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.
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 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.
According to this Nikkei report (by way of Eurogamer) Sony will not renew its sponsorship deal with FIFA over concerns of corruption in the international soccer governing body. Sony has sponsored a number of major events for FIFA through the years including the World Cup, but the company has decided to bow out when its contract expires on December 31 of this year.
According to analyst firm Infoscout, the Xbox One beat the PlayStation 4 on Black Friday at retail. The firm claims that Microsoft's lower price point of around $50 gave the Xbox One an edge: it had 53 percent of total spend at retail, compared to the PS4's 31 percent. The Xbox One was also the top-selling console at both Walmart and Target, according to the firm.
Sony Computer Entertainment America has settled a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over claims that it falsely advertised the capabilities of its PS Vita, according to Joystiq. From late 2011 to early 2012. As part of the settlement SCEA has agreed to provide refunds to Vita customers who purchased the device before June 1, 2012. They will dole out a $25 cash or credit refund, or a $50 voucher for select games and services.
Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen says that while Sony has hit the ground running in the current generation of console wars with its PlayStation 4 console, he expects Microsoft is catching quickly.
"Clearly Sony has jumped out to a lead with a great console and I think a great pricing strategy," said EA CFO Blake Jorgensen, but "Microsoft is catching up quickly."
Sony Computer Entertainment America president Shawn Layden is defending UK-based DriveClub developer Evolution Studios, despite continual problems with the PS4-exclusive racing game since launch. The game has been out for six weeks and in that time has been continually plagued with technical issues and problems with connectivity. The game was also supposed to be launched as a freebie for PS Plus subscribers - but that version of the game has been put on hold until everything can be ironed out.
In a recent interview with GamesBeat, Sony Computer Entertainment America chief Shawn Layden was asked about online harassment in general and gender equality within the video games industry.
While Layden wouldn't specifically address the social media movement GamerGate, he did offer an unequivocal answer on harassment - with some pressing from GamesBeat.
Bloodborne Producer Masaaki Yamagiwa (Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Studio) announced via the PlayStation Blog this morning that From Software's next hardcore action RPG won't be released until March 25, 2015.
GANDER.tv will continue its agreement with Sony Entertainment and Turnstyle Music Group L.L.C. to stream the November 6th concert at DROM, a leading performance venue in the New York City’s East Village. Headlining the record release show is three-time Grammy-winner and current saxophonist in the Dave Matthews Band, Jeff Coffin, and his group The Mu’Tet. The concert will be available to Sony’s PlayStation family of devices and on GANDER.tv’s broadcast network. The broadcast will be accessible for a small subscription fee of $3.00 on both systems.
PlayStation Europe announced this morning that it will release a new PS4 firmware update today that - it hopes - will fix the problem with the system's "rest mode." The bug first appeared after the company deployed firmware update 2.00.
The company said via Twitter that the 2.01 update "addresses issues some users have encountered when powering on the system from Rest Mode." The firmware should be hitting North America today too.
Sony has issued an advisory for those who pre-ordered and pre-loaded the digital version of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on PS4 through the PlayStation Store and couldn't get the game to work.
"If you pre-loaded CoD: AW and you're experiencing issues with the game, you must delete all pre-load files from your system and re-download all Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare content," advised Sony in a response posted via the official PlayStation Knowledge Center.
We've had some pretty heavy stories this week so let's go light and fun with the poll.
Do you want a Playstation TV?
I consider myself pretty savvy as far as video game stuff goes but I'll admit, for some reason I just can't wrap my head around what the Playstation TV is for or why anyone would want one.
Kind of like the Steam Box.
The PlayStation TV micro console from Sony is available at North American retailers in several packages today. The micro console from Sony comes in two flavors: a $99.99 standalone system (minus a memory card and controller), or a $139.99 bundle that includes a wireless DualShock 3 controller, 8GB memory card, and The Lego Movie Videogame.
In Europe (launching November 14), PS TV will retail for around £84.99/€99.99 and will include vouchers for Worms Revolution Extreme, Velocity Ultra and OlliOlli. Controllers and memory cards will have to be purchased separately.
Sony announced this morning that scheduled PlayStation Network maintenance is to take place on October 13 in North America, and October 14 in Europe. In North America, PSN maintenance will reportedly take place between 10am and 5pm PT on October 13, according to CVG. PSN maintenance in Europe will take place from 6pm BST next Monday until 1am BST on Tuesday.
The free version of DriveClub for PlayStation Plus subscribers has been delayed, according to a report on Eurogamer. The PlayStation Plus version of DriveClub - free to those who subscribe to the monthly subscription service for PlayStation family platforms, was originally due to launch this week.
Game Informer has an interesting report on how some consumers in regions such as South Africa, Ukraine, Russia, and Turkey are seeing rate increases for their PlayStation Plus subscriptions. While some of this is based on currency conversion rates, it looks like South African customers are simply getting a major rate increase.
You might be under the impression that the video game company that make the most money in the world would be Electronic Arts, Sony, Microsoft, Activision, or even Google and Apple. But according to a new report from New Zoo that distinction belongs to Tencent.
Contrary to the narrative created online after Sony announced that it would shut down its virtual playground down early next year in all regions including Japan, North America, and Europe, PlayStation Home was a commercial success. At least that is what nDreams CEO Patrick O'Luanaigh tells GamesIndustry International.
PlayStation boss Andrew House tells Reuters that he hopes to raise the profit outlook for the current fiscal year of the division he's in charge of, thanks to strong PlayStation 4 sales and reduced hardware manufacturing costs.
In July, Sony increased its annual operating income forecast for the game division by 25 percent, from 20 billion yen to 25 billion yen (roughly $230 million).
Sony announced that almost 700 games will be available on PlayStation TV when it launches in Europe and North America later this year. The PlayStation TV is a micro-console originally made for Asia that allows streaming of PS4 games to another HD in your home, as well as select PS Vita, PSP, and PS One classic games.
Sony announced today that, despite the PS4 selling so well, it still expects to report a net loss of 230 billion yen, or $2.1 billion, for the current fiscal year ending in March 2015. The scope and size of the net loss is a lot larger than what the company predicted back in July: it previously predicted a net loss of 50 billion yen, or $466m.
Sony is pinning this loss on impairment charges of 180 billion yen or $1.7 billion related to its struggling smartphone business
The PlayStation Network continues to have connectivity problems today, but Sony says that it is working diligently to get the system back online and in working order.
Earlier today the official PlayStation Twitter account acknowledged that it was aware of issues with connecting to the PlayStation Network in North America and Europe and that it was working on it.
Sony did not explain what is causing the current issues that are causing problems for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita users trying to connect to PlayStation Network.
Last year at about this time Sony decided to stop releasing new content for PlayStation Home in Japan. Now the company says that it will lay the virtual environment to rest in March of 2015. A translation of the message (as detailed by Joystiq) goes on to note that the PlayStation Home services maintained by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Sony Computer Entertainment America will be exempt from this eventual shutdown.
Sony first launched its virtual 3D MMO-like environment for the PlayStation 3 in August of 2008 in Japan.