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PES 2015 champs head to Berlin for the real thing

The best PES 2015 players from around the world are set to gather at the UEFA Champions Festival in Berlin for the grand final of the PES World Finals. The tournament will kick off a few hours ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final on 6 June at the Olympiastadion.

Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. has announced that the best PES 2015 players from around the globe will gather at the UEFA Champions Festival, in front of Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate, as the grand final of the PES World Finals is held mere hours before the UEFA Champions League Final on 6 June.

The Berlin venue marks the perfect location for the culmination of the PES 2015 season. Konami enjoys a strong relationship with UEFA, via its exclusive use of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League competitions within the series. The city’s Olympiastadion will then play host to the actual UEFA Champions League Final, as club football’s most illustrious competition reaches its climax.

Konami has secured a special area within the PlayStation event space at the UEFA Champions Festival where the top players from around the world, including competitors from Italy, Germany, France, the UK, Spain, LATAM and Asia will convene to take part in initial group stages and then knock-out rounds using the PlayStation 4 version of the game. Each entrant has won their local official PES league and will head to Berlin with an eye on emerging victorious in what is certain to be a hard-fought competition. A constant stream of results will be reported live via the Official PES League Twitter account (@PESLeagueUK) and official PES Twitter account (@officialpes) while certain matches, including the Grand Final, will be streamed live via the PES League Twitch Channel (www.twitch.tv/pesleague).

The tournament will begin at 9am CEST (8am BST), with the final set to take place at approximately 3pm CEST (2pm BST). The winner will be crowned 2015 PES World Finals Champion, and will receive a stunning prize package that includes tickets to that evening’s match and a share of over €20,000 worth of cash prizes. Moreover, the event will see the winners battling it out in a match taking place on the edge of the pitch that will play host to the actual UEFA Champions League Final that night, an absolute first for the PES World Finals and its entrants.

The tournament is an integral part of the annual UEFA Champions Festival, a four-day event that celebrates all that is great about football. The Festival runs over the weekend of the UEFA Champions League Final and gives the public a wide range of free activities and exhibitions, alongside interactive sponsor activations. PES 2015 will be heavily featured within the PlayStation area, with pods allowing visitors to experience the dedicated UEFA Champions League mode the game offers.

“This is it: the big one. The culmination of a full year of over 13 million online and offline matches as the world’s greatest PES 2015 players gather to find the absolute champion,” said Erik Bladinieres, European Brand Director of Football. “And what better venue to host such a special event than Olympiastadion Berlin – ahead of the actual UEFA Champions League Final! This perfectly illustrates our close ties with football’s greatest club competition and we look forward to a hard-fought and exciting tournament – with the winner then heading to watch the actual Final as part of their prize.”

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Bixby brings AI shopping to SA

Samsung has announced a strategic partnership with visual search provider Syte to power the first visual AI marketplace within Samsung devices.  Syte’s AI technology will power Bixby Vision’s Shopping Assistant, enabling users to browse and shop visually similar products directly from their camera and through a gallery of similar products. Outlets that will be enabled on devices include Superbalist, Zando, Cotton On, Wantitall, Homechoice and Bid or Buy.

“South Africa has enthusiastic consumers that expect engaging and convenient experiences that fit their lifestyle. We, therefore, decided to expand our partnership with Syte so our devices deliver just that,” says Justin Hume, director of Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa. “With visual search, South Africans can shop with ease, and connect better with their favourite retailers and brands and vice versa.”

Syte retail clients will populate the shopping results, which means access to purchase-ready traffic to retailers. Samsung says it aims to create the first visual AI ecosystem, where real-life inspiration leads directly to product discovery and purchase. The retailers that appear on the shoppable feed will create a consistent experience, from snapping a picture through to check-out.

“Our partnership with Samsung and its expansion to South Africa are meaningful achievements for us,” said Ofer Fryman, CEO of Syte. “By powering the end-to-end journeys of shoppers, we bring more value and increase the engagement between our retail clients and consumers.”

With Bixby Vision already built into the camera on select Samsung devices, users can translate foreign languages, identify landmarks or businesses to learn more about them and keep track of calories. Samsung says this is all aligned to its greater vision of helping people “Do What You Can’t”.

Supported devices for Bixby Vision and Shopping include Galaxy S10+/S10/ S10e, S9/S9+, Note8/S8/S8+/A7 2018/A5 2018.

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Gran Turismo 6 on the grid

Sony has announced that Gran Turismo 6 (GT6), the latest version of PlayStation’s best-selling franchise, will be released in the next few months.

The news was revealed today by Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi at an event held to celebrate 15 years of the 70-million-selling series.

GT6 for PlayStation 3 will bring new levels of authenticity to ‚’the Real Driving Simulator’ as well as introducing stunning new tracks and cars and a revised user interface. A new compact game engine will improve operation and increase the flexibility to expand it with downloadable content. Meanwhile, the game is also set for expanded connectivity with other devices such as smart phones and tablets and increased social and community functions.

All of the cars and tracks from Gran Turismo 5, which has sold over 10m copies since launching in 2010, will be retained in GT6. But notable new additions to the already impressive line-up of historic cars, road cars and the latest race cars, brings the total car list to 1200 at launch, with new cars set to be continually added online. Several thousand aerodynamic parts and custom wheels will be available for almost all cars, and players can personalize their own custom cars in game to the greatest ever level possible.

The UK’s famous Silverstone Circuit will be just one of seven new locations in Gran Turismo 6, taking the total to 33, with 71 different layouts available, 19 of them brand new. There will also be regular additions of new tracks set to be made available online. The improved course maker function will provide gorgeous scenery spanning several tens of square kilometres including the magnificent backdrop of Andaluc√≠a.

The theme of Gran Turismo’s innovative collaborations with partner companies will increase with the inception of GT6. A number of exciting new projects that blur the line between the virtual and real will be announced in the run up to the game’s launch. Not least of these is GT Academy, collaboration with Nissan to unearth real racing driver talent that first ran in 2008. It was announced during the event that the competition returns for its biggest ever year in 2013, with the entry mechanic set to take place on an exclusive GT6 demo in July.

Other notable partnerships in the development of GT6 have been with tyre manufacturer Yokohama Rubber and suspension company KW Automotive. Both companies are active in the commercial car industry and in racing, and they have acted as technical development partners for the game’s new physics engine, for its tyre and suspension kinematic modeling, creating an even more realistic experience for GT fans.

‚”It is amazing to think that it is 15 years since we first released Gran Turismo,‚” explained Kazunori Yamauchi, during the announcement at Silverstone Circuit.

‚”Things have changed a lot since then and now Gran Turismo 6 is a further evolution of my dream. We’re pleased to deliver GT6 to PlayStation 3 as we have a very loyal community on that platform. However, we have refactored the game to make it very flexible and expandable, with a view to making many future developments. I am very pleased with everything about the new game and the new additions, but the launch will be only the beginning for GT6. The game will continue to develop throughout its life. I already have many ideas for things I want to achieve in the next 15 years of Gran Turismo!‚”

The celebration of 15 years of Gran Turismo event at Silverstone included a demo of GT6 featuring the famous circuit. Guests were able to play the game in the familiar circular Gran Turismo race pods before having a chance to take to the real track in cars provided by Audi, Ford, Jaguar, KTM, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Toyota.

Further news about Gran Turismo 6 will be revealed at the forthcoming E3 and Gamescom events and on www.gran-turismo.com. #GT6iscoming

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