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The Top Five PlayStation 3 Features Added via Firmware Updates

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280w ago - The PlayStation 3 launched in late 2006. Since then, Sony has added plenty of new features via constant firmware updates. Here are the top five added firmware update features on the PlayStation 3.

5. Background Downloading (PlayStation 3 Firmware Version 1.60)

Downloading content from the Playstation Store was a major pain in the early days. You have to stay on the same screen for long periods of time (in some cases, hours). Not to mention that you can't resume from the same point if you disconnected.

Playstation 3 Firmware Version 1.60 fixes that cumbersome problem by enabling background downloading, which let gamers perform other functions while in the process of downloading. In addition, you can resume a download anytime and automatically shut down the Playstation 3 once the download is complete.

4. BD-LIVE (PlayStation 3 Firmware 2.20)

For the longest time, the Playstation 3 was the best Blu-ray player on the market. The main reason for its success was the ability to upgrade to a higher profile. Therefore, the Playstation 3 was able to stay ahead of the curve by upgrading Blu-ray Profile to 1.1 and then 2.0 (BD-LIVE). It isn't just Blu-ray movies either; firmware updates also added Windows Media, DIVX and Flash media support for the Playstation 3.
 

Smash Cars Coming to Sony's PlayStation Network for PS3

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280w ago - Today Creat Studios Director of Communications Michael Robinson announced news that Smash Cars coming to PlayStation Network for PS3, as follows:

You're hearing it here first, that the next game to be released under the successful, critically acclaimed partnership between [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links] will be (wait for it...) SMASH CARS!

A follow-up to the original Smash Cars, Creat's 2003 'no rules' RC (radio-controlled) racing game, the franchise returns to PlayStation and will be available for download during the second quarter on the PlayStation Network.

Sound interesting? Of course it does. So here's more details: real-time physics, innovative stunts and next-generation graphics combine into a dynamic, tricked-out single and multiplayer RC car racing experience where players twist and turn, grind and gear up, performing aerial tricks and stunts while racking up trophies and points as they race to the finish, all in an unlikely location.

Set on a beautiful and tranquil Mediterranean island, the fast-moving, bumper car gameplay style transforms this calm and relaxing setting into a dynamically frenzied raceway.

A high-speed mini car racing game with a distinct arcade...
 

PlayStation Network Video Content Update for March 20, 2009

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280w ago - Another weekend is upon us, and PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen has announced the video content update as follows today:

Hi everyone! The weekend's almost here, and that means it's time for your weekly update of the new movies and TV shows available on PlayStation Network.

And for all you [Register or Login to view links] fans, this is just a friendly reminder that the series finale will be available for purchase (in HD or SD) on Saturday, March 21 (The day after the show airs!).

In fact, the entire finale season, along with full seasons 1-3, are available. Picking up from last June's jarring cliffhanger - the Colonial fleet and their new Cylon allies led by Admiral Adama and the Galactica crew discover Earth to find it a barren nuclear wasteland - the finale season promises to be rife with drama, action and revelation.

This week we've added the following new HD movies and TV shows:

HD

•Black Sheep
• The Texas Chainsaw Massacre II
• Battlestar Galactica | Season 4
• 30 Rock | Season 3
• Dollhouse | Season 1
• South Park: Uncensored | Season 13
• American Dad | Season 4
• Breaking Bad | Season 2
• Family Guy | Season...
 

Sony PlayStation Store Update for March 19, 2009

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280w ago - PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen is back again with another weekly PSN update today as follows:

It's week six of the "PSN Spring Fever" section of the PlayStation Store, featuring games, trailers, and themes available for download! Headlining this week is Wheel of Fortune!

Price Update
Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty Price Drop (now $9.99 )(*Limited Time Offer)
The search is on for the most valuable treasure in the galaxy: Clank! The swashbuckling action in Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty begins one year following the intense ending in Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction.

Downloadable Games
Wheel of Fortune ($14.99)
Spin the wheel and solve the puzzle with America's Favorite Game Show! Wheel of Fortune captures the spirit of the popular TV show with high-definition graphics and realistic game play and is now available on the PlayStation Network! Create your own character and experience Wheel of Fortune as never before. Solve puzzles to earn PLAYSTATION 3 system trophies, and challenge your friends online or play solo to become the game's big winner!
ESRB Rated E
File size: 246 MB

Add-on Game Content
LittleBigPlanet Killzone Mini-Pack ($2.99)
The battle against...
 

Video: PlayStation Home Mystery 'Xi' Teaser Trailer Available

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280w ago - Recently there have been subtle hints in Sony's PlayStation Home including messages like the "Xi is almost ready." It appears Xi is launching imminently in PlayStation Home, but what is it?

Currently nobody knows what 'Xi' is, however, today a mysterious video emerged in PlayStation Home. Those interested can view the video via the European PlayStation Home's Square on the big screen (between the marketplace and in cinema) or via [Register or Login to view links].

To quote: If you can stand watching this minute and a half of annoying flashes, then you just might get an early glimpse of "Xi" for PlayStation Home.

The new teaser trailer features a series of random images meshed together by blurry transitions and it's accompanied by the most painful shutter sound effects ever. Be warned, you might feel dizzy watching it.

We don't learn much from the teaser, though we can spot some clues pointing to what it could be. A symbol (image below) is seen as wall graffiti in Home. Given the distinct, enigmatic nature of the trailer, we're assuming this could be some sort of mystery-thriller/puzzle clue hunting game within Home.

It could also be related to that odd message discovered...
 
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