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PS3 Firmware 2.50 Incompatible with Sony Home Theatres?!

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308w ago - IGN Australia (linked above) is reporting that the new PlayStation 3 Firmware 2.50 is incompatible with their Sony amp/receiver and greets them with a black screen. As soon as they cut the 7.1 Sony amp/receiver supporting 1080p over HDMI out of the picture, things worked which to them is "utterly boggling". Sony is yet to comment on this issue...

To quote: Last week Sony released firmware 2.50 for the PS3. However, in a bizarre turn of events the latest firmware prevents the PS3 from displaying an image on some state-of-the-art Sony home theatres.

We installed firmware 2.50 yesterday only to be greeted by a blank screen. After much swearing and trouble-shooting we discovered it was the Sony amp/receiver that was incompatible with the new firmware. We were able to get a picture again by cutting the Sony amp out of the loop and going straight into the projector.

For the record the IGN AU PS3 setup includes a 7.1 Sony amp/receiver supporting 1080p over HDMI and a 1080p Sony projector. The fact that the new firmware renders the PS3 unusable with this top-line Sony home theatre is utterly boggling.

On a related note, while trouble-shooting the problem we hooked the PS3 up to the projector via composite and also found that it's currently only displaying a black and white image over this...
 

OPM Rumor: Sony Considering Trophy Reward System

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308w ago - Get all the trophies in a PS3 game and you earn yourself a coveted Platinum Trophy that sparkles on your XMB. But Sony could have more in store for trophy hoarders, according to the US Official PlayStation Magazine.

To quote: "We've heard that SCEA is mulling over some sort of Trophy reward system," it says in the latest issue of OPM.

"We doubt it'll be cash (or the equivalent), but we suspect it might be exclusive access to early betas and the like," the magazine speculates.

Sony UK declined to comment on the rumor, but we'd say access to exclusive wallpapers or themes via the PS Store could also be possible, or early access to demos. Would be nice.
 

Sony puts its Future in the Hands of Sackboy

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309w ago - Sony is defining their future with a little-known British creation: a rag doll called Sackboy. He is the hero of LittleBigPlanet, which Sony has described as the biggest game in PlayStation's history.

It was scheduled for release this Friday, but this was pushed back after it was discovered some background music included lines from the Koran, offending some Muslims.

To quote: The simple concept was created by the British games designer Media Molecule, a small up-and-coming developer based above a bathroom shop in Guildford, Surrey, and has hit on the next big idea in gaming. This is because the product has an added twist - players can design their own level in rich detail, and share it with friends over the Internet.

Sony executives have made the game their biggest release before Christmas and have elevated Sackboy to become the company's first poster boy - a figurehead they hope will become as familiar as the likes of Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog.

A PlayStation official said: "We've never really had an icon before. That was a deliberate policy of the early days because we did not want to be pigeonholed. It's psychologically telling that this, arguably our first mascot,...
 

Sony PlayStation 3 Firmware 2.50: Black And White Video Problem

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309w ago - The latest Sony PS3 Firmware 2.50 update added many great features to all of our Playstation 3's, but we are also getting many reports of problems as well. The main problem with the latest update seems to be related to the DivX VOD addition.

Some users have video displaying in black and white, although it worked fine before updating. You can read some of the problems users have reported below, feel free to share a comment once reading.

If you have video on your HD don't get if you have an SD TV unless you like black and white, I found out the hard way.

I downloaded 2.50 yesterday, I also have same problem with my videos showing only in black and white plus small difference in sound. I really hope that Sony fixes this bug fast, because this is not what I paid for. Also I'm very disappointed over the freezing of GTA IV still not fixed.

It's completely stopped my current DivX movies from working correctly! (Black and white, funny lines at the top of my screen) I didn't pay R6000 for this. What gives?

About 100gb of films I have are now black and white... not Alfred...
 

Does Microsoft's 'Sony Franchise Theft' Hurt Their Own Credibility?

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309w ago - The latest one was Tekken 6, but it didn't start there, and with John Schappert's recent comments about him wanting MGS4 for his system, the X360, it probably won't be the last one they will try for.

However, while there are pros to this situation in that more people will be able to play these games, is there a downside to all of this?

I certainly think so, and it lies with one simple notion: That by continuing to persuade these third party companies to make the franchises that made the Playstation 2 the clear winner multiplatform and giving MS exclusive perks, Microsoft is instead hurting their own credibility and admitting that without these franchises, they can't compete as well as they would if they didn't have them.

Now, before you flame me for being a PS3 fanboy (I'm not) and dismiss this as "flame bait", hear me out on this one.

As a company, you wouldn't want to admit defeat at any point in your time. Of course, the further into history such defeat goes, the less damage it will do to your bottom line to bring it up again. For Microsoft, the original Xbox didn't suffer a total defeat, but it was far from close to the Playstation 2's dominance last generation.

Why? Because the Playstation 2 had a combination of both first party and third party support...
 
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