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?’


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?


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

Sony Xperia T3

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


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.

Sony’s 2014 Gamescom Lineup Includes ‘Journey,’ ‘Unfinished Swan’ for PS4


From LittleBigPlanet 3 to Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, E3 had some big reveals for the PlayStation family of devices. But E3 isn’t the only major gaming show this year, and the Cologne, Germany-based Gamescom is right around the corner. While there are several unannounced titles sure to be front-and-center, like Media Molcule’s colorful new PS4 game, or maybe the next big Corey Barlog joint from Santa Monica Studios, Sony Europe has (accidentally) revealed a preliminary list of what will be playable on the show floor.

Should You Buy ‘Rogue Legacy?’

Rogue Legacy

Last year at Gamescom 2013, Sony announced that the PC hit Rogue Legacy would be coming to all 3 PlayStation platforms in 2014. I was thrilled when I heard the announcement as I was already a big fan of the game and with the release coming up next week on July 29th,  I have been lucky enough now to play the game on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Playstation Vita! For those of you that don’t know, Rogue Legacy is a very challenging platformer that has many roguelike qualities and includes procedurally generated layouts in the dungeon. Keep reading to see whether the fun and challenge of this game translates well to the PlayStation platforms!

Sony Settles 2011 PSN Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit for $15 Million

PSN Welcome Back - PSN Data Breach

Remember way back in 2011 when the PlayStation Network was compromised and in order to address the security threat, Sony took PSN down for over a month? Once Sony was able to get things back on track again, the company kicked off a ‘Welcome Back’ campaign that offered gamers free games, extended PS+ memberships, and free access to then-called Qriocity. With the PSN data breach, the real threat of identity theft loomed as thousands of gamer information was stolen from Sony servers. To help counter that, Sony partnered with Debix to provide one-year identity-theft protection, free of charge for PSN and Qriocity users.

Despite all this and a personal apology letter from then CEO, Sir Howard Stringer, Sony would eventually face a class action lawsuit by some that believed they were the victim of identity theft. The same people of course decided not to participate with identity-theft protection but the suit would move ahead. Now Sony has finally decided to settle the PSN data breach lawsuit and bring the whole thing to a close for $15 million, but there is more to the story.

Should You See ‘Snowpiercer’ This Weekend?


I kept feeling like I was watching Brazil meets Under Siege 2: Dark Territory as I viewed Snowpiercer. That is certainly an upgrade for the Under Siege 2 appreciation society. Staring at the marquee to the theater I decided I would take a chance on this film which I knew nothing about. It was pride weekend in Seattle and nothing says gay pride more than sitting in a theater by yourself, about to watch a movie about a futuristic society that destroyed the environment and whose only survivors live on a fast paced train, traveling the world in a giant loop.

I sat in my chair and listened to a couple of nerds discuss the powerful abilities of some card in their Magic deck. “OOOH Man! This is just ridiculous. I’m going to have to keep this one.”

It was a strange weekend.

Based on French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, the film Snowpiercer is wildly entertaining stuff if you can get past the idea that everyone on the planet died except the people on this train, which is kind of ridiculous. But this movie isn’t playing subtle so accept that and you will be treated to a thought provoking, fun time. I was especially impressed by how writer/director Joon-ho Bong payed attention to the details. He answers most of the obvious questions. How does this train continue despite limited resources? What about population growth? Why does it travel so fast? Why do the have nots put up with the haves?

‘Now TV’ Comes to PS4 via New App

PS4 Sky Now TV app

Sky, one of the largest broadcasters in the UK is officially bringing their ‘Now TV’ app to the PS4. Based on a subscription model like Netflix, Now TV allows PS4 owners to view content from Sky like TV shows, movies, and sporting events. Recently Sky struck an exclusive broadcast agreement with Paramount Pictures that brings with it titles like Anchorman 2 and Noah. 

Blu-ray 3D Support to Arrive with PS4 Firmware 1.75 Next Week?

PS4 Firmware 1.75 to Bring Blu-ray 3D SupportOne of the most baffling omissions from the PlayStation 4 has been the ability to support Blu-ray 3D playback. A functionality that the PS3 gained many years ago, and one that even most sub $100 Blu-ray players support has till now been a cause of hesitation for home theater buffs who have an extensive collection of Blu-ray 3D films. If they move onto the PS4, it means playback will no longer be possible so either would-be upgrade have to keep both PS3 and PS4 or hold off till Sony brought the functionality to the PS4. To make matters worse, Microsoft recently announced Blu-ray 3D support would be coming to the Xbox One, making Sony’s own console lacking in the media playback depart despite Sony being one of the biggest champions of Blu-ray and 3D.

Luckily, it seems like the PS4 Blu-ray 3D crises might end as early as next week thanks to PS4 firmware 1.75.