Police playing Gran Turismo Sport on PlayStation in the game of the law to improve high speed pursuit driving

Police officers have been receiving extra lessons in high-speed car chases – by playing a VIDEO GAME.

PlayStation has partnered up with Lincolnshire Police in order to provide extra tuition to specialist drivers using Gran Turismo Sport.

The project – which aims to boost skill and safety – has seen officers clock an initial lap time at Silverstone race course in Towcester, Northants.

The four drivers then received specialist training using the game, including a new virtual reality mode.

Any areas for improvement such as under or oversteer, braking late and carrying too much speed in corners were identified, with GT Sport used to demonstrate correct techniques.

The officers then went out on a second lap and demonstrated markedly improved results – with one shaving 5.7 seconds of their initial lap time.

Between them, the four officers improved their times by 14 seconds after being taught using the video game, which hits the stores on Wednesday (18/10).

Shaun West, from Lincolnshire Police, said: “There will never be a replacement for traditional training methods but we are always looking for innovative ways to supplement the learning of our officers and staff.

“If Gran Turismo can help to train world class racing drivers, then we were keen to explore whether it could offer anything to our officers and help expand the way we think about evolving and refreshing our training methods.

“It’s important to emphasise that exploring other methods such as this is not in any way seeking to substitute the rigorous training we already have in place but is simply another way to potentially bolster those existing programmes that our officers undertake.”

“Because road safety is of paramount importance in Lincolnshire we want to ensure our practices are as up-to-date and innovative as possible.

“Our F4tal 4 campaign focuses on the four main causes of injury and death on the roads: drink/drug driving, speeding, mobile phones and seatbelts.

“Anyone who chooses not to comply with the standards outlined in Fatal4, and is therefore putting themselves and other members of the public at risk, must do so within the realms of a game like GT Sport or on a racetrack like Silverstone.

“We don’t want that kind of driving on Lincolnshire’s roads.

“Also, we’re really keen to progress our immersive learning and exploring this type of training fits that brief well.

“What more could we do to ensure our officers are trained to the highest standards while also accommodating the needs of a workforce that works varied hours, in a number of locations, and has different needs and expectations of respective roles?

“Taking technology like we have trialed in GT Sport, and the software that is in devices like our Mobile Data Terminals which, for example, may allow us to offer immersive learning in areas such as Child Sexual Exploitation, means we are exploring different ways to enhance and augment our traditional training methods.

“Ensuring we utilise the skills and learning of our officers and staff means they can only offer a better service to the people of Lincolnshire.

“For all of these reasons, not to mention the fact that this also offered us a chance to do something different, we were really pleased to work with PlayStation on this experience and found the results of this really interesting.

“It’s something we will certainly take away and think about and see if we can use any elements of i

Xbox One news: Battlegrounds PUBG games boost, Fortnite Battle Royale update | Gaming | Entertainment

PUBG Battlegrounds on Xbox One could one of the biggest exclusive launches of the year for the Microsoft console.

While not boasting a very formidable frontline of unique titles this year, Battlegrounds can be seen as a major boost.

Microsoft recently confirmed that the game is still on track to launch this year, with Aaron Greenberg commenting online: “Amazing to see the success and momentum around @PUBATTLEGROUNDS we are working hard and excited to be publishing this game on @Xbox One this holiday!”

No firm release date has been offered for its launch, although it appears that late November – early December could server as a launch time.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has just been classified by the Australian ratings board, which suggests the PUBG release date is fast approaching.

PUBG was given an MA15+ rating in Australia, the second strongest classification a game can receive.

Interestingly, the classification page reveals the Xbox One news that PUBG will launch with a lengthy new title.

The ratings page lists PUBG as “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds: The Ultimate Life & Death Fight”.

It’s not clear why the already jumbled title needs to be extended any further, although it will help distinguish it from the PC version.

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds already has the record for most concurrent users on Steam, having beaten DOTA 2’s previous high of 1,291,328 users back in September.

And despite the likes of Fortnite trying to steal its crown – not to mention countless server errors – PUBG’s popularity is showing no signs of slowing down.

The game has now passed 2 million concurrent players.

Battlegrounds peaked with 1,96 million players this weekend, before hitting 2 million players yesterday.

But could those new numbers be hurt by its direct rival, Fortnite: Battle Royale?

The new Epic Games launch has gotten off to a very strong start, which has helped by a quick release on PS4 and Xbox One.

The latest news suggests that the free mode and base game has now amassed a large player count in its first two weeks.

Since going free, 10 million players have played the Battle Royale mode, a huge figure which doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon.

For those playing Fortnite Battle Royale, the latest update launched by Epic provided stats for the first time, which can be viewed via the Battle Royale home screen.

Unfortunately, one of the downsides of any big patch is that it can bring fresh problems.

So while this latest build fixes a lot of existing issues, it has also apparently hit some players hard.

There are reports of major drops in FPS, as well as server issues since the new update was launched.

Epic were forced to take stats offline, as this decided to be the cause of some of the server issues.

These have since gone live again, although Epic have warned that it may take some time for stats to backfill.

PS5 release date news – PlayStation Revolution coming to Evolution of Video Games event | Gaming | Entertainment

Footage from the Kickstarter funded PlayStation Revolution documentary will debut at the upcoming Evolution of Video Games event in the UK.

The PlayStation Revolution documentary is the next entry in the Bedrooms to Billions series by Anthony and Nicola Caulfield.

It will be broadcast as part of The Evolution of Gaming event, which takes place at the Science Museum on October 25. Tickets are available for £5 from the Science Museum’s website.

Attendees will also hear from panelists such as Sensible Soccer creator Jon Hare and Rebellion founders Chris Kingsley and Jason Kingsley.

The panel will talk about the arcade scene of the 1970s, the home computing boom of the 1980s, the 16-bit era, the Sega and Nintendo console wars and the birth of PlayStation.

Fans will be particularly interested to hear from former Sony Computer Entertainment president Phil Harrison and his thoughts on the future of gaming.

Hopefully this will include an insight into what the PS5 will be capable of and when we can expect a release date.

The PS5 release date has been the subject of much speculation, although the popular opinion seems to be that it will launch in either 2019 or 2020.

In comments reported by PSU, industry analyst Michael Pachter said: “I think that’s exactly when you’ll see one (PS5) 2019 or 2020, and if I had to bet, it’s 2020. 

“Sony’s making so much money with the PS4 that I think they’ll continue to milk it as long as they can milk it. 

“And I think the natural extension of that is the PS4 Pro becomes the default PS4, and they just knock that price down to $250 when they can and they keep selling it – a ton of those. 

“The PS5 is probably going to be their real 4K device, and so it just feels to me that they’re not going to launch the PS5 until sales momentum for the PS4 slows, and it just hasn’t. 

“So you certainly get through 2017, 2018, and I just don’t see it slowing in 2018 which should prop them to launch something in 2019. 

“If it slows in 2019, they’re probably launching in 2020.”

And the PS5 could already have its first blockbuster game, as Avalanche Studios hints at what’s to come for the next-gen.

While the PS5 release date remains a mystery, Just Cause developer Avalanche has provided further proof that the next-generation of consoles is coming.

And it looks like Avalanche will be at the forefront of the new generation of PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

The developer is advertising for staff to work on its next-gen sandbox engine.

“Avalanche Studios is currently looking for a senior programmer to join a small team developing our next generation open world / sandbox multiplayer engine,” reads an Avalanche job post.

Top Playstation studio Naughty Dog responds to allegations of sex harassment

Naughty Dog, the developer of The Last of Us and Uncharted franchises, has acknowledged, while disputing, allegations of sexual harassment made by a designer this weekend on social media.

David Ballard, a designer no longer with the studio, alleged in a series of tweets on Saturday that he was terminated in February 2016 after informing the studio and the human resources department of its parent, Sony Interactive Entertainment, of the harassment allegations. He said he was offered $20,000 in severance pay on the condition that he remain silent about his time with the studio. Ballard said he refused.

Naughty Dog, in a statement published on its site today, said “we have not found any evidence of having received allegations from Mr. Ballard that he was harassed in any way at Naughty Dog or Sony Interactive Entertainment.”

Ballard said he was speaking out now “because of the strength I’ve seen in others coming forward about their experiences in the TV/Film industry,” apparently a reference to the week’s news of Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood producer accused of sexual harassment, assault and rape over decades in his position. Weinstein was fired by the production company he founded and several companies terminated their agreements with it in response.

Ballard’s profile on LinkedIn lists him as an environmental artist for Naughty Dog From 2009 to 2014; following a nine-month stint with Ubisoft he returned to Naughty Dog in 2016 as a multiplayer level designer. He has been credited on Uncharted 2, Uncharted 3, Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us.

Ballard said he has been unemployed for the past 17 months. He alleged that he told PlayStation’s human resources department about the sex harassment allegations and was dismissed one day later.

“We have taken and always will take reports of sexual harassment and other workplace grievances very seriously,” Naughty Dog said in its statement. “We value every single person who works at Naughty Dog and Sony interactive Entertainment.”

Xbox news recap: Xbox One Fall Creators Update releases to all Insiders, Original Xbox Compatibility coming “really soon” and more

Welcome to our weekly Xbox news recap series, where we go over the top stories of the past week in the world of Xbox. Let’s get started.

Xbox One Fall Creators Update now available

The full Fall Creators Update for Xbox One is out for all Insiders, offering the entire suite of changes to people who have thus far only gotten bits and pieces at a time. This should mean that the full public release of the update is imminent. If you aren’t an Insider member, you should be getting the update sometime within the month.

Original Xbox compatibility “really close”

In a new interview with Gamespot, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said that Original Xbox Backward Compatibility is “really close.” He also mentioned that there are some compatible OG Xbox games that have not yet been announced yet – so, if your favorite original Xbox game hasn’t been announced yet, there may still be hope.

OG Xbox game Fusion Frenzy on Xbox One

Mixer is the new home for Paladins eSports

Mixer and Paladins – an Overwatch-esque first person shooter – are both generally seen as knock-offs of their big brothers (despite the fact that both of them are actually, in my opinion, pretty great on their own). It’s no surprise that they’ve banded together to try and carve out a better name for their brands. A new partnership between Hi-Rez games and Mixer has made it so that Paladins eSports will be exclusively broadcast on Microsoft’s streaming service.

Phil Spencer says Sony’s cross-play reluctance “not going away”

Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently had some choice words for Sony, which has recently gained the ire of many after being the only major player in the industry that’s resistant to giving cross-play to the gaming community. “If my friends have this console, they can’t play with people who buy another console. That’s a reason they go buy my console,” said Spencer. “That reason is not going to go away.”

Thanks for joining us. To keep up to date with all the latest Xbox news, keep a close eye on our Xbox One tag.


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Lorenzo slams Zarco’s ‘PlayStation’ riding after Motegi clash

Jorge Lorenzo has slammed fellow MotoGP rider Johann Zarco for ‘PlayStation’-like riding after the duo’s run-in in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Ducati rider Lorenzo had taken the lead of the Motegi race on the opening lap, but began to fade soon after, rapidly losing positions.

But his descent down the order was also assisted by a clash with Tech 3 Yamaha’s Zarco, as the rookie nudged the three-time premier-class champion wide on exit of the Turn 9 left-hander.

“It wasn’t the first time that I got a contact with Zarco this year,” Lorenzo said after the race. “He is very aggressive overtaking, I think it’s too much.

“Looks like it is similar as when you play on PlayStation. He feels like there is no rider in front of him and he is just entering your line and he doesn’t care.”

Lorenzo subsequently recovered from his early-race slump to finish sixth, re-passing Zarco for position late on.

The Frenchman, who is enjoying a hugely impressive first season in MotoGP, had drawn the ire of another of the sport’s elder statesmen earlier this year – with Lorenzo’s former teammate Valentino Rossi having criticised Zarco after clashes in Austin and Assen.

Lorenzo continued: “I would like to speak with Safety Commission to see what you can do because for me, something can happen in the future.

“He is not aware that he is too aggressive. I went to talk to him when he finished, but he did not think he did anything wrong.”

Indeed, when queried about it by the media, Zarco himself did not accept blame.

“I was confident with the front, in this corner 9, I could attack,” Zarco said. “Then he tried to stay on the outside, but when I went out of the corner, I was not seeing him, thinking that maybe he can be there.

“We touch because on acceleration he went normally on my line and we touched each other. Because I was inside, I got a disadvantage.”

Lorenzo was among the pre-race favourites at Motegi, but finished over 24 seconds behind race-winning teammate Andrea Dovizioso – an outcome he described as a “real shame”.

He added: “The expectation was much higher than this position, 24 seconds from the winner. There was too much water on the track for our setting, didn’t have confidence.

“Also Michelin, for safety reasons, avoid us to use the medium front, you had to use the harder one, also this affected me a little bit because I brake a little bit more smooth than [Marc] Marquez and Dovizioso, for example.

“I needed more grip on the rear. With not so much water, I was ready to fight for the win but with the lot of rivers and water, I wasn’t competitive.

“And even if I tried to warm up the tyres, it’s not possible, [they] didn’t get enough temperature during all the race.”

Additional reporting by Oriol Puigdemont and Jamie Klein

PS Plus games boost as fans discover new PlayStation Plus card deal | Gaming | Entertainment

The PS Plus free games deals keep coming this month, as Ubisoft step up to the plate to offer Ghost Recon Wildlands for a limited run.

The free weekend on PlayStation 4 is almost over though, having run from October 12th–15th, 2017.

This included having full access to the base game’s content, as well as new players getting the chance to experience Ghost War, the new free PvP update.

Ghost War was launched on October 10th, 2017, and is a 4-versus-4 team deathmatch experience that builds on the tactical squad play from the main game.

Using one of 12 classes, each with their own varied characteristics, weapons, perks and customisation options, players will engage with enemies across eight unique maps. 

But something that might peak the interest of some of those who tried out the game is the offer that will run after the weekend action finishes.

In conjunction with this free weekend, there will be 50% discount on all editions of the game. 

Players who purchase the full game will find that all their progress will carry over from the free weekend.

And that’s not the only big PS Plus October news to know about.

A new credit card has been launched in the United States as a team up effort between Sony and Visa.

The new plastic includes a range of rewards that can be used to buy PlayStation games and other merchandise, depending how much the owner spends.

These boil down to Sony Reward Points, which are tripled if used for mobile phone bills, and multiplied by five if used to buy Sony or PlayStation products.

One of the other benefits that might standout to PlayStation fans is the 50% off your annual PS Plus membership if you spend over $3,000 on the card in a year.

Signing up for the card also gives you a $50 PS Store credit, as well as 10% off on PlayStation Vue, Music and Now services.

APR is set between 14.99% and 24.99% depending on credit-rating but it should also be noted that it raises from 0% APR after March 2018.

For those interested, it’s been confirmed that you will earn one point for every $100 spent on the card.

Card details and Points: 

  • 5X points when you use the card at PlayStation Store
  • 5x points on all PlayStation and Sony purchases at authorized retailers with purchase confirmation using a Sony Rewards Bonus Points form
  • 3X points when you use the PlayStation Card to pay your mobile phone bill
  • 1X points on all other every day purchases

“Working with our colleagues over at Sony Rewards and Capital One, we are excited to present a new PlayStation Credit Card with rewards designed specifically with gamers like you in mind. Beginning today, we’re inviting all of our fans to start turning your everyday purchases into a number of amazing rewards and benefits.

“This is a great opportunity for any gamer looking to earn rewards just by purchasing the items you already enjoy.”

This amazing PlayStation VR bundle for PS4 saves you nearly £150

If you’ve yet to make the mind-blowing leap to virtual reality, now’s your chance – with this bargain PlayStation VR bundle.

Game is selling a great PSVR bundle that comes with several games and a PS4 camera for a very low price of £349.99.

That’s a huge saving, considering the Game lists the normal collective price for these items as £497.95. That means you’re technically saving nearly £150 with this bundle.

Buy Now: PSVR bundle at Game for just £349.99

The PlayStation VR is a headset system that works with your PS4 console, and lets you play virtual reality games.

The bundle includes the following:

  • PlayStation VR
  • PlayStation Camera V2
  • PlayStation VR Worlds
  • GT Sport Limited Edition
  • Eagle Flight
  • Now TV 2-month Entertainment Pass

Buy Now: PSVR bundle at Game for just £349.99

We gave the PlayStation VR a very rare 5/5 score, praising the device’s amazing roster of available games, simple setup, the great movie-watching experience on offer, the comfortable design, and the excellent value for money – especially when compared to the rival Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Here’s our verdict: “PlayStation VR is simply the best virtual reality headset you can buy right now. It’s cheap while not compromising on performance and quality. The headset is simply stunning and incredibly comfortable to wear, and the games already available are some of the best VR experiences I’ve ever played.”

The review continued: “Compared to the Oculus Rift it offers a far more comfortable gaming experience at a much lower price point. Against the Vive it may not offer the level of detail and immersion, but is pretty darn close and doesn’t require the installation of additional sensors in your home and will not demand as much space for many games, either.”

Related: Best PSVR games

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PlayStation News: PS5 Release update, PS4 Pro 4K Game update, NEW PSVR and PS4 controllers

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PlayStation News: PS5 Release Date, new PSVR revealed, PS4 Pro games & new PS4 pads

The PS5 could have another blockbuster game on the cards and in development as we speak.

It’s already knowns that some developers are planning for life down the road with Sony’s next console.

Fairly recently Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi revealed that when it came to working on GT Sport the assets for the game were well over-spec, right up to 8K.

Finder.com also noted that during a studio tour of Polyphony Digital, Yamauchi mentioned that they’re creating assets for GT Sport for future releases of PlayStation consoles.

Then Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata recently stated that Square Enix is already looking at games development for future projects way beyond the scope of whats possible with existing console tech.

Now it looks as though Avalanche Studios – who’ve previously released the Just Cause series and Mad Max – have hinted at another next-gen title.

“Avalanche Studios is currently looking for a senior programmer to join a small team developing our next generation open world / sandbox multiplayer engine,” reads an Avalanche job post.

The developer has also further explained some of the core things it will be prioritising for its next-gen games engine.

“As a Senior Multiplayer Programmer you will influence the architecture and drive the implementation of all multiplayer technology in the Avalanche Apex engine.

“This is a great opportunity to work with some of the most complex and rewarding challenges in game development today; Open worlds, sandbox gameplay and highly destructible multiplayer environments.

“As with most multiplayer development, a keen sense of fun gameplay and that 6th sense for what gives the perfect “feeling” are both key aspects for this role.”

Whether this is for a new project, or something else in the Just Cause series remains to be seen for the time being, but hopefully as development continues more details will be revealed.

Elsewhere in PlayStation news, we’ve seen that Gran Turismo Sport will offer a variety of graphical options for players on PS4 Pro – and one of those modes seems much better than the other.

Gran Turismo is a game series famed for its graphics, and the studio behind the title is pushing that even further with the release of GT Sport. 

And that philosophy of graphical support extends even further to players on the PS4 Pro.

The game will offer two modes on a PS4 Pro: Prioritize Quality and Prioritize Framerate.

Prioritize Framerate will run the game at 1080p and 60fps, while Prioritize Quality will apparently run the game in dynamic resolution checkerboarded at ‘up to’ 4K… but will also run at 60FPS.

So there are very few reasons you’d stick with the Framerate option when the Quality option seems to always do a better job?

“The best I can tell, the difference is that the replays run in 30fps on Quality Mode, but a full 60fps on Framerate mode.” writes

“But I don’t think that’s enough incentive to not go with Quality, especially since it also seems to offer supersampling for owners of 1080p TVs.”

Gran Turismo Sport launches on the PS4 family of consoles on October 17.

Sony has also released some new pictures of the new PSVR unit this week, too, as the virtual reality hardware celebrates its first birthday.

The peripheral turns a year old this week, and in that year, Sony tracks the hardware as selling ‘one million units and counting’ – it’s certainly better than the majority of its VR competitors, but the hardware still isn’t performing as impressively as Sony would like.

Sales may improve with the release of the new SKU and while the majority of the headset is mostly the same, there have been a few notable improvements.

To begin with, the headphone jack has moved from its place on a cable to being integrated into the headset itself in the back of the unit.

Secondly, there’s a thinner single cable carrying data traffic to and from the Processor Unit, making the whole thing a little bit more lightweight.

The biggest update to the whole device is that the headset now supports HDR – something the PS4 and PS4 Pro both support.

This is thanks to a new passthrough unit being sold with the headset.

Before, you had to choose between playing a game in SDR in the headset or in HDR on your television.

The new PSVR unit follows a trend in Sony products – it’s slimmer and more lightweight than its predecessors – and can be seen in a post over at VRFocus.

The PlayStation blog has also revealed 60+ new PlayStation VR games coming this year and into early 2018, which you can see in full here:

Finally, for this week, the PS4 has seen its family of controllers grow with a series of interesting and exciting new pads.

Three new officially licensed PlayStation 4 controllers have been revealed: the Nacon Wired Compact Controller, @PLAY Wired Compact Controller, and HORI Wired Mini Gamepad.

The Nacon Wired Compact looks the most like the original PS4 pad, but has bigger face buttons and a slightly more retro design.

It will be available in Orange, Blue, Grey, Black and Red and will be released in November. 

The @PLAY Wired Compact has a setup that’s closer to the original 360 pad than anything else (apart from the grips). This will be released to market in December, in Blue, Red, White and Dark Grey.

The final – and smallest – pad is the HORI. It’s been specifically designed for players with smaller hands and will release in Black, Red and Blue.

It’ll release on November 9th.

Games with Gold October 2017 UPDATE: New Xbox games release COUNTDOWN | Gaming | Entertainment

The Games with Gold October 2017 lineup may have been a little overshadowed by the PlayStation Plus roster this month, however, that doesn’t mean there weren’t some good picks.

At the moment, fans can download both Gone Home and Oxenfree on Xbox One, and now the countdown can begin for the next batch of games.

Gone Home: Console Edition: “Interactive storytelling is at the heart of this award-winning, genre-defining game. Imagine coming home after a year abroad to find none of your family home. As you move through the house, interact with keepsakes and photographs and other clues to uncover what happened. From the creators of the recently-released Tacoma on Xbox One.”

There’s also Rayman 3 HD available to those hoping to expand their Xbox One Backwards Compatibility lineup.

But soon there will be the monthly refresh, giving fans just little over a day to grab whatever titles they don’t already have in their library.

Oxenfree will be replaced on October 16 with The Turing Test, which will be available until November 15.

The Turing Test: “Engage your logic skills for this first-person puzzler set on Jupiter’s moon, Europa. In The Turning Test, use your Energy Manipulation Tool (EMT) to transfer power in and out of many machines and giant structures that can help you as the narrative-focused story evolves.”

Rayman 3 HD is also being replaced, with Medal of Honor: Airborne replacing it on October 16, available until the end of the month.

Medal of Honor: Airborne: “How you decide to approach Medal of Honor: Airborne starts the moment you jump out of the plane. Control your drop as you navigate to a desired insertion point to put yourself in the thick of the fight. 

“Then navigate through the war-torn villages and towns to gain an advantage over your enemies on rooftops, balconies and other ruins.

“With customisable weapons and free-roaming objectives, and local and online co-op, this is a fantastic shooter to add to your library.”

The full Games with Gold lineup for October 2017 includes:

  • Gone Home: Console Edition: Available October 1 to 31 on Xbox One
  • The Turing Test: Available October 16 to November 15 on Xbox One
  • Rayman 3 HD: Available October 1 to 15 on Xbox One and Xbox 360
  • Medal of Honor: Airborne: Available October 16 to 31 on Xbox One and Xbox 360

For anyone interested in building their gamerscore with the current crop of Games with Gold titles, Microsoft have confirmed that a total of 3200 are available this month.