Console War

  • Sony To Announce PS4 Exclusives for Holiday 2015?

    Seeing how Uncharted 4: A Thief's End was delayed to 2016, we wondered whether PlayStation 4’s holiday lineup would remain lack luster. Seems this may not be the case.

    Speaking to MCV, UK Managing Director Fergal Gara said,

    "I won't go into any detail now. There is plenty for gamers to get excited about already, such as Tearaway for PS4 and No Man's Sky. That's just the start of what is on the table right now. So I don't have any concerns that we will have a lack of strong software for PS4 this peak."

    This somehow feels awfully suggestive that Sony has something up their sleeves. With E3 coming up it might be the perfect time to reveal what they have been working on. He continued on to say,

    "My sense is that the new platforms have opened up the ambitions of developers and the capabilities of what they can achieve. What has then happened since has been a bit of rushing to market and a couple of not perfect launches. That's perhaps driven some conservatism to not overly force this and make sure we get it right--there's been an adjustment of pace."

    He added regarding the flood of delayed games, "I have been hearing stories from around the industry that give me assurance that developers have got a better grasp on things, so we will be in increasingly good shape.”

  • "Sony Paid Gamers More Respect" Say Unity CEO

    The console war as we call it is a simple comparison of which console is better, being fueled by fanboy-ism. The reason for comparison at its core is simple, to allow the consumers to decide which machine will give them the most features and/or the best price.

    Speaking at GamesBeat Summit, Unity CEO John Riccitello said the following in regards to the approaches taken by Sony and Microsoft this generation,

    "There was a clash of ideas that really separated Sony and Microsoft in this generation... The clash of ideas was simply this. They actually had very similar architectures that they were trying to bring to the table, but Microsoft focused on the entertainment marketplace.

    I think it was a little bit like a game of pool. Microsoft was focused on the shot after the one they needed to make... but they missed the first shot and they didn't get another shot at it. Sony worried about the shot they needed to make, which was [to] win the hearts and minds of the gamers. They did a better job of execution with that. Frankly, the broad scope of entertainment may be a bigger idea, but not with an unfocused execution... Sony nailed it. They paid respect, more respect, to our community than the other guys."

  • Xbox One April System Update Details

    The latest update for the Microsoft Console will add voice messaging, dedicated servers for party chat and more.

    With the addition to the new features is the ability to leave voice messages for friends. Players will be able to compose and playback a voice message and then send them by double tapping the Xbox button, players will also be able to send messages between the Xbox one and the 360.

    Dedicated servers will also be added for party chat which will improve quality and reliability. The Staff picks will also be tailored based on the latest game you’ve played.

    In the previous update which added the ability to take screenshots and introduced a new suggested friends feature, along with party chat enhancements that adds and icon displaying microphone status, tile transparency, voice search privacy, and the ability to report spam.

  • Nintendo: Major Game Announcement Incoming

    According to the latest issue of Famitsu DS+Wii, a major game announcement is headed to Nintendo Platforms.

    Famitsu, the Japanese gaming magazine teased a game reveal, which is Nintendo-related which is coming in its next issue. The translation of the article doesn’t specify which platform, so we are only left to assume that the phrase used “Nintendo platforms”.

    Hopefully this indicates a launch across both the Wii U and the 3DS. It could be Dragon Quest seeing that it is a very popular to say the least in Japan. Others have also speculated that it could be an addition to a franchise.

  • Square Enix Bringing a JRPG for Consoles

    Nikkei Trendy in a recent interview with Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda.

    Matsuda first said that new JRPG news will begin with Final Fantasy XV's release; after that, "I think we'll have a little surprise, too." He clarified that it was a "JRPG for home game machines", No other detail or information was given.

    It comes as a little surprising because Square Enix has really only known solid success publishing outside titles like Deus Ex: Human RevolutionSleeping Dogs and Tomb Raider. Their JRPG prowess has long since fallen off.

    So what will it be a new I.P. or a resurrection of an old classic?

  • PlayStation Vue Details

    The PlayStation Vue is currently available in New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Sony plans to expand as quickly as possible

    Eric Lempel SNE’s Vice president during a recent interview explained further:

    "Everything we've launched usually comes out by country. In this case, because we felt local programming was important to the users, we wanted to make sure we got those deals signed so that it involves the local affiliates individually. But this year, we will be delivering a lot of new markets, so it's something that will evolve very quickly."

    Lempel also dubbed Vue as "a complete TV offering" and it should be given the price. The prices vary ranging from $50, $60, or $70 per month, depending on different subscription.

    While those values seem higher than Netflix and Hulu. Sony says that they are competing with cable companies such as Comcast. Lempel responded to some questions regarding different bundles:

    "We looked at that ... But you'll quickly see that if you choose a few of those, you'll be at a price much higher than our tiers. In our research and talking to consumers, they really did want that bundled offering. ... I think we'll continue to see this space evolve and similar to what we've done in the past, this product will evolve. We're adding new networks on a regular basis; we're in talks with a lot people."

    For those wondering, PlayStation Plus is not required for access to Vue, PlayStation Vue will also be accessible simultaneously across via three different devices at no extra.

  • Deep Down: Capcom Planning a 10 Year Lifespan?

    In a recent interview with Teruki Miyashita, the Senior Manager of consumer Games Development, it was revealed that Capcom fully intends to deliver a top-quality product. They in fact, want this free-to-play game to offer a much more "realer than real" experience by providing players with amazing technical elements.

    He also spoke about the audio:

    "Creating a feeling of realism is critical, and this holds true for the sounds. For instance, the voices of the 'mementos (emotions)' come from the TV speakers at first, but after you pick up a certain object, you hear the voices coming from the controller in your hands. Say you put something in your pocket, you'll hear the sound right there near you--we can now offer you that kind of a 'realer than real' gaming experience. This feeling of being 'fully immersed' is of utmost priority to us."

    Deep Down will be a free-to-play, online-only game so it has potential to keep growing. Miyashita also stated that he hopes that the game will have a lifespan of ten tears, which is very similar to Activision’s plan for Destiny

    Lastly, he stated that the game "boasts a brand new gaming experience which is unlike a traditional dungeon-based game." But he didn’t go into details.

  • PS4 Update "Yukimura" Details

    Highly anticipated update for the PS4, 2.50 aka Yukimura, is finally out. It adds a lot of new improvements to the PS4. Following are the details of the update. Here is what John Koller, Vice President of Platforms Marketing, had to say about their plans of supporting the PS4 in the future with such updates:

    "With more than 20 million PlayStation 4 systems worldwide, PlayStation gamers are the foundation for our success. We are constantly listening to feedback from our growing community regarding improvements to make their PlayStation experience even better. We continue to focus on making PS4 the best place to play with friends. That's why we're delivering features like Facebook Friend Finder, Suspend/Resume to get into gaming quicker, a more streamlined Party and friending process, and new ways for users to see what their friends are playing so they can immediately get in and game together."

    Details of the update according to the press release:

    Jump Back Into Games Faster with Suspend/Resume

    Suspend/Resume, which will be supported by nearly all PS4 titles, will allow PS4 owners to spend less time waiting for games to load and more time playing. Gamers will be able to suspend their game by putting their PS4 system into Rest Mode, and then quickly resume the game where they left off by pressing the PlayStation button on the DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller, which wakes their system.

    Back-Up and Restore Hard Disc Drive to External USB Drive

    "Yukimura" allows PS4 owners to back-up and restore the hard disc to and from an external USB drive. Hard disc drive data includes settings, saved data, screenshots and video clips as well as games, patches and download data.

    Find and Connect with Friends

    PS4 owners will now be able to search for Facebook friends with their linked account. Friend requests and Real Name requests can be sent together in one step when adding a friend on the PS4 system. The update will allow users to easily view what their friends are playing by adding a "Friends Who Play This" section on each game detail page, while also highlighting which friends are currently online and playing it. The process to create a Party has also been streamlined with a reduction in the number of steps required. Additionally, the What's New section will now feature a section where users can see what their friends are currently playing enabling them to join in the game if they own it or find out more on PlayStation®Store.

    Share Your Earned Trophies and Trophy List Enhancements

    PS4 owners have been sharing their most impressive gaming moments since the launch of the system, and with "Yukimura," a screenshot will automatically be captured when a Trophy is earned, making it easy for users to share their favorite gaming moments with their friends. The update will also make it easy for players to share Trophy information to Facebook, Twitter or via Message by pressing the SHARE button. Additionally, users will now be able to sort their Trophy list by "Earned Date," "Not Earned," and "Grade," as well as the option to remove games from the Trophy list that have zero percent completion.

    Improved and Expanded Accessibility Options

    "Yukimura" introduces new options to customize the user experience with the PS4 system, making it easier for gamers with impaired vision and limited manual dexterity to play. Customized button assignments for DUALSHOCK 4 and a zoom feature for displayed pictures and inverted colors will be available for all system functions, apps and games. Text-to-speech and enlarged text will be available across the graphical user interface, including Message and Party, and enlarged text will also be enabled for use in the system's browser. Bolder fonts and higher contrast UI will be available for all system applications but will not apply to games or third-party applications.

  • PS4 Is the Fastest-Selling PlayStation Console In History

    Those who said the console era was dead are eating their words every day now. PlayStation 4 has now sold over 18.5 million units worldwide.

    Seems like the impossible is happening and even Sony is surprised. PS4 is currently is selling faster than any PlayStation in history, yes even faster than the PS2. Here is what a Sony Computer Entertainment America spokesperson said:

    "We are humbled by this success and want to thank gamers worldwide for helping us achieve holiday sales of more than 4.1 million across 123 countries and regions. We are looking forward to another momentous year in 2015 and bringing an epic line up of titles to PlayStation fans around the world."

    Overall the Xbox One was the highest sold console in the US recently after the price drop but the PS4 has again climbed back to the top. No matter which console is being sold the most it is obvious that gamers love consoles and so we all win here. 

  • Uncharted 4 Maybe at 60FPS, But Performance Prioritized

    So the trend right now shows that gamers care about two things when it comes to a new game. Whether it will be in 1080p and whether it will run at 60FPS.

    Although admittedly developers and critics have come out to say these don’t really determine whether a game will look or play great, right now it is definitely held as the standard expectation from current gen consoles.

    But Naughty Dog doesn’t want to just follow the numbers trend. They are planning on achieving 60FPS for Uncharted 4 but they will are not willing to compromise on the gaming experience for it.

    In an interview with Edge, game director Bruce Straley said that they had actually locked the gameplay demo (shown at PlayStation Experience) at 30 FPS. Here is what he said:

    "We're actually above 30, but we locked it [for the demo]. We're going to do whatever it takes to make the game we want to make. If it means we could go for 60 but lose something that would really impact the player's experience, then it's our choice as developers to say, 'Well, we're going to go for the experience [instead of] the 60 frames.'"

    As reference just remember that all the Uncharted games till now have been set to run at 30 FPS. However last year Eric Monacelli of Naughty Dog said they were planning on making the next Uncharted run at 60 FPS on the PlayStation 4. The fact that The Last of Us Remastered ran at 60FPS shows that the team is definitely capable of it. It is whether to choose to stick to that decision or not just remains to be seen. 

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