274w ago - Sony has confirmed that the video sharing feature has been killed from the Home public BETA, and perhaps from Home altogether. The feature first came to light when Home was announced back in 2007, allowing you to go to someone's apartment and watch whatever movie that they had cued up.
Now it appears as if legal implications have got in the way, but Sony said they were looking into adding the feature in the future... to quote:
Remember how you were going to be able to invite other PlayStation 3 owners to your virtual apartment in Home, then watch videos together? That's not happening, at least not in the "open beta."
I got a demo of the latest beta version of PlayStation Home, Sony's upcoming PS3 virtual world, Tuesday. My full impressions are coming soon, but the biggest news to come out of our conversation was that the video-sharing feature has been killed, at least for the first public release of Home this fall.
Video sharing was one of the most talked-about features of Home when it was announced in 2007 -- not only because it would be awesome to go to someone's apartment and watch whatever movie they'd cued up, but because of the legal implications of such a feature that Sony was shrugging off.
While PlayStation Home director Jack Buser said the company...
275w ago - Linkinworm1 has posted a video on YouTube showing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess working with the new Wii Backup Loader.
To quote: Just about enjoy, now this will be my last video before the final loader is made, I was thinking as well I could put this on an unlimited loop lol, load backup load loader load backup load loader :P
PS: I was modding 360 lol, thats why it's open. needed a clean aswell, dusty dusty.
Video is below, and the new Wii Backup Loader is currently pending a public release.. enjoy!
275w ago - Per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PLAYSTATION Store) today:
Hi again! The weekend's here - time for your weekly update of new movie & TV shows on the PLAYSTATION Store.
This week we've added new video content from the following television series:
• American Chopper, Season 3 & 4
• Bones, Season 3
• Chriss Angel Mindfreak, Season 3
• Elite Forces, Season 1
• Gene Simmons: Family Jewels, Season 3
• Human Weapon, Season 1
• Intervention, Season 4
• It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Season 2
• LA Ink, Season 1
• Martin, Season 1
• Miami Ink, Season 4 & 5
• Most Shocking, Season 1 & 3
• Mythbusters, Season 5
• Paranormal State, Season 1
• The First 48, Season 7
• The Universe, Season 2
• Top Tens, Season 1
• UFO Hunters, Season 1
We've also added the following feature films to the Store:
• 2010: The Year We Make Contact
• Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction
• Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (Unrated)
• Marie Antoinette
• Phone Book
• Purple Rain
• Spiderman II
• The Transporter
275w ago - In a job posting at the Official Kojima productions Web site, Hideo Kojima reportedly stated that "the creativity of video games is now on the verge of crisis. Massive advertising campaigns are executed for games before their entertainment values are put into consideration all too often, resulting in sell-off tactics happening without hesitation."
To quote: Metal Gear Solid 4 creator Hideo Kojima, who promoted the game with a rock star launch party here in the United States, has today criticized the game industry for over hyping video games and hurting sales.
The complaint arrived via a job posting at the Kojima Productions web site, were Kojima lamented that "the creativity of video games is now on the verge of crisis. Massive advertising campaigns are executed for games before their entertainment values are put into consideration all too often, resulting in sell-off tactics happening without hesitation."
275w ago - Yesterday Apple introduced HD TV downloads to the iTunes store, meaning you can watch Peter be super emo on Heroes at a crispy 720p resolution. That's a higher resolution than DVD, and technically, yup, that's HD. There's a catch though. Like every other video download service touting HD videos, it's all actually lower quality than DVD.
It's all about bitrate: How much data is packed into a file, described as bits per second. Generally speaking, a higher bitrate translates into higher quality audio and video, though quality can also be affected by codec–the encoding and compression technique that was used to make and read the file–so bitrate is not an absolute mark of quality, but it's still a very good indicator.
You're probably most familiar with this bitrate business when it comes to ripping your CDs. When you shove a CD into your computer, your ripping program will ask what format you want and what bitrate you want. A song ripped at a higher bitrate will sound better, with more presence and detail, but it does take up more space.
The same principle applies with video, though it's actually a bigger deal, because it's easier to see quality differences in video than it is to hear differences...