InFamous 2 PS3 PAL Release Dates Confirmed for June 8th / 10th

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153w ago - With PSN back online Sony is now resuming their regular PS3 gaming news updates, starting today with European Product Manager Elliott Linger confirming InFamous 2 PS3 PAL release dates for June 8th / 10th.

To quote: I'm very pleased to confirm that inFamous 2 has now gone gold and will release across PAL on 8th / 10th of June - here's how it splits out:

• UK, Germany & Ireland: 10th June
• Rest of PAL: 8th June

Undoubtedly one of 2011′s most eagerly anticipated titles, inFamous 2, the story of reluctant superhero Cole MacGrath, will, like the karma system in the game, offer a number of different choices when you hit stores come release.

As you may know, we have already announced the lenticular Special Edition - which comes with a powershot of extra digital content including the Electrocution Grenade power, Golden Amp and an exclusive Cole MacGrath skin from inFamous 1.

Alternatively, you can harness the power of a hero and pick up the luxury Hero Edition which comes complete with Lightning Hook downloadable power, Kessler skin, a Cole MacGrath figurine and inFamous comic from graphic novel legends DC Comics, a replica Cole MacGrath messenger bag and the inFamous 2 digital soundtrack.

But the choice doesn't end there. Two...
 

Sony Says Play On - PSN Restoration Officially Begins Now!

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153w ago - Following the release of PS3 Firmware 3.61 and the PSN restoration announcement from Kazuo Hirai, Sony's Senoir Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media Patrick Seybold tells PSN users to 'play on' confirming that PlayStation Network restoration officially begins now.

To quote: Thank you for your patience and encouragement over the last few weeks. As covered in the post from earlier today, you can now update the firmware on your PS3 and change your password. Kazuo Hirai just announced that we have begun the phased restoration by region of some of the services, starting with online multiplayer functionality.

Please note that these services will take a bit of time to be turned on and rolled out to the whole country. The process has begun and some states are being turned on now, so please be patient as we reach your city and state. Well be updating the map below as service comes online in individual states.

It will take several hours to restore PSN throughout the entire country, so please keep checking back for the latest updates. In the meantime, nows a great time to get your PS3s firmware updated and change your password, both of which are required...
 

PS3 Firmware (System Software) Update 3.61 is Released!

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153w ago - Today VP of Sony Network Entertainment Eric Lempel has announced that PS3 Firmware (System Software) update 3.61 is now released!

The PS3 3.61 update uses the same keys as 3.60, which can be obtained by dumping the PlayStation 3 RAM when lv0 puts them into lv1 space.

Download: PS3 Firmware 3.61 Update (US) / PS3 Firmware 3.61 Update (EU) / Guide on How to Change Your PSN Password

Additionally, Eurogamer has confirmed that PSN is scheduled to go live at 1AM (GMT) and Kazuo Hirai has posted an official PlayStation Network restoration announcement video (below).

To quote: We have been working on a new PS3 system software update...
 

MultiMAN PS3: The Media Cabinet & Construction Kit v1.0 Arrives

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153w ago - Today shagratt71 has released what he dubs The Media Cabinet & Construction Kit v1.0, an XMMB Theme for multiMAN on the PS3 entertainment system.

Download: The Media Cabinet & Construction Kit v1.0

To quote: Here is The Media Cabinet v1.0. Included in the package is a single PSD file which can be used in any version of Photoshop or similar program to move and manipulate the multitude of specially designed shelf items, more item packs will be released in future updates.

The actions palette is still not fully functional and will be released in v1.01. I would just like to thank Dean for all the hard work he puts into his multiMAN and I look forward to releasing more themes for it in the future.

All artwork within The Media Cabinet is copyrighted Wades Engineering and Graphic Design and is all totally original. The Media Cabinet Construction PSD is permitted for personal use only.

Finally, in related news hitman43 has released his Project Multi Mayhem v0.3 Theme for multiMAN as well with a video below.




 

Video: PS3 QA Flag Demo, Enables Hidden Firmware Options

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153w ago - Today Sony PlayStation 3 hacker Mathieulh has posted a video demo showcasing the PS3 QA flag, which is the internal console flag used by Sony to enable hidden Firmware options and removes restrictions on Retail and Debug consoles.

This is done on official PS3 Retail/Debug firmware without any modification as the console itself is QA flagged (QA token is set through spu_token_processor), meaning the method will not work on unflagged consoles and using the advanced QA flag also enables PS3 Firmware downgrading.

From the video's caption: I just QA flagged my Metal Gear Solid 4 Limited Edition console and I thought I'd show you the hidden options for the sake of it (and because I was bored).

I am sorry for the unstable camera, I only have two hands and the options are hidden and require (along with the actual flag) a crazy button combo to pop up. (I kid you not)

Sorry I am not telling you how to do this, please do not ask. Yes, this video is real.

QA flag is the internal console flag used by Sony, it enables hidden options and removes restrictions for both retail and debug consoles alike. It is used for QA centers and the R&D Department, there are 2 levels of QA flags, Minimum and Advanced, this console has been set to the Advanced one.



 







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