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UK games retailer charges for its PSVR demos

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 02:31:00 -0400


Still not sold on VR? Got a PS4? But still not sure? Then you should probably test it out before laying down the hundreds of dollars (or pounds) the peripheral costs. But you probably shouldn't have to pay to do so. But that's exactly what UK retailer Game is doing, charging £5 (just over $6) for ten minutes of neck-craning and open-jawed gaming. You can also pay £15 for 30 minutes. Deal?

Via: Kotaku

Source: Game (Twitter)

Ben Heck's PlayStation 4 Slim teardown

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:30:00 -0400

Voiding warranties is what we do best here on The Ben Heck Show, and a new game console gives us the perfect opportunity. Join Ben as he tears down the Sony PlayStation 4 Slim to find out what makes it tick, and how it compares to Microsoft's Xbox One Slim. From creating their own Blu-ray solution (you know, just because they can) to questioning the build quality, Ben guides us through the design decisions Sony made when building the PS4 Slim. The real question you might be wondering, though, is: Can Ben turn it into a portable console? Probably yes, but more importantly, what would you like to see us do with it? let us know at the element14 Community.

'The Last Guardian' is finally ready

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:10:00 -0400

(image) Hold tight Fumito Ueda fans, your wait is almost over. Despite that long quiet period and even a recent six-week delay, tonight Sony Interactive exec Shuhei Yoshida tweeted that The Last Guardian has gone gold. That should put it on track for release December 6th, when everyone can adventure with a giant pet companion of their own. Not counting a Tokyo Game Show near-miss, we last experienced the successor to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus during E3 2016, and found it an "incomplete opus." Here's hoping the extra development time was enough to make everything just right.

Source: Shuhei Yoshida (Twitter)

The PS4 Pro, as explained by the man who designed it

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:00:00 -0400


Sony really wants to clarify a few things about the PlayStation 4 Pro:

First, the Pro doesn't signal the end of video game console generations, even though its specs and launch window fit a pattern that resembles PC or smartphone upgrade cycles more than traditional console releases. Second, the Pro is valuable even if you don't have a 4K TV. Third, though most games on the Pro won't actually be rendered in true 4K, they're still much improved over the standard PS4.

Sony probably feels the need to clarify these points because after it revealed the PS4 Pro in September, there was some confusion over the capabilities and identity of the new console. It was pitched as a mid-generation upgrade that would usher in an era of 4K gaming, but after the scripted presentation, it became obvious that 4K was still out of reach for most developers. At the launch event, we found just one game on the demo floor that actually ran in 4K (that would be Elder Scrolls Online) while others took advantage of the Pro's upgraded guts in other ways. Impressive ways, but not 4K.

After the reveal, it was unclear who the PS4 Pro was built for and what it signaled for the future of gaming consoles. It joined Microsoft's Project Scorpio in blurring the generational divide, and with all of this talk about 4K, its benefits for HDTV owners were uncertain.

That's when Mark Cerny stepped in.

Sony jumps into eSports with 'PlayStation Tournaments'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:21:00 -0400


How good of an NBA 2K17 player do you think you really are? Well, you're about to find out because on Thursday, Sony announced that it is teaming up with the ESL gaming network and hosting a month-long digital basketball tournament.

Source: Playstation Blog

'Red Dead Redemption 2' is coming next fall

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:07:00 -0400


Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar has been teasing a new Red Dead game in recent days, and we now know what it is: Red Dead Redemption 2. The third game in the series, it's described as "an epic tale of life in America's unforgiving heartland."

Where the story will pickup from is unknown. Given the events of the first Redemption, it's likely to be a prequel. The only promotional imagery we have so far is of a band of seven characters against a sunset -- with the central figure looking a lot like the series' protagonist, John Marston. But if it is a prequel, why call it Redemption 2? Are we maybe looking at a relative, or an all-new character? We'll hopefully have some answers on October 20th, when a trailer drops at 11AM ET.

As well as the expected single-player mode, Rockstar says "the game's vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience." The game is due out in fall 2017 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One -- there is no mention of PC support anywhere in the promotional material.

Source: Rockstar

Sony is releasing at least five mobile games in Asia

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 04:56:00 -0400

(image) Sony's PlayStation division has finally revealed how it plans to conquer mobile device. According to Wall Street Journal, the unit aims to release five to six PS games for both iOS and Android devices under the ForwardWorks subsidiary it formed in March. The company didn't reveal a timeline along with the announcement, but it's apparently looking to launch all of them before March 2018. All the titles will initially be available in Japan, followed by other Asian countries. Unfortunately, fans in the US and in Europe will have to wait for further info -- the regions aren't part of Sony's current plans.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

PS4 adds 360-degree videos and photos in time for PSVR

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 21:29:00 -0400


Now that the PSVR has finally been released to the public, Sony can now bring new PS4 features online that take advantage of the new peripheral. A few of these come in an update to the console's Media Player, which now lets users watch 360-degree video and photos when they don the headset. They've also added support for audio played in the high-definition FLAC format as well as boosting the quality of lossy music.

Source: PlayStation blog

Original PS3 owners can file claims in the 'Other OS' lawsuit

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 12:58:00 -0400


After more than six years, Sony agreed to pay out millions to settle the class-action lawsuit surrounding its removal of the "install other OS" feature from the PS3 in 2010. Now owners of the original version of that console can file claims. A settlement notice sent out this week states that PS3 "Fat" owners who made the purchase between November 1, 2006 and April 1, 2010 are eligible to do so.

Via: Polygon

Source: "OtherOS" Settlement Notice

Steam will soon natively support PlayStation 4 controllers

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:41:00 -0400


While it's been possible to link a DualShock 4 to a PC to play Steam games, the functionality has been provided by third-party apps, not the companies themselves. Luckily, that will soon change, after Valve's Jeff Bellinghausen confirmed to Gamasutra that the game company is working to include native support for other gamepads, starting with the PlayStation 4 controller.

Via: Polygon

Source: Gamasutra

The original 'Red Dead' is on PlayStation 4

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 22:06:00 -0400

(image) Sure, Xbox One owners have been able to play Red Dead Redemption since this summer, but Sony fans have been left out in the cold on PlayStation 4. Well, that's sort of changing. The game's progenitor, Red Dead Revolver, is the latest PlayStation 2 port from Rockstar Games to grace the PS4. But unlike past instances, you won't have to wait a week for the game to mosey over to the US PlayStation store from its European counterpart.

Via: PlayStation Blog

Source: PlayStation Store

Sony's PlayStation VR teardown video is a soothing diversion

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:28:00 -0400


Sony's PlayStation VR headset might not have the graphics horsepower of the HTC Vive or the Oculus Rift, but the lower price tag, the widely available PS4 hardware and bigger game selection make it an attractive option for an entry-level VR rig. Of course, none of that matters when you're watching it get slowly and methodically dismantled by Sony Interactive's mechanical design director Takamasa Araki.

Source: Wired, PlayStation Report (YouTube)

Sony's 'EmojiMovie' looks terrifying

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:59:00 -0400


If you've ever wondered what emojis would look like if they were anthropomorphized as mutated Pac-Man characters, just take a look at the first image from Sony's upcoming Emojimovie: Express Yourself. The project, which we were hoping was a joke when it was being bounced around last year, will star The Late Late Show host James Corden and Broad City's Ilana Glazer when it hits theaters on August 11, 2017.

Via: The Hollywood Reporter

After Math: Ooooohhh, numbers!

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0400


It's been a big week for counting. IBM laid out $200 million in Watson research, Amazon dropped the price of its fresh produce deliveries, Oculus unveiled a slew of new accessories for its VR headset and Sony announced 80 -- count 'em, 8-0 -- titles for its upcoming PSVR platform. Numbers, because what else is your right hemisphere good for?

Sony's RX100 V camera makes a strong first impression

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0400


With the introduction of its RX100 series in 2012, Sony raised the bar for point-and-shoot cameras. As such, it's no surprise that the latest model can do things like capture JPEG and RAW photos at a mind-boggling 24 frames per second. The RX100 V is all about speed, driven by a 20.1-megapixel 1-inch sensor and an autofocus system that, according to Sony, meets and exceeds the requirements of any professional photographer. That may be a marketing hyperbole, but I did shoot with the RX100 V last night and the results are impressive. Especially for a camera that fits in my pocket.

The Engadget Podcast Ep 9: What's he building in there

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 10:16:00 -0400

(image) Managing editor Dana Wollman and senior editor Devindra Hardawar join host Terrence O'Brien to dig through all the big Google news from the week, including the launch of the Pixel phones. Plus they take a brief detour to talk about what makes the PlayStation VR better than its competitors.

Sony's new A6500 and RX100 V cameras are all about speed

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 15:10:00 -0400


Today at an event in New York City, Sony revealed its latest compact cameras, the A6500 and RX100 V. And they have one thing in common: They're all about speed. With the A6500 flagship mirrorless, you get a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor with 11-fps continuous shooting, which you can fire for about 30 seconds at a time. If you do the math, that should give you a little over 300 frames in a single shutter press. The A6500 also comes with in-body 5-axis image stabilization -- a first for an APS-C-sized shooter from Sony -- as well as 100-25,600 ISO (52,000 for stills).

Sony's RX100 V can shoot RAW photos at a crazy 24 fps

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:15:00 -0400


Sony only had the Alpha A99 II camera to show at the Photokina 2016 event because of problems caused by the Kumamoto earthquake. The silver lining is that it launched a pair of very interesting new cameras at an event in New York. Along with the A6500 mirrorless, Sony revealed the RX100 V, the latest in its line of high-end compact zooms. Its most impressive feature is speed -- thanks to a new image processor, it can shoot an insane 24 RAW images per second for 150 shots, something that was impressive to see (and hear) during the demo.

Sony reveals the A6500, its E-mount mirrorless flagship

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 10:32:00 -0400


It doesn't seem like that long ago that Sony launched the its top-of-the-line A6300 mirrorless E-mount camera, but guess what! That model, which we found to be impressive, has now been displaced by a new flagship, the 24.2-megapixel A6500. While sharing many of the features of the last model, including 4K video and an 11fps shooting mode with continuous autofocus, it's Sony's first E-mount APS-C model to have 5-axis in-body image stabilization

Where to buy Sony's Xperia XZ in the UK

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:05:00 -0400


Sony's smartphone launch timetable has been pretty questionable of late. After bringing the Xperia X Compact to the UK the day after Apple's iPhone announce, the company is back with a poorly timed release of the Xperia XZ, just as the dust is settling after Google's big Pixel event. Nevertheless, the Xperia XZ is Sony's first smartphone of the year bearing all the hallmarks of a flagship. It may only pack slight improvements over the uninspiring Xperia X Performance, but between the handset's industrial design, powerful innards and laser-autofocus camera, there's still plenty to like. And as of today, it can now be yours.

'Skyrim,' 'Fallout 4' to offer user mods and PS4 Pro support

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 23:02:00 -0400

(image) Bethesda and Sony have kissed and made up. Who benefits from that corporate make-out session? You, because mod support is en route for Fallout 4 and Skyrim Special Edition, according to a post on Skyrim mods will show up first, but there isn't a timetable for when that will actually happen.

Source: Bethesda

Sony releases 80-title lineup of PSVR games and apps

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 15:33:00 -0400


When we got our hands on the PlayStation VR, we confirmed two things: One, that the headset and PS4 hardware won't match the performance of a higher-end PC and Oculus Rift or HTC Vive; And two, that's balanced by all the content Sony has lined up. While incomplete lists of the system's upcoming games and apps have been compiled before, Sony has released the full lineup of nearly 80 titles available at or soon after it launches on October 13th.

Source: Sony

PlayStation VR review: Great games outweigh limited specs

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0400


The PlayStation VR is just what the fledgling virtual reality industry needs today. While the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive made headlines for being the first truly high-end VR headsets on the market, they're held back by their cost, complexity and lack of killer games and experiences. Sony's solution, on the other hand, starts at $400 (assuming you already own the PlayStation Camera and Motion Controllers) and works with the $300 PS4 console that's currently in tens of millions of homes. It's also launching with a slew of titles from major developers, with even more on the way. While the PlayStation VR isn't as technically capable as its competition, it's a much more sensible option. But it's still not quite a must-buy product just yet.

Sony posts everything you need to know about the PS VR

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 22:59:00 -0400


Since VR headsets are a fairly new category, Sony wants to entice you to buy the PS VR by publishing a lengthy FAQ about the device. In it, the company talks about everything, from its $400 to $500 (for the core bundle) pricing to technical information you need to know to be able to use it. For instance, Sony advises you to switch off your headphones' surround sound, because it will interfere with the headset's 3D audio. Further, wireless earphones won't work with the device -- you'll have to use cans that you'll be able to plug into the headset with a 3.5mm jack.

Source: Sony

You'll need the disc to play 'Modern Warfare: Remastered'

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 10:40:00 -0400

(image) Folks are salivating at the thought of playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, but the new game it comes with? Not so much. But if you purchased the disc-based version of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare in the hope of playing Remastered and slinging the newer title back to Gamestop, we've got some bad news. Activision has mandated that you can't relive the adventures of Soap and Price unless the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare disc is sat in your console and your internet connection is live. Bummer.

Via: Polygon

Source: Activision