This ‘Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain’ wedding is both amazing and weird…

While Japanese traditional-style weddings are still popular, most newlyweds tend to tie the knot with weddings based on Western-style themes and traditions with the bride in a white, flowing gown and the groom in a sharp tux. But what about a wedding that’s espionage-themed?

That’s what this promo for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain attempts to showcase. The video hilariously chronicles the pair’s most important day, from the altar approach to the couple’s profile videos and even the banquet afterwards. The video peaks when the father finally gives away his daughter to his new son-in-law with a ceremonial PlayStation Dual Shock 4 controller, but to an incredibly confused caterer who has no idea what’s going on.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain releases on September 1 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

Sony’s PlayStation 4 virtual reality hardware targeted for 2016

Sony targets 2016 for a “Project Morpheus” virtual reality release on the PlayStation 4. Having revealed a new and much-enhanced prototype of a VR headset at the Game Developers Conference, Sony also unveiled plans for its release along with tentative specs. First seen at last year’s GDC, the headset now features an upgraded 5.7-inch OLED screen, greatly reducing motion blur and latency that was found in the original. Morpheus is also expected to support graphics at 120 frames per second, and PS4 consoles are able to natively support that output.

Not only did Sony reveal the hardware, but they demoed three games that use Morpheus as well. One of which is named “London Heist,” a cover-based first-person shooting game in which you duck behind desks, pop up to shoot, and use PlayStation Move controllers to reload. Using the controllers, the device is able to translate real physical movements into the game, resulting in a very engaging and firsthand primary experience.

Sony will begin releasing Morpheus to developers in April, but check back for more information and details.

Sony shows off its new and improved virtual reality headset, promises 2016 release date

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VR unit-awaiting heads up, gamers and tech fans. Sony has announced that Project Morpheus, its virtual reality add-on for PlayStation 4, will go on sale during the first half of 2016. And the latest build is boasting some impressive stats.

It may have been in development for years, but when Sony lifted the lid on its virtual reality headset at Game Developers Conference last year, many – most notably those who had either backed or firmly believed the path to VR enlightenment to be Kickstarter success story Oculus Rift – were quick to suggest that the Japanese tech company’s device would be a poor imitation of VR, pointing to Oculus’ superior specs and enormous number of financial backers and supporters.

A year on, and neither headset is yet available for consumers to buy, but today at GDC 2015, Sony Computer Entertainment announced that Project Morpheus will be in consumers’ hands in the first half of 2016. And with it they have announced a slew of improvements to the already impressive device.

  • Morpheus now has a 5.7 inch OLED display. After receiving comments from users who noticed some image blurring while using the 2014 model, Sony has fitted the newest version of Morpheus with a 1920 x RGB x 1080 OLED display. What that means is that the pixels which make up the image each contain red, green and blue “sub-pixels” which flicker on and off, thus helping to eliminate the kind of blur often seen on regular LCD displays.
  • The screen now boasts a 120hz refresh rate – double that of the previous model – and a latency of only 18 milliseconds. That’s fast. Developers can reportedly render their games at 60fps but output at 120fps thanks to a technique known as “reprojection”, thus enabling a smoother experience less likely to result in user motion sickness.
  • The unit’s field-of-view has been bumped up from 90 degrees to 100, which, while not quite as wide as Oculus Rift’s, has reportedly made a noticeable difference to the slight “letterbox” effect that some users commented on in 2014.
  • Users can now quickly and easily lift up the display panel section without removing the headset entirely – something that will probably come in handy when your cat rubs up against your leg while you’re being stalked by an acid-spitting Xenomorph or exploring a snake-filled cave and you just have to know what just touched you IRL.
  • The headset has also been given additional motion-tracking sensors which work with the PlayStation Camera, going from six in the model shown last year to nine, allowing for greater accuracy and 360-degree head tracking.

Of course, all of this is subject to change, and at the rate at which VR tech is improving, we can almost certainly count on a few more improvements by the time the unit is available to buy. But judging by these figures, providing Sony can launch Project Morpheus at an affordable price point (and hopefully with a new name), this could well prove to be the perfect entry model for those looking to make their first foray into the world of virtual reality, minimal tinkering and technical know-how required. And while the unit may or may not end up being eclipsed by its competitors in terms of technical prowess, Gizmodo UK’s Sean Hollister has already gone on record to state that Project Morpheus is easily the most comfortable virtual reality unit he has ever used, even going as far as to call it “the best I’ve ever tried”.

As for the actual games? Well, Sony has promised to show us more this June at E3.

Sony Japan accidentally erases 20th Anniversary PS4 contest entries

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Sony Japan has accidentally erased all information obtained from PlayStation owners who entered to win a 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4. Those who purchased PlayStation 3, PS4, Vita or Vita TV between December 4 – January 15 were handed a calendar with a code which entered them into the contest.

Somehow, all data collected from the customers was erased and cannot be recovered. Sony didn’t provide information on how the data was lost.

Customers can now re-enter the contest by sending all required information in again.

Whoops.

PS4 gets Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest crossover cover plate in Japan

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Sony is holding a contest from February 24 to April 26, with the opportunity to win a special PlayStation 4 cover plate that features art from both the Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy series. The cover plate’s design features a Slime (a traditional monster from the Dragon Quest series), and a Moogle (a recurring race in the Final Fantasy series). The contest will be a lottery, and Sony will only make 100 copies of the cover plate.

Potential applicants will need to complete three steps to acquire a lottery ticket to win the cover plate.

Step 1 can be completed with any one of the following methods:

  • Purchase the “Dragon Quest Metal Slime Edition” PS4, enter the included special product code in the PS Store, and download the game.
  • Purchase the PS4 Dragon Quest Heroes game‘s limited first edition, and enter the special item code for the “Dragon Quest III Hero Costume” in the PS Store, and download the special item.
  • Purchase the digital download edition of Dragon Quest Heroes for the PS4.
  • Purchase the digital download car edition of Dragon Quest Heroes for the PS4.

Step 2 can be completed with either one of the following methods:

  • Purchase the “Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Suzaku Edition” PS4, and enter the included special product code for Final Fantasy XV – Episode Duscae in the PS Store, and download the game.
  • Purchase the Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Ultimate Box for PS4, and enter the included special product code for Final Fantasy XV – Episode Duscae in the PS Store, and download the game.
  • Purchase the Final Fantasy Type-0 HD limited first edition for PS4, and enter the included special product code for Final Fantasy XV – Episode Duscae in the PS Store, and download the game.
  • Purchase the digital download edition of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD for PS4.

Step 3 can be completed with the following method:

  • Download the “PS4 Dragon Quest x Final Fantasy Double Purchase Campaign Lottery Ticket”, for free.

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The 100 potential winners will be drawn from the users who successfully complete these steps and acquire the lottery ticket. The contest will run from February 24 to April 26.

All applicants will also receive a special Playstation 4 Dynamic Menu theme, with background art featuring the same art from the cover plate.

Dragon Quest Heroes is a roleplaying game in the long-running Dragon Quest RPG franchise. The game will be developed in collaboration with KOEI Tecmo Games’ Omega Force team, which also developed theWarriors series of games. In addition to being the first action RPG in the Dragon Questseries, the game will also be the first title in the series in ten years to be released on a PlayStation system. Yūji Horii is serving as the general director of the game, and Koichi Sugiyama is composing the soundtrack.

The story takes place in the kingdom of Elsarze, where humans and monsters work hand in hand, and everything is peaceful. However, one day, the monsters turn violent, and begin attacking the humans. Captains of the imperial guards Akt and Mare stand up in order to bring back the original hearts of the monsters, and bring peace back to Elsarze once more.

Square Enix shipped the game in Japan on Thursday, February 26. Square Enix has not yet announced a North American release date.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is the high-definition PS4/Xbox One port of Square Enix‘s original Final Fantasy Type-0 on the Playstation Portable system.

Square Enix describes Final Fantasy Type-0 HD:

“Step into the fray as Class Zero, a group of fourteen students from an elite military academy whose country is attacked by an aggressive neighboring Empire. Using the powerful abilities and magic of all fourteen characters in fast-paced action RPG combat, players must face the brutality and injustices of war to uncover the secrets of its genesis.”

Square Enix will release the game in North America on March 17, in Japan on March 19, and in Europe on March 20.

Sony makes Korean gamers’ dreams come true by finally giving them Metal Gear and Dragon Quest

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Korean gamers and netizens are crying tears of joy now that Sony has announced it will be translating some of the most popular Playstation titles into Korean for the first time. This might come as a surprise for many considering the popularity of video games in Japan’s close neighbor, but for years fans of these series were deprived of the ultimate gaming experience in their native tongue. However, that will finally change this summer.

Described by many netizens as a “dream come true,” Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) announced recently on their official website and blog that two of the most popular series available on the PlayStation, Dragon Quest and Metal Gear Solid, will be localized into Hangul, slated for release in summer this year. This strategic move is accompanied by the release of the PlayStation 4, also localized, and was announced by SCE Korea CEO Shiro Kawauchi. Korean fans can definitely look forward to an epic summer of endless gaming.

This move by SCE Korea generated much buzz on social media, and netizens have expressed nothing but immense joy at this news:

“Currently, the most likable Japanese person in Korea is the CEO that announced the news.”

“I can’t believe this is happening in my lifetime!”

“Kawauchi actually shed tears and told the Korean users, ‘Thank you so much for waiting.’ What a great guy.”

“I am cancelling all my summer vacation plans to buy the PS4.”

Looks like Sony played their cards right this time. Not only are Korean fans super-hyped for the PS4, their CEO also shot to fame as one of the most popular Japanese people in a country where netizens are often hostile to the Japanese.

Get some Nintendo on your Sony with these PS4 skins

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As odd a concept as it may sound to some, had the 1991 deal between Nintendo and Sony gone off without a hitch, not only might the PlayStation brand as we know it today not even exist, but gamers the world over might be able to play titles like Super Mario 3D World and Wii Sports on Sony-made hardware. Instead, with Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft all vying for our hard-earned cash, console gamers are faced with a choice: choose a platform to invest in or live on nothing but baked beans for a year and buy them all.

If you’re a Sony fan and have already picked up a PS4, no doubt you’re as pleased with your purchase as we were with ours. But there’s no denying that Nintendo’s creations have a certain appeal to them, and few of Sony’s first-party characters could ever compete with Mario et al. Thankfully, third-party retailer LUCKY D has you – and your PlayStation – covered, as they’re selling sticker skins for PlayStation 4 featuring everything from Pikachu to Evangelion‘s Asuka.

We’ve seen all manner of limited-edition PlayStation 4 case designs since the console’s arrival just over a year ago. Besides the beautiful real-wood PS4, few have really caught our eye, though, and for those who picked up their console at launch it can be irritating to see alternative designs coming out just months later.

LUCKY D, however, has a solution. With their “PS4 Skin Seals” PlayStation owners can deck out their console with all manner of alternative designs. Nintendo fans especially will be pleased to learn that the Japanese retailer stocks two special skins which permit the unholy matrimony of Nintendo and Sony to take place, offering a sticker set featuring Mario and friends, and another which turns your PS4 into everyone’s favourite yellow lightning rat, Pikachu.

According to their Amazon JP listing, the stickers come in pieces, covering the PlayStation 4 console itself, DualShock 4 controller, and even the tiny touch panel on the controller’s front. It looks like the stickers wrap right around the PS4, too, giving the underside a splash of colour – something which those who stand their console vertically will no doubt appreciate.

▼ Mario and pals

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▼ LUCKY D is also offering this rather sexy Black Rock Shooter skin,

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▼ a tremendously cool skin featuring Asuka from Evangelion,

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▼ Boob pillow-cum-virtual idol Super Sonico,

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▼ and this Kantai Collection skin, which is sure to please fans of all things moe.

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The skins retail for between 3,200 and 3,672 yen (US$27-31) on Amazon JP. We’re sorry to say that our favourite of the lot, the yellow Pikachu skin, is already out of stock, however, so you may want to bookmark that page and check back regularly. As for whether these things are officially licensed, or how long Nintendo will allow the LUCKY D to use their characters on stickers designed for a rival console, only time will tell, so if you’re looking to add some Nintendo to your Sony, you may want to move quickly.