[Via IGN Boards]
[Via IGN Boards]
According to IGN, the new MSX-M2GSEP model will feature a different collection of four movies: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Spider-man 2, Hellboy and S.W.A.T. (again?) While the selection isn't too great, the sheer convenience is certainly appreciated. Unfortunately, the DVD can only be used to unlock one movie, so make sure you choose wisely.
This package will be available at Sony Style stores for about $60. The package will also include a 2GB Memory Stick.
For those of you still struggling with the Value Pack's original 32MB stick, now is the time to upgrade! Certainly, this deal won't last long ... until the next dirt-cheap Memory Stick deal comes along.
[Thanks, Dane! Via slickdeals]
There are tons of fake Memory Sticks out there, and while some of them do work, many feature less than reliable performance. mavy, a programmer from PSX Reality, has come up with a comprehensive, homebrew method to check if your flash card is a fake. The test won't be fast, and it will involve doing a reformat of the disk, but it does appear to be quite comprehensive.
However, I've also heard that there's a poor man's way of checking for the real deal. Go to the PSP's XMB, and have "Memory Stick" highlighted as one of your options. Hit Triangle and then "Information." If MagicGate, Sony's proprietary copy-protection scheme isn't supported, chances are high that you have a fake.
Portable flash memory continues to get more and more impressive every year. Sony has announced pricing for the impressive 8GB Memory Stick PRO Duo at CES ... and as expected, it's not coming cheap. It'll be released in February for $300.
You'll need firmware 2.81 or above for your PSP to recognize such a massive card.
Sony and SanDisk just revealed a new extension of Sony's popular proprietary flash media. The PRO-HG series is "theoretically capable" of sizes up to 32GB, with write speeds of up to 60MB/sec. PSP owners can celebrate that HG line is backwards compatible with the regular PRO series of cards, meaning you'll be able to buy an HG card and use it in your PSP. You won't get the same speed advantage, but you will be able to use the card's ridiculous amount of storage.
Even thinking up ways to fill a 32GB card is mind-boggling for me. Hopefully, we'll see more when CES comes around next month.
[Thanks, Michael Chomiczewski! Via Engadget]
Apparently, the Gamestop corporate office will investigate. However, looking at the slight grin on the kid's face, I'm sure he's not complaining.
[Update 1: Whoops, wrong news station attributed. Thanks for the catch DiRT--although, you should try avoiding using words you don't understand!]
Once these babies arrive to my doorstep, I'll be downloading every single PSone game and reviewing them for you all. Sweet, no?
Slowly, but surely, more details about the PSone emulation service are popping up on the internet. The service just recently launched in Japan, and PSP GadgetZ had an opportunity to play. There are a few interesting points to note:
- Tekken 2 clocked in at 542MB, and took over an hour to copy to the Memory Stick. (Joystiq has all the file sizes of the games available.)
- L2 and R2 and mapped to the analog stick. "Left = L2, Right = R2, L2+R2 = UP. Sounds awful.
- There is a long lag time when switching between Normal, Original and Full video modes.
- At least load times in the games have become considerably better.
"The PSP system has already been established as a popular gaming handheld, but it was designed to do so much more -- from playing music and videos to sharing photos and accessing the Internet," said Peter Dille, senior vice president of marketing, SCEA. "These marketing initiatives deliver the broader PSP brand message and offer PSP owners the entertainment experience they're thirsting for from a content perspective."
While a 256MB Memory Stick may not hold a lot of data, especially if you're trying to play full-resolution movies on your PSP, it's hard to argue about something's worth when it's free. And right now Circuit City is offering a 256MB SanDisk Memory Stick Pro Duo for $30 with a $30 mail-in rebate.
All you have to do is buy the Memory Stick, fill out the form and mail it in. Not too hard, eh?
There's a one-rebate limit here so don't get any funny ideas of buying tons of these and unloading them on ebay.