Approximately three weeks ago, Sony made the announcement that it was shutting down their digital marketplace for Playstation 3, Playstation Vits and PSP games this summer. PSP was to go down July 2, and PS3 and Vita would have their plugs pulled August 27. Any games purchased prior to that deadline would still be downloadable from the user’s account, but there would be no buying anything new from that point forward.
The tug of war continues between manufacturers, who want their products to be disposable, and consumers, who want their products to last as long as possible. A report is making the rounds that Sony has plans to turn off the digital marketplace for Playstation 3, PSP and PS Vita this summer. According to the report, the PS3 and PSP servers will shut off July 2, followed by the silence of the Vita servers August 27. Sony has not officially announced these plans.
Limited Run Games, preservers of physical copies and defenders against a digital future, surprised everybody late last night when they revealed their plans to start selling games for the Playstation 3. You read the correct number. It’s a console Sony no longer even makes, but they will apparently authorize new discs and cases for it. And what will Limited Run be selling first?
When Bungie first announced the new expansion for Destiny, Rise of Iron, they revealed that the DLC expansion would only be available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Players on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 would have to sit this particular piece of content out, despite being able to purchase and play every piece of previous DLC.
A six-year legal battle between Sony and a group of lawyers in the United States has finally concluded, with the console maker agreeing to settle the litigation with a multi-million dollar payment. The lawsuit regards the removal of the ability to use the Linux operating system on the PlayStation 3 in 2010 through a firmware update.
They said it couldn’t be done. Who? Capcom said that.
The European software ratings board PEGI may have leaked an announcement ahead of the Tokyo Game Show. They’ve recently posted new ratings tags for PS4 versions of PS2 games — the website Gematsu first found the entries. They are for Ape Escape 2, Twisted Metal: Black, and most awesomely (if you ask me), Dark Cloud 2.
In America, video game collectors are nutso for super-limited-edition Amiibo and rare 3DS designs. In Japan, the most coveted item of the moment is the Anniversary Edition of the PS4, of which only 12,300 were made. It’s got a custom silver finishing and a special brand in the bottom right corner celebrating Playstation’s 20th anniversary, as well as a unique production line number on each. The controller is also different.
Battlefield Hardline is expected to launch in three weeks, but today it has been confirmed that the game has gone gold and is ready to ship.
Atlus has released the first gameplay trailer for Persona 5.
Jace Hall, one of the creators of the Condemned series, posted on Facebook saying that he would be interested in handing over the series to an indie studio. Hall was previously CEO of Monolith Productions, and helped developed the first two games in the series. He wants there to be a Condemned 3, but is too busy to work on it himself.
Remember when Sony was hacked? No, not THAT time they were hacked. Or the time before that. I’m talking about way back in 2011, when their database of paying customers on the Playstation Network was broken into and thousands of credit cards were stolen. The Playstation Network had to be shut down for a few days while they patched things up with gum and waited for the next breach. Sony elected to give away some free games to make their public forget. (For their sake I hope they didn’t.)