Which console do you play on? The choice is impacted by a lot of things, from being able to play those exclusive releases to the unique hardware options one console features. One of the biggest factors for consoles is often the ability to play with others, with groups of friends often getting the same console in order to play together. Microsoft wants to enable cross-platform play and recently invited others to join them in the plan, an invite Sony has now responded to.
Sony’s statement includes that they have been “supporting cross-platform play between PC on several software titles starting with Final Fantasy 11 on PS2 and PC [since] back in 2002”. The statement goes on to say that they “would be happy to have the conversation with any publishers or developers who are interested in cross platform play”.
Given that Sony and Microsoft are responsible for the leading consoles when it comes to online multiplayer it could be interesting to see the two gaming networks merge together to create a united gaming network, enabling people from every console to play games together with nothing but their skills separating them.
With friends who own one or both of the consoles, I think that creating a uniform platform for cross-console play could only put more focus on the hardware that people use and the skills they hone to play their games.
We all have those games which you just feel like picking up every now and again to see how you can play it differently, or just to immerse yourself in their world again. One of those games series if the Bioshock series for many. A few months we reported on the fact that a “Bioshock Collection” could be coming to Xbox One and Playstation 4, it would now seem that more information is coming forward with a Brazillian rating board listing a similar title.
With the title of “BIOSHOCK: THE COLLECTION”, the games are listed for release on PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and the latest generation of consoles in the form of a Playstation 4 and Xbox One release. With re-releases being the rage these days, bundling together games, their DLC’s and more often than not a graphics update, we could soon see you playing the games in a whole new light.
Would you buy (or even re-buy) the Bioshock games? If you did what platform would you choose? Personally, I love the games but unless it featured something that the previous games didn’t, I would just replay the originals for their amazing storylines.
Emulation of the PlayStation 3 is quickly becoming a reality, it seems not a week goes by until we hear that yet another commercially available game is up and running on the latest emulator, and that’s great news for gamers, especially those who have high-end gaming PC’s that are capable of playing them.
RPCS3 has certainly been making impressive progress and is now in its prime as far as development goes, with constant updates and improvements that are making it a workable and fully playable emulator for quite a few games. Sure, it’s not quite playing the more demanding games such as The Last of Us just yet, but it really is only a matter of time now before that nut it cracked. The latest demonstration, which is something anyone can download and try for themselves, assuming you have the retail disc of the game (or the ISO), is of Naruto Shipuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations.
YouTube user ‘Zangetsu’ shared a video recently which shows the Naruto game running on the emulation with fully functioning in-game visuals, and matching audio at 30fps, triple the playable FPS of the previous attempts for this game. That’s right, the emulator is playing fully commercially available games at 30fps! Which is groundbreaking to say the least. Although 60fps would be even better, but let’s not get too picky, it’s early days.
The emulator is using the DX12 engine to churn out the graphics, and as you’ll see in the video below, it’s running perfectly well.
GIT Rpcs3 : 21/01/16
PS3 Game : Naruto Shipuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations
Statut : Playable in DX12
Graphics Render : in DX12 Very good
Sound : Perfect
Save : Works
As you can see in the video, the user is running the game on an AMD FX-8350 CPU, paired up with an Nvidia GeForce GTx 980 and 16GB of RAM, meaning those with similar hardware specifications should be able to recreate similar results.
For more information on RPCS3, check out their official emulation website here.
Modern video games are arguably the best they have ever been in terms of graphics, animations and production values, the latest titles that have included Fallout 4 have entertained audiences with immersive worlds and gameplay, this has led to a rise in sales and also a growth in audiences. As great as video games are, they do tend to experience technical glitches and bugs which infuriate players, well until the latest patches are released.
To demonstrate this, a Youtuber that goes by the moniker “GameSprout” has edited together a highlight reel of glitches and bugs from FIFA 16, below is a selection of fails in the form of images as well as the full video.
Below is an image of what appears to be a rather lethal glitch involving one player merrily kicking the head of an opposition player, charming.
Below is a strange glitch involving two players who would rather sit on an invisible chair than play football.
Below is a bug which shows a player who would rather perform what appears to be a cart-wheel rather than score the conventional way, certainly a fail.
Below, Marcello has found himself in a situation whereby his arms are the wrong way round, looks painful, although he seems relaxed.
Yeah, I have no idea what Hulk is doing to that poor goalkeeper.
Below is a rather funny glitch of a player who A – thinks he is in Star Wars, or B – thinks he is in Call Of Duty and has unfortunately been shot at.
Below is the full compilation video of fails from FIFA 16, if nothing else it will make you chuckle if you have a spare five minutes. It just goes to show that while the games industry is moving onwards and upwards, the glitches remain and are somewhat as hilarious as ever.
Turtle Beach are one of the most established gaming brands around, having created a wide range of headsets for every budget and every major format, including PC and mobile devices, consoles, and more. While I must say that their high-end equipment is amazing, it comes with a high price tag to match, something that’s not really suitable for a lot of day-to-day gamers and consumers. Their latest headset, the 60P comes in a nicely affordable £39.99, not for off the RRP of most games and it is a far cry from the £250 for the flagship Turtle Beach hardware such as the 800X. With that price in mind, this obviously isn’t going to be the greatest headset that Turtle Beach has ever made, but I am eager to see how much quality and performance you get in return for your modest investment.
“An amplified digital stereo headset for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 gamers, the Ear Force Recon 60P delivers long-lasting comfort and game-changing features with booming 40mm speakers and in-line controls that place Mic Mute and Master Volume at your fingertips. The Recon 60P includes Mic Monitoring when connected to PS4 and PS3, and a high-sensitivity adjustable boom mic for in-game and online chat that can be removed when listening to music and watching movies.”
Designed for use on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, the 60P is going to be ideal for Sony console gamers, as it’ll use the USB amp to deliver amplified sound. However, since it also comes with a 3.5mm jack, you’ll find it will be backwards compatible with a huge range of audio devices, such as the PC, mobiles, tablets, mp3 players, even the Xbox One, albeit without the bonus of extra amplification.
The packaging is nicely designed, giving us a quick run down of the main spec, such as the powerful stereo drivers, microphone monitoring and the in-line remote.
Around the back of the box, a quick run down of the features, such as the in-line controller and USB connector, but we’ll take a closer look at this in a moment.
In the box, you’ll find a USB to 3.5mm adapter, this also has the built-in amplification hardware, so it’s nice and easy to set up. There’s also a detachable boom mic, an RCA pass through cable and the usual documentation.
Each generation of consoles comes with some dilemma, should we let you play the last generation? While new hardware and software can let you play the games at a faster speed with upscaled graphics, the same features mean that bringing them up to date requires more work than they are deemed worth. So why would Sony release their PS2 emulator without any real declaration and celebration?
If you were eagle-eyed you may notice that the PS4 has a new Star Wars bundle featuring four games; Super Star Wars, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, Star Wars: Racer Revenge and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter. Bundled inside a single pack via download only, three of these games are however from an older generation, the generation of the PS2.
The reason you can tell they are being run through an emulator? Firstly the system uses an emulated storage system to replace the old 8MB memory cards you desperately searched for hours before your friends came over to play. Secondly, the game alerts you that it has mapped the start and select buttons to the right and left-side of the Dual Shock 4 trackpad, a feature and ability that is locked out to anyone but Sony themselves.
Check out the video from Digital Foundry below and see the difference yourself.
Mad Catz didn’t just have a new mouse to present us today, they’re also ready with a new headset under the TRITTON brand. The new headset is called the Katana and it is a HD 7.1 Wireless headset, but it isn’t an ordinary one. The Katana is the world’s first headset to draw its audio signal directly through HDMI to deliver eight channels of uncompressed sound for pure high-definition audio quality. With near-universal compatibility across gaming consoles, PCs and smart devices, the Katana HD features state-of-the-art DTS Headphone:X audio technology that faithfully recreates the spatially accurate immersive sound experience from your favorite game.
The TRITTON Katana is the new flagship headset and comes with a flagship pricetag too. It can currently be pre-ordered for $249 and is expected to ship during December 2015.
The headset itself features 50 mm drivers and crystal clear interference-free chat through an omnidirectional boom mic. The earpieces feature intuitive controls to control your audio, mute the mic, tweak the volume or change the EQ settings. The drivers have a frequency response from 20Hz to 20kHz and the microphone has a frequency response from 20Hz to 5kHz.
Along with the Katana HD 7.1 Wireless Headset and the omnidirectional boom mic, you also get the heart of the operation, the headset nase station with a 1 meter long USB to Micro USB Power Cable. The HDMI pass through is truly a great idea and one that makes the setup a lot easier. No need to worry about multiple audio devices any more.
A 1 meter HDMI cable is also included as you’ll need one extra when using pass through than without. Mad Catz also added a USB to Micro USB headset play-and-charge cable that is 1.5m long and a 3.5mm to 3.5mm chat cable for Xbox One users. No matter what platform you’re using, you’ll be able to use the TRITTON Katana HD Wireless Headset.
Wireless Range: 33ft (10m)
HDMI with Full Pass-Through
Driver Size: 50mm
Headset Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
Microphone Frequency Response: 20Hz – 5kHz
Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Battery Life: 20 Hours
The Katana headset is available in black and orange as well as white and orange version.
Sony’s PlayStation Plus service was originally devised as an optional extra which bundles a decent quantity of captivating games together in a monthly package. However, the PlayStation 4’s launch changed Sony’s attitude towards online play and forced users to become PlayStation Plus subscribers to access multiplayer gaming with friends. Arguably, this didn’t make a substantial difference due to the value proposition of the bundled games.
However, in the last 12 months, some customers have become quite disgruntled with titles on offer. Common complaints include an over-reliance on indie games, and poor networking infrastructure. As a result, Sony has work to do in terms of its PlayStation Plus library, and reducing network downtime. Today, Sony announced the November line-up for its premium service which includes:
This is certainly one of the stronger months providing you own a PlayStation 3. Sadly, if you only own a PlayStation 4, then the selection is fairly sparse. Despite this, The Walking Dead Season 2 is an absolute classic Telltale adventure and provides hours of enjoyment. I haven’t played Magicka 2, but the original managed to hold my interest for a few weeks.
On the PlayStation 3 side, Sony has included two of the most iconic titles ever made. Mass Effect 2 doesn’t require any introduction and Beyond Good and Evil is sublime. Unfortunately, I’ve not tried Dragon Fin Soup or inviZimals so can’t really comment on those.
Overall, it’s a pretty good line-up but I’m not convinced the service adds value if you only own Sony’s latest console.
Grand Theft Auto is a long-standing series of games, all the way from the original top-down versions to the latest generations the game has seen success after success, but sadly everything must come to an end and the next ending seems to be the updates for GTA Online on Xbox 360 and PS3.
The announcement comes before next week’s update which will include features such as spontaneous open world events, available to anyone in the server. The reason given is a simple one, they believe they have reached the limit at which the technology on the last generation systems can handle. While not a surprise, and it has previously been mentioned as an option by Rockstar, they have also mentioned that they will continue server support for the game, meaning that you can still play GTA online on your PS3 and Xbox 360, but you will be unable to enjoy the latest fixes or features in single player.
In a previous statement on their newswire, they stated:
“As we mentioned previously, we always knew there might be a point where we would reach the technical capacity of what the older generation of consoles can handle as each downloadable update requires additional memory both for assets and for additional scripting. We have continued to optimize the entire game over time in order to squeeze as much memory as we possibly could out of the last-generation hardware and at some point, continuing to add content for those systems could cause the risk of instability to the game overall.”
It’s had a good run, and for a game released two years ago to still be receiving updates is impressive. Do you enjoy GTA Online on 360 or PS3? If so are you thinking of changing to the latest console or the PC version of the game anytime soon?
To mark the occasion of the Monza Grand Prix, Thrustmaster unveiled their new T300 Ferrari Integral Racing Wheel Alcantara Edition this weekend. The racing wheel features official PS4 and PS3 licenses and it is also compatible with PC. The Ferrari-themed gaming wheel combines the latest available Force Feedback technologies and the highest-quality materials for an end product that’s worthy of the Ferrari sticker.
The T300 is a premium device and it will cost accordingly. If you’re in the market for a cheaper alternative, then you might want to take a look at the recently released T150 instead.
One the things that make this racing wheel stand out is also the one that gave the product its name. The wheel is covered in genuine Alcantara, a unique proprietary technology that is said to be a completely groundbreaking material with aesthetic, technical and sensory qualities that no other material can match. The material is the same used for real Ferraris and it’s made in the same facilities and it is hand-stiched around the wheels 30cm diameter.
The wheel is detachable from the stand and available as an add-on or complete set. It is an official Ferrari-licensed 8:10 scale replica of the actual 599XX EVO wheel. Attached are two paddle shifters, six action buttons, a 3-position rotary switch with push function, and a multi directional D-pad.
The base is the same that already has proven itself on the T300RS and the T300 Ferrari GTE Wheels. It uses brushless industrial servo motors and features a friction-free dual-belt mechanism. The H.E.A.R.T HallEffect AccuRate Technology features a contactless magnetic sensor (16-bit resolution, with 65,536 values on the wheel’s steering axis), and an angle of rotation which can be adjusted between 270° and 1080°.
The final part to complete your setup is the pedal-set. That is if you opt for the complete package and not just a new wheel for your previous setup. The T3PA pedal set is fully adjustable in terms of their spacing with respect to one another, the angle of inclination, and height. The brake comes with a built-in Conical Rubber Brake Mod to give that real brake feeling.
As previously mentioned, this set won’t come cheap. It will be available from mid-October and set your back €469.99. The steering wheel alone, without base and pedals, will cost you €179.99.
2K has announced further plans for the upcoming WWE 2016 game which will be home to platforms PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. This game is expected to be launched on the 27th October in North America and 30th October in Europe.
So, what amazing new features are fans expected to receive? Well, there will be 120 “unique” characters, this means no duplicates. There are caveats to this as a wrestler with several characters, for example Mick Foley; will have Dude Love, Cactus Jack and Mankind counted as separate playable wrestlers. Although any wrestlers who have changed throughout the decades, think Sting in the 80’s, 90’s or 2000 or the Undertaker in the 90s, 2000s and 2010s would be considered as one playable character. Memo to Vince, I am also thinking Sting vs Undertaker for Wrestlemania 32.
The rattlesnake Stone Cold has been officially confirmed for the cover of the game, while the commentators will for the first time have the option for three people. Other improvements but not necessarily new features are as follows,
My Career is mode: This time it goes a lot further, all the way to you gaining admission to the WWE Hall of Fame.
Create a Diva: Create a Show, Create an Arena, and Create a Championship are back in!
WWE Universe: Wrestlers can now be booked to multiple shows
Online has been “overhauled.”
Three-man commentary team: With John “Bradshaw” Layfield joining King and Cole.
Ladder, handicap, and tornado tag match types added back in.
No loading screens between entrances and you can assault opponents during their entrance!
Improved ref and manager AI.
Hallelujah! We have no loading screens; this has only taken at least 15 years to implement, my reaction is the same as the screenshot below. This game looks to be an improvement, albeit a drip fed one for the franchise, which will still attract fans alike. I do wish developers would stop adding a previously removed feature before calling it “unique”. The head of 2K would not like his leg removed before being screwed back on and calling it “a new human feature” Where’s those creative genius’s from the Minecraft Deep Sea world when you need them.
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PlayStation 4 users might be disappointed that they cannot control their media on the console as they did on their PlayStation 3. Sony did not announce a media remote controller for their latest console, but things might be looking up for PS4 users.
It looks like DPD, a video game accessory company, has made an officially licensed PlayStation 4 media remote. The remote has cropped up on Amazon and GameStop and it really looks promising for those who want to control their media content on the PS4 like they do with their TV.
PDP’s remote is said to connect to the console via Bluetooth, but it can do more than just that. It even has a feature that allows it to be connected to up to four devices via Bluetooth. So you can connect four devices, including your console, and have them be controlled by just one remote. However, the good news does not stop here.
In addition to the Bluetooth feature, PDP’s remote control even has infrared technology and is able to control your TV, set-top box, and audio receiver. Also, I know that Best Buy released a similar product, the Insignia, but the remote is not officially licensed like DPD’s version. Besides, the Insignia seems to cost $19,99 and once DPD’s remote gets launched this fall, it’s said that it will come with a $30 price tag. So is it worth the extra $10? What do you think?
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When Overkill announced that Payday 2: Crimewave Edition was coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 back in February as well as continued support for the game until 2017, a lot of people got excited for the chance to play the heist game on the current generation consoles.
In the announcement was something most people read past in the excitement for the new versions and all the new content promised – both paid and free – and that was the announcement that the company would cease the update development for the last generation consoles, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.
Q: Will you continue to support PAYDAY 2 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3? A: In connection with this, we have decided to retire the PAYDAY 2 update development on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. We wish we could provide more updates. For a long time, we’ve been looking at how we could add more updates from a technical standpoint. Sadly, we now understand that it’s impossible to continue doing so.
As said, many people didn’t notice that part and they’re now taking their rage out on twitter and similar social media platforms. But really, no one is to blame here, it just reached a natural stopping point where that 10-year old hardware can’t handle things anymore.
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The developers are equally sad that they can’t continue the work, but there just isn’t anything they can do about it.
“We wish we could provide more updates. For a long time, we’ve been looking at how we could add more updates from a technical standpoint. Sadly, we now understand that it’s impossible to continue doing so,” the statement reads. “For those of you who play Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 and have been looking forward to new updates, you’ll be pissed when you hear this. We hate this too, because there’s nothing we can do about it.”
505 Games offered a discount on the new PS4 and Xbox One version for pre-orders up until launch, but there weren’t any loyalty bonuses for the old generation console users nor could that take their savegames with them to the new console. As such there weren’t many players that took advantage of it.
This is just one of many instances we’ll see where this will become an issue for those who refuse to upgrade their hardware for one reason or another and we can expect more and more developers to drop support for the older generations in the future.
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It’s now Mid E3, we’ve seen some amazing releases so far and another one to add to the list of awesomeness is SteelSeries.
They’re releasing a new range of headsets for consoles this July, meaning that console gamers have a lot to look forward to with the X and P-series headsets.
The best ones of the releases are the X900 and P800 wireless headsets. These headsets will feature 7.1 surround sound and rather comfy earmuffs to provide a pro quality experience with minimal audio lag. The transmitter box has a crisp display on it that makes it easy to adjust the eq and more, the headset also has several controls. There is however, no word on battery life for the pair of headsets, but we’ll let you know as soon as we find out.
The PlayStation version will come in at $299 and the Xbox £330 due to requiring an additional adapter to function.
The next versions in the range are X300 and P300, which SteelSeries state that they are the most comfortable headsets in the world, these are based on the Siberia V3 PC headphones – which are really popular within the gaming industry. Powerful speakers, retractable microphone and virtual surround sound comes in at a mediocre $99 for the Playstation and $130 for the X-Box One.
Right at the bottom are the X100 and the P100’s. These headsets come in at $49/$69 but have yet to be tested by anyone.
Microsoft has hit the market hard with all their announcements during E3 2015 where the most beloved feature announcement probably was the backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One.
This is a huge feature request from users every time a new console is released and many wondered why it wasn’t part of the deal when it was released. The same goes for Sony’s PlayStation 4 console that can’t play PS3 games either. Now that Microsoft announced their backwards compatibility program, many PlayStation owners had hoped for Sony to counter this by doing the same, add backwards compatibility for PlayStation 3 games on the PlayStation 4. The first PS3 could play PS2 games, so it isn’t an unfamiliar concept to Sony.
The sad news is however that this won’t happen. PlayStation Europe boss Jim Ryan says that the backwards compatibility of Xbox One is a legitimate strategy in trying to upgrade 360 players, Sony will not be following the same tactic and is instead investing in other software updates for the PS4. Jim Ryan also noted that while this feature is the most requested by users, very few actually use it where it is available.
“We are just taking a different path. To the extent that you are investing in software technology – which is what this is, it’s delivered through software not through hardware – we are trying to commit our resources and put our emphasis on delivering on the promises we made right at the start of this whole PS4 thing, to be the forward-looking, socially-connected console. We are placing our bets on things like SharePlay, on things like Play as you Download, and things like Suspend/Resume”
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You might have bought a PlayStation 4 but haven’t had a chance to play the Uncharted series since they were for the older PS3. Well, you might be happy to know that Tamaki, a well known leaker, just confirmed that the PlayStation 4 will get the Uncharted Remastered Collection and it will be announced at E3.
He tells us that the move to release the Remastered Collection on the PlayStation 4 is a way for Sony to make up to Uncharted fans for the Uncharted 4 delay. But are you really still mad at Sony for the constant delay of the latest Uncharted title after you know you can play the collection on the PlayStation 4 this summer? I don’t think so.
However, don’t be excited just yet as Tamaki may have good inside information, but it won’t be official until Sony says so. However, the Uncharted series really was a big hit on the PS3, so it would be a shame for Sony to miss out on releasing a Remastered Collection of the series on their latest console, along with Uncharted 4 (eventually).
All we can do now is wait and see if Tamaki is right and it gets unveiled at E3. Are you excited? Let us know!
All this Grand Theft Auto V hype was bound to bring something like this sooner or later, so the recent sales figures won’t be a surprise to anyone. But before revealing them, let’s have a look at the sales technique used for the recent title and the Grand Theft Auto IV title.
First and most importantly, the Grand Theft Auto brand has been around for enough time to get players’ appreciation. Therefore, you mix something that players know, add some extra features and improve the graphics and you got yourself something to sell.
Secondly, the developer seems to have taken a unique platform approach. I mean GTA IV and GTA V were released on consoles first and then re-released on the PC one year later, so the hype won’t go away, but rather increase again a year later.
Given the above, we know that GTA V sales figures for PS3 and Xbox 360 brought over a billion in revenue, having the PS4 an Xbox One bring a sizeable amount too. Once the PC version launched, it sold about a million copies in just the first day.
Taking all that into account, can you guess the total number of copies sold? No? Well, let me tell you then. Grand Theft Auto V sold more than 52 million copies to date and I think the number will increase in the following months.
What this means is that Grand Theft Auto V is now the 4th best-selling title of all time, just below Wii Sports, Tetris and Minecraft. Pretty cool, eh?
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In a Q&A session on the Rockstar Games website, the developers confirmed modified versions of the editing tool will be moving onto the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One by as soon as June.
“”The Rockstar Editor is an advanced tool requiring additional processing power so it would not be compatible with GTA V on the older systems,” Rockstar wrote, “but we are currently working on a version tailored for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles—and we hope to release that sometime this summer, or as soon as it is ready. We are also planning to bring The Lab radio station to all four consoles in a forthcoming title update. Please stay tuned for more information.”
If you are unsure what Rockstar Editor is, it allows users to take videos clips of gameplay and stitch them together; some of the results can be amazing, some not so much. Here are a few video clips to show you what can be made with a little thought.
Before watching the videos, please be aware that due to the nature of the game, there may be a presence of strong language.
Will you be looking forward to the introduction of the Editor to consoles? Let us know in the comments.
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Sony’s subscription game streaming service, PlayStation Now, is being introduced to the PlayStation 3 on May 12. The service went into open beta back in September, offering the option to rent individual games. With the new implementation, PS3 owners will soon be able to subscribe to the service for a monthly or quarterly fee. All of this information was announced by the PlayStation Now senior director Jack Buser via the PlayStation Blog earlier today.
With the new implementation, PS3 owners will soon be able to subscribe to the service for a monthly or quarterly fee. All of this information was announced by the PlayStation Now senior director Jack Buser via the PlayStation Blog earlier today. In this blog, it was also confirmed that 5 new games will be added to the library in May. These games will be: Fat Princess, F1 2014, Sanctum 2, Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce and Farming Simulator. With those additions, the library will now offer more than 120 titles to stream.
The service was officially launched earlier this year onto the PlayStation 4 and is now in open beta stages on PlayStation Vita, PlayStation TV, 2015 US Sony Blu-Ray players and selected 2014 Sony TV’s in US and Canada. The pricing is a little on the high side, $19.99 per month or $44.99 per quarter, but I’m sure if you like watchable and playable media; this will be a good service for you.
Do you already use this service? Let us know what you think in the comments.
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Touch screen devices can be a pain to type on, although admittedly the issue isn’t as bad as it used to be as many of us have had a good few years practice now and screens, as well as keyboard applications, have improved greatly over the years. Then you’ve got PlayStation, where entering data to the on-screen keyboard via the controller can be a very tedious process. To solve any issues, or at least mitigate the issues a little, you can invest in a separate keyboard, such as the Arion KB100B-BK which I have with me today.
This little keyboard isn’t nothing too fancy, but for a small keyboard, it does pack an interesting feature set into such a small device. You’ve got a QWERTY keyboard, all the major functions you would expect to need on your mobile device, desktop OS or console and even a built-in speaker phone. It uses Bluetooth to connect to iPads, Android devices, smart TVs, consoles and pretty much everything with Bluetooth support.
The keyboard comes bundled with a mini-USB to USB charging cable, as the device has an internal rechargeable battery.
It’s pretty simple in terms of design, with a durable yet lightweight plastic body and rubberised keys that are clearly labeled with all their major functions. To cram as many features in as possible, almost every key has an Fn-Shift function.
On the underside of the keyboard, you’ll find a small microphone and speaker setup, which can be used to hands-free calls. Not much use to smartphones which already have this function, but it could be useful for some tablets, smart TVs and consoles for services such as Skype.
The super slim design means it’s a very manageable device; it’ll fit in your pocket or bag easy enough.
Around the back, you’ll find the mini-USB charging port, as well as a master power switch to help conserve the battery.
It is quite small, so touch typing with all of your fingers isn’t going to be possible, but you can still type fairly confidently if you’re writing a quick email, although perhaps not suitable for writing your dissertation.
When powered up, there’s a small blue LED in the top right, which blinks red when the battery is running low.
As you can see, it’s really not too big, clocking in a little smaller than my Xperia Z3.
Here it is next to an iPad Air, although admittedly the unit is better designed to type using your thumbs while holding it in your hands, it wouldn’t be impossible to use it while sat at a table.
Best flock to the shop as soon as possible, farming Simulator 15 for consoles is on its way.
The launch is on the 19th of may for the PS4, X-box One,PS3 and the X-Box 360. The release means good news for console gamers; they will get all of the features that the PC edition has. Mainly the online co-op feature.
This allows you to be able to share your land and farm with other online players and team up to create your own wonder farm. Most people, however just descend into madness and set up a mass game of tractor racing across one of the maps.
The PS4 and Xbox One versions are available for pre-order at the fine-grained price of £35 and the Xbox 360 version is a little cheaper at £27
The Farming Simulator Creators (Giants Software) have released that there are over 100 vehicles and tools available in the game; there are 40 licensed brands of equipment too so you can ensure that you have the exact tractor for the job.
“Farming Simulator 15 invites you into the challenging world of a modern-day farmer. Take on all the challenges of farming life, including working with animals (cows, chicken and sheep), cultivating your land and harvesting crops.”
Capcom Online Games has released an impressive new trailer for its forthcoming free-to-play MMORPG Dragon’s Dogma Online. The game is set for release on PC, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 later this year.
The trailer introduces us to Leo, Iris, Vanessa, and Fabio, all members of the White Wing Corps, and their monumental battles against the game’s huge bosses, including one of the titular dragons.
Nothing says crazy like paying $45,000 for a copy of a computer game. I’m a big fan of the Uncharted series and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is certainly a welcome addition to my collection, but someone seems to think it’s a little bit (see: a lot) more special than that.
For a bargain price of $45,000 you can pick up Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, graded by the Video Game Authority with a score of just 90+ for its condition – this is what you would refer to as “very good” on eBay, as the case has a few hairline fractures.
Of course, this isn’t the stock version of the game, it’s the Fortune Hunter Edition. Is that worth this crazy amount of money? Not really, but that doesn’t mean someone won’t buy it.
“Not for sale in stores and available only through special Sony Computer Entertainment contests for PlayStation fans, this exclusive edition of Uncharted 2 comes packed (along with the game) an exact in-game replica of the Phurba Dagger Artifact and stand, a Collectible Art Book, a Collector case autographed by Naughty Dog, plus a host of downloads.” Reads the eBay listing.
Check out the eBay listing here, or for those with lighter wallets, pop down to your local game store and pick a copy of the game up for about $10.
A Sony press release has revealed that the company is to cease operations at the Japanese Sony Semiconductor Oita Technology Center (Oita TEC) in Kunisaki, Oita Prefecture.
Oita TEC had been producing chip cases for Sony’s PlayStation consoles, and before that it built memory packaging. The factory was most recently responsible for producing advanced packaging for the PS3’s Cell and RSX chips.
Sony blames the decision on the “changing business landscape”, a reference perhaps for decreased demand for PS3 components following the release of the PlayStation 4. The plant is set to close by the end of March next year.
Employees from Oita TEC will be transferred, either producing image sensors or continuing their work at other Sony Semiconductor Corporation plants.
In the same press release, Sony announced that it will invest around 105 billion yen in the Nagasaki TEC and Yamagata TEC factories in order to increase production of CMOS image sensors, jumping from 60,000 wafers per month to somewhere near 80,000 a month.
Sony has posted its accounts from the third fiscal quarter of 2014 (1st September to 31st December) and, surprisingly to many, the company made a significant profit, boosted by strong sales of its PlayStation 4 console. The only business area in the red was Sony Pictures, understandable after the hack and The Interview fiasco.
During the recorded financial period, Sony sold 6.4 million PS4 consoles, 1.1 million PS3 consoles, and 1.4 million Vitas. Software sales peaked at 147 billion yen, while network sales earned the company 100 billion yen.
In its projections, Sony has set itself the target of earning between 1,400 and 1,600 billion yen by the fiscal year 2017, with an operating income margin of 3% to 5%.
If you asked someone to name a great headset for PlayStation, there is a good chance that they’ll mention Turtle Beach. Their headsets have proven time and time again to be some of the best in the business and they’ve proven a big hit with gamers around the world. This is partly due to the vast range of headsets that Turtle Beach produce, offering something for virtually every major gaming platform, as well as every budget.
Today I’ll be taking a look at their Elite 800, one of their latest flagship headsets for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and mobile devices. It comes with a range of premium grade features such as DTS Headphone X, wireless technology, Bluetooth, noise-cancelling, surround sound and a whole lot more; such as a premium price tag. The price of the Elite 800 isn’t for the faint of heart, or the light of wallet and it’ll set you back around £249.99.
For your hard-earned money, you’ll get the headset (obviously), the transmitter box and a nice collection of cables; all of which come nicely bundled into their own respective boxes.
The headset is really nicely designed, with a mixture of mostly soft matte black plastics and some glossy back plates.
The back plates of each ear cup feature controls for all of the major buttons; this is a wireless headset after all, so there’s no in-line controller.
On one side, you’ve got the volume, power and Bluetooth controls, on the other you’ll find the microphone mute, voice chat volume, and the preset buttons. They’re all nicely spaced out, making it easy to control the settings without taking the headset off of your ears.
Along the base of the headset, you’ll find a microUSB port and a small jack socket; these are used for charging and mobile use respectively. More interestingly, there are two contact points next to the MicroUSB port, which are used to charge the headset when it is docked on the transmitter box.
The Elite 800 has a slightly offset headband, which allows it to rest slightly further back on your head for extra comfort.
The headband has a length adjustment and each ear cup can also rotate to provide a closer fit.
Each ear cup can be rotated all the way inwards, providing you with a comfortable resting position when wearing the headset around your neck.
All the cables you should ever need are included in the box. There is a TosLink optical cable, USB cables and the 5-pole 3.5mm cable for mobile devices.
The transmitter is a multi-purpose unit. It will act as the transmitter, a stand and a magnetic charging dock for your headset.
There are two pins in the base of the unit and the headset simply drops onto the top for charging; nice and easy.
There’s also four thick rubber grips on the base to prevent your expensive new headset and stand from sliding around your desk.
Overall, an absolutely stunning looking headset. It’s not as loud a design as most other gaming headset, but it feels great, the padding is soft and thick, plus it looks fantastic mounted in the transmitter unit.
We’ve seen a number of movie parodies created with GTA. Most recently we shared that clever recreation of the new Star Wars movie trailer. Now ‘GTA Series Videos’ has put this together – six whole minutes of famous scenes from Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange.
It’s incredible how this has been put together. The console versions of the game don’t necessarily allow for any sort of modifications, so this must have been quite a lengthy process for the 12+ team of players who put it together.