PlayStation http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/playstation/all en-MY Fully Charged: Amazing smartphone-combining magnets, the Terminator Genisys trailer, and stream the PlayStation Experience expo http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/fully-charged-amazing-smartphone-combining-magnets-terminator-genisys-trailer-and-stream <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power up with our morning news digest </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nanoport" alt="Nanoport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nanoport-magnets.jpg?1417843840" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Magnets connect smartphones in body and mind </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Back in January, Nano Magnetics first showed off the concept of these amazing Nanoport magnets, which are able to connect multiple smartphones and share data and power between them. Effectively, it makes them act as a single device; link two or three smartphones with these magnets and you&rsquo;ve got a makeshift tablet.</p> <p>But according to SlashGear, when CES rolls around again in a few short weeks, Nano will be ready to demonstrate a functional prototype, and the company has a development kit ready to try and entice manufacturers to buy into this fresh tech.</p> <p>Will this actually work with devices we already have or would want to buy? And furthermore, how likely is it that anyone will have more than one supported smartphone available? Questions linger, certainly, but at least in this early stage, it&rsquo;s a very cool-looking trick, and we&rsquo;re excited to hopefully see a lot more at CES 2015 next month.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.slashgear.com/nanoport-magnets-turn-your-smartphones-into-a-tablet-04358416/">SlashGear</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature">How to make Google Cardboard from scratch</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The first Terminator Genisys trailer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As promised yesterday, the first full-length trailer for <em>Terminator Genisys</em> has debuted ahead of next July&rsquo;s release, and expectedly, fan reactions are incredibly mixed. On one hand, it&rsquo;s a lively trailer with some clear callbacks to the first two beloved series entries.</p> <p>On the other hand, it&rsquo;s remixing well-known material and not necessarily for the better, and the some of the (surely unfinished) effects don&rsquo;t look anywhere near ready to be shown like this. It&rsquo;s too early to make any real judgment calls, of course, but there&rsquo;s a lot of potential here for <em>Genisys</em> to go very right or very wrong. With <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/fully-charged-free-new-gen-upgrade-destiny-apple-increasing-icloud-security-alerts-and-netflix">two sequels already dated</a>, we hope it&rsquo;s the former.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62E4FJTwSuc">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.howtoliveit.co.uk/2013/09/05/the-terminator/#.VID75YvzczJ">Why I love&hellip; The Terminator</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/62E4FJTwSuc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stream PlayStation Experience all weekend </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony&rsquo;s first-ever PlayStation Experience expo takes place this weekend in Las Vegas - conveniently timed with the console brand&rsquo;s 20th anniversary, of course - but if you&rsquo;re not flying in to check out the spectacle in person, you can simply load up Twitch to catch quite a bit of the action.</p> <p>The streaming video service will be running panels, presentations, and more all day on Saturday and Sunday on the <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/playstation">official PlayStation channel</a>, including Saturday morning&rsquo;s keynote, which is sure to include announcements of some sort. You&#39;ll also find demos for the fabulous-looking <em>No Man&rsquo;s Sky</em> (pictured) later in the day and a Sony Worldwide Studios town hall discussion on Sunday, among other highlights on the full schedule.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/12/04/playstation-experience-panel-and-livestream-schedules/">PlayStation.Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/sony-announces-playstation-experience-expo-las-vegas/news">Sony announces PlayStation Experience expo in Las Vegas</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="No Man&#039;s Sky" alt="No Man&#039;s Sky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/no-mans-sky.png?1417843833" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More Marvel film actors confirmed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hot on the heels of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-sinclair-zx-spectrum-now-plug-and-play-console-jared-leto-and-will-smith-dc-s-s">DC&rsquo;s big film cast announcement</a> are a couple of Marvel Comics actor confirmations. Neither is a huge surprise, however, as both had been rumoured for some time. As speculated, Benedict Cumberbatch will indeed portray Doctor Strange in the self-titled film, which is due out on 4 November 2016. Surely he&rsquo;ll bring some gravitas to the brilliant and complicated lead.</p> <p>And then the <em>Deadpool</em> movie, also coming in 2016 and spun off from the very bad <em>X-Men Origins: Wolverine</em>, will again play the role of the masked antihero. Of course, some stellar <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/iphone-6/fully-charged-sony-refocusing-high-end-phones-samsung-trade-ins-surge-due-iphone-6-and-dead">CG test footage</a> leaked a few months back that got fans excited for the premise; we&rsquo;ll see if the full-length live-action film can come anywhere close to that.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://marvel.com/news/movies/23754/benedict_cumberbatch_to_play_doctor_strange">Marvel</a>, <a href="http://www.vulture.com/2014/12/ryan-reynolds-is-still-playing-deadpool.html">Vulture</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/avengers-infinity-war-two-parter-leads-marvel-s-latest-round-film-announcements/news">Avengers: Infinity War two-parter leads Marvel&rsquo;s latest round of comic book film adaptations</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LoXGsv9nsNs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/fully-charged-amazing-smartphone-combining-magnets-terminator-genisys-trailer-and-stream#comments Film and TV PlayStation Smartphones Sony Fri, 05 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1454768 at http://www.stuff.tv Limited edition Original Grey PlayStation 4 marks 20th anniversary http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/limited-edition-original-grey-playstation-4-marks-20th-anniversary/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Update 12/04: Just 12,300 units made with PSone colouring and special etchings, and this is how you can get one in Malaysia </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Original Grey PlayStation 4" alt="Original Grey PlayStation 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-ps4-grey-limited_1.jpg?1417742283" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Japanese launch of the original PlayStation, and while that&rsquo;s given us&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/playstation-20-how-playstation-changed-gaming/feature">an opportunity to reflect</a>, it&rsquo;s also offered Sony the chance to generate an amazing new piece of hardware.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/gDLJ6S-Br0E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How do you get this special PlayStation? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With just 12,300 units available, and mind you, it&#39;s for the whole world, there&#39;s understandably a limited number that&#39;ll come to Malaysia. Hence, Sony is hosting&nbsp;a online contest&nbsp;for customers in Southeast Asia to get a chance to win a purchase pass to buy the PlayStation 4 20th&nbsp;Anniversary Edition.</p> <p>Yes, a chance to buy. Not actually win one.&nbsp;Not actually win one. You&#39;ll still have to pay RM1779 for the specially made PS4 if you are the chosen one.</p> <p>And you&#39;ll have to work for it. Mostly with your creativity by sharing photos or videos on Instagram. Brag about your PlayStation collection, share your treasured moments with the gaming console, or even go as far as cosplaying as the PlayStation or anything related to it.</p> <p>The winning entries will be equally judged based on the number of likes on&nbsp;Instagram and Sony&#39;s judging&nbsp;panel according to creative, inspiring and styling factors. Winners will also get three years of&nbsp;PlayStation Plus membership and PlayStation 20th Anniversary Limited Premiums in addition to the&nbsp;purchase pass.</p> <p>The contest will be held from 4 December to 21 December, 2014 and your first step is to register for the contest at&nbsp;<a href="http://asia.playstation.com/ps20th" target="_blank">http://asia.playstation.com/ps20th</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s the little throwback details that seal the deal: the familiar button colors on the controller, the four-colour PlayStation logo all around, and the button logo etchings on both the console and DualShock 4&rsquo;s touch pad.</p> <p>Good luck getting a hold of one, however. Sony is producing just 12,300 units worldwide - to coincide with the anniversary date (written as &ldquo;12/3&rdquo; in many regions) - and it won&rsquo;t be sold in traditional retail stores.Release details will be announced this weekend at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/sony-announces-playstation-experience-expo-las-vegas/news">PlayStation Experience expo</a>&nbsp;in Las Vegas, although Sony has already confirmed that the limited edition bundle will sell for &euro;499 (RM2116) in Europe.</p> <p>For those of us unable to secure one or unwilling to buy a second PlayStation 4 (much as we might want to), we have a simple plea for Sony: please just release that controller separately. We&rsquo;ve got to have it. Seriously, you&#39;ll sell a ton of them.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2014/12/03/playstation-4-20th-anniversary-edition-revealed/">PlayStation.Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/25-best-playstation-games-ever/feature">The 25 best PlayStation games ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="758" title="Original Grey DualShock 4" alt="Original Grey DualShock 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-ps4-grey-controller.png?1417742283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/limited-edition-original-grey-playstation-4-marks-20th-anniversary/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/limited-edition-original-grey-playstation-4-marks-20th-anniversary/news#comments Gaming PlayStation PlayStation 4 Sony Thu, 04 Dec 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1454604 at http://www.stuff.tv The 25 best PlayStation games ever http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/25-best-playstation-games-ever/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s the Sony PlayStation&#039;s 20th birthday today, so we thought we&#039;d celebrate by agonising for weeks over its best games ever. Here&#039;s what we ended up with </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="The 25 best PlayStation games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ps-controllers.jpg?1418633128" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Well that was a bad idea.</p> <p>When we noticed it was the Sony PlayStation&#39;s 20th birthday today, we thought it might be fun to mark the anniversary by putting together a little list of what we consider to be the best games ever on the platform. But we were wrong. Very, very wrong.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 25. Silent Hill (PS1, 1999) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Resident Evil may have been first, but to many <em>Silent Hill</em> was the ultimate survival horror game. You found yourself lost in an eerie, fog-shrouded town as you searched for your daughter but instead discovered all manner of unmentionably horrific... <em>things</em>.</p> <p>While <em>Res Evil</em> wasn&#39;t exactly a gun-crazy killathon, <em>Silent Hill</em> took the survival bit to another level - for large parts of the game you were reliant on just your legs and your wits, plus a trusty iron bar. And if you did find a gun, you weren&#39;t very good at shooting it. The atmosphere was unremittingly tense, with the ghostly soundtrack and murky visuals combining to leave you constantly on the edge of your seat. Creepy. As. Hell. <em>MM</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/WI5FCJF-Fas" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 24. SSX (PS2, 2000) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You didn&#39;t have to be a snowboarding fan to love the original SSX. Combining the addictive trickery of <em>Tony Hawk&#39;s Pro Skater</em> with the exhilarating speed of <em>Wipeout</em>, it was the surprise hit of the PS2&#39;s launch titles.</p> <p>The brilliantly designed courses seemed to go on forever, while razor-sharp controls and hidden tracks kept you coming back for one more stalefish. <em>MW</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3kpAvsVtW4Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 23. Front Mission 3 (PS1, 2000) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It won&rsquo;t be known to many, but to a certain type of gamer <em>Front Mission 3</em> was perfect. That&rsquo;s because it combined Japanese RPG storytelling and drama with turn&shy;-based combat involving mechs. You could customise your giant walking tanks with machine guns, rockets and brutal fists, and when you attacked an enemy the camera switched from the distant isometric layout to cinematic action shots. Well, it was cinematic by PS1 standards, anyway. <em>TP</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Dk5IcT71NHw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 22. God Of War (PS2, 2005) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Who knew that a gruff, ash-white-and-red guy would become such an engaging lead? Sony did, apparently, and Kratos has driven the <em>God Of War</em> series into the pantheon of all-time great action games. It started with the fantastic PlayStation 2 debut, which delivered epic showdowns against mythological bosses and incredible combo-driven combat, all while pushing the aging hardware to new heights. <em>AH</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jZkX3LJDeYQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 21. Burnout 3: Takedown (PS2, 2004) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even with the graphical enhancements of the two console generations since, it&#39;s easy to make the case that arcade racing hit its apex with <em>Burnout 3: Takedown</em>. Criterion&#39;s amazing entry delivered raucous, explosive racing action with an incredible sense of speed - and poured the resulting tension into wild city sprints and online showdowns. And who can forget the deviously destructive Crash mode? Not us, at any rate. <em>AH</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best games in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Y-SDempn82w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 20. Motorstorm (PS3, 2006) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before its launch, Sony made outlandish claims about the crazy power of its PS3 console. <em>Motorstorm</em> proved those claims weren&#39;t hot air. On the one hand it was a brutally quick arcade off-road racer that pitted hardy vehicles (cars, buggies, motocross bikes, trucks) against terrain that made the Paris-Dakar look like a nip down the supermarket. On the other, it was a thing of filthy beauty.</p> <p>It occupied the <em>Stuff</em> team for a year&#39;s worth of lunchtimes because it was both great to play and brilliant to watch, as its epic stacks resulted in a roar of schadenfreude and a Dorling-Kindersley style deconstruction of a vehicle into a shower of springs, wheels and bits of mangled chassis. As much a spectator sport as a killer game. <em>WF</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/J-W1RuR-a4A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 19. Tomb Raider (PS1, 1996) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not only is <em>Tomb Raider</em> important for helping to pioneer the 3D action-adventure genre; it was also one of the first games to give us a confident, self-sufficient female protagonist. Sure, Lara Croft and the series wore thin after several sequels (until last year&#39;s great reboot), but the original blend of gunplay, exploration, and puzzle-solving was revolutionary for its time, making it one of the most essential early PSone games. <em>AH</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/x1Lp3D2tUFg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 18. LittleBigPlanet (PS3, 2008) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s rare that a game is labeled an instant classic, but <em>LittleBigPlanet</em> was exactly that, and the series has since become a Sony staple for all ages. Not only did it deliver a unique platform-action experience with an amazingly distinctive aesthetic, but it also provided the tools to create your own experiences from scratch and share them freely online. It was already wonderful, but you could make it even greater. <em>AH</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AGzOKbVC2r8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 17. Crash Bandicoot (PS1, 1996) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Where Nintendo had Mario, PlayStation had Crash - a cheeky, rambunctious marsupial with a fondness for collecting fruit, a love of jumping on boxes and a hatred of his creator and nemesis Dr Neo Cortex. While Crash may not have brought much originality to the platform genre, the first game in the series was at the time a high watermark for colourful graphics and the gameplay was perfectly poised between just-one-more-go addictiveness and argghh-how-can-you-do-that-to-me frustration. <em>MM</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ioSaPJHxSkU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 16. Fallout 3 (PS3, 2008) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Fallout 3 isn&#39;t</em> particularly associated with PlayStation as many of the games here are - it came out on Xbox and PC too - but as one of the best games of all time it&#39;s hardly a surprise to see it in this list.</p> <p>So why do we love it so much?</p> <p>Well there&#39;s the sheer scale of the toxic, mutant-infested Capital Wasteland - a gameworld which covers hundreds of kilometres, dozens of towns and settlements and includes hundreds of characters to interact with.&nbsp;And there&#39;s the gameplay: part-RPG, part-FPS, part-adventure, part-open-world-explorer and part-who-cares-what-it-is-it&#39;s-great-fun.&nbsp;Let&#39;s not forget the engaging story, which you shape through your own actions. And the many, many sub-plots and diversions and side-missions which all add to the richness of the experience. Plus the graphics, and the music and the way it takes over your life for 3 months...</p> <p>Yep, that just about covers it. <em>MM</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/iYZpR51XgW0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 15. Final Fantasy VII (PS1, 1997) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Final Fantasy VII</em> heralded the arrival of the modern Japanese role-playing epic, thanks to its amazing CD-powered cinematic edge that made possible gripping cut-scenes and brought characters to life like never before. Sure, parts of the game are absolutely loony, and time hasn&#39;t done this one any favours (hence recurring calls for a remake), but few games from this era elicit such strong emotional memories. <em>AH</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/TEN-p5e2WkM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 14. Guitar Hero (PS2, 2005) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While PlayStation&rsquo;s <em>SingStar</em> had given hairbrush crooners a competitive outlet for their warbling in 2004, air guitarists had been neglected until <em>Guitar Hero</em> came along.</p> <p>With its colourful buttons, the shrunken, plastic axe used to play along to its catalogue of classics (and some rubbish funk-rock by the Red Hot Chili Peppers) might&rsquo;ve looked a bit Fisher-Price, but you&rsquo;d be hard pressed to find anyone who wasn&rsquo;t riffing along with a huge grin (or puzzling grimace of concentration) plastered across their face within minutes of picking it up. <em>TW</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-playstation-games-ever-guitar-hero.jpg?1418633128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 13. Metal Gear Solid (PS1, 1998) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A landmark title in terms of storytelling, presentation and pioneering stealth&shy;-based gameplay, <em>Metal Gear Solid</em> was one of the first games that truly felt like an interactive movie. With copious amounts of voice&shy; acting and long, often meandering cutscenes, this was a game as concerned with telling a compelling tale and creating iconic characters as it was with its sneaking mechanics and combat. </p> <p>And it&rsquo;s all so very Japanese: despite its reliance on Hollywood tropes and characterisation, there&rsquo;s a thread of self-knowing silliness running through it (and subsequent <em>MGS</em> games) that gives them a charm lacking in more po-&shy;faced Western&shy;-developed stealth titles. </p> <p>From the moment Snake first sneaks around beneath a cardboard box, you&rsquo;re aware that you&rsquo;re playing something a bit special. And the fourth wall&shy;rupturing Psycho Mantis boss battle will be remembered as one of the 20th century gaming&rsquo;s greatest moments. <em>SK</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_zrvEmP41-s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 12. Ico (PS2, 2001) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Ico</em> was a new type of game, because it was as much art as game.&nbsp;It was beautiful. It had emotion, mystery and peril, but it was told without dialogue or violence. </p> <p>You played a young boy with a wooden sword who finds a ghostly young girl trapped in an old fort full of nasty shadow spirits. It was your job to get her out, rather charmingly by holding her hand and escorting her through puzzles and mazes, letting go occasionally to batter back the ghosts.&nbsp;</p> <p>Without it, games such as <em>Flower</em>, <em>Journey</em>, <em>Never Alone</em> and <em>Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons</em> would probably never have existed. Playing <em>Ico</em> is an utterly essential part of your gaming education. <em>TP</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2h36mmMDI80" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 11. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PS2, 2002) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Neither as revolutionary as <em>GTA III </em>nor as grand in scale as <em>San Andreas</em>, <em>Vice City</em>&nbsp;was instead the most enjoyable <em>Grand Theft Auto</em> ever. From its exquisitely observed &#39;80s period details to its sun-kissed beachside setting and unhinged plot, everything about it was seemingly designed to make you smile.</p> <p>Jacking a helicopter from the top of the police station and flying it over the harbour as the sun set? Brilliant. Speeding along the waterfront on a motorbike as Spandau Ballet&#39;s <em>Gold </em>played on the radio? Amazing. Stealing a golf cart and mowing down pastel-clad golfers? Well it hardly sounds like a chore. Tremendous fun from beginning to end. <em>MM</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/grand-theft-auto-5/grand-theft-auto-v-ps4-and-xbox-one/review" target="_blank">Grand Theft Auto V review for PS4 and Xbox One</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/G58AYUyiIzU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10. Wipeout 2097 (PS1, 1996) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The original <em>Wipeout</em> might have introduced the series&#39; iconic anti-gravity racing premise, but its sequel<em> Wipeout 2097</em> gave the game a heart and soul &ndash; and perhaps most importantly, bite. The result is flashy and fun, not to mention aggressive and challenging, with impeccable visual design and one of the greatest soundtracks ever assembled for a game. It&#39;s still the high-water mark for this excellent franchise. <em>AH</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AOz7Uk52PkY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-16"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9. Tekken 3 (PS1, 1998) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Widely regarded as one of the best fighters of all time, <em>Tekken 3</em> landed in PlayStation gamers&rsquo; homes a year after it first entered the world in arcade cabinet-form. Its side-scrolling fighter action threw in an element of 3D depth, allowing players to dodge attacks by jumping towards the background, and its roster of characters was about as diverse as you can get. </p> <p>We each had our favourites of course, but we were always rather fond of Paul Phoenix&rsquo;s incredible hair and Yoshimitsu&rsquo;s sword-bouncing madness. Yes, we mashed the buttons in panic-stricken rage, but thankfully the on-screen action was still thrilling to behold. <em>ED</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7qmU4wQqKQI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-17"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. Pro Evolution Soccer 3 (PS2, 2003) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Some would say<em> Sensible Soccer</em> was the best footie game ever back in the 16-bit days. Some would argue that <em>FIFA 15</em> on PS4 takes the honours. But for many, many people it&#39;s <em>PES</em> from about 2001-2004.</p> <p>Why <em>Pro Evo 3</em> specifically? Well it&#39;s the one with Pierluigi Collina on the front, for starters. But beyond that it nailed the balance between exciting goalfests and more realistic tactical battles, expanded the superb Master League and improved the graphics to the extent that some of the players really did look vaguely like those they were supposed to be.</p> <p>We could easily have picked <em>PES 4</em>, which further expanded things and added a load of licensed teams, but it&#39;s<em> 3</em> that we remember most fondly on account of the sheer joy we got from crafting an eight-pass move finished with a flourish by a number 9 who looked a bit like Ruud Von Nistelroum. <em>MM</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3nY9gZbno6M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-18"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. Gran Turismo 2 (PS1, 1999) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first <em>Gran Turismo</em> properly shook up the racing game genre with its utterly unbelievable graphics and simulation physics, but it&rsquo;s the second game that casts the longest shadow over every car game that&#39;s been released ever since. That&rsquo;s because it combined that revolutionary realism and presentation with a huge package that included 27 tracks and no less than 650 cars. It was bewildering, big and brilliant. It still is. <em>TP</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sJSfWsHmfaw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-19"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. Tony Hawk&#039;s Pro Skater (PS1, 1999) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the most endlessly replayable games in PlayStation history, the first <em>Tony Hawk&#39;s Pro Skater</em> not only defined the modern skating game experience, but also helped catapult skateboarding back into the mainstream consciousness. Grinding through a shopping mall and pulling off constant 900s might not be realistic, but it sure as hell was a blast &ndash; and the next couple of games took the fun even further. <em>AH</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/klYdM5fbZHA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-20"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3, 2009) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first <em>Uncharted</em> impressed with its beautiful graphics and modernisation of the action&shy;adventure&shy;exploration mix pioneered by earlier classics such as <em>Tomb Raider</em> &ndash; but its sequel turned everything up to 11.</p> <p>With huge environments, phenomenal voice acting and motion capture and some of the most memorably audacious set pieces ever seen &ndash; or rather, played through &ndash; in a video game, not to mention a decent multiplayer mode, it established Naughty Dog as Sony&rsquo;s premier subsidiary developer and became one of the PS3&rsquo;s must&shy;-own exclusive titles.</p> <p>The third <em>Uncharted</em> title, <em>Drake&rsquo;s Deception</em>, was equally ambitious and a superb title in its own right, but arguably lacked the groundbreaking impact of <em>Among Thieves</em>. &shy;<em>SK</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Sy7egE6CcVs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-21"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Red Dead Redemption (PS3, 2010) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Rockstar Games took the mechanics of its<em> Grand Theft Auto</em> series and transplanted them to the Wild West, trading Mustangs for&hellip; well, mustangs. But while <em>Red Dead</em>&#39;s horseplay is every bit as entertaining as that of its motorised predecessor, it&#39;s the game&#39;s atmosphere that sticks in the memory. Set at the transition between the frontier lifestyle and the arrival of civilisation, it&#39;s shot through with a melancholy, doom-laden feel. Also, bullets. <em>SG</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/PD24MkbHQrc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-22"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Resident Evil (PS1, 1996) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s hard to underestimate the impact of <em>Resident Evil</em>. There had been scary games before, sure, but <em>Res Evil</em> was a new, cinematic kind of scary in its approach to shocks. The most memorable of them - walking down a seemingly secure corridor you are suddenly pounced on by a bloodthirsty dog who&#39;s jumped <em>through the window</em> - is enough to give us chills now, nearly 20 years later. Even when you&#39;re prepared for it it shocks you.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s dated a lot of course. The graphics now look distinctly shonky, the voice-acting is famously hammy and you do seem to spend a lot of time just walking down corridors. But at the time, it was revolutionary, ushering in a world in which watching games could be as much fun as playing them. And as scary. <em>MM</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bdrbLeTx-xM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-23"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Grand Theft Auto III (PS2, 2001) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Looking at the highly polished, visually stunning and detailed cinematic masterpiece that is <em>GTA V</em>, it&#39;s all too easy to forget about the ancestor that brought 3D shenanigans to Rockstar&#39;s manic bullet-spraying crime-fuelled universe.</p> <p>Jumping into Liberty City back in 2001 was like seeing colours for the first time. Up until that point, we&#39;d only experienced <em>GTA</em>&#39;s magic from a top-down perspective, raining chaos down from the heavens. But walking through the grimy city streets, shooting enemies with proper sights and ploughing through traffic with tanks in glorious third-person 3D was a whole new world entirely. <em>ED</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-playstation-games-ever-grand-theft-auto-3.jpg?1418633128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-24"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. The Last Of Us (PS3/PS4, 2013/2014) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For our money, there&rsquo;s no finer PlayStation game than Naughty Dog&rsquo;s post-apocalyptic action adventure. As a pure gaming experience, it&rsquo;s an exhilarating blend of stealth, exploration, puzzle solving, item crafting and brutal combat that feels like a darker take on the same developer&rsquo;s <em>Uncharted</em> series, but it&rsquo;s when you place that gameplay in the context of one of the most maturely &shy;written, best-acted stories and most wholly&shy;realised worlds in gaming history that <em>The Last Of Us</em> becomes something truly special. </p> <p>Thematically spot &shy;on, impeccably presented and unafraid of taking its players to incredibly bleak places, it&rsquo;s a game that felt &ndash; and still feels &ndash; truly special. Part of us wants Naughty Dog to deliver a sequel, part of us wants the company to leave <em>The Last Of Us</em> exactly as it is. <em>SK</em></p> <p><em>Words: Esat Dedezade,&nbsp;</em><em>Will Findlater,&nbsp;</em><em>Stephen Graves,&nbsp;</em><em>Andrew Hayward, Sam Kieldsen, Marc McLaren,&nbsp;</em><em>Tom Parsons,&nbsp;</em><em>Ross Presly, Tom Wiggins, Mark Wilson</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/playstation-20-how-playstation-changed-gaming/feature" target="_blank">PlayStation at 20: How the PlayStation changed gaming</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MX6eqoCLbTc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/25-best-playstation-games-ever/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/25-best-playstation-games-ever/feature#comments Games consoles Gaming PlayStation Sony Wed, 03 Dec 2014 14:15:10 +0000 Elissa Loi 1454614 at http://www.stuff.tv PlayStation at 20: What's next for PlayStation? http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/playstation-20-whats-next-playstation/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PlayStation 5? VR? Cloud gaming? We consider the possibilities </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="PlayStation at 20: What&#039;s next for PlayStation?" alt="PlayStation at 20: What&#039;s next for PlayStation?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/SonyHeadsetSide2_rt.jpg?1417658891" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As we mark the PlayStation&#39;s 20th anniversary today, it&#39;s impossible to resist the urge to look forward: What will the PlayStation experience be like in five or 10 years? Is Sony&#39;s brand built for the long haul? Will we be celebrating its 50th birthday in 2044?</p> <p>We could dream up all manner of wacky, far-fetched interpretations of what playing video games will be like a few decades from now &ndash; beamed directly to your brain! &ndash; but that seems wasteful (albeit fun).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A cloudy outlook </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Cloud-powered gaming is positioned to be a large piece of the future PlayStation puzzle, given that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/sony-buys-gaikai-cloud-gaming-coming-playstation-4/news">Sony acquired cloud-streamed gaming company Gaikai in 2012</a> to utilise its tech.</p> <p>Some of it helps enable <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/sony-brings-ps4-remote-play-xperia-z3-range/news">Remote Play</a> between the PlayStation 4 and Vita, but it&#39;s also being used to bring full-fledged PlayStation experiences to devices that aren&#39;t dedicated consoles.</p> <p>In the short term, that&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/gamescom-2014/share-play-coming-ps4-plus-playstation-tv-and-playstation-now-dated-uk/n">PlayStation Now</a>, Sony&#39;s still-in-beta streaming games service that lets you rent PlayStation 3 games &ndash; and eventually older and newer games, as well &ndash; and stream them over the cloud to supported devices. Tablets and smartphones are slated to get in on the fun soon.</p> <p>In its current state, PlayStation Now isn&#39;t a great experience. The rental fees are often extravagant compared to buying discounted or pre-owned retail copies, and you need an excellent internet connection to even bother playing most games. But it&#39;s a great proof of concept: you don&#39;t need a big, expensive console to play big, AAA-style games. And it&#39;ll only get better as the tech advances and broadband connections improve worldwide.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="PlayStation Now" alt="PlayStation at 20: What&#039;s next for PlayStation?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/playstation%20now%20hands-on_0.JPG?1417658891" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PlayStation 5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So what does that mean for the PlayStation 5? It&#39;s entirely possible that the next PlayStation console won&#39;t be a full-fledged console at all &ndash; at least not in the traditional sense, with a hefty GPU, a disc drive, and a large heap of plastic and silicon filling your entertainment centre.</p> <p>It could be a microconsole like the new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/sony-playstation-tv/review">PlayStation TV</a>, with just enough horsepower included to stream games over the internet from a very powerful server. Such a device would be more affordable out of the gate and much smaller; and you wouldn&#39;t have to worry about upgrading it in a few years to run the latest and greatest new games around.</p> <p>Except I don&#39;t actually expect that to happen with the PlayStation 5. Right now, the PlayStation 4 is one of Sony&#39;s biggest profit drivers, and that&#39;s in part because they stuck with a simple message: it&#39;s a gaming machine, like the gaming machines in the past, and we&#39;re not going to overload it with bundled peripherals or limit what you can do with your purchased content.</p> <p>It was a stark contrast to Microsoft&#39;s initial approach with the Xbox One, which changed after fan backlash. Not only is the PS4 leading the current console generation, but it&#39;s also keeping Sony viable as the company&#39;s smartphone and TV sales diminish.</p> <p>As such, I expect that the PlayStation 5 will be a traditional games console in the way that we know it now: a box and a controller, plugged into your TV and ready to entertain. But probably without a disc drive. Do you really think a PlayStation launching in 2020 or so will require optical discs? It seems unlikely.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/playstation-20-how-playstation-changed-gaming/feature">PlayStation at 20 - how the PlayStation changed gaming</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wbL0kVqyEao" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="A PlayStation microconsole for PS5?" alt="PlayStation at 20: What&#039;s next for PlayStation?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/playstation-tv_1.jpg?1417658891" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PlayStation everywhere </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Doesn&#39;t making a traditional PS5 dispel the need for the cloud? Not at all: the PlayStation 5 has to be a traditional games console to appease hardcore fans that want the best possible gaming experience. It&#39;ll run games locally on its own hardware, surely at 4K or 8K whatever insane resolution we consider to be the benchmark in five or six years.</p> <p>Cloud-powered gaming will be for everyone else: people with smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and microconsoles &ndash; even PCs and set-top boxes. Before long, nearly any decent device with a screen or that can plug into a screen will be able to run powerful console games via cloud streaming, and I expect that Sony will embrace that as much as possible.</p> <p>Hardcore gamers will still get the best performance and newest games on PS5, but many more people can get something close to that without an expensive barrier to entry. It&#39;s the reason why I&#39;d be surprised if Sony bothers making another dedicated gaming handheld after the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/pch-2000/playstation-vita-slim/review">PlayStation Vita</a>.</p> <p>Sony won&#39;t outright admit it, but the company has given up on growing the platform: first-party studios aren&#39;t making AAA-style games for it any more, and third-party developers aren&#39;t putting their notable franchises on it.</p> <p>Right now, it has value as a companion device for PS4 owners and as another destination for cross-platform games &ndash; particularly scrappy indie titles. Which is great, but with smartphones and tablets so common now, you don&#39;t need a dedicated handheld device just to run games that are found on your console back home. Your phone and tablet will accomplish those feats in the future.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/OByNPvxOgAQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Bye bye PS Vita" alt="PlayStation at 20: What&#039;s next for PlayStation?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC03074_1.JPG?1417658891" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Virtually real </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But what about VR? Sony has shown off its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/head-hands-and-eyes-sony-s-project-morpheus/feature">Project Morpheus</a> headset &ndash; a console-powered rival to the Oculus Rift &ndash; for much of this year without committing to hard details. For now, it&#39;s not even necessarily confirmed for release. But with the rising fervor over VR experiences, I expect that it will debut by the end of 2015.</p> <p>Still, I don&#39;t sense that there will be such a mainstream push away from TV-based games that Project Morpheus (or whatever it&#39;s ultimately called) will be the default, mandatory way to experience the PlayStation 5. It&#39;s still likely to be too expensive to force on everyone, and some won&#39;t want that kind of deep dive immersion.</p> <p>VR can be amazing, but it&#39;s not for everyone. Not soon, at least. Instead, I see it as one of the PS5&#39;s potential biggest perks: experience the next generation of virtual reality, only on PlayStation 5. You won&#39;t get that kind of experience via the cloud on your tablet or microconsole, and it&#39;s bound to be much more advanced than what will be possible on PS4 over the next few years.</p> <p>In other words, there may not be one linear path ahead for PlayStation. It won&#39;t be as simple as owning the latest console and that&#39;s that. With cloud-powered gaming making the console less of a necessity and virtual reality coming up quickly on the horizon, I expect more ways to play and more options ahead.</p> <p>And as long as PlayStation keeps powering Sony&#39;s bottom line, the company is sure to explore all of those exciting possibilities. Here&#39;s to another 20 years of fun.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/25-best-playstation-games-ever/feature">PlayStation at 20 - the 25 best PlayStation games ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MAF1aG5sQ20" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Project Morpheus" alt="PlayStation at 20: What&#039;s next for PlayStation?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-project-morpheus-hands-on-review-001_1.jpg?1417658891" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/playstation-20-whats-next-playstation/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/playstation-20-whats-next-playstation/feature#comments Games consoles Gaming PlayStation Sony Wed, 03 Dec 2014 13:06:10 +0000 Elissa Loi 1454611 at http://www.stuff.tv PlayStation at 20: How the PlayStation changed gaming http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/playstation-20-how-playstation-changed-gaming/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As the original PlayStation turns 20, we look back at its era-defining impact on the world </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Happy birthday, Sony PlayStation" alt="PlayStation at 20: How the PlayStation changed gaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/playstation-at-20-psx-console_0.jpg?1417657719" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the early &rsquo;90s gaming was for kids. Games were a hobby you grew out of. Something to be banished to the attic with Action Mans and Care Bears in your teens. But then the PlayStation arrived and things would never be the same again. </p> <p>Sony&rsquo;s first console, which turns 20 today, was nothing short of game changing. The PlayStation had it all - revolutionary hardware, smart marketing and groundbreaking games. </p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/tristan-donovan" title="View user profile.">Tristan Donovan</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An inauspicious start </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not that anyone was sure Sony&rsquo;s gamble on games would pay off back in 1994. Sony was an upstart and many, including some within the business, wondered if the company knew what it was doing.</p> <p>There were good reasons to be doubtful.</p> <p>Sony&rsquo;s contribution to games pre-PlayStation had largely consisted of publishing consistently terrible games based on action movies such as <em>Cliffhanger</em>. What&rsquo;s more, Sony never intended to make a console.</p> <p>The path to PlayStation began in 1989, when Nintendo asked Sony to help it make a CD-ROM version of its Super NES console. All went well until Nintendo got all paranoid about Sony using the deal as a stepping stone to getting into the console business. So the day after the Super NES CD project was revealed in 1991, Nintendo announced it was dumping Sony for Philips.</p> <p>Furious at the humiliation, Sony decided to get revenge by, er, making its own console.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1rRrjvCCXvg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sound and vision </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From the off the PlayStation had technology on its side. The console was a beast, offering state-of-the-art 3D graphics and CD storage. For a gaming generation raised on a 2D diet of <em>Sensible Soccer</em>, <em>Mario</em> and <em>Sonic</em>, the PlayStation&rsquo;s visuals were jaw-dropping - a feature rammed home by Sony&rsquo;s T. Rex demo, a demo so good it doesn&rsquo;t look too shabby even now.&nbsp;</p> <p>The eye candy was backed up with top-notch audio thanks to the CD drive, which let game makers use recorded music instead of computer- generated chip tunes.</p> <p>And while Sony made a monster bit of kit, its main rivals dropped the ball.</p> <p>Sega designed its Saturn console as a 2D powerhouse before hurriedly tacking on 3D capabilities after getting the jitters about what Sony was promising. The result was a complex console that even Sega&rsquo;s own developers admitted that only the very best game makers would be able to use well.</p> <p>Nintendo, meanwhile, went 3D but refused to join the CD age. Instead it stuck with game cartridges, a move that limited the Nintendo 64&rsquo;s sonics and left N64 owners paying around &pound;20 more per game than their PlayStation-owning pals.</p> <p>The PlayStation&rsquo;s 3D and CD advantages were enough to persuade&nbsp;<em>Final Fantasy</em>&nbsp;creators Square to join Team Sony after years of loyalty to Nintendo. And, armed with Sony&rsquo;s tech, Square made&nbsp;<em>Final Fantasy VII</em>&nbsp;- the first Japanese role-playing game to make it big in the west.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/YCtZIlolG6w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In control </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ergonomically terrific, Sony&rsquo;s hardware innovation didn&rsquo;t end with what was in the PlayStation either, for it also reinvented the game controller.</p> <p>Prior to the PlayStation, ergonomic game controllers were like unicorns. Game pads meant flat plastic slabs that threatened to turn your mitts into rigid claws if you played too long. Or - if you were unlucky enough to find an Atari Jaguar under the Christmas tree - a telephone keypad that also turned your hands into claws but did it with extra ugliness. </p> <p>The PlayStation controller was different: it was a three-dimensional object designed with human hands in mind. Goodbye cramp, hello extra playtime. </p> <p>Things got even better in 1997 when Sony launched the DualShock, a new version with twin analogue sticks and vibration. Nintendo&rsquo;s response? A three-pronged plastic fork that seemed tailor-made for octopii. Tellingly, it&rsquo;s the PlayStation controllers that became the blueprint for most of the gamepads that followed.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/playstation-20-whats-next-playstation/feature">PlayStation at 20 - What&#39;s next for PlayStation?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The original PlayStation controller..." alt="PlayStation at 20: How the PlayStation changed gaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/playstation-at-20-Original-controller.jpg?1417657719" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="...and the DualShock" alt="PlayStation at 20: How the PlayStation changed gaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/playstation-at-20-DualShock.jpg?1417657719" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Games galore </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So the PlayStation had the hardware - but that wouldn&rsquo;t have mattered a jot without great games. Fortunately, PlayStation owners had plenty of stellar titles to choose from, including first-rate ports of arcade hits <em>Ridge Racer</em> and <em>Tekken</em>, the motor fetishism of<em> Gran Turismo</em> and the <em>Mario</em>-challenging <em>Crash Bandicoot</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The PlayStation&rsquo;s games established many of the genres we now take for granted but were rare sights before that little gray box arrived.&nbsp;<em>Tenchu: Stealth Assassins</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Metal Gear Solid</em>&nbsp;brought stealth to the fore. The totally bonkers hip-hop adventures of&nbsp;<em>PaRappa the Rapper</em>&nbsp;established music games while&nbsp;<em>Cool Boarders</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Tony Hawk&rsquo;s Pro Skater</em>&nbsp;switched gamers on to the thrills of extreme sports.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EYrYSWxDf7o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The PlayStation was also where horror games finally got their claws into us, starting with&nbsp;<em>Resident Evil</em>, which backed up its b-movie frights with shockingly hammy dialogue (not least the &lsquo;I hope this is not Chris&rsquo; blood line&rsquo;), and followed by the twisted&nbsp;<em>Silent Hill</em>. Games that would be hard to imagine making waves in the family friendly world of Nintendo.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/9oDGBDUKMcc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rebranding gaming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And then there was <em>WipEout</em>, the hi-octane future racer soundtracked by The Chemical Brothers and Orbital that - here in Blighty at least - plugged the PlayStation into the club scene.&nbsp;</p> <p>The promotional campaign saw&nbsp;<em>WipEout</em>&nbsp;being put into superclubs such as Cream in Liverpool and Bristol&rsquo;s Lakota, together with controversy-seekings ad from its publisher, Sony subsidiary Psygnosis.</p> <p>&ldquo;Psygnosis was left to get on with its own stuff so it was doing things that Sony, in a million years, wouldn&rsquo;t have done directly,&rdquo; says Glen O&rsquo;Connell, the former head of PR at Psygnosis. &ldquo;Stuff like the WipEout ad with Sara Cox with a nosebleed. Nice, clean-living Sara Cox from Radio 1 looking like some sort of heroin overdose.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KRSVrkzDyuA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1100" height="900" title="Older readers will remember Sara Cox (left)" alt="PlayStation at 20: How the PlayStation changed gaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/playstation-at-20-sara-cox-ad_0.jpg?1417657719" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Courting controversy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Although early PlayStation ads like the Society Against PlayStation played it safe, over time Sony&rsquo;s marketing became more daring and distinctive with efforts such as the Double Life adverts.</p> <p>Several campaigns got into hot water. In 1995 Sony went to the Glastonbury Festival and handed out perforated postcards with the PlayStation logo. Officially the cards were for disposing of chewing gum, but they also happened to make ideal roaches for cannabis joints. Sony also courted controversy with an advert for&nbsp;<em>Cool Boarders 2</em>&nbsp;that talked about needing powder and &ldquo;having to get higher than last time&rdquo;.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6Bqq38WZctA" width="604"></iframe></p> <p>When complaints flared up, Sony said it was snowboarder slang. Any drugs references were purely coincidental. Honest.</p> <p>The push to connect PlayStation with youth culture worked. &ldquo;The PlayStation looked like any console but had content on it that people in their twenties were doing in their everyday lives. It talked to people about the interests they had, whether that be club culture, sports, whatever,&rdquo; says O&rsquo;Connell. &ldquo;At that time the DJs were playing music by some of these bands that also happened to be in these games and I think that touched a nerve with a lot of people.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/WWJqAucdqmE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The first PSX superstar </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Tomb Raider</em> gave Sony&rsquo;s quest to position its console as an entertainment system rather than a toy a further boost. Although the Saturn got it first, <em>Tomb Raider</em> became synonymous with PlayStation and Lara Croft became a star. </p> <p>For a while Lara was everywhere: on the cover of style bible <em>The Face</em>, in video footage at U2 concerts and peddling Lucozade. And, despite her unlikely proportions, the idea of the female gaming hero was startling enough for Lara to be hailed as a symbol of girl power.</p> <p>By the time the PlayStation 2 arrived in 2000, gaming had been transformed. PlayStation had taken games mainstream, established new genres, improved controllers and ensured consoles were no longer just for kids. </p> <p>It set the template for gaming as we know and 20 years on we&rsquo;re still living in the gaming world the original PlayStation created.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/25-best-playstation-games-ever/feature">PlayStation at 20 - the 25 best PlayStation games ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lara Croft in her mid-&#039;90s pixellated heyday" alt="PlayStation at 20: How the PlayStation changed gaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/playstation-at-20-Tomb-Raider.jpg?1417657719" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="900" height="900" title="And on the front of The Face" alt="PlayStation at 20: How the PlayStation changed gaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/playstation-at-20-The-Face.jpg?1417657719" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PlayStation at 20 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 20 years on, we look back at how the PlayStation changed gaming </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/playstation-20-how-playstation-changed-gaming/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/playstation-20-how-playstation-changed-gaming/feature#comments Games consoles Gaming PlayStation Sony Wed, 03 Dec 2014 10:48:07 +0000 Elissa Loi 1454607 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony planning fewer smartphones and TVs after falling sales http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/sony-planning-fewer-smartphones-and-tvs-after-falling-sales/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smaller, more focused lineups eyed as profits sink - but PlayStation is doing great </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z3" alt="Sony Xperia Z3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-z3-top.jpg?1416967635" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;re a fan of Sony&rsquo;s Xperia smartphones (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphones/top-ten">like we are</a>), then you might be disappointed to hear that the company plans on making fewer of them due to lagging sales.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/sony-planning-fewer-smartphones-and-tvs-after-falling-sales/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/sony-planning-fewer-smartphones-and-tvs-after-falling-sales/news#comments PlayStation Smartphones Sony TVs Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:34:10 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1453943 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Volvo’s Google Cardboard test drive, Sharp’s 736ppi phone display, and all WP8 Lumia devices will get Windows 10 http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/fully-charged-volvo-s-google-cardboard-test-drive-sharp-s-736ppi-phone-display-and-all-wp8-lu <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start your Saturday off right with our quick-hit collection of hot tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Cardboard x Volvo" alt="Google Cardboard x Volvo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-cardboard-volvo.jpg?1416031513" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Volvo offering branded Google Cardboard shell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You might not have the time or inclination to book a real test drive, but Volvo still wants to get you into its overhauled XC90 SUV. The plan? Mail interested parties a branded Google Cardboard virtual reality shell and have them fire up the Android app to check out a digital drive.</p> <p>The black cardboard shell is apparently identical in design to the one Google <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/evolve/google-io-2014/fully-charged-google-s-cardboard-vr-helmet-evolve-leads-e3-critic-awards-nomin">handed out to I/O attendees</a>, and Volvo will begin mailing them out on 18 November through its Volvo Reality app. That app is available now on <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.volvo.volvoreality">Google Play</a> and will hit the iOS App Store on the 18th, as well.</p> <p>And the Volvo-fied Google Cardboard will work with any smartphone-powered virtual reality apps, so there&rsquo;s little to lose by signing up for one if you don&rsquo;t want to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature">create your own from scratch</a>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.volvocars.com/us/all-cars/all-new-volvo-xc90/Pages/Google-cardboard.aspx">Volvo</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/13/7217397/volvo-is-using-google-cardboard-to-get-people-inside-its-new-suv">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature">How to make Google Cardboard from scratch</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Wuln2bJkp1k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sharp has a 736ppi display in the works </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now this is just getting ridiculous. It&rsquo;s well past the point of being perceivable by the average human eye at a reasonable viewing distance, but Sharp has a smartphone display in the works that boasts pixel density of 736ppi (pixels per inch).</p> <p>How does the 2560x1600 (2K) panel accomplish that? Well, it&rsquo;s just 4.1in - so it&rsquo;s plenty dense, but also rather small compared to current-day flagships. Still, Sharp apparently sees value in pushing the pixel density envelope, and it plans to have sample panels for partners next year, with mass production eyed for 2016 if companies want them.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.mobilemag.com/2014/11/13/sharp-4-inch-display-pixel-density-736ppi">Mobile Magazine</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/13/sharp-igzo-736-ppi/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sharp/sharp-preparing-4k-smartphone-lcd-screens-2016/news">Sharp preparing 4K smartphone LCD screens for 2016</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="750" title="Sharp&#039;s 736ppi display" alt="Sharp&#039;s 736ppi display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sharp-736ppi-display.jpg?1416031513" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All WP8 Lumia phones will get Windows 10 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When Microsoft made the jump from Windows Phone 7 to WP8, its existing handsets didn&rsquo;t make the jump - which didn&rsquo;t sit to well with owners of those devices, as you might expect. But that apparently won&rsquo;t happen again with the leap from Windows Phone 8 to Windows 10, according to the official Lumia account on Twitter.</p> <p>Asked about upgrades, the account told a user, &ldquo;There will be Windows 10 upgrades for all Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices.&rdquo; There you have it. So if you&rsquo;re looking to get a Lumia in the next several months - such as the just-announced, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/low-end-lumia-535-microsoft-s-first-post-nokia-phone/news">Microsoft-branded Lumia 535</a> - you can rest assured that it will be brought up to date once Windows 10 eventually debuts.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-claims-windows-10-upgrades-all-lumias">Windows Central</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/6-things-we-love-about-windows-10-and-3-we-hate/feature">6 things we love about Windows 10 - and 3 we hate</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Lumia 535" alt="Microsoft Lumia 535" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-535-front.png?1416031513" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony celebrates 20 years of PlayStation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The original PlayStation launched in Japan almost 20 full years ago, in December 1994 (oh no, we&#39;re all super old) - and Sony Japan has kicked off the festivities with a breezy look back at two decades of software and hardware alike. If you&rsquo;ve owned one or more of the couple hundred million PlayStation boxes manufactured in the last 20 years, spare two minutes for this nostalgic blast.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4KW0OBCtz4">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-3/playstation-vue-sony-s-console-based-answer-cable-and-satellite-tv/news">PlayStation Vue is Sony&rsquo;s console-based answer to cable and satellite TV</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/m4KW0OBCtz4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/fully-charged-volvo-s-google-cardboard-test-drive-sharp-s-736ppi-phone-display-and-all-wp8-lu#comments Cars Gaming Google PlayStation Sharp Sony Volvo Windows 10 Windows Phone 8 Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1453243 at http://www.stuff.tv Video: The history of Sony's PlayStation http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/video-history-sonys-playstation/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Let us take you on an interactive journey through the life of one of the biggest names in console gaming history… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video: The history of Sony&#039;s PlayStation " alt="Video: The history of Sony&#039;s PlayStation " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202013-12-27%20at%2012.13.45.png?1398392391" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2977444890001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2977444890001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony PlayStation: the history </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/video-history-sonys-playstation/video#comments Games consoles PlayStation Playstation 2 Playstation 2 Slim PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 PlayStation PS3 Slim PlayStation Vita Sony Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:41:16 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1436140 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Watch PlayStation Now in action, let Facebook make you weep, and Chromecast opens up http://www.stuff.tv/my/facebook/fully-charged-watch-playstation-now-action <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start your day by taking in all that&#039;s happening right now in the world of tech and gadgets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Facebook look back" alt="Facebook look back" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/facebook-look-back.jpg?1391650903" /> </div> </div> </div> <p></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Facebook celebrates its 10-year anniversary with personalised sentimental video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Facebook turned 10 yesterday, and the social media titan has gone all gooey to celebrate by giving each of its 1.23 billion-odd users a wonderful, thoughtful gift: a personal history of their Facebook highlights, built automatically using a cold-eyed algorithm and the content you&rsquo;ve posted over the years (if you haven&rsquo;t posted much, you&rsquo;ll probably just get a &lsquo;thank you&rsquo; note&hellip; which is better than a kick up the bum, we suppose).</p> <p>You can look at yours <a href="https://www.facebook.com/lookback/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/facebook/facebook-unfolds-new-content-reader-app-paper/news" target="_blank">Facebook&rsquo;s Paper app is a great way to celebrate its 10th birthday</a><br />&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google opens Chromecast up to devs with SDK </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Despite not being officially available in MY, the Google Chromecast is one of our favourite streaming devices &ndash; especially given its dirt cheap price. And now it&rsquo;s set to get a lot more appealing, because Google has released an SDK allowing any developer to make their app Chromecast-compatible.</p> <p>The SDK is available for iOS, Android and Chrome developers, and will enable them to add a &ldquo;cast&rdquo; button to their app. Hitting this will send a web technology such as a video window to the Chromecast to be displayed on your TV.</p> <p>Check out the video above for more details.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Google Chromecast review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> See the PS3’s PlayStation Now streaming service in action </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Psst, want to get an idea of how PlayStation Now, Sony&rsquo;s upcoming game streaming service works? Well, one brave beta tester has uploaded footage of him streaming and playing Killzone 3 through his PS3, and it&rsquo;s fairly impressive stuff (despite quite a long connection time &ndash; something that we imagine will be shorter once the finished service arrives later this year).</p> <p>We can&rsquo;t embed the video here, but click through to DualShockers to watch it yourself.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.dualshockers.com/2014/02/03/playstation-now-beta-test-leaked-on-video-showing-killzone-3/" target="_blank">DualShockers</a>]</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-3/ces-2014/playstation-now-game-streaming-service-coming-ps4-ps3-ps-vita-and-more/news" target="_blank">PlayStation Now &ndash; stream PS3 games from the cloud to your console or direct to your Bravia TV</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="See the PS3’s PlayStation Now streaming service in action" alt="See the PS3’s PlayStation Now streaming service in action" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ps-now.JPG?1391650903" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/facebook/fully-charged-watch-playstation-now-action#comments Facebook Netflix PlayStation Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:12:34 +0000 Elissa Loi 1432081 at http://www.stuff.tv Hall of Fame: Sony PlayStation, the games console that changed everything http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/hall-fame-sony-playstation-games-console-changed-everything/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As the PS4 draws ever closer, let’s take a look at the console that kickstarted a gaming revolution: the first Sony PlayStation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony PlayStation" alt="Sony PlayStation" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/original-psx.jpg?1380015893" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>No one can pretend that the original PlayStation was pretty. It was an ugly grey slab, like a paving stone with a pan lid on top. But opening that pan lid was the gateway to worlds we’d never seen before.</p> <p>You could immerse yourself in the waterways of Venice and the catacombs below. The hidden race tracks of Mars. The ancient castles of, um, Southeastern Australia. All in three glorious dimensions thanks to Ken Kutaragri’s 32-bit chip, boasting technology first used in Silicon Graphics workstations.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/karl-hodge" title="View user profile.">Karl Hodge</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Finishing Move </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Launched first in Japan, Sony PlayStations continued to roll off the production line for a staggering 10 years - from 1994 to 2004. The design changed along the way - significantly when it was rebooted as the PSOne in 2000 - but the hardware was basically the same. Only one other console beats it for longevity: the PlayStation 2.</p> <p>It took almost a year for the PlayStation to reach the USA and Europe after its Japanese debut. Hitting European shops in September 1995, 600,000 consoles were sold before New Year’s Eve. A further 800,000 PlayStations found their way into American homes.</p> <p>The entrenched market leaders were Sega and Nintendo. They’d invested heavily in fifth generation products – the Sega Saturn and Nintendo 64 – and both were left in the dust with the letters “KO” floating over their battered corpses.</p> <p>By 2007, Sony had sold 102 million PlayStations and made gaming thoroughly mainstream. What went so right? Funnily enough, Nintendo had a hand in that too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Super Nintendo Sony Play Station </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A games console called the Sony PlayStation (or Play Station, to nitpick) debuted at CES in 1991, a full three years and change before its eventual launch in Japan. But the console that Sony exec and hardware engineer Ken Kutaragi demonstrated at the show was pretty familiar looking. That’s because it was a SNES, with a CD Rom player built in.</p> <p>Kutaragi lead the PlayStation project from day one, building links with Nintendo and creating new technology for the game giant alongside his day job at Sony. But the day after the CES demo, Nintendo announced that they were partnering with Philips instead.</p> <p>That may seem like lunacy through the magic rear view mirror of hindsight, but in 1991 Philips was a global leader in multimedia technology rather than just a lightbulb and toothbrush maker. Undeterred, the PlayStation team regrouped under Sony Music’s protective wing, kissed their teef in Nintendo’s direction and set out to build a standalone console, codenamed the PS-X.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Super Nintendo Sony Play Station" alt="Super Nintendo Sony Play Station" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nintendo-playstation.jpg?1380015893" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gaming: The Next Generation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A successful console launch depends on a number of tasty ingredients. If the piquancy of hardware power was all that mattered, the Atari Jaguar would have kick-started the video game revolution instead. If sweet, sticky branding was all anyone cared about, the Sega Saturn would have trounced all comers.</p> <p>“The Sega Saturn was the only serious competitor to the PSX,” says <a href="http://www.megadrive.me">Jake Smith</a>, a digital designer who began his career testing PlayStation titles at Sony owned Psygnosis. “The games showed promise, but the high price tag proved a sticking point early on.”</p> <p>Timing is important too, which is one reason why the Nintendo 64 failed to tickle many taste-buds when it finally shipped in 1996.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/zOZr6HXSYKQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Polygon Baby, Gone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The PlayStation’s success is a story of elements in balance, of luck and foresight coming together at the right time. And it began with the hardware.</p> <p>“A) it was CD based. And B) it did PROPER 3D via hardware,”&nbsp; says Stewart Gilray, a veteran game developer and producer who now heads up <a href="http://www.jawltd.com">Just Add Water Ltd</a>. “I don’t think anyone actually believed it was going to take off as much as it did, but then it did and the rest is history…”</p> <p>The SNES had pseudo 3D with pre-rendered sprites and real, polygonal 3D in Super FX powered games like Star Fox, but the PlayStation’s SGI inspired 32-bit CPU could fling 180,000 texture-mapped polygons on screen per second.</p> <p>Though 3D was an essential component, the successful switch from cartridge to CD based gaming can’t be emphasised enough.</p> <p>“The storage format, CD, meant that immersive games were longer and offered more depth in a larger universe, something gamers had never experienced before,” says Jake Smith. “I'll never forget the visit [to Psygnosis] and my first play on a PSX. One of the lads let me sit down and put headphones on for a go on Wipeout. Suffice to say it blew my mind, and I can remember thinking ‘this changes everything!’”</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/fWul0Fge1DA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oh My. It’s full of Games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When X comes to O, game consoles are only as good as their games. And the roster of PlayStation classics, from Tekken and Need for Speed III to FIFA 2005 and FF IX, is long and illustrious.</p> <p>“The games that Sony launched the system with were spectacular, particularly in comparison to what else there was at the time,” says Matt Spall who was a producer and development manager at Virgin Interactive, Psygnosis and Take 2 during the PlayStation’s lifetime. He cites a first look at Ridge Racer as a moment of epiphany.</p> <p>Industry insiders confirm that the sterling quality of the PlayStation library wasn’t just down to the plastic and metal in the box.</p> <p>“We had fantastic SDK Libraries from Sony, so it was fun,” says Stewart Gilray. “When we started seeing stuff we were working on coming to life on the hardware it was great, a sense of achievement.”</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Ny7J1zCgQJo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Golden Oldie </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That level of support and a concentration on creativity accounts in part for the PlayStation’s longevity.</p> <p>“The games got progressively better and better during the console’s life,” says Jake Smith. “That was a by-product of good developer tools. A host of franchises had multiple releases during the PSX's lifespan. High quality, high production series like Resident Evil, Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy.”</p> <p>Sony knew how to protect their brand too. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/last-us/review">The Last of Us</a> on the PS3 was this year’s big exclusive - and the original PlayStation had its share of exclusive titles, from Syphon Filter through to Crash Bandicoot, the PSX’s equivalent of Sonic or Mario.</p> <p>“Sony always seemed to be very proactive in ensuring high profile exclusives, or exclusivity periods,” says Matt Spall. “If you wanted to play the most interesting and innovative products, you had a PlayStation.”</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony PSOne" alt="Sony PSOne" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ps-one.jpg?1380015893" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The console that kickstarted a gaming revolution </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/hall-fame-sony-playstation-games-console-changed-everything/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation/hall-fame-sony-playstation-games-console-changed-everything/feature#comments Games consoles Hall of Fame PlayStation Sony Fri, 20 Sep 2013 07:16:36 +0000 Nigel Yap 1426893 at http://www.stuff.tv