Newzoo has a new comparison out for the year. Based on the financial years of 2013 and 2014, we can get a sense of which companies are leading the industry. While we talk about Sony, Microsoft, EA and everyone else who has big stands at E3 all the time, there are other players in this game who are raking in billions.
If you're an Android owner, this time of year is like an early Christmas. Every single handset creator out there is unveiling their flagship device for 2015, and companies like HTC, Samsung and Huawei already have theirs out in the wild. Not Sony though, who suspiciously omitted their Z4 smartphone from their MWC keynote in March. A mistake they rectified in Japan today.
Over the weekend, games streaming service OnLive announced its closure. That came as a surprise. Not its closure, mind you – I think everyone expected OnLive to fail at some point. More surprising, to me at least, was the fact that they still existed. Also surprising? They’ve been bought up by Sony.
Brutal. Dastardly bastardy. Various other cuss words so heinous, that they were last heard in an episode of Spongebob Squarepants. Yep, sounds pretty much like Bloodborne to me! From Software’s hit action RPG digital torture session isn’t exactly an easy game, with death merely a nightmare-fuelled monster away. The game puts the baws in boss battles, with some challenging creatures looking to turn your skull into a love toy. Fortunately, there’s an easy way around that. Just don’t tell anyone that I used this method, ok?
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.