‘The Last of Us Remastered’ Patch 1.01.008 Now Live (updated)

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According to Naughty Dog Co-President Christophe Balestra, The Last of Us Remastered patch 1.01.008 has gone live. The new patch which as the number indicates brings with it few changes. Specifically, the team at Naughty Dog has made:

 some tweaks to improve matchmaking with parties 

Sony Announces New Action Cam (HDR-AS20) with 16.8-Megapixel Sensor & 1080/60p Recording

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Without much warning or leaks, Sony has announced a new Action Cam (HDR-AS20) to join the company’s growing line of mountable cameras. The Action Cam AS20 provides many features of its predecessors like 170-degree wide-angle views, SteadyShot image stabilization, Zeiss Tessar lens, and Wi-Fi. The latter feature allows you to connect to Sony’s own Live-View (Remote RM-LVR1), which can be purchased separately, or to the free iOS/Android app. So what’s changed? Let’s talk details.

Sony Sees 2014 “As a Year of Investment” on PSN

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The PlayStation 4 has been quite popular with consumers since its launch in late 2013. Thanks to high demand, the PS4 along with Sony Pictures and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was able to help swing Sony into a surprise Q1 2014 profit. One of the things that’s made the PS4 popular has been a far more robust PlayStation Network that’s embraced gaming trends like live streaming to Twitch and Ustream from launch. These, among other features and a greater than expected number of PS4 users, are making Sony rethink their PSN strategy and to invest more into the platform.

Japanese Govt: Sony ‘Doesn’t Belong’ in Nikkei Index 400

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Sony is about to lose prestige ahead of being ousted from government-backed stocks and the markets are expected to downgrade Sony. The ‘shame’ of this in the domestic culture is expected to play against Sony, furthering the problem.

Culture meets business in an unavoidable way from time to time and the home front can either dramatically support or deflate the fortunes of a popular corporation so strongly tied to the pride of a nation, like Sony Corp. is in Japan. In 2013, much was made of the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s famous efforts to lift the nation’s exporting companies by tweaking fiscal policy, often called Abenomics. While some analysts are skeptical of this approach as a short-term magic trick, others note that at least the key economic indicators are clearly responding well.

Now, unfortunately, Sony is apparently about to suffer a fall from grace as it loses a coveted government-supported position which highlights companies with the best operating income, return on equity, and market value. From January 2015, the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 (JPNK400) is expected to dump Sony Corp. from its list of 400 companies with the solid financial grit and stable outlook worthy of investment.

How much will this affect Sony and what will the CEO do about it?

Read on to take a look.

PS4 and ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Help Sony Swing a Profit

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To say Sony has been having financial troubles this past decade would be putting it lightly. Thanks to stiff competition from Apple and Samsung and shift in consumer taste, Sony has been forced to layoff over 1,000 employees just this year after having laid off 10,000 employees the year prior. The company has also sold off VAIO, their PC division and even spun off Bravia in case their television business completely collapses. Things however aren’t all doom and gloom for the once electronic giant. PlayStation continues to be a loved brand and their latest installment, the PS4, continues to outpace the Xbox One.

Sony Pictures has always been a bright spot for Sony with franchises like Spider-Man, Men in Black, and now the Jump Street series which tend to bring with them big numbers. Thanks to SP and PlayStation, Sony was able to report a surprise Q1 2014 profit in what would have otherwise been another loss for the company.

PlayStation Plus Content Announced for August 2014

road not takenAre you ready for more information about free games? If so, you are in luck because the PlayStation Blog has announced all of the free games that North American PlayStation Plus users will be able to download during August.

Each platform will receive at least two games and some platforms will receive even more if a game is cross-buy between multiple systems. One game PlayStation 4 users can look forward to receiving this month is the brand new roguelike puzzle game Road Not Taken. PlayStation 3 users will receive the beautiful shooter Crysis 3 along with several other titles thanks to cross-buy. PlayStation Vita gets a great this month with both the new platformer Metrico and the highly addictive brawler-RPG Dragon’s Crown.

As you may know Sony has recently changed their release schedule for PlayStation Plus games and members will now have access to all games on the first Tuesday of each month. However, the free games are only available for one month so do not delay in claiming your free games!

Keep reading to see a full list of free games available for August!

PlayStation Store Update (7-29-14)

Psn-UpdateWelcome to the PlayStation Store update for July 29, 2014. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users can now purchase The Last of Us: Remastered and pre-order Madden NFL 15 and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition (also available for PS3).

Users of all 3 systems can now purchase the fantastic Rogue Legacy (see our review here).  PlayStation Vita owners can also now enjoy the Ratchet & Clank Collection on the go. Also, a friendly reminder that the 2014 PlayStation Store PLAY program is in its first week. Find more details on this sale in our original post.

Finally, as you are probably aware PlayStation Plus users now receive all of their free games at the beginning of the month and each week there will be new sales. This week PlayStation Plus users can take advantage of a discount on Pure Pool for the PS4.

Will You Be Purchasing ‘The Last of Us Remastered?’

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The Last of Us Remastered has officially launched on PS4 and can be purchased as either a digital download or on a good-ol fashioned Blu-ray disc for $49.99. Naughty Dog already has a day of The Last of Us Remastered patch 1.01 that brings with it some great enhancements like ‘Photo Mode’ and a locked 30fps option. In addition to improved visuals, Naughty Dog is also making great use of the Dualshock 4. All of this begs the question:

MP3 and Video Players Coming This Holiday to PS4, DLNA Not Till 2015?

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PS4 firmware 1.75 has now officially been released and with it came Blu-ray 3D playback, a feature that the PS4 surprisingly didn’t have from launch day. While the PS3 over the years has been built as one of the best home theater machines with Blu-ray 3D playback, extensive media apps, and easy playback of MP3 and videos from home servers, the PS4 has lacked all of these features. Luckily Sony is aware that there’s a demand for such features. Unfortunately, they’re not coming just quite yet with some as far as 2015. Lets talk specifics.

PS4 Firmware 1.75 Now Available for Download; We Have the Details

PS4_Firmware_1.75Last week, it was announced that PS4 firmware 1.75 would arrive and bring with it Blu-ray 3D playback. As expected, the PS4 system software update is now live and brings with it exactly that. What else can we expected from the last firmware update? We talk details, after the jump.

Sony Xperia T3 Comes to Taiwan

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The Sony Xperia T3 was revealed in June and dubbed as the worlds slimmest 5.3-inch smartphone. Featuring  a 7mm body with a stainless steel frame, a 5.3-inch HD display with an 8-megapixel front facing camera, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, the Sony Xperia T3 is shaping to be quite the upper mid-range smartphone. Already available in Hong Kong for purchase, Sony is now adding Taiwan to their list of conquered territories which also makes this the second market the Xperia T3 is available in.

Now lets talk price and color.

The Last of Us Remastered Patch 1.01 Revealed

The Last of Us Remastered Patch 1.01The Last of Us Remastered isn’t coming out till the 29th of July on the PlayStation 4 but that doesn’t mean Naughty Dog isn’t hard at work tweaking their highly-praised game. Once the game is released, which will technically be tonight at midnight, gamers can expect to download The Last of Us Remastered patch 1.01 that brings it some promised additions like a ‘Photo Mode’ and a locked 30fps option.

After the jump, we reveal all the changes that are coming with The Last of Us Remastered patch 1.01.

How To – Report an Inappropriate Message on the PlayStation 4

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Have you ever received a message from another PlayStation user that you consider inappropriate or harassment? Unfortunately this can happen when you are dealing with others in an online community. Luckily, Sony has set up a system to report these users as long as their message violates the terms of use. Sony takes all reports seriously and will even go as far as to ban players from the network for inappropriate activity. Keep reading to see our step-be-step guide on how to report an inappropriate message on the PlayStation 4.