Gamescom is here, it’s time to get our PS4 news on, check out the live stream below from the event and see what Sony has up their sleeve for this Fall season.
Yesterday Sony Entertainment gave us the scope on the PlayStation 4, Lead architect Mark Cerny presented and went of the specs of the Nex-Gen console staying the goal is to “free developers form technological barriers.” With a history of 30 years in the gaming industry Mark Cerny has seen it all.
In the beginning of the event Cerny got into detail of what’s really inside the console, the Ps4 will use the X86 CPU with 8GB memory and a local hard drive; it will also use the APU technology and GDDR5 memory that is found in high end graphics cards.
One of main focal points Cerny and the rest of the developers that spoke put a lot of emphasis on Simple, Immediate, Social, Integrated and personalized as words to describe the Ps4. The first major thing announced was that the console has a secondary chip for uploading and downloading in the background as you play, Example if you’re playing a game and you want to record it all you have to do is press a button on the controller and it will record that very second, that same chip also lets you play Digital games as it’s being downloaded.
Sony’s Ps vita will be compatible with the Ps4, letting the gamer switch between the two without starting your game over, somewhat like the Wii U controller. The social aspect of ps4 looks to be impressive as well players can now tune in to fellow gamers and watches them playing through there game, players can even ask there spectators for help, going as far as giving the spectator the ability to take control of the game. All which Sony’s Anderw House said will create “Experiences that surpass gamer’s wildest expectations.”
From there capabilities of the Ps4 graphical prowess were shown in demo reels of real time graphic engines like the Unreal engine 4, square enix luminous engine, and Capcom’s impressive Panta Rhei engine, also shown was the improvements of the Move and motion stick and how it could be used in the Ps4, with games allowing the player to create things in full scale 3D.
The final hour of the Event was basically dedicated to the games that are going to be released when the Ps4 hits. Games like Sucker Punches Infamous: Second Son and Bungie’s Destiny didn’t have actually in game footage, but developers Guerrilla Games Killzone: Shadow Fall and Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs had on hand real time game demos live.
In the end Sony’s PlayStation Event was what I expected it to be and that is the official announcement of the PS4. From top-tier exclusives from its best studios to multiplatform experiences from respected publishers and developers in the industry, the Ps4 looks to start off with a bang.
Here are the gameplay footage of the new Killzone and a brand new Watch Dogs game footage.
On Feb 20, is going to be a big day for Sony PlayStation and the gaming community as a hole, New York City will be the site for PlayStation highly anticipated event to discuss the future plans of PlayStation, but let’s be honest everyone is waiting to see if Nex-gen console Orbis aka PlayStation 4 is going to be presented, We all knew sooner or later nex-gen consoles where going to come in the near future we just didn’t know when. But when Nintendo debut a playable Wii U at E3 2011 show floor the gaming community realized that the Nex-Gen is here and from then on we all new that Sony and Microsoft where working on new consoles and it was just a matter of time before they gave us the scope.
Last year’s E3 was a clear indication that a new PlayStation and Xbox was in the works, with games like Watch Dogs and Stars Wars 1313 which were obviously made for the Nex-Gen consoles display some beautiful high end graphics and then top it off with Square Enix’s Next-Gen Engine tech demo, you officially ushered the new ear of gaming. While there was plenty of other things shown at or after E3 which gave us a glimpse of future gaming, those were the most talked about.
A few months have passed now and more details have been announced or leaked about PlayStation 4, all which lead to tomorrow’s big event. Although I wish could attend I will tune in to IGN who plans to livestream the event.
Down Below are the times of which IGN will Live stream, if you want more about the event click on IGN.com to see articles and videos of tomorrows show.
At 2 p.m. Pacific (5 p.m. Eastern, 10 p.m. UK), we’re starting the show. IGN Game Scoop’s Daemon Hatfield and IGN PlayStation’s Greg Miller (That’s me!) will kick off the IGN Live stream. For one hour, we’ll talk about what’s coming, take Twitter questions, talk to our troops in NYC (the Pride of Long Island Colin Moriarty, the Tech Tower Scott Lowe, and the Madwoman Keza MacDonald), and use the Internet to have fans like you on the show.
At 3 p.m. Pacific (6 p.m. Eastern, 11 p.m. UK), the PlayStation event begins. We don’t know how long it’ll go, but we’ll continue live streaming during it. We’ll be quiet so that you can enjoy the show, but Daemon and myself will be offering commentary in some way now and again.
When the PlayStation Conference ends, it’ll be madness. For another hour, IGN will Livestream the aftermath. We’ll dissect the news, we’ll have our team at the event call in with impressions, and we’ll talk to fans like you. If there are trailers, we’ll do Rewind Theaters. The biggest stories will become PlayStation Conversations. When the dust settles, we’ll record Podcast Beyond.
What: The PlayStation Event
When: Wednesday, February 20th
Time: IGN’s livestream starts at 2 p.m. Pacific, 5 p.m. Eastern, 10 p.m. UK
Where: IGN.com, IGN’s YouTube, IGN’s Video App
CS: GO DUE AUGUST 21
Next Gen Console, PC, and Mac Details Revealed
June 4, 201 – Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) is targeted for release on August 21, 2012.
To be available via the Playstation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and Steam (for PC and Mac), CS: GO will expand upon the team-based action gameplay pioneered when Counter-Strike was launched almost 13 years ago (CS beta 1, August 1999).
CS: GO will be sold for approximately $15 on all platforms.
CS: GO features new maps, characters, and weapons and delivers updated versions of the classic CS content (de_dust, etc.). In addition, CS: GO introduces new gameplay modes, matchmaking, leader boards, and more.
Developed by Valve in cooperation with Seattle-based Hidden Path Entertainment, the title will be playable in the Sony and Microsoft booths this week at E3 in Los Angeles, CA.
F2P concepts are taking over, you have so many games in the market making the switch that even World of Warcraft has made their own grab at capturing the crowd. This week we saw the announcement of Aion announcing truly free gaming for the 3.0 update as it reaches Ascension. SOE has also announced Everquest (1 not 2) will go free to play as well on March 16th with the option to upgrade to Silver or Gold memberships.
The details we have so far:
- Launches March 16, 2012
- Offers Free, Silver ($5.00) or Gold ($14.99) membership tiers
- Former, new and current players will have access to all expansions
- Four Races will be available to Free and Silver players, Gold will get full access
- No level cap will be installed on lower tiers
- Free players get 2 slots, Silver get 4 slots and Gold get 8 slots per server
- Spell ranks are capped at Rank 1 for Free and Silver while Gold is Unlimited
- Prestige items are locked for Free and Silver members
For more info check out the super list
- Launches this Spring
- Head start programs available
- Rallying the Troops – No limit time trial to level 40 for new players
- Veterans will see a 14 day trial for reactivation
- Permanent XP will be added to both groups and other boosts will help level players up
- Housing system coming to 3.0
- Daevas will encounter a new Mount system
- New instances including 24 player raids
- New zones in Balaur homeland
- New level cap bringing the max to level 60
- No word on e-shop transactions or a payment system supplementing this
For more information check out the staging site forAscension
Who says you need a mountain of cash to enjoy gaming? NCSoft and SOE just made it incredibly easy to get in the game this Spring.
Many games this year have turned from P2P models into F2P, in the past week we’ve seen 2 new titles join the mix and offer up free access or at least limited access to the players.
Lineage II is first up with their Truly Free model that they’ll be introducing. Along with that, they plan to release another major update titled, The Goddess of Destruction. All characters, classes and such will be accessible and the supplement to keep the economy of the game flowing will be based on a web shop for items and special additions. They also plan to introduce some booster incentives to allow new players to level up fast and get up to speed with the existing user base. Keep an eye out for this update as it’s slated to drop later this year.
DC Universe Online is an unexpected addition to this field, a newcomer that struggled after the SOE breach earlier this year that was trying to get some ground in the market. DC Universe Online is accessible right now for free with the option to upgrade to 2 different tiers if players desire more character slots, inventory space, any auction space, bank slots, chat, mail or more cash room. It’s probably a bit more hardcore than many would expect especially when I just introduced Lineage II above this. Check out the full sheet and give the game a spin if you’re eager for action right now.
Starting today Sony has dropped the price of the PlayStation 3. The 160gb model is now 249.99.
If you need more storage, the 320gb model is now available for 299.99. Interestingly there is also an 320gb Infamous 2 bundle that includes 30 days of PlayStation prime for 299.99. That maybe the one to get if you are in the market, I believe supplies will be more limited.
Also worth noting, the new price point makes the “entry” level PS3 cheaper than the Vita. The Vita is priced at 299.99, which is a bit on the steep side for a handheld. The Vita seems to be feature rich but Nintendo has dominated the handheld market for over a decade and struggled to sell the 3DS at 249.99. Will consumers respond to features and applications or are the sales going to depend on the quality of the games released?
Could we see a Playstation 4 as early as 2012? There is a rumor coming out of Taiwan claiming Sony is having components built for the PS3 successor. One new aspect is the inclusion of full body movement based control, More kinect than Move style. Production is slated to begin late this year and hopes to make 20 million units available to ship throughout next year.
Now, as of now this is entirely speculation. It is a safe bet that Sony is testing tech for its new next gen console but it is fairly tough to believe they are settled on the details so soon. Also, the Vita is set to launch next year and it is difficult to imagine launching two not so cheap devices in such a short time.
There is of course, No comment from Sony as yet.
Gifts are always a pain for friends and family, CM4 hopes to sneak their way onto the lists of those gamers for 2010 with a price reduction on their catalyst line. The slim and tough covers are designed to compliment the latest portable systems from Nintendo and Sony and even cover the Wiimote.
Drawing attention to function without bulk the skins should earn a spot on lists for those unable to pinpoint a specific idea for that someone. Also the style and form should be enough to muscle out any existing cases they might have.
Check out their site for more info.
While everyone is running out to see the latest movie in crisp 3D, others are tinkering trying to figure out how to reproduce that clarity in their own space. Instead of using two cameras on a handmade switch, consumers can now pick from a series of new Cyber-shot cameras packing 3D results with a single lens.
For those eager to know how the camera does this, the camera uses a high speed capture design to take multiple shots and sew them together. The images can then be viewed in 2D or in 3D with the right hardware. For those curious to know their results before they shoot, the DSC-TX9 and WX5 both allow for 3D previews to be viewed before pushing the trigger. For those looking for intense 3D, both cameras also feature depth of field simulation and a revamped auto mode which searches for the lowest ISO noise possible.
The new models pack other features such as HD recording for video and additional modes. For the consumer looking to have extra fun with the camera the TX9 / T99 or WX5 should suit that desire perfectly. If we do catch Sony for a hands-on piece we’ll be sure to include pictures and details about how they handled.
TX9 – $400 (Dark Gray, Red)
T99 – $250 (Silver, Black, Pink, Green, Violet)
WX5 – $300 (Silver, Black)