With the drives being DLNA certified, streaming content to DLNA compatible devices like the Xbox 360 and PS3 is a cakewalk. The same applies to iOS devices, thanks to a couple of free iOS apps the company launched recently. Available now in capacities ranging from 1TB to 8TB, and prices ranging from $189.99 to $1039.99, the drives are covered under a limited one-year warranty.
The Best Buy Geek squad is no doubt made up of many talented and well intentioned souls, but the marketing department has fallen off the deep end. Based on this picture taken by the folks over at dualshockers.com the Geek Squad is now planning to offer customers the option to receive Sony’s free firmware update in-store before taking the console home. That sounds reasonable enough, until you do the math and discover that they are charging a whopping $30 for the service.
Just in case you have never used a PS3 I’ll detail the procedure below.
1.)Connect Ethernet Wire or Configure Wi-Fi
2.)Press X on “Check for Firmware Update”
3.)Return in 5 minutes time.
It sounds to us like Best Buy is trying to turn the Geek Squad into a gang of certified wallet inspectors, but I guess everyone has to make money somehow.
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.
People have really been anxious to see Hulu spread to more TV-connected devices since the service launched. The PS3 and iOS devices are a nice start, but it looks like Roku is up next. This is still up in the air, but sources are saying that a Hulu channel will be on Roku boxes in the coming weeks. It's not possible to know if this will be available for the free Hulu, or just for Hulu Plus.
As it stands now, only subscribers to Hulu Plus are able to get the streaming content on anything but a PC. Plus subscribers have access to content on the PS3, iPad, iPhone, and a few Blu-Ray players and TVs. The Plus service is still an invite only beta, and the early impressions are not good. Many complain about the lack of content. Would you be more tempted to pick up a Roku box if it had Hulu?
If your gaming outlet of choice is the PC, then you should take this next story as just one more example of why you should be thankful you choose to kill your spare time on an open platform. According to user reports Sony’s new 3.50 mandatory PS3 firmware update is killing off support for third party USB devices, a move that will no doubt simply convince more users to jailbreak their consoles. The update adds support for 3D Blu-Ray, a report abuse option for PSN, along with the ability to link certain game features to Facebook.
The disabling of USB devices wasn’t mentioned specifically in the patch notes, but Sony did warn users on their website "SCEA does not support continued functionality of counterfeit or unlicensed controllers in system software updates and these devices may cease to function in the future because of system software updates." The PS3 was always the geek’s choice for console gaming since it allowed users to upgrade their own hard drives, and even install Linux. Sony however has slowly been taking back control as the platform matures, and seems to be doing so unapologetically.
So if you download the official Sony update you can watch 3D Blu-Rays, and spam your friends on Facebook. On the other hand if you jailbreak your console you gain access to SNES and Dreamcast emulators. What would you choose? I think I’ll need to find a TI-84 to help me tally up the votes.
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.
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.