"'British computer chip designer ARM has unveiled its latest graphics processing unit (GPU) for mobile devices. The Mali-T658 offers up to ten times the performance of its predecessor." ARM claims that its latest GPU, which will be ready in around two years, will have graphics performance akin to the PlayStation 3. If this has acceptable power consumption for a mobile device, could we be seeing ultra-low power hardware in high-end PCs and consoles soon?"
"DICE has confirmed that the console versions of Battlefield 3 will only support a frame rate of 30fps. That is right: both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will both only run at 30 frames per second, while the PC version will run at 60fps. The 30fps will be delivered on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 at a resolution of 720p. The PC version, however, will run at full 1080p. Actually, a number of the most popular titles run at 720p, so the decision isn’t that surprising."
"Game rentals through Redbox are now on, starting today in about 21,000 Wal-Mart stores and gas station locations across the U.S. The cost will be $2 per day and the kiosks will feature Xbox 360, Wii, and PlayStation 3 titles. Redbox is not commenting on how many game titles they are planning on loading into each kiosk. Those that rent a game from Redbox and keep the title for 30 days will be charged $60, and they can keep the game. From our understanding, there is no plan to send the box to those that end up purchasing a title."
"LulzSec, the hacker group behind the Fox and PBS breaches, has struck again. This time the target was SonyPictures.com. It resulted in the compromise of over one million user accounts, complete with usernames, passwords, email addresses, birth dates and home addresses, and all the other data required by Sony when signing up for the service, as well as the Sony BMG databases with details of Belgian and Dutch customers.
"Rockstar is telling players of its PlayStation 3 release of L.A. Noire that the overheating issues some players are seeing is apparently caused by Sony’s latest 3.61 update. A number of users are reporting that the PS3 is freezing and overheating while playing L.A. Noire.
Rockstar claims that this is not an isolated incident and that other titles have been experiencing the same issue, but we have been unable to verify this claim. What we can tell you is that the “three beeps and the console shuts off” seems to happen only with the older 60GB and 80GB fat models."
"The Air Force's Research Lab in Rome, NY. has one of the cheapest supercomputers ever made, and best of all over 3,000 of your friends can play Tekken on it. The computer is made from 1,716 PlayStation 3s linked together, and is used to process images from spy planes. From the article: "The Air Force calls the souped-up PlayStations the Condor Supercomputer and says it is among the 40 fastest computers in the world.
"Approximately a half hour in, the team revealed their new PS3 secrets, the moment we all were waiting for. One of the major highlights here was, dongle-less jailbreaking by overflowing the bootup NOR flash, giving complete control over the system. The other major feat, was calculating the public private keys (due to botched security), giving users the ability to sign their own SELFs Following this, the team declared Sony's security to be EPIC FAIL!
Only took four years to get to this point
Sony has to be celebrating somewhere, as news has reached us that the company is no longer losing money on the PlayStation 3 hardware. This news comes after multiple console revisions over the past four years to cut the cost of the console.
A Californian Playstation 3 user has filed a class action lawsuit against Sony over removal of the Install Other OS function.
Anthony Ventura filed the suit at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on April 27th.
The action - which is being fought by law firm Meiselman, Denlea, Packman, Carton and Eberz - seeks to redress Sony's "intentional disablement of the valuable functionalities originally advertised as available with the Sony Playstation 3 video game console."
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