Every new console generation brings up questions about backward compatibility with previous, and sometimes more well-loved, games. Tough nothing official has been disclosed, sources close to the matter have revealed that the latest PlayStation 4 will practically support titles from the PlayStation 1 and PlayStation 2 via hardware emulation.
We're in an era of reboots in the greater gaming universe, that's for certain, and games like Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition are taking the term as lightly as possible in an upgrade from one year to the next. Like the current trend in seasons of a smartphone, Square Enix has opted to suggest: if it isn't broken, just make it look better. While we never really saw any iteration of Tomb Raider in 2013 as a title that needed some visual finessing, here it's made rather clear: sometimes you don't know what you want until it's been given to you.
This month a couple of services have popped up for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 - collections of games that can be played for free, crafted with HTML5 for play inside a next-gen gaming console's web browser. After tracking down the creator of the slightly more popular of the two, XboxIE, we found that he just released a PlayStation 4 iteration going by the name Sonyfied. Both sites now serve a modest number of games from some rather big names - Pac Man, Cut the Rope, and Bejeweled amongst them. It was when Xbox official Larry Hyrb, aka Major Nelson spoke about it on Twitter that things really started to fire up.
Supposing you've seen the error "CE-34878-0" in your PlayStation 4 in the recent past, you'll likely be none-to-thrilled about how much of a game you've had to re-play as a result. Though playing the game is all the fun of playing the game, so to speak, finding that an error in your next-generation console has resulted in your safe files being corrupted is not the thing you want to see on a Thursday evening. The good news is that Sony is looking into it.
Most of the streaming media companies out there get upset if they know users are sharing passwords. Typically, the sharing of a password is seen as a form of piracy and executives at the streaming firms tend to consider sharing to be costing them a subscriber. HBO has a refreshingly different opinion of password sharing for its HBO Go service.
It is sometimes a great feeling to be on the bleeding edge of technology, but there are also some downsides to being an early adopter. This is a truth that some of the very first batch of PlayStation 4 users are learning the hard way as they are forced to say goodbye to hours of hard work in games.
While the user side of the Xbox One / PlayStation 4 equation might never come in contact directly with the ID@Xbox program, it's leaving a lasting impression on independent developers aiming to create next-generation games. Most recently you'll find The Fullbright Company's Steve Gaynor speaking with NowGamer about how, due to their relatively small size, launching on a single platform is really their only realistic option.
After months of development and a rather successful crowd-funded venture last year, the folks behind the game Redux: Dark Matters are ready to bring their game to the public. This game is, believe it or not, set to be released for the Sega Dreamcast, a gaming console that was last sold in the year 2001. While the console itself is largely hailed as one of the biggest flops in video game history, Hucast Games has found a pocket of gamers that still want to use their precious machine for new games - hence the one we're seeing here in 2014!
Head to your local gaming hardware retailer this weekend and you'll likely see a similar sight: the PlayStation 4 completely out of stock and Xbox One units as far as the eye can see. With reports and first-hand experience in both major cities and outlying, smaller towns throughout the USA, we've come to the very unscientific conclusion that Sony simply isn't keeping up with gamer demand for the PlayStation 4 console itself. Meanwhile the Xbox One leads sales in the December 2013 version of NPD Group's sales figures in the states.