Monday, June 28, 2010

Sony Detail PS3 Firmware Update 3.40, Announce PSP Firmware Update 6.30, And Playstation Network Facebook App

Sony have provided details for the upcoming Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable updates as well as revealing a new Playstation Network Facebook App. No specific details for the PSP update where given, all thats been mentioned was that its update 6.30. such a small upgrade probably means that its only a stability update.

The Playstation 3 firmware update 3.40 brings the following additions to the console:
  • PlayStation Plus: PlayStation Network users will be able to purchase membership to PlayStation Plus; a new subscription service on the PlayStation Network that provides you with new options to expand and enhance your gaming experience and enable you to gain an exclusive set of features and content. Friendly reminder, all of you PlayStation Network users will continue to have free access to PlayStation Network’s unmatched and expanding suite of new and exclusive features while PlayStation Plus subscribers will gain access to an exclusive and expanding set of gaming features, content and functionality.
  • Photo Gallery: A new network based photo sharing feature is now available on the Photo Gallery. The enhancement allows you to upload, browse and comment on photos on Facebook and Picasa Web Album. You can also opt to share your photos between your PlayStation Network friends as well as print photos from Photo Gallery.
  • Video Editor & Uploader: Video Editor and Uploader is a new function found on the XrossMediaBar (XMB), which enables you to edit, save and upload video files stored on the PS3 system to sites such as Facebook or YouTube.
  • Five Star Rating Support: Users can rate the PlayStation Store content they have purchased with one to five star ratings.
  • Power Save Settings: The default setting for PS3 System Auto-Off will be set at 2 hours, providing you with additional power save options and further improving power save features on the PS3 system.

Firmware 3.40

Sony have also revealed they are releasing a new Playstation Network app for Facebook. this app builds on the existing trophy app for Facebook by letting you display on your profile your Playstation Network profile. you will also be able to find out which of your friends has a PSN Account and send them a friend request, and you will be able to view your PSN Friends online status.

Facebook app

All these updates are expected to happen at the same time tomorrow, Tuesday 29th June.

From USA Playstation Blog

This Weeks WiiWare, DSiWare, And Virtual Console Releases

There are 10 games out today in the USA on the Virtual Console, WiiWare, and DSiWare services.

Virtual Console

Mario Tennis
This is the Nintendo 64 version of the game and its 1-4 players and costs 1,000 Wii Points. the game has 16 playable characters and a variety of game modes.


Jett Rocket
This is a 1 player game only that costs 1,000 Wii Points.  this is a 3D Action adventure game where you have to explore the planet Yoroppa and find out why its been attacked by the evil Power Plant Posse.

Pong Toss Pro – Frat Party Games
This is a 1-4 player game that costs 600 Wii Points. this is a party game based on Pong Toss. this game has a tournament mode for up to 16 players to compete in as well as 6 regulation tables.

Robin Hood: The Return of Richard
This is a 1 player game only that costs 500 Wii Points. this shooting game has 12 levels where you face off against the sheriff of Nottingham.


Maestro! Green Groove
this is a 1 player game only that costs 500 DSi Points. the platforming game is full of music, everything you do in the game makes music. you can even input your own singing and whistling to defeat enemies.

Date or Ditch
This is a 1 player only game that costs 500 DSi Points. this is a dating and social game where you can meet people at parties, go to movies with people, and more. you can even use the DSi Camera to put your face in the game and change settings to make your picture like you.

Animal Color Cross
This is a 1 player only game that costs 500 DSi Points. the aim of the game is to reconstruct an animal image that has been hidden beneath a grid. to do this, just simply deduce the right colour by using numbers on the grid. the game comes with a tutorial as well as 72 grids to complete.

Ancient Tribe
This is a 1 player only game that costs 500 DSi Points. in the game you play as the god of an ancient tribe. the strategy is to expand your village and increase its population whilst defending it from nature and other tribes.

Brain Drain
This is a 1 player only game that costs 500 DSi Points. this is a puzzle game where you have to unscramble a image/model. there are over 200 puzzles to try as well as 3 game modes.

Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects – Revenge
This is a 1-4 player game that costs 800 DSi Points. you need to locate and free the scorpion champion. there are 10 missions to play through as well as the ability to customise your warrior.

Press Release

Three ... two ... one! Happy Half Year! Well, 2010 is just about half way behind us now (or, if you're an optimist, half way ahead of us). Either way, why not make a half-resolution to try out some new downloadable games? This week Jett Rocket zooms onto the WiiWare™ service to thwart the plans of the awesomely named Power Plant Posse. The Nintendo 64™ classicMario Tennis™ on the Virtual Console™ service reminds tennis fans that most matches last less than 11 hours. And Maestro! Green Groove on the Nintendo DSiWare™ service lets you become a virtuoso, as everything you do in the game becomes music.

We've also got new arrivals in the "Big Name Games" section of the WarioWare™: D.I.Y.series, which features downloadable microgames from some of the industry's most talented figures. This week we have some new additions from the Treehouse, Nintendo's game localization team. New "Big Name Games" will be added every Monday through July 26, all available to download for zero Nintendo DSi Points™ to anyone with broadband Internet access and a copy of either WarioWare: D.I.Y. for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems orWarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase software for the WiiWare service. Visit the Nintendo Channel on your Wii™ system today to learn more about these games.


Jett Rocket
Publisher: Shin'en Multimedia
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Description: Jump and run and fly. Let Jett Rocket explore the beautiful planet of Yoroppa and find out why it has been attacked by the evil Power Plant Posse. Visit tropical islands, poisonous swamps and freezingly cold glaciers. Ride the ocean on your Jet Boat, parachute from giant cliffs, speed through arctic regions on your Jet Snowboard or skyrocket with your Jet Turbine. You will need everything you've got to fight back and save Yoroppa. Just be Jett Rocket in this epic futuristic full 3D action adventure.

Pong Toss Pro – Frat Party Games®
Publisher: JV Games Inc.
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Alcohol Reference, Comic Mischief, Mild Language
Price: 600 Wii Points
Description: Born on college campuses, Pong Toss is the ultimate party-game favorite. NowPong Toss Pro takes it to the next level by featuring a completely redesigned throwing system for complete accuracy and improved graphics. Also new to Pong Toss Pro is Tournament Mode. You can have a four-, eight-, or 16-team bracket play in Pong Toss & Speed Pong. Pong Toss Pro features six regulation tables and the ability to modify simple house rules. Rock it with a high-energy rock soundtrack; listen to the announcer commenting on your play. Rule the table with Fireball bonuses for consecutive shots. In Speed Pong, up to three challengers can compete at the same time. Speed and strategy are the keys to this fast-paced game. Jack up your opponents by using a slew of power-ups that will slow them down. The first one who sinks the last cup wins it all.

Robin Hood: The Return of Richard
Publisher: Nordcurrent
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E 10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Violence
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: While Richard, the true King of England, is absent from his throne, his country rages in chaos. England has been invaded, and enemies burn and destroy local towns and villages. After the house of expert archer and hunter Robin Hood was burned down, he, together with a group of free archers like himself, hides in Sherwood Forest and begins his fight for justice. The fate of the people now lies in your hands. Help Robin to defeat the villains and restore peace in this shooting game.

Complete 12 levels, defeating numerous enemies and visiting different locations in medieval England
Search for hidden objects to get bonus points
Fight with super villains, such as the Sheriff of Nottingham
Replay the game to improve your score in the High Score Table
Virtual Console

Mario Tennis
Original platform: Nintendo 64
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 1,000 Wii Points
Description: The Mushroom Kingdom welcomes another sport to its lineup in the Nintendo 64 smash Mario Tennis. In addition to the bright graphics and intuitive, but incredibly tight, controls that all Mario™ games are known for, a cast of 16 Nintendo characters (including the first introduction of Waluigi™) is ready to take to the court. Along with the ability to unnerve an opponent by varying shots and precisely target their destination, each character has specific attributes in categories such as speed, power and control, all of which combine to offer multiple play styles to choose from. A variety of game modes ranging from a standard tournament to the crazy, item-filled Bowser Stage will keep you – and up to three of your friends – running around the court for quite some time. Whether trying to unlock all the secrets in single-player mode or challenging friends with some intense fun in multiplayer mode, this is a game that definitely holds its serve.

Nintendo DSiWare

Maestro! Green Groove
Publisher: Neko Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Animated Blood, Comic Mischief
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Hello. Do you like music? Do you like platforms? Do you like pink bird-like things? Do you like the jungle? You'll love Maestro! Green Groove edition! So jump in and enjoy this wonderful feeling of being a virtuoso using your heart, stylus and voice. Everything you do is music – EVERYTHING! Hit the spiders to play some drums, shoot the fruit to bring out the melody, pinch the strings to play the tune and so on. Challenge the mischievous Staccato the Spider in a melodious battle in which the most talented one will win. For those of you who have no fear, once you have finished the adventure, you can activate the SING/WHISTLE mode to bug everyone around you with your precious talents. And for the talented ones, there is an improvisation mode in which you'll play the levels with the instruments and at the speed of your choice. Enjoy, Maestros from all around the world!

Date or Ditch
Publisher: Gameloft
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Mild Suggestive Themes
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Think you're a real Casanova? Let's see how you act in real-life situations when you face a whole gamut of dates, from romantic to wild. Date or Ditch is an absorbing dating adventure for both guys and girls, testing you through an evolving scenario. Discover unique game play mixing social simulation, hilarious face-to-face conversations and fun quizzes. Randomly meet someone at a party, go to the movies together, invite your date to dinner and more. And a surprise visit from your ex may spice up your love story a bit. Enter even deeper into the game thanks to the exclusive camera feature: Add your photo within the game and change your face according to your feelings. In real life, make sure you are compatible with your date by taking the Love Test: Based on your names and appearance, are you made for each other? Love has always been a game. We just made it more fun.

Animal Color Cross
Publisher: Little Worlds Studio
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Get hooked on colorful puzzles. The goal of the game is to reconstruct a mysterious animal image that lies beneath the grid. You just need to fill in each square of the grid with one of the appropriate colors available. To solve the puzzle, you can simply deduce the right color by using the numbers written around the grid. Don't worry, a short tutorial shows you the basic rules within a minute. Puzzle-solving champs, sudoku fans or even kids can enjoy the game. You can play 72 individual grids in up to 50 hours of game play. Players can select among eight levels presented as geographical zones including Europe, Oceania, North Pole, Pacific, North America and South America to discover local fauna. Enter a new world filled with fancy colored pixel art.

Ancient Tribe
Publisher: CIRCLE Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Cartoon Violence
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: In the ancient world of Savage, you play the god of an ancient tribe in this real-time strategy game. Expand your village by guiding its inhabitants on the hunting grounds to find food and resources. Use them to upgrade your village and increase its population. When the primitive tribe develops to a certain level, they will build a temple to pay tribute to your mightiness. You can recruit new troops and research new classes of tribal people by upgrading the existing tribe's equipment and technology. Besides improving your tribe you can improve your godly powers by sacrificing some of your tribesmen and resources. On the hunting ground your tribe will explore forests, deserts, volcanoes and frozen lands. They will meet various kinds of beasts such as boars, elephants and even dinosaurs. You can help trap and tame them so your tribe can ride on them as part of your army and hunting troop.

Brain Drain™
Publisher: Enjoy Gaming
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Brain Drain is a funny and challenging puzzle game. You have to place the elements of a scrambled puzzle according to a given model. Select four elements at a time with the stylus and spin them to move the elements to the right positions. Some puzzles may feature malicious game effects that will slow you down during your puzzle solving. There are three game modes to choose from:
Challenge: 200 fixed puzzles with preset best times to solve and beat.
Race: A stream of puzzles and best time tables to beat in four difficulty levels.
Random: Relaxed, random puzzling that continues endlessly.
Battle of Giants™: Mutant Insects – Revenge
Publisher: Ubisoft
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E 10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Animated Blood, Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: After the defeat of the Mutant King, the Mutant Queen rose up from the core of the Earth and forced the remaining giant insects into submission. Now it is your job to locate and free the Scorpion Champion, the only giant insect with the ability to defeat the Mutant Queen. Complete 10 new missions, defeat your enemies and liberate the Scorpion Champion! Customize your giant insect with tribal stripes, equip it with special powers and enhance your abilities. Challenge your friends to duels of supremacy on the Nintendo DS™ system. Are you strong enough to win this Battle of Giants™?

Nintendo adds new titles to the Nintendo DSi Shop and the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Mondays. Users with broadband Internet access can redeem Wii Points or Nintendo DSi Points to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel. Nintendo DSi Points can be purchased in the Nintendo DSi Shop. A Nintendo Points Card™ can be purchased at retail locations. All points from one Nintendo Points Card must be redeemed in either the Nintendo DSi Shop or the Wii Shop Channel. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems.

Remember that both Wii and Nintendo DSi feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, or

Square Enix Have Released A New E3 Trailer For Front Mission Evolved

Square Enix have released a new trailer for Front Mission Evolved. this trailer was shown at E3 and is a CGi trailer. the trailer focuses mostly on war in the game, providing hints as to the cause. the trailer also provides some back story for some of the characters and it shows how some of the locations in the game have been attacked.

EA Have Released A New Crysis 2 Trailer

EA Have released a new trailer for Crysis 2. this trailer is an extended version of the Central Station trailer, showing more action before events in the station and after.

Hit X: The News Recapping Podcast For Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th June

This is all the news from Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th June.

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And on Re-Cap

Re-Cap of The Weekends News (oldest to newest)

  • QTE Blog: Re-Cap of Yesterdays News (oldest to newest)
  • Interplay is releasing MDK 2 on WiiWare and MDK 2 HD on PC
  • DSi: The OFLC has rated Face Pilot: Fly With Your DSi Camera for DSi Ware
  • QTE Blog: Sony Announce Marvel Costume Packs Are Coming To Little Big Planet From 7th July
  • QTE Blog: Hit X: The News Recapping Podcast For Friday 25th June
  • Its reported that MGS: Rising producer Shigenobu Matsuyama said Kojima is working on a new Metal Gear Solid Game
  • PS3: Shinji Hashimoto announces that Legend of Mana is coming out in Japan as a PS1 Classic
  • Peter Molyneux has said that pairing Black & White with Kinect would be cool, but doesn't have the time
  • DS: its reported that a kid was prescribed Mario Kart DS to overcome "lazy eye syndrome", he had a 250% improvement
  • 3DS: Reggie Fils-Aime confirms The 3DS Is coming out in 2011 on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
  • Raven Software are currently hiring for "an exciting, currently unannounced title" with the Unreal engine
  • 360: Its reported that Gears Of War 3 will have dedicated servers. if there was a Beta, it'd be in January
  • QTE Blog: What Have You Played This Week?
  • QTE Blog: QTE Tweets Of The Week

QTE Tweets Of The Week

This top 10 shows the most clicked tweets from my News in brief Twitter stream. Even though it was a fairly quiet week after E3, there still was alot of interest in some things. the Wii Update got alot of clicks putting it comfortably ahead of the rest of the top 10, but there was interest in several posts from QTE Gamers which is always good to see.

10 PS3: Sony's Shuhei Yoshida says Gran Turismo 5 does have a track editor, tracks can be shared, go-Kart racing + more

9 QTE Blog: EA Have Released New Medal of Honor Screenshots

8 QTE Blog: Microsoft Reveal The Xbox Live Gold Family Pack And Future Family Settings

7 iPhone: You won't be able to buy a iPhone 4 from an AT&T store without a pre-order until 29th June

6 3DS: Satoru Iwata says the 3DS could do Video Voice Chat and that the release date and price could be announced soon

5 PSP: Sony are touting God Of War Ghost Of Sparta as the best looking PSP game Ever

4 QTE Blog: Hit X: The News Recapping Podcast For Monday 21st June

3 PS3: BBC iPlayer is getting updated later in year when PS3 gets firmware update. PSN+iPlayer sign in may be integrated

2 QTE Blog: Re-Cap of Yesterdays News (oldest to newest)

1 Wii: System update 4.3 is out now, Wii checks for illegal channels/firmware and removes them, Existing channels updated