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The name Team Xecuter might bring back nostalgic waves for console pirates from the early 2000s, but for Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo, the name likely brought shivers down executives' spines. In the early 2000s, the notorious pirate hackers created several iterations of modification chips for Microsoft's Xbox console. Those chips could override the system's built-in, locked-down BIOS to run pirated games. More recently, the group is known for the SX lineup dongles that could perform similar actions on various Nintendo Switch models. Now, their hacking days may be over.  The U.S. Department of Justice has arrested accused Canadian ringleader Gary Bowser and two of his alleged co-conspirators,... Read more...
Is bigger always better? This appears to be the philosophy that Sony has adopted for its next generation console. It was recently revealed that the PlayStation 5 is the largest console in recent history and the real-life photos only emphasize its massive size. Photos of the PlayStation 5 were taken by the Taiwan National Communications Commission (NCC). These photos were later shared on Twitter by Roberto Serrano. The photos feature the PlayStation 5 and its various retail box contents being measured. The measurements of the PlayStation 5 are no longer a mystery, but the photos truly highlight the behemoth. The PlayStation 5 is 390 millimeters x 104 millimeters x 260 millimeters or roughly 15.4... Read more...
In early August, Strauss Zelnick, Take-Two Interactive CEO, attempted to justify why a price hike for games was needed. Now that next-gen console announcements are floating about, Zelnick is elaborating on his stance in a new interview. As technology improves, the game development industry has had to adapt over time to provide a good experience for gamers. As such, the cost of development has likely increased. Similar to his previous statements, “The bottom line is that we haven't seen a front-line price increase for nearly 15 years,” Zelnick said to Protocol. “Production costs have gone up 200 to 300%. But more to the point since no one really cares what your production costs... Read more...
Epic Games is giving us our first real look at its upcoming Unreal Engine 5, and it’s nothing short of spectacular beauty. The company has posted a nearly 10-minute long video of a real-time tech demo that is entitled “Lumen in the Land of Nanite”, along with some great commentary explaining what’s going on in real-time.  The title of the game is a reference to two new tools that are featured in Unreal Engine 5: Lumen and Nanite. Lumen refers to a fully dynamic global illumination that allows the scene to react to lighting changes in real-time. Nanite uses what’s called virtualized micropolygon geometry to create incredibly detailed landscapes from “film... Read more...
Anyone who falls into the "if it's free, it's for me crowd" will want to hop over to Steam, the Microsoft Store or the PlayStation Store and grab this sweet retro reboot game for free, that usually sells for $12.99. The game is Pac-Man Championship Edition 2, and it launched in September 2016. The game is available for Xbox, PS4 gamers and PC gamers at no cost from today through May 10, according to the PlayStation Store. On Steam, the game doesn't have the best reviews, with recent reviews being mostly negative and overall reviews being mixed. That said, you really can't complain when a game is free, and anyone who remembers playing Pac-Man in the arcade back in the day should want to give this... Read more...
A rare Nintendo PlayStation prototype is up for sale, and the bids are flying in at a furious pace. Wait, a Nintendo PlayStation… what the heck is that? Decades ago, Nintendo tasked Sony with developing a CD-ROM add-on for the wildly popular SNES game console. The resultant frankensystem combined the hardware of the SNES with an integrated CD-ROM drive. While around 200 prototypes were built, most of them were destroyed. However, a few managed to survive the scrap heap; one of which is currently up for auction. This is the same system that Benjamin Heckendorn (aka Ben Heck) nursed back to health in 2017. The console was designed to play both standard SNES cartridge-based... Read more...
Gamers all around the world want details on Sony's forthcoming PlayStation 5 console as the next-gen gaming hardware is set to launch this holiday season. A PlayStation fan was perusing the Japanese PlayStation site and noticed a new icon atop the page to the left of the PS4, PS4 Pro, PS VR, and headphone icons. The new icon apparently is intended to represent the PS5 and is seen in the image above, circled in yellow by the person who discovered it. The icon was later removed from the Japanese website. What's interesting about this icon is that it appears to show the "V" cut out in the top, just as we have seen in leaked images of the dev kit console version of the PS5. That would seem to indicate... Read more...
Sony has gone official with the announcement that it will not attend E3 2020 this summer, hence we won't get a closer look at the PlayStation 5 at the event. 2020 will mark the second year that Sony bailed on E3. The company says that it doesn't feel that the "vision" for E3 is right for what it has planned for 2020. Rather than attend E3 2020, Sony says that it will be attending "hundreds" of consumer events to showcase upcoming games for the PS4 and the PS5 consoles. A spokesperson for Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has said that it decided not to participate in E3 2020 "after a thorough" evaluation.  The company wants to focus on making fans feel part of the PlayStation family... Read more...
We're used to seeing teardown of all the latest tech gadgets courtesy of iFixit with its high-resolution images and videos. Today, however, the teardown experts are giving us a look inside the original Sony PlayStation to commemorate its 25th birthday. Unlike today's devices which are often riddled with proprietary screws, copious amounts of glue, and intricate designs that make them nearly impossible work on, the PlayStation is a relative joy to disassemble. In fact, getting inside the console is accomplished by using a trusty Philips screwdriver, after which the top plastic cover of the console can be lifted from its base. Inside, you'll find a rather large power supply unit,... Read more...
This should come as no surprise, but Sony and the evolution of its PlayStation console are in the records books—the Guinness World Records, that is. As Sony celebrates the 25th anniversary of its original PlayStation console, the Guinness World Records recognized the company for having the "best-selling home videogame console brand ever." The achievements spans four main generations of PlayStation, including the original PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 (the latter of which is the second-best selling home console in history). And of course Sony has a history of peppering each generation of PlayStation will refreshed models, including slim designs and more powerful... Read more...
Sony is gearing up to launch the PlayStation 5 game console in 2020. Ahead of the launch of the console, a bunch of rumors are flying around about the console and its controller. A new patent has turned up that describes a very odd sounding controller that speculation suggests could be for the PlayStation VR 2 system as well. The patent describes a controller that sounds as if it can control how much of the buttons stick out of the surface without impacting the functionality of the buttons. As with all patents, the wording is odd. The patent states, "Proposed is a controller which can suppress an amount of protrusion of an operation member from an external surface of a chassis while operability... Read more...
Gamers all around the world know the familiar PlayStation DualShock controller that has been included with the consoles since they launched years ago. On the right side of those controllers are the familiar four buttons that have shapes on them, and over the years, one of the shapes has been debated for its proper name. The triangle, circle, square buttons are clear and straightforward with no debate about what they are called. Where the debate comes for some gamers is the in the name of the bottom button of the quartet with the "X" symbol many call the "Ex" button. While many think it looks like the letter "X," PlayStation UK has chimed in and settled the debate once and for all. PlayStation... Read more...
Sony had hoped to capture the imaginations of gamers across the globe with its PlayStation Classic in the same way that Nintendo did with the NES Classic and SNES Classic. However, many gamers balked at the game lineup, its price tag, and emulation performance (among other things). Needless to say, within a month of launch the price of the PlayStation Classic dropped to $70, and by the end of 2018, it could be had for less than $50. Now, Sony appears to be trying to clear these consoles out with a massive fire sale at some of the nation's leading e-tailers. The going price is now a very appealing $29.99. Even with its flaws, $30 is a more than a fair price to pay for the gaming console,... Read more...
It is easy to imagine that all of the engineers and everyone else involved in Sony's PlayStation division saw the pact between Sony and Microsoft in the cloud gaming space coming. After all, the collaboration had been in the works for over a year. However, that is apparently not how it went down. The agreement between Sony and Microsoft was not just a surprise to the press and public at large, but also to most of the people involved in the development of the PlayStation console and related services. In case you missed the announcement last week, Sony and Microsoft have entered into a vague partnership on "direct-to-consumer entertainment platforms and AI solutions," one that is centered around... Read more...
Sony has been rather forthcoming with details of its next generation PlayStation 5 game console and though the new system isn’t as close to reality as we would like, there’s certainly a lot of information on the AMD-powered game cosole out there that we’ve been mining and reporting recently on for passionate gamers. Let’s run down a list of what we know and see if we can paint a clearer picture of what to expect with the next generation Sony PS5. PlayStation 5 Specs And Backwards Compatibility Sony hasn't been shy about committing to what gamers can expect under the hood of the machine that some say has been running around in certain developer circles in dev kit form... Read more...
Sony and its PlayStation 4 won the console wars for the current generation with higher sales numbers than Microsoft's Xbox could muster. Sony announced back in January that it has sold a total of 92 million PS4 consoles since its debut. Sony is aiming to continue its sales domination with the PS5 and has been bragging about the hardware and price point it is targeting with the next-gen device. Sony has confirmed that the PS5 will be powered by an AMD Zen 2-based Octacore Ryzen processor. Microsoft has no intentions of letting Sony get away with winning the sales crown in the next generation of the console wars and to prevent that it is beefing up the hardware inside the next-generation Xbox.... Read more...
There is quite a bit of uncertainty surrounding the high-end console scene, in terms of what kind of upgrade paths Microsoft and Sony might be considering. What we've seen with the current generation of consoles is a series of incremental upgrades, like the Xbox One S and Xbox One X. That said, there are plenty of rumors pointing to true successors, namely a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett. At least one developer believes these next-generation game consoles will ship with less than 16GB of RAM. Faster hardware is a given—we fully expect next-gen consoles to come equipped with burlier graphics chips and upgraded processors, especially now that 4K resolution gaming has been thrown into the... Read more...
The PlayStation Classic is the latest retro console to hit the market and is expected to sell very well this holiday season. We thought we knew everything about the little retro console with Sony detailing the full game list for the device in late October. Late last month the console was torn down and inside is 16GB of storage and a quad-core ARM processor. Players have continued to fiddle with the PlayStation Classic and have discovered a hidden menu in the console's software. The menu outlines several hidden emulation options that you can only see if you connect the right USB keyboard to the console. Not just any old USB keyboard will work according to reports, you need to connect a high-end... Read more...
Bethesda's online RPG Fallout 76 hasn't even been available for two full weeks yet, but given how much there has been to talk about, it's felt like a lot longer. That is unless, of course, you are one of the players who decided to hop into the online Fallout universe, one that is plagued with more bugs than you can shake a rifle at. As a quick recap, the game launched with a massive patch weighing in at 56GB. Days earlier, Bethesda penned a letter on its website to warn fans that the game would be buggy. This move was likely unsurprising to everyone who read it, as a buggy launch has become standard fare for Bethesda. Fallout 76 takes the number of issues to the next level and many... Read more...
We are living in the heyday of retro gaming today. You have many current (and future) options to play all of the games that defined your childhood (or adulthood) on miniature versions of the original consoles. Nintendo started the "mini console" segment with the Nintendo Classic Edition and later followed that up with the SNES Classic Edition. Sony has stepped into the retro segment with its recently announced PlayStation Classic packing 20 games and style almost identical to the original, albeit on a smaller scale. Nintendo has been good for one classic edition console per calendar year with last year's offering being the SNES Classic Edition. A new EU filing hints that Nintendo is preparing... Read more...
The era of the Playstation 2 is over. Sony Japan’s aftercare service for the PlayStation 2 is ending after 19 years of operation. Aftercare services for the system will officially end on September 7th. PlayStation 2 owners had roughly two-and-a-half months to fill out an online form to have their console repaired one last time. Those who did not register by the August 31st deadline were still able to physically send their consoles to the PlayStation Clinic service center in Japan. Any PlayStation 2’s that arrive after September 7th will not be repaired. Image Courtesy of Deni Williams, CC 2.0 License The PlayStation 2 was released in March 2000 in Japan and October 2000 in North America.... Read more...
This is most definitely the era of the retro console with Nintendo, Atari (the Atari VCS is up for pre-order now) and others in on the retro console action. Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) is considering stepping into that retro console realm as well with a revival of the PlayStation One console. Word of the possibility of a retro console from Sony comes from a source that should have a very good idea of what's in the pipeline. That source is SIE president Takeshi Kodera. His translated tweet reads, "Our company is always digging up past assets, and I think there are various ways to do it. There have been discussions happening (in the company) on what kind of ways there are." A revival of... Read more...
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