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How Sony Can Improve the PlayStation Home Experience on PS3

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300w ago - So, the Home Open Beta has launched, and while it's another step in the right direction, I still find little to no reason to fire it up.

Here are some ideas that Sony should be considering, if they already aren't.

More Character Customization

What's there already is good, but it's next to impossible to create a character that looks even remotely like me, especially in the face area.

The sad thing is that the underpowered Wii can make a recognizable Mii of me, as can in-game editors in The Godfather and, what came closest so far, Fight Night Round 2. In fact, Sony should look closely at the Fight Night character creation, because I'm convinced that it can do anything.

In addition to this, allow our Home avatars to be used outside of Home - maybe in games like BUZZ! Quiz TV, or sports games, etc. just like the Xbox 360 avatars and Wii's Miis.

The limited options that currently exist for PSN account icons are ridiculous. There are 23 pages or so, most of which are crap. Allow us to set our PSN avatar to a headshot of our Home avatar, and this would solve that problem in one fell swoop.

Complete XMB Functionality

The XMB is fast, sleek, and simple and really, pretty bloody awesome. But Home is supposed to be this new...
 

Microsoft's XBox 360 Jasper: Guide on How to Find One

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301w ago - Courtesy of Engadget, Ben Heck has recently dissected a Microsoft XBox 360 Jasper console and says that checking the amperage rating near the barcode (you can see through the hole in the packaging) is the most sure-fire way to find a Jasper to date.

In summary, if it says 14.2 amps it's a Falcon unit (65nm CPU, 90nm GPU), 12.1 amps makes it a Jasper unit (65nm CPU, 65nm GPU).

Those interested can check out the full article (linked above) for additional details and complete disassembly documentation with step-by-step pictures.

Below is a picture (click to enlarge) of the XBox 360 packaging hole, with both the Falcon and Jasper differentiation illustrated.
 

Video Game Piracy: The Widening Problem and How to Stop It

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301w ago - iTWire of Australia thinks they have found the best way to limit video game piracy. Upon checking the top sellers list, they found it was dominated by Wii games such as Mario Kart, Wii Fit and Wii Play... all of which come with some kind of peripheral.

So they feel that as the games require the hardware, then people are less inclined to pirate the games. Moreover, special editions can still make a difference with nice little gifts inside such as key rings, extra content discs, etc.

To quote: See a trend? Sure the top three are games for the Wii, but more importantly, four of the top 5 have some sort of peripheral hardware associated with the game. This trend continues when you break it down across platforms - at least at the console level.

Guitar Hero: World Tour and its associated microphone, guitar and drum peripherals hold down two of the top ten Nintendo Wii sales chart positions, features in both PS2 and PS3 top ten and along with the Karaoke game, Lips (and its microphones) also appears in the Xbox 360 top ten.

Nintendo have released a bundled pack with Animal Crossing for the Wii, with the Wii Speak peripheral. I think they have cottoned on to it, avoid game piracy by packaging your software with a new piece of hardware, whether the game actually needs it or not.
 

How to Share Downloaded Content from the PlayStation Store

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301w ago - To share games downloaded from the PlayStation Store on up to 5 PS3 systems for most games and add-ons all you need to do is create a new user on your system and go to sign-up for PSN and use an existing account.

Just enter your friend's sign-in info then it should say "thank you for signing up" with their name. Then go to the PlayStation Store and click on downloads and just download what you like!

Once the download starts, you can sign off their name and it will continue to download once you sign back to your account. Enjoy!

On a related note, be sure to check PSN.PS3News.com for the latest PSN links. You can click on the column headings to sort by PSN Title, Date Added, Region and Type.
 

Pioneer Showcases 16-Layer 400GB Optical Disc

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302w ago - Pioneeer today unveiled a 16-layer 400GB optical disc which can be read by Blu-ray Disc players.

According to Pioneer's internal roadmap, its super multi-layer technology development is read-only (ROM) discs in 2008-2010, rewritable discs in 2010-2012 and 1TB (1,000GB) disc in 2013, the company indicated.

To quote: Pioneer is exhibiting its super multi-layer read-only optical disc which features 16 separate layers on a single side with 25GB storage capacity on each layer for a total capacity of 400GB at the IT Month fair taking place in Taipei.

The technology of the super multi-layer read-only disc is based on Blu-ray Disc (BD) with a breakthrough in material of reflective layers, according to Pioneer High Fidelity Taiwan. The specifications of the pick-up head (PUH) of the disc is the same as those for the PUH of blank BD discs, and therefore the Pioneer discs can be read on BD players, the company said.

According to Pioneer's internal roadmap, its super multi-layer technology development is read-only (ROM) discs in 2008-2010, rewritable discs in 2010-2012 and 1TB (1,000GB) disc in 2013, the company indicated.
 
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