10w ago - Following up on the previous PS4 updates, today details on the PlayStation 4 Audio Processor (ACP) have surfaced from Sony documention.
To quote (via VGLeaks.com, linked above): "Mark Cerny confirmed in an interview that PlayStation 4 uses hardware expressly dedicated to audio tasks. What are the capabilities of this hardware? What is Sony telling to developers about it?
Here we have some material from Sony’s presentations where you can learn more about audio custom hardware in PS4. This dedicated hardware will manage basic tasks, for game or system, relying on the CPU or GPU for advanced tasks.
Another important point is that this audio block is not programmable by developers directly, they could only access it via OS."
PS4 Audio Processor (ACP)
Custom Audio Block
Access mediated by OS
Not programmable by game teams
Performs encoding and decoding
Game: 200+ MP3 or equivalent streams
System: Encoding and decoding for voice chat, etc...
14w ago - Today R*Q at RockStar debuted the official Grand Theft Auto V PlayStation 3 TV trailer with details below!
To quote: Los Santos: a sprawling, sun-soaked metropolis full of self-help gurus, starlets, and fading celebrities. Once the envy of the Western world, now struggling to stay afloat in an era of economic uncertainty and cheap reality TV.
Amidst the turmoil, three very different criminals plot their own chances of survival and success. Franklin, a street hustler looking for real opportunities and serious money; Michael, a professional ex-con whose retirement is a lot less rosy than he hoped it would be; and Trevor, a violent maniac driven by the chance for a cheap high and the next big score.
Running out of options, the crew risks everything in a series of daring and dangerous heists that could set them up for life.
Despire recently being leaked on PSN, Grand Theft Auto V officially launches September 17th, 2013.
17w ago - Today MoejoeWins shared a video on YouTube of a PS4 User Interface leak (early PlayStation 4 Test Kit build) with some preliminary details below.
To quote: An early look at the PS4 UI, which was accidentally shown during a Blacklight: Retribution demo earlier today on a test kit.
This layout may or may not be used in the retail version but we do get to hear some sound effects and see animations that could appear in the finished product. He does say that this is a very early build (though he may have been referencing the game) and that this was one of the first test kits to go out.
Some interesting tidbits/speculation based off of what's shown:
The PS4 can recover from a game crash without locking up.
Games are considered applications and can apparently run alongside other applications (multi-tasking).
If you're connected to the internet, application information is automatically updated in the dynamic menu.
Note sure about this: The built-in DVR can automatically start up when you start a game? Or maybe when you turn it on it stays on? Maybe it was being used for this livestream? (in which case this is pretty damn good quality).
26w ago - Sony Social Media and Community Manager Roberto Kusabbi invites fans to Go behind-the-scenes at E3 2013 today with PlayStation on Instagram.
To quote: Hi readers - my name is Roberto and I'm new here. You may see me a bit more in the future as I manage PlayStation EU's social spaces, like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and any others we may add in future.
Fred has kindly let me come on here, say hi, and tell you about something we're working on for E3. Thanks Fred!
First of all, I wanted to let you all know that we have some big plans for our social spaces, so do stick with us. And if you currently follow us on Facebook, Twitter or anywhere else, please keep letting us know what you like and what you don't like - it really helps us improve.
We want to make our social spaces as engaging, fun and visual as possible, and we'll be testing all sorts of things in the future to ensure we pull that off.
With the annual E3 show just around the corner, we've been thinking about how we can best tell the story of the week to our fans. With it being such a visual event, we thought that one of the best ways we could do that is with Instagram.
Our American colleagues have an account up-and-running right now, and in future we'll be sharing the management of the...