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Sony Goes Behind The PS One / PS2 Classics With Jak And Daxter

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121w ago - Sony Blog Manager Fred Dutton goes behind the PS One / PS2 Classics today with Jak and Daxter as detailed below courtesy of the PS Blog.

To quote: When I took over the SCEE PlayStation Blog a month or two back, I promised you a few new regular features.

Today, I'm happy to unveil the first of them: Behind The Classics. Every fortnight (well, that's the plan at least), we'll be talking to the creative force behind a vintage PS One or PlayStation 2 title.

To kick things off, Naughty Dog co-founder Andy Gavin was kind enough to lend us his time to discuss the making of seminal 2001 PS2 platformer Jak & Daxter.

We've got the next few entries in the series lined up, but please feel free to leave your suggestions for future interview subjects below. Manage your expectations - these people aren't always easy to track down - but we'll do our best.

Anyway, without further ado, over to Andy...

What was the original concept for the game? Was it a deliberate attempt to create a PlayStation 2 mascot to rival Crash Bandicoot?

Andy Gavin: Of course we wanted the franchise to be as big - or bigger - than Crash. And while this didn't quite come to be, it was certainly our goal.

The formulation of new game ideas involves...
 

Double Fine: Psychonauts Coming to PS2 Classics This Tuesday

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121w ago - Double Fine Productions Community Manager Chris Remo has announced today that Psychonauts is coming to the PS2 Classics on PSN this Tuesday.

To quote: First things first: [Register or Login to view links] is coming to PlayStation 2 Classics. Okay, that's only one thing. But it's super important.

Psychonauts was [Register or Login to view links]'s first game, and it came out for the PlayStation 2 way back in 2005.

We love it a lot. It's the story of a gifted young psychic cadet who must delve deep into dangerous minds and put a stop to a sinister conspiracy. And on August 28th, you will be able to download it to your PlayStation 3 as a PlayStation 2 Classic.

If you never played Psychonauts, you're in for a treat! If you played it before, why not buy it again, just for old time's sake? Ha ha! Tell a friend or two or a hundred.

"So, what took so long?" you may ask. Well, you'd be in fine company for asking. As internet user [Register or Login to view links], "Psychonauts PSN title or PS2 classic PLEASE!!"

Fellow netizen Lemming [Register or Login to view links]
 

PCSX2 - PlayStation 2 (PS2) Emulator Public Version 1.0 is Released

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124w ago - Over the weekend the PCSX2 Team have finally released public version 1.0 of their PCSX2 Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) emulator for various platforms including the PC.

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Below are all the details for those interested, to quote: PCSX2 1.0 released!

After many long years of development, debugging and testing effort, we have reached a point where PCSX2 runs a great majority of the games, and there are no important issues that could possibly be fixed without requiring major modifications to the emulator.

Because of that (and because we already felt it was overdue), we decided to stop thinking of new things to do for a bit, polish the stability, compatibility and existing features and release the result as the first major version of PCSX2!

There have been tons of changes since the last release, including improvements to Jake Stine's wxWidgets GUI overhaul, cottonvibe's new multithreaded VU core and improvements on the primary plugins.

This release is a big milestone that marks the way to new features and improvements!

Here is an excerpt of the latest changes:

Windows:

Core:

  • Video timing adjustments

 

PlayStation 2 Software Emulator on 3.55 CFW Without Cobra USB

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124w ago - Today PlayStation 3 developers mysis and eussNL on the Wiki have posted a method to get the PlayStation 2 (PS2) Software Emulator working on 3.55 CFW without a DRM-infected Cobra USB dongle for all PS3 Fat and Slim consoles.

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To quote: Getting PlayStation 2 Software Emulator working

Method (on Firmware 3.55, without! Cobra-USB Dongle or Downgrade) for all consoles (fat & slim).

1. Replace following files on your consoles /dev_flash/ with the ones included in this archive p3dwik-ps2compatfiles.rar
2. Get into Factory Service Mode (FSM Tool/Dongle)
3. Insert your Original PS2 Game Disc
4. It will run.

Note: Backups won't work. You're getting the compatibility of the 2.60 software emulator with all of its bugs.

A possible...
 

Rumor: Gaikai Cloud Gaming to Bring PS3 Backwards Compatibility

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133w ago - Update: It's now [Register or Login to view links] that Sony has acquired Gaikai for $380 million with the official press release below.

Press Release: Sony Computer Entertainment to Acquire Gaikai Inc., a Leading Interactive Cloud Gaming Company

SCE to Build a Cloud Service Bringing Gaikai's Cloud Based-Streaming Technologies into Its Network Business

TOKYO, July 2, 2012 PRNewswire - Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) today announced that it entered into a definitive agreement on June 30, 2012 (Japan Time) to acquire Gaikai Inc., the world's leading interactive cloud-based gaming company, for approximately USD 380 million.

Through the acquisition, SCE will establish a new cloud service, ensuring that it continues to provide users with truly innovative and immersive interactive entertainment experiences.

"By combining Gaikai's resources including its technological strength and engineering talent with SCE's extensive game platform knowledge and experience, SCE will provide users with unparalleled cloud entertainment experiences," said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
 
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