Tagged "PlayStation"

Jun 05
By Adam Philbin In Blog 2 Comments

Sony E3 conference

Sony’s E3 2012 press conference came and went, much as expected, and a little light on dramatic unveilings. Whilst the big hitters such as The Last of Us and God of War: Ascension oozed quality, the biggest surprise of the night was arguably Wonderbook, an augmented reality… book. In its favour, the first Wonderbook title, The Book of Spells, is a creation of Harry Potter’s J. K. Rowling.

Wonderbook

Sony’s show was also heavy of the Ellen Page. In addition to The Last of Us featuring Ellen’s doppleganger, Quantic Dream’s new title Beyond actually stars Ellen Page, with the actress providing the voice and motion capture for the game’s main character. It’s a game about telekinesis and the after life, so hopefully it should be as good as Quantic Dream’s last game, Heavy Rain.

Beyond

PS Vita titles were a little thin on the ground – the main news being an exclusive version of Assassin’s Creed III for the Vita and the ability to use the Vita as an additional super control pad in various games, such as Little Big Planet and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Speaking of the All-Stars… Super Smash Bros wants its game concept back.

The Last of UsFittingly, the show was played out with The Last of Us, which reinforces Naughty Dog’s position as possibly the best developers around right now and easily producing the most impressive titles on Sony’s system since the first Uncharted.

As always, an E3 without a new system unveiling can be a little quiet, and Sony didn’t really throw out any big surprises to set the world alight, but there was nothing particularly wrong and they’ve shown that there’s some life left in the old dog.

Should you want to sit through the whole conference yourself, Sony livestreamed the event online, and you can catch it on Youtube below.

You might want to skip to the 30 minute mark.

Aug 10
By Matt Gander In Our Pixilated Past No Comments

Released: 1995
Format: PlayStation

Rather than lazily shove a handful of demos onto a disk and tie them all together with a rudimentary menu system, Sony put an awful lot of attention into the curiously titled Demo One – the disk that came bundled with every fresh PlayStation. I assume they put effort into it for two reasons. Firstly, it was highly likely that shop owners would use this disk on their demo pods. Secondly, to make sure your first impression of your shiny new console was a good one.

After seconds of popping the disk into your PlayStation you knew that £299 purchase you’d just made was worth every penny. It proverbially kicked off with an intro showing clips of the PlayStation launch titles mixed with CGI while the then-impressive tech-specs of the PlayStation whizzed across the screen, all of which was accompanied by a suitably fitting trance music track.

The demos themselves were rather generous segments of just about every PlayStation launch game, including Toshinden, WipEout, Destruction Derby, Loaded, Jumping Flash and a non-playable demo of Total NBA. A revised version of the disk added ESPN Extreme Games and Novastorm – an early FMV shoot ’em up. The Toshinden demo offered three characters to play around with while Destruction Derby gave the chance to try and survive one of instantly entertaining destruction arenas.

FMV clips of Ridge Racer, Ace Combat, Tekken, Twisted Metal, Assault Rigs and now hard to find 2D shooter Rapid Reload also featured for your viewing pleasure. I assume they didn’t include a playable demo of Ridge Racer as it only had just one track – it would have been akin to giving the full game away.

To show off the PlayStation’s technical prowess Sony kindly included two tech demos as well, one of which was of a T-Rex. It didn’t look quite as good as the CGI dinosaurs in Jurassic Park but it was still quite impressive. Fun could be had, for literally seconds, by making it open and close its mouth by pressing trigger on the joypad. There was also a 3D model of a mantra ray, which was slightly less impressive but quite relaxing to mess around with thanks to featuring some chilled music.

Rounding everything off was a V-CD program that would create trippy effects to any music CD you placed inside the PlayStation. Sony released new versions of Demo One every few months with later versions having games like Tekken II, Ridge Racer Revolution, Kula World and Tombi on – yet the name Demo One always remained, which is slightly bizarre.

Simply by typing ‘Demo One PlayStation’ into Google you can find forum conversations dishing out praise and fond recollections. For a mere collection of demos, it certainly has made a long lasting impression.

Jan 27
By Adam Philbin In Blog 14 Comments

Jeremy Clarkson and the Sony NGP aka the PSP2

The rumour mill has been churning for the last few weeks, with talk of the PSP2 being as powerful as a PlayStation 3 and launching with a Virtual Jeremy Clarkson game. Now the day and hour has come – 3PM January 27th 2011, Japanese time – and Sony are unveiling the next portable PlayStation to the world. They don’t call it the PSP2 – they now call it the Next Generation Portable or NGP.

Sony Next Generation Portable - NGP

Whilst the NGP looks much like the original PSP, it now has two analogue sticks and a high resolution 960×544 pixel 5-inch OLED screen. Aside from the looks though, it packs a bunch of new features – a touch sensitive backside, 3G data connectivity (and WiFi obviously), GPS, motion sensors, front and rear cameras, a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU (for comparison, the iPad packs a single-core Cortex-A8) and a quad-core PowerVR SGX543 GPU (it’s speculated that the iPad 2 and iPhone 5 will sport a dual-core version of the same SGX543 GPU).

NGP gameplayGone are the PSP’s UMD discs, replaced with flash cards that seem a lot like SD cards. Online connectivity is one of the big selling points – with downloadable games on the PlayStation Store, rankings, achievements, location-based services, and all that jazz. Among the first games shown were Killzone, Uncharted, Little Big Planet, Wipeout, Metal Gear Solid 4, Call of Duty, and a whole bunch of titles which look to be roughly PS3 quality (the system doesn’t have to be as powerful as a PS3 to output similar graphics on to a lower resolution screen).

Sony NGP - the PSP2

Uncharted NGP

Sony say it will release this holiday season, so Christmas 2011 then. It all looks very nice so far, and very much in the same style as the original PSP and a lot of the predictions. We’re still awaiting the pricing.

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