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PS4 Designer Tetsu Sumii: Every Angle Matters on PlayStation 4

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42w ago - Sony Blog Manager Fred Dutton reports today that PS4 designer Tetsu Sumii stated every angle matters on PlayStation 4 with details below.

To quote: There has been a huge amount of discussion across the media about the inner workings of PS4 since its unveiling back in February.

You've heard about its speed, its power, its storage capacity, and so forth. And in many cases, system architect Mark Cerny has spoken candidly about why it was built that way.

However, there are, of course, two sides to hardware design: a system's interior, and its exterior. Until now there hasn't been too much talk about the latter.

Duly, last month I spoke with Tetsu Sumii, the chief designer of the UX Platform Design Group - the man responsible for PS4's external appearance - to learn a little bit more about the design principles behind the new system.

"When we started the product design for PS4, we didn't start by thinking about what the shape would be. It was more about how we were going to create a new brand identity through the product," he explains.

Without offering details, Sumii tantalisingly admits that his first concept was "totally different" to how PS4 has eventually ended up. That said, his core philosophy for what the PS4 should be remained...
 

Video: Velocity 2X on PS4: Learning From Gamers Like You

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42w ago - FuturLab Managing Director James Marsden posted up a video today showcasing Velocity 2X on PS4 which outlines how the team leans from their audience of fellow gamers.

To quote: Hey folks. We had such a good time showcasing Velocity 2X at the Eurogamer Expo, we'd like to share our experience with you!

First of all, we managed to find the courage to jump on stage to talk about Velocity 2X in a Developer Session. For those who missed it, we talked about how we've approached making a PS Minis game desirable for PS4.

Velocity 2X takes everything that worked in Velocity Ultra and applies it to a side-scrolling platformer. That's right - in Velocity 2X you can get out of your ship to run around on foot.

You can also teledash through obstacles and throw a personal teleporter to reach high ledges and solve puzzles.





We've also revealed the new enemy in the series: the evil Vokh. They're massive, fast, and tricky to defeat because of their advanced shield technology. However, as you'll see from the video below, Kai's teledash creates a spacetime warp that disrupts their shield temporarily, allowing you to get some cheeky shots from behind! Watch some pre-alpha platforming gameplay here:
 

Sony PlayStation App for PS4 Detailed by President Shuhei Yoshida

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43w ago - Sony Blog Manager Fred Dutton announced that further details on the upcoming PlayStation App for PS4 are available from President Shuhei Yoshida today.

To quote: Did any of the early birds among you stay up the week before last to watch the Tokyo Game Show keynote?

If you did, you'll have seen Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida take to the stage to unveil the new PlayStation App, launching alongside PS4 later this year.

In general terms, the new app allows you to take the PlayStation experience with you when you're away from your PS4. You can stay in touch with friends, compare Trophies, view friends' activity (such as recorded or live-streamed gameplay), and access all the latest news.

I caught up with Yoshida immediately after the show, and asked him to expand on exactly what gamers can expect from PlayStation App later this year.

"It's an application that anyone can download for free on iOS and Android devices," he explained.

"There are a variety of things you can do with it. You can connect to your PlayStation profile and send messages - even voice messages - to friends between...
 

Video: Meet the Cast of Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag on PS3 / PS4

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44w ago - Ubisoft Community Developer Gabriel Graziani shared a video today introducing the cast of Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag which is coming to both PS3 and PS4 platforms.

To quote: We're introducing a full crew of rowdy yet realistic buccaneers, privateers and straight-up pirates in Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag, so we figured you would benefit from a little face-time with the roughest of them.

And who better to cry them out for you than Captain Edward Kenway himself, played by the talented [Register or Login to view links].

Widely renowned for his incredible charisma and mercurial temper, Captain Edward Kenway is joined by his Quartermaster and closest ally Adewale (played by [Register or Login to view links].

The pair will quickly find themselves thrown in with the likes of the wiley and terrifying Edward "Blackbeard" Thatch, the gentlemanly yet morally grey Benjamin Hornigold and the downright jolly Stede Bonnet.




Meanwhile, the dauntless privateer Woodes Rogers seeks to eliminate the encroaching pirate threat festering in Nassau. But first, he'll have to contend with the wicked and merciless cut-throat Charles Vane (played by [Register or Login to view links]
 

Win a Sony PlayStation 4 Before PS4 is Released from Taco Bell

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44w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment of America Senior Vice President of PlayStation Brand Marketing Guy Longworth announced today that fans can win a PlayStation 4 before PS4 is released on November 15th from Taco Bell!

To quote: I have exciting news for PlayStation fans! I know you all have been eagerly waiting to get your hands on PlayStation 4, the best place to play.

I'm happy to announce that PlayStation and Taco Bell are joining forces to give away PS4s before they hit stores on November 15th. One winner will be selected every 15 minutes starting September 26th through November 10th!

You have six weeks to head over to your local Taco Bell for your chance to "Play the Future First." Taco Bell will mark their $5 Buck Boxes- which include a Crunchwrap, Crunchy Taco, Burrito Supreme and medium fountain drink - with a special code that you can text in for a chance to win a PS4 prize pack.

The prize pack, which includes one PS4, a copy of the PS4 exclusive launch game, Knack, and a one year PS Plus membership, will be shipped on or around November 12th.




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