Sony: 'No plans for PS4 price cut in Europe'

June 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

This should come as no shock to anyone, but Sony's introduction of the new 1TB PlayStation 4 model is not an indicator that it plans to cut the price of the 500GB model that was already on the market. According to what the company tells VG247, the system's success in Europe is a good indication that it doesn't need a price cut.

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Sony to sell off stock and convertible bonds to raise roughly $3.6 billion

June 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony's share took an eight percent dip in early morning trading after the company announced that it would raise capital by selling outstanding shares and convertible bonds. Sony said in its announcement this morning, found here (PDF), that it would use the money raised from the sale of stock and convertible bonds to finance the increased production of image sensors for smartphones and cameras.

Ultimately Sony hopes to raise 440 billion yen, or $3.6 billion USD, from the sale.

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'DriveClub' for PS Plus subscribers sort of available tomorrow....

June 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony says that the PlayStation Plus version of its online racing title DriveClub will finally be made available to subscribers - but it says that it is launching it with some cautionary warnings to users and in offline mode to start.

Sony's Shuhei Yoshida on the PlayStation blog described a roll-out of the game that may very well taste the patience of PS Plus subscribers who have already shown saintly patience in waiting for this game - it was supposed to be launched earlier this year for subscribers.

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Sony: PlayStation TV is failing because it is hard to describe to consumers

June 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In an interview with Game Informer, Sony Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida blamed the difficulty in explaining just what exactly the PlayStation TV is with the system's failure around the world.

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Sony comments on Microsoft's Xbox One backwards compatibility plans

June 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this week Microsoft announced at its Xbox E3 media briefing that it would support backwards compatibility of a hundred or so Xbox 360 titles starting during the holiday season. The news was very well received by Xbox fans and by the gaming community in general.

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Sony will support development of 'Shenmue 3'

June 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony and Shenmue series creator Yu Suzuki had a plan in place to fund Shenmue since the 2014 Game Developers Conference, according to this Polygon report. At a meeting at the event back in 2014, Suzuki met with Sony executives and agreed that a $2 million crowdfunding campaign should happen so that they could all "gauge fan interest" in a Shenmue  sequel. The Kickstarter launched on the same night as Sony's E3 press briefing and was funded shortly thereafter.

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'Shenmue 3' fully funded within hours of being acknowledged at Sony's E3 press event

June 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In less than 24 hours after being mentioned on stage last night at the Sony E3 media briefing, Shenmue 3 has been fully funded. Last night during the event, series creator Yu Suzuki took to the stage to help count down the launch of the Kickstarter and urged fans to help "save Shenmue" by creating a true sequel to the original RPG-themed action games. He is not disappointed this morning.

As of this writing, the Kickstarter for Shenmue 3 has generated $2,319,889 from nearly 29,000 backers and it still has 31 more days to go.

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Sony highlights 'The Last Guardian,' 'Uncharted 4' and 'Final Fantasy VII Remake' for PS4 at E3

June 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony held its E3 media briefing this evening, highlighting its line-up of first-party games or games from third-party publishers that would do "something first" on PlayStation 4 or Vita. There wasn't a great deal of talk about VR or its entertainment offerings (there was some), but there were a lot of cool games.

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PlayStation Now launches on Samsung Smart TVs

June 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony's digital game rental / streaming service PlayStation Now is now available on Samsung's line-up of smart televisions in the United States and Canada.  While consumers who own such a TV will be able to play select PS3 titles without any downloads, they'll still need to own a DualShock 4 controller.

PlayStation Now costs $19.99 a month, though you can buy a time block of three months for $44.99. To promote the new service on Samsung smart televisions Sony is offering a one week trial.

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BBC's 'Watchdog' investigates Sony's digital refund policy

May 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Pro-consumer BBC television program "Watchdog" will take on Sony over its digital refunds policy related to its home console systems tonight, GamesIndustry.biz reports. The episode is the result of some high profile complaints against Sony's refund policy for digital goods on the PS3 - with a particular focus on a victim of identity theft named John Lappin.

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ASA spanks Sony and GAME over 20th Anniversary Edition PS4 competition

May 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

UK watchdog agency the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is taking Sony to task over the way the company and retailer GAME handled a competition to buy its 20th Anniversary Edition console. Only 12,300 units of the 20th Anniversary Edition PS4 were made available for purchase worldwide, and only a small portion of those systems were sold in the UK. The systems were highly coveted by consumers, so when Sony and GAME rolled out a competition in December of last year to have the privilege of buying one, people were excited.

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Sony skipping Gamescom

May 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you were planning on attending Gamescom to see and hear about all the cool stuff Sony is doing in 2015 and beyond, then you might want to reconsider your plans. Sony confirmed with Videogamer.com that it won't be at the European gaming event this year. It still plans on doing something in Europe, but its press conference will take place at a later date and somewhere else entirely...

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'Killzone: Shadow Fall' lawsuit dismissed

May 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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PS4 lifetime sales surpass 22.3 million

April 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Gaikai founder looks back at his toughest competitor: OnLive

April 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

On his personal blog, Gaikai founder David Perry offers his opinions on the rocky road that game streaming service OnLive was on - from its inception to its acquisition by Sony this month.

Perry starts out by saying that OnLive was a serious competitor to Gaikai but the two companies made different choices - primarily that OnLive decided to focus solely on the PC gaming space, while Gaikai wanted the kind of organization and clarity that the console space provided.

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FTC approves Sony settlement plan for misleading PS Vita advertising

April 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Late last year Sony announced that it had settled with the Federal Trade Commission over claims that it falsely advertised the capabilities of its PS Vita. From late 2011 to early 2012. As part of the settlement SCEA agreed to provide refunds to Vita customers who purchased the device before June 1, 2012. They will dole out a $25 cash or credit refund, or a $50 voucher for select games and services.

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OnLive won't offer refunds or save data after shutdown

April 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday we reported that Sony bought the assets and patents owned by subscription-based streaming service OnLive. In addition, OnLive announced that it would be going offline at the end of the month, but didn't fully explain what would happen to customers who purchased a variety of different services for OnLive and if there is any way that they could get refunds.

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PlayStation Home goes dark

April 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Back in September of 2014 we reported that PlayStation Home, Sony's virtual 3D hang-out for PlayStation 3 owners, would be shutting down March 31, 2015. Yesterday that announcement came to fruition, with PlayStation Home for Japan, North America, and Europe going dark.

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Why the 'Bloodborne' PC petition is a complete waste of time

March 26, 2015 - James Fudge

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:

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Report: 55 employees laid off from Evolution Studios

March 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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God of War Done Quick speed run to benefit AbleGamers

March 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

To celebrate the ten year anniversary of God of War for the PS2, Sony and speed running experts Awesome Games Done Quick have teamed up for a marathon play session to benefit the AbleGamers charity. Utilizing "some of the most skilled God of War players from around the world," Awesome Games Done Quick will attempt to speed run God of War 1, 2 and 3 in less than 5 hours total. The whole affair will be broadcast on Twitch beginning March 20.

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Does Sony Leave Hacked PSN Account Owners Holding The Bag?

March 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A NeoGAF thread highlighting another thread on Reddit tells the tale of one PlayStation Network user who was victimized by someone hacking into his account (and running up a massive bill) and then being victimized by Sony Support, according to his retelling, at least.

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PlayStation Mobile Shutting Down in July

March 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony announced that it plans to shut down PlayStation Mobile store on July 15 - though you'll still be able to buy content via browser until Sept. 10. In-app purchases of games already purchased and re-downloading purchased content will be discontinued after Sept 10 as well, the company noted in its announcement. The PlayStation Mobile Developer Portal will shut down a few months later on Nov. 30.

Customers who purchased content through PlayStation Mobile will still be able to continue playing it but they'll have to do a few things first.

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Sony: 20.2 Million PS4 Systems Sold To-Date

March 4, 2015 - James Fudge

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.

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Sony Talks 'Driveclub' and GamerGate in Metro Interview

February 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Winning Bidder on First 20th Anniversary PS4 System Backs Out

February 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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'Resistance: Retribution' Losing Multiplayer May 9

February 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Resistance: Retribution will be losing multiplayer, according to a tweet from Sony's official PlayStation Twitter account. Last year Sony took multiplayer away from three other Resistance games: Resistance: Fall of Man, Resistance 2, and Resistance 3. It looks like Resistance: Retribution for PlayStation Portable will join them... on May 9.

Resistance: Retribution, which features - for the time being - several multiplayer modes for up to eight players, was released in 2009 and was developed by Sony Bend.

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Cybersecurity Firm Says Russian Hackers May Have Been Involved in Sony Pictures Hack

February 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A new report on Computer Business Review suggests that it might have been hackers from Russia - and not anyone associated with the North Korean government - who hacked Sony Pictures.

According to cybersecurity firm Taia Global, Sony employees in Russia, India and Asia were spear-phishing emails containing a PDF and remote access trojan (RAT). This allowed hackers from Russia to gain access Sony Pictures Entertainment's networks.

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'Transistor' and 'Rogue Legacy' Headline PS Plus in February

January 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony's PlayStation Blog (and its European equivalent) have revealed all of the free stuff available to subscribers of its PlayStation Plus subscription in February. Beginning on February 4 PS4 owners will be able to score Apotheon, Transistor, and Rogue Legacy. PS3 owners will get Thief, Yakuza 4, and Rogue Legacy.

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Sony Teams With Spotify For 'PlayStation Music'

January 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony announced this morning that it is teaming up with Spotify to create a new music destination for PlayStation platforms called PlayStation Music. Spotify will help bring its digital music service to PlayStation Network this spring in 41 markets around the world.

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E. Zachary KnightSo if it is going to turn out to be a bad scene, why even bother writing it?07/01/2015 - 8:07am
E. Zachary KnightMatts, Goth, The article, and others I have read making the same conclusion, state that most people fail in their attempts to write rape scenes without being overly offensive or overly incompetent in their attempt.07/01/2015 - 8:07am
Adam802http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Ex-Sen-Leland-Yee-may-be-headed-for-a-plea-deal-6358941.php07/01/2015 - 7:12am
Adam802Possible plea deal in Yee case: http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_28408532/leland-yee-case-plea-deal-appears-likely07/01/2015 - 7:11am
MattsworknameInfo, Im with goth on this, the moment people start saying "You can but you shouldnt" thats a slow slide into censorship07/01/2015 - 6:05am
InfophileIn other words, you stopped when you found out it was arguing for a position you disagreed with, but before you found out why.07/01/2015 - 5:29am
Goth_Skunk"In short, anyone can write a rape scene—but should they? Chances are, the answer is no." And that's where I stopped reading.07/01/2015 - 5:11am
InfophileRelevant to our discussion of rape in fiction yesterday: http://www.wired.com/2015/06/rape-scenes/07/01/2015 - 4:58am
Mattsworknameof players, over and over for the last seveal years. Among non RPG games, which make up the vast majority of current games, I think that you still see a large scale disparity between male and female in the AAA industry.07/01/2015 - 1:36am
Mattsworknamewilson. Out of RPG players yes, thats true, and in pc ciricles im not suprised, but RPGS make a small fraction of Console games these days and while pc gaming is seeing a resurgance, MMOs are actually retracting in size , as shown by WOW losing millions07/01/2015 - 1:33am
Matthew Wilsonhere is the study to prove it. http://www.pcgamer.com/researchers-find-that-female-pc-gamers-outnumber-males/07/01/2015 - 1:17am
Matthew Wilson@matt wrong over half of rpg players, both singleplayer and mmos, are female.07/01/2015 - 1:15am
MechaCrashRight, women don't usually play AAA games because none are aimed at them because they don't play them because none are aimed at them because okay you see where I'm going with this.07/01/2015 - 1:11am
MattsworknameI think the better path is this, more games built to give you the Choice of playing as male or female, and give the females good voice actors07/01/2015 - 1:08am
Mattsworknameup more then a fraction of the AAA games industry, but they make up a much larger part of the moble market.07/01/2015 - 1:04am
Mattsworknameandrew is right, to a point, as you are seeing a slow increase of women in games, but the sales shows that the lions share of gaming money comes from a male demo, and while andrew is right that it is changing, it's gonna be a LONG time before women make07/01/2015 - 1:04am
Andrew EisenI think more professional gamblers should get into games publishing. They'll play the odds but they'll also take risks to maximize profits.06/30/2015 - 11:57pm
Andrew EisenAt the end of the day, the ball is rolling and it's rolling in the right direction. Maybe not as fast as we'd like, but it is moving. All we can do is play the games that interest us and make our thoughts known.06/30/2015 - 11:55pm
Matthew Wilsonits unfortunate that the dataset is so tiny for female leads, and is a mixed bag, so money people get the wrong idea.06/30/2015 - 11:54pm
Andrew Eisen"Duke Nukem Forever sold poorly. See? Games staring white guys don't sell!" Pretty silly thing to say.06/30/2015 - 11:50pm
 

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