Some PlayStation 3 Service Mode Details!

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285w ago - Over the months there has been a lot of inaccurate information circulating in regards to how exactly the PlayStation 3's Service Mode works, and as promised in our previous Dev updates here are some of the facts to help separate the rumors and speculation.

It is a fairly simple process as follows.. For starters, the PS3 is powered off, and a special USB dongle, known as the Jig, is connected. The PS3 is then turned on, and then off, once it has detected the Jig.

After this occurs, the PS3 is then turned back on, into "Service" Mode. From here, the PS3 is re-flashed using a Firmware Update on a USB stick, specifically designed to only install from the Service Mode. Once the PS3 is re-flashed with the software, it is then used in conjunction with a PC running customized software, specifically the DEX.exe and CEX.exe's.

There are a multitude of special PS3 firmwares, basically three major ones. The first is a Core System, followed by the Service System, then finishing it off with the Final Software.. usually Retail.

From the CEX/DEX PC side software, just about anything can be done: Copying, transfer and resigning of box-specific items like PSN games, user profiles, etc.

Furthermore, the systems can be re-flashed to any software version as well. The system's keys can...
 

Global PlayStation 3 Releases for the Week of November 2, 2008

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285w ago - Something for everyone this week! Resistance 2 hits the US while LittleBigPlanet finally sees a European release. Valkyria Chronicles also makes its way to American soil. Here's the full release list:

US Games

• Resistance 2 (Collector's Edition)
• Valkyria Chronicles
• James Bond 007: Quantum of Solace
• Tom Clancy's End War (Headset bundle)
• Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm (Collector's Edition)
• Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
• History Channel Civil War: Secret Mission

EU Games

• LittleBigPlanet
• MotorStorm Pacific Rift
• Tom Clancy's End War (Headset bundle)
• Legendary
• WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2009
• Disney Sing It (Microphone bundle)
• Guitar Hero World Tour

Asian Games

• Tom Clancy's End War

Don't forget that your PS3 is region free. If you see anything on this list that isn't available where you live go ahead and import.

Keep in mind that DLC is locked to the game disc's region so if you buy a US game you'll need to get your DLC from the US PSN Store.
 

PlayStation 3 Firmware 2.51 to Fix 2.5 B&W Forcing 60Hz Issues?

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285w ago - Last week we reported on PlayStation 3 Firmware Update 2.51 for Demo units, however, until now all we could do was speculate on what changes it offered.

According to Product-Reviews (linked above), it appears as if Sony's PS3 2.51 (or next) Firmware update will be fixing the 2.50 black and white issues that seem to be caused by the PlayStation 3 forcing your TV to 60Hz.

This problem is apparently to do with older TV's and does not affect HDTV's or some models of PS3, as one PR user said that it can be corrected by going to video settings and scrolling all the way to the bottom and change the 50Hz setting from auto to 50Hz.

To quote: Thought I'd give Sony a ring too. They confirmed that they do know about it and the next patch will fix it. The only thing they couldn't do is say when that patch would come out. But the rep said it was likely to be in a couple of weeks.

So good news that it will be fixed, and it sounds like, although not imminent, it will be sooner rather than later.
 

Creat Studios to Bring Three Titles to PlayStation Network

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285w ago - This week on the German USK rating board three new titles have popped up, all being created by Creat Studios who are currently busy on the new Tony Hawk title for the Nintendo DS.

The three titles are Magic Ball, Cuboid and Mahjong Tales: Ancient Wisdom.

While we don't know nothing concrete on the games, Magic Ball could very well be a PlayStation 3 revision of Alawar Entertainment's Magic Ball series, effectively an Arkanoid clone with a twist.

Nothing could be found about Cuboid, but Mahjong Tales is fairly self explanatory. We should be hearing more about these titles soon.
 

Video: PlayStation 3 Commercial by CastlevaniaX

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285w ago - To quote from the video's caption: This is the sixth PlayStation 3 commercial made by CastlevaniaX. I know that I said I wouldn't make another one, but it seemed to me a promise I could break.

Anyway, this time is brought to you by Axisia.net.

On behalf of Axisia.net, I introduce to you the sixth PS3 commercial.

Enjoy it!

Video is below via GameTrailers.



 







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