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Sony is readying a new update (version 3.5) for the PlayStation 4, one that will introduce the ability to stream games to Windows PCs and Mac systems. The long overdue Remote Play feature brings parity to Microsoft's Xbox One in this regard, the latter of which gained the same functionality last summer.The ability to stream games to PC was well received pretty much from the get-go on the Xbox One, and barring any hiccups, the same is likely to be true of the PS4. The caveat? You'll need a modern version of Windows (Windows 8.1 or Windows 10) or Mac OS X (OS X 10.10 Yosemite or  OS X 10.11... Read more...
It’d be hard to fault our readers if they rolled their eyes at the reports of an upcoming 4K-capable PlayStation 4. While mid-cycle upgrades are often made to console hardware, it usually takes the form of shrinking the hardware and/or reducing power requirements. But the promise of more powerful hardware for the PlayStation 4 — we’ll simply call it the PlayStation 4.5 from here on out -- raised a few skeptical eyebrows. That skepticism is now starting to fade away just a bit with a fresh report from the Wall Street Journal. The publication builds on the initial report with word that the console... Read more...
If you need a break from your catalog of current games and crave some old school action, good news. Sony has gone and quietly added a couple of notable PlayStation 2 titles to the PlayStation Store. They include Bully and Manhunt, two Rockstar games that are both now playable on the PlayStation 4 console using its PS2 emulation software.As with just about any Rockstar release, both Bully and Manhunt were controversial releases when they first debuted. With Bully, the game's title along with Rockstar's reputation for games that highlight depravity like its Grand Theft Auto series, there was fear... Read more...
Word on the web is that Sony is coming out with a new game console, though don't get your knickers in a twist over the timing. This isn't a next-generation console we're talking about, but an incremental upgrade to the PlayStation 4 with a much beefier GPU capable of letting owners play games at a 4K Ultra HD resolution.This is based on unnamed developer sources who have apparently spoken with Sony on the matter, who then turned around and spilled the beans to Kotaku. If those developers aren't blowing smoke up everyone's backside, then the PlayStation 4.5, or whatever Sony chooses to call it,... Read more...
Microsoft dropped a bombshell earlier this week when it announced at the 2016 Game Developers Conference that Xbox One would support cross-network play, paving the way for Xbox One gamers to compete against (or with) PlayStation 4 and PC gamers. That announcement essentially put the ball in Sony's court to end console segregation in terms of online play, and the good news is Sony seems open to the idea."PlayStation has been supporting cross-platform play between PC on several software titles starting with Final Fantasy 11 on PS2 and PC back in 2002," Sony told GameSpot in a statement. "We would... Read more...
Sony serious about virtual reality (VR) and that point was made clear this week with announcement of specs, pricing and availability for its PlayStation VR headset accessory for the PlayStation 4. Although Sony isn’t ready to give a specific availability date, we do know that it will be available in October with a price tag of $399 in the United States. That’s a pretty fair price when you consider that the HTC Vive costs $799 and the Oculus Rift will run you $599. And you also have to add in the cost of a pretty beefy PC that’s required to power those VR headsets. If you already own a PS4, the... Read more...
Okay PC players, you can stop thumbing your nose and sticking your tongue out at your console owning brethren at being first to receive Fallout 4's latest patch, version 1.4. Following its release on PC last month, Bethesda has gone and rolled out the newest Fallout 4 update to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Bethesda's doling out the patch as an automatic update to all three platforms (if you've logged into the PC version within the past couple of weeks, you should already have it). What's notable about the newest update is that it adds support for DLC, which comes just as Bethesda readies the first... Read more...
Developer Naughty Dog has been a naughty dog, indeed. Publisher Sony announced today yet another delay for Naughty Dog's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, which is now slated to ship exclusively to PlayStation 4 consoles on May 10, 2016. On the bright side, it's only a two-week delay from its previously announced ship date, though this is the third time the game's release has been pushed back. Naughty Dog and Sony originally hoped to launch Uncharted 4 in 2015 but the need for more development time led to its release being pushed back to March 18, 2016. The day before Christmas, Sony announced that it... Read more...
If you're a beta tester for the PlayStation 4, check your inbox tomorrow for an email with instructions on how to download Sony's next major system software update, version 3.50 (otherwise known as MUSASHI). Everyone else will have to wait until it graduates from beta, but in the meantime, Sony wanted to share some highlights of the update to all PS4 owners.One of the biggest upgrades version 3.50 brings is Remote Play support for Windows PCs and Macs. Sadly, it's not a feature that will be included for testing in the beta update tomorrow, but it is slated to be part of the final patch. When it... Read more...
Everyone and their uncle is on the verge for releasing a virtual reality (VR) product to retail. Case in point, Oculus is taking pre-orders for its Rift headset, the first batch of which will ship in late March, while pre-orders for HTC's Vive will kick off later this month. Then you have Google toying with a second generation VR viewer of some kind, and of course Sony is prepping its PlayStation VR platform, which now looks like it will debut this fall.Sony hasn't exactly shied away from talking about its PlayStation VR headset—it's built specifically for the PlayStation 4 console, sports an industrial,... Read more...
It was a year ago this month that Sony sold off its Vaio PC brand to a Japanese investment firm, freeing itself up to concentrate more fully on the ever growing mobile market. The long-term impact of that decision has yet to be determined, but here in the short-term, Sony has a couple of slick new handsets it's shipping to U.S. customers—the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact, both of which are unlocked. "Building a stable business in the U.S. market continues to be an important area of focus in helping Sony Mobile pursue profit by optimizing business scale. We are excited about the introduction of... Read more...
Sony doesn't appear to be having any trouble selling PlayStation 4 consoles—as of a month ago, Sony had sold just shy of 36 million units—but it may see a flurry of sales from eager Uncharted 4: A Thief's End fans by offering a limited edition themed version to commemorate the game's release on April 26, 2016. Central to the bundle is a gray and blue 500GB capacity PS4 console featuring a silk-screen image of Nathan Drake on one of its sides. It also comes with a matching DualShock 4 controller and a physical (not digital) copy of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End on Blu-ray. For added bling,... Read more...
Sony today announced the formation of Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC, a new company that combines Sony's streaming and online game services such as the PlayStation Store with all facets of its PlayStation console operations, including hardware and software. The new entity will be headquartered in San Mateo, California, along with locations to be established in Tokyo and London. "By integrating the strengths of PlayStation’s hardware, software, content and network operations, SIE will become an even stronger entity, with a clear objective to further accelerate the growth of the PlayStation business,"... Read more...
Apple, Samsung, and Sony are among a list of "major electronic brands" that Amnesty International, a human rights group, says failed to perform "basic checks to ensure that cobalt mined by child laborers has not been used in the their products." Specifically, cobalt is a critical material used in lithium-ion batteries. "The glamorous shop displays and marketing of state of the art technologies are a stark contrast to the children carrying bags of rocks, and miners in narrow man made tunnels risking permanent lung damage," said Mark Dummett, Business & Human Rights Researcher at Amnesty International.... Read more...
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