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I asked a friend who does certification for console games for a major studio (certification is the process to get it approved to be released on the console by the vendor). He said there's a requirement that the game must have some interaction with the user after a set time period, even if the game isn't fully loaded yet. The "Press Start" or what have you is ...


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Consoles typically have more than one controller, so they likely require a button press from a player to determine which controller that player is using. This way, no matter which controller each player is using, after the game loads you can determine who to consider 'Player One' by asking them to press a button. PC does not need to do this because there is ...


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Short Answer PS2 games were made for an older CPU. They cannot run on the CPU designed for the PS3. Long Answer PS2 games were created to work on Sony's Emotion Engine CPU and their Graphics Synthesizer GPU. This CPU/GPU combo was put in all PS2 units and in the first variants of the PS3 (the NTSC 20GB and 60GB models) to make them backward-compatible. ...


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The true reason is because it's a requirement that the console manufacturers enforce if you want to create games for their systems. PC games don't have requirements like this. There are some convenient side effects of the Press Start screen, though, which probably help explain why the requirements exist: When a user presses start, the game knows who's "in ...


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As requested, I've converted my comment to an answer, and added a few more details: More with less, but still less An important thing to note is that consoles do relatively more (graphics-wise) with less (hardware-wise) than PCs due to lighter OSes and (usually) thorough optimization by game devs, but in the end gaming PCs have much more to work with than ...


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Since I don't know too many people who buy a $60 game for both XBox and PS3, I decided to compare load times using youtube vidoes. Summary Table of Average Load Times (in seconds) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Console New Game Saved Game Dungeon House Outside City Fast Travel XBox 47 10* ...


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You will not be able to re-download them, or play any games that you had previously downloaded & installed via Playstation Plus. If you try to download any of the games from your download history, it will not work. However, if you later decide to renew your subscription, these games will become available for use again. They are even re-downloadable, as ...


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In addition to Shaun's very good answer, consider the cost of emulation. First, the PS3's with the extra hardware for running PS2 games. Basically Sony was having to pay for PS2 and PS3 hardware in manufacturing, and then selling it at the PS3's price. This was probably a losing investment for them, since the PS2 part wasn't the main attraction; it ...


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Yes it will work, but you will need to download the PS3 firmware and put it on a USB stick for installation: To transfer the update data to your PlayStation 3, save the file to a PS3 compatible storage device such as Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, USB drive or PSP. Before starting, use your PC to create a folder named 'PS3' on ...


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Yes, you can charge it from any USB port.


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According to the online user guide, there is an apparent way to circumvent the PS3's shutdown: Even when [On] is selected, this feature (HDMI Control) may not be available in the following cases: When using certain features of the PS3™ system, such as gameplay or video playback. When the PS3™ system is not selected as the input source for ...


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I don't have the rep required to comment, but I want to point out what I believe to be a falsehood in thethinman's answer. The Wikipedia article he linked to on SPEs states: With the current generation of the Cell, each SPE contains a 256 KiB embedded SRAM for instruction and data, called "Local Storage" (not to be mistaken for "Local Memory" in Sony's ...


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Warning: essay-length answer ahead. I'm going to start off with a "disclaimer" just so you know what perspective I'm coming from: I used to take these games very seriously. I was a staff member on the largest GH/RB website, and I suppose you could technically call me a "professional", since I won several thousand dollars worth of cash/stuff playing these ...


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Another game certification reason that hasn't been touched on above is cert requirements (TCR, TRC, etc.) usually require some kind of 'attract mode'. That is the game should do something like replay game footage, show an intro video or something else at least moderately interesting if you just turn it on and leave it. Attract mode exists so that when the ...


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Even though you can kill their guardians and get a Cleared Map tag under the location, exterior Word Walls will eventually respawn, both Dragon and Chest. If you crisscross across Skyrim via Fast Travel, you should get more than enough Dragon Bones / Scales from previously cleared Word Walls that have since respawned. If you're still looking for more ...


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Once upon a time, it was possible to install Linux distributions (or another OS) on the PS3, and if you did that it was possible to install Firefox as well. However, Sony removed that option in firmware revision 3.21. Since that time, the only software that can be run on the PS3 is official Sony and Sony licensed software. Since then, the PS3's security ...


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No, there is not cross-platform play in GTA 5.


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PC gamers think consoles aren't designed for FPS games. Console gamers think PCs aren't designed for FPS. :) It unfortunately just comes down to practice and preference. I've struggled for a while to get used to thumbsticks for aiming/moving and I'm slowly getting better, but mostly I've just resigned myself to buying FPS games on the PC and saving ...


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They changed the rules in November to restrict sharing from 5 devices down to 2. If you purchased content after November 18th, then these new rules are in effect. To deactivate a console, visit this page, which contains detailed instructions for both PS3 and PSP. If you've got the PS3 you wish to deactivate, the instructions are: From the XMB, choose ...


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Go to the PlayStation Network section of the XMB. Near the bottom is an option for trophies. They are broken out by game, and allow you to see all available trophies. The ones that you have earned already will be "lit up".


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The above suggestions are good (essentially), but for me they were by far not enough. I have a preordered original 60gb Fat and it was running like a lawnmower for months. I tried everything, but it just didn't help me. That was until I tore it apart and hand-cleaned every last dusty part of it. This is not for the faint of heart -- you would do well to ...


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Yes, all models of the PS3 are backwards compatible with the PS1. Only some models are backwards compatible with the PS2. You can save your games to the PS3 HDD, or (if you need to import old saved games) you can buy an adapter. The adapter costs about $30 and is available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/PlayStation-3-Memory-Card-Adaptor/dp/B000K1GZIU


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No. When designing trophy sets for PS3 games, one of the requirements is that all of the base trophies must be earnable without DLC. Sony will not let developers publish games that do not meet this (and many more) requirements.


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Not sure what your previous Battlefield experience level is, but the biggest thing that sets it apart from most other multiplayer FPS is its focus on teamwork. Stick close to your squad, and work together to accomplish the given objectives for a map. Killing enemies will net you points, but unless you're lucky or the Angel of Death, it's unlikely that kills ...


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You can't lock out a user from your local account, but here's a few tricks I used to keep people from using my PS3 Protecting your Online Account First, and easiest, uncheck the option to 'Remember Password' for your PSN (online) account. this will stop people from being able to play as you and ruin your reputation/stats online. Password Prompt when ...


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The background color of the default XMB theme changes every month, while the brightness changes according to the time of day. See here: The XMB's default background color changes depending on the current month of the year, and it changes brightness depending on the time of day. Major color changes occur on the three days before the 15th and 24th of each ...


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To back up the save from a particular game there is an easier way than backing up your entire hard drive. Just use a thumb drive in the USB slot, and go to the "Saved Data Utility (PS3)" item in the PS3 menu (it's above "Trophy Collection"). Then select a save file and press triangle, then select copy. You should see the thumb drive listed as a destination.


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Yes From wikipedia : The PlayStation 3 is one of the few home consoles to be advertised as region-free. However, while region free for PS3 games, there is region locking for backwards compatible PS2 and PS1 games, as well as DVD and Blu-ray Disc movies. Additionally, some games separate online players per region, such as Metal Gear Solid 4 Online.


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Part of it is that the operating system consumes much more resources on a PC than on a PS3. Just booting into Windows 7 is going to use several hundred MB of RAM. So if a PC game requires 512MB minimum, half of that probably isn't even actually available to the game. PS3's OS will have a significantly smaller footprint. Edit: According to this source, the ...


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The story of III will definitely make much more sense if you play the first two games. In regards to whether or not you should, I would say that it is worth it, if only because going back to the first two after playing the third may be jarring because of small improvements in gameplay. I'd start with the first two games for the following reasons: weapon ...



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