PlayStation 4

  • Batman: Arkham Knight Pre-Order Bonus and Comic Bundle Details

    Another pre-order bonus has been revealed by Warner Bros. for Batman: Arkham Knight. The pre-order named Gotham’s Future has been seen on steam which gives buyers two costumes for Btman; Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns and Batman Beyond from the animated series.

    It is not yet clear whether this will just be a steam exclusive or whether it will apply for console owners as well.

    Following includes the exclusive items you get if you purchase the Comic Bundle and also the exclusive content available of PlayStation 4 owners:

    Comic Bundle:

    Includes: The Game, Batman 1st Appearance Skin, Exclusive Limited Edition 25th Anniversary Hardcover Graphic Novel. This product is a soft bundle and takes advantage of Amazon's ability to ship more than one item together to you in an Amazon box. This product does not contain unique packaging. PlayStation Exclusive (included in Standard Edition and Comic Edition of PlayStation 4 owners):

    Includes: For PlayStation owners, Batman Arkham Knight offers the exclusive Scarecrow Nightmare Pack, in which Gotham falls victim to Scarecrow's fear toxin, transforming the famous city into a twisted, hellish nightmare. Tear through the city in the all-new Batmobile and face off against a towering vision of Scarecrow and his undead army as they spread terror on the streets.

  • Uncharted 4: Insane Facial Animation System

    Every Uncharted game seems to push the boundaries and it’s not doubt that Uncharted 4 is going to be the one that shows off the PS4’s capabilities.

    Uncharted 4 writer Josh Scherr talked about the technical efforts being put behind Drake’s facial system,

    “We’ve completely revamped our facial animation systems. The previous Uncharted games, and in The Last Of Us, the characters all had about 90 to 100 ‘bones’ in their faces which we used to move the meshes around.

    Think about that, about how detailed Joel and Ellie’s pained facial expressions were, how well the game captured the respective actors’ – Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson – seminal roles. All that was achieved on the old tech. Now, the faces have anywhere between 300 and 500 bones.”

    [This] lets us emote more, with all the 'bones' we can put onto [faces] - you pan round the camera to look at Nate's face when he's climbing and you see him grimacing and all this kind of stuff ... we're pushing detail on a macro and micro level that I think people are really going to respond to."

    Uncharted 4 however has been delayed till 2016 unfortunately. However, there is news that an Uncharted Trilogy is in the works. Players who got the PlayStation 4 but missed out on the PlayStation 3 have a great opportunity to experience all these masterpieces in that case and prepare for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

  • No Man’s Sky Will Get First-Party Treatment from Sony

    Although you can’t call a first party title technically but, Sony is going to be treating at such regardless.

    No Man’s Sky has made a huge name for itself because of the brilliant tech behind the game. It is simple, beautiful, and is promising an endless sandbox for players to dip in. This seemingly brilliant creation from Hello Games is a timed PlayStation 4 exclusive, and Sony plans on taking advantage of that window to the max.

    Talking with MCV, Sony UK Managing Director Fergal Gara said,

    "No Man's Sky has been treated as if it was from one of our internal studios. We have been working very closely with the developers and bringing it into our release program as if we had made it.

    We are not going to treat it any differently and we are going to put the full weight of PlayStation behind it. If it all comes together as well as expected, it will be treated like a first-party release; it is not a self-published small indie title on the platform."

    After the PS4, No Man’s Sky will make its way to the PC. There is no word however whether it will ever be launched on the Xbox One. As such we are fair to assume that this game should be considered a PlayStation Exclusive.

  • Driveclub Plus Not Canceled

    PlayStation Plus subscribers were promised a free version of the game when DriveClub was first announced. Sadly that hasn’t happened yet, partially due to the serious issues the developer faced.

    SCEE boss Jim Ryan in a recent interview with Metro UK, made some comments that has made gamers wonder if they will ever see the free iteration of the game.

    Good News, Sony told GameSpot that they’re trying to create a network which can handle the additional stress when the free product hits the PlayStation Store, The statement reads:

    “Although currently we do not have an update regarding the timing for the launch of the PS Plus Edition, we are continually working on improving the server capacity to enable us to launch the PS Plus Edition as quickly as possible."

  • PlayStation Vue Details

    The PlayStation Vue is currently available in New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Sony plans to expand as quickly as possible

    Eric Lempel SNE’s Vice president during a recent interview explained further:

    "Everything we've launched usually comes out by country. In this case, because we felt local programming was important to the users, we wanted to make sure we got those deals signed so that it involves the local affiliates individually. But this year, we will be delivering a lot of new markets, so it's something that will evolve very quickly."

    Lempel also dubbed Vue as "a complete TV offering" and it should be given the price. The prices vary ranging from $50, $60, or $70 per month, depending on different subscription.

    While those values seem higher than Netflix and Hulu. Sony says that they are competing with cable companies such as Comcast. Lempel responded to some questions regarding different bundles:

    "We looked at that ... But you'll quickly see that if you choose a few of those, you'll be at a price much higher than our tiers. In our research and talking to consumers, they really did want that bundled offering. ... I think we'll continue to see this space evolve and similar to what we've done in the past, this product will evolve. We're adding new networks on a regular basis; we're in talks with a lot people."

    For those wondering, PlayStation Plus is not required for access to Vue, PlayStation Vue will also be accessible simultaneously across via three different devices at no extra.

  • PS4 Update "Yukimura" Details

    Highly anticipated update for the PS4, 2.50 aka Yukimura, is finally out. It adds a lot of new improvements to the PS4. Following are the details of the update. Here is what John Koller, Vice President of Platforms Marketing, had to say about their plans of supporting the PS4 in the future with such updates:

    "With more than 20 million PlayStation 4 systems worldwide, PlayStation gamers are the foundation for our success. We are constantly listening to feedback from our growing community regarding improvements to make their PlayStation experience even better. We continue to focus on making PS4 the best place to play with friends. That's why we're delivering features like Facebook Friend Finder, Suspend/Resume to get into gaming quicker, a more streamlined Party and friending process, and new ways for users to see what their friends are playing so they can immediately get in and game together."

    Details of the update according to the press release:

    Jump Back Into Games Faster with Suspend/Resume

    Suspend/Resume, which will be supported by nearly all PS4 titles, will allow PS4 owners to spend less time waiting for games to load and more time playing. Gamers will be able to suspend their game by putting their PS4 system into Rest Mode, and then quickly resume the game where they left off by pressing the PlayStation button on the DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller, which wakes their system.

    Back-Up and Restore Hard Disc Drive to External USB Drive

    "Yukimura" allows PS4 owners to back-up and restore the hard disc to and from an external USB drive. Hard disc drive data includes settings, saved data, screenshots and video clips as well as games, patches and download data.

    Find and Connect with Friends

    PS4 owners will now be able to search for Facebook friends with their linked account. Friend requests and Real Name requests can be sent together in one step when adding a friend on the PS4 system. The update will allow users to easily view what their friends are playing by adding a "Friends Who Play This" section on each game detail page, while also highlighting which friends are currently online and playing it. The process to create a Party has also been streamlined with a reduction in the number of steps required. Additionally, the What's New section will now feature a section where users can see what their friends are currently playing enabling them to join in the game if they own it or find out more on PlayStation®Store.

    Share Your Earned Trophies and Trophy List Enhancements

    PS4 owners have been sharing their most impressive gaming moments since the launch of the system, and with "Yukimura," a screenshot will automatically be captured when a Trophy is earned, making it easy for users to share their favorite gaming moments with their friends. The update will also make it easy for players to share Trophy information to Facebook, Twitter or via Message by pressing the SHARE button. Additionally, users will now be able to sort their Trophy list by "Earned Date," "Not Earned," and "Grade," as well as the option to remove games from the Trophy list that have zero percent completion.

    Improved and Expanded Accessibility Options

    "Yukimura" introduces new options to customize the user experience with the PS4 system, making it easier for gamers with impaired vision and limited manual dexterity to play. Customized button assignments for DUALSHOCK 4 and a zoom feature for displayed pictures and inverted colors will be available for all system functions, apps and games. Text-to-speech and enlarged text will be available across the graphical user interface, including Message and Party, and enlarged text will also be enabled for use in the system's browser. Bolder fonts and higher contrast UI will be available for all system applications but will not apply to games or third-party applications.

  • Dragon's Dogma Online: Cross-Platform Support, Native 1080p

    There is much debate regarding whether players care about the technical prowess of the games i.e. FPS and resolution, but I guess it doesn’t hurt to be safe.

    As such Capcom has come forth and confirmed, to DualSchockers, that the upcoming PlayStation 4 version of Dragon's Dogma Online will run in 1080p and 60 FPS. Kent Kinoshita recently revealed in an in event in Tokyo, that the PS3 version will run at 720p at 30 FPS.

    Although they are aiming for 60FPS for the PS4 version, it is expected to have some dips in FPS as up to 100 players may be on screen at same time during the game. Despite that they mentioned they are aiming to lock it down at 60 FPS.

    They further confirmed that Dragon’s Dogma Online will be supporting cross-platform play across the PC, PS3 and PS4. The exact release date has yet to be revealed but it is believed that it will be launching in Japan sometime in 2015 and soon after in other regions.

     

  • Street Fighter 5 Exclusive To PlayStation and PC

    I wonder if this is a rebuttal from Sony for Microsoft taking The Rise of the Tomb Raider. Street Fighter 5 has now been confirmed to be a PlayStation 4 and PC exclusive. Yeah I know we can’t say that it is a direct response but none the less this is the second time we have seen a third party title becoming exclusive to one console.

    Fergal Gara, Playstaion UK boss, said the following in an interview with IGN:

    "I wasn't involved, so how it came about I can't comment on, but I think it's another fantastic example of how our heritage provides some fantastic opportunities not just to reminisce but to look forward as well. Obviously it's a classic from earlier PlayStation days, but now it's being reintroduced for the PS4 era. It was a huge hit on PlayStation, so I guess you could say Street Fighter's natural home is on PlayStation. Now, I'm delighted that's going to happen again in this cycle."

    Just like what happened with Rise of the Tomb Raider this reveal did enrage some of the fans. For now there isn’t much news out for the game except for the gameplay footage seen at Capcom Cut showing the improved visuals. However Capsom producer Yoshinori Ono clearly stated that this game “still needs a lot of work” and to consider as if "development has only just begun”. As such we can expect to see the graphics get much better than they already are.

    As for gameplay he said to expect the familiar moves making a comeback but also to expect new moves and skills too. For now there has be no news regarding the estimated release date of Street Fighter 5.

  • Square Enix, You've Done It Again: Now It's Comical

    Oh woe is me, here I finally thought Square Enix had done something good. Companies these days are slow learners and needs to have everything repeated to them in order for them to get in in their head. The worst part is SquareEnix had never intend for this announcement to be cruel but was meant to make players rejoice with joy and tears of happiness.

    Final Fantasy VII for the PlayStation 4! Yep! The super popular role-playing game that was just recently remade in 1080P will be ported to PS4. That's it, another port of a port basically, the same damn game that was available on PSN right now. Fans have been begging for years that Square Enix remake this game and this is what they get a port.

    It’s like they only heard what was a whisper related to FFVII rather than the shouts that begged them for a remake. The reactions on twitter and the reaction from the audience at the event pretty much summed up the whole thing. No one has any idea honestly how we can be so out of touch, to a point where we no longer care. This train wreck has to end some day or the other, maybe we just wait and the wreckage will burn out.

  • Bloodborne Delayed Till March 2015

    bloodborne-headerIt was announced through the PlayStation Blog that the highly anticipated and exclusive to the PS4 Bloodborne has been delayed.

    The release date has been pushed to March 24, 2015. From Software stated "development continues unabated" they want to deliver the best possible experience. There's no doubt that fans will appreciate this delay for additional refinement and polish, especially since Bloodborne is a top-tier exclusive title.

    This will hopefully satisfy the hardcore fans of Dark Souls. The silver lining is that this delay means more time to complete the upcoming games both AAA and indie.

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