No PSP 1.5?
According to an artical on Ferrago there will be no new PSP,
Although I myself still believe the existence of the PSP 1.5, This is because my source seemed very genuine about everything...I myself believe Sony is going through Ideas for another Model right now and I believe what my source saw was just a concept idea.
More News as it comes.
Sony PSP to release a PSP 1.5?
According to an anonymous source I was contacted by (Lets jus call him Mr. Brown) in the early hours of yesterday claimed a "SlimLine PSP" was in the making and supposedly would be presented at E3.
I guess its very understandable that Sony develop a slimier version of their product as they have done in the past, Even Nintendo did this with their Gameboy Advance which eventually transformed into the Gameboy Micro we see today.
Sony have a past record of sliming their products down and giving them a more considerably appealing look.
- The Original Playstation turned into the PSOne
- The Original PS2 turned into PSTwo
- So I guess its now time for a "PSP 1.5" Or "PSP Lite"
I wouldn't have thought it would be this soon but apparently the "PSP 1.5" as Its currently dubbed by the source will be a slimmed down and improved version of the PSP.
I believe if this is true it would be a very good way of going up against Nintendo's DS Lite.
I spoke to the "Mr.Brown" for several minutes, in which I discussed the following factors.
The Source "Mr.Brown" claimed from the current weight of the PSP which is around 260grams including battery weight will supposedly be dropped to around 184grams including battery which is considerably light, I guess if this is all true its their response to Nintendo's DS Lite.
I asked him whether there would be Hardrive in the "PSP 1.5" in response he said something along the lines of "In this particular version of the PSP they are still looking into the hard-drive but it will almost definitely to be one of an 8GB capacity"
This was slightly disappointing as I was hoping he would say a higher capacity.
After I spoke to him It had me thinking about whether there were other "versions of the PSP" in development to be released anytime soon, at that time It slipped my mind and I didn't even think to ask which was a very stupid move on my side, a missed opportunity...
When I asked "Mr. Brown" about the rumoured integrated camera, he stated they were thinking of implementing it although they may not as it would add to the weight / price factor.
He didn't mention much about it afterwards an it sounded as if he wasn't too sure about that himself.
Heres the really interesting part, from what the source said not only is there a higher capacity battery included with the dubbed "PSP 1.5" but also the PSP Software provided will be far more advance and efficient then current software has been modified so much that it will allow several hours of game play more!! This almost sounds unbelievable to me but he sounded very genuine...
"Mr.Brown" Also claimed that they are now considering the implementation of "touch sensitive buttons" which out of everything was the most appealing, but wouldnt this encourage even more accidental button presses?
I'll post more when I get more, If the information provided by "Mr.Brown" was correct this is Breaking News. Until this is confirmed by Sony themselves I guess this is just heresay.
PSP Takeover has now offically Re-Launched, everythings working etc.
But more importently pay attention to the next post as Ive been informed about something which I feel is about to become the hottest Rumour in the PSP world, Ive been informed of a New PSP Model!!
From what I've been told about it I hope its true.
Wait a few mins
Well Here we go,
I managed to make some changes to the site so that its up and ready within the week.
Changes made so far
- Bright New Simple Layout
- Reduced Images for faster loading of dial up users
- Doubled the amount of posts displayed on page
- Got rid of Deadlinks
- Got rid of Mailing list
More updates tomorrow.
Well its now 2006 and its been over 6 months since I abandoned the site for my own personal reasons. I have now decided to relaunch the site officially. So expect PSP related News to be flowing through this Blog all over again :)
Make sure you now add PSP Takeover to your favorites as good things are to come!!
Add us to your RSS feeds people!!
Edit: I'll start to get into the whole routine of things from tomorrow, some layout changes will be made as of today though and hopefully I'll change the entire layout within a couple of hours.
I'll also be taking some useless junk off like dead links etc.
Sony PSP Giga Pack Comes to USA and Europe
Sony announced the new Sony PSP Giga Pack besides in Japan also for the United States and Europe.
So, Sony thinks the new Giga Pack will help sell the additional 3 mio. Sony PSP consoles in the United States this Holiday Season.
The Sony PSP Giga Pack includes the PSP System, a 1GB Memory Stick PRO Duo, battery pack, AC adaptor, USB Cable, and an all-new PSP Stand.
The PSP in the Giga Pack will already have firmware 2.0 (not the new 2.5) pre-installed.
The Sony PSP Giga Pack will sell for $299 starting in November in the US.
I is disappointing that Sony is not releasing the white PSP outside of Japan. The Giga Pack would have been a neat opportunity.
In Europe the MSRP is €299.99 (£214.99) for the PSP Giga Pack. It will be available in the UK and Ireland on 21st November and throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa on 28th November 2005.
Source: I4U News
I thought it was pretty smart for Sony to put pre-install the new firmware to the new PSP's.
But whats really the point as thats been cracked now aswel...
I guess the preformance update was the reason for this, what would have made more sense is if they had suspended the manufacturing of PSP's for a couple of days whilst they worked on a minor security patch for Firmware 3.0 and shipped all PSP's off with that...
Anyway its great to see that their releasing the Giga Pack ( Nice Name by the way :P ).
Looks like a pretty sweet deal though theres no doubting that.
There is a “slight chance” that Sony will drop the price of the PSP as a result of slowing PSP sales, according to a research report by Shawn Milne and Todd Greenwald, analysts at Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co., Inc.
“We do not expect a PS2 price cut due to solid sales at $149 and, perhaps, a price umbrella (due to the high price of Xbox 360 hardware and bundles). However, we believe there is a slight chance for a PSP price cut from $249, as sales have slowed somewhat and the Nintendo DS received a shot in the arm with the release of Nintendogs.”
Sorry its been abit slow on the updates.
I'll be writing some of my opinions asap!
Sony to Fight Back!!
Sony says that it is readying another update to the PSP firmware to fix a recently disclosed bug that lets users downgrade the PSP software and run their own homebrew code on the device.
"It is not...what the device was designed for," said Patrick Seybold, a spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment America. "We plan to deal with this issue with the next system update." He declined to say when that update would be ready. Sony is not "actively going after the people doing it," Seybold said, but the company does not advise running homebrew code on the PSP. "Running unauthorized software will void the warranty."
Source: PSP World
This was Inevitable,
Firmware 2.0 was bound to get cracked open like a nutshell.
No doubt the same will happen for 3.0 and 4.0, Its just another challenge.
I dont see how this will ever stop people will just switch back to the older firmware versions ready to play hacked games as now a Downgrader for PSP firmware has been released (http://games.slashdot.org/gam...;tid=10)
Sure older versions won't have all that improved preformance but it won't matter I have a hitch it'll be posssible to put linux PSP's soon enough (http://www.psp-linux.org) so preformance won't be much of a problem.
Why update the firmware when you can change the OS as a whole and still be able to play "cracked" games?
Now what can Sony provide to get people to upgrade in subtitute to more features and increased speed?
Just a thought...
Talk to your PSP
Sony announces in Japan an new Sony PSP accessory. The Sony PSP Talkman is a microphone bundled with speech recognition software.
The Sony PSP Talkman (PSP-240) is connected to the USB interface of the Sony PSP. This is good to know that the USB port can be used for such accessories. So we can expect Cameras, keyboards and much more to come for the Sony PSP.
The Talkman software supports four languages: Japanese, Chinese, English and Korean. Talkman is a language interpreter and a language trainer. The Sony PSP language program features a funky blue talking bird.
The PSP accessory measures 50×10×10mm and weighs only 6g.
Source: I4U News
We knew it would happen
We knew it would happen, Sony broke the record for the most amount of units sold after the first week of launch.
Previously Nintendo's DS held the record with 87,000 units sold in the UK within the first week and now Sony has killed that with a 185,000 units sold 7 days after release,
Sure this was nothing compared to the North American release which sold half a million units within two days of release, we cannot really expect the same thing here as the United Kingdom is much smaller.
Still this is a very big step and now that it all begins officially over here we can sit and watch as it all unfolds.
Sadly DS sales are currently exceeding PSP sales in Japan by a hell of alot.
We can hope to see this change once the long rumored price cut of PSP takes place.
Source: DVD Recordable
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250 PSP's Stolen!!
I thought this was quite amusing,
250 PSPs have been stolen thats what Limerick Post is reporting.
Supposedly one of the couriers carrying the games to Limerick was gagged and locked in the back of his own van.
Looters got away with 250 PSP's worth 100,000 Euros.
Looks like the worlds going PSP crazy...
That includes PSP thieves of course, PSP is the latest thing to steal,
Bye Bye Ipod.
Heres a thought
Do these PSP's count as those which have been shipped/sold by Sony??
Read more on it over at Joystiq...
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PSP Launches in UK!
Yesterday we saw the debut of PSP here in the UK.
For £179 you can now pick up a PSP from a store near you.
But it seems abit sad considering you have been able to pick up a PSP on import for the UK equivalent of £130 for awhile now...So why spend another extra £50 and wait a couple of extra months for official UK release?
For one I believe not enough people have really understood "how to import" the device or even know it was possible in the first place, some on the other hand some may have felt if anything went wrong with the device they could more easily send it off for repair(imagine sending it off to Japan).
Sony are also doing their best to prevent importing of the device by putting a stop to exporters such as Lik-Sang which is nice to know.
Its another way of saying "We don't want the people living in UK to pay the lower US price"
So us Brits have to do our best not to explode with anger having being forced to pay the extra Sony feel we have to..
Ok so now moving on enough Sony bashing after all they have provided us this small miracle ....Now just how can we bash this thing which we hold in our hands....No not that!!....The PSP!!!...
(Thats what we call a bad joke)
It'll be interesting though to see how many people have PSPs in their hands in our area a week from now..
I'm hoping this was a repeat of the North American release!
Wireless play with multiple people will be great, its ok for people in the US and JP but PSP's only been here for awhile and we're looking for other PSP buyers to play with!
(More information on how the launch went later!)
UK Virgin Stores Selling PSP Games
The first European PSP games have appeared for sale prior to September 1st, with Activision's launch trio appearing on the shelves of Virgin Megastore today.
Spider-Man 2, Tony Hawk's Underground Remix and Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade all appered on the shelves of the chain's central London outlets this afternoon, confirming suspicions that retailers would break the official September 1st release date. Even the UMD movie Old Boy was seen, so the move clearly extends to more than just video games.
With the PSP console not on official sale in Europe until midnight on September 1st, it will be interesting if any of the launch line up of games appears in next Tuesday's UK chart.
Elsewhere, Sony has confirmed the midnight opening of the Oxford Street HMV on September 1st to celebrate the launch of its handheld console across Europe.
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DS a Gimmick?
The apparent PSP vs DS rivalry has been one of the mainstays of the recent handheld revolution, but Phil Harrison, a leading Sony executive, has dismissed this competition, saying no comparison can be made between the handhelds, then calling the DS touch screen a gimmick.
"The idea of a handheld rivalry with Nintendo is an irrelevance," VP of studios Phil Harrison said in an interview with MCV. "Those formats don't appear in our planning. It's not a fair comparison; not fair on them, I should stress. That sounds arrogant, maybe, but it's the truth.
"With the DS, it's fair to say that Nintendo stepped out of the technical race and went for a feature differentiation with the touch screen," Harrison continued. "But I fear that it won't have a lasting impact beyond that of a gimmick - so the long-lasting appeal of the platform is at peril as a direct result of that."
Source: PSP Home
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UK Launch Next week
Even though I myself have had the PSP to play with many times when Arjun has lended it to me for hours at a time I am only from a small minority of people in the UK who have actually touched/played with a PSP!
And so in 7 days when the PSP officially launches here in the UK we will no doubt see shops out of stock, I believe this will be a repeat of what happened with the North American launch.
Sony will have to keep up with demands for the UK public and around christmas time most likely we will see PSP prices slashed permentally as a attempt to compete with the DS console price..
It will be interesting to see how many people decide to choose PSP over DS and what kind of people these are, I mean did Sony really get their target audience or did the PSP reach out to just about every audience children and adults?
In my opinion those who have waited are so much smarter then those who jumped to pick up DS because of the strain of the wait, I mean just how many people are realizing their mistake and thinking I should have waited?
Unless they have enough dough to buy both consoles and games for each...
Too many rich kids these days, c'mon!! one console at a times enough!
I've seen alot of hate mail/comments against Arjun AKA Aum here.
Truthfully I find it funny that he has made so many people around the world hate him.
In a way I think I repect that :-/
I have taken over from him as you may know, who am I you ask?
Well I'm his neighbour :-)
Believe me or not I dont care, Like me or not I dont care.
I'm here to post! An have done so before.
My Tag name is Walther PPK (Yeah the German Gun, Also used by 007)
What to say about myself...
I am dedicated to posting(Kinda)and Arjun really seems to have given up so its my turn to experiment with the blog.
I have already made one post and thats basically the type of stuff I will start posting, expect another entry today.
Maybe in good time you will all learn to hate me aswel? lol
I have removed the ability for you to comment on my stuff maybe one day I will bring it back when the spammers are gone!
For now all I care is about posting and watching the stats go higher and learning about blogging!, and soon I will be able to see your reponses to my views?
Until then readers!
Sony is to give its PlayStation Portable access to the Internet by adding a browser and wireless access and yes I believe this was possible before but only via a hack I believe?
(Correct me if im wrong)
The browser will be offered as an add-on that will allow wireless Internet access on the device and a official browser which will allow the user to get the most out of the PSP connecting him/her to the worldwide net.
Sony's new Firmware 2.0 upgrade will also give increased data security on PSP and enhance digital photo-sharing and video playback capabilities allowing the fullest from the handheld....well better anyway!
No doubt software pirates will get past firmware release 2.0 and soon enough Sony will have to roll out a Firmware 3.0 :D I guess this is just natural.
Im not saying this is actually a good thing but....well....whats going to happen is going to happen.
Im against piracy on PSP as its bad for the developers and means they get less profit blah blah blah ...But its just interesting to see how these hackers come out with a new hack each time with Sony battling them with new patches..
I guess their helping the PSP become more secure as Sony stops each one of their attempts/ methods with each new firmware release...
So what Sony try and add new things to firmware along with security updates making the user want to upgrade?
Cos well a user wouldn't want to just download a data security patch that stops them from doing naughty things they shouldn't be able to do,
Its just amusing to see what Sony does to get people to upgrade, I guess its all good as improved performance beats piracy every time.
Users will need a minimum of 16MB free space on a Memory Stick to download and install the new firmware 2.0 update which is a major letdown in my opinion as it seems to me 16MB is far too much for an upgrade?
Well whats to loose when performance is improved....16MB?
You decide, No-ones forcing you to upgrade.
I'm Back to say I will be soon leaving and the site will be under new management,
I know its been along time since there was actually an update here and there have been alot of things that have pushed this site back from updates and basically made what was once alive dead,
And as a final attempt of resurrecting the site I am planning to put it under new management of a friend who I hope will be able to make what I started work.
Hopefully he will be more dedicated and update much more regularly,
I'll be back every now and then to see the progress he has made with PSP Takeover :-)
Read the comment made by me on the last post.
Well I said when I started this that I could change terms of the PSP Competition,
On my forums I found it too hard to decide among the people who were eligable for entering.
So instead I have decided that the Next Person to email me gets it.
Just email me your Postal Address and Name and I'll Ship it off to you.
After all a true PSP Takeover reader would be on the site 24/7...
Okay maybe not....
WHY ARE YOU STILL READING???
Email Me - SlickShot@Gmail.com
Last month, I wrote an article on homebrew development on the PSP. In the following weeks, I've started to see a lot of interesting items come down the pipe in terms of homebrew apps, games and emulators. Sadly, at this point in time, homebrew applications can only work on units with the V1.0 firmware. In fact, many new games that are available now require you to update the firmware via USB or WiFi to V1.5 or V1.51 due to the "security issues" which coincided with the UMD hack. I would like to share with you all some of the treasures that are available to you emulator enthusiasts. Hopefully, in time, we will see the ability to run these on any PSP, regardless of what firmware version is installed. Please note that these are early versions and are probably not going to be perfect at this time (frame rate, sound, screen size, etc). Also be aware that you are trying this at your own risk and the developers of these apps and this site take no responsibility for anything that happens to your PSP. With that said, here you go:
Megadrive for PSP
Neo Geo Pocket
Neo Geo CD
NEOGEO CD (This one looks incredible. There is a video link here.)
Nes for PSP
UO Snes9x PSP
6 months after the release of the PSP and here is what's available already. I can't wait to see what the next year will bring. Until that time, keep your GP32 and hold your breath.
You can find all these files at http://psp-news.dcemu.co.uk. If you're looking for roms, you'll have be resourceful and find those yourself.
Until next time,
[b]Jason del Corro[b]
Pro Evolution Soccer 5 for PSP will be coming out
on October 28, 2005, and may be launched in UK. Pro Evo 5 on Play.com
is Evo's page, and it looks like they are taking preorders. John Terry
(Chelsea and England defender) has signed a deal with konami and is
promoting Pro Evolution Soccer 5. The game is looking pretty good, and
the graphics should be pretty well done knowing konami. Not much
information is available currently, but updates will be posted once
they are obtained.
"I've been a massive fan of Pro Evolution Soccer for years now and am
really pleased to be able to work with the talented people behind such
a fantastic game," John Terry said, obviously exited about getting to
play Pro Evo before it comes out, "It's the game of choice for lots of
players as it is so true to the real thing. I'm looking forward to
getting involved, and getting to play advance versions on the way!"
Numerous reports are suggesting that Sony will release a Standard Pack
for only $200 US dollars as opposed to the Value Pack for $250. This
will probably be good for people who aren't swimming in money as they
will save 50 dollars and use it to buy a game or an accessory they
think is necessary. The Standard Pack may look like a price drop to
some people, encouraging them to go out and buy one. Thank you Sony.
UMD "Dumping" Utility – Someone has now developed and released a utility enabling anyone with a PSP to 'dump' data on inserted UMD discs to their PSP memory sticks," says Games Radar. "Previously, a small number of PSP games were released on to the internet by small piracy groups, who specialize in the hacking and copying of numerous different types of digital media. However, in light of the release of this 'dumper' utility, anyone in possession of an original 1.0 firmware PSP has the ability to copy game files. As such, the number of PSP games currently doing the rounds on the internet is expected to explode."
Currently there is no way to play any of these ISO files from memory cards, hackers are currently working on an ISO player, which shouldn't be that far away. The games will be free, but version 1.00 is most likely going to be required to play them. Have fun.
It looks like Amazon.com has jumped onto the PSP bandwagon. They are now selling a Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) Bundle 5 Games for 450 USD. Amazon says. "Welcome to the handheld entertainment revolution! The Sony PlayStation Portable is a dynamic entertainment medium that utilizes a broad range of digital content. Toysrus and Sony are pleased to bring you THE entertainment experience that fits in your pocket. With a diverse line up of games and video, audio, and photo capabilities, the PSP is truly a system without boundaries," about the PSP. The bundle pack comes with NBA, Twisted Metal: Head On, Ape Escape: On the loose, World Tour Soccer, and Wipeout Pure. For those of you who are wanting to buy a PSP with some good games, this package is for you. Thanks Amazon. Here is a photo (so shiny...)
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You should see alot of updates today.
Sorry we've been looking for affiliates for the site to help it's reach expand.
This summer, Japanese PSP owners will be able to buy porn on UMD. Adult publishers, GLAY'z and H.M.P. will be releasing a total of 8 titles that will retail for between $18 to $37 (ouch!). If you think that this move is a bad idea on Sony's part, think about this: One of the reasons that Sony's Betamax format tanked during the 80's was that the adult genre was not given the OK from Sony. Meanwhile, the adult film industry was booming due to the sales of its films on the cheaper VHS format. Another reason was the fact that VHS tapes had a longer running time than Beta, which was only one hour at the time. Sony has invested a lot of money into the PSP and UMD, an investment which they hope to recoup through the sales of software and movies on UMD. And although Sony has tight control over the content of their games, I would hope that they open up the use of UMD for other formats to include as many types of content as possible. Hey, while you're at it...let's look at the possibility of releasing writable UMD's because after spending $350 on a PSP, I am hesitant to pay $150+ for a measly Gb of memory.
Since we're on the topic of making a media format become more universally accepted, let's look at the market. Right now, the PSP is the ONLY hardware device capable of using UMDs. If you want to make the UMD usable by a wider audience, why not make more hardware with the ability to use them? Sony has always been on the forefront of making portable gadgets for the purpose of entertainment, since the introduction of the Walkman. What about a portable media player for movies and music that uses UMD? You can even include an A/V out so you can watch your favorite movies on a standard TV when you're on vacation or on a business trip.
If you want my take on the whole UMD situation, here it is: Sony wants UMD to be accepted and utilized as a standard format for mobile media. But is mobile media still the way to go? I keep hearing talk about PSP being the iPod killer, but iPod has something very important the PSP lacks: a hard drive. Though the UMD format is great for games and the movies look amazing, does it really make sense these days? I realize that Sony has to look after its assets by having a proprietary media format to thwart piracy, but iPod users don't have to lug around their music collection on discs like PSP users do with their games and movies. Remember, the goal here is MOBILE. What do you readers think?
Until next time,
[b]Jason del Corro[/b]
Seems as if the PSP is now perfect.
Well nearly anyway.
Remember the last time I posted about the 1800mAh battery saying how much of a big step it was to having better overall preformance?
Well another one has popped up since, a 3800mAh external battery which is available on Lik-Sang now for a mere $25.
Thats right, allowing the PSP to run three times more then normal once fully charged.
Seems like Nintendo Fans have one less thing to whine to Sony about.
The PSP Battery is now the equivalent to that of the DS if not more.
So whats Next Fanboys?
The Takeover forums need more Mods to look after them.
If your interested in becoming a higher member on our forums contact me @ [b]Slickshot@Gmail.com[/b]
Theres about 5 Mod positions up for grabs.
Theres an Admin position also avaliable, if your really interested please contact me under the same email and show me your past work website etc.
[b]Personality for your PSP[/b]
It seems that customization was a big issue with focus groups for the next gen console systems since the Xbox360 and the new Gameboy Micro will feature interchangeable faceplates. I for one, think it's a great idea to be able to choose the color of my console to match my other components or give them a little personality, which brings me to the topic of this review. I ran into a little site called decalgirl.com that deals in high quality, full color vinyl skins for all the major consoles and iPods. I was leery at the prospect of applying anything adhesive to the beautiful finish of my precious PSP so I did a little research to find out more about this curious product that promised to bring personality to my portable.
The first thing I did was come up with a few criteria that would make or break the deal for me. Here they are:
1. non-permanent: People change, so I wanted a skin that would change as well.
2. re-positionable: the most annoying thing about adhesive products is the possibility of screwing it up and wasting your money.
3. sticky residue: no thanks.
With those criteria in hand, I went decalgirl.com to see what they had to offer. The first thing I did notice was that they had a wide selection of designs, both solid color and printed full-color patterns. I picked out and ordered a skin I liked. In this case, a design called 'Aloha' would soon find itself gracing the face of my PSP.
A few days later:
After waiting patiently for my order, the doorbell rang and I was in business. As I prepped my PSP for its new face, I felt a tinge of uncertainty and a bit of nervousness. The risk of ruining the face of my $349 system crossed my mind a few times as I removed the vinyl skin from its reusable backing sheet. I did notice right away that the quality of the vinyl was top notch. I tested a scrap of the excess skin on my PSP to see how it would react and found that the adhesive is very forgiving. I applied and removed it several times to check for 'goo' but found none. Lining up the skin was easy, basically starting from the middle and working your way to the edges. I did make a couple mistakes, but easily corrected them by peeling back and re-applying. The vinyl is very elastic and durable. In fact, according to the directions, they suggest you keep the backing sheet should you decide to put it back!
In a few minutes, I had successfully applied the skin and my PSP was ready for the luau. The skin looks great when applied and has a glossy finish. The non-permanent feature of this product make it the perfect way to protect the finish of the PSP's face while giving it a custom appearance. They are also inexpensive and have literally dozens of designs to choose from. So until you can get your hands on one of these PSPs, check out decalgirl.com and find your personality today.
[b] Jason del Corro [/b]
The PSP now has a external backup battery which is available from Brando a Hong Kong based specialist, you can access the site from the link below
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The Battery allows PSP users for a mere $13 more to be able to play for a couple of hours more with a MAH of 1800 and only weighs 70grams and with its useful LED indicator you will be suprised how you dealt with the PSP's current battery life.
You can by this now for all you people going on a long journey somewhere.
I know theres so many of you that have been waiting for this.
So go ahead and pick one up!
If you’ve been following the big pre-show press conferences from the 3 big boys of the gaming industry at E3 2005, you have an idea of what goodies are in store for lucky gamers this holiday season. Let me first say that the coverage of this year’s E3 is fantastic. With the Internet coverage and the live television coverage from G4, it’s almost as good as actually being there, although free swag would be nice. So what’s getting your heart racing now that you’ve seen Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo’s vision of the future? Here is my first impression of the ‘next-gen’ of gaming.
Although Frodo’s sneak preview of the new hardware on MTV last week created a lot of hype, Microsoft’s initial showing at E3 was a little less than what I expected. The Xbox360 is a promising system that is impressive by spec, but I have mixed signals as to what direction Microsoft wants to take console gaming. Is it an EBay console or a gaming system? Seriously though, I had the feeling that the hoodie-wearing team at Microsoft were sipping their lattes at one too many focus groups when they dreamed up the vision that the new Xbox Live community would be one big marketplace and, oh yeah, there would be gaming too. As for the demos, there was really nothing that made me too excited except for maybe Gears of War and Ghost Recon. I did manage to swallow the small amount of vomit that came up from seeing the obvious ‘planted’ audience members doing their “X” symbols. It was a new low for them as far as I’m concerned taking tips from Ron Popeil’s infamous infomercials. On a positive note I like the compact design and the whole concave free form shape of the hardware itself. It’s definitely a jump from the giant, black slab in my living room now. The controllers are also nice, compact and I like the idea of the logo-button. Yet, I really believe that the lack of tech demos and the premature reveal really was the shot in the foot for them, but hey, at least it was better than what Nintendo had to say.
The Big ‘N’
What’s there to say about Nintendo’s vision except it’s still a mystery to me. The black box they unveiled was an appropriate metaphor of the blank I have in my head after watching that presentation. Yes, backwards compatibility is a great idea and It’s good to see that Nintendo has acknowledged that there is an Internet, but what the hell are they thinking? Nintendo is lagging behind with their current offering and in addition to the fact that there was nothing to show on the Revolution in terms of demos as well as no controllers, I’m really starting to worry if this is the beginning of the end.
Nintendo did reveal a few bits about the Revolution, the most noteworthy was the online service that would be comparable to Xbox Live with the ability to be able to download the entire NES, SNES and N64 game catalog… neat, but is it revolutionary? Nintendo is really banking on the nostalgia angle and this move really shows that. Kevin Pereira of G4Techtv’s ‘Attack of the Show’ said it best by saying that “Mario is a whore.” I wholeheartedly agree. How many genres can you handle seeing Mario again? Honestly, Nintendo…perhaps a Mario FPS wouldn’t be a bad idea. Then at least I can have the satisfaction of seeing you explode at the business end of my rocket launcher.
Speaking of regurgitating the past, they also revealed the newer and tinier Game Boy Advance that they like to call the Game Boy Micro. This 2 by 4-inch wonder features a brighter screen then its predecessor, but whoa, that’s tiny. Boasting interchangeable faceplates for customization, its clear that the Game Boy Micro is more of a fashion accessory than anything else. I mean honestly, would you play GBA games on a screen that’s almost the size of a cell phone screen? I love the SP, but I’ll pass on the Micro.
What will happen when the nostalgic appeal grows old and gamers actually want something fresh? Why can’t Nintendo deliver consistent satisfaction for the adult gamers instead of losing that business to Sony and Microsoft? Yeah, the new Zelda is impressive but please, come up with something new. Next!
The Playstation 3
When I saw this presentation, I had a good feeling. I’ll admit that PS2 lost me for awhile to Xbox’s hardware superiority, but recently I have been coming back, mostly due to the recent batch of great games like Final Fantasy XI, Burnout 3, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Shadow of Rome and the latest GTA. First thing’s first, the CELL processor’s capabilities were richly demonstrated in demos that simply blew me away. I was especially impressed by the vortex demo with the blowing leaves that clearly showed off the hardware’s ‘supercomputer-like’ properties. As ‘Father of the Playstation’, Ken Kutaragi explained in his presentation, the format of the PS3 will use Blu-ray technology, a smart step in my opinion seeing that the demands for more and more data will be inevitable, using hardware that is touted of being ‘dozens of times’ more powerful than the PS2. Like all the systems in this year’s E3, backwards compatibility is the norm for the entire catalog of PS and PS2 titles.
Let’s go back to the demos. Wow, is all I want to say and I can say I speak for the gamers when I ask the question: “Was that pre-rendered or real time?” The demos for Killzone 2, Motorstorm and Killing Day were the ones that really grabbed me. Right now, its too early to tell if that’s what we’ll be playing in 2006, but if the whole point of the demo is to serve as inspiration for developers…well I hope that inspired you all. The sheer power of the PS3 is leaving little in terms of obstacles for the developers and I think that gamers are going to have the time of their lives.
The console itself is a work of art, resembling an office building in Singapore and like its predecessor; it has the option of laying flat. Of course, a next-gen console is nothing without the ability to go online and the PS3 is ready, boasting a built-in Ethernet adaptor and 802.11b/g wireless adaptor (Xbox360’s wireless adaptor will cost extra). Speaking of wireless, PS3 features Bluetooth technology, capable of supporting up to 7 of those sleek, boomerang controllers. Display-wise, Sony has included full HDTV support with the added feature of being able to hook up 2 displays at once.
The thing I liked about Sony’s presentation was that it didn’t disappoint or try to create unnecessary hype. The excitement I felt was justified by the solid examples that were presented, not by celebrity endorsement or sneak previews, my precious. They came to show the next Playstation and what it was capable of, which was exactly what they did. The demos were mindblowing, and it was made clear that Sony was here to create the future…again. All this while I’m still in euphoria from my PSP too. Great job Sony.
I am no means a fan-boy of any of these companies, but rather a gamer first and a consumer second. I expect that I will be paying lots of my hard-earned money on at least 2 of the 3 next-generation gaming consoles sooner or later. I can assure you now that I won’t be getting a Nintendo this time around, yet I was considering picking up a Gamecube now that they’re dirt-cheap. I am just getting more and more disappointed by the product that Nintendo keeps shoveling out. It’s tired and lacks the revolution of its namesake. As a gamer, I’m not interested in seeing another Mario, Pokemon or Link, thank you. If the younger gamers are eating it up and mom and dad approve, go for it, Nintendo…go hard.
The next year will be big for the consoles and I for one will look forward to what’s in store. Xbox360 looks cool, yet there was not much to see this early in the game. I don’t, however, like the feeling of being patronized by Microsoft when it comes to seeing us as dollar figures instead of the gamers that we are, looking for a great experience when we turn on a console. Sony came out to show us that there are amazing things in the future and that they were the ones to bring it. They did that when they made PSP and I am convinced that PS3 will do the same.
But, hey, the show has officially begun so let’s enjoy and see what else is in store.
[b] Jason del Corro [/b]
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All you have to do for the chance of winning yourself this black beast is register with our new Takeover forums and post atleast 25 half decent posts and then tell us why you should win!
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If you're like me and you just don't see the sense in buying movies on UMD, unless they're cheap, here's a few links to some free content for your PSP. The content below are mostly bite-sized files for when you're on your thumb break from Lumines or for an alternative to watching your socks tumble in the dryer. Lastly, I want to share with you a product that will make PSP video conversion simple.
heavy.com : Sony's first content partner. There are nice video packs available here for download.
atomfilms.com : This famous film site now offers video for the PSP. I recommend "Rockfish".
Gamespot.com : Gamespot now has reviews, hands-on and gameplay footage for PSP.
29hdnetwork.com : Mostly movie trailers and music videos.
psp.connect.com : Sony's own site with a few cool clips and such.
Personally, I like Heavy.com's content the best right now. I don't see the point of having movie trailers or promo clips on my portable. If you want to take your favorite movies or tv shows with you, I suggest you invest in a 512MB or 1GB memory stick duo and convert your own content. PSPvideo9.com is a great app that makes this easy.
You say you want it even easier and more convenient? How about the VRX02 Direct Recorder by Rockridge Sound from Lik-sang.com. It features the convenience of plugging directly into your TV or DVD player and even better, it writes directly to the memory stick. The only catch with the VRX02 is that you have to wait til July, 05. It would have been cool if the PSP could record it's own files from a video source, but I'm not complaining. So far, I love my PSP.
Until next time.
Jason del Corro
This is a real shot of Microsoft's new Xbox360 that someone took on their cameraphone at Microsoft’s Xbox360 Revealed launch party in Los Angeles last night. You can read the full story on Engadget.com. What are your opinions of Microsoft's latest gaming hardware? Personally, I find the design nice compared to the huge, black, malfunctioning block I have at home right now. I think that Microsoft intentionally made the dvd drives crap out at the right time for replacing the unit for one of these white beauties.
I've been so busy with the PSP that I lost track of all the Xbox hype lately. Since the UMD security was broken and the first "Hello World" greeted geeks all over the forums, ISO's for a number of games have started to appear on the net, but at this point are not playable. On the upcoming releases front, 'Burnout Legends' is making its way to PSP for racing/crashing fans everywhere with new game modes, including Pursuit Rage. I like racing games, but I love crashing even more. This is the perfect title for the marathon mutiplayer or the quick 'waiting for underwear in the dryer' player.
Meanwhile, the game I'm waiting for, GTA is still in the works. At this point in time, new voice recording is being done for the franchise's famous radio stations. At the same time, the forums are abuzz with the latest fake screens from this upcoming hit. According to Rockstar, GTA for the PSP will be as feature-packed as its PS2 cousin. Other than that, there's not much else they're telling the gaming community regarding this huge PSP release.
Speaking of huge PSP's, check out this billboard in Soho
Its finally happened, the thing that Sony claimed was not possible.
The UMD has been hacked according to sources.
A group that call themselves the "Paradogs" have cracked the PSP system, well their half way there anyway.
They have suceeded in being able to pull files such as movies/games etc from the disc itself on pc, The next step to pirate PSP games would be to burn them onto another blank UMD..
But seeming as Sony do not sell Blank UMD's it looks to me as if games would have to either run off a Memory Stick or unlikly a type of Media very similar to that of a UMD.
It didnt take long now did it?
More news on the hacking group soon.
It has been one month since the North American release of the Sony Playstation Portable. One month since I wiped the drool from my mouth and ended what was months of anxious anticipation as I waited for the day that handheld gaming would be changed forever. So now that the OOB (out of box) experience has been savored and the initial excitement of taking my new toy out of the packaging for the first time is long over, how do I feel? Let's just say that when I first saw the concept photos of the PSP, I knew that this would be something special. My expectations were high like many gamers out there and of course the promise of this machine being the complete entertainment solution had me thinking if this was going to be one those "Jack of all trades, master of none" devices. Often times, people who have thought about making the decision to invest in the PSP have asked me, "What's it really like? Does it live up to its hype?" and to all of you who still ask that today...read on.
"The Psp will elevate portable entertainment out of the handheld gaming ghetto, and Sony is the only company that can do it. We actively accept the challenge, and dare I say....the baton has been passed."---- Kaz Harai, CEO, Sony.
Hmmm, remember those bold words? Well, let's just see if Harai San's confidence was justified.
Normally, being the techie that I am, I always get excited whenever I see a cool new gadget come out on the market. Digital cameras, pdas, portable media players and especially gaming systems make me feel like a kid in a candy store, or in my case, the Lik-sang.com warehouse. But like many kids with new toys, that lovin' feeling eventually fades once you get used to all the bells and whistles or when something new and better comes along. The PSP has something different, though. I can truly say that everytime I look at at this machine, I take time to admire its design. I keep my cleaning cloth handy so I can wipe the glossy face each time I take it out. I hold it for a moment to feel the ergonomically designed case and even balance as it rests in my hands. Sounds obsessive doesn't it, and thats all before I turn the thing on.
Those little discs:
As a former owner of a Nintendo DS, I can honestly say that the lacklustre selection of launch titles broke the deal for me. When you compare the DS' 6 titles back in November to the PSP's 17, it's obvious to see that Sony wanted to make their portable debut historic. Not only that, but they went the extra mile to release a small selection of UMD movies as well. If you were fortunate enough to get "Spiderman 2" with your PSP, you would probably know that the quality is nothing short of spectacular. Now that Sony has started to open up its proprietary hold on the UMD format, it will be curious to see how companies will be utilizing this 1.8gb wonder (that's 17 times the storage capacity of the Nintendo DS game card). Bandai has already announced that they will be releasing DVD/UMD packages in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled. Will I pay an extra 8-10 dollars for a dvd/UMD package? For convenience sake, probably.
The total package:
With a fantastic selection of games, UMD movies, JPEG, MP3 support and the added ability to convert your own video content for use on a memory stick duo, you will never be short of things to do with your PSP. Don't forget the hidden browser feature you get with "Wipeout Pure" which enables you to surf the web in a limited, but cool capacity and chat via PSPirc. In addition to all these features that would make any geek's head explode with pure bliss, the evergrowing legion of fan support and the anxious caffeine-fueled homebrew community is making the Sony Playstation Portable a true next gen handheld. With the impressive hardware specs that this machine has, its only a matter of time until you'll be playing your favorite emulators.
So, with one month behind us and the initial buzz now over, how do I feel? Did Sony lead us out of the 'hood with the highly stylish, often referred to as 'sexy' piece of hardware or am I feeling the regret of buyer's remorse? This gamer says, yes, my exodus from Marioland is complete. My disposable income was well spent and the month I spent eating instant ramen after buying it was well worth the enjoyment and excitement I still feel today.
[b]Jason del Corro[/b]
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This seems abit harsh when you can at the moment buy the handheld on the standard package for £135.
I expect that the price will drop soon after the release here, If it does half as good as it did in the US with half a million units sold within 2 days that'll be good enough considering the population differences.
I know this is old but alot of people don't know that Sony have been holding back the power of the PSP!
Thats right holding back.
The processor anyway, Why would they do this I hear you say? Well this has been done so that battery power isn't absorbed fast, I mean its bad enough at the moment so no wonder Sony have decided not to go the whole 9 yards just yet.
Hopefully in future Sony will create games that take full advantage of the hardware, This will only be done once the battery on the PSP has either been upgraded or the firmware has been updated making it more efficient.
At the moment the PSP games use 222MHz not to the full potential of 333MHz, thats a whole 111MHz of power untapped.
Just imagine what can be done once that power is tapped into by game software developers.
Thats a whole third of power which would allow so much more for the handheld.
I would estimate this would still be a number of months away to a year of waiting.
Today, we at last have our first bit of information about the game: its name. The first PSP entry in the Bomberman series is titled, in Japan, Bomberman Panic Bomber. It will be released to Japan on 6/23 carrying a lower-than-usual price tag of 3,800 yen.
Yes, we're aware that this doesn't tell us much about the game, but at least a release date that's not so far off in the future suggests that we won't have to wait too long for further details. Stay tuned to IGNPSP!
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Okay just why you would want to do this I don't know,
But for you freaks heres a guide that shows you how to rip open your PSP and see whats inside for yourself.
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Unless you want to MOD you PSP don't do this, It voids your warranty by the way.
I mean why risk opening up $300 worth of equipment at risk of not being able to put it back together again.
Anyway its your choice at the end of the day and your PSP, Without risk there wouldn't Be PSP Mods.
So go ahead psychos Rip that PSP open.
PocketMac software has been announced allowing the people with Sony PSP to play itunes, Sync their address books and view their iPhotos.
The software can be downloaded for $9.95 from the IAA site,
Seems that Apple have seem the potential of the PSP and decided to step in, No doubt we will see other software from them in future.
Expanding the reach of itunes was a great step for Apple, itunes software is also finding its way onto mobile phones.
Its nice to see more and more companies getting involved with PSP software development.
In my opinon this is what Tapwaves Zodiac lacked.
But this time around its a brand name and has software gaints backing the hardware, If the steps are taken right PSP will be known and owned just as highly as the original PS was.
So many people were worried about the Dead Pixel problem on PSP,
Well now Sony have offered to fix the problem.
Sony says if your PSP has a couple of dead pixels to send it back to them to be fixed for free at only the expense of the shipping charge.
So it seems that the pixel problem was just a minor hitch for the PSP launch.
One less thing for DS fanboys to argue against.
When PSP went on sale in North America at 12:01 a.m on Thursday there were huge lines of PSP hungry fans at every open games store hoping to get their hands on one. Its not even as if the devices were on discount, They were $250 dollars a pop. No doubt many Hard-core fans didn't get their hands on one even after waiting in queues as many of the PSP's were pre-ordered in advance and were gone before anyone else had a chance.
It seems the race between the DS and the PSP is finally taking place however late PSP is in the game.
When the device finally hits Europe it will really take effect as there's huge numbers of fans right here in the UK waiting to get their hands on a unit eagerly.
Though It seems people here are importing them from Japan as the wait is just far too long .
Official Launch is still months away, We're always last to get things...
But lets not forget "Good things come to those who wait"....yet I cant help but think better things come to those who don't, America got the DS and PSP months before us...
Throughout all this I'm sure companies like Lik-Sang are selling PSP's just about as fast as their getting them, Lik-Sang exports more goods then any other games company I know of. It seems a shame that Sony decided not to do a worldwide launch at the same time or even around the same time.
I for one would really like to see sales figures of the PSP in a week or so, I believe it has done better then DS at launch in north America, though I could be wrong only time can tell...
A year or so since Kyle Poole owner of Crimson Fire had promised
the world of a GBA emulator on the Zodiac handheld. Since then he had promised to release the emulator at
full speed for all those who had paid in advance.
He also made claims that he would go up against Nintendo in a legal pursuit if he had to over the emulator
after receiving multiple threats from Nintendo.
He posted on his own forum once every few months concerning the progress of project GBAZ, people Obviously got pissed at this.
After months and months of waiting for this perfect hyped up product we found that someone else had taken over
Crimson Fire and we still had no word from GBAZ. Wether this was Kyle Poole under a new name or not we did not know.
Soon after we saw the first bits of progress as Crimsonfire posted a version of GBAZ under this new management.
It did not run very many games and only at 50-60% speed and the software was very restricted, This was a commercial product I remind you.
So after a year of waiting was this worth it?
Was there an alternative? Yes.
Whilst in the meantime a free programmer, Yes thats right free programmer named Yoyofr created a GB/C, Genesis, Snes, Wonder Swan, Neo Geo
emulator for the community of Zodiacgamer.com all in return for a Zodiac console donated by the community themselves.
You see the community of ZodiacGamer had put hard earned dollars together and bought 2-3 Zodiacs so that programmers could create
free software that could be used on the Zodiac, One of them had found itself luckily YoyoFr.
His emulator was called LJZ, It stood for Little John Zodiac I believe.
He would update the software sometimes every other day with significant changes done each and every time.
Now the emulator runs at near full speed from what I know and runs the majority of roms, Sure it may not be
a GBA emulator but it does emulate just about every other handheld that was on the market and thats enough to
keep you entertained for a long time. This was purely because he felt he would not emulate a handheld thats currently still
running on the market from what i belive.
So thats why many of us hope now with the launch of DS he may think about a GBA module to his LJZ.
At the same time you do have to remind yourself that the DS is not the follow up to the DS though many do feel so.
The successor is named "Evolution" and has already been announced by Nintendo, No doubt this would even be on the market till late 2006.
Anyway rounding up Maybe after this new management at CF and a couple of more months GBAZ will be near perfect, But what about all
those people that paid when it was first announced?
God they must really be straggling themselves right now.
Half have already sold their Zodiacs on to buy PSP's, After getting bored with software content currently on the Zodiac..
Who can really blame them?
Thanks Crimson Fire
We've been hearing things about the GP64 for awhile now and then suddenly it went quite a month ago.
And then later today we got an email from someone who wishes to stay annoymous calls himself "Zeek" and claims the project is currently still is still in development, He states that he wishes to clear things up and the project is still in "phase 2".
He states that he currently works for GamePark and that the GP32 successor is being developed under codename "K.A.S.H.M.I.R".
He goes on to say the hardware is similar to that of the PSP, yet includes a intergrated camera and touch screen.
He goes on to Claiming it will monopolize the market and crush both the PSP and DS this sounds like the words of a Fanboy.
Now anyone can claim he/she works for GamePark and claim that he/she knows whats going on in the inside,
We here do not promote people to post useless rumors we will go on and try and get hard proof of his status before we will call it official here.
I for one would like to see pictures of concept ideas the company has come up with if aloud by GamePark.
I have asked him for an exclusive interview on a Chat client, I hope to find out wether this is just a Fanboy or something more.
If he bails I think we can all presume it was foney..:-/
It would be pretty exciting to see whats going on in the hardware point of this new handheld.
We'll bring it to you as it comes.
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It was amazing to see how many people were awaiting in lines for the DS.
Gamestation even had a deal going saying you could get a DS in exchange for a Gameboy SP and two games.
At the same time they had a second hand SP and two games for £70...So by logic you could just buy one off them and trade it back to them and save a good £30...
The amount of talk I heard yesterday about DS was amazing, Its just suprising most people dont even know about "Evolution" its just not mainstream knowlege.
Hopefully they'll be more on the "Evolution" handheld device by Nintendo at E3.
Its no rumor anymnore, The Evolution is the next in line going on from the Gameboy SP, Most people think that the DS is the new gameboy.
Thats just not true, This has even stated by Nintendo themselves.
DS is just a new way of playing.
Nintendo will be coming out with a one screened solution around 2006 around the time of the next generation of Zodiac models.
The DS launch is doing very well in the UK, from what I heard most shops are out of stock already.
So just imagine the impact Sony's PSP will make in a couple of months.