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Video: Starhawk PS3 Beta 1.3 Update: 32 Players, Tanks, Jetbikes

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134w ago - Sony Senior Producer Harvard Bonin has shared a video today spotlighting the new Starhawk PS3 Beta 1.3 update, which features 32 players, tanks, jetbikes and more!

To quote: Finally, the day has come. We're launching our Beta Update 1.3 today! We're really happy with this new content and we hope you like it, too. Check out this video to see what I'm talking about...

Since our Starhawk Beta launched in November, we've collected soooo much great info. The bugs found would never been nailed down without your efforts and we are confident we'll be giving you one of the best online experiences on PS3 with the final version of the game.

Many balance and feature changes were made as a direct result of player testing. Please accept a sincere "THANK YOU!" from our team.

We have one final big step to make before release. Update 1.3 includes a bunch of new features and fixes including:





32 Player Map: Planet Dust

If you thought 8 vs 8 was fun, things just got EPIC!

Sidewinder Jetbike

This vehicle is all about speed, speed, and more speed. As it's a very hard target to hit, use the Sidewinder for quick hit and run attacks, fast road kills,...
 

Sega on After Effects of Zombie Devastation in Yakuza: Dead Souls

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134w ago - Today Sega of America Community Manager Kellie Parker has shared some details on the after effects of zombie devastation in Yakuza: Dead Souls for the PlayStation 3 entertainment system.

To quote: When tragedy and devastation hit a place, even if it's a place you're very familiar with, it can be hard to remember what it used to look like. You may think you know every inch of a certain place, and then suddenly, it's unrecognizable.

To see how much things can change once the zombie invasion hits, here are some comparison screens of Kamurocho as it used to be and as it is now in Yakuza: Dead Souls.

• Before Zombies - a sunny day in Kamurocho.
• After Zombies - yeah, I wouldn't go in there if I were you.
• Before Zombies - what a nice vending machine!
• After Zombies - OH GOD, IT'S ON FIRE! (At least the traffic cone survived.)
• Before Zombies - I'm not sure that's a very safe parking spot...
• After Zombies - Uh, yeah. Sorry about your car, mister.

Yakuza: Dead Souls has all the crazy zombie-killing action you're craving, with a distinct Yakuza twist.

A [Register or Login to view links] campaign is currently running. Trust me - you don't want to miss out on the assets...
 

Video: Balancing Control and Combat in Wheels of Destruction

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134w ago - Lead Designer Peter Porai-Koshits has posted up a video trailer today showcasing the balancing control and combat in Wheels of Destruction for PS3 below.

To quote: That perfect balance of smooth vehicle control and weapon mastery was always our most difficult and most important task. It's so easy to do them separately:

Here's your car control - drive wherever you want; here's your weapon control - fire at will. However, putting them together is a bit of a puzzle.

At the beginning, our weapons were at a fixed crux to always shoot forward as the car moves. As a result, you could either shoot while at a standstill, or shoot in every direction, when rotating the car or chasing someone. Everything became a merry-go-round where 'A' chased 'B' and shot at him, while 'B' was chasing 'C' who in turn was chasing 'A'.

We knew we needed another approach. The tried-and-true approach is the have the left stick control the vehicle and the right stick control the camera and the direction of weapon fire.

This immediately resulted in lower game speed. It's rather difficult to drive somewhere while watching from the side, or backwards. You're driving into a wall within seconds. Ultimately, everyone ends up standing in their own corner, shooting at everyone....
 

Video: Music Unlimited Now Available for PS Vita, Walkthrough

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134w ago - Sony Network Entertainment VP Eric Lempel has shared a video walkthrough today on Music Unlimited, which is now available for PS Vita beginning today.

To quote: We're excited to bring you some great ways keep you entertained with music and video anytime and anywhere on PS Vita. Check out our new video walkthrough to see how it all works.

First off, with a global library of more than 15 million songs, the Music Unlimited service is now available on PS Vita. The PS Vita application, which is now available, comes with some added features that take advantage of the PS Vita's unique capabilities, enhancing the experience and making it one of the best versions of the service available.

With the Music Unlimited service on PS Vita, you can use the touch screen for easy browsing, navigation and search. You can even manage your playlists on-the-go, adding tracks from our global library of millions of songs, with automatic synching of all of your playlists and preferences across the growing list of supported devices.

One of the most exciting features that Music Unlimited brings to PS Vita is the ability to download and store songs for offline play. Completely new to the Music Unlimited service, you can download songs from our channels, library or from your playlists, and as long as...
 

PlayStation Suite SDK Open to Developers in April, PS Vita Support

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134w ago - Following up on our previous article, today Engadget (linked above) reports that Sony's PlayStation Suite will be open to all developers beginning in April with PS Vita support followed by a full SDK coming afterwards.

The PS Suite SDK will allow licensed developers to create and run performance testing on all PlayStation-certified Android smartphones and tablets as well as the PS Vita.

This SDK Beta will be free of charge, while the official version will come later this year and require a $99 annual subscription in return for allowing devs to make their wares commercially available on Sony's platform.

Below is the official Sony Press Release, as follows:

Sony Computer Entertainment to Expand PlayStation Suite by Further Strengthening Support for Content Development

Open Beta Version of SDK to be Released in April, Official Version to be Released Later This Year

TOKYO, March 7, 2012 PRNewswire - Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that it will release the open beta version of PlayStation Suite SDK *(1) to content developers in April 2012 and the official version later this year. Through the introduction...
 
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