224w ago - We have waited a while to see the redesigned Slim PS3, and its hardware - to be honest, its not that "slim" compared to previous versions. Thanks to joinmeindeath417 of TechPowerUp (linked above), we get to take a look!
Compared to the later motherboard revisions of the PS3 Motherboard, it is somewhat in line - the "additions" come with a smaller cooler, smaller PSU, and slimmer BD-Rom drive, as well as a slightly redesigned motherboard (not too much however).
But, compared to the CECHA it's a big difference, but compared to the later model motherboards (CECHL and on), it is mostly the same.
The only differences are more integrated components, less power supply "bits" spread about the board, but nevertheless - mostly the same.
227w ago - We all heard about this back in March, that Sony was releasing a new model PS3 TOOL, the DECR-1400A. I have been anxiously waiting (as well as about 4 other people on the planet) for the release of the new TOOL.
Questions buzzed through my head, does it have one NIC or two? We know that since it was in the original PS3 form factor it would have only one HDD, of unknown size, as the other HDD, which is used for BD emulation can now be done via USB.
But, back to the NIC issue - on a TOOL, it has multiple Network Interfaces, one for the PS3 side (or three, for the really old TOOL's), and one for the Communication Processor (the DEBUG side).
The Communication Processor helps facilitate LV2 (kernel) debugging as it is a pure hardware interface, and does not totally rely on software to capture data.
So, the CP Debugging is quite a bit more "low level" than that of a PS3 TEST. Now, the CP is useful when debugging your game, as if it crashes the kernel- one can see why.
Hense our dilemma - a TOOL really needs a CP to do its job, and it would be hard to squeeze that in. However, with the decrease in size of the PS3's motherboard, it is now quite possible to add in...
229w ago - Today we get an early look at what happens when The Behemoth brings its colorful medieval brawler to the PlayStation 3.
To quote: Castle Crashers has been one of the bright lights on Xbox Live Arcade since it was released last August. The stylized side-scrolling brawler offered a winning mix of solid action, quirky charm, and four-player co-op play.
Unfortunately, PlayStation 3 owners haven't been able to get in on the fun--until now. The Behemoth is taking the wraps off of Castle Crashers for the PlayStation 3 at Comic-Con today, and showing off the first playable version of the upcoming downloadable title. We paid the California-based developer a visit for a first look.
For those of you who aren't already familiar with the game, Castle Crashers follows four knights as they head out to rescue their respective special ladies who've been princess-napped (a common problem in games).
The road to rescue sends the knights up against hordes of enemies but, with teamwork, a little help from their animal friends, a variety of different weapons, magic, and some leveling up, a happy ending is guaranteed. The game takes a light action-RPG approach to the head busting by letting you earn experience and level different stats on your knight, such as strength, defense, agility, and magic.
231w ago - Even though the PlayStation 3 has had its share of system sellers from years gone by, 2009 looks like its best year so far with tons of exclusives on the horizon as follows:
• Heavy Rain: The Origami Killer - From the makers of Indigo Prophecy comes yet another film noir-ish thriller in which you step into the boots of multiple characters hot on the trail of a killer known only as the Origami killer. Gameplay will mainly involve context sensitive actions but the game's draw will be in its deep, intricate, dark and disturbing story line.
• Agent - Not much is known about the game as of now except that it's being developed by Rockstar games and it's a PS3 exclusive. Now in all honesty I really don't think this game will see the light of day before 2010 but since we have no concrete release date to fall back on, one can dream right?
• MAG (Massive Action Game) - MAG or Massive Action Game is basically an online multiplayer only first person shooter on steroids in which you'll have servers where 256 players will be able to play against each other at one time. Ambitious yes?
• The Last Guardian - From the makers of ICO and the Shadow of the Colossus comes a spiritual successor to both those games that tells the magical tale of a special bond between a huge mythological...
231w ago - Tech2 has posted a feature looking at the upcoming XBox 360 exclusive releases this year.
Let's take a look at what 2009 has in store for 360 owners:
• Halo 3: ODST - Halo 3: ODST will be a stand-alone expansion for Halo 3 in which you step into the boots of an unknown Orbital Drop Ship Trooper (ODST) before the events of Halo 3.
Unlike the iconic Master Chief, you're a run-of-the-mill grunt so don't expect to just run into the heat of the battle and regenerate health; you'll have to survey the situation, move carefully and even use stealth to your advantage as and when possible.
• Shadow Complex - Announced at E3 2009 by the makers of the Gears of War series in conjunction with Chair Entertainment, Shadow Complex is an all out, balls-to-the-wall side scrolling shooter for Xbox Live Arcade.
I normally don't mention XBLA games in such lists but this one grabbed me by my throat with its fast paced action, gorgeous visuals and a 3D open-world game design.
• GTA: The Ballad of Gay Tony - Since the first episode of downloadable content for GTA IV impressed the crap out of us we sure have high hopes for the second one in which you'll step into the boots of "Luis Lopez, part-time hoodlum and full-time assistant to legendary nightclub impresario...