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Forget the PS4 Rumors: PlayStation 3 will Keep Us Busy for Years

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311w ago - Just bought a PlayStation 3 console when I read the rumors of a PlayStation 4 coming out soon and all the mind blowing possibilities of the theoretically new console.

I could barely afford the PS3 much less worry about what its going to cost for a PS4. But, based on what Paul Holman (Sony Vice President of Technology) told TechEBlog in 2006, the PS4 will not be out until at least 2010.

Then there's the rumor that the future PS4 will use the same existing cell processor that the current PS3 uses, according to a Japanese tech news site PC Watch. I'm not sure about that because if this rumor does prove to be true, I'd be sorely disappointed.

For the most part, why invest in all these upgrades for the PS3 coming out soon only to purchase a PS4 which as we experienced with the PS3, having limited to no backwards playability again?

They just came out with a PS3 Bluetooth headset for the console, not to mention a possible controller that will function like the controllers of a Wii.

Sony is still upgrading the...
 

Mirror's Edge finally gets Dated, Arrives on November 11

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313w ago - EA has announced that the much-hyped free-running FPS Mirror's Edge will launch on November 11th on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, with the PC version shipping "later in the winter". That of course means that it might not make 2008. Sad times for PC gamers.

Nevertheless, the publisher also confirmed that a demo would be available prior to release on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, allowing gamers to trial a segment of the single player mode. Starting September 26th, gamers who pre-order the game at selected retailers will also get an exclusive code that unlocks a Time Trial mode in the demo.

"Mirror's Edge is bringing something new to the action-adventure genre this holiday by putting the player in the shoes of the hero, seeing what she sees, feeling what she feels," says Owen O'Brien, Senior Producer, DICE. "We wanted to create an entirely new experience, with a different type of heroine and a world that not only looks fresh and new but has unique gameplay."

As EA were quick to remind us, Mirror's Edge delivers players straight into the shoes of Faith, a modern day heroine who traverses the vertigo-inducing cityscape, engaging in intense combat, fast-paced chases and challenging puzzles. And it looks great.

More information on the exclusive pre-order...
 

Cage: Heavy Rain gameplay target is 8-12 hours

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314w ago - Speaking to VG247 at Games Convention, Quantic Dream boss David Cage said a single walk through of top drawer PS3 thriller Heavy Rain is likely to take no more than 12 hours.

"We're still in the middle of production, so I can't really tell you the exact time of the game, but we're targeting a game between eight and 12 hours in gameplay for one walk through," he said.

Seen for the first time in Germany last month, the game showed what appeared to be unparalleled plot-branching, a fact, Cage said, likely to keep the hardcore coming back for much more.

"It's impossible in one walk through to see everything there is to see," he added.

"And that's going to be OK. For most gamers, they're going to play it once, and really enjoy it and have a great journey, but some hardcore gamers will want to come back and see everything, and all possible options."

Heavy Rain has been branded PS3's "most important title for next year" by SCEE boss David Reeves.
 

The Getaway for PS2 Analyizes 'Satellite Navigation' in our Brains

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315w ago - Researchers believe that our brains contain navigation systems much like satellite navigation with grids, compasses and in-built maps.

Recently, two researchers used the PS2 game 'The Getaway' to analyse how taxi drivers use their brain areas to navigate.

To quote: In a follow-up study, Dr Spiers and Professor Maguire used the PlayStation 2 video game "The Getaway" to examine how taxi drivers use their hippocampus and other brain areas when they navigate. Taxi drivers used the virtual reality simulation to navigate the streets of London whilst lying in an fMRI brain scanner.

The researchers found that the hippocampus is most active when the drivers first think about their route and plan ahead. By contrast, activity in a diverse network of other brain areas increases as they encounter road blocks, spot expected landmarks, look at the view and worry about the thoughts of their customers and other drivers.
 

Yoshida: All Aspects of PlayStation 3 are now Coming Together

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315w ago - Shuhei Yoshida, Sony Worldwide Studios boss, has stated that all things are now coming together for the PS3 in terms of hardware, pricing and cost and all the associated content.

Yoshida says that Sony are feeling comfortable with all momentum gained on all the PlayStation platforms and hinted at secret and big plans for 2009!

To quote: Yoshida believes the pricing of the system is now falling into place, as is the hardware itself - especially in Europe.

"All the things are now coming together in terms of the right hardware, cost and pricing, and we are increasing our hard disc space as we are increasing the content we're offering through the network and the big titles we're working on, coming out this Christmas," he beamed.

He continued: "We are feeling very comfortable about the momentum we have on all PlayStation platforms, and especially the way things are going in Europe. It's very, very encouraging."

Yoshida also hints a big, presently secret plans for 2009. We'll keep you in the loop.
 
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