Well that didn't take long. Kotaku has posted a video showing the PlayStation Portable's 2.71 firmware has been successfully hacked. You'll see in the video how the modified machine runs games without the UMD disc in the drive. According to Kotaku, the hacked firmware can run both homebrewed games and ISO (disc images made of legitimate games) without a problem, though the article didn't specify how, exactly, to obtain said hack.
Knowing Sony, PSP Firmware 2.72 (or 2.8, depending on how important they choose to make the update look) will be out be week's end. Of course, they could just be nice and let us have our fun, but somehow I doubt that'll happen.
PSP 2.71 Firmware Finally Hacked [Kotaku]
Ok, so they just re-branded Novatel's XV620. At least they picked a really good EV-DO card to re-brand though, right? The Dell Wireless 5700 Mobile Broadband ExpressCard will be available by the end of this week, and will be sold via Dell's website (like everything else). ExpressCards, for those who are unaware, are the successors to the commonplace CardBus slots found on most laptops today. The ExpressCard technology allows for faster data connections (ExpressCards can use either USB 2.0 or PCI-Express, depending on what the developer chooses) and have a smaller form factor.
While I can't exactly say that I'm surprised by this turn of events, it does put a damper on the hopes of thousands of would-be Xbox customers who were hoping for a holiday price cut to really stick it to the then-new Sony Playstation 3. Microsoft has announced that the Xbox 360, their next-generation console, would not see a price cut at all this year, backing up comments made by Microsoft Game Studios head Shane Kim at E3, where he commented that "we feel very good about where we are in terms of pricing and the value that we offer customers." Or is the possibility still real, and Microsoft is simply being misleading? Read the full article over on DLMAG.com.
Hot on the heels of last week's impressive water-cooled Xbox 360 by Dano2k0, PC cooling company Koolance has taken this console modification one step further. The Xbox 360 Complete Kit allows console owners to water-cool their own 360s, requiring minimal changes to the console itself while offering lower heat levels, all for the tidy sum of $394.00. As Koolance points out, the console itself is not included, meaning that you'll be spending $700-$800 total between the console and cooling unit.
Well, put all speculations to rest: Sony has announced that it will be using the recently-released High-Definition Multimedia Interface v1.3 specification, which was announced last week, in its upcoming Playstation 3 video game console. The new specification doubles the previous transfer rate (from 4.95 Gbps to 10.2 Gbps), allowing for 30, 36, and 48-bit color as well as a new miniature connector for portable HD devices. 48-bit color is the level at which humans can no longer distinguish different shades of color without assistance, meaning that the Playstation 3's already-impressive visuals could be further enhanced by the addition of lifelike color. Read the full article over on DLMAG.com.