Project Morpheus: Sony enters virtual reality

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Sony dips its feet into the virtual reality business as the electronics company unveiled Project Morpheus, a VR headset that works with PlayStation 4, during this week’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

The announcement makes Sony the first major player to venture into virtual reality, a decades-old technology that has since become a hot topic in the video game industry after the introduction of the Oculus Rift, which has recently received $75 million in funding for a potential consumer release. Meanwhile, Microsoft has recently filed a patent that deals with the development of its own virtual reality device.

“Project Morpheus is the latest example of innovation from SCE, and we’re looking forward to its continued development and the games that will be created as development...

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1 million PlayStation 4 sold 24 hours after launch

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Looks like Sony’s future in next-gen gaming is bright as the company announced it has sold over 1 million PlayStation 4 consoles in North America within the first 24 hours of the console’s launch last Friday. This is the most units ever sold among PlayStation consoles at launch day, prompting even Shuhei Yoshida, the president of Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment, to express his excitement on Twitter.

But the launch did not go smoothly as Sony would’ve hoped, as some PlayStation 4 owners reported that their freshly-delivered consoles could not support output video and had a flashing light, at least according to IGN.

Sony acknowledged the issues in their recent statement to IGN...

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Microsoft acquires “Gears of War” franchise

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Microsoft has announced the company has struck a deal with video game developer Epic Games to acquire the rights to “Gears of War”, one of the most popular action games on Xbox.

The agreement would give Microsoft Studios, which previously holds publishing rights to Gears of War, the rights to “all existing and future games, entertainment experiences and merchandise”.

In a statement released in Microsoft’s official blog, Microsoft adds that Vancouver-based video game studio Black Tusk Studios will take over the game’s development stage. Rod Ferguson, who used to head Epic Games as its director of production, will take over the studio’s leadership role.

“Rod has played a leadership role at Epic on all of the Gears of Wars games,” Hanno Lemke, general manager of Black Tusk ...

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Sony teases slimmest PlayStation device in London

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Sony Entertainment has distributed flyers to select journalists and bloggers in the United Kingdom, inviting them to witness a PlayStation event in London on January 30. They were told that the company will unveil the “slimmest Playstation device”, but did not tell them whether it will be a launch for a completely new product.

Engadget speculates that it may have to do with the UK launch of the PlayStation Vita TV, which was formally unveiled last year. It is the slimmest PlayStation in the market today at only 13.6mm thick and is currently available exclusive in Japan.

It is also speculated to be the local launch of PlayStation 4 or a much slimmer PlayStation Vita. The current Vita stands in at 15mm in thickness.

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One million Xbox One units sold on first day

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Research analysts have reported that one million Xbox One units were sold within the first 24 hours of retail, just like what happened with Sony’s PlayStation 4. This bit of news gives much hope for the future of next-generation gaming consoles.

Brian Blau, Gartner’s research director in consumer technologies, said that one million units sold from Microsoft or Sony is respectable, saying it is a “positive sign that gamers are still very interested” with the latest home gaming devices.

“It shows that there has been a lot of pent up demand over the past seven to eight years,” Blau said in an interview with ABC News.

The debut sales volume between Xbox One and PlayStation 4 has its differences...

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