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Sony has released the first three episodes of their new scripted original series Powers. Available on PS Store, the show, co-produced with Sony Pictures Television, centers around superheros and the impact that their powers have on their lives, as some turn evil while others struggle with their abilities or to cope after losing them. The first episode can be viewed here for free (and below, in case you hate clicking links), and PS Plus members have access to the first three episodes, as well as the remaining season, for free. New episodes are scheduled to launch every Tuesday until April 28.
Sony has announced that the PlayStation 4 has, as of March 1, sold more than 20.2 million units worldwide. The system is now available in 123 countries and regions around the globe. Sony also used this year’s Game Developers Conference to unveil the latest prototype of their virtual reality system, Project Morpheus. Several changes have been made since the headset was debuted last March, based on developer and consumer feedback. The major alterations include a new motion-blur- and flicker-reducing 5.7-inch 1920 x RGB x 1080 resolution OLED display, replacing a 5-inch LCD; support for 120fps output, along with a PS4 update to add support whenever connected to a headset; three more LEDs, nine total, to reduce latency and improve tracking accuracy; and changes to make the headset lighter and easier to put on and remove.
Sony has sold its MMO-focused division Sony Online Entertainment to New York-based investment management firm Columbus Nova. According to the new owners, “SOE will now operate as an independent game development studio and will continue to focus on creating quality online games, providing excellent service to its extensive player base, while centering on its untapped potential as a multi-platform online gaming company.” As part of the transition from Sony, the studio has been renamed to Daybreak Game Company.
Sony has announced that they will consolidate several of their multimedia services into PSN. Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited will both be added to PSN and renamed PS Music and PS Video, respectively. Music Unlimited will shut down in all countries on March 29, while Spotify will be added to PS Music this spring. As a result of today’s news, PlayStation Network will soon consist of PS Music, PS Now, PS Plus, PS Store, PS Video, and PS Vue.
Sony Online Entertainment has announced that their free-to-play massively multiplayer online shooter PlanetSide 2 will enter closed beta this month for PS4. The initial wave of players, numbering in the thousands, is scheduled to enter the beta on January 20. More players will be added in the coming months, with invitations set to go out in chronological order based on date of sign-up. Players who have yet to send in their info can still do so at the official site; more information can also be found in a new FAQ. A full launch is on track for later this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.