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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 impressive is that the PS4 is raking in these kinds of numbers nearly five years after it was introduced.... 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 Metal Gear Solid Mr Driller Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee Rayman Resident Evil Director’s... 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 is what would happen to PS4 owners who received the aforementioned message. We've since fixed the... 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 the frame by temporarily zooming-out to show the shooter a wider area. A BIONZ X processing engine... 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 can change as many times as you want. The caveat is that only the first change is free; after that... 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" product at this point in the game. What and when are the questions. We are an interesting point... 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 on the PlayStation 4, a feature that gamers have been clamoring for, especially since Sony stood... 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 Switch. After a "comprehensive evaluation process", Sony says that it will enable cross-play... 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 model, you will be sad to hear the PS4 Pro in this bundle is the standard black 1TB version.... 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...
One of the big problems that subscribers of the Sony PlayStation Now service had was that the games were only available for streaming play. That could be an issue for users on metered internet connections or with spotty internet service. Sony has announced a big change to PlayStation Now with the addition of an option that will allow users to download games to their PS4 system. That means that they will be able to play both locally and offline with the same PS Now subscription. Sony says that "almost all" of the PS4 games on the service including popular titles like Bloodborne, God of War 3 Remastered, NBA 2K16, and Until Dawn are available for download. The PS Now line of PS2 games remastered... Read more...
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Sony is flattering the heck out of Nintendo. Back in 2016, Nintendo first rolled out its NES Classic Edition console that was plug and play with more than two dozen classic games packed inside. Sony is now getting in on the classic console action with the PlayStation Classic landing December 3. That will put this retro console on the market just in time for holiday shopping and with a $99.99 price, it will certainly be appealing to gamers. Sony notes that it has been nearly 25 years since that original PlayStation landed, with it eventually becoming the first game console in history to ship 100 million units globally. Any gamer around... Read more...
To celebrate the launch of Marvel's Spider-Man, the hotly anticipated game developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment exclusively for the PlayStation 4 Pro, Sony released a limited edition PS4 themed after the arachnid super hero. Themed consoles are nothing new, though this one seems to have struck a cord with gamers. Every time a retailer replenishes its inventory, it sells out faster than Peter Parker can change from an unassuming teen to a web-slinger in tights. Lucky for me, I was able to snag one at my local Walmart, which for a brief period of time claimed to have exactly five units in stock. I placed my order online, picked it up, and promptly sold it... Read more...
Square Enix’s long-awaited and mysterious video game Left Alive finally has an official release date. The game was originally supposed to be released by the end of 2018, but is instead slated for February 28th, 2019 in Japan for PC and the Playstation 4. The official release date was announced during Sony’s pre-Tokyo Game Show PlayStation Lineup Tour. Sony announced Left Alive prior to the 2017 Tokyo Game Show, but has provided precious little information since the game’s announcement. The official trailer is cinematic and features a futuristic war zone and some impressive-looking robots. The game is set in the fictional city of "Nova Slava" in December 2127. Since there is... Read more...
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