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Sony Introduces Spotify, New Destination Called PlayStation Music

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3d ago - Sony Network Entertainment VP Eric Lempel officially introduced Spotify with a new music destination called PlayStation Music today!

To quote: Hello everyone! I'm thrilled today to introduce a new music destination called PlayStation Music, with Spotify as the exclusive partner.

We've partnered with our friends at Spotify to bring its award-winning digital music service to PlayStation Network this spring in 41 markets around the world.

We know how important music is to our community of gamers, and this partnership combines the best in music with the best in gaming. PlayStation Network users will enjoy the convenience of linking your accounts to Spotify, making it easy to sign-up with your existing ID and subscribe to Spotify's Premium service.

You can also use Spotify while playing games on PS4, enabling you to soundtrack your gaming sessions with your favorite songs in the background. Want something heavy and rocking for an intense Destiny Raid? How about some old school hip hop while taking the field in Madden NFL?

With more than 30 million songs and 1.5 billion playlists, Spotify on PlayStation Music has it covered. As we get closer to launch we look forward to telling you about some of the other great features that will be available exclusively through...
 

Video: Inside the Creation of Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell's Music

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8w ago - Creative Director Steve Jaros posted up a PS4 video today taking an inside look at the creation of Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell's music on PlayStation 4 below.

To quote: Music has always been an important part of the Saints Row franchise:

• Saints Row was inspired by over-the-top hip-hop music videos.
• Saints Row 2 introduced sing alongs.
• Saints Row: The Third showcased the sing alongs as a bonding moment between characters, as well as key licensed tracks to enhance emotion.
• Saints Row IV added dance into the mix (originally we wanted to end with a Bollywood dance number but scope reduction transformed it into the soul train line).
• How The Saints Save Christmas ends with a Christmas montage (originally set to "All I Want For Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey).

So when we decided that Gat out of Hell was going to be Saints Row's take on a Disney-esque fairy tale, we knew pretty early on that a musical number was essential to the experience.





This was exciting to me for two reasons: First, the introduction of a musical number wasn't going to be just some gag, it (like all musicals) was going to convey central plot points and character motivation just like any cutscene.
 

Sony Tournaments, Live Music and Meet n Greets at PS Experience

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10w ago - Sony Santa Monica Studio Community Strategist Aaron Kaufman revealed details today on tournaments, live music and meet 'n' greets at PS Experience below.

To quote: They say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Though, for fans near and far who attend PlayStation Experience this December 6th and 7th, they'll be talking about the #PlayStationMemories from this show for a long time.

If this is the first time you're reading about the event, one reason to go are the incredible "one night only" panels announced [Register or Login to view links], or the massive oasis of playable new PS4 and indie games, or how about this...

The PlayStation Worldwide Studios will be joining forces once again to welcome you into our massive family room - a community space at PlayStation Experience like no other, built for you, our PlayStation family.

Within our PlayStation Worldwide Studios community space it's going to be one non-stop fan-fest until the very last second of PlayStation Experience, or when Elvis arrives:

Tournaments & Competitions

Think your Platinums are cool? Try winning an official PlayStation Experience real life trophy from one of these competitions:

• MLB The Show 2014...
 

The Sci-fi Funk in Cosmic Star Heroine's Music on PS4 and PS Vita

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10w ago - Zeboyd Games Lead Designer Robert Boyd shared a sneak peek at the Sci-fi Funk in Cosmic Star Heroine's music on PS4 and PS Vita below today.

To quote: From the Western-infused opening of Wild Arms to the vocalized battles of the Persona series, music is an essential element to any great RPG.

For our upcoming PS4 and Vita RPG, Cosmic Star Heroine, we knew we needed an amazing soundtrack - so we teamed up with Hyperduck Soundworks (Dust: An Elysian Tail, Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4, Kingdom Rush: Frontiers). Here to tell you a bit about the composing process is Chris Geehan from Hyperduck.

Chris Geehan: For the Cosmic Star Heroine soundtrack, we initially wanted to harness our own personal love for 80′s and 90′s film, game, and anime music, going from the Blade Runner soundtrack scored by Vangelis, to the Lethal Weapon soundtracks scored by Michael Kamen, David Sanborn (Saxophone), and Eric Clapton (Guitar), from the Grandia soundtrack scored by Noriyuki Iwadare, to the anime soundtrack of Bleach scored by Shirō Sagisu. The list just kept growing, bigger and bigger, and the influences are indeed vast.

Having such a large scope for music styles and influences is an exciting thing, and takes a lot of care and consideration to make...
 

PS4 Firmware 2.0 Masamune: Sony Details Share Play and Music Player

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14w ago - Following up on the PS4 Firmware 2.00 Preview and Webkit Bug Fix rumor, Sony has now shared additional details on PS4 Firmware 2.0 Masamune spotlighting Share Play and Music Player below.

To quote: "Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia shared quite a lot of information on the features coming with firmware 2.0 "Masamune," but quite a few more caveats have been mentioned on the [Register or Login to view links] site.

The Share Play feature, which is built into the party chat app, will also follow the rules below:

  • You can be in a Party with 8 people, but Share Play can be done only with one of them at the same time. The rest of the Party won't be able to see the screen, but will still be able to chat with host and guest.
  • When the host is visualizing any other screen than the game being shared, the guest is shown a "stand by" screen.
  • The Share Play time is limited to one hour, and the remaining time is visualized in the Party screen, but you can start a new...

 
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