What the 4K?
We probably all expected the PlayStation 4 Pro to have a 4K Blu-ray player – Sony's one of the founders of the physical media format, after all. But the supercharged system doesn't, with the Japanese giant favouring streaming ahead of the disc-based playback option. And it turns out even its main competitor Microsoft expected the...
A moment of clarity
Sony took a bath on the PlayStation 3 just to get Blu-ray into as many homes as possible, so it's strange to see the company ignore the fledgling Ultra High-Definition Blu-ray format a decade later. Times have changed since the turbulent days of 2006, of course: streaming is, for many, their primary means of consuming media now...
There’s no doubt that the PlayStation 4 makes keeping on top of patches and game updates easier than ever before. Simply stick your system in Rest Mode – when it works – and the operating system will handle any downloads and installs behind the scenes. There is an oversight in the hardware, however, that prevents patches for...
Finally, a new feature
That boring PlayStation 4 software stability update wasn’t the one that Sony teased after all, as 3D Blu-ray support is coming to the black behemoth next week. The platform holder revealed the snippet in a tweet overnight, proudly declaring that the eye-popping functionality will be made available
Lots of spin
Blu-ray is officially old news, as Sony has announced plans to introduce a higher-capacity physical storage format by the end of 2015. According to the BBC, the Japanese giant has teamed up with Panasonic to produce a new breed of optical discs that could store up to 300GB of data. For comparative purposes, existing double-layer...
Tekken fans unite
Namco Bandai has released the first seven minutes of the Tekken: Blood Vengeance movie, and it's yours to watch for free if your nimble. For the next seven days, the opening scenes will be available on Namco's official YouTube channel. That means you've got until November 24th to watch the sneaky short. Theres a lot that Tekken fans will learn when they watch Tekken: Blood..
We always suspected Sony would sell more PlayStation 3s if it put more images of Emma Watson on the system's box
(Pre-horrific haircut, of course.) It's taken a while, but it turns out SCEA's finally gotten the message. The platform holder's announced a new bundle for North America, sporting a 160GB PS3, a Blu-ray edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two in both 2D and 3D, and a..
Irrational Games gaffer Ken Levine has said that he is in no rush to get a BioShock movie made
A cinematic adaptation of the first-person adventure game has been on the cards for a while, but like so many other video game movies has struggled to get off the ground. We got very close to having it get made we had a deal in place and a director. But for us theres no burning to have a movie..
Hot on the heels of last week's movie negotiations post, it has emerged that Sony Pictures has registered a whopping sixteen website domains pertaining to the Assassin's Creed series
Rumours and whispers put Sony as a dead-cert for the project late last week, when industry insiders said Ubisoft was close to signing on the dotted line with the Japanese mega-company. We reckon there's great potential..
Sony Pictures is on the verge of signing a deal with Ubisoft in order to bring the Assassin's Creed franchise to the big screen, so reports claim
The stealth series has been coveted by a number of big industry players, including Universal, but it seems Sony is closest to signing up the historical blockbuster. Variety reports that both Ubisoft and Sony are in the final stages of negotiation..
We've already established that Tekken Hybrid on its own is a bumper package
Spanning Tekken: Blood Vengeance the movie, Tekken Tag Tournament HD and a prologue version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2, it's quite the collection. But, as we reported earlier in the week, the Collector's Edition includes even more — with art-books and soundtrack CDs thrown in for good measure. Now Namco Bandai's announced..
Tekken Hybrid is already a pretty comprehensive package
Not only do you get CGI movie Tekken: Blood Vengeance on Blu-ray, but the package also includes Tekken Tag Tournament HD and a prologue version of the upcoming Tekken Tag Tournament 2. But if you pick up the game's Collector's Edition, you'll be privy to a bevy of additional bonuses, including...
Movie company Lionsgate has optioned film rights from Dead Island publisher Deep Silver to make a movie based on the game's infamous debut trailer
"The film Dead Island will be an innovation of the zombie genre because of its focus on human emotion, family ties and non-linear storytelling," the company explained. The movie's currently in the early development stage, with Sean Daniel (of..
Riding hot on a wave of costume variation announcements, Batman: Arkham City will find one of its more wacky outfits tied to the October release of the Green Lantern Blu-ray
PS3 owners will get an exclusive costume after purchasing the 2D or 3D versions of the feature film's Blu Ray release. The Batman Sinestro Corp costume will see the caped crusader don yellow in the get-up of the villainous foes..
.. Albeit in shoddy low resolution, but you totally get the idea right? Tekken Hybrid is a PlayStation 3 exclusive game plus movie bundle, that features Tekken Tag Tournament HD, CG movie Tekken: Blood Vengeance and a demo for the upcoming Tekken Tag Tournament 2. It does that blue/red gradient thing that virtually every other boxart does these days. What's with that?</em>
The PlayStation Blog's uploaded a jumbo interview with Tekken gaffer Katsuhiro Harada regarding many phases of Tekken's upcoming line-up
The focus of the conversation was on Tekken Hybrid — a PlayStation 3 exclusive package due this holiday with an HD version of Tekken Tag Tournament and CG movie Tekken: Blood Vengeance. But what's Namco done to upgrade Tekken Tag Tournament for PS3? "We..
We hope you're not done with Ezio yet, as Ubisoft has announced Assassin's Creed: Embers this afternoon -- a short movie which will expand on the final moments of Ezio's story
The animated movie will release alongside Assassin's Creed: Revelations on November 15th. The UbiWorkshop developed movie will ship with the Animus Editions of Assassin's...
Ask and ye shall receive -- Sony has announced that it will be handling publishing duties on the hotly anticipated Tekken Hybrid in Europe
The brilliant teaser-movie-nostalgia package includes an HD version of the original Tekken Tag Tournament, the CG movie Tekken: Blood Vengeance and a special preview for the upcoming Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Basically, this is fan-service at its very best. The..
Tekken Hybrid is already confirmed to include a Blu-ray version of the upcoming CGI Tekken movie and an HD remake of the brilliant Tekken Tag Tournament
That alone is one hell of a bundle. But Namco's not done with adding value yet, as it's also confirmed that the package will include a playable prologue for the unreleased Tekken Tag Tournament 2, err, too. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 has not yet been..
David O Russell is no longer involved with the Uncharted movie
He left the project earlier in the month citing creative differences between himself and Sony Pictures. With Russell's antique-hunting motion picture out of the window, new director Neil Burger is planning on starting from scratch — and he's making all the right noises about the video game. Mainly were beginning from scratch and..
Sony Pictures has reportedly signed up Neil Burger to direct the Uncharted movie
David O. Russell left the job earlier in the year, citing creative differences. Burger is known for his work on The Illusionist. No word as to whether Mark Wahlberg is still involved with the project.
Pretty neat for Tom Cruise fans this
Sony has revealed a couple of Blu-ray movie/video game hybrids for Top Gun and Nascar: Days Of Thunder. Each of the packs — published by 505 Games — include a copy of the movie and its respective game. It's the first time either of these games have received retail releases, as they were previously only...
Seems a fair trade
Sony shooters have gone down the beta route with previous games, but if you didn't manage to get Resistance 3 beta access with SOCOM 4 you can still try out the game's single player mode with a free demo coming soon. 1up reports that the Blu-ray version of movie Battle: Los Angeles will include a 30 minute playable demo of...
The value of the Battle: Los Angeles Blu-ray has just soared
We're not interested in the movie [apparently it's awful - Ed], but we are totally hyped about the Resistance 3 single-player demo that's set to be included alongside the film. Oh marketing departments. The Blu-ray will feature the infamous "boat" level that Insomniac's been teasing since Resistance 3's announcement. The..
While fans have been quick to dig their claws into some of director David O Russell's comments about the inevitable Uncharted movie, Naughty Dog's Richard Lemarchand has said he has high hopes for the Hollywood adaptation
"Having worked for so long and so hard to create the world and characters of Uncharted, we're very excited about extending the universe into other storytelling forms,"..
Director David O
Russell's fanned more flames in the faces of Uncharted fanboys, comparing the movie's family dynamic to The Sopranos. In an interview with IGN, Russell explain that the movie would hone in on the tale of a "tough" criminal family. I think if we take that family dynamic that we have in The Fighter, and put that in terms of a grander stage, with a crime family that metes..
There are few women we fancy more than the polygonal model of Elena in the Uncharted games, but Scarlett Johansson ranks among them
So while we're not totally stoked about director David O. Russell's vision for the video game adaptation, we can at least appreciate his taste in female actresses. According to Russel, the movie script is being written right now, and he's pretty stoked about it: The..
We're kinda in a strop with regards to Hollywood's adaptation of the Uncharted franchise
Why? Because it sounds like the worst thing to have ever existed. It's so bad, we don't even want to type about it. But we'll force ourselves to, hoping someone, somewhere reads our words and realises what a huge stinking pile of turd this movie is going to be. According to director David O Russell, the movie..
Last week we reported that the Uncharted movie was back on
This week, actor Nathan Fillion has registered his interest in playing the role of Nathan Drake. Seeing as he's most fan's top choice for the role, we can't see him having too many issues getting a script reading at least. Still, Fillion would dig your help. He told his army of followers on Twitter: If ever there was a Twitter campaign,..
And just like that the big-screen adaptation of Naughty Dog's smash-hit franchise is back on
David O. Russell - who had walked away from the project - has apparently signed back up with Columbia Pictures to write and direct a live-action adaptation of Nathan Drake's exploits. That's according to the Hollywood Reporter anyway. Russell is best known for his work on Three Kings, Flirting With Disaster..
Here's an amazing piece of research Home Media Magazine's carried out: the PlayStation 3 is losing its grip as the most dominant blu-ray player in the US
The report states that 47 percent of people watch blu-rays on their PS3, while 45 percent now watch with standalone players. Apparently six-months ago the PlayStation 3 had a two-to-one advantage over standalone players. Do you know what's..
The big feature of Sony's latest firmware update was to allow 3D Blu-ray playback on the PlayStation 3
Despite working like a charm, it does have some issues - as pointed out by Blu-ray.com. The site notes that while viewing movies in full 1080p 3D on the PlayStation 3, viewers will have to sacrifice lossless audio. The report on Blu-ray.com states: "I can confirm that with the PS3 3.50..
Get your minds in the gutter
We covered the announcement of High Velocity Bowling's transition to the world of Blu-ray releases, and now the game's on its way to retailers across North America with Move and 3D support built-in. All the downloadable content currently available for the game is packed onto the disc to give you extra value for your...
We ask: "Who needs HD-DVD?" Heyoh
Microsoft's PR department's been spewing ridiculous statements left right and centre this week. Normally we don't choose to report them because we're a PlayStation website and our opinion about the "competition" holds little weight. Who really cares what we think about Microsoft's games division? We're here to write about PlayStation. Sometimes..
You know, we remember at time when PlayStation firmware updates included massive features
So big were the features, that Sony accompanied the announcements with walkthrough demonstrations of all the new goodies. Those days seem to have faded. Sure, firmware 3.50 patches in a pretty big feature for those with expensive televisions - 3D Blu-Ray...
Special edition comes with extra game
The Wii's Dead Space: Extraction was an excellent but sadly overlooked sci-fi shooter that deserved a bigger audience and a better home. How pleasing, then, that it's on the way to PlayStation 3 owners via the special edition of Dead Space 2. Playable with Move – although also compatible with Dualshock 3 –...
Sony's confirmed that they'll be patching 3D Blu-Ray support into the PlayStation 3 from next week, when firmware update 3
50 will launch. There were no other details on what else the firmware update might contain, so don't get your hopes up for additional goodies outside of the updated Blu-Ray features.
While Milla Jovovich tops the US box-office with the live-action version of Resident Evil; Sony and Capcom's announced that they'll be teaming up to produce a new CG Resident Evil movie -- Resident Evil: Damnation
The animated movie's still some way off - it'll launch in 2012 in Japan - but will feature full stereoscopic 3D support. The last CG Resident Evil movie, Degeneration, did modest numbers..
If you've already splashed out on a 3D TV for video games, you may be wondering when your PlayStation 3 will be able to deal with 3D movies too
After all, you want the most bang for your buck right, and those 3D Blu-Ray players are pretty expensive. Well now we've finally got a date for 3D Blu-Ray support on PlayStation 3: October. That copy of Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs will just have to..
According to a report on ShowBizSpy, Brad Pitt's being lined up to play John Marston in a movie adaptation of Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption
Yup, a movie based on a video game based on movies. No studio's been named in connection to the movie, but apparently Pitt's name is first on the list for the part. Rockstar claims the report's just a rumour, but we reckon they're telling fibs. A Red Dead..
Research company Nielsen's discovered that one of the primary motivators for consumers buying a Playstation 3 is the blu-ray playback functionality
After polling a relatively small sample of 700 people, the company found that 65 per-cent of would-be consumers thought blu-ray was a pretty big deal. 62 per-cent said they wanted access to the PS3's extensive games library. God Of War III ranked as the..
Those lanky blue Avatar creatures have given Batman a bite in the bum, by surpassing the Dark Knight's Blu-Ray sales record and shifting a whopping 2
7 million copies in the first four days on sale (Batman took 18 months to sell 2.5 million copies by comparison). What does this prove? Well firstly, that James Cameron has done it yet again. He's made lots of money, yadda yadda yadda. But it also..
Blu-Ray discs are pretty huge
Traditionally they hold from 25-50GB on a single-layer, and 50-100GB on a dual-layer. Their size makes content such as God Of War III possible. But what if they were to get bigger? Well, they are. New 128GB BDXL discs are ready to go, but only for commercial usage. They won't work in your current PS3 because, well, the PS3's laser can't read it. Playstation 4 then?
Here's your second look at upcoming movie Resident Evil: Afterlife then
It's pretty heavy on the kind of music we liked when we were 12. And big vista shots with planes and stuff flying by. Oh - and Albert Wesker. (There's some Ali Larter too.) All in all a success for the target audience then.
Say what you will about the Resident Evil movies and their ridiculous "alternate" story-line -- Ali Larter as Claire Redfield was supremely delicious in third movie Resident Evil: Extinction
Thus, we just couldn't resist this shot of the new movie, Resident Evil: Afterlife, showing a supremely soaked Ali Larter with fellow zombie ass-kicker Mila Jovovich. There are more shots through the link.
What if interactive drama wasn't quite so interactive? It would be a movie right? Of course it would
And while it would never happen, it's been discovered that copyright documents exist for such a thing. Apparently, in May 2006 New Line Cinema grabbed the rights for a Heavy Rain movie. It's totally never going to come out of course. But y'know. It's interesting all the same.
A new trailer for the upcoming Prince Of Persia movie was shown off at last night's Super Bowl
It continues to look surprisingly amazing. So we take issue with an American being cast as a Brit for the lead role of the Prince Of Persia, but, yo, look at all that sand. Also: Gemma Arterton.
If you're a hardcore British gamer who likes nothing more than chillin' to the back catalogue of Michael Jackson - then you're out of luck
Sony has confirmed to VG247 that there are no plans to bring the recently announced "This Is It" bundle to the UK. The bundle's due for release in Japan later this month. Guess you'll just have to make do with like a PS3, and a copy of the "This..
If you're a developer planning on sticking more cut-scenes in your game, then rejoice
Sony and Panasonic have announced that they are planning to increase the storage capacity of the blu-ray disc from 25GB to 33.4GB. The report from Nikkei states the technology "assumes inter-symbol interference, which makes it difficult to base optical disc quality evaluation on jitter, as is widely done now..
Surely confirming there'll be a Michael Jackson SingStar game at some point in the coming year, Sony of Japan has confirmed a Michael Jackson branded PS3 bundle, which includes a Slim and a copy of "This Is It," the MJ movie on blu-ray
It's due out for sale on the 27th January in Japan, for ¥33,500.
Having had chance to browse around the Playstation Video Store this morning, we have to say we are very impressed
The pricing is more than reasonable and the range of content on offer is already staggering. It's a flawless update from the folks at SCEE, and we have to congratulate them on that. But with 2000 movies already on offer from the service,...
Oh the irony
The inconceivable has just been announced. Halo Legends - the spin-off Halo anime project - has been announced for release on blu-ray on February 9th. Not only will the blu-ray launch alongside the DVD, but it'll also include exclusive footage. So finally, you'll be able to play Halo on your PS3.
If you've signed up to Netflix's Playstation 3 service, then you should know that the company are shipping the discs you'll need to access the service today
Jump into your inbox to check if yours has been delivered yet. Worry not if it hasn't, we're sure Netflix have a pile to get through and will get round to you ASAP. If you haven't signed up yet, you can do so here.
Sony have a strange affinity to Hannah Montana
First that lilac PSP, now the Hannah Montana movie launching directly alongside the European arm of Sony's digital video store. Of course, if you're over 16 and feeling a little uncomfortable at the prospect of perving on Miley Cyrus, switch your attention t
So, you want to play God Of War III demo now, but you're not happy picking up the God Of War Collection it comes with? No problem, because it totally comes with the District 9 blu-ray too
It's a bit of an unusual use of Sony's corporate synergy but, hey, whatever. We're sure some people are probably stoked. Once you've played the demo you'll unlock a making of for the game, which we guess is..
Nolan North has hinted heavily that Hugh Jackman is in the front-running to play the part of Nathan Drake in the upcoming Uncharted movie
In a telephone interview on the Official Playstation Magazine UK podcast, North explains that, "I would love to do the movie, obviously I'd love to do it as Nathan Drake but I've done film and television and I understand the reality of the business."..
It's totally happening folks, Uncharted is definitely getting a movie
Hot off the heels of an interview with New York Magazine, creative director of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Amy Hennig, has told fans not to worry."Its definitely in the works, I can tell people. Weve got the best possible partners we could in Columbia Pictures. If anybodys got any fears of them not understanding the..
While it would end up ripping off a number of established movie cliches, we could imagine a Wet movie - if placed in the right hands - being rather enjoyable
That's exactly what Eliza Dusku - voice of the game's protagonist Rubi Malone - proposed during an interview with MTV, claiming that the game "maybe could turn into a live-action Dushku vehicle." Sadly for Eliza they kinda already..
Upcoming Sony blu-ray releases will include digital copies of movies for exclusive use with the PSP
That means, simply, when you buy a blu-ray movie from Sony, you'll have a digital copy on-hand ready to copy across for portable consumption on your PSP. The first blu-ray releases to feature PSP copies will be Godzilla and The Ugly Truth, both of which are due out November 10th in North America. You..
Those lucky folks in Australia (read: they'e not always very lucky with games so perhaps they deserve this) are getting a "PS3 Ultimate Blu-Ray Kit"
Ok, so the use of the word "ultimate" is a bit loose but this is still pretty neat. For $60 AUD (or $51 US), those who purchase the kit will receive an official Playstation 3 remote, a copy of the movie 300, and either Batman Begins or..
Variety are reporting that Universal Pictures are in contact with director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo over a Bioshock movie adaptation
Gore Verbinski was originally pencilled in to direct the movie, but he's now moved into a producer role, preferring to direct a new Pirates Of The Caribbean movie. We actually think Bioshock would make an amazing movie. No snarky comments from us.
Did you wonder why Paul W
S. Anderson and his fiancee actress Milla Jovovich were making a fourth Resident Evil movie about your favourite RE character Alice? The answer, according to Milla, is money."The movie makes money," says Jovovich. "If it makes more money than the last one, you'd think that people want to see another one, so we'll do another one. There's been a lot of..
Alongside Nathan Drake, Sony Pictures want to bring Sucker Punch's Cole McGrath to the big screen
In fact, they want to do it so badly they've already got a screenplay drafted out by Sheldon Turner. Hollywood hotshots Avi and Ari Arad are said to be producing the movie; they're also apparently going to work on the Uncharted movie. To be honest, inFamous could probably translate to cinema better..
These shots were taken inside Sony's new Blu-Ray factory in Sydney, Australia
The recently opened factory had its doors opened for press photography this week and the fascinating shots of machinery were the result of the opened doors. Looks like they were pressing some retail copies of PAIN at the time.
A live action Dead Space movie is on the horizon according to Variety
They claim that D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye, Y: The Last Man) has been signed up for directing duties while EA and Temple Hill producers (Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey) search for a writer. It'll be a while before cameras start rolling but it certainly seems like the cogs are in some serious motion. Expect a Dead Space movie within the..
Hey who wants more of Milla Jovovich's "Alice" character? Well, really, we'd rather the Resident Evil movies had stuck to their original fiction, but hey, whatever
The Resident Evil movies aren't the worst video game movies ever, and if you detach yourself from the fact that they have absolutely nothing to do with Resident Evil, they're actually kinda ok. Regardless, if you don't like them, we..
We're at the point of this generation where the platform holders can look back on their systems and question any mistakes that may have been made along the way
Faulty hardware for Microsoft, Wii Music for Nintendo, but what about Sony? The blu-ray player perhaps? Kaz Hirai - Sony's head honcho - thinks not:"Purely from a gaming standpoint there was no other choice for us." The reason..
An ad on the back of a Japanese Blu-Ray release for anime Evangelion has confirmed the series is heading to the Playstation 3 via Cellius - the joint company between SCE and Namco Bandai
There's not really much more to say at the moment, but we'll keep you informed as news breaks.
Something we expect to see happen more and more with film-franchises, is for special-edition Blu-Ray packages to feature both the movie and the game
We'll eat our hat if there's not some kind of Ghostbusters Blu-Ray/game package available next month. And that's exactly what is going to happen with Watchmen. Today's newly announced special edition Blu-Ray will include two Blu-Ray discs; the movie..
For now we're chalking this down as speculation but until we get the actual figures we suppose it's best reporting on the preliminary: the release of Advent Children Complete looks like it has pushed Playstation 3 sales figures in the region to somewhere near 57,000
The week prior to the blu-ray's release saw Playstation 3 figures at around 16,000 so it's a significant jump if the reports are to be..
Here's an idea movie companies: bundle an exclusive, hotly anticipated demo with your blu-ray movies and achieve monumental sales
The idea has been declared fool-proof in Japan where the blu-ray of Final Fantasy: Advent Children Complete sold 100,000 copies; with a little help from the Final Fantasy XIII demo it included. The movie easily outsold any other blu-ray anime releases in Japan, 2008's..
As time goes by, we're hearing a lot more about 3D movies; be it in cinema or the possibility of it coming to video games
In fact, Sony themselves showcased 3D versions of Wipeout HD and Gran Turismo 5 Prologue at this years CES. The technology is being touted to jump into the home cinema sooner than expected, with Next3D developing a downloadable application for the PS3 enabling full 3D 1080p..
When Dragon Quest IX got delayed, most people expected that would have a knock-on effect with Final Fantasy XIII
Not so, one lucky gamer who got his hands on the Final Fantasy: Advent Children Complete blu-ray has already completed the bundled Final Fantasy XIII demo, which concludes in the above "Winter 2009" teaser. Japanese gamers should expect the game before the year is out.
Final Fantasy means money in Japan
In fact, we're surprised Japan don't replace the Yen with copies of various Final Fantasy games. Alas, this weekend in Tokyo Square Enix held private screenings for the upcoming Final Fantasy Advent Children Complete movie. It's probably the only blu-ray release that will get its own bundled, special-edition Playstation 3 system. Do you know what though? It's not..
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