Today at CES 2014, Sony unveiled their official games streaming service call PlayStation Now, which will allow users to play “classic” PlayStation games to be played on either a PlayStation 4, or other non-gaming platforms. PlayStation Now is from the makers of Gaikai, who Sony purchased for $380 million back in 2012.
Today, Sony revealed the shockingly good lineup of games that will be free for next month’s PlayStation Plus subscribers in the United States. The list is one of Sony’s strongest yet and includes a few AAA titles alongside a PlayStation 4 exclusive.
For all the North American PlayStation Plus subscribers, Sony has an early Christmas gift for you! They’ve revealed the four new games that will be available free for you to download in December 2013.
The biggest one of the bunch is Borderlands 2, Gearbox Software’s critically renowned shooter. The rest of the pack includes racer GRID 2 for the PlayStation 3, and Urban Trial Freestyle and Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed for the PlayStation Vita.
And like always, these free games will be added to the Instant Game Collection, a free catalog of downloadables, as we move through December.
CastleStorm and its fun, unique twist on real-time strategy and tower defense will be coming to PlayStation 3 and Vita owners come November after formerly launching only on the Xbox 360.
The game will launch on November 5th on the PSN stores for $9.99 and if you buy the PS3 version, you’ll get the Vita copy for no additional charge. Although the 1v1 split screen mode will only be available on the PS3 edition, all of the other game’s great features like its single-player campaign, castle editor, and co-op competitive modes will be included for both PlayStation platforms.
You can check out the game’s trailer below:
Sony’s recently revealed PlayStation Vita TV, which allows you to play the system’s games on your television, will only be launching in Japan this November and Sony says they have no plans to bring the device to the West.
Currently, the company says they’re targeting Asian territories at this time, specifically China, South Korea, and Japan. The fate of the United States and Europe remains uncertain.
Would you use the Vita TV, arguably Sony’s answer to the OUYA, if it released in a region near you?
For those who recently bought Rayman Legends for the PlayStation Vita, you may have discovered that a size-able chunk of the game’s single-player levels are missing if you’re familiar with its console counterparts.
There are 28 levels missing from the game that Ubisoft has allegedly never clarified were going to be absent from the game at launch. The missions are the Invasion challenges, which are hardcore speed-run levels that combine a handful of existing levels into one.
And because of the missing missions, NeoGAF noticed that a number of collectibles were missing as well for the completionists out there, as there are only 615 items to collected versus 700.
Before the game’s launch, it’s worth noting that Ubisoft said Rayman Legends Vita ”includes all of the original Rayman Legends content, as well as five exclusive maps”.
Although Amazon already has six different editions and bundles for Sony’s upcoming console, the PlayStation 4, Sony may have another bundle or two up their sleeves to win over consumers this holiday season.
The first, dubbed a ‘Second PlayStation 4 SKU‘ by RGN, says the bundle will release the month following the PS4′s initial release and will include:
- The PlayStation 4 Console
- Killzone: Shadow Fall
- A one year subscription to PlayStation Plus
- A headset (not the headphones that are bundled into the launch edition of the PS4)
- The PlayStation 4 Eye
The second rumored bundle comes from an Inside Gaming Daily video uploaded on Machinima’s YouTube channel and quotes a “well-places anonymous source”. The bundle, which they claim will launch ‘by the end of the year’, will include the PS4 and the PlayStation Vita and will run for around $500, shedding $150 off of the Vita’s current retail price.
Both sources state however that the bundle’s ‘Contents [are] yet to be finalized’, but I guess we’ll have to wait for further information to develop as we get closer to the console’s launch later this year.
One of the first dungeon crawler games announced for the PlayStation Vita, the cross-play game formerly known as Ruin, now Warrior’s Lair, has been officially cancelled for both the PS3 and Vita.
“Sony Computer Entertainment can confirm that Warrior’s Lair for PS Vita is no longer in development,” a Sony representative told IGN. “We apologize to those who pre-ordered the title and ask that they contact their retailer directly to cancel their pre-sale.”
Sony also went on to say ”The line-up of PS Vita first-party and third-party content remains strong with more than 85 titles scheduled to launch for the system by the end of 2013 including Killzone: Mercenary, Tearaway, Doki Doki Universe, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, Flower, The Walking Dead, and more.”
Are you sad to see Warrior’s Lair go? I personally was looking forward to having a console-like Diablo experience on the go.
Sony has announced a massive sale for the PlayStation Store that will start as soon as tomorrow. Everyone will be eligible for up to 60% all of the featured titles you can find below, while PlayStation Plus members will be able to get up to 80% off.
You can check out the games on sale below:
- Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3 | $9.99/$5.00)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops II (PS3 | $41.99/$37.79)
- Mortal Kombat (PS3 | $9.99/$5.00)
- Mortal Kombat (Vita | $9.99/$5.00)
- Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands (PS3 | $7.99/$4.00)
- Ratchet & Clank Collection (PS3 | $14.99/$7.50)
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game (PSN | $3.99/$2.00)
- Shadow of the Colossus (PS3 | $9.99/$5.00)
- The Amazing Spider-Man (PS3 | $29.99/$20.99)
- The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest (PSP | $4.99/$2.50)
- Alice: Madness Returns (PS3 | $7.99/$4.00)
- Fast & Furious: Showdown (PS3 | $39.99/$31/99/$23/99)
- Fight Night Champion (PS3 | $29.99/$11.99/$6.00)
- Hitman Trilogy HD (PS3 | $19.99/$15.99)
- Just Cause 2 (PS3 |$9.99/$5.00)
- LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (PS3 | $14.99/$7.50)
- LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Vita | $9.99/$5.00)
- LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean (PS3 | $9.99/$5.00)
- Lord of the Rings: War in the North (PS3 | $9.99/$5.00)
- Men in Black: Alien Crisis (PS3 | $29.99/$20.99)
- Prince of Persia Classics Trilogy (PS3 | $15.99/$8.00)
- Silent Hill: Book of Memories (Vita | $14.99/$7.50)
- Star Trek (PS3 | $43.99/$32.99)
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (PS3 | $9.99/$5.00)
- The Adventures of TinTin: The Game (PS3 | $19.99/$10.00)
- The Simpsons Arcade Game (PSN | $6.99/$4.89)
- Tron Evolution (PSP | $7.99/$4.00)
- X-Men (PSN | $6.99/$4.89)
Which games will you be purchasing in the coming weeks?