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PlayStation 4
PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4
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Developer: Sony Official Site: http://www.playstation.com
Publisher: Sony
Release Date:
29th November 2013
Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 11:48am 14/11/18 | 1 Comments
December 7, which puts its PS4 debut in-line with the 12-month console-exclusivity deal Microsoft had for the popular battle-royale game on Xbox One. The PS4 edition will essentially be the same as the Xbox One version but with a couple of neat cosmetic items exclusive to the console for those who pre-order - including a Nathan Drake Desert Outfit.



PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) will launch on December 7 for PS4 across both digital and retail stores with three maps – Erangel, Miramar, and Sanhok available day one.

Really though, we would love to see it launch with cross-play. That would be very cool.
Friday, 10 August 2018
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 04:50pm 10/08/18 | 0 Comments
Sony Computer Entertainment has sold through more than 500 million PlayStation units. 525.3 million units, to be exact, as of their press release. This obviously means any PlayStation-branded hardware, but it's still a significant number, and one the electronics giant is celebrating with a limited edition release in the form of a PlayStation 4 Pro.

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has announced that it will introduce a specially designed PlayStation®4 Pro (PS4™Pro) “PlayStation®4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition” (HDD 2TB) from August 24, 2018, and will be available at a manufacturer's recommended retail price of $699.95 AUD in Australia*1. With PlayStation® (PS) hardware sell through surpassing 525.3 Million units worldwide, the Limited Edition PS4™Pro is a thank you to all the fans who have supported and enjoyed entertainment on the platform. Only 50,000 limited edition PS4 Pro consoles will be available globally and for the first time comes in a dark blue translucent design on PlayStation®4 (PS4™).

Since the launch of the original PlayStation (SCPH-1000) in Japan on December 3, 1994, PS platforms have evolved, embracing new technologies and thriving in a fast paced and competitive market. Succeeded by PlayStation®2, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable), PlayStation®3, PlayStation®Vita, and PS4, the platforms have consistently provided a variety of innovative entertainment to the world. Moreover, PS4 surpassed 81.2 Million units as of July 22, 2018, and continues to further expand.

“I would like to express my deepest gratitude for the continued support from our fans and business partners, who have all contributed to PlayStation’s rich history. Without our passionate community, we would not have been able to surpass this remarkable milestone of 500 million units.” said John Kodera, SIE President and CEO. “PlayStation®4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition has been created to represent our appreciation to our loyal fans. We will continue to make PlayStation the best place to play for all, as does our continued commitment to expanding our library of great games and variety of network services.”

Furthermore, the bundled “Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK®4) 500 Million Limited Edition” will be sold separately along with the “Gold Wireless Headset 500 Million Limited Edition” starting from August 24, 2018 in a limited quantity respectively.
So if you have a spare $700 dollerydoos, you can pick up a neat collector's edition and you'll be able to play the brilliant God of War -- a game I can't rave about enough.



Friday, 18 August 2017
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 11:51am 18/08/17 | 0 Comments
Ahh, the allure of a new system update. Fresh features, improved stability, and all the good things that make you wonder how you lived with a previous version. Well, not quite but almost. Sony's PlayStation 4 is on track to receive update 5.00 and has detailed some of the new stuff players can expect.

Here are the highlights.
Families on PlayStation Network
The existing master/sub-account system is being redesigned to be more family friendly. This new “family on PSN” system will offer a more flexible experience, make it easier to set up PSN accounts for children, and customize parental control settings for each family user.

Friend list management
In place of the current ‘Favourite Groups’ tab, a new ‘Custom Lists’ tab on the ‘Friends’ screen is being added. This will allow users to create and edit custom lists of your friends and arrange them into specific groups, based on the games you play, or groups of friends you like to hang out with online.

Communities
Users can now link their community to their live gameplay broadcast. When a broadcast is linked to a community, the community button appears on the ‘Live from PlayStation’ spectator screen, allowing any spectator to jump directly into a user’s community page to check out the details or join.

PlayStation VR
A PlayStation VR: ‘Display Message to Spectators and Spectators’ Comments’ setting has been introduced. Once this is enabled, spectator comments sent during a broadcast are displayed not only in cinematic mode, but also in VR mode – so users will be able to read comments and interact with spectators from within your PS VR headset.

PlayStation 4 Pro
Good news for Twitch users: with this update, PS4 Pro will support 1080p 60fps streaming on Twitch.

Virtual surround sound on PS VR
PlayStation VR now supports 5.1ch and 7.1ch virtual surround sound through headphones when watching Blu-rays and DVDs in Cinematic Mode, making for an even more immersive viewing experience.


There are also some quality of life improvements coming with the update, which is available now for testers. For more info head on over to the PlayStation Blog.
Monday, 6 February 2017
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 03:31pm 06/02/17 | 1 Comments
Huzzah! Unlimited storage capacity fans rejoice. Because the PS4's 4.50 update is all set to add external HDD support. Which means, just like with Xbox One, you can store any game and app content on just about any USB 3.0 drive -- with support of up to 8TB. Also you'll be able to move stuff from the internal to an external to boot.

The update, which hasn't got a release date but has been in the hands of testers for a little while now, also includes something called Boost Mode. Which, will allow for greater resource usage on older titles running on PS4 Pro hardware. Like a turbo button from a '90s PC, the feature is said to improve performance on games that saw unstable frame-rates.

Friday, 11 November 2016
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 01:41pm 11/11/16 | 5 Comments
With around about double the power of the existing PlayStation 4, we've now entered the realm of faster and more powerful console versions available to buy. The PlayStation 4 Pro, which outputs at 4K whilst also offering up more detailed graphics for supported titles, is now available for purchase in Australia for $559.

Of course to take full advantage of the console you'll need a 4K TV with HDR capability, but if you find yourself on that end of the high-end home theater spectrum then the improvements that come from the PlayStation 4 will be immediate. And pretty amazing, thanks to the the new 4.20 TFLOP AMD Radeon GPU and the revamped CPU. The extra power has also resulted in a heavier console too, with the PS4 Pro weighing in at about 3.3kg.

But when the results look this good, you know the extra weight is being put to good use.



Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 02:24pm 14/09/16 | 5 Comments
But it looks like HDR patches for most titles won't be ready until the PS4 Pro drops. Exactly how this works using HDMI 1.4 is anyone's guess. The new 4.0 update for the PlayStation 4 does feature a bunch of other stuff too, like an overhauled UI to make things cleaner and easier to find. Plus folders, and new ways to interact.

Check it out.
Monday, 12 September 2016
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 04:00pm 12/09/16 | 1 Comments
Last week's announcement of the PlayStation 4 Pro was easily the biggest gaming news event of the week. Out in November, the mid-cycle update from Sony offers up a more powerful PS4, once capable of 4K output, and much higher visual fidelity in games. Which brings up the question. What games are going to take advantage of the extra hardware oomph? Well, read on to find out.

From a retail standpoint it won't be hard to find out as all PS4 Pro Enhanced titles (that's what they're going to be called) will carry the following logo.


The enhancements will range from everything from a resolution bump to take advantage of the newer TVs on the market to HDR Lighting to improved frame-rates and more refined visual effects.

The support won't be limited to games that have yet to be released either, as existing titles can also be patched to take advantage of the PS4 Pro. A process that will be free for all PS4 Pro owners. Take Deus Ex: Mankind Divided as an example. Since the announcement of the PS4 Pro Square Enix has revealed that the game will be getting an update that will feature "overall resolution increased, aliasing reduced, reflective surfaces improved, and more detailed lighting effects implemented."



So yeah, expect these sort of updates to be pretty frequent between now and the end of the year. Here's a list of the PS4 Pro Enhanced titles that we know of.

Released Games
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  • Infamous: First Light
  • Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
  • The Last of Us: Remastered
  • The Witness
  • Paragon


Unreleased Games
  • Battlefield 1
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
  • Days Gone
  • Dishonored 2
  • Farpoint (PlayStation VR)
  • FIFA 17
  • Final Fantasy 15
  • For Honor
  • Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn
  • Killing Floor 2
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Spider-Man
  • Steep
  • Titanfall 2
  • Watch Dogs 2


Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 03:02pm 21/10/15 | 3 Comments
In an announcement earlier today Sony has revealed that the PlayStation 4 is officially receiving a price cut in Australia. With the price drop affecting the baseline 500GB version of the console, the new RRP price of $479.95 is a pretty sizable $70 difference to the previously priced $549.95. A savings if you will. The price drop also paves the way for new bundles for a number of upcoming games.

These Ultimate Player Edition Bundles will include a 500GB PlayStation 4 with Destiny for $499, a 1TB console with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for $579, and the big one, a 1TB PlayStation 4 with a copy of Star Wars Battlefront for $599. The latter of which will be available in November.
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:32am 23/06/15 | 10 Comments
While Microsoft's 1TB Xbox One console and new controller have been known about for a few weeks, Sony has also revealed an updated 1TB PS4, which also has some new features.

The PlayStation®4 Ultimate Player Edition brings all the est that PlayStation® has to offer, with massive space to download and master the best games. The timing has never been better, with PS4’s game offering continuing to expand in 2015 with cutting edge games like the highly anticipated Until Dawn™, Batman: Arkham Knight™, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Destiny: The Taken King and God of War™III: Remastered all arriving soon.

Players can take advantage of double the storage capacity to download their favourite new release titles from the PlayStation®Store (PS Store). With PS Store anyone can make sure they get their hands on the biggest games as soon as they’re released by pre-­‐ordering; the auto-­‐download feature ensures that pre-­‐ordered games will automatically download to your PS4 so you can play the second they launch. With the PlayStation®4 Ultimate Player Edition, that means even more space to instantly download the best games available. Additionally the increased storage lets players take full advantage of the PlayStation®Plus Instant Game Collection™ with maximum space on the new system to download games.
The new system will be available to purchase in Australia from July 15 for a SRP of AUD$549.95.
Thursday, 5 February 2015
Post by Eorl @ 04:13pm 05/02/15 | 0 Comments
Sony has sold 6.4 million PlayStation 4 consoles during Q3 2014, a period that encompasses October 1st through December 31st, 2014, the company revealed in a financial results briefing this week.

The PS4 accounted for the majority of Sony's 7.5 million console sales last quarter. The company cited the increase in PS4 hardware unit sales as having a positive financial impact, while a decrease in PlayStation 3 hardware and software sales had a negative impact.

In the same quarter of the prior year, 2013, Sony sold 4.5 million units of its latest console. The PS4 was released during that quarter, in November 2013. As of January 2015, Sony said PS4 sales reached 18.5 million worldwide.

Sales in Sony's Game & Network Services Segment, where its PlayStation business lives, increased 16.8 percent year-over-year to 531.5 billion yen ($4.3 billion). According to Sony, the increase "was primarily due to an increase in PS4 hardware unit sales, the favourable impact of foreign exchange rates and a significant increase in network services revenue, partially offset by a decrease in PlayStation 3 ('PS3') hardware and PS3 software sales."

The same slide that revealed console sales also showed that the segment's operating income increased by 15.2 billion yen to 27.6 billion yen ($228 million). Previously mentioned in last year's Q3 statement, Sony recorded a 6.2 billion yen write-off for "certain PC software titles of Sony Online Entertainment LLC in Q3 FY13," a move the company now cites has having a positive impact. The slide also revealed an 11.2 billion yen ($93 million) "write-down of PS Vita and PS TV components."
Tuesday, 6 January 2015
Post by Eorl @ 10:57am 06/01/15 | 1 Comments
Sony has once again shown the gaming world that the thirst for new-gen consoles is definitely real, with the announcement that their PlayStation 4 console has surpassed 18.5 million sales worldwide in just over a year of its lifespan.

The details come directly from Sony's Japanese press release, which revealed that the 18.5 million sales is sold-through, meaning to customers and not to stores. Among the incredibly high-rate of console sales the press release also noted that PlayStation Plus accounts for 10.9 million users, as of January 2, 2015.

According to Twitter user Erren Van Duine (via NeoGAF), the holiday season alone saw a sell-through rate of 4.1 million consoles worldwide, an incredible feat for the Japanese tech giant. Software sales were also reported at 81.8 million, with an attach rate of 4.42.
Thursday, 4 December 2014
Post by Eorl @ 09:01am 04/12/14 | 0 Comments
Sony has announced it's released a 20th Anniversary Edition of its PlayStation 4 console to celebrate its milestone birthday.

The new model, which comes in the same 'Original Grey' finish as the very first PlayStation that launched back in Japan on December 3, 1994, will be available in extremely limited quantities. Just 12,300 of the consoles will be released worldwide, to reflect the launch date of the original console.

Sony has yet to reveal how you'll be able to get your hands on the console, though in Europe it apparently won't be through traditional retail channels, and presumably that means Australia may get a chance. For North America, full details about how and where you'll be able to place a pre-order will be revealed at this weekend's PlayStation Experience, during the opening keynote that takes place December 7th for Australian viewers at 4:00AM AEST.



Thursday, 20 November 2014
Post by Eorl @ 04:36pm 20/11/14 | 0 Comments
The debut trailer has been released for Wander, an unconventional MMO that lets you play as a sentient tree, griffin, and sea creature.

Set to release on PS4 and PC in March 2015, the non-combat MMO was devised by local Australian (Melbourne to be specific) resident Loki Davison in a bid to fill what he perceives as a void for a massively multiplayer title focused on story rather than violence. Instead, Wander will let you explore its environment in a variety of forms.

The PlayStation Blog explains you'll start off in the centre of a forest you don't remember, in a form unfamiliar to you. From there you're asked to follow clues and find new ways to explore the world.

"Playable characters in Wander include the Oren – a walking, sentient tree, and the form you occupy at the beginning of the game; the griffin – with the power of flight; the azertash – with the ability to swim and breathe underwater; and the swift and agile hira," it reads. "Each of these forms has several unique and gorgeous variants, all with their own cultures, backstories, and specific ways of interacting with other forms and tribes. Along your way you’ll discover lorestones, mysterious records that teach you bits of the history of the planet and its inhabitants."

Sunday, 2 November 2014
Post by Eorl @ 07:37pm 02/11/14 | 5 Comments
Sony has revealed that the PlayStation 4 is doing extremely well for the company, so well in fact that for the time running from July until September of this year the PS4 shipped 3.3 million units over that period.

The PlayStation 3 also saw a nice shift of numbers, with 800,000 units shipped over the same span. The entire gaming division saw its revenues increase 84 percent over the same period last year.

As with any good news there is always bad. While the PlayStation 4 is moving like gangbusters, the handheld side of the PlayStation arm sold only 700,000 units over the same period. That’s down 100,000 year on year for the PS Vita and PSP. That number also includes the PlayStation TV.

Those numbers combine for $2.77 billion in revenue for Sony’s gaming arm. In spite of the stellar PlayStation’s performance, Sony overall reported a loss of $1.22 billion over the same quarter. The largest culprit for this loss was the mobile phone division.

For contrast, Microsoft announced combined Xbox 360 and Xbox One shipments of 2.4 million in its latest financial results.
Friday, 24 October 2014
Post by Eorl @ 12:23pm 24/10/14 | 2 Comments
The next PS4 software update will be out on 28th October, Sony has announced, and it's a big one.

Codenamed Masamune, this new firmware update will add the highly anticipated Share Play feature we detailed in August. This will allow players to remotely watch and play their friends' games through high tech streaming wizardry. Originally supposed to be a launch feature for the console, Sony likened this to a "virtual couch".

This new update will also include a USB music player option, so you can easily transfer your favourite tunes to the platform.

Other features detailed last week include an enhanced YouTube app that will allow players to share videos directly on the console.
Friday, 17 October 2014
Post by Eorl @ 10:26am 17/10/14 | 0 Comments
Sony continues to grow the list of features appearing in the PlayStation 4's upcoming firmware update 2.0, with new elements now including further customisation options for the dashboard and better sorting for your game library. Oh and pretty colours.

Firmware 2.0 is codenamed "Masamune," presumably for the renowned swordsmith from feudal Japan. The update is led by Share Play, which Sony detailed during Gamescom 2014 in August. It will also bring themes to the PS4, and Sony said today that users will additionally be able to change the background colour of the dashboard from its default blue to one of seven other hues: gold, dark blue, red, green, purple, pink and gray.

Another new feature in firmware 2.0 is the ability to listen to music while you play games, without using Sony's Music Unlimited service. However, this will only work for files on USB storage; you still won't be able to copy media to the PS4's internal hard drive. The USB Music Player will support MP3 and M4A audio, and MP4 and 3GP video. And USB storage will be able to serve as a backup device for the PS4's settings, save data, capture gallery and more.

Sony is also redesigning what it calls the PS4's 'Content Area', the horizontal list of all your games and apps. With firmware 2.0, the space will be limited to the 15 most recently used items, while the rest will remain in the Library. The Library itself is being improved with sorting options to filter by name, type and more. And free PlayStation Plus games will now have an "Add to Library" button in the PlayStation Store, so you can secure them for future use without having to start the download.

Other additions to the PS4 in update 2.0 include enhanced voice commands, improved live broadcasting and a "Players You May Know" tile in the What's New tab that shows you PlayStation Network users whom your friends play with frequently. Sony also plans to release system software version 3.35 for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV around the same time as Masamune; that update will add support for four-player Remote Play to those systems. In addition, the Live from PlayStation app will arrive on those devices at that time. And finally, Sony is also working on a version 2.0 update for the PlayStation mobile app on Android and iOS for the same launch window.

Masamune is set for release ahead of Christmas this year on PlayStation 4. According to Scott McCarthy, director of product planning and software innovation at Sony Computer Entertainment America, there are more features for the update that have yet to be announced, so keep your eyes peeled.
Thursday, 25 September 2014
Post by Eorl @ 11:32am 25/09/14 | 1 Comments
Sony has announced that this coming weekend all PlayStation 4 owners will be able to claim a free weekend of PlayStation Plus, allowing them to finally taste that matchmaking goodness in online multiplayer games.

While the offer is a great gesture from Sony, it does seem a bit pointless when a majority of the games being purchased on the PlayStation 4 require PlayStation Plus, and not having it defeats the purpose of owning those games. Of course, there is always the saying 'don't look a gift horse in the mouth', so best not say no to this deal.

The trial period will begin on September 26th at 5:00pm AEST and finish up on September 29th at the same time of 5:00pm AEST. The offer will be open to all PlayStation 4 owners and will require no signup.
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
Post by Eorl @ 11:47am 10/09/14 | 1 Comments
If you have been living under a rock you may not have noticed how well the PlayStation 4 is selling for Sony, so today's news that the UK market has passed the 1 million "sell-through" mark should hopefully point out the obvious.


The PlayStation 4 has marked the first current-gen console to hit the one million mark for the UK region, making it the second-fastest selling of all to reach seven figures in the country's history. Taking only 42 weeks to hit that milestone, the console was four weeks earlier than the PlayStation 3 and eight for the PlayStation 2. Nintendo still holds the crown though, with the Wii shifting one million in just 38 weeks.

Sony UK boss Fergal Gera explained to Eurogamer the figures come from data compiler Chart Track. The system first went on sale in November 2013, as did Microsoft's Xbox One, which had shipped 5 million worldwide by April 2014. Microsoft will look to boost those numbers by bringing its system to 28 more countries this month. Meanwhile, the Wii U which launched a year earlier than the two other systems is up to 6.68 million shipments as of June 2014.
Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Post by Eorl @ 10:10am 02/09/14 | 1 Comments
Sony will bring themes to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in future firmware updates, the company announced at its Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia press conference late last night.

The ability to customize your PlayStation 4 and Vita will introduce game-themed wallpapers and icons for each platform. In the example shown for PS4, PlayStation mascots Toro and Kuro (above) were shown in animated form playing in a house — with nods to LocoRoco — alongside a user interface that featured theme-specific icons.

Footage from the pre-TGS show can be found below, detailing what to expect from the custom themes. PlayStation 4 users can expect the themes in firmware version 2.0, though there is currently no date on when we can expect that update.

Thursday, 14 August 2014
Post by Eorl @ 02:15pm 14/08/14 | 0 Comments
The versoin 2.0 system software update for PlayStation 4 this fall will introduce a feature called Share Play that lets you invite friends to play a game, even if they don't own a copy.

According to a post on the PlayStation Blog today by Scott McCarthy, director of product planning and software innovation at Sony Computer Entertainment America, Share Play works like a "virtual couch."

"With this first-of-its-kind feature, you'll be able to play games with a friend just as if you were together in the same room," McCarthy wrote. "Let's say that with games ... you'll be able to invite your friend online to play against the Miami Heat for the championship as the San Antonio Spurs in NBA 2K, tackle the challenging Towerfall Ascension Quest Mode together, or aide, heal and protect you as Igniculus in Child of Light's local co-op mode."

The 2.0 update will also introduce a dedicated YouTube app and the ability to upload captured game footage to the video service. The What's New section of the PS4's interface will be updated to include new links to friends' broadcasts. A real name search will also make its way into the interface.