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Sony Has Announced their Next Handheld January 27, 2011

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Rumors have abounded for the past year that Sony was secretly working on their successor to the Playstation Portable.  The rumors ranged from the possiblity of a Playstation Phone or a PSP2, even a PSP Go successor which would be download only was a possiblity.

Well, in a press event, Sony has finally come clean with what they’re working on, and it is indeed a new handheld.  Armed with a powerful mobile CPU, an OLED screen which is larger than the current PSP’s, and a fantastic library of well known Playstation franchise games, this is one heck of a next generation handheld.

This new handheld is pulling out all the stops in providing everything gamers have requested since the release of the original Playstation Portable.  There will be a built in SIXAXIS control which will provide tilt-sensor options, two analog sticks, GPS, 3G data access, and touch pads.  WiFi support of course will return.

The UMD drive is gone.  New games will ship on a new flash memory format cards.  This new flash memory will have write access for savegames and DLC, and this promises to have faster read times than UMD did. 

You will be able to transfer your downloaded content from your old PSP to the new handheld.

The unit is currently unnamed, but it is not currently being called a Playstation Phone or PSP2.  Currently the codename is NGP for Next Generation Portable, pretty generic name.  It has a ship date of Holiday 2011.


PS3 Firmware 3.56 Released January 27, 2011

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Firmware 3.56 for the Playstation 3 has been released to download through the PS3’s update program.  According to the patch notes released prior to the update, this update addresses “security issues”, none specifically designated in the notes.

Firmware 3.56 is required for Playstation Network access.

About YouTube Embeds January 27, 2011

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This is just a small bit of information to anyone visiting the site.  For the past few weeks, WordPress has updated its YouTube embed client to a newer version, but it seems that performance on my videos when viewed through the embed is pretty poor, even when the resolution is cranked up to full.

I don’t know what is causing this problem, but I’m sure it’ll likely resolve itself when WordPress or YouTube again updates its YouTube embed software.  If the performance of the video is just that distracting, feel free to just watch the video on YouTube directly at my YouTube profile.  There will not be a performance problem there, and I can assure you that you won’t offend or upset me.

Halo Wars: So What Happened? January 27, 2011

Posted by Maniac in Site Videos, So What Happened?.
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So What Happened? is a continuing series at where we take the most complex video game stories and break them down for easier digestion.

Maniac breaks down the story of Halo Wars, the first Halo game not to be told from a first person perspective.

The story was much more complex than other Halo games had been up to that point, and relied heavily on knowledge of the Halo Expanded Universe. Because of that, a lot of things were not explained in the game, and may have left players puzzled as to just what happened.

Maniac also wraps up the video with some background on the Halo Wars developers and community.