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Premium PSN Slated to Be Announced By Sony at E3 2010

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219w ago - The rumored new premium online subscription service, which will cost around £50 per year, is slated to be unveiled by Sony at E3 2010 according to VG247.com (linked above).

This news comes as no big surprise as Sony sent out a survey via IPSOS Online Research on the new service several months back to users.

To quote: "According to a highly-placed source, Sony will announce a large-scale monetizing scheme for PSN at the LA show, but we're assured nothing planned will impact the service's current free aspects.

A string of features will be revealed, apparently costing "less than £50 per year".

Sony will confirm plans to give all subscribers one free PSN game per month, from a choice of "two to four" every month.

"If you work it out, PSN games cost an average of £6-9 each, so over a year you're basically going to be breaking even," said our source.

A streaming music application similar to Spotify will be announced in Sony's press conference on June 15. It's thought that this can run in the background while playing games.
 

Air Force May Suffer Collateral Damage on PS3 OtherOS Removal

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220w ago - Although not surprising, today ArsTechnica.com reports that the US Air Force may suffer collateral damage (especially since investing in 300 followed by another 2200 consoles for research) due to Sony's recent decision to remove the OtherOS functionality via PS3 Firmware 3.21 from the PlayStation 3 entertainment system.

However, the Air Force stated they are aware of the recent class action lawsuits against Sony over this matter, to quote:

"We will have to continue to use the systems we already have in hand," a representative told Ars, "but this will make it difficult to replace systems that break or fail.

The refurbished PS3s also have the problem that when they come back from Sony, they have the firmware (gameOS) and it will not allow Other OS, which seems wrong.

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Class Of Heroes 2G - PSP HD Port Slated for PS3 This Summer

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224w ago - According to [Register or Login to view links], a HD port of Class of Heroes 2 for PSP is slated for release on Sony's PS3 entertainment system under the title Class Of Heroes 2G in mid-July, 2010.

Famitsu now lists Class of Heroes 2G in their table of contents as a PS3 game, and early reports state it will include full voice acting and an expanded character edit mode.

To quote: "After the two installments of Class of Heroes that were released on the PSP, Acquire announced today that Class of Heroes will be coming on the PlayStation 3.

The game will be a remake of the second Class Of Heroes that will feature full voice overs, updated graphics, and a lot more. ZeroDiv will be the one managing the remake on the PS3."
 

GeoHot Releases Sample PS3 Linux Isolated SPU Loader Code

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235w ago - Today GeoHot has released sample PS3 Linux isolated SPU loader code for those with OtherOS to experiment with.

To quote: "Right now, I'm playing with the isolated SPEs, trying to get metldr to load from OtherOS. Interesting thing, I am not using the exploit. I always assumed the enable isolation mode register was hypervisor privileged.

It's not, it's kernel privileged, which means using hypervisor calls you can all get to it. So, get to hacking. [Register or Login to view links] is the code I am playing with.

I'm not that opposed to releasing the exploit, but I think the majority of you are going to be disappointed, even if you do get it working. Unless you have pushed the HV to it's limits, this exploit really isn't going to do much for you... yet.

So install OtherOS and start playing around. If people start coming up with convincing reasons why they need the exploit to go further, I'll release it. It's just a waste to release if people can't make use of it.

As far as the GPU goes, I have full access to the GPU memory space 0x2800... But without a driver, it's useless. 3D video card drivers are notoriously hard to write, look at the ATI and NVIDIA ones for linux. The best are still the closed source manufacturer ones.

I'm not even sure...
 

Rumor: Sony's PS2 Emulator Won't Arrive on PS3 Until Late 2010

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240w ago - According to PSInsider (linked above), the recently discovered PS2 emulator Sony has added won't arrive on the PS3 console until late 2010.

While PS3 Firmware 3.15 added support for Sony's PSP emulator to the PlayStation 3, PS2 fans may want to check out Open PS2 Loader for PS3 until fall of next year.

To quote: "Sony PS2 emulator will probably WON'T be published until end of 2010 (yes, next year) as for this and next year Sony will still supporting all PS formats including PS2.

The PSP emu for PS3 was meant to be connecting PSPgo / PSP-4000 to PS3 via bluetooth and play via DualShock / Sixaxis so PS3 would just transfer the audio and video.

Only 'emulating' parts would be allowing PS3 pad control PSP game but calling it emulating it's really nonsense."
 
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