Sony purchases 3D sensor maker SoftKinetic

Oct 10, 2015 - 12:18 PM - by garyopa
Could implement technology in PlayStation VR

Sony has announced it’s acquired Belgium-based SoftKinetic, the maker of 3D sensing technology that’s very similar to the hardware featured in Microsoft’s Xbox One motion sensor, Kinect.

Sony could be either trying to make the PlayStation VR better, or they are working on other forms of VR-tech also, like a AR-type-glass-lens system similar in design to Microsoft's HoloLens, or maybe they want to produce a better DualEye camera like the Kinect.

The company hasn't revealed the cost of the acquisition but says it likely won't have an impact on its upcoming financial results set to be released when the fiscal year ends on March 31, 2016.

SoftKinetic's "time-of-flight" image sensor measures the distance between a sensor, light source and a physical object, all by detecting the period of time it takes light to move between these sources. This is also striking similar to how the technology powering Microsoft's Kinect operates.

It's unclear how Sony intends to use SoftKinetic's technology, but it will likely be implemented in the company's upcoming VR headset, PlayStation VR (formerly known as Project Morpheus), giving the headset the ability to track subtle gestures.

Alternatively the tech could find its way into Sony's AR SmartEyeglasses, or possibly even the next version of Sony's PlayStation 4 PlayStation Camera, although this possibility is unlikely.

SoftKinetic has collaborated with Sony in the past to bring 3D gesture recognition to the PlayStation 4's PlayStation Camera.
So what do you think SoftKinetic will be used for by Sony in the PlayStation brand, after watching the video below?

NEWS SOURCE: Sony purchases 3D sensor maker SoftKinetic (via) MobileSyrup
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TRANSFORMERS: Devastation Launches Today

Oct 10, 2015 - 1:04 AM - by garyopa
Now available on the PS4 and PS3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows PC


The '80s are back in style, and so Transformers are transforming into their old self also, and today finally you can enjoy a new 'cel' game finally, and really it is about time a game like this was made, too bad it didn't occur back in the actual it would had been lots of fun, but then again we didn't have awesome power of today's generation of consoles.

Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), today released TRANSFORMERS: Devastation. This new third-person action-brawler rolls into battle with Hasbro's classic Generations designs and developer PlatinumGames' renowned flair for slick visuals and free-flowing, high-speed combat.

TRANSFORMERS: Devastation moves at a breakneck pace: rocket through danger in vehicle mode before bursting into robot mode to unleash a barrage of close-quarters combos and blaster fire. Tackle the game's gripping single-player campaign and 50 highly challenging bonus missions with any of five playable heroes - OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE, SIDESWIPE, WHEELJACK and GRIMLOCK. Each of these characters can be evolved with new abilities, unique talents and more than 150 upgradeable weapons.

Brought to life with bold, cel-shaded artwork, TRANSFORMERS: Devastation features legendary TRANSFORMERS voice actors like Dan Gilvezan as BUMBLEBEE, Frank Welker as MEGATRON and SOUNDWAVE, Michael Bell as SIDESWIPE, Gregg Berger as GRIMLOCK, and Peter Cullen as OPTIMUS PRIME. As the fates of Earth and Cybertron collide, the noble AUTOBOTS must face off against the DECEPTICONS' most ruthless champions in an original adventure from veteran TRANSFORMERS writer Andy Schmidt that expands the series' ongoing Combiner Wars story arc.

TRANSFORMERS: Devastation is now available on the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows PC via Steam. For more information, please visit and

About Activision Publishing, Inc.

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About PlatinumGames Inc.

PlatinumGames Inc. is an independent entertainment developer based in Osaka, Japan, dedicated to making high-quality, next-generation games for a variety of hardware platforms. Under the slogan "Taking on the World as the Representative of Japan," PlatinumGames works hard to deliver fresh surprises and new experiences to gamers all over the world. Official website:

About Hasbro, Inc.

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences, by leveraging its beloved brands, including LITTLEST PET SHOP, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, MONOPOLY, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, PLAY-DOH, TRANSFORMERS, and premier partner brands. From toys and games, television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive lifestyle licensing program, Hasbro fulfils the fundamental need for play and connection for children and families around the world. The Company's Hasbro Studios creates entertainment brand-driven storytelling across mediums, including television, film and more. Through the company's commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews).
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PS4 Might Be Getting An $50 Price Drop In The USA

Oct 07, 2015 - 1:47 PM - by garyopa
Target product page suggests Sony's new console will see its first price cut in North America.

North American retailer Target has updated its Video Games hub to reveal what could be a PS4 price drop. The image below, live now on the retailer's site, suggests that a $50 price drop is coming soon

Recently, Sony announced a $50 price drop in Japan during the Tokyo Game Show, but no word at that time was mentioned about a 'price drop' coming to other regions, but recently a new ad on Target's website suggests that PS4 is infact getting a similar $50 price drop in the USA in the very near future, maybe before even Black Friday.

Target is also currently running a limited-time promotion where it's giving away $50 gift cards with the purchase of select PS4 bundles. However, the wording in this image suggests it's referring to a permanent price drop. In addition, the image used in the price drop banner is for Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, which is not one of the titles that comes with a gift card.

Just weeks ago, Sony announced a price cut for the PS4 in Japan. After that, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said he expects a PS4 price cut in North America, possibly in time for the holidays.

The PS4 launched in November 2013 priced at $400, where it's stood ever since. By comparison, the Xbox One debuted at $500 (with a Kinect camera), but later dropped to $400 and then again to $350 where it stands today for the base model without the Kinect.
For now this is totally 'unconfirmed', GameSpot has reached out to Sony for more info, but so far 'no comment' from HQ, and if Sony is planning any big announcement for NA or EU most likely it will occur at the Paris Game Show later this month, which Sony decided to attend in full-force this year instead of the Gamescom earlier this year in Germany.

NEWS SOURCE: PS4 Getting $50 Price Drop - Report (via) GameSpot
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Hearts of Stone Launch Trailer Released

Oct 06, 2015 - 1:28 PM - by garyopa
Launching October 13th, 2015, Hearts of Stone packs over TEN hours of new adventures in The Witcher.

At long last The Witcher returns. A new adventure awaits Geralt of Rivia, one that will see the Butcher of Blaviken meet some familiar faces, and terrible foes.

So you been enjoy The Witcher for a while now, well time to get your horses ready as the big expansion is coming on the 13th, and it brings you ten more hours of adventures along with a ton of new monsters to battle and new romances to encounter on your travels.

Step again into the shoes of Geralt of Rivia, a professional monster slayer, this time hired to defeat a ruthless bandit captain, Olgierd von Everec, a man who possesses the power of immortality. The expansion lets you choose your own way through an adventure that includes recruiting a crew of break-in artists, spending a night partying with a ghost and outsmarting the most bizarre creatures Geralt has ever faced.

Launching October 13th, 2015, Hearts of Stone packs over 10 hours of new adventures and introduces new characters, powerful monsters, unique romance, and a brand new storyline shaped by gamer choices. The expansion also introduces a brand new system of Runewords that significantly affects gameplay. Each Runeword will impact a different aspect of in-game mechanics and will allow the players to experiment with various strategies and tactics.
So what do you think after watching the trailer, are you going to step back into the shoes of Geralt of Rivia, or have you moved on now?

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Destiny: The Taken King Legendary Edition Trailer

Oct 05, 2015 - 9:36 AM - by garyopa
20 Million Gamers can't be wrong, so Join Today!

Destiny: The Taken King Legendary Edition boasts the complete Destiny experience including the original and epic Destiny adventure, #1: 'The Dark Below', #2: 'House of Wolves' and now 'The Taken King'

20 Million Gamers are now enjoy Destiny on a daily basis, and after watching the latest trailer you will see why you should join the fight and protect the world, as the new 'Legendary Edition' includes all the older expansions plus the recently released 'The Taken King', so very easy to get going, just grab it, install it, and bang you are now part of the world of Destiny.

Destiny: The Taken King Legendary Edition boasts the complete Destiny experience including the original and epic Destiny adventure, Expansion I: The Dark Below, Expansion II: House of Wolves and the recently release Taken King. For new and returning Guardians, there has never been a better time to jump into the Destiny universe. Unite with 20 million Guardians in the fight to defend our solar system and Become Legend.

The richest and most diverse offering yet, Destiny: The Taken King allow gives fans the chance to immerse themselves in all the incredible adventures of Destiny in one Legendary Edition. With a new storyline introducing Oryx, Crota's vengeful father, an all-new destination, three new Guardian subclasses, a massive arsenal of new armour, weapons and exotics, new Strikes and Crucible maps and the new ‘King's Fall' Raid that puts players to the ultimate test, there has never been a better time to jump in to "Become Legend," particularly for new players beginning their journey as a Guardian.

Learn more about Destiny: The Taken King and buy the Legendary Edition at

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With all this action, you just might never log-out, so be careful or your actual 'real-world' might list you as 'Missing-In-Action'.

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Times Square's Theater Renamed to 'PlayStation'

Oct 03, 2015 - 1:12 PM - by garyopa
Live performances will occasionally be shown on the PlayStation Network.

Sony and AEG Live have announced Times Square's 2,150-capacity concert and events venue has been renamed the PlayStation Theater.

The next time you are in New York and visiting the Times Square to see the latest and greatest concert you going to be doing it inside the PlayStation Theater, and also the next time you tune into a live performance you will be doing it via the PlayStation Network.

Previously known as the Best Buy Theater, the new name comes as the venue celebrates its 10th anniversary and as part of a "strategic partnership" that'll see rebranding of all the theater's interior and exterior signage. Additionally, it'll lead to live performances being shown on the PlayStation Network.

"As a leader in global entertainment, PlayStation is the perfect partner for a venue centrally located at the 'crossroads of the world,'" said Mark Shulman, Vice President and General Manager of AEG Live. "As the live music experience evolves, it's important to AEG Live to stay ahead of technology and trends, and as many of our younger fans are gamers as well, we are excited for the possibilities at PlayStation Theater."
"PlayStation Theater is an exceptionally exciting initiative, allowing us to marry our tremendous brand momentum with an amazing venue right in the heart of Times Square," said John Koller, Vice President, Marketing at PlayStation. "We believe the PlayStation brand should be deeply integrated with large cultural events, and this partnership provides that opportunity. We are looking forward to exploring significant cultural moments at PlayStation Theater."
Previous acts who've performed at the venue include Bon Jovi, The Eagles, John Legend, Rihanna, Fall Out Boy, Jay-Z, Linkin Park, Drake, Prince and more, while upcoming acts include Becky G, a run of shows by comedian Bo Burnham, rock band Circa Survive and others.
So what do you think of Sony expanding the PlayStation brand network to famous icons like the Theater at Times Square in NYC.

NEWS SOURCE: Times Square's Best Buy Theater Renamed to PlayStation Theater (via) IGN
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Tony Hawk’s® Pro Skater™ 5 Is Here

Oct 02, 2015 - 9:50 AM - by garyopa
The First All-New Pro Skater Game in 13 Years Heralds the Return of the Over-the-Top Arcade Style of the Series

Features 20-person Online Multiplayer and the Ability to Create and Share Skateparks

Tony Hawk is finally officially launched, so here is the trailer and PR, all tho of course the game been reported to have tons of glitches still even with the very large day one patch, but there is always hope the next wave of patches will fix up the remaining issues.

Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc., has launched Tony Hawk's® Pro Skater 5 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One. It evolves the fast-paced, combo-fueled fun of the Pro Skater formula with inventive cooperative and competitive online gameplay.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 balances an authentic skatepark experience with the franchise's over-the-top arcade action and style, paying tribute to the classic games with timeless gameplay modes while introducing exciting new ways to play. Players will ollie, grind, kickflip and noseslide with tried-and-true Pro Skater controls through the game's 100+ missions, stringing together astronomical combos and unlocking new content. With the introduction of 20-person online multiplayer, skaters can drop-in on their friends' sessions for head-to-head competition or take on cooperative missions.

"Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 seizes upon the social element of skateboarding," said Tony Hawk. "Skating with your friends online is a blast and doing it in a skatepark of your own design is even better. The possibilities are limited only by the community's creativity."
At launch, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 will include eight brand-new levels, with two additional stages and five bonus skaters coming in future updates - for free! Players can also build their own twisted skateparks from an arsenal of more than 250 ramps, rails, objects and more, giving fans the tools to fully flex their creative muscles. Once finished, parks can be shared with the community through the cloud, giving skaters a steady supply of player-designed and curated content to enjoy.

Ten of the sport's top athletes are featured in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. Players can skate as Tony Hawk, Nyjah Huston, Riley Hawk, Aaron "Jaws" Homoki, Lizzie Armanto, Leticia Bufoni, Chris Cole, David Gonzalez, Andrew Reynolds and Ishod Wair. Developers Robomodo and Disruptive Games have captured each skater's distinctive techniques, giving the athletes a unique in-game style that mirrors their real-world swagger.

Long-time fans will also be happy to know that, true to Pro Skater tradition, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 has hidden characters, wacky outfits and a killer soundtrack with hits from Ratatat, Death from Above 1979, Death, The Orwells, Cloud Nothings and dozens more.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 is now available on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 is expected to launch on Xbox 360 and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system on November 13th. For the latest news and updates, follow along on Facebook at and Twitter and Instagram @TonyHawkGames.
So have you tried out the Tony Hawk game yet, or are you waiting until all the glitches in the game are fixed up first (if ever!).

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The Dwarves Are Ready to Rumble

Oct 01, 2015 - 2:15 PM - by garyopa
Funding Goal Reached, New Gameplay-Video Revealed

Break out the mead horns because we're celebrating the successful funding of The Dwarves' Kickstarter campaign. KING Art Games has big dreams for the little heroes, and now its happening thanks to KS

Thanks to the power of crowd-funding, and thousands of people on KickStarter we soon might see a new fantasy-rpg game on our PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, as 'The Dwarves' has reached their funding goal, and there is still more time to raise more.

Mission accomplished!

Almost 5,000 backers supported The Dwarves' Kickstarter campaign, with over $260,000 raised so far - and there is still one full week to go. With the campaign far from over, KING Art is now aiming for a collection of exciting stretch goals, including: new game modes, cooperative multiplayer, a brand-new character, additional quests, orchestral music and many more made possible through the incredible support of the community.

New gameplay video shows prologue

"Be as steadfast as the granite of which we are made!", the battlecry of King Giselbert, leader of the Fifthling tribe, echoes over the battlements of the mighty fortress at the Stone Gateway. And verily, steadfast the few surviving defenders need to be, as the hordes of Tion - Orcs, Ogres and Dark Elves - are marching in by the hundreds and thousands. There are only a few dozen brave dwarven warriors standing between Girdlegard and these creatures of the darkness, and none of them will see the light of the new dawn.

With this grim prologue, describing a battle that took place over 1,000 years ago, the Fantasy-RPG "The Dwarves" begins. In a new 15-minute long video, developer KING Art shows and explains the game's features, such as how the combat system works, what is the crowd-combat system, how do different enemy types react to player actions, and how do special attacks play a role in turning the tide of battle? After the hard-fought battle, there is also a small exploration segment showing the protagonist Tungdil wandering through the Vaults of Lot-Ionan, exploring new environments and character interactions.

Do you love The Dwarves but don't have the cash to spare? You can also help the developers by adding your social-media reach to the game's Thunderclap campaign:

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So what do you think of the game so far, after watching the new gameplay video?

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Call of Duty: Black Ops III - Story Trailer

Sep 30, 2015 - 2:06 PM - by garyopa
The new CoD game is just around the corner, so its time to learn the 'background story' behind it.

Black Ops III engrosses players in a dark and gritty future, where a new breed of Black Ops soldier has emerged and the lines between humanity and military technology have been blurred.

Call of Duty is coming soon this holiday season, and for sure millions will be sold in the first 24 hours, so its about time to learn what is all happening in Black Ops III and were we are in the story line of their series.

Black Ops III engrosses players in a dark and gritty future, where a new breed of Black Ops soldier has emerged and the lines between humanity and military technology have been blurred.

You must navigate the hot spots of a new Cold War to find your missing brothers. While much has changed, one thing remains the same: everything you know may be wrong. How far down the rabbit hole are you willing to go to uncover the disturbing truth?

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Oh, BTW - If you thinking of playing the 'story' campaign you will need to upgrade to Xbox One or PlayStation 4, because the developers are claiming it was 'too taxing' to include on the older Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, so they are 'online-only' now.

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 is a bit of a glitchy mess

Sep 29, 2015 - 2:07 PM - by garyopa
Skaters gonna skate, but this is more like 'Goat Simulator' with boards!

Eurogamer video supremo Ian Higton has played the new Tony Hawk's game for over an hour and already found it to be a bit of a glitchy mess, and that is after installing the super-large day one patch!

Well first off, once you come home with your physical retail disc of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5, you will soon notice that all the files from the junked disc that you just watched installing to your console's HDD needs to be totally replaced with twice at many files from the day one patch, and then as you sit down to play the latest Tony Hawk, you will be quickly wondering if you just bought 'Goat Simulator' or if you should find some with PS2 and play THPS2 on it as at least it worked and was playable.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 is out in the US now (Friday in the UK), and comes with a day one update that's bigger in GB terms than the game itself. Still, the patch doesn't seem to improve matters, as the video, below, captured from the PlayStation 4 version after the update is applied, shows.

We see Tony Hawk's dead-eyed character model spinning out of control at the most innocuous of collisions, and constant glitching into walls, the ground and half-pipes as the cel-shaded graphics collapse.

Poor Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. What happened to you?

Eurogamer's Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 review goes live this Friday.

Meanwhile, Skate, Skate 2 and Skate 3 are each 50 per cent off on Xbox 360 this week for Xbox Live Gold members. Funny, that.
So did you spent the 50 Euros or $80 loonies (canadian price) for the game and discovered this sad fact, or are you going to wait for the bad reviews to be released first, or just grab a cold one and enjoy watching others try to play the game via Twitch and laugh like crazy!

NEWS SOURCE #1: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 is a bit of a glitchy mess (via) EuroGamer
NEWS SOURCE #2: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 has a day-one update larger than game itself (via) EuroGamer
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