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Video: PlayStation Home Adds Developer Tools in Version 1.5

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182w ago - PlayStation Home Community Manager Locust_Star has announced today that PlayStation Home is adding a suite of new Developer Tools and Tech to the version 1.5 update.

To quote: Today, at the [Register or Login to view links] in San Francisco, we lifted the veil on PlayStation Home's version 1.5, which will be coming to your PS3s in early spring.

The update will introduce a suite of new technology with tools that will enhance your experience with real-time multiplayer, improved physics, as well as more realistic graphics and animations. PlayStation Home v1.5 was developed with one singular goal in mind: high-quality games.

Developers will utilize the improved network mechanics to bolster the multiplayer experience with the fastest action available. With the revamped physics engine, developers will carry more control over physics elements, graphics, rendering and animations, which will translate to more realistic and more intricate game experiences.

This update is significantly different from what you, the PlayStation Home community, have come to expect from past core client updates.

While versions 1.3 and 1.4 brought user-facing features like Voice Chat, Cross Game Invites, Navigation Improvements, In-Store Previews, New Item Types...
 

Hustle Kings PS3 Interview with Tech Director Mark Williams

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205w ago - SCEE Contributing Editor Roland Fauster has shared an interview today with Technology Director Mark Williams on Hustle Kings for PS3.

To quote: Programming is maths and, in Hustle Kings, you've had to calculate friction, respect natural laws of spin and momentum, and have all these balls clashing with each other in chaotic order.

Who explained the physics and to you, Stephen Hawking?

Haha, well yes, you are right: programming is maths. Unfortunately, they don't teach you the equations for moving balls around a pool table in school. However, for most things a bit of imagination and intuition can help to combine several basic rules of maths and physics to do things that actually look quite clever.

For the really difficult stuff, we have to rely on other people's work and, luckily for us, one guy by the name of Wayland Marlow spent years researching exactly how billiard balls react with one another and with the table. We use his research extensively in Hustle Kings to get the motion of the balls as close to real life as possible.

Are you aiming to simulate reality or to gain the most entertaining gaming experience?

I think it's always very important to concentrate on the gaming experience first and foremost. There is no...
 

Video: New PlayStation Move PS3 Tech Demo Arrives

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206w ago - SCEE Blog Manager James Gallagher has shared a fresh PlayStation Move PS3 motion controller tech demo video today.

To quote: While some of you already have the new PlayStation Move motion controller in your hands and others are just hours away, it seems a good time to post this tech demo from Move's inventor, Dr Richard Marks.

I particularly like the sculpting part and I really hope this makes it's way into a game one day as a weapon customisation tool.

I hope you're enjoying Move so far, those of you that have your hands on it.





In case you missed it, here's a video interview I shot with Richard when he visited London a couple of months ago.




 

Video: PlayStation Move: New Tech Demo Video Tour Arrives

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209w ago - Sony's Senior Social Media Specialist Rey Gutierrez has shared a new PlayStation Move PS3 Tech Demo video tour today.

To quote: Anton Mikhailov has become a rockstar of sorts, headlining a global tour with his favorite instrument – PlayStation Move.

Armed with a collection of new tech demos, Mikhailov and our Research & Development group have spent the year demonstrating the technology and precision behind PlayStation Move to developers and the larger gaming community.

With camera and PlayStation Move controllers in hand, Anton and I locked ourselves in a room and captured a new peek at what you can expect to see from titles on the PlayStation Move. You may have seen PlayStation Move tech demo videos before – including the PlayStation.Blog's three-part tech demo tour from E3 2009. But you've never seen them like this!





You'll notice that Anton was comfortably sitting on a couch when using the PlayStation Move controllers and the PlayStation Eye never reacted negatively to its reflection from our wall of monitors. These aren't gesture triggering animations, folks, but true 1:1 gameplay.

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Spike Reveals Limited Edition Madden 11 PS3, Giveaway to Follow

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211w ago - Last week we reported on a Madden NFL 250GB PS3 bundle, and today [Register or Login to view links]'s Geoff Keighley is in New Orleans for the Madden launch and has [Register or Login to view links] that a Limited Edition Madden 11 Etched PS3 will be given away as part of Madden Gras.

For those who'd like to tune in, Madden Gras is getting underway live on Spike at 11:40 tonight with the Limited Edition Madden 11 PlayStation 3 console!

To quote from PlayStationLifeStyle.net (linked above): "Well, if you're a Madden fan, be sure to tune in and turn on, because this is one limited edition console that you won't wanna miss!

Pull out your beads for this limited edition PS3... because it only does massive celebrations! Madden 11 hits store shelves in a mere two hours."
 
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