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PS4 Sells (Not Shipped) 20.2 Million Units

PS4_20th_AnnivesaryThe PlayStation Nation continues to grow with momentum, not slowing down for the PS4. Sony has just announced that they’ve sold 20.2 million PS4 units since launch. It’s noteworthy that, since PS4 launched, that Sony is reporting units sold and not shipped. The difference is that Sony could very well have shipped 25 million units to retailers around the world. That sold number isn’t units sold to retail partners but units that have been bought by consumers.

HBO Go Lands on PS4 Today!

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The day is finally here. Starting today, you can enjoy HBO Go on your PlayStation 4.

Just in time for the season 5 premiere of Game of Thrones in April, Sony claims that the app will work just like it did on the PS3. That means no learning curve for those who want to binge the first 4 seasons of GoT over the next month. You’ll just need your HBO credentials and an internet connection to get started, so what are you waiting for? All you have to do is sign in (on your PS4) and authenticate your console through HBO Go’s website.

PlayStation Store Update (03-03-15)

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Welcome to the PlayStation Store update for March 3, 2015. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users now can continue jump into the brutal HELLDIVERS (3-way cross buy) along with the mysterious White Night.

PlayStation 3 users now now enjoy Crimsonland (3-way cross buy) and PlayStation Vita users now enjoy OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood (cross buy with PS4). This also marks week one of the annual Spring Fever sale which is featuring discounts on HELLDIVERS and the Lego Franchise.

Finally, as you are probably aware PlayStation Plus users now receive all of their free games at the beginning of the month and then are given discounts on extra content the rest of the month. The PlayStation Plus games for March include Valiant Hearts (PS4), Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishment (PS3), and CounterSpy (3 way cross buy).

Hands on with ‘The Order: 1886′

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The Order: 1886 arrived this past Friday with a whirlwind of mixed messages from media and devs alike. First, let me address the elephant in the room. The Order is NOT 5 hours long. Having played it, I can say with certainty that the game is in fact 7 to 8 hours long – no shorter than some Call of Duty or Battlefield campaigns. After the jump, wee go in depth with The Order: 1886.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Gains PS4 Remote Play

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If you’ve got a Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, listen up. A new over-the-air (OTA) firmware update (build number 23.0.1.E.0.208) has just been released for your device which brings with it the typical enhancements and bug fixes. More importantly, though, the latest firmware gives the Xperia Z2 Tablet the ability to utilize PS4 Remote Play. For those not familiar, PS4 Remote Play allows you to connect your device to PS4 and stream the games on your device via local Wi-Fi. Additional details after the jump.

Destiny Update 1.1.1 is Live, Brings Tweaks to Weapons, PVP, and Events

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Attention, guardians! Destiny update 1.1.1 is now live and ready for download on PS4 and PS3. The required update brings with it some big tweaks like increased base damage of Pulse Rifles by 9.7%, weekly Heroic Strike now is a matchmade activity, and players will now unlock all playlists (Control, Clash, Rumble, Skirmish) simultaneously when unlocking the Crucible. The full and lengthy details await you after the jump.

PlayStation Store Update (02-24-15)

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Welcome to the PlayStation Store update for February 24, 2015. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users can now jump into Rugby 15, Starwhal, and Dragon Ball Xenoverse (all 3 also available for the PS3) .

PlayStation 3 users can now enjoy Resident Evil Revelations 2 (also available on PS4) while PlayStation Vita users now have access to Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess BlackHeart. 

Finally, as you are probably aware PlayStation Plus users now receive all of their free games at the beginning of the month and then are given discounts on extra content the rest of the month. Extra discounts this week include several PS vita games.

David Jaffe & Co. Give Their Thoughts On Critical Response to ‘The Order: 1886′

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David Jaffe and The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency (his newly-formed company) are weighing in on The Order: 1886 and the critical response it’s received from press. While there is always the outlier in game reviews like Polygon who decided to give The Last of Us a 7/10, while nearly every other publication gave the game of the year a perfect or near perfect score, The Order: 1886 has been a different beast.

Hailed as a visual masterpiece on PS4, The Order has received a near schizophrenic response from press with review scores all over. Having only had a chance to play the game briefly at CES 2015, I cannot give my own opinion on the PS4 exclusive with much integrity. Other journalists, however, have offered a dizzying number of scores which range from a 1/5 from Digital Trends to a 9.5/10 (PSNation) and every score in between.

Are journalists being too harsh on the game and taking out their distaste for more narrative-driven Hollywood-like tales on The Order, or do they raise genuine concerns with the game? David Jaffe (God of War, Twisted Metal) and the team at The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency (the studio working on the up coming free-to-play PS4 exclusive Drawn to Death) weigh in on the game’s review scores in the video after the jump.

Hands On with PlayStation Remote Play

remote play1We go hands on with PlayStation Remote Play to see if the feature is all that it’s cracked up to be. At launch, the system offered a single quality setting for streaming, and it has since been patched to include “High” and “Normal”.  PC users will note that this does little to indicate what sort of resolution one can expect with each setting. My first impression of remote play was not a good one. However, I have tried it a few times since and have found gameplay to be acceptable. More on that after the jump.

PlayStation Store Update (02-17-15)

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Welcome to the PlayStation Store update for February 17, 2015. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users can now jump into Dead or Alive 5 Last RoundHand of Fate, and on Friday they will be able to play the highly anticipated The Order: 1886.

PlayStation 3 users can now enjoy Q*Bert Rebooted (3 way cross buy) while PlayStation Vita users now have access to Deadman’s Cross. There is also a large sale going on featuring games that are critcially acclaimed.

Finally, as you are probably aware PlayStation Plus users now receive all of their free games at the beginning of the month and then are given discounts on extra content the rest of the month. Extra discounts this week include even deeper price cuts on the previously mentioned sales.

PS4 PlayMemories App Gains 4K Support

PS4_PlayMemories_AppIf in your arsenal of entertainment devices you have a PS4 and a 4K television then the following news is specifically for you. Sony has updated the PlayMemories App on PS4 with 4K support. For those unfamiliar, PlayMemories syncs your photos between your different devices (think iCloud & Photo Stream) for easy access and consumption. While 4K video is something new for consumers, digital cameras have been able to capture at that resolution for many years. Now those with a 4K TV will have an easy way to consume their photos. Details after the jump.

‘Resogun: Defenders’ DLC + Update Content!

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The PlayStation 4 exclusive Resogun is receiving a major update in preparation for that last DLC Expansion to the game named ‘Defenders’. Now what exactly will come with both the DLC and the update? We have the details and more for you, after the jump.

PS Vita Spring Releases

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This week, PlayStation released a highlight reel showcasing its PS Vita Spring Releases featuring upcoming and recently-released titles. This news comes on the heels of the Vita getting some features removed, like YouTube and Maps. However the Vita is a gaming system – and that’s what should matter. Some of the new titles include: Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, and Toukiden: Kiwami. Check out the video after the jump.

‘LittleBigPlanet 3′ Update 1.05 Brings Massive Improvements to PS3 & PS4

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Be it on PS3, PS4, or PS Vita, you simply cannot go wrong with a LittleBigPlanet game. The most recent entry, LittleBigPlanet 3, was released in fall for PS3 and PS4 with new gameplay modes and new characters. As it is with games with a heavy multiplayer core, the game hasn’t been without its fair share of problems which are likely only heightened by the fact that it had to be built on PS3 and PS4. While the PS4 can boast more robust graphics and physics alongside a much more modern architecture for online connectivity, the team behind the game likely couldn’t fully tap into it unless they created two separate projects at once; one for PS3 and one for PS4.

Now with LittleBigPlanet 3 Update 1.05, a massive amount of fixes are coming to both platforms with the PS4 patching coming in at 495MB while PS3 users get a break with just a 110MB download. After the jump, the full details.

PSA: PSN is Down [2/11/15] (updated)

PSN_Logo_ClearWe’ll keep this short and sweet. PSN appears to be down for some, which means that you’ll have to get up and stretch your legs for a minute or two. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more!

 

Google Behind End of YouTube, Maps, and Near App on PlayStation Vita?

PlayStation_Vita_YouTubeTime to put on our tin foil hats folks. If you recall, a few weeks back, it was announced that support for Maps, Near, and YouTube would be coming to an end on Playstation Vita. According to Sony, the YouTube app on Vita will no longer be supported come April 20th though the app itself was pulled on January 28th from the store. As for Maps and Near, their end will come sometime in March, when a mandatory software update will pull the features from the Vita. At the time, it was unclear why the three apps would be pulled from the store. While I argued that due to a lack of wide 3G support on Vita, that Maps and Near likely weren’t that widely used and thus, won’t be missed, YouTube is something that gamers use all the time.

From watching videos to pass time to needing help on how to find a certain treasure in Uncharted, YouTube has replaced the strategy guide for many gamers. So why are the three services being pulled? The short answer, Google. Details after the jump.

‘Strength of the Sword: ULTIMATE’ is Coming to PS4 and PS Vita… If You Help!

Strength of the Sword: ULTIMATEYou loved Strength of the Sword 3, the epic sword-fighting/brawling PlayStation 3 exclusive. Now, Ivent Games, the two-man Indie company behind the franchise, has announced their next installment: Strength of the Sword: ULTIMATE for the PC (and, eventually, consoles! Get ready, Vita and PS4!). You may recall from our review of the first game that the creators don’t believe in creating sequels – and they’re sticking to that. Strength of the Sword Ultimate will not be a sequel. Instead, it’s more of a “hey, we listened to what the fans want so here you go” kind of thing. Take it from their press release:

 The game’s called Strength of the Sword: ULTIMATE, but it might as well be named FAN EDITION since if you compare the list of features we’re bringing this time around to those requested by our friends and fans you’d get 100% match. That’s no coincidence, the support we received from the small but passionate community of the original PS3 game has been nothing short of amazing, so why wouldn’t we pay them back by listening. 

Yes, it’s coming – but Ivent needs your help to bring the game to PC and consoles. Their Kickstarter campaign is already getting noticed, listed as a Kickstarter Staff Pick. This is what they have to say about it:

 Uaaaaahhhhoooooooo!!! 

And we have to agree! If you’re stoked for the next iteration of Strength of the Sword, vote with your dollars on their Kickstarter!

Check out what’s new in ULTIMATE after the jump.