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Improving Gran Turismo 5's Visuals for the PlayStation 3

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286w ago - Proper Graphics' 3D model of a Koenigsegg CCX to Gran Turismo 5's specifications caused quite a stir. Not only was it discussed across the web, the accompanying [Register or Login to view links] was the seventh most popular on YouTube last week!

Yury Rybakov of the Belarus-based design studio dropped by our [Register or Login to view links] to help explain exactly why their model looked so much better than what we've seen in games so far.

Mr. Rybakov conceeds the Koenigsegg wasn't processed in real-time like it would be in a game, but it also makes significantly better use of the polygons that it is composed of. He supports his argument by highlighting several imperfections in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue's vehicle models that have resulted in incorrect and misaligned surface reflections that most of us have probably missed!

To their credit, Polyphony Digital have the monumental task of crafting hundreds of these models, and compromises have no doubt been made. Regardless, Yury's technical insight shows us laymen how some additional tweaking can go a long way, raising the bar higher for the next iteration of the Gran Turismo series.

Check out the screenshots below to see what...
 

LittleBigPlanet Patch 1.08 is Now Live for Sony's PlayStation 3

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286w ago - Update: The LittleBigPlanet Patch 1.08 patch, initially though to be 'Edam' by Media Molecule, was [Register or Login to view links] by LittleBigPlanet developer Sam_Protagonist to only contain update content as follows:

"The 1.08 update contains content only. The Edam update is still going through the testing process and we'll have more information about its release date once it's completed testing."

To quote: This patch has been confirmed as a content-only patch, installing the latest costume textures (required for players to see other people online who are using the latest DLC costumes).

We can confirm that this patch is 13Mb and we notice that it has re-arranged selected content in the LittleBigStore. This screenshot shows how the Kratos' costume now appears for players who've already downloaded it (the God of War pack icon showing the three costumes no longer appears to players who've not already downloaded it). This makes sense as the Kratos costume and God of War pack are out on Thursday.

We've heard reports of some players still having problems with LBP, so we're still not 100% sure that the patch is Edam - we'll report back when we hear confirmation.
 

Global PlayStation 3 Releases for the Week of January 25, 2009

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286w ago - Rock Band 2 is finally out now for Europe.. welcome to October, 2008 when North America got it.

At least you don't have to wait for all the downloadable content, that's been kept nicely up to date thanks to its compatibility with Rock Band 1.

In the US two new games are seeing release and, as usual, Japan is playing catch up. Here's the full release list:

US Games
• MLB Front Office Manager
• Afro Samurai

EU Games
• Rock Band 2

Asian Games
• Skate 2
• Tomb Raider Underworld

Don't forget PS3 games are region free, so feel free to go ahead and import any game from this list. The only caveat is that any DLC will need to be purchased from the respective PSN Store, which could be a problem.

Release dates are constantly subject to change, so be sure to check with your local retailer.
 

Why Sony's PlayStation 3 Console Can't Play PS2 Games Yet

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286w ago - As a follow-up to an [Register or Login to view links] from a few weeks ago, Sony may have you believing that the company cut out PS2 backwards compatibility in order to save costs.

However, the real reason is actually more strategic than anything else. According to recent [Register or Login to view links], all PS3s will most likely be able to play PS2 games in the near future.

The PS2 is Sony Computer Entertainment's crowing achievement after the PSOne. Both consoles combined have sold close to 260 million units world wide. It does make it seem a bit silly when you see console fanboys bickering over the anthill sized 20 some million units for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

The PS2 and PSOne has a combined library of over 8,000 games (PAL, NTSC) to date, yet the latest version of the PS3 cannot play any of the PS2 games. I was fortunate enough to get my 60GB PS3 during launch, which is considered by many to be the ultimate version. I consider it to be the MVP (Most Valued Player) of gaming consoles due to the fact I could fence it for a good bit of cash on Ebay.

The 80GB which came out after the 60GB, had a new piece of software...
 

iR Shell 4.9 Update is Now Available for the PlayStation Portable

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286w ago - PSP developer Ahman has updated to iR Shell v4.9 today as follows:

Here is a new iR Shell update, enjoy. You can find a new feature summary below. For a complete list and their usage description, refer to the "Release Note" document in the archive.

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New feature summary:

- Support Playstation Network downloable games & demos.
- Interlaced TV support has been added for PSP slim. Games & homebrews launched via iR Shell will inherit the iR Shell TV mode. Most games will run at full speed with default CPU clock.
- For slim PSP TV out, added an option to control the audio output to PSP speaker. This will be useful for docking station with TV out & charging capabilities.
- Added an option to disable Memory Stick MagicGate support. This is meant to be used for PhotoFast microSD to MSPD adapter, or other similar non-MagicGate MS. By disabling the MagicGate support, you will no longer experience the annoying pause in XMB, such as turning on the PSP, switching off USB mode from XMB, quiting game/homebrew back to XMB, entering XMB video directory, etc.
- Added connection timeout support for nethostfs.
 
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