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PS Vita games you need to play cheap on Amazon

Amazon have some great deals on at the moment. We have provided direct links to the games. Need For Speed, Assassins Creed, Call of Duty, Virtua Tennis, Fifa 13 and Rayman are all must haves. You can pre-order Soul Sacrifice for a steal at £30 as well as some other bargains.


Gamestop Confirms 2013 Worldwide Launch for PS4

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Michael Hogan, executive vice president of strategy business and brand development at GameStop has said that:

"We know that Sony will introduce the PlayStation 4 globally in 2013, but we are still waiting to see what Microsoft's final plans are. We have scenarios with one console introduction, as well as with two. Even a single launch in 2013 will drive double-digit console growth in 2014; and two launches would likely drive the console category north of 20% growth "

during a quarterly conference call with financial analysts this week.


Reports have already suggested that PS4 production will begin in August and 16 million units will be shipped in 2013.

You can listen to the call here (The quote comes from 36:57.0001 )


We can't wait.

Weekly Roundup Match 25th - 31st

Kojima Clears Up some Metal Gear Confusion

In a long interview on Game Trailers Kojima has cleared up some confusion around the latest Metal Gear Solid game.




Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
He says that Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain will be released separately. "We can't comment just yet on how these things will be distributed and sold," he said. Ground Zeroes, the prologue, will come first, Kojima said, and will introduce players to the gameplay "on a smaller scale."

He also confirmed that David Hayter was not asked to reprise his role as Snake / Big Boss due to the desire to set this game apart from the others.

New PS4 Details Revealed

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Sony have revealed new PS4 details at a GDC panel.


1) The 64-bit x86 CPU provides low power consumption and heat.

The 8 cores each have a single hardware thread and separate 32kb L1 instruction and data caches with a shared 2mb L2 cache.

Multithreading support is made easier with hardware support for atomic operations.

The CPU will have an extended DirectX 11.1+ feature set that includes extra debugging support not available on the PC and will allow developers more direct access to the shader pipeline than on the PS3.


2) The Blu-Ray drive will be up to 3x faster than the one in the PS3


3) Every console will come with a "very large" hard drive


4) Every console will come with a headset


5) The PS4 will record everything by default, requiring no extra work by developers

New PS4 Controller Details Revealed

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Sony has reveled some new details about the PS4s controller at GDC this week.





The D Pad and and face buttons are now digitial unlike on the PS3 controller where they were analogue allowing the pressure applied to each button to be detected, but Sony claims that developers never used this feature so they are removing it.

The touchpad resolution is 1920 x 900 and the trigger buttons are more curved.


The PS4 will also provide power to its USB ports when in sleep mode allowing controllers to be charged.







PSN Spring Sale and Easter Daily Sale

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Sony have announced the Spring sale starts today as well as a daily Easter sale much like there 12 days of Christmas campaign.

Check the store daily for the daily Easter sale, and this link for Spring sale details.


Bioshock Infinite PS3, 360 and PC Graphics Companion

Tell us what you think in the comments


Latest Fox Engine Blurs Line Between Reality and Fantasy

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The following photo was shown off at GDC by Konami today and shows just how close to reality video games can now get



You could remove those identifiers and easily mistake the Fox Engine for reality

Metal Gear Solid 5 Revealed with Trailer

Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain has been announced at GDC 13

Hideo Kojima announced the game during the session and showed off a trailer before demoing the first level running on a PC.

The trailer confirms it is coming to PS3 and Xbox 360







New GTA V Screens

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Battlefield 4 Screenshots

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17 Minutes of Battlefield 4 Gameplay

Battlefield 4 Trailer

New Watchdogs Trailer

Here's the latest Watchdog trailer from Ubisoft




So an Autumn release date for the game has now been confirmed !

Released this Week - March 25th - 31st

For reasons were not quite sure of, there are a mix of release dates this week:


Tuesday

BioShock Infinite





Thursday

Army of Two: Devils Cartel



Tiger Woods 14




Friday

Ghost Recon Anthology

Sly Cooper Thieves in Time (Vita and PS3)

First Rain Gameplay Trailer

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The long video shows the first gameplay footage from Rain.


Worms Coming to PS Vita

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In a long blog post looking at how Team17 have stayed relevant since PS1 days they reveled that a PS Vita version of Worms is in the pipeline for 2013


Sony Steps Up Its Support for Independent Developers

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Sony has seriously commited to helping independent game developers.

At GDC this week they

" .. collaborated with the PlayStation Network team to host a PlayStation Indie Arcade event, where we gave hands-on demos for more than 25 indie games that are coming to all PlayStation platforms. Our goal is to continue to work with the independent developer community to provide fantastic games you can’t find anywhere else. "

Among these games are Primal Carnage powered by the unreal engine it is a single player adventure in a time where dinosaurs still roam the earth, mixing linear and open world gameplay.




Spelunky which the creators describe as:

"a platformer with randomly-generated levels, making each playthrough a unique experience. The game is hard, but it’s rarely unfair, and when you die it’s usually in a hilarious way that involves some kind of ridiculous chain reaction."

and Blacklight retribution was also confirmed for PS4.

The full list of games can be seen here

Assassins Creed 4 Gameplay Trailer

Looking Good

Battlefield 4 Release Date Leaked

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Promotional material leaked online suggests a fall 2013 release for Battlefield 4 and those who pre order get a pair of dogtags

Hopefully we'll find out tomorrow if this is the real release window

Sly Cooper Theives in Time, Cross Buy Compatible

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Amazons listing for Sly Cooper Thieves in time has confirmed that the game is cross buy compatible, meaning that if you buy the PS3 version you get the Vita one for free and vice versa.

A great move by Sony we think.

Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Trailer

Another Diablo 3 PS3 Video

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Borderlands 2 DLC Incoming

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The DLC details:

A sixth playable character, the Psycho called 'Krieg' will be available in May

If you want to level up to level 61 then you can buy the DLC released on April 2nd, which will also add a new weapons tier called Pearlescent, the rarest in the game.

Also released that day will be a free piece of DLC that adds Ultimate Vault Hunter mode, playable by any one who has beaten True Vault Hunter mode and reached level 50.

Weekly Roundup March 18 - 24

Battlefield 4 to be Set in Shanghai

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A new image on Battlefield 4's teaser site has confirmed a Shanghai setting for the upcoming game.

See the image below:


Diablo 3 Gameplay Video

Gameplay video of Diablo 3 running on a PS3 has emerged, see it below:

Infamous Second Son is Coming to PS4

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According to a CV found by Siliconera Infamous Second Son is coming to the PS4.

The CV lists work the developer has done on Infamous: Second Son and lists it as a PS4 game.


CoolShop prices....are cool!

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If you've not heard of CoolShop before you should give them a try. Looking at some Vita and PS3 games prices are very competitive. Take a look here.

Battlefield 4 Sea Combat Trailer

EA are continuing with their teasing of Battlefield 4, this time with this sea combat trailer.

BF4 is set to be revealed March 26th and released at the end of 2013




PS+ April Europe Update

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The April goodies for PS+ users in Europe have been revealed:


3rd April: Okami HD (PS3)




3rd April: Lord of the Rings: War in the North (PS3)




3rd April: The Cave (PS3)




10th April: Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward (Vita)



24th April: Thomas Was Alone (PS3 and Vita Cross-Buy)





War in the North is a Fantastic game and it's great to see some more free Vita games

Heavy Rain Developer Working on PS4 Game

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The developers of the incredibly successful and original PS3 game Heavy Rain have confirmed that they are working on a PS4 game to try and reinvent themselves.

In January the studio purchased SingularityPS4.com, in a similar fashion to the purchase of HeavyRainPS3.com and BeyondPS3.com so it's highly likely the game will be called Singularity.

100+ Vita Games Coming in 2013

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PlayStation’s Director of Product Planning and Platform Software Innovation Don Mesa has revealed that more than 100 titles will come to PlayStation Vita in 2013 albeit placing a heavy emphasis on the indie games that are coming, but he did promise bigger titles also.
He also added that Sony has some games in the works that he can't talk about due to the threat of copycats.
This should help stop the jokes about there being no games for the Vita.

He also revealed that a third of all Vita games are sold digitally and the average Vita owner uses it for 18.7 hours a week.


Released This Week

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Released today for PS3:

Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory



The Walking Dead Survival Instinct




Vita:

Dead or Alive 5: Plus





Release details confirmed for indie favourite Thomas Was Alone

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London, 22 March 2013 – Indie developer Mike Bithell and Curve Studios today confirmed the details of the release of “Thomas Was Alone” on PlayStation®3 (PS3™) and PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita).

The game will launch in the UK on the PS Store 24 on April 2013, priced at £5.99 with a 20-level DLC expansion pack also available for £1.99.

Thomas Was Alone is a study in simplicity. A 2D platform-puzzle game that quickly engages and engrosses the player with its charming storyline and art style.

Created by Mike Bithell, with a BAFTA-award winning voice over performance by Danny Wallace and with a rousing score by David Housden, Thomas Was Alone launched for PC and Mac in the summer of 2012 to critical acclaim and has built a strong following for the brand and developer Bithell amongst the indie gamer and development community. In addition to Danny Wallace’s BAFTA award, Thomas Was Alone also received BAFTA nominations for Best Story and Best Music. 

Following strong sales on Steam, Independent pub…

Could this be the PS4 ?

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Sony have posted this picture on their Facebook group saying "Get Ready to Be Enlightened on Monday"

Could this be the PS4 ?

New PS Vita and PS3 game on the way from Sega

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An image has been posted teasing a new game on the way from Sega. The date is set for March 28th. I wonder what it is?

New Dead Island Riptide Trailer

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A new trailer for Dead Island Riptide was released today, check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments:




The game is released on April 16th

Battlefield 4 Teaser Site

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EA and Dice have revealed a teaser site for the upcoming Battlefield 4

There encouraging people to signup by saying:

"The more fans who login, the more we'll reveal"

Which should net them a nice collection of email address to use for marketing.


The nifty website allows you to rub the water away and reveal tanks in the background, or if you login the water is removed for you.

Signing up / logging in also nets you a dog tag for use in BF3

[Updated] PS3 Firmware 4.40 Released

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Update:

The Japanese PS Blog lists the following changes in version 4.40

Improved System Stability

Adds Sony RC-S380 NFC Reader Compatability


The PS3 firmware has been updated to version 4.40 and it is mandatory to update if you want to play online.

Sony haven't released any details of the update but the previous firmware update had broken Play TV, so hopefully this update will at least address that.

New Sly Cooper Thieves in Time Trailer

A new Sly Cooper trailer has appeared online.




The game hits shelves on March 27th and if you can't wait that long there's a demo in the store right now

Final Fantasy XV Is Coming to the PS4 and will be exclusive

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VGLeaks is reporting that Final Fantasy XV will be coming exclusively to the PS4 and Sony is co developing the game with Square Enix.

Final Fantasty XIII was announced in 2006 but little news of it has emerged since and it had been rumored that the game had been cancelled but now it appears that they have just moved it onto the PS4


Playstation 4 launching October 2013?

When chatting about Assassins Creed 4 Black Flag Jean Guesdon of Ubisoft fame has said that ALL versions of the game will launch in October.

Has he let slip PS4's launch plans?

Assassin’s Creed III: The Betrayal DLC Trailer

Ahead of its release tomorrow a trailer for Assassin’s Creeds III: The Betrayal DLC has been posted online.

The DLC will set you back £7.99 or it's free for season pass holders

New PS4 Video shows off lighting

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Games tools provider Geomerics has updated its illumination and lighting tech to support PS4.




They have very high praise for what Sony have done with PS4 and had this to say:

"We are delighted to be working on PlayStation 4. The hardware is everything we were hoping for in a next generation console, and a huge step forward from the current generation," said Geomerics founder Chris Doran.

He then added:

"Real-time global illumination was a big deal for games running on the current generation of hardware, but it required developers to make some compromises. With PlayStation 4, those days are behind us,"


God of War: Ascension’s Trial of Archimedes to be Made Easier

I haven't played the latest God of War yet but based on all these tweets, the Trial of Archimedes is really hard.




Sony Santa Monica have confirmed that the level will be made easier on normal difficulty
The Trials of Archimedes will still be HARD on HARD, we are tweaking primarily for Normal, so to all, you can still have it the HARD WAY
— Sony Santa Monica (@SonySantaMonica) March 18, 2013

But the question we want to ask is should it ?

As someone who has the Platinum on Operation Flashpoint I know a thing or two about hard games.

Let us know in the comments.

PS Plus US Update Coming Tomorrow

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Tomorrow American Plus subscribers can look forward to getting:

The Cave



and Tekken 6




for free in the regular store update.

You'll also have a chance to pick up Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken for Vita and PS3 for 40% less.



Hot Shots golf also has a 25% discount


Harry Potter comes 'Home' to Playstation 3

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Pottermore, the interactive online companion to the Harry Potter books, will be available in PlayStation Home in April, Pottermore and publisher Sony Computer Entertainment announced today.

PlayStation Home users will get the chance to explore the town of Diagon Alley and the Hogwarts Express, and partake in four mini games based on Moments, or interactive scenes, from Pottermore: Book Herding, answering a quiz, collecting Pottermore Trading Cards and fighting in a Wizard's Duel. Pottermore users who have made it past the seventh chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone will be able to access additional content by linking their account with their PlayStation Network ID Sony have said.

Pottermore, which was created by Sony and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, serves as a web-based expanded universe for the Harry Potter franchise. It includes exclusive content such as extended back story for the series, and was launched in April 2012.

Take a look at the Video and let u…

Battlefield 4 Trailer Sneak Peak

Thousands of Battlefield fans through out the world are collectively wishing that Vine videos were longer than 6 seconds as EA releases a sneak peak of the upcoming Battlefield 4 trailer straight from the editing room floor.

Straight from the video editing suite: Prepare 4 Battle - 03.27! This sneak peek now, more soon. (Please RT!... vine.co/v/bpeapQiWB3l
— Battlefield (@Battlefield) March 18, 2013

It appears that the full trailer will be coming on March 27th

100% off The Walking Dead Episode 1 on Wednesday 20th March

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The Official PS Blog have just confirmed that European gamers can get the first episode of the Walking Dead completely free when the store updates on Wednesday.

Don't hesitate though as it will go back to its normal price on April 3rd!

Plus Members also have some nice discounts if they want to buy the other episodes with 25% off the season pass and 50% off individual episodes.

BioShock Infinite TV ad Hits the Internet

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First Official Battlefield 4 Promotional Image

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The first official Battlefield 4 promotional image has appeared online thanks to All Games Beta

EA are holding an event on March 26th where they promise to reveal the future of Battlefield which is expected at the end of 2012.

Are you excited about BF4 ? Tell us in the comments

Massive PlayStation All Stars Patch Inbound

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Seth Killian from Sony Santa Monica has provided details of the incoming patch for PlayStation All Stars it includes bug fixes as well as balance improvements.

Extensive details here

Sony Handing Out Free PSN Credit

According to reports Sony appears to be handing out $10 of PSN credit for free to US customers.

They won't reveal how the recipients are chosen but this is the second time this year they've done this.

Have you been one of the lucky ones ?

Post in the comments

Are You in the Top 1% of PlayStation Users ?

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Some avid PlayStation fans are reporting that they have been contacted by Sony to be part of the PlayStation MVP program.

Sony describes MVPs as "the most highly engaged members of the PlayStation community, with an impressive trophy and game collection that represent the top 1% of the PlayStation Community."

It looks like you also need to be active online creating game walk throughs and posting on the Official Forums.

Did you get an email? Post in the comments.

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The Last Of Us Game Exclusive Package

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Game have secured an exclusive Last Of Us package that you can see here.
The package is only £54.99 and includes the following:

The Last of Us: GAME Exclusive Ellie Edition


Canvas Wrap PackagingMin Artbook"American Dreams" Mini Comic from Dark Horse ComicsScreen Print Effect PosterEllie Skin for your Dualshock Wireless Controller

Exclusive Digital Content
In-Game Survival Pack
Special customisable items for your multiplayer character.Start with a pool of in-game currency to buy boosters, customisable parts and other items to bolster your multiplayer characters.Bonus experience points to give you a head start on your rivals.A powerful melee attack booster to pack a heavier punch in hand-to-hand combat.Two bonus skins for Joel and Ellie – available once you’ve completed the single player game.
Sights & Sounds Pack
A PS3 dynamic theme showing Joel and Ellie on their journeyDigital download of the game's soundtrack, featuring music from Academy Award winning composer …

Sniper Elite 3 Zooms in on PS3 and PS4

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Sniper Elite 3 will hit PS3 and “Next-Gen” in 2014.
505 Games has announced that Rebellion will be taking on the task of developing again with a more open world focus this time.

Ian Howe, President of 505 Games, talked a little bit about Sniper Elite 3:
Sniper Elite V2 has been a great success for us and we are thrilled to partner with Rebellion on Sniper Elite 3. Fans can look forward to the same heart-pounding action they have come to expect from a Sniper Elite game as well as refined and new features that will blow them away.
Jason Kingsley, CEO of Rebellion, had this to say about Sniper Elite 3:
We’re very excited to be working with 505 Games again on a sequel that will build on the highly successful Sniper Elite V2. We’ve got some great ideas to improve on what we did before and feedback from fans has been invaluable. Sniper Elite V2 was just the beginning of what we want to do with the franchise, there are things we didn’t have time to do before that we can really look at featur…