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Sony Boss Reveals Developers Will Help Build Next PlayStation

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233w ago - In an interview with Develop-Online.net (linked above), SCE studio boss Shuhei Yoshida revealed that developers will be more integrated into their future hardware plans.

To quote: "So he wanted developers in meetings at the very beginning of concepting new hardware, and he demanded SCE people talk to us (developers)."

And when asked whether this change in philosophy will be applied to future PlayStation hardware, Yoshida replied: "Yes, we are undergoing many activities that we haven't yet been talking about in public. Some future platform related activities."

Yoshida also hinted that several activities are currently being worked on that are not public yet, to quote: "undergoing many activities that we haven't yet been talking about in public. Some future platform related activities."

Whether he is referring to the rumored PSP2 or an upcoming PS4, things will definitely be exciting for next-generation gamers.
 

PS3 Motion Controller to be at Game Developers Conference 2010

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253w ago - Today SCEA's Kirk Bender of Developer Support and Research Manager David Coombes have confirmed that Sony's PS3 Motion Controller will be shown at the 2010 Game Developers Conference in a presentation on March 11th.

To quote: "The PlayStation 3 Motion Controller will be shown at the Game Developer Conference next month, it has been announced.

Titled 'Introducing the PlayStation 3 Motion Controller', the session description has confirmed the features of the devices, but does not specify what it will explicitly cover.

Recently delayed until the autumn, the controller has yet to be given an official name, release date or launch line up."

The GDC conference, based in San Francisco, will run from March 9 to March 13, 2010.
 

Video: GamesCom 2009 PS3 Motion Controller Developers Update

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279w ago - There were no new motion control live demos from Sony during its keynote at GamesCom, but what we did get was a promise of lots of new information at the Tokyo Game Show later in the year.

Also, some footage of early demos that Sony's internal studios are working on is now available.

Below is the developers update video from Sony's GamesCom conference.

The video's caption reads as follows: The magic wand returns, with a ton of new motion-based tricks up its sleeves!




 

Are Developers Ignoring the PS3 Screenshot Feature?

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282w ago - How many times have you wished that you could capture a priceless gaming moment on your console and share it with friends?

Sony finally included this feature last year as part of the PS3 firmware 2.50 update, but nine months later there isn't a single game that supports it... not even a PSN title!

To quote: What is it that keeps game developers from giving us this small joy? Is it too difficult to implement? I'm no expert, but it seems to me like this is a feature that would be rather easy to implement, perhaps even after the game's release via a patch.

Another thing that baffles me is why does this even have to be enabled in each individual game by the developer? Why can't it simply be a feature that lets you take a screenshot regardless of which game you're playing, or even while on the XMB or the PSN Store?

You can take a PC screenshot in a game, while running an app, or simply on the desktop. Even the iPhone's screenshot feature works the same way. So what's stopping Sony from letting us do this regardless of which game we're playing?

Do Sony and game developers think that not enough people want this feature? If they do, they couldn't be more wrong.
 

Video: Play with the Developers - Guitar Hero Smash Hits for PS3

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282w ago - Beenox Producer Paul Gadbois dropped by the PlayStation blog today to share a launch trailer of the upcoming PS3 title Guitar Hero Smash Hits and issue a challenge, as follows:

Tomorrow, Friday July 24th, [Register or Login to view links] developers will be online to challenge you for the 1st time on Guitar Hero Smash Hits.

We'll have drums, guitars, vocals, and bass so they're will be plenty of ways to challenge us. Don't forget to bring your headset as you'll be invited to ask us any questions you may have on the development of Smash Hits.

You'll be able to meet with, artists, note trackers, testers, programmers and more... the team is really excited about this event and has a lot to share.





How this works is pretty simple, just add the list of developers to your friends list and when you see us online at 4pm EST, send us game invites or simply search for players with GHBXDEV in their name.

When: Friday July 24th
Time: 4pm EST
Developers to invite:

Programmer: GHBxDevJonathan
Programmer: GHBxDevMathieu
Animator: GHBxDevJeff
Producer: GHBxDevPaul
Guitar Note Tracker: GHBxDevGuy
Guitar Note Tracker: GHBxDevFrancois
Tester: GHBxDevMelissa
 
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