PS3 and PSP firmware update

Sony has released a new firmware update for PlayStation 3, v1.82.

  • Upscaling game or DVD output. You can now upscale the video content of PlayStation® format software, PlayStation®2 format software, and DVDs to HD resolution.
  • Copying saved data to a memory card. You can now copy saved data from PlayStation® format software and PlayStation®2 format software to a memory card or a memory card (8MB) (for PlayStation®2).
  • Using the DLNA client feature. You can now display images or play music or video files that are stored on a personal computer or digital video recorder with DLNA Media Server functionality over a network.
  • Printing Images. You can now connect a USB printer to print images.
  • Using remote play outside the home (via the Internet). You can now use remote play over the Internet.
  • Support for playback of AVC High Profile (H.264/MPEG-4) format video has been added. High image quality encoding method used by Blu-ray Discs and other media.
  • Playability status with the PS3™ system has changed for some PlayStation® and PlayStation®2 format titles. To check on the latest status, visit the search site for compatible titles.
    (source: PlayStation.com)

Sony have also updated the PSP firmware to v3.51:

  • A security patch was added to address security vulnerabilities in the system software.

This security update is for patching the Lumines exploit that was published last weekend.

Virtual Console – Europe – Friday June 29th

Europe got two new Virtual Console games to download on their Wii’s.

Bloody Wolf
Turbografx – 1990 by G-mode – action/shooter – 1 player – 600 points

Go alone, deep into enemy territory to rescue the kidnapped President in this overhead-view action shooter. Take on the role of a commando in a Special Force team and face your enemies with and arsenal of weapons, including machine guns and grenades. Earn valuable information, weapons and items by rescuing POWs. Fight your way to the end of each stage and defeat the boss by effectively using your weapons and equipment.

This port of the insanely-popular arcade game feature refined graphics, story and cut-scenes, making this action game a must-have. This new and enchanced version includes the never-before-told sceond half if the story that was left out of the arcade version.

Kirby’s Dream Course
Super Nintendo – 1995 by Nintendo – sports/golf – 1-2 players – 800 points

Kirby’s Dream Course puts a new spin on the sport of golf, with Kirby as the ball and his enemies as obstacles! There are eight different courses to conquer, each containing eight levels pakced with obstacles like water, spikes, conveyor belts and trampolines.

In each level, take out all the enemies by rolling Kirby into them, and then head for the hole that appeares. You can adjust the angle of Kirby’s movement, add spin and power, and also copy the powers of enemies: such using a parasol to float, ice to freeze water and fire to burn bad wuys to a crisp!

As well as the challenging single-player mode, Kirby’s Dream Course also feature a two-player mode in which you can complete against a friend.

DS: Gyakuten Saiban 3 (Best Price!)

Gyakuten Saiban 3 (Best Price!) will be released in Japan on August 23. The game will in addition to Japanese text, also have English text. So if you can’t wait for the US or European version, you can safely import it. Gamers in US doesn’t have to wait for more than a month after the Japanese release, since the game will come out in September, but under the Western name Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations. There is no release date for Europe/Australia yet, so gamer who live there (like me), may consider an import.

The sequel to the criticly acclaimed Phoenix Wright: Justice for all. You can expect the same kind of gameplay. You have to search a crime scenes and use the evidence you’ve found in heated courtroom battles.

There is a lot of smart dialogue. Because of the great localisation you can expect jokes catered to the English speaking audience, as if the game was made in the USA. Well, it’s quite obvious that it is Japanese because of the stylish drawings that accompany’s the dialogue. This ‘manga’ art gives extra depth to the world.

In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations players star as a defense attorney, who must prove a seemingly guilty client’s innocence no matter how dire the circumstances may seem. Phoenix will face the toughest prosecutor yet as the mysterious hard-boiled Godot will try to take him down at any cost. The complete story of Phoenix Wright comes together as truths are revealed in twisting storylines and intriguing gameplay. Players must collect evidence, survey crime scenes, weed through inconsistent testimonies, and overcome corrupt agendas to ensure that justice prevails. With the return of the popular pysche-lock interrogation tool from the previous title, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Justice for All, players will have to overcome even more intense courtroom standoffs in order to close the case.

You can pre-order the game from:

Play-asia.com (Japanese release)
Release date: August 23, 2007. Japanese version with English text

Amazon.com (US release)
Release date: September 14, 2007.

Xbox 360: XCM 1080p VGA Box

A true universal VGA box compatible with the new generation consoles on todays market (Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii) and also with Xbox. Compatible with both PAL and NTSC system, it gets its power from any USB plug. A plug and play installation will give you Ypbpr input with all consoles, now with a 1080p resolution! 3 cables are included, 2 of them shielded to transfer hi-resolution signal (1080p). (source: xcmlive.com)
  • Compatible with 3 consoles.(Wii™, PS3™, Xbox 360™)
  • Works on both PAL & NTSC system
  • Double scan conversion (31.5KHz for NTSC, 31.25KHz for PAL,67.5KHz for 1080p)
  • Output resolution ; up to 1080p
  • Plug and play installation
  • Connect compatible YPbPr device to your VGA monitor
  • Integrated YPbPr to RGBHV converter
  • Supports 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p
  • Applications: TFT LCD monitor, CRT monitor, Set-top box, Display projector
  • Works on LCD TFT monitors
  • Video output: VGA
  • Automatic video source mode detection (film/graphic)
  • Motion-adaptive interfiled de-interlacing
  • Use the power from USB port , no extra power supply needed
  • Comes with 3pcs of XCM cables, 1. PS3™ shielded component cable, 2. XBox360™/ Xbox™ shielded component cable and 3. Wii™ component cable

Pre-order it from Divineo.cn.

Nintendo announce WiiWare

Nintendo will launch WiiWare in early 2008. This will give independent developers the chance to make make games for download on the Wii, like Live Arcade on Xbox 360.

Cut&past from Nintendo.com:

SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 27, 2007 – The search for the next ingeniously ground-breaking video game has begun. At a private developers conference this week, Nintendo announced the introduction of WiiWare, a game-creation service that will allow developers large and small to create new downloadable video game content for sale by Nintendo through the Wii Shop Channel of the hot Wii home video game system. WiiWare paves the way for smaller, more creative games to make their way to the public at lower prices, without any inventory risk to developers. The first WiiWare content will launch in early 2008.

“Independent developers armed with small budgets and big ideas will be able to get their original games into the marketplace to see if we can find the next smash hit,” says Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “WiiWare brings new levels of creativity and value to the ever-growing population of Wii owners.”

The possibilities for WiiWare are limited only by the imaginations of developers. WiiWare provides game creators a simple method by which they can get their games to the public. This approach, combined with the remarkable motion controls of the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, will give birth to fresh takes on established genres, as well as original ideas that currently exist only in developers’ minds. The reduced barriers to development provide developers the freedom to create and an inexpensive, clearly defined path to reach consumers who will ultimately determine which game will become the Next Big Thing.

WiiWare will be posted on the Wii Shop Channel. As with current Wii Shop Channel offerings, users will redeem Wii Points to download content. It will support a variety of pricing options. Details about that and upcoming projects will be announced at a later date. For more information about Wii, visit Wii.com.

PSP: Lumines sells well on Amazon

This weekend news came out that you can play homebrew on any PSP firmware version, from version 1.0 to the latest 3.50. The game that make this posible is Lumines. They say it’s a exploit using a buffer overflow in the savedata file. You need either the US or European version of Lumines.
(source: MaxConsole.net)

This means that you don’t have to flash or hack your PSP firmware. As of now there is only “Hello World” that use the exploit. But the people (Noobz) who found the exploit say that they will release a HEN and a downgrader.

When the news came out, Lumines start selling better and better on Amazon.com and it’s now (at time of writting) the best selling videogame. It went up close to 14.000% and sells better than Nintendo Wii.

You can get Lumines from:

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Xbox 360: Worms Challenges

I play Worms a lot. It’s a great game. Some of the Challenges are hard, and I had to play Challenge 13, 19 and 20 over and over again until I finaly made it (I did it som months ago). Many players think the same, so I made some videos that may help you in finnishing these levels.

Challenge 13

Challenge 16


Challenge 19

Challenge 20