284w ago - Per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PLAYSTATION Store) today:
Hey, everyone. It's time again for the PLAYSTATION Store weekly update.
Qore Digital Magazine:
Qore Episode 02: July, 2008 ($2.99 Issue, $24.99 Annual Subscription)
Episode 02 of Qore: Presented by the PLAYSTATION Network includes Part one of a three part series following the development of Resistance 2 and the exclusive release of the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm demo.
File size: 1.71 GB
Add-on Game Content:
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock July 4th 2008 Holiday Single (free)
FREE "Top Gun Anthem" as performed by Steve Ouimette. For all song credits please visit www.redoctane.com
File size: 14.9 MB
Build your Rock Band library by purchasing these song game tracks. For song credits, visit www.RockBand.com.
"Promised Land" - Vesuvius (free)
"Who's Going Home with You Tonight?" - Trapt ($0.99)
"Time Is Running Out" - Papa Roach ($0.99)
"Down at the Whisky" - Motley Crüe ($0.99)
Crüe Fest Pack 1 ($2.99) - includes "Time Is Running Out" - Papa Roach, "Down at the Whisky" - Motley Crüe, and "Who's Going Home with You Tonight?" - Trapt....
284w ago - Gizmodo has posted a list of 10 things they still are seeking in PS3 Firmware. To quote:
10) Smarter Firmware Updates
Let me agree to terms and conditions–a tiny 1K file transfer–before downloading the whole software update. Then once the update downloads it can roll into an install without me having to push some stupid buttons on the controller.
9) Automatic Downloaded-Game Installation
We're really still manually installing most game and demo downloads? Seriously? No, seriously?
8) Real Keyboard Support
The PS3 "supports" a mouse and keyboard. But keyboard support is still not functional or assignable in most games. Some middleware solutions would be nice here, Sony. I should be able to play anything on a mouse and keyboard by mapping SIXAXIS/DualShock3 buttons.
7) In-Game Web Browsing
OK, so here's an instance where we can access the XMB while in a game, but we can't really access it. Because you can't browse the web while in a game. I'd love the option to look up walkthroughs...err...hints and tips without going to the computer.
6) Controllers Don't Charge Without PS3 "On"
Why do I need to leave on my entire PS3 to charge one controller? A firmware update could program the USB portion of...
284w ago - The PlayStation 3 can be a significant contributor to your power bill, but Sony is reacting to recent criticism with a third-generation hardware version that we will be shipping this holiday season. According to media reports, the updated console will consume about 10 - 20% less power than current systems.
The transition to the new generation will mainly consist of a 65 nm shrink of the RSX GPU, which will join a 65 nm Cell processor. Combined with a new cooling architecture, which replaces copper heatpipes with smaller aluminum plates, the new PS3 is expected to consume only 100 - 120 watts, down from 135 watts today. The initial PS3 with a 90 nm Cell processor was estimated to consume up to 180 watts in normal operation.
It is unclear whether the reduction power consumption will be enough to allow Sony to drop the hardware into a slimmer case.
To us, it seems to be rather unlikely that Sony will change the form factor of the PS3 this year. Such a move is much more once the Cell processor hits 45 nm: Sony claims that a 45 nm CPU will consume 40% less power than the 65 nm version.