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Modder Makes His PSP Even Shiner

Modder Makes His PSP Even Shiner

As if the PlayStation Portable needed any more shine to it (seriously, the thing is impossible to keep glossy), an experienced modder who's previously used his talents on his Xbox and Dreamcast decided to add some blue LEDs to his PSP. Total work time: 30 hours. Total insanity level: really, really high. Apparently, the modification is so ungodly difficult that the modder refuses to make a how-to so that he won't have to go through re-opening and re-soldering half his handheld again. To hear from the mighty modder himself, hit the jump!

PS3 to Get Updated on Launch Day

PS3 to Get Updated on Launch Day

There's one major upside to having selling an expensive piece of electronics with an upgradeable firmware; you can fix all the little nagging issues you find after sending the specs to manufacturing without having to recall every little machine. That seems to be the case with Sony's PlayStation 3; anyone lucky enough to get a console on launch day will be told to update to version 1.10, which will update the system to allow full use of the PlayStation Network. A second update is planned for the end of November, this time to enable PSP connectivity and update the PSP's firmware to v3.0, assuming you have a PS3 with a Wi-Fi adaptor. This PSP firmware update will allow PSP game downloads from the PlayStation Store as well as a remote control feature that would allow users to control their PS3 via their nifty little handheld. Sounds cool on-paper; let's see how it works in real-life.
[via 1UP]

WoW Expansion Set for January 16th

WoW Expansion Set for January 16th

MMORPG gamers all over the world can be merry and rejoice (unless you play EQ 2); World of Warcraft's long-awaited expansion, The Burning Crusade, has a street release date after a delay pushed it back from October to the first quarter of next year. The expansion will now hit shelves on January 16th, just in time you ask your parents to pre-order it as your Christmas present. The game is available from various retailers for $39.99; no word yet as to whether this means that you'll also get a free month of playing with your purchase, but I would be surprised if Blizzard decided that the expansion shouldn't feature the same caveat as the retail version of the game. See you in Stormwind!

[via Gamers.com]

Microsoft On-Target to Hit 10 Million Xbox 360s

Microsoft On-Target to Hit 10 Million Xbox 360s

True to their word, Microsoft has confirmed that they are on-target to reach the 10 million console mark for next-generation consoles by the end of the year, not hard considering the other two options are still a week or so away from launching. Whether or not this means that they'll end up winning the next-generation war remains to be seen, as their assertion that "first one to 10 million wins" seems like a long-shot. However, with 10 million consoles worldwide, that means that the Xbox 360 should be the most plentiful next-gen console available this holiday season, meaning gamers unable to find a Wii or PS3 are likely to gravitate towards Microsoft's White Box of Doom. And with Halo 3 right on the horizon for next year, it's a good time to love your Xbox.

[via Gamepro]

PlayStation Network Download Prices Unveiled

PlayStation Network Download Prices Unveiled

In a classic case of procrastination, Sony has JUST announced the first set of prices for their PlayStation Network downloads, a full 48 hours before the consoles go on sale over in Japan. While we've only been given the price for one of the downloads, this should give us some idea as to Sony's complete pricing plan for their lineup.

Sony's Blast Factor will retail on the download store for 840 yen; roughly $7.00 USD. There will also be a free demo available if you want to see if the game is any good before dropping a whole 7 bucks on it. The game itself will require at least 95 MB of hard drive space for installation, making this download come in slightly larger than first-generation Xbox Live! Arcade titles. Oh well, if it's a fun game, you can stand the extra download time, right?

[via IGN]

Take-Two Announces GTA: The Trilogy

Take-Two Announces GTA: The Trilogy

Just in time to cash in on the PlayStation 2's final holiday season as king of the hill (it's big brother comes out next week, after all), Take-Two has announced GTA: The Trilogy. If the name doesn't quite clue you in as to what this is, exactly, it's all three PS2 Grand Theft Auto games in one neat little package: Grand Theft Auto III, GTA: Vice City, and GTA: San Andreas. This is also likely to be the last time we see the GTA franchise on current-generation hardware, since GTA IV has already been announced for the PS3 and Xbox 360. So, if you've been waiting for a good reason to pick up these GTA titles, the $39.99 price tag is most definitely inviting.

[via Gamasutra]

8 More Games Added to Wii VC List

8 More Games Added to Wii VC List

Retro gamers all over the world agree that the NES is/was awesome. So, what could be more enjoyable than playing some of these older titles on you shiny new Wii? That's what I thought. So, to that end, Nintendo of America (via an ESRB submission) has revealed 8 more Virtual Console titles for your gaming pleasure, letting gamers with fond memories of their 8-bit conquests to relive their glory days once again. The update list of Virtual Console games for the Wii is as follows (changes are italicized):

Activision Unveils PS3 Launch Titles

Activision Unveils PS3 Launch Titles

Activision has decided that, even though we've still got a while before the PlayStation 3 makes its way over to Europe (sorry guys), it's time that we find out exactly what will be available for all the happy new owners once the consoles hit shores in March. Since this is the first hint as to what European gamers will be able to see when they trade a mountain of cash for a shiny new console, here's the list:

  • Call of Duty 3
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
  • Tony Hawk Project 8

Not much, but it gives you some idea as to what Activision plans of focusing on come launch day. So let's cross out fingers that this massive Blu-ray diode shortage doesn't force an even-greater delay and that this console gets out on-time.

[via IGN]

Microsoft to Offer HD Video Downloads

Microsoft to Offer HD Video Downloads

To commemorate the first anniversary of the Xbox 360 (which is November 22nd if you're into giving your console birthdays), Microsoft has decided to step into Apple's arena and start offering video downloads via Xbox Live. They've made deals with CBS, MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures, Turner, and Warner Bros. to bring high-definition content to the Xbox 360, making it "the first gaming console in history to provide high-definition TV shows and movies directly to gamers in their living rooms." To check out a partial list of what you'll be able to get, hit the jump!

New Details on Twilight Princess!

New Details on Twilight Princess!

Nintendo, being the loving megacorporation that it is, has graced us with some new details regarding The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. While a couple of initial reviews of the game have been less than stellar, both Gamecube and Wii owners (this we knew) will be able to enjoy the 70+ hours the game offers. Also (amusingly), the Wii's version of the game features a first-ever right-handed Link, while the GC version will feature Link in his left-handed glory. Finally, there aren't a ton of other differences between the two versions; the Wii's version supports 16:9 widescreen and Wiimote functionality, along with some very minor graphical cleanups. If you're a GC user, you'll need to wait until December 11th to take Link for a spin. but users lucky enough to grab a Wii will be able to get the new Zelda at launch. Get your consoles ready!

[via GamePro]

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