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iD Software: PS4 Will Be the First Next-Gen Console to Market

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279w ago - iD Software's technical director John Carmack predicts that the PS4 will be the first next-gen console out on the market.

He also expects for at least one of the upcoming consoles to ship without support for optical media.

To quote: John Carmack, technical director at iD Software, has predicted that Sony will be the first platform holder to make a move into the next generation of gaming hardware - though he doesn't expect any new machines to be announced in the near future.

"The whole jockeying for who's going to release the first next-gen console is very interesting and pretty divorced from the technical side of things," Carmack told CD-Action, as spotted by Eurogamer's Digital Foundry.

"Whether Sony wants to jump the gun to prevent the same sort of 360 lag from happening to them again seems likely.

"As developers, we would really like to see this generation stretch as long as possible. We'd like to see it be quite a few more years before the next-gen consoles comes out, but I suspect one will end up shipping something earlier rather than later."
 

PSP Custom Firmware 5.50 GEN-B is Now Available!

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285w ago - Roughly six months after PSP Custom Firmware 5.02 GEN-A was released comes the next update, namely PSP CFW 5.50 GEN-B!

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To quote from the changelog, roughly translated:

Minimum Requirements:

• A PSP1000 or PSP2000 with TA-088v2 or below and PSP2000 with TA-090v1 Motherboard only (PSP2000 with TA-088v3 and all PSP3000 are not supported)
• A PSP with Custom Firmware 5.50GEN-A already installed

Changes in 5.50 GEN-B:

• The bug that prevented disabling the VSH Menu has been resolved.
• The select button can either start the Recovery (Recovery in VSH), the VSH Menu (default) or do nothing at all (for those who use the remote play between PSP and PS3)
• Updated network off M33
• Jo Evangelion The game can be launched.
• Pandora options are available in the VSH menu and Recovery
• Option Flash1 Format: adding a check that prevents the Flash1 format if it is in VSH.
• 3 new functions in the VSH Menu, as follows:
• Shutdown device (turn off)
• Make Normal Battery...
 

PSP Custom Firmware 5.50 GEN-A is Now Available!

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288w ago - Today PSP Custom Firmware 5.50 GEN-A has been released for PSP-1000 and PSP-2000 v1 and v2.

Minimum requirements to install it: PSP-1000 or PSP-2000 v1/v2 and PSP with a Custom Firmware 3.52 M33-3 or higher.

Note: Be careful- Don't try to install this on PSP-2000 v3 or PSP-3000 because you will brick your PSP without any solution to fix it.

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What's new compared to 5.02GEN-A?

• Support for functions of official Firmware 5.50
• Functions standby reset and Pandora have been removed
• The plug-in Bubbletune to classify games according to category was deleted
• Patch Slim Colors Bubbletunes was deleted
• The pops is functional (emulation of PS1 games to work)
• The custom firmware 5.50GEN-A supports the launch of ISO and of PS1 games
• Popsloader and all plugins are normally incurred.
• The option "hide your MAC address is always available in the recovery
 

Sony Shows an Exclusive Desire to Win the Next-gen Console War

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289w ago - First it came in the form of an epic 'screw you' to every non-Sony gamer who was looking forward to the simultaneous multiplatform PAL release of Ghostbusters: The Video Game.

The common criticism was that Microsoft had done it for a long time, so why shouldn't Sony be able to do the same thing?

As time passed it became clear that Atari was in some potentially dire financial straits that may well have acted as necessary motivation to accept Sony's offer.

Potentially Sony was acting as a saviour and throwing Atari a lifeline that allowed them to release a game that has enjoyed considerable positive hype.

The other platforms aren't missing out on Ghostbusters entirely; they're merely forced to wait for a period of time before they can access it.

In this respect, the Ghostbusters debacle can be seen as 'just desserts' for Microsoft who have been more than willing to do such things in the past.

But then came the announcement that Batman: Arkham Asylum, another multiplatform release, is set to receive exclusive content for PS3 owners. PS3 owners who purchase Arkham Asylum will be able to access The Joker in the game's Challenge Modes.
 

PSP Custom Firmware 5.03 GEN-A for HEN is Now Available!

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289w ago - Today PSP Custom Firmware 5.03 GEN-A for HEN has been released, which includes support for PSP-3000 and PSP-2000 v3 consoles, PS1 games, PSP back-ups, GEN VSH and Recovery Menus and access to PSN.

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An installation video is below, and from the included ReadMe file:

1. Connect your PSP to the computer in USB Mode when you have loaded ChickHEN R2.
2. Unzip 5.03GEN-A_for_HEN.zip on your desktop by example
3. double-click on LAUNCH-ME.exe (GUI)
4. PSP Model: choose options PSP-2000 or PSP-3000 (depends of your PSP)
5. Mode: Choose option FULL
6. PSP Install : Choose option YES
7. push START.





8. the files are copied on your PSP.
9. Disconnect the PSP from USB.
10. Launch the main EBOOT.PBP using ChickHEN R2 (only R2! NOT R1!).
11. When the app load, press L or R to flash the firmware in your flash. YOU ONLY NEED MAKE IT ONE TIME!
12. Press () to reboot in the custom firmware.

NOTES:

- When you installed the custom firmware...
 
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