17w ago - Q-Games Producer James Mielke shared a video below today spotlighting the new PS3 Visualizer application from Q-Games which arrives this Tuesday.
To quote: Hi everyone! It's been a while but I'm back for a second tour of duty on PlayStation.Blog, although I should point out that I switched Qs in the interim (I was formerly a producer at Q Entertainment, and am now a producer at Q-Games).
The reason for my check-in here today is to announce a brand-new app (you'll find it in the 'Apps' section on PSN) for PlayStation 3 simply titled Visualizer, which, as the name suggests, is a new set of over two dozen music visualizers to use with your PS3's music library.
As you may know, Q-Games is known for its technological contributions to the games industry, in addition to its PixelJunk series of games. Q (initially Dylan Cuthbert and Kentaro Yoshida) crafted the legendary duck demo for the original PlayStation 2 reveal, and later as a company were responsible for a lot of the visual effects, XMB bar, and visualizers built in to the PlayStation 3. Q-Games also handled a lot of the interface programming on PS Vita, so, essentially, we know our way around Sony's hardware.
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).
18w ago - Lead Designer Jaime Griesemer at Sucker Punch Productions posted up a PS4 video today spotlighting InFamous: Second Son dubbed Smoke and Mirrors for the PlayStation 4 console.
To quote: "Well, if the good ending is canon, then it's not Cole in the new game.
And if it's not Cole, it's probably not electrical powers, right? And if it's some other power source, what is it? And is that still Infamous?"
These were the questions that came up as soon as we started planning for our next game. Quite daunting, considering back then it was only my second week at Sucker Punch Productions. (That reminds me...
Hi! I'm Jaime Griesemer, the Lead Designer on Second Son.) However, the team was full of ideas. Some were what you might expect: Earth powers! Water powers! Some were less traditional: Control over birds! Car powers! The power of friendship! We accumulated a list of dozens and dozens of possibilities.
In the end, we decided that the reason electricity worked so well was because it was somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. Not a familiar trope, but not too abstract. An elemental power, but a modern, urban one. As we narrowed down the list, one power source that kept coming up was "Smoke".
18w ago - PlayStation Access TV Deputy Editor Rob Pearson shared a hands-on peek at the PlayStation 4 console out of the PS4 box below today!
To quote: Greetings! As anticipation for this year's PS4 launch bubbles into a froth of frenzied excitement, we know a few of you will be asking stuff like 'but just how big is the damn thing? Will it fit snugly under my television? Can I stand it up? How many USB ports does it have?'
That's why we've taken PlayStation 4 out from behind its Perspex curtain and thrust it into the capable hands of PlayStation Access Community Manager, Hollie Bennett, who in our latest video gives you a close-up look at the gorgeous new console from every possible angle.
There's also a look at the swanky PlayStation Camera, so check out the video for a first-hand glimpse and what you'll be taking home with you later in 2013.
While you're at it, why not check out the rest of the PlayStation Access YouTube channel? We've got loads of PS4 video content for you to chew on. Enjoy!
18w ago - Today a new PlayStation Q&A video (below) has surfaced from Sony confirming that Party Chat will be available on the PS4 without PS Plus and that the friends list can hold up to 2000 friends.
To quote: "Sony has confirmed that you won't need a PS Plus subscription to make use of the PlayStation 4's party chat functionality.
In a new Q&A video, it's been revealed that the new party chat feature will be available to everyone, even if they opt not to subscribe to PlayStation Plus.
At the moment, a PlayStation Plus subscription is needed to the online multiplayer of most titles, though services like Netflix, party chat, and free-to-play games like DC Universe Online will be available without it.
Additionally, the video also confirms that PlayStation 4 friends lists will be capped at 2,000 people, DualShock 3 controllers won't work with the PS4 while the PlayStation Move will, and your PSN avatar and username will carry over to PlayStation 4 along with a host of privacy options.
One of the biggest concerns fans have raised about the PlayStation 4 is just how many features will be accessible without owning a PS Plus account."