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Look, we all know how the game is played. Whenever there's a new console launch, there's a mad dash to gobble up what's traditionally been limited inventory at the outset, and then flip it on eBay or CraigsList for an obscene profit. It sucks for people who just want to grab a console in time for the holidays without the intention of selling it the next day, but that's how it's been. What's harder to understand, however, is why people are paying big premiums for PlayStation 4 pre-orders on eBay months before the launch. A quick peek at ended auctions on eBay reveals that someone purchased the rights to a pre-ordered PS4 console for $9.999.99 with free overnight shipping. "My wife and I are going... Read more...
Sony has decided against fighting the U.K.'s Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) over the PlayStation data breach that left sensitive user information open to hackers in 2011. The ICO recently reported on its Twitter account that Sony Computer Entertainment Europe "will not be appealing the 250,000-pound penalty" it was leveled with in January over the 2011 PlayStation Network breach that left millions of customer e-mail addresses, account passwords, and dates of birth open to hackers. The hack, which left Sony no other choice but to take down the PlayStation Network for weeks and face the widespread outcry of gamers around the world, was a black mark on the company's online efforts.... Read more...
The multi-year life cycle of today’s gaming console is seen as a speed bump to development by some – most notably Brendan Iribe, the CEO of Oculus VR. OXM recently talked to Iribe about the possibility of virtual reality headsets for consoles like the Microsoft Xbox One or Sony PlayStation 4, but it looks like Oculus is focusing on the PC, for now. Image credit: Oculus VR That’s not to say that Iribe doesn’t think the consoles could one day support virtual and augmented reality devices – but right now console life cycles can take the better part of a decade, where VR technology, being as young as it is, is growing at a breakneck pace. Iribe also points out that the... Read more...
Despite Sony and Microsoft saying that games for their next generation consoles will cost the same as they do today, at least one publisher seems intent on placing a small premium on upcoming titles. That publisher is Electronic Arts, and according to information obtained from a question and answer post by Game, a games retailer in the U.K., EA titles on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will cost £5 more than what they sell for on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. "At present, the only publisher to confirm costs of their next generation games are EA, attaching a price of £54.99. No other game prices have been confirmed," Game states. "We will of course update our listings as and when... Read more...
Sony last week issued and then quickly pulled a firmware update for the PlayStation 3 after a flurry of complaints surfacing claiming the new software was bricking their consoles. Oops! Making good on its promise to investigate the issue and come up with a fix, Sony announced another firmware update to both repair the bricked consoles and introduce upgrades that were supposed to be sent out via last week's firmware. If you tried installing last week's firmware (version 4.45) and can no longer see the XMB (XrossMediaBar) menu, Sony says you must perform the update to version 4.46 by starting the system in safe mode. Sony set up a page with detailed instructions on how to do that. For everyone... Read more...
While Microsoft might have the coolest OS setup for its Xbox One, containing a mixture of Windows and Xbox sauce, Sony has opted for an excellent base itself: FreeBSD 9.0. This has been revealed thanks to a couple of leaked screens of the GRUB 2.0 interface on the second-generation PlayStation 4 development kit. While these screens could easily be faked (it's a matter of editing the plain-text GRUB configuration file), it does seem likely to be true. The PlayStation 3 used an OS called CellOS which has always been rumored to have been based on FreeBSD as well. With its move to an x86 architecture, Sony's decision to use FreeBSD likely wasn't a hard one to make. On the flipside, with so much... Read more...
Ladies and gentlemen, the gaming business is just fine. You wouldn't know it from the declining figures posted by The NPD Group time and again, but as some suspected, gamers have grown stingy with their spending because they're waiting on next generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony. One need only look at the mad dash consumers made to Amazon in the wake of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 being offered up for pre-order. According to a press release Amazon's been emailing the media, the Amazon Video Games store had its biggest pre-order week of all time thanks to the launch of the aforementioned consoles. At the "peak of demand" a week ago, Amazon was processing more than 2,500 Xbox One and... Read more...
Mark our words, almost without a doubt, Sony will unveil a new SmartWatch next week at the Mobile Asia Expo 2013 event in Shanghai. Normally we wouldn't go out on a limb like that, but Sony's forced our hand, so to speak, with a barrage of not-so-subtle hints pointing to another SmartWatch product in the near future. One need only look at the official Sony Xperia Twitter account to see reference after reference, including a post that reads, "Pocket watch / wristwatch / digital watch / LiveView / SmartWatch / ?" with hashtags #itstime and #MAE13 attached. In yet another Twitter post, Sony posted a teaser shot accompanied by the words, "Tick-tock, tick-tock, tock-tock," and we're pretty sure the... Read more...
Woe is the PlayStation 3 gamer who jumped at the chance to install Sony's newest firmware update, version 4.45. After it was made available, it didn't take long for complaints to surface on Twitter, Reddit, and Sony's own support forum lamenting the fact that the update was bricking consoles, turning their gaming boxes into very expensive paperweights. Sony has since rolled back the firmware to the previous version (4.41) released in April as it looks into what went wrong. "Hi guys, we're aware of reports that the recent PS3 update (4.45) has caused. We have temporarily taken 4.45 offline and are investigating," Sony's PlayStation Europe division said in a statement on Twitter. Sony's made similar... Read more...
For all the hullabaloo surrounding the respective launches of the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 (in which we’ve taken part), there was always going to be a time when sales numbers would tell the story. We’re not there yet by any means, but there is some indication that the PlayStation 4 might be leading its competition: Preorders for the PlayStation 4 (Launch Edition) are sold out on Amazon. Meanwhile, the Xbox One (Day One Edition) remains available. Of course, we must take all of this with a grain of salt, because we don’t know how many units each company was readying for preorder, but Amazon shows the PS4 as a top seller ahead of the Xbox One, for what that’s worth. Further, after... Read more...
Everyone hold the boat. Before the Internet gaming community crowns Sony the victor of the next generation console wars and savior of the used games business model, there's something you should know. New comments made by Sony America CEO Jack Tretton leave the door open -- if ever so slightly -- for publishers to pull shenanigans with used games, though there's not need to panic, at least not yet. "The DRM decision is going to have to be answered by the third parties, it's not something we're going to control, or dictate, or mandate, or implement," Tretton clarified today, according to Polygon. Sony previously promised that sharing games on the PlayStation 4 would be as easy as handing a disc... Read more...
What a difference a generation makes. Back when the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 came out, Microsoft had the pricing advantage over Sony primarily because the PS3 featured an integrated Blu-ray drive, and at the time, Blu-ray was still expensive. Since then, both companies have had their share of negative media attention: Microsoft because of the Red Ring of Death (RRoD) that plagued earlier models, and Sony because, well, it's Sony. The company suffered a serious security breach that led to significant downtime for its PlayStation Network and it sued one of its customers for hacking the PS3's firmware, to name two examples. This time around? It's Sony that's making all the right moves as of late.... Read more...
The streaming revolution will be televised, but will Google TV be the star of the show? Companies haven't given up on the ambitious platform, and in fact Sony just announced its latest Google TV product, a sleek-looking set-top box (NSZ-GS8) with voice search support and a nifty remote control, combing both new school and old school navigation options into a single Internet appliance. Chrome provides the browsing experience (no big surprise there), though you can surf the web using only your voice. Simply speak into the remote and the browser will take you where you want to go. "You might wonder, why should I go with the Sony Google TV player instead of any of the so-called 'smart TVs' out there?... Read more...
Grab your racing gloves and get ready for the newest installment of Sony's popular Gran Turismo series, the best-selling franchise across all PlayStation consoles. Sony announced that Gran Turismo 6 will skid into view this holiday season for the PlayStation 3, though curiously missing is an explicit confirmation that it will also be available for the PS4, which is also do out by the end of the year. PS3 gamers will be treated to new tracks and cars, along with a revised user interface. According to Sony, it will be a "compact" title with downloadable content (DLC) to follow. "It is amazing to think that it is 15 years since we first released Gran Turismo," explained Kazunori Yamauchi, during... Read more...
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