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Watch every panel from this weekend's PlayStation Experience

Sony has released complete video of every single panel discussion that was held over this weekend's PlayStation Experience. After its fan convention dominated the games media's news cycle for an entire weekend, the collection of 29 videos is a final gift to their fans. "Seeing as how not everyone could make the trip to Las Vegas," wrote Ryan Clements on the PlayStation blog, "we wanted to share all the memories we made at PS Experience with the world." The panels feature Sony staff as well as game developers and publishers on stage discussing topics ranging from the new Nathan Drake model to the explosion of virtual reality technology to Story Time with Shuhei Yoshida, president of worldwide studios.
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PlayStation goes to China in January with Western devs and dragon paint

Sony Computer Entertainment will bring the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita to China Jan. 11, the company announced today. The PS4 will retail for 2,899 renminbi ($468.63) and be available in black and white models. The PS Vita will sell for 1,299 renminbi ($209.99) in black and white versions, too. Kotaku reports that limited editions will have dragon paint jobs. According to SCEI, more than 70 third-party developers and publishers will deliver games for the system, including Chinese game developers. Well-known Western developers include Bethesda Softworks, CD Projekt Red, Disney Interactive, Take-Two, Ubisoft and Warner Bros. "PS4 is expanding at the fastest rate in PlayStation hardware history, and the global gaming community is enjoying the ultimate entertainment experience...
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The fall of THQ

Former employees explain what went wrong for the once-strong game publishing empire.

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Is Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster headed to PS4 next?

The HD remaster of Final Fantasy 10/10-2 could be headed to PlayStation 4, if a product listing on developer Square Enix's French storefront is correct. NeoGAF user De-mon spotted the unannounced version this week. Though it's since been removed from the store, De-mon captured the purported game's artwork and the product page, which listed a spring 2015 release. We've contacted developer Square Enix will update this article with more information as it becomes available. First released on the PlayStation 2, Final Fantasy 10/10-2 received the HD upgrade treatment this year on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. Dubbed Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster, the release also included cross save support and, according to Square Enix, more than 20 hours of new gameplay. For more on the latest...
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Tim Schafer's plans for Day of the Tentacle Remastered, revisiting more LucasArts classics

At this weekend's PlayStation Experience, Sony and Double Fine announced that the studio would revisit classic LucasArts adventure game Day of the Tentacle with a remaster bound for PC and PlayStation consoles. Like Double Fine's remastering of Grim Fandango, which hits next month, Day of the Tentacle Remastered will be crafted to preserve the game for a new audience. In other words, it will be the same game, only prettier."We just knew that [Day of the Tentacle] was a game that we wanted to see again and have new people see it who hadn't seen it before," Double Fine founder Tim Schafer said in an interview with Polygon. "We had a lot of fun with [Grim Fandango Remastered] but when we first started, I thought 'No one's going to care about old games.' But they had such a passionate...
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Sony's PlayStation Experience won Christmas before it even began

Sony's biggest accomplishment of the year, past the fact the PlayStation 4 has all but owned the current generation of consoles sales, is that it was able to so easily dominate the early December news cycle. The PlayStation Experience was part victory lap, part E3 and part PAX, but now that we're a few days out from the event we can clearly see its real value. This was one of the best pieces of marketing any console manufacturer has put on in the past few years, with enough big news to justify its awkward timing and the fact that so many industry folks and press flew out to Las Vegas to attend. The fact it was all but bolted onto the first annual Game Awards didn't hurt, giving the press and players something to talk about during the normally slow first week of December. I'm not...
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MLB 15 The Show is getting a radio show

Evidently, MLB 15 The Show will be getting an in-game radio show. That's according to the early listing of the game on GameStop (as spied by Operation Sports.) We already knew the game would be getting licensed real-world equipment and "Legend" players thanks to the trailer released this weekend at PlayStation Experience. The listing clears up what that means and more. Legends will be 30 "iconic MLB alumni" — one for each franchise — spanning the past 70 years of baseball history. The players will be randomly inserted into packs of virtual cards, but once collected, they're free for use throughout the game. The radio show was referred to only in passing, along with "improved load times," which should be a welcome change for longtime fans of the series. The entire listing may be read h...
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How Shuhei Yoshida wound up as a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra

The head of Sony's worldwide game studios, the affable, frequently tweeting Shuhei Yoshida, is coming to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita versions of Capy Games' time-twisting shoot 'em up Super Time Force Ultra, Sony revealed at its PlayStation Experience today. And the story of how Yoshida came to appear in Capy's game is surprisingly ... short. To hear Capy co-founder and president Nathan Vella tell it, the process of getting Yoshida's likeness in-game was maybe the most painless high-level corporate decision ever. Vella says the team at Capy were working on a way to differentiate the PlayStation versions of Super Time Force Ultra from their Xbox and PC predecessors. They proposed putting Shu in the game, sending a mockup of how the PlayStation veteran might look and play. T...
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Super Time Force's PlayStation-exclusive character is Shuhei Yoshida, Sony Studios boss

Developer Capy Games' Super Time Force Ultra will arrive on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita with a new character: Shuhei Yoshida, President of Worldwide Studios at Sony Computer Entertainment. Check out the video above to see Shu in action in a trailer that debuted today at the PlayStation Experience in Las Vegas.
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Remastered Day of the Tentacle joins Broken Age and Grim Fandango on PlayStation

Day of the Tentacle Special Edition will join the remastered re-release of Grim Fandango and, in a twist, Broken Age, all launching on PlayStation 4 and PS Vita and 2015 on the same day as their PC, Mac and Linux counterparts. Developing studio Double Fine Productions made the announcement this afternoon at PlayStation Experience 2014 in Las Vegas. Studio founder Tim Schafer, the creator behind all three games, said Grim Fandango would launch Jan. 27. Release dates for the other two games were not given. Broken Age most recently said it was targeting an early 2015 release. Broken Age's second act will complete the game; a first act was released in late winter this year on PC. The Grim Fandango remaster was announced for PC and PlayStation back in October The Day of the Tentacle...
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Wattam debuts with a green cube mayor from Katamari Damacy's creator

Wattam, a "unique, charming world bursting with interesting people, overseen by the Mayor and his trusted Deputies," made its debut with a trailer today at the PlayStation Experience in Las Vegas. Wattam is the next project from Katamari Damacy and Noby Noby Boy designer KeitaTakahashi, who revealed it onstage. Check out the trailer above to see a glimpse of the game. Developing …
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Shovel Knight's PlayStation launch features God of War cameo

Shovel Knight, fresh off its victory as Best Indie Game of 2014 at The Game Awards, is coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PS Vita next year, and it's bringing a friend — Kratos from the God of War series. The Kratos tease came at the end of this video (above) during PSX's parade of indie games coming to the three platforms. No release date was given.
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MLB 15 The Show launches March 31 on PS3, PS4 and Vita

MLB 15 The Show will launch on March 31, Sony San Diego Studio announced at PlayStation Experience this afternoon. San Diego Studio admittedly had little to show at this point in development, but did offer this teaser video (above) showing newly minted cover star Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers whacking a home run, complete with signature batflip. The St. Louis Cardinals were not the opposing team. MLB 15 The Show will be the first game in the series where players can transfer career progress from a previous edition (MLB 14 The Show) forward. San Diego Studio's Jason Villa added that the game would featured licensed equipment from real-world manufacturers for the first time, too.
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Watch the PlayStation Experience press conference live right here

Fresh off last night's gala of trailers and premieres at The Game Awards, Sony returns today with PlayStation Experience from Las Vegas. You can watch the keynote kickoff the expo live, right here. Some developers have already teased that they have news to announce. We can probably expect to hear more about Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Bloodborne and Mortal Kombat X as well. Those three and many other games are being shown on the expo floor. Watch live video from PlayStation on www.twitch.tv Polygon also is on the scene in Las Vegas and will be providing coverage throughout the weekend.
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Metal Slug 3 coming to PlayStation 4 next year

Metal Slug 3, the iconic run-n-gun title SNK first launched in 2000, will be coming to all current PlayStation platforms in 2015, with the possibility of additional Neo-Geo titles to follow in observance of that platform's 25th anniversary. Metal Slug 3 will launch on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PS Vita, SNK Playmore announced on the PlayStation Blog. The publisher also is asking for fans to vote here on one or more of 15 titles to follow on PlayStation Network, including Metal Slug X and King of Fighters '97 and 2000. SNK isn't making any promises about how the voting will or won't affect a decision to publish, they're just taking suggestions. Metal Slug 3 launched on Steam earlier this year. Originally launched in 2000, it has since seen re-releases on Android, iOS,...
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MLB 15 The Show cover athlete is Dodgers' Yasiel Puig (update)

Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Yasiel Puig is the cover athlete for Sony San Diego's MLB 15 The Show, the studio announced today on Twitter. Puig, 23, made his MLB debut in June 2013. He made the National League All-Star team in 2014, and is the first cover athlete in MLB The Show history to play for a team west of the Rocky Mountains. MLB 15 The Show is in development on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, and will be released next spring. You can check out the full box art below. Update: Sony confirmed Dec. 6 during PlayStation Experience that MLB 15 The Show is also coming to PlayStation Vita. All three versions will be released March 31, 2015.
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Resogun lands on PS3 and Vita Dec. 23

Resogun will be released for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita Dec. 23 for $14.99, XDev Studio Europe's Pedro Sousa revealed today in a PlayStation Blog post. Climax Studios will handle both ports for the game that developer Housemarque launched alongside the PlayStation 4 last year. Those who own the original version will be able to download the new versions free of charge. Resogun will arrive on the comparatively less powerful systems with some graphical caveats, Sousa explained. "Duly, the biggest technical difference is that the PS Vita and PS3 games run at 30 instead of 60 frames per second," he wrote. "This was a very difficult decision to consider, but a very necessary one to allow the team to focus on what was possible and to make the best game possible for both of these...
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What to expect from The Game Awards and PlayStation Experience this weekend

The first weekend in December will be a busy one, in terms of game announcements and reveals, thanks to two big, complementary events: The Game Awards and PlayStation Experience. The Game Awards supplants the annual Video Game Awards (and VGX) that Spike TV put on for the past decade, though Spike and Viacom are not involved in this year's award show. It will kick off the weekend with awards, world premieres and at least one musical performance from Imagine Dragons. Sony's inaugural PlayStation Experience runs Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7, promising plenty for the PlayStation crowd. Both events have been heavily hyped by their organizers, who have let slip a handful of teases and hints of what's to come amid their confirmed plans. Here's what we know, so far, will be at the two...
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PlayStation's legacy is a sense of style

Within the febrile swamp of gaming history, just about every anniversary is met with droning songs of nostalgia, insectoid paeans to the past.But the joyful choirs that have met this week's celebration of the PlayStation's 20th birthday are merited. The launch of the PlayStation in December 1994 was understood at the time as a matter of deep significance to the evolution of gaming, and the passing decades have added full gravity to the occasion. PlayStation's arrival was a big deal, certainly, but what can we learn from the console's impact on us, then and today? In 1994 it was significant that a company of Sony's scale and ambition felt able to impose its will on a business that had swung from the depravity of the late Atari era to the highly centralized stitch-up of Nintendo's...
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Is Resogun shooting for a PS3 release, too?

Resogun, developer Housemarque's voxel-based shooter, could be headed to PlayStation 3, according to a listing on the European PEGI ratings website published today. The game, which made its debut as a PlayStation 4 launch title last year, is also listed for PlayStation Vita. Housemarque announced the Vita version in early November. We've contacted Housemarque and Sony for more information and will update this article as we receive it. Since its PS4 debut, Housemarque also released the Resogun: Heroes expansion and a ship editor. Check out Polygon's review of Resogun for more on the game.
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What is Emagon, Sony's secret Spanish surprise?

This week on the official Spanish PlayStation Blog, Sony dropped a trailer for something called Emagon, a mysterious entity that the post's headline calls the PlayStation's "best kept secret." Press play above to watch the atmospheric trailer that reveals a beautiful world of foliage and deadpan and very little else — though its name is an anagram for "game on," or "no game" backwards, among others. According to the PlayStation Blog post, we'll learn more about Emagon on Friday, Dec. 5. That date is just before the PlayStation Experience kicks off in Las Vegas, where Polygon will be to bring you all the news this weekend. Update: NeoGAF user Cess007 published the following translation of the trailer's Spanish language audio. "20 years. It's a lot of time. Look around you and see...
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