It seems like Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream are already working on the next endeavor after Beyond: Two Souls, intended for the next-gen PlayStation 4.
Quantic Dream has registered the domain name for SingularityPS4.com. Following a similar move, the studio has done in the past, as they registered the domain names of both heavyrainPS3.com and beyondPS3.com. This indicates that Quantic Dream is indeed prepping a new title for PS4 called Singularity.
Interestingly, going back to Kara tech demo that was shown at GDC last year, Quantic Dream’s lead David Cage said he was inspired by Ray Kurzweil‘s book The Singularity is Near. This suggests that the android Kara could be the subject of the new title in the works. Watch Kara tech demo below:
In this year’s Consumer Electronics Show CES 2013 in Las Vegas, Samsung Electronics revealed its goal of creating new experiences for all under the theme of ‘Discover the world of possibilities’.
Samsung wants to define its vision for the consumer electronics industry, including their new iterations in television and smart TV sets, smart appliances, connected cameras and mobile devices. Watch the complete press conference below:
Google New 3D Maps Unveiled, Coming to iOS and Android
During its “next dimension” press conference, Google unveiled their plans for its Google Maps service. With a brand new 3D mapping feature for Google Earth, captured by special airplanes equipped with Street View-like 3D cameras, the services will be coming to both Android and iOS devices in the coming weeks.
Watch the full event below:
The tentpole of today’s keynote probably the new offline mapping capabilities, where journeys can be planned and locations can be found regardless of whether you’re connected to the internet or not. Its enough to download the map of the desired location before you go and later you can use different features while offline. Awesome.
The announcement comes a week ahead of Apple’s WWDC in which its highly rumored the company will debut its own 3D maps service at its using from C3 Technologies.
Apple is expected to introduce a revamped Maps application in the next major update iOS 6, ditching Google Maps service as a backend to provide its proprietary solution that will feature 3D mapping technology.
AllThingsDreported that the new feature is expected to be unveiled at Apple’s WWDC which will be held June 11 through 15 in San Francisco
“Sources describe the new Maps app as a forthcoming tent-pole feature of iOS that will, in the words of one, ‘blow your head off,'” Paczkowski wrote. “I’m not quite sure what that means, and the source in question declined to elaborate, but it’s likely a reference to the photorealistic 3-D mapping tech Apple acquired when it purchased C3 Technologies.”
The most important thing in the new Maps application is a powerful new 3D mode provided by C3 Technologies:
C3 Technologies is the leading provider of 3D mapping solutions, offering photo-realistic models of the world for search, navigation and geographic information systems. Since 2007 when it was spun out of the aerospace and defense company Saab AB, venture-backed C3 has redefined mapping by applying previously classified image processing technology to the development of 3D maps as a platform for new social and commercial applications. The Sweden-based company’s automated software and advanced algorithms enable C3 to rapidly assemble extremely precise 3D models, and seamlessly integrate them with traditional 2D maps, satellite images, street level photography and user generated images, that together are forever changing how people use maps and explore the world.