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30
Jul
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Playdate: We’re livestreaming ‘The Last of Us: Remastered’ on PS4!


Welcome, ladygeeks and gentlenerds, to the new era of gaming. The one where you get to watch, and comment, as other people livestream gameplay from next-gen consoles. Because games! They’re fun!

Developer Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic opus The Last of Us released last June, delivering at least a few punches to the guts of almost everyone who played it on the PlayStation 3. Despite the some 80 million (and counting) PS3′s sold worldwide, though, Sony estimates that there’s still a bunch of people who haven’t experienced the game. So, with no small amount of effort porting it from the PS3, we now have The Last of Us: Remastered on the PlayStation 4. But, let’s say you’ve already played through the game and its downloadable episode on Sony’s last-gen console, is it worth double dipping? Join me today at 7 p.m. Eastern / 4 p.m. Pacific as I stream it, and find out. I’ll be starting a few hours into the campaign, but bear in mind that there’s a very high chance for spoilers, especially if you missed playing the game last year.

Watch live video from Engadget on www.twitch.tv

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29
Jul
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You can now watch Blu-ray 3D movies on your PlayStation 4


Before the newest, shiniest consoles launched late last year, it was the Xbox One that was touted as the complete multimedia machine. It’s slightly ironic, then, that Sony’s beaten Microsoft to the punch in adding Blu-ray 3D support to the PlayStation 4. Last week, we heard the feature was being added in software version 1.75, and today that update’s begun rolling out to PS4s. There are still a few things, like DLNA support, the PS4 needs to usurp other A/V gear in your entertainment center, but on the matter of Blu-ray 3D at least, the Xbone’s now playing catch-up.

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Source: PlayStation Europe (Twitter)

29
Jul
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‘The Last of Us’ looks better on PS4 but it’s not perfect


Just over a year ago, Sony and developer Naughty Dog unleashed the emotionally wrenching The Last of Us on the PlayStation 3. And while the post-apocalyptic tale was heralded at the time for its affecting narrative, the game’s technical prowess didn’t go unnoticed either, with many critics impressed by how well the game looked and sounded on the seven year-old PS3. Tomorrow marks the release of The Last of Us: Remastered on the PlayStation 4, which, as the title implies, is last year’s game with a fresh coat of paint afforded by the PS4′s more powerful hardware. How much of a leap is it, though? The tech-minded crew at Digital Foundry has put Naughty Dog’s latest under their microscope and notes that while there are some aspects of the game that best even PS4-native releases, there are still a handful of bits that betray those advancements:

“There are elements that remain far ahead of the majority of next-gen titles, but it is clear that it is a game of its technological era.”

In particular, Digital Foundry calls out the game’s anti-aliasing (smoothing out jagged edges on certain bits of a scene, like power lines or the edge of a door) and certain aspects of its lighting as being relics of TLoU:R‘s original platform. Perhaps the games’ most notable improvement is its doubled framerate, which aims for a Call-of-Duty-esque 60 frames per-second and a boost in resolution to 1080p, natively. Those improvements aren’t without caveats (degraded shadow quality that’s being addressed with a day-one patch), however, as NeoGAF was quick to point out and start a now 50-page thread about.

In my experience playing the game, though, these perceived setbacks are minor once you actually pick up a DualShock 4. Sure, when you’re comparing screenshots — or compressed GIFs — that’s one thing, but if you’re running through the game and not actively looking for any technical shortcomings they’re harder to notice.

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Source: Eurogamer, NeoGAF

25
Jul
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The ‘Destiny’ beta is now open to everyone


Let’s say you wanted to give Bungie’s latest shooter, Destiny, a go before the game comes out in September, but the idea of pre-ordering video games goes against the very core of your being. Well, Bungie’s just announced that it’s opening the floodgates on the test-phase for the game and is letting everyone get in on the fun. At 7 p.m. Eastern / 4 p.m. Pacific, you’ll be able to head to the digital marketplace on your gaming platform of choice (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One) and grab the multi-gigabyte file for yourself and see what everyone’s been raving about. And remember, on Saturday at 5 p.m. Eastern, 2 p.m. Pacific, Bungie is promising a special reward for whoever is playing, and that it’ll carry over to the game’s final version come September.

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Source: Bungie (1), (2)

24
Jul
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Now TV arrives on the PlayStation 4 today, Xbox One in the coming weeks


A couple of months back, Sky revealed that it was working on bringing Now TV to Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles. Today, it finally started that rollout with the PlayStation 4, ensuring Sony fans have all of their bases covered in the process. Although the Xbox One app is still in development, the broadcaster notes that it will become available in the coming weeks. Neither the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One require a subscription to access the Now TV app, meaning you’ll only need to put money down for Sky’s movie, entertainment or sports packages to get streaming.

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24
Jul
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PS4 will add Blu-ray 3D support soon


That was fast. After Microsoft announced the Xbox One is going to get Blu-ray 3D support in an update soon, Sony’s PlayStation Europe arm has responded by finally revealing the same feature is coming to the PS4. There’s no word yet on any other other home theater related features we’d love to see make the jump from PS3 to PS4 (Bluetooth remote, DLNA, MP3 playback), or a specific release date, but software update 1.75 is the one we’re looking forward to. It’s hard to say which is the bigger coincidence — that this feature is confirmed just days after the XB1 or that it comes as we’re finding out about the PSN outage settlement. Hey, at least it’s not another stability update.

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Source: PlayStation Europe (Twitter)

22
Jul
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‘Destiny’ on PS3 is like the PS4 version but blurrier


While a bunch of the hype surrounding the Destiny beta is how great developer Bungie’s latest shooter looks running on the PlayStation 4, gamers on last-gen hardware have been playing through the weekend too. Based on the video that Digital Foundry put together (embedded below), the PlayStation 3 version expectedly doesn’t stack up next to its current-gen counterpart, but it doesn’t look terrible, either. If I were to describe it in one word, it’d be “softer.” The tech-centric outlet notes that while the levels themselves remain the same the overall shape and size, set dressing like foliage and rocks are less dense (and in some cases, completely missing), and lighting is less complex as well. Most impactful, possibly, is the PS3 game’s native resolution. While the PS4 version runs at a native 1920×1080, or 1080p, Destiny on Sony’s previous console is running at 1024×624 (sub-720p) — roughly 30 percent the total pixel count of its current-gen cousin.

The biggest victim? Shadow detail, as evidenced in this thread on NeoGAF. The amount of enemies onscreen, however, apparently doesn’t drop so there should be parity between the two versions in terms of how the game actually plays.

Considering that the PS3 is almost eight years old at this point, however, it’s kind of a miracle that it’s even capable of playing something like Destiny to begin with. And given that there are likely well over 80 million PS3s in the wild at this point and, as of April, only seven million PS4s, it makes sense for developers to continue supporting previous hardware. Take this April’s Watch Dogs and next year’s Mortal Kombat X, for example.

What about you: is Destiny the game you’re upgrading to a new console for (maybe even a white PS4), or hasn’t anything on Sony’s latest or the Xbox One caught your eye yet? The beta is down for maintenance now anyway, so you should have plenty of time to leave us a note!

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Via: Eurogamer

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18
Jul
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Playdate: We’re livestreaming the ‘Destiny’ beta for PlayStation 4!


Welcome, ladygeeks and gentlenerds, to the new era of gaming. The one where you get to watch, and comment, as other people livestream gameplay from next-gen consoles. Because games! They’re fun!

When the folks behind Halo, Bungie Studios, offered a taste of their next big franchise earlier this year, we jumped in to show it off. And now that Destiny‘s beta is open on PlayStation 4, we’re back to jump in once more and explore the upcoming blockbuster a final time before its official launch on September 9th. Rather than employ wildly expensive dark magic to show Destiny, we’re using the delightfully free Twitch service. Join us right here at 12PM ET (or thereabouts — technical issues do sometimes occur) for an hour-long exploration of Bungie’s next big game, Destiny.

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Source: Twitch

18
Jul
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Sure, why not: Pay $2 to fart and plank in a PlayStation 4 game


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Look, we’re not gonna tell you how to spend your hard-earned money. If you want to spend two actual dollars enabling your Killzone: Shadow Fall character to fart — yes, that kind of fart — and “plank” (this) on PlayStation 4, go for it. But allow us this moment of plea: please don’t. Here’s the description of what your $2 gets you:

“It’s all fun and games until someone loses a game. (Or so they say). Show your fallen enemies, not everything need [sic] be taken seriously. This pack contains Fart, Planking and Comedy spotlight moves.”

One part of us wants to know what “Comedy spotlight moves” could possibly be given that the highly comedic farting and planking verbs have already been used.

We’re not gonna make the guilt plea (“there are children starving all over the world”), and we’re not gonna appeal to your financial sense (it’s just two bucks, right?). Your common sense, however, is fair game. The long and short is this: forking over any cash for this kind of junk DLC sends the wrong message to both the game’s developer (Guerrilla Games) and its publisher (Sony). We’re not saying it isn’t funny — it very well may be! — but we are saying you shouldn’t have to pay for it. It is indeed optional, yes, which is exactly why we suggest you optionally choose to skip this. Vote with your dollars, y’all! Or end up like the angry lady above.

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Via: GameSpot

Source: PlayStation Network

18
Jul
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Xbox Live and PlayStation Network are both having issues, but Nintendo Network is fine


Excited to play the Destiny on PlayStation Network? You’re not the only one, and demand as the game’s beta opened its doors today seems to have the service stumbling. A message on the PlayStation Knowledge Center says PSN access is “Intermittently available” so if it’s working, great but don’t be surprised if you notice some odd behavior. Xbox fans shouldn’t be too quick to point fingers though, since besides waiting another week to try out an early version of Bungie’s next big game you may also experience issues with Xbox Live. The Xbox Live Dashboard points out problems for some users signing in or accessing the Video and Music services, but says there is a team working on it and promises another updated within the half hour. Since Nintendo Network appears to be running just fine, we can only assume which culprit is behind this.

Update: The PlayStation Network status has been upgraded to “online” so go forth and beta test freely.

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Via: Joystiq (1), (2)

Source: PlayStation Knowledge Center, Xbox Live Status

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