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First Look: PS3 TOOL - DECR-1000A Front Detailed

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252w ago - Earlier this month I purchased a PS3 Reference Tool Model DECR-1000A.

Today I had time so here are some details on exactly what the front of it consists of... I will do a follow-up on the backside and internals soon, and then we'll get into the PS3 Dev aspects of it.

We all remember E3's PS3 - Dual HDMI outputs for extra high-definition widescreen goodness, a built in 3 port gigabit switch, 6 USB ports - features that were trashed. But, on the PS3 Tool, these features are still present, albeit dormant.

Pictured below is the front of the PS3 Tool (click to enlarge it, so you can read the labels), complete with the hidden ports uncovered for you to look at.

The PS3 Tool features, starting from the front left - dual HDD caddies, both sporting a 400GB SATA Hard disk, with eject buttons. - the left most (HDD) is used for the system, while DEV1, holding BD Emulator Images - allowing testing of .ISO's right from a hard disk!

Below that, a Foot Switch Jack is featured which can be used for throwing exceptions for development while playing, among other things.

To the right are 6 USB Ports. The 2 ports marked "extra" were originally intended for the REAR...
 

Video: First Look at Brandon Roy NBA 10: The Inside PSP Trailer

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252w ago - SCEA PR Manager Eric Levine has shared news that a free playable demo of NBA 10: The Inside is now available on PSN alongside a new PSP Trailer of the title, as follows:

Hoops fans, to get you fired up for the October 6 launch of NBA 10: THE INSIDE, have an exclusive look at the new trailer featuring our cover athlete, NBA superstar Brandon Roy.

For those who can't wait for the game to hit shelves, head over to the PlayStation Store later today and you'll be able to download a free playable demo of NBA 10: THE INSIDE, which includes:

• NBA Regular Season Gameplay - Pick from two selectable teams and play a full four quarters at a smooth 60 frames per second.

• Block Party Mini-Games - Looking for the lighter side of basketball? Then check out some of the new mini-games in our Block Party...





• Open Lanes - Three frames of our brand new min-game, a traditional 10 frame bowling game with...you guessed it...an NBA look and feel.

• Cherry Pickin' - One board of our other new mini-game, a puzzle based game where players shoot colored orbs that stick to a game board made of additional colored orbs.

The goal is to line up at least three orbs of the same color...
 

Video: First Look - Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines for PSP

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253w ago - Sony's Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein has shared a 'first look' video today on the PlayStation Blog of Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines for PSP.

To quote: Recently, [Register or Login to view links] invited us over to their San Francisco warren to check out Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines. I wasn't really sure how they were planning on jamming Assassin's Creed's exploration, climbing, and free-running into a PSP, but I've got to say, they've done an excellent job.

In a theme we'll be seeing a lot of this year, developer [Register or Login to view links] Games didn't produce a watered-down side-scroller and slap the Assassin's Creed name on it - this is a true follow-up to the original, only portable.

The story picks right up where the first one let off, putting you back in the familiar boots and blades of Altair. How do the controls translate to the PSP? What tweaks have been made to the formula?

Has Altair stolen any cool new moves from Ezio (the protagonist of the upcoming Assassin's Creed II)? Producer Frederic Lefrancois and Senior Producer Dan McAuliffe answer these questions - with the added bonus of a bunch of brand new video.




 

PlayStation 3 Slim Teardown - PS3 Slim Motherboard First Look!

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256w ago - We have waited a while to see the redesigned Slim PS3, and its hardware - to be honest, its not that "slim" compared to previous versions. Thanks to joinmeindeath417 of TechPowerUp (linked above), we get to take a look!

Compared to the later motherboard revisions of the PS3 Motherboard, it is somewhat in line - the "additions" come with a smaller cooler, smaller PSU, and slimmer BD-Rom drive, as well as a slightly redesigned motherboard (not too much however).

But, compared to the CECHA it's a big difference, but compared to the later model motherboards (CECHL and on), it is mostly the same.

The only differences are more integrated components, less power supply "bits" spread about the board, but nevertheless - mostly the same.




 

PS3 TOOL DECR-1400A First Look - Dual LAN Ports & More!

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260w ago - We all heard about this back in March, that Sony was releasing a new model PS3 TOOL, the DECR-1400A. I have been anxiously waiting (as well as about 4 other people on the planet) for the release of the new TOOL.

Questions buzzed through my head, does it have one NIC or two? We know that since it was in the original PS3 form factor it would have only one HDD, of unknown size, as the other HDD, which is used for BD emulation can now be done via USB.

But, back to the NIC issue - on a TOOL, it has multiple Network Interfaces, one for the PS3 side (or three, for the really old TOOL's), and one for the Communication Processor (the DEBUG side).

The Communication Processor helps facilitate LV2 (kernel) debugging as it is a pure hardware interface, and does not totally rely on software to capture data.

So, the CP Debugging is quite a bit more "low level" than that of a PS3 TEST. Now, the CP is useful when debugging your game, as if it crashes the kernel- one can see why.

Hense our dilemma - a TOOL really needs a CP to do its job, and it would be hard to squeeze that in. However, with the decrease in size of the PS3's motherboard, it is now quite possible to add in...
 
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