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First PlayStation 3 Firmware 2.5 Details Available; Screen Grabbing

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330w ago - CVG has learnt that Sony's next firmware update for PlayStation 3 will include an option for screen grabbing, allowing you to take your own shots of what you get up to on your PS3.

A development source has told CVG that PS3 firmware update 2.5 is rumored to have screen grabbing built in.

Exactly how this would be done and what you could do with the shots once you've grabbed a piece of the action isn't yet known. But you've got to reckon that uploading them to a server and showing off and using the images as themes would be a safe bet.

Sony hasn't announced anything about a 2.5 update yet and won't even discuss the subject.

We'll file this one under 'wait and see' for the time being.
 

Videos: PSP Touch-Screen Support; DreamCast Emulator for PSP

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334w ago - MastaRiot has been tinkering around with the PSP and has shown off his experimental PSP Touch Screen project... once released, the PSP will finally get touch screen support, unofficially.

In related PSP homebrew news, drkIIRaziel has unveiled a new DreamCast Emulator for PSP in the works.

However don't go expecting too many miracles of emulation perfection from this he states... both videos are available below via YouTube.

Enjoy!








 

Sony Names Touch Screen Device After Phil Harrison

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338w ago - Sony is apparently working on touch screen devices with gaming firmly in mind. One such device, according to the EETimes site is named Phil Harrison.

From our past news, according to the US Patent Office a patent referenced to 20080150911 refers to a "A hand-held electronic device..."

The inventor is stated as Phil Harrison... can't be the same Phil as the one who has recently departed Sony for Infogrames/Atari? Can it?

"The device may comprise a case case having one or more major surfaces; a touch screen disposed on one of the major surfaces, the touch screen; a processor operably coupled to the touch screen; and one or more tactile pixels disposed proximate the touch screen."

Section of the USPO's page mentions, "22. The method of claim 19 wherein the user input to the touch screen corresponds to user input to a video game."

Section 23 refers to, "23. The method of claim 22 wherein the predetermined state reflects a change in state of the video game or one or more particular game events.

Also included in the patent are references to 'gesture'...
 

Sony brings PlayStation 3 interface to the big screen

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341w ago - Sony declares "game on" as Adam Turner discovers the PS3's menu system is now built into Bravia televisions.

The user interface seems to be an afterthought on many consumer electronic devices, but Sony has obviously had its UI boffins working overtime (playing games consoles - nice work if you can get it).

They've decided that the XMB (Xross Media Bar) menu system used by the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable is more friendly that the menus used by Sony's big-arse Bravia LCD televisions, so the new generation of Bravias will utilise the PS3's menu system.

The old Bravias were designed around a standard tree-like menu system, with options opening up to the right as you scroll down through the categories. The Bravia's Xross Media Bar menus are built around a similar concept, the menus are sightly more animated but it still requires you to scroll down through categories as your options pop up on the right.

The Xross Media Bar actually has a similar look and feel to the Vista Media Centre interface and even the changes in Windows Mobile 6.1.

The Bravia's move to Xross Media Bar is more cosmetic than functional, yet I can't deny that I prefer it over the old Bravia menus. Smooth and responsive menus reduce the feeling that you're fighting with a device....
 

Video: A look at the Metal Gear Solid 4 XMB load screen

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342w ago - According to reports, a member of NeoGAF who goes by dabookerman has already managed to get his hands on MGS4: Guns of Patriots, and has posted up a video of the XMB load screen when the game is put into the PS3 system.

The video is short, and just gives a quick glimpse at the wallpaper and music provided when the game is running on the PS3.

It's safe to watch as there are certainly no spoilers contained within... video below!



 
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