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PS Vita Homebrew Hack Is "100% Against Piracy"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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hacker, homebrew

PS Vita Homebrew Hack Is "100% Against Piracy"

But Could Be Used As A "Stepping Stone"

Yesterday, we reported that an enterprising developer was working on a homebrew loader for the PS Vita. In a new interview, Yifan Lu was keen to stress that all of the coders involved are absolutely against the idea of piracy, and the prerequisite kernal exploit designed to properly pirate games would be incredibly difficult to create.

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Report: Vita Homebrew Hack In Early Stages

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Hack, homebrew, PS Vita, Sony

Report: Vita Homebrew Hack In Early Stages

If a new report and call to arms is to be believed, Sony's worst nightmare may be coming true. Apparently a PS Vita exploit might open the doors for a native homebrew loader for the pricey handheld (and hence open it up to the homebrew crowd), though the project is still in its earliest stages and its founder is seeking help from other coders.

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Homebrew Hero: Left 4 Dead Squeezed Onto PlayStation Vita

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
homebrew, Left 4 Dead, PlayStation Mobile, PS Vita
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Left 4 Dead | Playstation Vita

Homebrew Hero: Left 4 Dead Squeezed Onto PlayStation Vita

A homebrew coder has managed to get Left 4 Dead running on a PS Vita, thanks to clever use of the PlayStation Mobile (previously known as PlayStation Suite) programming toolkit. Whether it's actually running on the device or streamed from a remote windows server isn't entirely clear - we suspect the latter due to an IP address entry screen appearing at the start of the video - but there appears to be little in the way of lag or graphical compromise. Even the Vita's gyroscope has been incorporated into camera control.

PlayStation Mobile is designed to allow indie developers to design and test games for Vita and PlayStation-certified Android devices, and we hope that more officially-approved apps will soon be available. Whether Sony will crack down on homebrew applications like this, however, remains to be seen.

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The Forgotten Workforce | Microsoft, Sony, Hire These Guys Already!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Games articles, Geohot, Hackers, homebrew, Kinect, Microsoft, Sony, Xbox Live Indie Games

work force

Hiring the right staff and studios is of critical concern to Microsoft and Sony. The fierce competition between the two companies demands increasingly competent games, which can only be created by seriously smart headhunting. However, there's currently an invisible and unused workforce who have already demonstrated their mastery of next-gen hardware. If hired, they could provide massive profits, great games and invaluable ammunition for the console wars.

Let's start with Microsoft and arguably the most obvious pool of potential developer talent going to waste. Within days of Kinect releasing, an entire community of homebrew coders leapt into action; creating an unprecedented number of applications that pushed the peripheral into uncharted territory. And uncharted accuracyFingertip control? Stealth camo? Flying robots?! It's all good. We've already reported that Microsoft will soon be officially supporting Kinect on PC- and the last few months have already provided them with any number of coders who are overqualified for the job.

Why stop with the PC? Hiring these guys on board would allow their expertise to be shoehorned into Kinect's Xbox 360 functionality. They've already created more innovative user interfaces than your first party developers managed, so hurry up and get them on base! Their skills and expertise would be invaluable for better integrating the unique motion control input with the Xbox 360 dashboard. Not to mention for creating more accomplished games.

Read on to discover the rest of the forgotten candidates!

From The 3DS Launch Date To Customer Service Server Snafu - News Roundup 19th January 2011

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
3DS, Activision, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Geohot, homebrew, Nintendo, Windows Phone 7
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Call of Duty: Black Ops

3DS Launches On March 25th!

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Finally! Nintendo have confirmed a March 25th release date for their highly anticipated 3DS handheld- along with twenty five  games set for the "launch window." HMV has estimated a £229 retail price for the basic unit that will reportedly ship in either aqua blue or cosmos black.

We can't wait.

Activision: Closing Black Ops PS3 Servers Is "Viable"

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This is an odd little story. Putting it mildly. Freelance blogger Jason Koblovsky claims to have engaged in a bizarre dialogue with Activision customer support, where grievances about Call Of Duty: Black Ops' PS3 performance were countered by a suggestion that the servers could ultimately be closed instead of repaired.

The publishers have the right to shut down the servers for their game at any time as well which based on the number of reported posts from users may be a viable solution over the free PSN.

To be honest, this is probably just a poorly worded response caused by the aggravation of dealing with an angry consumer- not a statement of intent. Activision's social media puppet master, Dan Amrich, has been quick to deny any genuine plans to shut down the servers in a recent tweet.

I do not see "shutting down servers" as an action item here. I think someone's inaccurately implying intent.

There's almost certainly nothing to this, but there's no doubt that Black Ops' PS3 performance is causing both consumers and Activision no end of grief. Are you having problems? Fancy a bit of a rant? Have your say in the comments!

Windows Phone 7 Team Encourage GeoHot Jailbreak

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Infamous hacker and homebrew coder George "GeoHot" Hotz is currently embroiled in a fierce legal battle with Sony over a the latest firmware breaches- and has been sued by Apple in the past. However, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 team are taking a very different tack. Microsoft developer Brandon Watson has offered to furnish Hotz with a WP7, stating that they'd actively encourage him to "build cool stuff" on the platform.

It's a nifty marketing stunt to be sure, but with some analysts predicting that WP7 will overtake Android as the fastest-growing OS in 2011, it'll be interesting to see what a jailbreak manages to bring to the table.

Huge Final Fantasy Versus XIII Trailer

Yesterday's announcement that Final Fantasy Versus XIII would be a PS3 exclusive nearly broke the internet- partly thanks to an incredible new trailer that shows off the blend of high fantasy with gritty realism. Well, as gritty and realistic as Final Fantasy games get, anyways. [GT]

From Mario's Big Push To The Locked 3DS - News Roundup 11th January 2011

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
3DS, Hackers, homebrew, Mario, News, Nintendo, PS3, Region Lock, Sniper: Ghost Warrior

Nintendo Plans Mario Offensive This Year...

mario old rope

Mario is one of gaming's most iconic figures- mainly down to the exceptional games in which he stars. Many gamers have accused Nintendo of failing to innovate over the last couple of years, but UK marketing manager Dawn Paine has stated that they can get away with it by re-releasing older Mario Games as part of a major brand push this year.

A lot of people who we have brought in have never played a Mario game before – to them Mario 64 DS is a brand new piece of software. It’s another way we have turned conventional thinking on its head – it has proved there is no such thing as ‘old’ software because things are constantly expanding.

Cheeky doesn't quite cover it. There's no such thing as old rope, eh? However, Paine has confirmed that 2011 will herald a new lease of life for Mario in the UK. Mario Sports Mix and Mario vs Donkey Kong are set to start the proceedings.

In the UK we haven’t done as much on Mario as other territories have, so he’s a real focus for us right across 2011. We’ve got two cracking Mario titles kicking off the year for us and there’s going to be a huge marketing push on those.

We'll let you know if they're any good- and hopefully find you some good deals- once the Feburary release date rolls around. [MCV]

PS3 Homebrew & Emulation Deluge Continues

ps3 open

Since our last update on the cracked PS3 firmware situation, infamous hacker GeoHot (yeah, him again) has released a set of Homebrew tools that are kicking the once-dormant homebrew scene into overdrive. Classic console emulators for the SNES, Genesis and even the SCUMM engine are now reportedly up and running- and no, we're not going to link you to them.

Sony is still "looking into" the issue, and have suggested that a firmware update is in the works. Just a suggestion, Sony, but why don't you make it easier for these guys to develop original homebrew and indie applications for Playstation Home? That way, everybody wins- and everybody gets paid.

What do you make of the ongoing situation? Drop us a line in the comments!

Important: Dealspwn does not endorse piracy and strongly advises against modifying your PS3 console.

Rumour: 3DS Will Be Region-Locked?

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Nintendo's handhelds have traditionally been region-free (excluding the DSi), allowing the thriving import market to play Japanese titles or secure cheap deals on NTSC versions. However, a recent Japanese Nintendo newsletter has apparently confirmed that the 3DS will be region locked.

If true, it's likely that this lost functionality is a casualty of enhanced security measures designed to curb the threat of piracy. Nintendo handheld games are traditionally vulnerable to being backed up- and you'd better believe that Ninty are working tirelessly to ensure that the 3DS is much more secure. Having said that, the 3D effect ought to be a barrier to emulation in itself. We'll keep you posted. [GAF via VG247]

Sniper: Ghost Warrior Sequel Confirmed

sniper ghost warrior news banner

I nominated Sniper: Ghost Warrior as my most disappointing game of 2010, but only because it almost worked. The actual sniping was great fun, but it merrily soiled the bed with idiotic insta-fail stealth and hopelessly bad regular FPS sections.

Still, City Interactive are going to have another go. They've announced that a sequel is in the works, powered by none other than CryEngine 3 ! Here's hoping that they'll stick to the sniping this time around. [Eurogamer.se]