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Q&A: PS4 By the Numbers with Sony Vice President John Koller

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21w ago - Sony Social Media Manager Sid Shuman shared a PlayStation 4 Q&A today dubbed PS4 By the Numbers with Vice President John Koller below.

To quote: Though the slimmer, lighter PS Vita - and its upcoming North American release - was squarely in the spotlight of this week's PlayStation Showcase, PS4 wasn't left behind. Today, I caught up with Sony Computer Entertainment America Marketing Vice President John Koller for a status check on PS4's global rollout - an especially relevant topic, with the Japanese PS4 debut less than two weeks away.

PlayStation.Blog: Can you share any updates on PS4's global sell-through?

John Koller: The response has been fantastic. In the US, PS4 was #1 in sales for next-gen consoles in January, nearly doubling the nearest next-gen competitor. And PS4 remains the cumulative leader here based on today's report from the NPD Group.

Globally, we announced last month that we've sold through more than 4.2 million units as of the holiday season, making PS4's launch the biggest in console gaming history. I think the PS4 demand is indicative of how we've tapped into something special - and that's that gamers want to be recognized for their greatness and want to enjoy experiences together.

We're looking forward to what 2014 has...
 

Video: Sony President Shuhei Yoshida on DriveClub PS4 Update

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38w ago - Today Sony President of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida shared details and video footage on a DriveClub PS4 update for fans.

To quote: SCE Worldwide Studios and the team at Evolution Studios have made the difficult decision to delay the release of DRIVECLUB and DRIVECLUB PlayStation Plus Edition until early 2014.

DRIVECLUB will be a truly innovative, socially connected racing game, but the team requires more time in order to deliver on their vision - and I'm fully confident the game will surpass your expectations.

This decision also affects PlayStation Plus members' Instant Game Collection for launch. To be clear, DRIVECLUB PlayStation Plus Edition will still be part of the Instant Game Collection when it is released.

For the PS4 launch, in addition to Resogun, I'm pleased to announce that Contrast, the highly anticipated game from Compulsion Games will also be available to PlayStation Plus members for free as part of Instant Game Collection.

If you're not aware of Contrast, it will whisk you away to a surreal vaudevillian, film-noir inspired reality full of performance, intrigue, shadow-play and drama. Please check out the trailer below. I'm sure you'll agree that it is unlike anything you will have played before.



 

Video: Sony Introduces PlayStation's President: Andy House

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129w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein has shared a video below today introducing PlayStation's President Andy House.

To quote: At last week's International CES, I had the opportunity to meet head of Sony Computer Entertainment, President and CEO Andrew House. House [Register or Login to view links] after working for Sony in Japan, Europe, and here at SCEA over the past two decades.

In this show floor discussion, I ask House about PlayStation Suite, his outlook on the Western launch of PS Vita, and his goals as CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment.

If you'd like to hear how Andrew House got started in the industry and rose through the ranks, listen to his "origin story" on the Official PlayStation Blogcast Episode 007.




 

Video: Make.Believe: Programmer to Naughty Dog Co-President

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229w ago - Today SCEA's VP of Product Development Scott Rohde has made available a video from the Make.Believe series which highlights the transition from Programmer to Naughty Dog Co-President.

To quote: You've probably seen [Register or Login to view links]'s global "[Register or Login to view links]" (pronounced "make-dot-believe") initiative by now, which comes with a simple message: believe that anything you can imagine, you can make real.

I know a lot of you have heard the name Christophe Balestra, and like many of you out there, his make.believe moment is taking place every day. Christophe, along with co-president Evan Wells and the entire team at [Register or Login to view links], have been creating amazing games for the PlayStation family since the mid-nineties, when Crash Bandicoot made his debut on the original PlayStation.

Since then, the Dogs have brought us the incredible [Register or Login to view links] of adventure games, and of course, the critically acclaimed [Register or Login to view links], including the latest award winning title, UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves.

Naughty Dog has played a huge role in shaping the action adventure...
 

UFC President: EA Sports Responsible for MMA Video Game War

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261w ago - UFC president Dana White has a simple message for fighters dreaming of competing in the world-famous octagon: Don't do business with EA Sports.

In an edict that started as a rumor on Internet message boards, White stated after Saturday's historic UFC 100 event that he was "at war" with the popular video-game developers and that those that side with EA Sports will find themselves out of the UFC's good graces.

But perhaps surprising to some, White insists it was EA Sports that fired the first salvo in the still-developing controversy.

To quote: "It's easy to sit on the other side of the table and judge me on how I react to stuff like this," White said. "But let me tell you what - I've been in the trenches for almost 10 years, and I've been dealing with all these businesses, and EA was one of them."

EA Sports holds the publishing rights for several of the market's most successful sports-related video games, including the Madden NFL, FIFA, NASCAR and Tiger Woods PGA series. White said the UFC had hoped to join the ranks of those titles, but the California-based EA Sports declined to discuss the possibility.

"EA Sports told us, 'You're not a real sport,'" White said. "'We wouldn't touch this thing. We want nothing to do with this.'"

With EA Sports passing...
 
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