309w ago - Major adult movie studio Digital Playground has announced eight titles it will be releasing on Blu-ray in February. The studio had initially backed HD DVD but the eight titles it will be releasing on Blu-ray deals a further blow to HD DVD.
A representative for the studio said they were contacted by many PS3 owners who wanted Blu-ray movies for their console. they say however they will continue to support both formats until there is a clear winner.
To quote: Joone says that he was influenced by PlayStation 3 owners asking when their content would be available on Blu-ray.
"A lot of people were emailing that bought a PlayStation and they were basically saying, 'When are you guys going to release Blu-ray?' They really have no preference in format yet because it's so new. When it comes down to image quality, there is no difference between the two," he told CE Pro last month.
309w ago - Sony Pictures has agreed a deal with DivX Inc. that will enable online retailers to offer Sony Pictures titles for secure download in the high-quality DivX format for playback on DivX Certified consumer electronics devices powered by the next-generation chipset solution.
So that must mean on the PS3, but how long until they appear on the PSN? :P
To quote from the Press Release: DivX, Inc. (NASDAQ: DIVX) and Sony Pictures Television Inc. today announced an agreement that will enable online retailers to offer Sony Pictures titles for secure download in the high-quality DivX format for playback on DivX Certified consumer electronics devices powered by the next-generation chipset solution.
"This milestone agreement lays the foundation for Sony to offer high quality video content in the DivX format to its retail partners for playback on next-generation DivX Certified devices," said Kevin Hell, CEO of DivX, Inc. "Consumers want the flexibility and choice to enjoy high-quality video content from a range of retailers across a variety of devices. We are very pleased Sony Pictures Television recognizes the value of the DivX digital media solution and look forward to working together to offer a great experience to consumers."
"We are dedicated to finding legitimate outlets for our content...
312w ago - Sony's PSP Media Manager is a decent enough piece of software. You click, you drag, you browse, it gets the job done. Only problem is, for some ridiculous reason, you have to pay for it. Stupid!
Stupid in the West, at least: Sony have announced that Japanese consumers can now download the software free of charge from their PlayStation Store. Sucky news for us, right? Not even close. Fumble your way through the Japanese install and you'll find the program itself runs in English. Perfect, legible, sweet English. I just installed it, used it, tested it, it all works. You can download it from the link below courtesy of the Japanese PlayStation Store.
314w ago - Net users in the UK have rated the ability to download DVD-quality films quickly as the service they most want from next-generation broadband.
In a survey conducted by Broadbandchoices.co.uk, users put it ahead of video calls, High Definition video downloads and home surveillance.
Some 18% said they downloaded films although it was the online activity they devoted the least time to. The most popular activities are still sufing and checking e-mail.
Some 61% rated "downloading DVD quality films in five minutes" as the most interesting application for future broadband services.
The survey was intended to get a feel from what consumers may want from next-generation broadband in the light of recent questions about how and when the UK should move to super-fast services.
However, there was uncertainty over how whether people would be prepared to pay extra for such services, with 60% responding either no or don't know.
The services people rated the most exciting drivers of next-generation broadband were the ones they spent the least time on currently.
"From our results it does appear a little contradictory that respondents rated 'watching TV' or downloading films as being the least amount of time spent on the internet in a week and yet when asked...
317w ago - Being able to download games that were released just a few years ago and play them straight from your 360's hard drive sounds like a great feature. However, being that the games will run under software emulation, there's going to be a few issues present, as follows:
There are some known issues with Xbox Originals. With all game titles, publisher logos at the start of a game can be choppy on first play when caching. Also, any additional content within a game (such as a demo or trailer) is not supported by Xbox Originals titles and selecting those options may result in crashing the game (requiring a restart of the console).
There are also some issues unique to specific game titles, as follows:
Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge: There is some minor flickering at the top of the screen that happens very rarely. The "Press A to Continue" message is missing when the host player leaves a multiplayer game. Additional content within the game (such as demos & trailers) are not supported and selecting those options may result in crashing the game (requiring a restart of the console)
Fable: There are some random bursts of audio static and some minor texture issues and a short hang up when removing tattoos. Additional content within the game (such as demos & trailers) are not supported...