E3 is kicking off today and before all of that excitement begins, I need to drop the rest of this week’s gaming updates and then start covering the big show! Without further ado, let’s get to it! As stated above, E3 is kicking off soon, but there have been plenty of things going on prior to the show such as Summer Game Fest, which was absolutely great, by the way! I’m not going to recap everything here, but I am going to give you the tidbits! One of those tidbits and it’s a pretty big deal to me, is that Elden Ring has finally got a release date. Yes, you read that correctly, Elden Ring has a release date!!! Elden Ring was announced back in 2019 and it’s been on the minds of gamers everywhere. We have seen and heard very little about this title and honestly, I didn’t expect a release date to be as close as it is and I am smitten. Dropping on January 21, 2022, Elden Ring will finally be in the hands of all that have been awaiting its arrival. To top it off, there is a decent trailer that has also been released! Check it out below!! Elden Ring Official Trailer from Summer Game Fest For us Call of Duty fans, season 3 of Warzone and Black Ops Cold War is about to end and with that begins season 4! PSA, if you want to get your hands on the Rambo and or John Mclane skins, grab them before season 3 ends! Season 3 aside, we know there is going to be a road map revealed for season 4 on June 14th, but we do know a little bit about what’s to come. Black Ops Cold War is getting some new game modes and of course maps. There is also the promise of another round based zombies mode in season 4. And while I can’t really be sure of map changes coming to Verdansk in Warzone, we do know the satellites will come crashing down onto the city and likely change a few things. I just don’t know what those changes will be just yet. Come on June 14, I’m getting antsy here! Also on June 14th, we’ll be treated to double XP and double Battle Pass XP to finish up season 3. Season 4 begins on June 17th and I can’t wait! Remember Death Stranding? The game that was a critical hit, but also seemed to be critically confusing for some? Well, Hideo Kojima is releasing a director’s cut for the PS5. What the director’s cut will include isn’t readily available for us at this time, but once Kojima releases let us know, we’ll let you know as well! I’m sure we can expect to see upgraded frames per second, maybe a boost in graphics and its details, possibly some extra storyline content and who knows else? I’m sure that PS4 owners of the game won’t be getting a … Read More
It is the end of the week and as promised, I’m dropping my second news update this week to catch us all up on what’s happened in the last few days and what’s coming up! Let’s go! First and foremost we need touch base in two highly anticipated games. I am talking about God of War Ragnarok and Horizon: Forbidden West. Easily two of the most anticipated titles in the Playstation franchise and I have some good news all around and maybe just little not so good news, but nothing all that bad either. God of War Ragnarok is officially releasing on both the PS4 and PS5! Some were concerned this title would skip the PS4 altogether, but alas, Sony is smarter than losing a ton of sales and I respect that. If I didn’t have a PS5, but this game was coming soon and I wasn’t able to play on PS4, I would be bummed as would any other fan. On another note, the title has been pushed into early 2022 rather than the expected holiday 2021 release date. We never actually had a release date to begin with, so it’s not so bad . It’s just great to hear both gen consoles will get a chance to play! And news about Horizon: Forbidden West that is sure to make us all happy! Horizon, just like GOW, will also be dropping on both the PS4 and PS5! Another concern for some has been laid to rest and it’s pretty awesome! I cannot wait to get my hands on the next entry and see where this one takes me. It was a great game as it was, so it will be interesting to see what the developers make changes to and add. To sweeten the pot a little, Horizon: Forbidden West is targeted to release this holiday season in 2021! While there is no exact date as of yet and there is always the cancer of a delay, but yes, they are hoping/expecting to release it this year and I hope they do! One last thing. Horizon has been confirmed to run at 60 fps on the PS5. Could a push for 120 actually happen? In other game news, the head of Playstation Studios claims there are 25 games in development and half of them are new IP’s! While that doesn’t really give us a birds eye view of what will actually come out or when, it is nice to hear that Sony has a good number of working titles on the way. I am still holding out for a Bloodborne sequel or even a full remake, but that is only a PlayStation exclusive and not from the companies first part studios unless of course Bluepoint does the remake. Then it is inhouse, so there’s that. What are you hoping is on the way? Are you getting excited for the cancelled then uncancelled, canceled and uncancelled again E3 show this year? It is right around … Read More
I typically drop news updates a little later in the week, but I made the mistake of not publishing last week’s update, so this week will be jam packed with some highly anticipated info such as Dying Light getting a release date, gameplay from Horizon Forbidden West, Sony’s development of AI companionship and more! So, without further ado, let’s go over the latest news updates in PlayStation gaming! Mentioned above, we finally have a release date for Dying Light 2: Stay Human! I have to admit, I was beginning to get a little concerned that this game was going to be another couple of years or possibly longer. Dying Light 2: Stay Human is slated to release on December 7th, 2021. Super fans (such as myself) have been waiting for this for a long time! Those of us on PS5 should be extra excited to finally play the long awaited sequel on next/current Gen consoles. I think it’s gonna be great! Last year I wrote an article about Sony having a patent for an AI companion that could play PlayStation games with you. Like a little robot you sit next to you on the couch and it becomes your player 2. Not only that, it can learn how to play games better, root you on, play with or against you and probably a lot more that I’m unaware of. Sony wants to help make things a little more social in part due to the world pandemic. Where I scratch my head is, isn’t replacing a human with an AI companion kind of antisocial in itself? Who am I to ask such daft questions? I’ll buy it anyway. In other news, Sony’s network sales are up nearly “10 fold” over the last seven years. The biggest contributor being PS Plus with more than 47 million subscribers in March of 2021, I’m sure they’re pretty smitten right now. While that is great news, you really have to wonder what’s up Sony’s sleeve to fight back against Microsoft’s Gamepass. We heard very little about what the future holds for PS Plus, but we do know that Sony is working on something as they have said, we just have to wait a little longer and see. We were treated to some Horizon: Forbidden West gameplay yesterday during PlayStations State of Play and I’m not gonna say much more than wow. It was beautiful and while we know demos are polished extra shiny for these events, I can’t wait to see the full product. I loved the first entry in the series and I am sure the second one will offer just as much if not more satisfaction. This is another title us PS5 owners need to be extra hyped about, but we still don’t have a release date, so hopefully we’ll be hearing about a holiday drop, but there is a good chance it could land in the Spring of 2022. Guerrilla Games has confirmed release date info is coming … Read More
Word on the web is that Sony is in fact working on a redesign of the PS5 console for 2022. From the sounds of things, it isn’t going to be a slim or pro model of the console, but it is being redesigned to host a different AMD to cut costs and there’s a good reason for that. As you probably know, there is a major shortage of next gen consoles available and that isn’t really because of scalpers as much as it is because there is a world wide Microchip shortage that has not only made it difficult to build the consoles, but it also caused the cost to skyrocket. It’s to the best of my understanding that the chip shortage is the reason for the console shortage, but there are other things to calculate. So, the PS5 is currently using a 5nm AMD microchip and the plan is to switch over to a 6nm for a cheaper cost. I can’t honestly tell you how this will make a difference aside from a lower manufacturing cost. I don’t know much about these chips and in my mind, a 6 sounds like an upgrade over a 5, so I’m not even sure if that’s a fact. Moving forward, this isn’t confirmed by Sony and word came out first from news site based in Taiwan called DigiTimes, and info essentially comes from someone claiming they have this info as they have a subscription for a paywall, which gives its subscribers classified info on certain companies. I don’t know a lot about paywalls, I do know that a lot of insider information has been correct when leaked, but there are also a lot of false claims from people claiming to leak info from a paywall and it’s really just a hoax to grab some new followers on social media’s platforms. Now, I wouldn’t be surprised if Sony is working on a new model of the console. It seems way too early for a slim and definitely too early for a pro upgrade and I really hope they don’t pull the “pro” console out anytime soon if at all, but let’s be honest here, the Xbox Series X is capable of giving a ton of older games 120 FPS when playing. We’re not seeing the same advances on the PS5 just yet. I’m not sure if this will come as an update, but I am positive Sony is watching and working on an answer for this. Sony is dominating the console scene right now, but they have a lot to look at. The Xbox Gamepass is an absolutely amazing service for a low cost. Sony has PS Now, but that doesn’t give us game drops upon release and if you consider the fact that Microsoft owns Bethesda games, I mean, ouch! That’s a huge loss for us as a gaming community if things go exclusive and they likely will, but there was that one day that Phil Spencer … Read More
While the next gen console shortage rages on, there are still plenty of PS5 owners (and soon to be owners) out there. Enough owners in order for Sony to drop the first major firmware update. Not gonna lie here, I’m a little worried. We’re still very early into this console and sometimes when we get these updates we also get a headache from unforeseen issues that can cause performance issues to put it nicely. So, worries aside, let’s go down what is currently listed for the update. Store PS5 Games on Compatible External USB Drives.* With this feature, you can now transfer your PS5 games to USB extended storage from your console’s internal storage. It’s a great way to extend the storage capabilities of your PS5 console, and you can seamlessly copy your PS5 games back to the console’s internal storage when you’re ready to play. It is faster to reinstall PS5 games from USB extended storage than to re-download or copy them from a disc Because PS5 games are designed to take advantage of the console’s ultra high-speed SSD, PS5 titles can’t be played from USB extended storage. PS5 titles also cannot be directly downloaded to USB extended storage. However, games that you transfer or copy back to internal storage will automatically update when applicable. In addition, you can select which game modes you want to install (such as campaign or multiplayer) for select titles that support the option. Cross-generation Share Play. PS4 and PS5 players can now Share Play together while chatting in parties. This means PS5 console users can let their friends on PS4 consoles view their game screen, or even try out the PS5 games through Share Play, and vice versa. Options include the ability to share your screen with a friend, pass your controller virtually to a friend, or pass a second controller virtually to play co-op games together. Request to Join Game Session. A selection of your friends’ joinable game sessions will now appear on both PS5 and PS4 consoles, allowing for more gameplay opportunities together. The “Request to Join” option also serves as a shortcut to sending a game invite, reducing the time it takes for you to get into games with friends. Through the Privacy Settings menu, you can modify who can interact with you through parties, games and messages. Improved Game Base. The Game Base menu has been improved for quicker access to important content and features. You can now easily switch between Parties and Friends to start chatting with your existing parties or see what each of your online friends is up to. In addition, you can turn notifications on or off for each of the parties you’re in. Disable Game Chat or Adjust Players’ Volume. You can now quickly disable in-game chat, which turns off your mic audio and the voice audio of other players. Additionally, you can easily adjust the individual voice chat volume of other players in the same chat so you don’t have to … Read More
Well, we already knew and expected the PSN stores to close for the PS3 and PS Vita this summer, but at a surprising turn of events, Sony has announced that the PS4 store will close down in January, 2022. This comes as a shock because the PS5 is barely in the hands of consumers right now. I’m no sales marketing expert, but if this is in some way a plan to push PS5 sales, this has gotta be the wrong way to go about it. Right now, everyone I know is buying extra external hard drives and downloading everything they own to try and keep their precious digital content safe. I am at loss for words, other than April Fools! Ahaha! I’m sure you knew this was a farce and I appreciate you reading along! I hope you enjoyed my short April Fools articles today. I tried to spread them about and hopefully everyone had a few good chuckles with me.
The PS5 shortage is one thing, but scalpers are a different issue. Those loathsome commanders of bots beating everyday consumers to the digital shopping cart is just awful. Then selling the PS5’s for double, Triple, quadruple the profit if one sells? These guys are the worst! While it’s a fact that less than 10% off all PS5 consoles were purchased by a scalper, that’s around 10% of PlayStation fans that got the shaft. Plenty of people ignore the fact that there is also world wide shortage for console components that are actually dragging down the number of available consoles, but scalpers have happened to come across articles explaining the shortage and they are having a change of heart! Scalpers are taking to the internet to denounce their wicked scalping ways and apologizing globally! That’s right! They see the error in their ways and realize that profiting off of limited consoles during a world wide pandemic is just a crappy thing to do! Moreover, many of these scalpers are now giving away the PS5 consoles they secured, rather than turning them for a profit. On top of that, they are even paying for the shipping! These guys have gone from scalping to going more than $500 (usd) into the hole! Wow! What a change of heart! With so many scalpers listing their PS5 console sales as free, they are sure to disappear quickly, so what are you waiting for? Why are you still reading this? Because… It’s an April Fools article! Damn it!
Did you read that right? Yes, you did! While many have been glued to the thought that Microsoft now owns Bethesda, Sony has been making some sneaky moves to force Nintendo into an acquisition! I have seen a lot of crazy moves over the years in the gaming industry. Things that I never expected to see like, Activision buying the rights to Crash Bandicoot! SEGA going out of the console making business, Microsoft entering the gaming biz and tons more! I remember when I first heard about Nintendo suffering from financial woes and possibly filing for bankruptcy. The end of Nintendo seems all but real and the big N made it out of the hole and has some rather well competing with handheld devices. Well, it may have seemed like they were out of the hole, but Sony has gone on to prove otherwise. In a private announcement that only I was privy to for some reason, Sony let me in on a huge secret. They had in fact manipulated Nintendo into a financial agreement that states in the fine print, if Nintendo did pay back a full Ian amount and interest by March 31st, 2021, Nintendo would forfeit all of their licensed properties to Sony and the PlayStation brand! Holy crap, I can’t believe Nintendo fell for that! Sony reps went onto state that the rumored Nintendo Switch Pro is in fact not a hardware upgrade, but it is code named for a major software update that will allow players to download, install and play digital copies of Nintendo’s biggest Switch releases! Not only that, all consoles made by Nintendo will come to a halt on April 1st, 2021! This will free up microchips to help ramp up the production of the PS5! Killing one console market to ensure another is born seems like a monopoly play to me, but what do I know? At least I’m not an exec at Nintendo right now. Am I right? Anyway, thank you for taking a moment to read on my April’s Fools satire this year! This is in fact a joke, but could imagine if Sony did manage to buy Nintendo’s properties? I love Nintendo and their franchises, but I often wish they really would close up the console shop and become a third party developer like SEGA did. That’s just me of course. Happy April Fools Day!
The PS5 shortage is an absolute mess and the problem isn’t solely scalpers. Grrrrr, scalpers! As much as I don’t like scalpers, I have to take note of the real issue. The only reason scalpers are relentlessly trying to beat out the everyday consumer and make double the money back, is because of the massive shortage of next gen consoles. I don’t feel like there is any company to particularly blame, because this shortage was directly caused by the world pandemic. While we all expect initial release days to sell out consoles and make them difficult to find, almost 6 months after release we are used to consoles being a little more available and the scalpers would have normally backed off this point. There is a global semiconductor shortage and that is the real issue here. It doesn’t only affect Sony and Microsoft, it affects just about every technology company out there. When it comes to consoles, cell phones, pc’s, etc, these companies rely on others to create the parts they need to build a device. They need these chips in order for everything else to work, in layman’s terms, respectfully. Well, not only has this chip shortage affected the production of PS5 and yes, Xbox Series X/S, but it is looking like the problem won’t be going away anytime soon. We have seen small bursts of the PS5 becoming available here and there, but these waves are miniscule and some analysts are claiming that the shortage is reaching crisis levels. That is just the opinion of some not necessarily the view of others in that part of the industry. From the sounds, AMD seems pretty confident that the company will be on track this year to ramp production and start getting those chips out there. In the meantime, I am guessing that the shortage will in fact turn around for the holiday season in 2021 and therefore leaving consumers with something that will feel like a first release all over again. I’m just guessing, but people that are seemingly experts in the industry seem to think the shortage will reverse in 2022. I feel like 2022 will be the point where it’s behind us, not just beginning to turn around, but what do any of us really know for sure? I’m not trying to raise the alarms here and discourage anyone’s hopes of grabbing a PS5 or any other device for that matter. I’m just trying to be on the level. If Sony could drop more consoles, they definitely would, but it just isn’t that simple. Not when they are competing for more chips against companies like Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, Ford, Tesla and the list goes on and on. More consoles are definitely on the way, so fingers crossed AMD manages to pull it off. Worst case scenario, the shortage ends in time for the PS6! That’s a bad joke and seemed funnier in my head, but I’m not gonna delete it, lol. … Read More
Welcome back to another issue of PS Weekly. I am admittedly a little late with this week’s article, but I was holding out for some official news on the upcoming Elden Ring, but it is to my understanding that because of a leak that made it to the internet the other day, official announcements have been postponed into April. I am disappointed by it, but hopefully they will manage to get us some new info soon. I really want a new game by FromSoftware in my life. A little disappointment aside, there is plenty of other news to read within this article, so without further ado, let’s get to it! Yesterday was the 1 year anniversary of Call of Duty: WarZone! After a long year of playing on the same map with little changes, we may finally be seeing a completely new map that is dedicated to the Cold War version of CoD, rather than Modern Warfare. I don’t know if today will be that day, but I am sure hoping so. The developers went on social media to thank everyone for the last year and made mention that the map will never be the same again. Some have speculated that on March 16th, we will see the new map and other rumors point to April, when season 3 begins, but I think April is a little far out. It would make sense if later today we see an update with a new map, but can all be pretty confident a new map is going to drop. Speaking of Call of Duty and Warzone, that reminds me, there is a new anti cheat system for the PS5. The company Denuvo, is hailed as one of the best anti-cheat and anti-tamper tech companies in the world. The company has partnered up with Sony and to bring new tools to developers creating games on the PS5. I think it’s great that Sony is finding ways to keep things as fair as possible, but there is one problem I see here and it has nothing to do with Sony. These new anti-cheat systems won’t cross-over to other platforms. I have seen my share of hackers/modders running on consoles, so yes, I am happy that security is beefing up, but man, those PC players in crossplay that do cheat, they do it with ease. Activision really needs to look at their anti-cheat systems and do more for the community. I know it’s complicated, but we’re talking about a billion dollar company here. They have the ways and means. Naughty Dog is hiring! Yes, Naughty Dog is looking for an economy designer for a live service multiplayer game. Some believe this is a game that will take place in The Last Of US universe and some think it will be catered to the Uncharted universe. If I was to pick one, I would lean toward The Last Of US, so I can see them building a sweet open world survival game that … Read More