Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: SCEA

(PlayStation 4 Review) Knack

(PlayStation 4 Review) Knack

“… a decent but limited action platformer that becomes too repetitive too quickly.”

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PlayStation 4 Reviews

PlayStation 4 now available in stores and online

PlayStation 4 (System) Day One Patch Announcement - Set

After months of anticipation, it has arrived: Sony’s PlayStation 4. The $399 successor to the PS3 is available alongside numerous games and services, including the PS App companion for Android and iOS, allowing use of the handhelds as second screens and as remotes; PSN for PS4, along with popular apps such as Hulu and Netflix; and over 20 games, including Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Battlefield 4, Contrast, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack, Need for Speed Rivals, and Resogun. The system comes with a replaceable 500 GB hard drive and 8GB of GDDR5 of RAM, while the operating system allows gamers to share videos and screenshots over social media networks and streaming sites. Each package also contains vouchers for a free month of PS Plus, one for a month of Music Unlimited, and another for $10 in PS Store credit.

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PlayStation 4 News

Hulu Plus, Netflix, and more to be accessible on PS4 at launch

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Gamers looking to pick up the PS4 at launch will be able to access a variety of streaming apps, according to Sony. On November 15, the following apps are scheduled to go live for download: Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, Crunchyroll, Epix, Hulu Plus, NBA Game Time, Netflix, NHL GameCenter Live, Redbox Instant by Verizon, Vudu, and YuppTV. As with the PS3 and PS Vita, all apps will be available from PSN.

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PlayStation 4 News

PlayStation 4 day-one 300 MB patch, PlayStation App detailed

PlayStation 4 (System) Day One Patch Announcement - Set

Sony has announced a day-one patch for PS4. The 300 MB update, detailed below, will allow access for a variety of features, including Remote Play for playing games on PS Vita, Second Screen for using smartphones and tablets as additional screens, a screen- and video-capturing utility, eight-user party chat, and the play-as-you-download feature. Surprisingly, the ability to play DVDs and Blu-ray video discs requires users to go online beforehand. Sony also announced that suspend/resume mode, among other features, will be unavailable at launch, either out the box or post patch.

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(PlayStation Vita Review) Killzone: Mercenary

(PlayStation Vita Review) Killzone: Mercenary

“… a unique take on the series that gambles heavily on replayability over a prolonged story …”

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PS Vita Reviews

Both PS Vita models price cut to $199, memory card prices reduced

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Sony has announced that they have lowered the price on both PS Vita models as well as for the entire line of memory cards. The price drop was revealed during Sony’s conference at this year’s Gamescom, where they also announced the November launch date for PS4. The prices have been adjusted so that both are now the same price, with the Wi-Fi model now $199.99, down from $249.99, and the 3G/Wi-Fi model also $199.99, down from $299.99. The lower price should help to move units, which will allow more players to take advantage of Remote Play, a feature that allows players to stream PS4 games to PS Vita systems via Wi-Fi. The memory cards, a contentious topic for owners given their exorbitant price tags, have been reduced by as much as 33 percent: 4GB cards are now $14.99, 8GB cards are $19.99, 16GB cards are $39.99, and 32GB cards are $79.99.

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Articles, PlayStation Vita News

Sony announces November launch for PS4, new DualShock 4 colors

PlayStation 4 (System) E3 2013 Announcement - System 2

Sony announced today at this year’s Gamescom that the PS4 will launch on November 15, and that the system will have 15 disc-based titles and 18 download-only releases available before the end of the year. It was also announced that all systems will have Playroom, an AR-augmented mini-game collection that supports motion control and the PS Camera, pre-installed. Several publishers, including Activision and Ubisoft, will also be offering discounts to gamers for the PSN downloadable versions of PS4 titles that they have already purchased for PS3. The offer will be good for a limited time, but additional details, including the amount of the discount, were not made public.

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Articles, PlayStation 4 News

PlayStation 4 to be playable at Comic-Con International 2013

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The PlayStation 4 is still several months away, but next week, Comic-Con attendees will be able to get some hands-on time with the system. In addition to being able to check out some new peripherals, including the camera and headset, gamers will be able to try three titles for themselves at SCEA’s booth (#301): #DriveClub, Knack, and Octodad: Dadliest Catch. There will also be demos of five PS3 games, including Beyond: Two Souls and Diablo III, 10 PS Mobile games, and six PS Vita games on display, detailed below, as well as staff to help attendees make their way around each title. Some gamer-centric panels were also detailed, including a The Last of US signing and another discussing Telltale’s Walking Dead series.

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Convention, PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

The Last of Us sells over three million in less than three weeks

The Last of Us (PS3) Sales Announcement - Screenshot 1

Naughty Dog has scored another hit with The Last of Us. Sony is reporting that the latest from the Uncharted developer has sold 3.4 million units, counting both physical units and PSN download copies, as of July 3. The announcement also stated that it is the fastest-selling PS3 game of 2013, having reached its numbers after less than three weeks on the market.

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PlayStation 3 News

(PlayStation 3 Review) The Last of Us

(PlayStation 3 Review) The Last of Us

“… an engaging, nerve-wracking, and frequently depressing experience, and it’s phenomenal.”

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