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PS3 firmware 3.30 adds remote play from PC, bitstream audio options

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2010

Aside from additional trophy sorting and 3D gaming readiness, the latest v3.30 system update has a few surprises in store. There’s a toggle for Bitstream Direct (output audio with the original digital signal prioritized) or Mix (mixed with sound effects such as button sounds and then converted to bitstream format) on Blu-ray movies. Future VAIO PC owners can even use remote play without any PSP intermediary.

Some other, unconfirmed reports include updated Flash compatibility, enhanced region free Blu-ray movie playback.

PS3 owners can watch live Major League Baseball, for a price

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2010

It’s not just 3D gaming that’s coming to the PS3. Major League Baseball will be streamed live to consoles by the end of this week, but don’t get your hopes up for free baseball. It will cost you.

How much? We’re talking $100 for the standard package, or $120 for the premium one. We don’t yet know what the difference is. MLB.TV subscribers will also have access to back games. It might be worth it to die-hard fans, but otherwise many of us will pass.

Power Pyramid Supreme Dock for PS3 and Xbox 360

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on April 15th, 2010

If storing controllers is a problem for you with your PS3 or Xbox 360, you might want to get the Power Pyramid Supreme by Konnet. It’s compatible with both PS3 and Xbox 360 controllers, and can charge up to 4 controllers at once. Two PS3 and two Xbox 360 controllers.

It holds your controllers in style and will cost you $55 (USD). If you only own a PS3, you might want to just get a plain old Power Pyramid at $50.

Sony PlayTV getting Facebook

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on April 15th, 2010

Sony PlayTV, the digital TV tuner/DVR for PS3 that is not available in the US, is getting some “great new features,”. That doesn’t mean squat to you and I. But, if you’re in England, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, or the UAE, it means Facebook integration.

There are also some “other great enhancements,” but sadly the company is not talking about those yet. We should find out “later this year,” according to James Thorpe, PlayStation Network Product Manager.

Sony Nunchuk called the Navigation Controller

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on April 12th, 2010

We know that Sony’s upcoming PlayStation Wiimote will be called the PlayStation Move. And now we know what to call the nunchuk part. The Navigation Controller.

The info comes from the device’s filing with the FCC, which had to disclose its final title. Sadly we don’t have any shots of the Navigation Controller’s insides, since Sony has opted to lock those down for another six months. Oh well.

PS3 owners may get cash back after OtherOS uninstall

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on April 9th, 2010

Even if you don’t run an alternative operating system on your PS3 you could potentially be getting some money under consumer protection laws. Apparently, Iapetus at the NeoGAF forums took the issue up with Amazon (who sold him the PS3), quoting a European consumer protection law that states all products bought must be “fit for the purpose which the consumer requires them and which was made known to the seller at the time of purchase,” netting him £84 ($130) in the process.

He didn’t have to return his PS3, nor be within warranty. Might be worth talking about with your retailer, if you still have the receipt. This particular law will only apply to you if you live in Europe. We aren’t sure if there are any similar laws in the US.

Hori slaps an LCD on your PS3

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on April 6th, 2010

Hori’s HP3-87 adds an 11.6-inch screen to your PS3 using a wraparound structure. It includes stereo speakers, two headphone jacks, and composite or component input options. The resolution is 1,366 x 768, so it will handle the 16:9 signal with its 500:1 contrast ratio, 7ms response time, and 200 nits of brightness.

Those in Tokyo can get it on May 27, when the HP3-87 goes on sale for ¥26,040 ($276). We aren’t sure when it will have an international release, but hopefully soon, so we can get our PS3s portable too.

Sony PS3 update 3.21 removes “Other OS” feature

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on March 29th, 2010

I have had a PS3 since the console launched and I have seen the other OS feature on the machine several times, but I have never used it. I bet that most of you are the same way.

If you do use the other OS feature for some reason you have a decision to make. Sony has Announced that the latest firmware update that is set to hit this week will eliminate the Other OS feature.

Don’t turn on your PS3 until PSN bug is fixed

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on March 1st, 2010

So that PlayStation Network problem that hit late last night is apparently a serious disaster now. Sony is now saying that you shouldn’t use “fat” PS3 models at all, since a clock-related bug might cause some data loss.

Go ahead and use your PS3 slim. It isn’t affected. And that’s why there have been conflicting reports since last night. Sony says it is working to get it fixed in the next 24 hours, but for the moment fat PS3 owners should just go outside and experience real life. Maybe meet a girl, settle down.

PS3′s fighting global network issues

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on March 1st, 2010

If you are a big PS3 fan that has been trying to play games online or just get online period, you may have noticed an error today. All across the world, numerous reports are coming in that the network is having issues often giving an obscure error message.

PS3 games with online functionality are reportedly not working either. Most of the issues are seemingly seen by users of older consoles before the Slim. Some theories claim the issue is a calendar error on older consoles.

XCM Cyberchrome PS3 case

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2010

Want a new look for your PS3? Anything beats the usual black, but the XCM Cyberchrome PS3 case makes your console look extra sexy. Check out that shiny chrome exterior. Hey, it will match your vintage toaster and let you admire yourself while playing games.

It will cost you $70, but at least your PS3 will stand out from the crowd. Maybe blind you when the light shines into your dark gaming abode, after an all night gaming session.

Sony shrinks PS3 OS and gives extra RAM to devs

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on February 24th, 2010

One of the big reasons that I bought my PS3 when the console first came out was so I could use it as a Blu-ray player. As it turns out that was a great decision thanks to the myriad of new features that Sony adds to the device like the coming 3D update.

Joystiq reports that Sony has shrunk the OS the PS3 uses from 120MB down to 50MB. The really good news is that the electronics giant is playing Robin Hood and has given that extra RAM to game developers to play with.

43-year-old woman seduces 14-year-old boy on PlayStation Home

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2010

Here’s an interesting story involving Playstation Home. The police are looking for a 43-year-old mother of three in Oklahoma City for seducing a 14-year-old kid on PlayStation Home. No offense to the suspect, but looking at this pic, I’m hoping her avatar was a real knockout.

Annamay Alexander of Deltona, FL apparently met the kid on Playstation Home and started sending him messages and even a picture of her in her underwear. After that the nutjob traveled to Oklahoma to see him and met with his mom, though she claimed to be there to talk about the kid wanting to marry her daughter. Yes, she’s clearly not playing with a full deck.

Two PS3 Slim models hit the FCC

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2010

Some of you are no doubt still using that bulky, loud and power hungry, original PS3. Maybe the Slim didn’t get your attention. Well, Sony is still hoping that you want something in a slim according to FCC documents.

The two documents don’t go into detail about any of the changes, but it looks like these two models are physically similar to the current Slims that are already available. They sport Bluetooth 2.0 and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi but that’s about all we know.

Datel Space Dock adds an External Hard Drive to PS3 and Xbox 360

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2010

Datel’s new Space Docks make it easy to add a hard drive to your PS3 or Xbox 360. The dock accepts 2.5″ or 3.5″ SATA HDDs up to 1TB. After it’s installed, the drive mounts in your system to load saved games, play movies and all of the other stuff you do.

As a bonus, you can plug the drive back into your PC to transfer more files since the formatting structure is basically FAT32. It only costs $40 and will be available soon.