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PlayStation 4 will have disc drive, or pancake holder

Over the years the gaming industry has evolved a lot, it’s undeniable.  With each new generation of consoles comes advancements that, for the most part, improve the gaming experience, but what’s next?

Even though the PlayStation 4 still hasn’t been officially announced by Sony, there have been rumours about it for months and the latest comes from the Wall Street Journal.  In their article they claim that the upcoming console was almost created without a disc drive.  This would mean that games would have to be downloaded rather than bought physically in shops.  Though the article says that  ‘Sony Corp. considered but ultimately rejected a download-only scheme for its next videogame console, people familiar with the matter said, opting to include optical disk drives rather than break with a decades-old model in the industry’.

Breaking away from the model that people have come to know is one thing, but imagine the effect this move would have had on game shops.  Removing the ability to buy discs would completely destroy those, already struggling, shops.  Plus, there are some people that don’t have access to credit cards and therefore can’t download games, won’t somebody please think of the children.  Let us not forget about those, myself included, that like having the physical copy of the game, which can never been taken away by virus’s (though they can be stud on and lost).  Another incentive to maintain the use of a disc drive is the collectors additions, which often come with posters or other physical extras on top of the added bonuses in the game.

Though the report says that disc drives will be included in the next PlayStation, it almost wasn’t which means that companies like Sony believe that the disc is on its way out and with movie and television series all available to be downloaded online it isn’t hard to see where they’re coming from.  Still, it appears that the digital take over isn’t going to be happening in the near future as the PS4 will come with its very own disc drive, which you can store pancakes in if you’d rather download all your games.

What do you think?  Would you like to see a move away from discs?  Do you prefer to download games or buy them in a shop?  What other things could you store in a disc drive, besides discs and pancakes?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also, don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button, if you liked this post.


The PlayStation 4 at E3… 2015

Recently games sites have been debating whether or not the PlayStation 4 would be revealed at this year’s E3, but now Sony has officially put the rumours to rest.

It all started when, video game site, MCV wrote an article about a new Xbox and PlayStation being shown at E3 2012.  This information spread around the web and it wasn’t long before people start coming up with arguments against it, the strongest of which was from Michael Pachter, an industry analyst, who said that since ‘neither console is launching in 2013… there’s no reason to tease them in 2012’.

Kaz Hirai from Sony has now stated, in an interview, that they will not be showing the PS4 at E3 as they are sticking to their initial 10 year plan, which means that the new console won’t hit shelves until 2016.  We can look forward to seeing it at E3 2015, at least.  Personally I think this is a good thing, as there is still a lot of potential for the PS3 and, with so many people getting invested in the online features of games, it’s going to take a lot to get people to move over to another console.  Sony’s announced doesn’t necessarily prove that MCV are wrong about the Xbox 720, but they did get the information from the same source so I’m fairly confident that too is false.

What do you think?  Would you like a new PlayStation or Xbox to be made?  Do you think the Xbox 720 is still on the way?  Did you ever believe the rumours?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to click the like button and then, if you have enough time, head over to Twitter and follow me there.

PlayStation Vita Cancelled?

Will the PlayStation Vita suffer the same fate as brilliant shows do on the ABC network and get cancelled before it really has a chance, that’s right I still haven’t forgiven them for V?

It has been predicted that the Vita, which is already on sale in Japan, will not be released in anymore countries.  This rumour spawns from the high price of both the Vita and the memory cards that are required to turn the Vita on.  For those reasons, many game sites, are saying that Sony would sooner give up than fail to sell significant numbers when it is released.  The logic is sound, but it’s hard to imagine they would be saving money by stopping competing with other handhelds, like the 3DS, when they’ve already spent so much money emulating and surpassing it.  Honestly, with the release date being just over a month away, it seems extremely unlikely that any money would be saved on Sony’s part by cancelling distribution; the customer would save big bucks though. 

So now that that’s settled let’s move on to some of the cool stuff that comes along with the Vita.  Handheld consoles have evolved so much over the years and, though they can’t yet heal people or give you the ability to shoot lasers from your fingers, they now seem to come with augmented reality built in.  For those who don’t know what augmented reality is just think of a virtual reality helmet; you look through the console and can see your real surroundings but with characters from the game in them.  The 3DS had this and now so does the PS Vita.  Another, rumoured, feature is that it can stream PS3 games allowing you to play them on the go.  The rumour is that it will achieve this via an upcoming update for the PS.  PlayStation helping PlayStation it’s like a little Sony family.  However, the console switch will cause the game to run in a lower resolution, 480 x 272 instead of 960 x 544.

The PS Vita sold around 392,000 units in its first two weeks on sale in Japan, which isn’t as good as it sound especially when you consider it was coming up to Christmas.  Still it’s extremely unlikely that the Vita will suffer the same fate as my beloved V.  Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing what the Vita can do, though I doubt I’ll be able to afford one considering the price of the memory card can, depending on the size you buy, come up to around half the price of the Vita itself and these memory cards are required for even the simplest things like turning it on.

Just because I can’t get one doesn’t mean you can’t, so what do you think?  Are you going to buy one?  Do you think that the price will be its downfall?  Would you be disappointed if the Vita got cancelled?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.  I also have a Twitter, just saying, no pressure.

PlayStation 4?

The PSN is now returning to Japan, meaning that it will be officially restored worldwide.  So what’s the last thing PlayStation users want to hear?  Your console is outdated.

Yes that’s right the PlayStation 4 is on it’s way, or at least that’s what the internet rumours would have you believe.  However, Sony has previously stated that they have a 10 year plan for the PS3 making news of a PS4, coming out as early as 2012, a little hard to swallow, though it does sound like it would be a good console.

According to rumours, the new PlayStation will have a built in movement sensor like the Kinect and will be assembled by the same companies that make the PS3, Foxconn and Pegatron Technology.  The PS4 will, supposedly, be ready to distribute in 2012, with a minimum of 20 units being shipped that year.

As unlikely as it may sound, Sony does have reason to make a new console, after all the Wii U and Xbox Kinect have brought some great new features to gaming.  Sony’s 10 year plan may not be holding up to the advances in technology.  For now we can only speculate as to whether or not the rumours are true, but hopefully Sony will release a statement soon.

What do you think?  Do you love or hate the idea of a new PlayStation?  Would you buy it?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe and if you like this video click the like button it doesn’t bit, well actually it does but it gives you super liking abilities.

PlayStation Network Back Online (In Theory)

Today the PlayStation Network (PSN) has finally gone back online.

After being down for nearly four weeks, Sony has launched the new and improved PSN.  This version is supposedly much more secure and up-to-date than the previous version.  I wouldn’t know, as I am still unable to log on.  There seems to be some problems already, as some people in my region have been able to log on, while others have not.  I’m not really worried about it, as I’m sure it will be sorted out within 24 hours.

The system will not be entirely restored at first, but rather phased in over time.  At first online play will be brought back and then gradually the rest, concluding with the PlayStation Store.  All users will have to change their passwords once they are back online and people worried about identity theft will be offered free subscription to companies that can help protect against this.

Lastly a reward will be given to all users to compensate for not running out and buying an Xbox while the network was down.  This reward will be different in each region and should be officially announced in the coming days.  Let’s all cross our fingers and hope our gift is an Xbox.

What do you think?  Are you back online?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.

Get Well Soon PlayStation Network

I’ve been slacking lately, but I’m trying my best to get back on track.  Anyway, something else’s that’s been slacking lately is the PSN, PlayStation Network, which has been down for over a week.  Slacking may have been a bad word to use seeing as Sony have been working hard to basically redo the entire network, plus they’ve been sued over the whole thing, but hey I needed a segway, which apparently isn’t a proper word according to spell check.

The reason the PSN is down is because hackers got in and stole player’s personal details.  This includes; real names, e-mail address and even credit card details.  Don’t panic, the credit card details were encrypted, it all comes down to how good a job Sony did encrypting them.

Exactly how much longer the PSN will be down is unclear, but Sony has announced that no one will lose any data.  This means your trophies are safe.  Sony is also trying to think of a way to reward players for being so patient, not that you had a choice.  It’ll probably be a patience trophy or something cheap like that.  Then again, I shouldn’t make fun because avid trophy collectors would probably love it.  Let’s just hope the PlayStation Network makes a speedy recovery.

What do you think?  Are you a fan of the trophy system?  What have you been doing since the PSN went down?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.

Call of the Dead

Call of the Dead is one of the new maps that will be featured on the new Call of Duty map pack.  The pack will be released early May.  Call of the Dead will be bringing a familiar cast of characters, by which I don’t mean familiar Call of Duty characters.  Sarah Michelle Gellar, Danny Trejo, Michael Rooker, Robert Englund and George Ramero will all be in the game, the first four will be playable characters and Ramiro will be some form of boss.

The trailer was done in the same style as Grindhouse.  It looks great.   The plot goes like this; a group of explorers shipwreck on an abandoned Siberian outpost, they accidentally release an army of zombies and must fight for survival.  Check out the trailer, below, and let me know what you think by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.

Sony Delays New Handheld Console?

Sony has delayed the release of the Next Generation Portable (NGP), due to the disaster in Japan.

The handheld game, which was supposed to come out at the end of 2011, has been delayed because of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  Sony is hoping that the NGP will boost sales and enable them to compete against Nintendo, who is currently wiping the floor with Sony and their outdated PSP.

Sony’s going all out with the NGP; they have lined up some great games to be released on the console, including Metal Gear Solid and Resistance.  The device itself also has some pretty cool features.  For starters it has two analog sticks, oppose to one like the original PSP, it may not seem like much, but it will make it possible to play great first person shooter games.  The screen is a touch screen and on the back of the NGP there is a touch pad, it also has both a front and rear camera and a microphone and stereo speakers.

When it’s released, buyers will have the option to buy one with 3G support or a cheaper one without 3G support.  The one that has 3G features will come with pre-loaded applications, such as augmented reality.  For people who don’t know, augmented reality is basically like a virtual reality helmet, you move your head, or in this case the device, and the view on the screen also moves.  Augmented reality is also a feature on Nintendo’s 3DS and that has 3D on its side, which the NGP will not.

I have to say, I think releasing two versions is a mistake.  If you buy the cheaper version, like a lot of young people will to be part of the trend, you will be missing out on much of the fun.  Let’s hope the NGP doesn’t fail like its predecessor the PSP Go.  However, currently the original PSP is outselling the 3DS in Japan, so there might be hop for Sony yet.


Jack Tretton, Boss of Sony’s US branch, stated that the NGP would be delayed, but hopefully would be released in at least one ‘territory’ in 2011.  However, his statement has been denyed by, Sony Japan’s, Satoshi Fukuoka, who claims that there will be no delay in the release of the NGP.  Who’s right is a mystery, but if Sony wants to take on the 3DS they should go with Fukuoka’s plan.

What do you think?  Do you want a new version of the PSP?  Which do you prefer Sony or Nintendo?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.

Resident Evil: Revival

Are you tired of playing Resident Evil 4 on the PlayStation 2, Nintendo Wii, PC and your mobile phone?  Well don’t worry because soon you’ll have the chance to play it on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Capcom as announced another addition to the Resident Evil series, well it doesn’t really add anything its just recycling old games, Resident Evil: Revival Selection.  The game is just Resident Evil 4 and Code Veronica, except the graphics have been converted to HD.  It should be interesting to see, but will people really buy a game just for improved graphics?  Remember, new games cost between €50 and €60, so if you already have the game why would you buy it again?  Please somebody think of the economy.

If you are going to buy the game, you’ll be happy to know that all of the original extra content will still be there, this includes Ada’s missions in Resident Evil 4.  You should also know that these are the full games, it’s not like Umbrella Chronicles, they have not been edited down.  However, it’s unclear whether or not extra content has been added.  I for one hope they’ve improved the control system in Code Veronica.  A two player mode would be nice too.  It might be possible after the success of the multiplayer in number 5, plus it would make Ashley less annoying if she could at least run away from enemies.  Then again, when Ashley gets kidnapped, what would the second player do?

If you live in Japan you’ll be able to find this game in stores soon, if not you’ll have to wait until this autumn when they will be released as downloadable games on the PSN and XBLA.

Do you want this game?  Which are you most looking forward to seeing in HD?  Do you want them to add multiplayer features?  Leave a comment and vote below to let me know what you think.