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Sony: PS3 Blu-ray Issues Are Not Firmware-Related

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255w ago - Recently we held a poll here to see how many users experienced issues after updating to PS3 Firmware 3.01, which was released to fix the issues that v3.0 was plagued with.

Most users said they updated to 3.01 fine here, however, elsewhere there are [Register or Login to view links] of v3.01 crippling PS3 consoles- including problems with Blu-ray playback, and in some cases DVD playback issues and audio glitches.

To quote: "Sony has told Eurogamer that a firmware update cannot affect the Blu-ray drive on a PS3. The problem that PS3 owners are reporting following 3.01 is 'not an issue with the firmware'.

Most, if not all, claim to have had no previous problem with their console, but having applied the firmware update discovered Blu-ray films and PS3 games froze and could not continue.

Sony customer services have been telling sufferers that they must send their machine back for repair, which costs £128 if out of one-year warranty, but there's still no real explanation for what's happened."
 

XCM Rolls Out Their New Bling 3000 Series of PSP Face Plates

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259w ago - The folks at [Register or Login to view links] let us know they have rolled out their new Bling 3000 Series of PSP Face Plates recently.

These replacement Face Plates for the PSP 3000 Series are available in a variety of colors including [Register or Login to view links], [Register or Login to view links], [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links].

They feature a high-quality construction and attached screen lenses, and give your PlayStation Portable an outstanding and unique look allowing you to personalize it to match your style.

Some pictures of them are below, and to grab one just head over to their [Register or Login to view links] page. Cheers!
 

Hirai: PS3 Motion Controller is Slated for a Spring 2010 Launch

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260w ago - PlayStation president Kaz Hirai has confirmed that the new PS3 Motion Controller technology dubbed 'the magic wand' is slated for a spring 2010 launch.

Speaking at Gamescom in Cologne last week, Hirai said that Sony required some "great software" in order for a successful launch.

To quote: "We are slating it for spring of next year," he told [Register or Login to view links].

"One of the things is that we just don't want to put out the controller. We need a great software that supports the controller at launch.

It's something that we've been working on for the longest time."
 

White Knight Chronicles 2 is Revealed in Latest Famitsu Magazine

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264w ago - Today roswellmax of the [Register or Login to view links] forums has posted a scan (below) from the latest Famitsu magazine revealing that White Knight Chronicles 2 is in the works.

To quote: Level 5's White Knight Chronicles still hasn't been released here in North America, and already revealed are plans for a sequel.

According to the latest Famitsu magazine, White Knight Chronicles 2 is in development. The Famitsu translation reveals a few interesting facts about the game.

The translation reads: In WKC I, your avatar only tagged along, but in WKC II, the avatar is planned to be treated differently.

Tilian of GameTrailers adds to the translation simply: "story is not yet complete."
 

Banned Gamer Alleges Sony Violated Free Speech & Stole Money

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265w ago - A PlayStation 3 gamer has [Register or Login to view links] (PDF) in U.S. District Court in California, alleging that SCEA suppressed his free speech rights and caused him pain and suffering by banning his account on the PlayStation Network.

In a complaint filed on July 6th, Erik Estavillo of San Jose writes that he is disabled by a variety of disorders; among these are agoraphobia, a fear of crowds, to quote:

The pain and suffering was caused by the defendant, Sony, banning the plaintiff's account on the PlayStation 3 Network, in which the plaintiff relies on to socialize with other people, since it's the only way the plaintiff can truly socialize since he also suffers from Agoraphobia...

Estavillo's issues with SCEA apparently stem from his play of the PS3 hit Resistance: Fall of Man:

The ban is supposedly due to the behavior of the plaintiff when he plays the video game "Resistance: Fall of Man," which Sony owns and employs moderators for its online play. These moderators kick and ban players that they feel are deserving; though their biases to a player seem to be what determines the kick or ban...

The plaintiff was exercising his First Amendment Rights to Freedom of Speech in the game's public forum when he...
 
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