Sony has revealed its prototype virtual reality (VR) headset for the PlayStation 4 at the Games Developers Conference 2014, in San Francisco. Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida stated in a blog post that the Project Morpheus device has the potential to "shape the future of games."
With Grand Theft Auto V
getting all the attention, there's a chance Sony Japan Studio's Puppeteer
, recently released exclusively for the PlayStation 3, will be overlooked. And that would be a crying shame. It's a side-scrolling platformer hewn from the stuff of 16-bit classics, and is presented entirely as a twisted puppet show that would make Tim Burton proud. Don't be fooled by its cute art direction as there's a fairly meaty game here with plenty of challenges and secrets to be enjoyed.
Typically, E3 is all about new game announcements. Though we still had a few of those
this year, 2013 was more about hardware: the Xbox One and PS4. Both push the technical boundaries of gaming consoles, offer their own mixes of strengths and weaknesses, and release at around the same time. So how do you choose? Allow Gizmag to lend a hand, as we compare the specs (and other features) of the Microsoft Xbox One
and Sony PlayStation 4
When looking at the two big next-gen consoles, you could easily argue that the Xbox One
has the more compelling feature set. Improved Kinect, TV integration, seamless multitasking ... it's a tantalizing offer sheet from Microsoft. But the Xbox One also has a not-so-compelling list of restrictions
. Today Sony cleared up several questions about the PlayStation 4
, announcing that it's both more liberated than the Xbox One, and a bit easier on the wallet.
Video game developers are always looking for new ways to give players a more immersive experience. But with several motion-controlled systems widely available and a viable virtual reality headset
in the works, what else could be done to make games seem more realistic? Sony may have an unexpected answer with a recent patent that describes a controller that changes temperature between hot and cold to match in-game actions. With the controller giving "temperature feedback," the idea is that players would be able to more closely feel what their character feels, from getting hit with a fireball to traveling through a blizzard.
All eyes are currently on the E3 2012 gaming expo in Los Angeles. Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo have all already held keynote speeches, with new games proving to be the order of the day. Nintendo revealed more about the Wii U (including the Pro Controller
), Microsoft teased its SmartGlass
technology and while Sony placed its new Wonderbook
augmented reality device front and center, it also quietly announced the new PlayStation Move Racing Wheel.
When Sony wanted to highlight the immersiveness of movies available on the Playstation Store, they turned to UK-based agencies Studio Output and Marshmallow Laser Feast to create a series of shorts around the theme "great films fill rooms." Using the Playstation Move
, the production team shot a handful of scenes depicting an ordinary man going from his couch to flying above skyscrapers as a robot and fighting sea monsters. The best part: not a single aspect of these videos was added in the editing room.
Serious - or simply spoilt - gamers looking to enjoy motion-based gaming on all three current-generation consoles from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have no doubt discovered that finding room for the various motion sensing peripherals on or around the TV can be a bit of a problem. The TriMount from videogame accessory company dreamGEAR addresses this by providing a home for the Xbox 360's Kinect sensor, the PlayStation Eye, and the Wii's sensor bar.
When I reviewed PlayStation Move
last year, I named Killzone 3 as one of the games that would show us whether Move controllers were destined to gather dust in the cupboard or play an important role in the longevity of the PlayStation 3 platform. It is unquestionably the latter.
With the plethora of Wii-mote add-on attachments available it comes as no surprise to see Sony’s PlayStation Move
controller is set to get the same treatment. It also comes as no surprise that one of the first add-ons for the device was the Move Shooting Attachment aimed at titles like Time Crisis: Razing Storm
and The Shoot
. Now the company has gone one better with its new PlayStation Move Sharp Shooter Attachment which will hit store shelves alongside the much anticipated Killzone 3