Sony PlayStation Home Service Shutting Down in US and Europe
As the era of PlayStation 3 starts to come to end, so will some of its unique features will also, and the first one to get the wrecking ball by Sony, is its virtual 3D World called PlayStation Home
Sony already announced the death of PlayStation Home for the Asia markets, but now they are expanding the demolish order to all places where PlayStation Home can still be accessed including North America.
Sony, on Friday announced that it will close the platform on 31 March next year.Sony will be stop publishing new content on PlayStation Home starting 12 November this year. Users from US and Canada can download content until 3 December.
"Due to a shifting landscape, PlayStation Home will cease publishing new content on November 12, 2014," stated the PlayStation Community post.
"As a token of our tremendous gratitude to the community, we will also be releasing a series of free content prior to the platform's closure on March 31, 2015." the post added.
"PlayStation Home has been serving the PS3 community since December 2008. During that time, tens of millions of users around the world have grown the social gaming platform into a thriving community of creative and enthusiastic gamers," added the blog.
Sony PlayStation Home is a virtual world in which PlayStation 3 players can create their own avatars and live in apartments, meet other friends, watch movies and play games.
No surprise here really, as Home was rarely used on the PS3 platform, but it does open the question, now that Sony is moving fast-forward to launching new services on their next-gen PS4 console, how long before other things start to get killed off on the PS3 console, like 'NetFlix' or even the PSN Store itself?
Dan Adelman helping out with Metroidvania-style platformer Axiom Verge
After Nintendo's indie games boss, Dan Adelman, left the company last month after nine years, many wondered what he might do next. Now we know.
We have not heard much about the Metroidvania-style platformer called 'Axiom Verge' since it was announced back in April as an exclusive PlayStation 4 and PS Vita title, except for later on the showing of some early gameplay demo at E3 2014, news on what is being called one of best upcoming indie games, news has been quiet, but today the game's creator announced he has teamed up with the ex-Nintendo indie boss to help him get the game ready for launch in 2015.
Adelman announced today that he is teaming up with Axiom Verge creator Tom Happ to help with the Metroidvania-style platformer, launching in 2015 exclusively for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.
Axiom Verge, which was one of the best indie games we played at E3 this year, was designed by Happ alone. He created the game from scratch, with a lot of the work being done during his spare time on nights and weekends, as he only recently started working on the game full-time.
Adelman will assist Happ with business-related considerations for Axiom Verge, including marketing efforts and other key planning decisions.
Addressing his decision to work on a PlayStation-exclusive game after spending so long working only on Nintendo titles, Adelman said in a post on his website that he will "always have a special place" in his heart for Nintendo.
When Adelman announced in August that he was quitting Nintendo--on good terms--he said he hoped to work with various indie studios as their "business guy." Though Axiom Verge is his first post-Nintendo gig, he teased that he's keeping busy and might have news to share about other partnerships in the future.
"Aside from the complete lack of any income, these two past months since I left my job have been amazing," he said. "I've had lots of discussions with many developers about all kinds of interesting, quirky, wonderful stuff. These conversations are all in varying stages, and I'm sure I'll be making some future announcements soon."
Happ is also looking forward to his partnership with Adelman for Axiom Verge. He writes on his own website that Adelman "is basically synonymous with Nintendo indies; he's facilitated the launch of hundreds of titles. Business development, marketing, negotiating--all those things that indies themselves tend to be weakest in--are his expertise," he said. "I'm honored to be the first developer he's decided to team up with."
So what you think of Adelman crossing over the fence to play in the indie fields of the PlayStation world?'
BigBoss a long-time scene developer has released the first public driver for PC/Mac computers that allows you to make usage of the PlayStation 4 Dual Eye Camera, instead of using it only with your PS4
If you been around the PlayStation scene you should remember the 'bigboss' name, and he is back with a new release and this one allows you to finally use the PS4 Dual-Eye on your PC computer, so its no longer limited to what you can do with it on the PS4 console.
I had released the first public version of PS4EYECam driver.
Sony's Exclusive PS4 Remote Play For Their Xperia Devices has been cracked to work on non-Sony stuff
It sure didn't take long after Sony announced their super exclusive new Xperia feature of havng PS4 Remote Play on their tablets, now everyone with Android 4.0 device can enjoy using PS4 Remote Play!
Once I heard Sony was going to allow PS4 Remote Play on their Xperia devices, I knew it hackers will get it to work on other Android devices, and sure enough they did, all tho looks like you have to wait until November when Sony releases the full Xperia app to use.
For those not in the know, PS4 Remote Play is a unique feature that allows you to remotely play PlayStation 4 games on the device.
Unfortunately, according to comment from a Sony representative, the company has "no intent to bring remote play to any device other than Xperia" - a disappointment for anyone wanting to try out the feature on their non-Xperia device.
But don't let this get you down however, as XDA Forum Member XperiaPlaystation has managed to port PS4 Remote Play over to any Android device.
The port is to be installed by flashing the provided ZIP package and installing the provided APK as a normal app plus a few extra steps in between such as wiping the cache and rebooting.
The port will work only with devices running Android 4.0 or newer. Additionally, Xperia Z1 owners may have an additional step of changing the build.prop in order to get this up and running.
For More Info on how to get this going on your non-Sony Android device, check out the source links below.
Could Sony control the whole console market? -- Analyst's think so!
A US analyst has predicted that Sony could eventually grow to control virtually the entire console market.
You might have to soon forgot about your beloved Xbox One or Wii U, as this analyst claims that if Sony plays their cards right, they could become the only console that matters in your living room.
"Sony has the potential to make the game console market its exclusive territory," Bank of America/Merrill Lynch analyst Eiichi Katayama told The Wall Street Journal in a report claiming that the company's current strategy is to transform its successful PlayStation division into a hub for a broader entertainment offer, part of which will include streaming TV.
It also wants to expand its in-beta PS Now streaming games service to phones, tablets and non-Sony TVs.
Chief executive Andrew House has admitted to discussions with a range of content partners regarding TV streaming, which Sony plans to introduce in the US before the end of the year.
Viacom has already been confirmed as a partner, with plans to offer MTV and Nickelodeon content.
Said House: "A streaming-based approach needs to have a very wide funnel of devices, and that inherently means a broad- and manufacturer-agnostic approach."
Well I hate to disagree with so-called 'expert analysts', but Microsoft tried this from day one with their Xbox One, calling it an all-in-one solution and so far its not working out too well with them, Sony was basically number 1 before with their earlier PlayStation's but it was the GAMES that did it, not all these added on 'other services'.
But what you think could Sony become the only console that matters again, IF they play their cards right as this analyst thinks?
The terms of the deal are murky; the Wall Street Journal has only confirmed that Viacom has fully signed on for the streaming plan. But Sony is negotiating with other networks including ComCast
Forgot about the Xbox All-In-One, as soon your PlayStation will be an All-In-One console also, as Sony has recently announced they signed a deal with Viacom to bring 20 TV channels to the PlayStation world, and are in talks with other major cable companies including Comcast, and services will launch this year during the busy holiday season of 2014.
A recent report indicates Sony is currently meeting with potential content partners in order to introduce an internet TV streaming service to PlayStation later this year.
This is according to the Wall Street Journal*, who spoke with Sony's Andrew House about the company's plans to implement streaming services in the coming months.
The report states that just last week, Sony signed an agreement with Viacom that will allow the streaming of over 20 channels, including MTV and Nickelodeon. At this time, it's unclear exactly on which platforms this service will debut.
So word yet on what devices or cost of this new service or if some channels will be bundled in with PSN+, but most likely part of this deal is to help the micro-PlayStation-console that is finally landing over in North America come Oct. 14th, and will be renamed to Play TV from Vita TV, so what you think of all this effort by Sony in trying to replace your 'cable' with the PlayStation brand, it has not fair out too well with Microsoft, but will it work out for Sony?
Destiny has not been out for long, and its already broken many records, and latest one is becoming the PS4's biggest game launch so far, which is logical since nothing else great had been released yet
Sony was proud to post on their PlayStation Blog today, that Destiny is the #1 game on their next-gen PS4 console so far, breaking all previous records, and of course leaving the rival next-gen XB1 to eat their dust as Destiny takes over the world of gaming with its many Sony fans playing it every minute of day since it got released only a week ago.
What a week! Since Destiny launched one week ago, it has officially become the biggest PS4 game launch in North America ever. The game broke records for being the fastest purchased and most played PS4 game during its first week on sale. In fact, last week was our single biggest PS4 hardware sales week since Christmas 2013! That's a lot of PS4s. Thanks, Guardians!
Destiny also racked up some impressive gameplay stats, with PS4 players across North America collectively accumulating more than 11 million gameplay sessions - that's a lot of Guardians! Destiny players have also made full use of PS4's social features; it was the most shared and most broadcasted PS4 game during its first week on sale.
From everyone at PlayStation, we want to say thank you to the fans - none of this would be possible without you! If you're like me you have been up until the wee hours of the morning playing ‘just one more match' with your Fireteam (I'm still trying to get to 26 with my Warlock to prep for Vault of Glass!).
Luckily, the Destiny journey has only just begun. New events are scheduled throughout the next few months, and upcoming expansions including "The Dark Below" and "House of Wolves" are in the works. Each expansion will provide brand-new story missions, cooperative and competitive Crucible arenas, and a wealth of all-new weapons, armor, and gear to earn (hopefully some legendary engrams!). Of course each will have more PlayStation exclusive content. We're looking forward to giving you more details soon.
Partnering with Bungie and Activision on Destiny has been a dream come true. See you in the Crucible where you probably just killed me as a BladeDancer... or in the Tower where I will be dancing on the Post Office.
So what you think about Destiny doing so well on the PlayStation 4 platform, and do you think GTA 5 when it comes out will break these records, or will it be a while before Destiny is knocked off hill as the new King of Sony.
Nothing better then $950 PS4 shoes with HDMI ports!
For the well-heeled gamer, FreakerSneaks offers the JRDN 4 X PS4. Your $950 gets you footwear with HDMI ports -- for looks, at least.
Do you love technology and gaming so much, that when you out jogging in the morning you want to show off your love of the Sony PlayStation 4 to your fellow joggers that pass you by on the track, well now you can thanks to these nice PS4 $950 HDMI Shoes!
The company has developed a PlayStation 4-inspired Air Jordan 4 it's calling the "JRDN 4 X PS4." The sneakers are Air Jordan 4s that have been modified to reflect the styling of the PlayStation 4, their creator, Jonny Barry, told DualShockers on Monday. In addition to being all black, the back of the sneakers boasts the familiar PS4 logo. But here's the twist: they also feature an HDMI port.
"I thought it would be funky to add HDMI ports in the heels," Barry told DualShockers. "I tried to make them so the shoes would remain wearable. The HDMI ports have no real function, apart from looking cool and they actually come with a custom Jordan HDMI cable that when attached, can act as a type of carry cord for walking around sneaker conventions or something."
FreakerSneaks was founded in 2005 for customers who wanted to customize popular sneakers. In recent years, there has been a significant resurgence in sneaker fashion and purchasing. Barry's company attempts to capitalize on that by further customizing some of the more popular brands, including Air Jordans. The company creates custom prints for sneakers and places other forms of artwork on them.
Barry told DualShockers that he's long been a gaming fan, which prompted him to make sneakers that appeal to that crowd. For now, he's offering only a very limited run: just 10 pairs of the JRDN 4 X PS4. They'll retail for around $950 -- several hundred dollars more than an actual PlayStation 4 -- and he's accepting orders now.
Next up from the company will be some custom Jordans for the younger hip crowd, a pair of Sonic themed sneakers.
Check out this high-tech gaming classroom complete with desks shaped like DualShock controllers
This fall, Sangmyung University in Seoul, South Korea will begin teaching a course on PlayStation.
We all know that South Korea is in love with video gaming, so much so that they are trying to control 'gaming addiction', but at the same time they are teaming up with Sony at an major University to offer a complete course about 'video gaming' that is so high-tech that the desks look like DualShock controllers, check out the photos below:
According to Inven, Ruliweb, and GameFocus (via tipster Sang), the university teamed up with Sony for the course, which uses PS4 consoles and PS Vita handhelds as part of the curriculum. The weekly, three-credit class teaches students about the game industry.
Guest lecturers will also speak, and the course will cover topics ranging from video game history and game graphics to online gaming and marketing. There is even a field trip scheduled to a local game studio! And yes, there is a mid-term and a final exam.
Are you bored looking at your PlayStation 4's blue background? Well, you're in luck. When firmware v2.0 does finally lands on your PlayStation 4 console, but so far we only at v1.76 with nothing new
Well the idea pictured above never happen, that was dream up by some PS4 fan before the actual console launched, but now we finally be able to change boring blue background with custom themes like we were able to do on the older PS3 generation.
When firmware 2.0 launches for PlayStation 4, you'll be able to download and utilize custom themes on your machine.
This news was revealed at Sony's pre-TGS press conference, and interestingly, similar news was also revealed for Vita, which will also be getting custom themes once Vita firmware 3.30 launches. Custom themes for both PS4 and Vita are largely modeled after the theme system that has been in use on PlayStation 3 for years. Themes let you alter your background image, as well as the appearance of various icons.
In case you're curious, this isn't the first time we've heard talk of PS4's meaty 2.0 update. The roadmap for firmware 2.0 was first outlined at Gamescom, and includes other substantial features in addition to custom theme support, most notably direct video upload to YouTube, custom friend-finding options, and something called Share Play, which allows players from around the world to collaborate on completing a game together.
No release date yet on v2.0, but last night Sony rolled out v1.76 firmware for us PS4 owners, but it added nothing new to brag about, in the meantime you lucky PS Vita owners wll be able to play around with your various new themes since there is nothing much else to do.