198w ago - Today PS3Center.net (linked above) has ran across a free new iPhone application dubbed Pocket Blu, which essentially turns your iPhone into a Blu-ray player and PS3 remote control.
It can be downloaded from the iPhone App Store and is being labeled as "the perfect utility application to compliment your Blu-ray movie watching experience."
The app is also also available for Blackberry and Android devices.
• Pocket BLU enabled Blu-ray discs
• BD-Live enabled Blu-ray player
• Pocket BLU enabled device
• Wi-Fi connection
Current Pocket BLU enabled Blu-ray discs: Bruno, Funny People, Public Enemies, Inglourious Basterds, American Pie 7 - American Pie Presents: Book of Love, 9, Smokin' Aces 2: Assassin's Ball, Couples Retreat, Cirque du Freak, and Fourth Kind.
200w ago - In a recent interview with Norwegian publication Dagbladet, creator David Cage stated that Heavy Rain initially had Motion Control planned for Sony's PlayStation 3 entertainment system.
To quote: "If you are talking about Motion Control, this is something we initially considered for Heavy Rain. The very first version of the game design was based on motion control, but it was not feasible at the time," he said.
Dagbladet later helped us confirm via one of Cage's reps that he had hoped to design the game for the PlayStation Motion Controller originally, but felt the tech simply wasn't far enough along.
Cage went on to add, "I have a lot of interest in Sony's motion device and there is a good chance that we announce something about it in the coming weeks."
205w ago - Below is a video from MaemoItalia demonstrating how to control the PS3 with the Nokia N900 via BlueMaemo.
BlueMaemo is a remote controller program for the Maemo-powered devices. With BlueMaemo you can turn your Maemo-powered device in a mixed Bluetooth keyboard-and-mouse device through the HID Bluetooth profile.
When you have a PlayStation 3 or PC running Windows, Linux or Mac OS X the PS3 / PC is Bluetooth-ready and supports the HID Bluetooth profile. You have a Nokia Nseries phone with BlueMaemo loaded and you're now in control.
Windows XP and Media Center Edition:
• Turn bluetooth on.
• Start BlueMaemo on the device.
• Go to the bluetooth preferences and choose 'Add a new device'.
• Choose the device and choose a blank password (you can also choose a numeric password the PassAgentKey will appear on the device asking for the password).
Recently astrogirl wrote a BlueMaemo pairing guide for PS3 users, to quote:
The steps I do to pair are: On the PS3 go to the menu Settings > Accessory Settings > Manage Bluetooth Devices.
231w ago - Today PR Manager Jill Webber wraps up "MAG Mondays" (the Zipper Interactive developer diary series) with the final video detailing the command and control system within MAG for PS3.
To quote: While MAG breaks new ground with 256 players and unprecedented online action, the game's sophisticated command and control system involving eight-on-eight, squad-based combat allows each player to influence the larger battle and climb through the ranks to lead his or her own squad, platoon, and army.
Listen to the devs explain how it works in the video below, and we hope you've enjoyed learning more about MAG through this developer diary series.
You can be sure we'll be bringing more MAG information to the PlayStation.Blog in the very near future, so stay alert!
232w ago - We saw Sony unveil an LED wand during their E3 press conference.
The device in conjunction with an EyeToy camera brought motion control to the PlayStation 3. In addition to that Sony developed another motion control system that uses everyday objects.
A recently published patent from Sony details a system where a camera can dynamically map an object – any real world object – for use in a video game.
To quote: The illustration has a U shape block, but the patent outlines other example objects "include items such as coffee mugs, drinking glasses, books, bottles, etc." While these are given as examples the object mapping system is not limited to those objects, it can identify any three dimensional object.
Before using an object like the U shaped block the camera captures has to capture it. Figure 2 explains the system where players show the object, rotate it, and save a profile for it in a file. The system then analyzes movements and translates them into in game actions.
Below are some examples of how Sony could use this technology. The "virtual world light sword" in figure 3B is particularly interesting. When a player holds the U-shaped block up the...