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PlayStation Now Dropping Support For PlayStation 3, Vita, Other Devices

Sony and Gaikai's PlayStation Now streaming service is undergoing some major changes.

The platform, first launched in 2015, was originally marketed as a "Netflix for games" which players could enjoy across a variety of devices, including PS3, PS4, Vita, PC, and even Sony Bravia televisions and media players.

Starting on August 15th, nearly all of these devices will lose PS Now support. Moving forward, only PS4 and PC will remain compatible with the cloud-gaming service. This is being done, according to the statement on PlayStation Blog, to "improve the user experience on these two devices. This move puts us in the best position to grow the service even further."

[Source: Playstation Blog]

 

Our Take
PlayStation Now has a small-but-dedicated following, and many of them will be none-too-pleased with this surprising turn of events.  Hopefully, this isn't a sign that the service is being shut down for good. I am a regular user of PlayStation Now, and I mostly play on PS4. I played on Vita for a time, but ultimately found that playing on my laptop provided a far superior, and only slightly less portable, gameplay experience. Still, I'm gonna miss playing Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People on Sony's underrated handheld.

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Report: Upcoming PlayStation 4 Update To Improve Performance Of Older Games On Pro Systems

Along with adding the option to use external hard drives, the PlayStation 4's 4.50 update (which is still in beta and offered only to a limited number of users) may also improve the performance of older games on the PlayStation 4 Pro.

The Verge reports the update includes a "Boost Mode" on PlayStation 4 Pro systems, which allows them to run "at a higher GPU and CPU clock speed" to improve performance for games released before the Pro was, allowing for reduced load times and higher framerates on some titles. The mode could cause glitches or errors in some games, however, which is why the mode can be turned on or off in the system menu. Currently, games released before the Pro run about the same on the system unless they're updated by the developers, and in some cases run worse. Though Boost Mode wouldn't give older games HDR options or allow for higher texture density, it should be a nice quality-of-life improvement.

We've reached out to Sony for comment and will update this article should they offer any details.

[Source: The Verge]

 

Our Take
As someone who has a Pro, it'd be cool if I could go back to games like Hitman or Bloodborne and see a performance boost. It'd make my purchase of a Pro a much better investment, especially if the load times are shorter between all my deaths against the Blood-Starved Beast. 

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LittleBigPlanet 3 Is Free On Playstation Plus In February

Sackboy is coming to Playstation Plus this month, and he's being joined by a slew of charming indies.

The marquee entry this month is LittleBigPlanet 3, Sony's biggest platforming adventure of 2014. This entry shook up the classic LBP formula by introducing multiple playable characters with different abilities, allowing for greater variety in the action. Back in November 2014, Matt Helgeson gave the game a solid 8.5 review score.

Here's the full list of February's PS Plus offerings:

  • LittleBigPlanet 3, PS4
  • Not a Hero, PS4
  • Starwhal, PS3 (Cross Buy on PS4)
  • Anna: Extended Edition, PS3
  • Ninja Senki DX, Vita (Cross Buy on PS4)
  • TorqueL, Vita (Cross Buy on PS4)

These deals go live on February 7th, which means you have until then to pick up last month's games, which include Day of the Tentacle Remastered and This War of Mine: The Little Ones.

[Source: Playstation Blog]

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LittleBigPlanet 3 Is Free On Playstation Plus In February

Sackboy is coming to Playstation Plus this month, and he's being joined by a slew of charming indies.

The marquee entry this month is LittleBigPlanet 3, Sony's biggest platforming adventure of 2014. This entry shook up the classic LBP formula by introducing multiple playable characters with different abilities, allowing for greater variety in the action. Back in November 2014, Matt Helgeson gave the game a solid 8.5 review score.

Here's the full list of February's PS Plus offerings:

  • LittleBigPlanet 3, PS4
  • Not a Hero, PS4
  • Starwhal, PS3 (Cross Buy on PS4)
  • Anna: Extended Edition, PS3
  • Ninja Senki DX, Vita (Cross Buy on PS4)
  • TorqueL, Vita (Cross Buy on PS4)

These deals go live on February 7th, which means you have until then to pick up last month's games, which include Day of the Tentacle Remastered and This War of Mine: The Little Ones.

[Source: Playstation Blog]

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Ninja Theory-Developed Shooter Dexed Coming To PlayStation VR Next Week

Released last year on PC, Dexed offers Rift and Vive owners a Panzer Dragoon-style shooter, allowing you to tag enemies before firing upon them, and target enemies based on their elemental weakness. Next week, PlayStation VR owners will get to see what the shooter's all about.

Developer/Publisher Ninja Theory announced this week via the PlayStation Blog that the game will arrive on the platform Tuesday, January 31, for $ 9.99. The shooter takes place underwater and lets you shoot whales, starfish, and other creatures that probably don't deserve to get fire at. You can watch a gameplay trailer for the game below.

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[Source: PlayStation Blog]

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PlayStation 4, Xbox One Outpacing PlayStation 2, Xbox 360 Install Bases

Around the time the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were due to make their debut, many analysts predicted the death of the console. Phones and handhelds were much more popular, and dedicated gaming devices were supposedly on their way out, these analysts said. As we know now, that's not the case. In fact, they're selling better than ever. Games and interactive media research firm SuperData has released its updated console sales figures and predictions, and the results show that the current crop of consoles is far from done.

The most notable numbers are that both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are outselling their predecessors. The PlayStation 4's current 55 million-strong install base ousts the PlayStation 2 as Sony's fastest-selling console. The latter reached 112 million total units sold throughout its lifetime. Similarly, the Xbox One's 26 million-person install base beats the Xbox 360's install base (22.1 million) at the four-year mark.

SuperData attributes the growth of the console market to "the bundling with big ticket titles and the growing popularity of full game downloads, which generated $ 7 [billion] in 2016." The firm also predicts 2017 will generate $ 7.8 billion in sales of console game downloads.

[Source: SuperData Research]

 

Our Take
It's cool that the current round of consoles is doing better than the previous generation. One would assume the growing number of people in the games market (and world) would make this a foregone conclusion, but that's not the case: if that were true, the PlayStation 3 would have beaten the PlayStation 2 in sales (and the Wii U would have beaten the Wii, but that's another story).

The PlayStation 4 is also far ahead of the Xbox One at this point (which we already knew), but seeing the difference in numbers is still a bit surprising. It'll be interesting to see how the market's affected by the launch of the Switch in March and Microsoft's Xbox refresh with Scorpio, assuming it hits this year. 

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Under $5 PlayStation Flash Sale Is On Now

If you like bargains and have hardware in Sony's family of consoles, you should check out the current Flash Sale (running now through 8:00am PT, 1/23).

The titles on sale as part of the promotion are under $ 5, but they aren't all duds that you wouldn't want to pay for in the first place. Highlights include titles like The Order: 1886, Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Watch Dogs, and Knack.

Of course, there are plenty of other games up for grabs, so peruse the selection and fill any holes in your collection for cheap.

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The Top 10 Games On PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 4 got off to a slow start, but an influx of exclusives and improved remasters have been building up a respectable library for the system. In this continually updated feature, we break down the top 10 games every PlayStation 4 owner should play.

Here are Game Informer's current picks for the top 10 games on the
PlayStation 4:

10. Dishonored 2
"Dishonored 2 successfully builds on the solid stealth-combat foundation of the original while introducing enough fun new gameplay concepts to feel fresh. Whether you prefer sticking to the shadows or gutting every co-conspirator in the land, the game offers a rewarding experience with attractive upgrade paths." – Matt Bertz

To read the full review and learn more, click here.

9. Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition
"Two years is a long time in video games, and it's rare that
a release so far out from its original incarnation can generate excitement.
However, Blizzard's constant improvements and adjustments have led to a stellar
port to new-gen consoles, including the complete experience available on PC,
plus several smart bonus features. It's an ideal way to play the game for the
first time or the tenth, especially if you have any mix of friends to play
with, either on your couch or across the country." – Matt Miller

To read the full review and learn more, click here.

8. The Last of Us Remastered Edition
"Naughty Dog has escalated its storytelling to a
dramatic new chapter with the unprecedented, visceral journey of a broken man
seeking redemption. The Last of Us is the defining PlayStation 3 game, and
Naughty Dog has refined its visuals and packed in meaningful DLC content for
the new generation." – Tim Turi

To read the full review and learn more, click here.

7. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
"An open world, a customizable base, a variable mission structure – these are not traditional aspects of Metal Gear, but they are what makes The Phantom Pain such an exceptional game. The gameplay, storytelling, and protagonists in Metal Gear may shift with each new installment, but Kojima’s ability to surprise and enthrall gamers remains unchanged." – Joe Juba

To read the full review and learn more, click here.

6. Destiny
"The philosophy of depth over time extends to the rest of
the game; Destiny reveals its complexity only after many hours. Unlike in many
games, hitting level cap and completing the story is more of a mid-game marker.
Farming reputation, using gear to level beyond the cap, and completing
progression for each of your subclasses can be a lot of fun, but it won't
appeal to gamers who hate grinding. For those that enjoy the process, it's exciting
to uncover higher level versions of old missions and track down little boosts
and tricks…" – Matt Miller

To read the full review and learn more, click here.

On the next page: The top five must-play PS4 titles.


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PlayStation 4, Xbox One Outpacing PlayStation 2, Xbox 360 Install Bases

Around the time the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were due to make their debut, many analysts predicted the death of the console. Phones and handhelds were much more popular, and dedicated gaming devices were supposedly on their way out, these analysts said. As we know now, that's not the case. In fact, they're selling better than ever. Games and interactive media research firm SuperData has released its updated console sales figures and predictions, and the results show that the current crop of consoles is far from done.

The most notable numbers are that both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are outselling their predecessors. The PlayStation 4's current 55 million-strong install base ousts the PlayStation 2 as Sony's fastest-selling console. The latter reached 112 million total units sold throughout its lifetime. Similarly, the Xbox One's 26 million-person install base beats the Xbox 360's install base (22.1 million) at the four-year mark.

SuperData attributes the growth of the console market to "the bundling with big ticket titles and the growing popularity of full game downloads, which generated $ 7 [billion] in 2016." The firm also predicts 2017 will generate $ 7.8 billion in sales of console game downloads.

[Source: SuperData Research]

 

Our Take
It's cool that the current round of consoles is doing better than the previous generation. One would assume the growing number of people in the games market (and world) would make this a foregone conclusion, but that's not the case: if that were true, the PlayStation 3 would have beaten the PlayStation 2 in sales (and the Wii U would have beaten the Wii, but that's another story).

The PlayStation 4 is also far ahead of the Xbox One at this point (which we already knew), but seeing the difference in numbers is still a bit surprising. It'll be interesting to see how the market's affected by the launch of the Switch in March and Microsoft's Xbox refresh with Scorpio, assuming it hits this year. 

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