Showing posts with label ps3. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ps3. Show all posts

March 30, 2010

Geohot advises against updating PS3 firmware

If you have a PS3 and use the 'Install other OS' feature, the next update - coming this Thursday, will remove that version and apparently any OS installed thru it.
It seems Sony's pushing the firmware update to remove the threat of PS3 hacks, so the hacker warns to update until he's found a way to retain the possibility of installing another OS. See Engadget for details.

March 24, 2010

PlayStation Move: everything you ever wanted to know

While everyone agrees that motion controllers like the Wiimote make for a different level of gaming, no one has dared to compete. until now!

Engadget has everything you ever wanted to know about the PlayStation Move controller.

January 25, 2010

PlayStation 3 has been hacked

It appears that the PS3 is hacked.
This is the first report and it's still a long way from anyone doing a zippy-be-dooda and have a hacked PS3, but the rest will be history. of course, Sony may be able to reverse it again by doing a System Update. :) So you never know.

The fact that it took 3 years is amazing. Very good system, IMHO. I respect that.

January 21, 2010

Streaming movies

There is a growing trend in what we used to call Video on Demand (VoD). Now that broadband internet is ubiquitous (in the modern West) and people have a growing sense of "I want that and I want it now!". Movies are spread over torrents and usenet newsgroups. Music videos are often first on YouTube and recently even in HD quality. While torrents are (mostly) free, newsgroups require monthly payments. For that money ($5-10/mo), you get lighting-fast access to download servers that get you (an illegal copy of) a movie in about 5-10 minutes. And that's at DVD quality.

The increasing popularity and capabilities of gaming consoles (and the money gamers spend) have drawn in a new kind of distribution: streaming. Just like Internet radio sends a stream of low-resolution sound packets to a listener while you listen to them, movie streaming does the same to viewers.

YouTube pioneered video on the web. Many popular TV series were offered to fans in countries that had never heard of them before. Similarly, the BBC pioneered its iPlayer to British people living abroad. iPlayer gave them access to past episodes, series and news programmes ;) from home. Then gaming console like the Wii, XBox360 and the ps3 were included. The Dutch NOS also followed late last year.

The gradual increasing use of these web or gaming platforms to view content, have given systems and software time to mature. Facts about subscribers, viewers and revenue have made key people of movie companies aware of the possibilities. Now, many web companies are appearing offering legal movie downloads or streaming movies - sometimes even in HD quality - to anyone with a fast enough Internet connection. Netflix is a prime example. But there are many. All support Windows PCs, and Apple's OS X is often a quick second. The early market is still pestered by a lack of standards. Each company uses its own player, own format and many use encoding or encryption to protect against illegal copying. But often, Adobe Flash or MS Silverlight is the only plug-in you need. And that is free and ubiquitous too!

December 9, 2009

IMVU: 3D Chat

I just got a total blast-from-the-past when I clicked on an ad to "meet new people". It reminded me of a 3D chat program using VRML back in 1996 called OnLive! 3D chat. I used it for my research back when I was working for KPN Research.
IMVU seems much like it. Add a little Second Life added in and a little bit like the Sony PS3 chat service I have at home (and never use). Still kinda cool because you can easily create a virtual house (like Alphaworld), virtual outfits (like Second Life) and chat in 3D. OnLive! also used audio chat, which made it the coolest, because people farther away sounded softer.

November 19, 2009

PS3 Firmware v3.10: Facebook integration

The latest update to the PS3 game console brings Facebook integration to the world's most advance gaming platform! On a side note, the Dutch public broadcaster NOS also presents their news reruns on the PS3 now. Handy if you'd like to stay in touch with current events in between gaming non-stop. ;)

November 17, 2009

PS3 to integrate Facebook into next firmware update

With the PS3 heavily focused on gorgeous HD single player mayhem, the addition of Facebook to the PS3 may lift hard-core gamers out of their isolation. Now they can let everyone how long and what they've actually been playing. Great! No everyone has proof you have no life! :)
Of course, Sony had to do something after Microsoft stole the limelight with their Xbox360 announcements.

November 9, 2009

Digitally pimping a home network

While visiting Michiel in Singapore, I pimped their home network a bit. It was fine, but cumbersome and loosely tied together: 5 laptops, PS3, Wii. They have a cable modem, but didn't know their connection speed. WiFi was setup but not used because downloading over a fixed connection into the WiFi router was "going faster". Hehe, I told them their ISP limits the speed and after a bit of testing concluded that their 8 Mb down-link would scarcely fill the 54 Mb/s bandwidth of their 802.11g WiFi network. So no need for the fixed network hook-up not sitting near the router, freedom to sit around the house wherever they wanted to. I moved the Linksys WRT54G into a nook, out of the way, receiving thousands of thank-yous from the housekeeper who hated the nasty blue box on the floor in the livingroom. ;)

I then tied the PS3 and Wii to the WiFi network. This meant all devices were now on the same subnet. I installed PS3 media server on Molina's Vista Acer laptop. (It's free, open source and supports Windows, Mac and Linux!) Up until then, they'd had borrowed the HDMI cable from the PS3 if they wanted to watch downloaded TV series. Fine, but why swap cables?! :) Now, they hook up USB disks with movies, music and series to the Vista laptop, fire up ps3 media server, turn on the PS3 and watch or listen to anything from the Windows laptop. :)

linksys WRE54GNext, after seeing this digital revolution in his house, Michiel asked if he could somehow get WiFi on his 17 m2 roof terras, overlooking the Singapore skyline? I said sure, but he'd likely have to drill a cable up to the roof. The reinforced concrete would be unlikely to pass his WiFi signals. So did a little digging and after MrVanes suggested WiFi Range Extenders (I had been looking for that term), it all came quickly together:
* get a WRE54G Linksys Range Expander to get unobstructed full speed WiFi access outside on the roof
* pulling a cable up from the livingroom
* Connect a QNAP TS-410 NAS server to a free network port on the WRT54G and add some disks to taste.

QNAP NAS SOHOThe NAS supports Windows, Apple and Linux, has built-in everything and is expandable with hot-swap drive bays. The UPnP/DLNA media server supports their PS3 so the Windows laptop can be used as a workstation instead of doubling as a media server, the built-in bittorrent (BT) client let's them download directly to the NAS and the iTunes server let's them stream their music collection to their laptops, iPhones or iTouch devices. If only I could be there to install it and see it work!!! :)

September 22, 2009

Grand Turismo Opening

This game is soooo real, it's almost too good to play. It's hard, but the payback is amazing. Cars handle like a dream and every single sound in the real cars has been digitized and used in the game. Truely awesome work! :respect:

Check the opening scene of Grand Turismo to see what I mean.

Nintendo Wii price cut?

T3 seems to have a rumor of Nintendo Wii price cuts... :) The US price is said to go down by as much as $50. Cool!

It's probably due to Sony releasing a cheaper and slimmer PS3 Slim! Whatever works is fine with me!

August 20, 2009

T3: Sony PS3 Slim official pics and details

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T3 has the first official pics and details for the Sony PS3 Slim.

It's smaller (duuh) and consumes less energy (-34%). However, the inside has completely changed to fit in the smaller casing. Sadly, still no PS2 compatibility. Also the "install alternative OS" option has gone, so now it'll be a little harder to get Linux on the PS3. But at €300 (approx) it could prove a big seller starting September 1st.

Update: T3 mentions the Cell CPU has been upgraded too.
Update2: Tom's hardware has disassembled the PS3 slim!

June 12, 2009

PS3 VidZone lands today

VidZone, a London based music video download service, will be arriving on the PlayStation Store sometime very soon and offering 10,000 videos to stream to your console right away. The best part? It’s totally free and features content from Sony BMG, EMI and numerous independent labels, including artists Pussycat Dolls, Britney Spears, Fatboy Slim, Black Eyed Peas, Glasvegas, Dizzee Rascal, P!nk, Noisettes, Ne-Yo, Armand van Helden, Tori Amos and Akon.

The second best part? This is a Sony Computer Entertainment Europe project, so for once we’ll be getting something first. Eat that, North America. Source: T3 magazine

June 4, 2009

E3: Gran Turismo coming October 1st

W00t T3 reports that Gran Turismo is nearing completion and is expected to be ready for October 1st. 800 (!) cars, 30 tracks and 60 lay-out plus 4 player ad-hoc racing. OMG!

May 7, 2009

10 Animation classics on Blu-Ray

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I just bought 8 10 of my favorite computer animation classics on Blu-Ray. Play.com is very competitive in the EU with free delivery and all. I got WALL-E, Cars, Bolt (pre-order), Ice Age 1&2, Kung Fu Panda, Happy Feet, Ratatouille, Surf's Up and the Pixar Shorts Collection. :) CAN'T WAIT! W00t!

I'm so glad I got the fiberglass hook up of my PS3 to my amp! ;)

March 5, 2009

Home make-over

Well, Petra is gone. She moved out last weekend. The house is really empty even though most of the furniture is still here. It's weird. I guess the soul is gone or something. It feels chilly, lonely and cold. Most of the walls are empty and there is a lot of space suddenly.

It's not all bad though... I lost the Wii but gained a PS3. I lost the Ferguson Hill plexiglass speakers but gained a Logitech Z-5500 THX surround set-up. I lost analogue audio, gained Dolby Digital with fiber optical connections from both the PS3 and Mac Mini! Woohoo! Amazing!

I bought some cool wall art at Blik but sadly they're in back order and won't get here for a while. :( Oh well,can't win them all. I checked the local gardening center and found a ton of beautiful plants that I can use both in the scorching heat in the back window sill or the sunny, cooler front window. Now if I only found some nice pots to use. The window sills aren't very wide...

I also bought 2 great Wüsthoff chef knives. Wow! Even I am amazed. They're so sharp. I gave my old set to Petra because she didn't have decent knives and I wanted better ones. That way we both win. :)

Now if only I could find a nice new bed to sleep instead of a matress on the floor...

ps3mediaserver

Still not sure what the ps3mediaserver does. But I am intrigued. I think it is a server that the PS3 can scan for so that any media content you have lying around on your network (i.e. a Linux file server, a Windows desktop for you and your kids, your neighbours' servers, etc.) can be streamed, transcoded if needed and played back on your PS3. Why? I guess because you can and coz... why not?! :D

It connects directly to your iTunes and/or iPhoto collections... No more copying or transfer needed.

February 6, 2009

Playstation 3

Well, in order to celebrate my coming independence, I went out and bought a PS3! Sadly, they didn't have a 40 GB model any more. They're really easy to upgrade with any 2.5" laptop hard disk, so why bother with bigger Sony packages when you can do it yourself? I got Resistance 2 bundled, so I can play with Imro and got MGS4 for me.

I get a Full HD player, with the best Blu-ray player out there and gaming thrown in for free. w00t

November 25, 2008

T3: Blu-ray players review

My favo gadget magazine reviews 6 Blu-ray players. If you are thinking of buying a PS3, check this too.

Update: I bought the PS3 ;)

October 8, 2008

PS3 needs a price drop

I agree with T3 when they say that the PS3 needs a price drop. I just saw an add for the Xbox 360 for €149! :shock: The PS3 is still €350. I don't want to pay more than 300, tops! I know my friend Imro is waiting for me to buy one and I could, could I'm afraid it will cost me too much time or that I can't put in the time that I'd want to. In between work, life, wife, partying, Wii and cooking there simply isn't too much left. :(

March 30, 2008

New flat screen TV


It's not a Full HD screen, simply because we don't have any sources for that and our Mac Mini media server, AFAIK, cannot handle Full HD movie decoding/display. And unless we win a PS3, we won't get one. But it's got plenty of input ports: 2 SCART, 2 HDMI, component (RGB) , VGA and composite, as well as audio in and output. We also got some fancy 2.1 speakers for it that will look totally cool! Petra loved them so who was I to argue. ;) our Home Theater setup is now almost complete... Only missing a general purpose amplifier and a DVR using Elgato's eyeTV products.