It used to be that the only guarantees in life were death and taxes, but in this high-tech world we can add the march of technology and internet rumours to this list. Rumours of the next generation PlayStation have been especially abundant in recent months and they are painting a very interesting picture. With far more continuity between generations it is looking like Sony’s move to AMD for the PS4 is starting to pay off for everyone. Will this be a case of evolution being better than a revolution? Will the console wars switch tracks and be won by the dark horse Nintendo? Can anyone believe it’s been so long since the last GTA game?
The battle to dominate gaming in front of our TV’s has raged since the birth of video games in the 80’s. With the release of the classic mini consoles reliving these gaming memories and catching up on classics that you might have missed has never been so much fun, or simpler. Many of the biggest names of the 80’s and early 90’s are present NES, SNES, Sega MegaDrive, Commodore 64 and the soon to be released PlayStation.
Retro gaming is all the rage at the moment, and while Sony may be late to the retro game it has turned up to a knife fight with a 44 magnum. Mind you turning up well armed when going to war with Nintendo is not a bad strategy.
The PlayStation Classic is Sony’s latest weapon in the console wars and this mini marvel will be packing 20 games pre-loaded and ready to rumble. Only 5 of games have been officially announced thus far; Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3 and Wild Arms. The remaining 15 are the subject of much speculation and you can bet Sony will trickle feed the announcements of the remaining games to us as the release date edges nearer, building the marketing momentum. The number of wish lists floating around the web is evidence that it is already working. Here at Highpants we have just one wish, Gran Tourismo.
With the release of the PlayStation 4 Pro only a week away (11 Nov) many people are wondering what all the hubbub is about and if they should put down their hard earned cash to join the 4K gaming revolution? And while the 4K revolution may not be for everyone there are benefits under the hood that every gamer could enjoy but does the extra pizazz justify the extra cost? Ah if only we could all afford to just buy them all!
Optimus Prime and Megatron are about to join the console wars to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Transformers franchise and the 20th anniversary of the original PSX PlayStation. Takara Tomy Arts have put their best engineers to work preparing a brand new type of Transformer, the console transformers.
Presented for your viewing pleasure are the images and the transformation video of the incredible Transforming consoles. Sit back relax and prepare to be amazed by the incredibly detailed celebration.
The Sony PlayStation Now cloud powered gaming service is rolling out as we speak. Having recently opened for beta testing the new service is now under the microscope. A number of gaming industry stalwarts have had a play and feedback is now beginning to trickle in and as usual Sony is generating plenty of controversy.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is the IGN PS Now preview video, a sneak peek into the very expensive future of gaming. Sit back, relax and prepare for a bumpy ride, Sony is at the wheel.
Gran Turismo is turning into the test bed simulation of choice for futuristic supercar developers. The latest case in point is the Nissan 2020, a vision of Nissan’s supercar in the not too distant future.
The futuristic concept car is designated the Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo and will be available as DLC for Gran Turismo 6 in July. Presented for your viewing pleasure is the preview video for the simulation of a car that doesn’t yet exist, lucky it looks super sweet. Sit back, relax and hit that gas pedal.
At this week’s E3 conference Sny added a little detail to their plans for the amazing Playstation TV micro console and media device, also known as the Vita TV in Japan.
Under the hard plastic shell the PS TV contains the brains of a PS Vita handheld. The quad core ARM CPU, powerful GPU and great sound make this one of the most powerful micro consoles on the market.
Just as the dust had settled on the next generation consoles Sony has shaken up the gaming world with the most unlikely and simultaneously most exciting gaming product of 2013. PS Vita TV is that new product, Sony’s now not so secret weapon in the next generation console war.
The Vita TV is in essence a stationary PS Vita, bringing with it all of the positives and negatives of the handheld it is crafted from. Vita TV however isn’t required to be the most powerful device in your home, that’s the job of the next generation console or PC. The Vita TV is instead a media streamer, light weight (micro) console and gaming thin client that can extend Sony’s home entertainment universe, yes that means Remote Play.
Has the magic returned to Sony, have they pulled a rabbit out of their hat? Will Vita TV be the ultimate entertainment extender or will it be just a key ring for the PS4, gadget bling?
Sony this month gathered its US game developers for a disclosure meeting. Project Orbis is indeed taking shape with Sony showing off and delivering a new generation of dev kit during the closed door meetings.
Sony’s offices were bulging with game developers as the presentations began. While the dev kit looks like any other tower PC it’s what’s on the inside that matters. This particular tall nondescript black tower includes Sony’s latest software and AMD hardware running the show, Project Orbis looks to be well on schedule for a 2013 release.
One more generation of developer kit is due before the PS4 is released, a release that should be simultaneous with the final silicon for the console, a major milestone.