Tag: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Registrations now open for next PS4 software 5.00 beta

As with the previous major software releases, Sony Interactive Entertainment is once again inviting PlayStation Network users to try out their latest PS4 system software 5.00 before it is officially released to the public.

Not much is known at the moment, but if you’re interested click on one of the links below depending on your region.

North America

Europe

Japan

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Everything announced at Sony’s E3 2017 press conference

While Sony’s E3 conference this year was arguably lackluster in comparison to the company’s almost unprecedented successes of their previous presentations at the gaming expo since the launch of the Playstation 4, there can be no doubt this year’s romp has nevertheless still imparted a sizeable chunk of interesting, albeit somewhat derivative, information onto the gaming sphere.

To my chagrin, Sony has stipulated a reliance on drab expansions and remasters/re-releases in favour of an abundance of original games this year, but thankfully some highlights such as the PS4 exclusive insomniac-developed Spider-Man game and the reveal of Monster Hunter: World as the first globally released entry in the series to not be exclusive to a Nintendo console in about a decade help to partially redeem this.

Expansions, DLC, Remasters/Remakes and VR

Uncharted: Lost Legacy – August 22nd 2017

This one’s pretty standard. Just more good ol’ Uncharted cinematic flair and fluid 80s action movie-esque gameplay. Not bad by any means, but not anything rivetingly exciting, especially given that we’ve known about this expansion for a while.

Horizon: Zero Dawn – The Frozen Wilds – Late 2017

Based on Horizon’s sales figures and popularity this was to be expected at some point. The ‘Wilds’ aspect of the title is quite intriguing when you take into account the game’s chief competition at the time of its launch, Nintendo’s critically lauded Legend of Zelda: Breath of the ‘Wild’. While Zero Dawn garnered exuberant critical praise many reviewers and fans alike somewhat ostracised the game for its lack of attempting to innovate and deconstruct the open world genre in the vein of Zelda, so I’m eager to see Guerrilla Games’ response to this enduring criticism of ‘playing it safe’.

Shadow of the Colossus HD Remake – 2018

I was rather taken aback by this initially due to the fact that there’s already been an HD remaster of the game bundled with its spiritual predecessor Ico on the Playstation 3. However this seems to actually be a reMAKE from the ground up like Insomniac’s ‘game based on a movie based on a game’ 2016 Ratchet and Clank reboot.

Playstation VR Games

This year’s conference was again drenched with a slew of VR titles ranging from subtly and intrepidly compelling to borderline prosaic.

Some of these include –

  • Skyrim (VR re-release)
  • Bravo Team (Military shooter)
  • Star Child (Cosmic Action-Adventure)
  • Final Fantasy XV – Fishing (Really Square? -_-)

Playstation Exclusives

God of War – Early 2018

The camera’s now over Kratos’ shoulder, which puts you right in there when he rips things apart. Combat looks pretty fun and interesting but overall more of the same classic God of War formula we know and love.

Detroit: Become Human – TBD

If you liked Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls you’ll be ecstatic about David Cage’s next game. Detroit is Quantum Dream’s take on the neo-noir thriller, filled to the brim with their now signature branched out story and series of QTEs as a means of changing course. Hoping it can reach the heights of 2015’s Until Dawn.

Days Gone – December 29th 2017 (Subject to be changed)

Wasn’t really too impressed with this one to be honest. It has the most generic premise – open world, zombie apocalypse, survival horror, third person shooter. Pretty much the blueprint for your standard run of the mill AAA game released between 2005 and now. I’m willing to be cautiously optimistic because of the game being developed by SIE Bend Studio, responsible for 2012’s Vita exclusive Uncharted: Golden Abyss.

Marvel’s Spider-Man – 2018

Here’s the big one folks. Sony’s crown jewel of the event was no doubt their highly anticipated Arkham-influenced Spider-Man game. The last couple years for most Spidey fans have evoked a sense of lassitude and weariness with the critical and commercial bomb that was The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (both the movie and the video game), the heavily divisive and rambunctiously immature Ultimate Spider-Man animated television series on Disney XD, and the demise of Peter Parker in the comics and Doctor Octopus effectively snatching up the role for a while, only for Parker to eventually return to a world full of other Spider characters like Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen Stacy while facing creeping irrelevance in the shadow of the Avengers.

Last year’s stellar Captain America: Civil War in the form of an excellently executed performance by Tom Holland reignited public interest for the character, and this year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and Insomniac’s subsequent game hope to solidify this lurid resurgence. Insomniac Games, responsible for developing another fan favourite Playstation exclusive IP Ratchet & Clank, many fans believe have the potential to achieve this sanctity when taken into account their spotless track record. Seldom have their various games received less than an 80 on aggregate sites like Metacritic, thus spurring excitement for what could be done by them with Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s everyman superhero.

Multi-Platform Games

Call of Duty: WWII – November 3rd 2017 (Also on Xbox One and PC)

Battlefield 1!…….. in World War II. Long story short, Activision saw EA’s success with their period piece shooter and decided to supposedly return Call of Duty to its roots by striding away from the dwindling sales of the newer futurism-induced titles in the series and returning to the tried and true war of resistance.

Monster Hunter: World – Q1/Q2 2018

This was quite significant as the Monster Hunter series outside of Japan for the last few years has been delegated singularly to Nintendo consoles after initially debuting on Playstation. From Monster Hunter Tri and its enhanced Monster Hunter 3 being released exclusively to the Wii and the 3DS and Wii U respectively, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and Generations both being solely released on the 3DS, and the recent announcement of the enhanced version of generations being 3DS and Nintendo Switch exclusive, it was all but assumed that Capcom had either no plans or no incentive to bring the series to any other consoles in the west, perhaps as a result of the series’ niche position outside the Land of the Rising Sun.

Monster Hunter: World has proved skeptics wrong as Capcom have blithely allowed Sony to unveil their new gem. Could this be an attempt to streamline the complexities of the core MH gameplay to appeal to western audiences?

Some other non-exclusive Playstation games that were absent from Sony’s presentation include but are not limited to – Dragon Ball FighterZ, Marvel VS. Capcom: Infinite, Destiny 2, Undertale, etc.

Looks like the PlayStation 4 can now preload game patches

This was spotted on my PS4 today, and is one of the first titles to make use of this feature. It seems like the 4.50 update now enables developers to send game patches and set a time when they will be installable and ready to use. This is very similar to preloading a pre-ordered game.

What we are looking at here is the LittleBigPlanet 3 1.25 update, and the patch notes say this:

LittleBigPlanet Game Update 1.25 has begun rolling-out for some players today is scheduled to go live on  Friday March 17th at 12:01AM GMT.

What this means is that over the next three days, the update will become available to you all periodically but you won’t be able to install it until the time mentioned above. Meaning that once the install time of March 17th 12:01AM GMT is here, you can all install the new update without having to wait for it to download and can begin playing together right away!

This is pretty cool indeed, as people with slow internet connections may have to wait a while for large updates to download (this one is 1.3 GB) but it is up to the developers to make use of this feature. I’m guessing it is on hold for Friday so that the servers can be updated to take advantage of the new features of 1.25.

This feature is exclusive to PS4, as when I tried to check for any available update for the PS3 version it did not find anything. So I’m guessing PS3 users will have to wait till Friday as usual.

Source: LittleBigPlanet.com

PlayStation 4 4.50 beta code giveaway

Can’t wait to get your hands on the external HDD feature? Didn’t register for the beta? Now’s your chance to get your hands on it!

Simply log on to our Facebook page and answer the question mentioned in the giveaway post for your chance to win!* Winner will be announced tomorrow 12 PM GMT.

*The codes available are for US accounts only.

Sony announces ForwardWorks plans

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SIE’s new division ForwardWorks, dedicated to making games for mobile devices has announced its plans for the year ahead. The company revealed all the details in a presentation last Wednesday.

The first game that will be available is Everybody’s Golf, which was a game available on PlayStation consoles. The developer of the game will be Dorikomu and will be available in Spring 2017.

The next game is DASH which is from the popular series Yu Namama on the PSP. It is an action puzzle game which is set to be released in 2017. Other games, such as Arc the Lad, Wild Arms, Parappa and others are currently TBA.

ForwardWorks is also partnering with 3rd party developers like Nippon Ichi and Square Enix to bring games like Disgaea and other series. There will also be another game from Square that will be announced later.

ForwardWorks’ original game will be called Sora and the Sea of Aida (rough translation) which is based on six girls that challenge the space fish.

Project FIELD is a new platform, which consists of smartphones and tablets, cards with IC chips and trading card games. The first game produced for Project FIELD will be from the Yokai Watch series.

More information is set to be announced soon, but as of now these games are more taiored to the Japanese audience. So guys, what do you think about their upcoming plans?

Sources: PlayStation.Blog Japan, ForwardWorks, Sony Japan

Sony launches PlayStation Communities mobile app

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Sony Interactive Entertainment has yet again launched another PlayStation mobile app and this time it’s all about the PS4 Communities feature.

The Communities feature, introduced in PS4 version 3.00 has now made its way to Android and iOS as a mobile app. You can use the app to post or reply to posts in a community, discover new ones based on the games you play and get notifications from the communities you are participating in.

One thing you cannot do however, is moderate your own communities. Hopefully Sony updates the app soon with these features.

The app is now available to download from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.