It’s time. Time to sit on a 1000cc engine of angry horsepower and genital-searing potential, as you hit the track and take your pocket rocket for a spin. It’s time for a whole new generation of motorcycle action on more powerful hardware. Unfortunately you’ve got Milestone developing the latest iteration of the MotoGP franchise, so prepare for more of the same, yet again.
Bloodborne is out, and it’s an incredible experience for masochists and people who just love great games. As you’ll see when you get home to play it today, you’ll be confronted by a 2.69GB day one patch. That patch increases stability, contains a few game optimisations, enables co-op and opens up the game’s servers to all and sundry. Still, the game’s got a few performance issues and some unfortunately long load times. There’s a brand new patch coming to fix that.
It’s almost the end of the month. Soon, we won’t be dining on cheap dog food! Nope, it’ll be gourmet canned dog food for a week or two! Ha! Still, you may have a few bucks left to spare. You could be kind and give said cash to a charity. Or you could not waste your cash and spend it on yourself instead, because it’s not like you’re getting anything tangible in return from those damn orphans. Fortunately, there’s a PSN flash sale. So buy. Spend. CONSUME!
Yes sir, your favourite Greek god of of hyper-violent death and war is getting a tune-up for a PlayStation 4 release.
There is no disputing that PlayStation is Sony's all-in-one saving grace when it comes to balancing the books. Out of all the departments Sony has their fingers in, PlayStation consistently outdoes itself, and the PS4 in particular has been breaking internal forecasts all over the place. And forget the initial launch rush, because a year later PlayStation managed to outdo itself once again.
Right now, beta testers are busy laying with the new firmware for the PlayStation 4 that enables, amongst other things, suspend and resume for games. According to some reports, it seems like it’s more suspend-to-disk than suspend-to-ram, as users have reported being able to jump in and out of several games without having to worry about silly things like save points. We have no idea when that firmware is coming, though it’s expected to go live by the end of April. If you’re impatient, you can get a crack at firmware 2.50 right now.
We’re living in a digital-driven age, where more and more of our purchases are made online with details that are stored somewhere on a server we hope is secure. There are, of course, various ways to ensure this information stays safe, but no matter how much security there is a system is always vulnerable to attack. In those cases, it’s great to have good customer service to fall back on, so that any collateral damage is dealt with. It’s that last step where Sony is falling so very short.
The PS4 has been in need of a major update for a while, and this week brought around a wealth of new rumours regarding the big 2.50 update that should be out in a few weeks. Considering they were all rumours, it’s tough to try a separate the real from the fictional features, although the majority of them from the beta notes at least sounded rather plausible. And it’s those that Sony has just confirmed will be arriving with the update.
If you cast your mind back just a few years, you might recall a Sony program called PlayStation Mobile. The aim was simple: create a platform for indie developers to publish their games across various pieces of hardware, which included the PS Vita and select Android smartphones. The idea, and motivation to promote smaller studios, was a good one. But after months of stagnation, Sony is finally pulling the plug.
I’ve mentioned before how I’m actually keen on Sony’s VR tech, Project Morpheus. I’ve tried it on, it works and it feels comfy while making me look like a low-budget Robocop. It’s also got a hardware upgrade to help it pump out some pretty visuals straight into your ocular cavities, and more importantly, it has a launch window to take advantage of the fact that no other VR hardware has fully committed itself to consumers yet. But the one thing that it really, truly needs right now? Games. And Project Morpheus will be showing those games off at E3.
Out of all the VR kits arriving in the next couple of years, I think Sony’s Project Morpheus may have captured my technolusting eye the most. Even though the Oculus Rift has been available for a while, it’s not exactly a consumer-ready device, being more of a tool for developers than anything else. It’s also significantly better than my own VR device, which may or may not be a decrepit Viewmaster that I strapped to my face. The latest iteration of Project Morpheus features plenty of new hardware. Hardware that wasn’t cheap to add.
The PlayStation 2 redefined gaming for many people around the world. With a plethora of games and the fact it doubled as a DVD player, many people jumped at Sony's console. I think I ended up with three of them by the end of the generation thanks to multiple international moves and divorcing parents. Sony is finding staggering success with the PS4's sales, but how do they stack up against the legendary PS2?
Not all free-to-play games are equal. Some of them are more concerned with ringing every possible bit of cash out of a player before offering them anything that is actually worthwhile, whereas other games are actually pretty damn fun to play and worth a few extra bucks being tossed towards the experience. Take WarFrame for instance. It’s a solid game, that can easily be enjoyed with or without cash. That business model has proven to be rather profitable for the title, and Sony is paying attention.
We are VR, baby. Love it or hate it, but virtually real hardware and software is here to stay as the field has opened up with various companies throwing their goggles into the ring. While the Oculus Rift may dominate headlines, Sony might have something up their sleeve that could prove an equal match for that VR trendsetter. It’s called Project Morpheus, and thanks to some beefy new hardware that has been added to it, it looks like Morpheus is finally ready to hit the shelves next year.
Sony is really committed to the PlayStation brand, something we've known for a long time. However, they also have tried to make money from their phones and TVs. While their phones are hands-down the best Android devices on the market, they just aren't raking in the cash. Of course the company wants to make more money, and their new plan will focus on gamers.