A verified Sony employee on Reddit details the additional features coming to the PlayStation 4 as well as new information about PlayStation Now
A poster on Reddit called 'IWorkForSony' claims he knows how PlayStation Now will be working in regard to your existing PS3 Library of games that you already own, and also that MP3 support is finally coming this holiday.
According to reddit user IWorkForSony, who has been verified by r/PS4 subreddit moderators as a Sony employee, Sony is currently developing an update for the PS4 that will bring MP3 and video player support by the holiday season. The user also said that DLNA media server support will come some time in 2015.
The user went on to address the upcoming public beta test for PlayStation Now, Sony's game streaming service that's been in private beta for a few months. When someone asked about rumors circulating that owners of PlayStation 3 games may get free access to those same titles via PS Now, IWorkForSony negated the possibility. "Those rumors are wrong," he wrote. "Entitlements for PS3 games won't carry over to PS Now." As for the reason why Sony will not provide discounts, he explained, "Unfortunately, it just doesn't make business sense for Sony to transfer entitlements to PS Now. Streaming games costs them money."
Finally, he revealed that a subscription model for PS Now is still in the works, and that the beta is to test different pricing models.
This week, the user also revealed that the PlayStation Mobile app is getting a substantial overhaul. "There's a redesign in the works," he stated. "It should be more functional and modern (read: less cheesy blue boxes)."
As for the legitimacy of IWorkForSony, I reached out to the moderators and they confirmed that he has provided evidence as to his employment at Sony. Mod IceBreak wrote, "We saw things that pretty much guarantee [he] works for Sony. Besides that there were debug unit OS pictures. I can't elaborate more than that or share the pictures due to the anonymity of the user but I also want to let you know what we used to verify [him]."
What you think of 'IWorkForSony' comments, is he legit and speaking the truth or not?
Sony plans to reposition the video console warhorse as a hub for a network of streamed services, according to three senior officials, offering social media, movies and music as well as games.
Japan's Sony Corp is hammering out plans to rise from the ashes of nearly $10 billion lost in six years by building a future around its last consumer electronics blockbuster - the PlayStation.
Recently, some senior Sony executives in charge of revamping PSN, spoke to Reuters on condition they not be named because the matters are still in early stages of discussion.
The plans to coax more revenue from the PlayStation's network of users are being developed by a new breed of managers brought in by Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai. Analysts say if Sony gets it right, the game and network business could earn about $1 billion in the fiscal year from April 2016 - making it the most profitable part of the company bar a financial services unit.
"Network services have been a long-running issue for Sony," said Atsushi Osanai, associate professor at Waseda University's business school. It's a field Apple Inc has dominated with iTunes, while established movie and music services like Netflix Inc and Spotify are expanding fast.
"In the past there was a time when they (Sony) were all over the place and went after everything, but zeroing in first on game users is effective," said Osanai. The company's next progress report will come with its first-quarter earnings on July 31.
At 200 billion yen ($1.96 billion) last fiscal year, some 90 percent of it from games, Sony Entertainment Network's revenue is small compared with the 5 trillion yen at the company's broader electronics business. The division lost 10 billion yen last year and more losses are expected this year as it spends on servers and systems for a surge in users, but the executives - and analysts - expect it to ramp up quickly after that to double-digit margins.
The new thinking is far from Sony's first effort to kickstart a revival. Yet the company that was once the symbol of Japan's technology prowess has often failed in attempts to deliver innovative hits to match successes of old, like the Walkman music player.
The managers lining up Sony's new strategy know a PlayStation network won't fix mainstream loss-making businesses, like its TV division - "a grim electronics portfolio", according to brokerage Jefferies. It's also not the first time Sony has tried to develop networked content services.
But under plain-speaking Kenichiro Yoshida, a former head of Sony's Internet services unit now leading the charge as chief financial officer since April, managers believe focusing on PlayStation to develop a network is potentially Sony's best chance of securing a money-making springboard for revival.
"These are crucial assets that offer the greatest potential upside," said one of the senior officials.
So what you think of Sony's idea to revamp their whole PSN to make it into a more powerful centre hub for everything Sony has to offer.
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?