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Sony Announces New PSP E-1000 Handheld at Gamescom 2011

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157w ago - Not to be confused with the upcoming PS Vita, today SCEE's James Gallagher has announced news at Gamescom of a new PSP E-1000 handheld console.

To quote: While most attendees to the SCEE press conference at [Register or Login to view links] will have anticipated some announcements around PlayStation Vita, our upcoming next generation portable, few would have predicted the unveil of the brand new PSP E-1000.

Value for money is the goal with this new model that will retail at just €99.99 (RRP), accompanied by an exciting range of PSP Essentials titles that will retail at only €9.99 (RRP) and will include Invizimals: The Lost Tribe, EyePet Adventures, FIFA 12 and many more.

While PSP E-1000 does not include Wi-Fi, it will still provides access to the full catalogue of PSP games either on UMD or from PlayStation Store via Media Go. The design is also slightly different, with a Charcoal Black finish - the same as on the slimmer PS3 model - to give more of a matte feel.

PSP E-1000 will be available across PAL. But that's not all that was announced at the SCEE gamescom press conference - be sure to read our posts on...
 

PSP Go Box Design Lends More Credibility to Slim PS3 Rumors

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272w ago - Ever since shots of Sony's new PSP Go have surfaced, some similarities between it and the rumored PS3 Slim box have been the subject of debate.

Both boxes share similar font, a horizontal band and similar placement of device specifications such as the memory capacity.

To quote: Remember when those slim PS3 shots came out and skeptics bemoaned the missing "spiderman font" as proof of mischief?

Well, if you believe that the PSP Go is a lock, and really, at this point there's no reason to doubt it, then a side-by-side shot of the PSP Go and slim PS3 box art should be quite revealing... and it is.

Note the similar font, horizontal band, and general placement of device specs like memory capacity. Pretty similar, thus giving the slim PS3 rumor that much more weight.

If this is the new slim PS3 then the only question now is whether it'll be unveiled at E3 next week or not.
 

Source Confirms PSP Go! at E3, PS3 Slim Coming But Not for E3

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273w ago - Today Arstechnica's inside source spilled the beans about Sony's long-term strategy.

The PSP Go! is real, and should be announced at E3.

The more surprising news? A PS3 Slim is in fact coming, but not until Sony sells the PS3s sitting on retail shelves.

Regarding a PS3 price drop, Sony Public Relations Rep Jake Osuwah stated the following [Register or Login to view links]:

"Price Drop? Nope...(Seriously Quit it with all the Rumors) not yet anyway! Now about PSP Go/ PS3 Controls! (No comments)"

To quote: With E3 only a few days away, the rumors and speculation have begun to filter around the Internet; all eyes will be on Los Angeles to see what Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft have up their respective sleeves.

Luckily, we don't have to guess, as we have the support of our very well-informed mole. His information? Not only is the PSP Go real, but we'll be seeing a slimmed-down PS3 in August or September.

However, this news likely won't be announced during E3.
 

PSP Firmware 5.03 TIFF Hello World Exploit for Slim PSP-2000

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279w ago - Following his [Register or Login to view links] release for the PSP-1000, today MaTiAz has released a new PSP Firmware 5.03 TIFF Hello World Exploit version which adds PSP-2000 Slim support. A PSP-3000 version is not available yet, but is expected to follow.

Download: [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] [Mirror]

To quote from the included readme file:

• Just copy the files to the memory stick root, disconnect USB and go to photo menu.
• Don't dismiss the exploit even if it doesn't work on the first time, it's *very* unstable.
• You might get it working on the first time, but you might as well have to try it 20 times!

The h.bin is loaded to 0x08800000, and the text address of paf.prx is passed in $a0 to the binary code. You can then trick out function imports, like for example sceDisplayWaitVblankStart:

sceDisplayWaitVblankStart = (void*)(paf_addr+0x15F068);

Instructions:

1. Copy either slim.tiff or phat.tiff to /PSP/PHOTO/ folder on the memory stick, depending on your PSP model. Do NOT copy both!

2. Copy h.bin to the root...
 

Experimental PSPStates Plug-In for PSP Slim Units released!

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320w ago - Dark_AleX has released a new Custom Firmware Plug-In that allows users to save/load savestates of their current progress on PSP titles. Dubbed PSPStates, the plug-in is still in the experimental stage and currently is only compatible with Slim units, due to the increased memory usage.

It is advised to disable any other plug-ins while using PSPStates, as well as backup all data on your memory stick in case of data loss. Additionally, the plug-in is written specifically for 4.01 M33. Savestates created likely will not be interoperable with future Custom Firmware releases.

As a final note, it is highly stressed that you do not use the plug-in with a UMD inserted. Use of the ISO driver March33, which can be selected in the XMB by pressing Select, is recommended.

Download: Experimental PSPStates Plug-In for PSP Slim

Make sure to read the included readme file for detailed installation instructions.
 
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