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BioShock Developer Details PlayStation 3 Improvements

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310w ago - 2K Marin programmer Jake Etgeton reveals that the PS3 version of BioShock will feature new interactive load screens and graphical enhancements due to the use of Blu-ray and the ability to install data on the PS3 hard drive.

To quote: "There are improvements, such as interactive load screens which takes advantage of the increased space on the Blu-ray disc," said Etgeton. "The downloadable Challenge Rooms also offer a slew of new graphical and gameplay content, albeit outside of the fictional universe."

When asked about the PS3 install and how it will affect the game, Etgeton explained, "BioShock PS3 uses a standard one-time 5 GB install. It only takes 10 minutes, and there's even a fancy movie accompanied by Bing Crosby's 'You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me' to help pass the time if you're not off making a tasty, preparatory sandwich."

"Installing to the PS3 hard drive allows us to 'stream' textures and audio faster than the Blu-ray drive can deliver," he justified.

For those of you who want to pick up the PS3 version of BioShock, look for it in stores on October 21.
 

PlayStation Portable Firmware Update 5.00 Now Available!

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310w ago - Shortly following the release of PS3 Firmware 2.50 comes PlayStation Portable Firmware Update 5.00 today!

Download: PSP Firmware Update 5.00 (US) / PSP Firmware Update 5.00 (EU)

The PSP Firmware 5.00 update will add direct PlayStation Store access to the system, eliminating the Need for PSP to be connected to a PC or PS3 to download content. PSP owners will be able to download games, demos, trailers, and other game-related content anytime and anywhere that their PSP is connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi. This functionality delivers on the portable promise of PSP, making the device even more compelling for gaming and entertainment on-the-go.

Additional enhancements delivered through PSP 5.00 will include:
• On-screen keyboard - A full-size, on-screen keyboard will be added to make text entry during Web browsing easier and more convenient.
• Sleep timer - During music playback, a sleep timer will enable users to shut off their PSP after...
 

PlayStation 3 Firmware Update 2.50 Now Available!

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310w ago - As planned, Sony has released PlayStation 3 Firmware Update 2.50!

Highlights of what changes can be expected in the update were detailed earlier today.

Download: PS3 Firmware Update 2.50 (US) / PS3 Firmware Update 2.50 (EU)

More to come as it's available on this, and remember the PSP Firmware Update 5.00 should also be hitting momentarily as previously announced.

To recap: Building upon the foundation set by previous firmware upgrades, the 2.50 system software update will refine existing features while also adding new functionality. The update will deliver exclusive options to support the official wireless headset, as previously announced, such as an on-screen indicator that shows volume, battery charge, and mute functions, as well as a High Quality (HQ) mode, which utilises advanced wireless technologies...
 

Will Sackboy Rescue Sony's PlayStation 3?

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310w ago - After struggling to define itself as more than just a top console, the Sony PlayStation 3's "LittleBigPlanet" era is set to begin Oct. 21. It gets era-starting status because the game is... different.

After more than a year of hype, the game's lead character, Sackboy (or Sackgirl), is set to tear down walls for gamers and possibly advertisers and perhaps become as famous as Nintendo's iconic Mario, of "Donkey Kong" and "Mario Bros." fame.

People were "awed" when the game was first teased at a game conference last year, says Eric Fong, associate producer for Sony Computer Entertainment America.

It was "as if they were kids again, watching some Saturday morning cartoon," Fong told IBD. "For me, that was the moment of realization that we had more than just a great game – it became something that the entire industry would look to as game-changing."

Users play as completely customizable sack puppets and compete for in-game prizes in a world designed to appeal to hard-core gamers and preteen girls at the same time.

"This is the most adorable game I'm not embarrassed to play," said Morgan Webb. She co-hosts the gaming cable TV show "X-Play," which is on the G4 Network.

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Besides the "worlds" that come with...
 

Sony Officially Launches PlayStation Channel on YouTube

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310w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) has teamed up with YouTube™, the world's most popular online video community allowing millions of people to discover, watch and share originally created videos, to create a PLAYSTATION-branded channel that delivers exclusive video content to the worldwide PlayStation community.

Press Release: Launching today, October 14, 2008, and available at www.youtube.com/playstation, the PlayStation channel on YouTube will offer fans a place where they can easily access new trailers and game footage, check out interviews with publishers and developers, share user-generated content, participate in PlayStation promotions and contests, and stay connected to the PlayStation experience.

More than 50 pieces of content will be available at launch, including features for SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation, MotorStorm™: Pacific Rift, NBA '09: The Inside, and the PlayStationNetwork.

An evolving service, the PlayStation channel on YouTube will initially consist of a primary PlayStation channel with a regularly updated "Featured Video" and an embedded menu bar for specific games that takes users to a playlist page for additional video content. Fans will be able to customize their own YouTube playlists with...
 
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