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Sony on The Story Behind InFamous Second Son's Photo Mode

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12w ago - Sony Blog Manager Fred Dutton is here with the story behind InFamous Second Son's photo mode today!

To quote: If you've been keeping even half an eye on gaming-related forums, blogs and social feeds over the last week or two you will surely have seen the stunning fruits of inFAMOUS Second Son's brilliant Photo Mode, which developer Sucker Punch added to the game via an update earlier this month.

It's fair to say the new feature has surpassed everyone's expectations and taken off in a big, big way - there are some absolutely incredible images out there, all created by you, the gamers.

So, to find out a little more about how it came to be and what the studio is making of its reception, we caught up with the man behind Photo Mode, Sucker Punch Senior Software Engineer Matt Durasoff.

How exactly did Photo Mode come to be? Was it something you planned early on, or was it more spur-of-the-moment?

Matt Durasoff: There's nothing novel about setting up shiny screen shots (say that ten times fast), but it was always something we did internally. For Second Son, the motivation for adding this feature came completely from the fans.

Right out of the gate, people were sharing awesome shots, without any special tools. Giving people a way to hide...
 

Video: PS4 Music Player App Revealed by Shuhei Yoshida's PSN Profile

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12w ago - Following the rumors that MP3 playback is coming soon to the PlayStation 4, today what may be a Sony PS4 Music Player application was revealed by Shuhei Yoshida's PSN Profile!

To quote: There have been rumors of MP3 playback support coming to the PS4 with a future update, and something found by one of our readers that snooped on Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida's PSN profile definitely seems to add solidity to those rumors:

Apparently Yoshida-san ran a "Music Player Demo" app yesterday, and it left very visible tracks on his PSN profile, as you can see in the pictures at the bottom of the post:

Of course we don't have clear information on what the "Music Player" entails, or if it'll really play MP3 files, but now we know that it exists, and it's being tested internally at Sony Computer Entertainment.

It's worth mentioning that normally this kind of unannounced app is kept hidden from profiles, but apparently someone forgot to flip that switch.

We'll have to stand by and see if the app will be announced any time soon, or if it'll make it in the upcoming 1.7 firmware update.



 

Soulcalibur: Lost Swords is Out Today on PS3 / PlayStation 3

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13w ago - Namco Bandai Community Manager J Kartje announced that Soulcalibur: Lost Swords PS3 is out today on PlayStation 3!

To quote: Hey gang. The endless story of souls and swords marches forward. Starting today, PS3 owners will be able to download our latest Soulcalibur title, Soulcalibur: Lost Swords, for free.

That's right, I said free! Soulcalibur: Lost Swords takes everything you like about the series - the fast and fluid, weapon-based combat, the beautiful graphics, the customization options - and wraps it all up in a free-to-play game worthy of the Soulcalibur legacy.

We'll also be bringing back some fan-favorite characters that missed the fight in Soulcalibur V, including Sophitia and Taki. Be sure to keep a look out for other returning characters as well as time goes on.

There are some changes to the Soulcalibur formula that we are implementing in Lost Swords. The first one you're going to notice is that the game is single-player only and revolves around players making their way through a series of quests to gain items.

These items can be accessories such as clothing options or new weapons to give your character extra flair or increased stats. These upgraded items will be essential as you tackle later quests.

Soulcalibur: Lost Swords isn't...
 

Sony Announces PS4 Deals on PlayStation Store This Weekend

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14w ago - Sony PlayStation Store and Plus Content Manager Chris Howe announced news of some upcoming PS4 deals on PlayStation Store this weekend.

Below are the details, to quote: Great deals on Battlefield 4 and Need for Speed Rivals.

Hi everyone! With the long weekend almost upon us we thought it would be a great opportunity to take care of your gaming needs with a couple of great deals on two huge PS4 titles.

From today until 22nd April you can pick up Battlefield 4 and Need for Speed Rivals direct from PlayStation Store at a great price. So whether it's warzone action or intense speed you are looking for we have you covered.

Don't forget that with great online multiplayer aspects to both of these top titles now would be the perfect time to sign up to PlayStation Plus. For the small price of 49.99 / £39.99 for a 12 month subscription you will get access to a huge community of online gamers, an instant game collection and exclusive member discounts across PlayStation Store.

What are you waiting for head to PlayStation store now to pick these great deals!

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Was 69.99 / $99.95 / £54.99 Now 49.99 / $69.95 / £39.99
 

PS4 System Software / Firmware Update 1.70 Incoming, Details Available

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14w ago - Following up on their previous update, today Sony revealed some details on PS4 System Software / Firmware Update 1.70 which includes Share Enhancements and HDCP Off, may include PlayStation 4 game sorting and is incoming next week according to industry insider Tidux via NeoGAF.

Below are the details, to quote: "One of the touted features to be included in PS4 Firmware Version 1.70 was an editing suite. While Sony didn't provide any details about what exactly the suite would allow you to do, any upgrade is a welcomed upgrade from the Share features current video editor.

According to AV Forums user Cha1ky (via avforums.com/threads/ps4-firmware-update-1-61.1855953/page-6#post-20478251), the video suite might not be ready in time for the upcoming update. When asked by members of the forum about the arrival date of the update, Cha1ky stated that it should be this month... around [April] 22nd-25th.

A day before Sony officially announced firmware 1.70 and its features, Cha1ky leaked what it would include in a post: I'm sure the next big...
 
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