Sony’s skipping the E3 2019 conference this year as, we assume, it beavers away working on its PS5 launch plans. Instead it’s taking a leaf out of the Nintendo playbook, launching a new series of live streams where it will reveal its upcoming slate of games.The first of these ‘State of Play’ events has now spilled its goods and, to be honest, it was a little disappointing. Focusing almost entirely on new PlayStation VR titles, there was no sign of long-awaited PS4 titles such as Death Stranding or The Last of Us 2. Now, that’s almost certainly so that Sony’s got something to hold back for the buzz period around E3 but the whole thing was still a little underwhelming. Here’s hoping Sony kicks things up a gear for next time.That’s not to say the first State of Play stream didn’t have a few gems on show though. See all the action in the stream replay embedded below, as well as our thoughts on the best of what was revealed.The best of … [Read more...] about No Man’s Sky VR headlines PlayStation State of Play showcase
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Sony announced last week it would be taking a page from Nintendo and Microsoft by launching its own reveal event. Today, March 25, at 2 p.m. PT, the company is holding its first State of Play event and says it will be holding more of these events throughout 2019 to talk about the latest game releases for PlayStation as well as what's coming to PlayStation VR. You have a few options for how to watch, with streams on most major platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Twitch and YouTube. Now playing: Watch this: Unboxing the PlayStation Classic 3:17 Though it is Sony's first such live show, it's only fitting the company would take this route as Nintendo has its Nintendo Direct and Microsoft already gives out updates during its Inside Xbox shows. Check back here for updates and news about everything announced at the event. The 22 most anticipated video games of 2019 22 Photos Apple's Showtime event: Watch now: What we know so … [Read more...] about Sony PlayStation State of Play event: How to watch
Every Friday, A.V. Club staffers kick off our weekly open thread for the discussion of gaming plans and recent gaming glories, but of course, the real action is down in the comments, where we invite you to answer our eternal question: What Are You Playing This Weekend? Here’s how far I got in my first attempt to play Resident Evil 7 in VR: The door. As in, the first door, into the game’s first house, 20 minutes before the first thing that can actually kill (of even mildly inconvenience) you rears its backwoods mutant head. I stepped up to the threshold, looked into the overpowering, grimy darkness within, and took a step forward. Then another. The next would take me out of the last sliver of Louisiana sunlight that was my final connection to the non-Texas Chain Saw Massacre-inspired portions of the planet, trapping me in the stygian rot within… And I just couldn’t make the leap. Like the world’s worst (or maybe smartest) horror-movie protagonist, I did the … [Read more...] about Does instituting a buddy system defeat the whole point of playing horror games in VR?
Compete Staff Writer Maddy Myers and I both feel nervous about playing games in front of other people. We sat down to talk about why. Gita Jackson: Hey Maddy. Both of us have been put in the position of playing games in front of other people. Whether it’s at a tournament or over streams, playing a game while other people watch comes with a sense of performance anxiety. Maddy Myers: In thinking about this I’ve thought back on so many experiences—good and bad—that I’ve had trying to play games at big parties growing up, having to psych myself up to grab a controller and face off against a group of guys in a fighting game. As I got older, that experience got way harder—in arcades, once I was old enough to go to the mall unsupervised, and later at official fight nights at gaming stores, and tournaments. It’s been hard for me, every single time, to get myself to play a game in public. The reasons go beyond just “it’s embarrassing to … [Read more...] about Talking About The Anxiety of Playing Games In Public
We live in an increasingly data-driven society, in which information is becoming as much of a currency as money. Many consumers use free services from internet giants like Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple, for example, and in return allow these corporations to track and monetise their online behaviour. One of the biggest questions of the day is the openness of such transactions, and the level of control that individuals have over the fate of the personal information they -- sometimes unwittingly -- divulge to organisations with which they interact online. Recent votes on both sides of the Atlantic have highlighted the capacity for data-savvy organisations to hoover up and profile large amounts of user data -- including demographics, consumer behaviour and internet activity -- in order to micro-target adverts, news stories and services in support of particular goals or causes. Clearly, the data floodgates are now opening for businesses of all sizes and descriptions, … [Read more...] about Turning big data into business insights: The state of play