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  • Sony: PlayStation Vue Will "Reinvent" TV Experience

    sony-playstation-vue-fallonMore ways to ways to watch your favorite shows, Sony recently announced a new, cloud-based TV service called PlayStation Vue. This allows access live TV and on-demand content without further subscriptions, and it's coming to both the current and past gen consoles i.e; the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.

    Sony claims this will "reinvents" the experience of watching the TV, SCE CEO Andrew House stated:

    "Everyday TV is about to become extraordinary with our new cloud-based TV service, PlayStation Vue. Today's announcement builds on the historic success of PlayStation 4 and demonstrates what our company is capable of when we embrace disruption and stay true to gamers."

    Vue's U.I. delivers "unprecedented personalization and simplicity," and features recommendation algorithms. On-demand content can be viewed with Vue's Explore option, and also has a filter option which has a variety of options like program, genre, ratings, popularity, etc. Vue also bring you the last three days of popular shows without further scheduled recordings. Shows can be saved to the cloud, where they will remain for a period of up to 28 views. A beta is set to kick off soon for select ps3 and ps4 owners, during this beta phase Vue will have about 75 channels. CBS, FOX, Discovery Communications, Science, NBC Universal, Viacom, Scripps Networks Interactive, and more are some the partners who have signed up with Sony. Pricing has yet to be revealed but Sony promises "fair and competitive" they promised that these rates will not hold any hidden fees or other charges. Month-to-month sing up are also available, no long-term commitments are required. The full launch is set for the first quarter of 2015.

  • Destiny Is Like A First-Party For PlayStation 4

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    There is no denying that Sony made some big deals with Activision that give Sony major perks when it comes to Destiny. Exclusive content aside, Microsoft does not even have the right to advertise Destiny!

    Just recently Microsoft did an advert for a fragrance called Destiny in a cheeky bid to still advertise the game’s connection with Microsoft. He is what a spokesperson from Xbox UK had to say - "Okay, so here's the lowdown. Destiny is actually an epic new first-person shooter, available on Xbox. Thing is, we didn't have permission to run adverts for the game. So we didn't. Thanks for smelling that something was up. Now get the game and become a legend."

    This marketing strategy is to create a feeling that Destiny is sort of a PlayStation exclusive. We all know it’s not, but at the very least it makes gamers see that Destiny is best on the PS4 and PS3.

    Sony UK boss Fergal Gara said in an interview with Eurogamer that Sony is so involved with Destiny that it almost feels like a first-party game:

    "We're treating it, for all intents and purposes internally, as if it's a first-party release," he said. "We're wrapping our arms around it on all levels of the organisation. It's a special project and an important project and it has the power to launch Christmas. It's hugely important."

    "I think a lot of people are going to decide now is the time to go and buy a PlayStation 4 because this very ambitious project has come along that looks exciting. Yes, it's fantastic to have the exclusive content and the co-marketing, but it's more than that. It's a parallel track we've ridden together to get to this point. It's a lovely synergy that we're also going to have big milestones and set records."

    Since the launch of the PS4, Destiny has surely become the bestselling game on the console. And there is no doubt that it is a system seller. This game boosted the sales of both the Xbox One and PS4 upon release. The PS4 Destiny bundle did especially well. Now let’s hope that the mediocre reviews for Destiny don’t slow down this trend, otherwise Sony might have just lost a bet.

  • Assassin's Creed Rogue Releasing November 2014

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    So we finally see it: the long rumored and speculated Assassin’s Creed title aimed just for the folks who have the last gen consoles. For now Assassin’s Creed Rogue has only been mentioned to come to the PS3 and Xbox One, with no mentions of the PC version yet. The release date has been fixed for the November 11, 2014.

    The game has been primarily developed by Ubisoft Sofia, in collaboration with other teams from Montreal, Quebec, Singapore, Chengdu, Milan and Bucharest. The story this time takes place somewhere in the mid-18th century during the Seven Year’s war.

    The players will be able to explore various locations within North America (including Appalachian River Valley and New York). Like the previous iterations, sailing will play a major role in the game and the features of naval combat have again been improved upon. Your naval adventures will take place over the vast North Atlantic seas.

    The protagonist this time around will be a Templar. The first time we get to play on the flip side of the story to make things interesting. The Templar in question, Shay Patric Cormac, had been betrayed by the brotherhood and thus has gone “rogue”.

    Interestingly this will finish off the narrative that began with Assassin’s Creed 3 and continued on with Assassin’s Creed 4. Thus this is the concluding third part of the trilogy. This makes the new Assassin’s Creed Unity the beginning of a potentially new story arc. A fine way of making sure everyone (last gen and current gen gamers) both buy the game I guess. Check out the trailer below.

    Assassin’s Creed Rogue Reveal Trailer - http://youtu.be/IoOsv0FBpaU

  • Dual Shock 4 Can Be Used With PS3

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    It is always great to have a few extra controllers. Although we won’t be able to use the Dual Shock 3 with the PS4, at least we will be able to use the DS4 with the PS3. Initially it was said determined that the DS4 could be used only if it was connected to the PS3 via a cable.

    That definitely was going to be an annoyance considering that length of the wire. Good news now is that they have changed their plans. After the recent 4.60 update, the DS4 will work without the cable. All you have to do is sync it with the PS3 with the cable and then you can use it wirelessly.

    For now all the functionalities are not available such as the six axis control, vibration or the touch pads. Other than that everything is just as it would be. You can check out the details here on Reddit.

    Even if the touch controls never get activated, I guess future updates will surely allow the vibration and six axis controls to be used.

  • Sony Says "People Are Still Buying PS3s"

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    Even though the PlayStation 4 has been released for some time, it seems the PS3 is still not done. The good news is that for all of us who still own the PS3, we know that the developers will not be letting go of this console anytime soon. With games like The Last of Us which came during the end of its lifecycle, I can only imagine the other potential games that maybe coming for it.

    Scott Rohde, PlayStation software product development boss, told GamesIndustry.biz:

    "People are still buying PS3s. All the different parts of the world just adopt new technology at different rates. We don't know how long the PS3 tail will last. We don't know how it will be compared to the PS2. The PS2 lasted very deep into the PS3 cycle. There was a broad price difference between PS3 launch and PS2 end of life. We don't know where all this is going to go, but we will continue to support the PS3 through first- and third-parties as long as there is a good business there for us."

    The PS2 did amazingly. I myself bought like 3 of them as I moved from one place to another. Now that the PS3 is so much cheaper it seems like a good buy considering the library of games it has and the future games it will continue to receive. The PS2’s total worldwide sale near the end was around 165 million. Right now the PS3 stands at the 83 million mark. So would it be able to sell another 80 million? With good first party games, that might actually be possible.

  • Far Cry 4 Details + Release Date Confirmed

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    It has finally been confirmed. Ubisoft just announced that Far Cry 4 will be available on 18th November in North America and 20th November in Europe for PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.

    As far as we know, the story will be taking place in a fictional region in Himalaya named Kryat, "a breathtaking, perilous and wild region of the Himalayas, struggling under the regime of a despotic self-appointed king."

    Like all the other games in the series the players will be provided with a range of guns and vehicles to experience and it is believed that hunting will make a return. Dan Hay, executive producer, had this to say:

    "Following the success of Far Cry 3, we wanted to take the franchise to the next level and create a game that will surprise players and exceed fans' expectations. Given the unique setting, we feel Far Cry 4 will stand out as a top first-person shooter and we're eager to reveal more about the game in the coming months."

    As is the trend, the pre-order bonus decided. Players who pre-order the game will receive “free upgrade to the Limited Edition which includes Hurk’s Redemption, a series of three action-packed single-player missions featuring the popular character Hurk from Far Cry 3’s DLC. The Limited Edition also includes Hurk’s signature harpoon gun called ‘The Impaler’.”

  • Destiny Close to Release: Lead Designer Talks Changes

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    A lot has changed since Destiny was conceived. Initially a deal between Bungie and Activision (part of the lawsuit between Jason West and Vince Zampella) stated that Destiny would be an Xbox timed exclusive.

    Now Destiny will be released simultaneously on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on the 9th of September 2014. Not only that, seems that Destiny will be now supporting the PlayStation family more as the beta for the game will first launch on the PlayStation and there are also news of exclusive content and DLC.

    Lars Bakken, design lead, answered in a recent interview the changes that happened to Destiny over time and what the vision of the team is for this game.

    Jones laid out what these core pillars of the game are. It's one thing to say these are the things we care about, these are the things that should never change, it's more than a disc in your drive, it's a place you want to go and be in and spend time in, those things are so important. It's taking the embodiment of those things and creating them into a game that still fits within those pillars but is awesome in its own right.

    What have we been doing? We've been trying to fit within those pillars but still make this amazing experience and do things no-one's done before, and try to innovate in ways that people will play it and go, wow, 'I didn't even realise it was going to be awesome to be in a public space and start shooting this thing and get into trouble and realize a dude could come and help me out.'

    "That happened to me over the weekend. I helped out a dude who was lower level. We've been playing from our home PS4s and it was just an amazing experience. I talked to that guy the next day and he was like, 'I couldn't believe when you showed up because I was totally going to lose this public event, and you showed up and kicked the crap out of this Fallen Captain that was about to kill me.'

    Those kinds of experience just happen randomly. You can't control that stuff. That's one of the cooler experiences that happens in Destiny. It's been hard, yeah. Hitting that promise of activities for every mood, which we've hit on multiple times. You've heard us say that so many times, but it's true at this point.

    If I'm feeling in the mood to shoot other Guardians in the face, I have that option. If I just want to upgrade my current full-auto rifle because I love it, and I look at it and I'm like, 'I can't wait to get to node three on this thing,' I go and do a patrol, and I hang out in the Cosmodrome or hang out on the moon and I just freeroam, do whatever I want to do and take jobs from the city and just shoot aliens in the face for hours and have a good time doing it.

    It's been executing on those things and making them into what we would consider a Bungie quality game and not compromising on that.”

    Work on Destiny started back in 2009 and was conceived by Jason Jones and supported by Activision’s millions of dollars. When it comes out in September 2014, the game will have been in development for over 5 years. This game is the most expensive game in creation till date, with a reported 500 million dollars being put behind it. It is also expected to have a 10 year life cycle this game is something to be excited for to say the least.

  • Microsoft: Trade in your PS3 for a $100 Rebate on Xbox One

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    So Microsoft just came up with a nifty little deal. The deal was spotted by a NeoGAF member and basically asks US consumers to “ditch” their PS3s in favor of getting a brand new Xbox One at a cheaper price.

    The PS3s of course have to be in a working condition in order for you to get the rebate. If all is good, then you can walk away with the Xbox One for the price of $399 ( a good $100 rebate from the current retail price). This deal is available through March at Microsoft’s stores in the US.

    Of course the deal still applies for Xbox 360s but the highlight in the ad was given to PS3s. Now this is a pretty cheeky move. It is no surprise why the price was set at $399. Their chief competitor the PS4 is priced at that exact point and analysts have been mentioning for a while that the price difference is going to be the major factor for the popularity of the PS4, and it has.

    Also considering people who still have not made the jump to the next-gen consoles this might just make the Xbox One and PS4 even more comparable. Plus it is a great way for Microsoft to snag those PS3 players who would technically upgrade to a PS4, since that is what happens usually. Xbox 360 users go for Xbox One and PS3 users go for PS4. It is just convenient really.

  • Alien: Isolation Confirmed – New Survival/Horror

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    Well the rumors had been flying around for some time about the new Alien game being developed by creative assembly. I am glad to finally bring you some official news.

    Sega has just confirmed that the project does exist and will be called Alien: Isolation. This title is currently being developed for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. As for the tentative release, the game has been scheduled to launch near somewhere in Q3 2014. We have also been graced with some details of the story.

    This time our protagonist will be Ellen Ripley's daughter, Amanda, a girl in her mid-twenties working for Weyland-Yutani. It all begins when she arrives on remote station Sevastopol, on an attempt to to recover the flight recorder of the Nostromo. She soon realizes there is a xenomorph hiding on the Sevastopol, and thus the action begins.  Fortunately this time around the developers have decided to stick to the tried and true survival/horror genre which in my honest opinion is perfect for this series. Alien was never really felt like a mindless shooter.

    Although few of us have been able to get the horrid aftertaste of Aliens: Colonial Marines out of mouths, the GameSpot's hands-on preview actually gives some sort of hope as to this might end up being something to look forward to, and a treat to fans of this franchise like me.

  • PlayStation Now – Sony's Streaming Game Service Coming in Summer

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    Finally it is about to happen! Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. announced at CES 2014 that PlayStation Now or PS Now, Sony's streaming game service that utilizes Gaikai’s cloud-based technology, will be available on the PS3 and PS4 this summer, and soon after will be available on the Vita.

    What is great is that Sony’s entire ecosystem of gadgets might be supporting it. For example this feature will also be available on Sony Bravia TVs soon. So this service will essentially be like Netflix or Hulu in terms of availability. To stress this point, Sony will not be limiting this to just their own products as PS Now will be released for other platforms like Apple.

    So essentially we are looking at a potential future where we will be able to stream PlayStation games on various internet enabled devices. The applications are quite diverse, for example you can move away from your PS4 in the living room but still stream the game over your PS3 or directly on another device in a different room.  To this add features such as multiplayer, messaging, and Trophies to get a glimpse of how versatile it will be.

    This is what President and Group CEO of SCE Inc., Andrew House said about this, "We are thrilled to deliver entertainment experiences only possible from PlayStation through our new streaming game service. PS Now will allow users to engage in the world of PlayStation, whether they're existing fans or have never owned a PlayStation platform."

    Right now they are conducting beta test in certain areas in the US before the service’s official launch. For more details do visit the PlayStation website, and keep in mind that you would need at least a 5mbps connection to enjoy the service to its fullest.

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