Like Logan Walker in Call of Duty: Ghosts, Sony’s eighth-generation console, the PlayStation 4, has come out of the gates swinging to accomplish a mission. That mission? Getting into as many gamers’ hands as possible — and as quickly as possible.

In the first 24 hours since the $400 PS4 was released on Friday, Sony sold 1 million consoles in the United States and Canada, the company announced Sunday.

“PS4 was designed with an unwavering commitment to gamers, and we are thrilled that consumer reaction has been so phenomenal,” Andrew House, president of Sony Computer Entertainment, said in a statement. “Sales remain very strong in North America, and we expect continued enthusiasm as we launch the PlayStation 4 in Europe and Latin America on Nov. 29.”

Thousands of gamers waited in line to purchase the PS4 at various midnight launch events across North America on Friday, including at the The Standard in New York City, where Sony unveiled game teaser trailers for Uncharted and Destiny.

Despite favorable sales figures and positive reviews, however, some PS4 buyers are reporting that their consoles are defective.

The gaming world is furious with Sony. First, The PlayStation Network has been down for weeks. Then gamers find out that the reason it’s down is because someone hacked the network and all of their personal data has been compromised. An appropriate spoof of Sony’s annoying PlayStation 3 commercials is only fair.


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A level from Sound Shapes, a PlayStation Network game.

Beck will contribute three original songs to upcoming PlayStation game Sound Shapes, a game that combines music and art into an unique side-scrolling platforming game.

Sound Shapes will also feature original music from Jim Guthrie, deadmau5, and I Am A Robot and Proud. Each artist’s track will compose one level of the game, with a total of five “albums” of music.

Players collect different nodes in each level, which involves them hopping over obstacles and enemies. Each node’s activation adds another note or sound to the song playing; the more the player activates, the more complete the song is. After unlocking levels and audio tracks, players then can access them in Sound Shapes level creator, which allows them to make their own levels and music. Players can then share their levels with other players socially.

Beck’s three original tracks — “Cities”, “Touch the People” and “Spiral Staircase” — will each make up one level of the game that has original, whimsical artwork that pairs with the song.

Sound Shapes will come to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on Aug. 7. What do you think of its unique combination of music and gaming? Let us know in the comments.

Thumbnail image courtesy Scott Beale/Laughing Squid, Flickr.

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Sony’s Project Morpheus virtual reality headset, on display during the 2014 Game Developers Conference.
Image: Mashable Chelsea Stark

When Sony announced that it is developing its own virtual reality system, the gaming world’s dreams came one step close to a retail reality.

Sony showed off its Project Morpheus headset to developers and press during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, and Mashable spent some quality time checking it out.

Oculus Rift, the only other virtual reality alternative, came out with a second-generation version on Wednesday. The two have stark differences and striking similarities.

Four years in the making

Sony’s research and development team has been working on Project Morpheus since 2010. While the developer kit we saw at the booths doesn’t necessarily represent the retail product, it’s clear Sony took its time.

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The Project Morpheus virtual reality headset, as seen at the Sony booth at the Game Developers Conference.

Image: Mashable Chelsea Stark

The Morpheus headset is covered in blue lights that make it feel futuristic, even if they don’t serve a purpose. It matches the tone of the DualShock 4 and PlayStation Move controllers precisely.

The headset fits around your head using a plastic strap that goes around the bottom of the skull, along with an elastic band on top. This plastic band solves one of the problems of Oculus Rift: easily adjusting the headset while you’re wearing it. It settled in comfortably over my eyes, and even though I only wore it for two four-minute sessions, it was light and not cumbersome. The weight was never balanced too far forward on my head and the eye cups fit easily over a pair of glasses, minimizing neck strain. When I saw photos of myself wearing the headset, I didn’t realize how far forward it had sat on my face, at least during my brief testing period.

The demos

During its first of two demos with the Morpheus, Sony showed an underwater simulation called The Deep, which puts players in shark-infested waters.

It was more of a hands-off experience, and players mostly had the option of shooting ineffective bullets at angry sharks swimming toward them — but it was a great display of the technology. The headset, which has a 1080p resolution, displayed images of the underwater world that were sharp and crisp. It was hard not to compare it to the next-generation Oculus Rift developer headset, which looked similar in graphical capability. (The OR’s previous generation only offered a resolution of 640 x 800 per eye.) There was very little motion blur, even when I moved my head quickly, and the latency seemed to clear up. This headset was easily comparable to the kits Oculus VR will send this summer to developers who preorder them.

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A man wears the Sony Project Morpheus virtual reality headset during GDC.

Image: Mashable Chelsea Stark

The Morpheus’ motion tracking for the head position generally worked well, but in two demos, it required recalibration as the game lost track of my body’s position. For anyone who has used an Oculus Rift, this problem isn’t uncommon, but it’s a sign that Sony is experimenting with the same types of problems. During a simulated dive underwater, my hand — holding a DualShock 4 — stopped syncing up with where the game thought it was, so I had to hold the controller a bit strangely while finishing.

A second Morpheus demo, The Castle, had similar issues tracking my positioning. Players held two PlayStation Move motion controllers that represented their right and left hands. Moving them around and grasping objects sometimes worked perfectly, but was also prone to problems. I found some trouble grabbing and picking up weapons, as my hand seemed to pass right through them.

Still, it was good to see Sony facing some of the same problems that Oculus Rift demos have shown in the past. Virtual reality poses one of the biggest problems in gaming, and with two companies on the playing field, developers and consumers will be the ones to reap the rewards.

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Gran Turismo 6, the upcoming addition to the realistic racing game franchise for PlayStation, comes out at the end 2013, but Mashable recently test-drove the game and talked to Sony’s Taku Imasaki at E3 to give you some early details about it in the above video.

Gran Turismo 6, developed by Polyphony Digital, is built on a new gaming engine, which will greatly improve the game’s graphics and load times, Imasaki said.

While the game is coming to the current-generation PlayStation 3 instead of the PlayStation 4, it will still look much better than previous titles. The game features over 1,200 cars, and players can customize the look of each car by earning money through races.


Gamers who download some big October titles from Sony’s PlayStation Network will get a price discount off the game’s regular MSRP in retail stores, Sony announced in a blog post Tuesday afternoon.

The program is called PSN Day 1 Digital, and it also marks the first time that AAA titles from third-party publishers are available for download on the PlayStation 3 at the same time as they are released in stores.

Some highly anticipated titles, including Dishonored, Need For Speed: Most Wanted and NBA 2K13, will cost only $53.99 when downloaded via the PlayStation Network on launch day, and 007 Legends will have a 10% discount for the first week, according to the Sony blog. Additionally, Doom 3: BFG Edition will be available for $35.99 on the first day, $4 less than the retail release.

These discounts are only available to PlayStation Plus members, Sony’s new $50 annual online service. The other catch is gamers must preorder the game through PSN before launch.

Other games are participating in the digital download program, but not offering a discount, including Resident Evil 6, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, and Assassin’s Creed III.

Players will still be able to purchase physical versions of these titles for PS3 at retail outlets.

This is just one of many recent experiments by consoles with digital delivery. New Super Mario Bros. 2 was available for download on the 3DS the same day it hit stores. Nintendo has also said its first-party titles would all be available for download on launch day for the Wii U, its new console.

Would you download a game instead of purchasing a physical copy if you have the option? Let us know in the comments.

Thumbnail image courtesy joo0ey, Flickr.

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