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Capcom’s premiere futuristic ninja is finally wrecking havoc both on PS3 and PS4 and Square Enix kicks off the public PS4 beta of their MMORPG. Rayman Legends also makes an upgrade to next-gen and you can also get good ol’ Adewale’s adventure without having the main Assassin’s Creed IV game.

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Freedom Cry ($14.99)
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Rise up against slavery with the latest single-player action-adventure game in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Assassin’s Creed Freedom Cry is now available exclusively for download on PS4 and PS3. Born a slave, Adewale found freedom as a pirate. Now, 15 years after the events of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, Adewale has become a trained Assassin.
Rayman Legends ($39.99)
Rayman Legends
The Glade of Dreams is in trouble once again! During a 100-year nap, the nightmares multiplied and spread, creating new monsters even more terrifying than before! These creatures are the stuff of legend… Dragons, giant toads, sea monsters, and even evil luchadores. With the help of Murfy, Rayman and Globox awake and must now help fight these nightmares and save the Teensies!
Strider ($14.99)
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Strider returns in a brand new adventure, complete with incredible side-scrolling action, and lightning fast combat all in a massive interconnected world! Download the full game now and become the original assassin!
Final Fantasy XIV: A realm Reborn (Beta)
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Beta test the award-winning FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn now for FREE with players from around the world. The beta will be available from Saturday, February 22, 2014 to Sunday, March 2, 2014. Characters created during the beta are limited to level 20 and progress will not be saved after the beta ends.Create your own unique FINAL FANTASY hero and embark on the adventure of a lifetime to help forge the fate of Eorzea.

The excellent Tomba! 2 makes an appearance in the PSone classics section of the store as a follow to the original Tomba! that was released a couple of weeks ago. PS2 Classics have Neo Contra which I don’t remember ever playing. Heh.

Sales galore! Aside from the huge list this week, there’s a separate Rockstar Sale going on which you should check out. Bully for under $3 is a steal, my friends.

For fellow PS Plussers we are entitled to Remember Me (starring Renz Verano) on PS3 and Street Fighter X Tekken on Ps Vita for the exciting price of ‘free’.

For a complete list of additions and changes to the PS Store, hit the source link!

Awesome month coming for PlayStation Plus members. Sony has announced the February lineup for its Instant Games Collection but this time they made a nifty handy-dandy cool video detailing it. So watch it (embedded above) and be informed/amused.

For those of you who don’t want moving images, here’s a list and a picture:

Outlast (PS4)

Metro: Last Light (PS3)

Payday 2 (PS3)

Remember Me (PS3)  starring Renz Verano.

Street Fighter X Tekken (PS Vita)

ModNation Racers: Road Trip (PS Vita)

Starting this Tuesday (early Wednesday morning locally) and through next week, the North American PlayStation Store will offer 11 Final Fantasy titles at a discounted price (bigger savings if you are a PlayStation Plus member).

Prices listed are normal discounted and PS Plus discounted, respectively.

  • Final Fantasy IX — $5.99 / $5.39
  • Final Fantasy Origins  — $5.99 / $5.39
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 — $9.99 / $8.99
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Collector’s Edition — $35.39 / $32.39
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Standard Edition — $23.99 / $21.59
  • Dissidia Duodecim Final Fantasy — $9.99 / $8.99
  • Dissidia Final Fantasy — $9.99 / $8.99
  • Final Fantasy III — $9.99 / $8.99
  • Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection — $9.99 / $8.99
  • Final Fantasy Tactics: The War Of The Lions — $4.99 / $4.49
  • Final Fantasy V — $5.99 / $5.39

So are you picking up anything?

Squenix’ successful PC/PS3 MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be gracing Sony’s next (current) generation console officially on April 14th. If you already played this on the PS3 then you are automatically qualified to play the beta which starts on February 22nd. This gives you time to think if you wanna upgrade to the PS4 version.

Square Enix will also release a collector’s edition of the game which will include content from previous PS3 and PC collector’s editions with a Fat Chocobo Mount and a Wind-Up Moogle Minion.

I’m done with MMO’s myself but I’ll be sure to at least try the beta and ogle at the graphics.

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Ms. Zhorida Lipayon

P1020173Playstation 4 has finally launched in the Philippines as of January 14 but the more intriguing side of the story is what else is in store for the Philippines? We are certainly excited about the next product launching (PS VITA TV for South-East Asia) and while we wait for that, we at 30lives were able to spend some time with the Group Head of Home Entertainment Product Marketing from Sony, Zhorida Lipayon to give us a bigger picture on what Sony Philippines has in store for us.

30lives: One of our primary questions is: What has changed in the strategy of Sony? They are now targeting South-East Asian countries where online games are more prevalent than console games?

Zhorida Lipayon: The good thing about our situation right now is everybody can see our (Philippines) potential but not just in the Philippines but all the other countries mentioned (Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Sinagpore). The Philippines has a very young working population so there is a lot of room to cultivate the market in terms of brand appreciation and loyalty.

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30lives: So this is more of a Global strategy?

Zhorida Lipayon: This has always been the strategy of Sony to identify potential markets and then invest in them.

P102020030lives: Granted that before there were any official console launches, there has been a long-standing “grey-market” for retail/console games. Is this an issue with Sony?

Zhorida Lipayon: At the end of the day, it’s a Sony sale (when our products are bought from these channels) but what we are focusing on a channels where we know we can sell. Sony Philippines is primarily an A/V (audio/visual) hardware distributor. So at the moment we are focusing on that as we have our special channels: Sony Centers and Gadget Shops. For us it’s quite different.

30lives: So basically it’s not an issue?

Zhorida Lipayon: No it is not.

30lives: Even if they import their consoles from say, Hong Kong or Singapore?

Zhorida Lipayon: That’s okay but there are certain disadvantages. For one, Hong Kong is not covered in our regional warranty service. But for us in Sony Philippines, it’s all about the whole package. When someone wants to try the Playstation 4, we don’t just have them try the console as is. We want them to try it with our brand new 4k TVs because it’s a totally different experience.

30lives: So you’re all really more focused on the game hardware sales than software?

Zhorida Lipayon: Well we do have certain goals to make sales of specific volumes but we really are focused on what we can sell well because we have to do business smart.

P102015930lives: There have been ventures to distribute game software such as X-Play. You’re not really going down that road?

Zhorida Lipayon: There are some ways for us to secure game distribution as we can get from distributors signed by our Singapore office.

30lives: I guess that would be more for first party (Sony) games, right?

Zhorida Lipayon: Well that would be the preference but we would like to expand it more but we would like to give our loyal Sony Playstation fans what they want.

30lives: On to the packaging the Playstation 4s and the 4k TVs there isn’t really a (video) format for it yet and the only thing that can cater to 4K resolutions are PC games. What is the advantage of adopting a 4K TV now?

Zhorida Lipayon: Our 4K TVs are able to upscale non-4K sources to 4K resolutions. So PS4 games and Blu-ray shows will be upscaled to 4K level resolutions.

P102018730lives: Will the Vita TV be a localized or regional service?

Zhorida Lipayon: It will be a regional service.

30lives: I think one of the concerns regarding PS Vita TVs being sold in the Philippines now is the fact that they are Japanese units. Will these units be usable for the upcoming regional service for countries under South-East Asia?

Zhorida Lipayon: Our demo sets are Japanese PS Vita TVs. We will have a different version from the Japanese Vita TVs.

30lives: So I guess it’s safe to say that Japanese Vita TVs won’t work for the Asian regional service?

Zhorida Lipayon: Yes.

Our takeaway: it looks like Sony’s Philippine arm has big plans for the well-entrenched local PlayStation fanbase. The days of pirated PlayStation discs brazenly being sold in local department stores are long behind us, and it appears that Sony has finally seen potential in the Philippine market as one of potential growth. 

Watch this space for more coverage on Sony Philippines’ upcoming launches; the Vita TV’s launch is just around the corner! In the meantime, please enjoy this non-musical montage of moments from Sony Philippines’ PlayStation 4 launch!

Much-awaited DLC for The Last of Us, Left Behind is coming soon according to developer Naughty Dog. It features a younger Ellie and her friend Riley in events before the main game.

Check out the teaser trailer above and read the interview with Ellie voice actress Ashley Johnson by clicking on the source link below. In there, she provides us with details and her own insights about the new content.

The Last of Us: Left Behind will be available soon (exact release date TBA UPDATE: Valentine’s Day Feb. 14) and will drop you $15. Season Pass holders will have automatic access to it when it is released.

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P102027730lives.net was at the Glorietta Activity Center yesterday to cover the launch of the PlayStation 4 in the Philippines. The event called ‘Play the Future First’ unveiled the much awaited next-generation console to Filipino gamers at the SRP of PHP 24,999. The event is hosted by seasoned radio jocks Gino Quillamor and Riki Flores who also demo’d some of the games on the PS4. The launch was held in partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong Limited (SCEH) Singapore Branch.

Opening the event is the President and Managing Director of Sony Philippines, Mr. Yasushi Asaoka. “Sony has always been in touch with what the gaming community needs and wants. We have always strived to give consumers the best experience in home entertainment, which includes  the thrilling roster of PlayStation. It is with great pride that we bring the newest PlayStation 4 in the market today,” Asaoka mentioned during his speech.

Mr. Tomoyuki Haba, who is the Singapore Branch Manager of SCEH also spearheaded the launch in other SEA countries. He mentioned during his speech that the PlayStation 4 has sold more than 4.2 million copies already, according to their Tokyo office. The PS Vita has also jumped in sales in anticipation for the PS4‘s release. SCEH also has a new plan on the warranty service for 6 South East Asian countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Customers who buy the PS4 are entitled to have an extra ONE YEAR WARRANTY COVERAGE in countries where the product has been officially launched (including Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia), and the warranty will be valid throughout these countries. Wherever the customers are, they can also have the repair service for their products.

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New PS Vita color with light blue back

On stage, Sony Philippines head of marketing Ms. Zhorida Lipayon presented the new game consoles that are launching locally. First up was the new PS Vita system which features a more streamlined form factor and an 1GB internal memory card, is 20-percent slimmer and 15-percent lighter than the original version, making the portable entertainment system even easier to carry. It also comes in different colors such as lime green, light blue, pink black, khaki, black and white. The PlayStation Vita 2000 Wifi is sold at PHP 11,999 locally. Accessories are also available and are sold separately.

Meanwhile, since its unveiling in September 2013, PS Vita TV has become one of the most anticipated Sony products. PS Vita TV is a new entertainment system within the PlayStation family that will allow users to easily access various content on their TV at home. The new system adopts chip sets and system software of the PlayStation Vita portable entertainment system and its size is 6.5cm × 10.5cm, smallest of all PlayStation platforms that connect to a TV. On stage, two girls demo’d the Japanese version of God Eater 2 with one playing on the PS Vita and the other on the PS Vita TV which played flawlessly. I’ve also tried the demo unit on the floor and played Dragon’s Crown which is installed in the system’s memory card and it played without a hitch. I am just not sure if the memory card is the same as the PS Vita‘s and if it can be plugged straightaway from Vita to Vita TV.

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Oh myyyy.

According to the press release, “To continue servicing the gaming community, a separate retail launch will be held for the Sony PS Vita TV“. This hopefully means we’ll be able to finally see The Philippines as an available option in the PS Store soon.

The PS4 is a next generation computer entertainment system that redefines rich and immersive game play with powerful graphics, speed, deeply integrated social capabilities and innovative second-screen features utilizing devices such as PS Vita. By utilizing PS Camera, users can expand gaming ways of PS4 and enjoy different gaming experience. The hosts demo’d some of the games on stage which utilized the PS Camera like Play with Asobi and Air Hockey which seemed fun.

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Seriously, it’s called Magma Red.

There is also a wide range of peripherals for PS4 that are introduced such as the color variation for PS4 Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK 4) in “Magma Red” and “Wave Blue”, PlayStation Camera, DUALSHOCK4 Charging Station and PS4 Vertical Stand. Once you touch these babies, there’s definitely no going back to the DS3, at least this is what I felt while I was playing Crank on the demo floor. There was also a demo of the Personal 3D Viewer where attendees can sample the experience of playing Assassin’s Creed Black Flag up close.

The PlayStation 4 was also made available during the press launch. The payment terms were cash or a straight credit card charge of PHP 24,999 or PHP 26,999 (with camera) on site.

For more details on PlayStation and other Sony products, visit the nearest Sony Centre.

You can also log on to www.sony.com.ph, like them on www.facebook.com/SonyPhilippines and follow them on www.twitter.com/SonyPHInc and www.instagram.com/SonyPHInc.

Starting Tuesday, January 14th (Wednesday morning locally), Sony kicks off their huge PS3 and Vita offering with the “14 for ’14” PSN Sale.

No less then 14 PS3 AND 14 PS Vita games will have drastically slashed prices — up to 50% off and up to 75% off for PlayStation Plus subscribers.

Here are the games included with the sale for PS3:
Game Title PS Plus Price Sale Price Original Price
BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien $3.75 $7.49 $14.99
Crysis 3 $5.00 $9.99 $19.99
Deus Ex Human Revolution: Director’s Cut $13.49 $14.99 $29.99
ENSLAVED: Odyssey to the West Premium Edition $5.00 $9.99 $19.99
F1 2013 $20.99 $29.99 $59.99
Far Cry Blood Dragon $3.75 $7.49 $14.99
Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut (Cross Buy) $5.24 $7.49 $12.99
Pool Nation $2.25 $4.49 $8.49
Puppeteer $7.00 $13.99 $39.99
Rain $3.75 $7.49 $14.99
Rayman Legends $35.99 $47.99 $59.99
Tales of Xillia $10.00 $19.99 $39.99
The Wolf Among Us Season Pass $13.49 $14.99 $19.99
Thomas Was Alone (Cross Buy) $2.50 $4.99 $9.99
And for PS Vita: 
Game Title PS Plus Price Sale Price Original Price
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two $7.50 $14.99 $29.99
Killzone: Mercenary $9.00 $17.99 $35.99
LIMBO PS Vita $3.75 $7.49 $14.99
Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut (Cross Buy) $5.24 $7.49 $12.99
METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER $5.00 $9.99 $19.99
PIXELJUNK MONSTERS: ULTIMATE HD $3.75 $7.49 $14.99
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time PS Vita $6.75 $13.49 $26.99
Soul Sacrifice $9.00 $17.99 $35.99
SPELUNKY (Cross Buy) $3.75 $7.49 $14.99
Stealth Inc: A Clone in the Dark (Cross Buy) $4.19 $5.99 $9.99
The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season $5.00 $9.99 $19.99
Thomas Was Alone (Cross Buy) $2.50 $4.99 $9.99
Velocity Ultra Vita $2.00 $3.99 $7.49
Worms Revolution Extreme $3.75 $7.49 $14.99

 

Time to feed the ol’ PSN Wallet!

30lives recently received an invitation to attend the press conference for the Philippine release of Sony’s next-generation gaming console, the PlayStation 4. Dubbed as ‘Play the Future First’, the event will be held at Glorietta Activity Center on January 14th (Tuesday) at 11:00 AM.

We are definitely excited to cover what might be one of the biggest gaming industry events for the year, and we’re only still on the second week of January! I hope we get to demo the console as well as some of the biggest titles that will release this 2014. Keep checking the site for our full coverage coming soon!

For more information on the PlayStation 4, do visit Sony Philippines’ website at http://www.sony.com.ph/microsite/preorder/pspreorder.html.

The third game to grace the next-gen Instant Game Collection is the survival indie game Don’t Starve for the PS4. In it you play a scientist trapped in limbo where you’ll need to use the available resources to not die. It is also a game that teaches us that rabbits are yummy.

If you are still sporting that retro machine called the PS3 (heh) then you can download Ninja Theory’s Dante reboot, DMC: Devil May Cry for it. In it, you play Keanu Reeves.

Sorry Vita owners. Nothing for you this week. Boo.

PlayStation Plus: Instant Game Collection

Don’t Starve (PS4)

Free for PS Plus members

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Don’t Starve: Console Edition is an uncompromising wilderness survival game full of science and magic. You play as Wilson, an intrepid Gentleman Scientist who has been trapped by a demon and transported to a mysterious wilderness world. Wilson must learn to exploit his environment and its inhabitants if he ever hopes to escape and find his way back home.
DMC Devil May Cry (PS3)

Free for PS Plus members

PlayStation Plus Update 1-6-2014
In a society corrupted by demons only The Order can see the world for what it really is. Join Dante in the ultimate experience of stylish action chain together combo after combo with panache and dispatch demonic spawn back to hell – reveal the truth behind the lies. Explore Dante’s dark past encountering some the most familiar faces in the DmC universe. Call upon unimaginable powers combined with Dante’s epic arsenal of weapons: sword, scyte, axe, pistols and more. Face your demons…

 

If for some reason you still have your PS3 (heh) then you might want to check the ever so cool and essential System Update button in the XMB.

PlayStation 3 Firmware 4.53 is an optional update (for now) and is lugging these with it:

  • You can now set the group of players who can see your trophies. You can also specify for each game whether to show trophies.
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  • The PS3™ system can now perform the following operations when you set Settings [Settings] > System Settings [System Settings] > [Automatic Update] to [On], even if you do not subscribe to PlayStation®Plus. When this setting is [On], the PS3™ system will automatically start each day at the specified time, perform these operations, and then turn off.
    • – Download content items purchased with other devices
    • – Download the latest system software
  • Support of Closed Captions function on playing Blu-ray Disc™ videos and DVDs (SCEA UC model only). “Blu-ray Disc™” and “Blu-ray™” are trademarks of the Blu-ray Disc Association.

Developer: Guerrilla Games
Publisher: SCEA
Available for: PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 4 launched with three first-person shooters in its line up. As the other two (Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts) are available on other platforms, Killzone: Shadow Fall is the only one that has the “Only on PlayStation” stamp on the box. Although not really a groundbreaking game by any means, Killzone: Shadow Fall at least earns that stamp of exclusivity by virtue of being a showcase title for the system, and a good overall indicator of what to expect with true next-gen console visuals.

Simply put: the game looks amazing. If you are a Killzone fan used to the bleak and monochromatic visuals of the past games then this one will catch you off guard. Running around Vekta is a feast for the eyes: I especially liked the bright day levels with vegetation. Lighting and reflections are topnotch, with loads of shaders that quite frankly couldn’t be done on last-generation systems. Even the smallest of details get flushed out thanks to the extra horsepower and VRAM behind the system: you can now see what kind of material those Helgan uniforms are made of. For the most part, the game runs at a buttery smooth 60 frames per second on full 1080p. Hands down, this is the best-looking console game out there.

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As expected, the game falls apart once it tries to build a convincing narrative. The overall concept seems interesting but the execution is confusing to say the least—in the previous game you save your planet being destroyed by foiling the enemy’s plan to destroy it and in the process destroying their planet but now you feel guilty so you give them half of your planet. Huh?

Gameplay is a bit different from previous Killzones. Where the previous games had you playing as various soldiers caught between multitudes of skirmishes trying to save your comrades and following orders, Shadow Fall has you portraying a special agent working behind enemy lines. Levels maps are more open ended and less linear. Objectives are more varied and stealth is a significant part of it.

Being a Vektan James Bond of course means you’ll have specialized gadgets. In this game, you only need one — the OWL. The OWL is a drone that follows you during your missions. You can utilize it in a number of ways to aid you with your objective: sliding your finger on the Dualshock 4 touchpad will switch the OWL’s functions, then hitting L1 initiates that function. Up on the touchpad is attack mode: Sending the drone to engage an enemy target. Very useful if you are pinned behind cover and need covering fire. Right on the pad lets you deploy a zipline to help you traverse the map, Left is an EMP blast that zaps enemies shields, and down on the pad lets the OWL defend a target position. Your trusty drone can also hack terminals to accomplish context-based actions like disabling alarms and such.

The audio side of the game is fantastic. The subtle ambient music fits every mood of the sequence. Gunfire and futuristic beams are realistic and believable. Hearing the narration from the Dualshock 4’s built in speaker when you pick up an audio log is a charming gimmick. I was surprised by the sound quality of that tiny speaker.

Multiplayer has the same modes as Killzone 3‘s Warzone. I didn’t encounter any lag or long wait times to join an online session. Overall, a very smooth experience.

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Cool Stuff:

  • Graphics. Best console visuals yet. Though there are a few ‘meh’ parts, overall visual presentation is fantastic.
  • More open levels. Exploring is a thing now. Less linear execution of missions is refreshing.
  • The Owl. The little floating drone gives the gameplay an upgrade in the tactical division.
  • Awesome multiplayer. 24-player battles with tried and tested modes give the game longevity after the campaign.
  • Not really specific for the game but the PS4 share button kicks ass! (all screenshots here were uploaded using the share button)

I Wish it Didn’t Have:

  • A boring story. Although interesting at times, the narrative is a bit confusing and delivered in a ho-hum way.
  • Levels that are artificially lengthened by enemy waves. I wish they’d be more creative with this but I guess it’s what Killzone is about.

In Closing:

Killzone: Shadow Fall has its triumphs and faults but if you want to let your friends know what next-gen is all about, buy Killzone: Shadow Fall and show it to them.

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In a cruel twist of fate—or shipping/production dates—Sony had shipped us our extra DualShock 4 controller three weeks before the PlayStation 4’s official launch. Without a console to actually… control, more adventurous denizens of the Internet have found out how to use these things on PCs and Macs; apparently they work fine as wired or wireless (via Bluetooth) devices via DirectInput (more on this later). To serve our loyal 30lives readers—who have stuck with us through our sabbatical/terrible additction to the street drug known as “Pokémon“—we present to you this surprise impressions post of Sony’s latest iteration on the DualShock brand… Let’s pretend the SIXAXIS mistake never happened, shall we?

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Nothing. Just the controller and some instruction sheets. Bafflingly, Sony never seems to have the foresight/budget to include the necessary cables to power their accessories; in this case a very-ubiquitous MicroUSB cable. This is a step up from the MiniUSB cables that power the DualShock 3, the collective existences of which seem to be dwindling away from my household (five years ago I was drowning in these things, enveloping my bedroom much like a multi-segmented Anime tentacle monster). At any rate this at least spares us from any pathetic attempts at “unboxing videos,” which are a bane of modern existence and the single, solitary reason of why bad things happen in the world today.

Do You Want To Play Lucky Hit?

DSC01685As I mentioned above, any PC or Mac will recognize the DualShock 4 as a standard, HID-compliant controller when plugged in via a MicroUSB cable. I believe Macs also have the ability to pick the controller up via Bluetooth, but I haven’t tested if there’s a solution out there to make this wireless connection happen in Windows a la MotionInJoy. At any rate, I was excited to put the controller through its paces with a few games on my new Windows computing device of choice, Dell’s Venue 8 Pro tablet (which is an excellent tech product in its own right; I’ll be reviewing it soon). As expected, only the main set of buttons were recognized, no touchpad support for now, although you can register “pressing down” on the touchpad as a button press.

At any rate, the controller worked wonderfully for this purpose; and to inject some smarmy PC gaming elitism into this post—I can’t wait until console gaming finally goes under so I can buy a bunch of these things to use as computer joypads. Although feature-incomplete at this state, I was able to run NullDC and a few random Indie Steam games I had installed on the tablet with relative ease.

Four Ain’t Much, But It’s Better Than Three

I put in about an hour of Grand Theft Auto V on my PlayStation 3 to make sure I was completely acclimated with the DS4’s predecessor before busting the thing out of the box and trying it out. Having first tried it on a tethered demo station back at E3, the first thing that caught me by surprise was the DualShock 4’s overall heft, or seeming lack thereof. At 7.4oz, it’s a little heavier than the DualShock 3 (which weighs in at 6.77oz), but doesn’t quite feel as heavy as the PlayStation 3’s controller du jour. I’m thinking it could be because of more even weight distribution, a wider grip on the handles, or a combination of both; but the DS4 honestly felt a little lighter (and by association, “cheaper”) when I first wrapped my paws around it.

DSC01674While we’re on that train of thought, let’s talk differences for a second. The first and most welcome difference that the DualShock 4 brings are bigger, more ergonomic handgrips. Coupled with the new, matted texture that envelops the back, sides, and part of the controller’s front I doubt that anybody will disagree that the DualShock 4’s overall feel is a huge improvement from its forerunner. Another welcome change is that the L2 and R2 buttons are now convex instead of concave; which means instead of your finger slipping off every so often on a trigger-intensive game (say, Call of Duty: Ghosts), you’ll find your fingers comfortably resting on these trigger buttons; certainly a natural evolution as these analog triggers have grown in importance since console shooters gained new relevance five-odd years ago. Strangely, the triggers have lost a bit of resistance compared to the DS3; I happened to like that amount of feedback and snappiness. Finally, to round out that side of the controller, the not-as-important L1 and R1 buttons have been given new prominence with a larger, rounded button area.

DSC01664Just to mention it very briefly since it’s such a miniscule change and probably won’t affect any game, ever—the face buttons are now equipped with digital instead of analog button sensors. This means that instead of measuring how hard the player pushes down on the X, O, Triangle, and Square buttons, they will simply register an “on” or off” switch. Given that you can count the number of PlayStation 3 titles that used this feature with one hand, I’m fairly confident that this is no substantial loss. Apart from that change, the buttons feel as responsive as ever and are possibly even more responsive given that there’s less data to transmit from the controller back to the device.

Finally, Sony’s learned from the Vita’s excellent foray into handheld controls, borrowing its more focused, “dipped” directional pad, which is more akin to the formerly Nintendo-patented cross D-pad than anything Sony’s put out before. Granted, each iteration of the Dual Shock has received progressively better d-pad designs, but this puts the DualShock 4 one step closer from being an acceptable controller for 2D platformers and fighting games. The addition of lips on the analog sticks is another innovation borrowed from the Vita; and while I’ll be sad to see the old “nipple” sticks disappear from good, I like the feel of these shorter sticks much better.

So that about wraps it for our impressions; we’ll have more to say when we can actually get our hands on the PlayStation 4. Other than that all we can say about the DualShock 4 is “gee, it sure is a half-decent controller for PC games!” Make sure to hit us up at the comments area below if you folks have any particular questions!

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Sega has shown a new trailer for their upcoming Vita game, Phantasy Star Nova — abbreviated as PSN (good one, Sony) — the non-MMO version of Phantasy Star Online 2.

Graphics are gorgeous, and this proves that Vita games are really improving fast as devs get more familiar with the handheld. I bet it would look awesome played on the PS Vita TV using a big screen television set.

The game is releasing in Japan in 2014. No western release announcement yet. Watch the trailer above and check out the screenshot gallery below!

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At the Sony Tokyo Game Show booth today Team Gravity showed a teaser of what seems to be Gravity Rush 2. The video showed the protagonist Kat flying around what looks like the same city in the first game. It’s not even sure what platform it’s on but it seems prettier than your average PS Vita game. PS4, maybe? (UPDATE: Famitsu confirms it’s a Vita title)

The video closed with the words,  “Fall again… A new project from Team Gravity.”

Gravity Rush was one of my favorite PS Vita games. Good to hear Kat is back.

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While Capcom has explicitly said it had no intention of bringing the  Monster Hunter franchise to the PS VITA despite of the rumors around it, they seem to be eating their words now as revealed in the Tokyo Game Show. But don’t rejoice just yet as the Monster Hunter game coming to the PS VITA is Monster Hunter Frontier G, aka the online game.

While the game data from the Playstation 3 version can be used for the PS VITA port, there will be an exclusive world playable only on the Playstation 3 dubbed “World C”. There is no information as to an English version so if you’re actually hoping for Monster Hunter 4 on the PS VITA, tough luck.

Source: IGN

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We all know that the PlayStation 4 will launch November in North America. But unlike Japan which will have to wait ’till February next year, TGS just confirmed we’ll have our PS Quadruples by December this year for the rest of Asia Region 3 (Singapore, Hongkong, Taiwan, etc… and by extension, Philippines)

I think I know where our salary bonuses will be funneled into. *Gasp*

But not GTAV obviously, duh! It’s the PSP game Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories that is free for PS Plus subscribers today. Take note that it is also compatible (and looks better) on the PS Vita.

Also free for the PS3 we have the longest, greatest, and most dramatic escort mision of all: ICO HD. It’s an HD remake of the beloved PS2 classic. I haven’t gotten around to finish it yet, but I heard the game hits you right in the feels.

ICO (PS3)

Free for PS Plus members, Regular Price: $19.99

ICO
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PSP, PS Vita Compatible)

Free for PS Plus members, Regular Price: $19.99

GTA LCS

 

Pretty lame week, if you ask me. We have only one more week left for September PS Plus so at least we know we are getting the excellent Rayman Origins (VITA) next week.

Grand Theft Auto V is this week’s game.

That’s it. Thanks for coming!

Here are this week’s vidyas:

 

Hot Wheels Worlds Best Driver (Wii U/3DS Retail)

We Sing: 80s (Wii U Retail)

Cut the Rope (3DS eShop)

Rage of the Gladiators (3DS eShop)

Star Wars Pinball (3DS eShop)

AiRace Speed (3DS eShop)

 

Grand Theft Auto V (PS3 Retail/PSN)

Hot Wheels World’s Best Driver (PS3 Retail/PSN)

Capcom Fighting Evolution (PS2 Classic)

Saints Row 4 – GATV Pack (PS3 DLC)

Saints Row 4 – Wild West Pack Pack (PS3 DLC)

Real Boxing (PS Vita PSN)

 

Grand Theft Auto V (Retail)

Hot Wheels World’s Best Driver (Retail)

Saints Row 4 – GATV Pack (DLC)

Saints Row 4 – Wild West Pack (DLC)

 

Foul Play (PC Steam)

Borderlands 2 – Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2 (PC Steam)

Ironclad Tactics (PC/Mac)

Takedown: Red Sabre (PC/Mac)

Urban Trial Freestyle (PC Steam)

Saints Row 4 – GATV Pack (PC Steam DLC)

Saints Row 4 – Wild West Pack (PC Steam DLC)

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We all know Sony’s recently announced mini companion console is getting much attention. It’s a cheap way to get into the current/next generation PlayStation world and an awesome addition to the PS family of devices.

It’s not a secret that it won’t work with all Vita games but it still has a decent library of compatible Vita titles that you can enjoy on your big screen TV. As the $100 gadget is controlled by a Dualshock controller, it is expected that touchscreen-centric games won’t make the cut — Sony has released an official list (hit the source link below).

It is also a good thing to note that although not all Vita games will be supported, all digital PlayStation (PSone) and PSP (PlayStation Portable) games are fully playable on it, practically giving the PS Vita TV a library of more than 1300 games, not to mention being able to stream PS4 games directly from the console.