Eureka Award 2015

April 7, 2015 — 1 Comment

Really honored to be getting an Eureka Award tomorrow (April 8th.)

“The Eureka Award is given to an entrepreneur who not only built their own Eureka Moment but are helping others in Orange County build theirs.”

http://www.eurekaon.com/speakers–honoree.html

[DISCLAIMER: THIS IS MY PERSONAL BLOG,  AND DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY OFFICIAL POSITION OR OPINION OF SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT]

Updated: 4/10/15

Onlive was a heck of a competitor to Gaikai, at every single turn we made different choices.  It was very worrying, were we making the right choices?  Our issue was that PC games (for Keyboard and mouse) were becoming really difficult to get running across a myriad of TV’s, Phones, Set-Top-Boxes, and websites from the cloud, especially as a lot of great games are no longer supported by anyone, even their publishers have disappeared.  So at Gaikai we kept looking at the console libraries and sighing…  How lucky they were to have organized, well supported platforms, with incredible game libraries that worked on standard controllers.  (You probably were not aware that we had to modify the PC games in realtime, hiding legacy buttons, icons and features that no longer made sense etc.  It was a nightmare.)

When Sony knocked on our door, we knew it was the perfect decision.  The general opinion was that streaming console games would be technically impossible, which was absolutely true, but nobody really expected the level of support that the various Sony teams would provide to us (including hardware and software).  We now have over 300 console titles streaming and most reviews have stopped even talking about the technology anymore, cloud gaming just works.  It’s been interesting watching all the discussion swing from “can it work” to “how much does it cost?”  We are certain we can work out good business models, we are thrilled that “Can it work?” has been put to bed.

Onlive did an assignment for the benefit of creditors (an asset sale) shortly after Sony acquired us.  We were in complete shock.

Onlive then grew a second time enriched by new funding and new leadership, by integrating Steam versions of the games, they accelerated onboarding but they never got the chance to integrate a console library. Sony has recently acquired the Onlive intellectual property (patents), and I’m personally happy we got the patents off the market, as there are patent trolls in the game industry, people that waste an enormous amount of time trying to get rich quick by buying up patent libraries.

Anyway, I have a lot of personal respect for the management at Onlive, I’m personal friends (from the past) with executives and staff there and I wish them the best of luck going forward.  We have opened up numerous job positions to help their transition in any way we can.

We feel lucky Sony gave us this chance to show that cloud gaming can make the highest quality video games as accessible as movies and music online by streaming them to any device..

Personally, our strategy has always been for the long-game. The potential of the cloud is pretty breath-taking, and we hope to show you why in the coming years.

You can read the Onlive update here: http://blog.onlive.com/

Very excited to see Anthony & Nicola Caulfield making another documentary on the video game industry.  (Last one was BEDROOMS TO BILLIONS.)

This one is all about the history of the Commodore Amiga!

Congrats for getting funded!

I did get to program a game on the Amiga, it was called Supremacy in the UK and Overlord in the USA.

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PlayStation Now support is planned for (or already on) these devices:

2014 SONY TV’s

XBR-X950B series

XBR-X900B series

XBR-X800B series

KDL-W950B series

KDL-W850B series

KDL-W800B series

KDL-W700B series

KDL-W600B series

2015 4K TV’s

XBR X900C Series/XBR X910C

XBR-X930 Series/X940C

XBR-X850C Series

XBR-X830C Series

X900C

X910C

2015 HD TV’s

KDL-75W850C

KDL-65W850C

KDL-55W850C

KDL-50W850C

KDL-48 W700C

KDL-40W700C

2015 BLU-RAY PLAYERS

BDP-S6500

BDP-S5500

BDP-S3500

BDP-S1500

PLAYSTATION 3

PLAYSTATION 4

PLAYSTATION VITA

PLAYSTATION TV

SAMSUNG TV’S (Revealed at CES 2015)

Samsung PlayStation Now

More official info is here:

https://www.playstation.com/en-us/explore/psnow/devices/

http://www.playstation.com/en-us/explore/psnow/faq/

More PlayStation Now games announced by Sony.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Have you played through Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves yet? (Hint: They’re available in the subscription!)

This month we add the third chapter in the saga of fortune hunter Nathan Drake, where a search for the fabled “Atlantis of the Sands” propels him on a daring trek into the heart of the Arabian Desert — a journey that pits him and his mentor Victor Sullivan against the occult treachery of a shadowy clandestine organization and its ruthless leader.

When the terrible secrets of this lost city are unearthed, Drake’s quest descends into a desperate bid for survival that strains the limits of his endurance and forces him to confront his deepest fears.

Super Stardust HD

Multiplier. Multiplier. Weapon overdrive. Want to know which game the first PlayStation Now closed beta testers could not get enough of? Super Stardust HD!

In this fully updated version of the classic game Stardust, your mission is simple: destroy everything in sight! Visit different planets and fend off giant asteroids and waves of enemies by utilizing three upgradeable weapons to save your home solar system from total annihilation.

Hustle Kings

You may be thinking, I’m a shooter guy, or I’m an adventure gal, why is there a billiards game on this list? An important feature of PlayStation Now is giving you a variety of genres to experience.

Easy to pick up yet very addicting and challenging, sports fans are calling this one of the best pool simulators they have ever tried. Give it a shot — you may not be able to put it down either!

Set in contemporary and stylish pool bars, Hustle Kings allows players of every skill level to immerse themselves in one of the most realistic billiards experiences ever realized through true-to-life physics and stunning, photo-realistic lighting and graphics.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma

Warning: This game is hard! If you’re looking for a nice way to unwind after a long day, try one of the other games in the subscription, because this game will kick you in the teeth! If you’re up to the challenge, however, Ninja Gaiden Sigma consistently makes it into the top 10 lists of the most difficult games of all time.

Play as Ryu Hayabusa, a young master ninja who seeks vengeance against those who attacked his village and stole the Dark Dragon Blade. Challenge the action-packed world of Ninja Gaiden Sigma and complete the journey.

Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate

Here’s a fun fact: the second rarest Trophy for Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate is in the tutorial. If you are just two Trophies away from this Platinum, jump back in and earn “A Fighter is Born: Complete all lessons in Tutorial.” The Trophies you earn while playing on PlayStation Now sync with your PlayStation 3 Trophy progress, so it’s a great way to raise your game completion levels.

Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate heightens the signature DOA fighting style with the inclusion of new modes from DOA5 PLUS, dynamic new stages, and deadly new fighters to deliver the ultimate in fighting entertainment. Players will take on the roles of their favorite Dead or Alive fighters — as well as combatants new to the franchise — in an intense, action-packed brawler set in visually striking locations from around the world. The famed DOA hand-to-hand combat is enhanced with new content that extends the experience.

Full Story here: 

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2015/04/06/playstation-now-subscriptions-new-for-april-2015/

Some cool videos that show the basic principles of animation by Alan Becker.

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Eureka Fest 2015

April 1, 2015 — 1 Comment

I’m looking forward to the Eureka Fest (event for entrepreneurs) in Irvine, CA.  (Evening of April 8th.)

It’s fun to see these amazing start-up resources that I wish were available when I was booting up companies.

http://www.eurekaon.com/details.html

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