Thursday, June 30, 2011

PS Vita - Facial Recognition Tech Demo Video

Sony Computer Entertainment Japan demonstrated PlayStation Vita’s facial recognition technology at the Game Tools & Middleware Forum 2011 in Tokyo this week. A webcam-style application saw two users chatting through virtual avatars that followed their every facial action, including head turning and lip moving.

PSP Remasters Engine For The PS3

Sony is providing developers a helping hand in the creation of PSP Remaster titles. The “PSP Engine” was introduced by Sony’s Kentaro Suzuki during a session at the Game Tools & Middleware Forum in Tokyo, which is described as the base engine for bringing PSP games to PlayStation 3.

The “PSP Engine” offers developers the following features:

1. High-resolution rendering

2. Control (with Dual Analogue support) through wireless controllers (DualShock 3 / SIXAXIS)

3. 3D stereoscopic output

4. Ad-hoc Party unification

5. Main memory and graphic memory expansion

6. Common save data

Currently, the only PSP Remaster title to be announced is Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD Ver. from Capcom.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Lightning vs Chaos Bahamut Video

Resident Evil HD Collection Trailer

Sony Computer Entertainment - Changes Coming

Big changes are happening at Sony Computer Entertainment. Effective September 1st, President and Group CEO, Kaz Hirai, will become Chairman of the company; the current President, CEO, and Co-COO of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Andrew House, will take over Hirai's former position.

Additionally, Ken Kutagari, the father of PlayStation, retired yesterday from his role as Honorary Chairman. Even so, he will still work as a senior technology officer at the company.

My Final Fantasy VII HD Wallpaper

Journey - Beta Gameplay Videos

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3D - Jill and Wesker Screenshots

Frontier Gate PSP Trailer and Screenshot

From the makers of Valkyrie Profile and Star Ocean and published by Konami.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Camera Control During Cutscenes

Famitsu Xbox 360 reveals that Final Fantasy XIII-2 will let you move the camera around during event scenes and that's it.

Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Generation Trailer

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Sony's next handheld is going to be here before you know it, and that means it's time to bone up on everything PlayStation Vita-related. We've compiled this ever-growing guide to answer all of your burning questions--but feel free to add stuff we missed or ask a question we didn't think of. The IGN PlayStation Vita Guide belongs to everyone.

What is the PlayStation Vita?

The PlayStation Vita is Sony's next handheld video game platform. On top of two analog sticks and a sexy widescreen, the PlayStation Vita features a rear touch pad, a front touch screen, all sorts of sensors and cameras.

What does "PlayStation Vita" even mean?

Vita is Latin for life. President of Sony Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida told IGN Podcast Beyond that the name was chosen because the company envisions Vita being part of its users everyday life. It'll always have some utility for you. Leading up to E3 2011, many called the Vita the PSP2 or its codename, NGP for "Next Generation Portable."

When does the PlayStation Vita come out?

At E3 2011, Sony announced the PlayStation Vita would be available "in the global market starting the end of 2011." Since then, a UK report of a Nov. 4, 2011, release date surfaced, but that timing has not been confirmed.

How much will the PlayStation Vita cost?

The PlayStation Vita will come in two varieties. The Wi-Fi only model will cost ¥24,980, $249 and €249. The 3G model will cost ¥29,980, $299 and €299.

How does 3G work with PlayStation Vita?

If you buy a 3G-enabled PlayStation Vita, you'll be able to connect to the Internet from wherever you are--no need for a hotspot. We don't know the specifics of this feature, however. Will you be able to play games online via 3G? Will the 3G only be good for sharing data? We do know that AT&T is the exclusive U.S. 3G provider. There are no details as to the cost of an AT&T 3G service plan (which would be separate from the extra $50 you're spending on the 3G-enabled PlayStation Vita), but we do know that the AT&T plan gives users free access to AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots.

What's the coolest PlayStation Vita game?

It's impossible to answer that as we haven't reviewed any of them, but several titles have caught the attention of various IGN editors. Sound Shapes is a music game that allows you to create songs and then use them to create a platforming level. LittleBigPlanet Vita takes what you know about Sackboy and tosses in a bunch of cool uses for the PlayStation Vita tech. Super Stardust Delta takes the awesome gameplay we love and amplifies it with back touch controls. Meanwhile, Uncharted: Golden Abyss is literally Uncharted in your pocket. Awesome.

What is PlayStation Vita Near?

Near is Sony's location-based social network. The program uses PlayStation Vita's Wi-Fi capabilities to see what people have been playing in the area. Nearby gamers can even "gift" game-related items to fellow players.

What is PlayStation Vita LiveArea?

LiveArea is the PlayStation Vita's new interface--a new version of the XMB. You touch the game or app you want to use, and are then launched into that piece of software. LiveArea will apparently be a part of each PlayStation Vita game and constantly update with information and the activity of other people playing the same game. Little is known about the feature beyond that.

Will the PlayStation Vita be region locked?

Vice President of Sony Worldwide Studios Europe Michael Denny said that--to the best of his knowledge--the PlayStation Vita would be region free. This would allow players to play games from anywhere in the world on their Vitas rather than a Japanese Vita only being able to play Japanese games.

What format are PlayStation Vita games?

PlayStation Vita games will come on flash memory cards--either 2GB or 4GB. Games will also be available via digital downloads. Specifics have not been announced as to how much the cards will cost.

What are the PlayStation Vita's specs?

  • ARM Cortex A9 core
  • (4 core)
  • SGX543MP4+
  • OLED 16:9 display
  • 5 inches (diagonally)
  • 960 x 544 resolution
  • Approx. 16 million colors
  • Capacitive multi-touch screen

Who will be the Provider of the 3G network with PlayStation Vita, when it launches in Canada?

While it has not been confirmed yet. There is speculations on the net that the 3G will be supported by Rogers Communication. Currently, the Xperia Play (Playstation Phone) can only be purchased through Rogers WIreless. This past month, Sony and Rogers teamed up to have a special promotion where any new customers that bought 2 smartphones together would get a Playstation 3 for only $100. This trend would suggest that Rogers will be the provider in Canada to support 3G.

What system is better?

The better System depends on you. If you like 3D, go for 3DS. But if you like  powerful, almost PS3 graphics on a handheld, with a big and nice 5 inch OLED screen, and a great launch titles with many more to come, and wonderful online features, all starting at $249.99.
Thanks to IGN.

Battlefield 3 New Wallpapers



Masahiro Ito To Do Japanese Silent Hill Downpour Cover Art

Masahiro Ito, designer and illustrator for the Silent Hill series will be returning once again to contribute his disturbing art to the series. When asked by a fan on Twitter, Ito confirmed that he will be doing the box art for the Japanese release of Silent Hill: Downpour.
This is great news for diehard fans. Ito’s art has always been somewhat a staple of the series, and I’m glad to see his art be somewhere near the project. He had also done the Japanese box art for Silent Hill: Homecoming, but that title never saw the light of day in Japan. Hopefully Ito will release his cover art in full so everyone can enjoy it.

Journey - Invite Only Multiplayer Beta Begins Tomorrow

Thatgamecompany will host an invite-only Journey beta, beginning tomorrow, which will grant early adopters of Flower and PlayStation Plus subscribers access “to test [the game's] innovative and unusual multiplayer” until July 12.
“To test Journey’s innovative and unusual multiplayer functionality, we are conducting a small, invite-only beta that will run tomorrow, June 28 and will run through July 12,” wrote SCEA Santa Monica Studio associate producer Randall Lowe on the PlayStation Blog.
“If you were one of the very earliest adopters of Flower, and you are a PS Plus subscriber as well, watch your XMB inbox for your invitation and entry into the beta. Additionally, we’ve been able to free up a limited number of additional spots for the beta. Please check thatgamecompany’s Facebook page, here on the PlayStation Blog, or our media partners and their sites for code give-aways.”

Monday, June 27, 2011

Final Fantasy XIII Has Sold Over 6 Million Copies

Final Fantasy XIII has shifted over 6 million units since its December 2010 Japanese release, producer Yoshinori Kitase has revealed. This “commercial success” is what led them to create Final Fantasy XIII-2, rather than a new numbered title, he told X360A during E3.
“If we were going to make a numbered title, obviously we’d have to make it from scratch, and that takes a really long time,” said Kitase. “Final Fantasy XIII only came out in March of last year, so literally only over a year, so it’s quite a short turnaround. Because Final Fantasy XIII has been so popular, we’ve also enjoyed commercial success – shifting over 6 million copies – so instead of taking a long time to make a new Final Fantasy title, we wanted to make a direct sequel.”
Final Fantasy XIII-2, announced this January, launches December 2011 in Japan and early 2012 in North America and Europe.

Crysis 2 DX11 Features Video and Screenshots

Eidos Montreal Working On A New Game - Legacy of Kain ?

Eidos Montreal is currently working not only on Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Thief 4 but also on a third game. Stephane D'Astous as General Manager announced that the project is based on a known brand..

With Tomb Raider and Hitman: Absolution we already have 2 well-known sequels, while brands such as Legacy of Kain or Commandos are still missing.

Legacy of Kain series was developed after the kick-off of Blood Omen by developers Crystal Dynamics, which, however, is currently busy with Tomb Raider. Yet there are currently circulating messages stating that an action-heavy vampire game is secretly being developed by the studio. Commandos is again the most popular game from Pyro Studios.

PS Vita - Creating Games “As Easy As Possible”

SN Systems are the Sony group who fashion the tools developers use to create their games for Sony’s consoles – and after the initial issues studios had getting their heads around developing for the PlayStation 3, they’ve “thought about how developers pick it up and how they get started” when creating the Vita equivalent.
Accessibility and ease-of-use were, SN Systems Director Andy Beveridge admitted, “not something we’re really known for, because we have a habit of targeting the power users.”
“We love the technology, so confronted with something like PS3, the first thing we think is ‘how are we going to support debugging all of those SPUs, and how are developers going to use them?’.”
This however led them to take the wrong approach with the PlayStation 3 tools, which many developers have admitted they struggled with during the early days of the console to get the best out of Sony’s clearly powerful hardware: “that isn’t the first thing developers think when they first come to PS3.
“However, on the PS3 tools, that is the direction we went, and we added support for all the intricate hardware,” Beveridge told Develop. “The fancier it was, the more diagnostics we could show developers, and the more they could interact with. That can be different from what some developers coming to a platform would expect.”
This time around, though, the goal was “making [Vita] development as easy as possible”, resulting in a redesign of the dev tools “based on the feedback we had from the last five years of PS3.”
Hopefully this new focus will mean that PlayStation Vita developers will be able to make Sony’s powerful new handheld shine right from launch.

My Dragon Age 2 Female Hawke Wallpaper 3

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Uncharted 3 Has Local Co-op ?

While Naughty Dog has confirmed there will be online co-operative modes forUncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, the studio has never said a thing about local co-op. Rumored once before, product details posted on the game’s Amazon listing point towards offline co-op for Sony’s upcoming shooter.
The ability to team up with a friend in multiple online and offline co-op modes.

Hitman Absolution New Info

1. Game is primarily set in Chicago

2. Begins with Agent 47 on the run from the Chicago police

3. IO’s Glacier 2 engine supposedly offer fantastic facial animations

4. Use of cover mechanics.

5. Bigger focus on staying hidden, rather than staying in disguise (sounds a lot like Splinter Cell: Conviction so far)

6. Instinct mode highlights enemies and their patrols through walls, like Arkham Asylum’s detective mode.

7. It’s powered by silent take downs

8. No big scale map screen as in previous games.

9. Mini map still highlights points of interest

10. New threat meter is a grey circle that wavers in directions where enemies may spot 47 (again as in Conviction)

11. There will be lots of improvised weapons players can use that are unique to each location

12. Players can take hostages as human shields as in previous games

13. This hostage taking prompted some complex AI patterns in the demo, with cops fanning out realistically to keep sight of the target.

14. Levels will be divided into checkpoints for the first time.

15. Some stages will be as large as in old Hitman games, others will be much smaller

16. New structure allows for greater variety and complex set pieces, as well as story driven moments

17. Having a disguise doesn’t mean you’ll be able to fool everybody

18. Plot will be more personal to 47, with the Hitman knowing some of his targets.

19. 47 and Diana will have new voice actors

20. Hand to hand combat will be involved.

21. Instinct mode increases disguise effectiveness. As cops in the demo questions 47′s movements while he’s disguised as a police man, he enters instinct and uses his police radio to fool them

22. Each disguise has safe spots, like a box of doughnuts for police men.

23. You’ll be completely safe in that disguise for as long as you want

24. New engine offers on the fly editing for AI. AI can also affect group behavior now.

25. Whatever you do, the AI will react to that dynamically

26. The way crowds will be used will be different

27. The game releases in 2012 on the PS3, 360 and PC.

My Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Aqua PSP Wallpaper

Bleach Soul Ignition - 1st 15 minutes

Silent Hill HD Collection New Info

GameStop has put a product page for the recently-announced Playstation 3 compilation, the Silent Hill HD Collection, revealing additional details that Konami did not disclose in their press release. To begin with, it looks like the official name will be “Silent Hill Re-Mastered Collection.” In addition to the voice-work, the soundtracks for two classic survival horror titles will be completely updated. GameStop also revealed that the graphics in Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3 will be in 720p high-definition resolution. Finally, the online retailer listed a $39.99 price tag for the Silent Hill Re-Mastered Collection in addition to a September 20th release date in North America. You can check out the product details from GameStop below:

Silent Hill Re-Mastered Collection combines two classic spine-chilling Silent Hill titles from the past and brings them to the PlayStation 3 for the first time ever. Introducing Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3 with enhancements including true high-definition graphics, this offering gives new fans and old fans the opportunity to experience the early era of Silent Hill as a true genre-defining experience with the added value of two games. Silent Hill 2 follows the sad story of James Sunderland as he woefully enters the sleepy town by a mysterious letter from his deceased wife. Seeking the chance to see her again beckoned by guilt and remorse, he stumbles upon his these fears manifested through unseen evil and ominous characters leading him to the asylum of another world. The fight against the truth that his wife has died, James must escape the lumbering demon Red Pyramid (a.k.a Pyramid Head) along with his mystified fears that have taken the form of living monsters within the haze that is Silent Hill. Serving as a sequel to the original Silent Hill game, Silent Hill 3 centers on the forces of the demonic cult that spreads the insanity of the otherworld through Claudia, a cult member attempting to bring Harry Mason's daughter, Heather, into Silent Hill. With a subplot and themes involving the loss of innocence and childhood, a web of intrigue is spun by Claudia with intentions to birth a new god.

.  Experience the two classic Silent Hill titles previously released on PlayStation 2, Silent Hill 2 & Silent Hill 3, that defined the Survival Horror genre in its early inception

. Both titles re-mastered to HD at 720p for improved graphics on PlayStation 3

. Completely updated in-game voiceover directed by series vocalist Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and soundtrack score enhancing the storytelling and ambient music within each re-mastered game

. Full PlayStation Network Trophies support integration

. Silent Hill 2 & Silent Hill 3 critical acclaim from the previous console generation

. Silent Hill 2 = 89% for PlayStation 2 game average rating

. Silent Hill 2 voted "#20 PlayStation2 Game of All Time" by IGN

. Silent Hill 3 = 85% for PlayStation 2 game average rating