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Confirmed: Sony is Developing PSEye Facial Recognition Software

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284w ago - Just a week ago it was reported that new 3D technology may put your face in Sony's PlayStation Home.

Today, it has been confirmed at Develop '09 that Sony is developing PSEye facial recognition software.

To quote: Some of the advantages boasted by Microsoft's Natal controller are already in the PSEye, Sony said today.

The firm has developed new facial recognition software for the PSEye camera which has been put together after many experiments by both the excellent SCEE R&D team and work with other developers.

"We've got a wealth of libraries available," explained head of developer services Kish Hirani.

He admitted that "it's a lot of fun in the office" and has been tested extensively.

The facial tech can see the position and direction of a player's head and can work out the gender and age of the face, and detects different parts of the face including nose, mouth, eyes, eyebrows, shape of the mouth - and even glasses.
 

PSN App Store Confirmed for PSP Download Games and Apps

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284w ago - SCEE's head of developer relations, Zeno Colaço, has confirmed [Register or Login to view links] that a new section of the PS Store that focuses on "snackable" games and applications for the PSP in on the way, to tackle the threat posed by Apple's fast-growing App Store.

To quote: "We're introducing new initiatives for the PSP which take it beyond traditional gaming, but still includes elements from gaming, and also includes new developers," said Colaço, confirming Sony has over 50 studios already working on games and apps for the new initiative.

These are to be sold via a new, "specially branded" area of the PS Store for the PSP and PSP Go, according to Develop.

"It is still a professional environment, you still need a development kit and you still need to have investment and a team," he told the site." But it can be a small team. We don't see any of the restrictions on the disc-based space being in this space."

Users can expect "snackable" games as small as 20MBs in size, he teases.
 

Confirmed: New Michael Jackson Game is Still in Development

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285w ago - A few weeks ago there was a report that a new Michael Jackson video game was in development, and scheduled to hit consoles for the holiday 2009 season.

Shortly following the news, tragedy stuck the pop star and there was no word on whether the game would still be released or not.

Today IGN has confirmed it's still being developed, to quote:

A report by [Register or Login to view links] is confirming the rumor, and says the game is being handled by the singer's own company, MJJ Productions.

According to the report, the game has been in development for "several months" and Jackson himself even recorded speech and dialogue before the musician died.

The game has an expected Christmas 2009 "home console release" for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It will also feature a number of artist's hit songs.

A representative from MJJ Productions was quoted as saying "I am sure it will still be released. Michael loved games."
 

Confirmed: MAG PS3 BETA to Hit Both North America and Europe

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286w ago - MAG Franchise Producer Shijima previously [Register or Login to view links] that MAG's beta would only be available to Europeans.

However, thanks to clarification from SCEA representative AbigaleSS non-European PS3 owners have reason to be relieved, as follows:

Apparently, the post was worded incorrectly. It was most likely meant to say "tested by the Beta Trial community only, in Europe."

AbigaleSS from the official [Register or Login to view links] had this to say regarding Shijima's post:

"I just wanted to clear up any misunderstandings about Shijima's post on the European forum. His comments were directed to his community and it is a mistake to think that the Beta will only be comprised of Europeans.

We will be releasing more information on the Beta for MAG in the future, but we can confirm that it will include users from North America. I know some of you already assumed that but I wanted to make sure you had the official word on it."
 

GTA: Chinatown Wars is Confirmed for PSP

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288w ago - The PSP's Indian summer continues, with Rockstar announcing that it's bringing GTA: Chinatown Wars to the handheld later this year.

GTA: Chinatown Wars was a critical hit when it came to the DS in March, with Rockstar's open-world formula translating beautifully to the demands of portable gaming.

The PSP version will utilise the system's more powerful architecture, featuring revised widescreen visuals as well as enhanced animations and more story missions.

To quote: "We're proud to extend this truly unique handheld Grand Theft Auto experience to PSP and offer a downloadable version of Chinatown Wars for PSPgo," said Rockstar's Sam Houser, "Rockstar Leeds has shown incredible talent in creating games that raise the bar in terms of depth and innovation on portables, and with Chinatown Wars we have a rich, fast-paced, and incredibly addictive entry into the series."

Sony's Jack Tretton seemed suitably pleased with the news, saying, "Rockstar's work with the GTA series has been an enormous part of the success of PlayStation platforms. We're excited to welcome the critically acclaimed Chinatown Wars to the outstanding line-up of great games headed to the PSP platform this fall."

Chinatown Wars will be the third GTA game to grace the PSP, although it will be...
 
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