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SACD Ripping Tool for PS3 Custom Firmware Arrives

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183w ago - Today PlayStation 3 developer Mr Wicked has released an SACD Ripping Tool and source code for PS3 Custom Firmware users including Kmeaw and GeoHot CFW.

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SACD includes various copy protection measures of which the most prominent is Pit Signal Processing (PSP). The first two generations of Sony's Playstation 3 (PS3) game console are capable of reading SACD ScarletBook and bypass the copy protection.

This software makes use of the PS3 and gives you the option to backup your precious SACDs.

For those unaware, Super Audio CD (SACD) is a high-resolution, read-only optical disc for audio storage. Sony and Philips Electronics jointly developed the technology, and publicized it in 1999. It is designated as the Scarlet Book standard. Sony and Philips previously collaborated to define the Compact Disc standard (as well as the S/PDIF digital audio cable specification)....
 

Analyst States Sony is Ripping Off Consumers with PSP Go

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289w ago - Here we go again.. Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter stated in a recent episode of [Register or Login to view links] that Sony's newly announced PSP Go console is priced too high.

To quote: Pachter matter of factly states, "$249 is too much. Period." He goes on to say that while the handheld is priced to compete with Apple's $229 8GB iPod Touch, it doesn't deliver the iTunes App Store or downloadable music from iTunes (as conveniently, at least, as the iPod Touch).

Furthermore, he posits the $250 price of the PSP Go is vastly overinflated considering its contents, claiming it costs Sony less to build and ship the PSP Go than the PSP-3000 model, "The $169 PSP-3000 is a profitable device - the disc assembly, for a UMD, costs more than 16 gigs of flash does. So this new device doesn't cost them as much as the PSP-3000 and they jack the price up $80?"

When Keighley presses Pachter as to whether Sony is "ripping off" the consumer or not, he answers, "They're rippin' off the consumer ... they're making a lot more money on the PSP Go than the PSP-3000."
 

Is Nintendo Ripping Us Off With Wii 'New Play Control' Versions?

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309w ago - In the past we've seen some great examples of games that have been re-released in ways that improve the original, re-working content for a new audience to help spread the word of great games of the past.

However, re-releasing classics no matter how anticipated, is a practice that will always provoke scepticism, especially from an easily remorseful buyer.

After all if you are considering buying a new version of a product that you bought a year ago or even 10 years ago there has to be something there to validate that second purchase whether it's a facelift or just for the kicks of nostalgia.

A few months back Nintendo announced plans to bring some of the heavy weights from its previous effort the Gamecube and enlightening them with the unique Wii interface ala slapping some new controls onto the game and selling games ranging from about four to seven at the budget price of £29.99? Are you kidding me?

Let's go back a few years, as far back as TGS 2005, Nintendo had lifted the lid on their revolutionary controller to the world and behind closed doors were showing the press what the controls really meant for gaming to the extent of taking the opening level of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes and tacking Wii controls on. A good choice, we would have to wait two years until we saw such...
 
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