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PlayStation�First Games Debut at PAX

Sony will attend PAX Australia from October 30th to November 1st at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

PlayStation�First, Academy of Interactive Entertainment and game studio Nnooo to train next wave of Indies with new academic development partnership.

Sony is really hitting the gaming conference circuit this week, with the Paris Game Week and also for the first time the PAX show down-under in the land of Kangroo’s and throwing shrimps on the BBQ. (It’s ok, we have alot of Aussie loyal readers here on MaxConsole, so hopefully they can take a joke or too, or I just might find myself somehow lost in the Outback and staring in one of their next creppy horror movies for real!). — But jokes aside, now is is PR time about Sony announcing their new ‘PlayStation First’:

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PlayStation�First and the Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) is set to give a substantial boost to the Australian video game industry through their partnership with Australian game studio Nnooo, which will work to identify and fast track talented student teams for publishing under the PlayStation First programme.

In its first united showcase in Australia, PlayStation First, AIE and Nnooo will be presenting on the PlayStation stand at the upcoming PAX expo in Melbourne.

The PlayStation First stand at PAX will have eight student creators showcasing and providing demos of the current Australian games currently in development, including:

  • RUMBLE ACADEMY

  • RETROVISION

  • DESPERATE MILE

  • NECROMAN

PlayStation First will also be introducing PIECEFALL to Australian audiences – the first PlayStation�4 (PS4) student game from the PlayStation First program developed by students from Sheffield Hallam University.

The only programme of its kind in Australia, the PlayStation First partnership with AIE and Nnooo provides students with the opportunity to be supported in an entrepreneurial setting while getting access to the required training and tools to begin developing products commercially. Students will gain the skills to create games for the PS4 system with the opportunity to publish their games under Nnooo, on the PlayStation Network.

The support of higher education programs for students interested in creating videogames and digital entertainment licences is expected to positively affect the video games industry in Australia – a crucial step forward for the burgeoning Australian video games industry.

The new arrangement also provides students with access to full PlayStation software (SDK) and the development hardware for teaching purposes in computer programming, software development and game design.

Head of PlayStation First, Dr Maria Stukoff says:

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"Today’s students are the next generation of game developers, and partnering them with an established and respected developer and publisher like Nnooo will help drive exciting new titles coming out of Australia. Through sharing knowledge, mentorship, equipment and the best opportunities for exposure, PlayStation First aims to give students the chance to cut their teeth on console game development early in their career."


Nic Watt, Founder and Creative Director of Nnooo and a driving force behind the partnership in Australia says:

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"We’re excited and proud to partner with the PlayStation First programme and AIE. It fits perfectly with our stated goal to foster the growth of console game development in Australia."

"Following the recent senate enquiry into the Australian video game industry, programmes like PlayStation First signals a renewed optimism in gaming. As a studio, we are laser focussed on finding, nurturing and guiding Australian talent to really excel – we want the industry to band together, support each other and help our raw talent become the developers of tomorrow."


Through the PlayStation First partnership, AIE and Nnooo have acquired PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita developer tools; the same professional hardware used by global AAA studios like Naughty Dog (The Last of Us, Uncharted), and Media Molecule (Little Big Planet, Tearaway Unfolded).

Neil Boyd, Director of Business Development at AIE says:

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"Working directly with PlayStation First gives AIE students access to equipment and experience you can’t get anywhere else in Australia right now. This give students an advantage to leverage their games across the most popular game platforms whether establishing their own studio or seeking a career in games industry."


AIE game development students in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide have access to PS4 development kits. PlayStation is currently developing plans to roll this out across Australia.


So what you think of PlayStation First, will it be the shot in the arm, that Aussie game developers need to get out of their recent nuclear meltdown.

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PS4 Survey Hints at Firmware v4.0�s Key Features

PS4 is at v3.10 right now, but Sony is sending out ‘surveys’ about what could be coming in new v4.0.

A leaked Sony survey hints at some of the key features of PlayStation 4 firmware update 4.0, including folders, PS1/PS2 game support, wishlists, and more.

The PlayStation 4 since its launch been getting better and better with each big wave of firmware updates, and now that Sony has pushed out the stable v3.10 firmware, it is on to working out what to include in the next big rewrite/update with the v4.x series, so to help narrow down on what they need to work on first, they are sending out ‘surveys’ to their loyal PSN users asking what new key features they have in works they want to see first and when they like to see v4.0 roll out to their PlayStation 4 consoles with them.

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In an invite-only survey which was recently sent out to PlayStation gamers (and was leaked via NeoGAF), Sony asked for suggestions for PS4 firmware update 4.0 and offered a checklist, which seemed to be compiled of fans’ most-wanted requests. Although it didn’t include everything that PS4 users are keen to see, it did hint at the ability to delete items from the PS4�s library, library filtering, and the introduction of folders was also listed. This should benefit many PS4 users who have complained that the console’s library and media bar are too cluttered and difficult to navigate. Moreover, wishlists were mentioned too, with wishlists being made available on the web and app versions of the PlayStation Store but not yet on the console versions.

Additionally PS1 and PS2 classics are mentioned. Although Sony’s game streaming service PlayStation Now allows PS3 games to be played on PS4, PS1 and PS2 games are not supported. While it’s unclear whether the PS1/PS2 game support would be available for free or as part of PS Now, adding more previous-gen support seems like a no-brainer as the Xbox One will soon get Xbox 360 game support. Not only that but the PS3 had PS1/PS2 game support with titles like Crash Team Racing and Wipeout both being compatible on the last-gen console, so, adding that support to PS4 could encourage even more PS3 users to buy Sony’s current-gen console.

As for when PS4 users are likely to see PS4 firmware update 4.0, that too was up for debate in the survey. Asking survey takers when they would expect the company to release "the next big System Software update (System Software 4.0) with new features?" a range of dates from �before the end of 2015′ all the way to �2017 or later’ were listed as options


So what ‘key features’ would you like to see added to your console in the big new v4.x firmware package, and when, sooner like months from now, or are you willing to wait a whole long year to give Sony more time to add as many new fancy features as possible to it.

NEWS SOURCE: PS4 Survey Hints at Firmware v4.0�s Key Features (via) GameRant

MGS5 Special Edition PS4 Has Small Typo

Your MGS5 PS4 is now worth ‘thousands’ of dollars!

There�s a typo stamped onto the MGS5 special edition PS4, but manufacturing errors seem to add value these days, so don�t despair if yours is one of them.

Time for your spelling bee contest winner takes all. — How do you spell the word ‘molybdenum’?

If your answer is ‘molybdeum’, with the N missing, which is wrong of course, you just might have won a few thousand bucks!

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Well that if of course you lucky enough to have purchased one of the first batch of Metal Gear Solid 5 PS4 Special Edition consoles with the tiny tiny small typo imprinted on the console case, as you can now turn around and sell the mistake on eBay for a few grand easy.

Like the legless Peach and double hand cannon Samus amiibo, the batch of PS4s that missed the spellcheck stage of production will probably be sold for thousands of pounds in a couple of weeks.

Admittedly it’s not something glaringly obvious, unless you’re familiar with the periodic table or are in the business of making steel alloys. The �caution’ message next to the Diamond Dogs logo warns against using molybdenum lubricant – except it actually says "molybdeum".

Make sure you hold on to your sides to prevent them from splitting with all of the laughing that you must be doing. You’ll be laughing all the way to the bank if you’ve already got your hands on one of these.


So you going to cash-in big time, or keep your ‘typo’ console as part of your prized collection?

NEWS SOURCE: Metal Gear Solid 5 special edition PS4 has a small typo that will be worth big bucks (via) VG247

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Uncharted 4 Release Date Revealed

Next Spring as Planned. – Just like the earlier ‘It has been delayed’ announcement was claiming.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will be released on March 18, 2016, according to the ‘PlayStation Blog’. Additionally, two limited physical versions of the new Uncharted 4 game for PS4 were also revealed.

After many sad announcements regarding the delays of Uncharted 4, we finally get a good happy announcement, with the pre-orders, limited editions, and the big super-duper news of a final Release Date, of next Spring like the previous delay announcement was aiming for, in this case it has been pigeon-holed in for March 18th. — Hopefully, with no more last minute delays coming early next year, in the meantime here is what the two special editions will contain for your dollars, and also announced was a ‘digital only special’, for those new breed of gamers that love not holding anything in their hands or on their shelves for their eighty bucks!

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Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Special Edition

The $80 USD Special Edition includes a Steelbook case, a 48-page hardcover art book, a Naughty Dog and Pirate Sigil sticker sheet, and Naughty Dog points, which are in-game currency used to unlock multiplayer content.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Libertalis Collector’s Edition

The $120 Libertalia Collector’s Edition includes everything from the Special Edition, plus a 12" Nathan Drake statue, three multiplayer outfits (Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Heist Drake, Desert Drake), two custom weapon skins (Golden weapon skin and Desert Weapon skin), a Henry Avery Sigil ball cap, and the Madagascar sidekick outfit.

If you prefer to download your games, you can grab the Digital Deluxe Edition for $80. It will be available for pre-order later this week, and it includes two multiplayer customization items and the Uncharted 4 Triple Pack, which grants access to an upcoming single-player story add-on and two multiplayer packs which unlock rare multiplayer items.

The Triple Pack will also be sold separately, though no price was given.

If you already pre-ordered Uncharted 4 digitally, you can upgrade to the Digital Deluxe Edition for $20.


So there you go, now you know how many days to start mark off on your calendars as you wait and wait wait to play Uncharted 4.

NEWS SOURCE: Uncharted 4 Release Date Revealed (via) IGN

I am Bread Rises on to PlayStation 4

PS Plus Members Get an Additional 10% off During Launch Week

I love the smell of fresh-baked bread. Sandwiches are my favorite food. I am Bread is now on PS4. These things are all true.

Have you ever wanted to play a new type of game on your PlayStation 4 console, that is not the normal genre type of games, well you are now in luck, as ‘I am Bread’ has risen up from the PC and is now being served up nice warm and toasted on your PSN store.

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The bread is fully baked and ready to leave the pan – I am Bread is now available for PlayStation 4. Much like the journey one slice of bread takes to become toast, the master bakers at Bossa Studios have taken players on a journey through Early Access to a full release on PC and now to PS4.

Follow the story of Mr. Murton, a.k.a. Bob from Surgeon Simulator, as he’s slowly driven mad by a malevolent slice of bread in this prequel to Bossa Studios’ smash hit game. And do it all on the polished definitive edition, designed using a PS4 controller from the start of development. Enjoy the thrilling speed of the bagel race, smash up the house with the baguette, hunt for cheese with the crisp bread, and fly in zero-G – all unlocked from the start of the game.

Bossa Studios worked with developer Just Add Water, known for its recent work on bringing Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty to current-gen consoles, to help I am Bread rise on the PS4.

If you haven’t followed the epic story of Bossa’s crumby adventurer, there’s no better time to begin.

Details include:

  • PS4 shareplay – for those tough times where may need a friend to jump in to help you out
  • Full trophy support, including the almighty platinum trophy
  • All game modes unlocked from the start

For more information, head to http://www.iambreadgame.com.

I am Bread is now available on the PSN store: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/iam-bread-ps4/


So are you a ‘bread’ lover, or a ‘bread’ hater, and if a lover, what side of your slice do you butter and with what?

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Rockstar Editor for GTA making its way to consoles

Coming in September to PS4 & Xbox One with New Features

Next month, the Rockstar Editor officially makes its way to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles as part of the next downloadable update for Grand Theft Auto V and GTA Online.

For many months, PC Gamers have been enjoying editing their GTA V online experiences, using the RockStar Editor, whereas ‘console lovers’ were stuck just watching their amazing creations on YT, wondering if they should dig their next-gen box because PC is better.

Well not any more, as RockStar has just announced they been able to port over the ‘editor system’ to your PS4 and XB1 systems! :)

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Next month, the Rockstar Editor officially makes its way to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles as part of the next downloadable update for Grand Theft Auto V and GTA Online.

This update will also bring with it some new features for the Rockstar Editor that will be available for all three platforms including PC, along with some exciting new gameplay for GTA Online Freemode that we’ll be sharing more about in the coming weeks.

NEW FEATURES

Here’s a brief rundown of some of the new features that will debut as part of the next official update:

  • Ambient Audio and Sound Effects Library: Add ambient and atmospheric sound design with a library of audio tracks to help bring your scenes to life or add sound effects from a collection of Foley and other sfx.
  • Snapmatic Integration: Now you can export any still frame at a marker point straight to Snapmatic, giving you ultimate freedom when searching for that perfect camera angle.
  • Director Mode Updates: An enlarged minimap with location blips to highlight preset locations, the power to freeze chosen time of day settings and the ability to spawn air and water vehicles.
  • Copy and Paste Marker Properties: Easily copy and paste your audio settings from any marker to another marker in the clip – adding invaluable efficiency to your go-to editing techniques.
  • New Fonts: You’ll now have more style options than ever for your titles and credits — we’re tripling the library of available fonts with new styles.

Stay tuned for more features to be added in later updates also.


Well, so what you think is it nice that consoles are finally going to get the same cool features that the PC Master Race had?

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PlayStation tries selling us on Vue with Aqua Teen ad

WANT TO FEEL OooOoOoOoOoLDDDD?!?!?1

Aqua Teen Hunger Force is a 15 years old television program. Remember television? That humble technology before Snapchat, million view pre-teen Minecraft let’s plays, and Super Porn?

If you can remember Aqua Teen, then you are old enough to remember TV and also be willing to spend $50 per month to have it!

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And Aqua Teen is, apparently, a show still on television (which also still exists, surprisingly!). The internet says the series finale is this Sunday, actually. Until then, Sony wants to squeeze any earned nostalgia out of the program by using it to convince you to pay for PlayStation Vue.

Remember PlayStation Vue? It’s hamstrung cable television for $50/month only available in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco (or $12/month for access to Showtime — also still exists! — nationwide)


Just remember this is NOT your ‘NetFlix’ thingie for only $9.99, then is TV it is amazing, something your parents used to watch! :)

NEWS SOURCE: PlayStation tries selling us on Vue with Aqua Teen ad (via) Destructoid

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Man arrested after stuffing PS4 down his pants!

A PlayStation 4 isn’t small and it isn’t light. Not even for the allegedly light-fingered.

So is it possible to shove a PS4 down your trousers? Allegedly, Yes, at least for this stupid robber that tried to get away with the perfect shoplifting crime, but ended up getting caught in the act.

Crime stories on Maxconsole involving ‘gaming’ or ‘gamers’ are very popular, but this one is bound to make you laugh a bit, because this man decided to impress his kids or girl back home by stuffing a PS4 down his pants and trying to walk out the store without paying for it, and well it seems to be caught, not sure if it was because of the weird looks he got or the fact he added too much bulk to his newly formed manhood by throwing in a few controllers and games to complete the package in what must had been very large pants!

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We need to talk trousers.

Specifically, we need to talk what sort of trousers you could get a PlayStation 4 inside.

I’m not playing with you. I’m relaying allegations against Christopher Caldwell, 36, of West Palm Beach, Florida.

As local crime reporter Will Greenlee says on his blog that Caldwell was arrested at Walmart in Port St. Lucie after allegedly shoving a PlayStation 4 down his pants and trying to make off with it.

Some of you will be familiar with the dimensions of one of these fine machines. The PlayStation 4 is 2.09" x 10.83" x 12.01." The box measures 19" x 13" x 4." It weighs around 6 pounds. With the greatest will and moxie, that’s quite some box to slip down most people’s pants.

But Greenlee insists Caldwell allegedly wasn’t satisfied with just the PlayStation. He says in the affidavit records: "Christopher then began concealing the accessories into his pants as well."

He allegedly failed to pay for his haul and may now pay with his liberty. He was arrested for grand felony theft.

But back to the trousers.

Do you really believe he went MC Hammer, all baggy and shiny? Might he have merely donned some low slung and loose-fitting jeans? Might he simply have lost weight or have a pair of pants gifted to him that were far too large?

The Port St. Lucie Police report declares him to be wearing "a white shirt, blue jeans and a green fisherman hat." It adds that Caldwell allegedly removed the PlayStation from the box before inserting it into his trousers.


So now we know you can ‘allegedly’ fit a PS4 down your pants, but what about the larger size Xbox One, is it big enough to prevent ‘shoplifting’ maybe Microsoft can use that as ‘feature’ in way to generate more sales, like in ‘you can’t leave your home, with an Xbox one’, they could run commercials showing ‘criminals’ getting away of stealing an PlayStation, but when trying to rob your Xbox One that always get caught, making it the ‘safer’ system to buy as an investment without raising your home insurance costs!

NEWS SOURCE: Man arrested after allegedly stuffing PlayStation in his pants (via) CNET

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Sony dates Paris Games Week PlayStation conference

Sony will attend the ‘Paris Event’ in full force as they skipped the earlier ‘GamesCom’ event in EU

Sony will hold its Paris Games Week PlayStation conference on Tuesday, 27th October at 5pm UK time.

Sony earlier had announced they were skipping GamesCom because it was ‘too close’ to the big E3 event, so they decided to make the ‘Paris Games Week’ their main EU launching event for all their millions of new PlayStation 4 fans over there, and they are promising to make the event a showcase of many little surprises, and have now officially dated when they are holding their EU press conference.

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This is the first year Sony has held back from making a splash at Gamescom in Cologne to attend the French event instead.

It is the company’s first major media presentation since E3 in June, when it dazzled by showing snatches of The Last Guardian, Shenmue 3 and Square Enix’s Final Fantasy 7 remaster.

But we’re unlikely to learn much more about any of those for a while.

Instead, expect to get a look at this Christmas’ biggest PlayStation launches – so that’s Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection then and um…

In all seriousness, we’re hoping for a No Man’s Sky release date (although we’d now be surprised to see it this side of the New Year) and possibly a firmer launch window for Uncharted 4.

We may also see something of the next game from French developer Quantic Dream (Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls), and the likes of Rime and Wild.


So what do you think we might be ‘shocked’ in seeing at the Paris Games Event Week that Sony is going to attend this year.

NEWS SOURCE: Sony dates Paris Games Week PlayStation conference (via) EuroGamer

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Sony to Sell Darth Vader-Themed PlayStation 4

Launching on November 17th, various Star Wars bundles and special Vader ‘console’

Sony Corp. unveiled a Darth Vader-shaped version of its PlayStation 4 game console designed to capitalize on the release of the latest ‘Star Wars’ film later the year.

All the Star Wars fans that are also PlayStation lovers were cheering yesterday when it was announced that a Vader PS4 was coming.

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The Darth Vader console will go on sale Nov. 17, the same day as the Star Wars Battlefront video game from Electronic Arts Inc.

Walt Disney Co., which acquired the rights to "Star Wars" in 2012, is releasing its first installment of the franchise, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," on Dec. 18. The company is also planning on a massive merchandising push tied to the new film.

The PlayStation announcement was made on Sunday, the last day of the biennial D23 Expo, a conference for Disney fans in Anaheim, California. PlayStation 4 was the top-selling game console in July, according to NPD.


So even if you own a PS4 already, would you buy a Vader version of it?

NEWS SOURCE: Sony to Sell Darth Vader-Themed PlayStation 4 (via) BloomBerg