PS3 Blog

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This site started out as a central point for news and information about the PS3 which I found interesting. I am also putting in tips and little-known features of the PS3 which people may have missed or weren't sure about how to use. There are several myths about the Playstation 3 doing the rounds in forums and on the Web which I hope to quash too. It has already grown a section for unique 'themes', charts, and game bargains.

If you disagree with anything I write or feel something I have written is incorrect, please feel free to use the 'Comment' link at the bottom of each blog entry or the 'Contact' link at the top of every page.

I hope you enjoy the site and keep coming back for up-to-date news, tips and views.




FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Who are you?
My name is Neil King and I live in the UK. There aren't many consoles or computers I haven't owned, played or repaired at some point. I write software (online and offline applications), do design work and make games in my spare time.

What's with the design and big text?
I know. I intend to improve the design shortly when I have time. The text size is larger than normal so that the site is readable on the high resolution Web browser built-in to the PS3. Yes, this site is and will always be PS3 browser compatible.

How do I stay informed of new blog entries?
I have written an automatic RSS feed for the news, tips and views in the blog. You can use any standard RSS reader to subscribe to the feed. You may already have one but don't know it, as applications such as Thunderbird and Firefox support RSS feeds. For example, in Firefox (version 2) all you need to do it click on the RSS logo on the right hand side of every page. This links to the feed and you should be able to subscribe from there. For other applications, copy the link of the button or here:
http://ps3.worldbydesign.com/rss.php

How do I download the PS3 themes?
I have written the site so that if you use the Web browser on your PS3, you can just click the theme you want to install and the Playstation 3 will automatically download and install it for you. Easy as that. You do need to have at least firmware version 2.0 to support themes, then just look for the 'themes' section in the 'settings' area of the PS3 menu.

Where do the themes come from?
I make the themes myself. The images usually include photos or pictures from other sources, but they are heavily edited and most have custom backdrops created by myself. I compile the theme files using Sony's tools.

Who provides the Chart information?
The chart information is provided by Chart Track and ELSPA. They obtain the sales figures from a huge list of UK games retailers so it is accurate and updated weekly. The retailers include Amazon.co.uk, Argos, ASDA, Blockbuster, Chips, ChoicesUK.com, Comet, Currys, Dixons.co.uk, Forbidden Planet, Game Group, Gameplay.com, Gamestation, HMV, John Lewis, Morrisons, PC World, Play.com, Sainsburys, ShopTo.com, Staples, Tesco, TGrav, W H Smith, Woolworths, Zavvi and Independents.

Who sells the games listed on the 'bargains' page?
The game bargains are listed from Europe's leading retailer of computer and video games - GAME. They stock the games, send them out and offer free UK delivery plus special offers every week. The catalogue is downloaded from their site weekly so use the links to visit the relevant page on their site to check the most recent prices and stock levels.

Can I use part of this site on my own Web site?
You can link directly to the blog/news stories on my site, and quote from them as long as you include a link to this site. Links to any page on this site is allowed but please do not host anything (e.g. the themes) on your own Web site. If you want to link to the themes or games (when they become available) please link to the main pages for those sections and not to individual files. It would be great if you sent me a link to your pages if you do link to this site. Feel free to use the contact form to send me a message.


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