Black Friday 2016: Sony Teases PS4 Digital Deals With Upto 60 Percent Off

Black Friday 2016: Sony Teases PS4 Digital Deals With Upto 60 Percent Off

Black Friday 2016: Sony Teases PS4 Digital Deals With Upto 60 Percent Off
HIGHLIGHTS
PS4 games will be heavily discounted from November 24
Sony has not divulged which games will be discounted
PS Plus members may get a larger discount
The Xbox One isn’t the only current generation console with a Black Friday sale. Sony has released a teaser for upcoming deals on the PlayStation Store — the company’s digital games storefront.

According to a page on its website, Sony’s Black Friday sale will take place from November 24. There’s a teaser video as well which ends with a sign claiming that you can expect discounts upto 60 percent.
At the moment it is unclear PS Plus subscribers would get an extra percentage off over and above the teased 60 percent. Reason being, Sony is running a sale right now that lets PS Plus subscribers claim upto 70 percent off on games.

(Also see: This New PS4 Bundle Is India’s Cheapest Yet, but There’s a Catch)
What’s also unclear at the moment is which games will be discounted. Safe to say, you could expect deals on titles that are discounted on Microsoft’s Black Friday sale such as FIFA 17, Titanfall 2, Battlefield 1, WWE 2K17, GTA V, and The Witcher 3 to name a few, in addition to some of Sony’s exclusives.

While digital deals are nothing new, it’s heartening to see Sony making an aggressive statement about it. Aside from the all but obvious reasoning that it stands to gain a whole lot more in terms of margin by pushing digital, it also curbs used game sales.

Although getting games cheap is always better for consumers, keep in mind that most PS4 games are around a 30 to 40GB download. For some, with slow Internet speeds or small data caps, it could work out to be a whole lot more expensive than ordering a physical copy from websites like Amazon or walking down to a store and buying an PS4 game on a disc.

Tags: Black Friday, Black Friday Digital Deals, PS4, PS4 Pro, PS4 Discounts, PS4 India discounts, PSN discounts

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PS4 Black Friday Sale: Deals on Overwatch, GTA V, and More

PS4 Black Friday Sale: Deals on Overwatch, GTA V, and More

PS4 Black Friday Sale: Deals on Overwatch, GTA V, and More
HIGHLIGHTS
Sony’s PS4 digital deals are now live
The sale will take place till November 29
Games like Overwatch, Street Fighter V, and GTA V are heavily discounted
After teasing us with Black Friday discounts, Sony has finally revealed what you can pick up during its sale. Taking place from November 22 to November 29, there are deep discounts on a host of games. Here’s what you should check out.

Best PS4 Black Friday digital deals

Overwatch: perhaps the best game this year is now cheaper. It costs $39.59 (around Rs. 2,733) on the US PS Store. That’s 34 percent lower than its $60 price. PS Plus users gets an additional eight percent off. If you have an Indian PSN account, you can pick it up for Rs. 2,750. 31 percent off from its Rs. 3,999 price tag.
Star Wars: Battlefront: we may not be the biggest fans of this multiplayer-only shooter, but we can see the appeal of taking down AT-ATs and attempting marauding trench runs on the Death Star. More so at $10.49 (approximately Rs. 717) with an addition 10 percent off for PS Plus users. It’s Rs. 1,999 on Indian PSN.
(Also see:How to Buy US Digital PSN Games in India )

GTA V: this open-world crime classic is now $29.99 (almost Rs. 2,050) on US PSN, making it around Rs. 700 cheaper than the Rs. 2,799 price on Indian PSN.
Batman: Arkham Knight: the Dark Knight’s last open-world adventure was a fun romp. More so at $11.99 (roughly Rs. 820) with an additional 10 percent off for PS Plus users compared to the Rs. 2,750 on Indian PSN.

Street Fighter V: Capcom’s flawed but entertaining fighting game is half price at $29.99 (around Rs. 2,050). It’s an extra 17 percent cheaper if you have a PS Plus subscription. On India’s PS Store, you can get it for Rs. 2,062 with 25 percent more savings if you have a PS Plus account.

PS4 Black Friday discount code

Sony has also revealed a discount code to get a further 10 percent off on all purchases via the US PSN store. Enter D9NGJ7NF3L to claim this.ps4 black friday code ps4_black_friday

(Also see:Steam Black Friday 2016 Sales Begin on November 23)

Don’t have a US account to take advantage of these deals? We got you covered with this handy guide. What are you buying? Let us know in the comments.

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PS4 Pro Unboxing: What to Expect

PS4 Pro Unboxing: What to ExpectPS4 Pro Unboxing: What to Expect
HIGHLIGHTS
The PS4 Pro comes with a revamped DualShock 4
Other additions include a headset and an HDMI cable
It will release internationally on November 10
The release date for the PS4 Pro is November 10. In the run up to that some early units have made their way to select reviewers, one of whom was kind enough to let us know what you get when you buy the PS4 Pro.

According to VG247’s Alex Donaldson, there’s an HDMI cable, a power plug that’s similar to what the original Xbox One (not Xbox One S) used, a Micro-USB cable (not USB Type-C) that many Android smartphones ship with, and Sony’s standard headset which in our experience, you should replace with something more substantial.

(Also see: Here Are the PS4 Pro’s Launch Games)
In terms of literature, there’s a Quick Start Guide, and a leaflet for Horizon Zero Dawn. And in case you were wondering, yes, it does ship with the [revamped] DualShock 4 controller we’ve seen with the PS4 Slim. The light bar on it has been modified so you can see what colour is emanating from it while playing without having to tilt it. Also, you can allow for it to relay button presses via USB connection, making it ideal for games that require split second response times, such as Street Fighter V. The new DualShock 4 works with older PS4s as well.
(Also see: The PS4 Pro Won’t Solve the PS4’s Biggest Problem)

As for India, there’s no clarity as to when the PS4 Pro would hit the shelves. Though if we were to take a guess given Sony India’s actions in the past, we’d peg it for a January release at Rs. 39,990. Reason being, it occupies the $399 price – which is what the PS4 was at launch. This translated to a Rs. 39,990 price. It will be interesting to see if foreign exchange fluctuations result in a higher price though.

Are you waiting on the PS4 Pro? Or the PS4 adequate enough? Let us know in the comments below.

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Now Available Worldwide for Windows, PS4, and Xbox One

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Now Available Worldwide for Windows, PS4, and Xbox OneCall of Duty: Infinite Warfare Now Available Worldwide for Windows, PS4, and Xbox One
HIGHLIGHTS
Game available in retail stores as well as for digital download
Available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One
Gameplay trailer received flak on YouTube
Call of Duty is one of those game franchises that churns out annual editions of its game but still captivates the interest of video-game enthusiasts around the world with its releases. Now, the series has come up with its latest entry – Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, which is now available for retail worldwide in stores as well as digitally.

(Also See: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Review)

The game has been released on Windows PC, PS4, and Xbox One. In terms of storage size, users will need between 44.6GB to 53.6GB of free on the PS4 to install the game while on the Xbox One, they’ll need 52.1GB of free space to install Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. A day one patch to fix stability issues is out as well, weighing in at roughly 6GB. Though there were no perceptible changes on the PS4 version we played.
In our review of the game, we found the single-player campaign to be “entertaining enough to keep well worn gameplay mechanics from getting stale,” while we found that the multiplayer component of the game and its monetisation model to be glaring points of concern.

If you purchase the Legacy, Legacy Pro or Digital Deluxe Edition you will also receive a copy of remastered version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
“We began three years ago with the goal to push ourselves in an all-new direction and take players to places they’ve never been before. In Infinite Warfare, we’re telling a classic war story of good vs. evil, and adding an epic backdrop that lets us introduce a ton of innovative gameplay,” Studio Head of game’s developer Infinity Ward Dave Stohl was quoted as saying in company’s release.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare might prove to be one of the most crucial entries for the game series in recent times, as the Activision franchise has been facing serious competition from Battlefield One, the latest instalment of the rival game franchise from EA. The war, in figurative terms, between the latest entries from both franchises started right from the time when gameplay trailers for both games came out. The Infinite Warfare trailer received highly negative feedback from fans as it was downvoted in huge numbers on YouTube.

Contrastingly, Battlefield One created a positive buzz for its gameplay and was upvoted in large numbers. As the two franchises have been facing-off against each other for a long time, comparisons were drawn almost immediately. However, the game should not be discarded as we have earlier pointed out that single-player campaign shows promise with space combat, elements of exploration, and some interesting set-pieces.

“Infinite Warfare is hands-down the best story campaign we’ve had in years and is a leap forward in the fluid, fast-paced action that Call of Duty fans know and love,” CEO of Activision Eric Hirshberg was quoted as saying in company’s release.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare game has been available for pre-order in India since September and can be bought from websites like Amazon and Flipkart as well.

You can check out the PC system requirements for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare over here.

Tags: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Call of Duty, Gaming, Microsoft, Sony, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Release, Xbox One, PS4, PC

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Sony Announces It Has Shipped 47.4 Million PS4 Consoles

Sony Announces It Has Shipped 47.4 Million PS4 Consoles

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sony’s latest financial results show a dip in shipped PS4 consoles
  • The company still expects to ship 60 million consoles by March 31, 2017
  • This would include the PS4 Pro that’s launching on November 10

Sony has shipped 47.4 million PS4 consoles by the end of September 30 of this year. The news comes via the company’s latest financial results.

Compared to the same quarter last year, July to September 2015 saw the company ship four million PS4s. This year for the same quarter it is 3.9 million – implying a drop of 100,000 units.

(Also see: PlayStation VR: Almost There but Not Just Yet)

Nonetheless, it’s not gloom and doom just yet. The company is forecasting to ship 60 million consoles by the end of March 31, 2017. Considering that the PlayStation VR (PS VR) headset was met with a solid public reception and the souped up iteration of the PS4, the PS4 Pro is yet to hit the shelves, Sony shouldn’t be too far from the mark.

(Also see: The PS4 Pro Won’t Solve the PS4’s Biggest Problem)As for India, there’s no clarity as to when PS VR or the PS4 Pro would hit the shelves. Though if we were to take a guess given Sony India’s actions in the past, we’d peg them for a January release at Rs. 39,990 each. Reason being, both occupy the $399 price – which is what the PS4 was at launch. This translated to a Rs. 39,990 price. It will be interesting to see if foreign exchange fluctuations result in a higher price though.

Tags: PS4, PS4 Pro, PS VR, PlayStation VR, Sony, PS4 install base, PS4s sold
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Sony Sees Strong Demand for PS4 Games as Mobile Business Slumps

Sony Sees Strong Demand for PS4 Games as Mobile Business Slumps

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sony had a JPY 26 billion net profit in the six months through September
  • Revenue during the period fell more than 10 percent to JPY 3.3 trillion
  • Strong demand for games for its hugely popular PlayStation 4 game console

Sony said Tuesday its fiscal first half net profit dived owing to a sharp rally in the yen and losses linked to the sale of its battery business.

The Japanese electronics giant, which has been shedding assets as part of a broad restructuring, said it had a JPY 26 billion ($248 million or roughly Rs. 1,655 crores) net profit in the six months through September, down nearly 78 percent from a year ago.

Revenue during the period fell more than 10 percent to JPY 3.3 trillion “primarily due to the impact of foreign exchange rates”, Sony said.

The company said sales in its mobile communications business slumped, offsetting strong demand for games for its hugely popular PlayStation 4 game console.

(Also see: 47.4 Million PS4 Consoles Shipped Till Date, Announces Sony)

Tuesday’s first-half results come a day after Sony warned that it now expected a net profit of JPY 60 billion (roughly Rs. 3,820 crores) in the year through March 2017, down from an earlier JPY 80 billion forecast.

It cited impairment charges and other costs linked to the sale of its battery division to Apple supplier Murata Manufacturing.In July, Sony cut its full-year sales forecast – trimming it to the current level JPY 7.4 trillion – as it blamed the surging yen and slower smartphone sales.

Japanese firms have benefited from a weak currency in recent years, which allows them to make their products cheaper overseas.

(Also see: PlayStation VR: Almost There but Not Just Yet)

But the yen, which is seen as a safe bet, shot up since the start of the year amid wild volatility on world financial markets and as uncertainty over Britain’s decision to leave the EU stoked demand for less risky investments.

Sony has also warned that a pair of deadly quakes in Japan in April would also dent financial results.

The quakes, which caused major damage in southern Kyushu and claimed dozens of lives, forced Sony to temporarily shutter factories, hitting production and sales.

The once-iconic firm has been working to stay profitable after years of huge losses, under a painful restructuring that has included layoffs and asset sales.

Tags: Sony, Sony Earnings, PlayStation, PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR, Gaming, Console, Mobiles, Home Entertainment, Tablets,Cameras, Android
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PS4 Final Fantasy XV Luna Edition Announced

PS4 Final Fantasy XV Luna Edition Announced

PS4 Final Fantasy XV Luna Edition Announced
HIGHLIGHTS
Final Fantasy XV graces the first special edition PS4 Slim
Dubbed the PS4 Final Fantasy XV Luna Edition, it’s out on November 29
It comes with the game, a theme, and CG movie Kingsglaive
At Sony’s pre-Tokyo Game Show conference, the first PS4 Slim Special Edition console was revealed. Final Fantasy XV – which is out on November 29, will have the PS4 Final Fantasy XV Luna Edition. It will cost JPY 39,980 (around Rs. 26,160) and come with a digital rental of Final Fantasy XV CG movie, Kingsglaive, a copy of the game, and an original PS4 system theme.

According to Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata, the design is inspired by main character Noctis gazing to the moon during his travels throughout the game’s story and is “targeted at an older audience.”

(Also see: PS4 Slim Launch Today, Here’s Everything We Already Know)

While the PS4 has been a sales juggernaut abroad, the response to it in Japan has been lukewarm. A Final Fantasy XV-themed PS4 should prop things up a bit.

(Also see: Final Fantasy XV Release Date Delayed. Here’s Why.)
Last month it was announced that Final Fantasy XV would be delayed after proudly proclaiming a September 30 release date.

“From the moment we joined this project, our vision was to create a level of freedom and realism previously unseen in the series. Regrettably, we need a little bit more time to deliver on this vision and are confident that this new release date will help us achieve this,” said Hajime Tabata the game director in a prepared statement. “As the director and lead of this project, I wish to personally apologise for the additional wait. As a team, we want Final Fantasy XV to achieve a level of perfection that our fans deserve. We kindly ask for your understanding.”

(Also see: Final Fantasy XV Platinum Demo Left Us Surprised)

And while this boilerplate comment does little to tell us the actual reason for the game’s delay, a video on the Final Fantasy XV YouTube channel confirms it is due to a day one patch. In it Tabata states that the game has gone gold (which means it is ready for manufacturing on disc and uploading to online storefronts).

“Our objective with FFXV was to deliver a Final Fantasy of the highest possible quality to every single person who buys the game. We have completed the master version [which indicates the game has gone gold] but when it comes to that highest possible quality we felt that we had not quite reached this standard yet,” Tabata said. “Accordingly in order to make this master version an even better product, we have been creating a downloadable add-on known as a patch.

Tags: Final Fantasy XV, Final Fantasy XV PS4 Luna Edition, Final Fantasy XV PS4 Slim, FFXV PS4 Slim, FF15 PS4 Slim, Final Fantasy 15 PS4 Luna Edition, Final Fantasy 15, PS4, PS4 Slim, Tokyo Game Show, TGS, TGS 2016

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God of War ‘Designed for Standard PS4’; No PS4 Pro Needed to Play

God of War 'Designed for Standard PS4'; No PS4 Pro Needed to PlayGod of War ‘Designed for Standard PS4’; No PS4 Pro Needed to Play
HIGHLIGHTS
God of War will run just fine on the original PS4
There won’t be too many pre-release demos due to focus on the game itself
God of War for the PS4 has no release date yet
With Sony announcing the PS4 Pro for a November 10 release date, there’s always the temptation for developers to optimise the game for the newer, more powerful platform that is the PS4 Pro at the cost of skimping out on the existing one, which in this case is the original PS4. However this will not be the case with God of War. Revealed at E3 2016 after a fairly accurate leak, it seems that the game will run just fine on a regular PS4.

“What we showed at E3 was running on a standard PS4. The game is designed for standard PS4, don’t need a [PS4] Pro to play,” tweeted Cory Balrog, Creative Director on God of War at Sony Computer Entertainment’s Santa Monica Studio in response to a fan’s question of what the game will be playable on.

Safe to say there will be some additional visual enhancements for the PS4 Pro, but the fact that Balrog has stated it will run as it should on the PS4 should have many a PS4 owner sighing in relief.
(Also see: The PS4 Pro Won’t Solve the PS4’s Biggest Problem)

And if you’re wondering about the lack of pre-release gameplay demos, Balrog and his team are hard at work on the final product. He believes that “demos pull a month or two away from final game.” Presumably because Sony Santa Monica is “focussed on making this game awesome”, another tweet from him claims.

(Also see: Sony Santa Monica Explains Combat in PS4-Exclusive God of War )

Nonetheless, we’re yet to see a release date for God of War though we won’t be surprised to see it available in time for the holiday season next year. Sony hasn’t had a big exclusive for the second half of the year in the longest time and God of War may just be able to fill that void. That is of course, if it isn’t subject to many a delay like some of Sony’s first-party releases this generation.

Tags: God of War, God of War 4, God of War release date, God of War PS4 release date, PS4, PS4 Pro, Sony Santa Monica Studios, Cory Balrog

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Steam to Get Native PS4 Controller Support Soon

Steam to Get Native PS4 Controller Support Soon

Steam to Get Native PS4 Controller Support Soon
HIGHLIGHTS
The DualShock 4 will work in Steam natively
Support for other controllers will be added too
The DualShock 4 gets it first as it is similar to the Steam Controller
Soon you’ll be able to use your PS4 controller natively in Steam. Valve will release an update to allow full configuration of the DualShock 4 controller for Steam. This was announced at Steam Dev Days, the company’s biennial developer conference.

“This means that players can pair their PS4 controller directly to their PC and use all the configurability options available to the Steam Controller, including use of the PS4 touchpad and gyro,” said Lars Doucet, developer of Defender’s Quest in a presentation for enhanced controller support.

(Also see: Steam Dev Days 2016: Steam Link for Samsung TVs, Wireless Vive, and More)

This is just one of many controllers that will receive such support. There will be support for all popular controllers to Steam’s API. While this would allow consumers the ability to use the controller of their choice rather than Valve’s Steam Controller or the Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller, it also negates the need of third-party software such as Joy2Key in order to achieve compatibility. From a developer standpoint it allows games to ship with a wider choice of input support for free.

“Believe it or not, when you use the PS4 Controller through the Steam API, it’s exactly the same as a Steam Controller. You make the exact same API calls, you only get actions, not inputs, and the Steam API takes care of everything,” Doucet claimed.
The reason for Valve supporting the PS4 controller first, according to Doucet, is due to the fact that it shares similar functionality to the Steam Controller due to the presence of a gyroscope and a touchpad.

Will you use the PS4 controller for Steam or are you a loyalist to the keyboard and mouse? Let us know in the comments.

Tags: Steam Dev Days, Steam Dev Days 2016, Valve, PS4, PS4 Controller, Steam API, DualShock 4

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PS4 Neo Specifications Leaked

PS4 Neo Specifications Leaked

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The PS4 Neo seems to be a lot more powerful than the PS4
  • Sony wants games to run at a better frame rate on the PS4 Neo
  • All PS4 games from October have to work on the PS4 and Neo

What seems to be a confidential presentation for the PS4 Neo has been made available on the Internet. It includes information its specifications and developer guidelines among other things.

According to the presentation it uses the same “Jaguar” cores as the original sporting 8 cores at 2.1GHz making it 1.3x faster than the PS4. It uses an enhanced version the original PS4’s GPU as well promising 36 compute units running at 911MHz translating into a 2.3x improvement in terms of teraflops.

The PS4 Neo will use the same 8GB GDDR5 memory albeit with a higher bandwidth of 218 gigabits per second versus the original’s 174 gigabits per second. Surprisingly the hard drive configuration remains the same, so expect it in 500GB and 1TB variants.

(Also see: PS4 Neo and PS4 Slim to Be Announced in September: Report)

Furthermore, submissions for games to run on the PS4 Neo will begin next month. The process of including Neo support depends on the release date of the title. Games releasing late September and prior will be “PS4-only submission with Neo Day-1 patch” while all games from October onwards have to be for the PS4 and the PS4 Neo with Sony adding that “it is OK to release Neo-ready titles before Neo launches.”

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A lot of the information in the presentation pertains to rendering techniques and resolution. Sony believes that games at 1440p on 4K displays doesn’t allow for much distinction from the usual 1080p games, rather it hopes that “titles will use checkerboard rendering (and similar techniques) to allow for resolutions much closer to 2160p.”

(Also see: PS4 Neo Will Not Make the PS4 Obsolete: Sony)

Also, the presentation reveals one strategy for Neo game development is to “ensure that the Neo frame rate meets or exceeds the frame rate of the game on the original PlayStation 4” perhaps to allow substantial variation between the PS4 Neo and the PS4.

Nonetheless, some of this information may not be final and subject to change. However, some segments do tie in with what we’ve heard from publishers in the past, that their upcoming releases from October onwards have to support the PS4 Neo.

As per a report in The Wall Street Journal, Macquarie Securities analyst Damian Thong said Sony might also introduce a smaller PS4 along with the PS4 Neo. Thong believes they would be revealed at a game show in September. For its part Sony declined to comment.

A September announcement for the device would hold ground what with the likes of Eurogamer and French video game distributor Innelec claiming a release this year.

While Sony has acknowledged its existence but yet to formally announce it or what it would be called when it finally hits retail, the company has made it a point for fans to know that it will not replace the PS4 in any way.

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