Wololo.net http://wololo.net PS4, PS Vita, PSP Programming, Security and Homebrews Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:37:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Shopping PS4 games for Christmas? Your wallet will thank you if you buy physical rather than digitalhttp://wololo.net/2014/12/20/shopping-ps4-games-for-christmas-your-wallet-will-thank-you-if-you-buy-physical-rather-than-digital/ http://wololo.net/2014/12/20/shopping-ps4-games-for-christmas-your-wallet-will-thank-you-if-you-buy-physical-rather-than-digital/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:37:03 +0000 http://wololo.net/?p=22968 It might not be a surprise to most of you, I’ve switched most of my gaming hobby from physical to digital. I grew tired of my shelves being filled (space is a huge problem in Tokyo), and I started to really like some of the benefits of digital purchases (I think it struck me the day I discovered I was able to play some of my old PSN games – from my PSP era – on my vita, at no cost). Sony is trying hard with cross buy functionality, and the PSN being convenient in general; to make people switch to Digital.

But another thing I try to do a lot is optimizing my gaming hobby from a financial perspective. See, my wife isn’t particularly fond of my gaming habit, so I want to make sure I’m not spending too much on the hobby.

Recently, I wanted to purchase “Just Dance 2015″ to play with my kid, as it was on sale for black friday. With the shipping costs involved from US to Japan though, I had to give up (temporarily. I actually have a trip scheduled to the US soon and I’ll be sure to catch up on cheap games). But what impressed me is the price difference with the PSN.

Other PS4 AAA titles, such as Wolfenstein, Last of Us, Diablo 3, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Watch_dogs, etc… are available at a significant discount compared to the PSN prices.

 

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I’ve compiled a tiny list here:

GamePhysical PriceDigital Price (PSN)
Diablo III$29.99 $39.99
Watch_Dogs$24.99 $59.99
Just Dance 2015$29.99 $49.99
The Last of Us Remastered$29.99 $49.99
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare$39.99 $44.99
Wolfenstein: The new order$35.33 $59.99
The Evil Within$24.99 $59.99
Just Dance 2014$24.95 $49.99
The LEGO movie Videogame$14.99 $49.99
Little big Planet 3$44.99$59.99

(Some of the retail prices above are valid until 12/21!)
And these are just 10 of the most popular games, but there are dozen more where getting a physical copy this Christmas could save you quite a lot. I’m kind of shocked that Sony sells “Just Dance 2014″ at exactly the same price as “Just Dance 2015″. You’d assume there’s some benefit in getting the previous generation… In general I have found that Sony’s PSN “holiday sales” are not that great compared to what physical retailers are doing. Even in the digital world, I feel Sony has a long way to go before becoming competitive compared to platforms such as Steam, which have the reputation of having great sales, before and after Christmas.

Incidentally, the result is that I didn’t buy “Just Dance”, neither in Physical nor digital format. This is clearly a lost sale for Sony, because I know the game exists for much cheaper elsewhere, so I won’t bring myself to get the digital version.

What do you think justifies such high prices on the PSN? The convenience of digital downloads? Or is it something else?

Disclaimer: the Amazon links above are affiliate links. If you buy through these links, you don’t pay anything more but I get a percentage of the sale.

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High quality video encoding for PSP with HandBrake (by reprep)http://wololo.net/2014/12/19/high-quality-video-encoding-for-psp-with-handbrake-by-reprep/ http://wololo.net/2014/12/19/high-quality-video-encoding-for-psp-with-handbrake-by-reprep/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 02:21:12 +0000 http://wololo.net/?p=22893 Note from Wololo: This tutorial was initially published by /Talk member reprep, as part of our monthly tutorial contest. Reprep won the best PSP tutorial prize (a $10 PSN Code) for his entry. You can find the original post here.


Do you still use your PSP for video playback? If yes, continue below to make best use of it. I generally use my PSP Go for watching anime and it is great at that.

PSP has a hardware decoder for h264/AVC video which is the same video codec used in Blurays and most digital broadcasting. It delivers high quality video at low bitrates and generally much better than competitors.

For audio it uses AAC (Advanced Audio Codec) which is again one of the best audio codecs out there and most content providers use it for high quality audio at low bitrates.

As x264 (free h264/AVC encoder and generally considered as the best) is still advancing, we now have the chance to use much better video at low bitrates for our PSPs. I will use HandBrake front-end which is available on PC/MAC/LINUX for this tutorial, but you can use any x264 front-end or even use command line interface.

  • First get HandBrake here: https://handbrake.fr
  • After installing, on main screen, go to Options>Import to import the psp Preset I uploaded here: https://www.sendspace.com/file/w12ju4
  • Go to Tools>Options>Output Files>Default Path to choose the output directory. You can use your “PSP’s memory card drive letter”/VIDEO folder if your memory card is plugged to your PC. Or you can just copy the contents to your PSP later.
  • After that, you can just drag and drop the file you want to encode into HandBrake, click Start, you are ready to go. Your encode will be at 480×272 if your source has higher resolution than that. If not, its width and height will be rounded to the nearest multiple of 16 for compatibility reasons.
  • If you want to do batch encoding, choose Source>Folder to choose the directory of your source files. After that choose Add to Queue >Add All and then start the queue.

That is all, after your encoding is done, just copy the content and enjoy your videos. Continue to read if you want further info.

Explanations, Tricks, ETC.

Video

If you want to have more control over the settings, let me explain them.

I made the video settings so that you will have very high quality encodes at relatively large size and a long time. If you want, you can lower the video quality and both save space and reduce encoding time.

At the Video tab, there is Quality Section. I chose 18 which is nearly identical to the source. You can choose up to 21-22 without much lowering picture quality and have lower file sizes. I don’t recommend higher values as they will make the picture much worse.

pspvideosettings_1

Other than that, at the Advanced tab, you can choose Hexagon (Default) for Motion Est Method for faster encodes, also you can reduce Subpixel Motion Est from my default 11 to 7 to drastically decrease encoding time. Both will have a negative impact on quality. Also you can choose lower Maximum B Frame values especially if your source files aren’t cartoon/anime. 3-4 should be fine.

pspvideosettings_2

Audio

If your source file has AAC audio, you can choose “AAC Passthru” codec at Audio Tab. This will save you the hassle of converting audio and give you high quality audio. If not, you should choose a AAC codec to convert audio. AAC (CoreAudio) is your best option, but unfortunately it is only available to MAC users. If you are on PC or Linux choose AAC (FDK). If you care about high audio quality choose 160 kbps, if not you can go as low as 96 kbps.

pspaudiosettings_1

Subtitle

Unfortunately PSP doesn’t support soft-subs. It means you have to hard-code subtitles into your video if you want them. Go to Subtitles tab, choose the subtitle in your source and tick the burn-in box to hardcode them. You can also import a .srt file if you choose Import SRT option.

Miscellaneous

PSP can decode resolutions which both height and width are divisible by 16. Also both height and width should be smaller than 480×272. You got some exceptions for that though. PSP can also play 640×480, 720×480 and 720×576 values. With Tv-Out PSP can output 720×480 video at full resolution. So if you want to have your encodes playable with your other devices too or you use Tv-Out, you can choose one of the resolutions above.

Best of the Best

There are a few more things for increasing video quality, be warned, these will most possibly only aid your OCD.

As i have already said, PSP can play 720×576 video. As the PSP screen has 480×272 resolution, you shouldn’t see any benefit from resolutions above this. But no, in fact you do see benefit, even though it is not much. PSP converts YV12 colorspace to RGB before outputting to LCD. PSP isn’t very good at that conversion and higher resolution input will help the PSP do better conversion. So you can encode at 720×576. The quality increase will not be much but file size increase will be a lot.

You can also try increasing Motion Est Method and Motion Est Range, though encode will be much slower and your gain will be minimal.

Unfortunately you can’t enable Weighted P-frames, Pyramidal B-frames and 8×8 Transform. Also you can’t use more than 3 Reference Frames. PSP won’t play the video if you do.

You can always try other settings and read about x264 encoder properties.

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Vita native exploit: Motion control and touch added to Vitasploithttp://wololo.net/2014/12/18/vita-native-xploit-motion-control-and-touch-added-to-vitasploit/ http://wololo.net/2014/12/18/vita-native-xploit-motion-control-and-touch-added-to-vitasploit/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:16:07 +0000 http://wololo.net/?p=22963 Hykem’s work Vitasploit seems to have rallied all developers of the Vita Webkit exploit (which works, do we need to remind it, up to firmware 3.18), and this week it received a fairly large update.

With new work from Hykem, @BBalling1 (Codelion), and MrNetrix, the latest commit includes functions to do memory allocation, check the gyroscope coordinates, get touch screen input and analog stick coordinates, as well as some graphics memory allocation.

you might remember BBalling1’s proof of concept of the gyroscope tracking in action last week (video below), well this is basically what this commit contains, to let everyone play with these new findings.

Err, am I reading this incorrectly, or does it mean we have all in place for some basic homebrew here? Although I wish I had the time to dig into this myself, unfortunately I don’t, but let’s make things a bit fun: I’ll send a $20 PSN code to the first person to release a pong (or similarly basic) homebrew running through the vitasploit toolchain. Just to be clear, the display should happen on the vita screen, not on a connected PC’s screen.

 

Download

Vitasploit can be downloaded here. As a reminder, you’ll need a Vita with firmware 3.18 or below in order to run this.

Source: @BBalling1

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How to: Create an ISO compatible with your PS3 running a CFW (by psgravity)http://wololo.net/2014/12/16/how-to-create-an-iso-compatible-with-your-ps3-running-a-cfw-by-psgravity/ http://wololo.net/2014/12/16/how-to-create-an-iso-compatible-with-your-ps3-running-a-cfw-by-psgravity/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:26:55 +0000 http://wololo.net/?p=22054 Note from Wololo: This tutorial was initially published by /Talk member psgravity, as part of our monthly tutorial contest. Psgravity won the best PS3 tutorial prize in September (a $10 PSN Code) for his entry. You can find the original post here.


Hello, in this tutorial I’ll explain how to create an ISO compatible with your PS3 in CFW. There are several programs that will let you do this like genps3iso and PS3 Iso tool. In this tutorial I will use PS3 ISO TOOL.

You will need :

How to proceed :

  • Download PS3 ISO TOOL 1.98B program and extract it.
  • Put two explorer windows side by side on the screen, one on the left, the folder with the PS3 game backup, and one on the right with the PS3 ISO TOOL program. Do a drag / drop directly from the left window to the right directly into makeps3iso.exe (You have to drag the folder called for example BLESXXXXX that contains all the game files).
  • It’ll automatically convert your backup into iso (leave the work, and of course, the higher your backup is heavy in weight, it will be longer to complete).
  • Your backup is converted into iso
  • You just have to put your iso backup with an external hard drive or via the network with FileZilla in: /dev_hdd0/PS3ISO/exemple.iso
  • You can now run your iso backup from Webman.

NOTE : You can use the program in its GUI version, which means in graphical windows interface.

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What can you do with it?

  • Create an iso (it also allows to rename your iso, very useful example: BLESXXXXX- [Example])
  • Cut an iso
  • Change an iso
  • Extract an iso
  • Join several iso
  • Patch an iso

How to install a backup in iso format a hard drive to NTFS?

An External Hard Drive in FAT32 format is not compatible with your iso backup via WEBMAN except with as backup manager such as Irisman.

We can install a backup in iso format on an external hard drive formatted in NTFS, you just need to create a folder you named “PS3ISO” (you can add, PS2ISO, PSXISO) and put your backup in iso : External HDD / PS3ISO / exemple.iso

  • Then just download prepNTFS (https://www.mediafire.com/?fzq2bu6dy047ggw) and install it in your PS3.
  • Run once prepNTFS from xmb. There will be a black screen (do not worry this is normal (Prepare NTFS must be launched every time you add or remove one or more backup from your external hard drive).
  • Go to the menu MyGames / PLAYSTATION 3
  • And you will see your backup. Start it.
  • You’ll see appear under the icon MyGames a Virtual Disk Drive (Fake BR).
  • Go to this icon and press X, it will launch your backup.

Enjoy !!!

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Minimur, WTH Happened This Week? Final Fantasy X|X-2 on PS4, PS4 HDD Faceplates & FF Type-0 Demo!http://wololo.net/2014/12/15/minimur-wth-happened-this-week-final-fantasy-xx-2-on-ps4-ps4-hdd-faceplates-ff-type-0-demo/ http://wololo.net/2014/12/15/minimur-wth-happened-this-week-final-fantasy-xx-2-on-ps4-ps4-hdd-faceplates-ff-type-0-demo/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:53:37 +0000 http://wololo.net/?p=22957  

 

 

So we’ve actually got a few games this week, 3 infact, one is out already but I’ve never actually heard of it before so I decided to involve it here:

Rock Boshers DX – Out Now (PS4, PS Vita – Cross buy/save)

Quote from the anouncement article:

A young Queen Victoria, bored and looking for adventure, dresses up incognito and sneaks onto a transport shell headed to Mars.

But oh no! Upon landing, all the travellers are rounded up and put to work deep underground in the Martian mines.

Why? How? Who is behind this dastardly plot?

Victoria must battle her way across Mars, and attempt to find a way home whilst collecting special food items as she goes.

 

I must say it looks okay, but I won’t be picking it up being as it doesn’t catch my interest enough.

Krinkle Krusher – Feburary 2015 (PS4, PS3, PS Vita) No news on whether it’s cross buy or not

This game looks pretty cool,  it’s kind of a new take on castle defence – you need to protect your castle from ‘Krinkles’

These are krinkles:

You can use different spells, manipulate the ground, and tornados and such, I think I’ve actually sold this game to myself!

Banner Saga – ‘in 2015′ (PS Vita PS4)

A user asks if they are bringing Banner Saga 1 & 2 to the PS4 and Vita, to which the developer replies:

First and foremost – we’re concentrating on getting The Banner Saga out on PS4 and Vita in 2015 –

then we’ll tackle the next thing as it comes up!

If you really can’t wait, the game is about on everything other than the consoles, iOS, Android, OS X, Windows – But I think these sorts of games are best played on a console.

For those of you who haven’t seen this game before, maybe this quote from the article can help you:

Another thing that’s exciting for us is to bring that old-school style of gaming back to the modern age. We’re big fans of games such as Fire Emblem and Final Fantasy Tactics, and The Banner Saga was heavily influenced by how those games operated. We wouldn’t be here without those great games that really proved handheld tactics games had an audience and a right to be there.


 

If you followed the PS Experience you might have found out that PS have released PS4 faceplates in the style of Little Big Planet 3 and The Order : 1886, I like the design of them but I find that they are a bit extravagant and obvious, unlike the Japanese ones being released which were minimalistic and stylish

Don’t get be wrong, they’re nice, but a bit too obvious for my liking, however, if you still want them they’re still available: Little Big Planet 3     The Order: 1886

Moving onto an alternative….. Although it isn’t officially licensed and all that jazz, they do look pretty awesome and remind me of the original PlayStation controllers that were see through.

I really like these, if you would like one, you’ll unfortunately have to have it shipped from a Japanese shop named AmiAmi here:

http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=GAME-0011987

They sell some other cool stuff too:

http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?scode=GOODS-00003346-S001

 

 

http://www.dualshockers.com/2014/12/06/sony-store-now-selling-little-big-planet-3-and-the-order-1886-ps4-faceplates/

http://www.dualshockers.com/2014/12/10/these-see-through-ps4-hdd-covers-might-just-be-the-coolest-way-to-customize-your-playstation/


So the long awaited (by about 8 years) Final Fantasy 15 will finally have a playable demo……On the disc for Final Fantasy Type-0

The reasoning behind this?

Well:

It’s intended to be a special gift for those of you who purchase early,

I’m pretty certain that Square Enix have it in for Sony, with them pairing with Microsoft for the next Tomb Raider, to them not bringing the FF7 Hd Remaster and just a port, and not having Type-0 as a Vita game, which every Vita owner pretty much wants

 

For those curious, Type-0 will be released in US on March 17th, will you be picking it up?

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-12-12-final-fantasy-type-0-is-your-only-way-of-getting-the-final-fantasy-15-demo?utm_source=eurogamer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=net-daily


As I was saying, this little snippet is about Square Enix and Microsoft – it has been announced that Microsoft will be publishing Rise of the Tomb Raider. Now don’t jump to conclusions and think that it’s fully exclusive like I did, because it’s not, it still has a duration, how long that is isn’t known, but it’ll be released in ‘holiday 2015′

 

Unfortunately, there hasn’t been any new videos for the game since the announcement, so here’s the announcement video:

 

 

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-12-09-square-enix-confirms-microsoft-will-publish-rise-of-the-tomb-raider?utm_source=eurogamer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=net-weekly


Oooh, Okay, maybe Square are doing some pretty cool stuff. This week they announced that they will be bringing Final Fantasy 10|10-2 to the Ps4, it surprises me they didn’t announce it at the PS Experience, a double whammy of FF7 and this, it certainly would’ve taken the sting off.

SE have announced a price for the game,and a release window of Spring 2015, the price will be £32.99 and for the FF7 port, £13

 

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-12-09-final-fantasy-10-10-2-hd-remaster-coming-to-ps4?utm_source=eurogamer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=net-daily


Here’s the strange story for the week, Microsoft have made the transition to virtual currency, and are now accepting Bitcoin transactions on their US store.

It hasn’t been made known if it’ll be coming to the UK store anytime known

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-12-11-microsoft-now-allows-you-to-buy-xbox-games-with-bitcoin?utm_source=eurogamer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=net-daily


 Weekly Blog Round-up


PSP: Revision 2.3/10.3 of the ME & LME CFW is now available – Adds Pro Online support, DAX-format and more!

[3DS] Playing your DS games online with WfcReplay (by tardisidiot)

[PS3] How to find the Dev’s KLicensee (by mysis)

Best Vita/PSP homebrews for December 2014

November tutorial winners announced, and December tutorial contest has started! $60 to win.

Reddit Time


 

 

These were being handed out in an MS store, they’re pretty cool if you ask me

 

So if was foggy…. and someone dressed up as pyramid head. As you do.

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