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  • PS4 Update 1.70 Official Details

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    Well Sony doesn't plan on falling behind the Xbox One at any point. Right after Xbox One’s major firmware update, Sony revealed update 1.70. This update is the biggest one released by Sony till now and adds a slew of features. The official details were posted on the PlayStaton blog and are as follows. Although it has not been mentioned exactly when the update will be released, it is our guess that it will be quite soon.

    PS4 SHARE factory Reveal Trailer - http://youtu.be/MxsdLYIYsH8

    Update Features:

    Introducing: SHAREfactory

    The 1.70 update will enable SHAREfactory, our new rich video editor app for PS4 that makes it easy for you to customize your gameplay videos:

    With SHAREfactory, you can now easily combine your captured video clips for editing, personalize them with special effects using filters, transitions, and themes, as well as share them with your friends and social networks. SHAREfactory also allows you to personalize your videos by adding text, stickers, and a set of included audio tracks, as well as video commentary with picture-in-picture capability with PlayStation Camera. It also allows you to import your original music to add to the custom soundtrack for your video.

    Share With the World

    Once you’re done with your masterpiece, you can easily share your SHAREfactory videos to Facebook, or export them to an external USB storage device to upload them elsewhere, another new feature coming as part of the 1.70 system software update. Other PS4 SHARE enhancements include the ability to change the recording time of your gameplay to shorter increments, the ability to change who you share your clips with on the SHARE screen, and the removal of default saves for screenshots and video clips. In addition to these SHARE enhancements, the 1.70 update will allow you switch off HDCP, enabling you to capture video directly from your HDMI output so you can record and share longer clips of your gameplay sessions — a feature I know many of you have been waiting for. We are excited to see what the PlayStation Nation does with these new social features, and cannot wait to get them into your hands!

    Play as Soon as the Game is Released

    Providing you with immediate access to your games is a priority designed into PS4, and something we will always strive to make better. We’ve had a great response from PS4 fans about the Play as You Download feature, the snappy load times when launching and playing games, and the general speed and responsiveness of the UI. The 1.70 update adds features to build on this idea and make it faster to play the games you pre-order with an auto pre-download capability, which allows you to pre-download your select pre-ordered game up to several days prior to release. If you have the auto-download feature enabled, it will automatically pre-download your pre-ordered game so you can play as soon as the game is unlocked on release day.

    As I mentioned earlier, some of these features were a direct result of the great feedback we’ve been getting from you, our dedicated gamer community. We enjoy listening to your comments, and encourage you to continue sharing your thoughts with us. And this is just the beginning. We’ve got a lot more coming in PS4 system software update v1.70 and beyond. The PS4 experience will constantly evolve, and new innovative ideas can come from anywhere to ensure the platform continues to deliver the best in gaming and entertainment every time you turn it on.

    We’ll have more information to share about new upcoming features for this major system software update as the release approaches, so stay tuned!

  • A PS4 Error Corrupting Save Files; No update to Disable DualShock4 Light Bar

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    A new error has plagued the PlayStation 4 and it is a severe one. It has been recently noticed when several users posted online regarding this issue. It seems that the error is corrupting save files on the console and is resulting in hours of progress being lost. In severe cases this has even prevented any apps from being opened on the PS4. Check out the 35+ page PlayStation forum thread.

    According to these posts, the problem is known as Error CE-34878-0. For now the error seems to affect files from a list of games like, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag,  NBA 2K14FIFA 14, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4. Thanks to this error one of the users even lost 30 hours of progress according to what he told Joystiq. Others are reporting that this app prevents apps from opening at all and thus making them useless.

    Although some players have reported that deleting the corrupt files allows the apps to be opened again, but it doesn’t seem to work for others. At the moment, according to the forum, there isn’t a singular solution to fix everyone’s problem.

    Moving on to the other bit of issue, although nothing major like the corrupt files issue. It seems that the battery life for the DualShock 4 is not something spectacular. It is decent but some feel it could be a lot better if they just disabled the light bar of the controller for games that don’t need it.

    The fan actually asked Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida on Twitter whether there would be an update that would actually disable the lightbar when not in use. To this he replied a simple, “No”. So yeah since this isn’t going to happen, maybe just get two controllers and a charging station? Swap the controllers when they are low on juice and you are good to go! I do that, and have had no problems.

  • DUALSHOCK 4 WILL BE PC COMPATIBLE ON LAUNCH

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    I know it is nothing major, even expected to some extent but it is a welcome addition nonetheless. From out of the box the PS4 DualShock 4 will be compatible with the PC and will have basic functioning.

    This news was posted on Twitter by Sony Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida who said that the DualShock 4 "analog sticks and buttons will work just fine." Although he did not mention whether any support will be necessary to allow this compatibility, such as how the the PS3 controllers require third-party support to function.

    However judging by his words I guess it will work intuitively. Just like how the PS3 controller works on mobile devices when you simply connect it with a USB cable. However, since he said “basic functionalities”, it is doubtful that DualShock 4's advanced features like the light bar, touch pad, and motion controls will function on Windows PCs. At least not right away.

  • DUALSHOCK 4 FEATURES HEIGHTEN THE "STEALTH CORE" IN THIEF

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    Thief was one of my favorite games growing up. I give it credit for falling in love with the stealth genre. Now that it is making a comeback, which looks amazing, it is easily my most anticipated next-gen game.

    Recently Produced Stephane Roy has come out and described some awesome details about the game being integrated with the PS4 controller. For one, the light bar of the DualShock 4 will reflect the in-game light gem which indicates whether Garrett, the protagonist, is concealed by the shadows or not.

    Roy also said that the touch pad "allows for better menu navigation and makes for a more intuitive way to perform various actions, like navigating the map or selecting weapons." He continued to add,.

    "What impressed us were not only the new features of the DualShock 4, but how the existing ones have been improved. The best example of that is the motion control, which is way more precise than before. You can use it to adjust your aiming with the bow and the level of accuracy we get with it is really impressive."

    He also mentioned that the core gameplay still remains around steal, which is just music to my ears. He said, "The core of the stealth in Thief remained the same, as it is primarily a game about light and shadow. The game evolved around that aspect, in how we improved the AI, the navigation, the readability, and the structure of the game.”

    “We also took time to look what the other games were doing to make sure that we would make the best Thief game. We looked at how they were introducing their mechanics, how they were making the stealth aspect more accessible, and it helped us to find the right balance."

    If you guys haven’t seen the gameplay yet, be sure to check it out. I believe you will be surprisingly pleased.

    Theif Gameplay Video –  http://youtu.be/XMqdNzCNl5Q

  • TACO BELL'S PS4 PROMO "PLAY THE FUTURE FIRST"

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    Who doesn’t like winning things for free, especially if it is a brand new PlayStation 4? Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) has made a delicious deal with Taco Bell and co-branded a six week promotion called “Play the Future First”.

    This promo started about two weeks ago (sorry for the delay guys!) on the 26th of September. Fortunately however the promo will continue on till the 10th of November. And yes, winners of the promo will be getting their hands on a PS4.

    So how do you take part in this you wonder? All you have to do is buy the beautifully designed PS4-branded Taco Bell $5 Buck Box or Big Box (which includes a Cheesy Gordita Crunch or Crunchwrap Supreme, a Burrito Supreme, a Crunchy Taco and a medium fountain drink) that includes a special code.

    Like all lotteries you’ve got to try out your luck and text it in for a chance to win a PS4 prize pack. The prize pack will include PS4 console, copy of the exclusive title Knack, and a one-year PlayStation Plus membership. That is one hell of a prize pack!

    If anyone remembers, Sony and Taco Bell also teamed up back in 2012 that gave gamers a chance to win a PlayStation Vita. This is what SCEA senior vice president of brand marketing Guy Longworth had to say about the whole deal.

    "Following the positive response from the gaming community for the PS Vita campaign last year, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Taco Bell to tap into the excitement as we prepare to launch PS4 on November 15. PlayStation and Taco Bell both have some of the most loyal fans in the world, and this promotion rewards them by providing an extraordinary opportunity to get their hands on a PS4 before it hits stores."

    The prizes will be shipped to the lucky winners on the 12th of November. And as for the rest of us who might not win one, at least we can get a copy of it ourselves when the PS4 launches on the 15th of November in North America for $399.

  • Early Prototype of DualShock 4 Able to Detect Amount of Sweat

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    In a recent interview with Stuff, PS4 Lead System Architect Mark Cerny said that the DualShock 4 prototype was able to see how moist your palms were at any given time. Although the feature did not make it into the final design (fortunately or unfortunately), this revelation shows that the PS4 development team is really serious about pushing the boundaries of what a game controller can do for the gamers, in addition to what we gamers can do with the controller.

    This feature was part of a long research project which sees the team trying to rectify complaints that some players had regarding the ease of use of the DualShock 3 for playing first person shooters. The end product seems to be the result of that long research, where Cerny said that “we tested the throw of the triggers, the position of the triggers, how much pressure it takes. We looked at the Joysticks, the dead spot, the convexity and concavity. [It] feels extraordinarily natural.”

    I guess it’s a shame that the sweat detection feature was left out then. I can imagine scenarios where I am chased by a group of armed players in a first person shooter game, sweating my palms off, and my in-game character would show signs of anxiety as well.

  • Final Fantasy XV Coming To Both PS4 and Xbox One

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    One of the most anticipated games to come to the next-generation gaming consoles is Final Fantasy XV.  However, this time around, Final Fantasy will not be an exclusive title for the PlayStation 4.  Square Enix, the game developers for Final Fantasy, announced at their E3 press conference that the next installment in the Final Fantasy series would indeed be coming to both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.

    This game has been in the works for some time now, and upon the announcement of the next-generation platforms, they delayed the game even further to accommodate the capabilities of the Xbox one and PS4.  The game was originally announced in 2006 as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, but was revamped when news of the next generation consoles surfaced.  Sadly, for those hoping that the new Final Fantasy would be a launch title, it will not be on the shelves until sometime in 2014.

    Final Fantasy is not the only thing being revamped in anticipation of the next-generation platforms. Along with the new designs and hardware, the PlayStation 4 controller and the Xbox One controller will be redesigned to match the sleek and modern styles of their respective consoles.

    The PS4 controller, unlike the Xbox One controller, will be equipped with a touch pad.  The start and select buttons on the PlayStation 4 controller will now be located on the back side of the newly implemented touch pad.  They will no longer go by the designation of start and select either. Instead, they will now be designated as a share and options button.  The share button will allow gamers to upload numerous aspects of their gaming progress on to different modes of social media, whereas the options button will probably more closely resemble the start button we have all come to know.

    The Xbox One controller, unlike the PS4 controller, will look more-or-less the same as the previous generations model.  The most noticeable difference is the location of the home button, which is now located in the top-center of the controller.  Most of the changes to the Xbox controller are aesthetic and tactile.  For instance, the D-pad is now less obtrusive and more precise, the analogue sticks are designed for better control, the left and right bumpers have been enlarged, and the battery pack is now less bulky than before.

    Regardless of any biased opinions on the matter, both consoles have shown that they take the matter of usability seriously.  And besides, the battle between next-gen consoles will be decided soon enough.

  • Final Fantasy XIV a Sony Exclusive

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    Final Fantasy XIV commences on countless journeys of a legendary revolutionary MMORPG from Square Enix. As a citizen of the new, visually and beautifully stunning realm of Eorzea, as a player, you will engage actively in a storyline. This Playstation 4 narrated high-definition, real-time adventure that features the game players' own highly versatile and customizable characters in the game will fascinate and intrigue you.

    At the Square Enix Future of Final Fantasy E3 conference, it was announced that those who purchased the PS3 game version will be able to transition the accounts they already have with PS3 to the PlayStation 4 version after it is released in 2014. At the conference it was pointed out that the Final Fantasy XIV will be exclusive to PlayStation. This means it will not be available for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

    Gamers will be able to use their PS4 controllers to explore far away magnificent world. There will be the freedom to alter the gameplay experience by exchanging equipments. You have the opportunity to know what your objectives will be whether you have help or not. The game is created in a way that it accommodates a wide variety of play styles. There is the ability to join players from all over the world in a beautiful and exciting adventure of endless possibilities.

    The Playstation 4 Final Fantasy XIV storyline for PS4 focuses on the armed forces of Niflheim who have initiated a disastrous attack on the Kingdom of Lucis. Crown Prince Noctis and his associates have been thrown out of their homes. Now the adventure begins.

    There are obvious changes on the Playstation 4 controller. It has a wide touchpad that is clickable on the top of the DualShock 4 Wireless Controller. This opens new gameplay possibilities for people who are new to Playstation and those who are veterans. The Playstation 4 controller touchpad can respond to up to two fingers at a time. Input on the control is compared to the ones you see on a Smartphone. Instead of the select and start button, now there is an options button.

    The Final Fantasy XIV game and the PS4 controller will both immerse you in a game play that goes beyond the imagination. The latest installment in the Final Fantasy franchise will draw you in on an awe-inspiring adventurous tale in a world filled with the incredible storytelling traditions of Square Enix.

  • PS4 Eliciting a Sense of Pride from DEVs

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    We have heard how the developers were behind the design and architecture of the PS4. We have also heard about how much the devs enjoyed working on the PS4 as a consequence. But now it seems that the devs are enjoying working on the PS4 so much that they have a sense of pride towards it?

    This is what Shuhei Yoshida, Sony Worldwide Studios president, had to say in response to what kind of feedback he expects from the internal teams,

    "I don't have to ask for this feedback, they just tell me. They are so happy that they can just focus on the games. They don't have to spend so much time trying to understand the hardware. The progress that all teams have made is great. That's a consistent message that I get. Many of the team members of the studios were already involved in the discussion of what PS4 should be, what DUALSHOCK 4 should be in terms of improvement from DUALSHOCK 3.

    I get the feeling when I talk to the teams that there's a real sense of pride that they are now using the system they helped to design. They have a genuine passion for showing why PS4 is so special for playing games on. We can show the best of PS4 through our games."

    I guess it makes sense, why wouldn’t you be excited if a console giant finally heard what you wanted in the console that would make your work that much easier. Considering the awesome exclusives that came out for the PS3 regardless of its difficult and trying architecture, I have high hopes for the next gen games. Can’t wait to see all the new experiences the next generation has in store for us.

  • PlayStation 4 Camera Specs

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    In the wake of full specs being revealed for both the Playstation 4 as well as the Dual Shock 4, the official details of the Playstation Camera has also surfaced. The official retail price of the PS4 has been set at $59 or £54. The PS4 Eye camera features a bespoke "AUX" connection to the main console which is awesome because we can then attach this 60/120/240 FPS camera directly to our PCs!

    The new tech demo for the PS4 Camera and the Dual Shock 4 really brought out some cool functionality of the peripherals. It looks just as functional as the Kinect now that it has two camera’s instead of one now. Check out the following video to see it in action:

    Dual Shock 4 + PS4 Camera Tech Demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvpCdtjTrAo

    Official PS4 Camera Specs:

    Product name: PlayStation®Camera Color: Jet Black Product code: CUH-ZEY1 Recommended retail price: US$ 59, Canada$ 59, € 49, and £ 44 External dimension: Approx. 186mm × 27mm× 27mm (width × height × depth)  (tentative) Weight: Approx. 183g (tentative) Video pixel: (Maximum) 1280 × 800 pixel × 2 Video frame rate: 1280×800 pixel @ 60fps 640×400 pixel @ 120fps 320×192 pixel @ 240fps Video format: RAW, YUV (uncompressed) Lens: Dual Lenses, F value/F2.0 fixed focus Capture range: 30cm~∞ Field-of-view: 85° Microphone: 4 Channel Microphone Array Connection type: PS4 dedicated connector (AUX connector) Cable length: Approx. 2m (tentative)

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