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  1. Moscow-based developer, Dinosaurum Games, has announced that they are working on a new game exclusively for the Playstation 4. The game titled Without Memory focuses on a girl who wakes up mysteriously in a forest with a serious case of amnesia. Decision making will play a large role in the game and will set up multiple endings. Founded only last year, the new studio points to Quantic Dream as their inspiration. Similar to Quantic Dream's games, Without Memory will be a third person "interactive thriller". The game will also use Unreal Engine 4 and feature a semi-open world. Dinosaurum Games hopes to launch Without Memory sometime in 2016. Stay tuned to Game Podunk for further updates! Is 2016 too far away to get excited? Source: Dualshockers via Dinosaurum
  2. Steve Bitto

    PS4 Exclusive DRIVECLUB Gets a Release Date

    Shuhei Yoshida announced today on the Playstation Blog that DRIVECLUB will launch on October 7, 2014 in North America exclusively for the Playstation 4. Originally slated as a PS4 launch title, DRIVECLUB was delayed indefinitely with many wondering just how troubled the game's development was. In March it was revealed that game director Col Rodgers had left Evolution Studios the previous month which only added to the speculation. Shuhei Yoshida offered this explanation today for the issues surrounding DRIVECLUB's development, "The problem with being ambitious is you have to be prepared to accept there will be challenges along the way. What DRIVECLUB offers has not been previously achieved in this category, and, because of this, the team needed more time to give you the game you“re waiting for." As one of only a few announced PS4 exclusives, Sony will need DRIVECLUB to shine come October. Keep it at Game Podunk for more on this and other Playstation 4 news. Source: Playstation Blog
  3. The Playstation 4 will be getting a "significant" update in the near future. According to the Playstation Blog, software update 1.70 will address fan feedback by introducing some new features. Highlights include pre-order downloading, expansion of video sharing options and a video editor titled, SHAREfactory. Pre-order downloading, as you may have guessed, will allow PS4 users to download pre-ordered games. By enabling the auto-download option, pre-ordered games will download to the PS4 ahead of their release dates and be playable when they come out. According to Scott McCarthy of the SCEA, "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." Additionally, the update will give players the option to save gameplay video to external USB drives. Lastly the update introduces SHAREfactory, the PS4's own video editing app. "SHAREfactory will... allow 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." The video below is a preview of what the app can do. Source: Playstation Blog Sony is really pushing the PS4's sharing options. Do you see yourself making, editing and sharing your gameplay videos?
  4. Owners of inFAMOUS: Second Son for the Playstation 4 will be prompted to download the game's first patch tomorrow, April 17. The patch introduces a number of new options and features in addition to the usual stability fixes Here is a list of what players can look forward to: Stability improvements Ability to lock the frame rate at a constant 30 FPS Option to change the time of day after beating the game Option to remove the HUD The game will now pause if a player's Dualshock 4 runs out of battery A notification in the options menu letting players know if they qualify for the "Unstoppable" trophy awarded for beating the game on expert difficulty Photo Mode Developer Sucker Punch Productions decided to add Photo Mode to the patch after seeing the impressive screenshots players had already taken via the PS4's sharing features. The new mode allows players to pause the game and take screenshots using a number of photo tools previously only available internally at Sucker Punch. They did note that players would not be able to use Photo Mode during cutscenes however. Stay tuned to Game Podunk for the latest on inFAMOUS: Second Son and more! Source: Playstation Blog Will you be taking screenshots in the new Photo Mode tomorrow?
  5. It has been more than a week since the E3 conference where the biggest news on the lips and minds of the gaming world was the Playstation 4 and Xbox One and their upcoming salvos for the next-gen console war. In a first for the company, Nintendo decided not to hold a conference like its two rivals, focusing more on a purist approach via pre-recorded off-site video streamed showcases of their new and old game series and showing off their heavy hitting titles at select Best Buy stores. Nintendo and their new series of “Nintendo Direct” showings were their answer to what they felt was the overt pomp and majesty that gaming events have become: light shows, jumbo screens, fast-talking announcers, and celebrity guests. Countless amounts of money and time are put into these showcases and from Nintendo“s point of view, were a waste of their money and time. By way of the Nintendo Direct events, they wanted to remove the bloated middleman that was the flashy showbiz style of E3 and focus on the gameplay and nothing else with their sparse aesthetic. However, this Spartan media campaign I believe has done far more harm than good for the big N. With their absence from the E3 conference stage – while a solid strategic move to avoid the chance of being upstaged by Sony and Microsoft, essentially removed even the possibility of holding their own spotlight during the events. What appeared to be Nintendo“s folly was they sold themselves and their productions far too short. The games and system features they had were quite impressive and an exciting mixture of old series (the new Super Mario), new gems (Bayonetta 2, Wonderful 101), and the announcement of long awaited legends (Smash Brothers). In addition to all the news of Pokemon X and Y, new playable characters for Smash Brothers, and other networking specs for the Wii U and 3DS, they had more than enough to display on the big stage. And if they were so confident in their philosophies of letting the games speak for themselves, they should have placed enough trust to put it up against the Playstation 4 and Xbox One. While they tried so valiantly to let the games do the talking, their absence spoke much louder. What Nintendo failed to realize was gaming and the entire world of it has vastly changed. As the games become more complex and the production values rival that of many theatrical films, the glitz, pomp, and showmanship that is E3 fits right in with the movie galas for the latest movie by Spike Lee or Joss Whedon. The spectacle has become just as much a part of the experience as the games themselves. By not showing the games off live on stage, they lost some of that magic that can only come about with living eyes and ears. There is no way that a Nintendo Direct live cast can recreate the madcap roar that the new Battlefront game made. An isolated video of Mega Man fighting Mario cannot record the cacophony of applause and cheers that the Sony conference received when they announced the Playstation 4 can play used games. A single trailer being shown in the vacuum of a silent studio cannot and will not match the fervor of live audience of gaming journalists and attendee watching with slacked jaws as an entire building comes crashing down before them during the Battlefield 4 multiplayer demo. Without that human factor, without that showmanship and glitz that solidifies the experience and the sense of wonder, Nintendo came off looking listless and cold in comparison - which is why it was no surprise that so many people felt underwhelmed by Nintendo and so much more fervor was placed on Playstation 4 and the Xbox One respectively. While it is still far too early to count Nintendo out of the game already, E3 was truly a sign that something must change or grow within Nintendo if they wish to not be left by the wayside. If the Wii U and Nintendo honestly want to stay as a contender in the coming console war, they have to start showing up on the battlefield.
  6. Marshall Henderson

    E3 2013: Sony Conference Recap

    A lot of people were excited to see the large showing of games for the Xbox One, but there were still some issues. The PlayStation 4 has been playing ti close to the vest, however, as to whether they've got any responses to that, Now, at E3 2013, the battleground has been set. Will this be when Sony decides to take off the kid gloves and start punching Xbox in the face? Or has the library revealed for the Xbox One, as well as the hype train from it being more recently announced, given Microsoft a chance to win E3 once and for all? Check out the recap below to find out! [6:17 PM] Okay, so they were almost 20 minutes late, but hey, it's finally starting! Some sweet jams play while swirly ribbon-y things flip around the screen. Face button shapes appearing and whatnot. [6:18] The jams are being pumped up, while we get a montage of a bunch of different games. The Last of Us, GTA5, Final Fantasy X, some baseball, other stuff. We are now moving into our third genre of music. [6:20] Jack Tretton takes the stage. The bass has been dropped, now he's going to drop some Sony business... after he talks about how much he loves everyone. The feelings are high. [6:22] He said "Playstation Vita," which I thought was illegal for Sony. Time to drop some knowledge about the Vita. "Vita owners have purchased an average of ten games." He doesn't specify what kind of games, so that is probably the most inclusive statistic. Arkham Origins, Counterspy, Doki Doki Universe, Kill Zone Mercenary, and Tearaway. God of War HD 1 and 2, Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2, Flower, Dead Nation are all coming to the Vita. [6:25] The Walking Dead, 400 Days, is coming this summer to Vita. A bundle with the full first series and the new one come this Summer. The Vita's supposedly super-attached to the PS4. It's supposed to be the ultimate companion app. [6:26] PlayStation 3 game lineup time. They're opening with The Last of Us, which Tretton identified as "Game of the Year candidate." I think it's already pretty clear how dope this game is supposed to be, based on reviews and stuff. [6:28] Puppeteer is next. The trailer shows off the platforming and stuff. Very LBP-esque. Immediately after that, the trailer for Rain, coming this Fall. Soft music and stuff to make us all cry openly. [6:29] Beyond: Two Souls. Willem Dafoe's here, telling Ellen Page to go join the military, and the rest of the trailer os far is about her doing just that. Running through tires and firing guns and stuff. [6:30] Now Ellen Page has to go hunt down terrorists. This trailer makes it look basically like a military shooter, with mild sexual tension between Ellen Page and Random Guy. [6:31] Gran Turismo 6! More cars that look good, more driving around. Weird emphasis on solar panels. It has a new physics engine, so your car can flip. New tire models, new suspension model. New aerodynamics model. Adaptive tessellation. New rendering engine. [6:32] So the lesson to take away, as with every racing game, is that cars go fast, stuff looks mad real. You should more or less know what to expect with this stuff. [6:33] That was all for PS3 stuff. Tretton's now talking about The Last of Us again. [6:34] It's Batman time. Bane was there, Black Skull have a small amount of face time. Black Mask is not happy with Batman, so he puts a hit out on The Batman. Deathstroke, Deadshot, and Bane. [6:35] If your fears about Troy Baker as the Batman were sincere, you have nothing to worry about. Gadgets are different, even in a prequel, they're better. As usual. The Joker had a bit of voice-time as well. [6:36] Some PlayStation-exclusive stuff. Also, an exclusive GTA5 bundle for $299 for PS3. Also, a headset, because you want to use stage time to talk about peripherals. [6:37] Sony dreams of bringing a more "Immersive, innovative experience." Let's go ahead and check that off of everyone's bingo lists. [6:38] Andrew House is here to talk about PlayStation 4. [6:39] The PlayStation 4! It's....! Well, it's a black box. Kind of looks like the PlayStation 3 mixed with a Wii? Or like a Blu-Ray player. [6:40] They strive to assure that their services are relevant and meaningful, House says. They're showing a bunch of videos and stuff, so I guess they're covering the Microsoft in the livingroom stuff... Why? [6:41] CEO of Sony Entertainment Michael Lynton takes the stage. Lynton says they're ready to do next generation stuff "for gamers." He's discussing the music and other media, and name-drops Daft Punk, Nine In Nails, and Jack White. The '90s live! [6:43] Sony's big connections to all forms of media are apparently to play into the PlayStation Network, and the programming is to be tailor-made for gamers, so he says. [6:44] Video Unlimited, where you can buy videos and stuff. [6:45] Music Unlimited is still a thing, and can be used on non-PlayStation stuff. [6:46] Redbox Instant is coming to PlayStation Network. They're making a point where, as they talk about the media-oriented stuff, they keep saying, "This is tailored to gamers." [6:47] Shuhei Yoshida is taking the stage now that they're done talking about that junk. [6:48] "I'm so excited to begin... *pause*" Yoshida is wearing a really sleek suit. "We, the gamers, use social media" for the purpose of discussing games. Yoshida discusses his Twitter. [6:50] "A highly imaginative new IP, coming exclusive to the PS4." Santa Monica Studios. Looks sorta of Steampunk-y. Victorian-esque setting, airships of some variety, as well as guns. Whitechapel. A woman with a gun, some guys with awesome facial hair. [6:52] Uh oh! The carriage driver was killed! They have radios, and subway trains. [6:53] A bunch of groaning humanoids are all in the fog and causing a ruckus, so the characters are killing them. The Order is the name of the game. [6:54] Yoshida says the demos and stuff will be online on their Facebook and Twitter, and on PlayStation.com. [6:55] Killzone Shadow Fall. As expected, it's another FPS, though this seems a little more colorful, and the gadgets include a drone that can put up shields and stuff. [6:56] RACING time! Driveclub, which was just pretty cars and driving fast. [6:56] inFamous: Second Son. The main dude is a vandal, his brother is a cop. The facial capture is really good. [6:58] Nirvana remix in the trailer... [6:58] Another look at Knack, which still looks pretty good. Very briefly. [6:58] All three of those games will be released on launch. Q1 of 2014. [6:59] Quantic Dream has done another tech demo, this one named The Dark Sorcerer. The Old Man is back! He's the Dark Sorcerer. [7:01] Oh, it's a funny! It's a film-screen room! (Note: It was not funny) [7:03] Time to talk about indies. Adam Boyes takes the stage. He says that Shuhei Yoshida has the most infectious smile in the industry. He is not wrong. [7:04] Supergiant Games's Amir Rao Greg Kasavin take the stage. Transistor is to make its debut on PS4 early next year. Cloudbank is the city, where everyone has a voice, but some people are disappearing. The art style is similar-ish to Bastion, and the gameplay is not dissimilar, but the feel of the game seems pretty different. [7:06] Indies are to be able to self-publish their own content. [7:07] Don't Starve is apparently PS4-bound. Tribute Games is working with them again to bring Mercenary Kings to PS4. Young Horses is joining. Octodad: Dadliest Catch is coming to PS4. Secret Ponchos, a shooter/fighting(?) game, Outlast, Odd World Inhabitants. New remake of Oddworld. Galaxy, a sidescrolling space shooter. [7:10] Each of these above are PS4 exclusives. [7:11] Diablo III will have exclusive items from PlayStation games. [7:12] Tetsuya Nomura left a video message about Square Enix. There's a Final Fantasy Versus XIII trailer. That child's face is stupid-looking. [7:14] A little bit of gameplay. It's action-oriented, some wall-climbing. It looks largely like a hack-and-slash. Some familiar classic monsters, like a Behemoth, Leviathan... Well, it's Final Fantasy XV now. [7:16] A new Kingdom Hearts trailer! Recaps of the old games, and now Sora is on Destiny Island, in a different version of his KH2 outfit. Actual gameplay! "Now in Development," meaning we'll see it in 20 years. [7:18] Final Fantasy XIV will be coming to PS4 and PS3. Pirates PIRATES Assassin's Creed: Black Flag pirates. [7:20] The environments look pretty great, a rich forest, fog and stuff. [7:22] The gameplay looks mostly samey, but if you like AssCreed, the jungle environment might be reason enough to pick it up. [7:23] Back to set-pieces! And Kenway's on a boat now, because pirate. Ship-to-ship combat and what not. The demo's freezing to business. They cut it. [7:25] Watch_Dogs. You can drive, go in coffee shops. [7:30] A little more gameplay than we've seen in the past, showing off some of the hacking and ranged stuff. [7:31] Ugh, it looks like they're using the hacking as a generic puzzle-solving method. [7:33] PlayStation owners get an hour of additional gameplay for Watch_Dogs. [7:33] Sports time! Lebron James is playing basketball digitally. It's a bunch of glamour shots. NBA2k14. [7:35] Bethesda time, The Elder Scrolls Online. For the first time, this actually looks like a TES game to me. It comes to PS4 Spring, 2014. It will have a beta first on PlayStation 4. [7:38] Some dead bodies, a junked up car... Is... Is that a Raider outfit...? Is this... [7:39] Is this.... Oh. It's just Mad Max. [7:40] Exclusive Road Warrior survival kit only on PlayStation. Jack Tretton is back on stage. [7:41] PS4 won't impose restrictions on used games. The audience is crapping themselves right now. [7:42] Just as the applause dies down, it starts back up again. They don't require an online connection, yet another audience cheer. [7:44] Cross-game voice chat, transition to friends network, share button, whatnot. PlayStation Plus is a focus now. PS+ membership carries over to PS4. They secretly slipped in that multiplayer is a little more in-line with Microsoft's previous stuff, in that you have to pay for multiplayer. [7:45] PlayStation Plus gets Driveclub on PS4 at the PS4 launch. [7:46] A new game every month for free, Don't Starve, Outlast, Secret Ponchos as examples. "PlayStation is all about games." [7:47] Now, Destiny is on-screen. Some ambient music, "Earth, Many Years from Now." Landscapes. A small collection of rusted out cars, and some bug monsters jumping around and scoping down planes and stuff. [7:50] It's some normal FPS gameplay so far, multiplayer. They're approaching a huge city. The lighting is pretty, it's fairly colorful as a game, relatively-speaking. There's some magic. He summoned a "ghost" which flies around and provides a flashlight. [7:51] There are integrated HUD features, like the ammo count on an LED screen on the gun, but it stil lhas a conventional hud for some reason. [7:52] A little combat. Iron sights, soe melee. The bad guys can fire Spirit Bomb-looking things. I think Jack Tretton just cackled. [7:54] Jack Tretton's a terrible team player. It has loots and stuff. [7:57] A third player shows up, a public event. Apparently a lot of people can join and they are fighting in an arena. Dropship is dropping stuff, including a gant robot spider monster. [7:58] Lots of people showing up now. They're shooting the legs off of the robot spider. [7:59] Despite the awful stage banter, Destiny looks like a pretty solid FPS. [8:00] Andrew House is back. They're discussing the cloud-based videogame stuff. Cloud service is available in 2014, including PS4, PS3, and PS Vita, allowing fast gaming networks. [8:02] PlayStation 4 is priced at $399. It'll be out this holiday season. And that's it! Sony had one little slow point, but they apparently were geared to fight in this E3. They addressed people's fears about Microsoft, brought out a strong and diverse line-up, and even nailed it on price. Online connection has to be paid for now, and the Vita got very, very little love on stage, but other than that, it looks like a categorical victory for Sony. Recap written by Marshall Henderson. Screencaps provided by Jason Clement. But who wore it better? Sony. Sony wore it better, but if you disagree, or just want to let loose, hit the comments below and let your voice be heard!
  7. Blazeknyt

    Console Growth: Stagnation?

    All eyes are on Microsoft as with every passing day, as the revelation of the new Xbox draws closer. Nintendo has already released their next gen Wii U to the public, while the Playstation 4 has only had videos and specs released. But there“s something weird going on this generation. There“s no new overhaul of…anything really. Unless Microsoft can manage to introduce something new and substantial, everything we“ve seen is a natural evolution, but nothing substantial and groundbreaking. Nintendo and Sony have both pushed social media as a new tool to utilize. Nintendo introduced their hub world, where people can see what others are playing and interact with each other via messages that are typed, written, even drawn. The Playstation 4 announcement was heavily playing toward sharing gameplay videos with one“s friends. There's a "share" button... While this function is a foreseeable evolution in gaming, there“s nothing groundbreaking that is making people go crazy. When the Nintendo 64 was released in 1996, the big breakthrough was graphics. Games could be played in 3D now! When the Playstation 2 was revealed, the big breakthrough was graphics yet again. Polygons were there, yes, but the models were such a far cry from the blocky look that the Playstation 1 had. The game characters, despite certain outfits, were starting to have some kind of realistic features. I still remember looking at certain games and thinking that it looked real! And the Playstation 2 was released in 2000! Still looks impressive to this day While the PS2 had some kind of online capabilities, it was well implemented in a console by Microsoft when they burst into the scene with Xbox. With games becoming more grandiose, and online interactivity becoming the big thing, someone decided to take the helm and make game consoles go online. That was a big breakthrough for Microsoft, and when the next gen systems came out (360, PS3, Wii), all of them had online capabilities. But where do we go now? The Wii U made a nice move with the tablet style controller. Now people are less reliant on playing on a TV, but it“s still a console, and those are made to work with TVs. It just won“t be the same playing without a TV. Video sharing seems like a rather small update, and graphics can only get so powerful and realistic. Before we know it, we will hit the uncanny valley. On the flip side of this discussion comes the bright side. Maybe with all of this stagnation and less upgrading the technology, people won“t actually focus on the technology and focus on making the games great. It“s not that we haven“t been getting great games, but developers and game makers might be able to get used to the new technology in a shorter period of time. With the new launch, there“s probably a higher chance of big studios trying new IPs. The market will hopefully get less people whining as well. We're depending on you This is all just speculation, but it still makes me wonder what is going to happen to the console market in the future. Only the Wii U is out, so we don“t know the full capabilities of the other 2 systems will be. Will the console market make a big splash, or will it barely make a ripple in the water? Feel free to contribute your own thoughts on the upcoming console generation!
  8. Jordan Haygood

    PS4 Announcement - Abridged Version

    While I am interested in the PS4 itself, I was a little underwhelmed by the first ever reveal of the console, as many others seem to be. Among the underwhelmed parties is the site Video Gamer, who posted this abridged version of the PS4 announcement on YouTube that I found to be pretty hilarious: Warning: There is some explicit language in this video.
  9. Jordan Haygood

    Watch_Dogs Confirmed for Wii U Release

    Following the tail-end of the big PlayStation 4 announcement, Ubisoft has announced that one of the PS4 titles shown off, Watch_Dogs (yes, underscore included), will also be seeing a release on Nintendo's Wii U alongside its PS4 release. This is no doubt good news for Wii U owners who wanted this to happen. It was already rumored that this would happen thanks to some leaked promotional material, but as soon as Sony's PlayStation conference came to an end, Ubisoft didn't hesitate to give us a press release about the game. This press release confirmed these rumors, now making Watch_Dogs an official Wii U title. No release date was given, however, other than the fact that it's set to be released simultaneously with the PS4. Here is an excerpt from the press release for more info about the game: As demonstrated onstage today at PlayStation Meeting 2013, Watch_Dogs“ ambitious scope illustrates that Ubisoft is once again at the forefront of new technologies, giving freedom to development teams to create unprecedented entertainment experiences. Development of Watch_Dogs is being led by Ubisoft Montreal, with support from Ubisoft“s Bucharest, Paris, Quebec and Reflections studios. Receiving more than 83 awards and nominations at E3 2012 where it was first announced, Watch_Dogs blends cutting-edge technologies and sophisticated game design into a realistic, living open world. In Watch_Dogs, players will experience the realities of living in our fully connected society, where individuals and corporations are at risk of exposure by our ever-increasing reliance on networks and technology. Players will assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a new type of vigilante who, with the help of his smartphone, will use his ability to hack into Chicago“s central operating system (ctOS) and control almost every element of the city. Aiden will be able to tap into the city“s omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control systems such as traffic lights or public transportation to stop a chase, and more. The city of Chicago is now the ultimate weapon. ...Watch_Dogs will be available on PS4 at launch, along with its release on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Wii Uâ„¢ system from Nintendo and Windows PC. Yes, Watch_Dogs is also releasing for the PS3 and Xbox 360, but it's still nice to see that the first two next-gen consoles will both be getting the game as well. Plus, the game provide some interesting use of the GamePad, considering the game is centered around a smartphone. Whatever happens, we'll have to wait for the PS4 release to get our hands on any version. Will you be getting Watch_Dogs? Which version do you plan on getting?
  10. Marshall Henderson

    Sony Shows Off Four Games for PlayStation 4

    Four by four, Sony marched in with their announcements today, discussing four exclusive titles for the PlayStation 4. Killzone Shadow Fall, Driveclub, inFAMOUS Second Son, and The Witness each got floor time at Sony's press event today, dazzling people away from the dearth of Vita titles. Guerilla Games's presentation for Killzone Shadow Fall wasn't there to show off a gripping narrative, but certainly demonstrated what the PlayStation 4 is supposedly capable of doing. The footage showed a giant, foggy city, at pre-rendered cutscene-quality for many other games, that came down with a sudden case of First-Person Shooting. Knife kills claimed the lives of several Helghast-looking people, and an assault rifle that could transition into a sniper rifle claimed the lives of a lot more. In the end, enemy helicopters surrounded the main character, and the demo ended. Shooters, though, are not everyone's thing. Some people just want to race cars and do so in style, which is the goal of Evolution Studio's Driveclub. As is the standard for most 'realistic' racing games, Driveclub took great cares to make pretty the cars. Of course they were shiny, but headlights showed light refracting through the wax in rainbows, and the interior materials supposedly reflect light differently. Time, of course, will tell. Driveclub seems to focus on team-based racing, and takes a first person view from inside the car. If you loved the driving in Far Cry 2... It's been a while since Sony gave fans of inFAMOUS anything to cheer about, so inFAMOUS Second Son apparently intends to rectify that. Taking place within a city under martial law, Second Son seems to center around rebels that are fighting for freedom, with superpowers, of course. Unfortunately, there didn't appear to be any live gameplay, so how pretty the shown footage was shouldn't knock anyone's socks off. The big-ticket games are well and good, but indie games are where the wealth in original ideas come from, so Braid's Jonathan Blow came out to talk about The Witness. The Witness is a PlayStation 4 exclusive, and centers around exploration. Straddling the line between pretentious and visionary (or perhaps favoring one side more than the other), Blow described the open world puzzle game as an open-world game that focuses on cutting out redundant features, centering on concept-pertinent puzzles, and having the theme of epiphanies. It's an attractive enough line-up, but hopefully that doesn't peter off after release. Of course, Sony would never do that. The current date for release is, of course, Holiday 2013 for the console. You can look forward to new details as they arrive, and we'll have 'em right here, nice and warm for you.
  11. The internet has been abuzz for over a year with rumors about Sony's next generation console (codenamed "Orbis") and what its specs are, but it looks as if Sony is finally ready to announce it to the world. Earlier today on Twitter, Sony's Playstation account tweeted a cryptic message that said "See the future" and included a link to teaser site that points to the date February 20th at 6pm. Included on the site is a short teaser that shows surges of light/electricity moving around the four symbols from the dualshock controller's face buttons. The last bit of evidence that this likely is the Playstation 4 reveal is the fact that you can sign up to be alerted by email when the announcement is made. "Be the first to know" is shown right above this. It wouldn't be too out of character for Sony to announce the PS4 on Feb. 20th, as it would cut out all the speculation and rumors (many that could be false, in fact) that would likely run rampant before E3. In any event, keep your eyes peeled for more info on February 20th at 6pm EST. Update #1 Video game analyst Michael Pachter stated on Twitter that Sony is inviting investors and media to the event, which shows that a next generation console reveal is all but confirmed at this event.
  12. Rumors for Sony's and Microsoft's next-gen consoles have been pouring in a lot lately, with anonymous sources spouting technical specs and others speaking of a 2013 release date. None of these rumors have been proven as of yet, but it appears that Sony's own CEO Kazuo Hirai has provided some interesting hints about his plans on timing for the PS4, suggesting that they might wait until Microsoft makes their move. "Why go first when your competitors can look at your specifications and come up with something better?".said Hirai when asked about console release windows. This train of thought mirrors Nintendo's reason for waiting on releasing their tech specs too early before releasing their own next-get console, so some could see this as a good business move. But keep in mind that Hirai hasn't officially stated this as a company decision of the PlayStation business, so it is unknown if his colleagues feel the same way. One senior source of CVG told them that it would be "ridiculous" to give the next Xbox another head-start when you consider how much ground Microsoft gained last time by launching the 360 a year before the PlayStation 3. Whether Sony does wait for Microsoft before releasing their new home console or attempts to gain more ground on them this generation remains to be seen. We'll surely hear some info in the months to come, though, and E3 seems like as likely a time and place as any. Do you expect Sony to wait for Microsoft before releasing their console as their CEO suggests or do you think they'll try releasing it before them to gain more ground?
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