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July2016

  • Video Is the PS4 Powerful Enough for Virtual Reality?

    Yes, but it's not perfect

    Many people often ponder whether the PlayStation 4 is powerful enough to offer a competent virtual reality experience – especially with the recommended specs for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive being so high. But having gone hands on with PlayStation VR a few times now, we're happy to report that it does genuinely offer a...

  • News Amazon Readies for Release of New PS4 Console

    Spanish arm expects new system on 13th October

    Amazon Spain has added a new product page for a brand new PlayStation 4 console set to release on 13th October, prompting speculation that it could be the anticipated PS4K – or Neo as it's also known. The listing includes a €399.99 price point, which is exactly what we'd expect the upgraded...

  • News PS4 Was USA's Best Selling Box for the Eighth Month Running in June

    View from the top

    The latest NPD report has been delayed while digital data is added to the tracking, but it has been confirmed that the PlayStation 4 was the best selling console for June 2016. This is the eighth month in a row now that Sony's system has been on top, with Halo 5 being the last game to cause a temporary upset all the way back in...

  • News Sony Changes Stance on PlayStation VR Controller Support

    Move aside

    Sony's still very much prone to bloopers as well, as it mucked up its messaging on PlayStation VR controller support this week. Those of you with sharp memories may recall the statement that it sent to Eurogamer.net, stressing that all virtual reality games will support the DualShock 4. Apparently that's not quite the case – it

  • News Devs May Start Submitting PS4K Compatible Titles Next Month

    Developer documentation leaks

    As alluded in our Talking Point earlier today, we suspect that PlayStation 4K may happen fast. Sony's talked about its desire of selling the system soon after its announcement, and that could come any day now. Indeed, developer documentation which has leaked online suggests that studios will be able to start...

  • Talking Point Is Sony Scared of Xbox's Scorpio?

    Neo way

    Microsoft jumped feet first into the iterative hardware space at E3 2016, announcing Project Scorpio for… Well, the end of 2017! Sony, on the other hand, opted to keep the PlayStation 4K closer to its chest, confirming that it is working on an upgraded console, but refusing to share specifics until the platform is officially announced...

  • News No Man's Sky Video Series Aims to Answer Old Questions

    What do you do?

    It's less than a month now until No Man's Sky is set free into the never-ending expanse of the universe, and to celebrate that, Sony's released the first video in a series explaining what you actually do in the game. The so-called Guide to the Galaxy will cover the four key aspects from the intergalactic outing: explore, fight,...

  • Rumour Gravity Rush 2 Floats to Japanese PS4s on 1st December

    Purrrr-fect

    Kat will arrive in time for Christmas it seems, as a Japanese retailer has listed PlayStation 4 exclusive Gravity Rush 2 for release on 1st December. Sony was set to officially announce the launch date during a press event on 19th July, but seeing as the aforementioned date is a Thursday – when titles typically release in Japan –...

  • News Hey, the Steel Black PS4 Controller Isn't Bad Either

    It's no crystal, but what is?

    You've heard us go gaga over the sublime crystal DualShock 4, but Sony clearly isn't content with just one lavish hardware trailer. The PlayStation maker's just thrown out another video showcasing the steel black controller, which, while not quite as impressive as the aforementioned transparent beauty, is still rather...

  • News Hatsune Miku, Schoolgirls Star in Japanese PS VR Sizzle Trailer

    Goodbye cruel world

    PlayStation VR's less than three months away now, and Sony's trying to drum up one last blast of enthusiasm before 13th October. This all-new sizzle trailer has been released for the Japanese audience, and centres on experiences such as Summer Lesson and Hatsune Miku VR: Future Live. It also spotlights a handful of games we...

  • News Is Sony Holding a Press Conference at Gamescom?

    Outlook's not good

    Earlier in the year at E3 2016, Sony implied that it was still undecided regarding the venue of its European press conference this year. Historically, it's held the show at Gamescom, but last year it switched the event to Paris Games Week. However, with Microsoft skipping its European media briefing entirely this time, all eyes...

  • News PS4 Exclusive Death Stranding Will Be Hideo Kojima's Best Work

    Bold ambitions

    Hideo Kojima – the creator of bonafide classics like Metal Gear Solid and, er, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty – believes that Death Stranding, his brand new PlayStation 4 exclusive game, will be his greatest work to date. The veteran was speaking in Brighton at the Develop conference alongside fellow legend Mark Cerny, who...

  • News These PS4 Bundles Are Getting Bigger and Bigger

    Putting on weight

    Console bundles become a less interesting point of discussion the older a platform gets, but while we've been ignoring PlayStation 4 packages for some time, Sony's been quietly making them bigger and bigger. Take this 1TB bundle available from UK retailer GAME starting tomorrow: it includes Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Bloodborne,...

  • News Drool Over This Crystal PS4 Controller Trailer

    Phwoooooar

    This particular author remembers being distinctly jealous of a kid back in primary school who had a crystal Game Boy Colour. It wasn't a "sexy" piece of hardware, per se, but there's just something strangely compelling about transparent tech. We're sure that some of you won't agree, of course, but before you start gobbing in the...

  • News PS4 Smashes 3 Million Units Milestone in Japan

    Not bad

    It's taken a little longer than Sony may have hoped, but the PlayStation 4 has now crossed the three million units milestone in Japan, according to the latest Media Create report. The console launched on 22nd February 2014 in the platform holder's home nation, so it's taken over two years to achieve the target. While that sounds promising...

  • News Dozens of Digital Games Discounted on EU PlayStation Store

    Bargain bin

    Want something to play this summer despite the lack of new releases? Good news, Sony has discounted dozens upon dozens of digital games on the European PlayStation Store, with everything from Alienation through to White Night up for grabs on the PlayStation 4. The former can be purchased for just £9.99, for example, while you'll be...

  • News All PlayStation VR Games Will Support the DualShock 4

    Move not mandatory

    There's been a bit of confusion – surprise, surprise – online recently regarding some early box art for PlayStation VR launch title, PlayStation VR Worlds. On the cover – which we reported on eons ago – there's a handy little icon which simply states 'You'll Need These' alongside images of the PlayStation Camera and...

  • News The Re-PLAY Sale Offers Discounts on Games You Probably Already Own

    Check those download lists

    Sony has brought a new sale to the US PlayStation Store, but its contents are rather underwhelming. Titled the Re-PLAY sale, it offers regular users discounts of up to 65%, and PlayStation Plus subscribers 75%. The problem is, you've more than likely already picked these games up. Titles included range from Journey,...

  • Talking Point Will No Man's Sky Live Up to the Hype on PS4?

    Sky high

    No Man's Sky is finished! We're nearing our 50th article on the game since it was announced all the way back in December 2013. In case you can't remember those halcyon days: the PlayStation 4 had only just released, Geoff Keighley still produced award ceremonies for Spike TV, and Britain was still in the EU. Too soon? Anyway, the point...

  • News Demon's Souls Remaster Could Crawl Up and Die on Your PS4

    Sony would need to find a developer, though

    While we'd assumed that the industry was collectively done with remasters, it seems that there's still plenty of pent-up demand for a re-release of Demon's Souls on the PlayStation 4. And it could still happen according to director Hidetaka Miyazaki – it's just unlikely that From Software will be at...

  • Talking Point Is It Time for PSone Classics on PS4?

    Old-school

    This week saw the release of two PlayStation 2 titles on the PlayStation 4: The Warriors and Metal Slug Anthology. The two articles that we wrote confirming these releases went on to become among the most viewed on the website over the past seven days, proving that there's pent-up demand for these retro re-releases. But isn't it time...

  • News New Documentary Will Depict How PlayStation Conquered the World

    And you can help fund it

    PlayStation's big business these days, but that wasn't always the case. Back in the early 90s, electronics giant Sony was rather reluctant to create its own console – with its board of directors voting against Ken Kutaragi's proposal. The firm's wily CEO Norio Ohga believed in the project so much, though, that he sent...

  • News Uncharted 4 Hastily Discounted in EU PlayStation Store Flash Sale

    Treasure trove

    Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is comfortably one of the best games of the year, and now it's available for less on the European PlayStation Store. While the discount doesn't cut particularly deep, the title can currently be purchased digitally in the UK for £34.99, which is less than the likes of

  • News Popular PlayStation Suit Adam Boyes Is Leaving Sony

    Getting back to game development

    Adam Boyes has one of the most recognisable faces at PlayStation – but the Vice President of Developer and Publisher Relations is moving on. The suit – perhaps best known for announcing Final Fantasy VII Remake and Shenmue III at last year's E3, as well as featuring in

  • News No Man's Sky Is Finally, Finally Finished on PS4

    Space awaits

    The wait has been longer than an intergalactic tour of the universe, but No Man's Sky is finally finished on the PlayStation 4. Hello Games founder Sean Murray – who's sprouted a rather feral beard during the gruelling development cycle – confirmed the news on Twitter earlier this evening, with a photograph of the Guildford-based...

  • News Gravity Rush 2's Japanese PS4 Release Date to Tumble Out of 19th July Event

    Meow

    Gravity Rush 2 – known as Gravity Daze 2 overseas, of course – will be dated in Japan during a presentation scheduled for 19th July. The event will be hosted at Ebisu Act Square, and will begin at 14:30PM JST – about 06:30AM BST if you're in the UK. It'll be attended by series creator Keiichiro Toyama, composer Kohei Tanaka, and SIEJ...

  • News PS4 Exclusive Alienation Loots Local Co-Op Patch

    Stronger together

    Alienation didn't set the world alight quite like Resogun before it, but in a year that's seen the release of several strong PlayStation 4 exclusives, it's one of the better ones. And now it's been updated as part of patch v1.03, bringing with it the local co-op support which was promised all the way back at launch. You'll be...

  • News Sony Submits Paperwork for USB Dongle

    Slow news day

    The news has well and truly dried up in the wake of E3 2016 – just look at the headline to this article for proof. Yes, it's true: Sony has submitted a filing to the Federal Communications Commission for a USB dongle. The proposed product was submitted by the PlayStation division, but it's unclear what it actually does. Kill us...

  • News Horizon: Zero Dawn, PlayStation VR Win E3 2016 Awards

    But Zelda beats PlayStation's best

    The annual Game Critics Awards winners are in – and the PlayStation 4 has won big yet again. While it was The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that took the coveted E3 2016 Best of Show gong, Horizon: Zero Dawn won Best Original Game, while PlayStation VR took home the Best Hardware/Peripheral trophy. Other...

  • News Download Your Free July PlayStation Plus Games Right Now

    And claim a special surprise

    July's roster of free PlayStation Plus games are available to download right now from the European PlayStation Store – and there's a surprise in store for members. At the time of typing, Yakuza 5 is available for the PlayStation 3 as opposed to the advertised Fat Princess. It's unclear if that's a mistake, but we'd...

  • News Sony Shutting LittleBigPlanet's Servers Down in Japan

    And some in the West

    If you're a Japanese gamer who loves LittleBigPlanet, then you may want to start tapping down on your d-pad: Sony's shutting down the servers for all three of the main games, as well as LittleBigPlanet Karting, LittleBigPlanet Vita, and LittleBigPlanet Portable. Essentially, the series is over in the East, it would seem. The...

  • News PlayStation VR's Not Released Yet, But It's Already Sold Out

    Sony not accepting launch pre-orders anymore

    Not got a pre-order for PlayStation VR? You're probably going to struggle to secure one on launch day. Sony hinted at E3 2016 that stocks of the futuristic facemask may be light, and it's since told IGN that all pre-orders have been exhausted. This means that the platform holder will not be making any...

  • News Analyst Reckons Sony May Release a PS4 Slim as Well as PS4K

    How many PS4s do you need?

    Hmmmm, let's put this one in the 'we're not convinced but maybe' pile. According to comments from Macquarie Securities analyst Damian Thong, Sony could well release a PlayStation 4 Slim as well as the recently confirmed PlayStation 4K - or 'Neo', as it's more commonly referred to. If there's truth to this, then it would...

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