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  • PS4 Is the Fastest-Selling PlayStation Console In History

    Those who said the console era was dead are eating their words every day now. PlayStation 4 has now sold over 18.5 million units worldwide.

    Seems like the impossible is happening and even Sony is surprised. PS4 is currently is selling faster than any PlayStation in history, yes even faster than the PS2. Here is what a Sony Computer Entertainment America spokesperson said:

    "We are humbled by this success and want to thank gamers worldwide for helping us achieve holiday sales of more than 4.1 million across 123 countries and regions. We are looking forward to another momentous year in 2015 and bringing an epic line up of titles to PlayStation fans around the world."

    Overall the Xbox One was the highest sold console in the US recently after the price drop but the PS4 has again climbed back to the top. No matter which console is being sold the most it is obvious that gamers love consoles and so we all win here. 

  • Sony Bend Not Working On New Syphon Filter, Sadly

    Developer have been working on a secret title for the PlayStation game for several years now, fans were hoping for it was an addition to Syphon filter series, marking its triumphant return.

    But fans might have swallow their hope as, according to DualShockers citing a Reddit user ("athey") who claimed being a former employee of the Sony Bend studio, stating that is indeed not a Syphon Filter sequel. She claimed to have worked there for 8 years and states that she knows what they're working on but won’t reveal it.

    She did however say, “John Garvin got burned out on Syphon Filter. He wanted to make something different. People seem to like to ignore that Gabe Logan died at the end of Logan’s Shadow. Garvin literally killed off the main character so he wouldn’t have to make any more SF games. Plus, despite all the praise, they didn’t sell. Very low sales all around."

    Also adding that the team pitched ideas about developing major games for the psvita such as inFamous and Uncharted, But were turned down. Here’s hoping that this game is similar to syphon filter.

  • PlayStation 4 Sells 18.5 Million Units

    The PlayStation 4 still going strong. Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) has officially stated that the total sales for the PS4 have surpassed 18.5 million units worldwide as of January, 2015. With this it was assessed that the amount of PS4s sold over the holiday season was around 4.1 million.

    In addition, approximately 11 million users have now subscribed to PlayStation Plus. If you are one of the very few who don’t know about this service, it is basically a subscription based service which gives gamers access to Instant Game Collection (6 free games per month; 2 each for the PS4, PS3 and Vita), cloud storage, and frequent discounts.

    In light of this milestone SCE President and Group CEO Andrew House said:

    "We are absolutely delighted that so many customers around the globe have continued to select PS4 as their console of choice throughout this holiday season. We will continue to reinforce and deliver additional value on PS4 as the best place to play, by bringing even more exciting content and by enriching our wide array of service offerings."

    As expected the software sales have also been going strong. As of January sales have reached 81.8 million globally (considering both retail stores globally and digital downloads). In the US Xbox One did out sell the PS4 due to its hefty discount of $50 during the holidays, but with it going back to $399 again, PS4 has again regained its position at the top.

  • Major Update: PS4 Firmware 2. 0 Details

    There are bunch of new features being added to the PS4 courtesy of the upcoming firmware update 2.0 codenamed Masamune. Here are a list of key features according to the official PlayStation Blog: • USB Music Player: PS4 owners can play their own music in the background while playing a game using USB Music Player*. After inserting a USB stick loaded with music into the PS4, a new option for USB Music Player will appear. Supported filename extensions include MP3, MP4, M4A, and 3GP.

    • Change colors: In addition to the ability to add a theme, PS4 owners can also change the background of the home screen from light blue to one of seven new colors: gold, blue, red, green, purple, pink, and gray.

    • Players You May Know: PS4 will now suggest players you may know as potential friends in the ‘What’s New’ section. • Enhancements to Live Broadcasting: Masamune brings a variety of improvements to live broadcasting on PS4. In the Live From PlayStation app, PS4 owners can now select a Featured channel, which includes official broadcasts from PlayStation, broadcasts from people on a players friend list, and any game channel that the player has followed. Additionally, Live From PlayStation now has filters for searching broadcasts on a specific game, as well as support for archived broadcasts.

    • Content Area and Library: PS4's Content Area, which shows the latest games and apps a PS4 owner has used, has been redesigned to help make it easier to quickly find and access content. It now shows 15 of a player's most used apps or games, and additional items will be added to a player's Library. The Library on PS4 has improved filter and sort functions to help organize contented by type (game / app / TV & video), name (a – z or z – a), recently used, or install date.

    • Enhanced Voice Commands: The ability to control PS4 using voice has been improved. Players can now say ‘PlayStation’ to begin commands, and 'All Commands,' to see a list of all voice command options available. New voice commands were added for live broadcasting, including "Start broadcast," "End broadcast," and "Find face."

    • Add To Library: The monthly free PlayStation Plus games will have an 'Add to Library' button in the PlayStation Store. This button will add a game to a PS4 owner's library without downloading it – saving space on their hard drive. Pretty cool huh? Myt personal favorites is the ability to play my own music while I game, and the add to library for free PS Plus games. But let’s not forget about the big Share Play feature that is going to come soon. I just can’t wait for that!

  • Sony Says Free-to-Play System give Gamers "Voting Power”

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    Many of us have reservations towards free to play games. But Sony has come out and said that all gamers should be rooting for this. According to John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment, the free to play model being used by a fair share of developers is actually a "powerful form of democracy."

    In an interview with GameSpot he shared his thoughts on this subject,

    "We believe very strongly in this idea that if you open it up so that anybody can play it, it is the most powerful form of democracy in gaming that there is. Because they can vote with their feet and they don't have to pay us a dime. So it really keeps you on top of your game."

    Well he does make a fair point. Although I guess the main concern gamers have is that the people who chose to pay will end up having a advantage over them. I guess this model has a lot of potential in the hands of the right developers who can balance the paid and non-paid users.

    As for whether this model will end up becoming the most used form of business is not certain. According to Smedlye this is mainly because "you're seeing games evolve very strongly into games as a service model." Meaning that we are seeing games becoming more of service as games can be changed and extended with future content (DLC). I guess this is why they have decided to use the free-to-play model for their upcoming game, H1Z1.

  • Xbox One to outsell the PlayStation 4 in North America?

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    So far Sony’s PlayStation 4 has dominated the next-gen console market. Where the Wii U has only sold 6 million since its launch 1.5 years ago, and Xbox One’s 3 million sold (5 million shipped to retailers), the PlayStation has sold over an astonishing 7 million consoles.

    A recent report from International Data Corporation (IDC) gave us a interesting future sales forecast of these consoles. According to it the PS4 is expected to sell about 51 million units by 2016, giving PS4 the largest global console market share.

    This report goes on to state that if Microsoft were to unbundle the Kinect from the Xbox One, they will regain their major share in the North American market.

    "The presumed unbundling of Kinect and Xbox One, which should facilitate rough price parity between it and the PS4, should lead to a spike in Xbox One sales. Assuming the console and sensor are unbundled in 2015, IDC expects Xbox One to recover and emerge with the largest installed base of any console in North America by the end of 2016."

  • DualShock 4’s Light Bar Was Created for Project Morpheus

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    Some gamers were not too happy with the light bar. Although it was a pretty cool integration into the controller itself which allowed the controller to be used like a move controller with the PS4 Camera, some felt as it was not a worthwhile choice.

    The main complaint was basically the battery life and they felt that it would have been good to not have it at all or have an off switch. The idea of the off switch was quickly shot down by Shuhei Yoshida on twitter. Most gamers were more than satisfied with the 5 hour battery life of these controllers, and was a non-issue for those who had two controllers to swap between.

    But now news confirms the fact that this feature was integrated into the controller from the start to work with Sony’s new VR headset – Project Morpheus. This news came straight from SCEE senior designer Jed Ashforth who spoke to TechRadar regarding this.

    He said that they couldn’t say anything about the light bar till Project Morpheus was revealed. Also it was tough for them to deal with the situation when complaints about the light bare rolled in when they couldn’t mention anything about its real purpose.

     “The tracking light… it was our department that said we need that on. It was for tracking for VR, and when all these things were coming out six months ago and everyone was going ‘it’s reflecting in my TV,’ we were going ‘oh no’ because we couldn't tell anyone what it was for.”

    Well finally we know. Guess there is no reason to hate it anymore since the light bar finally has a major purpose. Also those who still think it is a worthless drain on battery life do not fear. The newest update added the option to dim the light bar when you don’t need it.

  • Before Buying Oculus Zuckerberg Tried PS4’s VR Headset

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    For now Oculus and PS4’s VR are the two VR headsets that are currently taking all the spotlight. For now the Oculus is just for PC and on the other hand PS4’s VR as the name suggests, is for the PS4.

    We all know the story of how Facebook acquired Oculus VR a few weeks back, but new information suggests that he was also considering PS’4 VR – Project Morpheus – at the same it. According to a Playstation executive, just a week before revealing his deal with Oculus VR, Mark Zuckerberg had tried out PS4’s Project Morpheus.

    Guy Longworth, Sony marketing executive, said that Zuckerberg approached Sony to try their VR at Games Marketing Summit 2014. Longworth said, "I wish he bought ours, all the folks at Oculus have got big smiles on today."

    There is no official statement regarding this but it seems pretty clear that Zuckerberg might have been checking up on the competition before finalizing his decision to acquire Oculus.  The deal is yet to be closed as of now but there has been a lot of controversy over this deal.

    Some people didn’t like the fact that Oculus sold out after getting the starting cash from Kickstarter. Also Minecraft creator Markus Perrson also cancelled his plans to make Oculus compatible Minecraft as he didn’t trust Facebook. Notch said,

    "Facebook is not a game tech company. Facebook has a history of caring about building user numbers, and nothing but building user numbers. People have made games for Facebook platforms before, and while it worked great for a while, they were stuck in a very unfortunate position when Facebook eventually changed the platform to better fit the social experience they were trying to build."

    Also Zenimax just filed a lawsuit against Oculus VR claiming that they stole IP from Zenimax that led to the creation of Oculus Rift.  Although Oculus VR has denied these claims only time will tell what will happen and whether this will affect Oculus’ deal with Facebook which is yet to be closed.

  • PS4 Update 1.70 Official Details

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    Well Sony doesn't plan on falling behind the Xbox One at any point. Right after Xbox One’s major firmware update, Sony revealed update 1.70. This update is the biggest one released by Sony till now and adds a slew of features. The official details were posted on the PlayStaton blog and are as follows. Although it has not been mentioned exactly when the update will be released, it is our guess that it will be quite soon.

    PS4 SHARE factory Reveal Trailer - http://youtu.be/MxsdLYIYsH8

    Update Features:

    Introducing: SHAREfactory

    The 1.70 update will enable SHAREfactory, our new rich video editor app for PS4 that makes it easy for you to customize your gameplay videos:

    With SHAREfactory, you can now easily combine your captured video clips for editing, personalize them with special effects using filters, transitions, and themes, as well as share them with your friends and social networks. SHAREfactory also allows you to personalize your videos by adding text, stickers, and a set of included audio tracks, as well as video commentary with picture-in-picture capability with PlayStation Camera. It also allows you to import your original music to add to the custom soundtrack for your video.

    Share With the World

    Once you’re done with your masterpiece, you can easily share your SHAREfactory videos to Facebook, or export them to an external USB storage device to upload them elsewhere, another new feature coming as part of the 1.70 system software update. Other PS4 SHARE enhancements include the ability to change the recording time of your gameplay to shorter increments, the ability to change who you share your clips with on the SHARE screen, and the removal of default saves for screenshots and video clips. In addition to these SHARE enhancements, the 1.70 update will allow you switch off HDCP, enabling you to capture video directly from your HDMI output so you can record and share longer clips of your gameplay sessions — a feature I know many of you have been waiting for. We are excited to see what the PlayStation Nation does with these new social features, and cannot wait to get them into your hands!

    Play as Soon as the Game is Released

    Providing you with immediate access to your games is a priority designed into PS4, and something we will always strive to make better. We’ve had a great response from PS4 fans about the Play as You Download feature, the snappy load times when launching and playing games, and the general speed and responsiveness of the UI. The 1.70 update adds features to build on this idea and make it faster to play the games you pre-order with an auto pre-download capability, which allows you to pre-download your select pre-ordered game up to several days prior to release. If you have the auto-download feature enabled, it will automatically pre-download your pre-ordered game so you can play as soon as the game is unlocked on release day.

    As I mentioned earlier, some of these features were a direct result of the great feedback we’ve been getting from you, our dedicated gamer community. We enjoy listening to your comments, and encourage you to continue sharing your thoughts with us. And this is just the beginning. We’ve got a lot more coming in PS4 system software update v1.70 and beyond. The PS4 experience will constantly evolve, and new innovative ideas can come from anywhere to ensure the platform continues to deliver the best in gaming and entertainment every time you turn it on.

    We’ll have more information to share about new upcoming features for this major system software update as the release approaches, so stay tuned!

  • More than 7 Million PS4s Sold - Sony Struggles to Meet Demand

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    Initially Sony had hoped to sell 5 million units of the PlayStation 4 by end of March 2014. But it seems that even after preparing for such a large number, they underestimated the PS4’s potential. AS of now Sony has sold around 7 million PS4s worldwide and is struggling to meet demands. That’s a mind boggling 1.7 million PS4’s sold per month since its November 2013 release.

    The PS4 had continued to lead over the Xbox One in sales which as of last had sold 3 million units. According to Microsoft’s newest report they have shipped around 5 million Xbox Ones but, that has no correlation with numbers sold. Still the number of Xbox Ones sold has increased thanks to Titanfall being an Xbox One exclusive. Andrew House, president of Sony Computer Entertainment said the following in a statement,

    "The response from the global gaming community for PS4 has been overwhelming and we are truly humbled that gamers are selecting PS4 as their next generation console of choice. The PS4 journey has just begun, and although we are still facing difficulties keeping up with the strong demand worldwide, we remain steadfast in our commitment to meet the needs of our customers, and surpassing the wildest expectations of gamers by delivering new user experiences that inspire and engage. We look forward to unveiling many of these experiences to our fans in the coming months."

    The PS4 sales were strong from the get go and have now doubled the number of PS3 sold in the first 4 months of its release (3.5 million). As of 14 April software sales for the PS4 across retail and digital distribution has reached 20.5 million. Among other statistics, 135 million shares have been captured using DualShock 4’s Share button, over 5 million gameplay videos have been broadcasted to Ustream and Twitch, and there have been over 90 million spectate sessions. Currently the PS4 is available in 72 countries and territories across the world.

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