Sony has announced the April Instant Game Collection lineup for PlayStation Plus subscribers on the PlayStation Blog. As with every update since the launch of the PlayStation 4, only one game will be featured for the new generation console, but it’s one that PS4 owners should be excited to get their hands on. Mercenary Kings is the latest 2D send-up from Tribute Games, the team that brought Scott Pilgrim vs. The World to the PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2010. Mercenary Kings pays homage to the 2D shooters of old with challenging enemies and customizable weaponry. More →
It wasn’t until last year that I finally took a chance on baseball. It was the outcome of a single, crazy, stressful game early in the season that pulled me in, and over 100 games later, I was hooked. However, I could do without the endless pitch counts, which is why MLB 14: The Show might be the first baseball game I pick up since middle school. More →
It’s a generation behind, but it’s finally arrived. Sony announced on the PlayStation Blog that the HBO Go app will be available to PlayStation 3 owners starting on Tuesday. In January, HBO announced that the app would finally be coming to the PS3, nearly two years after it hit the Xbox 360. The team is currently working to bring HBO Go to the new consoles, although there is no release date for the app on either the PS4 or Xbox One yet. More →
South Park: The Stick of Truth is, among other things, the best episode of South Park I’ve seen in years. Matt Stone and Trey Parker went as hands-on with this project as they have with anything outside of the actual cartoon, and it shows. It’s belligerent, horrific, hysterical and it feels fresh. But woven between the hysteria, there’s a game that you’re going to have to play. So is that game any good? More →
Sony has unveiled the latest round of free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers to add to their Instant Game Collections. In March, PlayStation 4 owners will get their hands on Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition, an upgrade to the 4-year-old top-down shooter from the same studio that brought Resogun to the console last year. The PlayStation 3 will bring in the biggest haul, most notably the incredible Tomb Raider remake that received nearly unanimous praise from gamers and critics alike last year. Indie titles Thomas Was Alone and Lone Survivor: Director’s Cut round out the PS3 list. More →
PlayStation fans, get ready for a big month! Following a somewhat slow January, Sony’s PlayStation platforms will see a number of exciting new game releases in February. PlayStation 4 owners will finally be able to get their hands on the highly anticipated horror title “Outlast,” as well as “Rayman Legends” and “Thief.” Meanwhile, PlayStation 3 owners will get 11 new games to choose from this month and another three games will be released for the PlayStation Vita handheld console. The full list, which was assembled by Playstationing.com, follows below along with exact launch dates. More →
We get it: you’re fed up with the ‘console war’ narrative. Both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 are flying off of store shelves and we’re all waiting anxiously for games to start showing up on both consoles later this year, but Microsoft’s latest offer is more than a slight jab at the competition. Oxidax, a NeoGAF forum-goer, received an email containing the image you see above, advertising a deal at any Microsoft retail store which will allow customer to trade in a working PlayStation 3 for $100 off a brand new Xbox One. More →
There has been a changing of the guard in the U.S. video game console market and for Microsoft, it couldn’t have come at a worse time. With the next console generation right around the corner and several analysts predicting Sony’s PlayStation 4 will have the upper hand this time around, Microsoft’s run at the top in the U.S. market has come to an end prematurely. The company’s current-generation Xbox 360 console had been the top-selling home video game console in America for 32 consecutive months according to market research firm NPD Group, but that unbelievable streak came screeching to a halt in September as the PS3 pulled ahead. More →
Fear not PlayStation 3 owners, Sony has confirmed that it has no plans to abandon its current console when the PlayStation 4 launches this holiday season for $399. Sony Japan president Hiroshi Kawano and Sony Worldwide president Shuhei Yoshida revealed in an interview with Japanese gaming magazine Weekly Famitsu, translated by Kotaku, that support for the PlayStation 3 will continue indefinitely and the company has “no intention of immediately shifting from the PS3 to the PS4.” Kawano noted that after seven years the console continues to “sell at a constant pace,” adding that there are also many upcoming titles are for the system. More →
Sony on Wednesday evening announced that a firmware update is rolling out to fix broken PlayStation 3 consoles. The update is meant to reverse the damage caused by an earlier patch that left a “small number” of users with bricked consoles. The company also posted detailed instructions for users to install the update even if their consoles won’t turn on. Required equipment includes a USB Mass Storage device such as a USB flash drive with at least 168MB of free space, or older models can use an SD card, Memory Stick or CompactFlash card. Users must then boot up the PlayStation 3 in safe mode and load the update onto it manually. Sony’s full instructions on how to install firmware update 4.46 can be found below. More →
Earlier this week, Sony issued a system update for its PlayStation 3 gaming console. The patch was meant to fix preexisting problems, however it was found to be doing the exact opposite for some owners who found their consoles unusable after the update was installed. Sony was forced to pull the 4.45 system update, but not before leaving a “small number” of users with broken systems. The company on Friday revealed that it has identified the problem and plans to issue a new update that will fix the issue on June 27th. The statement came from Sony’s European PlayStation Twitter account and it remains unclear if the patch will be available to owners worldwide or only in select regions.
Sony’s newfound goodwill with gamers won’t last long if it starts bricking users’ consoles. BBC News reports that Sony has pulled its 4.45 system update for the PlayStation 3 that was leaving some consoles unusable. Sony says that it is investigating the reason its latest update, which it first released on Tuesday, bricked consoles and tells BBC News that it only affected a “small number” of PlayStations worldwide. Sony also apologized to users and encouraged them to wait for an official fix for the problem instead of trying to fix it themselves.
The video game industry continued its downward spiral in May. According to research firm NPD Group, retail sales of hardware, software and gaming accessories in the U.S. fell 25% to $386.3 million last month, their lowest level thus far in 2013. Hardware and software sales fell 31% year-over-year to $96 million and $175.1 million, respectively, while sales of gaming accessories declined 6% year-over-year to $115.3 million. Including sales of used games, rental and digitally delivered content, micro-transactions, subscriptions, mobile apps and social network games, consumers spent a total of $787 million on video games in May. More →