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Sony on PS4 HDD Game Installs, Camera, Controller and Language

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46w ago - Today Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida Tweeted confirming several new aspects of their upcoming PlayStation 4 console including details on PS4 HDD game installations, the camera, controller and language support.

Below is a summary, as follows:

On PS4 / PlayStation 4 HDD Game Installations:

  • Jay ‏(_Tracid_): Hello Mr Yoshida, can we use external hard drive to install games without having it on the main internal hard drive?
  • Shuhei Yoshida (yosp)‏: no
  • Anders Lauritsen ‏(LightningAnders): Dear Shuei. Will we be able to do full game installs to HDD from disc (Disc present in tray for verification) on PS4?
  • Shuhei Yoshida ‏(yosp): yes

On the PS4 / PlayStation 4 Camera:

According to Sony, the PS4 Camera supports Navigational Voice Commands. Sony has nonchalantly confirmed (via playstationlifestyle.net/2013/08/29/ps4-camera-supports-navigational-voice-commands-sony-confirms/) that the PlayStation Camera supports navigational voice commands during their GameStop Expo Conference.

Sony sent a statement to Polygon yesterday, saying, "Sony Computer Entertainment can confirm that PlayStation Camera allows for voice recognition and we will look forward...
 

Rumor: PSP UMD's to Get Partial Memory Stick Game Installs

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286w ago - TiltedScreen (linked above) reports that more publishers plan on allowing PSP UMD games to partially install on the memory sick, much in the same way that PS3 games install.

Apparently this new feature is already available with two games, to quote:

A few publishers have gotten together because of the all the large Memory Sticks on the market. They plan on allowing the PSP UMD games to install partial data on to the PSP pro duo mem stick.

The install similar to what a handful PlayStation 3 games offer. Mana Khemia: Student Alliance, Dissidia: Final Fantasy, and if a menu screen is anything to go by Irem's Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 3 (Disaster Report 3) will too.

Games such as Final Fantasy has a data install feature that will let you choose how much space you want to use: 243 MB, 371 MB, or 520 MB. More space means shorter load times in between battles.

Now none of these games are out yet in the US, but 2 games are already scheduled to show up state side. Will this feature help with the PSP piracy issue... or add to it, what do you think?
 

Speed up your PlayStation Network Downloads with Auto-Installs!

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300w ago - Tonight I was downloading some content I had been missing out on the last week due to band rehersals and some light work here and there...

Now normally I would've just background-downloaded all of my stuff and walked away from it until it was done - I'm glad I didn't.

A big complaint with the PSN is the fact when you download something of the store you then have to install it. This means the long process becomes longer...

Well, tonight I found out that if you que up all you want to download and individually download it from the store menu or your drop down download list, without doing a background download, it not only increased my speed from an average of 1MB every 4 seconds to 1MB every 1 second to 2 seconds, but it also pre-installs your content for you. So you don't have to go back out and manually do it from your PlayStation 3 XMB.

Now, I have a fast connection and I often average 1MB per second anyways, but a lot of times it's not a constant 1MB per second... Sometimes it drops down to where I am only getting 1mb every 3 to 4 seconds - With this method it was much faster than just putting them all on the background and letting it do it for me.

It might not be as convenient, but it sure went a lot faster. I got over 1.4GB of downloads in under 7 minutes flat...
 

Rumor: 360 Spring Update has Motion Sensor & Game Installs?

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323w ago - If Microsoft follows the same schedule it did last year, the Spring system update for the Xbox 360 should be right around the corner.

Today, an alleged and wholly unconfirmed list of changes included in the "Q2 2008" update was sent to us, supposedly forwarded from an internal source. The full list features about 80 new feature additions, tweaks and changes but was purported to be incomplete and subject to change.

Some are simply interesting as curiosities, such as an option to purchase Xbox Live memberships for charities and the addition of a Media section for audio delivered through feeds, such as podcasts. Others sound more feature robust, such as Windows Live Mail integration and an expanded "Inside Xbox" with news, weather, entertainment, help and community features.

Perhaps the most interesting additions are "Calibration options for motion sensor devices" for the Dashboard and "Support for titles to store installation data on Storage Device for faster loading" for Games. If true, the former would lend further credibility to frequent rumors that Microsoft is planning to introduce a motion controller for the Xbox 360.

The ability to store installation data on a hard drive–as is done with some PlayStation 3 games–would certainly be a welcome option, if that's how the wording...
 

Why do some PS3 games require HDD installs?

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329w ago - MTV have found out that some Blu-ray games require installs to the hard drive because Blu-ray drives can only read at one speed.

"When this is combined with the extremely large size of Blu-ray discs, and simply dumping existing DVD data onto a Blu-ray disc will inevitably result in longer load times."

To quote: The issue arises from differences in the reading techniques of DVD and Blu-ray. By nature, the outer and inner parts of a disc move at different speeds while a disc is spinning, regardless of format (CD, DVD, Blu-ray, HD-DVD, etc.).

While DVD drives can read data at those differing speeds, Blu-ray reads at one speed. Combine that with the extremely large size of Blu-ray discs, and simply dumping existing DVD data onto a Blu-ray disc will inevitably result in longer load times.

Installations are a way around this issue.

When a publisher asks you to install a game on PS3, it's because they're moving some of the disc data to an area of your console that has much faster read access: the hard drive. You get vastly reduced loading times, but have to sit through an installation.
 
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