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PixelJunk 4am Hits PSN May 15th, Beta Coming Soon

We’ve been developing PixelJunk 4am for quite some time now. It’s hard to know if you’re done with no other measuring sticks to use as a gauge; however, I think we’re almost there. I’ll just leave this here…

PixelJunk 4am and the free PixelJunk 4am – Viewer will be released and available for download on the PlayStation Store from May 15th.

Lots of you have been asking for more details regarding the kind of ‘actual’ musical freedom you can look forward to using with your PlayStation Move. So here we go.

We’ve created various different events you can choose from to play live. Different events will present you with different mixes of songs, visualizers and a new mood to go with each one. You then take this event live on PSN and make it your own, crafting and performing it however you want.

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Here’s some numbers for everyone. Each song has 4 track instruments you can use: a Drum, Bass, Rhythm and Synth. Each track then has 4 different looping samples and 4 one-shot sounds in space around you that you can use. All of the loops and samples are different for each song, meaning events can have up to (4 loops + 4 one-shots) x 4 tracks x 5 songs = 160 different sound samples to pull from and mix however you like.

Then there are the Effects which you can apply on top of those. Each of the 4 tracks have unique Effects living on different axes in space around you (like a giant 3D Kaoss pad for those of you into DJing and synths). Using these effects (reverb, low/high pass filter, flanger, ringmod, chorus and more) you can modulate the original sound samples into something completely different. All Effects run independently on each track instrument using the power of the PS3’s SPU hardware, so you could have up to 16 Effects simultaneously modulating all your music.

For people who really want to hack the songs, you can even dub your Move motions into a loop and play that recorded path of motion back through the music. That means any cool sounds or rhythms you make could become the new bass line in a song.

PixelJunk 4am supports up to 2 PS Move controllers for performing together in an event. So you COULD have your friend over and mix beats side-by-side with them. OR you could rock it dual-wielding a PS Move in each hand…:D Our Live Viewer browser makes it easy to spectate the same events as your friends when you’re both online.

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Finally, we’ve been getting asked for over a year now if 4am can be used just as a music visualizer on your PS3. The simple answer is, “Yes”. PixelJunk 4am can be used as a stand-alone music visualizer to play your favorite music from your PS3. You won’t even need a Move if you just want to fire up and run a playlist to the visuals. All 5 original 4am visualizers will be available right from the start. To get some of the rarer visualizers though, you’ll need to unlock them through regular play first. I’ve been running my work-time playlist through the PS3 here at the office lately just to watch the visualizers. Nothing better for ruining productivity. o.O

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Very soon we’ll be holding an early access Live Beta for PlayStation Plus members. A limited number of codes will be given to PS Plus members who own a Move, allowing them to get a first taste of performing in 4am. There will also be a 4am Free Viewer beta download available to ALL PlayStation Plus members. During the course of the Live Beta, we’ll host some special live performances from around the world, including DJ Baiyon performing live from Japan. Any PlayStation Plus members with the 4am Free Viewer are of course welcome to spectate. The PixelJunk 4am Live Beta will start from April 26th and run for 2 weeks. Keep an eye out for further details very soon on how you can get in.

We can’t wait to see what everyone makes once 4am goes live, or what kind of performers will make a name for themselves. Surprise us! :D

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cant wait for this game, been anticipating it for a while

it says that you will give limited ps plus members that own move a coe, how will this work? i have a move and ps+ so i hope i can get one :D

*looks at last picture*

Excuse me while i go puke some rainbows lol

Definitely be one to pick up :D PS3 has needed more visualizers for ages now

Sold? Sold.

“Sounds” good but does it work?
I love to try this out.

almighty-slayer 20 April, 2012 @ 15:34
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So ridiculously sold

Sounds pretty amazing. Can not wait to play and spectate.

I will likely get this just to try it, it certainly sounds cool, but my sense of rhythm is non-existent.

Also how do you know which Plus members have Move?

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Intriguing.

Cool,wouldn’t mind a early code so I can practice dual-wielding.

I didn’t see it mentioned,but like other PJ games,will it support recording and Youtube uploads?

Rowan Parker 21 April, 2012 @ 04:49
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Not this time as we really wanted to push the ‘Live’ aspect. But that means every performance you stream will be an actual person Live from somewhere in the world!

Imaginationless 20 April, 2012 @ 16:14
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Beta really is the new word for demo isn’t it?

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i pray i get into the beta i’ve been following anxiously on twitter for news of a release date and here it is 2 days after my birthday a beta key would be a great early present. I’m totally sold on this. shame there isn’t a variation on controls and a psvita build but so psyched that i can dust off my move and make some sweet grooves to broadcast to the world.

Yeahhhhhhhh!!
Whoo hoo!!

This is great for those of us that have been waiting for some new PS3 music visualisation.
But, this should not deter Sony from reaching out to other developers (SoundSpectrum and Abstract Birds to name two), and not just rely on Q-Games to deliver.

Rowan Parker 21 April, 2012 @ 04:54
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Since that screenshot, I’m starting to need a new playlist with some different music to try it out with.. Recommendations?

Great news! :D

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Cheat!

chrisandsheva 20 April, 2012 @ 19:36
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Shame that you’s can’t accept requests somehow, from the ps store, ie buy a cheap avatar/wallpaper to let the plus team know your seriously interested in being picked for early beta entry.. because 1 how Do you know who has/will get a move, and 2, it’ll be a shame if the codes are limited and went to people who wouldn’t really give up their normal gaming time to ‘fully’ participate, personally i may get this l8r just for the visualiser…but like an above comment, i kinda suck at creative stuff…

Rowan, if you happen to like good trance, artists/acts like Human Blue, Etnica, Solarstone and Darren Tate will serve you well.

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@Rowan Parker

Thanks for the response.I’m a bit disappointed by that,hopefully it gets patched in.

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Does the music you play on the visualiser have to be on the PS3 HDD or can it be on an external HDD/Media server?

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