Tag: PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4’s first six years were better than every console except PS2 and Wii

The NPD Group’s report for U.S. game sales in October included an interesting nugget about the PlayStation 4‘s success. The system has had the third-best first six years for any U.S. console, trailing only the PlayStation 2 and Wii. The PS4 launched on November 15, 2013. It became a fast hit, and strong first-party exclusives […]

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NPD: Brisk Nintendo Switch sales can’t offset October hardware decline

Consumer spending on gaming hardware continued its plummet in October, according to The NPD Group. U.S. gamers spent $182 million on new consoles. That is down 41% from October 2018. The Nintendo Switch was once again the top-selling system for the month. But it’s worth noting that the comparison to 2018 is tough because Red […]

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PlayStation’s DualShock 4 will soon work with Xbox cloud games

Microsoft had a lot to announce at its X019 event in London today. But one of the strangest tidbits is that you will soon be able to use Sony’s DualShock 4 gamepad for the PlayStation 4 with Xbox games. Starting next year, Microsoft’s Project xCloud streaming tech is getting support for more controllers. Those include […]

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‘The Mandalorian’ made me want to return to Star Wars: Bounty Hunter

Disney+ is out in the United States, and that means I’ve watched the first episode of The Mandalorian. This is the first Star Wars live-action television productions since 1985’s Ewoks: The Battle for Endor. And it’s nearly as great as The Holiday Special. It’s so good that it’s making me want to go back to […]

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Chvrches Gives A Shimmering Performance Of PlayStation 4’s ‘Death Stranding’ Title Track On ‘Corden’

PlayStation 4’s highly anticipated game Death Stranding: Timefall by creator Hideo Kojima was released Thursday along with a star-studded soundtrack inspired by the world of the game. Death Stranding‘s soundtrack includes numbers by Major Lazer and Khalid, The Neighbourhood, and a title track by Scottish group Chvrches. To celebrate the game’s release, Chvrches stopped by […]

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Sony begins courting indie devs again as PlayStation 5 approaches

Sony Interactive Entertainment appointed a new head of its PlayStation Worldwide Studios today. Of course, that’s Sony veteran Shuhei Yoshida’s old job. But while Yoshida vacated that position in 2016, he’s still at the company. And now, he has a new responsibility as the head of an initiative to support independent developers on PlayStation platforms. […]

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Sony taps Horizon: Zero Dawn boss to lead PlayStation studios

Sony Interactive Entertainment is putting Guerrilla Games managing director Hermen Hulst in charge of PlayStation’s Worldwide Studios. Hulst oversaw Guerrilla’s production of the Killzone games and, most recently, the blockbuster open-world adventure Horizon: Zero Dawn. Now, Hulst is responsible for guiding all of PlayStation’s first-party teams. In a press release on its corporate website, SIE […]

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Hideo Kojima is anxious you won’t think Death Stranding is fun

Death Stranding is out in less than a week, and director Hideo Kojima is dealing with some anxiety. In an interview with BBC’s Newsbeat program, the Metal Gear creator said that he wants people to enjoy his first game from his new independent studio. But he’s worried that you won’t. “I create my games in the […]

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The DeanBeat: Death Stranding and the madness or genius of Hideo Kojima

Very soon, starting on November 8, we’re going to find out one of the answers to one of the great mysteries of the video game industry. And that is whether Hideo Kojima, the head of Kojima Productions and the creator of Death Stranding for Sony’s PlayStation, is a genius creator or a bit kooky. And […]

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You should watch the spoiler-heavy Death Stranding trailer

Death Stranding is out on November 8, which is a reasonable amount of time to shut out any new details about developer Hideo Kojima’s newest game. If you do decide to go “media dark,” however, you’ll have to miss out on today’s launch trailer. And maybe that’s good. The video is nearly eight minutes long […]

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Conan O’Brien is also in Death Stranding, I guess

Gaming auteur and famous-friend-haver Hideo Kojima is putting yet another one of his buddies into Death Stranding. On last night’s Conan, host Conan O’Brien revealed that he went to visit Kojima and ended up in the game. On Twitter, Kojima confirmed that Conan plays a character called “The Wondering MC” who gives you the Sea Otter […]

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NPD: Nintendo Switch outsold Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in September

As Microsoft and Sony slowly sunset their current-generation consoles, Nintendo is maintaining its momentum. The Nintendo Switch was the top-seller in September, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. “Nintendo Switch was again the best-selling hardware platform of September and remains the best-selling platform of 2019,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said. Of course, the Switch […]

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Concrete Genie review — Heartwarming story, beautiful art, but tough controls

If you ever felt the urge to take a magic paint brush and beautify the walls of a dilapidated city, then you’ll understand the basic gameplay of Concrete Genie. This game lets you create, or “paint,” works of art, as if you were creating masterpieces with the simple flick of a motion controller. You play […]

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Concrete Genie hands-on video — escaping bullies and restoring a town with art

It’s hard to screw up the art that you splash on the walls of a town in Concrete Genie. You use the motion controller for the PlayStation 4 to “paint” art templates onto the town in hopes of bringing the abandoned fishing village of Denska back to life. The game from Sony’s small Pixelopus studio […]

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Sony Ends Facebook Integration on PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 4 controller has a magic button that lets users share videos and pictures of their exploits direct to social media. After today, that button will see a little less use. Sony announced that it’s ending Facebook integration on the PlayStation 4. “Starting on October 7th, Facebook integration will no longer be supported on […]

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Untitled Goose Game will harass PlayStation 4 and Xbox One eventually

The mean goose is coming for you, Sony and Microsoft fans. After dominating Nintendo Switch and PC, Untitled Goose Game is migrating to PS4 and Xbox One. Developer House House told Australian news outlet ABC (via Eurogamer) that the team is working on the ports right now. The studio hasn’t revealed a release date for […]

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PlayStation Now gets price cut to $10 as xCloud looms

Sony is giving PlayStation Now a price cut to stay competitive as new options enter the market. PlayStation Now is a subscription service to a huge number of PlayStation games. It enables players to stream from the cloud or download and play directly from a PS4. Now, its price is more in line with Microsoft’s […]

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Xbox overthrows Nintendo for most-seen TV ads game industry ramps up spending

Xbox has overtaken longtime chart-topper Nintendo for TV ad impressions in the most recent 30 days; its commercials account for almost 60% of the industry’s impressions. Football, both college and NFL, was a huge driver of impressions for Xbox. GamesBeat has partnered with iSpot.tv, the always-on TV ad measurement and attribution company, to bring you […]

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The Last of Us Part II hands-on preview — The fear of losing someone

I was fearful that I wouldn’t be able to play The Last of Us Part II, the sequel to my favorite game, for a long time. I figured it would be part of Sony’s PlayStation 5 lineup, and that anticipated game console hasn’t even got a launch date yet. So I was thrilled to play […]

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PlayStation State of Play: Every trailer and announcemen

Sony Interactive Entertainment held one of its State of Play video events today. The publisher used this event finally announced the release date for The Last of Us: Part II. But the State of Play had a lot more than just The Last of Us: Part II. It also included details about a limited edition […]

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