From 11:00 am to 5: 00 pm EST on Monday, December 9, the PlayStation Network will be offline due to regularly scheduled maintenance. Since that will be during work hours, most players in the Americas won't feel the effects. However, Europe will feel the pinch, since this starts at roughly 4:00 PM over there.
Though games will still be playable on Sony consoles during this time, any online activities that require a connection to PSN will be disabled, such as online gaming. In the meantime, now's the perfect time to dust off that game you've been meaning to get to. :)
In a video posted on PlayStation's official YouTube channel, Sony announced that the “Advanced Experiments” DLC for Beyond: Two Souls will be coming to PSN in the near future. Those who pre-ordered the Special Edition at GameStop received this DLC for free. Everyone else who wants this DLC will need to pay $4.99 to access it.
The DLC takes place when Jodie is still in training with the CIA. The organization has developed a training course specifically designed to test Ellen Page as Jodie Holmes and her ghost friend Aiden. With 30 minutes on the clock, the pair needs to combine their skills in order to get Ellen Page as Jodie Holmes to the end within the allotted time.
Since I did get the special pre-order edition at Gamestop, I already have access to this DLC. Quite frankly, it isn't worth. Though the developers claim that there are 30 minutes of gameplay in the DLC, that truth is that the 30 minutes is a maximum, not a minimum. I finished it in about 16 minutes, and I was not rushing through it by any means. Maybe for $1-2 I would recommend it, but there's no way it's worth $5. That's such an absurd price that it's laughable. What kind of DLC do you think Beyond should have? Comment below if you have any ideas.
When it was released earlier this year, The Last of Us wowed audiences and critics alike. Players quickly grew attached to protagonists Joel and Ellie, watching the two of them interact with each other as the game went on. Culminating in one of the best, and most controversial, endings of the year, Naughty Dog certainly outdid themselves.
At the time of release, Naughty Dog said that they would be releasing three DLC packs, two of which would be for the game's multiplayer mode and one Single-Player DLC. New information has surfaced regarding that single-player DLC in a trailer published by Sony. Titled “Left Behind,” the DLC will be a prequel chapter set before the events of the original game, when Ellie was still in a military boarding school.
We also know that Ellie's “good friend” Riley will be a significant character in the DLC. Fans of the IP may recognize Riley from the American Dreams prequel comic. Those who completed either the game or the comic already have an idea of how this DLC may very well play out. To avoid spoiling things for those who have yet to finish either one, all I will say is that you should prepare to feel all the feels.
Personally, I'm excited for the new content. I have said that future games and DLCs probably shouldn't involve Joel or Ellie, since their story is done. In my mind, their story is complete and need not be visited again. However, this going back in the canon to look at events that we already have an idea of might be interesting. I have faith that Naughty Dog will pull it off. Did you guys have any other places you wanted to take this DLC? Comment below to tell us.
When the next-gen consoles were announced, there was much debate regarding digital distribution in the console space. At the time, it was argued that digital stores would have a bit of a monopoly over content, since both consoles only had one, proprietary online store in which all digital commerce would occur.
Now, Sony and Amazon have announced that it is now possible to purchase PSN content through the new Amazon PlayStation Network Store. Purchasing PS3, PS4, or Vita content on this storefront will give consumers download codes to redeem on PSN for that content. Currently, over 100 items are available on the storefront, including Assassin's Creed 4 and The Last of Us.
While these copies still come with the restrictions inherent to digital releases, this may be more interesting news that you think. After all, this has the potential to open the door for other retailers in the digital space. It may also inspire Microsoft to do something similar in time. More stores gives us competition, which can help to lower digital prices. I'm excited to see how this plays out. What about you? Comment below with your thoughts.
The biggest draw of online shopping is that it allows for a high degree of convenience to its users. Whether it is through the PlayStation Store, Steam, or the Xbox Live Marketplace, digital retail is growing to be a big part of gaming as we see it today.
In a fairly sudden and surprising announcement yesterday on the PlayStation Blog, Sony announced that they will be extending this convenience by allowing users to transfer funds from PayPal to the their PSN Wallets on the PS3. It is simply another option to use when adding funds to your account, just like redeeming a PSN card or paying through mobile. However, since PSN accounts can only hold a maximum of $150 at a given time, that's the most users will be able to transfer to their account's wallet from PayPal.
Through unexpected, this is certainly a welcome option. Though PayPal has a very negative reputation among furries, it is one of the most prevalent services for online financial transactions, so I can see many people making use of this. I won't, because I don't use PayPal, but it's still very good for consumers. And though this announcement was only for PS3 functionality, PayPal integration was already made possible on the PC version of the PSN Store. It also seems likely that the Vita and the PS4 will get these features in time, though it remains unconfirmed. Do you guys think you'll take advantage of this? Comment below with your thoughts.
PlayStation Plus has been a huge boon for Sony. For a year's subscription, users have access to a lot of really good features. The most notable of these features is the Instant Game Collection, where Sony arranges to give users a number of games for free so long as they have a PS Plus Subscription. While these games rotate out every month,a game that a given user has downloaded when it was free are permanently bound to their PS Plus subscription.
This month's rotation has just been announced. With the release of the PS4, Sony has already begun to place PS4 games into the Instant Game Collection with the indie titles Contrast and Resogun. PS3 users will receive Binary Domain, Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, and Ibb & Obb. Lastly, Vita owners will receive Soul Sacrifice and Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD.
Since I won't be getting a PS4 until a little later on, the PS4's collection doesn't concern me too much. As for the others, the only ones that really get my attention are Dragon's Dogma and Oddworld. Is there anything in that list that you're interested in? Comment below with your thoughts.
I come from long line of gamers. I was a gamer. Before that, I was a gamer. And even before that, I was a gamer. In all this history, I have looked for something that I have heard exists, but never seen before. This would be the mythical “good launch lineup.” Never before have I ever laid eyes on it. Looking at what the PS4 offers at launch, this will continue.
This upcoming generation of consoles has been stirring up all kinds of reactions from people. One of the underlying themes, seen in both consoles, is the bridging of brick-and-mortar and digital retail. However, only Microsoft has thus far outlined their ideas for the future.
When Sony was performing their initial media blitz for the PlayStation 4, they announced a host of features that many fans are still eager to take advantage of. Now, with a recent announcement, there is a little twist to that.
It has been revealed that the moment the PlayStation 4 goes on sale, there will be a Day 1 firmware update, version 1.50. At a grand total of 300 MB in size, this update will add many of the promised features to the system's default feature list. These include Remote Play with the Vita, broadcasting of gameplay, the ability to play a game while you download it, multiple user log-in, party voice chat, face/voice recognition, music playing in the background, online multiplayer, and Blu-Ray/DVD playing.
Even as a Sony fan, this bothers me. I am steadily grow tired of the number of Day 1 Patches I am told to download before I can do certain things. Truth be told, many of the above features listed aren't a big deal, because with an internet connection would be required. However, some of those features, like the Blu-Ray/DVD player, really should not need a patch to function. On top of the fact that the hibernate state, where you can put the PS4 on a low power mode, making it possible to just boot up a game where you left, will not be available at launch, this can start to snowball into a big problem. What do you guys think? Comment below with your thoughts.
Since the original PlayStation console, Sony's controllers have always had analog inputs. For those who are unaware of the difference between analog and digital inputs, analog inputs allow a sliding scale of possible inputs. However, digital inputs are completely binary, either it's in or it's not. In terms of game controllers, analog inputs manifest in the form of analog sticks and pressure-sensitive buttons. Digital inputs are buttons that are either pressed or not pressed.
Thanks to a recent news item, this difference matters. According to Sony, the new Dualshock 4 controller for the PlayStation 4 will no longer have analog buttons. In previous controllers, the L2 and R2 buttons were pressure-sensitive, and registered when they were only depressed halfway or a quarter of the way. In this new controller, they will not be binary inputs. However, this only applies to the buttons, as the analog sticks will remain analog. The cited reason for this is that when Sony went around to ask developers what they want, no one was particularly interested in these analog inputs.
I am of two minds with regards to this news. I would rather that developers have more options for inputs in their. However, if they do not have an interest then there is not really a point to its inclusion. What do you guys think? Comment below with your thoughts.