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PS3 Custom Firmware (CFW) Validator Application is Released

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134w ago - Today PlayStation 3 developers Grimm and Berion have released a PS3 Custom Firmware (CFW) Validator homebrew application for those seeking to check and validate the integrity of PS3 CFW / MFW PUP files downloaded from the Internet.

Download: [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] (Required)

From the included ReadMe file, to quote: Custom Firmware Validator is a program designed mainly for veryfing downloaded or manually patched firmwares for PS3. This aplication compares checksums from the database with those which are being calculated on the currently open file.

If at least one would match, the following things will appear: the name of the firware and its short description, the option to show the list of additional functions and the option to visit the author's webpage, also one could copy a file onto USB with the proper directory stuctrure and its name (PS3, PSP, PSV).

Databases are external, written in the stardard XML and UTF-8 coded, so everyone can edit them and propose any possible...
 

Video: Quantic Dream Unveils Kara GDC Demonstration Trailer

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134w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Specialist Sid Shuman has shared a Kara demonstration video trailer below courtesy of Quantic Dream from this year's GDC event.

To quote: Head-turning videogame tech demos are a dime a dozen at Game Developers' Conference, but developer Quantic Dream might have this year's crop beat.

Watch the full tech demo video for "Kara" below to see how the creators of Heavy Rain are looking to expand virtual performances in video games.

And just to be extra clear: No, "Kara" is not Quantic Dream's next game.

Director David Cage was on-hand at GDC to debut the new video to the press, and his presentation touched on the origins of "Kara" - we've selected a few choice quotes below. Check back tomorrow to hear our full interview with Cage on the Official PlayStation Blogcast. It's one interview you won't want to miss!





After Heavy Rain, we wanted to push the envelope in terms of quality, starting with the visuals. We wanted to improve many things - things that were not possible with the Heavy Rain engine. So we had to develop a new engine from scratch.

We also wanted to improve the quality of the acting. With Heavy Rain, we did what many games do - split performances,...
 

Video: Namco Bandai on Armored Core V Customization & Bosses

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134w ago - Namco Bandai Games Community Manager Rich Bantegui has posted up a video showcasing Armored Core V customization and bosses for fans today.

To quote: Today we're coming back at you with more Armored Core V action, and a deeper look at the customization, weapons, bosses, and AC insanity that you'll be finding yourself in the middle of come March 20th.

Between the kinetic energy, the chemical energy, and the thermal energy, there's a massive arsenal worth of firepower that you'll be able to choose from when building your ultimate machine of destruction in the game.

As we've said before, the team at [Register or Login to view links] has been a leader in the genre with this franchise for nearly fifteen years, and with Armored Core V, and they mean business.





Each AC you build is highly unlikely to be identical to any others you come across online since customization is key. Brand new for this game are the recon units that players are going to be able to lay out all over the map to survey the land and take out your enemies.

What's also cool are the emblems and detailing customization aspects that let you trick out your AC like no other. You can get crazy with it, and...
 

Video: Unit 13 PS Vita Training: Part 2 - Mastering Game Types

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134w ago - Following up on Part 1, Zipper Interactive Community Manager Chris Roper is here with the second training video in the series on Unit 13 for PS Vita dubbed Mastering Game Types.

To quote: We recently kicked off our in-depth training series for Unit 13, the PS Vita exclusive shooter that puts you in the middle of some of the world's deadliest covert missions.

This three-part in-depth video series aims to teach you everything from the core fundamentals of how to play the game to tips on how to tackle each mission type and even how to fully take advantage of Unit 13's networking features.

Today we're unveiling the second installment, which introduces you to the various mission types in [Register or Login to view links] and gives you advice on how to best approach them. It goes over basic mission rules, tactical strategies for how to take on each objective and things to look out for along the way.





If you missed the first training video be sure to go back and check that out to get a great overview of Unit 13′s fundamentals, and come back on Friday for the final part...
 

Sony Announces Sorcery Will Storm PlayStation Move This May

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134w ago - Sony Product Marketing Manager Jefferson Dong has announced today that Sorcery will storm PlayStation Move this May, with details below as follows:

We are pleased to announce that one of the most highly anticipated titles for the PlayStation 3 home console and the PlayStation Move motion control peripheral, the fantasy spell-casting game Sorcery, will be available in stores in North America on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012.

The game is an action packed magical adventure where the PlayStation Move is your magic wand and only you, a sorcerer's young apprentice, can harness the true power of magic to save this mystical realm from the darkness of the Nightmare Queen.

Ready to get started? here's a quick summary of the story from Brian Upton, Creative Director on Sorcery.

Finn is in trouble. First, he accidentally blew up his master's alchemy lab. Then he's let Erline, his master's magical cat, talk him into trespassing in the realm of the dead. Now he's unleashed an ancient universe-destroying evil that won't stop until everything he cares about is utterly annihilated. It has not been a good day.

Even though he's only an apprentice, Finn must find a way to defeat the Nightmare Queen before she destroys the human world. To do this he must plunge deep into the...
 
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