Taiwan’s Newspaper Claims Sony is Working on a “Thinner” PS4

An article in Taiwan’s DigiTimes newspaper, which focuses on electronics and the region’s IT industry, has given birth to speculations of Sony working on yet another revision of the PlayStation 4. An article penned by Aaron Lee and Joseph Tsai this past Friday focuses on Nintendo Switch sales and makes the following statement along the way: Microsoft is also planning to release a new Xbox game console codenamed Project Scorpio and the product is expected to be announced at the E3 2017 event, targeting the year-end holiday season. Sony is expected to release a thinner version of its PlayStation 4. We’re not sure if DigiTimes is speculating something itself or if this is based on a report it received but interesting statement nonetheless. Considering the PS3 had several revisions itself, we won’t be too surprised if this is true but whether the report applies to PS4 Slim or Pro can only be guessed at the moment. We’ll update our readers when we have more info. [Source: DigiTimes via PSU] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!


Sony Sending Out PS Store Discount Coupons Again, Some Users Receive $100 Vouchers

Sony’s in the giving mood again this weekend as users across the web have reported receiving emails with 20 percent discount vouchers for the PlayStation Store. Some users got even luckier as they reported receiving one of those rare $100 vouchers (also known as the golden tickets). Threads on NeoGAF and Reddit are full of screenshots and comments from those who’ve received the vouchers. Do note that this scheme, like the previous ones, seems to be for US residents only. The 20 percent off discount voucher is apparently included in a newsletter announcing the recent Flash Sale, expires on the 31st, and doesn’t apply to pre-orders. The code is at the bottom of the email, in case you overlooked it. As for the $100 code, it’s rare of course, but several users have posted screenshots proving that they’ve received them. Like the aforementioned vouchers, they too expire by the end of the month. For those who’ve received the codes and aren’t interested in the Flash Sale, here‘s another sale you can check out. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!


New Horizon: Zero Dawn Patch Fixes 'Issues When Playtime Exceeds 200 Hours'

Today, Sony released a new patch for Horizon: Zero Dawn that makes a bunch of improvements including quest fixes, X-axis inversion, and, most pivotally, a fix for “game running into issues when playtime exceeds 200 hours.” Advertisement I don’t know what those issues are, exactly—Sony hasn’t responded to my request for comment—but I do know that, because Horizon: Zero Dawn came out 21 days ago, you’d have to play an average of nine and a half hours every day to hit 200 hours. So if you have run into this problem, I am extremely impressed. The full (kinda spoilery) patch notes are on Reddit, and here’s the spoiler-free version: READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


NieR: Automata Director Wants a PS Vita Successor

Over the weekend, NieR: Automata director Yoko Taro tweeted out his desire to see a PlayStation Vita successor (we want one as well). He told fans that he wants a “slightly smaller next-gen handheld console” that does what smartphones can’t do. You can check out his tweet below followed by a translation courtesy of Siliconera: VITA の後継機が欲しいなあ。Switch が出たから少し気持ちは落ち着いてるけど、もうちょっと小型の次世代携帯ゲーム機が触りたい。物理キーの無いスマートフォンでは満たされない欲望を満たしたい。 — yokotaro (@yokotaro) March 18, 2017 I want to see a Vita successor. That feeling has calmed down a bit after the release of Switch, but I want to play something on a slightly smaller next-gen handheld console. I want something that could satisfy my itch that can’t be done through a smartphone without physical buttons. While communicating with fans, he also spoke of having something like a keyboard to make chatting on the Vita easier as some felt that the touch screen can make it a bit inconvenient at times. Do our readers agree with Yoko Taro? [Source: Siliconera] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!


It Stinks That Nobody Talks In Diablo III's Public Multiplayer

In Diablo III, a good deal of high level play revolves around entering farming runs with random strangers and marching through content to try and get the most items and gear in the shortest amount of time. It’s fun, but it’s disappointing that it seems to exist in a cone of silence. Advertisement You can easily enter public games with up to three other players in one of the world’s most popular games, and no one will talk. People join together to get loot, because Diablo III makes it more likely that you’ll get more loot if you’re battling the more difficult enemies that spawn when playing with others. But they don’t talk, because it seems that Blizzard just didn’t design this installment of Diablo to be social enough for strangers. Advertisement You might join a group that is labeled as “Bounties” or “Rift. The label will tell you something about the group’s purpose, but once you get in there is essentially no communication between players. Nothing is said. No directions are given. No one asks for help or offers advice. Players just run READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Persona 5 Standard Edition Includes Limited Edition PS4 Controller Skin for Free

Ahead of the game’s launch in a few weeks, Atlus has announced that Persona 5’s standard edition will include a free decal for PlayStation 4 controllers. …Read More The post Persona 5 Standard Edition Includes Limited Edition PS4 Controller Skin for Free by Ryan Meitzler appeared first on DualShockers.

Sony Is Killing Off The PS3 In Japan, It Seems

[Image: Sony] Currently there is only one model of PlayStation 3: the charcoal black 500GB version. That console’s days are numbered. Advertisement As Inside points out, Sony recently announced on the console’s official Japanese product page that “shipments are scheduled to conclude soon” (近日出荷完了予定 or kinjitsu shukka kanryou yotei). The model number for this particular PS3 hardware is CECH-4300C, and it went on sale in 2014. There does not appear to be a replacement for this in the hardware line up. Advertisement Former Sony exec Ken Kutaragi previously said that the console would have a ten-year life cycle. The PS3 launched in November 2006, and now that it’s 2017, you could say the PlayStation 3 has held on longer than expected. Thank revamped console iterations and an impressive game library for that! No word how this impacts North America. Kotaku followed up with Sony, but did not hear back in time for publication. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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A Short List Of Things That Have Killed Me In Horizon Zero Dawn

Death will arrive in about thirty seconds I don’t know why I’m surprised, really. They’re huge metal dinosaurs. They’re dangerous. All the same, I wasn’t expecting to die quite this much in Horizon Zero Dawn. Advertisement I’m around a dozen hours into Guerrilla Games’ post-apocalyptic dino hunting game and I keep on getting my ass kicked. I had been expecting the initial difficulty to ease as I upgraded my character and unlocked better gear, but nope. These dinosaurs kill me just as dead now as they did the first time I fought one. Here is a short list of things that have killed me in Horizon Zero Dawn. These huge flame-spewing bastards. This thing is officially known as a Bellowback, but I prefer “huge flame-spewing bastard.” You fight a couple in early story missions, and they are very hard to kill. They can take a beating and then some, and the only effective way I’ve found of killing them is to pin them in place and fire arrow after arrow after arrow into their gas tank. Above: The face of death. The first READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Sony Shares Its List of “Kickass” Female Characters Who “Redefined PlayStation Gaming”

In a press release sent over to us today, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Hong Kong wing shared its own list of seven “kickass” females who the company feels “redefined PlayStation gaming.” The list begins with the recently introduced Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn and includes long-running characters such as Lara Croft and Resident Evil‘s Jill Valentine. Without further ado, here’s Sony’s list and the company’s explanation for each entry (verbatim): Aloy – Horizon Zero DawnRecently introduced in Guerrilla Games’ latest release, Aloy typifies the spirit of the strong modern woman. She makes climbing, fighting, and shooting arrows look easy as she navigates through the post-apocalyptic world ruled by robots. With her practical skills, we wouldn’t mind being led by her in any conquest. Lara Croft – Tomb RaiderWho can ever forget the adventurous archeologist Lara Croft? No mountain, cave, or tomb was scary enough to deter her from getting what she wants. Partner that determination with her kickass fighting skills and you’ll think “Who the run world? Girls!” Ellie – The Last of UsEllie might just be 14, but her bravery and take charge mindset in some parts of the game left a good impression among gamers worldwide. She’s proof that READ FULL…


PlayStation Now Is Getting PS4 Games

You may be playing Uncharted 4 on your PC real soon. PlayStation Now, Sony’s streaming service for PC and PlayStation 4, will start supporting PS4 games in the near future, the publisher said today. Advertisement Sony hasn’t yet said which PS4 games they’ll be adding to PlayStation Now—which costs $20/month and currently lets you stream a large selection of PS3 games—but they say they’ll be launching a beta test “in the next few weeks.” It remains to be seen how this will stack up compared to Microsoft’s recently announced Xbox Game Pass, which is a downloadable subscription rather than a streaming one. Here’s hoping Sony adds PS1 and PS2 games soon, too. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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'Let Him Fix It': The Battle Over Who Gets To Repair Your Consoles

GorillaStump at work In a gritty vintage video games store in Manhattan’s East Village, a man who only wanted to be identified by his PlayStation username, GorillaStump, explained his passion for repairing video game consoles. Years ago, he turned those skills into a job that’s now entangled in legal battles across the county. Advertisement “I’ve been fixing stuff since I was a little kid, scavenging garbage,” GorillaStump said, not looking up from the Xbox 360 he was dismantling with a screwdriver. “Basically, I went from Legos to real-life troubleshooting.” We were in 8-Bit And Up, an independent games store that also deals in console repair. He was watching a For Honor Twitch stream while removing pet dander and cigarette detritus from the 360’s jammed disc tray. Advertisement We were discussing his job and his take on legal fights in New York and seven other states over whether independent shops like the one where he works should be able to not just repair game consoles but do so by using official parts and documentation from the likes of Sony and Microsoft. He fervently wants independent repair READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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A Team Of No Man's Sky Players Have Spent Months Mapping A Corner Of The Universe

No Man’s Sky is a very large game. For months now, a dedicated group of players has been working diligently to map an entire sector of space to carve out a home for wayward explorers. Advertisement The Galactic Hub Project kicked off earlier this year with dozens of No Man’s Sky players joining together to settle a small region of space to create a staging point for explorers on their way to other planets. It took over two months but they managed to plot an entire section of space. “Many people, myself included, were dissuaded with the goal of reaching the [center of the galaxy],” their project leader Conor said. “At the time, Pilgrim Star was the only “tourist destination” in No Man’s Sky.” Advertisement The project was announced last October but really too off once Hello Games tweeted about it twice in January. Members of the project, which now numbers at least 80 players, decided to settle a large area of space in the Euclid Galaxy that included at least two systems. After reaching the area, it was time to catalogue the world READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


The 12 Best Games For The PlayStation 4

You’re heading to the store to get a PS4 right now, and need to know which games to get. (Keep your eyes on the road, please!) Or you’re home, all set up, realizing you want more stuff to play. Or maybe you’re suiting up for a battle in the console war, applying your facepaint and trying to remember which games will best help you make the argument for Sony’s console. We’re here to help. Advertisement These days, there are more good PS4 games than ever, with new contenders arriving all the time. Below, find a list of the games we recommend for Sony’s machine. We will, of course, continue updating this list regularly as more games are released for the PS4. We’ve capped the list at 12, and in the months and years to come will continue to remove old games to make way for new, better entries. Here goes… At a cursory glance, Horizon Zero Dawn may seem overly familiar. It’s got Uncharted platforming, a Far Cry open world with stealth and crafting, Tomb Raider third-person bow fights and Monster Hunter-style battles against massive robot READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Puzzle platformer for two “Shift Happens” is now available for PS4

Press release: MUNICH — Feb. 22, 2017 — The award-winning puzzle platformer Shift Happens has wobbled its way onto PlayStation Store finally (It was released on PC and Xbox One about two weeks ago)! Published by Deck13 and developed by Klonk Games, Shift Happens — best played with a friend or significant other — offers players a hearty challenge through… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!