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PS4 Firmware 2.0 – Rest Mode Solutions

PS4_Safe_ModeIt’s been a little over 24 hours since has released PlayStation 4 System Software Update 2.0, which brought on a host of new features. Those interested in the update can read our previous piece where we outlined all that’s new and all that’s changed with the new firmware update. As it goes with any major software release, a small portion of the community tends to be affected by unforseen bugs that can range from annoying to crippling. Resting somewhere in between the two spectrums is the ‘Rest Mode’ bug. Previously called Standby, Sony has changed the name of the feature which would simply put the PS4 to sleep, making it ideal for remote play and quick launch of games. Unfortunately, after some gamers place their PS4 in Rest Mode, the console tends to not wake up again, forcing you to fully shut down the PS4 and rebooting to get things up and running again.

If you’re experiencing this issue, the good news is that you don’t need to wait for a revised software update from Sony to address your Rest Mode woes. After the jump, we’ve outlined a fix directly from Sony.

PlayStation Store Update (10-28-14)

Psn-UpdateWelcome to the PlayStation Store update for October 28, 2014. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users can now purchase Lords of the FallenNBA Live 15, and the beautiful the Unfinished Swan (also available for Vita).

PlayStation 3 owners can now hit the squared circle with WWE 2K15 and enjoy the quirky Costume Quest 2 (also available for PS4). PlayStation Vita users can now enjoy the highly anticipated Freedom Wars.

Finally, as you are probably aware PlayStation Plus users now receive all of their free games at the beginning of the month and all other weeks subscribers will receive extra discounts. This week there is a new update to The Sale of the Dead to celebrate Halloween and PlayStation Plus subscribers get even bigger discounts on these games. Keep reading to see the full PlayStation Store update.

PlayStation App 2.0.7 Now Available, Brings New UI and Tablet Support

PlayStation_App_2_4Alongside the PlayStation 4 System Software Update 2.0 that brought on an extensive amount of changes and new features to PS4, Sony has also released PlayStation App 2.0.7. The latest update brings improved robustness to the app, with more fluid UI, features, and native support for iPad. After the jump, the full changelog of PlayStation App 2.0.7 and gallery awaits you.

PlayStation 4 System Software Update 2.0 Now Available for Download

PS4_System_Software_Update_2As expected, the PlayStation 4 system software update 2.0 is now live and available for your downloading pleasure. The latest firmware update is set to bring some major changes to the PS4, including the ability to pause/resume downloads, Share Play, custom themes, USB music playback, and much more. After the jump, we have the full breakdown of all the new features on PS4.

PS4 ‘Share Play’ Has no Session Limits

PS4_Share_PlayOne of the big features that’s set to debut tomorrow with PlayStation 4 firmware 2.0 is ‘Share Play.’ The new feature, in short, is designed to replicate a friend who’d normally sit with you on the couch and game it up. Instead of needing to actually invite that person over and have a bowl of pretzels (I believe that’s the standard party food these days?), you can virtually invite your friend. Once the two of you are connected, the invited friend can take over your game session and control your game, helping you where you might be stuck. Further replicating the real life experience, your friend on the other side of the connection won’t even need to own the game he or she is taking over.

One small caveat in all this is the limit of 60 minutes in each session – though it’s not as limiting as it once sounded.

PlayStation 4 Firmware 2.0 Will Allow for Pause/Resume of Downloads

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One of the odd things about the PS4 is a lack of features compared to its predecessor. While some features. like slim pickings of media capabilities, are a bigger ordeal than others, it’s still a great annoyance when you knew your near-10-year-old console could do something that your brand new unit cannot. One such feature the PS4 currently lacks is the ability to pause and resume downloads. While not a deal breaker, the ability to pause and resume allows for easier downloading of multiple items from PSN. It also givers the players the ability to prioritize which game/DLC first lands on their console. This becomes quite important when you further expand the scenario and have game updates in the mix and you’re in a time crunch to play a specific title with friends.

With PlayStation 4 firmware 2.0, Sony is bringing the feature to PS4.

PlayStation Store Update (10-21-14)

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Welcome to the PlayStation Store update for October 21, 2014. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users can now enjoy The Walking Dead Season 2 along with Shadow Warrior and Escape Goat 2.

PlayStation 3 owners now have access to The VoiceSpelunker HD Ultimate Edition and F1 2014. Owners of all 3 systems can download Race The Sun and Samurai Warriors 4 starting today.

Finally, as you are probably aware PlayStation Plus users now receive all of their free games at the beginning of the month and all other weeks subscribers will receive extra discounts. This week there is The Sale of the Dead to celebrate Halloween and PlayStation Plus subscribers get even bigger discounts on these games. Keep reading to see the full PlayStation Store update.

Full PlayStation TV FAQ

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With each new console release, companies tend to release the big juicy details about their latest in intervals to get the maximum exposure. While the big reveals and announcements usually revolve around the key functionalities of the product, in this case the PlayStation TV, they don’t always address the smaller details that can at times be the key for one person purchasing or not purchasing a given product. The PlayStation TV is no exception and despite its small size, there is a ton this companion unit can offer. Still, there is  no way it will please everyone and check off every item on our wish list at a $99 price point.

To that end, after the jump, you can find the full PlayStation TV FAQ sheet.

Sony Outlines PS4 Firmware 2.0, Codenamed Masamune

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Set to be released this Fall, the PS4 firmware 2.0 is going to bring a host of new features and improvements to Sony’s latest console. Codenamed Masamune, the PS4 firmware 2.0 adds some key features like Share Play which will allow you to take over a friends game and play on their behalf, YouTube support for direct exporting of game captures, and Themes which will allow you to change your background, colors, and more. Along side that, Sony is also highlighting new additions like USB Music Player, new Voice Commands and Broadcasting features and more.

After the jump, we have more details on Masamune.

9 Things I’ve Learned About PlayStation TV

PlayStation_TV_2The PlayStation TV is officially out in North America, nearly a year after it was released in Japan under the name PS Vita TV. Capable of streaming games from PS4 and PlayStation Now, the PlayStation TV will have access to over 700 titles across the Vita, PSP digital, PS One classic, and PlayStation minis spectrum. After performing our video unboxing of the PlayStation TV, here are 9 interesting things I’ve learned about PlayStation TV during my first 24 hours with the companion console.

You can find that list, after the jump.

We Unbox the PlayStation TV

The PlayStation TV is now available in the US for $99 and allows you to stream games from the PS4, making it perfect for those with two televisions but one console. In addition to streaming games from PS4, the PlayStation TV can also play all PS Vita games as well as titles from PlayStation Now. Besides the base model, Sony has also launched a PlayStation TV bundle for $139. Best of all, the PlayStation TV on launch will have access to 700 titles, making it a very robust machine.  In the above video, we unbox the PlayStation TV.

Sony to Create Its Own PlayStation eSports League

Official_PlayStation_eSports_League_1 Chalk this up to something I didn’t see coming. Today in Spain, Sony officially unveiled the ‘Liga Oficial PlayStation’ which is expected to kick off on October 16th. As the name suggests, Sony is officially creating its own eSport league to take on other major players, mostly notably the MLG which has traditionally focused on PC and Xbox gamers and games. Soon after, Sony will expand the league to Portugal and Italy before coming to the rest of Europe.

After the jump, some more details on ’Liga Oficial PlayStation’ from Sony.

PlayStation Store Update (10-14-14)

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Welcome to the PlayStation Store update for October 14, 2014. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users can enjoy the highly anticipated Peggle 2 and an updated version of a fantastic game from last gen, Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition.

PlayStation 3 owners journey to Pandora’s Moon today in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and explore the terrifying The Evil Within (also available for PlayStation 4). PlayStation Vita owners can finally join in the survival/building craze with Minecraft PlayStation Vita Edition! 

Finally, as you are probably aware PlayStation Plus users now receive all of their free games at the beginning of the month and all other weeks subscribers will receive extra discounts. This week there are extra discounts for several new Ultimate Bundles as well as a deep discount on the very fun Strength of the Sword 3 (see our review here). Keep reading to see the complete update!

Major Server Side ‘DriveClub’ Update In The Next 24 Hours

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If you’re experiencing issues with DriveClub at the moment, it’s more likely due to the PSN maintenance that’s currently taking place than an issue with DriveClub. That doesn’t mean though that the game’s network capabilities are fully functioning. Despite being delayed by more than 6 months, DriveClub, which was released nearly a week ago, has been hampered by major online problems. Luckily, Evolution Studios has been working around the clock to patch the game and things have already improved dramatically. However, work remains on the highly-anticipated game and hopefully the next major update will further help DriveClub stabilize.

After the jump, more details on the massive server side DriveClub update.

PSA: PSN Will Be Down Today (October 13th)

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If it reads October 13th on your calendar, then listen up. Parts of PSN will be down today for nearly 7 hours in order to allow Sony to deploy a series of back-end improvements to the network.” The down time will mostly affect PS3 and PS4 users while Sony tweaks things on the back end, meaning that no patches or system updates will be required. Luckily for gamers, the down time doesn’t affect most of the major functions like multiplayer. After the jump, we detail the services that will be affected.

Poll: Will You Buy DriveClub?

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DriveClub, the highly anticipated racer is finally out for PlayStation 4 via Blu-ray or digital download. With plenty of courses, cars, and beautiful visuals, DriveClub might be the game to play till Gran Turismo comes to the PS4. This then brings us to our weekly poll.

PlayStation Experience Invites Fans To Las Vegas In December

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If you’re a PlayStation gamer, make sure to clear out all your plans for December 6 and 7 and pack your bags: Sony Computer Entertainment will be holding an event, the PlayStation Experience, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and you’re invited.