Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: SCEA

Spring Fever PlayStation Store Event offers discounts, new games

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Sony has announced their plans for this year’s Spring Fever PlayStation Store event. The eight-week-long promo will feature additional discounts for PS Plus members and general discounts for everyone. While some of the bigger franchises will be included in the sale, such as Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty, and God of War, the new titles, set to launch one per week, are especially interesting. Some of the highlights are the PS4 version of Jamestown+, with four-player support, and several cross-buy titles, including Helldivers, Metal Slug 3, and Shovel Knight. The full list of titles and release dates is available below.

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PlayStation 4 passes 18.5 million consoles, 17.8 million titles sold

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The PS4’s global sales have surpassed 18.5 million as of January 4, according to Sony. This year’s holiday season’s sells contributed over 4.1 million to the total. Other stats released include that over 81.8 million copies of first- and third-party-developed titles have sold worldwide, with 17.8 million of those being sold during this holiday season, and that 10.9 million owners have signed up to PS Plus.

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Sony to offer 1- and 3-month PlayStation Now subscription plans

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Sony has detailed subscription options for their rental streaming service, PlayStation Now. The plans will be available on January 13 and allow PS4 owners to stream the service’s 100-plus PS3 library for $19.99 per month or $44.99 for three months. Titles will still be available to stream individually for as short as four hours and for as long as 90 days. A free seven-day trial is being offered to let players sample the offerings, which features games from Bandai Namco, Sega, and Warner Bros. Subscription plans will be available for other PS Now-enabled devices at a later, unspecified date. A new PS Now theme is has been added on PS Store as a free download, and anyone who downloads it before January 31 will be automatically entered into a contest for a chance to win a one-year subscription.

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PlayStation Experience 2014 Highlights – Suikoden II, Street Fighter V

Some big news came out today from Sony’s PlayStation Experience in Las Vegas. The biggest of which is arguably the reveal and announcement of console exclusivity of Street Fighter V. Sony and Capcom have partnered up to release it for PS4, and to make it cross-platform compatible with PC. To keep gamers occupied until then, Capcom is also releasing Ultra Street Fighter IV for PS4. Another surprise came out of Konami, who announced that the highly acclaimed Suikoden I and II will be available on PSN for PS3 and PS Vita next week, on December 9. Sega wasn’t to be outdone, however, with the reveal that Yakuza 5 will be a downloadable release for PS3 in 2015, nor Atlus, who gave Persona fans more to look forward to in 2015 the news that Persona 5 will be available for PS3 and PS4.

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PlayStation 4 20th Anniversary Edition announced, limited to 12,300

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Sony is celebrating the PlayStation’s vicennalia with a special 500 GB limited edition PlayStation 4. The PlayStation 4 20th Anniversary Edition costs $499 and is limited to 12,300 units worldwide. Sporting a color scheme reminiscent of the original PlayStation, the 20th Anniversary Edition is being released to celebrate the first model’s December 3, 1994, Japanese launch. All of the accessories, including a controller and PlayStation Camera, as well as the box will sport the original gray color. North American gamers can pre-order a unit from sony.store.com on Saturday, December 6. The full details on when the pre-order link will go live will be revealed at 10:00 a.m. (PST)/noon (CST) during the PlayStation Experience keynote presentation, which will be streamed on Sony’s official Twitch channel.

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LittleBigPlanet 3 launches in stores, online for PS3 and PS4

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Sackboy is making his next-gen debut today with the release of LittleBigPlanet 3 for PS3 and PS4. Co-developed by Sumo Digital and Sony XDev Europe, the latest in the creation-centric platformer series introduces three new characters, OddSock, Swoop, and Toggle, as well as new items and triggers to utilize in Create mode. Additionally, the 9-million-plus user-created levels already available for the series are also playable. PS4 owners have access to a few new system-specific features as well, including support for the Dualshock 4’s touchpad, the ability to livestream, and access to items that can be interacted with and triggered by the livestreaming audience. In the new story, players must guide Sackboy and his friends, alone or with up to four players in local or online co-op, on his quest to restore balance to Bunkum.

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Gran Turismo Awards 2014 to be at SEMA, sign-up forms now up

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The Gran Turismo Awards will be returning to this year’s SEMA Show. Five attendees at the automotive trade event will have a chance to have their rides face off for the grand prize of being selected for inclusion as a playable car in an upcoming Gran Turismo by series creator Kazunori Yamauchi. The winners will be announced on November 5 at Drai’s Nightclub inside the Cromwell Hotel in Las Vegas. Details on each category and their respective judges are available below. Attendees wanting to enter their car can sign up here.

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PlayStation 4 to get new features soon, passes 10-million-sold mark

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Sony has revealed that over 10 million PlayStation 4s have been sold as of August 10. The press release also stated that the PS4’s brisk sales, at less than nine months on the market, represent “the fastest and strongest growth in PlayStation hardware history,” while software sales topped more than 30 million. Also noted were the upcoming releases of several previously announced features, including the ability to upload directly to YouTube and remotely take over a friend’s controller via Share Play.

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The Last of Us Remastered now available in stores, online for PS4

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Sony has released the updated next-gen-ified version of Last of Us for PS4, The Last of Us Remastered. This enhanced version includes Left Behind, the prequel DLC that follows Ellie up to her meeting with Joel, two multiplayer map packs, and new difficulty modes. Performance has also been improved, with support for 1080p, 60 frames per second, longer draw distances, better lighting and shadows, and higher-resolution character models. Remastered is available for $49.99.

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E3 2014: Sony – White PS4 Destiny bundle, PS TV, PS Now, more

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Sony has announced that they will be expanding the PlayStation 4 line with a Destiny bundle that comes with a new Glacier White model. The pack will launch this fall and come with the system, a 30-day membership to PS Plus, and a copy of Destiny for $449. Alongside the model, Sony will also be releasing white peripherals, including a Dual Shock 4 and vertical stand. Several features were also announced, including greater Youtube integration, which will allow users to share, view, and upload videos. Another feature will allow PS3 and PS4 owners to invite PSN friends to join multiplayer sessions in titles they don’t own, with support announced for Far Cry 4.

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