Sony announced this week that the PlayStation 4 has sold more than 18.5 million units worldwide since its launch in November of 2013. The new figures tabulate units sold as of January 4, 2015. Sony also said that during the critical holiday shopping season (late November to early January) it managed to sell 4.1 million units worldwide.
The Finnish National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has questioned a teenager in connection with Lizard Squad and its international hacking antics, according to Polygon. The law enforcement agency is looking into a 17-year-old identified only as "Ryan" for his alleged participation in DDoS attacks against PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, according to the report. There's some conflicting reports on whether the teen is still in police custody or if he was questioned and sent home.
Recently Sony said it was sorry for the Christmas outages of the PlayStation Network (which hacker group Lizard Squad claimed credit for) and offered a gift to PlayStation Network users: five free days of PlayStation Plus and 10 percent discount off a total cart purchase in the PlayStation Store. To say the response to this gift was tepid and even hostile in some circles is an understatement.
Sony has revealed the free games that PlayStation Plus subscribers can score in January. Beginning January 6, PlayStation Plus members can get inFAMOUS: First Light (PS4), The Swapper (PS4/PS3/PS Vita), Prototype 2 (PS3), DuckTales Remastered (PS3), Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition (PS Vita/PS3) and Whoa Dave! (PS Vita/PS4) for free.
Sony has also released a nifty video highlighting all of January's PlayStation Plus freebies, which you can watch to your left.
According to this Game Informer report, the PlayStation Network is having "intermittent connectivity" issues right now. GI readers have said that when they try to log into PlayStation Network, they received the error code "CE-34861-2."
An interesting article on Kotaku suggests that the government of China did not force either Sony or Microsoft to region lock their consoles as a condition of launching them in the region this year. Citing an anonymous source within the government, the report concludes that it was likely Microsoft's and Sony's idea to region lock the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for China.
United States District Court Judge Edward Chen for the Northern District Court of California has ruled that a class action lawsuit related to Sony Computer Entertainment's Killzone: Shadow Fall will proceed. In August lead plaintiff Douglas Ladore filed a class action lawsuit against SCE claiming that the company lied about the graphics quality of Killzone: Shadow Fall for PS4 in its marketing materials, PR and public statements. He claims in his lawsuit that the game was advertised to have full 1080p high-definition resolution graphics, but it didn't measure up to those claims.
The PlayStation 4 has been outselling the Xbox One since February, but it looks like Microsoft might have finally broken that streak in the month of November - according to this Ars Technica report. Microsoft announced that the NPD retail sales data shows the Xbox One outsold the PS4 in both the US and the UK.
A new update to the PS4 launch title, Killzone Shadow Fall, adds a way to earn in-game currency - as opposed to buying it with real-world cash. Prior to the update, the only way to get it was through paid downloadable content. Patch 1.80 adds a new in-game currency called Valor, which can be spent on customization and gameplay boosting DLC.
Players can earn Valor by playing multiplayer matches and have their score converted into the new currency. Players can also receive bonuses by completing challenges listed on the game's Update screen.
Fergal Gara, the chief executive officer of UK PlayStation tells IGN in a recent interview that all he and his company can do is apologize for the way DriveClub launched and its ongoing troubles post-launch. Gara joins Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida, who wrote an apology on Facebook about the game's problems back in October.
"We apologize to any players affected and are doing our damnedest to make things right. So that's what we've been doing and the game is pretty near-complete now," Gara told IGN.
Sony will launch the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in China on January 11, 2015, the company announced today. Sony will sell the PS4 in China for 2,899 RMB ($468) and the PS Vita for 1,299 RMB ($210). Sony also announced that - in addition to its own internal studios - 70 third-party developers and publishers will be working on titles for release in the region.
Someone with way too much money on their hands placed a winning bid of over $20,000 to get their hands on a "sealed" and still in the box Limited Edition 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 console on eBay.
Sony is offering a special deal for those who haven't bought a PlayStation 4 yet: a free game to go along with it. Those who purchase the $399.99 PS4 will find a code inside to download one of four games. It is unclear if this is a direct response to Microsoft's Xbox One price cut to $350 (including Xbox One bundles that come with various games) as part of a holiday promotion running until early January.
According to analyst firm Infoscout, the Xbox One beat the PlayStation 4 on Black Friday at retail. The firm claims that Microsoft's lower price point of around $50 gave the Xbox One an edge: it had 53 percent of total spend at retail, compared to the PS4's 31 percent. The Xbox One was also the top-selling console at both Walmart and Target, according to the firm.
From Software and Bandai Namco will bring a refined version of their popular hardcore action-RPG Dark Souls II to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in April 2015, the companies announced this morning. The new game will be called Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, and will offer the original game, all three of the DLC packs that have been released (the Lost Crown Trilogy), and more.
Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen says that while Sony has hit the ground running in the current generation of console wars with its PlayStation 4 console, he expects Microsoft is catching quickly.
"Clearly Sony has jumped out to a lead with a great console and I think a great pricing strategy," said EA CFO Blake Jorgensen, but "Microsoft is catching up quickly."
Those trying to transfer characters from last generation systems (PS3 and Xbox 360) to new generation systems (Xbox One, PS4) may have to wait a bit longer. Rockstar said today that its freshly released next-generation versions of the game are having trouble with the promised character transfer process.
In a post on the Rockstar Support forums, the company acknowledged problems players are having:
"We are looking into an issue preventing character transfer and GTA Online login on accounts that haven’t played GTA Online since 2013," the company says.
Sony Computer Entertainment America president Shawn Layden is defending UK-based DriveClub developer Evolution Studios, despite continual problems with the PS4-exclusive racing game since launch. The game has been out for six weeks and in that time has been continually plagued with technical issues and problems with connectivity. The game was also supposed to be launched as a freebie for PS Plus subscribers - but that version of the game has been put on hold until everything can be ironed out.
While exact sales figures were not revealed, NPD Data for the month of October shows that the PlayStation 4 is the number one selling console in the US. Sony confirmed the position of its console via Twitter.
"The results are in, and PlayStation 4 is the top-selling console in the US for October! Thank you!," Sony wrote in a Twitter.
When Rockstar and publisher Take-Two Interactive launch Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later this month, purchasers can expect to download a hefty patch the minute they try to play the game. Rockstar announced today that when the next-gen versions of the game are released on Nov. 18 they will require some day-one updating.
Bloodborne Producer Masaaki Yamagiwa (Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Studio) announced via the PlayStation Blog this morning that From Software's next hardcore action RPG won't be released until March 25, 2015.
In new story on the next-gen versions of WWE 2K15 (for Xbox One and PS4), Game Informer delivers some bad news on specific features that had to be cut from the game(s). According to that GI report, options to create arenas, Divas, championships, and narratives through the story designer will not make it into WWE 2K15.
The age of the home console is over, proclaims Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun in a recent discussion with investors of the graphics hardware chip maker. According to a report on this investor briefing from WCCFtech, Jen-Hsun says that the personal computer is becoming the most dominant gaming platform in the world.