I’ve been following the PlayStation TV since Sony first showed it off, paying more than a mild bit of attention to the device. It’s essentially a PlayStation Vita stripped of its screen or inputs and stuffed in to a sleek and sexy set-top box; the sort of thing that would compete with Amazon’s little microconsole, or even something like the nearly-forgotten Ouya. At first I thought it was largely pointless, but I slowly came around. Being able to play Vita games, along with with PlayStation 1 and PSP games on a bigger screen is appealing – but its functionality as a Remote Play Extender is what really got me sold on the thing.
Sony as a whole isn’t doing quite as well financially as anyone would like. People aren’t really buying their TV’s (even though their newest models are AMAZING for gaming), and despite putting out one of the best Android phones on the market right now with the Z3, their mobile division isn’t the market leader it had hoped it would be. As a result, they’ll be cutting back on both of those markets.
Sony had their Investor Relations Day, which sounds like an opportunity to eat fancy food and have SCE boss Andrew House give interesting quotes. We found out that PlayStation is dominating in Middle Eastern and German markets, but Sony wants much, much more.
I like the current crop of consoles this generation. Each one has their own charm, and you can’t go wrong choosing either device this generation. With the PlayStation 4, Sony has delivered a console that feels like a pure gaming device, and thanks to early marketing, it knew that when it began building up momentum. But the key to long-term survival, is in attracting more casual consumers.
A year since the new generation console have launched and it seems that the first battle was won by Sony. The PS4 has been selling fast and furious, but EA's Chief Financial Officer says that things are shifting in the market.
They say that those who are bullied often become bullies themselves. This isn't just something that we see on the playground anymore - it's getting played out on a grand scale on the internet. While no one can define GamerGate clearly enough to pick a side, Sony can at least make one unequivocal statement.
Those who’ve moved on from this physical media nonsense and who’ve got bandwidth to burn can, as of this weekend, pre-load the digital version of GTA V on the PlayStation 4. Unfortunately, as many noticed, there seems to be a few problems with the pre-load.
Another game that hasn’t had the best of launches this year, has to be DriveClub.. The game was meant to be Sony’s next big franchise, a first step into a gloriously realised online racing world. Instead, that side of the game has essentially become the post office strike, with DriveClub now entering week six of ongoing online feature delivery issues. Naturally, folks are angry. So prepare to be appeased.
Demos may be deader than Geoff’s regular sleeping habits, but the closest thing we’ve got to trying and maybe buying a game comes in the form of PlayStation 4’s Share Play feature. Part of the suite of new features from system update 2.0, Share Play allowed gamers to invite a second pal over the magic of the interwebs, to share an hour of gaming. Most games support the rather nifty idea. Games that don’t rhyme with Schmifa that is.
Sony’s PlayStation network has been down or malfunctioning disconcertingly often of late. Contrast the the now paid-for service with Xbox Live, which has been mostly rock solid, It’s not been helped by the 2.0 firmware update, which not only broke the network, but broke a number of PlayStation 4 units in its wake. It’s something Sony’s really sorry about.
Nelson Mandela once said “Let freedom reign. The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement.” and how glorious it is, when you are truly free. Freedom Wars’ basic premise is that you, the player, has lost all rights to be free and you either fight to get it back or wither away as a prisoner of society. The choice is yours.
Pre-loading is a simple enough idea. Pre-order a game, download it early and have it ready to play on launch day, thus removing one of the digital download stings out of the equation. In theory, it should work fine, and indeed it does. But for some reason, it’s been a mission to get Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare properly pre-downloaded on Xbox One. And that’s not the only platform having some advanced issues, as the PlayStation 4 is experiencing some console parity problems as well.
Depending on who you ask, Sony is either giving the Xbox One a mild sales beating, or wholly destroying it. Right now, it’s the indisputable champion in the realm of console sales. According to Sony’s latest financial reports, the company has sold 3.3 million PlayStation 4 units in the last quarter alone.
The Xbox One gets monthly updates, bringing a slew of features and improvements every month. The latest version of the PlayStation 4 software should be rolling out to consumers later today, and it brings with it quite a number of changes. With the PlayStation 4, Sony’s been slow to issue updates, whereas with their last console, updates were a regular, seemingly incessant thing. This is a conscious decision by Sony.
The Xbox One is finally picking up in sales. It has launched in a bunch of new territories, including South Africa, and the numbers are looking up. Microsoft has triumphantly announced their sales numbers for the last period, but it's still not looking too inspiring compared to the competition.