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Sony PlayStation Store PS3 and PSN Updates for January 29, 2013

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95w ago - Sony PlayStation Store Director Grace Chen is here with this weeks US PSN updates below, as follows:

Pre-Orders

Crysis 3 ($59.99)

Crysis 3 puts players in the role of Prophet, on a lone mission to save mankind. Wield the unique power of the Nanosuit and your signature Predator Bow to fight through human forces and devastating alien invaders. Master the unique sandbox environments of rainforest New York City. Featuring an extensive campaign and exciting multiplayer action.
ESRB: M

PS3 Full Games

Bayonetta ($19.99)

Caught in the middle of an age-old rivalry, Bayonetta uses her demon-summoning powers to fight off legions of angelic enemies. As she uncovers the astounding truth of her origins, she discovers she alone may hold the key to saving all of creation.
ESRB: T // File Size: 7.1 GB

Air Conflicts: Secret Wars ($19.99)

49 action-packed missions place you in real World War I and World War II scenarios. Fight enemies in hair-racing dogfights, bomb targets on the ground and use missiles to wipe out enemy troops and vehicles. Battle online and fight against up to 7 players in various modes. Take to the skies in the most popular planes from World War I and II.
ESRB: T // File Size: 2.3 GB
 

Soul Sacrifice Hits PS Vita April 30th, Pre-order Extras Revealed

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95w ago - Sony PlayStation Public Relations Manager Aram Jabbari has revealed today that Soul Sacrifice hits PS Vita this April 30th, alongside the official box art and pre-order extras detailed below!

To quote: Since it was announced for North America, and as new assets and details are rolled out to eager fans worldwide, excitement for Soul Sacrifice has only increased.

No other title for PlayStation Vita combines the same frantic real-time combat, thrilling sense of scale, smartly interwoven cooperative multiplayer, or meaningful character customization... Not to mention the contributions of legends of gaming like designer Keiji Inafune or composer Yasunori Mitsuda and Wataru Hokoyama.

For weeks, fans have asked for more info about the game's North American release, wanting a final date and box art, and details about possible pre-order extras. Finally, those questions can be answered!

Soul Sacrifice for PS Vita launches in stores and via PlayStation Network on April 30th, 2013. As for the box art, it is essentially the same as that which Japanese fans will proudly display on their shelves (or pedestals, if you're a pedestal kind of person):

Fans who pre-order Soul Sacrifice will receive an exclusive pack of in-game content - it will not be sold anywhere else!
 

Video: Bayonetta for PS3 Bewitches PlayStation Network Today

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95w ago - Sega of America Associate Brand Manager Aaron Webber has shared a video confirming that Bayonetta for PS3 bewitches PlayStation Network today.

Below are the details, to quote: It's been a good month for [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links] titles.

Just a few weeks ago saw the release of Anarchy Reigns on PS3; later today will mark the digital release of one of the finest action games ever created. Bayonetta is coming to PSN!

If you have yet to try this iconic action game from the mind of director Hideki Kamiya, your time has come as Bayonetta is debuting at $19.99. Of course, Bayonetta truly shines when you see it in action.

So here's a trip back to the year 2010, when a certain Launch Trailer was just arriving...





Bayonetta is the story of the last remaining member of an ancient clan called the Umbra Witches, a group that has kept the balance between light, dark, and chaos for hundreds of years. Bayonetta awakens after 500 years of sleep to find herself in a world she no longer recognizes, with no clues to her past or how she got where she is.

Her awakening sparks a chain of events that soon reaches cataclysmic proportions....
 

Hitman: HD Trilogy Steps Out of the Shadows and Onto PS3

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95w ago - IO Interactive Studio Communications Manager Nick Price has announced today that Hitman: HD Trilogy is stepping out of the shadows and onto PS3!

To quote: The release of Hitman: HD Trilogy today on PS3 and PlayStation Network brings Hitman: Blood Money onto the PlayStation format for the first time. With it come two additional classic Hitman games - Silent Assassin and Contracts.

More than anything else [Register or Login to view links] has created in the past decade and a half, Hitman has been the defining series for the studio. Five titles in the franchise have been released in the last 12 years, across most AAA platforms available within the same time period.

The combination of the assassin fantasy, game mechanics and freedom of choice makes the Hitman series the most original set of games we have made at IO. Nobody had ever really seen a game like Hitman before – not even the developers who were about to create it.

It was a game about a stone-cold killer, but with tongue-in-cheek humor to balance the very mature themes in the game. As Tore Blystad, Game Director on Hitman: Absolution, says: "When dealing with such a dark topic ... you need something in there to compensate, to make it less cynical.

In the start of Absolution development we tried...
 

Rumored PS4 / Orbis Final Specifications Unveiled, Updated GPU Details

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95w ago - Following up on the previous PlayStation 4 rumor, today the purported PS4 / Orbis final specifications have been unveiled alongside updated GPU details below.

To quote via VGLeaks.com (linked above): LIVERPOOL SOC:

  • Custom implementation of AMD Fusion APU Arquitecture (Accelerated Processing Unit)
  • Provides good performance with low power consumption
  • Integrated CPU and GPU
  • Considerably bigger and more powerful than AMD’s other APUs

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CPU:

  • Orbis contains eight Jaguar cores at 1.6 Ghz, arranged as two “clusters”
  • Each cluster contains 4 cores and a shared 2MB L2 cache
  • 256-bit SIMD operations, 128-bit SIMD ALU
  • SSE up to SSE4, as well as Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX)
  • One hardware thread per core
  • Decodes, executes and retires at up to two intructions/cycle
  • Out of order execution
  • Per-core dedicated L1-I and L1-D cache (32Kb each)
  • Two pipes per core yield 12,8 GFlops performance
  • 102.4 GFlops for system

GPU:

  • GPU is based on AMD’s...

 
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