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The flip-flopping developers of Crysis are at it again, with Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli under an NDA from both Microsoft and Sony, where he can't reveal the details of next-gen consoles from the respective companies.
Yerli has still come out and spilled at least a couple of beans on the next-gen gaming powerhouses, saying that the hardware gap between PCs and next-gen consoles makes it "impossible" for the next-gen consoles to match, or beat current-gen PCs. Yerli says:
It's impossible to package $2,000-$3,000 worth of hardware into a mainstream-let's say $500-console. I'm not saying they are $500 consoles. They may launch a console at $2,000, but the consumer pricing is usually much lower than that. So, given consumer pricing, and given the cost of production of a gamer PC and the amount of wattage and power it needs, which is like a fridge, it's impossible.
According to Kotaku's sources, the PlayStation 4 will be released for purchase in the United States sometime this November. According to their source, there are currently two SKUs--or models--planned for the PS4 and they will retail at $429 and $529, though those prices are subject to change.
The $429 price lines up with an earlier rumor that we brought you regarding the PlayStation 4, so it seems as though it is a likely price point for the entry PS4. We are expecting to see the official release of the console tomorrow evening at a press conference in New York, so hopefully more details will be shared then.
The source added that the PlayStation 4 will be able to be controlled from your cell phone or tablet. The mobile devices will be able to chat with PlayStation friends and purchase games, which will then automatically be downloaded to the console.
New Gears of War game leaked ahead of official launch, Microsoft threatens pirates with permanent Xbox Live ban
The latest installment in the Gears of War series has leaked out into the wild this morning. Copies of Gears of War: Judgment were spotted on torrent sites early this morning, leading Microsoft to threaten some harsh ramifications to anyone who downloads and installs a pirated copy.
A spokesperson for Microsoft said:
Redmond has threatened similar action before, most recently when copies of Halo 4 began to surface on torrent sites. Some of those who installed the pirated copy had their console and accounts permanently banned from Xbox live.
I still remember playing Doom and thinking it was just incredible at the time, but to fast-forward to now and think our smartphones have superior resolutions to the once superior 320x240 is scary.
Well, a Deviant Art user going by the name Elemental79 has converted a simple 320x240 pixel screenshot from Doom, to an absolutely gorgeous 9600x7211. This includes textures, lighting and 3D effects, all done within Photoshop. Elemental79 has said that:
Each frame represents ten seconds of work. The image spans across 7 PSD files at a resolution of 9600x7211 pixels. The project took 35 hours to complete over the course of 8 days.
While we shouldn't have to speculate for much longer about what will and won't be in the PlayStation 4, one report is claiming that Sony will make use of Gaikai's streaming technology. The company was acquired by Sony back in 2012 for $380 million and could be the key to the PlayStation 4 having backwards compatibility.
The PlayStation 4 is widely expected to use an updated architecture--some rumors are suggesting x86--and this could present problems for backwards compatibility. Gaikai could solve this by streaming the games from a remote server. Another benefit is that the games could be played on mobile devices and computers without any sort of modification.
Another benefit, at least for the game manufacturers, is that this could eliminate the used game market. One final suggestion is that this technology could allow the PS3 to play games designed and built for the PlayStation 4, though this might be unlikely as it would cut into PlayStation 4 sales.
We should know all of the dirty details on Wednesday when it is widely expected that the console will be announced.
Sony has gone a little bit nostalgic in its effort to build interest in Wednesday's press event. By doing so, the company has basically confirmed that they are releasing the PlayStation 4 as most rumors have said they would be. You can check out the three videos below and then jump down to more analysis.
If you listen carefully to the final video, you'll hear the line saying you can "be the first to know" February 20. We'll have coverage of the event Wednesday evening.
Sony is in full hype-things-up mode this week. On Wednesday we are expected to see the company unveil the long anticipated PlayStation 4 (PS4). Ahead of the launch, Sony has released a series of web videos that outline the history of the popular gaming console.
The company has put together three videos that show the console's revolutionary history. The first video covers the PlayStation, the one that started it all. The next video moves into the realm of the PlayStation 2, and talks about how the PS2 revolutionized gaming and DVD playback.
The final video covers the PlayStation 3 and bills it as a "groundbreaking" breakthrough in console gaming, citing things like HD gaming, Blu-ray, Netflix, and cloud based storage for game saves. This leaves us to wonder what new technologies, features and options the PlayStation 4 bring to console gaming? I guess we will find out on Wednesday!
If you're based in Japan and were holding off on buying a PS Vita, now might be the time to think about getting one. During an online video broadcast, Sony have announced a price cut for their handheld gaming device.
The price will drop for both the Wi-Fi and 3G models on February 28, to 19,980 yen (or around $215). This is a drop of around 1/5, with the current price at 24,980 yen. There'll also be a one-week free trial of PlayStation Plus, as well as various promotions for the PS Store and Reader e-book store. There's no talk of a price drop elsewhere, so for now - this is just in Japan.
From the makers of Halo, we have a new game unveiled by Bungie - Destiny. Destiny is an always-on, persistent-world adventure game which the developers have signed up with Activision on a 10-year publishing deal.
The video above shows off a few quick glimpses at the otherwise bland first-person shooter bits (which I'm sure it's not a full-fledged FPS just yet), but it also unveils some of the more social integration Destiny will have, where you can create and customize your identities and gear to venture across an alternate universe to our own.
The big difference between Bungie's last massive game, Halo, and Destiny, is that it's not a lone soldier who saves the world - but a community of Guardians. Destiny will be more of a multi-player game than a singleplayer game, but this doesn't mean that those looking for a single-player game will miss out. Single player gamers can finish the quests off as a Guardian, but in order to "realize the vision of the game", Destiny will require an always-on Internet connection on all platforms regardless of play style.
Crysis 3 gets released in just over 48 hours, and is looking to do some good business as usual. First up, we have some download numbers on the beta, which was downloaded over 3 million times.
Most beta players will end up buying the full game, so we should expect at least 2-3 million sales just there. Crysis 2 sold 3 million units, so we should expect more sales this time around. Pre-order numbers are looking great too, where according to EA's end of January financial report, pre-orders for the third Crysis game are sitting at 40% higher than its predecessor.
Crysis 3 gets released on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on February 19 in the US, and two days later in Australia and Europe. Japan will have to wait until March 7 to get their nanosuit soldier gaming on.