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Videos: More Dynamic Themes for PlayStation 3 Showcased

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262w ago - Just over a week ago we saw videos of the first two dynamic (animated) PS3 Themes, namely Afrika and LittleBigPlanet.

Today, we have three more videos available showcasing dynamic themes for WipEout HD Fury, Motorstorm and High Velocity Bowling below.

To quote: "An overview of all currently available dynamic themes we present to you below these lines are available - on the basis of several videos. In it you see the dynamic backgrounds in action."

Check out the videos below, via YouTube!












 

Videos: New Final Fantasy XIII PS3 Gameplay Footage Available

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262w ago - We now have a Final Fantasy XIII release date, elixir and some new PS3 gameplay footage available courtesy of gmoya909 via YouTube.

To quote from CtrlAltKill.org (linked above): "A YouTube user went to the Final Fantasy XIII premiere party event and posted footage of his game play on YouTube. In these videos they show off different summons and some new game play features that we haven't seen before."

Finally, from the video descriptions: The first reveals a new fight showing Snow, Sazh and Vanille. The second shows Snow summoning Shiva along with Vanille and Sazh. Finally, the last shows Lighting summoning Odin, and Lighting doing odin sginature final blow Zantesuken.












 

Videos: Sony's Voice Recognition, Image Enlargement in PS3 SDK

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262w ago - Sony has been working on distributing a number of new technologies, already available in some PS3 programs.

The first is voice recognition software, employed by SingStar, that allows the PS3 to quickly recognize up to 20 different languages.

Another technology developed by Sony allows the PS3 and PSP to quickly zoom in on massive images.

Already used in a Japanese release calendar program (available for free from the Japanese PlayStation Store), this technology streams massive amounts of visual data - including video - quickly and scales it appropriately.

To quote: "In SingStar, players are able to quickly go through the song library by simply calling out various commands or speaking the names of artists and songs.

While the technology is currently exclusive to Sony, a report by Dig Info reveals that the company plans on making it available to all PS3 developers in future iterations of the console's software development kit.
Like the SingStar voice recognition tools, this tech will be available for developers in an upcoming SDK update. We're not exactly sure how games will be able to take advantage of this, but it certainly looks impressive."

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Videos: First Footage of Star Wars: The Old Republic in Action

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262w ago - During today's Star Wars: The Old Republic panel at PAX 09, BioWare showed Kotaku (linked above) the first glimpse of the Republic's Trooper class in action.

To quote: "Not only do we have footage of the Trooper, which is The Old Republic's version of the Clone and eventual Storm, Sand, Snow, and Marshmallow Troopers, but we captured a little bit of Sith Warrior gameplay as well, in case you are more of a Dark Side of the Force kind of person.

Sorry about the quality, but this was taken off a screen and you get what you pay for."

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Videos: PS3 Slim Loads Games & Movies Faster on Firmware 3.0

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263w ago - In videos from last weekend, we learned that the PS3 fat boots itself faster than the PS3 Slim, but the Slim had the edge when it came to loading games.

Now with new PS3 Firmware 3.0, the PS3 Slim loads games even faster... up to 25% faster according to [Register or Login to view links] on a Devil May Cry 4 installation.

YouTube user PS3slimComparison did a PS3 Slim Firmware 2.80 vs 3.00 Uncharted 1 level load comparison, with the same settings on both consoles and same 7200RPM hard drive installed on each.

To quote: "In this demonstration, conducted by the same source as the original testing, we see the PS3 Slim (Firmware 2.8) load Uncharted: Drake's Fortune against the PS3 Slim (Firmware 3.0).

The difference is considerable (you know, for adjustments to software alone), and we don't see why most other games wouldn't encounter similar loading improvements."

Finally, in the second video (below) it appears Blu-ray movies also load faster on PS3 Slim Firmware 3.0 versus...
 
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