E3 is right around the corner but it’s not the only big event that’s coming soon. Gamescom is also on the way this summer. Most years at Gamescom, there’s some big news and big announcements from some big companies. Unfortunately though, this year will have a little less bigness due to Sony opting out of Gamescom. This is due to Gamescom moving forward on the calendar and E3 moving back on the calendar. They feel that there isn’t enough time between the two shows and instead would like use the Paris Games Week in October for their news and announcements. Read what Sony had to say after the jump.
Sony shared their sales numbers for the fiscal year from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015 and there’s good and bad. First let’s talk about the good news. The good news is their gaming division did VERY good with sales being up 33% over 2013. In total, the gaming division made 48.1 billion yen (around $404 million). During that time period, 17.9 million home consoles were sold, 14.8 million of those were Playstation 4’s. They also managed 3.3 million handheld devices. Because Sony sold so many Playstation 4’s, they’re projecting even stronger sales this year with 16 million Playstation 4’s being the target.
Sony’s Chief Financial Officer, Kenichiro Yoshida, explained that they’re anticipating a lower operating incoming for the Playstation brand this year compared to last year. However, the reasoning for this is because they’re going to aggressively invest in the Playstation brand in 2015. This year they’ll be getting behind first-party development in a big way, will be making a push for original entertainment content, will be pushing the PS Vue, and will be investing heavily in Project Morpheus. Yoshida later explained that last year, Sony spent 89 billion yen in research and development and that for 2015 Sony is expecting a “double-digit expansion” of that number.
For the not so great news, Sony’s other divisions weren’t profitable and have continued to struggle. This means despite the Playstation brand being incredibly successful right now, as a whole the company lost 126 billion yen (over $1 billion). To sum it up, the gaming division is looking fantastic, everything else though isn’t.
Something that may come as a shocker to some is the fact that GTA V Online actually has a chat filter. What’s even more of a shocker is the fact that all three console companies are censored words. You literally can’t say Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo. To take it a step further, you can’t say Xbox or Playstation. Heck, you can’t even say Rockstar, Rockstardev, or R*.
This is pretty strange if you ask me. I understand having a filter for online chat but filtering company names? Isn’t that a bit far? Surprisingly, other publisher names aren’t listed in here. Maybe this was to keep console wars chat out of the game? What are your thoughts on this?
Sony has launched a new system update for the PS4 bringing the OS up to version 2.51. It’s not a huge update, weighing in at 245 MB. It’s currently available for users in North America and Europe. The update includes:
- System software stability during use of some features has been improved.
- Operation quality during use of some applications has been improved.
Outside of that nothing much going on. No big features added. No new accessibility options. Just tweaking stuff.
Last November Sony agreed to the terms of a settlement over false advertising claims for the Vita. The claims were primarly over the use of cross-platform play and cross-save functionality between the PS Vita and the PS3. The Federal Trade Commission brought the suit against Sony claiming these functions were misleading.
If you bought a PS Vita before June 1, 2012 and you live in the United States you’re eligible to claim one of the following things:
- $25 cash (in the form of a check)
- $25 in Playstation Store credit
- One of three game bundles ranging in value from $66.46 to $100.46
In order to claim your settlement in the case you need to visit this web page and fill out the required information. This includes a PDF document stating that you bought the Vita before June 1, 2012, you did not return it for a refund and that you have not already redeemed the offer. In addition to that you must provide some form of proof of purchase such as a store receipt showing the purchase. The settlement form and required proof must be submitted before June 29th, 2015 to be eligible to receive compensation.
Head past the break for more details and a full list of the game bundles that are available.
Today was a big day in the world of Playstation. Both the Playstation 4 and the Playstation Vita saw updates that improved both systems overall. PS4 in specific saw some highly anticipated features that were talked about and shown off prior to the systems launch. Here’s a list of the features both updates brought about.
Yesterday morning, a Reddit user named Kadjar woke up to back to back emails stating he made purchases on Playstation Network totaling $600 worth. Of course he realized his account had been hacked and did everything in his power to stop the hack and rectify the damage. He pulled his card from PSN, he changed his password and email, and even started up a chat with his Bank and Sony.
You would think that this would be an easy thing to fix however he ran into some snags with Sony.
Square Enix came out with a new survey today to help them get a better understanding of their consumers. They asked a variety of different questions. There were questions about the social networks you use, the TV networks you watch, the game genres you enjoy, etc.
What struck me as weird though was the area where they asked about the platforms you game on. They included Other Mobile, they included Facebook, and they even included last gen systems (minus PSP) but they excluded Vita, Wii U, and 3DS. What’s even crazier is Bravely Default, a game that’s exclusive to 3DS, is included in a different part of the survey. While I don’t like seeing it, I can understand the exclusion of Wii U and even Vita as their sales and support aren’t the greatest in North America and Europe but 3DS too? That seems like a bit of an oversight.
In the survey they also asked what type of games you’d like to see in the future. If you’re looking for a the return, localization, or port of a favorite Square Enix series, this is the chance. Let your voice be heard!
DDoS attacks on the console services have been one of the worst things of gaming online. They also seem to be happening at a much-more frequent rate then ever before. Some of the biggest stories of this generation have been the DDoS attacks that have happened on services like XBL and PSN during the holidays. The good news is, the console companies are now working together.
According to Microsoft’s Phil Spencer, Microsoft has been talking with both Sony and Nintendo on how to avoid DDoS attacks.
Our commitment to Xbox One customers is to make sure our service is robust and reliable. I don’t think it’s great when PSN goes down. It doesn’t help me. All it does is put the fear and distrust from any gamer that’s out there, so I look at all of us together as this is our collective opportunity to share what we can about what we’re learning and how things are growing. Those conversations happen, which I think is great.
It’s really good to see the console companies working together to fight against this. Hopefully this means they’ll find a way to completely stop DDoS attacks from happening.