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Over The PS4, Are We Ready Yet For 5?

Aug 29, 2014 - 5:22 AM - by garyopa
Sony already announced, Project Morpheus. Does that mean PS5 will be more immersive than the PS4 is?

The PS4 has barely had time to gather dust, but we’re still loving the likes of FIFA 2014 and Grand Theft Auto V.
But what can we expect from the next generation which could be already in development?

The PS4 has barely had time to gather dust, but we're still loving the likes of FIFA 2014 and Grand Theft Auto V. While the pace of sales hasn't dropped and Sony has sold over 10 million consoles, our thoughts are already starting to fix on the next generation of consoles.

We may only be nine months into the PS4's sale, alongside the Xbox One which has also seen the same time period of sale, but rumours surrounding the PS5 and Xbox Two have already been circulating.

But should we really be listening yet? After all, it took Sony six years after the PlayStation for the PS2 to be released, a further six for the PS3, and November's release was eight years in the waiting. By that estimation, we could be waiting until 2022.

However, that is unlikely. We're now in a day and age when we expect a new release every year. When we need the latest iPhone or Samsung device, we are lucky to live in a golden age for technology in which it's continually advancing. Therefore, Sony and Microsoft can't wait half a decade - they have to keep up.

Mobile gaming is growing at a phenomenal rate with the industry expected to be worth over $100billion by 2017 thanks to apps such as Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, and the popular online gaming PokerStars app, amongst a host of others diversifying the industry, which means there's a game for everyone.

But what can we expect from the next generation?

Well, according to AMD President and Chief Financial Officer Devinder Kumar, we can expect the new consoles to already be in the making. Although from there it's a little less simple to predict.

One thing is for sure: Sony's recent PlayStation Now will play a huge part in the PS5. As console gaming looks to tap into the mobile gaming market, PSNow allows you to leave a game on your console and pick it back up on Vita, and it's expected this will even include Sony mobiles in the not so distant future.

This will of course lead to a lot more streaming, which could render the disc obsolete. Steam for the PC has already proved it's an efficient way for gamers to play, although ex-editor of the Official PlayStation Magazine Ben Wilson believes otherwise.

He said, "Steam on PC has taught us that disc drives are becoming less and less necessary, but I can't see them being phased out completely for a while yet."

It has come to the time when it will be thought about, though. If Sony really does upload the entire back catalogue of all PlayStation games, then is there any need for a disc?

But that isn't the only revolution that is sweeping its way through gaming; the likes of Oculus Rift will also have a huge impact on how we play in the future and in turn will see consoles develop to optimise virtual reality. Whilst Microsoft is keeping their cards close to their chest, Sony has already announced their VR headset in Project... [Read More]
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Project: CFW on PS3 Super Slim (4k)

Aug 27, 2014 - 3:00 PM - by garyopa
Work-In-Progress -- Figuring out how lv0.2 decrypts

One of problems with the PlayStation 3 scene is we been stuck at v3.55 firmware, all keys, knowledge is based on it, since then Sony fixed the 'signing' bug and updated the bootloaders.

One of biggest problems in the PlayStation 3 scene is that all consoles that been shipped out of factory from Sony that have a newer firmware installed on it higher than v3.56 is stuck at either staying original or the owner buying an ODE device to enjoy more options.

But now since v4.55 firmware, even owning an ODE is pain-in-the-ass with the big problem of needing a blu-ray burning and swapping discs, which was bit ok on SuperSlim with its sliding lid, but now that Sony released v4.60 and ported their ODE blocking code to all consoles, it has become an even bigger issue for many PlayStation 3 consoles.

So recently modrobert from EurAsia has decided to re-visit the lv0.2 problem and figure out a new way around the signing issue, and come up with a new solution to installing custom firmware on newer consoles, and maybe even grabbing the new keys, cracking the PS3 all over again.

After releasing 3k3y firmware v2.11 beta (with OFW 4.55 support) and losing interest in the ODE 'cat and mouse' game with Sony (OFW 4.60 and 4.65), I have spent the past few weeks researching and dumping raw data in an ongoing project to extract lv0.2 keys via bootldr.

My dumps include data from most of the PS3 4k chipsets, this was *NOT* collected by sniffing a bus (or several) in a conventional way, so even if targeted key is embedded in silicon, as long as it is processed/executed internally by any kind of microcode I might be able to catch it.

At this point I don't want to reveal how the data was obtained exactly, it is a method of my own design based on several known side channel attacks. The intention is to release the method eventually.

Nothing better then a fresh pair of eyes on the problem, so this is one project for sure to follow, check out his site for more info, and join in on the fun, and we will of course follow the project here on MaxConsole UnderGround so stay tuned as interesting times are finally here again in the PS3 scene

NEWS SOURCE: Project: CFW on PS3 Super Slim (4k) (via) EurAsia

Our thanks to 'bubba' for this news item!
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PSN is down, and bomb threats on plane carrying Sony President

Aug 24, 2014 - 3:22 PM - by garyopa
Hackers on warpath this Sunday, claim Xbox Live is next!

Sunday Madness in the Gaming World, with PlayStation Network already down totally due to 'hackers', and now American Airlines turning planes around carrying Sony Online President after bomb threats!

For some reason 'hackers' have decided to launch a major war on the Gaming World, with first targeting Sony and have been able to take the whole network down with a massive DDOS that is still ongoing, leaving gamers on both PS3 and PS4 stuck offline still.

PlayStation Network is offline in North America, a day ahead of announced scheduled maintenance. A hacker group on Twitter is claiming its attack took the service offline.

Users who try to log in to PSN or the PlayStation Store on their PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 consoles are given a message that PSN is down for maintenance. Sony announced Thursday that PSN would be offline for routine maintenance from noon to about 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday.

Shacknews reported that the same hacker group claimed it was able to take down servers for Blizzard Entertainment, as well as League of Legends and Path of Exile. This is unconfirmed. Blizzard's is up as of publication time.

Polygon has reached out to representatives of Sony Computer Entertainment America to ask for more information about today's outage.

Update: The official Twitter account for PlayStation support has told users it is "working to fix the issue as soon as possible," but that it has "no time frame" for when service will be restored.

Clarification: There is no information that this outage, if caused by an attack, has exposed any user data.
And now the same group has caused American Airlines to turn around a plane carrying the Sony Online President with bomb threats!

The hacker group claiming responsibility for today's PlayStation Network outage sent a bomb threat, via Twitter, about an American Airlines flight carrying Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley. Smedley has confirmed he is on the flight and that it was diverted for security reasons.

"Something about security and our cargo. Sitting on Tarmac," Smedley tweeted. Polygon has reached out to representatives of Sony Computer Entertainment America, SOE and the Phoenix office of the FBI for additional comment.

Earlier this afternoon, the hacker group that says it brought down PSN tweeted this threat to American Airlines' account. A tweet since taken down also contained an image appearing to show an e-Ticket for Smedley's flight, with a confirmation number, asking Smedley and Sony if this was indeed his flight. The hackers continued to tweet threats about the flight.

Both American's flight tracker and (screenshot above) show American Airlines Flight 362 being diverted from its path to San Diego into Phoenix.

Smedley earlier today mentioned he was flying from Dallas back to San Diego; SOE has significant operations in both areas.
So you thinking you are 'safe' because you gaming right now on your Xbox One, well you might just have to switch over to watching TV soon, as the group says on their Twitter that Microsoft is their next target, so stay tuned for more coverage as it unfolds


A group has posted a YouTube video that claims Sony is using the same crappy servers from the original attack that took PSN down for over a month, and that Sony is crazy also for not removing Jailbroken / modded consoles from their network and until they do, having PSN go down again and again wiill happen because it means they still using the same outdated crappy servers for PSN.

Watch their video below, which is basically 'computer video-over' of the above text being read to you, - So what you think?

NEWS SOURCE #1: ... [Read More]
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Sanctions Against Russia Halting PS4 Production

Aug 23, 2014 - 3:36 PM - by garyopa
The ongoing War in Ukraine could end-up stopping you from getting an PS4 this Holiday Season

Latest big rumor is that 'sanctions' against Russia has stopped the mining of special rare-earth-metals that are needed in production of semiconductors used in the PS4, so stock shortages are coming!

Bad News this weekend, it seems the ongoing problems between Russia and Ukraine could be ending your hopes of getting an PlayStation 4 this Holiday, as latest rumor claims sanctions against Russia by EU and USA is stopping Sony from getting enough supply of special metals needed by semiconductor factory in Taiwan to produce the needed chips which are used in the PS4 console.

Sony is believed to be scrambling for a new component manufacturer after Russian sanctions impact the tech industry hard. Four Taiwanese companies have shut down operations after minerals and precious metals imported from Russia come to a stand still.

The Ukrainian-Russian crisis has brought on a new wave of sanctions from the United States and the European Union. Although Southeast Asian countries are neutral in the matter their American and European investors are hesitant to deal with Putin and his people.

"The ripple effect of this could make for a shortage in PS4 units this Christmas," explains Alexander Fhan-Wan-Lo a purchasing agent for a major component manufacturer that supplies parts to Foxconn and other companies. "I expect the current supply may run out by mid-November."
If this rumor turns out to be true, it should not only just effect Sony but other companies as well, all tho Microsoft should have more then enough stockpiles of already assembled, not sold Xbox One's to ride out this bubble in the supply chain for precious metals.

NEWS SOURCE #1: Sanctions Against Russia Halting PS4 Production (via) PlayStationHax
NEWS SOURCE #2: Russian Sanctions Stop Factory Production Of PS4s (via) GamingFreePress

A special 'shout-out' to Gregory for starting up his own site, check it out: !
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Official Destiny GamePlay Launch Trailer

Aug 21, 2014 - 12:43 PM - by garyopa
Only a couple of more weeks left before the big launch!

There are enemies out here you would not believe, but they’ve never seen anything like you. It doesn’t matter who you were, only what you will become.

Now that the betas are all over, we got nothing to do in getting in our daily Destiny fix, so no problem Activision going to be teasing everyday with new info, screenshots, trailers to keep the Destiny hype-train at full speed until we can either lineup at our stores or warm up our modems/routers for big download on launch day, which surprising enough is just around the corner.

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PlayStation Exec Takes Ice Bucket Challenge

Aug 20, 2014 - 6:35 PM - by garyopa
Nominates GameStop President

Watch as SCEA CEO Shawn Layden gets icewater dumped on his head to raise awareness for ALS.

If you been browsing the 'net this week there is not a place you have not seen or hear of 'Ice Bucket' video from someone famous, and now Sony has done their own style of the challenge and pushs GameStop to do it next.

The Ice Bucket Challenge--and effort to raise money and awareness for ALS--is sweeping the video game industry, and rolls on today with Sony Computer Entertainment America president and CEO Shawn Layden.

Watch the video below to see Layden, as well as other PlayStation employees and someone dressed as Ratchet from Ratchet & Clank, get a bucket of ice water dumped on their heads. The video was shot at PlayStation's San Mateo, Calif. headquarters on a windy day, you'll notice.

Layden nominated Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick (his second nomination), as well as GameStop president Tony Bartel and PlayStation Europe boss Jim Ryan, to take the challenge next. Per the guidelines of the Ice Bucket Challenge, nominees have 24 hours to complete it.

Yesterday, Xbox boss Phil Spencer accepted Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson's challenge. Persson also nominated Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski and Activision's Kotick, but they have not completed the challenge yet, or at least they haven't published videos online of themselves doing so.

Others in the industry to be nominated include PlayStation president of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida and Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime. We're still waiting on those videos, too.
If case you been living under a rock, the Ice Bucket Challenge is a campaign to raise awareness and donate money toward research to find a cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, but what I read today was a shocker, as the co-founder of 'Ice Bucket Challenge' Corey Griffin drowned himself last night in 'water', so really taking a 'dim' light on viewing these crazy videos, when also people in alot of countries are dieing from not having 'fresh water', even where I live we had no water in over 4 days, and when we do its always showing in ice cold water so big deal.

Hmm... Maybe I should post my own video and challenge other top 'gaming sites' admins to do the same!

NEWS SOURCE: PlayStation Exec Takes Ice Bucket Challenge (via) GameSpot
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Minecraft on PS4 Failed Final Testing

Aug 20, 2014 - 5:31 PM - by garyopa
It's back to the drawing board for the PS4 port.

Minecraft for the PlayStation 4 failed its final testing with Sony, and Developer 4JStudios is now in the process of fixing it.

Well more sad news for those hoping to play MineCraft next month on next-gen platforms as it seems the PS4 version has failed final testing, so its back to working on the port, so the chances of it meeting its scheduled fall debut is not clear now for sure.

Last week, 4JStudios announced that it finished Minecraft for the PlayStation 4 and was awaiting Sony's final test before the game's release. Today, 4J Studios told fans that Sony found issues with the PS4 version during the final testing. "We're fixing, but we need to go through the process again," tweeted the developer.

This new delay makes it seem unlikely that the PlayStation 4 version of Minecraft will meet its original release window of this month. The PlayStation Vita and Xbox One versions were also scheduled to release this month, but 4J Studios said it is still fixing bugs in both versions.
At least the PS4 is not singled out, looks like the developer having problems also with the XB1 version. No word yet on when the new release date will be for the next-gen MineCraft, but lets hope it does not slip into year 2015 like so many other 'hot game' coming.

NEWS SOURCE: Minecraft on PS4 Failed Final Testing (via) IGN
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Sony doesn’t understand why so many people are buying PS4s

Aug 20, 2014 - 4:40 PM - by garyopa
Exec worries about possibly exhausting 'core gamer' market too quickly.

Sony's head of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida has expressed some bewilderment and nervousness over the system's quick success, of having sold 10 million consoles so fast in less then one whole year.

Sony recently was proud that they hit the 10 million milestone already with their next-gen PlayStation 4 sales, but in recent interview the tone is more of 'worried' state, that the whole 'bubble' could go bust soon, if the 'core gamer' buying group is used up already by now.

"It's just beyond our imagination. We are so happy. But I for one am a bit nervous because we do not completely understand what's happening," Yoshida told Eurogamer in a recent interview. "You need to understand why your products are selling well so you can plan for the future, right? It defied the conventional thinking. Lots of people thought the dedicated game hardware might not be needed going forward, but still lots of people are very excited."

While Yoshida said he thinks the lineup of upcoming exclusive games like The Order and Uncharted 4 explains why gamers are excited for the PS4, he said that it still doesn't completely explain the speed at which the system is selling. "I'm asking journalists who ask [about sales] their opinion," Yoshida said. "I'm asking marketing people to tell us why."

Sony's internal reports indicate that many PS4 buyers are people who did not buy a PS3 or who skipped the last generation of consoles entirely, Yoshida said. But that doesn't sufficiently explain why they are getting into the market right now, he said, or whether it's simply a matter of "core gamers" getting into the market earlier than normal.

"As soon as we see a great sales number, our instinct tells us we should be concerned about future sales, right? Are we exhausting all the core gamers?" he said in the interview. "If we sell this number of units, there are no more consumers we can sell to. That's a really terrifying prospect. So we want to understand who are these consumers who we do not necessarily consider core gamers, who are purchasing PS4, and why they are doing it and what they are doing with PS4, so we can create a bit more of a positive future, rather than saying, wow, we have sold to every single core gamer."
So what you think has 'sales' reached the high-mark for PS4 and now the other systems will be closing in faster each month?

NEWS SOURCE: Sony doesn’t understand why so many people are buying PS4s (via) ArsTechnica
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SCEJ President Hiroshi Kawano Retiring

Aug 19, 2014 - 9:23 AM - by garyopa
Kawano was the figurehead of Sony's latest console releases

President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan, Hiroshi Kawano, is retiring from his position and the company on August 31, Sony Computer Entertainment announced today.

Mr. Hiroshi Kawano been around Sony for all their console launches, but sadly he is retiring just before the big Tokyo Game Show, so we going to have new person on stage next month.

Since joining Sony in 1985, Kawano oversaw operations of the corporation in various capacities, such as general manager of Sony Europe and senior vice president of Consumer Sales. During his tenure at the company, spanning almost three decades, Kawano was instrumental in the launches and related product announcements of Sony's latest console offerings, such as the PlayStation Vita and the PlayStation 4.

Effective September 1, Atsushi Morita will succeed Kawano as president of SCEJ. Morita formally served Sony as vice president of administration and control. As for the rapidly approaching Tokyo Game Show, Morita will have to step into the shoes of Kawano, the usual stalwart figurehead of Sony-related announcements during the video game convention.
No word yet if he is totally retiring, or if he will take up new job someplace else in the industry.

NEWS SOURCE: SCEJ President Hiroshi Kawano Retiring (via) IGN
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PS4 'Share Play' limited to 1 hour session

Aug 17, 2014 - 9:00 AM - by garyopa
'With this first-of-its-kind feature, you'll be able to play games with a friend just as if you were together in the same room'

The PlayStation 4's Share Play feature, unveiled at the Sony conference earlier this week, is only available in 60 minute sessions, according to the company.

Have you ever been playing thru a video game, and you keep getting stuck at certain point, forever falling off the ledge into darkness, well no problem your gaming buddy is over today, so he helps you thru the level and you go continue on enjoying the rest of game.

Problem is, we live in the era of 'online gaming buddies', no one comes over anymore to share the aroma of your room and sofa.

No Fear, Sony is Coming To Save Your Gaming Problems, as they introduced a new 'feature' coming in V2 of PS4 firmware called 'Share Play'.

GameSpot reports confirmation from Sony that players will only be able to use the "virtual couch" system for one hour at a time. Share Play allows PlayStation 4 owners (with a PlayStation Plus subscription) to hand off control of a game to another player in an entirely different location, even if they don't own a copy of the game.

Share Play will arrive with PlayStation 4's Version 2 system software update this fall. "With this first-of-its-kind feature, you'll be able to play games with a friend just as if you were together in the same room," said Sony's Scott McCarthy, when introducing the gizmo.
Alot of people whining about the '1 Hour' limit, but I see no problem with it, it is still neat new feature, something that Xbots will be crying soon to have also.

NEWS SOURCE: PlayStation 4 Share Play is only available in 60 minute sessions (via) PolyGon
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