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If you have been waiting for the right time to pounce on a PlayStation 4 system, now is that time, assuming you are a fan of Spider-Man. You can head over to Amazon and grab a PlayStation 4 Slim console with 1TB of storage and Marvel's Spider-Man game for $199. That's $100 off the regular selling price. Sony had given consumers a heads up about this discounted bundle last week, noting that it would go on sale starting November 18 and run through November 26. Not to be confused with the limited edition themed bundle, this version sports a jet-black console with a matching DualShock 4 wireless controller... Read more...
The absolute worst time to buy a game console is right before the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales arrive in force. Pulling the trigger prematurely is a surefire way of having buyer's remorse. So, if you're in the market for a new game console, wait a few days. There are going to be discounts, including a bunch of PlayStation 4 deals, some of which Sony announced today. Starting with the core console, Sony will be serving up a new Marvel Spider-Man Standard Edition PS4 bundle for $199.99 USD ($259.99 CAN). Not to be confused with the limited edition themed bundle, this version sports a jet-black... Read more...
Sony's upcoming PlayStation Classic apparently takes advantage of a widely available open-source emulator to drive games on the mini retro gaming console. According to Frank Cifaldi, founder of The Video Game History Foundation, the PlayStation Classic utilizes PCSX ReARMed. This emulator is a specialized, open-source emulator specifically targeted at ARM processor-based systems. As it is open-source and free for everyone, it has been used at the heart of several emulators over the years, including my personal favorite Android emulator ClassicBoy. Under the terms of the open-source license,... Read more...
Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, but that doesn't mean companies take kindly to others infringing on their intellectual property (IP) or otherwise ripping off their products. Whether Lenovo did that to Sony with its Mirage Solo VR headset, which looks strikingly similar to the PlayStation VR, is now moot. Why? Sony and Lenovo signed a two-year patent licensing agreement that renders it so. Lenovo Mirage Solo "We are pleased to announce that we have licensed the PS VR headset design to Lenovo," said Riley Russell, Chief Legal Officer at SIE. "The industrial design for PS VR has... Read more...
Sony sold more PlayStation 4 (PS4) hardware and software than it was anticipating during the company's fiscal second quarter ended September 30, 2018, and those additional sales helped catapult the Japanese electronic maker's three-month profit to just over $2.1 billion. This also prompted Sony to raise its full year forecast to $7.7 billion, up a whopping 30 percent for what it was forecasting in July. The PlayStation division, or "Games & Network Services (G&NS)" if we're being formal, led the way with nearly $5 billion in revenue, generating a profit of more than $800 million. Even more... Read more...
Retro gaming fans who have the Sony PlayStation Classic at the top of their Christmas wish list will be thrilled to learn that Sony has unveiled the full list of 20 games that will land with the console when it launches in the U.S. and Canada on December 3. When the console was initially announced, Sony revealed a handful of games that would be preinstalled including Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms. The full list of games includes: Battle Arena Toshinden Cool Boarders 2 Destruction Derby Final Fantasy VII Grand Theft Auto Intelligent Qube Jumping Flash... Read more...
Users with too much time on their hands recently discovered a bug in the PlayStation 4 that could be exploited to crash the console. It was easy as sending a specific and malicious message to the unsuspecting PS4 user. After receiving widespread attention, Sony has gone and fixed the bug so all is apparently good in the world of PS4 gaming again. The exploit is similar to the types of text messaging bugs that have sometimes rocked mobile platforms, essentially tripping the device up. On mobile devices, it could be anything from generally unstable behavior, like freezing, or a full crash. The latter... Read more...
Sony has announced a new digital camera that it claims to be the world's smallest compact camera with a 24-720mm zoom lens: the Cyber-shot HX99 (DSC-HX99). The small size of the camera makes it well suited for travel, yet the high zoom rate allows you to get closer to far away subjects. The lens is a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T 24-720mm High Magnification Zoom lens with Optical SteadyShot integrated. Image stabilization is important at high zoom levels, or you end up with close up, blurry images. Sony integrates a Zoom Assist function that makes it easier to zoom accurately and keep distant subjects in... Read more...
There are a few things that will follow you around for a long time, one of them being bad screen names. If you are a PlayStation gamer and have had a bad PlayStation Network ID for a long time that you have often wished you could change, that change will soon arrive. Rumors have circulated that name changes would be possible, and Sony has now confirmed the rumor. Sony has stated that PS Network gamers will be able to change their PSN IDs starting in early 2019. There is no firm date on when the changes will be possible. If you change your screen name and then decide you want something else, you... Read more...
The PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro will not be the last of the PlayStation console. While that may seem like an obvious statement, the push to streaming services and gaming from the cloud have, well, clouded the situation. Even so, Sony president Kenichiro Yoshida confirmed that will be a new generation console at some point. We presume that to mean a PlayStation 5 is on the roadmap, and probably already in development. Yoshido stopped short of referencing a PS5 specifically, but in an interview with the Financial Times, he did acknowledge that "it's necessary to have next-generation hardware"... Read more...
We're not ones to look a gift horse in the mouth, but when it comes to cross-play support in Fortnite, Sony needs to get its story straight on why exactly it has it taken so long to finally embrace the gamer-friendly feature. Were there technical barriers that stood in the way, or weren't there? The latest comments by Sony Worldwide Chairman Shawn Layden suggest it's the latter, even though that's not what Sony said before. Layden participated in a recent PlayStation blogcast, episode 308 titled "Wooooo!" At around the 12-minute 50-second mark, Layden talked about supporting cross-play in Fortnite... Read more...
It's finally happening. Sony, a company that is not known to back down from attacks on its arcane cross-play policies, has caved to pressure and will enable PlayStation 4 gamers to play against rival consoles with Fortnite. Sony has taken flak from gamers and industry figures (including Microsoft execs). Fortnite is the most popular game in the world, and the fact that Sony has been the lone holdout has angered many gamers. What was even more infuriating is the fact that progression and items/skins bought/accumulated on the PlayStation 4 could not be transferred to the Xbox One and Nintendo... Read more...
Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption II is one of the most anticipated launches of the year. The game is landing on console systems first, but a leak has tipped a PC launch date thanks to a developer posting to his LinkedIn profile that he was working on the PC version of the game. A gameplay trailer turned up in August showing us some of the fantastic graphics we will see in the game. Rockstar and Sony have announced that a special bundle with a PS4 Pro and Red Dead Redemption II will launch on October 26. If you are hoping for a special console along the lines of the translucent blue limited-edition... 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... Read more...
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