Posts Tagged ‘Sony’

You can now play God of War III and Killzone Shadow Fall on PC

God of War III

The PlayStation Now streaming service hasn’t got a lot of love since it launched last year. That’s probably because of the price: it’s a keen £12.50 a month to stream PS games to your desktop or laptop. But there are a lot of great titles there, and it’s the only way to get the likes of Red Dead Redemption, Heavy Rain, and Shadow of the Colossus on PC.

Sony have just expanded the games on offer by adding PS4 games for the first time, as they promised they’d do back in March. You can ignore most of them because they’re already available on PC (Evolve, Tropico 5, Saint’s Row IV, etc) but a few interesting PS exclusives have been added, namely Killzone Shadow Fall, God of War III Remastered and side-scrolling shoot ’em up Resogun. Sadly no Bloodborne yet, but we can only hope for the future.

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Here’s How Mass Effect Andromeda Will Look In 4k

Sony just held a somewhat dry press conference about the release of their new PlayStation 4 models (a skinny one called the PS4 slim and a fat one called the PS4 Pro, if you’re interested) but the new Mass Effect Andromeda [official site] was also among the games they showed off. The footage is marked as a ‘tech demo’ to boast about the benefits of 4k, promising “crisper visuals, high dynamic range lighting… and some of the most lifelike characters we’ve ever created.” It’s also incredibly boring.

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PlayStation Now Is Available Now On PC In UK And US

PlayStation is out now in the UK and US (and Belgium and the Netherlands). The subscription service, which lets you play old PlayStation 3 games by streaming them to PC, costs £13/$20 a month. When it was announced that the service was coming to PC last week we ran a list of our favourite games from the 400 available through the service, but now they’ve added six more including the excellent Studio Ghibli-animated Ni No Kuni.

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The 10 Best PlayStation Now Games

PlayStation Now is coming to PC, allowing you to stream PlayStation 3 games to your computer for a monthly subscription fee. That includes some of the last console generation’s best games. It might be a bit overwhelming if you’ve not been paying attention beyond the borders of PC gaming, but luckily we’ve been playing console games for the past couple of decades in case of just such an eventuality. Here are the ten best games currently offered via PlayStation Now.

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PlayStation Now Is Bringing PS3 Classics To Your PC – The Last of Us, Uncharted, Ratchet & Clank And More

Oh frabjous day! You will soon [UPDATE: tomorrow if you’re in the UK, Belgium or Netherlands] be able to stream PlayStation exclusive games like Uncharted, The Last of Us and Heavy Rain on PC, Sony has announced. The streaming service, PS Now, originally let PlayStation 4 users play older PS3 games for a subscription and currently costs £12.99/$19.99 per month. Sony are also bringing out a wireless USB adapter for their DualShock 4 controller, for anyone who wants to use their joypad on PC and does not want to fiddle around with unofficial driver packages to do so.

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E3 2016 Press Conference Streams: What, When, And Where To Watch

E3 isn’t nearly as central to video games as it once was, given how many splendid games are now released without big publishers or marketing budgets, but it’s still a lark innit? All those fancy video games, all in one place, all on stage singing and dancing, all in one week so dense with announcements that you’ll miss most and only discover weeks later that they even happened? Very colourful. Lots of exciting loud noises too.

So! When are the big press conferences to watch? I’ll tell you.

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PlayStation 4 Remote Play Comes To PC Today

If you have a PlayStation 4, from today you can use the Remote Play feature to stream games from it to a PC. The promised support arrives with today’s system software update 3.50, and Sony have released a Remote Play application for Windows and Mac to match. It’s a bit of a niche feature, useful in far fewer situations than Remote Play on e.g. a Vita handheld, but I thought you might want to know, hypothetical PS4 owner.

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Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture PC Confirmed, Coming Soon

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture [official site], the latest from Dear Esther and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs developers The Chinese Room, is finally heading to PC. I spoke to studio head Dan Pinchbeck earlier this week and he told me that the completed PC port has now been delivered to Sony, who will be acting as publishers. Sony’s role means they’ll be responsible for selecting a release date and marketing the game, as they did with Helldivers when it came to PC late last year.

But it’s coming. The rapture is coming.

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PlayStation 4 Remote Play Officially Coming To PC

As was made abundantly clear last month, the modern age has failed us by way of flying DeLoreans, hoverboards, and self-drying, self-fitting jackets. The wonder of playing games remotely, on the other hand, is very much a reality. The Steam Link plays PC games on TVs, Xbox One games can be mirrored on Windows 10, and upcoming official PlayStation 4 Remote Play support will let folks play on their PS4 through Windows and Mac computers. Great Scott! It’s already here unofficially, mind.

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Week in Tech: Sony Vaio Tap 11, Will It Game?

As I wandered the debris-strewn wasteland of discarded smartphones that is the aftermath of the perfect storm of disposable consumerism at CES in Vegas earlier this month, my plan had been to regale you all with a twisting tale of ultra mobile technology and gaming. To talk about the iPhone and how its performance has ballooned by 40 times since introduction in 2007. And what it all means for the PC. I wrote it up and even managed to crowbar in an anecdote about the afternoon I spent lounging in the sun at the Colombo Swimming Club chatting to Arthur C. Clarke without once mentioning 2001 (true story and all that). But then I thought sod that whimsy, I’ll save it for another day. I’ve got an Intel Haswell-powered Sony Vaio Tap 11 at the moment. Will it game? Read the rest of this entry »

New PS4 A PC: RPS DECLARES VICTORY

At Sony’s interminable live conference revealing the PS4, it was announced that it’s built on an x86 CPU, includes an “enhanced PC GPU”, along with a local hard drive (although no mention of SSD). And it comes with 8GB of GDDR5 memory. Also announced are other features that have that nagging sense of familiarity, including live streaming of games, and the ability to stream yourself playing games. It’s a PC!

So, we say welcome Sony! Glad you’ve decided to join us.

PlanetSide 2 Has A Pointless CGI Trailer

Actually a thing.

PlanetSide 2 has a CGI trailer. And of course it’s as pointless as all other CGI trailers. But I post it more to say, look, Sony are spending enough money on this game for there to be pointless CGI trailers. And weirdly, as much of a waste of that money as it was, and as galling as it must be for the developers to ponder what they could have done with the cash, it makes me realise that this is a game the flailing PS3 owner is taking seriously. If you see what I mean.

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The Men, Women, Mechsuits & Menus of PlanetSide 2

I’ve just sat through around an hour of newly-elongated (no, not changed as such – elongated. Improved? A bit. Hope you like paintings!) Mass Effect 3 endings so I can’t quite bring myself to watch another seven minutes of explosions and other lighting effects right now, but I’m basically just skim-viewing this full-length E3 presentation of PlanetSide 2 then leaving it for myself to come back to properly tomorrow. It’s all been quick clips and devblogs so far, but this seems to be more of an overview of the SOE’s MMOFPS’ scope’n’stuff.
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EverQuest II Adding Vaguely Terrifying Voice/Facial Tech

And by 'vaguely,' I definitely mean 'completely'.

OK, so I actually sort of love the idea behind EverQuest II‘s latest bit of technical wizardry, but well, when I say “wizardry,” I mean less Gandalf and more the really clumsy kid from Harry Potter – millennia before he became improbably talented. Basically, though, EverQuest II will – via mic and webcam – soon be able to read your vocal and facial cues and translate them 1:1 into Norrath. Conceptually, that’s great! So long, demons of anonymity. Meet one of mankind’s most primal, utterly essential roots of communication. But, uh, can we maybe try this again in ten years or so? And without the frog person?

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Let The Gameshow Commence: Bullet Run

this is a very silly image

The free to play FPS formerly known as Hedone is now the free to play FPS known as Bullet Run, or at least that seems to be the case. Either that or Acony have made two identical games with separate names and convinced Sony to put their logo at the beginning of one of them. It’s a shooty shooty gameshow which means I’m contractually obliged to mention SMASH TV and you can sign up for the beta now if that’s the sort of thing you think you might enjoy. This trailer may help make up your mind one way or the other.

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RPS Asks ESA Members To Denounce SOPA

Protect the internet, folks.

You’ve probably heard of SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, by now. It’s the bill that is currently being considered in the US, that on the surface appears to be an attempt to control piracy, but with only the tiniest scrapes reveals a genuinely terrifying, draconian attempt to introduce government censorship of the internet at the behest of unelected corporations. While it initially had the support of a number of big internet players, that has rapidly ceased to be the case, with massive online corps pulling support or having refused it in the first place. From Facebook to Google, AOL to Yahoo, and so many other big players, the bill is being condemned as a threat to free speech, online business, any “safe harbor” protections that the DMCA had left behind, and being so poorly worded that it pretty much outlaws using the internet at all. So why is it the Entertainment Software Association is in support?

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Infinite Crisis: PlanetSide 2 Gets Wolfman


Marv Wolfman is a great name for a person, especially if that person is a comics writer who launched Crisis on Infinite Earths and invented Blade. The same guy is responsible for writing the story for PlanetSide 2, according to Gamespy. Presumably that won’t be too much a stretch for Wolfman because wait… they brought in a pro for the story? Really? They needed to bring someone in to write the story to “three factions fight over planet, forever”? The source Gamespy story comments “Nice. PlanetSide definitely needs a bit of meaning added to its conflict.” And I am thinking: No, it really doesn’t.

I wonder, actually, if this is some kind of commercial response to Firefall hiring Orson Scott Card? Anyway.

PlanetSide 2 Free To Play, Beta This Year

I think his muzzle flash might be getting too big for its boots.
UPDATE: See below for SOE’s comment.
I hadn’t really considered PlanetSide 2‘s payment model. I just assumed it would be the same as PlanetSide. For I am a fool. Speaking to the efficiently named Chinese site 17173.COM, translated somewhat on the equally perfunctory title MMO Site, SOE president John Smedley gave a few hints about how it’s all going to work. And inevitably, it’s some form of Free To Play. But what form?

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Sony Troubles Extend To PC Services?


UPDATE: Here’s the news from Sony.

“Customers outside the United States should be advised that we further discovered evidence that information from an outdated database from 2007 containing approximately 12,700 non-US customer credit or debit card numbers and expiration dates (but not credit card security codes) and about 10,700 direct debit records listing bank account numbers of certain customers in Germany, Austria, Netherlands and Spain may have also been obtained. We will be notifying each of those customers promptly.”

Oh dear. The sites for Everquest 2, Planetside, and a bunch of other games are now all defaulting to a “maintenance” screen. The message reads: “We have had to take the SOE service down temporarily. In the course of our investigation into the intrusion into our systems we have discovered an issue that warrants enough concern for us to take the service down effective immediately. We will provide an update later today (Monday).”

This is probably just Sony being thorough after last weeks debacle, but it’s nevertheless going to be causing a few frustrations this evening.