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PS3 System Software Update 4.66 Now Out, Is Mandatory

PS3_System_Update_4_66Paging all PS3 owners. Sony has a new firmware update out which requires an install before you jump back online to game. The PS3 System Software Update 4.66 is an all-new and mandatory firmware update that comes in at just around 200MB. As it is with minor updates, Sony claims the ever-elusive:

 System software stability during use of some features has been improved. 

To check the version of your system software, go to Settings (Settings) > System Update (System Settings) > [System Information].

Sony ‘Roof’ Ad Shows PS4, Xperia Z3, PS4, Xperia Z3, PS4….

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In a somewhat surprising manner, Sony has rolled out a second ad this week in the US. Dubbed Roof, the clever and extremely simply ad shows off the Remote Play feature between the PS4 and Xperia Z3. Sony ran a similar ad in Europe earlier in the month which highlighted the same features between Xperia devices and PS4. Besides highlighting the PS4, Sony is hoping to garner attention for its flagship Xperia Z3 smartphone which for the first time in the US has carrier support from T-Mobile and Verizon.

In the past, Sony’s smartphone strategy had lacked carrier support in the US, leading to marginal sales and a nearly zero percent marketshare. After the jump, the Sony Roof ad awaits you.

PlayStation Store Update (11-18-14)

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Welcome to the PlayStation Store update for November 18, 2014. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users can now jump into the widely popular Grand Theft Auto V, the unique Never Alone, and join Sackboy and friends for his latest adventure in LittleBigPlanet 3 (also available on PS3) .

PlayStation 3 users now have access to the two new highly anticipated titles (both of which are also available for PS4): Dragon Age: Inquisition and Far Cry 4. PlayStation Vita owners also get into the Sackboy fun with LittleBigPlanet Vita Marvel Edition.

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. This week PlayStation Plus users receive an extra discount on Never Alone and Draw Slasher.

Sony Shows Clever Ad Highlighting PS4 Remote Play to Xperia Z3 Devices

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With PS4 Remote Play now available on Sony’s Xperia Z3 line which includes their flagship Xperia Z3 smartphone, the Xperia Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, the company is looking to promote the feature via a new clever ad. For those not familiar, PS4 Remote Play on Xperia Z3 devices allows you to stream PS4 titles directly to your mobile device with no loss in functionality. This means you can get the full PS4 experience from earning trophies to online multiplayer right on your mobile screen. To show off the new functionality, Sony has a clever new ad which can be seen after the jump.

Sony Xperia Z3 Series Gains ‘PS4 Remote Play’ App via Google Play

Remote Play DualShock MountOne of the exciting features of the Sony Xperia Z3 line which includes the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is its ability to connect to PlayStation 4. Via the PS4 Remote Play app, users with the Sony’s Xperia Z3 line can stream games from the leading console directly to their mobile device and use a Dualshock 4 controller to play the game as if they were on the PS4. Once linked, gamers will have full control of the game with no dumbed-down experience. That means you can enjoy everything from multiplayer to earning trophies directly on your Xperia Z3 device.

More after the jump.

PlayStation 4 System Software Update 2.02 Now Available

PS4_System_Software_Update_2_02For those playing at home, PlayStation 4 System Software Update 2.02 is the second update to be released in the past week from Sony. Since firmware 2.0 launched, different bugs have popped up on the PS4 like the inability to wake up your console from Rest Mode. Minor in size, Sony is hoping that the latest firmware update helps quell all issues. As you’d expect with such updates, no new features are found and instead it’s meant to address ‘software stability’ on PS4.

Sony Xperia Z3 Owners on T-Mobile Can Claim a Free Copy of ‘DriveClub’ on PS4

Sony_T_Mobile_Xperia_Z3_DriveClub_2Sony had made purchasing an Xperia Z3 on T-Mobile even sweeter by giving away a copy of DriveClub for free. Those who’d purchased the Xperia Z3 between  October 14th through November 4th have up until November 19th to claim a digital download of DriveClub for PS4. To do it, you simply need to visit Sony’s online portal (link after the jump) and enter your information and include a picture of your purchase receipt and IMEI number from your device. Sony promises to send out the redemption codes by the end of the month.

October 2014 – PlayStation Store’s Top Sellers

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Wondering if your favorite games landed on the coveted top 10 sales chart for October? Maybe you made a bet that Destiny would do better on PS3 than on PS4. If you find yourself having made any form of wager based on the top 10 selling October games on the PlayStation Store for PS4, PS3, and PS Vita, then you’ll be pleased to find the top 20 sales chart for PS4, PS3, and PS Vita after the jump.

Sony Shows Off ‘Share Play’ on PS4 Via a Clever New Ad – Welcome To The Future Of Play

In order to get word out about ‘Share Play’ which I believe to be an innovative and even groundbreaking differentiator between the PS4 and Xbox One, Sony is running a new PlayStation 4 ad in Europe titled ‘Welcome To The Future Of Play’ that highlights the newest feature. Made available with PlayStation 4 System Software Update 2.0, Share Play allows a friend to take over your console and play on your behalf, even if they don’t own the game, thanks to Sony’s cloud network which powers PlayStation Now. Besides showing off Share Play, the ad also highlights other PS4 services like the PlayStation App on smartphones and new YouTube share functionality.

PlayStation TV Can’t Compete with Apple TV Despite Some Neat Features

PlayStation_TV_Promo_ShotReleased nearly a year ago under the title PlayStation Vita TV in Japan, the latest console companion from Sony, now dubbed PlayStation TV, has been on US shores for nearly two weeks. Priced at $100, the PlayStation TV has a lot going for it with a price point that’s affordable and on par with similar devices like Apple TV and Roku. In fact, the PlayStation TV is the only device of its kind that has access to a meaningful array of games, over 700 to be exact, at launch. Still, like many Sony products, while the promise is there, the final execution leaves something to be desired.

After the jump we talk about what makes PlayStation TV unique and where the console is lacking.

LittleBigPlanet 3 Goes FPS

You thought Grand Theft Auto 5 was the only game getting the FPS treatment mode? Think again! The LittleBigPlanet 3 – Shooter Trailer comes at an opportune time and pokes fun at the glut of FPS games and game modes in the most adorable way possible.

 In A Dark Future, A Small Hero Will Rise 

According to Sumo Digital, the devs behind the game:

 It’s time to Stand Small with LittleBigPlanet 3. 

YouTube PS4 App Offers 1080p Video And 5.1 Surround Sound

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The PlayStation 4 System Software Update 2.0 (Sony has since released update 2.01 that addressed the Rest Mode bug) brought on a host of  new features to PS4 like music playback, custom themes, and video uploads directly to YouTube. Along side the ability to upload videos to the worlds most popular video services, Google has also released a standalone YouTube app for PS4. Available on the PlayStation Store for free, the new app supports videos in up to 1080p with 5.1 channel audio. So if your eyes have been craving some Tobuscus Adventures or ears have been needing some Lindsey Stirling then it’s time you downloaded the YouTube PS4 app.

PS4 System Software Update 2.01 Now Live, Fixes ‘Rest Mode’ Issue

PS4_Firmware_2_01PS4 System Software Update 2.0 brought with it numerous new features and enhancements to Sony’s flagship console along with some headaches as well. While for a majority of users (including us), the latest firmware update went without a hitch, for some members of the community, the firmware came with a bug which wouldn’t allow the system to wake up from Rest Mode, previously known as System Standby. Now Sony has released PS4 System Software Update 2.01 to address that.

PlayStation Store Update (11-4-14)

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Welcome to the PlayStation Store update for November 4, 2014. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users can jump back into the phenomenon with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (also available for PS3) as well as Rocksmith 2014 and How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition.

PlayStation 3 users now have access to BlazeRush, Disney Infinity Revolution (also available for PS4), and Frozen Synapse Prime. PlayStation Vita owners now have access to the wonderful The Wolf Among Us (also available today for PS4) and Home – A Unique Horror Adventure.

Finally, as you are probably aware PlayStation Plus users now receive all of their free games at the beginning of the month and the free titles this month include The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (PS4//PS Vita), Frozen Synapse Prime (PS3), and Escape Plan (PS Vita/PS4). Keep reading to see a complete list of the updates for the store this month!

Sony Releases PlayStation Silver Wired Stereo Headset for PS4, PS3 & PS Vita

PlayStation_Silver_Wired_Stereo_HeadsetAs of today, you can order the PlayStation Silver Wired Stereo Headset for PS4, PS3, and PlayStation Vita. Unlike the PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset, as the name suggests, the Silver model is bound by wire to your console of choice. Once connect, you’ll be able to enjoy 7.1 virtual surround sound and chat online via the retractable boom mic. Taking a cue from the Gold series, the Silver edition will also be compatible with the Headset Companion App which allows you to download custom modes created exclusively for PlayStation by developers that are specifically tuned to enhance the audio in your favorite games.

Sony’s Q2 Performance – Winners and Losers (Updated)

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Sony made a loss of $785 in the past quarter, despite a 7.2% jump in revenue on the same period in 2013. The Mobile division reported a loss of $1.58 billion. From those figures, it’s clear that other divisions paid for Mobile’s loss. One division in particular has come out most profitable, and it wasn’t the PS4-making Game business.

All of Sony’s key businesses performed well, turning a profit in the last quarter, Pictures being an exception, but Mobile was the real black hole where profit should have been. As the rhetoric goes, the PS4′s sales saved Sony in the last quarter.

Other mobile giants have been suffering too, notably Samsung’s quarterly profit dipped 49% in the last quarter. That’s one point the media beating on Sony which isn’t being reported as loudly. Clearly, whatever is going on in Sony’s Mobile division, isn’t exclusive to Sony. Sony’s mobile sales took a plunge – but the culprit wasn’t just the Chinese market, there was a bigger surprise.

How well are the other businesses doing and what’s going on in Sony’s Mobile house?

Sony Brings Season Passes to Video Unlimited and PlayStation Store

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Just last week, Sony finally brought season pass support to Video Unlimited and PlayStation Store. With season passes, users can purchase an entire season of a show, even prior to episode releases know that the episodes will be ready for them to consume once released. Season passes is already available on the PS3 through Video Unlimited and the PlayStation Store. Those on the PS4, and 2013 and later Bravia TV’s, and Blu-ray players will have to wait a little while longer with support for season passes on those devices ‘coming soon.’