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PlayStation Home Gets The Empire Strikes Back Space and Items

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224w ago - As part of The Empire Strikes Back 30th anniversary, Sony Online Community Specialist Locust_Star has revealed today that PlayStation Home is getting a new Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina space and themed items.

To quote: This year marks the 30th anniversary of one of the most critically acclaimed installments of one of the most popular films of all time – Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

And this Thursday, August 4th 5th, we kick off the celebration with the release of a slew of exclusive Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back content, available only in PlayStation Home.

Plucked straight from the iconic planet of Tatooine, the Cantina – situated in the spaceport town of Mos Eisley – is a rough-and-tumble intergalactic watering hole that welcomes only the toughest and bravest of souls (no Droids allowed!)

From the Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes house band to Wuher, the resident bartender, the Mos Eisley Cantina is an immersive environment that faithfully recreates one of the most memorable scenes from The Empire Strikes Back Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

Releasing alongside a score of items – including Chewbacca, C-3PO, and Leia Organa costumes – the Mos Eisley Cantina is available this Thursday via the PlayStation Home navigator.
 

Video: Project to Run PS1/PS2 Back-ups on PS3 with a Mod-Chip

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227w ago - The DemonHades Spanish PS3 Development team has been working on a project which aims to utilize a mod-chip to run PS1 and PS2 back-ups on a PS3 console without opening it or using switches and have posted up a concept video today.

According to one individual with a highly questionable reputation, this concept project could work because PS1/PS2 discs are authenticated only once on the VSH though liblv2 and the PIC chip would just automate it.

However, if Sony updates liblv2.sprx and more specifically ps1rom.bin so the emulated mechacon is updated it could be patchable.

Finally, to roughly translate from the video's caption:

"This video montage shows the operation of the chip that we are developing to load copies of PS1 and PS2 (if you're retro) in the PS3.

This video shows how to...
 

Video: Nintendo Wii GameCube Backup iSOLoader POC Arrives

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230w ago - Although many have sold their Nintendo GameCube to upgrade to a Wii console, according to crediar the GameCube homebrew scene isn't dead as demonstrated in a Starfox Assault backup proof-of-concept iSOLoader video below!

Back when I owned a GameCube, you needed a mod-chip and could only run backup games burned to disc so it appears things have come along over the years on Nintendo's next-gen machine.

The POC video's caption simply reads: "The impossible just became possible!"

Finally, [Register or Login to view links] is the USBGecko Log for those curious how it works. Check out the video below and long live the Nintendo GameCube!




 

PS3 Blu-ray Drive Project Begins to Run Game Backups via HDD

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231w ago - This weekend SKFU shared news of a research project that himself, iQD and a few others have began work on with the PS3 Blu-ray drive in order to, among other goals, run PlayStation 3 game backups from the PS3 HDD.

Getting Sony's PlayStation 3 entertainment system to function without a BDD was not a difficult challenge for them, however, many may recall previous attempts by MysticHades among others to examine PS3 hacks which allow running game backups from the hard disk drive.

Earlier this year, knightsolidus detailed the Blu-ray drive PS3 CXD4302GB Chip Test Points, and Spanish site Elotrolado reported on a PS3 exploit found to run PlayStation 3 backups along with a leaked Sony Disc Boot Game Patch Programming Guide.

Prior to that, PS3 developers examined several PS3...
 

United Front Games Listens to ModNation Racers PS3 Feedback

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232w ago - Game Designer William Ho from United Front Games has passed along ModNation Racers updates, and what else is new at UFG as they listen to feedback on their PS3 title.

To quote: I'm excited to give you some updates about ModNation Racers and what's been cookin' at [Register or Login to view links].

I can't believe it's been a year since we announced ModNation on stage at E3, now it's out in the world! It's been exciting to see the massive amounts of Racing, Creating, and Sharing going on.

Our dev team couldn't be happier to see our supporters enjoying the product of two and a half years of love and labor. We enjoy playing ModNation Racers as much as you do.

Now while there a lot of people that love the game, we know there are some issues that are affecting the fun factor of ModNation, and we just want to say-

United Front Games is with you for the long haul.

I'm always asked, "what are you guys up to now?" The answer is always the same: job number one is actively monitoring and supporting the ModNation community.

We are amazed by your published creations every day. We're enjoying online races with you. We read your forum postings and your tweets. We discuss all of your suggestions,...
 
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