210w ago - According to Hardocp.com (linked above), the British Royal Navy sailors in the UK are being issued with PSPs in order to help them with their training.
Apparently, the PSP units come preloaded with slides and commentary which are about 8-12 minutes per training session.
To quote: "While the US builds PS3-based grids for cracking passwords, the UK is buying Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) units and issuing them to Royal Navy sailors for use in training. The units come preloaded with study packages of slides and commentary and are about 8-12 minutes per session.
The first to receive the devices are marine warfare engineering technicians, who maintain the fleet's radar, sonar, VHF radio and communications systems.
If the PSPs are a success, their distribution could be widened throughout the Navy, starting with air and marine engineers but potentially to many other disciplines."
211w ago - Today Dutch site PS3Hype.nl (linked above) is reporting that those experiencing synchronization issues with PS3 Trophies can expect the dreaded 80022A07 error to be remedied in 2010 when Sony's PlayStation Network will become faster.
It is not yet known if this speed increase will only benefit Paid Subscribers, however, according to the Sony Rep they spoke with new servers will be added early next year.
To quote, roughly translated: "After a call to the help desk this morning I asked my question how I, 'Can not sync trophies (80022A07)' could solve problem I was told that with an overloaded server or a little too busy to do.
According to the PlayStation employee who helped me in the coming months December, January and February new servers will be added.
After some persistent questioning what advantages this has for the online gamer, she came to ask colleagues who concluded that the PlayStation Network as you know it now will be much faster.
Whether this has to do with the PSN Premium she could not tell me, in any case we expect an announcement shortly on the PlayStation Network being faster."
219w ago - Recently we held a poll here to see how many users experienced issues after updating to PS3 Firmware 3.01, which was released to fix the issues that v3.0 was plagued with.
Most users said they updated to 3.01 fine here, however, elsewhere there are reports of v3.01 crippling PS3 consoles- including problems with Blu-ray playback, and in some cases DVD playback issues and audio glitches.
To quote: "Sony has told Eurogamer that a firmware update cannot affect the Blu-ray drive on a PS3. The problem that PS3 owners are reporting following 3.01 is 'not an issue with the firmware'.
Most, if not all, claim to have had no previous problem with their console, but having applied the firmware update discovered Blu-ray films and PS3 games froze and could not continue.
Sony customer services have been telling sufferers that they must send their machine back for repair, which costs £128 if out of one-year warranty, but there's still no real explanation for what's happened."
221w ago - Update: The BBC has aired the show (videos below), during which it admitted that a number of the consoles it repaired for consumers have once again broken.
Tonight, the BBC Watchdog program will feature the PS3 and claim that Sony refuses to fix systems which suffer from the Yellow Light of Death (YLOD).
In response, Sony has issued a lengthy letter right back to the BBC as follows:
11th September 2009
BBC Watchdog - 17 September 2009
Further to your recent correspondence with our PR agency and parent company, I am writing to respond to your queries in connection with the edition of Watchdog that is scheduled for broadcast on Thursday 17 September 2009.
I should state at the outset that we are, of course, disappointed if a small number of our consumers appear to have experienced problems with their PlayStation 3 units outside the manufacturer's warranty period and we take our customer care obligations very seriously.
223w ago - Today Sony Corporate Communications & Social Media Sr. Director Patrick Seybold has announced that they are indeed aware of the issues present (freezing, lock-outs, etc) in PS3 Firmware 3.00, and are looking into fixing them as soon as possible.
To quote: "SCEA is aware of reports that PS3 owners are experiencing isolated issues with their PS3 system since installing the most recent system software update (v3.00).
Rest assured that we are looking into the matter and will provide an update here as soon as possible.
We apologize for any inconvenience, as it's our mission to deliver the best consumer experience on all PlayStation platforms."
Good news indeed for everyone experiencing them since updating to PS3 Firmware 3.00!