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

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260w 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...
 

Videos: More Gravity Crash Details Revealed for PS3 and PSP

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260w ago - Today SCEA Santa Monica Studio's Associate Producer Mike Graham has revealed more details alongside new videos on Gravity Crash for PS3 and PSP.

To quote: Earlier this year, we unveiled one of the newest additions to the PSN line-up, Gravity Crash for PS3, and were thrilled with all the positive responses it received. So, you can only imagine how excited we were to make the announcement during GamesCom in Cologne that we will be releasing this retro-chic title on the PSP as well!

Please take a look at a brand new [Register or Login to view links] from Stewart from JAW – developers of Gravity Crash – for a closer look at how both titles came about and what you can expect to see in both versions of Gravity Crash.

This is Stewart at JAW, developers of PSN and PSP super-retro title Gravity Crash. The guys at SCEE asked me kindly to write a post about the game, so here it is.

Back in 07, myself and Dave Parsons (project lead) were sat in a coffee shop and a long conversation ensued on all the things we loved about gaming in the 80s.

Pixel perfect collision detection, that sense of tactile movement, simple controls, the richness of things to do but with less buttons needed...
 

Videos: First Dynamic / Animated PS3 Theme is Available Now

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260w ago - The new PS3 Firmware 3.0 has changed the way the XMB looks.

One of the new features included is animated themes, but at first glance none are available. Keep looking, as there is already a free Afrika Dynamic PS3 Theme available in the Japanese PSN Store as of right now.

Excluding the free one above, the first regular Dynamic / Animated PS3 Theme costs a premium price of $2.99. Available right now in the PlayStation Store, you can download the LittleBigPlanet animated theme that was shown when PS3 Firmware 3.0 debuted.

Some videos of the new Dynamic / Animated PS3 Themes are below:








 

Videos: PS3 Slim is Slower Than the Original PlayStation 3?

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261w ago - As previously reported, we know that the the PlayStation 3 Slim uses half the power of its 'Fat' counterpart.

Now reports are coming out of the popular Japanese blog Ore-teki (linked above) that the PS3 Slim may actually be slower than its bulky predecessor.

Of course these differences may be caused by differences in harddrive, but in this case the maker of the video claims the same 7200RPM HDD is installed in each... which leaves room for firmware/hardware variations or simply random fluctuations.

Whatever the cause, it seems unlikely Sony will be admitting any undocumented performance difference between the models.

Below are some PS3 HDD and Blu-ray speed comparison videos demonstrating the apparent differences:
















 

Videos: WWE Summerslam 2009 Event - Full Press Conference

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261w ago - Today full video coverage has been made available by MichaelXboxEvolved via YouTube on THQ's press conference for their upcoming wrestling game WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010.

It includes highlights, interviews, gameplay, walkthroughs and everything else fans will want to know.

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 is scheduled for release in October on PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Nintendo DS and Xbox 360.

Check out the videos below!
















 
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