One of the best-looking games on PS4 and PS4 Pro, WipEout Omega Collection revives a much-loved series for a new generation. Combining WipEout HD, Fury and 2048 in one package, developer Studio Liverpool's memory lives on in this excellent remaster. And thanks to the talent at Clever Beans, EPOS Game Studios, and Sony XDev Europe, we have a release that not only pays homage to a genuine classic, but also stands tall as a fully viable, modern PlayStation 4 release with some impeccable technical credentials.
It's also a fine example of scalability between PlayStation 4 and its super-charged Pro stablemate. Similar to Horizon Zero Dawn, the main difference really is in resolution, and visuals are otherwise the same for both. A regular PS4 renders at a native 1080p with 4x8 EQAA (Enhanced Quality Anti-Aliasing) - a proprietary AMD technology that has been deployed in both PS4 and Xbox One titles, including Forza Motorsport 6. PS4 Pro offers the same solution, albeit at checkerboard 2160p with motion blur enabled, or native 4K with the effect turned off. Despite older marketing suggesting that WipEout Omega Collection renders with a dynamic resolution, we can now confirm that it's native 1080p on base, 4K on Pro. Put simply, the final code doesn't need to adjust pixel-counts on the fly.
On top of that, not only is the framebuffer locked, the performance level is too. Even on demanding circuits with lots of weapons, neither console buckles from 60fps, even at the congested starting grid. It's a rock-solid line on either PS4 machine, with v-sync always engaged. 60fps isn't to be taken for granted in WipEout, and even the PS3 version struggled to hold that number at times. A weapons-fuelled slice of WipEout HD Fury action could see PlayStation 3 drop sporadically to 45fps. That's all completely ironed out on PS4 and PS4 Pro, and we're also happy to report that two-player split-screen also holds native 4K at the same rock-solid frame-rate - no mean feat bearing in mind that the console is processing two sets of geometry, one for each viewpoint.
Despite its developer being unceremoniously shut down, there's a new WipEout game in development.
Every Sunday, we bring you an article from our archive - and this week, to celebrate the original PlayStation's 20th birthday, we present the story of the studio behind one of the console's most iconic games.
WipEout online play will continue to be supported, for now.
Sony Liverpool was working on two PlayStation 4 launch titles, Eurogamer has been told by a reliable source.
UPDATE 3: Sony Liverpool has bid a tearful farewell to WipEout, the sci-fi racing series that defined a generation and helped PlayStation achieve its wonderful mainstream success.
Successfully embracing connectivity and community is the biggest challenge facing developers as they head into the next generation, according to Studio Liverpool, the outfit behind Sony's long-running WipEout series - and in 5-10 years the isolated single-player experience could well be in decline.
WipEout HD and WipEout HD Fury content launches for WipEout 2048 tomorrow, 20th June, Sony has announced.
Those who already own the packs for PlayStation3 will be able to download PS Vita versions free as part of Sony's Cross-Buy feature. Players who buy the content for PS Vita will also be entitled to play on PS3 for free.
You can download WipEout HD to your PS Vita in the form of WipEout 2048 - WipEout HD Game Pack for £6.49. This includes 12 new tracks (including eight reverse tracks) and 12 new ships.
Sony has detailed its "one price" Vita/PS3 cross-play offers.
Cross-play is possible with PS Vita launch games MotorStorm RC, Hustle Kings, Top Darts, and WipEout 2048.
When you buy MotorStorm RC you will be able to play it on PS3 and Vita at no additional cost, Sony said.
Sony has extended the PlayStation Network Welcome Back offer to tomorrow afternoon.
Sony has cancelled a number of games in development at its UK first-party developers and made an undisclosed number of people redundant.
Projects at Sony London, Sony Liverpool and Evolution Studios have been axed.
"It has been decided that production on a small number of projects within London Studio, Studio Liverpool, and Evolution Studios will be streamlined or closed due to a portfolio review and project prioritisation," Sony said in a statement issued this afternoon.
WipEout developer Sony Liverpool's after a senior designer to work on a "high profile, futuristic racing franchise". Whatever could that be?
Sony Computer Entertainment's UK boss Ray Maguire has told Eurogamer that he has no worries about people buying into the company's 3D dream because there will always be early adopters.
Sony has announced launch details for PlayStation 3's early stereoscopic 3D line-up.
Sony has announced that the first 3D updates to PlayStation 3 titles will be released in Japan next week.
Patches for Super Stardust HD, WipEout HD and PAIN will be released on 10th June according to the Japanese press release.
While the 3D-specific updates to Super Stardust HD and WipEout HD will be free, gamers will need to pay 300 yen to grab the PAIN 3D update.
Last week Sony revealed that it is due to launch its new range of 3DTVs with a small range of stereoscopic-enabled PlayStation 3 titles. PAIN, Super Stardust HD and WipEout HD get the full treatment, while a single-level demo of MotorStorm: Pacific Rift is also in the offing. All will be downloadable from the PlayStation Store.
Sony has announced that people buying its new Bravia HX803 3D TV in June will receive a PSN voucher entitling them to four 3D versions of PS3 games.
Sony has decided to cram WipEout HD and WipEout HD: Fury onto one Blu-ray disc for the David-Dickinson-would-be-pleased price of £19.99.
Sony has told Eurogamer that the in-game advert causing an increase WipEout HD load-times has been binned.
Brand new WipEout HD in-game advertising may be causing load times to double before races begin.
It's one of the crown jewels of the PlayStation Store, and last week SCEE updated the brilliant WipEout HD with a brand new Fury expansion pack. However, describing it as a mere add-on is something of a disservice: the £7.99 download offers almost as much new content as there was in the original game, and while the core gameplay is initially very familiar, the execution of the new game modes really is WipEout as you've never played it before. The game scored an immense 9/10 on Eurogamer this week, meaning it is utterly unmissable.
Sony has updated the PlayStation Store with some actual content this week, including downloadable games Crystal Defenders and Shatter (Sidhe! GripShift represent!), and wallet-deflating expansions for WipEout HD and Killzone 2.
Sony has announced that WipEout HD expansion Fury will be here this Thursday and cost GBP 7.99 / EUR 9.99.
Sony has unveiled an expansion pack for WipEout HD on PlayStation 3 called Fury.
Inside are eight new tracks, 13 new ships and three new game modes - two of which can be played online. We're also getting new trophies, a re-styled front-end and better multiplayer functionality.
Sony wouldn't cough up much more than that, but did say the expansion will be at E3 this week, as will literally everything else in the world.
1.30 patch updates illustrated.
Sony has announced that it will patch WipEout HD to version 1.30 at 5pm GMT today, 8th April, introducing a raft of multiplayer upgrades.
The most significant of these is the new ranking system, which gives you 50 ranks to progress through, with experience accrued from finishing positions, speed class and the rank of your opposition. There will also be a new podium screen.
However, just because you didn't finish in the top three doesn't mean you didn't race well, so there are also a total of 33 badges to earn in recognition of race performances, regardless of finishing position.
Sony and Konami respectively have announced WipEout HD and Metal Gear Online demos for release on Christmas Eve, which is Wednesday, 24th December in old money.
Sony has issued a patch for WipEout HD that stops the game freezing for players connected to PlayStation Network with more than 50 friends on their list.
However, to get the benefits from the automatic update, version 1.10, it's necessary to delete your save game file and create a new profile.
That's bad news if you had been playing the game offline to avoid the effects of the problem, or if you had temporarily deleted some friends (our solution: permanently delete your friends - and in the game).
Sony's Liverpool studio has spoken out for the first time on the problems caused by WipEout HD's failure of a routine epilepsy test.
Sony has confirmed WipEout HD will be released next week.
WipEout HD has left me agitated and dissatisfied. Before the usual suspects scamper off to post a comment, with their PS3lols at the ready, perhaps I should clarify. WipEout HD has left me agitated and dissatisfied because the crisp 1080p visuals and rock solid 60fps presentation have made me realise just how compromised the Great HD Gaming Revolution has been.
We've become so accustomed to accepting 720p resolutions and mostly stable 30fps frame rates as the best we can expect that when something really does take full advantage of the display technology available, it can't help make everything else look like a half measure.
In other words, WipEout HD looks f**king phenomenal.
Sony has announced that WipEout HD will cost GBP 11.99 when it launches, but the release date has yet to be confirmed.
WipEout HD is Sony's 60 frames-per-second, 1080p downloadable PS3 take on the classic futuristic racing series, featuring tracks borrowed from the excellent PSP duo, WipEout Pure and Pulse.
The game was held up recently by a specific technical problem - believed to be a failed safety test for epilepsy.
Whether it was delayed because of a desire to add new features or an insurmountable technical problem, WipEout HD has been in development for 2097 years, so it's nice to see the PlayStation Blog's Daimion Pinnock reiterate that it's due out "this fall", which is autumn in real money.
Sony has effectively denied reports that WipEout HD has been delayed due to a "specific technical problem", attributing the futuristic racer's extended incubation to the rush to add new features and make improvements.
WipEout HD has yet to be released because of a "specific technical problem", but Sony hopes it will be out "before the end of the year".
Games that straddle the PS3-PSP divide tend to be re-released PSone titles, or games with graphics and gameplay simple enough to avoid awkward questions, like echochrome, but WipEout HD is a welcome exception. After two excellent PSP games, both of which introduced new tracks and gameplay modes, a download-only PS3 release based on the same content makes a nice precursor to the inevitable full-scale return of Sony's futuristic racing game. It's taken ages to arrive, but the goal - pin-sharp 1080p gameplay at 60 frames-per-second - is lofty enough to justify it.
Sony has declined to comment on claims that WipEout HD will be released on 29th May.
WipEout HD lead designer Colin Berry says that anyone labelled the game as a port of its PSP predecessors "should not underestimate the changes that 60 frames per second and 1080p visuals make to the game".