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Sony reinvents the joypad

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357w ago - We're all waiting for the new Dual Shock 3 controller to be (shock!) unveiled at this week's Tokyo Game Show. But after a little digging, we've uncovered info suggesting that Sony isn't limiting itself to mere rumbling. It has bigger ideas to work on.

Thanks to the wonderful public database of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, we've located an intriguing document filed by Sony back in September 2006. Buried within the interminable bureaucratic wordage are two high-potential projects: Voice-active consoles and pressure-sensitive buttons.

Voice-active consoles? The intention seems to be to use microphones housed on a console with voice-recognition software, for actions like analysing your voice to match you with a game's character, or recalling your personal config settings at the sound of your voice. There's even a suggestion that noise-making gizmos could be packaged in cereal boxes, with the specific noise they make triggering an unlockable item in-game.

Then there's some crazy talk about GPS positioning and speaker/microphone paradigm locators. But we can't say we really understood what it meant.

As for pressure-sensitive buttons, it's not exactly a new idea. The Dual Shock 2's buttons were somewhat analogue - ever...
 

Rumor: Sony to unveil PS3 rumble at TGS this week

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357w ago - Several online reports suggest that Sony will likely unveil PS3 rumble technology at the Tokyo Game Show this week.

The rumor stems from a 1UP podcast published last week in which co-host Shane Bettenhausen said DualShock 3 is "confirmed" for PS3, and that it will be officially announced at the Tokyo gaming event this week.

In early August, game developer blog InnerBits reported that rumbled-enabled Sixaxis controllers would be coming in two-to-three months. The site also said the announcement would be coming at Germany's Game Convention which wasn't the case.

Following the report, Sony responded by saying, "We have not added rumble [to PS3], and have no announcements regarding this feature."

Sony has been widely criticized for omitting rumble on the PS3, a technology which company vice president Phil Harrison recently called a "last generation feature."
 

Sony decorates Home- new and improved virtual world!

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358w ago - Sony has been working hard to make sure everything in Home, its PS3 online network of public lobbies and private spaces, is exactly where it should be. And its also been busy preventing the majority of Beta testers from blabbing about the service.

However, a few naughty testers have been snapping screenshots, recording videos and posting their results on the internet for all to see. So, thanks to them, we can now show you just how well the newest version of Home is shaping up.

Check out the shots of Sony's new pad in the gallery.

Video: Playstation Home Beta Upgrade

This latest video takes you on a tour of Home's environments and also visits a number of the gaming areas, which should help to convince you that Sony's bold move into the online social networking community is going to be something rather special.
 

Sony talks Home and user-gen content!

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358w ago - Sony says that the ultimate aim of Web 2.0-style user generated content is to make games more open and accessible.

VP of worldwide studios, Jamie Macdonald, said: "There's a changing landscape out there regarding how people interact with entertainment. People now, out of the box, expect to be able to interact in a connected fashion, and to exchange experiences built around that."

He went on to say: "I think what we're doing with Home, SingStar and LittleBigPlanet is, essentially, providing the environment in which people can create their own entertainment experiences and share them with a much wider circle of friends than they've had before."

Peter Edward, director of the PlayStation Home platform group added: "We're into another area where gaming is not just an interactive experience, but it's an interactive experience with your friends, rather than with the people who made the game."

"Giving people that semi-ownership of the game itself is great for building up the bond between the games and the gamer, rather than it just being a commodity that you use and, once it's expired, you move onto the next thing. It's great, because it gives longevity to games, which was a very difficult thing to do before."

Sony also once again shunned comparisons between its upcoming Home...
 

Sony Dates PlayStation Games For Europe (Including Home)

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359w ago - SCEE today clarified some near final release dates for games across the entire PlayStation family, including providing a tentative release date for its online social software Home.

PLAYSTATION 3

October 17 - Folklore
October 19 - Lair
October 24 - Eye of Judgment

November 7 - Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction
November 28 - Time Crisis 4

December 5 - Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
December 2007 - Gran Turismo 5 Prologue

PlayStation 2

October 19 - Buzz! Hollywood Quiz

November 2 - Syphon Filter : Dark Mirror
November 7 - EyeToy Play : Astro Zoo

December TBA - ATV Off Road Fury 4

February 2008 - Pursuit Force : Extreme Justice

PSP

October 17 - Pursuit Force : Extreme Justice

November 2 - Syphon Filter : Logan's Shadow
November 2007 - ATV Off Road : Fury Pro

December 2007 - WipEout Pulse

February 2008 - God of War : Chains of Olympus

Playstation Network (PS3)

October 4 - SnakeBall
October 4 - PixelJunk Racers
October 11 - Home (tentative)
October 18 - High Velocity Bowling
October 24 - Aqua Vita
October 25 - Operation C.F
October...
 
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