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Sony's Koov is a candy-colored coding course for kids

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:02:00 -0400


STEM skills are in high demand right now, making toys that teach science and engineering popular with parents hoping to give their kids a leg up in the job market. Products like Hasbro's new robot that teaches coding have joined kits like Lego Mindstorms on store shelves. Now Sony is making its own plunge into STEM education using the Koov robotics kit, with decades of design experience being put to work in the hopes of training the next generation of engineers.

Sean Bean cast as lead in Crackle’s 50 Cent series ‘The Oath’

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:23:00 -0400


In April, Sony Pictures Television announced a new slate of original programming for its streaming service Crackle, two shows of which are being produced by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's G-Unit Film and Television Inc. The first of those shows is now being cast and is scheduled to premiere in 2018.

Via: The Hollywood Reporter

Source: Crackle

Sony taps crowdfunding to deliver its kid-friendly coding kit

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:02:00 -0400


Sony's answer to Lego Mindstorms is a robot-building kit called Koov. It's the first product from Sony's Global Education division, and it's meant to help kids learn to code while they have fun building robots. The company has put the design kit on Indiegogo to gather some $100,000 in crowd-sourced funding while getting valuable feedback on the kits, which include more than 30 hours of kid-friendly coding instruction and multi-colored blocks with sensors and actuators. The project currently sits at almost $5,000 in funding; kits are set to ship out to backers in November.

Source: Indiegogo

Our favorite games of E3 2017

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:12:00 -0400


Now that our editors have escaped the confines of the LA Convention Center, it's time to reflect on what we saw at E3 2017. More than ever, there was something for everyone, and some of us couldn't pick just one "best" game. Whether you were at the show or at home, hopefully there's at least a single game that made you circle its release date on your calendar -- here are the ones we're waiting for.

Playing witness to an android riot in 'Detroit: Become Human'

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 09:30:00 -0400


I don't know when I'll get to play Detroit: Become Human again. The latest game from David Cage's Quantic Dream studio (Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls) conspicuously didn't have a release date, or, hell, even a release year when Sony showed off a brand new demo at its media briefing earlier this week. Behind closed doors I was shown an extended version of the stage demo and saw just how an android riot starts.

'Spider-Man' is the latest big-budget flick to get a VR tie-in

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 20:49:00 -0400


Peter Parker and his web-slinging alter ego seem to be everywhere these days. Sony showed off a lengthy gameplay sequence from the upcoming Spider-Man video game at E3 this year, and the company's reboot, Spider-Man: Homecoming, arrives in theaters this July. It's no surprise, then, that Sony Pictures has decided to hype the movie with a free "multi-platform promotional VR experience" developed by CreateVR and available on Oculus, Vive and PlayStation VR platforms June 30th.

'The Lost Legacy' takes 'Uncharted' back to basics

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:22:00 -0400


Deep in the mountainous region of India's Western Ghats, Chloe and Nadine are in trouble. The two treasure hunters have a clue to the whereabouts of the Tusk of Ganesha, a mystical artefact, but keep stumbling into an Indian rebel leader called Asav. They try to stay hidden, but are quickly discovered by soldiers out on patrol. Chaos ensues as the pair battle through enemy forces with a mixture of sharp-shooting and air-drop knockouts. It's classic Uncharted combat, the kind Naughty Dog has been perfecting since Drake's Fortune in 2007.

'Shadow of the Colossus' was rebuilt from the ground up for PS4

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:37:00 -0400


When Sony unveiled a remake Shadow of the Colossus for the PS4, it raised one big question: is it just a glorified remaster, or a true revamp? Thankfully, it's more than just a quick-and-dirty upgrade. Sony's Shuhei Yoshida tells Famitsu that every asset has been remade -- about the only thing left is the core gameplay. There will be an option for a modernized control scheme, but that's about as far as the functional changes go.

Via: Siliconera, Polygon

Source: Famitsu

'Ni No Kuni 2' changes everything but the Ghibli-esque charm

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:52:00 -0400


Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom is beautiful. If it's not the detailed environment, it's the expressive cartoon characters interacting with one another like some kind of CGI anime masterpiece. That's due to animation director Yoshiyuki Momose's input: He previously worked at Studio Ghibli for many years, and it still shows in the sequel coming to PS4. During the two-part demo I played at Bandai Namco's E3 booth, cloaks fluttered in the breeze, the protagonist winced when struck with fire and my tiny battle companions -- prime plushies of the future -- scuttled around the battlefield like even cuter Pikmin. The gameplay taster centered on two major boss battles, but I found myself waiting, hoping, for another sumptuous cut scene to help fill in the mysterious backstory -- and distract me from the fighting.

'Gran Turismo Sport' is a blast even if you're terrible at it

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0400


I've never been into Gran Turismo (or racing games in general), but when my colleague Timothy J. Seppala asked if I wanted to play the franchise's next title, GT Sport, I didn't think twice about saying yes. Especially after seeing how gorgeous the latest trailer looks. And I'm glad I checked it out, even if I did end up in second-to-last place in the two races I played. The graphics in Gran Turismo Sport are as gorgeous as they look on screenshots; it's seriously hard to differentiate cars in the game from real ones. Put simply, it's a perfect way to showcase gameplay at 4K 60fps (don't forget about HDR either), and even more fun if you're experiencing it the way I did: in a vibrating "sled" with a racing seat, steering wheels and pedals.

US: North Korea's been hacking everyone since 2009

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:34:00 -0400


US authorities believe the North Korean government has been using an army of hackers called "Hidden Cobra" to deploy cyber attacks over the past eight years. That's according to the Technical Alert formally issued by the Homeland Security and the FBI, which contains the details and tools NK's cyber army has been using to infiltrate the media, financial, aerospace and critical infrastructure sectors in the US and around the globe. The government agencies issued the alert after tracing the IP addresses of a malware variant used to manage NK's DDoS attacks to North Korean computers. While other players can spoof their IPs to frame NK, the US is encouraging cyber analysts to be on the lookout, warning them that the Asian country will continue to use cyber operations to advance its government's military and strategic objectives.

Source: Reuters, Department of Homeland Security

Sony's fantastical Toio cubes combine robotics with papercraft

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 23:02:00 -0400


Sony's made some endearingly offbeat electronic toys over the years -- looking at you people who gave your Aibos funerals. The company's newest addition to its crowdfunding site, First Flight, is likely to evoke the same response. Say hello to the Toio cube.

Via: Spectrum

Source: Sony First Flight

Watch Sony's E3 2017 event in under 15 minutes

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:30:00 -0400


Between us, I'm nearly heartbroken about Sony not sharing any details about The Last of Us: Part Two at its E3 2017 keynote yesterday. That said, the company did make some interesting reveals at the event, including the PlayStation 4-exclusive Spider-Man game, a new HD remake of the classic title Shadow of the Colossus and the next God of War. You'll notice that a lot of the games announced last night aren't slated to launch until 2018, which is kind of unfortunate because I (selfishly) want to play them right now. But that's life: Sometimes you don't get what you want. Either way, you can relive all the highlights from Sony's E3 2017 event in the video below, in case you want to get hyped over the new titles coming "soon" to your PS4.

The Xbox One X vs. the PlayStation 4 Pro: 4K and more

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:30:00 -0400


As Microsoft showed off its new Xbox One X at this year's E3, Sony's presentation focused primarily on its lineup of games. That's because its own powered-up console, the PlayStation 4 Pro, already debuted last fall to good reviews (with one big caveat). While many players will base their purchases this holiday season on each system's titles and online services, there's still a lot to be learned in comparing the two systems' specs -- especially if you want something to play on a 4K TV. Check out our chart below, and stay tuned for when we put the new Xbox through its paces, closer to launch.

'Destiny 2' release dates confirmed for PC and consoles

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:11:00 -0400


Tonight during Sony's E3 2017 press conference we got a good look at the new trailer for Destiny 2, and now Bungie has revealed when the game will launch. The sequel will be released on PS4 and Xbox One September 6th, ahead of its PC debut on October 24th. But that's not all. Pre-order betas start even earlier on consoles: July 18th/19th for the PS4/Xbox One, respectively, before an open beta period starting July 21st on both systems, with everything ending July 23rd. PC gamers will get to test out an early version of the game at some point in "late August." Also, if PS4 is your platform of choice, there will again be timed exclusive content (until fall 2018, at least), including a multiplayer map, co-op strike, armor sets and one sniper rifle.

Source: Bungie

PS4-exclusive ’Spider-Man’ arrives in 2018

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 22:07:00 -0400


The history of Spider-Man games is filled with highs and lows. For every Spider-Man 2, there's a Spider-Man: Edge of Time, an initially promising but ultimately lackluster outing. Sony hopes to change that with a new Spider-Man game developed by Insomniac. We've known that it's in development, but today we got a much better look through some extended gameplay at Sony's E3 press conference.

'The Inpatient' takes you into a mental asylum on PlayStation VR

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 21:57:00 -0400


It seems that Supermassive Games, the developers behind Until Dawn, has been busy lately. Not only is it delivering another social game with Hidden Agenda, it's also working on a PlayStation VR title, The Inpatient. We still don't know much about it, but judging from the E3 teaser, it places you inside a mental asylum where things are slightly ... off. The game looks aesthetically similar to Until Dawn, but we hope it'll be deeper than the PS VR spinoff of that title. If anything, it looks like a wonderfully creepy environment to explore within the confines of a VR headset.

A new 'Shadow of the Colossus' HD remake is coming in 2018

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 21:35:00 -0400


PlayStation 4 users are getting a new remake of Shadow of the Colossus next year, Sony announced at its E3 2017 keynote today. The action-adventure game originally came out in 2005 for the PlayStation 2 and was remastered in 2011 with "high-definition" graphics. But lots of things have changed since then, with consoles like the PS4 becoming increasingly more powerful, so you can't blame Sony for wanting to take another stab at such a classic title. And if the first Shadow of the Colussus trailer is any indication, this remake promises to be much better than the last. There's no specific release date, but at least you know it's (hopefully) coming at some point in 2018.

'Matterfall' brings frantic sci-fi shooting to PS4 on August 15th

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 21:33:00 -0400


Wondering when you'll get to see Matterfall, the next side-scroller from the Resogun creators at Housemarque? You won't have to wait too long. Housemarque and Sony have revealed that Matterfall will reach the PS4 on August 15th. It's not quite as visually luscious as the 2015 trailer suggested (that was clearly a cinematic scene meant to whet your appetite), but it still looks tantalizing if you're a fan of Housemarque's frantic shooters.

Source: PlayStation (Twitter)

'Monster Hunter World' heads to PlayStation in early 2018

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 21:33:00 -0400


If you're a Monster Hunter from way back, you'll likely be excited to know that Capcom's latest iteration, Monster Hunter World, is set for release in early 2018. The trailer was unveiled onstage at Sony's PlayStation Live experience at E3 in Los Angeles, revealing a lush environment with reptilian monsters large and small, plus a huge fire-breathing bird-thing that shows up just in time to help the hunter get away from a big scent-carnivore. Monster Hunter World will appear on Xbox One at the same time, with a PC release sometime later.

Pacifist RPG 'Undertale' heading to PS4 and Vita 

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 21:33:00 -0400


If you've never looked at a PC as a gaming device, you might have missed one of 2015's best, most unexpected RPG hits: Undertale. It is a quirky, independent game that billed itself as "the friendly RPG where nobody has to die," but it is more than a pacifist adventure -- it's a role-playing game that made every encounter a puzzle, a joke and a moral choice. Sound like your jam? Worry not: Sony just announced at E3 that the game is coming to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita.

'Ni No Kuni II' arrives November 10th

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 21:25:00 -0400


Ahead of Sony's highly anticipated E3 address Monday, Bandai Namco confirmed that its sequel to 2013's Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will arrive on November 10th. The story follows young King Evan as he attempts to rebuild the Kingdom of Ding Dong Dell after an attempted coup.

'Hidden Agenda' is the next social game from the 'Until Dawn' crew

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 21:24:00 -0400


Until Dawn was one of the more unique attempts at cinematic gameplay, mostly because it was ready made for playing with a group of your friends. Now its developers, Supermassive Games, are gearing up for an even more social experience with their next PlayStation 4 title, Hidden Agenda. It's one of the first games to support Sony's new PlayLink feature, which lets a group of people play together with their smartphones.

Zombies aren't the only threat in 'Days Gone'

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 21:19:00 -0400


They're called "infected" in The Last of Us, "feral ghouls" in Fallout and "unmentionables" in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. But put aside labels and physical differences, and they're all the same: terrifying horde monsters. In Days Gone, they're called "freakers," and there are a lot of them. This open-world survival game made its debut at E3 2016 with an action-packed trailer that took zombie hordes in gaming to a new level, but left us wanting for details. The gameplay looked great, but the demo lacked something of a human connection. Today, Sony showed us a bit more: a taste of the game's open world as Decon St. John's human rides his motorbike across the game's vast landscape on a quest to rescue a friend. Not from freakers, though -- from other people.

'Horizon Zero Dawn' will get an expansion, 'The Frozen Wilds,' this year

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 21:14:00 -0400


Horizon Zero Dawn is undoubtedly one of the best titles in this console generation, and if you haven't gotten enough of the massive game, Sony has some good news for you. An expansion, titled The Frozen Wilds, is set to launch later this year. An all-too-brief trailer was just shown off at Sony's big E3 press conference -- and as the name suggests, you're fully out in the wilderness here, making your way through a frozen tundra.