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ProgSkeet PS3 Hardware Flasher Project is Announced

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159w ago - Today PlayStation 3 developer uf6667 has [Register or Login to view links] news announcing a new PS3 hardware flasher project called ProgSkeet.

Currently the official site ProgSkeet.com doesn't offer any details beyond the ProgSkeet PS3 Install Diagrams and ProgSkeet Multi-Console Install Diagrams, however, he did provide some pictures (below, with high-res HERE) of the ProgSkeet device and the ProgSkeet Drivers, ProgSkeet Flasher Software and ProgSkeet Flasher Software Update followed by some more updates in THIS ongoing Forum thread.

Based on them, ProgSkeet appears to utilize an Actel A3P125 IC (datasheet [Register or Login to view links]) which is common among modchips due to its security,...
 

VBANext PS3 Gameboy / GBA Emulator Unofficial Build Arrives

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159w ago - A few days back PlayStation 3 developer squarepusher2 announced that the Nintendo Gameboy / GBA Emulator PS3 Port known as VBA PS3 would soon become VBANext, and today subcon959 has made available an unofficial VBANext PKG file for PS3 users to try out while awaiting an official release.

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Some recent changes from the SVN include the following:

  • (PS3) Auto-aspect ratio setting + plus more aspect ratios
  • (PS3) Cleaned up menu code some more.
  • (PS3) Cut down on some more menu code duplication
  • (PS3) Uses systemDrawScreen() macro now instead of IFDEF __CELLOS_LV2__ hackery to make a direct call to Graphics->Draw and psglSwap.
  • (PS3) Cleaned up code duplication in menu code (Core) Doesn't try to set regparm attribute now for non-x86 platforms
  • Changed blip_med_quality...

 

Video: PS3 Slim Retail Console Running 3.66 Custom Firmware

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159w ago - As a follow-up to the previous JaicraB JFW DH PS3 Custom Firmware videos came a video (below) by pdnked of a PS3 Slim Retail console running Rebug 3.66 Custom Firmware (which is actually PS3 OFW 3.66 with a few Debug files added) from Dospiedras1973 via Spanish site [Register or Login to view links].

A rough translation from [Register or Login to view links] states the following:

Dospiedras1973, EOL and user who has already managed to do the downgrade recently consoles INFECTUS using FAT for that necessary, has released a firmware that allows PS3 to version 3.66 with options debug a machine operative. Some clarifications are annotated by the developer:

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Rumor: Sony to Remove HD Downscale on PS3 Slim K Models?

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159w ago - Update: Sony has now confirmed the news via [Register or Login to view links] stating, to quote: "The new CECH-3000 series PS3 requires HDMI only for BD movie output in HD, in compliance with AACS standards, PS3 continues to support component output for HD gaming and streaming content."

Today Kotaku (linked above) reports news of a rumor that Sony may be removing HD downscale for the component output on new 'K' PS3 Slim models making an HDMI cable mandatory for them.

To quote: "A tipster sends us rumored word (and image) of an incoming replacement model for the 160GB PlayStation 3 which brings with it a change in the way some people will hook the console up to their HD television.

The new "K" chassis, which Sony will begin shipping to retailers this week, will require customers to use an HDMI cable to play a game or watch a movie in high definition, according to the tipster. The component out, which on all other models supports high definition video modes, will no longer do so, according to a memo apparently sent around at GameStop today.

All future models of the PS3, the memo continues, will require an HDMI cable for high definition output. Previous models will not...
 

Sony PlayStation Store PS3 and PSP Updates for July 12, 2011

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159w ago - Sony's PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen is here with this weeks US PSN updates today, as follows:

Hits like Hard Corps: Uprising and Chime Super Deluxe are now 30% off during our Summer Sale. You get 50% off if you're a PlayStation Plus subscriber. See all the Summer Sale Games here.

Notable releases this week include Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Catherine Demo, L.A. Noire: "Reefer Madness" Vice Case, Worms 2: Armageddon Puzzle Pack and LittleBigPlanet 2 Killzone 3 Minipack.

On the PlayStation Plus side, be sure to check out the Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Full Game Trial, Golden Axe, and the PlayStation Plus 1st Anniversary Dynamic Theme.

Here is the weekly PlayStation Store update:

Summer Sale

• Pac-Man Championship Edition DX - Full Game (now $6.99, original price $9.99, PlayStation Plus price $4.89)
• PixelJunk Shooter 2 - Full Game (now $6.99, original price $9.99, PlayStation Plus price $4.89)
• Hard Corps: Uprising Full Game (now $10.49, original price $14.99, PlayStation Plus price $7.34)
• Hard Corps: Character: Harley (now $1.75, original price $2.49, PlayStation Plus price $1.23)
• Hard Corps: Character: Leviathan (now $1.75, original price $2.49, PlayStation Plus...
 
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