The Last of Us Remastered PS4 hardware bundle will hit Canadian retailers on July 29
The Great White North will soon have extra incentive to pick up a PlayStation 4, as Sony announced that it will ship a The Last of Us Remastered-themed PS4 hardware bundle in Canada this week.
If you have not grabbed a PS4 yet in Canada, now you have great deal coming exclusive to us Canucks, a new bundle to show off the remastered The Last Of Us game from the end of the amazing PS3 era, which is now finally playable on the next-gen PS4 console.
The package includes a PlayStation 4 console, a DualShock 4 controller, and a digital copy of The Last of Us Remastered for $449.99 CAD. Non-bundled PlayStation 4 consoles retail for $449.99 CAD following a region-wide price increase earlier this year, giving the bundle added value over a standalone console purchase.
A similar bundle has already been announced for Europe and Japan, but those in the USA will be out of luck.
The week-long Stockholm Pride Festival kicks off today, and to mark the occasion a retailer is auctioning this custom rainbow flag coloured PS4.
For all those #thisisforthegaymers out there, you finally have a chance to show off your pride by winning this one-time GayStation 4 special edition being auctioned off to support pride week in Sweden.
In celebration of pride week in Sweden, retailer Webhallen is auctioning off a customized PlayStation 4 to support The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Rights (RFSL). Designated the "Gaystation edition," the auction for the $400 console is already up to $2,500 (as of this writing).
"For many young people, the world of games will become a refuge to escape the taunting or worse of real life. On Webhallen, we are gamers in heart and mind, and are keen that as many as possible have the opportunity to feel welcome and enjoy the world's largest and fastest growing interest: video games," notes the Webhallen post, with #thisisforthegaymers.
The site also notes that 100% of the proceeds will go to RFSL Newcomers, which works with asylum seekers, undocumented migrants and new LGBTQ arrivals under that division.
If you want to support the cause, place your bid via the TraderA link below.
Here is proof that 'gaming' is more worse then 'heroin'
Medics saved the life of a Dayton man's who'd overdosed on heroin, and instead of going to the hospital, he said he'd rather stay and play games on his PlayStation, according to a Dayton police report
Our MaxConsole readers will recall we posted recently the Sun newspaper story that gaming is just addictive heroin, and here we got a news story that proves it is, as this heroin addict wanted to stay home and play on his PlayStation even after he was told he could die.
Medics saved the life of a Dayton man's who'd overdosed on heroin, and instead of going to the hospital, he said he'd rather stay and play a video game, according to a Dayton police report.
Police were called to 333 Gunckel Ave. for an overdose on Thursday about 6 p.m. The officer said when he arrived, Medic 15 was administering the drug Narcan, which reverses the effects of heroin.
Lerone McKenzie, 35, regained consciousness on his mother's couch. The medics asked him if he wanted to go to the hospital for treatment, but he refused, stating he was ok and he was about to play basketball on his Playstation.
The medic advised McKenzie that the Narcan would wear off and he could possibly begin overdosing again and die. The man refused again and signed a form for his refusal.
He was not charged at that time for any drug offense.
Has anyone done something crazy like that, staying home to play video game instead of going to the hospital?
Optimus Prime is no longer just a truck, he's a PlayStation
Hot on the heels of the transforming Megatron Mega Drive, Takara Tomy has announced a Transformers PlayStation One, PS2, PS3, and even PS4
Toymaker Takara Tomy is re-imagining Optimus Prime as a heroic robot that transforms into the original PlayStation for a new toy that will release next year. There was s Sega MegaDrive Transformer announced earlier and its already been a super viral hit over in Japan in pre-orders, so most likely this new line-up of Sony PlayStation Transformers will also be a hot-seller when they finally appear.
Although their website has pictures of the PlayStation 2, 3, and 4 consoles, in what seems to be prototype form, the only one pictured in robot form is the original model of the very first PlayStation.
The PlayStation transforms into Optimus Prime (the original Generation 1 version, not any of this Michael Bay rubbish). Obviously the consoles don't work or anything, so they are just toys, but they also come with console-appropriate DualShock phone charms.
The first toy in the line was a version of Megatron that turns into a Mega Drive, which is due out later this year.
So far though there have been no other Sega consoles announced. Which is a shame as we would've liked to see a Saturn that turned into Wheelie (obscure console and obscure Transformers joke combines to form most powerful nerd reference!).
Google Translate is having trouble with the website at the moment but the fact that all the many variants of the PlayStation 2, 3, and 4 (but oddly not the PS one) are also pictured makes us believe that they'll also be released, presumably transforming into different robots.
If we know usual Takara logic, for toys aimed only at the Japanese market, the main models will be Autobot leaders, so probably at least Rodimus Prime, Fortress Maximus, Powermaster Optimus Prime, and Star Saber.
Too bad only lucky Japanese kids will be playing with these new toys, but hopefully there will be a way to import them for Western'ers.
Microsoft and Sony show off their new flagship next-gen consoles at Hong Kong expo
Fans dressed as Transformers, Iron Man and Jedi knights were among thousands at the first day of Hong Kong's comic and games expo Friday, where Xbox and PS4 went head-to-head with their new consoles.
At the same time people are enjoying the Comic-Con in San Diego, across the ocean in Hong Kong is the Ani-Con and it is very huge with over 1 million people flowing thru the gates, as such both Microsoft and Sony were putting everything into it so show-off their next-gen consoles as finally in over decade gaming systems are back in China offically and launching soon, so the huge show floor booths were packed with tons of young teenagers trying out the various next-gen games that both XB1 and PS4 will be offering at launch.
The Ani-Com show at the city's harbourside convention centre is one of the biggest of its kind in Asia and was packed with teenagers, many of them in coloured wigs and costumes mimicking their favourite Japanese comic book heroes.
While some lined up for limited edition toys and figures, hundreds of gaming aficionados queued at Sony and Microsoft's booths to try the games giants' latest launches.
Sony was showcasing the Playstation 4 and much-anticipated racing game, 'Driveclub' while US rival Microsoft was promoting its Xbox One console.
The Xbox One will launch in China in September, the first games console to be officially released on the mainland after Beijing lifted a ban on the devices, which it had imposed in 2000.
The console went on sale in Hong Kong on Friday and is also set to launch in Japan in September.
"We have superior gaming experience," Microsoft head of marketing Anna Chow told AFP, highlighting the Xbox's voice command function and Kinect motion detection system.
But Sony - exhibiting at Ani-Com for the first time -- was confident it would remain dominant in the Asia market.
"We are a very popular brand in Hong Kong and in Asian countries... the feedback from our customers is very positive," Sony Entertainment public relations manager Jessie Chan told AFP.
Personally, I only love these shows as they are still packed with booth babes which have long been banned from North America events.
A stolen PlayStation, a locked gate and bursts of gunfire led to a 54-year-old woman being run over and killed in a bizarre hit-and-run in Frayser.
Just when I thought the Xbox was winning in violent crime, this sad news story of woman being killed all because a homeowner tried to recover his PlayStation in person instead of letting the police handle it, after finding his home was broken into and he thought he knew whom the burglars were that rob him of his valuable PlayStation console.
Memphis police department say, a Frayser homeowner came home to find his home burglarized on Tuesday afternoon on Beechmont. The man suspected who the burglars were and drove a half mile away to confront them. There he got into an altercation with the accused burglars, and they started shooting at him.
According to the Commercial Appeal, the homeowner then jumped into his car and tried to back out of the driveway to avoid the gunfire. In his rush, he allegedly didn't see 54 year-old Carla Coop and killed her by running over her with his car.
The homeowner has not been charged in the hit and run and no one has been charged in the shooting.
The accused burglars were arrested and charged with aggravated burglary.
Robert Mccalla, Robert Maness, and Michael Larson will be in court Thursday morning.
This just proves if you're very upset gamer because your gaming console got stolen recently, please let the Police handle it, as you might end up driving like were still playing Grand Theft Auto, and unlike the game, people can get killed in real-life.
Sony might be winning the 'sales dept' in the next-gen console war, but they have been slipping behind Xbox One in regard to adding features to their PlayStation 4 console, causing fanboys to be upset
This week when news hit that Xbox One August update was getting 3D Blu-Ray movie support, and Sony released a new firmware also but didn't include any new features, the trolls hit the social web and starting screaming about next-gen firmware console war.
Sony revealed 3D Blu-Ray support is coming to PlayStation 4, the announcement arriving just days after Microsoft confirmed the same thing for Xbox One. Whether it's a response by Sony, a coincidence or something else entirely, what's important is both PS4 and Xbox One owners get to watch all those lovely Frozen snowflakes right up close.
So did Sony just do this to shut-up the forum trolls, or was it planned along anyway?
Sony have just released PlayStation 4′s latest firmware update which only improves the stability of some applications and software.
Sony maybe winning the next-gen console war in sales, but when it comes to firmware improvements to their overall system software and planned features, they are loosing the war with Xbox One owners getting better monthly updates packed with new features, and PS4 owners getting mad that each update is just a 'stability update' which is soon followed by another 'stability update' and so on.
Several users from Reddit, Twitter and Neogaf are disappointed that Sony have been extremely slow regarding their feature updates for the PlayStation 4. Although they have added the SHAREfactory feature and have several things planned for the future, most users believe that Sony should consistently start releasing features that make sense.
GamingBolt's take: Although Sony have a history of releasing a lot of stability updates, it's high time they should at least add most wanted features like instant suspend and resume, CD and file playback and DLNA streaming. Heck, even a small update like changing your PS4′s UI background and theme will make certain users happy.
So as PS4 owner are you upset every time you see XB1 owners getting more shit added to their boxes?
'That's what we want to push for with anything we're doing on this generation'
Naughty Dog is aiming for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End to run at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second, a shared goal across all current and future PS4 projects.
Sony's exclusive studio Naughty Dog is claiming that all of their future PS4 games will be 1080p, 60fps output for gameplay graphics.
The studio's PS3 projects all targeted 720p resolution and 60 FPS, Naughty Dog community strategist Arne Meyer told Eurogamer. Meyer said it would not have been able to maintain the same quality of visual effects with a higher resolution and frame rate on the previous generation.
But building The Last of Us Remastered let Naughty Dog get comfortable working with PS4, Meyer said, so it already had a head start when it began work on Uncharted 4.
"I think that's what we want to push for with anything we're doing on this generation," Meyer said "That's sort of the mandate from when we were building the PS4 engine. Let's see if we can do this and hit it. We hit it with The Last of Us Remastered, so why not stick with this?"
Meyer noted that The Last of Us Remastered does dip below 60 frames per second in some circumstances, but it's "not going to be something massive where you're going to tell the difference".
Good thing they are developing games for the PS4, or it would be tough luck for them reaching this goal on the All-In-One box.
PlayStation Network is down intermittently today as gamers prepare for Destiny’s beta
The Destiny beta test started yesterday on PlayStation platforms, but an issue with Sony’s online infrastructure might cause some issues.
If you been having issues getting 'online' with your PlayStation console, you can blame all the millions of gamers trying to get into the Destiny Beta for taking down the PSN servers.
Gamers are grabbing codes from seemingly every spot imaginable, and the traffic to both the PlayStation store, as well as Bungie's website has been overwhelming.
On the PlayStation store, gamers are being greeted with the message, "The service is currently undergoing maintenance - E-820001F7."
Essentially, Sony and the PlayStation store are saying that there is way too many of you wanting to play this game right now, please leave us alone and come back later. In all seriousness however, it seems as though neither company was ready for the influx of volume that Destiny was set to bring. With Bungie being such a heralded company, and Destiny being such a blockbuster title, this was to be expected.