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DivX Technology to be Added to PLAYSTATION 3

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348w ago - DivX, Inc. (NASDAQIVX) today announced that DivX(R) video technology will be integrated into PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE). The popular computer entertainment system will be added to the ecosystem of devices that currently support DivX video playback. To date, over 100 million DivX Certified(R) products have been shipped into the market, and it is anticipated PS3 will significantly expand that number.

"We are excited to work with Sony Computer Entertainment to bring DivX to PS3," said Kevin Hell, CEO of DivX, Inc. "Our technology will expand the multimedia functionality of PS3 by enabling users to enjoy access to the broad library of content in the DivX digital media format."

Products that bear the DivX Certified logo have undergone a rigorous testing program to ensure a high-quality DivX media experience that includes reliable video playback and excellent visual quality. DivX is currently working to certify PS3 and deliver a superior digital media technology to consumers in the near future. Current PS3 end users will be able to add DivX functionality to their systems via a separate system software update at a forthcoming date. PS3 game title developers will be able to utilize DivX's decoder technology by updating the system software of PS3's Software Development...
 

DualShock 3 Rumbling with PS2 Games after All

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348w ago - While it seems like a natural conclusion to jump to, Sony has never really made any comments one way or another if the new DualShock 3 would rumble while playing PlayStation 2 games. Website PSPSPS is reporting that their brand new DualShock controllers are indeed vibrating with PS2 games; at least on a Japanese PS3. The games were Rez, OutRun 2006, and Katamari Damacy.

That was on a PS3 running the latest firmware, and if OutRun 2006 is vibrating, I'm willing to take a leap and assume the rest of the PS2's library (or at least the majority) will support the DualShock 3's rumble.

The control is very nice. Feels about three times heavier than the non-rumbling Sixaxis, which we're inclined to classify as a Good Thing (the plain Sixaxis feels too light). Rumbles like a tummy before lunch. And it has 'Dual Shock 3' stamped on its husk in blue type. The pad is also available in white, to go with the white 40GB PS3 model launched here today, but it looks a bit tacky because the sticks and buttons aren't white.

Alright, how about now - who's importing?
 

Resistance: Fall of Man Sequel Ready for Pre Alpha Testing

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348w ago - A trusted source has let us know that Resistance 2, the sequel to the PS3 launch title, is ready for the pre-Alpha testing stage. According to our source, Sony is going to be hiring a ton of testers in January to put Resistance 2 through a stress test.

Resistance was one of the best PS3 exclusives, and without a doubt we're sure Resistance 2 will be on everyone's wish list when a release date is announced.

With almost no other information released about this game so far, and with no screenshots to gawk at, it's hard to say how good it's going to be. But if it's anything like the first, with its crazy weapons and great looking monsters, they could probably stick to the game's roots and please old fans. Another option might be for them to go crazy with the story and offer us a completely new experience.

After the initial testing is over, we may see a lot of buzz around this game as testers talk about their experiences. Whatever the case may be, I'm hopeful Resistance 2 will be a smash success just like the first.
 

Sony exits future Cell development

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348w ago - Japanese electronics giant pulls out of research and production facilities for high-powered processor; ramps investment in image-sensor tech.

The Cell processor has been both a boon and a burden for Sony. The high-octane processor at the heart of the PlayStation 3 has given Sony's console a competitive edge in performance potential for the current generation of gaming hardware. However, its development has also inflicted a significant dent on the Japanese electronics giant's bottom line, costing Sony approximately $1.7 billion alone, according to recent estimates by financial news service Bloomberg.

Last month, Sony confirmed speculation that it would be selling its stake in Cell manufacturing plants to development partner Toshiba. Although financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, Bloomberg reported that the deal will raise $860 million for Sony once final details are arrived upon in March 2008.

This week, Nikkei reports that Sony plans to cease participation in the Cell processor's future iterations. Along with partners IBM and Toshiba, Sony has been researching 32nm and 45nm successors to the Cell processor, which is currently made using a 65nm process--an improvement from the original 90nm process. Sony is currently in negotiations with IBM and Toshiba on the exact date and terms...
 

Haze given December 14 release

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348w ago - Ubisoft offers up an updated release calendar, confirming Free Radical's FPS for release just in time for Xmas.

Today Ubisoft has announced that the PlayStation 3 exclusive first-person shooter Haze will be released in the UK on December 14. This gives the game just enough time to be snapped up by game-hungry PlayStation 3 owners before the Christmas festivities begin.

The news will be music to PS3 owners' ears, with rumors persisting that the game could well slip until 2008.

Free Radical's FPS will have some competition though, most notably from Activision's Call of Duty 4. Haze has plenty of tricks up its sleeve though, with four-player online co-op throughout the entire campaign, matching the achievement of Halo 3.

Look out for a review at around the time of release and for more information head over to the Haze game page.
 
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