How We Soar Glides to the store next week. Updated.

Update:Out now in the store.

The beautiful looking How We Soar launches next week for Playstation VR.

The game launches in the US on the 29th and a day later in the EU. How We Soar sees you controlling a huge Phoenix gliding through a stunning looking world.

Be sure to read our review next week.


PlayStation 4 PRO PSVR Boost

I have been reading a few websites and what they think of PS4 PRO and how it boosts PlayStation VR. (or doesn't)
I strongly feel that some sites, no matter what, are intent on hating the PRO.
I got the PRO on launch to go with my Sony 4K TV. Now as you may know, the Sony TV does a great job of up scaling the image to 4K with the built in K1 chip. So games looked great before. PRO boosts them with my TV to really nice prity graphics and text now really pops on games like Fallout 4. I'm not sure if Fallout has had 4K patches yet but on my TV it looks incredible.

Back to VR. Games simply look much, much better. Take VR worlds. I've read people say they see a slight difference. Rubbish. I've not played that game for two weeks and as soon as it loaded the difference was huge. The stone floor in the game lobby area is now crisp and the Dual Shock 4 is crisp with no jaggies.
I tried the shark cage as this was the first game I tried when I first got the VR. EVERYTHING is so much clearer, cleaner and the lighting pops as does textures. What I found strange was the fact that everything seems bigger, the cage, the shark everything seem bigger. What's more the text on the yellow hand operated dial hanging in the cage is now clearly readable. Before the text was all blurred.

                                        This is more like the image now with PlayStation PRO

I tried all the games, they all pop in the same way. Batman is another one. Everything looks so much sharper. I'm not talking just a little or hard to tell like some others make out. As soon as these games boot you'll instantly be able to notice the difference. Interestingly, Scavengers Odyssey made me want to vomit. Last night on Pro I was fine?? Really not sure why. Does Pro boost the frame rate? That game too looked much better.

Batman is now cleaner looking on PRO

PlayStation Pro for me is a no brainer. I've sold my old PS4 (launch model) for £150 so a £199.00 investment for a 4K PS4 that does everything I want with double the hard drive space.
Pro is essential to any 4K TV owner or anyone with PSVR.

Fallout 4 PlayStation 4 Mods patch is live!


Just been prompted to download the mods patch for PS4.  Mods on PS4 were in doubt but a deal is done and you can now mod away.

Patch 1.8 also has quite a few bug fixes etc.

PlayStation 4 Pro Boosts PS4 sales. UK


According to sales data the PS4 Pro has boosted not only visuals up to 4K but has also boosted PS4 sales by 204%.

Ironic as Pro boosts power by, yes X2. MVC have seen sales data that shows sales tripling from Thursday.

We have the Pro and think the upgrade is well worth it even owning the old launch PS4. I've noticed every game looks better on my 4K Bravia. 

Obduction announced for PlayStation VR


Myst and Riven developer Cyan have announced some exciting news about there stunning looking first person adventure game.
The developer has been working on the project for 3 years and they are excited about getting out to millions of PS4 owners.

Obduction is due in 2017 for Playstation 4.

“We’re going all-in on VR,” said Rand Miller, CEO of Cyan, in an interview with GamesBeat. “And the PlayStation breaks open our availability as a much broader platform for us. I [was] amazed at how good this looks on a console.”


“Cyan has a history of creating meticulously crafted immersive worlds. VR feels like the ultimate medium for magically transporting players to new places,” said Miller. “We’re opening up the Obduction virtual reality experience to more platforms and going all in for the VR future. We have some optimisation to do for the PS4, but it is surprisingly capable as a platform.”

Looking forward to more news soon.



Call Of Duty Jackal Assault VR Review: Updated


Update: In-game VR footage.


It come as a bit of a shock this week for Call Of Duty Jackal Assault to appear in the store for, get this......FREE.

Ok it's short but this was announced as part of Infinite Warfare, but to download for free without even owning the full game from the store is massive kudos to Activision.

In Jackal Assault you take charge of a state of the art fighter jet. As you sit in the cockpit you can look around the hanger and view your arms and hands moving back and forth as you move the thumb sticks on the dual shock 4.


After shooting out of the hanger you are treated to a short tutorial to get to grips with the controls. You use the thumb sticks as you would any FPS or flight game but the VR twist comes in the form of seeking out targets buy just looking for them and locking on then firing homing missiles with L2. Firing your main guns is with R2. You can invert your looking preference by simply pressing square.

Graphics are very good and sound is brilliant. In normal VR fair I found myself ducking as huge explosions filled my field of view. It's short but striking and excites me for Ace Combat VR.

I think it's very important to point out that I had very little motion sickness. This could be that I'm now getting used to VR games. I hope so.


I really hope Activision see fit to turn this into a full game. Until then you can download this for free without owning the full game. What are you waiting for?

7/10

How We Soar For Playstation VR


How we soar is a beautiful looking flight game that sees you riding on the back of a Phoenix.
 The game has a very authentic look to it. It instantly put me in mind of Tearaway combined with Flower. If the developer can pull off the same kind of fun found in those game in a VR world we could be in for a traet.

Some of the development team are of Crytek and the brilliant makers of Timesplitters games, Free Radical no less.

HWS is a Playstation VR game and to give you an idea of how it plays take a look at the below video. More news as soon as we get it.

How We Soar will launch this year for Playstation VR.


PlayStation 4 PRO launch games


A huge list of PS PRO games has shown up (Thanks Eurogamer) the interesting thing is that many big VR games ore on the list. Sony is being very tight lipped on just how much PRO will boost VR games. Not long now to find out.


Battlefield 1
Battlezone
Bound
Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Driveclub VR
FIFA 17
Firewatch
Helldivers
Hitman
Hustle Kings
inFAMOUS First Light
inFAMOUS Second Son
Knack
Mafia 3
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
NBA 2K17
Paragon
PlayStation VR Worlds
Ratchet & Clank
Rez Infinite
RIGS Mechanized Combat League
Rise Of The Tomb Raider
Robinson: The Journey
Smite
Super Stardust Ultra
The Elders Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
The Elders Scrolls Online: Skyrim Special Edition
The Last Of Us Remastered
The Last Of Us: Left Behind
The Playroom VR
Titanfall 2
Tumble
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
Viking Squad
World Of Tanks
XCOM 2

PlayStation VR Worlds Review


Many gamers have made a royal fuss over this game arguing that it should have been included with the VR headset as demo tech. In one way I agree but hey, these things cost money to develop so I'm more than happy with the £22.00 entry fee I paid for the game. It costs that to go to see a movie with the wife without eating.....go figure.

I feel I've more than had my monies worth with my play time and more than that, I've had the wife on it, my son, friends and my Mum and Dad are coming for tea this week for some fun. PlayStation VR Worlds hits the nail on the head where it needs to. Something for everyone.


My first experience of PSVR was Ocean Decent. It's the voyage into the deep that is simply a Shark cage ride into the depths viewing all sorts of marine life with a heart racing attack at the end to spice things up. The demo gives you your first real spacial awareness feel of how far you can move before face-planting yourself on your front room wall. I tried to kick out at the shark nearly falling over, my son sniggering behind me. The only disappointing thing for me is that early showings of shooting a flare gun has been removed. Shame


Next up was The London Heist. What a ride this is. If you've seen Lock Stock you'll feel right at home with over the top cockney brooster's getting right in your face. After a shoot out and van getaway involving shooting everything on wheels you'll be left wondering where you are when you take the VR off. Welcome to VR. Reloading and seeing your guns on screen is quite unnerving. It's not as good as Until Dawn ROB but it's close. There are quite a few shooting galleries to mess about in  and all are great fun.

Danger Ball is for all you footy nuts out there with a twist. You move your head as a tracking reticule moves in the direction you look. It's simple. Bounce a ball back at an AI goalie or score targets etc as the ball moves faster. it's really good fun and a break from the other more demanding experiences.


VR Luge is a fast moving game that sees you lying down hurtling down hill towards objects including lorries, cars etc. I must say that this was not for me.


And lst but not least. The vomit commit that is Scavengers Odyssey. Whoa this made me ill. What they were thinking about jumping from rock to rock is any ones guess. Myself and my son both felt strange after playing this. In fact even driving the next day didn't feel right. I'd love to meet the tester of this game as he must have a head made of stone. Not for me.

So that left me three experiences to mess about on but I still feel I've had my monies worth. I've seen so many people dive down to face the shark over the past two weeks and 1000's of bullets fired in London. PSVR is fun for all and PlayStation Worlds is a must have for all VR owners to show off to friends and family.

7/10



Robinson The Journey PSVR Launch Trailer

The wait is nearly over for what is looking likely to be the jewel in PlayStation VRs crown. You play a young boy stranded on a dinosaur infested planet. To say the game looks lush is an understatement. PS Pro support is also on the cards. We'll have Pro in the next 10 days so we'll be bringing you a full review of the game soon.






Until Dawn Rush Of Blood Review


PlayStation VR is here. With it comes probably one of the biggest, if not the biggest line up of games any launch has seen. So how do you choose what games to get, what will make you feel ill? if any.
I went for VR Worlds and Rush of Blood, an Until Dawn spin off. Now I remember seeing a big Internet games site saying they'd played Until Dawn on PSVR but it wasn't the game you were hoping for. This statement was so far off the mark, in fact Rush of Blood is not only brilliant, it's my first AAA VR game and the game that in fact made me happy about my £349.00 investment. And you know what? It cost £12.00.

I know what your thinking, a £12.00 game justifying a £349.00 purchase? you're mad.
Maybe I am or maybe the developer just nailed that feeling I wanted, that, 'I'm in the game feeling.'



When you boot up the game you're greeted to a slow move down a track up to the title screen. This was the first time I yelled out in VR. My wife sitting behind me startled at my shouts of anguish, ticking me off for my bad language. As you draw up you're greeted by a familiar face. You set-up to use a DS4 or two move controllers. If you don't own Move controllers........Stop. Turn off the game and buy some...........return. Rush of Blood needs to be played with Move controllers. Simple.
Set-up your two motion controllers and stair. This is the first strange sensation you'll have in VR. As you turn your hands your hands on-screen will turn in perfect simulation but instead of controllers you hold guns. Your brain feels controllers but your eyes see guns and this is it folks............virtual reality. It's a surreal feeling and one that will at first confuse. You have that in the game feeling and one that I will remember and talk about for years.


After you get used to being in the game the familiar face of Until Dawn has a chat with you and before you know it you've started on the ride of your life. Up, down and hurtling round tight corners blasting everything in sight, it's just brilliant. You have so much to do and different paths to take on each level. I can't say too much about the game itself as it would spoil some of the things you come across. Fans of Until Dawn will love it but everyone else will enjoy it for what it is. A thrill ride. The ultimate ghost train ride.


Rush of Blood is a must buy for PSVR. A showcase in fright mixed with high octane shooting thrills and the game that will amaze you if only to see your arms on screen doing things only possible in a game, a virtual reality game.

9/10

PlayStation VR Review. Reality Check!


I remember sitting in a black box in an arcade with a scope in front of my face while roaming about on a map in a tank made up of neon sticks blowing up other neon stick tanks. This game was Battlezone, the arcade was at Llandudno pier, I was 11 or so. Yes that's (cough) 35 years ago.....maybe? This was my first go at a VR type game.


2016. October 13th. PlayStation VR is here. I pre-ordered in March when it first went to press. Over the few months that passed I avoided going to any of the pre-shows of PSVR, why? I'm one of these that want that, "first time" in the quiet of my own surroundings. One thing I wish I'd not done and that was watch to many VR demos on YouTube. You see VR is totally different in reality. Many users have had issues with the image like myself, in fact it took me playing with the HTC Vive before I realised that the image is all part and parcel of the VR headset.

First and formost the headset itself is a design marvel. Putting it on for the first time feels tight and fragile. But after some tugging and stretching you'll find that it's very robust but most of all it feels almost weightless as the pressure is on the hard point of no feeling of your forehead. After a few minutes you'll forget it's on your head........Nearly. The Move controllers are a must have. Games that use them just wouldn't feel the same without them. I had no issues with them. They had sat in my draws for years but fired up after a quick charge.


My first trip into VR was the Shark cage. I'm into that sort of thing in real life so it was the thing I was always going to try first. Yes, I tried to kick the shark. From that point I was sold. I tried a few other games one after another for about two hours. Oh dear. Please take notice of what Sony tell you. Do VR in short bursts to start off with. You'll grow into it. I felt sick as a dog. No really. It was bad. Even the next day I felt a little strange. Now after shorter play times I'm much better.

I have my first AAA must have game and what I wanted from VR. It cost me £12.00 and I have to be honest, the best £12.00 I've paid on any form of interactive entertainment. This will be my first game review.


Sony have done a fantastic job in bringing VR to the masses and hats off to the developers for the first line up of games. Some are brilliant, some granted are not so but one things for sure VR is now here. After the lack luster launch of Vive and Rift Sony have done it right. PSVR has sold out everywhere and it has become the must have add-on this Christmas/Holiday. Will Sony carry on this support, will developers keep great games coming?

2017 will be a very important year for VR. But for now Sony has showed how VR should be done. The others really need to up there game.

8.5/10

Playstation VR Blurred Graphics problems. UPDATED 30/10/16

UPDATE: Expectation is a strange thing. Seeing many YouTube videos of VR games is not a great idea. Vr in reality is totally different to what you see on the TV. On paper an OLED 1080p screen sounds all nice and crisp but when in front of your eyes and massive you can understand why some people, like me, can be taken back with what they see. Once I got used to it though and a week or so later I'm now blown away.
Once I'd got used to the image I was hooked by what I was doing in this new games space. I've had two headsets and they are identical. I've also tried the HTC Vive now, imo the PSVR is overall much better.

Origonal Story:

Many Playstation VR users are reporting very blurred images with the new VR headset..........including me.

I was very excited to try VR for the first time only to be very disappointed by what I was seeing. (tried phone VR in the past) I tried the Shark game in the VR Worlds game only to be greeted by a very blurred shark cage and what looks like a shimmering mesh over the image that moves when you turn.

First off, it's not the covers that some users have on the eye glass when new, the cover was missing on mine curiously. It maybe that the HDR option is interfering with the unit so turn off if you have it on auto.
It could be a HDMI problem but it's looking more and more like a firmware problem. You are prompted to download an update when first turning on. One user reported his image was fine before updating on playstation.com.

One things for sure, this isn't right. IGN stated that the image people see on the TV isn't as crisp as what the person with the VR headset is viewing. This is opposite to what I'm getting. It's best decribed as sitting with a pair of the wifes tights on my head......not great.

All reviews are suspended until this issue is resolved.

Playstation VR is here, we have it.......any good?


Playstation VR is here. Over the next few days we'll be road testing the new kit to give you the pros and cons of Sony's new tech.

Playstation VR Star Wars Greatness awaits

If this doesn't sell Star Wars fans the idea of VR......Nothing will.
X-Wing will be a download for all those lucky Battlefront owners that take the plunge with PSVR this Friday. It's not clear if this will be out Friday or when the new movie comes out.

Skyrim and Fallout 4 to get Playstation Pro 4K support....


.......and Mods.
Did you really think Sony would let Microsoft get one over on them? For me it's the PS Pro support that gets the thumbs up over mods. I was excited to see Elder Scrolls Online getting the 4K treatment, but Skyrim and Fallout, yes please.



Skyrim will have mods from day one (28th October UK) and Pro Support where as Fallout will follow with an update.
Hats off to Bethesda.


Playstation VR is nearly here.


After a long break from the website I'm pleased to say that I'm back.

VR is going to shake up games and who knows, change the way we play and think about games.  VR is nothing new but is has had a very slow start on PC. But this is PlayStation. Over 40 million gamers are able to jump right in just needing the PS camera and VR headset to get started. Are you ready?

We can't wait. Reviews to follow.

Welcome......Playstation 4K (NEO)

This is the Playstation 4K. Looks very Playstation 2 inspired. More news on the 7th September.

Microsoft and Quantum Breaks Sales beating record?

Microsoft have been willy waving regarding sales of the exclusive title Quantum Break but sales data doesn't seam to add up.
Vgc sales data shows a very poor first weeks global sales figure of just 267,147 with the US accounting for 146,403 with the rest of the world taking the rest.
X one sales didn't jump at all with just 93,109 worldwide, Playstation 4 dominated with 310,417 in the same time period.

This was the big hitter of exclusives but sales just don't stack up. Ratchet and Clack has sold over 190,000 in the US in its first week while just 43,000 QB were sold.

Battalion 1944 Blasts past its Kickstarter goal!


D-Day is now confirmed.
World War 2 shooter Battalion 1944 has reached its goal in less than 3 days and now sits at over £140,000.

The passion for WW2 games is still alive and kicking it would seem. I'm sick of re-hashed shooters that are like painting by numbers. I can't wait for this game. May 2017 is a long way off mind.

Full Story.

Battalion 1944 to storm Playstation 4


At last! I personally have wanted a World War 2 shooter for a long time now, so much that for the first time I've put cash down on a Kickstarter project.


The game is multiplayer only at the moment but hopefully we'll see a single player game.
I remember the day when I'd jump on Call of Duty, the good games, and skill meant everything, not how many perks you'd unlocked. Players would drop to prone to make themselves a smaller target and take you out. Battalion 1944 developers seem to realise that joy of what made a great shooter.


Being an older gamer and having done the tour of Normandy and visited some of the maps that will feature in the game has left me very excited.
One of the best maps in COD was Carantan, oh yes, it's in the game. I can't wait for a full list but Omaha, Pointe Du Hoc, Utah, Pegasus Bridge (hope your reading developers) and many of the little villages have to be in the game as does Dead Man's Corner. Having been to these places it would be great to run and gun for fun with next gen graphics in these iconic battle arenas.



The only problem? We'll have to wait until May 2017 to get our hands on the game.

Sony........If your reading, get behind this project. If not Sony, just back it all the way! Good luck chaps with the game.

Take a look at this Dev diary and get excited!


Playstation 4 sells over a millions PS4s during Christmas week!


In the week leading up to Christmas and Boxing day the Playstation 4 sold a massive 1,143,573 MILLION consoles with the nearest rival shifting just 572,378, the Xbox One.
Wii U managed 380,548 units while Vita sold 196,172. The 3Ds nearly beat out Xone with 520,163.

Consoles are dead eh?