295w ago - The PLAYSTATION Network will be taken offline for a scheduled maintenance to the network on April 14th between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
As a result there will be no access to the PLAYSTATION Store.
To quote: The PLAYSTATION¬®Network will be taken offline for a scheduled maintenance to our network during the following times:
Start: April 14, 2008, beginning at 8:00 a.m., Pacific Time
End: April 14, 2008, ending at 11:00 p.m., Pacific Time
During this time, the new PLAYSTATION¬®Store upgrade will be taking place. As a result access to the PLAYSTATION Network will be restricted, including:
* No access to the PLAYSTATION¬®Store
For information regarding the changes to the PLAYSTATION Store, please visit the PlayStation.Blog.
It is not anticipated that this will affect other PLAYSTATION Network services
Once the new PLAYSTATION Store upgrade is complete, a new system software version will be available for download. This new system software must be installed before you may access the PLAYSTATION Network.
295w ago - Well here's one that is sure to cause quite a debate. While speaking at an ELSPA press conference recently, Sony Computer Entertainment UK's Ray Maguire offered his insight on where he sees the direction of gaming media going, saying that within the next 10 years 90% of game sales will be online.
Maguire elaborated on his beliefs, saying: "We have a situation that if you're a retailer you're currently responsible for the goods that come through your chain," he continues "But that's not true with ISPs in the future.
This isn't merely a games industry issue. It's an issue for every industry with companies that have a website, and when we look at user generated content it's a people issue."
Hmm... Well considering Microsoft has said all along they feel they "backed the right horse" and claimed that Sony knows downloadable media is the next big thing, which is why they are implementing it into their plans, do we look at Microsoft trailblazing and say that they are indeed on the right path?
In a recent interview ex Microsoft exec Sandy Duncan told us that "dedicated games devices i.e. consoles (and handhelds) will die [out] in the next 5 to 10 years," he has since gone on to launch his own blog devoted to the discussion.
296w ago - The revolving door in Redmond is spinning again.
This time, two top executives have left the company and a third will do so in a few months. They are:
--G. Michael Sievert, formerly corporate VP for Windows Product Marketing
--Steven Berkowitz, senior VP in the Online Services group
--Pieter Knook, formerly senior VP in the Mobile Communications Business
Sievert, previously executive vice president and chief marketing officer at AT&T Wireless Services Inc., had been with Microsoft since 2005. As the executive responsible for promoting Windows Vista, he undoubtedly took some heat over public perceptions of Microsoft's latest operating system as slow, bug-plagued and incompatible with other applications (although Microsoft also says it sold more than 100 million Vista licenses in the product's first year). In early February, about 10 days before Microsoft announced Sievert's exit, CEO Steve Ballmer told analysts that the company needs to improve its Vista marketing efforts.
In announcing Sievert's departure, Microsoft said only that he left "to pursue new endeavors"; the technology-news site CNET.com quoted Sievert as saying he plans to start his own company. Microsoft promoted Brad Brooks, previously general manager for Windows...
299w ago - We announced this notice some time ago, now I would like to show you a picture of the tool I compiled to do the job. You need the Infectus mod-chip on your PS3 to downgrade. This mod-chip allows you to take a backup of your current PS3 Firmware that can be restored.
The news is that before it wasn't possible to downgrade without a previous dump of your own PS3 console's Firmware, but now things have changed.
Using this tool you can modify a NAND backup in order to let the console think it has a lower Firmware version, so later you can use an official Sony upgrade PUP file to "downgrade" to the version you need.
It has been tested to patch all PS3 Firmware dumps up to 2.10 so far, but is a work-in-progress as we still need to test re-updating more thoroughly.
I would like to thanks to Gigi and Mainman for their support in this tool, and all the other PS3News Devs for helping us in all our work.
299w ago - Tiki Games Inc, the team responsible for the real time strategy game Galaxy's End on PSP, are developing a new PSN title for the PS3 called Novastrike.
Novastrike is a top-down arcade shooter in which the player takes control of a prototype advanced Scythe fighter and combats invading aliens over various planetary surfaces. The game is set for release in the second quarter of 2008.
Tiki Games Inc, the team responsible for the real time strategy game Galaxy's End on PSP, are developing a new title for PS3 to be released via PSN. Novastrike is an arcade style shooter set for release in the second quarter of 2008.
NOVASTRIKE is a top-down arcade shooter in which the player takes control of a prototype advanced Scythe fighter and combats invading aliens over various planetary surfaces. The player fights both air and ground opponents ranging from enemy fighters to capital ships and ultimately an end-Boss. As the player progresses the Scythe unlocks its full potential through upgrading its weapon systems and overall capabilities.
Seven expansive challenging stages driven by objective-based goals
Free-roaming flight: there aren't any rails here allowing flight in any...