Wednesday, April 9, 2008
A new survey released by Sony Computer Entertainment asks "Why do you hack your PSP?". As you may or may not know, many of the firmware updates were released in attempts to stop PSP hackers from custom firmware, emulators, homebrew applications, and such.
The Sony Representatives call the survey a part of the "ongoing PSP consumer research". Some of the questions are good ones too like "Hacking a PSP makes me feel like a rebel". I laughed.
[Sony Wants To Know Why You're Hacking Your PSP]
Here is one for the stupid news. A thief recently broke into the house of female boxer Derdre Rodriguez and tried to steal hear PlayStation 3, PSP, and videogames while she was sleeping.
She woke up to find the robber crawling out the window, so she chased him down and smashed his head in with an ice chipper, then she made him pick up the PlayStation 3, PSP, and videogames he stole that he dropped while running away from her. To top that off, she made him wait in the house until the cops came in and arrested him.
I think I'm a new fan. View the video here.
[PS3 Thief Beaten Up By Girl]
The PlayStation 3 Grand Theft Auto IV bundle that Sony Computer Entertainment Europe said was just "rumor and speculation" has appeared once more. This time it is on the GAME retailers website. Doesn't seem like much "rumor and speculation" anymore.
A new interview with Sonic Team's Yoshihisa Hashimoto in the latest Official Nintendo Magazine, he revealed that Sonic Unleashed is going to feel more like a Sonic Adventure game rather than the horrible Sonic the Hedgehog (PlayStation 3) or Sonic and the Secret Rings titles.
"As a development team, we originally started off this project planning to create Sonic Adventure 3", Hashimoto told the magazine. "In our minds, this game will have more in common with the older Sonic Adventure series. It has no relation to Sonic the Hedgehog or Sonic and the Secret Rings".
We should be seeing this title hit sometime around the holidays, and for the sake of Sonic, we hope it is good.
[Sonic Unleashed began as Sonic Adventure 3]
A recent interview with Game Watch Japan (translation) with the Engineers of Sony Computer Entertainment discusses recently released features such as Blu-Ray LIVE. However, one of the pictures taken during the interview of the crew standing by the PlayStation 3 kiosk shows a new icon under the "Settings" icon on the PlayStation 3. You can view that image on the left (click for max size). What can it be? Perhaps we will find out next Thursday during the 2.30 firmware update.
[Something new on the PS3 Settings menu coming soon?]
Update: Thanks to our first commenter, we can debunk this saying that it is the Japanese EdyViewer used to buy content in the PlayStation Store. Video here.
I'm definitely excited about The Godfather II and seeing this new KILLZONE 2 footage. The DJ Hero game sounds interesting as well.
- Guerilla's Vietnam Shooter Shellshock is set to get a sequel. The sequel will be more of a psychological horror than action.
- The Godfather II is very much 'go', and is rumored to contain 'investigation' segments.
- Iron Man is set to appear in Sega's Incredible Hulk, with the big green guy returning the favor in Iron Man.
- Activision have trademarked the name DJ Hero, this could mean a Guitar Hero style game but with a DJ Deck.
- Free Radical are working on a new LucasArts Game which is rumored to be Star Wars Battlefront 3.
- Midways game adaptation on the film The Wheelman is still on its way. Details for the game are due late April.
- Midway are working on a sequel to Stranglehold. More than likely starring Chow Yun-fat.
- SEGA is supposedly making a Alien RPG. The guys working on it are Obsidian, the same people who are also making the spy game Alpha Protocol.
- THQ have retired the game series Juiced after cutbacks.
- More KILLZONE 2 footage will be shown to a select audience (including PSM3) to prove that the E3 2005 footage featuring the breathless rocket launcher sequence as you squad barks orders in real time, can actually be done on the PS3.
- Konami will be making Metal Gear merchandise. This will include a duck egg-timer that will feature in Metal Gear Solid 4 and Metal Gear T-shirts.
[PSM3: DJ Hero, Stranglehold 2, Upcoming Killzone 2 Footage & MGS4 Duck Egg-timers]
According to e-mails subscribers of the Official PlayStation Magazine UK are receiving, the next issue is delayed until April 22, 2008 (around there) due to the exclusive first review they will be having of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV.
The issue will also feature a Mirror's Edge hands-on, and first looks at Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X, Alpha Protocol, and Sonic Unleashed. Out of no where, they will also have the latest on TimeSplitters 4. PlayStation 3 confirmed?
We will keep you updated when the issue releases.
[First GTA review in OPM on 22nd April]
In Europe, pre-order sales are doing quite well for Rockstar's upcoming Grand Theft Auto IV. The game is becoming a system seller on the PlayStation 3, and they are running in low supply due to the incredible demand. Play.com's head of games Gian Luzio told MCV that Grand Theft Auto IV is "far and away the biggest selling title" he'd ever seen on the PlayStation 3. It's "already proving a real hardware driver ... I've been really blown away by how quickly it's sold on PS3."
Blown away, huh? Lets see how good it does in the States now.
[GTA IV is 'biggest ever title' for PS3 in Europe]
Image Metrics has revealed today their new facial capture technology. They show in a video of how the tecnology works in games such as Grand Theft Auto IV, KILLZONE 2, Metal Gear Solid 4, LAIR, and Unreal Tournament III. The brief KILLZONE 2 footage they show seems to be new, and looks the best of all the games demoed.
"Image Metrics has bridged the Uncanny Valley, developing a superior facial capture and animation system that creates facial animation with far greater accuracy, as much as seven times faster than key framing, and they only need video files and a facial rig and 3D model to get started."
Check it out at the link.
[CGSociety - Image Metrics]
"The Xbox 360 and the PC are close in structure, so it was easy to switch over. The PS3, the CPU and the design are unique... our programmer is extremely talented, and was able to figure it out. I think after repeated meetings with Sony that we were able to tap into the PS3."Yes, they did tap into the PlayStation 3, into about 5GB of my hard drive. Other than that, the game is great.
[Making Devil May Cry 4 PS3 Was Tricky]