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PS4 Still Leading in Media Coverage According to a New ICO Partners Report

The Nintendo Switch launched this month. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launched this month too. But despite a strong launch performance and mostly positive reviews, the Nintendo Switch still could not overthrow the …Read More The post PS4 Still Leading in Media Coverage According to a New ICO Partners Report by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.

Sony Focusing on Increasing the Number of Younger PS Vita Users in Japan

The Western market for Sony’s PlayStation Vita has been the subject of much debate from time to time but Japanese developers have significantly supported the handheld and undoubtedly continue to do so. While some criticize Sony’s support (or lack thereof) for Vita in the West, the company still has faith in the Japanese market. In an interview with Trendy Nikkei last week (translation courtesy of Kotaku), SCE Japan Asia boss Atsushi Morita said that since Minecraft‘s release on the handheld in 2014, the company has been “actively” trying to bring more younger gamers on board. “Since Minecraft came out in October 2014, we’ve been able to actively bring on board kids; that is, younger gamers,” he said. “We’re going to continue concentrating on the PS Vita and increase the number of younger users. This year, we also plan on developing an IP that’s aimed at children.” Recently, NieR: Automata director Yoko Taro tweeted his desire to see a PS Vita successor, noting that a next-gen handheld can do what smartphones can’t. What do our readers think of this? [Source: Trendy Nikkei via Kotaku] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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You Can Do A Lot Of Role-Playing In The PS4's Latest Baseball Game

When Sony says MLB The Show 17 includes a third-person baseball role-playing game, they aren’t exaggerating. I’m not just playing baseball. I’m role-playing a character who’s playing baseball, and he’ll be damned if he’s drafted by the Florida Marlins. Advertisement It’s not just about playing games, building stats, unlocking perks and making your mark on Major League Baseball. That stuff is all present and accounted for, but this year’s Road to the Show gets more personal. This is done through a series of documentary-style asides in which the player’s player is asked to make important decisions about his baseball career. He’ll consult with his advisor, hire an agent, and role-play out interactions that were all handled through simple menu choices in previous iterations of the popular game mode. Advertisement Let me tell you about my player, Mike Shirt. The result of 20 minutes of character creation. I named him Mike, after myself, and Shirt, because I wanted the back of his jersey to read like a label from the live-action Batman TV show from the ‘60s. Like me he is READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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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!

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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!

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Horizon Zero Dawn Looks Unnaturally Good Because Of 'Hyper-Realism'

Horizon Zero Dawn is a beautiful game. Sometimes, it seems too beautiful. Here’s how the developers achieved such an uncannily gorgeous look. Advertisement Studio art director Jan-Bart van Beek recently explained to Kotaku that the studio spent many hours watching BBC nature documentaries, which allowed Guerrilla Games to lay out a conceptual framework for Horizon’s visuals.   “It’s a quality that isn’t actually completely photorealistic,” Beek said. “It’s a form of hyper-realism that we started calling ‘BBC-realism.’ It’s all shot in perfect condition, at the perfect time of day, with exactly the right dramatic light angle, cloudscapes and weather. There is a lot of cinematic grading to add contrast, atmosphere and saturation to the screen. It’s a film process that takes weeks to find those conditions and film a 10 second snippet.” Advertisement Fortunately, Horizon is a game, so the developers didn’t have to wait for hours just for the right conditions to appear. Instead, they deliberately programmed the game to always capture that picturesque quality. “In Horizon we wanted to give them the sense of being in a 24/7 version of BBC’s READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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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!

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Resident Evil: Vendetta CG Film Will Be Coming to Theaters for One Night Only

Sony and Fathom events have partnered for a North American and international release of the new movie. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will also include a clip from the CG movie. …Read More The post Resident Evil: Vendetta CG Film Will Be Coming to Theaters for One Night Only by Jordan Loeffler appeared first on DualShockers.

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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!

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MLB The Show 17 Gets New TV Spot and Trailer for “The Show Show”

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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!