Sony Shutting Down Factory Producing PS3 Chips

Mar 01, 2015 - 9:25 PM - by garyopa
Stage 1 completed in ending Sony's PS3 lifespan

Sony announced earlier today that they would be shutting down a major producer of Playstation 3 parts.

This is effectively the first step in a long line of decommissioning the console.

The PlayStation brand is now 20 years old, but it looks like we will be crying over the death of the PlayStation 3 very soon as already deep within Sony they have started to build the coffin for our loved PS3, as the first stage has now been completed, the full stopping of producing any more of those custom PS3 chips needed to go inside the latest super-slim PS3 consoles.

Don't worry - the black box will still be around for years to come, but the demand is far lower than it has been in recent years, which is forcing Sony to cut back on its production. With the Playstation 4 out, this was only a matter of time.

Fortunately, the factory's 220 workers won't go without a job. They will instead be relocated to different workplaces to create CMOS image sensors. This is a part of Sony's new plan to increase image sensor production from around 60,000 wafers per month to 80,000; it's clear that Sony's DSLR division is doing pretty well.

While it's sad to see one console walking out the door, the Playstation 4 has proven itself to be a replacement of magnitude. In fact, many would argue that it's done far more than the PS3 ever did in its early days. Here's to a bright future for gaming!
But should be start worrying even if there is still many stages left, and maybe warehouses full of already produced silicon wafers and shells and PCboards, could the PS3 be with us for bit more, hanging onto its last breath?

Because remember back just a few months ago in December 2014, Jim Ryan said he don't think the PS3 will stay around another 5.

What do you think is this a warning sign that Sony is getting ready to wave goodbye forever to their loved PS3 and just focus on PS4?

NEWS SOURCE: Sony Shutting Down Factory Producing PS3 Chips (via) GameRanx
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March is here, but no list for the PSN+ Free Games

Mar 01, 2015 - 10:55 AM - by garyopa
'Sorry to keep you good folks waiting,' said Sony's Fred Dutton on their PlayStation.Blog website

We're hours from the start of March but Sony hasn't announced what free games PlayStation Plus subscribers will be receiving. Rumors are that Sony might be busy adding DriveClub finally to PSN+ list

March is rolling along but still no sign of our monthly list of free PSN+ goodies from Sony, but they did post 'We Are Sorry' message on their blog, which is the second Sorry in less then a week, a few days ago it was sorry for losing the list of PS4 contest winners.

Sony explained the delay in a brief update on their official blog.

"Sorry to keep you good folks waiting," said Sony's Fred Dutton on PlayStation.Blog. "I appreciate you're all really keen to see the line-up and that it's frustrating having to hang on a bit longer than usual. Alas, we're still not quite ready to make the announcement.""I can't give you a firm time at present as to when the post will go live, but we're working to get it to you as soon as possible. It may well be next week at this stage."

This delay suggests that they're still trying to finalize the lineup for March. I'd like to think that the delay is due to the long-delayed PlayStation Plus edition of Driveclub. Maybe Sony wants to be sure that it's ready for a March launch before they promise it to players? The PS Plus edition was supposed to launch alongside the regular version of Driveclub this past fall but was delayed indefinitely due to server problems. It would be nice to finally get the game after this long wait. Sony has been wish-washy about PlayStation Plus subscribers ever getting it, though, so maybe I'm being overly optimistic.

Whatever the reason for the delay in the PlayStation Plus announcement is, it may not matter. The February freebies for PlayStation Plus members will be available until Tuesday, March 3rd. Whether they announce the March games now or on March 2nd, it doesn't make much of a difference. Even if Sony doesn't get the March lineup finalized until Friday, we've still got several weeks to download the free games.

Sony has revealed one perk for PlayStation Plus members this month, though. PS Plus subscribers will have exclusive discounts throughout the month on new indie games along with franchise-wide discounts on games and movies. These deals, dubbed PSN Spring Fever, will continue into April as well.
So there you have it, do you believe in the 'DriveClub' ruimors? --- But at least we got the 'Spring Fever' deals to BUY for now.

NEWS SOURCE #1: Why PlayStation Plus' Free Games For March Haven't Been Announced Yet (via) CinemaBlend
NEWS SOURCE #2: Spring Fever 2015: 8 Weeks, 8 New PS4 Games, PS Plus Discounts (via) PlayStationBlog
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Sony Accidentally Loses List Of PS4 Contest Winners

Feb 27, 2015 - 11:43 AM - by garyopa
'Our deepest apologies....', writes Sony on their website!

Last year, Sony Japan had contest running to give you a chance to win one of those super-rare very limited 20th editions of PS4's, now instead of announcing the 'winners', Sony has posted a 'Whoops'..

The above picture shows what Sony thinks of 'winners' they just dump out the list along with all the other trash and say Sorry instead!

Late last year in Japan, Sony held a pretty neat contest-people who bought a PS3, a PS4, a Vita, or a Vita TV between December 4 and January 15 could get a calendar with a special code that gave them a chance to snag one of those limited-edition 20th-anniversary PS4s, the ones that have been driving Sony fans wild for the past few months.

Today, the company behind PlayStation announced that they've accidentally erased all the information they collected from contestants, and that none of it can be recovered. Whoops.

"Our deepest apologies for the trouble we have caused to those who entered the previous campaign," Sony wrote on their website, as translated by Kotaku's Toshi Nakamura.

Though Sony didn't say just how they mysteriously lost this database of contestants, they are giving Japanese PlayStation buyers the opportunity to re-enter by re-sending all of their information (from hardware serial number to home address) via forms on their website. Second time's a charm!
So if you live in Japan and were hoping to be winner, you going to have to PLEASE TRY AGAIN, maybe this time it will not end up with WE ARE SORRY message, if luck is on your side you will get a 20th PS4 when we already onto the new 25th edition as the latest rare item.

NEWS SOURCE: Sony Accidentally Loses List Of PS4 Contest Winners (via) Kotaku
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RELEASE: Dragon Ball Xenoverse Final Plus Mod

Feb 27, 2015 - 11:17 AM - by garyopa
DUAL EDITION: Both PS3 and PC mods have been released

Just like promised a few days when we posted the teaser announcement from 'White Lord', he has come thru with another amazing mod, and this time its for 'Dragon Ball Xenoverse Final' for both PS3 & PC

Our amazing MaxConsole modder 'White Lord' is back with another super-duper release, and this one will be very popular and its for DragonBall and both the PS3 and PC versions he has modded, see all the wonderful details below along with some nice videos:

Today, I am happy to release my latest work and this time it goes Dual - PS3 and PC all together!

Makes all NPC Characters playable on PS3 EUR and JAP version and on the PC ENGLISH version

What the mod does?

  • It allows you to replace your custom character with a chosen boss or normal npc character.

Take a look at these videos

PS3 Version:

PC Version:


For PC just start the game, then the trainer and see the "About" tab. Use the shown key combinations to replace your created warrior with chosen boss/npc.

If you like my work and the teams Please donate to my PayPal eMail:

shinnok @ abv . bg <-- (remove the spaces added to prevent spam)

This will inspire me doing more stuff for PC and Consoles.

BTW: Mod may be updated with additional functions and codes. Please report if something isn't working.


V2 Added Try it if mod doesn't work with your PC :

Read our Guide how to make the mod yourself.
Also swap skills :
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Major PlayStation 4 Update Due, Sources Claim

Feb 25, 2015 - 10:50 AM - by garyopa
One official and another unofficial source suggest new PS4 firmware is just weeks away.

Talk of the next PS4 firmware build had commenced last Wednesday when Fred Dutton, a community manager at Sony, told fans on the PlayStation blog that 'the next update is not too far out'.

The PS4 is only on v2 of its firmware/dashboard look&feel, but there is rumors that the big v3 might be just around the corner soon.

Following this, one well-known Sony fan who claims to have inside sources, claimed on Twitter that the PS4 update will arrive on March 29 or thereabouts. The person, going by the name Tidus, said the new software would offer a "big update" with "new futures incoming".

Tidus has a chequered track history with regards to publishing insider information, as detailed here. Nevertheless, both these comments together appear to imply that the next major system update is weeks away. GameSpot has contacted Sony for clarification.

The most recent major PlayStation 4 system update, codenamed Masamune, launched at the end of October. It introduced a range of features such as SharePlay, new theme colours, and background music.

What the next PS4 update will introduce remains unclear, though some fans believe the Suspend/Resume function--which allows players to quickly pause and resume games by powering the console off and on--is overdue.
So what big features do you think is still missing from your next-gen PlayStation gaming console that you would love to have?

NEWS SOURCE: Major PlayStation 4 Update Due, Sources Claim (via) GameSpot
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ANNOUNCEMENT: Dragon Ball Xenoverse Final Plus Mod

Feb 24, 2015 - 5:20 PM - by White Lord
Play as Every NPC/Boss Character!

DaTeHaCKs founder and leader 'WhiteLord' is back on our MaxConsole forums, and he just announced another exclusive new mod for everyone to enjoy soon for the Dragon Ball Xenoverse game on your PS3 CFW

Here is all the details:

It has been a long time since I have been working on any gaming least not that hard.

I am glad to share great news for the PS3 Dragon Ball Xenoverse players which own the EUR and JAP versions of the game.


What it does?

It makes every NPC or Boss character playable right by using some cheat button combinations at the character selection screen.

  • Ever wanted to play as Demon God Demigra in his human and Final Form?
  • Or control the Great Ape Bosses against CPU and smash it to pieces?
  • Or play as Mira, Supreme Kai of Time or even Towa and Imperfect Cell?

This mod will be for you. Stay tune for the release.
Videos of the mod:

Demon God Demigra First Form playable

Demon God Demigra Final Form playable

Great Ape Vegeta Playable :

Supreme Kai of Time Playable:

For more Dragon Ball Xenoverse Final Plus Mod videos browse our DaTeHaCKs YouTube Channel.

Enjoy watching the videos, and Stay tuned to MaxConsole for the big release!
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Dying Light Inspires a Live-Action Short-Film

Feb 24, 2015 - 11:52 AM - by garyopa
How much of Dying Light could actually be recreated in film?

This question inspired Techland and Flying Carpet Studio to create a live-action short-film 'The Last Supply Drop' which was released today.

Dying Light is available right now for your next-gen consoles in 'digital form' and been very popular game and as such they recently decided to make a 'live-action' short film as those waiting for physical edition to appear at you local video gaming store.

Telling a story about four quarantine survivors' last ditch attempt to get to an air-drop full of crucial supplies, the video brings Dying Light key gameplay features to the real life, including parkour movement, car traps, and the fan-favorite dropkick attacks.

Dying Light is available worldwide in digital form with box copies also available in North and South America. The physical release in Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania is set for the 27th of February 2015.
So after watching the video below, is this now a game you might be more willing to pickup to enjoy playing?

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Dev to Pull Ads over The Order:1886 Low Score Reviews

Feb 23, 2015 - 8:54 PM - by garyopa
Just when you thought the drama surrounding The Order: 1886 couldn’t get any worse…

To be clear, Dean Rymer isn’t in a position to actually pull ad campaigns, but he recently threaten on Twitter to pull the ads because of the very low MetaScore that been given to The Order: 1886 game

There been alot of drama around the release of The Order: 1886, first we had the early leaked footage showing the total GamePlay was only a couple of hours, then we had the developers fighting with the blogs saying the game is better, just play, and they sent out more review copies, and guess what the overall MetaScore went even LOWER, now the developer is threatening to pull the ads for it.

It goes without saying that the teams responsible for developing The Order: 1886 (Ready at Dawn and SCE Santa Monica Studio) are unhappy with its critical performance. The game now sits at a 65 Metascore, a far cry from the expectations during development that it'd be a blockbuster hit with its progressive presentation and unique setting. Frankly, some team members are outraged, and maybe rightfully so.

One developer has been outspoken about his disappointment. His name is Dean Rymer, and he's a Senior Combat Designer at Santa Monica Studios. He shared the following this morning on Twitter:

These two tweets have since been deleted.

I can understand where Rymer is coming from with the first comment, but wasn't everyone just complaining a few months ago that game reviews have been far too lenient over the years, gravitating toward the 7 - 10 mark instead of using the full range like film reviews? Maybe we all just need to adapt to the fact that it's probably tougher than ever to achieve a Metascore of 80 or higher-I haven't changed my reviews, I'm just speaking in general.

Everything else he says is alarming, teetering toward being new GamerGate material. Ignoring the review copy side of things, there isn't much that can be more controversial than ad revenue and "paying for high scores" when it comes to the video game industry, and Rymer has made a public comment that points toward there being discrimination when it comes to paid ads. If you've ever wondered if websites benefit from giving high scores, you may have just found your answer.
So there you have a ton more drama is underfolding over the game's release, well one thing I can say personally is the 'drama shitstorm' been more fun and enjoyable then the game's experience itself, so add that into your 'bad reviews' press coverage!

NEWS SOURCE: Santa Monica Dev Threatens to Pull Ads (via) CraveOnLine
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Driveclub PSN+ Edition Might NEVER Happen

Feb 23, 2015 - 11:48 AM - by garyopa
PlayStation Europe President Pulls Back On Promise Of Driveclub PlayStation Plus Edition

PlayStation's top executive for Europe was noncommittal when asked in an interview if DriveClub would ever release a free version for PlayStation Plus subscribers, as was promised nearly two years ago

PlayStation's Europe President Jim Ryan gave a long interview with the Metro recently, and sadly in it they asked the big question about when the free as promised PlayStation Plus version of DriveClub was coming, but in a big 180 turn he can NO LONGER say it is coming!

Fall 2014 had a surprising number of games release with significant problems. The problem touched third-parties, as well as Sony and Microsoft directly. One such title was Sony's Driveclub.

The title was originally slated for release alongside the PlayStation 4 in November 2013. It was delayed for nearly a year, and finally arrived to market on October 7.

Despite the delay, Sony still assured that the promised PlayStation Plus version was en route. That plan was pushed out once massive problems with Driveclub's performance were revealed.

Now, PlayStation Europe president Jim Ryan is pulling back even further. In an interview with Metro, Ryan declines to commit that the free version is still coming.

When asked if the PlayStation Plus version is coming, Ryan says that it's "still being looked at." When pressed for a restatement of the guaranteed release, Ryan hedges. "I can't say anything at this stage," he says.
So do you ever think we will see our long promised DriveClub PSN+ Edition, you can get more insight into Jim's comments by reading the full Metro interview at the news source links below.

NEWS SOURCE #1: PlayStation Europe President Pulls Back On Promise Of Driveclub PlayStation Plus Edition (via) GameInformer
NEWS SOURCE #2: PS4 boss Jim Ryan 2015 interview – ‘we’ve learnt an awful lot from the Driveclub experience’ (via) METRO
NEWS SOURCE #3: PlayStation Europe boss can't guarantee free DriveClub will ever happen (via) PolyGon
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Want Grow Home on PlayStation or Xbox?

Feb 22, 2015 - 12:02 PM - by garyopa
Tell Your Friends to Buy It on PC

Grow Home, the experimental platformer from Ubisoft's Reflections studio, could come to consoles if there's enough demand, the developer has said.

There is cute new platformer out there called 'Grow Home' and fans want to see it on our next-gen consoles, but that is only going to happen if everyone gets together and buys it for their desktop PC's first.

"Want to see Grow Home on consoles? We have to prove ourselves on PC first, so tell every PC gamer you know they have to buy it!" art director at Ubisoft Reflection Jack Couvela said on Twitter.

Couvela also said that the game is not likely to arrive on iPad because it's designed for a controller, and that it will need more PC sales to justify a Mac version as well.

Grow Home came out of a small team within the UK studio, much like Ubisoft's other smaller games we've seen recently, Child of Light and Valiant Hearts: The Great War.

The platformer stars a little robot named BUD, who must climb his way up a giant beanstalk. GameSpot's review of Grow Home gave it an 8/10 for its unique animation system that gives BUD real character, and its gorgeous, cel shaded environments.
So if you like the idea of 'Grow Home', make sure you grab it today on your PC, then maybe in near future Ubisoft just might release a version for our PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles for everyone that is a fan of this cute new platformer to enjoy playing.

NEWS SOURCE: Want Grow Home on PlayStation or Xbox? (via) GameSpot
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