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  • Donncha 10:15 pm on April 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    PS3 support appears in Steam 

    This is cool. Support for PSN has appeared in the latest Steam update. If you logout, next time you login you’ll see a dialog like the one above with an option for “Playstation Network Players”. If you click the “FIRST TIME SIGNING IN” button you’re brought to a page asking you if you have played the PS3 version of Portal 2, and if you have you can login using your PSN credentials.

    If you have already played Portal 2 on PlayStation®3, you can sign in using your PlayStation®Network login.

    Once you have signed in, you’ll find your profile on the Steam community includes information about what you have been doing in Portal 2. You’ll also be able to play your copy of Portal 2 on your computer by redeeming the code provided in your PS3® Portal 2 box.

    Nice…

     
  • Donncha 11:38 am on February 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Sony bans PS3 jailbreak users 

    If you’ve jailbroken your PS3 then you probably shouldn’t go online until you reverse the jailbreak. Sony has started banning users who use jailbroken PS3 consoles online! The ban is permanent and worldwide.

    you cannot use the PlayStation Network with this account (8002a227).

    In the old days it was only Microsoft who were banning their users en-masse but now Sony have to do it as well. I wonder if Nintendo will ever do the same thing?

     
    • tyewebb 8:51 pm on February 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I always forget about the Wii, but you’re right Nintendo as far as I know doesn’t ban people they just play the update the firmware every so often game. I do wonder if PS3 jailbreakers will figure out a way to unban their consoles much like the JTAG people did.

      • Donncha 4:04 pm on February 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Looks like they have figured out how to unban themselves. Plus they can ban other consoles if they have the serial number of the victim PS3.

        It’s all getting really nasty.

        • Conor 12:55 pm on February 23, 2011 Permalink

          I’m with Sony on this one, the PC games market was destroyed by pirating, I’d hate to see the PS3 go the same way.

  • Donncha 5:48 pm on January 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Hacked Modern Warfare 2 lobbies on PS3 

    Well, this sucks.

    David stumbled into a hacked MW2 lobby on Playstation 3, not Xbox 360. When I first saw it I thought it might be connected to the recently announced discovery of the PS3 root keys. But I was giving the script kiddies too much credit. Even with the keys they wouldn’t have a clue what to do with them. They’ll have to wait until the smart kids write the tools that take advantage of the situation.

    Meanwhile, I went searching for bushigans devils lobby v3 and found this video from October, well before any keys were discovered…

    Silly, stupid cheaters.

     
    • tyewebb 3:54 am on January 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I am curious what caused this to explode all of a sudden. You show that it seems to have nothing to do with the recent hacking of the PS3 so I wonder what happened. Maybe these mods just recently became widely available on forums and so now every idiot has access to it.

      • Donncha 9:33 am on January 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Sheer weight of numbers perhaps? Or else someone used the usb stick hack to get control of their machine, and the hack “infected” other hosts like I’ve heard it does on Xbox.

        The scary thing is, that means that MW2 hosts share executable code, or at the very least there’s a unfixed buffer overflow the hackers take advantage of to run unauthorised code on unsuspecting machines… A buffer overflow that hasn’t been patched in months. You’d have the security forums up in arms if that was the case with non-gaming software.

    • tyewebb 11:27 pm on January 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      This is interesting

      http://www.joystiq.com/2011/01/17/ps3-hackers-make-modern-warfare-2-unplayable-infinity-ward-ca/

      It appears IW is placing most of the blame on the PS3 security problems and claim they cannot provide a solution. So I guess COD4 and MW2 really are dead on the PS3.

      • Donncha 11:29 pm on January 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        WOW, I’d hate to be a Modern Warfare 2 fan on PS3 right now. That is awful.

      • Donncha 8:06 am on January 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Actually, it occurred to me later that IW are probably wrong and are redirecting the blame. The video I posted above was made in October, and the keys discovered by Fail0ver haven’t been released, only some tools AFAIK. The hackers could have used the USB hack but that doesn’t explain how they get online now since the firmware upgrade that fixed that bug …

      • Donncha 10:30 am on January 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        There are great comments on this post, basically calling foul on IW blaming the PS3 security breach.

      • tyewebb 12:54 pm on January 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I was thinking about this a little more too and came to same conclusion, IW is likely just using the PS3 security breach as a scapegoat. When MW2 was getting hacked to pieces on the jtagged xboxes IW did take some steps to try to stop it, so placing the blame just on the console doesn’t even make sense based upon their past history.

        The other issue is that since IW basically fell apart last year its likely that most of the programmers from COD4 and MW2 are no longer with IW. So all their current programmers would be working with someone else’s code and trying to understand it and patch in a solution while not breaking something else. This is certainly a crappy situation for IW but you would think when you are making a billion dollars a game you could afford the expense of continuing to support the game long after release.

        • Donncha 11:41 pm on January 19, 2011 Permalink

          Just saw this on the MW2 subreddit. Author claims it’s Sony’s fault because they’re brand new hacks that take advantage of the PS3 security hacks and that it will take a long time to fix. I suspect his assertion that it’ll take a long time to fix is his opinion only.

          Very interesting comments though and explains David’s video. He was made host by the hackers I think.

  • Donncha 1:14 pm on November 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    PS3 Break 

    If you haven’t upgraded your PS3 you can probably hack it and PS3 Break is what you need.

    Thankfully, if you want to play online you have to update the firmware and this hack is useless to you. Stopped cheaters in their tracks.

    Yes, yes, I know it can be used for homebrew and I’m all for that, but 99% of the time it’ll be used to run pirated software. Lots of great comments on the subject here.

     
  • Donncha 4:26 pm on September 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    The PS3 is broken, long live the PS3 

    You may have read that a USB dongle went on sale that basically put Playstation 3s into debug mode, thus allowing you to do things not normally allowed. Well, Sony sued and stopped them selling it, but of course the software on the dongle has been reverse engineered and made available online.

    Where is the code? Well, slashdot linked to it. It’s on github and there’s a slight mod required to play “backups” of games. On a brighter note, any potential pirates will need a compiler to use the code but I guess it’s only a matter of time before a USB iso becomes available.

    I hope Sony figure out a way to stop this working. It’s bad news for software publishers if users can copy their games by just plugging a USB dongle into their machine.

     
    • Mark 4:34 pm on September 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I differ. The Xbox has had a huge piracy problem and they are so successful they can increase their prices. This was inevitable – you simply cannot put something into someone’s hand and say it’s not crackable. Would I try it? Sure. I’d buy a dongle just to see how easy it is to install this stuff.
      The only console that arguably was killed by piracy that I know of was the PSP and even then Sony have to take the blame for not locking it down, not promoting it and not getting damn good games out. Their inertia did for it too. The PSPGo is a joke.

      As for games cheats – they can afford the dedicated servers now they are charging late-comers a tenner to join in.

    • tyewebb 4:35 pm on September 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Have no fear, Sony will just put out a firmware update disabling USB ports.

    • David Nicol 4:44 pm on September 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The main issue for us as consumers here is not the “piracy” issue but the debug mode consoles. For ‘debug’ read JTAG. Look at all the bullshit that goes on on the Xbox lobbies – that’s a bigger problem than the minority of people who’d use hooky copy games (and let’s be honest here, if EA is planning on charging a tenner for after market buyers to access online their pockets would not be that badly hit).

      The only people who will actually be hurt by this PS3 JTAG crap is us. Not Sony, not the game developers, us – the legitimate consumers who actually keep the machine fed.

      But who cares! The Xbox720 and PS4000 will be out in a year or so and then there won’t be any problems (for six months).

      • Mark 5:00 pm on September 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        We have been lied to ever since the “CD’s are cheaper, prices will drop” times. The XB has the piracy and look at their game prices. Now look at Sony’s and see that Sony have had their fat cushion of profit from ps3 users and that this – if it becomes as widespread – simply puts them in the same price/profit/loss as their XB titles. Or maybe we have been subsidising the XBox piracy because we had no choice in how to play in which case the games companies just lost some – some – of that profit.

        What we can expect is huge claims by Sony to the press about the millions of £$ a day it loses and it’s effect on future gaming blah blah blah. All lies.

  • Donncha 8:39 am on September 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Charge the PS3 controller from your PC 

    You might not have realised it but you can charge your PS3 controller by plugging the USB charging lead into a bog standard USB port on a PC or Mac.

    No need to have the PS3 powered up and draining your household electricity. Much better to use that PC you’re checking your email on and browsing the net. 🙂

    Yes, I’ll freely admit I hadn’t thought of this, mainly because the controllers last quite a while and it’s usually when I’m playing a game that I notice there’s one bar of power left.

     
    • Alex M. 8:39 am on September 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Heh, this is the one and only way I charge my PS3 controller. 😛

      • David Nicol 8:45 am on September 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Yup, me too. Although there is miniscule advantage to connecting the controller to the PS3 and that is to remove/reduce input lag from the bluetooth (although if you’re that pernickety about things like that you’d be playing wired anyhoo).

        • Alex M. 8:47 am on September 2, 2010 Permalink

          Oh, so it actually does send the signal over the USB connection? I wondered if it bothered to or not.

        • Mark 10:42 am on September 2, 2010 Permalink

          It does and we found this because when playing it would kill the signal from the router to the laptop – a distance of some 20ft. Plug controller into lead and signal came back. This was an older router and I forget what I tried but I could replicate every time. With the current router all is okay.

    • mjwhittle 10:29 am on September 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I tried to charge my 4G iPhone on the playstation last night but it crashed it. The phone completely shuts down the PS3. Un plugged the USB cable and it work perfect. How strange

    • Conor 11:40 am on September 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have two controllers so I always leave one to charge and use the other one. Never had to turn the ps3 on just to recharge or had to stop a game to recharge. I also leave a usb in the ps3 at all times which stored only the backups of my ps3 saves. After the yellow light of death last christmas I am not getting caught again. It did show me what games I could get rid off as I wouldn’t play them again.

  • Donncha 9:55 am on July 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Who is Stephanie Raven? 

    If you’ve played Little Big Planet recently you’ll have come across the name “Stephanie Raven” numerous times. Somehow she gets her levels on the first of the “Cool Levels” planet all the time.

    I first figured out that something was wrong when I played a level that looked eerily familiar but didn’t have the familiar face on it to denote I finished it. She’s not the only one. This thread was near the top of a search for her name and pointed at this one about Clay_20_November, another LBP spammer.

    It’s a pretty sad way to spend your time if you have to copy LBP levels and post them as your own for validation in this life.

    These days I skip forward a few pages to find newer levels and that helps. There are some stunning levels hidden in there!

     
    • David Nicol 12:51 pm on July 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      User created levels are not something that I’ve looked in to so much on LBP. Can you make some recommendations, or a top ten your favourite community levels.

      And yes, cheating your way to the top of anything is a fairly pathetic form of “entertainment”.

      • Donncha 1:45 pm on July 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        There are some stunning ones out there. I’ve hearted quite a few but can’t figure out how to view those levels. I actually hearted a couple yesterday I wanted to play myself when Adam decided they were too hard for him to play.

    • .. 12:53 am on August 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      agreed. how can someone just do that? whats the point?? hopefully there will be “spam police” in LBP2

  • Donncha 11:52 am on July 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bioshock, , PS3,   

    I got Bioshock 2 free when I bought Singularity in Gamestop this morning. Both are second hand and they’re running a “buy 1, get 1 (select) game free”. Bioshock 2 was on my Amazon wishlist so it was a good way of spending a 40 Euro voucher (plus €4.99 to make up the difference)

    Now I just need to finish the original Bioshock ..

     
    • Donncha 9:07 pm on July 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I just played half an hour of Singularity and it’s scared the hell out of me. Surround sound headphones, creepy atmospheric sounds and ghostlike wafting wind signal a hallucination and attack by a mutant.
      Hearing doors shut, watching a child’s ball bounce down the stairs, hearing children laughing in the distance. Creepy when there’s not supposed to be anyone alive. *gulp*

  • Donncha 10:17 am on May 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , PS3, PS3 laptop   

    The Playstation 3 Laptop 

    Traveling somewhere? Gonna miss your daily feed of Bad Company 2 or Modern Warfare 2? You need a Playstation 3 laptop! (via)

    I like!

     
  • Donncha 12:01 pm on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , DVI, , LCD monitor, , PS3,   

    Xbox 360 through HDMI to DVI 

    My female HDMI to male DVI-D connector arrived this morning. I’m still waiting on the Xbox HDMI cable and the PS3 component cables. The seller must have felt guilty about charging me so much for shipping that he gave me 3 plugs!

    I grabbed a HDMI cable from downstairs and plugged the Xbox 360 into it, and the other end into the DVI-D port on my Dell 2405 LCD monitor. It reset to 640×480 resolution first, but I quickly bumped that up to 1920×1080. Picture quality is ok but nothing to write home about. The screen is a little dark which I had read about on forums. Brightening the screen helped as did setting the brightness in Battlefield Bad Company 2 but it still looked rather dull. It’s impossible to change the contrast which would certainly have helped.

    I fired up BC2, and lo and behold, the screen stayed in 1920×1080! I’ve attached a gallery of shots from the game below. Unfortunately the camera lies and brightened up the screen. The dashboard shot is more representative of what it looks like and that was darkened by 2 stops!

    I tried the PS3 through the HDMI to DVI-D connector too, but all I got was a black screen with a slightly less black square in the middle. Thanks HDCP in action there. The PS3 won’t even show the desktop or games without it and of course my monitor doesn’t have it. I really need to just get a new one with a HDMI port don’t I? Any recommendations? It has to be used as a PC monitor too.

    As a bonus, do you know who this character is? You’ll really be showing your retro credentials if you recognise him!
    Who is this fire breathing creature?

    I added this 24 inch monitor to my Amazon wishlist. You never know, some kindly soul who uses my plugins may decide to treat me! 🙂

     
    • H 9:40 pm on June 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hello, I have got the same problem with xbox360. I get a hdmi to dvi cable and plugged in to xbox and my monitor. But monitor has got no signal. Did you solve the problem?

      • Donncha 9:48 pm on June 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I did get a signal on my monitor. Are you sure you’ve selected the DVI source in the monitor? That’s all I can think of. Sorry.

    • knoid 1:27 am on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      That’s Clyde Radcliffe!

      (I know I’m a bit behind the curve…came across your post while Googling for a solution)

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