Update: Sony has confirmed Tretton’s exit from PlayStation in a press release. Layden will take over as President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America effective April 1st.
A patent filed for by Sony in 2012 has been published today by the United States Patent & Trademark Office, revealing the company's apparent interest in finding ways to more easily introduce new content into classic games being streamed through the cloud. Essentially, the patent describes the ability to suspend gameplay in an emulated game and then introduce new content in a manner that doesn't involve reverse engineering the game's code.
A recently unearthed Sony patent has resulted in speculation that the PlayStation Move controller could be revamped imminently to include a touchpad.
The patent (via CVG) was filed back in June 2012 but only recently published, and is for a "flat joystick controller". An accompanying image looks remarkably like the existing Move controller, though it appears to incorporate a touchpad on the handle.
Seeing as this is a feature exclusive to the DualShock 4, speculation is rife that the new device is being designed with the PS4 in mind.
Microsoft has congratulated Sony on the launch of the PS4 through Twitter.
A tweet was sent earlier today from the official Xbox account to Sony's PlayStation account, reminding us all that we should be happy for fellow players' successes and joys.
Though brief, the sentiment is clear: regardless of your console preference, it's a great time to be a gamer.
The next-generation arrived in North America last night with the launch of the PlayStation 4. The Xbox One releases globally on November 22, before the PlayStation 4 arrives in Europe on November 29.
During Sony's All Access Stream tonight, a new trailer for Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes confirmed that a mission called Deja Vu will be exclusive to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 players.
The mission will allow players to play as "Classic Snake," a polygonal version that looks like Snake from the original Metal Gear Solid.
Looking at the amount of money spent on making and marketing AAA console games, it’s easy to see a company like Sony as an amorphous entity, each employee merely another node of the hive mind. Even incredibly personal games like Journey and PixelJunk Eden don't say much about the individuals who made them. But over the past year, Sony’s focus has changed. Instead of cultivating independent developers internally, as was done with ThatGameCompany, PixelJunk and Giant Sparrow, Sony is reaching out to developers like Super Crate Box developer Vlambeer or The Witness creator Jonathan Blow – people who have already achieved success independently on iOS or PC – and bringing them over to PlayStation.
With the upcoming PS4 announcement Sony would like to celebrate the rich history of the PlayStation Brand.
Downloadable content is always most successful when it takes a game and characters that you know well and puts them in a new, ideally implausible setting – like Red Dead Redemption’s Undead Nightmare, or Borderlands’ Zombie Island of Dr Ned. (It doesn’t have to involve zombies, but hey, that’s clearly been successful so far.) One-off “what-if” stories work best as bite-sized experiences, and DLC is ideal for that. Assassin’s Creed 3’s first add-on looks promising, on these criteria. It’s an alternate-history story, and though it’s set in the same beautiful snow-covered frontier that Assassin’s Creed 3 brought to life last October, it sees you doing quite different things.
Sony has introduced a new 10.1-inch Android tablet to compete with the iPad and Nexus 10, Engadget reports. Dubbed the Xperia Tablet Z, it falls alongside the company's new flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z, which was announced earlier this month at CES. Like its smartphone sibling, the Xperia Tablet Z features a thin and sleek design, measuring at just 6.9mm thick, besting the iPad mini and making it the thinnest tablet available. It sports Qualcomm's 1.5GHz quad-core APQ8064 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of local storage, NFC capability, and a 1920x1200 display. While the display doesn't quite match the pixel density of the iPad (264ppi) or Nexus 10 (300ppi), it offers a respectable 224ppi.
Every Tuesday, Sony drops a bunch of new stuff onto the PlayStation Network. Those with a PlayStation 3, Vita or PSP can download these goodies, which include PSN games, movies, themes and more. While the Official PlayStation Blog outlines these updates in full each week, we thought we'd help truncate the good news into something more digestible.
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