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Sony Cuts Costs of PS4 Hardware Production, Price Drop Coming?

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7w ago - Today Sony has made available a [Register or Login to view links] revealing that they have already managed to cut the costs of PS4 hardware production which leaves PlayStation 4 fans curious if a price drop will be coming soon.

To quote: "The cuts have allowed Sony to revise its financial expectations, increasing its projected FY2015 operating income for its Games & Network Services division from 20bn yen to 25bn yen.

"Sales are expected to be higher than the May forecast primarily due to the strong performance of the PS4," Sony said in its latest earnings report. "Operating income is expected to be higher than the May forecast primarily due to PS4 hardware cost reductions."

The reduced costs suggest Sony could be better placed to cut the price of PS4 at an earlier point in its life-cycle - or continue to reap improved profits from ongoing sales.

PS4 sales stood at 7 million in April although Sony has failed to provide an update since. PS3 and PS4 sold a combined 3.4m units between April-June 2014, however, of which the vast majority are expected to be PS4."


 

Video: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Opening Cutscene Revealed

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51w ago - Square Enix Associate Product Manager Mat Kishimoto has revealed the opening cutscene in a video showcasing Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII on PS3 below.

To quote: The story and world of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII has been shrouded in mystery. You already know you get to play as Lightning in order to save the world in only 13 days.

You already know you get to battle through this world with and against some of your favorite characters from this universe. And until now, we've only teased about Snow's inclusion.

So without further ado, we present to you the opening cinematic to Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, completely uncut in its full five minutes of glory.





While we can't divulge every secret to the story of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, we hope you enjoy the opening and witness Lightning and Snow like you've never seen them before. We also hope this cinematic gets you hyped for how truly awesome the end of Lightning's saga will be.

In case you didn't already know, pre-ordering Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII equips you with Cloud Strife's buster sword, Soldier first class outfit, and victory fanfare - all for the low price of... FREE!
 

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for PlayStation 3 Cuts to the Chase

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106w ago - Sony Social Media Manager Sid Shuman has detailed Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for PlayStation 3 today stating that it cuts to the chase!

Below are the details, to quote: Let's not mince words. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is in most ways the polar opposite of the Metal Gear Solid series, abandoning restraint and resourcefulness in favor of unapologetic brutality.

If Metal Gear Solid was an elegant switchblade, Revengeance is a rip-roaring chainsaw.

The opening tutorial mission wastes no time in showing off the game's much-touted Blade Mode, a surprisingly intuitive mechanic that boasts palpable precision. You press and hold L1 to slow time, then hold the right analog stick to wind up your slice.

Hold the stick to the right and Raiden will draw his sword to the right; release the stick and he'll slash from right to left, cleaving obstacles and baddies in two. It's a devastating and deeply satisfying attack, but it's slow and expends fuel cells so it's best reserved for surgical strikes.

Blade Mode has been much discussed, but less has been said regarding Revengeance's impactful combo system. You can tap Square and Triangle (wide attack and strong attack, respectively) to fire off rapid slashes and acrobatic flip kicks ala Dante in Devil May Cry.
 

Video: The Last of Us PS3 Cutscene: The Sky Has Turned Grey

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122w ago - Naughty Dog Community Strategist Eric Monacelli has posted up a cutscene video trailer today on the upcoming PS3 title The Last of Us dubbed The Sky Has Turned Grey below.

To quote: It's been nearly six months since we [Register or Login to view links] The Last of Us and development has been a bustling beehive of activity.

If you picked up the March 2012 issue of [Register or Login to view links] or saw any of the online coverage, you might have read about Joel and Ellie's visit to an abandoned city.

Today, we are excited to share a very fresh, very provocative video that should answer some of your questions about what went down inside those city walls. You'll get an idea of what it takes to be a survivor in Joel and Ellie's heartless new world.

Joel and Ellie won't have an easy road ahead of them. Their path across the US will intersect with other survivors, some of whom won't be friendly. In this scene set to the somber chords of Hank Williams, Sr., Joel and Ellie continue their journey west in a battered pickup truck.





As they drive towards the next destination on their route, and hopefully a place to find critical...
 

Video: InFamous 2: Creating PS3 UGC Graphic Novel Cutscenes

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146w ago - Sucker Punch Productions Community Manager Collin Moore has posted up a video guide today demonstrating how to create UGC graphic novel cutscenes on InFamous 2 for the PS3 console.

To quote: InFamous 2 user-generated content continues to grow at a tremendous rate: we are seeing missions that use UGC in ways we never could have imagined and the community continues to amaze us with some truly creative missions.

Second, we want to thank everyone for making inFAMOUS: Festival of Blood the fastest-selling PSN game in history!

A couple of weeks ago we released an update for inFAMOUS 2 that included the 2D Cut Scene tool that was in packaged inFAMOUS: Festival of Blood.

This update allows you to create your own comic book-inspired cut scenes for your missions, giving you tons of control over the types of stories you tell. To guide you through the creation process, we created a new video tutorial explaining the basics of the 2D Cut Scene tool – you can watch it below.





If you are new to UGC, be sure to watch all of our tutorials which will explain all the basics on creating a great UGC mission.

Stay tuned to [Register or Login to view links] and join our...
 
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