163w ago - Update: Several users have confirmed that Sony's PlayStation Rewards invites are indeed going out and the program is now live!
Sony PlayStation Network Sr. Director Susan Panico has introduced PlayStation Rewards today, where PlayStation fans can earn exclusive status and recognition.
To quote: Today, we're excited to share news of the launch of PlayStation Rewards, a new program that recognizes and rewards our users for simply doing what they love - playing games and interacting with the entertainment content that PlayStation has to offer.
We really wanted to create something that says, "thank you" for being a loyal PlayStation fan.
In its initial launch tomorrow (Oct. 28th), PlayStation Rewards will be an invitation-only beta to all eligible PlayStation Plus and Gamer Advisory Panel (GAP) members. We're kicking things off as a beta so that we can get feedback from our most loyal fans in order to make it the best possible rewards program it can be.
It's also worth noting that during the beta phase, the program will be focused on PlayStation 3 owners, but we hope to include PSP users as well not too far down the road. Oh, and one more thing: PlayStation Rewards will be free...
222w ago - Sony has been working on distributing a number of new technologies, already available in some PS3 programs.
The first is voice recognition software, employed by SingStar, that allows the PS3 to quickly recognize up to 20 different languages.
Another technology developed by Sony allows the PS3 and PSP to quickly zoom in on massive images.
Already used in a Japanese release calendar program (available for free from the Japanese PlayStation Store), this technology streams massive amounts of visual data - including video - quickly and scales it appropriately.
To quote: "In SingStar, players are able to quickly go through the song library by simply calling out various commands or speaking the names of artists and songs.
While the technology is currently exclusive to Sony, a report by Dig Info reveals that the company plans on making it available to all PS3 developers in future iterations of the console's software development kit.
Like the SingStar voice recognition tools, this tech will be available for developers in an upcoming SDK update. We're not exactly sure how games will be able to take advantage of this, but it certainly looks impressive."
225w ago - Blizzard design boss Rob Pardo claims XBox 360 motion-sensing unit Project Natal might not be the wonder-box Microsoft would have us believe.
To quote: "I've got to play with Natal a little bit, and it seems like the difficulty with it is still spatial recognition with moving your hands and doing things," said the exec, speaking at a StarCraft II single-player event in California last month.
"You'd actually still need an interface that you could do that with, and Natal is still going to be pretty imprecise in the way Wii is today," he said.
"I mean, I could see the future one day [allowing it], but I don't know if Natal's it. Maybe it's a step towards it."
229w 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.