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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...
 

10 XBox 360 Tricks Microsoft Won't Tell You

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333w ago - As the title states, here is a list of 10 XBox 360 tricks that you won't hear from Microsoft:

1. Connect your Xbox 360 to two screens at once

If you've got one of the component/composite dual video cables - the one that comes in the box with most 360s - you can have your console display its gamey goodness on two TVs simultaneously. The trick is to flick the cable's switch to Standard Definition but hook up the composite (yellow) cable to one screen and the component (the red, green, blue) cables to another. It won't be high-def, but it could be handy if you're staging a mini LAN party and want to set up a display for bored spectators to point their eyes at.

2. Play your own music in original Xbox games

That you can fire up your own MP3s during a 360 game is common knowledge (and re-soundtracking moody horror games with the Benny Hill theme tune never stops being funny), but it doesn't work if you're playing a title from the original Xbox. There's a way around it - start playing your album or playlist before you load the game, and it'll keep on playing once you do fire the title up. The game's own music won't be muted, however, so if you can't do that in its settings you'll go mad from the weird cacophony.

3. It can write its own blog
 

ID: Programmers will tell you the PS3 is a pain to work with

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333w ago - Tim Willits and Todd Hollensead of ID recently spoke to GameInformer regarding their latest focus - RAGE. Hollensead has revealed that the first thing his PS3 programmers will say is that essentially it is a pain to work with.

However, he revealed that while there are challenges to it, it's certainly "not as hairy" as people originally said it was.

To quote from the Interview:

Q: Have you found developers for the PS3?

Hollensead: I think the programmers will tell you first that it's a pain in the ass to work with. They have said that it's a pain in the ass to work with, but at the same time, that's our job–making games–and the strategy that we wanted was to have a game that worked on all the platforms.

John, to his credit, came up with a technology solution that allowed us to do something unique, which is to have one source base for the media, not source for programming source, art source. Once you solve that problem, then the dominos start to tumble about multiplatform and crossplatform simultaneous development.

Yeah, the PS3 is kind of the one that the programmers cherish the least about going, "OK, there's a problem with the PS3, let's go find this." But at the same time, one of the things that we find is that when...
 

PAIN Patch Adds Trophies and Game Content, if you Pay for it!

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333w ago - The long-awaited PAIN trophy patch is now available to download. Simply load up the game and you will be prompted to download the 325MB patch. Don't forget, PAIN's trophies have been retooled, to make them a bit easier than originally intended. The patch also adds a bunch of content to the game -- but only if you pay for it.

Three new characters are available to purchase, along with the new "Abusement Park" (though none of these are available on any region's PSN Store as of yet). There are also new game modes which, we assume, come with the Amusement Park expansion.

There is one free addition to the feature roster, however. Each week a new mini-level will be made available. Each of these "PAINlabs" will be an experimental concept that Idol Minds are playing with and are releasing for you, the players, to test out.

An interesting idea -- and best of all? It's free. Though, having said that, we doubt anyone would pay any money for these, judging from the first one.
 

How to Install a Notebook HDD to Your XBox 360

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333w ago - Here is a video on YouTube that shows the procedures on how to upgrade your XBox 360's external hard disk.

Warning!!!

You will void your warranty by doing this, so be 100 percent sure.

Video is below, courtesy of Grim1873... Enjoy!




 
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