It was reported eariler today that a firmware update for Sony’s PSP was available for download in Japan. Now it’s also up in US as I have updated my US PSP, I’m not sure if it up in Europe yet.
This is what version 3.30 gives you:
- Support for displaying thumbnails for items has been added under [RSS Channel].
- Support for PLAYSTATION Network titles has been expanded.
- The size of videos that can be played under [Video] has been increased.
- Support for displaying thumbnails for content saved in the “VIDEO” folder of a Memory Stick has been added under [Video].
According to the Google translated Japanese Playstation page, the PSP can now play video in 720×480, 352×480, 480×272. PSPs native resolution is 480×272. It also seems that the guidelines for the browser and the RSS are updates.
I will update if the European/US gives more info on this update.
After weeks of speculations, it’s now official; Microsoft is launching Xbox 360 Elite. The Elite will be out in US and Canada on April 29th and will cost you US$479.99. The rest of the world with get it sometime this summer. The Elite will have a 120GB harddrive and HDMI. It will also inlcude both an HDMI and component cables. It’s black and so is the controller.
The 120GB HDD will be sold separate at US$179. It will come with a transfer cable so you can migrate your old HDD to your new one. Microsoft will also release black controllers, Black Rechargeable Battery Pack and Black Play & Charge Kit.
If you go to on10.net you can see a 5 minute video interview with Albert Penello about the new Elite. He is also featured in a 30 minute interview with Major Nelson podcast.
Here’s some picture that I got from Major Nelson’s flickr page:
Xbox Live will be down for 14 hours tomorrow (March 27) for service mainenance. Microsoft will upgrade hardware, software etc., but this is not a dashboard update. Even though I think they will prepare for the Spring update that will come later.
Live, Xbox.com and forums will be down from 00.00 to 14.00 PT (Pacific Time), that’s 09.00 to 23.00 CET (Central European Time) for you and me in Europe.
Major Nelson had a post on this on his blog and he also talked about it in his latest blogcast (#218).
Today, Sunday March 25th, we in Norway and all of Europe (not Iceland) get into summer time, or Daylight saving time. At 02.00 CET (Central European Time or GMT+1) we will adjust the clock one hour forward to 03.00.
The Daylight saving time was first mentioned as an idea in 1784 by Benjamin Franklin. But it wasn’t until the World War I in 1916 that Daylight saving time was used in a lot of European countries.
For more info on summer time/Daylight saving time, look at the Wikipedia.org article.
The PS3 was launched today in PAL countries. That’s Europe, Australia and New Zealand to you and me.
Australia: At the official launch event at Myer’s Pitt Street store, only 40 persons was standing in line at midnight. So PS3 is probably not a hot cake in Australia. (Source: Joystiq.com)
Norway: Fewer than assumed showed up at the retailer who held open at midnight. (Source: Dagbladet.no)
UK: At the London launch event, over 100 persons who bought the PS3 also got a free 46-inch HDTV and a taxi home. This cost Sony over £250.000. (Source: BBC.co.uk)
PlayStation 3 launch titles
PS3 60GB prices:
Norway – 6000 NOK (around US$985)
UK – £425 (around US$836)
Euro – €599 (around US$798)
Australia – AU$1000 (around US$809)
I think we have to wait some days to know how many PS3 was sold on launchday.
PS3 also got a firmware update, to version 1.6.