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.
There has been quite a bit of speculation about a batch of new PS3 models -- CECH-2501 series -- that popped up in the FCC's database, and it appears we now have our answer. According to a press release put out by Sony Japan, the two new models consist of the 160GB "Classic White" and 320GB "Charcoal Black" consoles.
Both are molded from Sony's PS3 Slim form factor, and both are planned for release in Japan on Thursday, July 29. The Classic White unit will sell for 29,980 yen (about $342 USD), while the 320GB Charcoal Black will sell for 34,980 yen (about $400 USD).
In addition to the Classic White console, Sony said it plans to release a matching Dualshock 3 Wireless Controller and stand.
No word on when Sony plans to release any of these in the U.S. market.
True PC Gamers would define playing a first person shooter with a gamepad as blasphemy, but the creative folks over at Penguin United think they finally have a way to even the odds. The hefty but still portable "Eagle Eye" USB hub acts as an interface between the PS3 and any standard USB keyboard / mouse, finally bringing WASD gaming to the unwashed console masses.
The box itself will allow for a limited amount of customization if you need to change the key bindings a bit, but it's doubtful you'll be able to use the full spread of keys for messaging given the input limitations of the gamepad they are emulating. The company plans to ship the accessory later in the year for approximately $60, but it's unclear at this point if they have Sony's blessing, or if this will be an "unofficial" add-on.
Disbelievers can watch the Eagle Eye in action after the jump, along with a series of testimonials from the E3 show floor.
After months of speculation, Hulu has finally revealed their premium paid service, called Hulu Plus. Users will pay $9.99 per month for the privilege to access additional content not available on the free version. Subscribers to the new service will also be able to enjoy content on a number of new devices like iPads, iPhones, and Blu-Ray players. Support for the PS3 is expected sometime in July, and the Xbox will get a Live Gold tie in early in 2011.
It's unclear if users will respond positively to this new pay model. Hulu was created to discourage illegal distribution of content. Adding a pay wall could just drive users back to old habits. That being said, the regular Hulu isn't going away. The big difference will be the full seasons of programs on the Plus service. The free Hulu only offers a few episodes of popular shows. Items from the back catalog will also be made available on Hulu Plus. Depending on the platform, some content will be available in 720p.
We're a little concerned that it is being escribed as an "ad-supported subscription product". It looks like the fee won't get rid of the ads. For the time being, the service is invitation only. You can sign up here to request access. Is this something you'd pay for? If not, what is still missing for you?
We've been hearing rumors that a paid Hulu service could be coming to the Xbox 360 for some time now, but now it looks like Sony could be wrangling a deal as well. The service would be offered through the Playstation Network to PS3 owners. Sources are saying that the deal could be announced as early as next week. Of course, both companies are staying tight lipped about a possible deal for now.
If Hulu intends to build a strong business on a paid subscription model, getting on game consoles is a must. Customers will want to get Hulu on their TVs, not just their PCs. As such, game consoles are a perfect method of delivery. There was originally concern that Microsoft would be able to lock Hulu into an exclusive partnership to provide content to the Xbox 360. We Hope this new round of rumors pan out and we see Hulu on multiple gaming platforms.
A price being floated is around $10 per month, but we don't know what sort of features it would include. We'll just have to wait and see what devices we will be able to get Hulu on, but our fingers are crossed that the answer is 'a lot'.
Vegas odds has this one as most likely a pricing error, but what I stumbled upon yesterday -- and apparently I wasn't the only one -- was a PlayStation 3 console listed as "starting at $199.99" on Sony's 3D portal. Could it really be so?
Not likely, though not completely out of the question either. Clicking through revealed no such console priced for just two Benjamins, and when I woke up this morning, I found that Sony had gone back and changed the price to $299.99, seemingly closing the case on this one.
It's worth noting, however, that E3 kicks off next week, and if Sony were to introduce a 'budget' PS3 console, that would be the time to do it. Admittedly unlikely, it's at least conceivable that someone on Sony's Web team inadvertently jumped the gun, much like Microsoft recently did with the Zune HD 64GB.
As it stands, Sony's PS3 is available in only two main storage flavors, 120GB for $300 and 250GB for $350. Sony also just recently pushed out a 3D firmware update applicable to all PS3 consoles, so while it has a feature advantage over both the Wii and Xbox 360, both units can be had for as low as $200.
Tony Soprano, Bill Henrickson, Ali G, and other HBO personalities are now available in the U.S. on the PlayStation 3, as Sony has gone and inked a deal to offer HBO programming through the PlayStation Network (PSN), Sony announced this week.
"The HBO library of premium original content is a perfect example of how PS3 has become the most content rich entertainment platform in the living room," said Peter Dille, senior vice president, marketing and PlayStation Network, SCEA. "When you combine the iconic programming from HBO with the existing TV, film, live sports and original programming available on PlayStation Network, our customers have access to the content they want, when they want it, at home or on the go with the PSP."
Several titles are available on the HBO section of PSN, including True Blood (season one and two), Big Love (seasons one through three), Entourage (seasons one and two), Eastbound and Down (season one), and multiple seasons from HBO signature shows such as The Sorpranos, Sex and the City, The Wire, Rome, Da Ali G Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Flight of the Conchords.
Sony says it plans to add more seasons and shows on a weekly basis.
You can't check out of a Best Buy or other retail electronics chain without a sales associate pushing for an extended warranty. Even Toys R Us will try to up sell you on additional coverage, but if Sony has its way, you'll go through them for longer warranties when shopping a PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Portable (PSP) console.
It appears Sony suddenly wants to cash in on all the the third-party extended warranties being sold at the retail level, and perhaps cut into those offered by services like SquareTrade. Helping to do that, Sony will offer additional accidental damage coverage, so should you fall down a flight of stairs and land on your PS3 to soften your blow, you're covered.
Of course it's all going to come down to pricing, and Sony's is fairly competitive. For a barebones extension, Sony will charge $50 to bump up warranty service on its PS3 console from one year to two years, or $60 for three years of coverage. The PSP console will run $30 for two years or $40 for three years. And the accidental damage insurance? That's another $40.
What do you think about Sony's pricing? Do you usually buy an extended warranty when purchasing electronics? Hit the jump and sound off.
As many expected would happen, Sony has been handed a class action lawsuit for removing the 'Install Other OS' option from its PlayStation 3 console starting with the v3.21 firmware released in March.
In the lawsuit, plaintiff Anthony Ventura argues that "Sony's decision to force users to disable the Other OS function was based on its own interest and was made at the expense of its customers." Ventura also alleges deceptive business practices "perpetrated on millions of unsuspecting customers."
"On information and belief, contrary to Sony's statement, the 'security concerns' did not involve a threat to PS3 users, but rather reflected Sony's concerns that the Other feature might be used 'hackers' copy and/or steal gaming and other content," the lawsuit reads.
At the time of its release, Sony said the firmware update was optional, but any users who refused to install it would lose key features, like the ability to sign into the PlayStation network. Making matters worse, Sony soon followed up with yet another firmware update -- version 3.30 -- which was described as mandatory.
Anyone who purchased a PS3 between November 17, 2006 and March 27, 2010 and did not sell their console is eligible to participate in the suit.