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Sony showcases two BD-Live players, PS3 to get firmware upgrade

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342w ago - According to the Web site above, Sony is showcasing two new prototype BD Live players which will both be at profile 2.0.

Sony also reportedly indicate that the PS3 will also get a BD Live upgrade in the future.

To quote: At the Sony booth, they are showcasing two new prototype BD-Live players. The Sapphire 3 and 4 will both be Profile 2.0.

Sony also has indicated that the PS3 will get a BD-Live upgrade sometime in the future.
 

HD DVD Group Cancels CES Press Conference, 1:1 Meetings

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342w ago - The news just continues to sour for the HD DVD camp. Earlier today, Warner Bros. decided to go Blu-ray exclusive by the end of May 2008. Warner Bros. executives backed their decision by saying that the move was beneficial for consumers.

"A two-format landscape has led to consumer confusion and indifference toward high definition, which has kept the technology from reaching mass adoption and becoming the important revenue stream that it can be for the industry," stated Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group President Kevin Tsujihara.

Toshiba, clearly stunned by the announcement, issued a press release of its own stating its disappointment with the decisions by Warner Bros.

"We will assess the potential impact of this announcement with the other HD DVD partner companies and valuate potential next steps," said Toshiba in a statement. "We remain firm in our belief that HD DVD is the format best suited to the wants and needs of the consumer."

It looks as though the fallout from the Warner Bros. move is coming fast and furiously. The DailyTech inbox was just moments ago greeted with the following message from a Toshiba representative regarding CES press meetings and the scheduled HD DVD press conference:

Based on the timing...
 

PlayStation Store Update (US) for January 3, 2008!

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343w ago - Per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PLAYSTATION Store) today:

Hey, everyone. It's time again for the PLAYSTATION Store weekly update.

Add-on Game Content:
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
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- Die Fantastischen Vier "Ernten Was Wir Säen" - Single Track ($2.49)
"Ernten Was Wir Säen" as performed by Ernten Was Wir Säen.
File size: 27.7 MB

- Trust "Antisocial" - Single Track ($2.49)
"Antisocial" as performed by Trust
File size: 17.8 MB

- Extremoduro "So Payaso" - Single Track ($2.49)
"So Payaso" as performed by Extremoduro.
File size: 27.6MB

-Warner/Reprise Track Pack ($6.25)
"No More Sorrow" as performed by Linkin Park , "Sleeping Giant" as performed by Mastodon, "Pretty Handsome Awkward" as performed by The Used.
File size: 45.1 MB

Rock Band
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-"Attack" - 30 Seconds to Mars ($0.99)

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-"Dirty Little Secret" - All-American Rejects ($0.99)
 

Unreal Tournament PS3 mod cooking update coming soon

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343w ago - An update for Unreal Tournament Engine editor, that will allow UT3 mod-makers to cook their mods into the required PS3 format is coming soon. It should be released next week after wider testing.

To quote: We're very close to releasing an update to the Unreal Engine 3 editor, that comes with the PC version of UT3, that will allow UT3 mod-makers to cook their mods into the required PS3 format. We've been doing some internal testing and we're hoping to expand to a wider group tomorrow or Friday.

If all goes well then we should see the update released next week which is what I expect will happen. Obviously the process works, as we put out a few mods before Christmas and people seem to be playing them, but it is the update to the editor that we're testing.
 

Latest Game Updates: What Are They?

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343w ago - Typically, we'd like to believe an "update" is a good thing. But when the reasons for the update and what that update actually does remain a mystery, we start to get a little concerned. Perhaps you didn't notice, but more than a few PS3 titles got recent and very unexpected updates...and some users are wondering what actually changed, and if it could potentially hurt the system.

Some updates are more public than others (most are aware of update 1.01 for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, designed to fix slowdown issues). But a few, like updates for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Heavenly Sword, pop up out of nowhere and request that you download the mysterious patch. The previous two updates were 18MB in size and we haven't yet concluded what has been fixed and/or changed in either game, but they must've been issued for a reason, correct? Normally, updates can't possibly hurt the machine, but one game that needs another of these un-detailed 18MB updates is Time Crisis 4. Now, according to several new reports, including one user at Siliconera, this has resulted in the PlayStation 3 not being able to recognize any discs.

Whether or not you have the latest firmware update seems irrelevant; these games need a 18MB update, and we don't know why. Furthermore, we're a little worried about these scattered reports...
 
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