Posted: March 28, 2013 in Games - Current Crop

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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.

 

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Nintendo Magazine’s latest issue has an exclusive look at a new game. In line with the cryptic message inside the magazine, we ought to be scared. Alongside the announcement is a picture with a great deal of pipework, suggesting that this game might be set on a boat. Because from the strong possibility of which Resident Evil: Revelations is arriving at consoles, this could be a hint, if Nintendo Insider is to be believed. Of course it could be something entirely fresh, because Revelations is actually a year old, and although it’s a fantastic game, you can easily hardly call the idea “new”.

Scary Gameplay!

Scary Gameplay!

If it is a new horror online game, taking place on a ship, I hope there’ll be no zombies. The horror genre have been overrun by these kind of creatures lately, and it may be more interesting if your game would be a psychological horror, that produces you paranoid as to what might be behind a corner. Dead Space have been an amazing title inside the genre, and made great usage of the environment and your anxiety, so it becomes great for this new game to take some notes through Dead Space.

What kind of game if you’d like to see? Sound off inside the comments.

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Super Mario Galaxy

Super Mario Galaxy

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has reigned as “Best Game Ever Made” for over a decade. Needless to say, a game’s true quality is subjective due to the player’s taste, but Ocarina of Time has been the recipient of dozens of awards for most critically-acclaimed game ever made. 1UP, Metacritic, and even the Guinness Book of World Records have recognized its outstanding review scores as recently as 2011.

Slowly creeping past and slyly making its way to the top, however, is Nintendo’s recent smash hit, Super Mario Galaxy. According to GameRankings, Galaxy has an incredible 97.64%, just 0.01 point above Ocarina of Time.

In third place is Super Mario Galaxy 2, giving Nintendo complete domination of the Top 3.

Recently – One of the worst things that could ever happen inside the gaming community happened. Halo 4 leaked.

Leaked
Shock Horror

If you’re hoping this is a false leak, Halo 4’s creative director has confirmed, yes, the game has leaked and somehow found its way on the internet. “I’ve worked for over 3 years making Halo 4. Please avoid spoilers and leaks from thieves for 3 more weeks until the game is out. Thank you.” YouTube videos have already surfaced, spoiling the game for many people looking to experience the events of the game first hand.

Of course, we’re putting out a warning for the Halo faithful. Please, do your best to avoid spoilers on message boards, social networking sites, and other forms of information and discussion. Many will be more than happy to spoil the game for you. If you’re like me, you’re going to go in the dark and avoid any Halo related news, comments, forums, and videos that have surfaced since last night in hopes to experience Halo 4’s campaign first hand.

Is this leak good or bad for gaming?

 

The next chapter of the New Super Mario Bros. series as well as high-profile names such as Call of Duty will debut alongside the upcoming successor to the Nintendo Wii.

Nintendo Wii U is here...

Nintendo Wii U is here…

The Japanese-based company revealed 23 games will be available when its Wii U gaming console hits stores in the U.S. on November 18.

Notable first-party titles arriving with Wii U include action game New Super Mario Bros. U and the party game NintendoLand, which features theme parks based on past Nintendo franchises.

Publishers including Activision, Disney Interactive, Electronic Arts, THQ and Ubisoft will release launch-day titles. Among the third-party titles listed: Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Assassin’s Creed III, Just Dance 4, FIFA Soccer 13 and Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition.

Nintendo says an additional 29 titles will debut before the end of March, including space epic Mass Effect 3, fitness title Wii Fit U and first-person thriller Aliens: Colonial Marines.

“We’re making sure that Wii U owners will have great games to play from the moment they open the box, and that a steady stream of fun new games is always on the way,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America‘s president and chief operating officer, in a statement.

Also, Wii owners will get to play most of the games in their library on Wii U.

Launching Nov. 18, the Wii U comes in two varieties: an 8 GB white model ($299.99) with GamePad tablet controller, AC adapter, HDMI cable and sensor bar; and a 32 GB version in black that also adds a charging cradle, stand and copy of NintendoLand.

The device will also turn the GamePad into an advanced remote, allowing users to control their television sets using Nintendo’s TVii service.

The list of Wii U titles launching Nov. 18
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Skylanders Giants
Transformers Prime
Wipeout 3
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
EA Sports FIFA Soccer 13
Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition
New Super Mario Bros. U
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
Nintendo Land
Sing Party
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
Darksiders II
Assassin’s Creed III
ESPN Sports Connection
Just Dance 4
Rabbids Land
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
ZombiU
Scribblenauts Unlimited
Game Party Champions
Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition