Thursday, December 17, 2009

PSP Digital Comics Store Now Available

- The comic store has now launched with hundreds of title from Marvel, IDW, Titan, iVerse and 2000AD.
- Check for listings.

EU PSP Go Owners Get A Free Game

- European PSP Go owners are eligible to receive a free copy of Gran Turismo, MotorStorm: Arctic Edge or Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines (or, in Germany, LittleBigPlanet) until January 10.
- More info from Sony.

Blu-ray Digital Copy for PSP

- From Joystiq:

"Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has finally debuted the first batch of Blu-ray discs that take advantage of Digital Copy for PSP. With this feature, people that own both a PS3 and a PSP will be able to copy a portable version of a movie directly from a Blu-ray disc to Sony's handheld. Well, almost directly.
There are a few steps you must take to activate the PSP copy. When you insert the Blu-ray disc into the PS3, you'll see two icons appear on the XMB, one that allows you to store a SD version of the movie to your PS3 hard drive. You must be logged on to the PlayStation Network and then enter a unique 12-digit code included with the disc. Once the activation process is complete, a 2GB file will transfer to your PS3. You can watch this movie on the hard drive (but why would you when you have the Blu-ray disc?), or you can copy it over to the PSP -- a process which takes about five minutes total.
The video quality of the "Digital Copy" is fantastic, especially on the PSP's smaller screen. Unfortunately, the initial batch of movies leaves a lot to be desired: Godzilla (the 1998 American version), The Ugly Truth and Angels & Demons. Hopefully, SPHE will start implementing the feature on some ... y'know, good movies in the future."

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

PS3 Firmware v3.15 - Play PSP Minis on PS3

- PS3 Firmware v3.15 is out now and adds support for playing PSP Minis on the PS3.
- Like PSone classics, buy the game once from the PlayStation Store and it will work on both platforms.
- If you have already bought a Mini on your PSP and want to play it on your PS3, access it from the Store's archived Download List.
- Only five titles work at first, ("Blast Off", "Echoes", "Kahoots", "Stand O' Food" and "Zombie Tycoon",) the rest coming next week.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Firmware Update v6.20 Released

- Update v6.20 is out with a few minor updates:

-- The importing of playlists from the Media Go application is now supported under [Video].
-- The importing of playlists from the PlayStation 3 system or the Media Go application is now supported under [Photo].
-- The [TV] category has been integrated into the new [Extras] category in the XMB menu. Compatible models: PSP-2000, PSP-2005, PSP-3000, PSP-N1000, PSP-N1005

- The big addition though is the "PlayStation Network Digital Comics Reader" under a new "Extras" section of the XMB.
- However the service won't go live until December in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. Japan will be getting a manga service slightly earlier. French, Italian, German and Spanish stores will follow in early 2010.
- Check out the PlayStation Comics website to get a free comic!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Modded PSP Slim

- JoblessPunk DESIGNS has created himself an infomercial detailing his modded PSP Slim.
- Features include a second control stick, flash memory replacing the UMD drive and a fully custom firmware.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

PSP Go Hacked

- From Joystiq:

"As you'd expect, as soon as the PSP Go hit the shelves the homebrew community came out in force, looking to see which of its fave hacks and exploits might have made the trip from the original PSP to its UMD-less brethren. And here we are, with two videos posted by YouTube member Freeplay offering us tantalizing proof that indeed, at least one has. Of course, the whole thing is pretty rudimentary, the result of exploiting a known bug in an existing PSP game (which this particular hacker is remaining tight-lipped about rather than see Sony patch the thing). Karl B., who hepped us to this one, provides a caveat: "It's user-mode only, meaning no flash modification, no piracy, no advanced custom themes, no plug-ins -- none of that." All the same, it does our inner geek a sliver of hope, doesn't it? Videos after the break."

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Assasins Creed 2: PSP/PS3 Linking

- Take a look at how playing Assasins Creed 2 on PSP can help you in the PS3 version:

Sunday, September 13, 2009

PSPgo Tour

- Sony give a quick tour of the new PSPgo:

Saturday, September 12, 2009

PSP Firmware v6.00 Out Now

- Joystiq has the following:

"PSP Firmware 6.00 is now available for those adventurous enough to click on Network Update from the XMB. The changelog, copied in full below, may look rather uninspiring at first:

- Games can now be grouped and displayed in folders based on their expire date under [Game].
- Under [Settings], [Network Update] has been changed to [System Update]. Under [System Update], you can now choose how to update the system software.
- The number of colors that can be selected under [Settings] > [Theme Settings] has been increased.
- Revisions to strengthen security have been added. (Internet Browser)

While additional XMB colors will excite few, the mention of "expire dates" for games sounds rather surprising. PSP currently supports time-based licenses for video rentals. However, applying the same rules to games hasn't been done before. Earlier in the year, we discovered plans for a potential games rental service for PSP. Is firmware 6.00 preparing the hardware for a new expansion to the PlayStation Store?"

PSP Minis and Digital Comics

- Joystiq has the following:

Sony had two big announcements for the PSP at GamesCom today. First up was the "PSP Minis" service, which opens the platform to bite-sized, iPhone-esque applications under 100MB in size. Launching the same day as the PSP Go, the service will greatly expand the content available on the PlayStation Store. The initial lineup of games, seen in the video above and gallery below, include a variety of little-known titles like Break Quest, Melody Bloxx, Circles, Flexis, Puzzle Scape, Sudoku, Tetris, Zombie Tycoon, Little Track. This is but a small sampling of the Minis' launch lineup.

Additionally, Sony made the Digital Comics service for the PSP official. The first announced partner is Marvel, but many more are to be announced in the future. In a chat with Eric Lempel, we found out that details like pricing and placement on the XMB are still being determined.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

PS3 Firmware v2.60 Out Now

- PS3 Firmware v2.60 is out now. All 140MB of it!
- Photo Gallery application: A suite of tools for sorting through and displaying your digital photo collection. Digital pictures can be organized in groups according to various criteria, including the camera used to take the photos, the event date and time, colors in the photos, as well as the number, ages, or facial expressions of the people pictured.
- Guest access to PlayStation Store: This enables non-PlayStation Network members to browse through the storefront to check out the latest games, demos, videos, etc.
- DivX 3.11 support: Videos in this format can now be played on PS3.

PSP Firmware v5.03 Coming Soon

- From the PlayStation Blog:

"Hi, everyone, I wanted to give you a quick heads up that a new PSP firmware update, v5.03, will be released soon. This is a small update that improves system software stability during use of some features."

PSP-3000 "Hello World"

- It has been a long time coming, but it seems the PSP Brite has the beginnings of a hack emerging.
- MaTiAz on the forums has overwriten the player's name in a US version of GripShift's save file with "this is spartaaaaa..." with 57 a's tacked onto the end to get his demo running.
- It's said to work with PSP firmware versions 1.52 through the current 5.02.