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Ex-Sony Engineer Kazuya Sakakihara Left His Name Inside Every PS4

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7w ago - Today Kotaku reports that Ex-Sony Engineer Kazuya Sakakihara left his name inside every PlayStation 4 console, and requires no PS4 decryption to see it because it's written as a text string.

Below are the details, to quote: "Kazuya Sakakihara spent ten years working at Sony as a senior software engineer, helping bring both the PS3 and PS4 to the world. He's no longer at the company (parting ways in early 2013), but before he left he made sure his name quite literally lives on inside the code of pretty much every PlayStation 4.

As you can see here, in this snippet sent in by [Register or Login to view links], Sakakihara has left his name inside the PS4's HDD code. Now, coders leaving "calling cards" is nothing new, it happens all the time, but it's usually left in the "[Register or Login to view links]", the parts where humans leave human messages for other humans. And even then, it's often in the form of initials. Sakakihara's full name is lying there in the actual code, and doesn't require any kind of decryption to see it.

Sure beats scrawling it on the bathroom wall on his last day at the office.

Interestingly, his name also has a typo. I wonder if that was just that, a typo, or whether it was a concession...
 

Video: New Trailer and Details for Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

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28w ago - Composer and Co-Director Jessica Curry posted up a new PS4 trailer video and details for Everybody's Gone to the Rapture from E3 2014 today!

To quote: For the last twelve months, we've had our heads down working hard on Everybody's Gone to the Rapture and it's really exciting to be able to share some more information with you as well as a new trailer:





If you already know The Chinese Room, you'll know that we make story-driven games. Creating a rich, deep world with strong drama and exceptional production values is key to what we're all about.

Rapture is set in a remote valley in June 1984 and is a story about people and how they live with each other. But it's also about the end of the world.

Rapture is inspired by the fiction of John Wyndham, J. G. Ballard, John Christopher and other authors who deal with ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. There's a very particular English feel that we wanted to capture in the game, a combination of the epic and the intimate.

Rapture also came from our obsession with post-apocalyptic gaming, and the simple idea that whilst we normally play as the hero, in reality, most of us would be the piles of ash and bone littering the game world. That's...
 

Video: Gran Turismo Documentary, KAZ, Now Available Everywhere

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46w ago - Sony Director Tamir Moscovici of KAZ: Pushing the Virtual Divide announced today alongside a video that the Gran Turismo documentary KAZ is now available everywhere.

To quote: Hi everyone, my name is Tamir, Director of KAZ: Pushing The Virtual Divide.

It's been over a year since we started the journey in documenting the evolution of Gran Turismo with Kazunori and his team. Since its debut on [Register or Login to view links] on 1/22, the response of the film from the PlayStation and Gran Turismo community has been overwhelming.

KAZ has earned the #1 spot for the Most Popular Documentary and Video Game category for two weeks.

Due to the overwhelming response, I am very happy to announce that PlayStation is now releasing the full film in HD through the following video-sharing channels: YouTube, Vimeo, and Reel House starting today.





For those that want to watch the film with subtitles, Vimeo will have English available immediately, and we'll be updating the site with additional languages as they become available, including Japanese, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese,...
 

PS4 System Software Update 1.50 Firmware & Recovery PUP Arrive

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59w ago - Following up on the initial news and PS4 Firmware v1.50 release, today Sony has officially released PS4 System Software Update 1.50 (technically 1.501) and the Recovery PUP file just days before the North American PlayStation 4 release on November 15, 2013.

Download: [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links]...
 

Everything You Need to Know About Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag

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62w ago - Ubisoft Community Developer Gabriel Graziani has outlined everything fans need to know about Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag below, as follows:

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag is gearing up for launch on PS3 and PS4.

In anticipation of this momentous event, we've created a brand new trailer to deliver all the details you'll need in order to stride confidently in the daunting shoes of Captain Edward Kenway.

With compelling characters, an expansive world, and a near-infinite amount of pirate activities to engage in, Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag is the largest and most immersive game in the Assassin's series.

Get to know Captain Edward Kenway and his host of fearsome pirate allies, like Charles Vane, Anne Bonny, Calico Jack, and Blackbeard. Take on pirate hunter Woodes Rogers, whose ruthlessness is surpassed only by his infamy as the bane of outlaw sailors.





Board the Jackdaw and meet Adéwalé, your talented Quartermaster. He'll ensure the Jackdaw sails true, and will even guide you in upgrading the ship, adding additional cannons, swivel guns, fire barrels, and even the ability to rain hell from the sky with explosive mortars.

Board any ship you please and press its crew into...
 
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