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SingStar Latino is Available Today for PS3 and PS2

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257w ago - Today SCEA Senior Public Relations Specialist Katie Reid has announced that SingStar Latino is now available for PS3 and PS2.

To quote: SingStar Latino launched today in Latin America for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2 and we're pleased to announce that North American fans will also be able to join the fun this holiday with a standalone disc available for purchase exclusively at select GameStop locations across the U.S (full list of cities are included below) and online at [Register or Login to view links].

Available at $39.99 for PS3 and $29.99 for PS2, SingStar Latino features 30 chart-topping tracks from today's hottest Latin artists and legends including David Bisbal, Natalia Lafourcade, Jon Secada, La Oreja de Van Gogh, Paulina Rubio and Heroes del Silencio.

Just in time for the holidays, we're also happy to introduce two new song packs coming to the [Register or Login to view links] this week.

The 'Festive Fun 2' song pack features popular Christmas carols from legendary artists such as Nat King Cole, Doris Day and Johnny Mathis while the second song pack features popular tracks from Sir Paul McCartney and his band Wings. Both song packs are available for $6.99 and include the following...
 

Sega Leak Reveals PSN to Bring PS2 & DreamCast Games to PS3

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266w ago - According to Edge Online (linked above), Sega has leaked a confidential [Register or Login to view links] (removed now) of a meeting with SCEA held in August by accidently uploading it to their public FTP site.

Among other things, the document states a March 2010 release for Sony's new Motion Controller in Japan with the ambition of selling 4-5 million units world-wide. No Prices or Bundles are mentioned though, yet.

Furthermore, and for many of you maybe even more interesting, the document states that Sony wants to introduce a PS2 emulator for the PS3, allowing them to sell DreamCast games and "all PS2 titles on PSN".

Unfortunately it doesn't mention any further details or the possibility to play PS2 game discs.

To quote: We've contacted Sony and Sega for comment and have reprinted the document in question in its entirety below:

SCEA Meeting Aug 5th Notes
Aug 6 2009 - DRAFT FOR COMMENTS

Objectives of Meeting
Dyer agreed to regular quarterly meetings with SOA

Sony PS3
• SCEA reiterated plans to sell 13 million PS3s this year
• Big announcement back half of year they can't talk about (potentially price cut of PS3 to reach hardware...
 

Patent Shows PS3 to PS2 Backwards Compatibility - No PS2 Chips!

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278w ago - PlayStation 2's use the emotion engine as a processor, which was removed from PS3s to save money.

This killed off PS2 backwards compatibility, but Sony has a new software solution.

A patent filed by Sony has a method for the cell processor to emulate the emotion engine which can bring PS2 backwards compatibility to all PS3s.

To quote: There are two main ways to emulate hardware. Interpretation is when target code is decoded and converted into a language the host can understand. The other strategy is to decode and recompile programs in the host's language.

Maybe the concept is better explained another way. Interpretation is like having someone constantly translating English to Japanese for you, non stop, twenty four hours a day wherever you go. Decoding and recompiling is like someone translating a sets of words and putting them in a dictionary you can reference.

Sony developed a way to translate instructions from an Emotion Engine chip into chunks that can be referenced.

Figure 2 from the patent is a schematic drawing of how the system works. Figure 3A is a drawing of the PlayStation 2's chipset. Figure 3B is the emotion engine. Figure 4 is where the whole story gets interesting! It's "an example of a host system based on a cell processor that...
 

SingStar Take That is Heading to Sony's PS3 and PS2 Consoles

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282w ago - Featuring a collection of new and classic tracks from their multi-million album selling career, SingStar Take That is packed full of those tunes that will tug on your heartstrings and have you delivering the performance of your life.

Grab your Wireless SingStar Microphones and get your mates together for a harmonious performance of uplifting, chart topping single Shine - or serenade your loved one with the heartfelt Back for Good and Could it be Magic.

Press Release: Let it Shine with SingStar Take That!

London, 5th June 2009: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe today announced SingStar® Take That is coming to PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3â„¢) on Blu-ray Disc and PlayStation 2. Take That fans are in for a treat this year as one of Europe's hottest acts comes to SingStar.

Set to launch late 2009, SingStar Take That will have fans and music lovers singing along to classic pop hits and soulful ballads that span the group's hugely successful career. You can get practising this summer when the Take That SongPack comes to SingStoreâ„¢, giving you five exclusive tracks so you'll be ready to impress when SingStar Take That arrives later this year!

Whether Take That stole your heart in their early days or won you over with their latest releases, prepare to put on a performance...
 

GameStop Promotion: Trade in a PS2, Get $100 off a PS3

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287w ago - Don't have a PS3 yet? [Register or Login to view links] has a very good promotion right now, allowing you to save $100 off the purchase of a 80GB PS3 system when you trade in your PS2 and three games, as follows:

To get the credit, your system must include AV cables, power cable and a working DualShock 2 controller. Most PS2 games will be eligible for the promo, but they must be worth at least $2 in trade value, meaning your old copy of Madden '04 will definitely not work.

Considering the cost of a new PS2 is now $100, this is quite possibly the best deal you'll be able to get on selling your old and busted system.

With Uncharted 2, MAG, Heavy Rain and a number of PS3 exclusives in the pipeline, now might be the time to jump in... unless you're waiting for that still-elusive price drop.
 
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