Sneaky Pete trailer: our first look at Bryan Cranston’s new show

The Bryan Cranston-produced drama Sneaky Pete had its pilot picked up by Amazon recently, and today the show got its first trailer. Sneaky Pete stars Giovanni Ribisi as an ex-con who steals his prison cellmate’s identity and starts working in the bail bonds industry. The trailer doesn’t tell us much, but here’s what it does say: there will be guns, broken glass, and at least one Cranston appearance (his first return to television since Breaking Bad).

The pilot premieres this Friday, August 7th, on Amazon Instant Video.

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Author: Lizzie Plaugic

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Guitar Hero Live Will Have Singing

When Guitar Hero Live was announced, it was differentiated from past Guitar Hero and Rock Band games by its focus on guitars. There aren’t drum or bass parts in GH Live, just support for two guitars. But today, developer FreeStyleGames revealed that there will also be vocal parts in the game.

In a pre-Gamescom trailer, the developer showed off how singing works in the game. If you plug in a microphone to the device you’re playing on, a vocal track will appear above the guitar tracks. The vocals highway looks pretty much identical to vocals in other Guitar Hero and Rock Band games. You can watch the video below (talk of vocals is around 3:30).

Vocals will be scored individually, as well, meaning that this adds more support for multiplayer, with someone playing guitar and someone singing. It’s unclear, however, whether you can play with two other people locally. The video shows only two-person multiplayer.

The developer also hasn’t said anything about which Guitar Hero Live modes will support singing. In the video, it appears that the singer and guitarist are playing in Guitar Hero TV, the game’s on-demand music service. There’s no word yet on if you can sing in the game’s first-person “campaign” mode, called Guitar Hero Live.

The developer also hasn’t said which microphones will be usable in the game, although the wording in the video suggests that any microphone compatible with your device will work.

Guitar Hero Live launches on October 20 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, and mobile devices. Recently, we were able to talk to design manager Pete O’Donnell, and you can read the interview here. You can also check out our hands-on impressions of the game here.

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Author: Alex Newhouse

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You can now reserve the weird and ultra-secure Turing Phone

The Turing Phone, which aims to be one of the most secure smartphones ever made, can now be reserved at the company’s website. You can’t actually preorder or put money down for this Android 5.1 device yet; this step merely gets you in the queue for when Turing Robotics Industries is ready to start shipping.

Right now, potential buyers can choose from one of three color options (Beowulf, Pharaoh, Cardinal) and pick the amount of storage they want — 16GB, 64GB, or 128GB. And the Turing’s unique design and liquidmorphium construction don’t come cheap; the 16GB model is $610 (unlocked) with higher capacities priced at $740 and $870.

The last page asks for your name, email address, phone number, and home city before you can hit the reserve…

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Author: Chris Welch

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PlayStation Game-Streaming Service Officially Hits PS Vita Tuesday

PlayStation Vita owners can very soon try out the final version of Sony’s game-streaming service PlayStation Now. The service will see its official launch on Tuesday for the portable, as well as PlayStation TV, Sony writes on the PlayStation Blog. PS Now was previously available on PS Vita only through a limited beta.

Beginning August 4, PS Vita and PS TV owners can stream any of the 125+ games currently available in the PlayStation Now streaming library.

A seven-day free trial is available here.

Sony has also announced the five new games added to PlayStation Now in August. These will be available on all platforms, including PS Vita and PS TV, along with existing systems such as PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.

They are:

Lastly, Sony also announced on Monday that the number of PS Now-supported devices is growing to include new 2015 Sony TVs. You can see a full list of supported devices here.

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See how Disney masters light to give its animation life

Disney’s winner for Best Animated Film, Big Hero 6, is one of its best-looking films. Between the intricate detail of San Fransokyo’s 83,000 buildings and the soft edges of Baymax the robot, Disney worked technical magic — and now we have a better idea of how it was done. Yesterday, the company released a comprehensive explanation of its Hyperion rendering engine, which simulates how sunlight works.

Hyperion uses a technique called path tracing, which is an advancement on ray-tracing technology; this simulates the way light works in the real world, except in reverse. Rays from the Sun bounce off all objects, enabling us to see them — but it’s difficult for computers to render billions of rays in real time. Instead of calculating the…

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Author: Ariha Setalvad

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Watch This Mirror's Edge Catalyst Teaser, More News Coming This Week

It looks like we’ll be getting our first substantial look at Mirror’s Edge Catalyst gameplay this week. Publisher EA published a short gameplay teaser today, and announced that more news and gameplay is coming soon.

The video is short, but it’s beautiful. It’s running in 60 frames per second and shows off the Mirror’s Edge city. It’s mostly just a panoramic view of the skyline, but there’s also a short glimpse of the game’s free-running action. Check it out below:

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— Mirror’s Edge (@mirrorsedge) August 3, 2015

EA also stated that a more in-depth look at Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is coming this week to coincide with the Gamescom conference. It’s likely that we’ll see more footage of the game during EA’s press conference, which takes place at 12:30 AM PDT/8:30 AM in Germany on August 5.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst launches on February 23, 2016 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. You won’t use guns, the developer confirmed at E3 this year. You can read our hands-on impressions of the game here.

EA also revealed that it will show off gameplay of Star Wars Battlefront’s Fighter Squadron mode later this week. For more news coming out of Gamescom, keep an eye on GameSpot.

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Author: Alex Newhouse

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Google has its own car company called 'Google Auto'

Google has quietly been running its self-driving car program under a subsidiary company called Google Auto LLC, according to documents obtained by The Guardian.

The subsidiary was created in 2011 when Google replaced its self-driving Priuses with Lexus SUVs. In the documents, Google Auto is listed as the official manufacturer of the company’s 23 autonomous Lexus cars, including the ones that were involved in recently publicized accidents. Google Auto was also used to apply for each car’s vehicle identification number (VIN).

It was Google Auto all along

By running the whole self-driving project through a subsidiary, Google presumably could have helped protect itself from risk. Had lawsuits been filed over the recent accidents, Google…

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Gears of War 4 "Going Back to Something Personal, Dark, and Mysterious"

At E3 2015, Gears of War 4 was revealed with a dark, spooky gameplay demo. Recently, developer The Coalition stated that this demo is supposed to evoke the studio’s goal for the game’s story. According to studio head Rod Fergusson, Gears of War 4 will have a more intimate, personal, and morally ambiguous narrative than the past few games in the series.

Speaking to IGN, Fergusson said that Gears 4 is meant to convey the same feelings and themes as the original Gears of War. He explained that while Gears 1 was suspenseful game about the dangerous creatures in the universe, Gears of War 3 was too focused on the war between humans and Locusts and lost that tension. The Coalition is thus attempting to bring Gears 4 back to its roots by evoking, in his words, “that sense of mystery, things going bump in the night.”

He continued: “We’re going back to something personal, intimate, dark, and mysterious, being afraid of the boogeyman.”

Fergusson also hinted that the game’s story will deal with morality with more subtlety and ambiguity than in past games. He stated that players’ expectations for narratives have changed greatly. “Back in the day, people expected stories to be black and white, there’s good and bad,” he said. “Today, people want a lot of grey, a lot of moral ambiguity, things that are open to interpretation about what’s right and wrong.”

Gears of War 4 is planned for a holiday 2016 release on Xbox One. Players who preorder the upcoming Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will get access to a Gears 4 beta, which will go live next spring. You can also read our recent interview with Fergusson about Ultimate Edition, Gears 4, and the future of the Gears of War series. Keep an eye on GameSpot for more news about Gears of War 4 in the coming months.

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Author: Alex Newhouse

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