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PS3's External Video Backup Works, But You Can't Stream

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288w ago - This weekend Gizmodo (linked above) has tested out the PS3's external video storage from the not-so-recent PS3 Firmware 2.70 update, and they have confirmed it works as intended.

To quote: You can back up your purchased videos to any external USB drive, be it a flash drive or a standard USB hard drive. The video will show up on in a backup folder inside the drive, but you can't stream directly from the drive.

So it's not like you can connect a 1TB USB hard drive and dump all your movies onto there for on-the-fly watching. You're limited to whatever space you have on your PS3's drive for storage, but you can swap in/swap-out from the external drive with relative ease.

So yeah, nice job Sony for putting out this video backup. It's great for the person who downloads a lot of movies from Sony's PSN service, which has a surprisingly decent selection for a service that's not that old.
 

Video: Leaked XBox 360 Avatar Golf Footage Available

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288w ago - A leaked video appeared to indicate that Golf is coming to Microsoft's XBox 360 console with avatars.

Everything looks fairly early in development with limited sound and very simple textures.

The gameplay seems to be similar to Hot Shots Golf, with no hint of Natal interaction or Tiger Woods flicking.

To quote: Being that Nintendo's Wii Sports is the most successful videogame of all time, it would not be surprising at all the soo Microsoft try to come into the same field with a "Xbox 360 Sports".

This could be the start of many Avatar Sports titles to come and more than likely for Project Natal.




 

Video: Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Team Missions Co-op and More!

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288w ago - Team Ninja Producer Yosuke Hayashi has shared a video detailing the Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 "Team Missions" Co-op, as follows:

There will be over 50 PS3 Trophies to earn in Sigma 2: 38 bronze, 10 silver, 2 gold and 1 platinum. And for those who played NGII, yes, there are new trophies in Sigma 2 which involve the new playable characters as well as the co-op mode.

Now, onto the all-new "Team Missions" co-op mode. We introduced "Mission Mode" in the original Sigma where the goal was to simply destroy all enemies in sight... but that was you playing alone. In TEAM Missions it's all about teamwork (2 players; Online 1P+1P or Offline 1P+CPU) and how well you perform with another partner.

There are more than 30 missions, categorized by difficulty level. Once you select your mission, you then select your character's weapon, ninpo and costume.





In Team Missions, you are prohibited from using items and may not change weapons. You will encounter situations that do not occur in Story Mode, such as facing multiple bosses at once!

The rule is simple: if one of the two players dies, it's game over. Team up with your partner to execute an Ultimate Ninpo attack, where players,...
 

The Zune HD Video Versus Blu-ray Debate Continues

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288w ago - I can't recall a new media format taking as much heat from consumers and the press as I have seen with Blu-ray... tagging it as an unneeded upgrade to DVD and too expensive.

While there may be some truth to one of those arguments, no one should doubt the superior picture and sound quality the format produces.

Sure you can get a DVD player that upscales, but doing that just isn't up to HD quality let alone 1080p. The bottom line in regards to Blu-ray is that it is the best format for Hi-Definition movies currently available.

However, the past few years have given rise to music, games, and software being mostly consumed through digital downloads. DVD's have been slow to fade away and Blu-ray keeps picking up steam. On the other hand, movies at this current moment are primarily still consumed through a physical media.

Netflix has really been the only leader in terms of pushing digital distribution of movies with their pioneering of streaming movies to PC and the Xbox 360.

So naturally it was of great interest to everyone when Microsoft announced Zune Video Service for the Xbox Live with the ability to display streamed movies at 1080p resolution and 5.1 surround...
 

Video: Castle Crashers Coming to PlayStation 3 via PSN

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288w ago - Sony's Social Media Senior Specialist Chris Morell has shared another Comic-Con 2009 video entitled Castle Crashers coming to PSN.

To quote: Hidden amongst the madness of the Comic-Con 2009 show floor was a gem. Castle Crashers, a game that some hoped would eventually come to PS3, is finally headed our way.

If you're unfamiliar, it's a really clever downloadable co-op action game that utilizes some cool RPG elements for great results. And it was officially announced for PSN at Comic-Con.

We cornered the kind folks at The Behemoth for a little back and forth, so take a look at the video to find out why you need to keep your eye out for Castle Crashers.

And get to know these guys because they promised to come back on the Blog when they have even more to talk about.




 
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