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Sony E3 Press Conference – Live Blog

It just started, and I am currently trying to watch it.  Stream is a bit choppy though.  I will be updating this as news comes in.  I will keep you all posted.

You all can follow along here.

http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/10/watch-sonys-2013-e3-press-conference-right-here/

Update 1: Sony dude is starting off with the PS Vita.  We want PS4!!!

Update 2: Looks like they are bringing out God of War HD, FF X and FFX X-II, and Flower remakes on the Vita.  They also announced Batman: Arkham Origins, and Killzone to name a few.

Update 3: PS3 now, and they are kicking it off with Naughty Dog‘s The Last of Us which drops tomorrow. Stream is really choppy.

Update 4: Puppeteer looks amazing!

Update 5: Game with Willem Dafoe with a female protagonist…Beyond 2 Souls.  Looks dope! Now they are showing GT6.

Update 6: So CHOPPY!  I can see some new cool cars for GT6, the Nissan Delta wing for one.  Graphics looks amazing.  We will try to post up any of these trailers later on.  Now he’s talking about Last of Us and all the accolades it has received thus far.

Update 7: Looks like Batman: Arkham Origins.  Can’t stand this choppy stream!

Update 8: PS exclusive for Batman,  Nightwing skin as well as a 1960’s Skin. GTA: V PS3 bundle also announced as well as a GTA: V Pulse headset special edition.

Update 9: FINALLY PS4!!! Andrew House just went on stage.

Update 10: They just revealed the PS4.  Looks sleek, half  glossy, and half matte. Picture shortly.

Update 11: They are talking about media services, such as Music Unlimited and Sony Pictures that will be available to the PS4.

Update 12: Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited will be available on day 1.

Update 13: Redbox unlimited will be available on PS3 and PS Vita soon, as well as some Pay-Per-View items.  Flixster will be also available soon.

Update 14: PS4 exclusive IP being shown by Sony Santa Monica.

Update 15: Looks like a steampunk type of game.  Stupid choppy stream!!!

Update 16: That was called ‘the Order’

Update 17: Updates the games they showcased back in Feb.  Killzone looks damn amazing.  GT6 looks even more amazing, and InFamous second son also.

Update 18: Killzone and anther title (did not understand) will be released at launch, InFamous in Feb. of 2014.

Update 19: Realtime trailer – Dark Sorcerer.  Looks so goood.

Update 20: Dark Sorcerer trailer was hilarious.

Update 21: Super Giant Games revealing their new game for the PS4-‘Transistor.

Update 22: They are showing off some Indy games.

Update 23: Oddworld makes a come back!!!!!

Update 24: Square Enix showing off FF Versus Trailer.  No new news though.

Update 25: Now I am confused, was that FF XIII Versus or FF XV.  And they just showed Kingdom Hearts 3.  Fan-rejoice! available for PS4.  FF XIV will be a PS4 and PS3 exclusives.

Update 26: UBIsoft showing off new Assassins Creed game-play footage.  Ship warfare…!

Update 27: NBA 2K  with video game LeBron looks great

Update 27: Watchdogs Demo now.

Update 28: No Disc restrictions! It’s pretty much the opposite of XBox One.  Basically what you can do with PS3 will be the same as PS4.

Update 29: No required internet connection!

Update 30: Destiny gamepay demo shown.  Looks damn amazing.

Update 31: PS4 will be available for $399.00 !!!!  Coming out this holiday season.  No real date yet.

Final Update: Sony killed it with their press conference.  Basically they are offering gamers a REAL gaming machine, one that can be used with out any hassles of being connected online and you can actually do what you want with the games you purchased, not just permission to use on your system.  The games they showcased looked great, but with the choppy stream, I have to re-watch them all on the you tubes.  Price point is 100 less than XB1, and the system design itself looks a bit better than the rectangular box that Microsoft has.  Sony will be having my money on release date.

Thank you Sony for giving us what WE the gamers want.

 

 

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker PSP Version Makes Its Way To The Vita

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MGS fan site MetalGearSolid.nl has reported that the PSP version of Peace Walker is already available in the PSN Store for the Vita. (Note: this is the PSP version, not a port of the version that comes with the MGS: HD Collection for PS3 and 360 that includes MGS2:SOL and MGS3:SE).

With such news surfacing though, one has to wonder why the game was never included with the Vita MGS:HD version in the first place. I’m sure it adds a bit of confusion, what with the Japanese HD version for consoles actually shipping PW separately from the collection, as it were. My radar always seems to point to companies always wanting more money from us consumers. Greedy SOBs.

Personally I have a physical UMD of PW for my PSP so I have absolutely no reason to pay for a premium download of the game. I also don’t own a Vita so that’s a factor. I don’t know who comes up with the models that dictate how certain games are sold or how they’re released but sometimes they don’t make any sense. At all. I believe that these pricing procedures hurt buyers and fans of gaming franchises in general. If I wanted to buy a Vita and had a desire to play MGSPW on it I wouldn’t be able to because the media isn’t compatible and being a download-only title for the Vita, I’d have to spend more money to reacquire a game I already own. Perhaps if there were a code to let places like PSN know that people physically own certain games that would help. Big companies aren’t that generous though.

As for Vita owners new to MGSPW you’re in for a treat as the game boasts 100+ hours of gameplay and a crucial addition to the MGS lore. Since this is the PSP version I wouldn’t expect much of a bump up in terms of visuals but at least you can play on the pretty screen Vita offers. Head over to PSN to grab a copy right now.

Playstation 4 thoughts

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Sony recently announced it’s successor to the Playstation 4 yesterday at their press event in NYC.  On paper it looks like a power house, sporting an AMD 8-core “Jaguar” X86 64-but CPU,  AMD Radeon, Graphics, 8 GB of GDDR5 RAM, the usual array of wireless letters, a Blu-Ray drive, and other goodies usually found in consoles these days. (USB ports, HDMI, etc., etc.).  Sony seems to be making this a social system, meaning it will let you see what your friends are playing, watch them play in real time, post up to FB, and other social features that Sony has planned.

They also unveiled the Dual Shock 4, and I am so relieved that they still retained the classic shape and look of Playstation controllers of the past, but now, it has a touch pad similar to that found on the PS Vita.  Few new features found on the new controller is a headset jack, and a share button.  Absent is the start, and select buttons, but seems to have been replaced with an ‘options’ button.  It appears to have gained some weight also, seeing as it does sport some new hardware, one can only assume that it has.  This was probably my biggest concern, since there were rumors floating around prior to the the press event that Sony was totally revamping the controlling.  I am so glad it still retain’s the old shape we have known to love since the PSOne days.

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I’ve been conversing with a few friends about this, and we are all very excited.  The graphics on the tech demo’s and other trailers that have been released just look astounding.  I’m not too fond or keen on the social aspects, but it’s probably going to be pretty transparent.  There are no photos of the actual system itself, though, pictures of the dev. kits has surfaced.  Before today, we were all unsure if there would be a physical tangible disc, as they were really focusing on downloading the game.  Reading some more articles today squashed our fears of not having physical discs.  But another concern is the need to be connected to the internet at all times to be able to play. Now I hope this is just a rumor, because, even if my PS3 is always connected to my router, thus giving it access to the interwebs, my ISP sometimes has hiccups, like if someone sneezes hard in the general vicinity of it’s equipment/wires.  I still would like to play ‘offline’.  Not everyone has blazing fast internet also. So I think it would be a poor decision on Sony’s part to implement this.  Again, this is just a rumor, and hopefully it will stay that way.  Also, it does not have backwards compatibility with PS3, which is lame. Reason, well, the Cell processor which was a power-pc type, is a different architecture from x86.  Coding wise, it’s different, and from what I read, if it can’t be emulated without taxing the system too much, then it wont be playable on the PS4. Another piece of rumor I just came across, is that the system will controllable via smartphone (iOS or Android), and tablet.  It will work similar to that of Microsoft’s Smartglass app for the X-Box. (source: http://toucharcade.com/2013/02/20/rumor-playstation-4/)

Apparently the release date is Nov. of this year.

We are truly excited to see this come to light.  The specs for it will make it seem like a true computing powerhouse, and once the developers get to know the system, and manipulate it like how Naughty Dog made the PS3 it’s bitch with Uncharted 2 and 3, one can only imagine the type of game’s we will be playing in 2-3 years.  We will post up any new information regarding the PS4, as we get a hold of it.  Rumor or not.

For now, enjoy some videos showcasing the PS4’s brawn.

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