Mar 28, 2015 - 6:42 PM - by garyopa
Replaces the soon to close 'Sony Music Unlimited' service on PS3 and PS4
The Sony Music Unlimited service which let prescribed gamers stream and purchase music onto their PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, is shutting down and being replaced by the much more popular Spotify.
Say Goodbye to 'Sony Music UnLimited' in 3 days on your PlayStation consoles, and say Hello to 'Spotify' has your new music streaming service to have running in the background on your surround sound speaker system on your PlayStation 4 console as your playing the very latest in next-gen video games.
Whom here remembers using a cassette tape with Sony Walkman and headphones to listen to different music instead of forced to listen to crappy 8-bit simulated game music tones coming from your SNES or SEGA or Atari console?
As we all know by now, Sony has been struggling financially for some time and in an effort to return to profitability, the Japanese electronic giant have been selling off and shedding products such as their ebook readers and the Vaio PC arm. Some services have been affected too, the Music Unlimited service which let prescribed gamers stream and purchase music onto their PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, is shutting down and being replaced by the much more popular Spotify. What is a little unfortunate is the swap over won't be as seamless as first hoped.
Spotify services will kick in on the 30th of May but Music Unlimited will shut down at the end of this month, which is in 3 days at the time of writing. This means PlayStation owners will have to rely on using music on their USB sticks in the mean time. I have already started putting together a "gaming playlist" on my Spotify account, what will you be listening to while playing your games? I find Red Hot Chili Peppers goes great with most things, yes, even horror games!!!
In other PS4 streaming news, PlayStation Vue, Sony's live internet TV service, will see AMC joining their growing list of networks. In my opinion PlayStation Vue will eventually merge with Video Unlimited and creating an one stop shop for all your TV and movie needs.
So are you happy about this change, or don't care at all as you more old-school 'retro' using an USB stick to play music at all times?
NEWS SOURCE: Spotify Lands On PlayStation 4 On 30th of May (via) AttackOfTheFanBoy
Mar 25, 2015 - 6:31 PM - by garyopa
Twitch co-founder believes the gaming segment will look more like the smart-phone market over time.
Emmett Shear, Chief of streaming service Twitch, says that he would be surprised to see PS5 or XB2 arriving as pure gaming consoles, so enjoy your PS4 and XB1 as they might be the last true consoles!
Well both Twitch and YouTube think game streaming will be the future, that means our disc-based gaming consoles as we now know them might this time around be really the last generation, so be glad you own either a PS4 or XB1 as they might soon be piece of history like the cartridge-based SNES and SEGA era, as the Twitch boss thinks for sure the next-gen PS5 or XB2 will be just a set-top box hooked up to your TV or doing a VR thingie, and be more like your app-crowded smart-phone, and not just a pure gaming console.
Well we have all heard the same story before when we were still gaming on our PS3/X360 consoles and waiting for this next-gen to finally appeared in the world, but then just look how Sony and Microsoft been they been turning the new PS4/XB1 consoles into so far, with pushing of many weird apps, and new services like Vue, Sling, Now launched already, so Twitch boss just might be right after-all.
Is the era of dedicated gaming hardware over?
So, a sensible solution for Microsoft Corporation and Sony Corporation would be to launch their next-gen consoles, likely to be called Xbox Two and PlayStation 5 respectively, in the form of set-top boxes. Speaking at The Guardian's Changing Media Summit in London, he said the long life-cycle of gaming consoles is at odds with the rest of the consumer technology industry.
An average console has a lifespan of at least five years. Shear says maintaining long product cycles in the current scenario is not feasible. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Two might be designed for a multitude of uses, and with a shorter life cycle. He said he would be "surprised to see another generation" of gaming consoles. Shear is not the only one to make this claim. Geoffrey Zatkin, chief product officer at the gaming market research firm EEDAR, has predicted that PS4, Xbox One and Wii U would be the last generation of dedicated gaming hardware.
Sony may integrate VR into PlayStation 5
Both Sony and Microsoft will have to change the form. The trend is already visible in Xbox One, which users said was more like a set-top box than a dedicated gaming console. Advocating a much shorter upgrade cycle, the Twitch co-founder said that the gaming segment will look more like the smartphone market over time.
PlayStation 5 is unlikely to arrive anytime soon. But there have already been plenty of rumors about Sony's next gaming device. A recent report suggests that it will put more emphasis on PlayStation Now service. The Japanese electronics major may also integrate its virtual reality headset Project Morpheus with PlayStation 5. Virtual reality could be central to the future of gaming culture.
NEWS SOURCE: PlayStation 5, Xbox Two May Come As Set-Top Boxes: Twitch Boss (via) ValueWalk
Mar 24, 2015 - 1:02 PM - by garyopa
After nearly 1 million sales on PC, its moving to PS4 / XB1 and PS3 / X360.
Ahhhhhhh Farm Sim on consoles. This series has done exceptionally well, and with great retail distribution and console versions... well... it's only poised to be even bigger.
Well it seems Farming Simulator has been doing very well on the Stream platform for PC so now it is been announced that its coming to both next-gen and previous-gen consoles on not only Microsoft consoles but also Sony consoles, sadly Nintendo has been left out.
And below you will find the first 'screenshots' released, so after viewing them will you be picking up this game for your consoles?
The Farming phenomenon arrives on PlayStation®4, Xbox One®, PlayStation®3 & Xbox 360®
With nearly one million players across the globe, the Farming Simulator phenomenon continues with the arrival of Farming Simulator 15 on consoles, bringing the total to four different platforms. The game crops up on May 19 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Today, we invite you to take a peek at the first screenshots of the game on consoles (see below).
With a brand new graphics and physics engine, Farming Simulator 15 offers an immense open world filled with detailed visual effects. In solo, or in online multiplayer (exclusive toPlayStation 4 and Xbox One), develop and manage your own farm: harvest, sell, breed animal (cows, chicken and sheep), invest in new and more powerful vehicles or tools, and much more! Discover the new activity in Farming Simulator 15: woodcutting, and its selection of entirely dedicated vehicles and tools!
Across hundreds of acres of land offered by the new Nordic environment, and a renovated North American environment, use and drive over 140 authentic machines and farming tools, includingnew vehicles exclusive to consoles, from over 40 famous manufacturers: New Holland, Ponsse, Case IH, Deutz-Fahr, MAN, Liebherr...to name a few.
Farming Simulator 15 also offers for the first time a multiplayer mode on consoles (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One)! Invite your friends to join in your game: increase your productivity by sharing tasks or cooperating on bigger missions, and develop your farm faster!
Grab your controllers, because Farming Simulator 15 is scheduled for release on PlayStation®4, Xbox One®, PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360® on May 19!
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Mar 24, 2015 - 9:16 AM - by garyopa
Just Before Release; They Forgot to Request an Extension
Sony seems to have become just a tad forgetful in the matter of trademarks. Just a few weeks ago they lost 'The Last Guardian' due to forgetting to request an extension of the deadline for the filing.
Seems someone in Sony needs a phone app to remind them when they got to renew things, just like Sony forgetting to renew their own domains they owe, they recently been slow on filing paperwork on time to keep their trademarks renewed for video games that are being still worked on or almost due to be released like Bloodborne just came out by seems the trademark got cancelled days before.
Oh'well maybe Sony will someday solved their 'forgetting' to do things, a problem that seems to keep recurring every few months.
Sony seems to have become just a tad forgetful in the matter of trademarks. Just a few weeks ago they lost "The Last Guardian" due to forgetting to request an extension of the deadline for the filing of a statement of use.
The same just happened yesterday with Bloodborne and a few other trademarks previously held by the house of PlayStation in the United States. here's a list.
- 86190942 | NO HEROES ALLOWED: NO PUZZLES EITHER!
- 86193020 | HOW GAMES WERE MADE TO SOUND
- 86252545 | KILL STRAIN
- 86262151 | BLOODBORNE
- 86265990 | GUNS UP!
Basically, every six month after the registration of a trademark, if a company still hasn't provided proof that said trademark is being used in commerce in the country where it has been registered, an extension has to be requested, or the mark is canceled. This can be done up to five times before the mark is lost.
If the extension isn't requested, the mark is lost as well, and this is exactly what happened with Bloodborne and the rest of the bunch listed above.
Of course Sony can just file for a new registration, or request a reinstatement of the dead trademarks, but it remains hilarious that they keep forgetting to do the maintenance of their trademark portfolio.
NEWS SOURCE: Sony Hilariously Loses Bloodborne’s Trademark (via) DualShockers
Mar 18, 2015 - 4:58 PM - by garyopa
Starts at $50 Month and Available Now in 3 USA Cities
Sony announced the PlayStation Vue television streaming service last year, and on Wednesday the corporation revealed a lot more about the price, rollout plan, and TV channels on offer.
After a year of waiting the PlayStation Vue service is finally landing on your PS4 console and is available right now in 3 big American Cities, but if you thinking it will be your cord-cutting option for Cable TV think again, as it almost the same, and just as costly, here is all the details from Sony's big announcement this morning about how they turning your gaming console into a set-top TV box.
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Vue is available starting now , but only in a few cities. Starting with New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago, the service will enter other markets at a later, unspecified date. In an interview with GameSpot, Sony Network Entertainment vice president Eric Lempel said that he wants to get the service running in the rest of the US soon.
"We want to get to a lot of cities very quickly. This is the most complex thing we've launched since starting the network,"
"Everything we've launched usually comes out by country. In this case, because we felt local programming was important to the users, we wanted to make sure we got those deals signed so that it involves the local affiliates individually. But this year, we will be delivering a lot of new markets, so it's something that will evolve very quickly."
The timing of the Vue announcement is likely tied to the recent government approval of Net Neutrality. Without that legislation in place, a company like Comcast could have potentially throttled the bandwidth of a competing provider like Vue.
Lempel calls Sony's service "a complete TV offering. It's live TV; it's catch-up TV; it's a DVR in the cloud. So it gives our users everything that we think they want."
But the price is what most users will find surprising. Microsoft opened up the Xbox One's TV offering through Sling TV this week with pricing that starts at $20 per month. But PlayStation Vue runs from $50 to $70 depending on the bundle. Sony believes it isn't competing with Netflix or Hulu; but instead cable providers such as Comcast.
Here's a rundown of the full channel offering and current prices for Vue:
$50 Option -- Access
$60 Option -- Core
- 50 channels total
- Broadcast: CBS, CBS Plus, Cozi TV, Exitos, FOX, MyNetwork, NBC, Telemundo
- Network: Animal Planet, BET, Bravo, Cartoon/Adult Swim, CBS, CMT, CNBC, CNN, Comedy Central, Destination America, Discovery Channel, Discovery Family, DIY, E!, Esquire, Food Network, Fox Business, Fox News Networks, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, FX, FXX, HGTV, HLN, Investigation Discovery, MSNBC, MTV, MTV2, Nat Geo, NBC Sports Network, Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, OWN, Oxygen, Science, Spike, Syfy, TBS, TLC, TNT, TruTV, Travel Channel, TV Land, USA Network, VH1.
- AMC networks will be available in April (including AMC, IFC, Sundance, and WE tv)
$70 Option -- Elite
- All of the $50 channels plus:
- Network: BTN, Golf Channel, TCM
- New York Only: YES Network
- Philadelphia Only: Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
- Chicago Only: Comcast SportsNet Chicago
- All of the above channels plus:
- Network: American Heroes, BET Gospel, Boomerang, Centric, Chiller, Cloo, CMT Pure Country, CNBC World, Cooking Channel, Discovery Fit & Health, FOX College Sports Atlantic, FOX College Sports Central, FOX College Sports Pacific, FXM, LOGO, MTV Hits, MTV Jams, mtvU, Nat Geo Wild, PALLADIA, Sprout, TeenNick, Universal, Velocity, VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul.
Why bundle options when so many other networks, like HBO Now, seem to be embracing a la carte? Lempel said, "We looked at that ... But you'll quickly see that if you choose a few of those, you'll be at a price much higher than our tiers. In our research and talking to consumers, they really did want that bundled offering. ... I think we'll continue to see this space evolve and similar to what we've done in the past, this product will evolve. We're adding new networks on a regular basis; we're in talks with a lot people."
Mar 18, 2015 - 10:38 AM - by garyopa
Jeff Minter 'beyond disgusted' with Atari - PC, PS4 and Oculus versions will 'never see the light of day'
Developer Jeff Minter has accused Atari of blocking the release of his shooter TxK on a raft of platforms, including PS4. TxK is a follow-on from cult Atari shooter Tempest 2000, which Minter created.
If you think it is easy to be indie game developer think again, because for Jeff now on his own trying to produce an updated version of Tempest for PlayStation 4 and even the Oculus Rift has now gotten his old company Atari back from the grave attacking him over copyright claims, so after long battle it looks like it over as now Jeff claims the already finished versions will NEVER ever appear.
Since the original story broke on EuroGamer, Minter has released this 'pastebin' of his side of the story, but we have still yet to hear anything from Atari or Sony on their claims and debate of the still ongoing drama.
British game developer Jeff Minter has accused Atari of blocking the release of his shooter TxK on a raft of platforms, including PC and PlayStation 4.
TxK is a follow-on from cult Atari Jaguar shooter Tempest 2000, which Minter created in 1994 while working for Atari. Tempest 2000 was a remake of Dave Theurer's 1981 arcade game classic, Tempest.
TxK, which Minter calls a "distantly related sequel" to Tempest 2000, launched on PlayStation Vita to critical acclaim in February 2014. Martin Robinson wrote in his 9/10 review: "All you need to know right now is that TxK is Minter at his finest, and it's absolutely mint."
Sony supported the project, and even featured it as a PlayStation Plus title for September 2014. TxK ended up as one of Eurogamer's Games of 2014.
Despite the fact Minter is the creator of Tempest 2000, it appears the Atari of today - the company behind the upcoming RollerCoaster Tycoon World and a fitness mobile game - has taken issue with TxK expanding its audience.
In a series of tweets the clearly upset Minter accused Atari of becoming a "copyright troll", and said TxK for the PC, PS4, Oculus Rift, GearVR and Android platforms "will now never see the light of day".
According to Minter, Atari claimed he "must have stolen Atari secrets from the original creators to make TxK", and the soundtrack was "indistinguishable" from the soundtrack of Tempest 2000.
Minter also pointed to a number of Tempest clones already available on the App Store and Google Play store. Cyclone 2000, for example, even describes itself as an "Android clone of the Atari Jaguar game Tempest 2000, originally made by the brilliant Jeff Minter. Try now for a nice retro game feeling".
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This has been going on behind the scenes for a while now. I'd kept it on the down low all this time because I had hoped we could maybe work something out, maybe "Atari" would commission an officially licensed version from us; we made it clear we'd be willing to negotiate about that sort of thing.
I even thought maybe they might be interested in my doing updated versions of some of the other Atari IP. After all i do have a track record of doing decent reworkings of old games like theirs and I'd've really enjoyed a crack at some of those old things.
However they never gave an inch and just continued with threats and bullying. Specifically they had their lawyers present a number of legal accusations about a variety of things; we consulted a lawyer who told us that if we wanted to fight against it then it'd be expensive because we'd need to address separately each of the things they were accusing me of.
The accusations were addressed not only to Llamasoft as a company but also directed at me personally.
Basically most of it came down to "looks like Tempest 2000", and it included such gems as:
- in order to create TxK I must have had access to, and stolen secrets from, Atari's source code, in order to steal the work of the other people who worked on Tempest 2000. (I *wrote* the source code for Tempest 2000, and didn't need to refer to it at all to create
Mar 17, 2015 - 7:57 PM - by garyopa
Free Update Will Nearly Double the Arcade Shooter’s Content
Sierra™ today revealed a major title update for its critically acclaimed retro arcade shooter, Geometry Wars™ 3: Dimensions, developed by Lucid Games.
Sierra sent us a PR today, that explains how their free update is coming up soon for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, check it out:
Sierra today revealed a major title update for its critically acclaimed retro arcade shooter, Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions, developed by Lucid Games.
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved will update the core game with a super state of new challenges and features. It adds 40 new stages of fast-paced neon action to Adventure mode, including new boss battles, 3D grid shapes and gameplay types, as well as the mighty Sweeper drone and Detonator super ability. It also revises the previous level gating system, making it much easier for players to progress and unlock their favourite modes.
Moreover, Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved includes a number of improvements for die-hard Geometry Wars fans. For instance, "Hardcore" mode lets players tackle 20 dedicated levels without using a drone or super, including individual leaderboards for no-loadout purists to compete for high scores.
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved will be available as a free download* for existing Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions owners in the UK on March 31, 2015 on the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems through the PlayStation®Network, as well as Windows PC, Mac and Linux via Steam. It will be available on April 1, 2015 on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft via the Xbox Games Store.
For new players, Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions will become Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved when the update arrives, delivering the expanded experience at the same price across all marketplaces. The total package will feature over 100 total levels, with multiple bosses, grid types, drones and supers, as well as the same competitive (online) and cooperative (local) multiplayer Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions first launched with.
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved has a PEGI rating of 3. For more information, please visit www.sierra.com/geometrywars
, and follow along at www.facebook.com/geometrywars
Mar 17, 2015 - 8:46 AM - by garyopa
Sony is now trying out a Microsoft move, offer FREE weekends for you to test out multiplayer gaming!
Sony might have sold over 20 million PlayStation 4 consoles since they were first launched, but since then only 10 million have signed up for PSN+ and are paying monthly to gain access to multiplayer!
Sony might be selling alot of PlayStation 4's but they are not doing too well in selling people on PSN+ for multiplayer action, so they are now trying what Microsoft did in the early days of building up Xbox Live, to offer up now and then FREE weekends for PS4 owners to see what they are missing in the hope they become a future monthly paying customer.
This trick worked for Microsoft, but will it work for Sony, or is the non-half of PS4 owners not paying, the ones upset that Sony now charges for their online network, compare to when it was totally free on the PS3 they still might be enjoying in the meantime.
If you're one of the over 20 million people who owns a PlayStation 4 but one of the roughly half who doesn't pay for the PlayStation Plus subscription, you'll have the chance to hop online this weekend to see how the service works.
Sony announced today that the service will be free for all PlayStation 4 owners for 72 hours this weekend, starting at 12:01 a.m. Pacific on Friday, March 20, up through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 22. While multiplayer was free on PlayStation 3, it is part of PlayStation Plus, which normally costs $49.99 per year, on Sony's new system.
Keep in mind that this promotion doesn't grant access to the PlayStation Plus library of free games, or other services like access to the new Powers television show.
While the promotion doesn't last long enough for Bloodborne‘s release, games like Dying Light, Helldivers and Battlefield: Hardline should give players plenty of stuff to play over the weekend.
NEWS SOURCE: PlayStation 4 multiplayer is FREE this weekend (via) TechnoBuffalo
White Lord has released another great mod for both PC and PS3
I am happy to release another piece of hard work for the PC and PS3 Scene known as Dragon Ball Xenoverse Enhanced Mod for PC and PS3.
The mod is a trainer edition for PC and a Code Unique (User Cheat) cheat device supported for PS3.
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Mar 16, 2015 - 6:07 PM - by garyopa
You can finally Tee-Off this Summer 2015 on your PS4 and XB1, but without the famous Tiger Woods
As we already knew, EA Sports kinda dumped 'Tiger Woods' not all that long ago from their 'PGA Tour' series… but little did we know that they would sign up a new cover-athlete to replace him so soon.
So if you were hoping to play with Tiger Woods on your next-generation console, you will be out of luck, as he is gone along with the old-generation consoles, as the next EA Sporta PGA Tour coming out this summer will only be for PS4 and XB1 and star a new golfer.
Check out the all the new golfing blood along with updated next-gen gameplay in the newly released trailer below.
Electronic Arts Inc. today announced Rory McIlroy as the cover athlete and namesake of its golf franchise, officially making him the face of EA SPORTS Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR, releasing in June 2015. McIlroy, a 4-time Major champion and top-ranked golfer in the world, represents a new generation of players for a new generation of consoles.
"I'm very proud and humbled to see my face and name on EA SPORTS Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR," said McIlroy. "This is a great honor, and something I couldn't even dream of growing up playing the sport. I really hope people enjoy the game and I'm very glad I can be a part of it."
EA SPORTS Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR is the first EA SPORTS title to be built using the Frostbite engine. This new toolset allows the development team to create beautiful new environments, featuring the most detailed courses in franchise history. Frostbite also renders the entire course at once, eliminating load times between holes and allowing users to play their shot from almost any location. It's truly Golf Without Limits.
"Frostbite has allowed us to take this franchise to a whole new level," stated Brent Nielsen, Executive Producer of EA SPORTS Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR. "The new engine drastically improves all facets of the game, from core gameplay to opportunities for brand-new modes and features. We're looking forward to sharing a lot of great news with our fans throughout the rest of the spring."
EA SPORTS Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR truly delivers Golf Without Limits, opening up the experience like never before. Gorgeous real-world courses and epic fantasy tracks provide players with not only the most realistic representations of their favorite locales, but the opportunity to explore brand-new locations. Full course loading offers limitless options when attacking the green and zero wait times when moving from one hole to the next. Experience the next generation of golf and play where you want, when you want, how you want.
EA SPORTS Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR is developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon and will be available for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system in June 2015.
NEWS SOURCE: EA picks Rory McIlroy to replace Tiger Woods (via) Gaming-Age