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Sony's Boyes to speak about free-to-play on the PS4 at GDC Next

New talks for GDC Next in November include SCEA's Adam Boyes on episodic/free-to-play games and PS4's 'Easy-to-Play' model, and Mind Pirate on wearable tech and its next-gen mobile Callisto platform.
'Future of games' conference GDC Next has added more exciting talks to its inaugural lineup for the Next Generation Game Platforms Track: Sony Computer Entertainment America's Adam Boyes on new business models and the PS4's "Easy-to-Play" model, and Mind Pirate on its next-gen mobile Callisto platform and wearable tech. GDC Next is the spiritual successor to GDC Online, and will take place alongside the App Developers Conference on November 5th-7th, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This new event aims to highlight the future of video game development, with session tracks organized around 'Next Generation Game Platforms', 'Free To Play & New Business Models', and 'Smartphone & Tablet Games', as well as cloud and indie game tracks. How will games built around free-to-play, episodic distribution, or other new business models work on the PlayStation 4? SCEA VP of publisher and developer relations Adam Boyes will share how Sony envisions new business models fitting into the PS4's "Easy-to-Play" philosophy in a talk called 'The Easy-to-Play Model: Developer Friendly, Gamer Approved'. Boyes will discuss the evolution of F2P on game consoles, the engagement and spending habits of F2P consumers, case studies on how developers have built successful F2P intellectual properties on the PlayStation, and ways F2P will evolve in the future on the PlayStation 4. Also, in 'Building Mobile Games for the Next Consumer Mega Trend: Wearable Technology,' Mind Pirate co-founders Shawn Hardin and Unni Narayanan will speak about their work enabling games that transform the player's ability to perceive and interact with the physical environment, the wearable tech marketplace such as Google Glass, and the company's next-gen mobile Callisto platform releasing in 2014. Be sure to check out the GDC Next Session Scheduler to see these and other announced talks and begin your planning. Recently announced augmented reality experiences will include a talk from Experience Mars developer and Advanced Interactions founder Brian Cody, and a show floor demo from new AR hardware startup Technical Illusions, led by ex-Valve devs Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson. Online registration is in full swing for GDC Next and the co-located ADC; register now and save up to $200 on ADC, GDC Next, or a combined VIP All Access Pass. For all the latest news on GDC Next, subscribe for updates via Facebook, Twitter, or RSS. Also, check out ADC's recently announced talks: Dreamkind on building children's education apps without relying on major brands, and Denim Group on keeping their app users' information secure. Gamasutra and GDC are sibling organizations under parent UBM Tech.

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