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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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Metroid-Style Forma.8 Launches This Month For PS4, Vita

Making a game can be a huge and sprawling – but ultimately rewarding – undertaking. This description applies not only to the creative process of MixedBag's newest title, but to Forma.8 itself. First announced in 2013, the metroidvania game about a stranded exploration probe on a strange world officially releases for PS4 (with native 4K for Pro owners) and PS Vita on February 23. It will be available on the Playstation Store as a digital download, though the studio plans to offer a limited amount of physical copies through Limited Run Games sometime in the future.

Much has changed since 2014, but you can see how far Forma.8 has come through Kyle Hilliard's preview here.

[Source: Playstation Blog]

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Neo Geo Cult Fav Windjammers Gets Reborn On PS4, Vita

A '90s Neo Geo arcade sports game is getting back on the competitive frisbee circuit. Today at the PSX presentation, Sony announced Windjammers is coming to PlayStation 4 and Vita. The game looks to adhere faithfully to the look and feel of the original, but it's also adding online multiplayer. 

Windjammers got a second life a few years ago when Giant Bomb gave it the 2013 Old Game of the Year award and featured it regularly on video content. Developer DotEmu says it worked closely with Windjammers France, a community that still organizes tournaments around the original game. 

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DotEmu says the game is coming soon, but offered no hard date. 

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Ys Origin Comes To PS4 And Vita In 2017

Ys Origin is coming to PS4 and Vita on February 21, 2017. Originally released in Japan in 2006, the JRPG title comes with new features and improvements, though we don't have specifics on those at this time.

Check out the trailer below!

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[Update] Zero Escape Bundle To Hit PS4, Vita, And Steam Next Year

Update: It appears that the bundle is coming to Steam as well.

Original Story (October 31 at 1:59 PM Central):

Escape room puzzlers Zero Escape: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (999) and Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward will be offered in a two-pack for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita next spring, according to the PlayStation blog.

The package is called Zero Escape: The Nonary Games, as both titles involve nine characters who have to escape from a Saw-style series of deathtraps set by a villain named Zero, by solving puzzles and making choices between rooms.

Initially released on the Nintendo DS, 999 has been upgraded with HD graphics as well as English and Japanese voice acting.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
This package includes the first two games in the trilogy that concluded with this year's Zero Time Dilemma. The graphics and VO updates to 999 are certainly welcome additions. If Zero Time Dilemma caught your interest this summer, you can get up to speed on the series with editor Javy Gwaltney's handy explainer here.

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[Update] Zero Escape Bundle To Hit PS4, Vita, And Steam Next Year

Update: It appears that the bundle is coming to Steam as well.

Original Story (October 31 at 1:59 PM Central):

Escape room puzzlers Zero Escape: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (999) and Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward will be offered in a two-pack for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita next spring, according to the PlayStation blog.

The package is called Zero Escape: The Nonary Games, as both titles involve nine characters who have to escape from a Saw-style series of deathtraps set by a villain named Zero, by solving puzzles and making choices between rooms.

Initially released on the Nintendo DS, 999 has been upgraded with HD graphics as well as English and Japanese voice acting.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
This package includes the first two games in the trilogy that concluded with this year's Zero Time Dilemma. The graphics and VO updates to 999 are certainly welcome additions. If Zero Time Dilemma caught your interest this summer, you can get up to speed on the series with editor Javy Gwaltney's handy explainer here.

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Darkest Dungeon Hits PS4 And Vita On September 27

Darkest Dungeon hits PS4 and Vita on September 27, and Red Hook Studios has released a new trailer showcasing some of the action players can expect as they unearth the horrors lurking beneath. The trailer includes accolades from the PC launch much earlier this year  and some gameplay.

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Darkest Dungeon is definitely one of my favorite games that hit this year, an uncompromising dungeon dive with a unique aesthetic and unforgettable characters. I'm excited to see how some of the improvements that have trickled out into the PC version resonate with a whole new audience as the title comes to console and handheld. Check out my review of the PC version here! (Any game that lets me use the word aphotic is automatically awesome in my book.)

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Hyper Light Won’t Be Drifting Over To The PS Vita Or Wii U

One of this year's indie gems was originally planned for release on the Vita and Wii U, but those ports have been cancelled.

In a recent Kickstarter update, indie developer Heart Machine cited health reason for why it would no longer be bringing indie hit Hyper Light Drifter to the PlayStation Vita or Wii U. The developer did promise that those who Kickstarted the game hoping to get Wii U or Vita version will be able to exchange their keys for a different version of the game on any other platform or receive a refund. You can watch the full video update below.

[Source: Kickstarter]

 

Our Take
This is unfortunate for Vita and Wii U owners, since Hyper Light Drifter is one of the best indie games of the year. However, the game is already available for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac, and Linux, so hopefully you can find a way to play this great game somewhere else.

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Hyper Light Won’t Be Drifting Over To The PS Vita Or Wii U

One of this year's indie gems was originally planned for release on the Vita and Wii U, but those ports have been cancelled.

In a recent Kickstarter update, indie developer Heart Machine cited health reason for why it would no longer be bringing indie hit Hyper Light Drifter to the PlayStation Vita or Wii U. The developer did promise that those who Kickstarted the game hoping to get Wii U or Vita version will be able to exchange their keys for a different version of the game on any other platform or receive a refund. You can watch the full video update below.

[Source: Kickstarter]

 

Our Take
This is unfortunate for Vita and Wii U owners, since Hyper Light Drifter is one of the best indie games of the year. However, the game is already available for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac, and Linux, so hopefully you can find a way to play this great game somewhere else.

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Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X Takes The Stage On PS4 And Vita

It’s fair to say that Hatsune Miku represents a different branch of the rhythm/music genre than many in North America are accustomed to seeing. Rather than the distinctly American vibe of beat-matching we see in games like Rock Band or Guitar Hero, Hatsune Miku dances and sings her way through poppy numbers wearing over-the-top outfits, representing some of the flamboyant and quirky elements that many players love to see in Japanese gaming. Today sees the release of Hatsune Miku’s newest game, and the trailer below gives you a good sense of what you can expect.

Project Diva X features more than 30 songs, mixing both new and returning tracks for Miku to dance through. This release also includes a Concert Editor that allows players to produce your own shows, with distinct outfits and songs. 

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X has arrived today on PlayStation 4 for $ 49.99, and Vita for $ 39.99. 

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