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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

PX5 Wireless Headset Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound

PX5 Wireless Headset Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound
he Turtle Beach PX5 is the most technologically-advanced headset ever designed for PS3 and XBOX 360 gaming, incorporating a programmable digital signal processor to allow independent customization of the chat, game and microphone signals. Custom presets stored in the Turtle Beach PX5 headset can be selected during specific parts of the game to emphasize sounds like footsteps or reloads that might otherwise be difficult to hear. It can even be programmed to disguise your voice or to enhance the voices of online players so you can hear them more clearly during intense parts of the game.
The Turtle Beach PX5 is also the first headset to incorporate dual radios—one for immersive, Dolby Digital surround sound game audio and another for chat on the PlayStation Network via Bluetooth. The Bluetooth feature also supports stereo audio streaming for listening to music while playing a game and can also be used to accept phone calls while playing the game.
Although optimized for PS3 and Xbox 360 gaming, the Turtle Beach PX5 is also perfect for watching movies and listening to music, with its impeccable audio performance, large, deep, fabric cushions, soft headband, and twist cup designed for resting the headset on your shoulders. The Turtle Beach PX5 marks the beginning of a new breed of wireless gaming headset that serves as the ultimate “secret weapon” in the arsenal of serious gamers seeking unmatched audio quality, sonic control and a competitive advantage.

Playstation Network hack confirmed

It looks like another loss for Sony Entertainment fans. This time I am afraid Sony will possibly suffer a loss in their market share in the video gaming industry as one of the worst online hacks in history was confirmed today by Sony Entertainment. On April 17th the PlayStation Network database was hacked by an unknown source. All of the 65 million users subscribed to the PSN have had their personal data stolen. Sony this morning issued a warning to all of its PSN users stating, "To protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss, we encourage you to remain vigilant to review your account statements and to monitor your credit reports." Even if you have been using network cards as payment, if you have at anytime given your credit card information to the PSN store in the past your credit card information may have been stolen.

As of today it is still unknown when the PSN will restore service to the gaming community. Sony has issued a statement in this mornings press release claiming, "We are taking the investigation seriously.  We decided to keep the service down to allow us to conduct a thorough investigation and verify smooth operation of our network services."

This event is not the first frustration PlayStation users have had to deal with this year. With the launch of "Black Ops" new map packs available for purchase online in March, it created a spike in sales that apparently Sony failed to plan for. The Black Ops expansion map packs were only available through PSN online or X-Box online stores. During the months of February though April many European countries including the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany could not get PlayStation Network cards. Users were forced to either use their credit card online or wait for Sony Network cards to be restocked at an unknown time. The question remains, 'did the hackers use strategic timing in performing a hack just after the sales cycle of Black Ops, the highest selling game of all time? No comment from Sony.

Playstation 3 network shut down

On the evening of April 20th many Sony PlayStation 3 network users saw the "network error" message as they tried to log on to play their favorite online game. Yeah so what, you gotta do a little maintenance once in a while to keep things running smoothly right? We have all see this happen once or twice a year for a network upgrade. But six days later Sony's Sr. Director, Corporate Communications & Social Media, Patrick Seybold posted the following message on the PlayStation Network Website, "An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. In order to conduct a thorough investigation and to verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services going forward, we turned off PlayStation Network & Qriocity services on the evening of Wednesday, April 20th."  Apparently at the same time PSN went down was hacked by an unknown party.  Sony will not confirm they were officially 'hacked' or if there were similarity's, but commented that a "Networking event occurred that interrupted their services."

Since the launch of PSN in 2006 we have never seen the network go down for a long period of time. As of the posting of this article Sony does not have a time indication on when the network service will be restored. This is not good news for the fans that have remained loyal to the Sony game consoles. Most owners of PS3 have chosen to pay a little more money for their box beacuse of the free online gaming network and the great performance of the previous PlayStation consoles. We have even stood loyal to our brand when Xbox took flight and we missed out on a few titles that were not offered to PS3 users. Yes we have stood by our brand through the thick and now the thin. I suppose we will wait a little longer.

Women in Gaming

Christina Coffin: "Digital art is like creating worlds out of thin air"
When Christina Coffin was 9 she got her first computer, a VIC 20, and started typing her first game. She has never stopped typing since, and today she is Senior Engineer at DICE focusing on Battlefield 3.
Christina recently gave a talk at GDC and received the "Women in Gaming" Engineering Award from IGDA. This is her story how she entered the industry, why more women should come to it, and how you too (man or woman) can get a job in it.......

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