PlayStation 2013 Meeting – Live Blog

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Category : Featured, Game On, Product Announcements

Over the last few weeks, rumors have been floating around the internet and gamers have been speculating what exactly Sony would announce in tonight’s announcement. Andrew House, President & Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment took the stage to open PlayStation’s 2013 Meeting to assure the audience the gamer is the focal point of the new development. Promising a vision of the future that is “consumer-centric, developer-inspired and characterized by an unwaivering commitment to phenomenal play experiences.”

Sony is committed to the PS Vita and is taking steps to continue developing for the handheld device and creating opportunities for integrating it into the Sony network. The news we have all been waiting for is now official – PlayStation 4 is a reality.

Mark Cerny took over to remind us of the limitations of current consoles and the development which has lead to this next-gen console. Touting the PS4 as a system made by “game creators for game creators.” Of course, the PS4 has improved hardware, including 8GB of high-speed unified memory in conjunction with the local hard drive we are all accustomed to.

What would a new console be without new peripherals? Those leaked images of the new PlayStation controller were accurate. With increased rumble sensation, an integrated “Share” button, built-in headphone jack and a small touch-pad, the new dual-shock controller was designed to work more seamlessly with the new console.

“Simple. Immediate. Social. Integrated. Personalized.” These are the principles behind the development of the PS4. Sony hopes the new console will encourage shared social experiences and learn more about the individual users tastes and uses to enable it to predict what the user will want in an effort to decrease download time by allowing content to pre-load.

It seems second screen compatibility is all the rage. With PS4 and PS Vita, remote play will allow players to take their game on the go and continue their play. Sony is ambitious here, hoping to be able to run all PS4 games on the Vita handheld. On the downside, PS3 games will not be playable on the new console natively. However, they are looking ahead to make the entire PlayStation catalog available in the future through the use of new technology in conjunction with PlayStation Network cloud services. Thinking outside of the proverbial box, PlayStation wants to make their games available on a myriad of devices, not just the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita, but tablets, smartphones, smart televisions and more.

Sony is an entertainment company after all, so it is hardly surprising that the PlayStation will include partnerships to provide entertainment content. Among the content partnerships are Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, EPIX, Crunchyroll and more.

As far as games…

Guerilla Games announced the next installment of Killzone, with gameplay footage from Killzone: Shadow Fall. 


Courtesy of Digital Foundry

 

Drive Club brings team-based racing to the PS4 and touts the ability to take the game on the go, allowing players to access gameplay on tablets and smartphones. Evolution Studios has gone to great lengths to focus on the details and the vehicles look stunning with the first person perspective. 


Courtesy of Revision 3

 

A culture of fear in an overly-surveilled future plus super-human abilities become the landscape in the PS4 exclusive, inFAMOUS: Second Son, Sucker Punch revealed. 


Courtesy of GameSpot

 

PlayStation re-iterates their appreciation for indie development, continuing their support of indie developer self-publishing on PS Network. Jonathan Blow (Braid) announces the new game from his small company, The Witness. The Witness is a puzzle-game which encompasses an idea in an open-world space and promises 25 hours of gameplay. 


Courtesy of Community Game

 

Media Molecule breathes new life into the PS Move. Finally making use of the Move’s accuracy, Media Molecule is using the controller to allow users to capture their dreams. 


Courtesy of GameSpot

 

Capcom developed a new engine, code named “Panta Rhei,” to maximize the capabilities of the PS4. For a sneak peek, they provided this trailer of a game in production, Deep Down (working title). 


Courtesy of PlayStation

 

Square Enix demonstrates their work in this real-time cinematic demo, using their Luminous Studios engine for PS4 game development. Square Enix announced more Final Fantasy is in the works and we can look forward to seeing more at E3 this year. 


Courtesy of Platano Games

 

Ubisoft is bringing Watch Dogs to the PS4.


Courtesy of JustPVPN

 

Blizzard Entertainment is planning to “take over the world” in a strategic partnership with Sony and announced Diablo 3 will be available for PS4, as well as PS3. Diablo 3 will include a 4-player co-op mode. For those of us lucky enough to be attending PAX East next month, we will get a closer look with additional media.

 

Activision and Bungie re-iterate their commitment PlayStation with another look at Destiny and promises PS4 exclusive content.


Courtesy of Bungie

 

Good To Be A Gamer, Episode 106 – Week of 11/28/2011

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Category : Good To Be A Gamer

David Lucier and Jessa Phillips feed your need to know, bringing you the top stories from the video game industry. This week they’re talking indie games, iOS games, Xenoblade Chronicles on Wii, Zynga going public, plus Skyrim goodness!

Recorded 12/4/2011

Good To Be A Gamer is Available on iTunes!
http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/good-to-be-a-gamer/id476489256

Dreamcast the Movie: Recasting Super Mario Bros.
Andrew Marnik has a feature posted on Good To Be A Geek, Dreamcast the Movie: Recasting Super Mario Bros. It’s a poll and we’re asking for your input. We’re taking the hollywood flop and asking you to re-imagine the film as if it were being produced today. Andrew’s provided several options for actors to play the key characters, as well as a few options for directors. Click the link below to make your voice heard.
http://www.goodtobeageek.com/?p=2218

 

NEWS

5 Indie Games to Watch For [Game Spy]
http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/legend-of-grimrock/1213355p1.html

Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombie App [Game Tyrant]
http://gametyrant.co/news/2011/12/1/call-of-duty-black-ops-zombies-app-released-on-ios.html

Judge Dredd vs. Zombies on iOS [IGN]
http://wireless.ign.com/articles/121/1213693p1.html

Xenoblade Chronicles coming to Wii in the US [IGN]
http://wii.ign.com/articles/121/1213814p1.html?_cmpid=ign1392

Zynga is going public . . . or is it? [Game Spot]
http://www.gamespot.com/news/6347035.html?part=rss&tag=gs_news&subj=6347035

Bethesda Softworks reveals what’s coming for Skyrim and Address the latest Patch Problems [Bethesda Blog]
http://www.bethblog.com/2011/12/01/skyrim-what-were-working-on/

 

ITEMS OF INTEREST

Skyrim Theme “The Dragonborn Comes” Cover by Malukah [YouTube]
http://youtu.be/4z9TdDCWN7g

Time’s Scar Cover from Chrono Cross by Lara [YouTube]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0b8FCxtkik

Able Gamers 2011 Holiday Shopping List
http://www.ablegamers.com/general-game-news/ablegamers-2011-holiday-shopping-list.html

 

EVENTS

TempleCon 2012 – February 3-5, 2011
Warwick, RI
Pre-registration is open!
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ttp://www.templecon.org

Total Con 2012 – February 23-26,2011
Mansfield, MA
Registration opens in January
http://www.totalcon.com

 

CONTACT

Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.

Subscribe to the RSS Feed and get Good To Be A Gamer on the go at http://goodtobeagamer.libsyn.com/rss!

Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out his Magnatune profile page to learn more about him and discover more of his music.

Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek.

Good To Be A Gamer Podcast by Good To Be A Geek is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

 

Good To Be A Gamer, Episode 103 – Week of 11/07/2011

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Category : Good To Be A Gamer

 

Recorded 11/14/11

NEWS

Is Gaming as Important as TV & Film? Activision Is Out to Prove It [Game Tyrant]
http://gametyrant.co/news/2011/11/9/activision-blizzard-out-to-prove-gaming-is-as-important-as-f.html

 

Steam Forums Hacked [Steam]
http://store.steampowered.com/news/6761/

 

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations Trailer Released [Ubisoft]
http://assassinscreed.ubi.com/revelations/en-us/home/index.aspx

Official Launch Trailer – http://youtu.be/ZqEWW4Hzb8M
Story Trailer [Game Spot] – http://youtu.be/XFjoiBevNlU
Official E3 2010 Trailer featurinng “Iron” by Woodkid – http://youtu.be/VCTtIIW1WA0

 

Level-5 and Studio Ghibli Partner to Bring Anime to PS3 [Game Tyrant]
http://gametyrant.co/news/2011/11/9/level-5-and-studio-ghibli-partner-to-bring-anime-to-ps3.html

 

Star Trek Online Goes Free-to-play [Star Trek Online]
http://www.startrekonline.com/f2p

Game of Thrones RPG In the Making [Game Spot]
http://www.gamespot.com/news/game-of-thrones-action-rpg-coming-from-atlus-6344623?tag=updates%3Beditor%3Ball%3Btitle%3B3

 

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim [Rip Ten]
http://www.ripten.com/2011/11/10/ripten-review-the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim-xbox-360/

 

DISCUSSED

3P Start – Retro Gaming Reviews and Opinions by Matthew Bartlett
http://3pstart.blogspot.com

 

Skyrim Epic Rap by Dan Bull
http://youtu.be/j50u0zUeCmU

To the Moon
http://www.freebirdgames.com/to_the_moon/

 

Burn the City

Andriod Market – https://market.android.com/details?id=com.JoshOclock.BurnTheCity
App Store http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/burn-the-city/id444525916?mt=8

 

CONTACT

Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.

 

Subscribe to the RSS Feed and get Good To Be A Gamer on the go at http://goodtobeagamer.libsyn.com/rss!

 

Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out his Magnatune profile page to learn more about him and discover more of his music.

 

Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek.

 

Good To Be A Gamer Podcast by Good To Be A Geek is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License


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