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PSP Firmware 3.51 Released

Posted by Aaron on Thursday, July 5, 2007

Sony has released a update for the PSP firmware. 3.51 was released last week and includes the following:

A security patch was added to address security vulnerabilities in the system software.

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Posted in Firmware, Press Releases, PSP, Sony | 13 Comments »

PS3 Firmware 1.82 Released

Posted by Aaron on Thursday, July 5, 2007

Sony has updated the PS3 firmware to 1.82. What does this update do? Well it let’s you play H.264/MPEG-4 on your PS3 and some PS1/PS2 backwards compatibility issues were fixed.

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Posted in Firmware, Playstation 3, Playstation Network, Playstation Store, Press Releases, Sony | 6 Comments »

PS3 Firmware 1.82 Coming Soon

Posted by Aaron on Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Eric Lempel Director of PlayStation Network Operations has posted at the Official Playstation blog that PS3 Firmware 1.82 update will be released in the next few days.

Here is the post:

Hey everyone, you told us you wanted to hear about updates a few days in advance, so here’s a quick heads up that we have a PS3 firmware update in the works. Scheduled for release in the next few days, firmware 1.82 is an update that enables the playback of AVC High Profile (H.264/MPEG-4) files. As most of you know, these are high quality files that you’ll now be able to play on your PS3. Hopefully this update is moving us closer to the audio playback features many of you commented about in my post the other week. We’re continuing to evaluate and improve things across the board, including PS2 software compatibility. I’ll chime in here quickly with an update once the firmware is live and ready. Thanks for all of your support and feedback, keep it coming!

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Sweet! I love firmware updates 🙂

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Lost Planet Map Pack #3 Now on XBLM

Posted by Aaron on Monday, June 25, 2007

Capcom has released Map Pack #3 for Lost Planet. It is now available on the Xbox Live Marketplace for 400 MS points. The map pack comes with three new multiplayer maps called Lost Technology, Ruins & Ice Drop. Also mentioned in the press release is Capcom is working on a new patch addressing connectivity, which will be available sometime in July.

[Via Press Release]

Posted in downloadable content, News, Press Releases, Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Xbox Live Market Place | 1 Comment »

TEKKEN 5: Dark Resurrection Getting Online Mode

Posted by Aaron on Saturday, June 23, 2007

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. has announced that they will be releasing a online mode for the PS3 exclusive downloadable game TEKKEN 5: Dark Resurrection. Key features include:

Online

* Opti Match
* Quick Match
* Custom Match
* Friend Match
* Voice Chat

Offline Single Player

* Practice mode
* Survival mode

TEKKEN 5: Dark Resurrection Online will be released later this year with a price of $9.99.

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I just bought this game and I cannot wait for this update. Pretty sweet! 🙂

Posted in downloadable content, News, Playstation 3, Playstation Network, Playstation Store, Press Releases, Sony | 4 Comments »

New Gears of War Multiplayer Achievements Announced

Posted by Aaron on Wednesday, June 13, 2007

On Thursday, June 14, at 2 a.m. GMT eight new Multiplayer Achievements will be released for Gears of War “Annex” gametype and the “Hidden Fronts” Multiplayer Map totaling 250 more gamer score points.

Check out the press release after the jump 😀

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Posted in Auto Update, Microsoft, News, Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 1 Comment »

Capcom Announces Developer and Gameplay Details for Moto GP 07 For PS2

Posted by Aaron on Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Via press release from Capcom:

CAPCOM® ANNOUNCES DEVELOPER AND GAMEPLAY DETAILS FOR MOTO GP 07 FOR PLAYSTATION®2 SYSTEM

SAN MATEO, Calif — June 8, 2007 — Capcom® , a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today confirmed further details on its forthcoming title MotoGP 07. MotoGP 07 is being developed by Italian developer Milestone, a company with a proven track record and passion for producing high quality racing games for console and PC. MotoGP 07 is scheduled for release on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system this autumn.

As an officially licensed MotoGP™ title, MotoGP 07 for the PlayStation 2 system will feature all the riders, bikes, teams and tracks from the 2007 season. Players can faithfully re-create the excitement and passion of the sport and experience the rivalries and competition synonymous with the world’s premier motorcycling championship, as they ride for glory. Compete in a full season, create your own customised season, or select a one-off race either on your own or against a friend.

Whether gamers are new to the racing genre, fans of four-wheeled racers looking for a new challenge or veterans of motorcycle games, the diverse handling models of MotoGP 07 will allow players of varied skill levels to access and enjoy the adrenaline fuelled world of MotoGP. Features such as riding aids will provide newcomers to the series with the confidence to push their bikes to the limit. Experienced players will have the option to independently control front and rear brakes as well as the rider’s position, making them feel at one with their bike as they enter and exit the tightest of hairpins inches from the tarmac, before stepping on the gas to reach speeds of well over 200mph/320kph. Plus players can also adjust the AI of their race opponents, modifying speed and ability to match their own riding level and create a more balanced race.

Featuring a comprehensive set of 100 trials, each available at three difficulty levels, MotoGP 07’s Challenge Mode will test and hone players’ skills. Events include slalom challenges where players handling abilities are put to the test as they navigate a series of gates placed the length of the circuit and time trials which challenge players to beat the lap record for each circuit.

MotoGP 07 for the PlayStation 2 system will include the following features:

• Riders and their bikes, teams and all 18 official tracks from the 2007 season faithfully and painstakingly re-created
• Unique Game modes including – Championship / Quick race / Time Attack / Challenges/ Multiplayer
• Selectable riding models to suit your skill-set and style
• A variety of immersive and challenging opponent behavioural models to select depending on ability
• Challenging weather effects
• Accurate physics models based on real data
• Motorbike sound-effects recorded from actual MotoGP bikes

Additional features will be announced in the coming months.

ABOUT MILESTONE
Milestone srl is the leading developer of interactive entertainment software in Italy. It’s a prestigious role which the company has filled since the time of its founding in 1996, in Milan – where the company is still based – with the objectives of producing innovations in the world of videogame development and of pushing the standards of gaming toward new horizons.

Milestone is part of the Leader Group and develops products for current and next gen platforms: PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft , PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, Nintendo Wii, PC and for Interactive Television platforms, with an experienced team of over 50 people. More information about Milestone can be found on the company website, www.milestone.it

ABOUT MOTOGP
MotoGP is the world’s premier motorcycling championship, with a calendar recently expanded to include 18 events across the globe, all bringing together the world’s top motorcycle manufacturers and the top riders in racing today. The sport is a unique combination of the highest level of technology and riding skill, with incredible overtaking manoeuvres, rear-wheel slides, and riders pushing the laws of science and engineering to the very limit.
MotoGP TM and © 2007 Dorna Sports, S.L. MotoGP and related logos, characters, names and distinctive likenesses thereof are the exclusive property of Dorna Sports S.L. and/or their respective owners. Used under license. All rights reserved.

For further information about MotoGP please click through to www.motogp.com

ABOUT CAPCOM
Capcom is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment for game consoles, PCs, handheld and wireless devices. Founded in 1983, the company has created hundreds of games, including best-selling franchises Resident Evil, Street Fighter, Mega Man and Devil May Cry. Capcom maintains operations in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Tokyo and Hong Kong, with corporate headquarters located in Osaka, Japan. More information about Capcom can be found on the company web site, www.capcom.com.

Capcom, Resident Evil, Mega Man and Devil May Cry are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Capcom Co., Ltd., in the U.S. or other countries. Street Fighter is a registered trademark of Capcom U.S.A., Inc. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

Posted in News, Playstation 2, Press Releases, Sony | 13 Comments »

New PSP Slim/Phone Rumor Debunked By Sony

Posted by Aaron on Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Less than 24 hours of opening up the official SCEA Playstation.Blog John Koller Sr. Marketing Manager, PSP has debunked the PSP Slim and PSP Phone rumors. Here is what he had to say:

The rumor mill is flowing about new PSP hardware and a PSP phone, and I just wanted to take the time to clear the air. We haven’t announced anything about a new PSP, much less one that would have any phone capabilities. As SCEA’s resident PSP guru, I’m thrilled to hear that there’s so much interest in the platform, but sorry folks, these reports floating around fall into the rumors/speculation category.

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Oh well thats sucks. Personally I don’t think the PSP needs a redesign. It’s fine as it is. It just needs more awesome games and PS Network integration. 🙂

Posted in News, PSP, Rumors, Sony | 4 Comments »

SCEA opens up Official Playstation.Blog

Posted by Aaron on Tuesday, June 12, 2007

After years of Playstation fans and various gaming sites calling on Sony to start up a official blog yesterday SCEA opened up the official Playstation.Blog. Here is a little tid bit from their welcome post:

It’s with enthusiasm, eagerness and, honestly, a little bit of relief that we lift the cover on our first official Sony Computer Entertainment America company blog – welcome and sorry for the wait.

PlayStation.Blog is a bit of work in progress, we see it as a place where we can share with you our company’s collective insights, opinions and perspectives on all things related to SCEA, PlayStation and the industry we play in.

At the moment, we’re thinking about sharing all sorts of things here, ranging from product news and title announcements to developer updates and industry opinion posts – all of which will come straight from the people here inside SCEA who are working, thinking and playing with this stuff every day. Look to the categories on the sidebar for some initial thoughts we have on future post themes.

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Personally I am excited to see Sony starting up a official blog. The blog looks slick and I can’t wait to see what else they have in store 🙂 Nice job guys! 😀

Posted in News, Playstation 3, Playstation Network, Playstation Store, PSP, Sony | 4 Comments »

Wii-Kly Virtual Console Update for 6/11/2007

Posted by Aaron on Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Like clock work Nintendo has released three new classic games to the Wii Shop Channel. Here are the details:

Lode Runner® (NES®, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): This landmark action-puzzle game has been a worldwide fixture in video games from the moment of its inception until today, producing many sequels and related products along the way. The player controls the hero, or “Runner,” who collects gold nuggets located around every stage, all the while avoiding capture by enemy robots. The action itself is simple, but the stages are designed as increasingly challenging puzzles, and none of the 50 stages is as easy as it seems. The Runner avoids enemies by digging holes in the floor to the right and left of his position—by doing this, he can clear a path to places that, at first glance, seem unreachable. Players must use their brains to collect all the gold nuggets in every puzzling stage if they want to escape to the next. In addition to normal play, this version of the game features an Edit Mode that allows players to design their own stages, adding a new level of enjoyment to the game.

Sonic the Hedgehog™ 2 (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 800 Wii Points): Dr. Eggman (aka Dr. Robotnik) is back to continue his zealous search for the Chaos Emeralds needed to fuel his new Death Egg contraption. The evil doctor secretly follows Sonic to his vacation spot, Westside Island, and launches a full-scale attack, imprisoning all the helpless animals of the island and turning them into mindless worker drones. Now Sonic must thwart the doctor’s plans at all costs. This time he isn’t alone, as a peculiar two-tailed fox named Miles Prower (aka Tails) decides to aid him in the battle. Together they must locate the Chaos Emeralds before Dr. Eggman does, and put an end to his diabolical scheme.

Golden Axe™ II (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older – Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points): Not long after the devastating reign of the wicked Death Adder, another evil arose. Dark Guld and his minions invaded and took hold of the prized Golden Axe with plans to destroy it. Once again, as a fierce barbarian named Ax-Battler, a fearless female Amazon known as Tyris-Flare or a ferocious dwarf named Gilius Thunderhead, you will wield steely swords and powerful magic in an all-out war to recover the sword. Once you slash your way through the six side-scrolling levels, you’ll get the chance to defeat Dark Guld once and for all.

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Posted in News, Nintendo, Press Releases, Virtual Console, Wii | 1 Comment »