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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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

PlayStation Store Update (02-10-15)

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Welcome to the PlayStation Store update for February 10, 2015. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users can now jump into the highly anticipated Evolve.

PlayStation 3 users can now enjoy Chivalry: Medieval Warfare while PlayStation Vita users now have access to Jungle Rumble: Freedom, Happiness, and Bananas. 

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 reduced prices on the PS4 version of Super Stardust Ultra.

According to Sony’s Ahmad, “Software is No Longer a Problem on PS Vita”

PlayStation Vita 2000The problem with perception is that sometimes, it’s nearly impossible to shake. Years after the Vita release, many still see the powerful handheld as expensive, lacking in software, or both. The reality couldn’t be further from the stigma that surrounds the portable console. As it stands, you can purchase the PS Vita with an 8GB memory card and Borderlands 2 for $199. When it comes to title selection, we might not be getting blockbuster title after blockbuster title but maybe it’s for the better. It in fact does the Vita and gamers a disservice when games that were never designed to be portable are simply ported to the Vita in order to check off an item from a devs’ to do list.

Instead, what we see on the Vita now is a rise of indie games designed specifically for the console. From adventure games to more experimental games, the Vita likely has a game that’s just right for you. Shahid Ahmad, Senior Business Development Manager at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe seems to agree. His comments after the jump.

Sony Sells a Whopping 6.4 Million PS4 in Q3 2014

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Sony has just posted their Q3 2014 earnings which cover the September 1st and December 31st time period with some very positive results. While we’ve been unable to post a rosy picture of their electronics division as of late, PlayStation seems to be headed in the right direction. For the period, Sony sold a whopping 6.4 million PS4 units which have helped the division stay in the black, aka profitable. Over all, PlayStation was up 16.8% year-on-year.

After the jump, sales number from PS3 and PS Vita.

PlayStation Store Update (02-03-15)

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Welcome to the PlayStation Store update for February 3, 2015. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users now can continue their journey in TellTales Game of Thrones Episode 2 (also available for PS3) and attempt to take over the world in Risk. PlayStation 4 users can also jump into the Battlefield Hardline Open Beta (also available for PS3)

PlayStation 3 users now now enjoy King Oddball and the Resident Evil Franchise Pack which includes Resident Evil 4-6. PlayStation Vita users now enjoy another JRPG from our friends at NISA, Criminal Girls: Invite Only. There is also a sale on games from several franchises including Resident Evil and  Rock Band.

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 February include Transistor (PS4), Yakuza 4 (PS3), and Rogue Legacy (All 3 platforms…check out our review of this fantastic game).

PlayStation Vita: Difference Between YouTube on Browser vs. Now Defunct App

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It was revealed yesterday that the PlayStation Vita would soon have a few less apps for you to choose from and use. Specifically, Maps, Near, and YouTube will be phased out in the next few months. Alongside those apps, Sony also announced the end of Music Unlimited, their music streaming app, on all platforms. While Maps and Near won’t have a replacement on the PlayStation Vita (click here to see why their disappearance from the Vita isn’t really a big deal), YouTube will surely be missed. Luckily, Vita owners will still be able to visit YouTube via the Vita browser, but there are some differences in functionality.

After the jump, we give you the break down of YouTube on Vita’s web browser vs. the app.

Maps, Near Feature, and YouTube Come to an End on PlayStation Vita

PS_Vita_NearAs we tweeted late last night, Sony is ending support for Maps, Near, and YouTube on the PlayStation Vita. According to Sony, the YouTube app on Vita will no longer be supported come April 20th though the app itself is being pulled from the store today (January 28th). For those who live on YouTube, fear not as you’ll still be able to turn to YouTube via the Vita browser by visiting (http://m.youtube.com). There you will be able to access your YouTube content, such as playlists and channels.

As for Maps and Near, those are also coming to an end sometime in March, when a mandatory software update will pull the features from the Vita. Unlike YouTube, there will be no replacement for those apps. While always disappointing to hear about a loss of features, it makes perfect sense for Sony to pull the latter two though YouTube is a bit more perplexing. Let’s talk why after the jump.

PlayStation Store Update (01-27-15)

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Welcome to the PlayStation Store update for January 27, 2015. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users now can get to killing zombies in the highly anticipated Dying Light.

PlayStation 3 users now now enjoy Madden NFL 15 Super Bowl Edition (also available for PS4) just in time for the big game on Sunday. PlayStation Vita users now have access to the updated version of the classic Grim Fandango Remastered (Cross buy with PS4). There is also a very large sale this week which includes games for all 3 platforms.

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. 

PlayStation Store Update (01-20-15)

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Welcome to the PlayStation Store update for January 20, 2015. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users can now take advantage of  the updated version of Saints Row IV Re-Elected, the intriguing Ironclad Tactics, and Motorcyle Club (also available on PlayStation 3).

PlayStation 3 users now have access to an updated version of the original survival horror game Resident Evil along with Best of Arcade Games (also available for Vita). PlayStation Vita users now have access to the fantastic, Atlus published RPG  Citizens of Earth (also available on PlayStation 4). There is also a very large sale this week which includes games for all 3 platforms along with classics from the PSP, PS1, and PS2 library.

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. PlayStation Plus users get discounts on Citizens of Earth and Ironclad Tactics.

Mandatory PlayStation Vita Firmware Update 3.36 Now Available

PS_Vita_Firmware_3_36If you’ve got a PlayStation Vita and want to take advantage of the PlayStation 20th Anniversary sale which features some ridiculously good deals then listen up. Sony has pushed out a mandatory PlayStation Vita firmware that’s required before being able to access the PlayStation Network. As of right now, it’s unclear what the PlayStation Vita firmware update 3.36 brings with it as Sony has yet to update their support site. Luckily the update weighs in at 124MB, making it an easy ordeal to download and install.

PlayStation 20th Anniversary Sale!

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Sony is celebrating 20 EPIC years of gaming with a huge PlayStation 20th Anniversary sales which gives users 75% off on the following games read for more!