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Videos: Interview: Jim Ryan and Michael Denny Discuss PS4

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104w ago - Sony Social Media Manager Sid Shuman is here with an interview and videos of Jim Ryan and Michael Denny discussing the upcoming PS4 / PlayStation 4 console.

To quote: After last week's big PS4 announcement, our intrepid Blog manager Fred Dutton conducted a fascinating interview with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe President and CEO Jim Ryan and Senior VP of Worldwide Studios Michael Denny.

Though PS4's price, release date and form factor haven't yet been revealed, Jim and Michael provide some valuable insight into the inspiration behind PS4 - as well as how European World Wide Studios teams like Guerrilla Games, Evolution Studios, and Media Molecule are leading the charge into the next generation of gaming.

PlayStation.Blog: Why did we settle on February 20th, 2013 to announce PlayStation 4?

Jim Ryan: Well, we fixed on the launch window - Holiday 2013. Once that decision was made you have to work back from there and really the main factor is the availability of some great games to share with the world. Once it became clear that we had large number of exciting games to share, this window around 20th February became...
 

Videos: God of War Unboxed: Inside the Ascension Collector's Edition

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104w ago - Sony Associate Product Marketing Manager Brian Dunn has made available some God of War Unboxed videos today taking a peek inside the Ascension Collector's Edition.

To quote: Whether you're a long-time God of War fan since the game-changing PlayStation 2 original, or have yet to join the legion of Kratos devotees around the world, the long-awaited God of War: Ascension is going to be an unforgettable experience for loyalists and newcomers alike.

And for the true God of War fan, the God of War: Ascension Collector's Edition is destined to be the crown jewel in your game collection come March 12th.

At only $79.99, the Collector's Edition offers a ton of content at a great price. A beautifully crafted 6" statue of Kratos- a one-of-a-kind collectible that won't be sold anywhere else- accompanies a premium Steelbook case with the iconic God of War Omega design.

Also included is a wealth of digital content: an exclusive PS3 dynamic theme, a PSN Avatar pack, a 48-hour multiplayer mode XP boost, and a Season Pass for all future DLC released for the game. Also included is a voucher to download the official game soundtrack featuring Tyler Bates' thrilling score to the game, recorded with a full orchestra and choir at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London.

The Collector's...
 

PlayStation 4 / PS4 Rumored to Use Real Names for Online Gaming

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104w ago - Today Kotaku reports that Sony's PlayStation 4 / PS4 console is rumored to use real names for online gaming.

Below are the details, to quote: "Among the bits of information dropped during last week's PlayStation 4 announcement was this from PS4 lead architect Mark Cerny, as he discussed the system's enhanced social features:

"With the PlayStation 4 we are transitioning to a friends network based on real world friends. We'll keep around the alias and icon used in today's multiplayer matches. These are great to have when anonymity is important. But most of the new social dimension to PS4 will be interacting with friends using real names and profile pictures most likely seeded from your existing social network."

Some crucial-sounding words in there: "Alias." "Real names." "Profile pictures." "Anonymity." But what exactly does all that mean? Like so many other things introduced at the PS4 event, it's not entirely clear.

Since its inception, the PlayStation Network has for the most part been a gateway to buying content and a loose way to connect with your friends to play games. But Sony appears set to turn their service into much more of a "proper" social network. And parts of that social network are going to involve your real name.

Let's scrounge for crumbs of information...
 

Video: Sony PS4 Recap: PlayStation's Top Game Creators Speak

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104w ago - Sony Social Media Manager Sid Shuman has shared a video today recapping the PS4 / PlayStation 4 announcement featuring some of PlayStation's Top Game Creators below today.

To quote: One week ago, PlayStation 4 was announced in New York City in a presentation streamed by more than 12 million gamers.

We met the new DualShock 4 controller, soaked up some impressive hardware specs and services, and watched a barrage of upcoming PS4 games, from inFAMOUS: Second Son to Bungie's new title Destiny.

During the presentation, Lead System Architect Mark Cerny remarked that the PS4 was made "by game creators, for game creators."

To test that theory, we met with two of PlayStation's top game creators, SCE World Wide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida and SCEA World Wide Studios Senior Vice President Scott Rohde, to see which of PS4′s new features has them most inspired.


 

Video: Bit Trip Unveils Runner2: CommanderVideo's PlayStation Debut

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104w ago - Gaijin Games Co-Founder Mike Roush has shared a video today showcasing the Bit Trip presentation of Runner2: CommanderVideo's PlayStation debut below!

To quote: Being a small developer like Gaijin Games can sometimes force us to take things a bit more slowly, and this is why we are both apologizing for taking so long to start making games for PlayStation 3, and why we're hoping you'll welcome us with big ol' greasy hugs when we get there. You see, we have something very special with Runner2, and we're incredibly excited to share it with you on PSN on March 5th.

Also, if you're brave and keep reading, you might find a little nugget of gold at the end of this blog post...

The Magic of Runner2

While working on the original BIT.TRIP series, we knew we had something special, and we loved making those six games. But it wasn't until all was said and done and we had time to reflect on the mess we'd made when we realized that BIT.TRIP RUNNER was one of the funnest projects we'd ever worked on, and as we contemplated our next steps, we looked at each other and thought, "You know, I bet we could murder peoples' fun-glands with a sequel to this beaut."



 
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