PlayStation 4’s Massive Sale Runs for a Few Days

Tons of items for sale for PlayStation 4 fanatics!

Grab your wallets and head on over to the PlayStation Store because another sale is inbound! The Critics’ Choice sale is on the docket for this week, with plenty of discounts for PS4, PS3 and Vita games. PS4 users will be getting the largest discounts this week.

PS Plus owners will also receive an additional percentage off for some games. So you might wonder, which games are discounted? Here’s a partial list:

Call of Duty: WWII
On sale for $48 ($39 for PS Plus)

Destiny 2
On sale for $42 ($33 for PS Plus)

Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition – $32.49 ($35)
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – $20 ($24)
Assassin’s Creed Origins – $40.19 ($46.19)

Getting Assassin’s Creed Origins now may snag you some unique rewards.

There are also some old and lower-profile games which are included in the sale. If you haven’t picked up these items yet, now is the best time to do it.

Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition – $30 ($32)
The Last of Us Remastered – $10 ($12)
Grand Theft Auto V – $30 ($36)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition – $30
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt Complete Edition – $20 ($25)
Okami HD – $14 ($15)
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – $12 ($14)
What Remains of Edith Finch – $11 ($13)
Gravity Rush 2 – $18 ($22)

PS3 users have a slimmer choice of great deals. The sale ends on March 6 @ 11 AM ET. There is also a $15 reward from Sony for buyers who spend $100+. So what are you waiting for? Grab these deals before time runs out!

PlayStation 3 and Vista Games Might Disappear Soon

PlayStation Plus is Planning to Stop PS3 and Vista Games

PlayStation has been a thing since I was a kid. I’m sure that goes the same for most gaming peeps out there. But there is going to be a bad deal for next year. In 2019, Sony is going to stop releasing free PS3 and Vista games.

Last 2010, the company started the service of free games for their game consoles. This continued for the following years and with more additional users, the company did not stop this feature.

But starting on the 8th day of March 2019, subscribers will only be able to receive two PS4 games and no PS3 and Vista games anymore. This could be a big blow to PlayStation fanatics because free games can be of big help to gamers.

The previous games that were received in the past will still be accessible as long as the user continues to subscribe monthly.

The price for PlayStation Plus was announced to stay at $59.99 for a year of service despite the removal of free-access games.

This month’s free games are Bloodborne and Ratchet and Clank which was rebooted.

Mojang, Creator of Minecraft, Sells Out to Microsoft for $2.5B

 

In a stunning turn of recent events, Microsoft has acquired Mojang for a smooth $2.5 billion dollars. What more is there to say? The founders; Notch, Carl, and Jakob have moved on to greener fields, leaving Minecraft in the hands of this tech giant.

It was be expected, seeing as how Mojang treated the multiplayer community of server owners, developers and modders over recent months. More on that below. As for the players, nothing will change and you will still be able to play Minecraft on your tech gadget of choice. Microsoft plans to continue to make Minecraft available across all the platforms on which it is available today: PC, iOS, Android, Xbox and PlayStation.

According to Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, “Minecraft is more than a great game franchise – it is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community we care deeply about, and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft.”

The Minecraft community is among the most active and passionate in the industry, with more than 2 billion hours played on Xbox 360 alone in the past two years. Minecraft fans are loyal, with nearly 90 percent of paid customers on the PC having signed in within the past 12 months.

Minecraft has grown from a simple game to a project of monumental significance. Though Mojang is massively proud of what Minecraft has become, it was never Notch’s intention for it to get this big.

“The Minecraft players have taken the game and turned it into something that surpassed all of our expectations. The acquisition by Microsoft brings a new chapter to the incredible story of Minecraft, ” said Carl Manneh, CEO of Mojang. “As the founders move on to start new projects, we believe the high level of creativity from the community will continue the game’s success far into the future.”

As you might already know, Notch is the creator of Minecraft and the majority shareholder at Mojang. He’s decided that he doesn’t want the responsibility of owning a company of such global significance. Over the past few years he’s made attempts to work on smaller projects, but the pressure of owning Minecraft became too much for him to handle. The only option was to sell Mojang and move on to other projects.

My Opinion

I’m still deeply torn regarding this decision and the chaos happening with Minecraft in recent months. On one hand, I’m happy that this project is finally within capable hands but on the other I’m sad to hear of yet another indie game company being gobbled up by the tech giants. I’ve seen these acquisitions go both ways, some turn out pretty good but most plateau and fade away or take a quick nosedive.

I also have a personal investment in this. I’ve had experience in running a Minecraft server that’s accumulated over 11k+ unique players over several years, helped other server owners, tweaked plugins and am fairly active in several communities that touch the core of what makes up the Minecraft Community. That being the intense creative output of people working behind the scenes to make the game better for themselves, sharing it with others and then watching their creation become popular and in some cases bought/pulled into Minecraft.

Remember when Steve Jobs left Apple and the world watched Apple struggle until their creative leader returned to revitalize Apple to make it into the tech giant it is today? Notch, in a similar way, was that indie game leader, the creative force that allowed his community to take his creation and make it into what it is today. I do not believe Minecraft became what it is today because Notch wanted his players to “will it into being”. I do not believe Minecraft became what it is today because his minuscule staff exerted super-human effort into making notable changes that molded Minecraft into a smooth running machine. Matter of fact, I don’t believe players kept “sticking around” because making dirt houses and killing enderdragons would be “cool” for the next 5 years.

I am of the strong opinion that Minecraft became what it is because of the creative input of server owners, plugin developers and modders who tweaked the multiplayer aspect of the game to fit their visions. Because we know that just having Single Player would have fizzled out a long time ago. Their ideals for the game just happened to stick somewhere within the community and became part of the game in some way. Now I’m not discrediting the work that the “Mojangsters” have done with pushing out version updates nor the initial vision of the game as envisioned by Notch, but can you honestly give credit where credit is due? Yes, I’m looking at you Notch and whoever else works at Mojang/Microsoft. And by credit I mean doing something other then a tip of the hat to people who have spent, collectively, longer hours and sleepless nights and endless debugging sessions and serious medical/family issues and intense times of stress then you ever will, working FOR FREE on your stupid game to make their friends and the multiplayer community happy? Give them more then a tip of your fedora as you leave, because in many ways it feels like a slap in the face to them.

Mojang, you owe your success of Minecraft to the multiplayer community that raised you to stardom. By selling out you may not have shown all your cards to the table, but you have shown us part of your true colors. Not necessarily bad in any way, but actions have a way of speaking louder then words do. Now I understand that a business can do whatever they want, whenever they want, because that is what businesses do all the time. Just don’t push the cash cow off the cliff, because it will soon start to cost you the integrity of your company name. All I need to do is say the name Enron to conjure up those enlightening memories, which I don’t ever want to see a company ever repeat again.

Microsoft, I’m hopeful you haven’t inherited a project that will soon fade out like Zune and the Halo franchise did. But if you’re listening, just please keep community involvement open source and encourage the creativity of server owners, plugin developers and modders to continue on to bigger and better ideas for the future. You’re nurturing a whole generation of programmers, video game developers/testers, business leaders and financial careers that would be in the worlds’ best interest to keep. As nasty as we are at times when it comes to changes and news, we’re human beings just like you.

My apologies, it appears my personal thoughts have leaked into this article. But I do hope, in some way, that you’ve finished reading this article with a bit more knowledge and an open mind. Thanks for letting me rant. 🙂

What are your thoughts? Share them in the comments and let’s start a conversation on this.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops II coming to Wii U?

According to IGN, a QA tester from Activision has revealed in his social networking account that Call of Duty: Black Ops II is going to be available soon for Wii U.

IGN said that a certain Randall says that he tested the game for both the Wii U and the PS3 consoles.

The profile has since changed, namely the details inside it.

His profile also said that he did multiplayer testing and at the same time working with the team.

The report said that Randall has been doing this since last May. So it is good to speculate that development for Call of Duty: Black Ops II has been in the works for quite sometime.

Activision hasn’t confirmed nor denied the report. While Nintendo has also kept mum on the details of the Wii U.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is currently only confirmed for the PC, PS 3 and Xbox 360. The game will be available for these consoles starting November 13.

Call of Duty games have been available in previous iterations of Nintendo’s Wii. So it wouldn’t be a surprise if the COD: Black Ops II will be available for the Wii U. The only COD game that hasn’t made its way to the Wii console is the COD: Modern Warfare II.

Image Source: news.cnet.com

Xbox 360 audio experience enhanced with the Tritton Warhead

Microsoft’s game console, the Xbox 360, has been lording it over the gaming console market. Compared to the PS3, the former’s fan base is much bigger. As to the games that it has to offer to their users, analysts believe that the Xbox 360 has more quality games than the PS3.

Unfortunately for the Xbox 360, the PS3 is leaps and bounds better when we speak about in-game communication. The PS3 has always been the better console to connect a communication device to.

Now, that may change.

The Tritton Warhead 7.1 Wireless headset for Xbox 360, which was introduced at this year’s CES, would want to change that.

The headset is marvelous. The sound quality it emits and the incredible range makes it a must-have for hardcore Xbox 360 gamers.

The Tritton Warhead 7.1 Wireless headset is powered by two rechargeable lithium ion batteries. The great thing about this, is that you only use one battery every time. While you use one, the other one is charged by the device.

It features a 5.8 GHz wireless technology and 7.1 Dolby surround sound thus, emitting a great sound quality. It also supports wireless voice chat.

The Tritton Warhead 7.1 Wireless headset is expected to be available to consumers this summer at around $299.

Prepare for audio overloud!

Image Source: trittonusa.com

Samsung to have their own Cloud Gaming Service

After releasing the phone dubbed by the gaming magazine: TheGamingMonitor as the “iPhone Killer”, Samsung is at it again after they announced their plans of entering the gaming industry with a Cloud Gaming Service.

To be powered by Gaikai, Samsung is going to stream games directly to users. This will remove the need for expensive gaming hardware.

Gaikai is already offering streaming game demos through their website. Samsung will be providing the UI and the games for their own Cloud Gaming service.

What Samsung is going to do is only purchase Bandwidth from Gaikai’s data centers. Samsung is going to pay the latter on a per-device basis for its service.

Unlike Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony, Samsung is developing inexpensive and affordable cloud gaming. By removing the game console, they will be saving players a lot of money.

According to Gaikai Chief Executive David Perry, “Samsung will become a first party and we will power their game network. They will be the fourth major company. They are going after gaming.”

Gaikai’s servers are powered by Nvidia’s latest Kepler-based graphics chips.

Visuals and sound will be streamed to the users via a broadband connection. So anyone with a decent Internet connection and a good PC can instantly stream these games.

Can Samsung pull this off or would Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft have the last laugh?

Cloud gaming is the gaming of the future, anyway!

Image Source:gameinformer.com

Crysis 2: 2011 Most Pirated Game

Filesharing blog Torrent Freak has just released data on the most illegally downloaded by PC users. And the number one on the list is Crysis 2.

According to Torrent Freak, CRYSIS 2 was downloaded illegally 3.9 million times beating Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (MW3) as the most pirated game in 2011.

Modern Warfare 3 sold more than $1 billion dollars on its first 16 days in the market. Its was downloaded illegally by 3.6 million individuals. It was closely followed by Battlefield 3 which was downloaded 3.51 million times.

Football based game FIFA 2012 had its share of pirates as it was illegally downloaded 3.39 million times. Lagging behind the latter is Portal 2 which came in fifth with 3.24 million.

Torrent Freak got the data from BitTorrent over the past year across Wii, Xbox 360 and PC. The very fortunate PS3 was not included in the survey as it only receives a few downloads.

PC games are downloaded three times more than its counterparts Wii and Xbox 360.

The site also noted that there are fewer illegal downloads last year compared to the previous year.

Image source: Feedyourconsole.com

Sony eyeing multi-core processor for coming PS4

Yes, after a decade of life span, Sony’s PS3 may have a big brother coming soon.

Kotaku, a video games-focused blog, reports that the Japanese company is considering a multi-core CPU design to power its next-gen PlayStation 4 consoles.

Kotaku, citing the Japanese website PC Watch, notes that some developers found it challenging to find alternatives for the PS3’s Cell architecture.

“One early alternative include Cell and Intel’s Larrabee. Wanting a bit more horsepower, Sony has apparently abandoned this plan. Sony was also apparently considering a modified version of the Synergistic Processor Unit, but is now supposedly working on designs that include a mulit-core CPU.”

Source: http://kotaku.com/5435384/report-sony-working-on-multi+core-design-for-ps4

On the rumor mill: Firefox soon on Sony PS3

Wouldn’t it be better if Sony’s PS3 to have much more decent web browser?

Well, that possibility might not be that far behind. A post from the PlayStation Insider says the creators of the PS3 might be doing a deal with Mozilla to incorporate Firefox on the device.

We recently received a tip from a source very close to Sony who says that they have been in talks with Mozilla lately about possibly porting firefox over to the PS3. That said, our source made sure to point out that they were unsure if any deal had actually been reached at this point, but it is great news none the less considering the complaints Sony has been getting about the lack of reliability with their current built in PS3 web browser. Throwing firefox into the mix would give PS3 the ultimate advantage when it came to internet functionality.
True? We sure hope so. 🙂

Source: http://psinsider.e-mpire.com/index.php?categoryid=17&m_articles_articleid=1447

Facebook now on PS3 via firmware update

Credit: DeviceMag

If you’re a PS3 gamer AND a Facebook addict, start smiling now coz the new Firmware 3.10 has just been released.

“Launching Facebook for the PlayStation community is a natural fit for our goal of delivering unparalleled connected experiences – from connecting our community to each other to connecting our customers to great entertainment downloaded from the PlayStation Store,” Susan Panico, senior director of PlayStation Network, said in the press release from Sony.

“As we pass the third anniversary of PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Network, we’re excited to deepen the social experiences of PlayStation Network and kick-off the first phase of our integration with Facebook.”

With Firmware 3.10, owners of device can now “brag to friends about their domination as a gamer”. The update also lets gamers share information with their friends in Facebook on games they just purchased and even share unlocked trophies everytime they sync their Trophies.

Game developers also have something to smile about. With the system update, they can now set up “trigger points” in their games, providing PS3 system users  the option to publish game-related info on their Facebook pages.

“We’re excited to connect Facebook’s 300 million active users with the PlayStation 3, enabling players to connect and share their game experiences with friends,” Ethan Beard, Facebook Developer Network director said.

The new Firmware 3.10 also brings in a customized and enhanced PlayStation Network Friends List as well as a new way to view your stored photos – displaying them in a grid format for easier access.

Source: http://www.devicemag.com/2009/11/18/4954-ps3-firmware-with-facebook-support-becomes-live/