Monthly Archives: November 2013

PlayStation 4 and PS Vita bundle now available in the UK, but it’s no bargain

PlayStation 4 and PS VITA bundle currently available in the UK, but it’s no bargain

PS4 and PS Vita bundle for the UK

Remember that rumored PlayStation 4 and PS VITA bundle that was due to reach the UK in time for the holidays? It’s currently official — if not the discount that some were hoping for. Sony UK head Fergal Gara tells Eurovideogamer that some stores are carrying the device combo starting today, but it will cost only slightly less than the £500 ($816) you’d pay to get the systems one at a time. Appropriately, a few shops will offer a “soft bundle” that involves regular PlayStation 4 and VITA boxes. The kit doesn’t make much financial sense, then, but Gara describes this as a philosophical move that highlights the PlayStation 4‘s Remote Play feature. To us, the real problem will be supply; when the PlayStation 4 is flying off shelves, there could not be many bundles to sell in the first place.

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Via: Joystiq

Source: Eurovideogamer

They give us 500 gigs and expect us to smile?!

So, the next gen of PlayStation and XBox consoles have currently gone on sale in many different parts of the world, and what have we got to show for it? Well, I don’t kcurrently about you, but after spending many months writing this sort of thing, I currently have this expression on whenever I run into anyone from Micro$oft

Oh, and I have a pair of new videogame consoles in my house, both of which I bought. A few months ago I said I planned to buy a PlayStation 4 initially and an XBox One eventually. However, in all my rational analysis I had forgotten one very important detail: my overwhelmingly childish compulsion to purchase every new console as soon as I possibly can. I didn’t pre-order an XBox One, but when my friends began touting theirs over the weekend I started breaking, and by Tuesday I’d bought up a spare Day One Edition that Digital Foundry pre-ordered and ended up not needing.

Judge me, if you like. I certainly judge me.

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PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One: The Holiday Edge Goes To…?

PlayStation 4 vs. XBox One: The Holiday Edge Goes To…?
Now that both consoles are out, which do you think has the edge for the next all-important month? Have the positions changed compared to pre-launch?

Sony: Vita Remains A "Much Loved And Respected Machine"

Sony: VITA Remains A "Much Loved And Respected Machine"
Although the sales aren't what they wanted, Sony says the PlayStation VITA is still well loved by the gaming community. Just give us more exclusives!

Hohokum debut pushed back from Japan’s PS4 launch

Hohokum, the relaxing and adorable downloadable title from Frobisher Says developer Honeyslug, has been delayed beyond the PlayStation 4‘s Japan launch. Famitsu news Hohokum is currently expected within the vague timeframe of “sometime in 2014,” noting the videogame’s original planned release date hovered around the PlayStation 4’s debut in Japan (via Siliconera).

Sony will launch the PlayStation 4 on February 22, 2014, in Japan. Along with most Western launch titles, the PlayStation 4 will arrive with region-exclusives, including Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends, Yakuza: Restoration and more.

Hohokum is also coming to the PS3 and VITA.

JoystiqHohokum debut pushed back from Japan’s PlayStation 4 launch originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 29 Nov 2013 22:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Trine 2: Complete Story out on PS4 in Europe today

Frozenbyte’s Trine 2: Complete Story is available on the PlayStation 4 today in Europe, the studio announced via the PlayStation Blog. PlayStation Plus subscribers will also receive a 20 percent discount off the videogame until Dec. 13.

The side-scrolling action platformer and puzzle videogame was originally released in the form of Trine 2 on Windows PC, Mac, PlayStation 3 and XBox 360 in 2011. The Complete Story edition was released in June 2013, and includes the Dwarven Caverns level that was previously only available in the Director’s Cut version from the Wii U.

The videogame was released on the PlayStation 4 in North America on Nov. 15 as a PlayStation 4 launch title. It is currently available in European territories for €16.95. A trial demo is also available…

PlayStation Plus has Borderlands 2, Grid 2 for your holiday stocking

December tends to be a financially exhausting month, what with the cousins, co-workers, friends and pets filling up your “must gift” list. All that generosity can leave you left with nothing but warm feelings and an empty wallet, and let’s be honest – warm feelings won’t do much to stave off the soul-crushing boredom that hits around 4PM every Saturday. Members of PlayStation Plus need not fear, however, as the service is winding down 2013 with a fine selection of free videogames for PS3 and VITA.

If driving is your thang, snag “aggressive” racer Grid 2, which lets you wind back a few seconds of time should something disastrous happen on the track. If you like to drive, shoot things, and collect a lot of loot (with which you can also shoot things), there’s Borderlands 2. If you’ve never given this one a try, do it, especially if you’re in the mood for some superfun co-op.

If shooting things while experiencing a rip in the fabric of spacetime all hopped up on cold medicine is more your style, Dyad is the way to go. A bit of a hidden gem, Dyad is a trippy shooter in the spirit of Rez or Space Giraffe, and while the blend of color and music with fast-paced twitch shooting isn’t for everyone, we’re pretty sure it’s a recruitment tool for Starfighters of some sort.

VITA owners get a pair of wheel-happy titles gratis in December: Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and Urban Trial Freestyle. It would be hard to blame you for shrugging off a kart racer, even a free one, but we said Sonicmight be the best racer of its kind to come along in years, and that’s no exaggeration,” so you could want to make a point of checking it out. The latter lets you take your customizable motorbike all over town, performing tricks like ollies, wallrides, and others that undoubtedly invalidate your insurance policy.

For those still on the fence about picking up a PlayStation Plus membership, it’s on the cheap this Black Friday (today!), with various retailers marking it down to $29.99.

JoystiqPlayStation Plus has Borderlands 2, Grid 2 for your holiday stocking originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 29 Nov 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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PSN buckling under pressure of EU PS4 launch

LATEST NEWS!: Sony has removed the option to redeem vouchers while it continues its investigation into the PSN disruption.

“We are aware that users are experiencing some disruption to the PSN service,” wrote SCEE Blog Manager Fred Dutton on the EU PlayStation Blog. “To minimise the inconvenience we have suspended the ‘redeem voucher’ functionality whilst we investigate further. Unfortunately this means that money cards, product vouchers, PlayStation Plus vouchers, PS3-PlayStation 4 upgrade vouchers and any other vouchers for online content are not redeemable at this stage. Other PSN features such as log-in, online multi-player gaming, PlayStation Plus trial, PS Store (excluding voucher redemption), trophies, messages, friends etc. are all available.”

“We apologise and will provide an update to this announcement soon.”

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Sony suspends PlayStation promo code support following network trouble

Sony suspends PlayStation promo code support following network trouble

No PSN code redemption for you, come back one year

Sony’s PSN woes aren’t over just yet. The company has temporarily stopped taking PlayStation promo codes following a surge in traffic on the gaming service; for the moment, money cards and videogame vouchers won’t work. There’s no estimate for when code redemption will return. It’s easy to see the potential causes, however. Between the weekend, the PlayStation 4’s European launch and a big discount on PlayStation Plus subscriptions at Amazon, there’s guaranteed to be a deluge of PSN activity — Sony could have unintentionally created a perfect storm.

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Source: PlayStation Community Forums, PlayStation Blog