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Rumor: Sony to Start PS4 Production at End of 2011

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172w ago - Today Aaron Lee of DigiTimes.com (linked above) reports that according to Taiwan makers Sony is rumored to start production of the PS4 console at the end of 2011.

To quote: Sony will have Taiwan-based partners begin production of PlayStation 4 (PS4) featuring body movement-based control like Kinect at the end of 2011 for launch in 2012, according to Taiwan-based component makers.

Foxconn and Pegatron Technology, assemblers of PS3, will undertake assembly of PS4 as well, the sources pointed out.

The planned shipment volume of PS4 in 2012 is at least 20 million units, the sources indicated.


 

Videos: PlayStation Move with Tumble, Start The Party and More!

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218w ago - As the launch draws closer more PlayStation Move footage makes its way to the Internet, with todays videos focusing on Tumble, Start The Party, The Shoot and Kung Fu Rider with Sony's PS3 Motion Controller.

The videos come courtesy of ABandOfNinjas via YouTube, and the captions read as follows, to quote:

"A Band Of Ninjas received Playstation Move Controllers and we want to show off this new technology. We are long time gamers and love to see the technology improve to immerse and entertain.

This video demonstrates the move controllers and two demos; Tumble and Start The Party.

Continuing our coverage of the Playstation Move controllers and demos. This episode focuses on The Shoot and Kung Fu Rider."

Check out the PlayStation Move videos below!








 

Start-Up Caustic Graphics Inc. Promises More Game Realism

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293w ago - A start-up founded by former Apple Inc. engineers said it has developed technology that could bring film-like realism to computer games and change the way movie makers and other design professionals work.

The San Francisco company, Caustic Graphics Inc., plans to exploit a technique called ray-tracing that generates extremely accurate three-dimensional images. Ray-tracing is a mainstay of Hollywood studios, but remains out of reach for most PC users. A single image can take hours to generate; rendering a film can take months on hundreds of server systems.

To quote: Computer games and other PC software typically rely on a technology called rasterization. Though the results keep getting more realistic, developing an interactive form of ray-tracing has been a longtime quest in the computer industry.

Caustic, whose name refers to light rays reflecting off a curved object, says it is close to achieving that goal. The company says its software and chips allow graphics chips to carry out ray-tracing calculations at a 20-fold speed-up compared with existing PC hardware. It said it expects to deliver chips by early 2010 that will be about 200 times faster.

In a demonstration, Caustic executives manipulated a photo-quality image of a sports car, removing components and changing lighting and...
 

Video: Ludacris - Press the Start Button, Song About Video Games

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306w ago - Popular rapper Ludacris has written a song all about video games.

The bonus track called 'Press the Start Button' draws references to a number of games including Soul Calibur and Assassin's Creed.

Those interested can give it a listen below, courtesy of gangstaswe via YouTube.

Enjoy!




 

Rimon: Start your Life with PlayStation!

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318w ago - As a follow-up to the initial announcement HERE, this is what Sr. Development Manager at SCEA R&D Noam Rimon has to add:

If you've ever wished you could find everything you need to start your day on your PLAYSTATION 3, Life with PlayStation give you one more reason to do so.

This free service delivers a new way for you to utilize your PS3 to instantly access real-time news and information like weather updates from over 60 cities around the world.

I've also put together a quick video demo to make sure you're checking out all the new features below:





Life with PlayStation provides a stunning interactive globe, a 3D world map that you can twirl around to see live cloud movement courtesy of the University of Wisconsin, combined with up-to-date weather information from the Weather Channel, top news headlines provided by Google news, and live web cam images via the Earth Television Network – all localized to the select city.

And why not have your favorite soundtrack playing in the background while you go through...
 
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