UK publication Metro has an interesting interview with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe president and CEO Jim Ryan. While Ryan talks about a number of interesting topics, two things caught our eye while reading it: the company's continued problems with the PlayStation Plus version of its troubled online PS4 racer Driveclub, and a brief statement about GamerGate.
If you believe a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics, Sony will move 80 million PS4 systems globally by 2019, compared to Microsoft's 57 million Xbox One systems. The prediction is part of the group's new "Connected Home Devices Report," which proclaims that the PlayStation 4 "is on path to reproduce the success of the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii."
It looks like that $129,000 bidder for the very first limited edition 20th anniversary PlayStation 4 has gone south. According to Famitsu, the highest bidder on the auction for the special limited edition system has backed out. The auction, put on by Sony in January, was meant to raise funds for the Save The Children Japan charity.
The fine folks at PlayStation Lifestyle have created a helpful 40-second video to help those Battlefield Hardline beta participants with a strange problem occurring on the PlayStation 4. According to the site, the PS4 version of the beta is currently suffering from a strange bug with the server browser in the game. Sometimes when loading it up it shows no players at all.
Sony's PlayStation Now subscription game streaming service will be getting five additional games today, the company announced via the PlayStation Blog. All of the new games will be PlayStation 3-era.
They include Naughty Dog's Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Volition's third-person shooter Red Faction: Armageddon, Bandai Namco's arcade shooter Galaga Legions DX, Examu's 2D fighting game Arcana Heart 3, and Sony Santa Monica Studio's God of War 2 HD. All of these games will be available beginning today.
Sony's PlayStation Blog (and its European equivalent) have revealed all of the free stuff available to subscribers of its PlayStation Plus subscription in February. Beginning on February 4 PS4 owners will be able to score Apotheon, Transistor, and Rogue Legacy. PS3 owners will get Thief, Yakuza 4, and Rogue Legacy.
The Elder Scrolls Online is not the only "free-to-play" game in town on PS4 and Xbox One, it seems. The makers of the online action game APB: Reloaded announced today that its free-to-play game will be hitting both console platforms in the second quarter of this year.
The PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game are being developed at The Workshop Entertainment, which co-developed The Evil Within alongside Tango Gameworks and also worked on the excellent Borderlands 2 expansion, Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage.
Elder Scrolls Online will be going free-to-play later this year and it will be coming to both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 too. Zenimax Online announced that its MMO based on the popular Elder Scrolls series of role-playing games will be released on June 9 for Xbox One and PS4. And with it coming to next-gen consoles the company also revealed that the game will be free-to-play, meaning no subscription fees. To play all you'll need to do is buy it for your favorite platform.
Ed Zarick is at it again. The self-taught engineer has built a "laptop" device that combines both the Xbox One and the PS4. Custom built for a customer, Zarick calls his little creation the PlayBox. The device is a 22" laptop (case) that combines a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One into a single machine. Zarick's latest device is similar to his Xbook Duo design, a previous combo-unit he built that contained both an Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Sony has announced that its online gaming service for PS4, PS Vita, and PS3 will be down in Europe and North America on January 15. The maintenance period will run from 5pm - 9pm GMT tomorrow, and 9am - 1pm Pacific Time in North America.
During those times multiple services will not be available including PlayStation Store on all devices, PlayStation Network Account Management, PlayStation Network Account Registration, and various Sony Entertainment services.
In a PlayStation Blog post Sony explained why there is an absence of available PS1 and PS2 games in its PlayStation Now game streaming service. Earlier this week the company announced that it would offer 100 or so PS3 games when its service launches on January 13 at a price point of around $20 a month.
Today the company explained why PS1 and PS2 games won't be available when the service launches in North America.
The PlayStation 4 will launch in China a little later than expected, according to what Sony is telling Reuters today. The company cited "various factors" for delaying the console in the region this week - including what it called "prolonged negotiations" with Chinese authorities - likely over content.
Sony announced this week that the PlayStation 4 has sold more than 18.5 million units worldwide since its launch in November of 2013. The new figures tabulate units sold as of January 4, 2015. Sony also said that during the critical holiday shopping season (late November to early January) it managed to sell 4.1 million units worldwide.
The Finnish National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has questioned a teenager in connection with Lizard Squad and its international hacking antics, according to Polygon. The law enforcement agency is looking into a 17-year-old identified only as "Ryan" for his alleged participation in DDoS attacks against PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, according to the report. There's some conflicting reports on whether the teen is still in police custody or if he was questioned and sent home.
Recently Sony said it was sorry for the Christmas outages of the PlayStation Network (which hacker group Lizard Squad claimed credit for) and offered a gift to PlayStation Network users: five free days of PlayStation Plus and 10 percent discount off a total cart purchase in the PlayStation Store. To say the response to this gift was tepid and even hostile in some circles is an understatement.
Sony has revealed the free games that PlayStation Plus subscribers can score in January. Beginning January 6, PlayStation Plus members can get inFAMOUS: First Light (PS4), The Swapper (PS4/PS3/PS Vita), Prototype 2 (PS3), DuckTales Remastered (PS3), Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition (PS Vita/PS3) and Whoa Dave! (PS Vita/PS4) for free.
Sony has also released a nifty video highlighting all of January's PlayStation Plus freebies, which you can watch to your left.
According to this Game Informer report, the PlayStation Network is having "intermittent connectivity" issues right now. GI readers have said that when they try to log into PlayStation Network, they received the error code "CE-34861-2."
An interesting article on Kotaku suggests that the government of China did not force either Sony or Microsoft to region lock their consoles as a condition of launching them in the region this year. Citing an anonymous source within the government, the report concludes that it was likely Microsoft's and Sony's idea to region lock the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for China.
United States District Court Judge Edward Chen for the Northern District Court of California has ruled that a class action lawsuit related to Sony Computer Entertainment's Killzone: Shadow Fall will proceed. In August lead plaintiff Douglas Ladore filed a class action lawsuit against SCE claiming that the company lied about the graphics quality of Killzone: Shadow Fall for PS4 in its marketing materials, PR and public statements. He claims in his lawsuit that the game was advertised to have full 1080p high-definition resolution graphics, but it didn't measure up to those claims.
The PlayStation 4 has been outselling the Xbox One since February, but it looks like Microsoft might have finally broken that streak in the month of November - according to this Ars Technica report. Microsoft announced that the NPD retail sales data shows the Xbox One outsold the PS4 in both the US and the UK.
A new update to the PS4 launch title, Killzone Shadow Fall, adds a way to earn in-game currency - as opposed to buying it with real-world cash. Prior to the update, the only way to get it was through paid downloadable content. Patch 1.80 adds a new in-game currency called Valor, which can be spent on customization and gameplay boosting DLC.
Players can earn Valor by playing multiplayer matches and have their score converted into the new currency. Players can also receive bonuses by completing challenges listed on the game's Update screen.
Fergal Gara, the chief executive officer of UK PlayStation tells IGN in a recent interview that all he and his company can do is apologize for the way DriveClub launched and its ongoing troubles post-launch. Gara joins Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida, who wrote an apology on Facebook about the game's problems back in October.
"We apologize to any players affected and are doing our damnedest to make things right. So that's what we've been doing and the game is pretty near-complete now," Gara told IGN.
Sony will launch the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in China on January 11, 2015, the company announced today. Sony will sell the PS4 in China for 2,899 RMB ($468) and the PS Vita for 1,299 RMB ($210). Sony also announced that - in addition to its own internal studios - 70 third-party developers and publishers will be working on titles for release in the region.
Someone with way too much money on their hands placed a winning bid of over $20,000 to get their hands on a "sealed" and still in the box Limited Edition 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 console on eBay.
Sony is offering a special deal for those who haven't bought a PlayStation 4 yet: a free game to go along with it. Those who purchase the $399.99 PS4 will find a code inside to download one of four games. It is unclear if this is a direct response to Microsoft's Xbox One price cut to $350 (including Xbox One bundles that come with various games) as part of a holiday promotion running until early January.