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PSP-2000 Video-Out to Display Classic Titles at Full TV Screen Size

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305w ago - Sony have issued an Official PS3 (v2.50) / PSP (v5.00) software update press release today. It reveals that the PSP-2000's video-out feature will be able to display PlayStation format software (classics titles) at the full-screen size of the TV that the PSP is connected to (the feature will also support interlace displays). Both system software updates will be released on October 15, 2008.

Press Release: London, October 14, 2008 - Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today announced details of the next PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) and PSP®(PlayStation®Portable) system software updates, adding new features to both platforms to benefit consumers.

The PS3 firmware update (v. 2.50) will include the implementation of advanced voice chat features for the PS3 official wireless headset, the ability to capture screenshots in-game with supporting titles in the future, and Trophy enhancements, among other new features. The PSP firmware update (v. 5.00) will add direct access to PlayStation®Store on PSP, enabling consumers to browse the store and download games whenever they're at a Wi-Fi hotspot. Both system software updates will be released on 15th October.

PLAYSTATION®3 Firmware 2.50 Update
Building upon the foundation set by previous firmware upgrades, the 2.50 system software update...
 

Rumor: Photos of New Nintendo DS LCD Screen Spotted

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307w ago - Yesterday we reported on the upcoming Nintendo DS, and today some photos of the new Nintendo DS console's upgraded screens have been spotted on the Chinese site Yukawanet, linked above.

In the picture below, the revised screen is the one on the right side... which has a slightly larger width of 3.25 inches, in comparison to just 3 inches for the one on the left.

According to their watermarks, the origin of these 'spotted' photos is another Chinese Web site, namely TGBus.com.

More details as they are available, and check out the link above for additional photos!
 

Split Screen Is Dying? Or Maybe It's Dead?

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307w ago - Is it me, or is the split screen feature slowly fading away from mainstream? I was reminiscing about the old days of the N64, where split screen was almost a standard for many N64 games. Getting together with your friends, popping in Goldeneye and taking turns battling it out with the loser with the least kills giving up the controller.

Soon falling suit was the PlayStation with its awkward boomerang multitap and the cult classic Dreamcast sporting the four ports on the front, then the Xbox, then the Gamecube, then the PS2 with its awkward block multitap. But it seems as if with the new generation, split screen is becoming a thing of the past.

Granted the current systems support up to four controllers (seven for the PS3, why is Sony so weird when it comes to this? I know it's for bluetooth devices, but why the odd number?), but it seems as if everything is moving online.

Gone are the days where inviting your friends over for a four player game, instead it's seeming as if you have to arrange the time you all will meet up online, even though you all stay within the same vicinity of one another.

I understand the importance of online, with such games supporting clan structures and tournaments and allowing players to compete against others from around the world. However, it seems...
 

First PlayStation 3 Firmware 2.5 Details Available; Screen Grabbing

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312w ago - CVG has learnt that Sony's next firmware update for PlayStation 3 will include an option for screen grabbing, allowing you to take your own shots of what you get up to on your PS3.

A development source has told CVG that PS3 firmware update 2.5 is rumored to have screen grabbing built in.

Exactly how this would be done and what you could do with the shots once you've grabbed a piece of the action isn't yet known. But you've got to reckon that uploading them to a server and showing off and using the images as themes would be a safe bet.

Sony hasn't announced anything about a 2.5 update yet and won't even discuss the subject.

We'll file this one under 'wait and see' for the time being.
 

Videos: PSP Touch-Screen Support; DreamCast Emulator for PSP

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316w ago - MastaRiot has been tinkering around with the PSP and has shown off his experimental PSP Touch Screen project... once released, the PSP will finally get touch screen support, unofficially.

In related PSP homebrew news, drkIIRaziel has unveiled a new DreamCast Emulator for PSP in the works.

However don't go expecting too many miracles of emulation perfection from this he states... both videos are available below via YouTube.

Enjoy!








 
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