Firmware (v2.36) coming soon, (v2.40) to include trophies, in-game XMB

18 06 2008

A new PLAYSTATION 3 firmware update (v2.36) will be launching soon, improving system stability when playing select PlayStation format software titles. We’re also happy to officially report that the 2.40 system software update for PS3 will include “XMB” access in-game. The update will also include “trophies,” an exciting new feature that we’ll be providing more details on soon, as well as some other new enhancements. We’ve talked about some of this on the blog previously and know that many of you can’t wait to get your hands on these features. You can expect us to share all of the official details shortly.

So that finally is the confirmation that all the leaked info is true. Let’s hope that it’s coming in the next several weeks 😉

Thanks Official PlayStation Blog

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PSP (PlayStation Portable) v4.00 Update

17 06 2008

I wanted to give you all a heads up that a new PSP system software update, v4.00, will be released soon, adding Google Internet search directly to the XMB (XrossMediaBar) interface.

This new upgrade replicates the Google Internet search experience, delivering the same search results that you’d get at www.google.com. And with a search history recall of 20 items, Web searches couldn’t be easier.

After you download and install the firmware on your PSP, click on the XMB’s Network icon and then the new Internet Search icon. Enter your keywords and then let Google’s algorithms do the work. You’ll need to be connected to the Internet via a wireless access point or Wi-Fi hotspot. Googling something on the go has never been more convenient on your PSP.

Another new feature delivered through the 4.00 update is the ability to change viewing speed during playback of videos stored on your Memory Stick PRO Duo, so you can speed through or slow down what you’re watching. To do this simply press the up or down directional buttons while playing a video. Enjoy!

Thanks to the Official PlayStation Blog





VG247: New Playstation Store impressions

15 04 2008

VideoGaming247 has just updated their site with a article that covers their impressions of the new PlayStation Store which you can download in the newly released Firmware update 2.30 as of today.

Impressions of the new PS Store now Firmware 2.30’s been released.

The first thing you notice is how lightning quick it is to log on to the new Store. No sooner has one of your five thumbs depressed the X button, the new interface appears with a huge banner on the left of the screen and 20 squares on the right detailing type of content, genre, and so on.

However, in stark contrast to the initial log-in, the squares themselves do take some time to fill up with little diagrams of a sportsman running which symbolises, you guessed it, sports games, a chequered flag for racing and so forth.

Just in case you don’t know what an action or shooter game is, after you select an image the left half of the screen gives you some detailed information, such as the fact an FPS game means you shoot stuff and a Racer means you drive a car.

If waiting isn’t your thing then don’t click on one these symbols, as the list of games takes ages to arrive. And we mean ages. When we started writing this article we clicked on ‘Latest’ and the full list of icons still aren’t in although we’ve now almost finished.

The top menu is split up into eight subsections listing everything from PSP games (nice addition) to Game Add-ons (another good idea) to We Recommend – which at the moment is just about every game on the Store you can buy.

Although the interface is a lot more user-friendly we still miss being able to search for stuff by name. The ability to search by title instead of trawling through three or four sub-menus and waiting around ten minutes to see if it appears would have been great.

Also, for those of you who couldn’t wait to try out the Super Stardust HD add-on, although the Solo Game Pack was ready to download early this morning, the patch for SSHD needed to make the Game Pack work wasn’t ready. However, the internet has just informed us that all is now well: you should be prompted for an update when you fire up the game, and it’ll do the rest for you.

Thanks VideoGaming247





PS3 Firmware 2.30 now Live!

15 04 2008

Welcome back dear vistor,

Today is the day I have been waiting for for a long time now. PS3 Firmware 2.30 is out now and ready for you to install. This update brings DTS-HD sound to your PlayStation 3 but more importantly it give us a new PS Store.

As you might now by now I Live in the Netherlands so I don’t now If the store has some problems like we have. I noticed this morning that the images don’t load at some spots plus you can’t acces all the pictures for the info. Plus I noticed a little fault, When you browse the catagories you can clearly see two times ‘Family’.

I hope they fix this before the MGO Beta hits the store 😉

P.S.

It’s oh so fast and oh so drop dead gorgeous :D!





Firmware (v.2.30) Details and Store Walkthrough

10 04 2008

Hey Everyone! We know you’re all patiently waiting for the next PS3 firmware update, ver. 2.30, which includes the revamped PLAYSTATION Store. The good news is that it’s coming soon, and you can now see how the new user interface will look in this video demo featuring Grace Chen.

I have more good news to report today – the system software update will also add DTS-HD Master Audio output for Blu-ray videos, which means the high-definition visuals of Blu-ray will now be matched with the highest quality audio for the ultimate movie-watching experience on PS3.

DTS-HD Master Audio is literally bit-for-bit identical to the studio master recording and makes movie soundtracks and sound effects truly come to life. The technology delivers audio at the incredibly high rate of 24.5 mega-bits per second (Mbps) on Blu-ray disc, which is significantly higher than standard DVDs. DTS-HD Master Audio also offers 7.1 audio channels at 96k sampling frequency/24 bit depths, so you’ll be totally immersed in the sound. The firmware update will add DTS-HD High Resolution Audio as well, which is a similar output technology that requires less disc space. You can read more about both codecs here.

A lot of you, particularly the home theatre enthusiasts and audiophiles out there, have been asking us for this capability, and we can’t wait until you have an opportunity to pop in a compatible Blu-ray video to test it out for yourself.

There also is an video which you can check over at the Official PS Blog