Hatsune Miku (more commonly known in the west as Miku Hatsune) has a large following inside Japan, throughout Asia and increasingly in the West also. So it's no surprise that SEGA is bringing Miku's latest and greatest game to PS4 and PS Vita throughout the world.

Project Diva X will arrivea little earlier than originally expected on August 30th this year. The title was originally scheduled for Fall 2016.

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X is a rhythm game and features Miku and 5 other vocaloid friends.

There a total of 30 tracks are included in the game. Of course no Japanese 'Idol' game of any kind would be complete without alternate outfits (aka modules) and accessories.

The game has a story mode, and Challenges for Miku to undertake. Home for Miku and friends is a central hub, where the vitual artists can hang out between performances. Project Diva X has 5 themed 'clouds' for Miku and her friends to explore.

These clouds are also the source of the challenges that Miku will face through the story mode of the game. 'Cloud Requests' will arrive and lead Miku and friends through unique challenges in each themed 'cloud'. Completing cloud requests earns 'voltage' which is needed to unlock new songs, modules and accessories. Modules may also unlock based on highly rated performances.

There is also the more traditional free play mode where the player can choose a song to perform.

A new feature provides a concert editor mode allowing the player to pick and choose the sones, arrangements, medleys and which modules/accessories are used along with which Vocaloids will accompany Miku. So, you budding concert producers out there can create your own concerts with Miku Hatsune.

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X will be available on PS4 and PS Vita and arrives on August 30th.

I have to admit, I'm looking forward to this game. The concept of a virtual artist is intriguing, and brings a whole new world of meta-performance and puts it in the hands of anyone with the inclination to play.

Meet Hatsune Miku;

Related Game(s): Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X,

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Draguss
Draguss
6 years ago

Is she really known more commonly as Miku Hatsune here? I realize that's how we'd order the name in the west but I've met a lot more people who thought her first name was Hatsune than people thay reorder it.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
6 years ago

I guess it depends on who you ask. Personally I refer to Miku as Miku. If I'm going to user her proper name it would be Hatsune Miku, mostly because I finally learned to order it correctly for Japanese names. But any time I see Miku in the mainstream media it's Miku Hatsune.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
6 years ago

I've only known her as Hatsune Miku cuz that's how all the media is sold.

HANZ64
HANZ64
6 years ago

Ok I have to ask, what is the big appeal with this blue haired anime character anyway?

Can someone explain?

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
6 years ago

The project was originally about creating a synthetic singer in software that could run on a PC. Miku is the personification of the first vocaloid to really be mass marketed.

The character fits many of the archetypes for the pretty anime girl, so anyone who likes anime probably can see some appeal in the character.

Vocally, her singing is very dependent on the skill of the person programming her voice. The software has got better over time, the handling of consonants and pitch for example has improved. If you look up early Hatsune Miku songs and performances, you'll probably not like them so much as more recent ones.

The vocaloid project has continued and there are a fair number of different voice types for the virtual singers now, and each has a personification and name. Miku was first, so she is the best known.

You can get versions of some of the vocaloids (including Miku) that have been reworked for English language singing. Each vocaloid uses a library of the various sounds that make up a language from one or more singers that are woven together and combined to 'sing' anything you want.

Additionally there is a product called Miku Miku Dance that allows you to animate Miku and link the animated Miku on your screen to the song being sung by the vocaloid, including lip-sync.

In some ways it's about the artistry of using the vocaloid instrument to simulate a real singer (which takes talent), but in others it's about the meta-game of just playing around with the technology.

One of the reasons Miku has become a phenomenon is that the company behind Vocaloids realized that their software put creativity in the hands of many people, and Miku in a sense belonged to all of them, so they facilitated that adoption in their marketing. The result was a groundswell of people buying into vocaloid and in particular Hatsune Miku. If you search the web, or just You Tube there are innumerable videos of Miku singing and dancing.

The quality and realism of Vocaloid performance varies greatly. A skilled user can create a voice that is almost uncanny.

At the end of the day, the Miku character is a happy, friendly, pretty figure singing and dancing pleasantly. I'm not sure that there is much more to it than that, unless you look at the longevity of the character and the extent to which many have bought into Miku already.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
6 years ago

Also there is the technology behind all of what Highlander mentioned. At a Hatsune Miku concert they are not just using state of the art sound but state of the art holographics to create the virtual artists and of course there are all the best pop group choreographers putting together routines. It's an existing thing to see. Should check it out on Youtube.

HANZ64
HANZ64
6 years ago

Thanks for the detailed explanations, I really appreciate it.

I did check out some of those concerts on Youtube. It looks very interesting! Though it feels a little odd that people are cheering on a fake anime character lol.

I've seen other concerts where they use similar technology to revive oldschool artists, and simulate them on stage as if they were performing for real.

Really cool stuff.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
6 years ago

Regarding the cheering for an holographic, unreal artist. How many pop idols, rock bands or just about any other performer is any more real to you me, or the next person on the street? I'll never, ever meed Katy Perry, so she might as well be a very attractive holographic artist with a great synthetic voice.

The way I look atit is this, at least Miku and the vocaloids are honest about their synthetic nature. How many musical artists these days are really studio acts with a total inability to sound like their recordings when performing live? That's because of the audio equivalent of airbrushing and color grading. The recordings are just as synthetic as anything that has been put out with Hatsune Miku on the label.

But, Miku is what she is, and doesn't attempt to hide it. I also have to say, that when the music industry exploits young pop idols a la Britney Spears; I feel much safer viewing the videos of a virtual artist like Miku. Why is that? Because with Miku, I know that no young lady has been exploited by the music industry due to the combination of her image, sex appeal and questionable talent.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
6 years ago

Might me alien to ya HANZ, but I love the open mind. I think Highlander has a point, the "real" people are pretty damn fake as it is. If you think about how much you love a character from a book series, it's not much different from that only they are alive in a digital format entertaining you in a different way 🙂

HANZ64
HANZ64
6 years ago

That's a valid point of view Highlander, and I'm not going to argue with it.

Yes, you're right about a lot of the music out there being digitally altered to a ridiculous extent (especially most of the mainstream fluff). But that's another topic for another day.

And I wasn't bashing the idea of people cheering for unreal artists, people can do whatever they like, so long as it doesn't infringe on other people to do the same.

But I personally do have an issue when people idolise someone or something to an extreme or unnatural degree, to the point where it becomes an unhealthy obsession.

I'm not pointing any fingers here, I am just speaking in general. I also think that we should be very careful when blurring the line between a fantasy world and the 'real world'.

To elaborate what I mean, I'll use artificial intelligence as an example. Perhaps some time in the future, we'll develop an AI that seems to be so 'real', it becomes almost indistinguishable from how a real human thinks, talks, behaves etc. People can get caught up with that as much as they like, but in the end, it'll still be 'just a program', and should be treated accordingly (or at least we should have that in mind).

We have movies & games that explore this theme of whether to let AI handle important/life or death decisions, and actually, today's military are already dealing with this issue, when it comes to automated drones and such.

The point is, this idea of a 'non-real entity' governing/affecting things in the 'real world', is a serious issue to think about.

Seeing this Miku character being brought to life holographically reminds me of these sorts of issues, and it makes me feel a little eerie… especially when I see people overly dazzled by an 'unreal' entity.

And I think this same notion applies to so called 'real' artists that promote a fake image. It's pretty much 'unreal' in the same sense, and it's troubling to see the effects on people, especially youngsters. I was there too when I was younger. I first hand witnessed the effects of music, and the wording/imagery associated with it change people.

But perhaps there is opportunity for positive effects, just as much as there is for a negative one. It all depends on what you are 'tuned' to I guess.

Still, while most people will be dazzled with the program, I'm going to keep an eye on the code, and the other on that programmer…

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
6 years ago

LOL, I've seen the original "Demon Seed" movie, a couple of times now. If anyone wants a nightmare scenario of a growing AI threat affecting life on every level, that is the one to watch.

I agree that there are dangers, but I also think we have been blurring the lines with artifice since the motion picture got sound. I don't see Hatsune Miku as a representative of a trend towards even greater adoption of that blurring, she is more a logical conclusion of subservient technology.

Of the many who like Hatsune Miku, a lot are just fans of the 'artist' and a lot are practitioners using Miku and other vocaloids, along with various digitized instrument to make music, video and personal expressions of their artistry.

Where once these kinds of presentations and digital instrumentation were limited to Mike Oldfield or Vangelis, they're now in the hands of almost everyone, or can be for a very reasonable price. As such, as Miku draws a fan following, she and her 'siblings' also drive what might be called a democratization of music production.

I just find that with so many real, clear dangers to us and society ion general, things like Hatsune Miku are harmless in comparison. But like any tool, it depends on the use to which it is put and how well it is used.


Last edited by TheHighlander on 5/5/2016 1:13:52 PM

Hexen
Hexen
6 years ago

I can't wait! I've been craving a ps4 rhythm game for a while now, this one looks fantastic. The only thing is that they keep bringing back the annoying and terrible Diva rooms.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
6 years ago

Never could get into these games. I just don't like the Japanese culture QUITE enough for this. 😉

I still really want I Am Setsuna, though.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
6 years ago

I would love to get this but I am SO bad at the PS3 games. I love the music and stuff but since I stink I won't get far. Patting the characters heads and taking care of them in their rooms is kinda silly!

It may just be back to Space Channel 5 for me, wish they'd make a new version of that.

Hexen
Hexen
6 years ago

You should give it a chance world.The first time I played it I was so bad that I blamed it on my old age and depleted eye coordination with no rhythm left in my bones, after a few tries though you really get the hang of it and start having fun.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
6 years ago

That's what I blame it on too! Maybe I'll have time to practice on my PS3 version and if I get good I could think about a PS4 version. It does feel I've gotten old for quick decisions like that.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
6 years ago

I guess it depends on who you ask. Personally I refer to Miku as Miku. If I&#39m going to user her proper name it would be Hatsune Miku, mostly because I finally learned to order it correctly for Japanese names. But any time I see Miku in the mainstream media it&#39s Miku Hatsune.

HANZ64
HANZ64
6 years ago

Thanks for the detailed explanations, I really appreciate it.

I did check out some of those concerts on Youtube. It looks very interesting! Though it feels a little odd that people are cheering on a fake anime character lol.

I&#39ve seen other concerts where they use similar technology to revive oldschool artists, and simulate them on stage as if they were performing for real.

Really cool stuff.

Draguss
Draguss
6 years ago

Is she really known more commonly as Miku Hatsune here? I realize that&#39s how we&#39d order the name in the west but I&#39ve met a lot more people who thought her first name was Hatsune than people thay reorder it.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
6 years ago

Also there is the technology behind all of what Highlander mentioned. At a Hatsune Miku concert they are not just using state of the art sound but state of the art holographics to create the virtual artists and of course there are all the best pop group choreographers putting together routines. It&#39s an existing thing to see. Should check it out on Youtube.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
6 years ago

I&#39ve only known her as Hatsune Miku cuz that&#39s how all the media is sold.

HANZ64
HANZ64
6 years ago

That&#39s a valid point of view Highlander, and I&#39m not going to argue with it.

Yes, you&#39re right about a lot of the music out there being digitally altered to a ridiculous extent (especially most of the mainstream fluff). But that&#39s another topic for another day.

And I wasn&#39t bashing the idea of people cheering for unreal artists, people can do whatever they like, so long as it doesn&#39t infringe on other people to do the same.

But I personally do have an issue when people idolise someone or something to an extreme or unnatural degree, to the point where it becomes an unhealthy obsession.

I&#39m not pointing any fingers here, I am just speaking in general. I also think that we should be very careful when blurring the line between a fantasy world and the &#39real world&#39.

To elaborate what I mean, I&#39ll use artificial intelligence as an example. Perhaps some time in the future, we&#39ll develop an AI that seems to be so &#39real&#39, it becomes almost indistinguishable from how a real human thinks, talks, behaves etc. People can get caught up with that as much as they like, but in the end, it&#39ll still be &#39just a program&#39, and should be treated accordingly (or at least we should have that in mind).

We have movies & games that explore this theme of whether to let AI handle important/life or death decisions, and actually, today&#39s military are already dealing with this issue, when it comes to automated drones and such.

The point is, this idea of a &#39non-real entity&#39 governing/affecting things in the &#39real world&#39, is a serious issue to think about.

Seeing this Miku character being brought to life holographically reminds me of these sorts of issues, and it makes me feel a little eerie… especially when I see people overly dazzled by an &#39unreal&#39 entity.

And I think this same notion applies to so called &#39real&#39 artists that promote a fake image. It&#39s pretty much &#39unreal&#39 in the same sense, and it&#39s troubling to see the effects on people, especially youngsters. I was there too when I was younger. I first hand witnessed the effects of music, and the wording/imagery associated with it change people.

But perhaps there is opportunity for positive effects, just as much as there is for a negative one. It all depends on what you are &#39tuned&#39 to I guess.

Still, while most people will be dazzled with the program, I&#39m going to keep an eye on the code, and the other on that programmer…

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
6 years ago

The project was originally about creating a synthetic singer in software that could run on a PC. Miku is the personification of the first vocaloid to really be mass marketed.

The character fits many of the archetypes for the pretty anime girl, so anyone who likes anime probably can see some appeal in the character.

Vocally, her singing is very dependent on the skill of the person programming her voice. The software has got better over time, the handling of consonants and pitch for example has improved. If you look up early Hatsune Miku songs and performances, you&#39ll probably not like them so much as more recent ones.

The vocaloid project has continued and there are a fair number of different voice types for the virtual singers now, and each has a personification and name. Miku was first, so she is the best known.

You can get versions of some of the vocaloids (including Miku) that have been reworked for English language singing. Each vocaloid uses a library of the various sounds that make up a language from one or more singers that are woven together and combined to &#39sing&#39 anything you want.

Additionally there is a product called Miku Miku Dance that allows you to animate Miku and link the animated Miku on your screen to the song being sung by the vocaloid, including lip-sync.

In some ways it&#39s about the artistry of using the vocaloid instrument to simulate a real singer (which takes talent), but in others it&#39s about the meta-game of just playing around with the technology.

One of the reasons Miku has become a phenomenon is that the company behind Vocaloids realized that their software put creativity in the hands of many people, and Miku in a sense belonged to all of them, so they facilitated that adoption in their marketing. The result was a groundswell of people buying into vocaloid and in particular Hatsune Miku. If you search the web, or just You Tube there are innumerable videos of Miku singing and dancing.

The quality and realism of Vocaloid performance varies greatly. A skilled user can create a voice that is almost uncanny.

At the end of the day, the Miku character is a happy, friendly, pretty figure singing and dancing pleasantly. I&#39m not sure that there is much more to it than that, unless you look at the longevity of the character and the extent to which many have bought into Miku already.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
6 years ago

Regarding the cheering for an holographic, unreal artist. How many pop idols, rock bands or just about any other performer is any more real to you me, or the next person on the street? I&#39ll never, ever meed Katy Perry, so she might as well be a very attractive holographic artist with a great synthetic voice.

The way I look atit is this, at least Miku and the vocaloids are honest about their synthetic nature. How many musical artists these days are really studio acts with a total inability to sound like their recordings when performing live? That&#39s because of the audio equivalent of airbrushing and color grading. The recordings are just as synthetic as anything that has been put out with Hatsune Miku on the label.

But, Miku is what she is, and doesn&#39t attempt to hide it. I also have to say, that when the music industry exploits young pop idols a la Britney Spears; I feel much safer viewing the videos of a virtual artist like Miku. Why is that? Because with Miku, I know that no young lady has been exploited by the music industry due to the combination of her image, sex appeal and questionable talent.

HANZ64
HANZ64
6 years ago

Ok I have to ask, what is the big appeal with this blue haired anime character anyway?

Can someone explain?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
6 years ago

Might me alien to ya HANZ, but I love the open mind. I think Highlander has a point, the "real" people are pretty damn fake as it is. If you think about how much you love a character from a book series, it&#39s not much different from that only they are alive in a digital format entertaining you in a different way 🙂

Hexen
Hexen
6 years ago

I can&#39t wait! I&#39ve been craving a ps4 rhythm game for a while now, this one looks fantastic. The only thing is that they keep bringing back the annoying and terrible Diva rooms.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
6 years ago

I would love to get this but I am SO bad at the PS3 games. I love the music and stuff but since I stink I won&#39t get far. Patting the characters heads and taking care of them in their rooms is kinda silly!

It may just be back to Space Channel 5 for me, wish they&#39d make a new version of that.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
6 years ago

Never could get into these games. I just don&#39t like the Japanese culture QUITE enough for this. 😉

I still really want I Am Setsuna, though.

Hexen
Hexen
6 years ago

You should give it a chance world.The first time I played it I was so bad that I blamed it on my old age and depleted eye coordination with no rhythm left in my bones, after a few tries though you really get the hang of it and start having fun.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
6 years ago

That&#39s what I blame it on too! Maybe I&#39ll have time to practice on my PS3 version and if I get good I could think about a PS4 version. It does feel I&#39ve gotten old for quick decisions like that.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
6 years ago

LOL, I&#39ve seen the original "Demon Seed" movie, a couple of times now. If anyone wants a nightmare scenario of a growing AI threat affecting life on every level, that is the one to watch.

I agree that there are dangers, but I also think we have been blurring the lines with artifice since the motion picture got sound. I don&#39t see Hatsune Miku as a representative of a trend towards even greater adoption of that blurring, she is more a logical conclusion of subservient technology.

Of the many who like Hatsune Miku, a lot are just fans of the &#39artist&#39 and a lot are practitioners using Miku and other vocaloids, along with various digitized instrument to make music, video and personal expressions of their artistry.

Where once these kinds of presentations and digital instrumentation were limited to Mike Oldfield or Vangelis, they&#39re now in the hands of almost everyone, or can be for a very reasonable price. As such, as Miku draws a fan following, she and her &#39siblings&#39 also drive what might be called a democratization of music production.

I just find that with so many real, clear dangers to us and society ion general, things like Hatsune Miku are harmless in comparison. But like any tool, it depends on the use to which it is put and how well it is used.


Last edited by TheHighlander on 5/5/2016 1:13:52 PM