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

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Official SingStar Vol.2 Pack Shot And Press Release From Sony Towers…

15 04 2008

We have just received the official press release from Sony on SingStar Vol.2 for PS3, now including a brand new harmony duet mode – which is basically a new way of playing that allows two players to sing together, showing off their harmonising skills. Sony have also sourced some special tracks to showcase this feature, including the ace Paul McCartney & The Frog Chorus number ‘We All Stand Together’ and The Mamas & The Papas classic ‘California Dreamin’’.

Announcing SingStar® Vol.2 on PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™)

30 new tracks on Blu-ray Disc, a new harmony duet mode and PSP™ (PlayStation®PlayStation) Remote Play functionalities

o Sing 30 new tracks from top artists including The Killers, Eminem and Gorillaz
o Showcase your skills by singing duets in harmony!
o Share your performances with the SingStar community at My SingStar™ Online
o Get access to the ever-expanding SingStore™ to download all your favourites tracks

15 April 2008: SingStar® fans are in for a treat this summer with the launch of SingStar® Vol. 2 on PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™). The new addition to the multi-million selling franchise features 30 new tracks, a brand new harmony duet mode, PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) Remote Play functionalities, increased levels of personalisation and an entry point to My SingStar™ Online – the rapidly growing online SingStar community.

Whether you’re an entertainer, a diva, a rocker, a crooner or hip hopster – or even a shy star – there will be something for you on the disc’s 30-strong track list. Artists featured include The Killers, Eminem, Kaiser Chiefs, Gorillaz and many many more. All track features the original music video for you to enjoy!

Singstar Vol. 2 will feature a harmony duet mode: a new way of playing that allows two players to sing different lines to a song at the same time, showing off their harmonising skills. This is really your chance to showcase your talent and adds a new dimension to the SingStar experience! Special tracks have been included to showcase this new mode such as Kool and the Gang: Celebration, the Paul McCartney & the Frog Chorus: We all Stand Together and The Mamas & The Papas: California Dreamin’.

As if that wasn’t enough, SingStar Vol. 2 also includes Remote Play functionalities with PSP. Using PSP and a wireless Internet connection, players will be able to access various areas of the game such as:

* SingStore: browse, select and download new songs, from SingStore remotely. This is really your chance to get your favourite party tracklist ready before you’re heading back home!
* My SingStar Online: browse and participate in all areas, rate media, leave comments, take part in polls, etc.). You can now continue to be part of the SingStar community on the go: share and show off hilarious and killer performances to your friends and family!

As with the first instalment of SingStar on PS3, SingStar Vol. 2 gives players instant access to SingStore, the ever-expanding online download store where extra tracks can be purchased, allowing players to add to their collection of songs and create their own SingStar playlists to suit their party mood. There are currently over 300 tracks in SingStore costing 1.49€ / £0.99 per track. Make sure you’re part of My SingStar Online, the next-generation community where players can share their performances with the world after capturing them with a PLAYSTATION®Eye or EyeToy® camera.

Key Features:

* Introducing the new harmony duet mode: Put your vocal skills to the test as you perform different lines to a song against your SingStar rival! This is your chance to perform duets in harmony and showcase your skills!

* 30 strong track list: Sing along to critically acclaimed artists and bands from The Killers, Eminem, Kaiser Chiefs, Nirvana and Gorillaz and many many more!

* PSP Remote Play functionality: With a PSP and a wireless internet connection, you will now be able to browse, select and start downloading new songs from the ‘SingStore’ on the go. Choosing your perfect tracklist is easier than ever before. You can also access to all areas of My SingStar Online and share the best SingStar performances with your friend and family!

* Join the online SingStar community: Enter via the game (My SingStar Online) or PC (www.singstargame.com) and upload your performances and rate others. Who knows, you could become an overnight star.

* Download in an instant: SingStore is directly accessible in-game. It’s easy to use and your song selections can be quickly granted. And with over 300 tracks available for you to download directly from the SingStore, there is plenty of choice to suit your party mood!

* Slick new look: Navigate the famous ‘carousel’ for your song selection and enjoy a cool, sophisticated slick new in-game design

* The SingStar experience: Competitive game-play with battle and one-player modes, credible artists and social, inclusive fun – everything you know and love about SingStar but more music and more choice than ever before.

Visit http://www.singstargame.com for the latest news on the SingStar community, where you’ll also find polls, quizzes, free downloads for MySpace and Bebo pages, party ideas, music news and updates on new tracks available in the SingStore for PS3.

You guys might wanna take a look at the new Harmony mode and the Remote Play functionality. Sounds promising enough for me. Can’t recall the last time I had as much fun as I did with SingStar & Beer lol!

Thanks ThreeSpeech





New Blu-Ray Player Lets You Record TV On Your PSP

10 04 2008

Still waiting on that promised ability to transfer Blu-Ray’s from a PS3 to a PSP. In the meantime, I’m going to point out something you’re never going to buy, and a situation you’ll most likely never find yourself in, but is interesting nonetheless. At least on a trivial level. Above is Sony’s BDZ-A70 Blu-Ray recorder, which lets you watch TV, then record that TV onto a Blu-Ray disc. And also a PSP. I know, you can do that already in a less-than-legal sense, but having it officially embraced by Sony like this suggests the little handheld will find itself integrated more and more into Sony’s non-gaming lineup as it spreads its multimedia wings.
Sony’s New Blu-ray Recorder Moves TV (not BD) Vid to PSP [Giz]

Thanks Kotaku