Update #4: After having another day with my PS3 to experiment, check HERE for my latest findings along with 20+ new pictures too!
Update #3: For those interested, the official PS3 Safety And Support User Manual and PS3 Quick Reference User Manual are now available for download in PDF file format. Also, we added four more PSP RipKits today you can access by clicking the 'Read More...' link below.
Update #2: I spent the last few hours unpacking my PS3 and took several screenshots which are available along with an initial examination and review HERE (added some new PSP news as well there). More to come as I find freetime this weekend to experiment further and dive deeper into the PS3!
Update: I will periodically UPDATE throughout the weekend, and although I haven't even opened the PS3 console box yet, I have opened the PS3 game I got with it up- namely Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom. Here are some pics of it for those interested (I would have scanned it, but I don't have a scanner available so unfortunately I'm stuck with a regular digital camera): UL: DK Case Front, UL: DK Case Back, UL: DK Case Open, UL: DK Disc Front, UL: DK Disc Back, and UL: DK Disc Inner-Ring. For reference, the back of the PS3 game disc appears similar to a regular DVD-style disc... it does not contain any unique 'grooves' but it does contain a PlayStation 3 hologram, some numbers, and an encoded bar code around the center ring (likely containing the Disc ID data).
<a href="http://www.ps4news.com/news/PS3_Retail.jpg" target="_blank"></a> And so 11/17 has finally arrived! Many are the cold, the wet, the disappointed... my local BestBuy had over 1000 dedicated souls waiting in their parking lot, with only 32 PS3 consoles available when the clock struck three. Those who waited in line for hours and even days prior were forced to leave the premises by police prior to 3AM (no idea why it wasn't 12AM as many retailers launched at... it definitely didn't deter anyone from waiting). Everyone was informed that it would be first-come, first-serve ONLY and as the magical hour approached the masses poured into the parking lot from the property line on all boundaries... running across the parking lot, coming out of bushes, and naturally chaos ensued.
As mentioned in our Site News last month, I was fortunate enough not to be one of those above. I managed to get one of only four Pre-Orders from my local shop- the coveted 60GB PS3 console! It's VERY tempting to EBay it, however, as I purchased it today the store manager informed me that they didn't know when they would be getting more in- and it could very well be after Christmas. With that in mind, running PS3News.com just wouldn't be the same without actually owning a PS3 console so I've decided to keep it.
Over the weekend I will dedicate a lot of time to unpacking it, adding LOTs of pictures, and hopefully even a PS3 Disassembly Tutorial to our Web site along with testing Swap Magic, HD Advance, USB Extreme (very excited about this one- it seems to have the most benefits thus far), and other pressed unlicensed PS2 software on the PS3! We'd LOVE to hear from others who also got a PS3 today, so please feel free to share your stories, experiments, etc in our PS3 Chat Forum... more to come soon!
In PSP news today, chunglam has shared with us CSO Cache System And WiFi Support Mod r1 For PSP. From the ReadMe file: Next up, we have some more new PSP RipKits as follows:
MeetJoeBlacK has shared with us a Thrillville (USA) PSP Fix today, and apcarr has shared a SEGA Genesis Collection (USA) 426MB + 377MB PSP RipKit for those interested.
hjacked shared a Mortal Kombat Unchained (USA) 296MB PSP RipKit, jas0nuk shared a SEGA Genesis Collection (USA) 377MB PSP RipKit, skirocket shared a SEGA Genesis Collection (USA) Custom PSP RipKit, and SiGGi shared a Sonic Rivals (USA) PSP RipKit v1.3.
apcarr has shared with us both a Dave Mirra BMX Challenge (USA) 134MB + 127MB PSP RipKit and a Sonic Rivals (USA) 190MB + 100MB PSP RipKit today.
Finally, MeetJoeBlacK has shared a Asterix And Obelix XXL 2 (EUR) PSP Fix, and TheGame1594 has released a Mortal Kombat Unchained (USA) 670MB PSP RipKit today. Enjoy!