Hello everyone! Due to recent events in my life such as catching up with university work, going on holiday to Spain and starting a new job I haven’t be able to blog as much as I’d like 😦 Here is a catch up of all the events which have happened within the gaming world recently just to catch you, and me up.
Game Developers Conference
25th to 29th March 2013 saw the Game Developers Conference (GDC) being held in San Francisco, California, to catch up in full visit the following link http://www.gamasutra.com/gdc-2013 Companies who attended the event included Blizzard Entertainment, Microsoft, OnLive and many more! Sony did not attend this event, I believe they are saving the best for E3 later this year, TechRadar quotes “A room full of potential PS4 developers got a run down of the system’s architecture, design philosophy and online features. However, as local multiplayer fanatics, we loved hearing that the system will use its controller tracking to automatically swap split screen, should players rearrange themselves on the couch.” Personally it will be interesting to see what will become of this and how it works, if it goes well perhaps other developers will look into this in the future. UMB Tech Game Network have confirmed that GDC 2013 attracted 23,000 attendees, the largest crowd in the show’s history. Future game ‘Battlefield 4’ seventeen minute footage was leaked, the footage is shown below.
Electronic Arts Boss denied there is any link between video game content and “actual violence”
Video Games and Violence is a topic of personal interest and hype in the gaming world as many gamers know video games do not cause violence, here are links to my other blog posts which feature this topic https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/a-brief-look-at-video-game-violence-a-political-and-video-gamer-view/ and https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/video-games-and-violence/
John Riccitiello, the boss of EA voiced the thoughts of many gamers in which he says video games can instead be good and they do not cause for any gamer to become violent or take part in violent acts.
Disney cancel the upcoming ‘Star Wars’ game
Sad news for any fan of Star Wars and gaming LucasArts has been closed by Disney. Star Wars 1313 which had a demo at E3 in 2012 will no longer go ahead. This game was set to place “players in control of a deadly bounty hunter as he uses an arsenal of exotic weaponry to hunt down his marks and uncover the truth surrounding a criminal conspiracy.” However LucasFilm spokesperson Miles Perkins, spoke to BBC, saying production on Star Wars 1313 has simply been “halted.” Therefor this game could still get the go ahead at some time in the future.
BBC News (2013) EA denies games encourage violence. [online] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21274482 [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].
Game Developers Conference (2013) Game Developers Conference | Exhibitor List. [online] Available at: http://www.gdconf.com/expo/exhibitorlist.html [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].
IGN (2013) Star Wars 1313 . [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/games/star-wars-1313-project/xbox-360-135469 [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].
Mashable (2013) Disney Closes LucasArts. [online] Available at: http://mashable.com/2013/04/03/disney-closes-lucasarts/ [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].
Norris, E. (2013) Star Wars 1313 Isn’t Canceled, It’s Just ‘Halted’. [online] Available at: http://www.craveonline.com/gaming/articles/474643-star-wars-1313-isnt-canceled-its-just-halted [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].
Slash Film (2013) Star Wars Bits: ‘Star Wars 1313′ Game Would Have Starred Boba Fett. [online] Available at: http://www.slashfilm.com/star-wars-bits-star-wars-1313-game-would-have-starred-boba-fett-plus-ilm-layoffs-and-clone-wars/ [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].
Sony PS4 Playstation (2013) GDC 2013: Developer Conference record attendance at GDC 2013. [online] Available at: http://sonyps4playstation.com/gdc-2013-developer-conference-record-attendance-at-gdc-2013/ [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].
TechRadar (2013) GDC 2013: top 10 moments from the conference. [online] Available at: http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/gdc-2013-what-to-expect-1129300 [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].
It’s official Sony have announced the PlayStation4
While the dual shock 4 does look similar to the prototype (admittedly this did disappoint me at first), do not let this stop you!
The all important features:
Share: As rightfully predicted by many, the PS4 features a ‘share’ button in which they can select some gameplay footage to share with friends and bring together the social experience. Not only this but players can also help out other players who may be stuck in a certain part of the game. Personally I love this aspect of having people who are able to help me when I am stuck in a game, and how other players worldwide can help. This is definitely what sold it for me! Think ‘Onlive’.
Enhanced PC GPU
8GB UNIFIED MEMORY- this is a huge upgrade! Developers can now load larger levels and more textures
Hello Share and Options, Goodbye Start and Select – The Start and Select buttons which have been around consoles for 24 years are now being replaced making way for new buttons – ‘Share’ and ‘Options’. This shows a change not only in media but also society.
The new PS4 seems to fit perfectly with the not so new PS Vita,
maybe this is a reason why they went cheaper before the soon to be popular demand.
In just a few short hours the world shall lay eyes upon the new PlayStation 4, or ‘Orbis’ if you would like the working title. I’m unbelievably excited to see not only what this console will look like, but also which of the rumors we will see become real. At 6 p.m. in New York, Eastern time, 3 p.m. Pacific time and 11 p.m. GMT, it will be time to see the future of PlayStation unveil. No matter what you are doing, whether at work, at home or maybe travelling somewhere, I recommend that you tune in and watch it for yourself on IGN (Too bad for those who are in class…however if you are maybe you will find a way!).
Sony and PlayStation – The Teasers
Knowing all the excitement that is before them Sony have been teasing us. Lets recap on what exactly they did;
Free Monday – For those who are lucky enough to already own a PlayStation console it may be very wise to check your inbox if you haven’t already! PlayStation Network gave away $10 to its users (i’m so not jealous!) which they can spend on anything they like within the store.
PlayStation Vita Announcements – Sony Japan from out of thin air decided to tease an online streamed event, focusing entirely on PlayStation Vita, this event was held on 18th February at 5pm (Tokyo time).
What will the announcement unveil?
Apart from the obvious, that being the latest gaming console(!), this is what I am excited to discover from the conference (in no particular order);
As of yet virtually no games have been officially announced for this console, however the games that are announced will be crucial as from this we will gain an insight into what the console will be like. Titles which have been rumoured for the launch are, Killzone 4, Uncharted 4 and LittleBigPlanet 3 among others. Highly anticipated are Destiny, Star Wars 1313, Watchdogs, Untitled Guerrilla New IP and Santa Monica New IP.
Originally Sony seemed to be heading towards a screen and dropping the much loved dual-shock controller, however the recent prototype which appeared on the internet clearly showed controllers similar to the dual-shock, although it has been advanced. From researching numerous gaming sites they also mentioned a ‘share’ button, which may well allow gamers to take ‘screen grabs’ or video clips to post on a social networking site. If this is proven true I know that there are some gamers who would take great advantages of this. Apparently we will also see for certain the touch pad as well.
Date and price
After the announcement Sony will have to inform the world of its several release dates and prices. The rumour in England is that it will start from a somewhat reasonable £299.
For more of my blog posts about Sony and the PlayStation 4 view the links below,
and do not forget to check the ‘Sony See The Future Announcement’ countdown a third of the way down this blog! Currently 9 hours to go!
IGN (2013) Watch the PlayStation Event Live on IGN – IGN. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/14/watch-the-220-playstation-event-on-ign [Accessed: 20 Feb 2013].
IGN (2013) Sony Japan Teases Imminent PlayStation Vita Announcements – IGN. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/18/sony-japan-teases-imminent-playstation-vita-announcements [Accessed: 20 Feb 2013].
IGN (2013) PlayStation Is Giving Out Free Money . [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/20/playstation-is-giving-out-free-money [Accessed: 20 Feb 2013].
the Guardian (2013) Sony’s PlayStation 4: five things we want to know. [online] Available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2013/feb/20/playstation-4-five-things-we-want-to-know?INTCMP=SRCH [Accessed: 20 Feb 2013].
The NPD Group have revealed the Top 10 highest selling Video Games sold in America during 30th December 2012 and 2nd February 2013 (January period). They are the following:
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)**
Far Cry 3 (360, PS3, PC)
Just Dance 4 (Wii, 360, PS3, Wii U)
NBA 2K13 (360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC)**
Madden NFL 13 (360, PS3, Wii, PSV, Wii U)
DMC: Devil May Cry (PS3, 360)
Halo 4 (360)**
Assassin’s Creed III (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)**
Skylanders Giants (Wii, 360, PS3, 3DS, Wii U)**
FIFA Soccer 13 (PS3, 360, PSV, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PSP)
**(includes CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled with hardware)
Liam Callahan, who works for NPD, reflects upon the January period quoting
“With the exception of Capcom’s new Devil May Cry, January saw no major releases to speak of on the top ten, so 2012′s year-end hot sellers like Call of Duty and Far Cry 3 continued to top the charts. That said, new releases did fare a bit better than in past January periods.”
Some of the above figures may come as a surprise to many, with Just Dance 4 beating games such as Halo 4 and DMC, however it is important to take into account the release dates, target audiences and importantly sales of individual games being combined into groups by platform. For those who love the game ‘Ni No Kuni’, this came close ranking at number 11 however it would have ranked number 7 if sales of individual games were not combined into groups by platform.
IGN (2013) NPD: Black Ops 2, Far Cry 3 Top U.S. Sales Charts for January – IGN. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/14/npd-black-ops-2-far-cry-3-top-us-sales-charts-for-january [Accessed: 18 Feb 2013].
NPD (2013) Video Game Industry Market Research – Video Gaming Trend Analysis – NPD.com. [online] Available at: https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/industry-expertise/video-games/ [Accessed: 18 Feb 2013].
There is much speculation behind the PS4 controller but has it already been revealed? In just a few short days (3 to be exact), Sony are set to announce the reason behind their “See The Future” announcement. Of course all clues (the most obvious one being the PlayStation symbol buttons appearing in the “See The Future” teaser trailer) lead to the announcement being highly rumored of the new PS4. Let’s look at the apparent prototype and how it compares with the current controller.
You can read more about the Sony announcement here; https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/sony-ps4-update/
In these, I discuss some ideas as to what the new controller will look like. This is a main focus point to the PS4 as Sony are thinking of dropping the much loved dual shock controller. I’m sure Sony have a very legitimate reason behind this, for some people playing on a PlayStation and growing up with the dual shock this has become a key feature of gaming.
An apparent “trusted source” has released the following image of what the PS4 controller may look like, and although this is a prototype it is set to change between now and when the console is announced, it does make me wonder if the controller can really be changed all that much.
The image seems to be confirmed by gaming website “IGN” however I cannot help but feel a little let down that the screen is smaller than anticipated, although I do like how it looks like Sony have ‘leveled-up’.
The above image shows a breakdown of all the features on the prototype controller while below is a breakdown of features (and their functions) on the current PlayStation3 controller.
Comparing these two pictures it is easy to spot the resemblance and note what Sony have (for now) altered. There are people who also note a resemblance between the Xbox controller and Dreamcast VMU.
New Features on the PS4 Prototype
Analog Sticks – although not new in concept as they feature on the PS3 controller, the analog sticks appear to be slightly further apart though they remain level, which of course is a good thing, unlike the Xbox 360 controller’s unevenly placed sticks. However, the sticks themselves are concave – like the Xbox 360’s.
Touch Pad – the new front controller should embark a touch pad that can be used in different ways depending on the choice of publishers. It is also possible according to other rumors that this surface hides a small LCD screen. This is highly rumored.
Motion-Tracking LED – It is this technology that equips the PlayStation Move and will hopefully have been developed to be more precise.
Also the R2 and L2 buttons may actually be more in line with spring-loaded Xbox 360-like triggers.
IGN (2013) This Is PlayStation 4’s (Prototype) Controller. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/15/is-this-playstation-4s-controller [Accessed: 18 Feb 2013].
Logic Sunrise (2013) [ Rumors ] Prototype of the new controller PS4 (SplitShock) *shift*. [online] Available at: http://www.logic-sunrise.com/en/news-599731-rumors-prototype-of-the-new-controller-ps4-splitshock-shift.html [Accessed: 18 Feb 2013].