard. "We have included full details on our website of where to download YDL6, how to record it to DVD and how to install it".

Watch Crysis on the PS3 with SIXAXIS. Includes installation and configuration.

"The ability to use the SIXAXIS to play PC games on the...
 

Review: GioTeck RealTriggers for PS3 improve play

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325w ago - The 'Playstation Journal' has conducted a review on the GioTeck RealTriggers for the PS3. They clip onto the convex triggers of the PS3 controller and add a concave curve which help your fingers stay securely on the trigger buttons.

Overall they are impressed and score them a 9/10.

To quote: GioTeck RealTriggers for PS3 are very good peripherals if you're up for making a change to the PS3 controller. Me? I Ordered them for fun - and I like them.

They slide/clip on to the convex triggers and add a concave curve, helping your fingers stay securely on the trigger buttons [people were complaining that their fingers would slip off]. Other than adding security for your fingers, that's about it. If you want to revert back to the old triggers' feel, removing the clip on triggers couldn't be easier.

If I was made to point out one downside to them, I would say that they poke out a bit, making it look a bit weird. That, and they could have covered up the underneath, it looks ugly.

One thing which can be taken into gaming consideration is that when the controller is placed on the floor, the two triggers aren't going to be pressed against the floor, causing the buttons to activate [I've had this problem when watching videos on the PS3's browser and the view is zoomed on something...[/I]
 
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