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Sony Playstation E3 Press Conference Over, Recap Time!

15 07 2008

Playstation Logo

Alright everybody, we all know what happened yesterday, at Microsoft’s E3 - Final Fantasy XIII will now be released on the 360 as well as PS3. It is no longer a PS3 exclusive, however, the title Final Fantasy XIII Versus is still a PS3 exclusive, so it’s not all that bad.

Sony’s E3 press conference just finished, and I must say - some bombs have been dropped. The conference revealed some amazing upcoming titles and updates for Sony PS3, PS2 and PSP.

This is going to be one big-ass post and we don’t want to kill the homepage, so to view the full post and all the exciting details on new PS3 exclusives and software for this year’s Sony PS3 press conference, click below:

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PSP Update 4.0 Announced

16 06 2008

Sony PSP

Eric Lempel, Director of PlayStation Network Operations has recently announced the a PSP system software update - v4.00 - and has revealed some of it’s features. He says that the main feature of the update will be adding Google Internet search directly to the XMB interface.

This new upgrade replicates the Google Internet search experience, delivering the same search results that you’d get at 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 feature of the future 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.”

We’ll let you know more about the update as the news rolls in.

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Forum Update - Game sections - Call of Duty forum added!

9 03 2008

A while back Jimmarn suggested that instead of having a games forum for each console, we should have one big games forum for all consoles. Today I merged all the seperate game sections together and this means that all game discussion, whether it’s a PS3 game or a Wii game, will go in the big “Games” category. This forum can be accessed through the forum index.

As well as this, I have added a forum dedicated to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare as a subforum within the Games category. Not only am I a big fan of this game myself, I know a lot of you guys are too, which is why I did this. You can access this new forum by clicking Games > Call of Duty: Modern Warfare from the forum root. Optionally you can click on the Call of duty image in the sidebar under the featured content.

- p0Wer :)

Go! Messenger avaliable for download in Europe

6 03 2008

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has something good in store for Sony PlayStation Portable fans, as the recently finalized Go! Messenger service is now available. To download, just hit its icon under the Network menu.

Akin to the Skype service on PSP, Go! Messenger is SCEE’s alternative service which offers free video, voice and instant messaging communication features. Through 2,500 BT Openzone hotspots, European PSP units can now connect and be used to communicate with ease.

It appears that the service will remain exclusive to the European region, so you can hook up and chat with friends if you’re in that part of the world. Using the Go! Cam video camera, it is possible to make video calls. Voice chat requires a headset, while an intuitive on-screen keyboard makes sending instant messages an easy task.

This was released just over a week ago, and I have only just found out about this cool feature today, so I thought that I’d share it with you. :)

Dark AleX’s Time Machine: install 1.50 kernel on your PSP Slim

2 02 2008

Sony PlayStation Portable homebrew developer Dark AleX has certainly contributed a lot to the handheld homebrew scene, and his latest project is certainly looking to be quite the contribution indeed. Introducing the Time Machine, a handy app that installs the 1.50 kernel onto your PSP Slim. Yes, that’s what it does, and there’s a video to prove it, too!

Of course, installing the 1.50 kernel onto your PSP Slim may not be the only thing it does, as Mathieulh has revealed that Time Machine is still a work in progress, and is not yet the final product. We’re certainly curious ourselves as to what else Time Machine can do, but until we get more info about it, we’ll just have to let this video of it in action tide us over. Enjoy!

Dark Alex released CFW M33-4

17 01 2008

We’re letting the word out that Dark AleX has just released Custom PSP Firmware M33-4. This new build carries with it some error fixes and improvements to enable it to work with an equally new Popsloader version also in circulation. Quoting the readme:

* Fixed synchronization issue that plugins check code caused in PSN NP9660 original games (fixes 0×80010013 error)
* Added a couple of libs to the nids resolver.
* Added some internal changes required by incoming 3.80 popsloader plugin.
* galaxy.prx was changed to a new version that is giving problems with slow memory sticks. Reverted back to previous versions. This didn’t only affect decrypted isos running in NP9660 mode.

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PSP Custom Firmware 3.80 M33 Released!

14 01 2008

After all the wait for the firmware, it’s finally here… 3.80 M33!

To install you’ll need your PSP running CFW 3.52 M33-3 or higher.


  • Copy the UPDATE folder into /PSP/GAME/
  • Get the 3.80 Sony update below, rename to 380.PBP, and put it in same folder.
  • Run it, the update will be done by Sony updater. At the end when you are asked to reboot the PSP pressing X or O, do it.

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Mathieulh: Dark AleX’s 3.80 M33 CFW not coming in December 24

24 12 2007

After the news of Dark AleX working on 3.80 M33 CFW spread like wildfire throughout the Internet, a related rumor started to circulate throughout the information tubes. According to this interesting tidbit, DAX will release the 3.80 M33 CFW on December 24.

A poster from a gaming related forum reportedly saw Dark AleX posting “I will be releasing 3.80 M33 the 24th December” in an IRC channel. However, homebrew developer Mathieulh gunned down the rumor (and possibly dashing the hopes of PSP users hoping for an early release in the process), saying that the Dark AleX who posted that statement through IRC is most likely a fake, and explained that the real DAX wouldn’t show up in public IRC servers, “for obvious reasons.”

Well, there you have it. While we won’t get the 3.80 M33 CFW just in time for Christmas, at least we know that it’s already being worked on. More updates to come!

Dark_AleX working on 3.80 M33 CFW!

22 12 2007

Here’s some good news for those of us looking forward to a new custom firmware for our Sony PlayStation Portables, after the coming of the official 3.80 firmware beast from Sony itself: it seems that none other than Dark AleX himself is working on it, with the official firmware itself already dumped and decrypted. Awesome.

This comes from a forum post from the Sony PlayStation Portable developer himself, in a thread that talks about the official firmware being ripe for the picking. The post:

Well, I will not be updating psar dumper until 3.80 M33, as for decompression it needs the 3.80 sysmem function for the new algorithm, but sysmem is also compressed with it. I’ll be using the ipl function for internal decryption.

Straight from the homebrew developer’s keyboard, and definitely good enough for us. Here’s to a quick and flawless release (as always)!

PSP Firmware 3.80 — Dec. 18th + Screen shots!

14 12 2007

SCEJ recently announced a new arrival of PSP firmware - 3.80.

Here is the corresponding [translated] changelog:

You can now schedule 1Seg TV tuner to record your favorite show at a certain time (similar to Tivo). This feature will only work on the new slim (PSP-2000).

PSP will now support streaming audio through the internet connection.

PlayStation Spot is now also available at BB Mobile Point (only in Japan).

You can now do a scene-search in video (search for beginning of each scene or clip).This is under the video feature.

RSS will now support opml file. You can subscribe to multiple channels which is saved in opml file. And now, RSS will also support picture (photo).

Sony also provided us with a few screen shots of the new firmware in action. Check them out:

Looks pretty cool for all those non hackers out there! :D (I expect it won’t be long until it’s hacked anyway) :P