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PSP Firmware 3.95 includes Customizable Controls for PSOne Titles

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336w ago - Update: PSP Firmware 3.95 is now available via Network Update or here: PSP FW 3.95 (US) / PSP FW 3.95 (EU)

PlayStation Network head Eric Lempel has revealed that a new PSP firmware is coming and will be "available shortly."

Firmware 3.95 will introduce two new features, the first of which is the ability to customize control settings in PSP PSOne settings. The second is a more PlayStation 3 centric feature, allowing PSP owners to turn off their PS3 console or leave it on when exiting from a Remote Play session. To quote:

* While playing PSone games on your PSP, you can now customize how the buttons are assigned by going to [Controller Settings] > [Assign Buttons] and select [Custom].
* You can now quit Remote Play and choose to turn off your PS3 or leave it on after quitting. This is useful if you are performing a download and want to quit Remote Play, but still want your download to continue on the PS3. Select [Quit and Turn Off the PS3 System] or [Quit Without Turning Off the PS3 System] from [Quit Remote Play] when you press...
 

Play on, Prentice tells gaming industry

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336w ago - Federal industry minister Jim Prentice says he is looking into complaints from the United Kingdom that Canada unfairly subsidizes its thriving video-game industry - but, he suggests, the gaming industry's success is largely due to its ingenuity and innovation.

"We have innovative Canadian companies that do great work, that are cutting edge and I hope they will continue to exactly that, compete with the best in the world," Mr. Prentice said Friday in response to a question after a speech to the Harvard Law Association in Toronto.

The U.K.'s ministry of culture, media and sport has asked the Commission of European Communities to investigate whether wage subsidies and tax credits offered to the video game industry in British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario constitute an unfair trade advantage.

However, Mr. Prentice said he is "not aware of any specific trade challenges that have been mounted on that point."

He said there is no evidence that Canada has broken international trade law.

"We have a very strong, innovative gaming industry in Canada ... we exist in a global marketplace and, certainly, global competition in that area is quite fierce."

Two of the international largest players in the Canadian gaming industry, Electronic Arts Inc. and...
 

M33xEver v3 Custom Firmware Plug-In for PSP out now!

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336w ago - Red Squirrel has updated M33xEver again today, a Custom Firmware plug-in that allows PSP users to permanently activate the M33 anniversary Easter egg featured in 3.90 M33-3.

Download: M33xEver v3 CFW Plug-In for PSP

With the release of version 3, users can now use the plug-in to increase or decrease the speed of XMB waves, as well as change the Firmware version and MAC address visible in System Information.

Changes are made in RAM and will stay as long as the plug-in is activated.
 

Coming soon: Superfast Internet

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336w ago - The Internet could soon be made obsolete. The scientists who pioneered it have now built a lightning-fast replacement capable of downloading entire feature films within seconds.

At speeds about 10,000 times faster than a typical broadband connection, "the grid" will be able to send the entire Rolling Stones back catalogue from Britain to Japan in less than two seconds.

The latest spin-off from Cern, the particle physics centre that created the web, the grid could also provide the kind of power needed to transmit holographic images; allow instant online gaming with hundreds of thousands of players; and offer high-definition video telephony for the price of a local call.

David Britton, professor of physics at Glasgow University and a leading figure in the grid project, believes grid technologies could "revolutionise" society. "With this kind of computing power, future generations will have the ability to collaborate and communicate in ways older people like me cannot even imagine," he said.

The power of the grid will become apparent this summer after what scientists at Cern have termed their "red button" day - the switching-on of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the new particle accelerator built to probe the origin of the universe. The grid will be activated...
 

Microsoft Never Really Wanted HD-DVD to Succeed

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336w ago - When Microsoft first announced their intentions to back the underdog HD DVD format as the high definition format of the future, many insiders and press alike questioned the motives of the large software company.

Microsoft doesn't own any film content to distribute and the one product which could have benefited from a larger capacity disc - the Xbox 360 - had already shipped with only DVD support. Most soon realized that Microsoft never wanted HD DVD to succeed, only to stall adoption of Blu-ray long enough for digital downloads to become a reality.

This, of course, was all speculation based on analysis of the situation, but it made perfect sense and was being reinforced by Microsoft's strong push for adding content to their Xbox Live digital distribution service.

Recently, the UK newspaper The Guardian sat down with the Senior Regional Director, Northern Europe, Entertainment & Devices Division for Microsoft, Neil Thompson, and briefly discussed how he felt about Microsoft's decision to support HD DVD now that the format has died.

Oddly enough, he laughs off the question. "The horse that we're fundamentally backing is the one that says the future of entertainment content is online digital distribution. I would argue that we backed the right horse."

He continued,...
 
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