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Wolfenstein: The New Order Out 5/20, Pre-order for Doom Beta Access

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30w ago - Bethesda Softworks Global Community Lead Matt Grandstaff announced today that Wolfenstein: The New Order is out on 5/20 and invites fans to pre-order for Doom Beta access with details below.

To quote: The FPS legend that started it all returns this May! Today we're excited to announce that Wolfenstein: The New Order will arrive on both PS4 and PS3 on Tuesday, May 20th.

And while we're not talking about the game yet, we're excited to announce that with a pre-order of Wolfenstein: The New Order, you will be able to access the beta for the next DOOM game (details at [Register or Login to view links]).

Wolfenstein marks the first Bethesda-published game to arrive on PS4, and will be available on PlayStation Store day 1 for both PS4 & PS3. Developed by [Register or Login to view links], a studio comprised of a seasoned group of developers recognized for their work creating story-driven games, Wolfenstein: The New Order is a reimagining of the FPS franchise from id Software.

The game offers a deep narrative packed with action, adventure and first-person combat rendered in stunning detail with id Software's id Tech 5 engine. And typical of a classic Wolfenstein game, expect plenty of hidden secrets, too.

Wolfenstein:...
 

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Early Access Starts This Weekend

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56w ago - Square Enix Senior Online Community Manager Matt Hilton announced today that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn early access officially starts this weekend!

To quote: Yep, that's right, it's finally here. [Register or Login to view links] has been rebuilt from the ground up, and adventurers the world over will be able to begin their journey throughout Eorzea tomorrow with the start of Early Access, ahead of Tuesday's official launch.

It's a massively exciting time for the whole team, and we'd like to thank everybody that's been involved in the beta phases until now. We really appreciate the enormous feedback and support sent along the way.

And for those of you who haven't yet pre-ordered, it's not too late. Order now (or any time before August 27th) and you'll still be able to get in Early Access - a headstart on your new adventure into Eorzea.

Plus, you'll get your hands on some exclusive in-game items:

• Cait Sith Doll Minion: On sabbatical from Shinra Inc., Cait Sith will join your party as a non-combat pet.
• Mog Cap: Show your love of Final Fantasy and strut around the world of Eorzea in this Moogle themed hat. Kupo!

We'd also like to share some of the amazing artwork prepared...
 

Video: Driveclub: Access Goes Hands-on with the PS4 Racer

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62w ago - PlayStation Access TV Deputy Editor Rob Pearson went hands-on today with PS4 racer Driveclub for the PlayStation 4 console with video footage below.

To quote: Life is brilliant at the moment, isn't it? Andy Murray's won Wimbledon, the weather is cracking, and it's PS4 Week over on [Register or Login to view links].

We've got loads of awesome [Register or Login to view links] content, including hands-on with the DualShock 4, a first look at the stunning PS4 discovery app, Playroom, and a meaty play-through of Killzone: Shadow Fall.

Today however, it's all about #DRIVECLUB - the incredible PS4 launch title from [Register or Login to view links] that pits you against your mates by seamlessly integrating single player and online multiplayer.

We've got an interview with #DRIVECLUB Community Manager Jamie Brayshaw, plus loads of brand new gameplay footage taken from last week's PlayStation 4 Showcase in London.





Enjoy the video, and don't forget to check back all this week on PlayStation Access, where we'll have loads more PS4 content waiting for you.
 

PlayStation 4 / PS4 Developers Rumored to Access 7GB GDDR5 RAM

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75w ago - While it is currently rumored that Sony will unveil PlayStation 4 later this month of in early May, today PS4Daily (linked above) reports that while the PS4 will ship with 8GB of GDDR5 memory, developers will only have access to 7GB of RAM.

Below are the details, to quote: "The PlayStation 4 will ship with a massive 8 GB of GDDR5 memory, which is a huge upgrade compared to the current generation consoles. However, according to a PlayStation 4 developer PS4Daily spoke to, they have access to “only” 7 GB of RAM. The remaining 1 GB is reserved for the operating system and background tasks.

Sony showcased a lot of PlayStation 4 features during the unveiling in February. This includes deep social features running in the background, new sharing options where players can watch each other play, and background downloading of games. All this chews up quite a bit of memory. Still, having access to 7 GB of super-fast GDDR5 memory is a lot better than the 512 MB in the PS3.

Sony originally shipped dev kits to third party developers with only 4 GB RAM, and kept the true RAM amount secret from third party developers in order to keep it secret from Microsoft as well. Developers...
 

Sony Patents Method to Award PS3 Tophies Based on Disc Access

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78w ago - Today an online Sony [Register or Login to view links] has surfaced that outlines a method to award PS3 Trophies based on disc access, possibly to be used with the upcoming PlayStation 4 / PS4 console as well.

Below are the details, as follows: Called "Method and Apparatus for awarding trophies", the patent explains a way to award trophies, even for games that don't natively support them...

"A method and apparatus for adding trophy support games that do not have trophies without modifying the original game," the patent states.

"The method and apparatus are used to detect particular disk access, use the detected disk access as potential trophy triggers in games, and recognize the triggers while a game is played. Trophies are awarded based on the triggers, and the awarded trophies are stored."

The diagram below also gives an idea of how it works:

"A method for assigning one or more trophies to a user, comprising: accessing media content; defining one or more trophies; defining a trigger associated with the media content; detecting the trigger during media content access; and assigning the one or more trophies to a user account that is associated with the...
 
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