Sony Interactive Entertainment Considering Game Company Acquisitions

Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan stated in a recent interview that they’re considering a Merger and Acquisition for game companies.

This is in a response to Google entering the gaming market with its game streaming service, Stadia. Ryan stated, “content becomes more important than ever”.

Furthermore, Ryan said, “Companies new to the games industry looking at the market with hope is something we definitely welcome.”

This is probably due to Sony realizing the importance of exclusive titles especially since they absolutely knocked it out of the park this generation. Even though their console is not as powerful as the Xbox One X, they’ve managed to be the choice for console players because of their great exclusives like Horizon Zero Dawn, The Last of Us, God of War, Uncharted, Days Gone and Spider-Man.

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PSN Flash Sales Has Started; Great Games At or Under 10$

With the summer season upon us, the sale season has started for video games. Now that Days of Play has ended, PlayStation has surprised us with a flash sale that lasts until 24th June and all the games that are on sale are under $10.

Deals Under $10 is what this flash sale is called is now live and features a huge library of games for the PlayStation 4, the PlayStation 3 and the PS Vita. The list is really huge so we’ve decided to pick out a few of the deals that we think are absolutely worth it.

Game Name Current Price Original Price
BULLY $8.99 $14.99
DARK SOULS 2: SCHOLAR OF THE FIRST SIN $9.99 $39.99
DEUS EX: MANKIND DIVIDED $4.49 $29.99
DON’T STARVE TOGETHER: CONSOLE EDITION (SR) $5.99 $14.99
EVERSPACE STELLAR EDITION $9.99 $39.99
FURI – DEFINITIVE EDITION $6.59 $21.99
GRAND THEFT AUTO: SAN ANDREAS $8.99 $14.99
GRIM FANDANGO REMASTERED $2.24 $14.99
JUST CAUSE 3 – XXL EDITION $8.99 $29.99
LIFE IS STRANGE COMPLETE SEASON $3.99 $19.99
LIFE IS STRANGE: BEFORE THE STORM COMPLETE SEASON $5.09 $16.99
LIMBO & INSIDE BUNDLE $8.99 $29.99
MAFIA III $9.99 $39.99
MAX PAYNE $8.99 $14.99
PSYCHONAUTS (PS2 CLASSIC) $1.49 $9.99
ROAD RAGE $5.99 $29.99
SLEEPING DOGS: DEFINITIVE EDITION $4.49 $29.99
SOMA $8.99 $29.99
SUPER MEAT BOY $4.49 $14.99
THE JACKBOX PARTY PACK 2 $9.99 $24.99
THE JACKBOX PARTY PACK 3 $9.99 $24.99
THIMBLEWEED PARK $8.99 $19.99
TOMB RAIDER: DEFINITIVE EDITION $5.99 $29.99
ULTIMATE MARVEL VS CAPCOM 3 $9.99 $24.99

These are some of the PlayStation 4 titles that are good games to get on sale if you don’t already have them.

For the full list and the original blog post, click the link below.

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PlayStation Plus Games for February 2019 Revealed

Before we get to this month’s line up, we have news to share about cloud storage for PS Plus members. In early February, we will be expanding our cloud storage space from 10GB to 100GB for PS Plus members playing on PS4 – giving you even more space to keep all those game saves.

With cloud storage, you can save your game progress and character profiles on one system, and then continue the game on another system later without losing progress. Be sure to check it out next month!

Now, let’s take a look at the monthly games next month, which will be available on 5th February.

For Honor

First up, we have For Honor, the melee action game from Ubisoft. Experience the chaos of war and choose between Viking, Knight, and Samurai factions to find your perfect fighting style. Featuring 20 different PvP maps, this game will be sure to entertain you.

Hitman: The Complete First Season

Next up, we have Hitman: The Complete First Season. Take on the role of Agent 47, the world’s ultimate assassin. Travel the globe to eliminate your targets in traditional and less traditional ways. From sniper rifles to expired spaghetti sauce, use the weapons at your disposal to become the master assassin.

This month’s PlayStation Plus line up also includes:

This month’s PS3 and PS Vita games will be available for a few extra days, until 8th March, 2019. PS4 games will be available until 5th March, 2019, when the next monthly games line up hits.

As a reminder, after 8th March 2019, PS3 and PS Vita games will no longer be offered as part of the PS Plus monthly games line up – so be sure to download them while they’re available.

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PlayStation Plus Games For December 2018 Announced

First up, we have Soma. Dive into this sci-fi horror title from Fictional Games, the creators of Amnesia: The Dark Descent. It is an unsettling story about identity, consciousness, and what it means to be human. Delve through locked terminals and secret documents to uncover the truth beneath the ocean waves.

Next, we have Onrush, the all-action, gravity-defying, racing game. Drive on the very limits of control in an effort to win victory for your team. This game is action-packed and full of unlockable customization options.

This month’s PlayStation Plus lineup also includes:

• Steredenn, PS3

• Steinsgate, PS3

• Iconoclasts, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4)

• Papers, Please, PS Vita

All games will be available from December 4, 2018 to January 1, 2019.

For Warframe players looking for a healthy set of extra resources, Digital Extremes’ dev team has you covered! The Warframe: PlayStation Plus Booster Pack III has a little bit of everything to jump start your game. This includes 100 Platinum, 100,000 Credits, Quanta (a Corpus laser rifle), Quanta Obsidian Skin, 7-Day Affinity Booster, and a 7-Day Credit Booster. PS Plus members can get the pack for free from now until January 15, 2019.

 

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Sony Set to Skip E3 2019; PlayStation 5 Announcement Rumoured

Sony has attended E3 for the past 23 years but for the first time will skip out next year, something that is bound to be a huge hit to E3 itself.

E3 is one of the biggest video game events in the world where game studious and companies show off their upcoming titles and make announcements about upcoming products. This year, Sony showcased The Last of Us 2, Death Stranding and Ghost of Tsushima. Here is what Sony had to say as to why they won’t be at E3 this year.

“As the industry evolves, Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community,” said Sony in a statement. “PlayStation fans mean the world to us and we always want to innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers. As a result, we have decided not to participate in E3 in 2019. We are exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019 and can’t wait to share our plans with you.”

This is another big blow to E3 as over the past couple of years, more and more companies have dropped out in favour of having their own show. EA tends to hold their own show a few days prior to E3, Nintendo has leaned towards doing pre-recorded videos, Microsoft had their own event at a location a few minutes away from where E3 is held and now Sony is also skipping out. Sony is also one of the biggest in terms of occupying space in the hall with their various booths.

Sony also chose not to hold PlayStation Experience this year, an event that they’ve held every December since 2014. The biggest rumour as to why Sony is doing this because of the PlayStation 5. Sony is taking their time and will focus on the PlayStation 5 and according to many will release it in 2020, which means an announcement could be coming next year. 2020 is also the PlayStation brand’s 25th anniversary(The PS1 released in December 1994 in Japan and September 1995 in NA) which means that we could see an announcement at PlayStation Experience next year or in February 2020 which mirrors their reveal for the PS4 back in February of 2013.

The PlayStation 4 is 5 years old this year so an announcement in Feb 2020 would also mean that when the PlayStation 5 releases, sometime later that year, the PlayStation 4 would be 7 years old, which is the same gap between the release of the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation 4. What do you make of all this? Let us know down below.

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PlayStation Plus Games For November 2018 Confirmed

Here are the PlayStation Plus Games For November 2018

First up, Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition. Get the definitive Bulletstorm experience, which includes all existing Bulletstorm add-ons plus brand-new exclusive content! Play as Grayson Hunt, who crash lands on an abandoned resort planet. You have two choices: survival or revenge. This game is over the top fun at its best.

Next up, Yakuza Kiwami. Get reintroduced to the Dragon of Dojima, Kazuma Kiryu. Become the up-and-coming yakuza who takes the fall for the murder of a crime boss, only to emerge from prison ten years later to a changed world. This game has been visually enhanced for 4K, and retains all of the great action role-playing.

This month’s PS Plus lineup also includes:

• Jackbox Party Pack 2, PS3

• Arkedo Series, PS3

• Burly Men At Sea, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4)

• Roundabout, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4)

 

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Days Gone And Concrete Genie Delayed

PlayStation’s Worldwide Studios Release Lineup: The Next Wave of PS4 Games

2018 has been a banner year for Worldwide Studios, with great games like God of War, Astro Bot Rescue Mission, and MLB: The Show, as well as other PS4-exclusive games — each of which demonstrate what makes PlayStation the best place to play.

But the Worldwide Studios team is hard at work. We wanted to give you a status check on the next wave of innovative experiences from our studios in Bend, OR; Tokyo; San Mateo, CA; London; and more. Each title is as varied as its hometown!

Déraciné

Release date: November 6, 2018

As previously announced, Déraciné from Sony Interactive Entertainment, SIE Japan Studio, and FromSoftware is scheduled for release exclusively for PlayStation VR this November 6, 2018.

In an emotionally deep narrative, players will take the role of an unseen faerie who forges a personal bond with the children in a secluded boarding school. While moving around the boarding school in frozen time, players will collect and piece together various bits of information that serve to unfold an overarching mystery. Déraciné is the VR debut from Bloodborne director Hidetaka Miyazaki, and FromSoftware.


Days Gone

Release date: April 26, 2019

We want to share a change in release date for this highly anticipated title from Bend Studio. We recently decided to move the release of Days Gone from the crowded February timeframe to April 26, 2019. While the studio is eager to see Days Gone in the hands of fans, Bend Studio will take the opportunity to further polish Days Gone.

As PlayStation fans already know, Days Gone is an open-world action game set in the high-desert of the Pacific Northwest. Traversing harsh landscapes on their drifter bike, players must fight for resources as they attempt to survive broken roads, unpredictable weather, attacks from other human factions, infected wildlife and roaming Freakers — a brutal, dynamic world that is dangerous both day and night.

Concrete Genie

Release timeframe: Spring 2019

Developed by the Pixelopus team at PlayStation, Concrete Genie follows a bullied teenager named Ash who escapes his troubles by painting spectacular living landscapes and mischievous creatures in the walls of his abandoned hometown of Denska. Using a magical paintbrush, Ash discovers his paintings can purify Denska’s polluted walls and bring life back to the town.

Pixelopus, a development studio at PlayStation’s San Mateo campus, is targeting an early 2019 release date for Concrete Genie for the PS4 system. We’ll have more details to share in the weeks and months ahead!

Everybody’s Golf VR

Release timeframe: Spring 2019

The hit golf franchise, Everybody’s Golf, makes its PS VR* debut in Spring 2019! Developed by Clap Hanz in association with SIE Japan Studio, players will use the DualShock 4 or PlayStation Move motion controllers to swing their virtual golf clubs.

PS VR allows players to experience the world of Everybody’s Golf in ways they have never been able to before: getting a better sense of the terrain, reading wind direction to evaluate shots, and more.

We know many of you will want to know about key upcoming titles such as the beta for Dreams, Blood & Truth, Death Stranding, Ghost of Tsushima, and The Last of Us: Part II. The studios are hard at work polishing up these epic PS4 games, but we aren’t yet ready to share a release timeframe. When that news is available, rest assured – you’ll be the first to know!

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Certain PSN Messages Could Crash Your PS4, Here’s What You Should do

There’s a bug on the PlayStation 4 that causes the console to freeze or even brick it when you receive a message that contains a string with certain characters in it.

 

 

This issue has caused people to factory reset their console in hopes of fixing it. In a lot of cases, the message didn’t even need to be opened to cause the glitch. Players reported that as soon as they received the message their controller would stop working and the console would freeze and on rebooting it a “Report Problem” screen appeared instead of their regular home screen.

The only workaround to not get hit by such a message seems to be ny setting your messages setting to “private”. To do that head on over to this link and log into your PS4. Then go to Personal Info>Messages>Edit and choose either “No One” or “Friends Only” if you trust your friends. Alternatively, you can do it from your PS4 by going to Settings>Account Management>Privacy Settings>Enter your Password>Personal Info | Messaging and set it to either “No One” or “Friends”.

If You’ve already been affected by it, here’s what you do. Download the PS Messages App for your phone or log in here. Once you’ve logged in, delete that specific message. Next you check if you can use your account on the PS4. If it still doesn’t work you’re going to need to boot your PS4 in Safe Mode(Here’s the official guide to help you do so). Once you’re in Safe Mode, choose the 5th option “Rebuild Database”. This might take some time to finish but once it is done you should be able to login like before and use your account. Rebuilding your database won’t cause you to lose any of your data so it is safe to do.

Sony is currently working on fixing this and a patch should be made public soon but until then set your messages to private if you’re someone who plays online games on your PlayStation 4.

[UPDATE]: Sony has reportedly fixed the issue as seen by their tweet here. According to them, the PlayStation was going into a crash loop and was not getting bricked.

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PlayStation Behind The Scenes: The Changes That Matter

PlayStation is slowly changing and that is evident from how different it is now as compared to when the PlayStation 4 originally launched. While they caught a lot of flak for their stance on Cross-platform gaming and Backwards Compatibility, things seem to be changing for the better.

One of the biggest changes behind this has been the appointment of John Kodera, CEO of Sony. Recent changes in a lot of company policy could be attributed to him pushing for it. Kodera before becoming CEO had a background in Cloud content, digital content, and networking services. Since his appointment a year ago, we’ve seen a push for PSNow which is PlayStation’s Streaming service that allows you to play PlayStation games on PC by streaming it.

Another sign that showcases their positive changes is the way they handle the studios in charge of PlayStation Exclusive titles. They’re given a lot of creative freedom and trust which has led to a lot of phenomenal PlayStation exclusives, both right now and also in the past before Kodera could step in. In the past ten months, there’s been a lot of growth for some of the studios that create exclusives for PlayStation.

Guerrilla Games added 150 people and moved to a bigger studio and plan to create games every few years like Naughty Dog. Out of those 150 employees are people who worked on the multiplayer for Rainbow Six Siege. There’s also a new studio in San Diego which has Quentin Cobb, formerly of Naughty Dog as the Senior Game Designer. This can could mean we’ll see more narrative-driven games for the PlayStation.

Guerrilla Games’ Horizon Zero Dawn

We’ve also heard rumours of PlayStation patenting some sort of texture upscaling techniques which could mean that they’re looking into Backwards Compatibility. They have announced the PlayStation Classic but we could see proper Backwards Compatibility soon with enhanced visuals.

And lastly, the PlayStation ID Change which has officially been announced. Now, this has a few issues with older titles, from a time when they didn’t even think about players having the ability to change their names but going forward, all games will be compatible with this and won’t cause any problems when it comes to changing your name.

Is this all John Kodera? Of course not because there’s bound to be a team of hard-working people who have helped make the best decisions but Kodera is probably a big driving force behind that. We’ve seen a lot of good things from PlayStation ever since his appointment and direction the PlayStation is headed in is a very positive one and we hope they listen to their fans and customers, even more, to ensure that it remains positive because they’ve been doing some great stuff lately.

All of this was inspired partly by a post on Reddit and partly because of the overall positive news about PlayStation this year which made me realize how good PlayStation was doing lately, even with a console that is weaker in terms of raw power. How do you feel about PlayStation and their recent showings? Let us know down below.

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PSN Name Changes Coming Sooner Than Expected?

If you are someone who made their online accounts for gaming platforms chances are you’re stuck with a name that you’re a little bit embarrassed by. While it isn’t an issue on most platforms, consoles are a bit more stringent when it comes to changing your online moniker.

Xbox got the option to change your Gamertag a couple of years back for free the first you did at and after that, it will cost you $10 while PlayStation users never really had that option but that might soon change. According to a report from Kotaku they’ve had a few people from different game studios tell them that they’re working on fixing bugs and tweaking settings to ensure that their games are compatible with Sony’s name changing plans.

The developers suggest that since PSN usernames link the account ID to your username rather than a Universal Unique Identifier, retroactively fixing old multiplayer games will be difficult. A person working for a game studio shared an image from internal Sony documentation that showed the option “Edit Username” for a PlayStation Network profile and was taken from what will be the guide for changing your username. Hopefully, it works like Steam’s username option which can be changed to anything at anytime.

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