XBlaze Code: Embryo - Visual Novel Set in BlazBlue Universe for PS3

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10w ago - Aksys Games Editor Mike Engler revealed today that XBlaze Code: Embryo is a visual novel set in the BlazBlue Universe that is coming to PS3.

To quote: Hello... again... and again... Aksys Games, purveyors of quality digital entertainment, is pleased to announce that we will be releasing Arc System Works' latest tour de force, XBlaze Code: Embryo!

Taking place almost two centuries before the events of BlazBlue, XBlaze tells the story of Touya Kagari, a mostly unremarkable high school sophomore with a remarkable past, and his transformation from a typical teenager into the target of secret organizations, renegade mages, homicidal maniacs, and curry-obsessed co-workers.

And though XBlaze touches on the origins of some of the more important elements of the BlazBlue mythos (The Azure, Black Beast, and Takamagahara spring immediately to mind), its story stands on its own as an epic tale of disparate groups all fighting for control of the power responsible for the creation of the universe.

As for the game itself, XBlaze is a visual novel with a number of twists on the formula. One of the biggest differences is that, unlike most games in the genre that simple use static character images during conversation scenes, story scenes in XBlaze are more akin to an animated feature, complete...
 

PS4 System Update 1.60 Incoming, Support for Gold Wireless Headset

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11w ago - Following up on the initial announcement, today Sony VP of Marketing John Koller of Home Consoles and Handheld Platforms announced that PS4 System Update 1.60 arrives tonight and includes official headset support for a Gold Wireless Headset out soon.

Download: PS4 Firmware 1.60 (US) / PS4 Firmware 1.60 (EU) / PS4 Firmware 1.60 (JP)

Below are the details, to quote: Hello PlayStation Nation! The next system software update for PlayStation 4 (version 1.60) will be available for download beginning late tonight, bringing support for the PULSE and PULSE - Elite Edition wireless stereo headsets to PS4.

We know you've been patiently waiting for this update, which means PS4 owners will now be able to enjoy an enhanced gaming experience with 7.1 virtual surround sound and crystal...
 

Rumor: PS Vita Slim Set for Release in Europe and North America?

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12w ago - IGN reports that Sony has invited press to an exclusive breakfast briefing with PlayStation next Thursday, January 30th, where it is rumored that they will unveil a PS Vita Slim (or perhaps a PS Vita TV international release) for Europe and North American regions.

The invitation (below) reads, to quote: "You are invited to an exclusive breakfast briefing with PlayStation.

Following the biggest launch in PlayStation history, join us for an introduction to the slimmest.

When: Thursday 30th January 2014 | 09:00-11:00"

The PS Vita Slim is already available in Japan, and is 20 percent thinner than the existing model, as well as being 15 percent lighter.

It does away with the OLED screen for a 5-inch LCD display, which helps the battery to supposedly last up to an hour longer. The Japanese one is available in six different colors too, though we've yet to see if that's replicated in the west.

Of course the announcement could be about something else entirely, but the Vita Slim seems to be the sensible option, especially given the new appeal the handheld has thanks to the PS4's remote play functionality.

Having only just launched the PS4, it's exceedingly unlikely that Sony would announced a slim version of the console right now as they traditionally...
 

Videos: PlayStation 4 First Time Bootup and Setup, PS4 Loading Games

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23w ago - Following up on the influx of PS4 UI videos, below are some more PS4 videos today from IGN detailing how the first time bootup and setup of PlayStation 4 looks alongside a demo video of PS4's fast-loading games.

To quote: PS4: BOOTING IT UP FOR THE FIRST TIME

We show you what the PlayStation 4 will look like when you bring it home and boot it up for the first time.





PS4'S FAST-LOADING GAMES (DEMO) - IGN LIVE PRESENTS: PS4 PRE-LAUNCH PARTY

Here's one thing to love about the PlayStation 4 - booting up games can be really fast. Watch as we hop in and out of Killzone, and the home interface.






 

Grand Theft Auto V Pulse Headset and Manager App Out Today

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31w ago - Today Brand and Hardware Marketing Manager James Olivier announced that the Grand Theft Auto V Pulse Headset and Manager application are available to coincide with the official release of GTA V worldwide.

Below are the details, to quote: Today sees the release of the much anticipated Grand Theft Auto V, as well as the release of the exclusive Grand Theft Auto V Wireless Stereo Headset for PS3.

This headset includes all of the great features experienced on the existing PULSE wireless stereo headset such as BassImpact technology, virtual 7.1 surround sound and a crystal clear built-in noise cancelling mic.

In addition, the headset also comes loaded with a special Grand Theft Auto V Sound Mode. This sound mode enhances immersion by letting players use both sound and vibration to sense the impact of bullets, helping to locate incoming gunfire in hectic shootouts; as well as a vibration-based heartbeat to indicate low health, and additional effects to enhance explosions, crashes...
 











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