PlayStation VR India Launch to Be ‘Confirmed in Due Time’; Public Demos Set for IGX 201

PlayStation VR India Launch to Be 'Confirmed in Due Time'; Public Demos Set for IGX 2016

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sony has confirmed PS VR for public demos in India
  • A release date announcement is in the offing
  • You can check out PS VR at IGX 2016

Earlier we reported that Sony’s PlayStation VR (PS VR) headset would be available for demo in India at the 2016 edition of the Indian Games Expo or IGX 2016 as it is known. On Wednesday, both the event’s organisers and Sony have confirmed that PS VR will be available for all and sundry to try out.

“We at PlayStation are pleased to be part of IGX where gamers can enjoy playing and competing on the best PS4 titles. The showcasing of PlayStation VR at the event reinforces our dedication and commitment to delivering the best experiences to gamers in India,” said Robert Fisser, VP and General Manager (Middle East, Africa, Turkey, India), Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe in a prepared statement, which incidentally stopped short of an actual release date.

 

(Also see: IGX 2016 Registrations Open, Public Debut of PlayStation VR in India Teased)

“For those who are looking forward to its launch, we would like to thank everyone for their patience and continued support. We are beyond excited to deliver to them the amazing experience that PS VR offers. The launch date will be confirmed in due course of time,” the statement continued.

“Our aim with IGX is to bring as many of these varied experiences as possible under one roof, and with PlayStation VR, we can offer our visitors a jaw-dropping virtual reality experience,” said IGX’s organiser Sameer Desai.

While neither Sony nor IGX has mentioned what you can play on the PS VR at the expo, it is safe to say the contents of the device’s demo disc would be one of the many experiences on display.

(Also see: IGX Is a Picture Perfect Representation of Gaming in India)

And if VR isn’t up your alley, other games will be present at the event as well. These include WWE 2K17, Mafia 3, NBA 2K17, Pro Evolution Soccer 2017, Rise of the Tomb Raider for PS4, FIFA 17, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and No Man’s Sky.

Further shoring up the list are a host of locally developed games such as Asura. a Diablo-styled game from Hyderabad-based Ogre Head Studios, Zenith, a role-playing co-developed by Bengaluru’s Holy Cow Productions, and Dodgefall, a racing game from Roosh Interactive, a studio based in Mumbai.

(Also see: Dr. House Meets Final Fantasy in Zenith, a Game Co-Developed in India)

This year’s edition of IGX will take place at the World Trade Centre in Mumbai from October 15 to 16.

The first year of IGX was an honest representation of the consumer gaming scene in the country, unlike India’s many Comic Con events, which have over the years devolved into a crowded bunch of known stores selling merchandise and little else. How it evolves in its second year will be interesting to see.

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Sony PlayStation VR Goes on Sale, Brings Virtual Reality to the Masses

Sony PlayStation VR Goes on Sale, Brings Virtual Reality to the Masses

Sony PlayStation VR Goes on Sale, Brings Virtual Reality to the Masses
HIGHLIGHTS
Sony is betting that it has a better package for mainstream consumers
Sony has to sell a lot of devices to attract talented game developers
Early reviews have praised its design, affordability and comfort
When the PlayStation VR goes on sale Thursday, it won’t just be a test for Sony. As the first high-end virtual-reality headset aimed at the mass market, the gadget will also offer the first hint as to whether the technology can become a mainstream product.

For about $500 (roughly Rs. 33,500), consumers won’t be getting newer features or better performance than pricier headsets being sold by Facebook and HTC. Sony is betting that it has a better package for mainstream consumers, given the ease of use and ability to tap into a gaming and entertainment ecosystem built by the PlayStation franchise over the past two decades. The device is Sony’s best prospect to remain on the cutting edge of technology after scaling back in phones, televisions and other businesses.

(Also see: Sony PlayStation VR Hits Stores Shelves Thursday to Take on Oculus and HTC)

“The Sony release is the first real test of consumer VR,” said Dave Ranyard, a virtual-reality developer and former head of Sony’s London studio, which produced its main launch title PlayStation VR Worlds. “Nobody knows the rate of uptake, so this is the first significant indication.”

The debut also represents a classic gaming-industry dilemma. Sony has to sell a lot of devices to attract talented game developers, gamers won’t buy new hardware unless there’s quality content. Sony hasn’t lined up enough must-have titles to kick off that virtuous cycle, according to Hideki Yasuda, an analyst at Ace Research Institute in Tokyo.

“If an amazing game comes out and makes everyone want to buy PSVR, the situation will be different, but for now we’re not seeing that,” Yasuda said.

With more than 40 million people already owning a PlayStation 4 console, the novelty of VR alone may be enough to attract a large number of early adopters. IHS Markit and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. predict more than 1.4 million unit sales by the end of this year, while Ranyard is more conservative, expecting about 1 million in the first 12 months.

(Also see: PlayStation VR Is the First Real Mass-Market Virtual Reality Headset)

“This is the biggest innovation since the arrival of TV,” Atsushi Morita, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia, said at a launch event in Tokyo.
Sony shares were up 1.4 percent at JPY 3,431 in early trading. The stock is up more than 14 percent this year, compared with a 13 percent decline in the Topix Index.

Another key metric to watch will be how many games each player buys for the PSVR, Raynard said. The device will generate $134 million in revenue for VR content makers this year, about twice the $69 million it expects from Facebook’s Oculus and HTC’s Vive headsets, IHS estimated. Still, that would represent just a fraction of the total market for games software sales.

Early reviews of the system have generally praised its design, affordability and comfort, but a common criticism has been the lack of compelling content. There are about 30 titles available at launch, which are little more than environments to explore, or short games. Sony acknowledges as much, saying what’s available for now are mostly brief experiences that showcase VR technology instead of those with hours of gameplay.

(Also see: PlayStation VR First Impressions)

“The experiences we’re putting on offer are different from your 50-hour Metal Gear Solid experience,” said Shawn Layden, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment America, the unit overseeing the U.S. PlayStation game business. “You have a very intense 7 to 10 to 15 minutes of gameplay.”

Case in point: Job Simulator, a tongue-in-cheek launch title, lets people pretend that they’re working in a kitchen, office or convenience store. Jun Tamaoki raised eyebrows at last month’s Tokyo Game Show with Bandai Namco Holdings Inc.’s virtual-reality game Summer Lesson, which lets users become home tutors.

“It will take a longer time to find those eureka moments – oh wow, this is so fun,” Tamaoki said in an interview. “I would expect a gradual start for now.”

© 2016 Bloomberg L.P.

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PlayStation VR to Launch With Free Demo Disc Containing Eight Games

PlayStation VR to Launch With Free Demo Disc Containing Eight Games

PlayStation VR to Launch With Free Demo Disc Containing Eight Games
HIGHLIGHTS
Each PlayStation VR unit at launch will have a demo disc
The demo disc contains eight games to try
PlayStation VR is out internationally from October 13
Sony has announced that every PlayStation VR (PS VR) unit available at launch will have a demo disc containing eight games. These include:

Driveclub VR
PlayStation VR Worlds
Rigs Mechanized Combat League
Tumble VR
Battlezone
Eve: Valkyrie
Wayward Sky
Headmaster
(Also see: Sony Reveals PlayStation VR Price, Release Date, and Specifications)

Of these, Driveclub VR and Eve: Valkyrie are the most well known. The former has been touted to hit VR since its inception while the latter is a multiplayer dogfighting game set in space and was exclusive to the Oculus Rift. Rigs is from Killzone: Mercenary developer Guerrilla Cambridge and it’s focussed on frantic first-person combat using mechanised suits. Battlezone is an action game that has you commandeering a tank, it’s one Sony has been demoing quite heavily. PlayStation VR Worlds lets users bask in the depth of the ocean – well, at least in the demo, with the full game packing four more additional settings. Tumble is a VR take on the classic block stacking puzzle games of yore, while Headmaster has you as a footballer honing your skills in what seems to be a prison. Finally Wayward Sky has you exploring a crumbling air fortress.

The use of a demo disc to introduce customers to VR is a shrewd idea. When Sony first started out in the console business, it employed the same tactic to get a generation hooked on the original PlayStation. It could very well be the break VR needs, what with adoption reaching a crashing halt as per the latest Steam survey.
(Also see: PlayStation VR First Impressions)

With PS VR set to be available from October 13 internationally, an India date is yet to be fixed. While other regions like Japan, UK, and US have had their pre-orders live for awhile, we wondered if India would be privy to the same any time soon. However this seems unlikely.

“Currently we do not have plans of conducting pre-orders till confirmed date of VR India launch is available,” a spokesperson for Sony India explained to Gadgets 360 over email.

Tags: PlayStation VR, PSVR, PS VR, Morpheus, PSVR Demo Disc, PSVR India, Sony, PS4, Driveclub, Eve Valkyrie, Tumble, Playstation VR Worlds, Battlezone, Rigs Mechanized Combat League, Wayward Sky, Headmaster

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Mass Effect: Andromeda Reveal at PlayStation Meeting Teased

Mass Effect: Andromeda Reveal at PlayStation Meeting Teased

Mass Effect: Andromeda Reveal at PlayStation Meeting Teased
HIGHLIGHTS
Mass Effect: Andromeda might be at the PlayStation Meeting
A tweet from a producer of the game teases this
This would make up for the game’s lacklustre E3 2016 showing
With a few hours to go before the PlayStation Meeting, a producer on Mass Effect: Andromeda hinted at a potential reveal at Sony’s event which should also see the PS4 Neo and PS4 Slim unveiled.

“Oh, God. Tomorrow is 7th, isn’t it?” tweeted Michael Gamble, Producer on Mass Effect: Andromeda and the Mass Effect Trilogy. This could mean we’re going to see some new Mass Effect news or a presence of the game at the PlayStation Meeting.

(Also see: PS4 Slim Launch Today, Here’s Everything We Already Know)

Considering that Sony has a marketing deal for Call of Duty, a game Microsoft aggressively marketed during the Xbox 360 era, a potential marketing deal for Mass Effect would make sense. It’s a franchise that got its start on the Xbox 360, later making it to the PC and PS3.

A Mass Effect reveal would bode well considering that EA’s E3 2016 press conference was extremely lacklustre in this respect.
The latest entry in EA’s storied sci-fi role-playing game franchise seems ambitious. “This is a galaxy where you are the alien,” claimed producer Aaryn Flynn at the time.

(Also see: PS4 Neo Is Coming – Here’s Everything You Need to Know)

The overarching plot has players travelling the universe in search of a new home. Details are scarce and with a slew of crucial staffers leaving the project earlier this year, the CG-fuelled trailer gave us little confidence. There will be a new ship that’s rumoured to be named as Tempest (compared to Normandy from the original trilogy), and a new online mode as well. Flynn said we’ll see more in months to come. Hopefully this would be at the PlayStation Meeting.

Tags: PS4 Neo, PS4 Slim, Mass Effect Andromeda, EA, BioWare, PlayStation Meeting

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Sony at E3 2016: God of Struggle, Playstation VR, Name of Obligation: Countless War, and Extra

Sony at E3 2016: God of War, PS VR, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and More

HIGHLIGHTS
A brand new God of Battle sport headlined Sony’s E3 convention.
Ps VR will see over 50 video games at launch.
Dying Stranding is Hideo Kojima’s subsequent recreation and has Norman Reedus.
All thriller and no filler is possibly the first-rate way to explain Sony’s E3 2016 exhibit. Barring anextended orchestra session at the start, there was little else that were given inside the way of one sporttrailer to the following. So much so that not like Bethesda, EA, Microsoft, or Ubisoft, Sony introduced out all of three audio system only. With a wealth of video games on show, here are the ones you ought toput on your radar.

God of Warfare four is actual and it is referred to as… God of Warfare
A prolonged beginning orchestra gave way to A new God of Warfare sport. Simply called God of Warfareas opposed to God of War four, it showed off collection protagonist Kratos coaching his son how to hunt.Along the way there had been trolls and different monsters to defeat. The demo seemed completely on in-recreation and the combat has been revamped considering that prior titles, allowing you to wield an awlas well as pummel enemies along with your naked hands. The world itself seemed Norse-inspiredlending credence to the God of War four leak multiple months in the past. Unnecessary to say, it regardedimpressive. Do not anticipate it whenever soon though. Sony has no longer announced a launch dateyet.

(Also see: EA’s E3 2016 showcase: Battlefield 1, FIFA 17, Titanfall 2, and Extra)

Days Gone is Sony’s solution to Useless Growing
One of the wonder bulletins of the show changed into Days Long gone. it is a sport from Sony Bend – the studio liable for the underrated Uncharted: Golden Abyss. The sport takes vicinity amidst the zombie apocalypse and has you as a biker lessen employed gun. Even as the preliminary trailer gave perceptioninto the backstory, the gameplay demo on the end showcased a apparently Countless range of undead to plough via. The gunplay seemed a tad clunky however barring that, it seemed as an alternative smooth.there was no release date introduced for this both. Optimistically soon considering how polished itseemed.

(Also see: Bethesda at E3 2016: Dishonored 2, Quake Champions, Skyrim HD, and More)

Death Stranding is Hideo Kojima’s new game
Furthering his partnership with Sony, Metal Equipment Strong author Hideo Kojima took to the stage to reveal Death Stranding. it is a game with Norman Reedus – his collaborator on the now cancelled Silent Hills. The pictures had a crying Norman Reedus as he held a newborn infant, probably to reveal off facial animations which regarded eerily realistic. Moments later it seems that the child has died with Reedus’fingers stained with what seems to be a black ink-ish substance. it is all very enigmatic and regarded love itbecome in very early ranges of development what with Kojima simplest saying that the footage changed into “in actual-time” and little else.

(Additionally see: Microsoft at E3 2016: Challenge Scorpio, Gears of Conflict 4, and Xbox Stay)

Ps VR has lots of guide and a launch date
At the same time as Sony didn’t elevate the lid on its PS4 generation, the PS4 Neo, it did not imply there has been no but to be launched hardware. Ps VR occupied a enormous portion of the display. First upwas Resident Evil 7 so that you can be playable from starting to result in VR (with a demo out rightapproximately now), this become followed through Very last Myth XV (FFXV) touting a VR enjoy thathelps you to play as Prompto certainly one of The sport‘s other characters in first-character, wherein The game gave the impression to be an on-rails shooter. Then there was Batman Arkham VR and MegastarWars Battlefront X-Wing VR Ventureboth of which had teasers and little else. Of those handiest Resident Evil 7 had a confirmed release date of January 24, 2017. Batman Arkham VR is due for someday in October of this 12 months While FFXV’s VR aspect ought to be to be had when Ps VR is out on October 13 within the US this year as The sport is out on September 30. No date for Ps VR has been set outdoor americaproper now.

(Additionally see: Ubisoft at E3 2016: Watch Dogs 2, Ghost Recon Wildlands, South Park, and More)

Call of Duty: Infinite War seems higher than you suspect
459ac808c22b462a8bbea156c10866e7 look into the quickly to be launched Name of Obligation:Limitless Struggle (CODIW) had area combat, dogfights, and excellent set portions. Despite the negativereception to The sport‘s preliminary trailer, it appears quite ready with traversal alternatives includingsliding and grappling. Apparently the call of Responsibility: Present day Warfare remaster wasAdditionally on display and its singleplayer campaign can be exclusive to the PS4 for 30 days. it’s amove that punishes gamers who have decided to shop for CODIW on different platforms what with the decision of Responsibility: Current Struggle remaster being available with CODIW on my own. Will Activision revise this? It seems unlikely.

other bulletins protected Spider-Man for the PS4 helmed via none other than Insomniac games, developer of the Ratchet & Clank series. Horizon Zero Dawn and David Cage’s Detroit Additionally made an look withsome gameplay, however they didn’t present whatever you Don’t already recognise. Additionallypresent become Lego: Big name Wars: The Pressure Awakens which has a demo out right now. For thosecraving a experience of Playstation nostalgia Sony boss Shawn Layden said that the agency is in talks with Activision to convey remasters of the primary three Crash Bandicoot games to the PS4. Oh and someplaceAlongside the way, The Final Mother or father were given a release date. You can assume the plentyawaited PS4 special on October 25 this yr.

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Sony at E3 2016: God of war, playstation VR, call of responsibility: countless battle, and extra

Sony at E3 2016: God of War, PS VR, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and More

HIGHLIGHTS
a brand new God of struggle game headlined Sony’s E3 conference.
playstation VR will see over 50 games at launch.
loss of life Stranding is Hideo Kojima’s subsequent sport and has Norman Reedus.
All mystery and no filler is possibly the high-quality manner to explain Sony’s E3 2016 show off. Barring an prolonged orchestra session at the beginning, there has been little else that got in the manner of one sport trailer to the next. a lot in order that unlike Bethesda, EA, Microsoft, or Ubisoft, Sonyintroduced out all of three audio system most effective. With a wealth of games on show, right here arethe ones you ought to placed on your radar.

God of conflict 4 is real and it is known as… God of battle
A extended establishing orchestra gave way to a new God of battle recreation. simply called God ofbattle rather than God of battle four, it confirmed off collection protagonist Kratos teaching his son how to hunt. alongside the manner there had been trolls and other monsters to defeat. The demo lookedcompletely on in-recreation and the fight has been revamped given that previous titles, allowing you to wield an awl in addition to pummel enemies along with your bare hands. the world itself looked Norse-inspired lending credence to the God of battle four leak multiple months ago. useless to mention, itlooked magnificent. do not anticipate it anytime quickly although. Sony has now not introduced alaunch date but.

(additionally see: EA’s E3 2016 exhibit: Battlefield 1, FIFA 17, Titanfall 2, and more)

Days long past is Sony’s answer to lifeless growing
one of the wonder bulletins of the show become Days gone. it’s a sport from Sony Bend – the studioaccountable for the underrated Uncharted: Golden Abyss. the sport takes place amidst the zombie apocalypse and has you as a biker minimize hired gun. at the same time as the preliminary trailer gaveperception into the backstory, the gameplay demo at the quit showcased a reputedly infinite variety of undead to plough through. The gunplay seemed a tad clunky however barring that, it appeared as an alternative easy. there has been no launch date announced for this both. hopefully quickly thinking about how polished it appeared.

(also see: Bethesda at E3 2016: Dishonored 2, Quake Champions, Skyrim HD, and more)

death Stranding is Hideo Kojima’s new sport
Furthering his partnership with Sony, metal gear strong creator Hideo Kojima took to the level to revealdemise Stranding. it is a sport with Norman Reedus – his collaborator at the now cancelled Silent Hills. Thefootage had a crying Norman Reedus as he held a newborn infant, probably to reveal off facial animations which looked eerily sensible. Moments later it appears that evidently the kid has died with Reedus’fingers stained with what seems to be a black ink-ish substance. it’s all very enigmatic and appeared love itchanged into in very early ranges of development what with Kojima only pronouncing that the footagebecame “in real-time” and little else.

(additionally see: Microsoft at E3 2016: project Scorpio, Gears of struggle four, and Xbox stay)

playstation VR has numerous guide and a release date
whilst Sony didn’t lift the lid on its PS4 generation, the PS4 Neo, it failed to suggest there has been noyet to be launched hardware. playstation VR occupied a considerable part of the show. First up turned into Resident Evil 7 so that you can be playable from starting to end in VR (with a demo out properapproximately now), this turned into observed through final fable XV (FFXV) touting a VR enjoy thathelps you to play as Prompto certainly one of the game‘s other characters in first-person, wherein the game appeared to be an on-rails shooter. Then there has been Batman Arkham VR and big name Wars Battlefront X-Wing VR missioneach of which had teasers and little else. of those most effective Resident Evil 7 had a showed launch date of January 24, 2017. Batman Arkham VR is due for sometime in October of this 12 months while FFXV’s VR factor have to be available when playstation VR is out on Octoberthirteen in the US this yr as the sport is out on September 30. No date for ps VR has been set outdoor the us right now.

(additionally see: Ubisoft at E3 2016: Watch puppies 2, Ghost Recon Wildlands, South Park, and more)

name of obligation: countless war seems better than you believe you studied
459ac808c22b462a8bbea156c10866e7 investigate the quickly to be released call of obligation: endlessbattle (CODIW) had space fight, dogfights, and suitable set portions. in spite of the poor reception to the sport‘s preliminary trailer, it appears noticeably ready with traversal options including sliding and grappling. apparently the call of duty: cutting-edge warfare remaster changed into additionally on showand its singleparticipant marketing campaign may be exceptional to the PS4 for 30 days. it is a flowthat punishes gamers who’ve decided to shop for CODIW on other platforms what with the call ofresponsibility: current battle remaster being to be had with CODIW alone. Will Activision revise this? Itappears not going.

other announcements covered Spider-guy for the PS4 helmed through none other than Insomniacgames, developer of the Ratchet & Clank series. Horizon zero dawn and David Cage’s Detroit also made anappearance with some gameplay, however they did not present whatever you do not already recognize.also present became Lego: megastar Wars: The pressure Awakens which has a demo out proper now. Forthe ones yearning a experience of playstation nostalgia Sony boss Shawn Layden stated that theenterprise is in talks with Activision to convey remasters of the first three Crash Bandicoot video games to the PS4. Oh and somewhere along the way, The final dad or mum got a release date. you could expectthe a great deal awaited PS4 specific on October 25 this year.

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Sony PlayStation Vue Online TV Service Launched Nationwide in the US

Sony PlayStation Vue Online TV Service Launched Nationwide in the US

Sony said Monday its Internet-based television service aimed at luring consumers away from cable subscriptions was being expanded to the entire US market.

The PlayStation Vue will offer streamlined “bundles” for as little as $30 a month without long-term contracts.

The network launched in a handful of US cities a year ago, will have content from three of the four major broadcast networks – ABC, NBC and Fox – as “on demand” content available 24 hours after the live broadcasts.

Content from the fourth network, CBS, “will be added to select TV markets at a later date,” said a statement from Sony Network Entertainment International LLC, the unit of the Japanese electronics and entertainment giant.

The new offerings will include live feeds from major channels such as AMC, Disney and the sports channel ESPN.

Sony said it is working to add live broadcasts from major networks.

Viewers will be able to save and replay programs via a “cloud DVR,” or digital video recorder and stream simultaneously to multiple devices.

This makes Vue “the first pay-TV service to be available nationwide that offers more than 100 top live sports, movie and TV channels, with unique features such as simultaneous streaming and an unmatched cloud DVR,” the statement said.

Subscribers will have options from 55 channels at $30 (roughly Rs. 2,015) to more than 100 channels at $45 (roughly Rs. 3,025).

“Since launching a year ago, our priority with PlayStation Vue has been to secure the best TV content for our audience and make it available to consumers nationwide; today, we’re delivering on that promise,” said Eric Lempel, senior vice president of PlayStation Network Americas.

“PlayStation Vue has been an ambitious project from the start, and national expansion demonstrates our ability to innovate in an industry that’s overdue for a reinvented experience.”

He boasted the service would provide “a better way to watch TV.”

The new service comes as a number of market players are moving into streaming to counter the rise of services like Netflix and Amazon.

Telecom giants Verizon and AT&T are among those in the process of launching streaming packages, while CBS and HBO are offering their own subscriptions to viewers without a cable or satellite plan.

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