Closing out the day, Sony is going to do everything in its power to retain the huge lead its been given early in this new console generation. With a $100 price advantage over the Xbox One, the PlayStation 4 quickly established itself as the console to own in late 2013, which carried over into the new year supported by the PS4’s slightly more powerful hardware and an arguably better lineup of exclusives. Now that Microsoft has ditched Kinect to reach the $399 price tag, added its own offering of free monthly titles and fixed many of the software issues that plagued the Xbox One at launch, there’s only one weapon Sony has left in its arsenal: a lineup of great games. With The Order: 1886 delayed to 2014, what’s going to be the PS4 exclusive to watch for this fall? We should find out later today. More →
Sports game franchises are infamous for their inability to break new ground. Year after year, with the same modes, the same features, the same mechanics — it’s all too easy to fall into a slump, one which has arguably stricken many of the EA Sports titles. As competition fades away, the problem gets worse, but even as the only developer with a triple-A baseball game on the market, SCEA’s San Diego Studio has managed to go above and beyond what I expected from MLB 14 The Show. More →
With all the leaks, reveals, countdowns and announcements, it can be hard to keep track of the enormous list of games waiting to make their debut at E3. Last year was quieter than usual as Sony and Microsoft temporarily readjusted to focus on new hardware, but E3 2014 is all about the games. Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo not only have sizable install bases on the new generation consoles, they each have millions of fans waiting for a good reason to upgrade as well.
PlayStation Plus has been one of the best deals in gaming for four years running, but Sony wants to make it ever better. Starting in June, any PS4 owners with an active subscription to PS Plus will be able to download two free titles from the PlayStation Store. Next month’s offerings include Trine 2: Complete Story and PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate. More →
If you haven’t had the chance to attend E3, we can tell you from first-hand experience that it’s a mess. A raucously fun mess, but a mess nonetheless. There’s nothing quite like sitting with a crowd of thousands of other gamers and being genuinely surprised by the big announcement that didn’t leak or stifling laughter when a demo bombs. More →
Soul Sacrifice Delta is not a sequel to the PS Vita exclusive title that preceded it, but more like a director’s cut. All of the original content is intact with a few substantial additions which make this a tempting offer for fans of the original. If you never got around to playing the first release of Soul Sacrifice, you should think twice before discounting this as another Monster Hunter rip-off. More →
It looks like we’re going to have to shrink our list of most anticipated PS4 games for 2014. Polygon has learned that The Order: 1886, the first original IP from developer Ready at Dawn and one of the more interesting PS4 exclusives we’ve seen, has been delayed until February 2015. The Order: 1886 is a third-person, cover-based shooter set in a alternate timeline Victorian-era London, full of steampunk technology and terrifying monsters. It was originally set to debut before the end of the year, but the team wasn’t able to hit that deadline. More →
Sony has confirmed that starting with Bungie’s hotly anticipated game “Destiny,” PlayStation 4 owners will be able to pre-download any games that have been pre-ordered from its digital content store ahead of their launch dates, to have them ready to go the instant new titles become available for sale. More →
The success of the PlayStation 4 cannot be understated. After capitalizing on Microsoft’s PR blunders with the Xbox One, Sony took charge of the new generation of gaming and never looked back. Sales have been outstanding, indie developers are rushing to get their games on the PlayStation Store and this week, CEO Kaz Hirai announced at a corporate strategy meeting that the brand new console is already profitable. More →
There aren’t many games that I’ve returned to after I’ve finished them. Borderlands 2 was one of those games. After storming through the campaign on my own when the game first released in 2012, I returned to the world of Pandora late last year to begin anew with a cooperative partner. Even with the plot still fresh in my mind, the limitless array of weaponry and the markedly different character classes give each play through new life. More →
Before Sony has even sent out one invitation for its press conference, a major leak may have revealed everything the company was planning to show on stage. DualShockers reports that an anonymous source with information from contacts within Sony and the BBH New York marketing firm has obtained a detailed list of Sony’s entire press conference, including every new PlayStation 4 announcement, every game demo and every publisher that will take the stage in June. The full leak follows below, with the bold text signifying information that DualShockers has double-sourced. More →
God of War has been repackaged more than once in the nine years since its original release, but for good reason: it’s one of the best action franchises to ever hit Sony’s home console. The first port of the PlayStation 2 classic to reach retail was God of War Collection on the PlayStation 3, a compilation of the first two titles in the series on one disc. A third and fourth full console title and two well-received portable releases later, Sony has decided to revisit the original God of War Collection, bringing God of War I and God of War II to the PS Vita for the first time. But how do the classics hold up nearly a decade later? More →
It turns out that audio cassette taps might be the wave of the future after all, at least when it comes to data storage. Forbes reports that Sony has figured out how to cram a whopping 185TB of data onto a single cassette tape using technology called sputter deposition that Forbes says “involves layers of magnetic crystals firing argon ions at a polymer film substrate.” To get an idea of just how amazing this is, consider that a typical Blu-ray disc holds around 50GB of data, which means that Sony’s new storage cassette can hold somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,700 Blu-ray films. Sony says that it’s working on ways to make magnetic tape used in cassettes a practical technology for storage and backup and it hopes to release a commercial product based on its breakthroughs in the future.