Playstation 3 firmware update v3.0 coming soon

Sony will soon release firmware v3.0 for Playstation 3. It looks like a very nice udpdate. Here is the list of what the update will contain.

  • “What’s New” – The “Information Board” will be replaced with a “What’s New” section, which allows you to enjoy interactive PlayStation news every time you start the PS3 system. Located under the PlayStation Network icon, “What’s New” displays the latest and greatest game, video, PlayStation Network and PlayStation news and releases, as well as your recently played games, in a sleek, new animated format.
  • Status Indicator – In the top right corner we’ve added an indicator bar, which displays your user icon, friend icon, the number of friends you have online and a small message icon to let you know if you have any new messages. The indicator also includes a scrolling ticker that features the latest news from PlayStation Network. In addition, when you press the PS button, the battery life indicator will no longer cover up the clock.
  • Friends List – Now your PlayStation Network friends will appear in a slightly redesigned format on your Friends List. Also, messages will now be viewable from each of your friends’ respective profiles.
  • PlayStation Store Shortcuts – We’ve added a handy shortcut icon to the PlayStation Store under both the Game and Video categories so you can access the latest content quickly and easily.
  • Personalization – Personalize your PS3 with new dynamic custom themes and avatars. Dynamic themes as well as free and premium avatars will be available through PlayStation Store. A dynamic theme takes your screen to a whole new level as it incorporates animated objects into the background.
  • Trophies – Showcasing your hard earned trophies just got better. Update 3.00 gives game developers the ability to modify how they display trophies for add-on content. Base and add-on game trophies will continue to be combined into a single list so you can see where you stand in a game as a whole. Within that list, trophies will be broken out into subcategories—base trophies and add-on trophies—that way, you can easily view the percentage of your base game trophy collection, and separately track your trophy progress in add-on packs. Look for this enhancement to be included in upcoming games.

Source: blog.us.playstation.com

Retro Gamer issue 67

Issue 67 of Retro Gamer is out. This is some of the things you can read:

  • Retro Evolution – Might and Magic
  • Back to the Eighties – June 1987
  • Back to the Nineties – February 1992
  • The Complete History of Bomberman
  • Retroinspection: Finaru Furantier
  • From the archives – Hudson Soft (part 2)
  • Why You Must Play… Slap Fight
  • The Making of… Shootem-up Construction Kit
  • The Making of… Lands of Lore series
  • Coin-op Capers: Operation Wolf
  • The Making of… Apidya

You can get the latest issue from Imageshop.co.uk.

Retro Gamer #67

Sega Genesis turns 20

The Sega Mega Drive was released in Japan on October 28, 1988 and in Europe two years later in November 30, 1990. Gamers in US only had to wait a year before it got its Genesis as it was named in the States on August 14, 1990. So that marks its 20 Anniversary of the Genesis in the states.

You can read more about the anniversary on:

blogs.sega.com

joystiq.com

kotaku.com

You can also vote for the next Mega Drive/Genesis game to appear on Xbox Live Arcade on genesispoll.com. My contribution to the anniversary is to post some old Norwegian SEGA Official Software News letters from 1991 and 1992. I found them in my old stuff earlier this Summer. Click on the pictures to see fullscreen versions of them.

SEGA Official Software News 1991 no.1

SEGA Official Software News 1991 no.2

SEGA Official Software News 1991 no.3 front

SEGA Official Software News 1991 no.3 back

SEGA Official Software News 1992 January front

SEGA Official Software News 1992 January back

SEGA Official Software News 1992 March front

SEGA Official Software News 1992 March back

SEGA Official Software News 1992 April

SEGA Official Software News 1992 Summer

SEGA Official Software News 1992 September