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The 20-year span between 1985 and 2005 saw the release of literally hundreds of classic game titles that were -- and are still -- beloved by millions of people around the world. From Super Mario Bros and The Legend of Zelda, to modern classics like Halo and Metal Gear Solid, most of gaming's biggest franchises spent their formative years on consoles plugged into standard-definition cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions, the warm glow and rounded geometry of which would provide countless hours of fun. If there's one problem with those consoles, however, it's that it can be difficult to get one running -- and more importantly looking good -- on modern HD television sets.  Don't worry, though.... Read more...
On-demand games are becoming one of the best ways to enjoy various titles without having to buy them. PlayStation Now is a solid service for PlayStation users to trial some new games or replay some old ones. This week, Sony is adding three games to the platform to make it that much more enticing, and you can start playing right now. Marvel’s Avengers The first game added to the docket is Marvel’s Avengers, an “epic, third-person, action-adventure game that combines an original, cinematic story with single-player and co-operative gameplay.” The game surrounds a future where Super Heroes are outlawed (not unlike The Incredibles), and Kamala Khan must reassemble the Avengers... Read more...
Tomorrow starts a new month, which means that there will be a new crop of freebie games to download for PlayStation Plus subscribers. Although it will be April 1st, there is no fooling around when it comes to what Sony has in store for gamers. Kicking things off this month on the free list is Oddworld: Soulstorm. Interestingly, while the game will be playable on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles, only the PlayStation 5 version is free during April. So, if you're one of the lucky few that has been able to secure the next-gen console, enjoy it while it lasts. Oddworld: Soulstorm is a direct successor to Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty, released in 2014. The actual series dates back to 1997 with... Read more...
Last week, Sony teased the next generation of PlayStation VR with DualSense technology, which got many gamers excited. As that new headset and technology is still on the horizon, current PSVR gamers want new games to play with their current hardware. Today, Sony brought back the PSVR Spotlight to announce six new games launching later this year. After The Fall From the creators of Arizona Sunshine comes a new fast-paced co-op FPS game called After the Fall. This game takes players back to an alternate frozen reality in 1980s LA to “pit you and your friends against a post-apocalyptic VR world in a raging fight for survival.” In the coming weeks, we can expect to see an all-new gameplay... Read more...
In 2016, PlayStation launched PlayStation VR, bringing virtual reality into many gamers' homes. Since then, Oculus and Valve have come out with new headsets, overall technology has improved, and the PlayStation 5 is now the "must have" console for gamers. Over four years later, Sony is announcing the next generation of PlayStation VR for the PS5, likely arriving next year. Hideaki Nishino, Senior Vice President, Platform Planning & Management for PlayStation, made a blog post today expressing his excitement for the future of VR with the PS5. He explained that once the headset is released, it will enable "the ultimate entertainment experience with dramatic leaps in performance and interactivity."... Read more...
If you are currently in possession of an Xbox Series S/X or PlayStation 5, consider yourself lucky. All the consoles have been in high demand since they launched in mid-November and are quickly snapped up when retailers managed to restock their shelves.  Earlier this month, Sony confirmed that it has sold 4.5 million PlayStation 5 consoles since launch, which is roughly the same as the number of PlayStation 4 consoles sold after its launch in Q4 2013. So far, Microsoft hasn't given us any concrete numbers on how many Xbox Series S or Xbox Series X consoles that it has sold, but data from Ampere Analysis (via GamesIndustry) suggests that the figure is a combined 2.9 million... Read more...
It's been kind of painful to watch Cyberpunk 2077 stumble and flounder since it launched on December 10. While the game is a blast when it's working right, bugs and glitches galore have caused a torrent of outrage, particularly from our console brethren trying to play it on their seven-year-old PlayStations and Xboxes. However, developer CD Project Red has been hard at work making its blockbuster RPG all that it should have been, and now a hotly anticipated bug fix patch has just dropped.  Cyberpunk 2077 v1.1 Patch - Fixes And Optimizations The most glaring issues in Cyberpunk 2077 all seemed to revolve around memory utilization on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Cars and pedestrians that... Read more...
Game development is complex, and launching a successful game even more so.  Sometimes, anything that goes into development and the gamer experience can change on a dime or entirely fall apart. We can see this with the launch of Cyberpunk 2077, which could be easily described as something of a train wreck. Bugs on all platforms cropped up and the social sphere exploded with complaints. To be clear, the game is still enjoyable if you can play it aside from the current issues. No matter what, though, Cyberpunk 2077's launch was plagued with issues, developer crunch, alongside excessive hype, which was all likely driven by shareholder and consumer pushback to get the game out. The whole spectacle... Read more...
Since we are a month and change out from the PlayStation 5 launch day, we are getting some new information about the console through various channels around the world. In Japan, Sony worked with YouTube Gaming and some content creators to produce videos showcasing hands-on gameplay. Out of Russia, some questionable leaks appeared on reddit and other forums showing off what appeared to be UI and SSD information from the new PS5. In the Western world, gamers are hoping to get English YouTube videos showcasing the PS5 and official announcements about the UI from Sony to quell concerns. Japanese Content Creators Get To Play On The PS5 Since Sony is based in Japan, it is no surprise that Japanese... Read more...
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...
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