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Nintendo DS 2 Dev Kits with Motion-sensing Hit Developers

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252w ago - Select developers in Japan, including The Pokemon Company, have already received Nintendo DS 2 Dev Kits complete with motion-sensing capability from Nintendo.

According to [Register or Login to view links], while better graphics and sound for the new platform is no surprise, the real standout feature is the supposed addition of a tilt motion sensor - similar to that of an iPhone.

To quote: "It's genuinely the best thing I think I've ever worked with," said the source. "I can tell you that it's got a 'tilt' function that's not dissimilar to iPhone, but does a lot more.

We know that The Pokemon Company are getting special attention with it."

As for Nintendo's so-called 'DS2' with tilt sensor and Nvidia Tegra graphics chip, chances are good it won't make a GDC 2010 reveal or even an announcement by E3 this summer.
 

PS3 Motion Controller to be at Game Developers Conference 2010

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252w 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.
 

PSP Firmware 6.0 Beta is Available for Developers

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276w ago - The PSP Go release date just around the corner, and it seems Sony is pretty determined to prevent the hacking community from tinkering with their brand new handheld by releasing various firmware updates.

French site PSPGen is reporting that Sony has already released a brand new Beta version of PSP Firmware 6.0 for official developers to test their games and adapt with the brand new firmware.

Sony previously included a mandatory install of OFW 5.55 for some titles that prevents Custom Firmware users in playing the game.

Then, during last week's GamesCom, another firmware 5.70 was spotted inside the PSP Go during a testing event. According to PSPGen, they're still on the process of learning the changes of the OFW 6.0, to quote- roughly translated:

The Beta firmware 6.00 is now available to official developers to test and adapt games in progress on this new version that will equip our PSP in some time (who said the October 1 release of the PSP Go?).
 

Video: GamesCom 2009 PS3 Motion Controller Developers Update

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278w 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!




 

Digital Developers Can Earn 10k GBP in Grants for PSN Content

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279w ago - Today GamesIndustry.biz (linked above) is reporting news that digital developers are being offered the opportunity to compete for grants of 10,000 GBP to create content for Sony's PlayStation Network.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe will host a three-day pitching event in October, in conjunction with Pixel-Lab and Northwest Vision, with successful companies awarded the grant, executive production and mentoring with SCEE, as well as the chance to take the project further and pitch to XDev Studio Europe.

To quote: "It was reassuring to see a commitment of public funding like this from Northwest Vision & Media and it's clearly helped the teams involved strengthen their skills in many areas," offered Phil Gaskell, senior producer at XDev Studio Europe. "I'm confident we'll be taking some of the ideas generated through this initiative to market."

Toby Barnes, managing director of Pixel-Lab added: "We were really pleased with the final quality of the pitches last year, the teams had made huge leaps in terms of understanding the commissioning process, their audiences, and what was expected of them.

We are really looking forward to this year's new entrants and are expecting the bar to be even higher."
 
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