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Video: There Came an Echo: Voice-controlled Strategy on PS4

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28w ago - Iridium Studios Lead Designer Jason Wishnov shared a video today spotlighting There Came an Echo, a voice-controlled strategy game on PS4.

To quote: Hey, PlayStation fans! Quick backstory: we were making this game, and market research showed us that people who own PS4s like games.

After extensive trend analysis and writing numbers down on paper in the hopes of making it look like we knew basic mathematics, we made the executive decision to bring our title, There Came an Echo, over to the Sony side of town. There's a trailer above, which you should probably watch, but if you didn't, it's okay, we're cool.

There Came an Echo is, if you'll pardon the torrent of hyphens, a voice-controlled squad-based real-time strategy game. You don't play directly as the soldiers in the field, but rather as the tactical commander, issuing strategic orders via headset.

Ever felt annoyed when someone in your earpiece told you what to do in a blockbuster, AAA first-person shooter? Well, now, you're the someone in the earpiece. Some direct influences on the game include X-COM: Enemy Unknown and Tom Clancy's EndWar.





A lot of you might feel a little antsy about voice recognition. And we understand! But we'd...
 

PS4 Automatic Game Caching, PlayStation 4 Voice Commands & More

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52w ago - Following up on his previous update, today Sony's Shuhei Yoshida discusses PS4 automatic game caching, voice commands without the PlayStation 4 PS Eye and more below!

To quote: Shuhei Yoshida via his personal Twitter account has revealed never heard before details about PlayStation 4.

Yoshida first confirmed that PlayStation 4 does automatic cashing to games, and its not the mandatory install. This is really huge news for Playstation 4, it basically mean, if you want to play CoD Ghosts and Killzone, you won't need 100GB of space (50GB each,) you'll just need 50GB to cache them. That's so cool!

  • David Magalhaes (DiamondDM13): Sorry to ask this here, but I'm confused. Does the PS4 have mandatory game installs to the HDD? Or is that optional?
  • Shuhei Yoshida (yosp): it's automatic, not install but caching data

Furthermore, Yoshida went on to confirmed Voice Commands are available without PlayStation Eye i.e via available via Mic and DualShock 4 controller.

  • Jefferson Keane (Jefferson_Keane): Voice commands are available without PS eye ? I mean with the mic and the DS4 ?
  • Shuhei Yoshida...

 

Tales of Voice Recording: A Tales of Xillia Update for PlayStation 3

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102w ago - Tales of Xillia North American Producer Ted Tsung has a shared voice recording update today for Tales of Xillia on the PlayStation 3 entertainment system.

Below are the details, to quote: Hello everyone, my name is Ted Tsung and I am the North American Producer for Tales of Xillia for [Register or Login to view links].

I'm happy to announce that we recently completed our voice recording session for the game, an extremely important part of the localization process. It's a huge milestone for us to pass and it means that Tales of Xillia is that much closer to its 2013 release.

Eight hours of voice recording across an eight week span, filled with late nights catching up on emails, proofing, and preparation for the following day. It's a grueling process that's both physically and mentally taxing.

Despite this, it was a fantastic experience, thanks to the support from Cup of Tea, 8-4, and the voice actors. I might be looking through rose-tinted glasses, but you won't find a better group of people.

It's always impressive to see how well voice actors can improvise on the spot. They have very little interaction with each other. The most exposure they'll get with one another is hearing a voice that may be played back for reference....
 

Sony Announces John Cleese is the Voice of PS Vita's Smart As

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114w ago - Sony EX-Dev Producer Ian Pickles has announced today that John Cleese is the voice of PS Vita's Smart As with details below.

To quote: My name is Ian Pickles and I am the Producer from XDev Studio Europe working on PlayStation Vita's all-new social brain training experience, Smart As.

I'm here with some exciting news to share. I am delighted to confirm that John Cleese, the English actor, comedian, writer and film producer is injecting his unique personality and sophisticated sense of humor into the game as the voice of Smart As.

Best known for his hilarious antics as a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, it's great to be able to confirm the comedy legend's participation in the game.

His instantly recognizable voice and distinctive style deliver intelligent and witty narration during the game, always encouraging and sometimes teasing you to improve every time you play.

Regardless of how smart you are, John's creative and comedic dialogue will keep you hooked as you play to improve your Brain Power score and pursue your goal to outsmart the world.

The decision to approach John to work on the game came about a couple of months ago. We were incredibly happy with the game - the looks, presentation and gameplay are second to none, but we felt...
 

Sony Announces PS Vita Gets Skype Video and Voice Calling Today

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130w ago - Sony Senior Director Manrique Brenes from their Consumer Electronics Group at Skype has announced that PS Vita is getting Skype video and Voice Calling beginning today.

To quote: Hi everyone! My name is Manrique Brenes and I'm the senior director of the consumer electronics group at Skype.

We've very happy to announce that the Skype Video and Voice calling app for PS Vita will be available later today on PlayStation Store.

Starting later today, you can enjoy free [Register or Login to view links] calls on PS Vita. You'll be able to keep in touch with gamers around the globe while you're on the go as Skype is available for both the 3G/Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi models.

The Skype app includes free Skype-to-Skype voice calling, as well as high-quality video calling that utilizes PS Vita's front and rear cameras.

The Skype app on PS Vita runs in "background mode" while you're gaming or using other applications* – meaning you have the capability to "pause" a game, conduct a call and then return to your previous activity – so you never miss a call. Plus, with a little Skype credit you can make low-cost calls to landlines and mobile directly from your PS Vita.

As you know, PS Vita is equipped with a 5" OLED touchscreen, dual analog sticks, precise rear...
 
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