Gaming Sony

Sony PlayStation 3 Hack To Expose Security Keys Brings Piracy Threat

George Hotz, the popular hacker who is widely known as GeoHot in the jailbreak circles has made Sony’s PlayStation 3 security key public that could enable users to install custom firmwares and games on their console without going through the Sony platform. Thanking the German hacker group, Fail0verflow who discovered the exploit, Hotz wrote on his blog,

“props to fail0verflow for the asymmetric half. no donate link, just use this info wisely. i do not condone piracy”

The security keys are significant in that it is assigned to every legit application and is used by Sony to verify if any particular application the user is trying to open is legitimate or not. By making this security key public, software pirates can open copyrighted gaming applications illegally.

Sony is yet to acknowledge the issue and we hope they act soon enough to minimize the damage caused.


Gran Turismo 5 Gets Functionality Updates

A new functionality update has been made available for GT5 that all Gran Turismo fans are surely going to love.

The update comprises of :-

Seasonal events has been added to the upper left of the GT Life screen enabling players to participate in official events that are held for a limited time wherein all participants follow the same set of rules and regulations and on completion of the event get rewards and experience.

Hot Car Dealer has been added to the left center of the GT Life screen. This section provides you with all the popular and rarely used cars.

Online Race Rewards and Experience wherein you complete a race in the “Open Lobby” or “My Lounge” and gain rewards and experience.

Driving Distance and Number of Wins in Online Races :- On completing a race in the “Open Lobby” or “My Lounge“, these attributes will affect your stats in the “Profile” and “Garage” sections of the game, which include results from online play too.

Improved Rewards for winning races in both A – Spec and B – Spec which have been increased for a limited time upto January 2011.

Apart from all of these, there are further updates and enhancements arriving in the near future.


First Downloadable For Call Of Duty : Black Ops Releasing On February 1

Activision will be releasing the first set of downloadable content for Call of Duty : Black Ops which will be going on sale for the XBox 360 on 1st February and will be costing around $15. This downloadable content comes in the form of a multiplayer map pack comprising of 4 regular levels including one for the game`s zombie mode.

There are 2 regular maps which are based on campaigns for the singleplayer, i.e. Hong Kong and the Arctic Circle while the other 2 take place in the cold war locations – the Berlin Wall and an ice hockey stadium. Apparently, Microsoft has struck a deal with Activision to bring the Black Ops downloadable content first by February 1 on XBox 360 under the title “First Strike” . What this means is that the game is expected to make its way through to the PC and Play Station 3 users only later than that. That’s bad news if you are not an XBox user!


Tomb Raider Trilogy For PS3 Launching Next Year

Crystal Dynamics has confirmed that a Tom Raider trilogy pack is on its way and will be released in the first quarter of 2011. This release includes Tom Raider Legend, Tomb Raider Anniversary and Tomb Raider Underworld all on one single Blu-ray disc. It is however worth noting that this trilogy pack had  started to appear in the retail list of Amazon Germany even before developer Crystal Dynamics could confirm the authenticity

Brand director for Tomb Raider Karl Stewart mentioned in his Tweet:

“Yes, it’s official. A Tomb Raider PS3 Trilogy pack is coming in the New Year. Full details coming next week – watch this space.”

This pack will be joining in the trilogy ranks of the Sly Collection which had released on November 9 along with the rumored Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia Trilogy packs. Amazon has revealed that the packs will release on 22nd March, 2011 and also mentions that all the three games will be offering a trophy support with a collectors edition unlocking both male and female Playstation home avatars.


Uncharted For PSP2 May Be Coming Soon

According to new rumors, a new version of Uncharted game could well be in the development stages for the Play Station Portable (PSP) 2. The latest report comes from the Game Informer magazine who tell us that this game is rumoured for a release in 2011.

“The developers we talked to described the PSP2 as a very powerful machine. We’ve even heard that a new Uncharted spin-off – which could even stand in for a full-on Uncharted 3 – is in the works.”, Game Informer magazine.

The magazine further quotes that the possibility of Uncharted on PSP 2 “speaks to how powerful the graphics capabilities are for the handheld”. This is interesting considering that reports in the past few weeks had suggested that the PSP2 could just be half as powerful as the PS3. Of course while this would mean that the games shall also be of comparable lower graphical quality, we would nevertheless look forward to seeing the Uncharted on the PSP.


Crysis 2 Video Demo Unveiled

A new trailer for the Crysis sequel has arrived. The two minute video footage gives us a glimpse of the game with some actual gaming footage in it.

“New York has been ruined after an alien invasion in 2023. Donning the Nanosuit, you will use its strength, speed and invisibility as weapons to exculpate the once flourishing city from its unwelcome visitors.”

This footage has been the best of the single player footage that has been shown so far, showing off both the features as well as the visuals which are really stunning. It’s a trailer totally dedicated to the nanosuit and how it carries off all the activities in a violent style. All die hard Crysis fans will want to watch this trailer of the game.

All these nanosuit powers are displayed in the trailer. Crysis 2 has been scheduled for a release on March 22nd, 2011 for Xbox 360, PS3 and the PC. You can also pre-order the game for the platform of your choice from


PS3 Game Mass Effect 2 To Use The Mass Effect 3 Game Engine.

Mass Effect 2, the PS3 game that is slated for a January 18 release will be using the engine that developers at Bioware originally created for Mass Effect 3. This news was revealed in a podcast by Jesse Houston, the producer of the PS3 version of Mass Effect 2. This is expected to offer a visually stunning experience to the PS3 user as compared to what was offered on the XBOX 360 version that was released earlier this year.

Speaking about this upcoming game,Houston said,

“One of the first things you’re going to see is improved graphics. We actually created the engine for Mass Effect 3 and used that to make Mass Effect 2 PS3. So we took the content, the story and all of the other assets that made up Mass Effect 2 and we put it into the Mass Effect 3 engine.”

Houston has also promised some more cool additions to the game like improved planet scanning and including all patches and bug fixes that have been intended for the XBOX 360 version after the release. Mass Effect 2 for PS 3 is slated for release on January 18.