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March 2017 PS4, PSVR & PS Vita New Releases in North America and Europe

March is filled with big releases, including Horizon Zero Dawn (in Europe), Mass Effect Andromeda, NieR: Automata, Ghost Recon Wildlands, MLB The Show 17, LEGO Worlds, Zero Escape: The Nonary Games, Danganronpa 1&2 Reload, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix, The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Episode 3, Toukiden 2, DLC for Final Fantasy XV and Dark Souls III, and much more. The March 2017 PlayStation Plus games will likely be announced on Wednesday, March 1, before going live on Tuesday, March 7. As of right now, here’s everything scheduled to release next month; for an up to the minute list, head over to our March 2017 release dates page, which we keep up to date: PlayStation 4 Games North America A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV (PSN) – March 1 WRC 6 (Retail & PSN) – March 3 Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey (Retail & PSN) – March 7 Ghost Recon Wildlands (Retail & PSN) – March 7 LEGO Worlds (Retail & PSN) – March 7 Loot Rascals (PSN) – March 7 NieR: Automata (Retail & PSN) – March 7 Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (Retail) – March 7 2Dark (PSN) – March 10 Danganronpa 1&2 Reload (Retail & PSN) – READ FULL…

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Plantronics RIG 4VR Headset Review – More Than Just 4VR

Up until a couple weeks ago, I had been using a pair of in-ear headphones with my PlayStation VR headset. They’re on old pair of Skullcandy earbuds that I’ve had for the better part of five years. I do have a PlayStation Gold headset, but it doesn’t fit comfortably with the narrow ear space that PSVR leaves, so it’s either deal with the earbuds or use my surround sound system, which lacks the same immersion using headphones gives. When Plantronics reached out to me to check out the PlayStation licensed RIG 4VR, I jumped at the opportunity to get my hands on and ears under something that would improve my VR experience. Turns out the RIG 4VR isn’t just a one trick pony, and has many applications beyond only being “4VR.” The most obvious design aspect of the RIG 4VR headset is the narrow oval ear cups that allow it to fit within the space PSVR leaves for your ears. The matte white and black style fits right in with Sony’s own design for the PSVR, which makes sense given this was licensed by Sony, and artful and aesthetically pleasing designs have always been a staple of their products. READ…

News

10-Hour PSN Maintenance Scheduled for February 26, 2017

In a new update on the PlayStation Network Status Page, Sony has announced that the PSN will be undergoing 10.5 hours of maintenance beginning at 5pm PT/8pm ET on Sunday, February 26. It’s expected to end at 3:30am PT/6:30am ET on Monday, February 27. During next week’s PSN maintenance – which affects PS4, PS3, PS Vita, and the online store – you’ll be unable to access Gaming and Social, PlayStation Music, PlayStation Video, PlayStation Now, and Account Management. You should still be able to log in to your PSN profile and use most applications during the maintenance. Sony didn’t explain why they’re doing such a lengthy maintenance this time around. As always, Sony suggests activating your PS4 as your primary console before the maintenance begins by going to Settings > PlayStation Network/Account Management > Activate as Your Primary PS4 > Activate. They add, “We strive to ensure that PlayStation Network services are available at all times, but occasionally we must take PlayStation Network offline to perform essential maintenance and implement feature enhancements. We are working hard to reduce the duration of each maintenance.” If Sony releases PS4 update 4.50 during the maintenance, or if they add any new features, we’ll let you know. [Source: READ…

DLC & Patches

PlayStation Store Global Update – February 21, 2017

Each week Sony brings PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Portable owners new content, add-ons, games and more. PlayStation LifeStyle catalogs the PlayStation Store updates for the major regions across the globe. Check back every Tuesday to keep up to date with each week’s PlayStation Store Update. North American Update February’s PlayStation Plus Lineup PSVR Games Mervils: A VR Adventure ($19.99) Psychonauts In The Rhombus Of Ruin ($19.99) PS4 Games Berserk and the Band of the Hawk with Bonus ($59.99) Chime Sharp ($9.99) Clouds & Sheep 2 ($9.99) DiRT Rally® PLUS PLAYSTATION®VR BUNDLE ($69.99/PS+ $37.09) Ghost Recon Open Beta (Free) The Jackbox Party Pack ($59.99) Malicious fallen ($29.99) Malicious Fallen Deluxe Edition ($39.99) Night in the Woods ($19.99) Sky Ride ($14.99) Starry Nights : Helix ($3.99) Toki Tori 2+ ($14.99) Two Tribes Pack: RIVE & Toki Tori 2+ ($26.99) Typoman ($12.99) Vaccine ($9.99) Warhammer Quest ($19.99) Ys Origin ($19.99) PS4 Add-on Content 3on3 FreeStyle – PlayStation®Plus Bonus Pack (Feb) (Free for PS+) Berserk and the Band of the Hawk DLC Costumes ($3.49 and up) Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare Remastered C.O.D.E. Brass Pack ($4.99) DARIUSBURST Chronicle Saviours Capcom DLC Pack ($11.99) DARIUSBURST Chronicle Saviours Progear ($4.99) READ FULL…

Double Fine

Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin Review – Psychically Immersed (PSVR)

[embedded content] Psychonauts was one of my favorite games of the PlayStation 2 era. It blended fun platforming with the benchmark bizarre style and humor that Double Fine quickly became known for. While Tim Schafer had been adding his quirky flavor to games for many years before Psychonauts released in 2005, it was the first title under Schafer’s own studio, Double Fine, founded after he left LucasArts. In the decade since, fans have been clamoring to return to the psychic world of Psychonauts. We’re getting a full fledged sequel next year, but in the meantime PlayStation VR owners get treated to a small midquel — a word that doesn’t technically exist — to bridge the gap between the two games. Retaining a characteristically colorful Tim Burton style vibe, the art style and level of detail is perfect for the type of immersion that VR offers. Too often I was content to just look around each environment, absorbing the small in-jokes and bizarre ambiance. While it’s built to delight many, there’s an attention to detail that will satisfy the longtime fans of Raz and his extrasensory cohorts. Aside from the obvious connection in it being a follow-up, there are a number of small references READ…

PlayStation Store Sales in North America: Week of February 21, 2017

This week on the North American PlayStation Store, you’ll find the big Critics’ Choice Sale offering deep discounts on acclaimed games from 2016, an EA Publisher Sale, the return of the Spend $100, Get $15 Back promotion, and more. Here’s the games on sale this week through the PlayStation Store, with many offers ending on February 28 at 8am PT/11am ET: Critics’ Choice Sale (Sale Price, PlayStation Plus Price) PlayStation 4 Batman: Return to Arkham – $34.99, $29.99 Darkest Dungeon – $12.49, $9.99 Dear Esther: Landmark Edition – $5.99, $4.99 Destiny: The Collection – $44.39, $40.83 Destiny: The Collection Upgrade – Price Not Given Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – $26.99, $20.99 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Digital Deluxe Edition – $40.49, $31.49 Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition – $29.39, $24.69 DiRT Rally – $29.99, $23.99 DiRT Rally Plus PlayStation VR Bundle (PS4) – $43.39, $37.09 Dishonored 2 – $44.99, $41.39 Doom – $35.99, $29.99 Doom Digital Deluxe – $59.99, $49.99 Dragon Age Inquisition Deluxe Edition – $7.99, $5.99 Dragon Age Inquisition GOTY Edition – $19.99, $15.99 Enter the Gungeon – $8.99, $7.49 F1 2016 – $38.99, $32.99 Fallout 4 – $35.99, $29.99 Fallout 4 Digital Deluxe Bundle –…

Berserk and the Band of the Hawk

PS4, PSVR & PS Vita New Releases This Week: February 21, 2017 – Berserk Night

The week before Horizon Zero Dawn is a busy one that sees Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, Berserk and the Band of the Hawk, Malicious Fallen, Ys Origin, Night in the Woods, DLC for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Watch Dogs 2, and more. By pre-ordering Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin from the PlayStation Store, you’ll receive a copy of Psychonauts for PlayStation 4 (and 10% off the $19.99 USD regular price if you’re a PlayStation Plus member). Night in the Woods also has a 10% pre-order discount for PS+ members. *All games/content are releasing in North America and Europe, unless otherwise noted. PlayStation 4 Games A Pixel Story (PSN) ACA NeoGeo Neo Turf Masters (PSN) – NA Berserk and the Band of the Hawk (Retail & PSN) Chime Sharp (PSN) Clouds and Sheep 2 (PSN) – NA Forma.8 (PSN, cross-buy) Malicious Fallen (PSN) Night in the Woods (PSN) Shift Happens (PSN) Typoman (PSN) – NA Vaccine (PSN) – NA Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch (PSN in NA; Retail & PSN in EU) Warhammer Quest (PSN) – NA Ys Origin (PSN) PlayStation VR Games Mervils: A VR Adventure (PSN) – NA Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin (PSN) PlayStation Vita Games Berserk and the Band of the Hawk (PSN) Forma.8 (PSN, cross-buy) READ FULL…

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February 2017 PSN Flash Sale Is Live, Here’s All the Deals

Featuring Action Deals, the February 2017 PlayStation Store Flash Sale is live in North America, letting you save on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita games, including Grand Theft Auto V, The Elder Scrolls Online, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, Retro City Rampage DX, Super Time Force Ultra, and much more. Running until Monday, February 20 at 8am PT/11am ET, here’s all the deals in this month’s PSN Flash Sale on the PlayStation Store: PlayStation 4 A Bastard’s Tale – $1.99 Action Henk – $3.74 Adam’s Venture: Origins Deluxe Edition – $19.60 ADR1FT – $4.99 Awesomenauts Assemble! – $3.99 Awesomenauts Assemble! Ultimate Overdrive Collector’s Pack – $17.99 Awesomenauts Assemble! Ultimate Overdrive Pack – $7.99 Big Buck Hunter Arcade – $7.99 Bloodborne Complete Edition Bundle – $17.49 Broken Age – $4.99 Cabela’s African Adventures – $9.59 Chivalry: Medieval Warfare – $7.79 Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Ultimate Edition – $9.89 Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin – $11.99 Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition Demon Hunter Bundle – $10.79 DmC Devil May Cry Definitive Edition – $11.99 Dogos – $4.79 Don’t Starve: Console Edition – $3.74 Godzilla – $17.99 Grand Theft Auto V – $29.99 Grand Theft Auto V READ FULL…

News

PSLS Help Desk – Managing PS4 Notifications

Sometimes you want to know what’s going on on your PS4, when your friends sign on, messages that are coming in, and when downloads and installs are complete. Other times you want a peaceful evening in binge watching Netflix without any distractions. Fortunately switching notifications on and off, in addition to tailoring which notifications you want to see when they are active, and this week’s PSLS Help Desk is going to be all about managing PS4 notifications. Please note that as the PS4 firmware gets updated, Sony may change and add notification settings. This guide current as of February 2017, so if you see any differences in our listed settings, you may be on a later PS4 version. How to Access Notification Settings To access the PS4’s notification settings, go to [Settings] > [Notifications]. Turning Notifications On and Off The first option [Display Pop Up Notifications] allows you to completely turn on or off all pop up notifications on the PS4. Are you playing an intense online game or watching a movie? You may not want notifications popping up, so uncheck the box to disable them. If you want to tailor exactly which notifications pop up, continue reading for each READ…

Free Multiplayer

PS4 Free Multiplayer Event Starts Friday in North America, Wednesday in Europe

Sony has announced that a PlayStation 4 free multiplayer week will begin this Friday, February 17 in North America, and a PS4 free multiplayer event will begin this Wednesday, February 22 in Europe. Allowing you to access the online multiplayer modes in any PS4 game, regardless of whether or not you have a PlayStation Plus subscription, the free multiplayer week in North America runs from Friday, February 17 at 12:01am PT until Thursday, February 23 at 11:59pm PT. In Europe, the free multiplayer event runs from Wednesday, February 22 at 10am until Sunday, February 26 at 11:59pm. “Hop on to PSN during the free week with your favorite multiplayer game — no membership commitment is required during this period,” PlayStation Plus North America’s James Hallahan said. If you decide to become a PlayStation Plus member, subscriptions cost $9.99 USD/£5.99 for a month, $24.99 USD/£14.99 for three months, and $59.99 USD/£39.99 for 12 months. A 14-day trial (NA, EU) is also available for new subscribers. By becoming a member, you’ll have access to the titles in the Instant Game Collection. As of April 2016, there were nearly 21 million PlayStation Plus subscribers. [Source: PlayStation Blog (1), (2)] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Brian Dunn

PlayStation Now Dropping PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3 & More in August 2017

On August 15, 2017, Sony will discontinue support for PlayStation Now on PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation TV, all Sony Bravia TV models from 2013-2015 (2016 Bravia TVs lose support on April 1 in the United States and Canada, and May 15 in the UK), all Sony Blu-ray player models, and all Samsung TV models. Over on the European PlayStation Blog, Sony said you have until March 15 to sign up to PlayStation Now through the affected devices. If you don’t want to continue your PS Now subscription, they said, “Please remember to disable auto-renewal in your account settings so that your subscription ends by April 1, 2017 on 2016 Sony Bravia TVs, and August 15, 2017 on all other devices.” PlayStation Now Senior Marketing Manager Brian Dunn explained why they’re only focusing on PS4 and PC going forward: After thoughtful consideration, we decided to shift our focus and resources to PS4 and Windows PC to further develop and improve the user experience on these two devices. This move puts us in the best position to grow the service even further. If you use any of the above devices, we want to give our heartfelt thanks for your READ FULL…

News

Spend $100, Get $15 Back on the PlayStation Store Starting on February 21

From Tuesday, February 21 at 12:01am PT/3:01am ET until Tuesday, February 28 at 11:59pm PT, anyone in the United States, Canada, or Mexico who spends $100 through the PlayStation Store will receive a $15 credit back on or before March 14. If you spend $100 between February 21 and February 28, the $15 credit code will be sent to you via system notification on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation Vita, XMB message on PS3, or email on or before March 14. The code must be redeemed by 11:59pm PT on March 31. No matter how much money you spend during the promotion period, only one $15 credit can be earned. Here’s some of the details of the promotion: Promotion is available to legal U.S., Canada, and Mexico residents with an account for use of the PlayStation Network (an “Account”) registered in their country of residency who are 18 or older and who have spent $100.00 or more using the PSN Wallet between February 21st, 2017 12:01AM PT and February 28th, 2017 11:59PM PT. Third party application purchases not made through the PSN wallet are excluded. Each Account may only accrue a total of $15 in PSN Wallet credits pursuant READ FULL…

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PlayStation Store Global Update – February 14, 2017

Each week Sony brings PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Portable owners new content, add-ons, games and more. PlayStation LifeStyle catalogs the PlayStation Store updates for the major regions across the globe. Check back every Tuesday to keep up to date with each week’s PlayStation Store Update. North American Update February’s PlayStation Plus Lineup New Pre-orders Horizon Zero Dawn ($59.99) Horizon Zero Dawn Digital Deluxe Edition ($69.99) Lego Worlds ($24.99) Night in the Wood ($19.99/PS+ $17.99) Psychonauts In The Rhombus Of Ruin ($19.99/PS+ $17.99) PSVR Games Joshua Bell VR Experience (Free) PS4 Games Battle Islands: Commanders (Free) Flywrench ($6.99) For Honor ($59.99) For Honor Deluxe Edition ($69.99) For Honor Gold Edition ($99.99) iO ($7.99/PS+ $6.39) Monster Loves You ($9.99/PS+ $7.49) MX Nitro ($19.99) Ride 2 ($59.99) Semispheres ($9.99/PS+ $8.99) Sniper Elite 4 ($59.99) Sniper Elite 4 Deluxe Edition ($89.99) Toy Odyssey: The Lost and Found ($14.99) Vertical Drop Heroes HD ($6.99/PS+ 5.59) PS Vita Games Bridge Constructor ($9.99) iO ($7.99/PS+ $6.39) Uncanny Valley ($12.99) Vertical Drop Heroes HD ($6.99/PS+ 5.59) PS4 DLC Assetto Corsa Porsche Pack Vol.3 DLC ($6.99) Battle Islands: Commanders Bonus Supply Drop (Free) Nugget of Gold ($.99) Bag of Gold ($4.99) READ FULL STORY AT…

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PlayStation Store Sales in North America: Week of February 14, 2017

This week on the North American PlayStation Store, you’ll find a Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Sale, a 2K publisher sale, deals on Rocket League DLC, and more. Here’s the games on sale this week through the PlayStation Store, with many offers ending on February 21 at 8am PT/11am ET: Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Sale PlayStation 4 Final Fantasy Type-0 HD – $14.99 Final Fantasy VII – $7.99 Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – $9.99 Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Collector’s Edition – $29.99 Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Collector’s Edition – Price Not Shown Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward – Price Not Show Final Fantasy XIV Online – $19.79 Final Fantasy XV – $39.59 Final Fantasy XV Digital Premium Edition – $64.59 Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster – $24.99 World of Final Fantasy – $35.99 PlayStation 3 Final Fantasy XIII-2 – $7.49 Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster – $14.99 Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII – $9.99 PlayStation Vita Dissidia 012 [duodecim] Final Fantasy (PSP) – $7.49 Dissidia Final Fantasy (PSP) – $7.49 Final Fantasy III (PSP) – $4.99 Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection (PSP) – $7.49 Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions (PSP) – $4.99 Final Fantasy READ FULL…