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SwitchBlade Pro Software lets you use SIXAXIS Controls on PC

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331w ago - Blue Orb, creators of the intuitive SwitchBlade application that allows gamers to play PC games with a console controller, today unveiled their newest product, SwitchBlade PRO.

SwitchBlade PRO, among other things, will let PC gamers use PlayStation 3 SIXAXIS controllers and also features the Texter technology for messaging and chatting in games using only the controller.

Press Release: SwitchBlade Goes Pro Next Week!

Blue Orb Introduces the New SwitchBlade PRO with New Features Including SIXAXIS Controller Support and Texting Solution

ORLANDO, Fla. - September 24, 2008
Blue Orb, Inc., creators of the intuitive SwitchBlade™ application that allows gamers to play PC games with a console controller, today unveiled their newest product, SwitchBlade™ PRO. SwitchBlade PRO has all the PC game play muscle of the original SwitchBlade, plus powerful new features including support for PlayStation 3 SIXAXIS controllers, pre-configured game "Blades" for more than 20 popular games, and the new BladeBuilderTM tool that allows gamers to build and share their own customized game support Blades. Additionally, SwitchBlade PRO introduces the new Texter™ system that let's gamers send text messages right from their game controllers.

In addition to the debut of SIXAXIS...
 

XBox 360 Price Drop a Steal, or is Microsoft Stealing from You?

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331w ago - Microsoft has announced another round of price drops for the Xbox 360, and it's easy to see their plan, one where they hope to sell you accessories that are available in their high-end model later.

The question is, should someone base their decision on buying the Xbox 360 solely on the cheap price of the Arcade version, or should they look deeper into what's offered for both of the bottom range of systems?

To begin, we have to get to the heart of the issue, the cost of the systems and what they come with. So, here we go:

Playstation 3: Price: $399
Includes:
-80GB Hard Drive
-802.11b Wireless
-Blu-Ray disc player
-Controller
-1080p upscaling for DVD playback
-Free membership on Playstation Network

Xbox 360: Price: $199.99
Includes:
-Controller
-disc with five games: Pac-Man Championship Edition, Boom Boom Rocket, Luxor 2, Feeding Frenzy and UNO

As you can see, while the Xbox 360 arcade offers a $200 cheaper price, the hardware offering falls significantly short. So, let's bring the Xbox 360 up to par on hardware, and see what kind of total cost we end up with:

Two hard drives are available, 20GBb ($99.99) and 120 GB ($149.99), so we'll have to do two different versions for fairness.
 

PlayStation 3 Video DRM: Two Strikes and You're Out

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331w ago - The Sony Video Store on the PlayStation Network is filled with a good selection of movies, and you can't beat the convenience of renting or even buying movies from your couch and watching them on your big screen with your PlayStation 3.

Renting movies is a joy on the system, although it would be nice to have longer than 24 hours to watch the content, but what happens when you buy a movie? As one Ars reader found out, and Sony confirmed for us, you have to be careful about what happens to your system once it's filled with video content: you have one download, one redownload, and that's it.

Noise, a forum-goer, sent out a warning after he deleted some video content to make room on his hard drive and then found he couldn't redownload the content. The PlayStation 3 support page is perfectly clear on this matter. "Purchased content can be downloaded to a single PLAYSTATION 3 or a single PSP system," it reads. "Content cannot be redownloaded once it has been downloaded to either a PLAYSTATION 3 or PSP system."

You're allowed to keep the content on one system, and you can move it to up to three PSP systems, but if you have to delete the content for any reason, it's gone? Sort of. Lincoln...
 

Rimon: Start your Life with PlayStation!

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332w ago - As a follow-up to the initial announcement HERE, this is what Sr. Development Manager at SCEA R&D Noam Rimon has to add:

If you've ever wished you could find everything you need to start your day on your PLAYSTATION 3, Life with PlayStation give you one more reason to do so.

This free service delivers a new way for you to utilize your PS3 to instantly access real-time news and information like weather updates from over 60 cities around the world.

I've also put together a quick video demo to make sure you're checking out all the new features below:





Life with PlayStation provides a stunning interactive globe, a 3D world map that you can twirl around to see live cloud movement courtesy of the University of Wisconsin, combined with up-to-date weather information from the Weather Channel, top news headlines provided by Google news, and live web cam images via the Earth Television Network – all localized to the select city.

And why not have your favorite soundtrack playing in the background while you go through...
 

Guide: How To Play MKV Files On Your PlayStation 3

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332w ago - Now the PlayStation 3 is a brilliant media center as it can pretty much play any format you would ever desire and the ease of copying files combined with accessible expandable storage makes it nearly perfect. Although as you might or might not already know the PlayStation 3 can not playback the standard HD format that is .mkv.

Matroska is slowly becoming the norm for high definition content and it's a bit let down that Sony haven't supported it. Luckily there is a fairly easy work around that you can use through the process of ReMuxing.

Remuxing in this instance takes the video and audio streams and combines them into one mixed file. This means that you'll end up with a playable file but without any visible loss of quality. This file, which can be a .vob or .mpeg depending on your preference, can then be played back on your PlayStation 3 instantly. It's also incredibly quick to remux your file to this format as I've rarely waited more than a couple of minutes for a file to be generated.

What you'll need is mkv2vob which is the easiest and quickest program to use that can do this. This program is quite diverse for what is a simple program. You can produce spilt files for easier backing up and you can produce the outcome in a number...
 
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