Electronic Arts predicts that combined PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sales will reach 50 million by the end of the year. Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen said that the console market was growing much faster than it had in previous generations and that four out of every five copies of Battlefield Hardline were sold for either the PS4 or Xbox One. Combined, EA predicts that around 22 million PS4s and Xbox One systems will be sold in 2015's end.
According to EA's accounting, 27 million Xbox One and PS4 consoles had been sold by the end of 2014.
The Killzone: Shadow Fall lawsuit is dead. After both parties agreed, Judge Edward M. Chen of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed "with prejudice" a lawsuit against Sony accusing the company of misrepresenting Killzone: Shadow Fall's graphical prowess.
The lawsuit was filed by Douglas Ladore last August, who alleged that Sony misrepresented that Killzone: Shadow Fall for the PS4 (a title that launched alongside the next-gen gaming console in November of 2013) was capable of being run in 1080p during multiplayer sessions.
Sony announced via the PlayStation Blog that its game streaming subscription service PlayStation Now will be coming to the PlayStation 3 later this month. Sony will bring PlayStation Now to PS3 officially on May 12, and you'll be able to play "more than 100 hit PS3 games" on the PS3, PS4 and "select Sony Blu-ray players and TVs."
Lifetime global sales of Sony's PlayStation 4 have surpassed 22.3 million, according to Eurogamer. Sony notes that these numbers break down to around 44,600 units sold every day since its launch in November of 2014. These new figures come from Sony's latest financial report (PDF), which also notes that in the 12 month period ending March 31 the company sold 14.8 million.
Sony has revealed the free games PlayStation Plus subscribers in North America can get during the month of May for PS4, PS3, and PS Vita. For PS4 owners, Sony is offering Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition and Ether One.
PS3 PlayStation Plus subscribers can score The Unfinished Swan (a cross-buy with PS4 and PS Vita) and Race the Sun (a cross-buy with PS4 and PS Vita).
Finally, PlayStation Plus subscribers who own a PS Vita can get Hohokum (a cross-buy with PS4 and PS3) and Murasaki Baby.
From Software's and SCE Japan's latest Souls-esque PlayStation 4 exclusive game Bloodborne is doing very well, according to Sony. In a post on PlayStation Blog from Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Studio's Masaaki Yamagiwa (Bloodborne's producer) detailing the upcoming 1/03 update to the game, the studio reveals that Bloodborne has sold through over one million copies of the game worldwide since its launch.
David D'Angelo from Yacht Club Games revealed on the PlayStation Blog that the grisly protagonist from God of War will be making a cameo in the PS Vita, PS3 and PS4 versions of Shovel Knight when it launches on those platforms on April 21. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the God of War series, Yacht Club Games will bring Kratos in as a boss fight for the beloved Shovel Knight.
From Software and Sony have released a new update for the PS4-exclusive action RPG Bloodborne that kills off a game-stopping bug. The version 1.02 update fixes a bug in the Forbidden Woods area of the game; when the player uses the "Resonant Bell" multiplayer summoning items and summons another player it would cause an important item not to drop after a boss fight (we won't get into specifics because it might spoil the game for you).
Sony's PlayStation Blog has announced that Tower of Guns on PS4 and PS3 will be one of April's PS+ games. Dishonored for PS3 will also be available for the month of April, as will Killzone Mercenary and MonsterBag for the PS Vita. PS4 owners will also be able to get their hands on Never Alone as well.
From Software and Sony Computer Entertainment have confirmed a potentially game stopping bug in Bloodborne, according to Polygon. While the bug can mess up your progress in the game, the good news is that can be avoided until Sony and From Software come up with a fix (which it tells Polygon it is already working on).
Two dueling petitions related to Sony Japan and From Software's Bloodborne calling for the hardcore action RPG (exclusive to the PS4) to be released on PC - and another demanding that it NOT be released on PC - are up on Change.org. Clearly the latter petition is in response to the futility of the former.
The first petition found here calls on From Software to release Bloodborne on the PC. It notes:
After Digital Foundry ran tests on the freshly released Bloodborne to gauge various aspects of the game, it found that loads times in between character deaths and revivals took an incredibly long time. This information was passed on to game developer From Software, who said that it would issue a patch to deal with this particular problem soon.
According to this post on the UK PlayStation Blog, Sony will stop offering online support for MLB 14 The Show for the game in the region. The PS4, PS3, and PS Vita versions of the game will lose support on June 18 when Sony takes the servers permanently offline.
Bloodborne launches tomorrow in North America but those who have not pre-loaded the game will have to wait a little while to play it after popping in that disc or installing the download. Players will have to download a 2.69GB day one patch.
The version 1.01 update enables online play, fixes a number of bugs that made it through the net after the game was sent to manufacturing, improves general overall performance and adds the Chalice Dungeons feature. It also makes a few minor changes to the text in the game, which apparently had a few errors.
Last week we reported that DriveClub developer Evolution had been hit with a massive layoff. Today we've learned from Eurogamer that those layoffs were substantial. According to the report - citing sources familiar with the matter - around 55 employees have been laid off. That's around half of the studio's employees according to insider sources.
Sony has confirmed with Eurogamer that the studio responsible for DriveClub has suffered a number of layoffs this week. Sony did not disclose exactly how many employees have been let go.
Part of the Sony Worldwide Studios system, Evolution has been restructured by its parent company so that it can focus on treating DriveClub as an ongoing service and finish and release the free PlayStation Plus version of the game.
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has opened registrations for the closed beta of the PlayStation Now streaming service. From those registrations, SCEE will pick a small pool of PlayStation Plus subscribers in the UK to test the games on demand subscription service sometime this spring. When it starts it won't cost users anything but as time goes on pricing will be added into the mix.
"Later stages of the private beta will be used to test payment models and rental periods, which will require payment," SCEE said.
February console hardware sales didn't belong to the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, according to NPD Group retail sales numbers released on Thursday. The best selling console in North America during the month was Nintendo's New 3DS XL hand-held. The PS4 did manage to beat the Xbox One in February, and was the top selling home console, when excluding hand-helds. The PS4 also beat out the Xbox One in software sales as well.
Bloomberg reports that the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita finally have a release date and pricing after a delay from its original launch date of January 11. Sony will release the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita in China March 20.
The PlayStation 4 will sell for 2,899 yuan (around $463 USD) and the PS Vita will retail for 1,299 yuan (roughly $208 USD). An additional PS4 controller will cost around 380 yuan ($60 USD).
A Change.org petition urges Activision and Infinity Ward to rework Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for Xbox One and PS4.
A post on NeoGAF purports to show a screen of an upcoming update that allows players to stop playing their game, return to it later and pick up where they left off. Those who are in Sony's PlayStation MVP program - which is likely where the screen cap came from - lets members beta test new updates and other features before they are widely deployed.
Kotaku reports that an undetermined number of players are having trouble with the Season Pass for Resident Evil Revelations 2 on PlayStation 4. Some users are claiming that they cannot play the second episode of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 despite purchasing a Season Pass that entitles them to it and other episodes as they are released. The Season Pass costs $24.99, while individual episodes are $5.99 each.
Sony announced from the bowels of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco (where it revealed details on new features and a release window for its Project Morpheus VR headset for PS4 earlier in the week) that it has sold 20.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles to consumers worldwide. That figure tabulates sales all the way up to March 1, and is up from the 18.5 million PS4s it claims it sold back in January. The PlayStation 4 has been released in 123 countries and regions worldwide.
UK publication Metro has an interesting interview with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe president and CEO Jim Ryan. While Ryan talks about a number of interesting topics, two things caught our eye while reading it: the company's continued problems with the PlayStation Plus version of its troubled online PS4 racer Driveclub, and a brief statement about GamerGate.
If you believe a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics, Sony will move 80 million PS4 systems globally by 2019, compared to Microsoft's 57 million Xbox One systems. The prediction is part of the group's new "Connected Home Devices Report," which proclaims that the PlayStation 4 "is on path to reproduce the success of the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii."
It looks like that $129,000 bidder for the very first limited edition 20th anniversary PlayStation 4 has gone south. According to Famitsu, the highest bidder on the auction for the special limited edition system has backed out. The auction, put on by Sony in January, was meant to raise funds for the Save The Children Japan charity.