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European PSN Update for October 16th, 2008

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305w ago - Hey guys. Welcome to this week's Playstation Store update. MotorStorm Pacific Rift demo is finally out for free. Also, if you're a big fan of Eye of Judgement, be sure to check out the newest Biolith Rebellion set 2 and 3.

Check the full list below:

Playable content

* Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway demo (free)
* MotorStorm Pacific Rift demo (free)

Add-on content

* Eye of Judgment Biolith Rebellion set 3 (£6.99/€9.99)
* Eye of Judgment Biolith Rebellion set 2 & 3 (£10.49/€14.99)
* Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 "Firestone County Club" (£4.99/€7.49)
* Rock Band DLC (Listed after the break)

Rock Band DLC (£0.99/€1.49 each)

* Don't go away Mad (Just go away) - Mötley Crüe
* Dr.Feelgood - Mötley Crüe
* Kickstart My Heart - Mötley Crüe
* Rattlesnake Shake - Mötley Crüe
* Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.) - Mötley Crüe
* She Goes Down - Mötley Crüe
* Slice of Your Pie - Mötley Crüe
* Sticky Sweet - Mötley Crüe
* Time for Change - Mötley Crüe
* Without You - Mötley Crüe

Videos

* Far Cry 2 "Bara Bara" trailer
* Tom Clancy's Endwar announcement trailer
* PAIN Amusement Park trailer
 

SOCOM Confrontation Update: Trophies Patch Coming Soon

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305w ago - Per Jeff Rubenstein (Social Media Manager) via PS Blog today:

We've noticed a couple of comments today on the blog from gamers who purchased SOCOM Confrontation; you've been asking "Where are the trophies?"

Well, I just wrapped up a conversation with the SOCOM team, where they've confirmed the fact that trophies *will* be coming, via a patch, within the next couple of weeks.

Stay tuned to SOCOM.com for the latest on SOCOM Confrontation.
 

CNET: PlayStation 3 Firmware 2.50 Flash 9 Update Disappoints

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305w ago - CNET has reported disappointment with the PlayStation 3's Flash 9 support stating that it is not working correctly with some sites.

To quote: Flash 9 should allow the PS3's Web browser to access more sophisticated Web video sites, including Hulu, ABC.com, and our own CNET TV (YouTube worked well enough with the browser's earlier version of Flash).

And, indeed, you can now watch those sites, but it's short of a perfect experience.

We couldn't get Hulu or CNET TV to go full-screen, and had trouble accessing the high-resolution versions of both (Hulu's 480p version was inaccessible, and the CNET TV "HD" stream produced a very low framerate).

What do you think of the latest PS3 firmware update: useful additions, or just an incremental upgrade? Is Hulu access a big deal, or do you use something like PlayOn instead?
 

High Velocity Bowling PSN Update Includes Online Play & Trophies

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305w ago - Per Mike Skinner (Team RamRod) via PS Blog today:

Hello everyone! Team RamRod here, the developers of High Velocity Bowling. Today we break our long silence with an equally long blog post.

To give you some background on the HVB development team, we are a small team who works on several projects. As some of you know, Big Ern has left our neck of the woods (we still miss him). But, the team has since picked up the reins and is now leading a new charge for HVB.

A lot of you have been asking about HVB, and we are here to deliver great news. We are pleased to announce that we putting the finishing touches on a new update for HVB, which will hit the PlayStation Network TOMORROW! Excited? Well, the best part of this is that the new update - all new features included - is FREE! For our brothers and sisters in the north, that means FREE for you, too.

HEAD-TO-HEAD ONLINE PLAY! VOICE CHAT COMMUNICATION! WEEKLY ONLINE LEADERBOARDS!

We can hear you now ... "Wait, what? Really? I get online play in the update? Will it support my Playstation Friends List?" YES to all of the above. You will now be able to play with your friends online AND be able to chat with them using a PS3 headset or microphone. Feel free to chat and talk smack after comparing your stats and rankings...
 

How to Speed Up the PlayStation 3 with an Intel X-25 HDD

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305w ago - ExtremeTech has found that replacing the PS3's hard drive with Intel's new X-25 solid-state 80GB drive can reduce a games load times by up to 40%.

However, the drive does not greatly improve install times as the read performance of the Blu-ray drive holds it back. If anyone is considering this upgrade, it will set you back $600.

To quote: We've already raved about the stellar performance of Intel's new X-25 solid-state drive, which just happens to come in an 80GB capacity and 2.5-inch SATA form factor. Perfect for a PS3!

So after a quick FAT32 format, we dropped the drive in the PS3 unit we keep in the HDTV lab here (an original 60GB unit) to see what kind of impact it has on install times, game start times, and load times.

We took four games notorious for long installs or load times and timed them both with the original 60GB hard drive and the Intel SSD. The results may surprise you–but at $600, it's certainly not a cheap upgrade.

Install Speed

There's a lot to love about the PS3, but install times isn't one of them. Many games require lengthy installs before you get to play, and after waiting an eternity for a large demo to download, you get to stare at a progress bar while it installs. Yuck. Does the speedy 80GB Intel X-25 SSD speed this...
 
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