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PlayStation Store (US) Update for November 13th, 2008

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305w ago - Per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PlayStation Store) via PS Blog today:

Hey, everyone. It's time again for the PlayStation Store weekly update.

Downloadable Games

Age of Booty ($9.99)
Fight for pirate supremacy in this game of strategy and cannon-blasting action that's fun for all ages. Sail the high seas alone or with friends as you build your pirate empire by plundering villages, sinking ships, and sending your enemies to the briny deep! Upgrade your ships with new, more powerful weapons, and explore 25 different maps or create your own to share! With so many features, Age of Booty is a treasure chest of fun! Download the game today!
File size: 44 MB

Add-on Game Content

LittleBigPlanet - MotorStorm Stormers Costume ($1.99)
A premium costume for SackBoy!
File size: 1.04

LittleBigPlanet - Sack-Eating Plant Costume (SCEE contest winner) (free)
A community costume for SackBoy!
File size: 1.04 MB

LittleBigPlanet - Lilly Pad Costume ($0.99)
A costume for SackBoy!
File size: 1.04 MB

LittleBigPlanet - Hugo Costume ($0.99)
A costume for SackBoy!
File size: 1.04 MB

LittleBigPlanet - Great Blue Costume ($0.99)
A costume for SackBoy!
 

New PlayStation 3 Controller Adds Touchpad Interaction

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305w ago - Sony is introducing a new accessory for the PS3 controller, first announced a few months ago at Leipzig.

Soon, gamers will be able to snap on a wireless keypad that supports typing on the Playstation 3, including texting in the new Home environment and games like LittleBigPlanet.

In addition to the QWERTY keyboard, there are a couple of shortcut buttons - a Message Box button and a Communication button. But what's most interesting from a interaction standpoint is the new Touch Pad feature.

The Touch Pad button allows PS3 users to use the entire surface of the keypad as a touch pad, allowing them to easily maneuver the pointer while web browsing, simply by sliding their finger on the keypad surface.

That's pretty clever. Rather than cramming in a trackball or trackpad (making it heavier and larger), Sony extended the keyboard's use to include scrolling and mouse input.
 

Leadtek to Launch PlayStation 3 Graphics Chip for PCs

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306w ago - Leadtek has announced that it will start selling its first PC graphics card based on Toshiba's SpursEngine graphics co-processor next week.

The SpursEngine is based on the same architecture as the CELL that powers the PlayStation 3 and was partly developed by Toshiba.

To quote: Leadtek will next week start selling its first PC graphics card based on Toshiba's SpursEngine graphics co-processor, it announced today.

The WinFast PxVC1100 will hit stories in Japan's Akihabara electronics district from November 19 and will be cost about 29,800 (£199).

The SpursEngine is based on the same architecture as the Cell Broadband Engine microprocessor that powers the PlayStation 3 console and was partly developed by Toshiba. While the Cell contains a Power PC core and eight "Synergistic Processing Elements" cores, the SpursEngine contains only four of the SPE cores.
 

DaedalusX64 BETA 1 for PlayStation Portable Released

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306w ago - The quest for perfect Nintendo 64 emulation on the PlayStation Portable continues with Daedalus X64 BETA 1.

This is a continuation of the original port by StrmNrmn and features a number of changes including: TV out support, ME audio support, increased buffers for better sound quality and a changed set of logo and graphics to represent the new name of the project.

Download: DaedalusX64 BETA 1 for PSP

Changelog:

[+] TV Out Support (Chilly Willy)
[+] ME Audio Supported (Small speed-up with sound on.) (Chilly Willy)
[+] Increased audio buffers for better sound quality (Kreationz)
[+] Changed logo and graphics to represent new name (graphic by SynGamer)
[!] Fixed screen shots (Chilly Willy)
[!] Fixed an OoT custom clend Mode (Wally)
[!] Fixed Shaking using double display lists (GoldenEye 007, others...) (idea Wally, code Kreationz)
[!] Pause Menu Reset not working properly (Kreationz)
[!] Fixed FPS Display and Framerate limiter (Kreationz)
[!] Optimized code generation for fragments which branch to themselves is now optional
Fixes games that broke from R12-13 (Kreationz)
[^] Improved...
 

The Top 5 Reasons PlayStation 3 Will Win the Console War

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306w ago - The console market today is as tough as any industry there is, but it wasn't always like this. For the past several years the PS2 has been the console to trump, and before it there was the original PlayStation which also dominated the market.

One unclear question still remains though; will the PlayStation 3 remain atop the market? Many analysts believe that this will in fact hold true, but why are they claiming this? In my personal opinion, here are the Top 5 reasons that the PlayStation 3 will eventually re-take the lead in the game industries market.

#5 The Xbox 360 and How It Matches Up

The Xbox 360 is a great console, but it has its flaws. The Xbox 360 is a very similar console to the PS3. They have similar play and they have similar specifications. The Xbox 360 has an estimated 30% failure rate and this will cost Microsoft dearly. The Xbox 360 is struggling to maintain its position in America, and if that isn't enough it can't even gain a foothold in Japan or Europe.

The Xbox 360 has failed in Japan from the beginning and it is now beginning to lose its appeal in Europe as well. You have to win in Japan if you plan to compete in the console business, and the Xbox 360 has failed to do that so far. This is why the PS3 will inevitably beat it out.

#4 The...
 
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