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PSP Firmware 5.0 BETA Now Available for Developers

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312w ago - French site PSPGen (linked above) is reporting to have received PSP Firmware 5.0 BETA, which is expected to have a new browser and direct access to the PlayStation store, in order to test and adapt games in response to it.

A rough translation: This BETA version of firmware 5.00 bringing no change in visual XMB and it is therefore difficult to know what new features have been added at first glance.

We have therefore sought a little further and we eventually find that this new firmware has three major innovations including:

- Access to PlayStation Network
Players will be able to connect to PSN Sony. The future games developed on the PSP will allow players to compete via the PSN. How? This is still a bit dark because the firmware development contains only the bare minimum that the developers need and thus the XMB is "light" icons deemed useless to them by Sony (As the menu research, for example ...)

Beyond this certainty, this may suggest that the PSP, like his little sister, the PS3 will see its list of friends connected, and perhaps even to communicate directly to play online. Let's be crazy and imagine that Sony even includes the option for players to access the PSP system trophies.

- A new RSS reader
A new RSS reader that allows the flow of reading...
 

UnOfficial FBA4PSP Revision 20080927 out, Now Supports CPS3!

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312w ago - OopsWare and lbicelyne have released another update of the unofficial Final Burn Alpha emulator for the PlayStation Portable today.

The most exciting news belongs to the CPS3 support (PSP-2000 only).

Be sure to check gamelist.txt for the specific ROMs that work on this build.

Download: UnOfficial FBA4PSP Revision 20080927 [Click Bar Button]
 

LBP Sackboy Generator Now Available, Create Your Own Sackboy

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312w ago - Hi guys,

I know everyone is still as much disappointed as I am for not getting into the BETA (still waiting for an e-mail in my inbox).

Media Molecule has released on their Web site a sackboy creator that allows you to design your own sackboy.

So for people that are still waiting to get in, this is the perfect opportunity to create your sackboy before you play.

Sackboy Generator: MySackboy.LittleBigPlanet.com
 

Jack Thompson is now Permanently Disbarred

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312w ago - Is it finally game over for Florida lawyer and violent video game opponent Jack Thompson?

Judgment has been entered in the case that started last year and came to a head when Judge Dava Tunis recommended permanent disbarment for the bombastic, showboating law man. The court has approved the report and has ordered that Jack Thompson is officially disbarred as of 30 days from today.

To quote: The Court approves the corrected referee's report and John Bruce Thompson is permanently disbarred, effective thirty days from the date of this order so that respondent can close out his practice and protect the interests of existing clients.

If respondent notifies the Court in writing that he is no longer practicing and does not need the thirty days to protect existing clients, this Court will enter an order making the permanent disbarment effective immediately. Respondent shall accept no new business from the date this order is filed.

Note that Thompson still has a chance for a retrial, only due to court sanctions the motion must me submitted by a member of the Florida Bar in good standing, and I don't know that anyone wants to touch this one.

It's also worth noting that along with disbarment, Thompson has been ordered to reimburse the Florida Bar fees amounting...
 

Burnout Paradise PS3 Trophy Update Now Live, Not Retroactive

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312w ago - Criterion Games has released its update for Burnout Paradise on PS3 which adds Trophy support. Dozens of trophy challenges have been added, including awards for both the Cagney and Bike update content.

The only mishap though - especially for such a massive game - is that you'll have to start again to start earning trophies, because none of them are retroactive.

"We had hoped to use this to retroactively award trophies, but we discovered during testing that this is not possible," admitted Criterion.

"If you're familiar with PS3 trophies already, you'll recognise that this works in the same way as all other games that have added trophy support post-release," it added.

A full list of the trophies can be found on the official site.
 
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