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PlayTV Patch 1.10 for Sony's PlayStation 3 is Now Available

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294w ago - A new patch for PlayTV on the PS3 has been released, with one of the major changes being that it now does automatic upscaling from SD to HD.

A couple of other small changes such as being able to jump directly into the TV mode From The XMB are also included. Additionally, Eastern Europeans can rejoice as it seems the MPEG 4 decoding issue has been resolved!

To quote: A patch for the PlayStation 3 European digital TV add-on, PlayTV, has now been released bringing it to version 1.10. The patch was announced a few days ago but I thought I'd wait until it was actually out in the open before writing anything about it.

The key change in this update is the addition of automatic upscaling from Standard Definition (SD) broadcasts to High Definition (HD). HD is the big thing now y'hear, so this is a good thing!

A few sound enhancement have been made too, such as volume control with the Official PS3 Blu-ray remote and audio normalisation (similar to the feature added to music playback in firmware 2.70).

You can now also jump directly into TV mode from the XMB, so you don't need the hassle of going through the PlayTV menus beforehand. In terms of playback, other than the sound changes, the only other change is slightly better rewind and fastforword handling, with new speeds...
 

Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! is Coming to Sony's PSP

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294w ago - Today PR/Marketing Coordinator Nao Zook of NIS America, Inc. shared the following news via PlayStation Blog:

Hello everyone, my name is Nao Zook from [Register or Login to view links]. Today, we are very excited to announce our upcoming PSP title!

It's called "Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What Did I Do To Deserve This?" Now, I know the title is super long. In fact, it just might be the longest, and craziest, title in videogame history! But actually, we at NISA are pretty happy with this name.

So anyway, you must be wondering what this game is all about.

"Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman!" is a strategy game with an RPG feel to it. You play as the God of Destruction, and you must save Badman, the underground overlord from various heroes. Badman is helpless and whiny, but once in a while he finds the cajones to question your actions. Sounds like Badman is a real pain in the butt, huh? But he's also got some hilarious lines, so we're sure you'll have fun with him.

Now, in the actual game you appear as a pickaxe. Okay, we know, it's just a pickaxe. But you're the friggin' God of Destruction! It's your duty to crush all these pesky heroes invading YOUR underground turf! In order to defeat them, you just dig and dig and...
 

Sony First-party Dev as Big as Microsoft and Nintendo Combined

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294w ago - SCEA hardware marketing head John Koller has claimed that Sony's first-party development division is as big as that employed by Nintendo and Microsoft. In total.

"Our development studios - the Worldwide Studios team - is as large as Microsoft and Nintendo's combined," he said, talking at GDC.

Koller said that Sony's first-party roster for the coming years would feature a mix of fresh ideas and surefire successes.

"We have a tremendously creative group, and a line-up for the next few years that will bring a lot of new IP to the market, but will also being a lot of [tried and tested] franchises and new iterations to the PS3 in particular, but also PSP," the exec added.

Koller didn't give a figure on how many people were employed in Sony's Worldwide Studio division.

Both PS3 and PSP's first-party slate for 2009 is looking nice and healthy, with games like God of War III, Heavy Rain and inFamous already hoving into view for PS3, and a new MotorStorm, a LittleBigPlanet SKU and more on the way for PSP.
 

Worms is Coming to Sony's PlayStation Network, New Screens

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294w ago - Any of you who have been listening to our podcasts know that we LOVE the Worms game. And with the recent announcement that there will be a Worms for the iPhone, we're more than happy to hear about the upcoming PSN version for the European Store, as PlayStation owners have been missing out on this classic game of turn based strategy.

Just because you've missed out on all of the Worms action in the past, doesn't mean they've simply ported the XBLA Worms over to the PSN.

No sir, this is a fully expanded and honed edition that features additional retro-styled landscapes, a wide-r variety of team voices, additional graphic features and effects, much more responsive physics engine, 1080p support and four additional weapons including the much loved Holy Hand Grenade, Super Sheep and Concrete Donkey.

Check out the new screen-shots below (more linked above) and get your worms ready for battle!
 

IGN AU's Pre-E3 2009 Sony PlayStation Predictions

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294w ago - E3 2009 kicks off again on June 2 this year - and while that's still a couple months off, IGN AU has layed its cards on the table and made a few educated guesses about what might be shown.

2008 has been the Sony PS3's strongest year, while almost in direct correlation to how poorly the PSP performed in many markets.

This E3, we're expecting big things on both console fronts - the PS3 could use a price cut and the PSP needs a successor - two things we're expecting to come out of Sony's E3 presentation.

Elsewhere, we're predicting the announcement of Sony's foray into 3D gaming as well as a playable version of Gran Turismo 5, video of Team ICO's next title and a continued push on the PlayStation Home front. We're also tipping an off-chase of a PS3 redesign to bring it in line with PSOne and PS2 Slim models. Will these pan out, or have we missed the mark completely?

95% - First 3D-compatible titles announced
Our thoughts: Sony has been demonstrating true 3D compatibility for titles like WipEout and MotorStorm at technology trade shows. We're almost positive that where there's smoke, there's 3D. Sony's very likely to announce downloadable patches for these games to make them 3D-compatible, as well as the promise of future compatibility with major releases.
 
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