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Sony Admits it Under-Supported the PSP in Favor of the PS3

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302w ago - Sony's senior VP and MD for UK, Ireland and the Nordic region Ray Maguire admitted that the PSP has been 'slightly under supported' because a lot of the energy was going into projects they were doing for the PS3.

He also revealed that there was an additional complication as the UMD model wasn't suited for third parties.

To quote: "It was slightly under-supported, mainly because a lot of the energy was going into stuff we're doing for PlayStation 3," he explained to GamesIndustry.biz. "There was an added complication in that the UMD model wasn't brilliant for third parties, either.

"But I think as the installed base has grown - we're now at 50 million globally - the PSP has become one of the best-selling formats ever, and I think people are seeing that they need to get back into it. I think we had a bit of a barren year last year, and this year we seem to have a bumper crop.

"I think it's one of those formats which has just, almost silently, grown and grown and grown. Now people are looking at 3 million installed base in the UK, and seeing it's a healthy number - that they can sell product against that.
 

NBC Universal Premieres on Sony's PlayStation Network Today

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302w ago - PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen announced today news of the NBC Universal Premiere on PSN as follows:

We are very excited to announce that as of today, PlayStation Network will offer movies and television programs from [Register or Login to view links]. Universal Pictures has a huge lineup of [Register or Login to view links], including MILK and ROLE MODELS, and other favorites like THE 40-YEAR OLD VIRGIN and THE BIG LEBOWSKI.

Today's announcement makes PlayStation Network the premiere platform for downloading your favorite content from all the major movie studios.

You've been asking for it, and now we have it... [Register or Login to view links]'s THE OFFICE, HEROES and 30 ROCK as well as Sci Fi's BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and EUREKA are also available starting today. New episodes will be added the day after they air, in both HD and SD.

Keep checking out all of the great new movies and shows because we are continuously adding more movies, series and episodes. Enjoy!
 

Emulation Explosion on Sony's PS3 Console via Linux!

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302w ago - To quote, courtesy of Slashdot (linked above) today: The PlayStation 3 has recently seen an explosion of releases of emulators and games for the [Register or Login to view links] distro on Sony's PS3 console.

Once you have installed Yellow Dog Linux you then have the ability to try out numerous applications and emulators including MAME, SNES, Amiga, Dos, Commodore and Atari emulators (that's the tip of the iceberg) and such games as Quake 2, Duke Nukem 3D, Hexen 2 and Alephone.

Some direct-download links are below, and be sure to check ps3bodega61's [Register or Login to view links], [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links] for lots more!

Here are direct downloads links to some of them for those interested:

DosBox: http://pleasantfiction.ipower.com/ps3linux/ps3bodega61/ppc/dosbox-0.72-1.rf.ppc.rpm

Quake 2: http://pleasantfiction.ipower.com/ps3linux/ps3bodega61/ppc/quake2-r0.16.1-3.ydl6.bdg.ppc.rpm

68k Macintosh Emulator: http://pleasantfiction.ipower.com/ps3linux/ps3bodega61/ppc/BasiliskII-1.0-0.20060501.3.ydl.bdg.ppc.rpm
 

Sony PlayTV (Win64) Driver Now Available!

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302w ago - Just under 2 weeks ago Gringo shared with us a Sony PlayTV (Win32) Driver. Today, roberthunt87 stepped up to the plate and updated it to Win64!

Download: Sony PlayTV (Win64) Driver

The best is to use the driver linked [Register or Login to view links] (Pinnacle 64bit).

To quote: I've modded the Beta 64-bit drivers to work with the PlayTV too. I've only tested it on Windows 7 x64 but it should work fine under Vista x64 too.

Windows Media Center detects both tuners and works perfectly under Windows 7 x64 build 7000. Same procedure as Gringo.

- Overwrite the original PCTVDIB64.INF inside the Archive.
- Plug the PlayTV and load the Driver.
 

Sony Contemplating Lawsuit Over Change4Life Ad

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302w ago - If you haven't figured it out, the child is playing a video game with a controller similar to those of Sony's PlayStation brand.

Why is this such an issue? The company who was in charge of the ad, The Gate, did not seek permission from the gaming giant in order to utilize the obvious likeness of its controller.

The Change4Life ad campaign has been started by the British government in order to bring attention to the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle. The image, which depicts a young child playing video games, gives off the impression that playing video games instead of going outside may lead to an early death.

A handful of other prominent companies in the gaming industry have already spoken out against this ad, including Sega, Atari, Future Publishing, TIGA, ELSPA and MCV.

It's not set in stone yet whether or not SCEE plans on going through with legal action against either The Gate or potentially the British government itself, but the image is definitely provocative from a gamer's point of view. That's not to say we don't value exercise - we love our sports and physical activities as much as everyone else - but gaming can certainly be part of a healthy lifestyle.

We'll be sure to watch closely as this develops.
 
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