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Rumor: Sony's PlayStation Portable 2 to Drop UMD Drive 200°
February 25, 2009 // 2:12 pm - In a recent Twitter post (linked above), Earthworm Jim creator Dave Perry hinted that Sony is planning to remove the UMD drive from their next PlayStation Portable console.. which he dubs simply PSP2.

To quote: "I hear Sony FINALLY has the PSP 2. And thank goodness, they've removed the stupid battery-sucking UMD disc drive.

I'm excited!"

11:04 PM Feb 23rd from Web

Only time will tell if this rumor pans out, however, it sounds feasible based on the recent...

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Throw Your Hard Drive Away, Google's Gdrive Arrives This Year 100°
January 21, 2009 // 9:24 pm - According to TGDaily, Google's Gdrive is set for a 2009 release. This new service is essentially an online storage where Google servers will be able to hold the entire contents of your hard drive.

But that's not all, the service will also allow you perform some cool tricks like booting the online drive to load the Google OS.

To quote: The service has the potential to eclipse even Gmail, Google's second best-known product after their google.com search engine.

That said, it's no wonder users have been ripe with anticipation for years - yes, that's how long...

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Skate 2 Install for PlayStation 3 Requires 2GB of Hard Drive Space 200°
January 12, 2009 // 10:00 pm - According to MTV, the box of Skate 2 for the PS3 indicates that the game requires 2182MB.

So if you're running low on HDD space for the PS3, then you may wish to consider clearing some room for this one!

To quote: A quick public service announcement: We're still in the era of PS3 games that require installations and/or major chunks of hard drive space.

The box for this month's "Skate 2" indicates that it requires 2182 MB. So free some hard drive space if, like me, you're running out of room.

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Guide: Apple TV Rips via Ubuntu Linux and a PS3 Blu-ray Drive! 200°
January 1, 2009 // 11:40 pm - This guide is an addendum to Blu-ray to Apple TV guide. It explains how to use your PlayStation 3 Blu-ray drive to transfer BD movies onto a Mac or a PC for subsequent ripping & Apple TV encoding.

The primary purpose here is to avoid the expense of a computer-based Blu-ray drive for movies rips. Hardware/Software needed:

1. Sony PlayStation 3
2. USB keyboard & mouse for PS3
3. Windows XP/Vista PC or Mac with Parallels (100GB free space)
4. CD-RW or DVD-RW blank disk
5. Gigabit Wired...

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Nintendo Wii Helps Drive Record Amazon Holiday Sales 50°
December 27, 2008 // 8:46 pm - Amazon has reported record holiday sales despite the tough economic climate. Over 5.6 million units were shipped on its peak day of December 15th and the most popular products included the Nintendo Wii, the iPod, Acer notebooks and a 52" Samsung HDTV.

To quote: Internet retail giant Amazon.com reported record holiday sales on Friday, a rare good performance in one of the most dismal holiday shopping seasons in years.

The Seattle, Washington-based online store did not provide a breakdown of sales figures but said online orders reached record levels during the holiday shopping...

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XBox 360 Lite-On Drive iXtreme v1.5 Firmware Now Available! 100°
December 23, 2008 // 9:41 pm - As first reported just over a week ago, today the new iXtreme v1.5 is now available for owners of Lite-On DG-16D2S drives.

This iXtreme Firmware update finally hacks the previously 'unhackable' Lite-On XBox 360 DVD drive, and it's compatible with Samsung and BenQ drives too. Finally, according to reports a version which supports Hitachi will be available in January, 2009.

Download: XBox 360 Lite-On...

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New Nintendo Wii Drive Revision Blocks Current Wii Mod-chips 50°
December 8, 2008 // 8:43 pm - The Internet is buzzing with multiple reports that there is a new Nintendo Wii revision which blocks all current Wii mod-chips.

Apparently, the drive controller chip has been completely removed and Nintendo has combined the older D1A and driver controller chip into one which is called the GC2-D3.

Therefore, a big space has been left on the motherboard (pictured below) where it used to sit. More pictures and analysis is available at CNGBA (linked above), and to quote via rough translation:

In December 2008 the first major Wii platform, which is available...

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Speculation: Will the PlayStation 4 Have an Optical Disc Drive? 500°
December 8, 2008 // 7:48 pm - The revolution of the internet is in full swing, as is the drive on reducing our 'carbon footprint'. With Internet speeds continuing to increase, such things as downloadable movies and game demos for the current PS3 have become available.

If Sony decide to insist on all PS4 content being downloadable only it would remove the need for an optical disk drive. This would also remove the cap which games have due to the finite limit of data which can be stored on a disk.

No longer will games be confined to DVD or Blu-ray capacity disks, instead they can be of an almost infinite...

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