As reported by VRFocus, Sony has released two new patents that may indicate next-generation motion controllers. The first of these patents show off a controller with an analog stick (as opposed to a touchpad common on other VR controllers or the buttons on the PS Move wands), and a number of face-mounted buttons. The second offers finger placement tracking and refers to the controller being tracked by a head-mounted display, which could imply a new revision of the PlayStation VR headset for use with these controllers. For those who aren’t familiar with the current PSVR setup, here’s a little background information. None of the hardware
Sony announces new VR music campaign featuring Khalid
Sony last week announced that it will be showcasing its technologies as part of a brand campaign centered on singer-songwriter, Khalid. Named “Lost in Music,” the campaign will debut with a live event at the LA Hangar in January. Spatial audio technology will play a role in creating immersive experiences “which can create space where sounds are virtually moving around.” They have named these two experiences “Odyssey” and “Dreamscape.” A follow-on event will occur in New York in February, and at SXSW in March. A new VR music video will also be unveiled at SXSW. Although the company is short on details of what it
December’s Top VR Gaming Announcements
Thanks to PSX (PlayStation Experience) and The Game Awards 2017, December has been chockfull of VR gaming announcements. We’ve gone through all of them and picked the most notable ones. New Game Announcements Vacation Simulator Platforms: PC, PSVR Launch Window: 2018 Vacation Simulator is billed as a sequel, since “after you job, you vacation”. In contrast to the small office environment of Job Simulator, players will tackle a full island of activities in this game, accompanied by a few robots. Judging by the trailer and Owlchemy Labs’ former work in the industry, this game is gonna be a good one. Accounting+ Platforms: PSVR, PC (eventually)
Sony announces Skyrim VR hardware bundle
Those looking for a hotly-anticipated VR experience and a complete VR hardware bundle may be in luck on or after November 17th: according to Sony, not only will that date mark the release of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR, but the title will also be made available with a hardware bundle. The PlayStation VR Skyrim VR Bundle will include the PS VR system, a PlayStation Camera, two PlayStation Move controllers, and a PS VR Demo Disc containing samples of 13 PS VR titles. US pricing is $449.99, while Canadians will pay $579.99 CAD. Incremental upgrades will also be rolled out with this hardware release.
Sony unveils several new Playstation VR titles
As we previously anticipated, Sony announced a number of new titles on Monday for their now one-year-old Playstation VR platform. The announcements push the number of games available for the platform ever closer to the three hundred mark. Following is a brief overview of the titles unveiled Monday: Megalith Produced by Destructive Games, this is billed as “an action-packed hero shooter that transforms you into a titan, letting you use your massive size and firepower to compete with others in a quest to become a god.” Bow to Blood Developed by TribeToy, gamers will use VR to serve as “captain of a powerful airship,” set
Is PlayStation VR Launch the Key to Mainstream Adoption of VR?
October is gearing as the key month for the future of VR. The number of announcements on every single day is becoming to ramp up – with the key announcements coming soon. In the space of just two weeks, locomotives driving the VR momentum will reveal their trump cards. Google has a press event on October 4 – revealing Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones as well as the Daydream VR mobile platform, Oculus Connect 3 developer conference opens tomorrow – October 5-7 and Sony’s PlayStation VR will hit the market on October 13. Technical details aside, the announced PlayStation VR headset’s price of $399 price tag makes it one of the
Microsoft Tick-Tock: Xbox One S and Project Scorpio
At it’s pre-E3 2016 conference, Microsoft announced the long awaited shift of its console model. In a nutshell, Xbox is becoming an regularly-refreshed product just like the Surface line of tablets and convertible PCs. Future Xbox refreshes will occur in an annual cycle, moving to a strategy that Intel used to call “Tick-Tock”. Just like Intel, Microsoft plans to release a high-end version of the console first, followed by a slimmed down version. Microsoft did not disclose the exact refresh cycle strategy, but we would not be surprised if the company decides to use E3 as the place where their annual or bi-annual refreshes will be announced. The exact
Sony CEO Confirms High-End PlayStation Console for VR
Ever since we revealed the specifications of new PlayStation Neo console, rumors were about when SONY will pull the trigger and introduce the console. Our sources told us that the time of introduction is Tokyo Game Show – scheduled for September 15-17, 2016. As such, we’re afraid that the next week’s E3 will pass with perhaps just a teaser for the new console – or will be the biggest (silent) elephant in the room. In an interview with Financial Times, Andrew House, President and Global Chief Executive Offices at Sony Interactive Entertainment said that the high-end PlayStation 4 “Is intended to sit alongside and complement the standard PS4,
AMD Discloses Impressive ZEN Performance
During the recent 2016 Annual Shareholding Meeting, AMD’s leadership disclosed their targets for the upcoming three years. The company is building its strategy on the only possible growth plan – building the fastest technology their engineers came come up with, and then produce the silicon which will come to market branded either as AMD, an AMD-THATIC joint-venture or as Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony… and a new mysterious client for the semi-custom business. “We have new Semi-Custom business in the back half of the year that commences then, and we have the traditional Semi-Custom business with our game console partners that seasonally peaks in the third quarter. So a
Smartphone Gaming in 2016
In the first few months of any new year, consumers excitedly begin to anticipate the year’s incoming smartphones which are, not coincidentally – usually given their first introduction, during the February/March festival and trade show season (Lunar New Year and Mobile World Congress). This year is no different as smartphone manufacturers begin to leak whispers of what we can expect with their latest releases. In many ways, everything we look for in a smartphone; screen, processor, memory, battery life, can all be summed up by what smartphone gamers look for too. Gamers are reliant on every aspect of a smartphone’s features and, while some fans
Videos: Playstation GT Sport Trailer
The multi award winning Gran Turismo series is coming exclusively to PlayStation 4 in a brand new game. Called Gran Turismo Sport, it brings a taste of history and racing neverbefore seen in gaming. Admirable graphics, but more importantly the impressive game engine who’s physics resemble those of real life racing events will certainly make this game a coveted piece of any gamer’s collection. Building on its legacy as the most realistic and accessible driving simulator, GT Sport has partnered with the FIA to push the boundaries of racing games. In addition to everything you’d expect from a GT, the team at Polyphony and the
Pluto Flyby Made Possible By Early PlayStation CPU
NASA’s New Horizons probe shares the same brain as the early PlayStation console.
Is Sony Imploding: Time to Call for a Hold?
Sony (NYSE: SNE) continues to mitigates its risks. It time to call for a hold while investors wait and see the results of Sony’s corporate strategy.
Sony Gave $1300 In Games With PlayStation Plus This Year
Sony continues to deliver value across its ecosystem of platforms with PS Plus.
Playstation Karaoke, Solar monitoring, Elitebook 1020: The Headlines in Tokyo for Dec. 11
Here is the daily roundup from Japanese consumer tech and tech business websites for December 11, 2014.
20th Anniversary PS4 Nets Over $15,000 On Ebay
Collectors shell out big bucks to own a slice of gaming history–or a PS4 with a grey paint job.
Celebrating 20 Years of PlayStation
PlayStation is 20; do you feel old yet?
Playstation Vue, Firefox Party, Toshiba’s driving chip: The Headlines in Tokyo for November 13
Here is the daily roundup from Japanese consumer tech and tech business websites for November 13, 2014.
New Destiny Video Tours PlayStation Exclusive Map Exodus Blue
Destiny is less than a week away, and PlayStation has just detailed the exclusive map Exodus Blue in a new video. The PlayStation exclusive multiplayer map is optimized for 3-on-3 and 6-on-6 matches in Destiny‘s Crucible PVP mode. It supports five gametypes including Skirmish, Control, Salvage, Clash and Rumble. Skirmish, a 4-on-4 team deathmatch mode, is shown during the footage. In terms of aesthetics, Blue Exodus heralds a return to Old Russia, a region scattered with broken buildings and breathtaking sun-lit vistas that all beta players will remember. The map itself is built around an old colony ship called Exodus Blue that served Earth during the Golden Age of expansion brought on by
PSN and Xbox LIVE Hacked, Alleged Culprits Step Forward (Updated)
Update 2: The PlayStation Network is now online, but Xbox LIVE support is still reporting that “gaming and social” features are limited. Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners are still unable to play games online and communicate over party chat, and the support team says that it’s “working alongside our partner to get these issues fixed ASAP”. Update: As promised by both hacking groups, Xbox LIVE has been compromised. This affects both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One platforms, cutting off services like social chatting and online gaming. Gamers can still buy and play owned content, view the website, and watch media across a host of different apps,