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DriveClub PS4 Could Be Most Realistic Sounding Racing Game Ever

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8w ago - Sony Blog Manager Fred Dutton proclaimed today that DriveClub on PS4 could be the most realistic sounding racing game ever!

To quote: If you've been keeping track of our recent DRIVECLUB videos - in particular the 4TheSense clip above - you should hopefully have twigged that developer Evolution Studios is hell-bent on delivering the most technically sophisticated console driving game on the market.

Its visuals and gameplay systems obviously play a huge part in achieving that goal, but there's another, less-trumpeted area in which the team are achieving some extraordinary things: audio.

Squirreled away in a corner of the sprawling Evolution complex outside Runcorn in the north of England, Audio Manager Alan McDermott and his team have been hard at work building an enormous library of sound effects for the forthcoming PS4 racer. And unlike most games in the genre, every single one of them is 100% bespoke.

"We did initially look and see if we could buy samples in, and approached manufacturers," McDermott tells me. "But it just wasn't good enough for us to do what we wanted to do."

Instead, his team has spent the last two and a half year travelling the globe painstakingly recording the sounds of every...
 

Video: Promote Real Music in BigFest on PlayStation Vita

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10w ago - Sony Associate Project Manager Nick Accordino invites PlayStation Vita fans to promote real music in BigFest on PS Vita in a video trailer below.

To quote: Revealed at Gamescom 2013 for PS Vita, BigFest is about building your own festival that will promote real, unsigned bands. Players will go on a journey with the bands with the goal of building their own thriving festival and becoming the most successful promoter in the world.

Do you have what it takes to discover the next big thing, and take them to the top of the charts?





Before you take a band to the top, you'll need to give them a platform, and that means building the best festival you can. Starting with a small stage in a field, it's up to the player to build their festival their way.

Choose the basics from shops and stalls to earn money and use that money to enhance your festival by installing the right speakers, lights and video screens, increasing the "vibe" as you go.

The levels themselves are run as Festival "Posters," with headliners and support acts. Some Posters will let you play whatever music you want while others will have specific needs to succeed. Visitors to a rock festival will have different needs to those at a dance...
 

Video: PS4 Project Morpheus: Five Minutes of Impressive Virtual Reality

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11w ago - Following up on the previous update, today PS4's Project Morpheus was demonstrated at SVVR 10 (Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Meetup) with five minutes of of impressive virtual reality action below!

To quote: "Sony's Project Morpheus team attended the 10th Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Meetup and gave a demonstration of the headset using the Castle demo, and YouTube user [Register or Login to view links] posted a great clip showing [Register or Login to view links] as he tries it out.

The video is really interesting, as the camera angle lets us catch a very good glimpse on the headset's tracking capabilities when paired with PlayStation Move, and what we see is definitely impressive.

You can check out the video for yourself below."





From the video's caption: SVVR 10 Surprise guest, Sony's Project Morpheus team, prepared an amazing demo for the SVVR crowd. Our own Cymatic Bruce got a go at it, and that's always when things get interesting.


 

How to Get Rich in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on PS4

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11w ago - Square Enix Community Project Manager Hergen Thaens shared details today on how to get rich in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on PS4.

To quote: Hello, everyone! It's been two weeks since the PS4 launch of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, and by now a lot of you have found your way into the world of Eorzea.

You've started on your path to becoming a hero among heroes, and soon you'll discover that even the citizens of Eorzea have to make a living.

The currency they require for this is called Gil. Equipment needs to be bought and occasionally repaired, food and potions are required, and teleporting is so damn comfortable, yet expensive

Because I can relate all too well, I thought that the best solution would be to present you with the top seven ways to make some good Gil in Final Fantasy XIV. Please note that these are just rough pointers - every server is different, so you'll still have to do some research on your own!

Quests

Quests are the lifeline of every adventurer who brings his first class up in these harsh environments. A lot of quests not only reward Gil, but also give you the choice of choosing another item - often among them are Allagan Pieces, which can be exchanged for Gil. Make sure to check if you can't get the equipment...
 

Project Morpheus: Experiencing PS4's Virtual Reality Prototype

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18w ago - Sony Social Media Manager Sid Shuman detailed Project Morpheus today, sharing his experiences with PS4's Virtual Reality Prototype.

Below are all the details, to quote: Project Morpheus is PlayStation's prototype virtual reality system for PS4, announced earlier this week at GDC.

Despite its pre-release status, Morpheus is a sleek, eye-catching piece of hardware that feels surprisingly comfy once strapped to your cranium.

This is partly due to a clever design that distributes most of the unit's weight to the top of your head, not the bridge of your nose or other delicate pressure points.

Properly seated, the unit sits snugly over your eyes but rests comfortably on your face. You peer through two separate lenses, which resolves into one immersive, high definition image that provides a convincing sense of depth.

I tried out two demos: EVE Valkyrie, a fast-paced arcade-style dogfighting simulation set in outer space, and The Deep, a face-to-face encounter with a prowling great white shark. Each of these demos was radically different, expressing radically different approaches to virtual reality gaming.

Of the two demos, EVE Valkyrie's...
 
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