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PS3 Firmware 2.70 Update Locks Up with PS2 Adapters?!

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285w ago - According to AltPlusF4.com (linked above), PS3 Firmware 2.70 is causing bricked systems. However, they are not bricked, just 'locked up' primarily due to certain brands of PS2 to PS3 USB adapters being plugged into the system.

So for now, simply do not use these adapters on the new firmware.

To quote: The PS3's 2.70 firmware is causing some havoc out there with reports of bricked systems. They're not bricked, do not reformat.

If you have certain brands of PS2 to PS3 USB adapters plugged into the system on boot you'll get a blank screen, no sound and won't be able to connect your controller (adapter controller AND PS3 wireless controllers).

If you get the firmware update installed fine and then plug in your adapter, you'll lock the system up and have to do a hard reset. The only solution to this issue right now is simple - unplug the adapter and don't use it for now.

We know of two adapters currently (there are likely more) that are causing faux-bricks: TAC and Sumoto.

This is affecting quite a few people that use older controllers/instruments for game such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band so you can bet they'll make enough noise for Sony to hear them. With any luck, it will be a simple fix that they can get out fast to users.
 

Analysts: Sony PS2 Price Cut Signals PS3 Price Drop This Year

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286w ago - Now that it's in a price-cutting mood, analysts tracking Sony Corp. (SNE) say the company is more likely than ever before to lower the price of its flagship PlayStation 3 videogame system sometime this year.

To quote: Sony's computer entertainment division announced Tuesday it will lower the price of its PlayStation 2 console to $99.99. The PS2 was released in 2000.

Sony hopes the 23% price cut, which takes effect Wednesday, will sustain the life of the PS2, which it says has sold more than 136 million units worldwide since its launch.

Critics contend Sony now needs to lower its PS3 prices for a number of reasons, starting with staying competitive with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), which saw sales of its Xbox 360 jump after lowering the price and bundling the system with games in early September.

PS3 price-cut pressure increased in December, when analysts said Sony might not reach its goal of selling 10 million PS3 consoles through March without a price reduction, as sales for the hardware dropped despite gains by competitors. March videogame console sales results won't be available for another two weeks, a Sony spokesman said.

Meanwhile, the company is in the midst of...
 

UK Rock Band 2 Dated for Sony's PS3, PS2 and the Nintendo Wii

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290w ago - Rock Band 2 will ship for PS3 and PS2 on March 27 in the UK. The Wii version's releasing on April 24. The game will retail for £49.99 for PS3, £29.99 for PlayStation 2 and £39.99 for Wii.

In addition, Rock Band peripherals got price drops today:

• Stand alone guitars will retail at £39.99
• Stand alone drums will retail for £49.99
• An "Instrument Edition" including drums, guitar and microphone will retail for £89.99

Press Release: MTV GAMES, HARMONIX AND EA ANNOUNCE ROCK BAND®2 COMING TO THE UK FOR PLAYSTATION®3, PlayStation®2 ON 27 MARCH AND WiiTM ON 24 APRIL

Rock Band Instrument Edition Bundles Now Available at new Price Points

GUILDFORD, UK - February 27, 2009 - Harmonix, the world's premier music video game development company, and MTV Games, a part of Viacom's MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), along with distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced that its critically acclaimed music videogame Rock Band® 2 will begin shipping in Europe for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system beginning the week of 23rd March. Rock Band 2 will also ship for the Wiiâ„¢ home video game console from Nintendo beginning week of 20th April.
 

PS3 USBLD Loader v0.2 Released, PS2 iSOs on PAL Consoles!

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295w ago - Update: [Register or Login to view links] is now available, which works without installing anything on the memory card.

Version 0.2b:

- Utiliza un modulo USBD libre que lleva embebido.
- Selecciona modo de video

As a follow-up to the [Register or Login to view links] article from last week, today our friends Ifcaro, sonyk and the team at DemonHades.org (linked above) have succeeded in running games with USBLoader v0.2 on a PS3 PAL 60gb console.

Download: [Register or Login to view links]

From the ReadMe: Dedicado a todas aquellas personas que les gusta investigar y no esperan a que se lo den todo hecho.

Requisitos:

+ Tener una copia del archivo USBD.IRX de sony entre la versión 0.13 a 0.17 en mc0:BEDATA-SYSTEM, mc0:BADATA-SYSTEM o mc0:BIDATA-SYSTEM

Version 0.2:

- Sustituye el reset del Usb Advance por un reset normal :O (y asi funciona en las PAL :S)
 

Video: PS3 40GB Service Mode Console Running PS2 Games

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295w ago - Today D3M0N2009 shared a video from earlier this month courtesy of sonyk0 via YouTube.

The video from DemonHades demonstrates that PS3 40GB Service Mode consoles can actually play PS2 games, but the feature isn't unlocked for the retail counterparts to date.

As most suspect, Sony has been working on a PS2 software emulator for quite some time (since Firmware 2.5x), so the question is really when and how they will introduce it publically.. perhaps via PSN Store PS2 title updates, or just include it in a Firmware update, etc.

Those interested can check out the video below, enjoy!




 
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