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Rumor: GTA IV Episodic Content Coming to PlayStation 3

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298w ago - Coming hot off the heels of industry analyst Michael Patcher [Register or Login to view links] he believes the Lost and Damned DLC will sell 2 million on Xbox 360 and the next full GTA title will come out next year, PlayStation Insider has received an anonymous tip.

To quote: The tipster cites Microsoft and Take-Two Interactive's (parent company of GTA developer Rockstar) original press release about the episodic content claiming, it was carefully worded PR hyperbole, only confirming the episodic content would only be a downloadable exclusive, mentioning nothing of future retail releases.

The game will likely be released mid-year 2010 in the storm of hype Take-Two will be producing for it's next full release Grand Theft Auto title. It will come with at least the Lost and Damned episode available on Xbox Live right now, as well as the next episode, and will retail on a disc for around $40 on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

The source also believes the second episode will be released on Xbox Live later this year, and we also have a very strong hunch we will see some more of the next episode by this summer.

While we have no other details, we will report them as soon as we have official information. Rockstar has yet...
 

Confirmed: Next Insomniac Title to be a PlayStation 3 Exclusive

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298w ago - Ratchet and Clank and Resistance creators Insomniac Games' next title will be another PS3 exclusive, the studio revealed, ending speculation that it might go multi-platform with its titles. It's currently in development, though no further details are available.

To quote: The information was revealed in the Los Angeles-based developer's biographical information as the studio announced it is one of the best places to work for in the state of California, according to an Employers' Group survey - the fifth-best, to be exact, and the only game studio on the list.

As part of the release, Insomniac updated on franchise sales for its games, saying that the first three Spyro the Dragon games and its titles in the Ratchet & Clank franchise and the Resistance series have combined to sell more than 32 million units worldwide.

The firm also specifically noted, as part of the company's background information: "Insomniac Games is currently developing an unannounced title, exclusively for PS3."

As for the company award, Employers' Group awarded the winners based on responses to questions about work environment, policies, practices and benefits, plus a survey of a random sample of employees.

Among the perks the studio offers its staffers: a collaborative environment, peer awards that...
 

NBC Universal Premieres on Sony's PlayStation Network Today

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298w ago - PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen announced today news of the NBC Universal Premiere on PSN as follows:

We are very excited to announce that as of today, PlayStation Network will offer movies and television programs from [Register or Login to view links]. Universal Pictures has a huge lineup of [Register or Login to view links], including MILK and ROLE MODELS, and other favorites like THE 40-YEAR OLD VIRGIN and THE BIG LEBOWSKI.

Today's announcement makes PlayStation Network the premiere platform for downloading your favorite content from all the major movie studios.

You've been asking for it, and now we have it... [Register or Login to view links]'s THE OFFICE, HEROES and 30 ROCK as well as Sci Fi's BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and EUREKA are also available starting today. New episodes will be added the day after they air, in both HD and SD.

Keep checking out all of the great new movies and shows because we are continuously adding more movies, series and episodes. Enjoy!
 

PCSX2 PlayStation 2 Emulator for PC BETA 720 Now Available

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298w ago - Krakatos has updated the PlayStation 2 Emulator for PC known as PCSX2 to BETA 720 today, and it includes the following changes:

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Changelog:
• Improved block managers for EE/IOP recompilers. Basic asm optimizations combined with a technique of replacing NULL/invalid pointer checks with a direct link to a JIT dispatcher.
• IOP Fixes and Optimizations
• A couple of important VIF fixes
• Started some work on the pcsx2 emitter
• Usual opcodes fixes
• More recompiled opcodes added
• New EE rec "full" clamp mode, for a few picky games
• Usual code cleanups and reorganizations
• Usual speed optimizations (varies from game to game)
• Some EE interpreters fixes
• Added new, temporary gamefix for God of war and persona 3. If you have missing textures with this beta, you can try that.
• Major GUI API Cleanups
• Savestate version upgrade and stability fix
• New yuv2rgb decoder which is up to IPU spec (which differs slightly from MPEG spec). Improves color hue/saturation on many vids, and is a bit faster too.
• Many other small bugfixes and optimizations
 

PS3 Dev: Sony PlayStation 3 Firmware Update 2.7 Hits This Month

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298w ago - Psyonix Studios developer Corey David let the cat out of the bag this week regarding upcoming PlayStation 3 firmware update 2.7.0.

In discussing a bug with the studio's game, Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, David let slip in a [Register or Login to view links] that the update is scheduled for release later this month, to quote:

"I've been working with Sony trying to reproduce and solve the PSN sign-out issues some of you report.

Any info you can generate will be really helpful. Sony mentioned a bug they fixed with the next system software update (2.70) that might resolve these issues, but we have to narrow it down and verify it's the same problem to be sure it's that and not something we need to fix on our end.

IIRC it will drop later this month. And contain lots of fun new fixes. I'm excited about this one, lots of new stuff.

Though, I dont think I can mention any of them just yet.
-Psyonix-Corey"

It is not uncommon for developers to recieve advance copies of hardware updates so that they can ensure compatibility with their software. After the internet caught wind of the premature announcement the post was swiftly edited to remove any reference to the 2.7.0 release,...
 
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