No_Style’s Checkpoint: Crisis Core Edition

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Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII was released earlier this week and I am currently mashing my way through it. I played through Final Fantasy VII a while ago via my PSP and I was not that impressed with it. I’m going to blame poor translation and dated presentation for my lack of FFVII appreciation. I also didn’t like Cloud Strife as a character, but I did enjoy the story behind Cloud’s rebirth as ex-SOLDIER extraordinaire. So far Crisis Core is doing many things right with only a handful of peculiar quirks marring it; I’ll elaborate more in my upcoming review of it. Don’t expect it soon.

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PS3 2.20 Firmware Live

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Well, they said firmware 2.20 and its BD-Live! compatibility was coming and now it’s here. Now the PS3 is one of the first, if not the first, Blu-ray Profile 2.0 players out there.

Fun!

Update #1: 
Dude! DivX compatibility was increased! My Bleach episodes and a bunch of other AVIs, which weren’t working before, are now working fine! This is all through DLNA streaming as well.

Update #2:
For the lazy, there’s a video demonstrating the new firmware’s abilities.

Oh, and if you’re wondering if the PS3 is the best Blu-ray player, it may not be anymore. However, look at it this way, it could always be improved in the upcoming firmwares.

PS3 BD-Live Compliant Very Soon

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ps3_logo.jpgAs an testament of the flexibility and evolving nature of the PS3, Sony will be releasing a firmware update and bringing the PS3’s Blu-ray compatibility up to BD-Live (Profile 2.0).

Other changes in the upcoming firmware include:

  • “Resume play” will enable PS3 system to start playing a Blu-ray disc and DVD at the point it was stopped, even if the disc had been removed.
  • “Audio Output Device” will be a new Remote Play setting, enabling PSP to serve as a remote control for music played through PS3.
  • PS3 system’s Internet browser will be enhanced: Video files directly linked from a Web page will be able to be streamed, and the browser’s view speed will be improved.
  • DivX and WMV format videos that are larger than 2GB will be playable.
  • “Mosquito Noise Reduction” will be added as an AV setting in the control panel of the DVD/BD player for improved movie playback.

I’m very pleased by this upcoming firmware. The improved DivX and Internet browser update are most welcome.

It’s just too bad that Sony can’t patch their way out of the latest BD+ cracking.

Microsoft: No Blu-ray for XBOX 360

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Well scratch that possibility. Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg was quoted saying that “Xbox is not currently in talks with Sony or the Blu-ray Association to integrate Blu-ray into the Xbox experience“. Why should they? They want to push their digital movie download service.

Is this a loss for the XBOX 360 fan? I’m not sure XBOX 360 owners even care to buy a $200 Blu-ray add-on. I mean, at that price, you will get a more capable Blu-ray player for $100 more.

In other Blu-ray related news, Metal Gear Solid 4 will be using the 50 GB dual layer disc which doesn’t include multiple languages. That’s damn insane if you ask me.

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