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EA Sports Complex Now Live in Sony's PlayStation Home

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280w ago - Here we go, from PlayStation Home Online Community Specialist Locust_Star via PlayStation Blog today:

The day has finally come! Phase one of the EA SPORTS Complex has been unleashed and it is high time that all of you sports fanatics log in to PlayStation Home, explore this hugely interactive space, try your hand at the available mini-games, and check out all the teasers and trailers that await your prying eyes.

Out of the proverbial box, [Register or Login to view links] has two casual multiplayer mini-games for you to challenge your friends to: A whole floor of poker tables and the new EA SPORTS Racing game.





The former allows for up to 8 players per table to indulge in high stakes tournament-style Texas Hold 'Em and the latter lets you put the pedal to the metal and compete for the best time against 3 other users in a formula-style race.

The Complex - much like the PlayStation Home platform - will evolve over time. Currently scheduled updates include the EA SPORTS Golf mini-game (where users can test their stick skills at an indoor driving range) leaderboards, poker bracelets and a rewards system. As new titles are announced, content within the space and additional game-specific achievement rewards will be added.
 

Grandia Online is Being Developed for PS3 via Playstation Network

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280w ago - It appears Grandia Online is being developed for the PlayStation Network, and excitement is once again bubbling about for the game.

To quote: The news was broken by a page on [Register or Login to view links]'s Web site, stating that their will be a playable demo for up to 60 lucky gamers.

The event will take place in Tokyo's Akihabara on May 20th, 2009. To commemorate the event, the original Grandia for PSone will be made available.

We'll know later in May if the PlayStation 3 will be taking up arms in. Just another reason to buy a PS3, if you're on the fence.

Yeah, I know no one else agrees with that statement. Please allow me to be happy though, okay?
 

Team Up with PlayStation Network for Earth Day Tomorrow

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280w ago - Today PlayStation Store E-Commerce Manager Liz Walsh lets PSN users know how they can 'go green' and team up with PlayStation Network on Earth Day as follows:

Hi Everyone - It's Liz, manager for the video store. Tomorrow on [Register or Login to view links], Wednesday, April 22, we're very excited to announce an opportunity for you to team up with PlayStation Network and help save the planet, one digital download at a time!

Go to the video store tomorrow and help support [Register or Login to view links], a nonprofit organization that seeks to protect Earth's high-biodiversity wilderness areas and important marine regions around the globe.

Then don't forget to also visit our Featured Collections category for a special "Save Our Earth" selection of titles made up of science-fiction, action movies, anime and other films which showcase planet earth, and our effort to defend it from forces who attempt to destroy it. We've included such titles as Cloverfield, Hancock, The Abyss and The Day After Tomorrow for your viewing pleasure.

So, this Earth Day you can download your favorite movies and TV shows from PlayStation Store and feel good about helping our planet earth!

Also, as a reminder,...
 

PlayStation Portable Firmware 5.50 Update is Now Available!

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280w ago - Update: Preliminary reports indicate, as expected, that the [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links]

There is no word yet if it blocks the recent [Register or Login to view links][/URL]
 

H.264 Encoder is Coming to Sony's PlayStation 3 Console

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280w ago - Here's another way to harness the power of the PS3's Cell chip, to quote:

Fixstars Corporation of Japan has announced CodecSys CE-10, the first H.264 encoder that's designed specifically for the PS3. The product will be showcased at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas starting April 20th.

The CE-10 software will be installed on a PC, but will somehow allow users to access the power of the PS3 as a way of accelerating video encoding. Fixstars is promising "ultra fast HD encoding" and "high quality low bit rate compression," targeted at the prosumer market at a prosumer price.

When questioned further on how the PS3 would interface with the CE-10 program, we were provided this rather useful document (pictured below).

It appears the PS3 will need Linux installed, severely limiting its accessibility to all but hardcore PS3 owners. Considering the rather specific demands of this application, perhaps that makes sense.

CE-10 will be available for purchase in June 2009. For burgeoning HD filmmakers, this should be a very cheap way of turning the PS3 into a powerful piece of video hardware.
 
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