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More PlayStation 3 Firmware 2.60 Details Emerge

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291w ago - There are some more details emerging about PS3 Firmware Update 2.60 as follows:

According to our source, on top of the already [Register or Login to view links] Photo Gallery feature, and Divx 3.11 support, here are some more of the expected feaures of FW 2.60:

• Safe Mode
• Blu-ray Disc Theme Support
• HDD Data can be accessed and deleted in-game
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• Improved System Stabilty

We are not exactly sure what these features offer, especially the Blu-ray Disc Theme Support, and the Safe Mode, but we are looking forward to finding out.
 

Upcoming PlayStation 3 Firmware 2.60 Update Details!

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291w ago - PlayStation Network Operations Director Eric Lempel shared the following details on PS3 Firmware 2.60 today:

Hi, everyone, we have a system software updates for PS3 coming soon, and I wanted to provide you with a sneak peak at the details.

The PS3 firmware update (v2.60) is designed primarily to enhance the system's media capabilities. The key feature is a new Photo Gallery application, which delivers a suite of tools for sorting through and displaying your digital photo collection.

Digital pictures can be organized in groups according to various criteria, including the camera used to take the photos, the event date and time, colors in the photos, as well as the number, ages, or facial expressions of the people pictured.

Here's a video walk-through of firmware 2.60 that shows off some of what the Photo Gallery can do.





You can also create slideshows set to music and build photo playlists with an easy-to-use interface. The Photo Gallery application will need to be installed separately from the XMB after you update your PS3's firmware.

To install the Photo Gallery application, go to the Photo section on the XMB, select Photo Gallery and press the X button.

The 2.60 update also includes:
 

PixelJunk Eden PS3 Patch Details: Tending to Our Lovely Gardens

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292w ago - Q-Games Ltd. President and Executive Producer Dylan Cuthbert unveiled patch details for PixelJunk Eden today, which will be released on Thursday, January 15 in North America.

For those of you from the EU, it will be out shortly thereafter, so stay tuned. To quote:

In this patch we've listened to your comments. We've gone ahead and fixed and added a few things to try and get as many people to play Eden as possible, as it really is a remarkable game... if I do say so myself. I simply want as many people as possible to experience it in full (if only we could release it for free and still make a living like some Star Trek-like future).

As you move through the gardens, you'll encounter more and more interesting ideas and concepts. In order to help people having trouble right at the beginning, we've changed the large crystals so they replenish a whole half of your oscillator (time) meter.

Even if you run out of time, we allow you to continue from the last Spectra you collected. To preserve the pride of those who gained trophies without continues though, the 'garden complete' trophy is only available if you don't use the continue system.

You don't need trophies to move forward into the game and explore new gardens, so dive in and try out some of...
 

PS3 BiOS CXR713120-202GB Chip System Controller Details

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293w ago - Here is a translation of an ongoing project from Spanish developer DemonHades (linked above) courtesy of idone, detailing the PS3 BiOS chip being pulled and starting to be traced as follows:

For some time, we have been talking about the PlayStation 3 BiOS, and up to date there is no public info about the IC which does this job and the way it stores the information.

Here is a quick briefing of what we have done so far (pictures in sequence with the below text, spread across the three images below):

Pic #1: The reference of this IC is CXR713120-202GB.

Pics #2 & #3: Thanks to KnightSolidus we have these photos with the ways of this IC and some notes of connections references with colors.

Pic #4: The PLAYSTATION 3 BIOS is also known as SYSTEM CONTROLLER (SysCon)

Pic #5: As we can see in the image, SYSTEM CONTROLLER uses an SPI interface to communicate with the CELL eeprom, on which possibly it will know how to behave. We think it *might* be something interesting to work with.

Pic #6: Using this SPI interface, we can try to cause a livelock that would get us the checkstop.

Pic #7: Here we can see the CXR SYSTEM CONTROLLER, internal diagram. We believe that the UART port...
 

Uncharted 2 Details for PlayStation 3 Revealed in EDGE Magazine

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294w ago - CarbonCore has shared scans from the latest EDGE magazine (check out a few below, with the rest linked above) detailing Uncharted 2 for the PlayStation 3 console.

The preview in the latest issue reveals a lot of backstory, and fans of Nathan Drake will be happy to hear that Uncharted 2 will delve further into his character, showing that while he's "affable and charming, he can also be a jerk."

No longer is Nathan on a quest for Francis Drake, instead he's turned his sights to Marco Polo, whose journey back to Europe from the court of Kublai Khan saw his 600-man fleet dwindle to just a dozen survivors.

Ultimately Drake's journey will lead him to Tibet and an ancient city, which is said to house a gem that can grant wishes. The story in this game will allow for plenty of variety in the environments you'll be visiting.

Naughty Dog also clarifies what they mean by a "stealth mechanic," which put many people on edge when the game was announced. There is no intention of turning Uncharted into the next Splinter Cell; "stealth just gives you something more in the toolbox - another element, another choice that's available to you. Stealth or shooting - both choices are valid at any time."

There's plenty more interesting stuff to read in the full article. It's certainly...
 
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