Sony Acquires Insomniac Games

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Insomniac Games — the developers behind Sony’s PS4 megahit Spider-Man — are going to become part of Sony Worldwide Studios. Sony’s acquisition of Insomniac turns the PS4 and PSVR maker into the owner of upcoming PC VR game Stormland and a host of other VR and AR projects. They’ve been at the forefront of interaction and systems development in VR games and their titles reflect an exploration of these new input systems.

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Don’t Worry, Sony Just Reconfirmed PSVR ‘Is Compatible With PS5’

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Sony Interactive Entertainment’s president and CEO Jim Ryan reconfirmed in an interview published today on CNET that the PSVR “is compatible with PS5” thankfully. In the meantime, read our list of confirmed PS5 games we think would be great with PSVR support , a rundown on the PS5 specs , and check out this round up of everything we know so far about the inevitable PSVR follow up.

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Sony Just Invested $250 Million in Epic Games, Here’s What it Could Mean for VR and Beyond

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Sony Corporation announced today that it will invest $250 million in Epic Games, the company well known for its hit game Fortnite and the Unreal Engine game engine that powers it. Unreal Engine is the second most popular game engine for building VR content, and has powered PSVR games like Farpoint , Moss ,and Firewall: Zero Hour. Going Beyond Gaming. EA’s Game Engine Case Study.

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Sony Reveals PS5, Including New HD Camera And Discless Digital Edition

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Sony revealed its next generation PlayStation 5 console today, which features a new white design, a white DualSense controller, media remote and a new HD camera. The reveal livestream, which lasted just over an hour, featured looks at a number of games and culminated in the reveal of the console’s design. The post Sony Reveals PS5, Including New HD Camera And Discless Digital Edition appeared first on UploadVR.

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Sony Reiterates Commitment To ‘Make Advances’ In ‘Immersive Interactive Experiences Such As VR’

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Sony’s latest corporate report briefly mentions VR, and reiterates the company’s commitment to making advances in immersive entertainment. In the entire 66-page document covering all facets of the Sony brand, VR gets just one mention in Game & Network Services section.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.07.13): Sony invests in Epic, Rockstar is working on an AAA VR game, and more!

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Image by Epic Games). Sony invests $250M in Epic Games. Sony has announced that it has made a big investment of $250M in Epic Games through one of its subsidiaries. The investment gives Sony a minority stake in Epic that now is evaluated at more than $17B. The long-term results of these partnerships are unforeseeable, but we can still play the speculation game. And Sony for sure wants to have a stake in the metaverse.

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Sony Paid $229 Million To Purchase Insomniac Games In 2019

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Last year Sony Interactive Entertainment acquired Insomniac Games, the developers of critically-acclaimed and commercially successful games for both VR and non-VR formats. Some of their standout non-VR games include Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS4, the Ratchet & Clank series, and the Spyro the Dragon series on PlayStation 1. As a result of this acquisition, Insomniac Games has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony.”

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Community Download: What Do You Expect From Sony?s PS5 Event?

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For today’s Community Download, we want to know what you’re expecting to see and learn about at Sony’s PS5 event? But we’re back this week with a new topic for everyone to weigh in on: Sony’s PlayStation 5 reveal event. Obviously we should expect a few obvious things like getting to see what the PlayStation 5 actually looks like finally, especially since Sony revealed the controller already.

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Sony?s PS5 Reveal Event Rescheduled For June 11th At 1PM PT

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According to a Twitch ad today someone saw during a livestream, the new date for Sony’s PlayStation 5 reveal event appeared to have leaked as June 11th. Shortly afterward, Sony confirmed the new date on the official Twitter account. The post Sony’s PS5 Reveal Event Rescheduled For June 11th At 1PM PT appeared first on UploadVR.

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Blood & Truth Dev Sony London Hiring For Next PSVR Game

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Sony London, the studio behind Blood & Truth , is staffing up for its next VR game. We’re looking to hire gameplay & AI programmers @LondonStudioHQ , come and make first party games for @PlayStation and work with the talented crew who made #BloodAndTruth. Sony is thought to be launching its next PlayStation in 2020, so it seems likely Sony London’s next game would arrive on that console.

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Sony Announces ‘Smurfs’ Mixed Reality HoloLens Game

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The latest Smurfs film gets it’s own mixed reality children’s game for Microsoft’s HoloLens. Sony’s latest edition to the Smurf reboot anthology, Smurfs: The Lost Village hits theaters today once again bringing the iconic 80’s characters back from the dead much to the delight of children and nostalgic adults everywhere. Of course it’s difficult to say how many children will actually get to experience this neat little game.

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Sony Says It’s Focusing On The ‘Value Equation’ For PS5

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We don’t yet know the price of Sony’s next-generation console, the PS5, but PlayStation chief executive Jim Ryan says the company is focusing on getting the “value equation” right. Obviously, whatever price Sony goes with will have a knock-on effect for PSVR users. Rumors earlier in the year claimed that Sony was struggling with keeping the PS5 price down.

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PS5 ‘Game Boost’ Will Improve Frame Rates For PS4 And PSVR Games

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A new feature called ‘Game Boost’ listed on the PlayStation 5 website promises an improved experience when playing select PS4 and PSVR games on PS5. Sony says details on how to claim an adapter “will be shared on PlayStation.com when available.”

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Sony Sold 4.2 Million PSVR Headsets

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Sony officially cleared a new sales milestone of 4.2 Sony is the only wired VR headset manufacturer to release actual sales figures. We last heard Sony cleared 3 million headsets sold in August 2018. Astro Bot , Beat Saber and other games have clearly driven sales for the system into 2019. A Sony livestream today announced a series of new VR games coming to the system in the next few months, including No Man’s Sky and Five Nights At Freddy’s.

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Sony Reveals AR Headset Prototype in New Ghostbusters Location-based Attraction

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Ginza Sony Park, the Japanese tech giant’s Tokyo-based hub for Sony brand promotion, is now playing host to a new Ghostbusters -themed multiplayer experience using a newly revealed Sony AR headset prototype. In the video’s description, Sony says the AR experience uses the company’s latest visual, tactile, and auditory technologies, although it hasn’t qualified it with any further technical info.

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Sony Patents Valve Index-Like VR Controller With Finger Tracking

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A recently-published patent from Sony Interactive Entertainment suggests that the company is working on a new VR motion controller, similar to those for the Valve Index. When the fingers are wrapped around the sensor, the controllers can relay that information to a given VR game and reflect the user’s in-game hands as making a fist or grabbing object. In fact, we’ve seen other patents from Sony for a similar product sporting an entirely different design.

Sony Postpones PlayStation 5 Reveal Event Previously Set For June 4th

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Today in a tweet Sony announced the decision to postpone the PlayStation 5 reveal event that was previously scheduled for June 4th. Sony cites the need for “more important voices to be heard” at this time. We don’t know what to expect with this reveal event once it does happen, but common predictions usually involve details on what the PlayStation 5 looks like, specs, gameplay footage of upcoming games, and more.

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Shawn Layden Says Sony-Made Games May Come To Other Platforms

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Could we one day see Sony-made PSVR exclusives on other platforms? Sony’s Shawn Layden just made that seem like a possibility. Bloomberg notes that this was in particular reference to multiplayer games perhaps coming to PCs. “We Much of the wider press around these comments has focused on traditional gaming. Sony, for example, makes blockbuster exclusive games like Blood & Truth and Astro Bot , then sells them PSVR owners.

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Sony VR Patent Reveals Work On Face Tracking

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A US patent granted to Sony reveals research on VR face tracking, a vital technology for the future of multiplayer and social VR. This tracked data would be represented on a virtual avatar, shown to other users online in multiplayer games. As with previous Sony patents, the headset also contains eye tracking so that your gaze is represented. The post Sony VR Patent Reveals Work On Face Tracking appeared first on UploadVR.

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The Best VR Games Of 2020 (So Far)

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Looking for the best VR games in 2020? We’re six months into 2020 and there’s already been a lot of great VR games. To recognize as many games as possible we’re splitting our current list of best VR games in 2020 into two parts. First is the all-new releases, but we’re also recognizing ports of older games that made successful transitions to other headsets. Best VR Games 2020: All-New Releases. ” Best VR Games 2020: Ports.

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Sony To Talk PS5 System Architecture Tomorrow

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After months of silence regarding its next console, Sony will talk about PS5’s system architecture in an update tomorrow. A tweet from official PlayStation accounts confirms that, at 4pm GMT/9am PT tomorrow, March 18, PS5 lead system architect Mark Cerny will give a rundown on the console’s innards and “how it will shape the future of games.” Don’t expect a huge event announcing lots of new details surrounding release information and games, then.

PS5 Delay Not Happening, Sony Marketing Exec Assures

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The recent relative silence around Sony’s PlayStation 5 has proved frustrating for some fans. Eric Lempel, SVP and head of global marketing at Sony Interactive Entertainment, said as much in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz this week.

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Sony Files Patent For In-VR Esports Tournament Spectator System

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Sony recently filed a patent application titled “Spectator View Into An Interactive Gaming World Showcased In A Live Event Held In A Real-World Venue” The patent describes using an array of cameras to make the VR user feel as if they’re attending the tournament. The patent also describes letting the VR user see inside the game being played. Imagine toggling between being in the audience and being in the game. Own a PSVR?

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5 PS5 Games We Hope Get PSVR Support

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This was to be expected, of course; Sony wants to market its console for launch and talking about additional hardware at this stage complicates that. But it’s the games, mostly sequels to titles with original PSVR support, that have us most intrigued. So here’s five PS5 games we certainly hope get PSVR support. Resident Evil 7 remains one of the best PSVR games on the market and the series is long overdue to make its return to the headset.

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Sony Releases List Of Non-Gaming PSVR Launch Titles

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PlayStation VR debuts featuring 10 non-gaming experiences. Virtual reality isn’t just for gaming, and Sony wants to make that perfectly clear to potential owners of their brand new VR headset. Below is a list of the 10 titles including the official descriptions from Sony. The post Sony Releases List Of Non-Gaming PSVR Launch Titles appeared first on VRScout. News Playstation VR Sony Vrideo Within

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Sony Confirms Work On ‘Next-Generation’ VR Headset That Might Not Be PSVR 2

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Sony Next Generation VR Headset In The Works. For starters, the job posting is directly from the wider Sony Corporation and not Sony Interactive Entertainment, the division of the company that runs the PlayStation operation.

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Sony Tests New AR Ghostbusters Experience In Japan

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Sony announced a new AR experience based on the Ghostbusters franchise. It will be available at the Sony building at Ginza Park in Japan from this month. The experience is launched to coincide with the 35th anniversary of the original Ghostbusters move, where 4 friends can work together to fight off ghosts using a new AR R&D prototype device developed by Sony. The post Sony Tests New AR Ghostbusters Experience In Japan appeared first on UploadVR.

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Sony to Close First-party Manchester Studio Making ‘AAA’ PSVR Games

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Sony is closing its Manchester, UK-based studio, the very same that was opened in 2015 to produce ‘AAA’ PSVR exclusives. While no games came from Manchester Studio throughout its five-year existence, it’s clear the team was working on VR up until very recently. Sony had posted job vacancies for their Manchester Studio up until its closure, with one such listing announced last month for UI Artist.

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The Next PlayStation Supports PSVR, Sony Confirms

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Sony has just confirmed that its current PSVR headset will be compatible with the next PlayStation console. The biggest draw of the article, though, is a new solid-state drive that claims to drastically reduce load times in games. A demo of Sony’s Spider-Man, for example, cut out fast travel times when accessing the in-game map. That makes it likely that we’ll still be able to play the same PSVR games we enjoy today on the next PlayStation.

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Sony Files Patent For Wireless PSVR Device

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Sony looks to cut the cord on console VR. . According to a new patent filed by Sony, the company is looking into wireless functionality for the next iteration of their PSVR headset. Sony plans on using a breakout box that would pair with the PSVR headset using two different frequencies to deliver a seamless VR experience as you dodge zombies or avoid getting knocked-out by Creed. Image Credit: Sony. Image Credit: Sony. Image Credit: Sony.

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Sony Confirms PSVR Support For The ‘PlayStation 5’

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PSVR will be compatible with Sony’s next PlayStation console. In an exclusive interview with Wired Magazine, PS4 systems architect and game designer Mark Cerny spilled the beans on Sony’s next generation of their immensely popular PlayStation console, in the process confirming support for the PlayStation VR headset. Image Credit: Sony Playstation. Image Credit: Sony Playstation. News Playstation VR PS5 Sony

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Sony Takes Minority Stake In Epic Games With $250M Investment

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Today Sony announced a strategic investment of $250 million in Epic Games to take a minority stake in the company. Epic Games is responsible for the Unreal Engine, Fortnite, Epic Games Store, and more. Through this investment Sony has acquired a “minority interest” in Epic Games through a “wholly-owned subsidiary” of Sony. The post Sony Takes Minority Stake In Epic Games With $250M Investment appeared first on UploadVR.

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Sony to Nearly Double the Total Number of PSVR Games by End of 2018

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According to a report by Silicon Era , Sony expects to increase the number of PSVR games from 150 to 280 over the course of 2018. Citing Japanese financial publication Nikkei , the report holds the 80 percent increase in games planned for 2018 is primarily due to the fact that Sony has shipped over 2 million PSVR units worldwide since launch, making the platform ripe for further investment. However Sony says they’ve sold more than 12.2

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Sony to Unveil PS5 Game Trailers This Thursday in Livestream Event

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Sony probably won’t be announcing a next-gen PSVR headset anytime soon, however the company is taking a big step this Thursday, June 11th, as it drops all-new game trailers for the upcoming PlayStation 5 console. Originally scheduled for June 4th, Sony delayed the event until this week to “step aside so key voices could be heard during this historic and important time,” says Sid Shuman, Senior Director of SIE Content Communications in a PS blog post.

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Sony’s Yoshida: PSVR Titles With ‘Deeper Gaming’ Will Increase Going Forward

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PlayStation figurehead Shuhei Yoshida says to expect more full games for the company’s PSVR headset going forward. In an interview with the Japanese PlayStation Blog for last week’s Tokyo Game Show (roughly translated via Google), Sony’s Head of Worldwide Studios explained that many PSVR games up to this point have been smaller experiences, but the appetite for larger games is growing. Experiences Gaming PSVR Sony VR Industry News

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Sony Is Still Recruiting For An AAA PSVR Game From A New Studio

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Much of Sony’s 2019 PSVR line-up remains a mystery. Sony established this studio all the way back in 2015 when PSVR was still known as Project Morpheus. ” Another listing describes the Manchester-based unit as “a small but highly experienced team who want to build AAA games.” Of course, Sony already has a VR developer in London. We asked Sony if there might be any overlap between the two teams, but have yet to hear back at the time of writing.

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Sony CEO: ’99 Percent’ Of PS4 Games Are Backwards Compatible On PS5

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In a recent interview with The Washington Post last week, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO and President, Jim Ryan, stated that “99 percent” of all PS4 games will be backwards compatible and playable on PS5.

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