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Video: Hands-on with Transistor on Sony's PS4 / PlayStation 4

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46w ago - Sony Social Media Specialist Justin Massongill went hands-on today with Transistor on Sony's PS4 / PlayStation 4 video game console.

Below is a video and details, to quote: One of the most striking trailers to come out of E3 this year was that of [Register or Login to view links], [Register or Login to view links]'s upcoming PS4 action RPG. After watching it a few hundred times, I made it my personal mission to go hands-on with it at this year's PAX Prime - and after waiting in [Register or Login to view links] of the longest lines at the show, I did just that.

Transistor adopts a top-down, isometric view during gameplay, not unlike Supergiant's previous title, [Register or Login to view links]. The overall art style is similar as well, with vibrant colors just aching to burst through the screen. Transistor takes on a more modern aesthetic, though, with a neo-watercolor tone permeating the scenery we've been shown so far.

This style really shines - both in cutscenes encountered in-game, and in real-world prints that you can get from Supergiant's Web site (like the one to the right).

A moody, melodic score complements Supergiant's luscious visuals - I'm looping the [Register or Login to view links]
 

Sony on PS4 HDD Game Installs, Camera, Controller and Language

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46w ago - Today Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida Tweeted confirming several new aspects of their upcoming PlayStation 4 console including details on PS4 HDD game installations, the camera, controller and language support.

Below is a summary, as follows:

On PS4 / PlayStation 4 HDD Game Installations:

  • Jay ‏(_Tracid_): Hello Mr Yoshida, can we use external hard drive to install games without having it on the main internal hard drive?
  • Shuhei Yoshida (yosp)‏: no
  • Anders Lauritsen ‏(LightningAnders): Dear Shuei. Will we be able to do full game installs to HDD from disc (Disc present in tray for verification) on PS4?
  • Shuhei Yoshida ‏(yosp): yes

On the PS4 / PlayStation 4 Camera:

According to Sony, the PS4 Camera supports Navigational Voice Commands. Sony has nonchalantly confirmed (via playstationlifestyle.net/2013/08/29/ps4-camera-supports-navigational-voice-commands-sony-confirms/) that the PlayStation Camera supports navigational voice commands during their GameStop Expo Conference.

Sony sent a statement to Polygon yesterday, saying, "Sony Computer Entertainment can confirm that PlayStation Camera allows for voice recognition and we will look forward...
 

Sony Goes Hands on with Battlefield 4 Multiplayer on PS4

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48w ago - Sony's Social Media Manager Sid Shuman went hands on today with Battlefield 4 Multiplayer on PS4.

Below are the details, as follows: DICE's upcoming Battlefield 4 has captured the attention of military shooter enthusiasts for a host of reasons, not the least of which is the game's promise of 64-player multiplayer warfare running at a smooth 60 frames per second on PS4.

At Gamescom, I got some hands-on time with the first PS4 build of the game - we were among the first group to play the PS4 build outside of DICE. Here's a quick after-action report.

For starters, the game runs at fluid 60 fps and its benefits were instantly noticeable on PS4. This translates to a decidedly smoother, much more responsive feel compared to Battlefield 3 on PS3.

The speedy framerate means that the game simply controls better, whether you're quickly sweeping your aiming reticule to ward off a surprise close-range attack or making smaller aiming adjustments to nail a precise headshot. Sprinting and vaulting over low cover also feels much more responsive and gives you an edge in the game's sprawling battle zones, where death lurks around every corner and peers out of every window.

BF4 also benefits hugely from the many refinements of DualShock 4. The overhauled L2 and R2 triggers wrap...
 

Sony Unveils DualShock 4 Charging Station, Vertical Stand and More

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48w ago - Following Sony's PlayStation 4 Gamescom 2013 Press Conference, they have now issued Press Releases on some PS4 accessories including a DualShock 4 Charging Station, Vertical Stand and both Magma Red and Wave Blue DualShock 4 Wireless Controllers with details below.

Press Releases: SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INTRODUCES PERIPHERALS FOR PLAYSTATION 4 (PS4) IN EUROPE AT LAUNCH DUALSHOCK 4 Charging Station Available at 29 and Vertical Stand Available at 19

Tokyo, August 21, 2013-Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) announced today that it will introduce DUALSHOCK 4 Charging Station and PlayStation 4 (PS4) Vertical Stand, concurrently with the launch of PS4 in Europe at a recommended retail price (RPP) of 29, £25, and 19, £16 respectively.

DUALSHOCK 4 Charging Station

By utilizing the charging station, users will be able to charge up to two DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controllers at once without having to connect them to the PS4 system. Users can charge DUALSHOCK 4 by simply inserting the controller to the charging connector on the charging station and by plugging it into a household electrical outlet.

Vertical Stand
 

Sony Confirms PS4 / PlayStation 4 to Release on November 15, 2013

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48w ago - Following previous rumors and their Gamescom 2013 Press Conference, Sony has officially confirmed that the PS4 / PlayStation 4 release date will be on November 15, 2013 in North America (US and Canada), on November 29, 2013 in Europe and on February 22, 2014 in Japan.

Right from the start of the conference, aspects of the new console's menu system was on display, showing a modified Cross-Media Bar that seemed to focus more on games in related content than multiple static menus and the new controller based keyboard that uses a free-moving crosshair than the current setup.

Additionally, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Andrew House confirmed that gamers who have already bought the PS3 version of specific games such as Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Watch Dogs will be able to purchase the PS4 version for a severely discounted price. Sony did this to "reward gamers for their loyalty" and to ensure the system is as "simple and accessible as possible."

The PlayStation 4 will launch in a total of 32 territories around the world by the end of...
 
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