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Sony: Motion Control for PlayStation Home Will Happen in Future

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265w ago - Sony's PlayStation Home platform group director Peter Edward has told SPOnG (linked above) that PS3 Motion Controller support for Home is likely, though not in development yet.

To quote: Peter Edward, director of Sony's PlayStation Home platform group, has told SPOnG that motion controller support for Home is likely, though not set in stone just yet.

Asked whether we'll see a use for the wand popping up in Home, Edward told us at the GameHorizon conference in Gateshead that "I'm sure that at some point in the future, it's something that will happen".

Explaining what the circumstances would have to be, Edward said, "That's something that I guess there would have to be a case that instigates that development. If one of our internal teams or a third party or whoever, had an amazing way that that could be implemented within Home... and there was sufficient impetus behind it, then we would have to work together on that.
 

E3 '09 Booth Tour: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time

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268w ago - Today Sony's Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein has shared another post-E3 2009 virtual booth tour. This time it's a video covering Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, as follows:

Here's our third "Virtual Booth Tour," Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time.

In this session, sit down in our E3 booth with Insomniac Games' James Stevenson as he details the game's story, new tech, why you'll want to hold on to your RCF: ToD save game, and my favorite new addition: Hoverboots! They don't make [Register or Login to view links] in my size, so this is the closest I'm ever going to get...





Be sure to drop by the Blog tomorrow for our final E3 Virtual Booth Tour: Heavy Rain!
 

Computer Games of the Future to Simulate Real Smell of Battle

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271w ago - It is one of the most memorable lines in movie history. As the air around him is rent by explosions and the whiz of bullets, Colonel Kilgore stands nonchalantly with hands on hips, sniffs the acrid breeze and declares: 'I love the smell of napalm in the morning.'

Now actor Robert Duvall's famous scene from the Vietnam epic Apocalypse Now could be re-enacted in millions of teenagers' bedrooms - thanks to technology that will allow computer games consoles to release the stench of war.

The Ministry of Defence is part-funding a project in which foul smells are released into the air during training videos so that recruits literally learn to sniff out trouble.

If the technology proves a success, it is expected to be taken up by manufacturers of top-selling consoles - such as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

The team of psychologists and computer engineers developing the technology, on behalf of the British Army, plan to bombard troops with odours ranging from body sweat to diesel exhaust.

The aim is to teach recruits that the presence of some smells and absence of others could indicate danger.

At the moment, the technology is still in its infancy. But the scientists say it will soon be possible to design games in which the screech of tyres...
 

GDC '09: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time Announced

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279w ago - Insomniac Games Community Relations Manager James Stevenson has announced that Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time is heading to the PS3 in Autumn 2009:

Greetings from the SCEA Blogger's Lounge at GDC! We are very happy at Insomniac to finally announce the name of our next game.

Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time will conclude the story arc that started in Tools of Destruction and continued in Quest for Booty. There will be plenty to talk about over the next few months as we work towards our fall release, and we can't wait to share more.

But for those of you wanting a first look, tune into [Register or Login to view links] this week on [Register or Login to view links] (check your local listings for time) for the world premiere of the teaser trailer.

For those of you who have been e-mailing us with questions about the Weapons Contest and asking when and where you can submit, you'll be happy to know that submissions are open as of tomorrow!

I'm also excited to announce the Grand Prize winner will have their weapon included in Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, will be given a life-size replica of the weapon, and will win a trip to [Register or Login to view links] to meet with...
 

XBox 360: A Glimpse Into the Future with 3DV Systems

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283w ago - Recently there's been a lot of talk about Microsoft picking up 3DV systems. This would be implemented onto their future console known as of now, the Xbox 720.

If rumors are true, Microsoft's next console will utilize motion sensing in a true next-generation way. Heck, maybe it can even surpass the Wii with its outstanding motion controls.

If for some reason you don't know, the PS3 has motion controls as well; unfortunately, developers haven't been able to utilize this feature to the best of its experience. Back in 2002, Sony presented the Eye Toy in which your body movement is the controller.

Although a ground breaking idea, people weren't really feeling it back then. The games weren't that good, or at least good enough when compared to the other PS2 titles. People were more focused on all those AAA titles Sony was pushing.

Sadly, Sony dropped the ball with the Eye Toy; it was not promoted right and it got pushed to the corner of the room. Few developers would make games for it which in the end made for a cheapened experience.

Microsoft is looking to revive this technology now and take advantage of its full potential, just as Wii has done. If Microsoft can implement this feature on 360 it would be great seeing how massive the 360 fan base is. If they...
 
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