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Since a new console is only as good as the games that carry it, here’s the confirmed list of PS4 games !, so far only 3 have been confirmed for day 1 release in 2013. 17 PS4 games are confirmed to be in development

We feel that five games in particular are probably being worked on right now, and though they might not make it in time to be launch titles, we will not be surprised to see them announced within the next few months.

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Sony has announced its next-generation gaming console – the PlayStation 4 – at an event in New York.

Its new hardware is designed to offer superior graphics as well as new social features including the sharing of recorded gameplay clips.

It will succeed the PlayStation 3, which went on sale in 2006 and has sold about 75 million units.

The PS4 will eventually compete against Microsoft’s still-to-be-unveiled Xbox 360 successor and Nintendo’s Wii U.

Sony also confirmed a range of big-name software for the machine including Bungie’s upcoming “shared-world shooter” Destiny, which will include exclusive content for the PS4.

WatchDogsUbisoft’s WatchDogs was among the titles confirmed for the PlayStation 4

The developer’s previous title, Halo, helped drive sales for the rival Xbox platform.

A successful launch might spur on sales of Sony’s new televisions and other consumer electronics, helping turn around its fortunes.

Sony posted a 456.7bn yen loss ($4.9bn; £3.2bn) in its last financial year, marking the fourth year it ended in deficit.

But the firm has forecast a 20bn yen profit for the current financial year ending in March.

Sony said the console was “coming holiday 2013” suggesting it will go on sale in at least some countries in or around December.

It did not give any indication of its price nor did it show what the console would look like.

There was also no mention of whether the console would support 4K – or ultra-high definition – video. However, Sony told the BBC it would have more to say on this matter “at the appropriate moment”.

DualShock4 controllerThe new controller features a touchpad and a light so its movement can be tracked by a camera

PC-based chip

Sony described the machine as being like a “supercharged” PC.

It runs off an x86-based CPU (central processing unit) – similar architecture to that found in most desktop computers – and an “enhanced” PC GPU (graphics processing unit). Both CPU and GPU are designed by the US firm Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).

It comes with the new DualShock 4 controller, which includes a touchpad, a “share button” and a lightbar, which allows a separate camera to track its movement.

“This is a complete controller upgrade with touch, share and better responsiveness,” said Brian Blau, an analyst at the tech consultancy Gartner.

“The new controller is the key to a better PS4 experience. It has the ability to share content easily, and brings in a component of touch that allows even more ways to interact with games.”

The console also includes new hardware dedicated to video compression to make it a more social device.

Users will be able to pause a game, select a few minutes of recorded video of their most recent activity, and instruct the clip to be uploaded to a social network.

This will then occur in the background while they can return to their game. The firm said it wanted to make sharing video clips as common as it is today to share screenshots.

Another new feature is that gamers can let one of their friends connect to their machine and take control of their character to help if they have got stuck, or allow several friends to watch their live progress as spectators. This facility uses technology from Gaikai – a cloud-based service Sony acquired last year for $380m.

Gaikai’s technology is also being used to allow PS4 games to be streamed and played via the PlayStation Vita handheld console, which may boost its sales.

Sony said it was also exploring the possibility of using its Gaikai unit to allow PlayStation 3 games to be played on the new machine as well as other devices.

However, at the moment PS3 games will not run on the new console.

“The decision to not make the PlayStation 4 backwards compatible is disappointing and means the 5.5 million plus people who own a PS3 in the UK will essentially have to start their gaming collection from scratch,” said Alex Simmons, UK editor-in-chief of the gaming site IGN.

“PlayStation 3 games – and indeed PSone and PS2 games – will be available to download at some point, but most likely at an additional cost, which might turn consumers off.”

Sony Corp will this month host its first major Playstation meeting in two years, sparking a flare-up in online speculation the Japanese consumer electronics giant is preparing to unveil the successor to its 70 million-selling PS3 games console.

Sony declined to say whether it would release a new product at the meeting in New York on February 20. “We will be talking about the Playstation business,” spokesman Masaki Tsukakoshi said on Friday. A Google search for “Sony Feb 20 Playstation” returned more than 7 million hits.

PS4 on the way

The last time Sony held a Playstation event, in January 2011, it presented a protoype of its     handheld Vita console. Before that, it convened a gathering in 2005 two months after it first  demonstrated the PS3 concept. A meeting in 1999 revealed designs for the PS2.

 

It has been more than six years since Sony launched the PS3 home console, a longer gap than between it and its PS2 predecessor, adding to the anticipation that it will soon disclose its next gaming concept.

Since Sony’s last home console launch, the games market has been transformed by the boom in smartphones and tablet computers that have wooed players with free or cheap games.

Sony and other console makers Nintendo Co Ltd and Microsoft Corp now have to contend with competition from hand-held devices made by Apple Inc, Samsung Electronics and others.

Analysts expect that tablets and other mobile devices will match the power and graphics of today’s games consoles within a few years.

Struggling under competitive pressure, Nintendo on Wednesday cut its sales target for the Wii U, successor to its 100 million-selling Wii, to 4 million machines by the end of March from its launch in November, compared with an earlier forecast for 5.5 million.

 

Will Nintendo rule the world?

Next Generation consoles..

While we have a pretty good idea about what the Wii U is and what Nintendo’s strategy is going to be, details about Sony and Microsoft’s next consoles have been very limited. However, based on comments made by these companies, I believe that the next generation of gaming will feature three very different consoles with separate strategies and functionalities.

Now one could say the same thing about this generation to a certain extent. Microsoft has focused on strong online play and multimedia functionality; Sony has released lots first-party exclusives and focused on being the “gamer’s system” with services like PlayStation Plus; and Nintendo has achieved great success by reaching a huge audience with innovative new motion controls and a cheap price tag while sacrificing HD graphics and some of its hardcore audience.

However, I would argue that the PS3 and Xbox 360 are fundamentally similar consoles, thus why so many games were released on both platforms. Both are HD systems with traditional controllers, robust online functions, and are both focused on giant AAA games, especially shooters. Nintendo’s decision to revolutionize how we play games while remaining in SD separated it from the other systems.It’s already apparent that the Wii U will also be unique in its controls and graphical fidelity, but I think people might be surprised by how different the Xbox 720 and PS4 could be.

In an interview with IGN during E3 2012, corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios Phil Spencer couldn’t talk directly about Microsoft’s future plans. However, when asked about what they have up their sleeve for the next-generation, Spencer gave some hints of what’s to come.

“We really start looking at the Xbox as an entertainment product, plugged into the biggest screen in your house, the TV, and a unique display surface in the TV. That’s why I try to focus on SmartGlass, trying to light up other things that are happening in the house, because we understand that it’s a connected-device ecosystem.

It’s a little bit like Kinect when it came out. We got Dance Central 3, the kind of game that didn’t even really exist before Kinect came around. I think now we look at SmartGlass and these other opportunities, and I think the kind of entertainment that we’re building will continue to push forward, multiple devices and opportunities to play anywhere, asynchronous multiplayer gameplay. We’re trying to come up with new terms for these connected experiences. I think you’re going to see just a ton of growth.”

Based on this quote as well as Microsoft’s recent trends, it would appear that the next Xbox will continue to emphasize multimedia connectivity like Netflix, ESPN, and Internet Explorer while connecting with other devices through technology like SmartGlass. Maybe it will even come bundled with some kind of Kinect 2.0 that uses more accurate motion and voice controls to help you navigate the menus and play games.

IGN’s Colin Campbell mentions the likelihood of “new models for buying and playing games and priced, at least as an option, on a smart-phone subscription model, with a low entry price and further payments over a couple years”. This seems like a good possibility given Microsoft’s strategy of selling a 360 for $100 along with a two-year contract for Xbox Live. While they don’t seem to be in any hurry to move to the next generation, we have seen pictures of alleged 720 dev kits and know that some developers have them, so it can’t be too far away. A late 2013 launch time seems likely, but Microsoft could wait until 2014 for launch and announce it at the next E3.

PS3 “Super” Slim Model Photos Leaked.

Ubisoft hasn’t been shy about revealing “Assassin’s Creed 3” footage and screenshots to eager fans. The latest clip from the third installment in the history-based franchise was revealed at San Diego’s Comic-Con festival, where new multiplayer screens and a walkthrough level was showcased.

“Assassin’s Creed 3” will take place in both New York and Boston, and will include historical landmarks from each location.

“The overall vibe of the city, the overall feel of the buildings around those landmarks is completely fresh,” Hutchinson said in the video.

Protagonist Connor will also be able to use hiding spots, such as wagons carrying bales of hay, to assassinate his victims. According to Hutchinson, “Assassin’s Creed 3” will also incorporate more side missions into the gaming experience. As players move through the levels, they will encounter characters that offer the opportunity to help them.

“As much as possible, we want to make the world feel alive and believable,” Hutchinson said.

The combat found in the game has been re-done “from the ground up,” and Connor’s specialty lies in using two weapons at the same time.

“We worked very hard on the flow of combat so your flow as a player is to continue your kill chain by using appropriate moves,” he said.

However, some revelations made at Comic-Con were not as positive for fans. Ubisoft has delayed the PC version of “Assassin’s Creed 3” past the targeted release date, but has not specified why. Hutchinson announced the news during a panel this week, and has said that PC version will be launched around the same time as console game.

Earlier this week, Ubisoft also revealed information about its upcoming PlayStation Vita title “Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation,” which was unveiled at E3 2012. A new trailer was officially released on Wednesday, and follows the new female assassin, Aveline, as she leaps around the city of New Orleans. The game will take place in the year 1765, right in the heart of the Revolution, which means players are likely to see some overlap with Connor’s storyline. “Assassin’s Creed: Liberati

on” is set for a release date of October 30 along with “Assassin’s Creed 3.”

Apparently a new study from Game Developer Reseach shows that the iPhone platform is more popular with game developers

iPhone comes up trumps againsts the DS and PSP

iPhone comes up trumps againsts the DS and PSP

than the Sony PSP and Nintendo DS with 19% of all game devs writing for the iPhone and iPod touch, reports electronista.

At 19% of developers developing games for the iPhone that’s double the amount developing for the Sony PSP a

nd Nintendo DS platforms and during the last three quarters all handheld game developers was writing for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Mobile Games represent 25% of the gaming market which is now up 12% on before the iPhone and iPod touch became available.

So there you go, it looks like if you are into developing mobile games then the iPhone is the gaming platform you should be developing for.