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Video: PlayStation 3 Firmware v3.00 Update Detailed!

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279w ago - Available on September 1st, PlayStation Network Operations Director Eric Lempel has detailed PS3 Firmware 3.0 via PlayStation Blog, as follows:

PlayStation 3 (PS3) firmware update (v3.00) adds a number of great new features that we're excited to share with you. The latest update incorporates changes that improve navigation on your PS3.

First, you'll notice some cosmetic changes to the design of the XMB (Xross Media Bar). We've enhanced the look and feel of the XMB so that it's easier and even more intuitive to use.

We've also added network improvements and personalization options to help enhance your PS3 experience. Additional highlights from update 3.00 include:





"What's New" - The "Information Board" will be replaced with a "What's New" section, which allows you to enjoy interactive PlayStation news every time you start the PS3 system. Located under the PlayStation Network icon, "What's New" displays the latest and greatest game, video, PlayStation Network and PlayStation news and releases, as well as your recently played games, in a sleek, new animated format.
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Micromania Receives New PlayStation 3 Slim Marketing Posters

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279w ago - French Web site UltimatePS3.fr (linked above) is reporting today that marketing posters have arrived at French retailer Micromania promoting the stock of "New PlayStation 3s".

This comes just days after the PS3 Slim was discovered in a Micromania database listing.

The posters give no details on price or dates, and the price is to be filled in at the retailer's own discretion.

To quote, roughly translated: While doubts remained about the arrival of a new model of PS3, we learn by a member of our forum Micromania received this morning a POP (picture support) aimed at promoting a new model. We knew the price was about to fall, now it is assumed that a new version of the console will be marketed.

This now removes any ambiguity: a new model of PS3 will land in our stores! The scenario that emerges is that the PS3 "Old" to 299 euros, the PS3 "New" to 399 euros. Confirmation or denial tonight with the press conference of Sony, for each of 19-hour Ultimate PS3.

Please note that to date, if the buzz of the web a new model called the "Slim PS3", this expression is currently seen anywhere.
 

Sony's PlayStation Portable May See Trophies After All

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280w ago - At less than two months away from the launch of the PSP Go, it now appears that portable trophies could be heading our way in the future.

In a recent [Register or Login to view links] with PlayStation: The Official Magazine, they asked if Trophies will "ever be available for PSP games?"

To quote: "It's under discussion, but there are some technical challenges," replied Shu Yoshida, SCEA Senior Vice President of Product Development.

Director of PlayStation Network Operations, Eric Lempel, previously [Register or Login to view links] during E3 that we're simply "not going to see Trophies on the PSP."

His main reasoning being in the interest of "keeping it secure," as artificially increasing their ranks and Trophies "kills the whole system."

Those security issues and "technical challenges" are no doubt linked to the fact that the PSP has been hacked time and again.

Surely, a simple method to prevent the homebrew gamer from bumping their trophy count is to implement anti-cheat protection, forcing PSP trophy hunters to remain logged in to PSN to unlock the goods.

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FYE, Hastings Ad Reveals $100 Price Cut on Sony's PlayStation 3

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280w ago - Following analyst Michael Pachter's prediction from earlier today comes another PS3 price cut ad leak... this time from Hastings, a Texas-based retailer.

According to the ad, the current stock of 160GB PS3s will be cut to $400, a $100 savings over the original.

In related news, [Register or Login to view links] is reporting FYE is now selling 80GB PS3 consoles for $299, with the Uncharted bundle for $400.

To quote: Of potential importance is the phrasing: the ad mentions the PS3 is experiencing a "price cut" versus a temporary "sale." The cut begins September 8th, weeks after Sony's press conference at Gamescom.

The reduced price could be exclusive to Hastings, and isn't necessarily indicative of a nationwide price drop. However, a price drop on current PS3 models can clear inventory and make way for a possibly upgraded one.
 

PlayStation Network Video Content Update for August 14, 2009

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280w ago - PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen is back with this weekend's video content update today, as follows:

Here are this week's new releases and top downloads for the Video Store. Also, check out this video for 2 Months, $2 Million. It's a new show from G4 that takes you inside the world of competitive high stakes online poker.

The show follows the lives and adventures of four young high IQ friends trying to break the bank of the online poker world. These four math whizzes are out to collectively earn $2 million dollars in only two months using their own money.

The show will be available for download on the Video Store next Monday, Aug. 17th. Enjoy!





This week we've added the following new content:

HD Movies

•Babe
• Carlito's Way: Rise to Power
• Do the Right Thing
• Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
• Kindergarten Cop
• Mystery Men
• Serenity
• The Frighteners
• The Jackal
• 17 Again
• A Bronx Tale
• Bounty
• Tales From the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight
• The Last Resort
• Virus
• Whisper
• Poison Ivy 2
• Big Momma's House 2
 
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