I think the media and gamers alike didn’t expect Sony to announce anything very significant in regards to the video gaming world at CES 2014. That’s what E3 is for right? Well… yeah. However, yesterday Sony broke the rules by quietly dropping two bombs on the gaming world at CES.
Over the last couple of days I have been working on putting this list together of all the info you need to know about COD: Black Ops II, from Perks all the way down to the Scorestreaks and Perks list. The game releases to the world on 11/13/12 in North Americaso to get you prepared go ahead and take a look at the list after the break.
If you own a Sony Playstation 3 and haven’t caught wind of the amazing value of Playstation Plus, you either don’t have anybody on your PSN friends list…
…or you don’t turn on your PS3…
…or you simply don’t have an internet connection.
This is what I been up to as far as gaming.
This week’s Let’s Talk I’ll be discussing sports games. I used to be a sports games gamer, I know that’s not proper English but whatever. When I was younger over half of my video game collection consisted of sports games. Whether it was Madden, FIFA, NBA, NCAA Football, or even NASCAR I loved sports games. Read more after the jump and as always be sure to sign up and comment.
Effective April 1st Kazuo Harai will be President and CEO of Sony Corp. He will be replacing Sir Howard Stringer who will be taking a new role in Sony as board Chairman. Kaz of course was the President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment and has helped build the PlayStation brand into what it is today. He released a statement regarding his new position earlier today.
“I am grateful to Sir Howard and to the Board for their confidence in me, and I look forward to working with everyone at Sony more closely than ever before to build a strong future for our customers, shareholders, partners and employees.
The foundations are now firmly in place for the new management team and me to fully leverage Sony’s diverse electronics product portfolio, in conjunction with our rich entertainment assets and growing array of networked services, to engage with our customers around the world in new and exciting ways.” – Kazuo Hirai
Well it’s been a strong day for playstation so far with all these old titles coming to different hardware off course i am talking about gta 3 and vice city coming to the ps3. But this is about Playstation certified devices including the Xperia Play, Arc s, Tablet s, Tablet p, the up and coming Xperia S and probably more in the future.
The ESRB has rated Daxter, Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror, eight tables worth of Pinball Heroesand flOw for all the devices above so if you have not already playstation certified is looking to become something good hopefully an Xperia play 2 will come soon so keep an eye out on the blog for more info on that one.
Thinking of gaming tonight? well not anymore Playstation Network will be going down for scheduled maintenance, this is quoted from playstation’s twitter.
PlayStation Network will undergo routine maintenance between 16:00 and 06:00 GMT (17:00 – 07:00 CET) on Thursday 19 January.
So, you’ve saved up your money and bought you a nice, shiny Vita. You’ve paid the slightly-expensive price for one of its proprietary memory cards (which I fully expect third party memory cards to come out soon too at $10-15 cheaper). Now it’s time to buy some games for the device. So how does one go about getting them, you ask?
When you get to this point, you’ve got two options: 1) Digital copy via PSN & 2) Hard copy from brick-and-mortar retailer (WalMart, CostC0, GameStop, etc.) So, now you’re saying, “But I could do that on the PSP.” Yes, that’s very true, but there’s a couple differences worth noting about the Vita.
For one, all games on the Vita will come out day-and-date on the PSN as well as at retail stores. This is great because some people prefer to buy digital over physical copies, and vice-versa. Another great thing now is that Sony has decided to have a tiered-pricing strategy. A quick check on Amazon.com reveals that Uncharted: Golden Abyss will cost $49.99, while Resistance: Burning Skies will be priced at $39.99 and Modnation Racers Vita (as well as many others) are only a mere $29.99. Of course, there are also cheaper games on PSN, such as arcade titles, Mini’s, and PSone titles that can all be played on the Vita.
This tiered pricing is a great move by Sony. Some people (like me and most people that run this site) are on a budget and cannot afford to drop $50 on every game for the Vita. Now that Sony has realized this, people will be able to buy new games that are simply cheaper, like those aforementioned.
The fact that you can now buy games physically or digitally and at varying price points is a great move by Sony and wonderful for us budget-conscious consumers (AKA: cheap. lol). Having cheaper options could also, to an extent, help combat piracy on the Vita since people will be more likely to go out and buy their games.
Sony has definitely done more things right with the Vita than they have wrong. If the Vita is anything to go by, the PS4 should be an instant hit when it drops (hopefully sooner than later).
So, you’re thinking about buying yourself a brand new PlayStation Vita. Sure, it’s got a beautiful OLED screen, front and back touchpanels, and those oh-so-sought-after dual analog sticks, but what other reasons might there be to pick one up, you ask? Well, it seems a fellow gamer has already found a way to run a Sega Genesis emulator within the PSP emulator built into the Vita. An emulator within an emulator?? I know, I know, it’s a paradox. Doc Brown wouldn’t approve. Just kidding. *_*
There is just one caveat to this, however. It seems Sony has a built-in security feature to prevent these kinds of things, and, as soon as this “hack” is made available, it will be rendered DOA. But if the PSP was any indication, there won’t be any shortage of hacking attempts on our poor helpless Vita. Let’s just hope people actually BUY some games too. We definitely don’t want the Vita to fall victim to the PSP’s fate: an early death in the West (U.S.).