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January2018

  • News New Flash Sale Appears on US PlayStation Store

    Something for the weekend

    Once again, Sony has sprung a flash sale on the US PlayStation Store. You'll be able to buy this bevvy of bargains up until 22nd January at 8am PT. Games included in the sale are going for under $5 and include a wide range of titles across Sony's range of consoles. Highlights include Mirror's Edge Catalyst and the complete...

  • News EU PS Plus Subscribers Can Now Download Psycho-Pass PS4 Free

    Mandatory happiness

    Sony has added the PlayStation 4 version of visual novel Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness to January 2018’s lineup of free games in Europe, matching the North American storefront. While this title was billed as cross-buy across the pond, the platform holder appeared to disagree in the Old World, offering it for the PS Vita...

  • News God of War, Detroit Feature in Early 2018 PS4 Musical Montage

    Swingin' Playin'

    Sony’s released another one of its amazing PlayStation 4 musical montages in Japan, and this may be the best one yet. The theme this time revolves around a series of records, each representing a different release. The trailer appears to focus on Early 2018 titles, but interestingly includes God of War and Detroit: Become Humant...

  • News Sony's Third-Party Relations Chief Exits After a Year

    Revolving door

    The replacement for Adam Boyes in one of PlayStation’s most important positions has left the company after just a year, according to a Games Beat report. Ex-Harmonix chief Florian Hunziker was recruited in January 2017 as Head of Third-Party Developer Relations to fill the shoes of the aforementioned charismatic suit, but has...

  • News 'Games Under €20' Sale Begins on EU PlayStation Store

    Spend, spend, spend

    With the mammoth January sale finally over, Sony has seen fit to replace it with a new round of discounts, just in case you haven't bought enough games recently. There are, as usual, a huge number of titles on offer, all under €20 (or £16 for us Brits). Highlights include Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, The Last Guardian,...

  • News Will Twisted Metal Ever Come to the PS4?

    Creator David Jaffe weighs in

    Twisted Metal maker David Jaffe has weighed in on the state of the franchise, releasing a video as response to the “numerous” daily tweets he receives from fans asking about the future of the car combat series. In the ten minute clip, he makes clear that he doesn’t own the brand and so any decisions about its...

  • News PS4 Firmware Update 5.05 Is Here to Improve System Performance

    Surprise

    The PlayStation 4 has just received firmware update 5.05 - and it's a simple system performance upgrade. Business as usual. The update appears to be mandatory, but at only a few hundred megabytes, it shouldn't take you long to download and install. This is not to be confused with the upcoming firmware update 5.50, which will be much more...

  • News Heavy Rain's Sales Reach a Ridiculous 5.3 Million Units

    When it rains it pours

    Back when it released in 2010, Heavy Rain was looked upon as one of the most experimental titles in Sony’s portfolio. While it built upon a lot of the groundwork laid in PlayStation 2 game Fahrenheit (or Indigo Prophecy, depending on where you’re from) its story-driven murder mystery was unlike anything available at the...

  • News Insane Monster Hunter: World PS4 Ad Is Somehow Even Better than the Last One

    Monster mash

    PlayStation Japan knows how to make adverts. Whenever the company gets its hands on the advertising rights for a big release, it almost always finds a way to make us crack up -- and this new Monster Hunter: World ad is no different. In fact, it's probably one of the funniest we've seen. Once again, Japanese actor Takayuki Yamada is...

  • News Fans Are Fighting to Bring Demon's Souls to PS4

    The Old One

    With a Dark Souls remaster due out later this year and Demon’s Souls’ servers about to be disabled, fans are getting together to demonstrate there’s demand for a remaster of the classic PlayStation 3 exclusive. We’ve seen similar campaigns for both

  • News God of War's Stone Mason Edition Appears on GameStop

    A godly amount of extras

    God of War is set to receive a special edition release, which should come as no surprise. Popping up recently on GameStop, the Stone Mason Edition comes with all the usual bits and pieces you'd expect, plus a few little oddities. Coming in at $149.99, the Stone Mason Edition contains a 9" statue of Kratos and Atreus fending...

  • News Sony's PhyreEngine Adds Support for Nintendo Switch

    Fanning the flames

    Sony’s game development toolset PhyreEngine appears to have added support for the Nintendo Switch, judging by documentation in the system’s recently released Dragon Quest Builders demo. It’s not a massive surprise, of course, as the software already supports the Xbox One, iOS, and Android – in addition to the family of...

  • News God of War PS4's Combat System Promises to Be Brutal and Brilliant

    Axcellent

    Game Informer's God of War coverage continues with a look at the title's almost completely revamped combat system. In the video that we've embedded above, the publication talks to lead gameplay designer Jason McDonald, who explains how Kratos has ended up with a magical axe as his main means of cleaving monsters in half. It's interesting...

  • News Jim Ryan Promoted to Deputy President of Sony Interactive Entertainment

    Congratulations

    Jim Ryan is one of a few Sony suits you'll recognise from previous press conferences. He's been with the company since 1994, and was made president of SIE Europe in 2011. He was also made head of global sales and marketing in 2016, and helped launch the PS4 Pro and PlayStation VR. His hard work seems to have paid off, as he's...

  • News Oh Boy, Shadow of the Colossus Has a Photo Mode on PS4

    And it looks fantastic

    Shadow of the Colossus looks bloody gorgeous on PlayStation 4, remade from the ground up. The system's share button was made for games like this, but as titles like Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and Assassin's Creed Origins have shown us, it's even better when you're able to completely pause the...

  • News Spider-Man Will Swing to PS4 in 2018, Stay Tuned for More

    Insomniac Games teases additional details

    Insomniac Games community director James Stevenson has casually taken to popular forum ResetEra to reiterate that Spider-Man will release in 2018 on the PlayStation 4. As with pretty much the entirety of Sony’s lineup right now, there’s no specific date been attached to the title, but we know that the...

  • News Sony's Smartphone Division Reveals No Heroes Allowed! DASH

    Not bad, man

    Sony’s versatile reverse dungeon crawling franchise No Heroes Allowed! is getting the smartphone treatment in Japan, as mobile publishing arm ForwardWorks has revealed latest instalment DASH for iOS and Android. This looks like a Puzzle Quest-esque title, where you need to shift blocks in order to summon monsters to off intrepid...

  • News Spider-Man PS4's Box Art Close to Final, Will 'Pop on Store Shelves'

    Insomniac can't wait to unveil it

    Spider-Man has the potential to be the best-selling PlayStation 4 exclusive of the generation, and it’s going to pick up a lot of sales based on its brand alone. It’s important, then, that Sony and Insomniac Games come up with some good box art to catch the attention of more casual consumers – and according to...

  • News Sony Doubles Down on 2018 Release Date for Days Gone

    End of days approach

    Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida casually mentioned back at PlayStation Experience last month that Days Gone is scheduled to release this year, but now the game’s popped up as part of an official ‘What to Look Forward to in 2018’ newsletter. The platform holder’s been sending out play time statistics to

  • Feature 5 PS4 Firmware Update Features We Want in 2018

    Final polish

    Sony didn’t update the PlayStation 4 much in 2017 – it didn’t really need to. We finally got external hard drive support, ticking off one of the system’s most oft-requested features since launch. And the manufacturer also completely overhauled the platform’s parental controls feature set. Beyond that, though, it’s becoming...

  • News PS4 Firmware 5.50 Incoming as Sony Opens Beta Test Sign-Ups

    The big 5.50

    The PlayStation 4's next big firmware update is in the works, Sony has revealed. The company's currently asking Japanese users to sign up for firmware 5.50 beta testing, meaning that it's only a matter of time before registration opens in North America and Europe, too. There are no details on what firmware 5.50 will include...

  • News PS4 Exclusive Days Gone to Have Huge Story Focus

    Hours of cinematics hinted

    Yet to be convinced by the biker gang storyline in oft-forgotten PlayStation 4 exclusive Days Gone? Looks like Sony Bend will be doubling down on narrative, as Chinese whispers suggest that it will have “hours” of cinematics. Of course, it’s an open world game so expect these to be interspersed between long stretches...

  • News Horizon: Zero Dawn Sweeps Nominations at DICE Awards 2018

    Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy close behind

    With our very own Game of the Year list enshrined in history, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the jury's in on the best games of last year. However, apparently a panel of industry professionals called the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences has announced their...

  • Rumour God of War Release Date Leak Points to 22nd March Again

    Norse to know

    God of War antihero Kratos must have put a gagging order on the latest game’s release date, because Sony is remaining tight-lipped about the title’s launch. However, hot on the heels of a PlayStation Store leak which pointed to a 22nd March release, a Portuguese retailer has plumped up for the exact same date. Suspicious. Now...

  • Feature 4 Things We Want to See from PSVR in 2018

    Games! Non-Games! PSVR Aim Controller! More!

    PlayStation VR had a quietly successful 2017, evidenced by robust sales figures and an even stronger slate of software. In fact, given our concerns at the start of 2017, the past 12 months proved more positive for the peripheral than we could have possibly ever imagined – and on the evide

  • News Gravity Rush 2's Servers to Remain Online for a Further Six Months

    Purrfect

    When Sony announced its plan to shut down Gravity Rush 2's online services, fans weren't best pleased. In fact, they started the #DontForgetGravityRush campaign in protest. Fortunately, the publisher has pushed back the termination of the servers, giving players an extra six months to enjoy the game's social elements. The date has move

  • News Sony Boss John Kodera's Twitter Account May Have Been Fake

    Update: Shuhei Yoshida confirms

    A new Twitter account for incoming PlayStation president John Kodera appeared this week, retweeting corporate intel like PlayStation 4 sales figures and such. It was promptly followed by various Sony employees, lending legitimacy to the handle. However, as of this morning it’s been suspended, suggesting it may have...

  • News Horizon: Zero Dawn Sweeps the PlayStation Blog Awards

    Queen

    Horizon: Zero Dawn would have been a comfortable Game of the Year winner in most other years, so we do feel a tinge of sadness for Guerrilla Games in that regard. Fortunately, the PlayStation Blog awards have practically presented Aloy’s adventure with a clean sweep – it probably would have scooped Best Sports Game if it was eligible in...

  • News There's Another Licensed PS4 'Pro' Controller Out Next Week

    Introducing the Onyx

    HORI's "Onyx" PlayStation 4 controller is out next week in the UK. The pad's part of a reasonably wide range of third party devices, but this one's more of a "pro" option. It's got all the functionality that you'd expect, and unlike some other licensed controllers, it doesn't have to be connected via USB to work. Can't say we're...

  • News Call of Duty, Star Wars Dominate PS Store Charts in December 2017

    Gang Beasts starts strong, too

    There are no surprises in the PlayStation Store charts for December 2017, apart from perhaps the success of the long-overdue Gang Beasts, which charted second on the PlayStation 4 in North America and sixth in Europe. Call of Duty: WWII and Star Wars Battlefront 2 dominated depending upon your continent, with FIFA...

  • Guide Best God of War Games Ranked

    War games

    In the pantheon of popular PlayStation intellectual properties, God of War occupies the throne room alongside other household names like Uncharted and Gran Turismo. But which is the best of Kratos’ bloody escapades to date? Ahead of the release of this year’s reimagining, we’ve returned to Ancient Greece in order to, er, order each...

  • News Sony Trademarks Potential New PS4 Title Named RaySpace

    Ray to go

    Canadian documentation for a trademark registration has revealed that Sony may be working on a title named RaySpace, although there are no additional details available at the time of writing. Filed on 28th December last year, the submission appears to allude to a new PlayStation 4 game. It sounds like it could be PlayStation VR related,...

  • News SIE CEO John Kodera Says not to Worry About First Party Games Going the Service Route

    Phew

    Back when Andy House left his role as President of Sony Interactive Entertainment, there were concerns that his replacement, John Kodera, was a little too keen on microtransactions. In a conference call a few months ago, it was discussed that PlayStation would look into the possibility of adding more in-game purchases to future titles, a...

  • News Future God of War Games Could Take on Egyptian, Mayan Mythologies

    By the Gods

    It seems as though the God of War series could potentially end up tackling whichever mythology Santa Monica Studio fancies. In a new video interview with Game Informer, Cory Barlog and Shannon Studstill (creative director and studio head, respectively) shed some more light on the latest entry, and hint at where the series might wander...

  • News Sony Wraps Up NA Holiday Sale with Fifth Week of Xmas Offers

    It's almost mid-January

    The sale that never ends has returned for one last week, as Sony puts a bow around its North American holiday promotion. To be honest, we’ve been back at work long enough to forget Christmas even ever happened. Anyway, the fifth week of offers is live now and includes discounts on titles like Burly Men at Sea for $6.99 and...

  • News PlayStation Fans Are Gaming's Biggest W*nkers

    #4TheForeplay

    Sony’s mantra with the PlayStation 4 is “the best place to play”, and true to its word, new Pornhub data shows that fans have been extra busy jiggling their joysticks in 2017. PlayStation systems accounted for a whopping 56 per cent of the popular site’s games console traffic last year, meaning you should probably think twice...

  • Feature 5 Ways the PlayStation Store Must Improve in 2018

    Shop till you drop

    The PlayStation Store is big business for Sony. While software continues to retain a retail presence, we’re teetering perilously on the edge of a dramatic swing towards digital – and the PlayStation 4’s premium plaza is poised to clean up. The Japanese giant already rakes in unfathomable sums of money through the online...

  • News Sony's Robot Dog Draws Crowds at CES 2018

    Give a dog a bone

    Sony brought Aibo, its luxury robot dog, along to CES 2018 so it could show off the pup's abilities to a Western audience. Aibo was previously available as a somewhat limited product in Japan, where it reportedly sold quite well, despite being priced at around the yen equivalent of $1,800. According to various websites who...

  • News Sony Announced a $30,000 4K Projector at CES 2018

    Cheap and cheerful

    If you scoff at high-end OLED televisions, then perhaps you may be tempted by Sony’s new $30,000 short-throw projector. The uber-expensive device outputs in 4K (of course) at a peak brightness of 2,500 lumens, and can display images of up to 120-inches. It was announced at CES 2018 overnight, alongside a slew of other products...

  • News Sony Wheels Out New Commercial for The Inpatient on PSVR

    Until Dawn prequel out this month

    PlayStation VR’s set to kick 2018 off with a bang, courtesy of SuperMassive Games’ delayed survival horror The Inpatient. Set within the Until Dawn universe, this prequel tells the tale of the Blackwood Sanatorium back when it was operational, and sees you assume the role of a patient with missing memories. We...

  • News PS4 Enjoys Best Ever Year, Sells Over 20 Million Units

    Success story

    While many – this author included – had expected the PlayStation 4 to peak in 2016, new numbers from Sony reveal that the console actually increased 15 per cent year-over-year. In fact, data shows that the system sold a whopping 20.2 million units globally in 2017 alone – up from its previous record of 17.5 million units the year...

  • News PS4 Sells Almost Six Million Units in Just Over a Month

    Install base now at 73.6 million units

    Sony’s sent out its customary pre-CES 2018 chest puffing press release, revealing that the PlayStation 4 sold almost six million units globally over the all-important holiday period. To be precise, the system sold 5.9 million units worldwide from the period spanning 20th November through 31st December...

  • Live Watch Sony's CES 2018 Press Conference Right Here

    TV! TV! DSLRs!

    Sony kicks off another year crammed full of press conferences with its annual CES 2018 keynote – although expect more televisions and cameras than PlayStation 4s. CEO Kaz Hirai will be sure to touch upon the company’s booming gaming business, but don’t expect any major announcements coming out of Los Angeles. Sony's CES 2018...

  • Guide What Time Is Sony's CES 2018 Press Conference?

    When to watch Sony's presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show

    When and where can you watch Sony’s CES 2018 press conference? It’s not a question many will be pondering this week, but we daresay a few of you will be eager to know when the Japanese giant’s presentation is scheduled to get underway. Fortunately, we’re here to help...

  • News Spider-Man PS4 Playthroughs Taking Multiple Days

    Thwip

    Insomniac Games has been enjoying Spider-Man on the PlayStation 4 as part of a studio-wide playtest session, which you can learn more about through here. And one thing we’ve gleaned from the playthroughs is that the game is pretty long: ex-Crystal Dynamics design director Brian Horton wrote on Twitter that each of his three runs thus far has...

  • News Watch Cory Barlog Answer Some Quick Questions About God of War on PS4

    Dad of war

    Are there quick time events? Is Atreus going to be annoying? How many times has God of War Creative Director Cory Barlog been called Cory Balrog? You'll find out the answers to all of these questions and many more in the above video, which comes courtesy of Game Informer. It's a fun little interview that, while definitely on the silly...

  • News Insomniac Staffers Are Swinging Through Spider-Man PS4's Campaign

    Our spider-sense is tingling

    Insomniac Games is enjoying a studio-wide playthrough of Spider-Man on the PlayStation 4 this week. An interesting playtest exercise, it seems like all employees have been relieved of their duties in order to try out the upcoming exclusive – potentially in its entirety. We assume everyone will be making notes, and...

  • News Sony Expects PSVR's Library to Almost Double in 2018

    VRy good

    PlayStation VR has a lot of games – honestly more than some of you may realise. But as evidenced at various Sony press conferences over the past 12 months, this train is just getting started, with the platform holder predicting that the peripheral’s software library will almost double in 2018. To be precise, it anticipates that the...

  • News What Happens When You Show Shadow of the Colossus to a Kid?

    Exactly what you'd expect

    Shadow of the Colossus is one of the few games we wished we could play for the first time again. We’re a little bit jealous, then, of anyone who’s going to go into the upcoming PlayStation 4 remake having never sampled Fumito Ueda’s opus before. That includes the son of Bluepoint’s art director, who is the subject...

  • News Sony Didn't Really Want Another God of War Game

    Cory Barlog had to convince company

    Sony wanted to give God of War a much longer rest after previous entry Ascension disappointed critically and commercially. The latest issue of Game Informer reveals that the company needed serious convincing in order to give the franchise another shot. “A lot of people throughout the organisation wanted to...

  • Poll Is 2018 Looking Bright for PlayStation?

    New year, new rules?

    Well, 2018 is here, and we're stuck with it for the next 12 months. Thankfully, the year's looking very, very promising for us PlayStation enthusiasts -- or at least, we like to think it is. We've already put together a gigantic list of upcoming games, after all. But as always, we want to know what you lot think. As such, our...

  • News New Deals Join the Enormous PS4 January Sale Today

    Horizon: Zero Dawn! Gran Turismo Sport! Injustice 2!

    Sony is hoping to squeeze a few more pennies out of your wallets this month, as it's just refreshed the PlayStation Store's ludicrously large January sale. Some big games are included, too, so it's worth double checking what's on offer. Horizon: Zero Dawn is probably the best of the new deals at...

  • News God of War PS4 Details Incoming as Kratos Battles onto Game Informer's Next Cover

    God of more

    God of War doesn't have a confirmed release date yet, but it is supposed to be launching in the first half of 2018. Thankfully, it seems as though development is currently on track, because Game Informer have revealed that the PlayStation 4 exclusive will adorn the cover of their February issue. Naturally, this means that we can look...

  • Guide The Best PS4 Games

    Every PlayStation 4 game you must own

    What are the best PS4 games? We’ve compiled a list of twenty top PlayStation 4 titles for both new owners and veterans of the console. Whether you’ve owned your console from day one or you’re new to the family, these are the greatest Sony PS4 games that you absolutely must have in your library...

  • News Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Director Shaun Escayg Departs Naughty Dog

    A new adventure awaits

    Uncharted: The Lost Legacy was fronted by a fresh crop of Naughty Dog staffers, and it always felt to us like a “passing of the guard” type project. However, creative director Shaun Escayg is leaving, having also contributed to the development of The Last of Us and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. There’s no word on where...

  • Feature 5 Ways PS4 Can Dominate in 2018

    How Sony can keep PlayStation 4 on top this year

    Sony absolutely knocked it out of the park in 2017 – although for some reason the PlayStation 4’s success does feel like it’s been underplayed. Commercially, the console shifted some 10 million units globally in the six month period stretching through the summer to December, while

  • News NA PlayStation Store Rolls Out Fourth Week of Holiday Sales

    In case you're not already broke

    How about another bumper North American PlayStation Store sale to settle your post-Christmas blues? There are some ridiculous prices on some low-key PlayStation 4 games this week, like PlayStation VR shooter Ace Banana which is now $1.99. Other highlights include Bound ($6.99), Fat Princess Adventures ($1.99), and...

  • News Sony's Happy New Year Trailer Leans on PS4 Exclusives

    Spider-Man! God of War! Dreams!

    A slow news day calls for one thing and one thing only: an article about a 30 second video embedded in a Happy New Year tweet. Yeah, alright, we’re still waiting for the news cycle to properly kick in – but this clip is packed with 2018 exclusives that should leave your PlayStation 4’s disc slot licking its...

  • News January's PlayStation Plus Games are Available Now

    In Europe, at least

    If you received a fresh PlayStation Plus membership for Christmas, you're in luck -- the European Store has just updated, and this month's complimentary titles are ready for download. Expect the freebies to launch in North America later today. The main event this time is Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, a decent cyberpunk sneak 'em up...

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