PS1 And PS2 Games Will Be Playable On PlayStation 4 Very Soon

Backward compatibility is a big deal in the gaming world, and when Sony announced its PS4 console, much of the talk was about the lack of any ability to play those back catalogues of games that everyone had spent the last few years accumulating. Sony has since sought to rectify that by announcing PlayStation Now, the game streaming service that will see PS3 games streamed over the Internet, but there is no local support being added to consoles.

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While this is all well and good for PS3 titles, what about those classic PS2 and PlayStation games that enthusiasts love so much? If the original Tomb Raider is your bag, then being able to play Lara’s first outing on your PS4 is something you’d enjoy, and it seems Sony is getting ready to accommodate just that.

A source inside Sony’s streaming service team has said that while PS3 games will only be streamable via PlayStation Now, older PlayStation and PS2 games will actually be able to run locally using hardware emulation, something Sony hasn’t done since the early PS3 days. Software emulation via PSN has since been the order of the day for Sony’s PlayStation brand, but the idea of hardware support returning to the brand will please hardcore gamers.

Part of that hardware emulation is Sony’s aim to try and get enhanced HD visuals into the mix. Many of the past generations’ biggest hits have had HD remixes over the years, and improved HD support across the board for PlayStation and PS2 titles would most definitely be a welcome addition.

While hardware support is great news though, we can’t help but be much more interested in PlayStation Now. From a purely technical standpoint, streaming HD games over the Internet without having the video and input lag that plagued startups like Onlive is no mean feat, though with Sony’s clout and tactical business purchases of late, we wouldn’t put it past them. Early indications have been roundly positive, so we may not need hardware support after all!

But it would’ve been great that such things were cleared up at the announcement of the PS4 itself. After all, adding bits and pieces after the launch somewhat lays most of the excitement to rest.

Source:  http://www.redmondpie.com/ps1-and-ps2-games-will-be-playable-on-playstation-4-very-soon/

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Mercenary Kings Available On Steam’s Early Access On July 22nd

Mercenary Kings is a 2D side-scrolling retro co-op shooting game similar to franchises such as Metal Slug. Those who have faith in the game and want to play it before launches, may do so on July 22nd via Steam’s Early Access for $20.
Mercenary Kings is also one of the first three upcoming indie games along with Secret Ponchos and Don’t Starve for the PlayStation 4. Don’t Starve is already out on PC and is available for $15. Meanwhile, Mercenary Kings will be available on Steam’s Early Access on July 22nd for $20 as pre-launch game, the actual launch date is still unknown.

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Expect new PS4 game reveals at gamescom in August

The PS4 has clearly won the popularity vote over the past few weeks due to Microsoft’s insistence the Xbox One require an Internet connection. But with that decision now reversed, the consoles are more evenly matched (with the exception of price). Inevitably, which console gamers choose to buy will come down to the games on offer, and Sony apparently still has a lot to unveil.

Most of the PS4 game reveals so far came at the initial February unveiling of the new console. E3 was mainly about the hardware, a few new titles, and updated looks at the games we already knew about. According to SCE Europe CEO Jim Ryan, that wasn’t because there aren’t anymore games to show, Sony has just decided to hold back revealing them until later in the year.

In other words, we can expect to see new games announced at the remaining major game conferences in the run up to the PS4 launch. The two big ones being gamescom in August and the Tokyo Games Show in September.

Ryan has also pointed out that SCE Worldwide Studios has 30 titles for the PS4 in development. 20 of those will release in the first year the new console is on sale, and 12 of those 30 games are brand new IP. With that in mind, we can expect to see a selection of PS4 games making an appearance at gamescom for the first time and then yet more making their debut at TGS. On top of that, we should expect third-party publishers and developers to show more of their PS4 games and possibly reveal some new titles, too.

We also can’t forget Microsoft and Nintendo. Microsoft will surely have held something back to help push the Xbox One in the coming months, and even if Nintendo doesn’t have anything else new to reveal, they will be pushing the already-announced first-party Wii U releases they do have pretty hard.

Source: www.geek.com/games/expect-new-ps4-game-reveals-at-gamescom-in-august-1559887/

Microsoft will cut Xbox One price, but only if it falls behind the PS4 in sales

Microsoft is prepared to lower the price of the Xbox One, but only if it falls behind in the race with the PS4.

That’s the opinion of Wedbush analyst Michael Patcher.

However, he doubts that it will be necessary, especially since the u-turn on its DRM policies for the Xbox One.

Speaking to investors, he said that he believes Microsoft could still emerge out on top of the next generation, despite the false start.


“Microsoft intends to offer a more robust hardware bundle than Sony will offer, and Microsoft is convinced that consumers will ultimately appreciate the value proposition presented by Kinect,” Pachter told investors.

“Microsoft has not done a particularly good job of communicating the value proposition to consumers, but today’s announcement will remove an impediment to the company’s ability to get its message across.

“We are confident that with six months of focused messaging, Microsoft can fully level the playing field with Sony, and we expect the Xbox One to sell as many units as the PS4.

However, should he be wrong and Microsoft fails to sell as well, if not better than the PS4, he fully expects the company will lower the price of the Xbox One.

“If we are wrong, we think that Microsoft is prepared to lower price next year.”

Source: http://www.t3.com/news/microsoft-will-cut-xbox-one-price-but-only-if-it-falls-behind-the-ps4-in-sales

Sony lets you download multiplayer mode first for PS4 games

One of the useful new features coming along with the PS4 is the ability to play downloaded games before they’ve actually finished downloading. That’s handy, especially if you are on a slower connection and a game is 10GB or more. But it turns out Sony is offering an extra layer of choice when it comes to choosing what part of a game to download.

Sony has just released a new PS4 interface demonstration video. At one point in the video the gamer we are watching gets a voice chat message from his friend asking him to help out in a game of Killzone. So a Killzone purchase and download is initiated. That’s when a new option appears allowing you to download either the multiplayer or single-player mode of the game first.

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One of the useful new features coming along with the PS4 is the ability to play downloaded games before they’ve actually finished downloading. That’s handy, especially if you are on a slower connection and a game is 10GB or more. But it turns out Sony is offering an extra layer of choice when it comes to choosing what part of a game to download.
Sony has just released a new PS4 interface demonstration video. At one point in the video the gamer we are watching gets a voice chat message from his friend asking him to help out in a game of Killzone. So a Killzone purchase and download is initiated. That’s when a new option appears allowing you to download either the multiplayer or single-player mode of the game first.

That’s a clever feature to add, and should allow gamers to jump into an in-progress multiplayer game that much quicker. At the same time, it should free up your line more quickly because you aren’t downloading the single-player data in the background while you play online. That can be downloaded later on.
The video also demonstrates that the PS4 interface is a departure from the XMB menu we currently use on PS3. There’s also a big emphasis put on the sharing capabilities of the console, although I’m hoping on the evidence of the video it stays out of your way if you want to focus on your own game completely.

Source: www.geek.com/games/sony-lets-you-download-multiplayer-mode-first-for-ps4-games-1559480/

Xbox 180: Microsoft Fully Reverses Xbox One’s DRM Policies

Xbox One will not require regular online check-ins or place restrictions on game-lending “as a result of feedback from the Xbox community,” Microsoft announced today.

The announcement is a complete reversal of the company’s previously announced DRM policy for games on the Xbox One.

“After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One,” Xbox executive Don Mattrick wrote in a blog post, “you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.” Mattrick added that Xbox One would be region-free; any Xbox One disc would function in any Xbox One console.

Additionally, Mattrick wrote, players will be able to “trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today. There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.”

This will come at a small cost — despite previous announcements, Xbox One will require that discs remain in the tray in order to play games, and players will be unable to share downloaded games. In other words, it’ll work exactly like the Xbox 360 — for better and for worse.

Before today’s announcement, things were looking bad for Microsoft. Scores of memes mocking the Xbox One were made. Public consumer polls put the PlayStation 4 ahead of the Xbox One by a wide margin. The Navy Times called the Xbox “a sin against all service members,” arguing that the console’s restrictive online policies were “a ‘showstopper’ for any service members who rely on their Xbox for off-duty diversions downrange, in the field, or at sea.”

The company had also planned a complicated license-transfer scheme that would allow Xbox One users to trade in games at approved retailers, but which would prevent them from simply allowing a friend to borrow the disc, also putting the kibosh on game rentals.

Capitalizing on online anger about Microsoft’s policies, Sony took E3 by storm with their announcement that the PlayStation 4 would use no similar DRM scheme. Sony even went so far as to publicly mock Microsoft’s complicated policies via its YouTube channel.

PS4 Boss: Big Game Companies Are More Conservative

PS4 boss Shuhei Yoshida says the PlayStation‘s renewed focus on independent developers is a reaction to the industry’s widespread conservatism

Shuhei Yoshida, PS4 games boss and star of Sony‘s Xbox-teasing ‘sharing’ YouTube viral, says the PlayStation’s renewed focus on independent developers is a reaction to the industry’s widespread conservatism.

“We see big companies being more conservative, not providing fresh and exciting enough content any more,” Yoshida-san, president of Sony’s Worldwide Studios, told T3,
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“It’s the small guys coming up with amazing stuff and pushing the industry forward. Last year was really the year of the indies, with Journey and The Walking Dead sweeping the awards. We wanted to make the PS4 platform easier for them to self-publish.”

Xbox One will not support self-publishing at launch and requires all developers to partner with a publisher to get a game to market. This has provoked anger among many self-financing game creators, with Oddworld Inhabitants boss Lorne Lanning declaring them “out of touch with their audience” to Eurogamer.

“It’s important to us that independent developers get monetised and recognised,” Yoshida-san continued to T3. “Many of them are not students but veterans who used to work in large studios and want to make something for themselves. It’s a big focus for us.”

The man in charge of game development at PlayStation has become something of an internet star, not just with the cheeky pot shot at Microsoft’s new DRM plans – released as soon as the PS4’s £349 price was announced – but also on Twitter.

Yoshida-san (@yosp) regularly engages with gamers and took to the social network after the PS4 keynote to further explain his firm’s policies and tech specifications. Yet the internet’s ire has not ignored even the much-liked president entirely.

“Oh yes, that’s happened a couple of times, too,” he told T3. “Sometimes people are really harsh. Many use Twitter with anonymous names, creating accounts to attack people. If you look like an enemy to those people, they attack, so it’s best not to engage. I learnt some lessons there.”

Source: http://www.t3.com/news/ps4-boss-big-game-companies-are-more-conservative