Sony plans to launch a "Titanium Blue" PlayStation 3 console later this month to promote the release not of a new Smurfs game, but of Gran Turismo 5, Nexus404.com reports.
"The date is locked in: Gran Turismo 5 will go on sale throughout North America on Wednesday, November 24th," Sony announced in a blog post. "That means you'll be experiencing over 1,000 cars, including karts and select NASCAR cars, scores of tracks, the all-new Course Maker, a dynamic weather system, a robust online community, and everything else Gran Turismo 5 has to offer in less than two weeks."
As for the blue console, that will be part of the Gran Turismo Racking Pack bundle, albeit available only in Japan (at least initially) for around $435.
If you're a family man, live with a roommate, or have neighbors hanging out on the other side of thin walls, then a good headset isn't just a luxury, it's a necessity. And if you're console gamer, Logitech is looking at you.
The company just released its new Wireless Headset F540. The F540 lets you connect up to three audio devices, including both your PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles, and comes with voice chat to boot.
"We set out to build a great wireless headset for people who like to play at night, but need to keep it quiet so they don’t disturb anyone trying to sleep," said Elliott Chin, Logitech’s senior manager of product marketing for gaming. "The result is an amazing audio experience for console gamers, no matter when they like to play. The Logitech Wireless Headset F540 delivers superior sound coupled with voice chat and does it all without a single cable running between you and your console."
One cool feature on the F540 is that you can recharge the headset while you're still playing -- just attach the micro USB cable and you're good to go. Otherwise, Logitech says you can expect up to 10 hours of use in between charges.
The F540 will ship stateside in November for $150.
We're okay with a little rumble in our hand, and hey, maybe someday controllers will send out a light shock. But when things start exploding, that's when we have a problem.
This is the first we've heard of a controller actually exploding, but according to Sony, there's a rash of counterfeit PlayStation 3 controllers making the rounds that are at risk of doing just that.
"SCEA (Sony Computer Entertainment America) advises consumers to be cautious when buying PlayStation 3 Wireless controllers from uncertain sources as the quality, reliability, and safety of counterfeit products is uncertain, and in some cases, may be dangerous," Sony warned in a blog post. "It is possible that some counterfeit product may ignite or explode, resulting in injury or damage to the user, your PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, or other property."
What's worse, these bogus controllers are "practically identical in appearance to genuine" controllers, Sony said.
Sony's latest PS3 firmware update is sure to please those PS3 owners who have already bought into the 3D hype. Firmware v. 3.50, which the company began rolling out today, brings 3D Blu-ray support to the console, turning it into a 3D Blu-ray player. Of course, you will still need to ensure that the PS3 is connected to a 3D TV. As some of you might recall, Sony enabled stereoscopic 3D gaming on the PS3 through a similar firmware update in April, before proceeding towards offering 3D game titles through the PlayStation Network for the first time in June. So now “the only console on the market that can support full stereoscopic 3D gaming” is also a full-fledged 3D Blu-ray player.
Sony this week announced a new firmware release for the PlayStation 3 that will expand the console's 3D capabilities.
"We've announced that the PS3 system will be able to play back 3D content on Blu-ray 3D discs with the system software update (v3.50), slated for release on September 21," Sony wrote in a blog post. "We know that many consumers have purchased 3D TVs already and more of you will be purchasing them as the holidays approach -- so we're excited to offer this firmware update that makes all 38 million PS3s worldwide compatible with Blu-ray 3D discs."
PS3 owners have been able to play stereoscopic 3D games with the 3.30 firmware update released in April, but 3D movies wasn't yet part of the package. That changes next week, however there's a small caveat. Unlike dedicated 3D Blu-ray players, some parts of the menu and other minor portions of some DVDs will remain in 2D, Sony said.
Sony also recently updated its list of supported 3D games for the PS3 during, including Final Fantasy XIV (due out in March), Everybody's Golf 5, Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories, and Metal Gear Solid: Rising.
Elvis had a pink Cadillac, the delicious treat known as cotton candy is traditionally pink, and come September 21, 2010, you can show that you're a real gamer with a pink PlayStation DualShock 3 wireless controller.
The rumored controller is all but confirmed thanks to a pre-order page on Gamestop's website. And in case you're wondering who would want such a thing, Gamestop says "the stylish Candy Pink Dual Shock 3 wireless controller is perfect for female gamers and households with kids." Or as a complimentary accessory to go with your "Real Men Wear Pink" T-shirt.
The Candy Pink controller costs $55, the same as every other official PS3-manufactured controller runs, including blue, black, white, silver, and red.
Sony appears to be fighting a losing battle in preventing users from jailbreaking their PlayStation 3 consoles. In a recent Australian court ruling, a judge made permanent a previous ban on the distribution of the PSJailbreak dongle only to watch the software code behind a similar hack released for free into the wild. Naturally, Sony responded with a minor firmware update blocking these bits of code from working their mojo, but it's an ongoing cat and mouse game at best.
What we find most interesting, however, is how insanely easy it is to jailbreak a PS3. This is Sony's flagship console, after all, yet users have been able to jailbreak the device with everything from a Palm Pre to a calculator.
That's right, we said a calculator. Gizmodo has put together a collection of clips showing various devices cracking the PS3, and one of them includes the above mentioned hack (known as PSGroove) run from a TI-84. Pretty rad, no? Check it out below.
Sony has been teasing PlayStation 3 console owners that a firmware update slated for September would inject support for Blu-ray movies in 3D, but now it appears users will have a wait just a little longer. Citing un-named sources, Fudzilla says Sony has decided to push the update back a month.
There's no word on why the update is being pushed back until October, only that it is. When it does come, however, it will open the door to a variety of 3D rendering-related content, including 3D YouTube videos and PlayTV broadcasts. It's expected that the 3D upgrade will also support the add-on HDTV/DVR device Sony offers for the PS3.
It's entirely up to you whether or not take advantage of Gran Turismo 5's hard drive installation for the PlayStation 3 when it ships in November. The upshot to doing so is that the game supposedly runs much faster, but at the cost of 10GB of potentially precious hard drive space.
In a question and answer session via his Twitter feed, Gran Turismo head Kazunori Yamauchi revealed that the game will only require 256MB of space to get up and running, but for those who want a "smooth play experience," it's going to cost 10GB of space.
How much smoother GT5 will run with a full install remains to be seen, but it's something to consider if you own an older generation PS3 with a measly 20GB hard drive attached.
Sony has a history of en-forcing policy changes with harsh firmware updates, but the recently released 3.41 patch for the Playstation 3 appears to be having the unintended side effect of preventing users from upgrading their hard drives. We have applauded Sony in the past for allowing users to easily upgrade their storage by swapping out the stock 2.5” SATA disk, but hundreds of angry forum posters claim the “no applicable data” error has essentially bricked consoles that ran the update on a new drive.
Computer and Video Games claims the issue might have something to do with a new feature that allow for incremental patches, and would also explain why the problem only arises on PS3’s where the firmware is stored on the hard drive rather than the system memory. Sony has not offered any explanation or fixes yet, so we recommend not updating the drive on your PS3 until we know more.