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F1 2013 - F1 Classics Line-up Revealed, Developer Q&A Detailed

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53w ago - Codemasters Community Manager Luke "Hatta" Spring revealed the F1 2013 Classics line-up today alongside detailing the PS3 developer Q&A below.

To quote: We're going to start this blog post with a big F1 Classics reveal. We've been teasing a few details since announcement, but today we're very happy to confirm the big names and legendary cars that will feature in F1 2013, plus the extra content you'll find in F1 2013 Classic Edition.

F1 Classics is a fictional racing series that allows you to race F1 cars, drivers and circuits from the 1980s and 1990s. The teams are represented by two drivers, the original that raced in the team's specific car and the team legend that has represented the team during a different era.

We're incredibly excited to have 10 iconic world champions feature in F1 Classics including Michael Schumacher, Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost. Between those and the five F1 2013 champions they've won an incredible 29 World Driver's Championships between them:

1980s (F1 2013 and F1 2013: Classic Edition)
1980 Williams FW07B - Alan Jones & Alain Prost
1986 Team Lotus 98T - Mario Andretti & Emerson Fittipaldi
1988 Ferrari F1-87/88C - Gerhard Berger & Michael Schumacher
1988 Team Lotus 100T - Satoru Nakajima & Mika Hakkinen
 

Video: Rain - PS3 Developer Diary Volume 1 with Yuki Ikeda

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55w ago - Sony Senior Producer Florence Kum shared a Rain PS3 developer diary Volume 1 video today with Yuki Ikeda among those included from the project below.

To quote: Hello Everyone! Your excitement over Rain at E3 was well received by the team and we'd like to thank you for your support since!

I hope you have all had a hot summer - as it should be!  We have certainly been enjoying the sun here, but I am guessing that some of you are craving some more 'Rain'... perhaps? Without further ado, I am pleased to present you with our first Developer Diary for Rain.

In this video we meet Game Director Yuki Ikeda, Lead Planner Tomoharu Fujii, Art Director Seiichi Terashima, and Designer Tomokazu Oki.  They explore Rain, what it means to them and how they interpret it in the game.





Enjoy! Watch this space for more to come!
 

Sony PlayStation 4 Development Unit / PS4 Dev Kit is Unveiled

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57w ago - Recently we reported on a Sony DUH-D1000AA PS4 Dev Kit FCC filing, and now Gizmodo (linked above) has made available a picture of what a PlayStation 4 development unit looks like.

Below are the details, to quote: "The cat may already be out of the bag, but for many months we didn't know what the PS4 looked like.

Now, we know what the retail version will look, but what about the developer box Sony hid during the big reveal and on Jimmy Fallon? Well, here's an exclusive image we've acquired of some developer boxes that were used at E3.

Like any PC you'd build yourself, the guts are what actually matter and in the case of game consoles, the developer units typically just hide final console design. They're never really that attractive, which is the exact opposite of what we'll be seeing this holiday season."


 

Sony to Issue PS4 / PlayStation 4 Developer Kits to Universities

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58w ago - Today Sony has announced that it will issue PS4 / PlayStation 4 developer kits to universities as part of their PlayStationFirst Academic Development Program similar to what was done for the PS Vita console.

Below are the details from the Press Release, as follows: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has today announced that the PlayStationFirst Academic Development Programme is to make PS4 dev kits available as a follow on licencing programme to University members registered on the current PlayStation Vita dev kit programme.

PlayStationFirst, the press release states, is the Academic Development and Partnership Programme for Sony Computer Entertainment and SCE Worldwide Studios designed to inspire innovation across the suite of PlayStation platforms.

It establishes partnerships with University courses at the cutting edge of videogame technology, game development, computer science and research, and aids SCE’s overall goal of supporting Indie developers and established studios by fostering the next generation of PlayStation savvy developers.

PlayStationFirst is now actively seeking ‘Expression of Interests’ from Universities interested in the Academic Dev Kit Programme and PS Vita game development. PS Vita is the system that is most closely integrated with PS4 and...
 

Video: PlayStation 4 (PS4) Developer Kits Version 2 Surface at IGN

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90w ago - Following up on the previous rumor and PS4 (Orbis) details, IGN has shared some video footage and details on Version 2 of the PlayStation 4 (PS4) Developer Kits below.

According to their source, a new version 2 of the PlayStation 4 dev kit is currently being distributed to developers with the final version expected next year.

To quote from their page (linked above): Anonymous sources have reportedly told [Register or Login to view links] that new versions of the Orbis kit are winging their way to developers, replete with Blu-ray support and housed in the humble cases of normal PCs.

This is apparently the second iteration of the dev kit; the first, which appeared earlier this year, was in essence just a graphics card, while this version is now a "modified PC". The report asserts that the next update will come in January, when it'll be close to final specifications, with the ultimate version landing with devs next summer.

The shipping of the Orbis kit apparently follows a series of meetings held by Sony...
 
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