Gamers might soon be kissing DVDs and huge downloads goodbye, at least if their games mostly come from Sony's PlayStation catalog. Although no demo was available at CES 2014, Sony has announced the next big leap in game streaming via a new PlayStation Now service coming first to the US.
One of the strangest break-out hits of our current generation of multi-platform games is Minecraft, a pixelated game that's headed to the PlayStation 3 this month. While the original Xbox 360 version was released all the way back in May of 2012, this 2013 PlayStation 3 release will be exactly the same, or as similar as the developers at Mojang could make it. This December 17th release also heads off the push to both the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita which will be occurring inside 2014.
Inside the world of Grand Theft Auto 5 and the GTA Online universe there's an update coming down this week that'll allow users to do-it-themselves in a whole new set of ways. The latest in create your own experience abilities comes with GTA Online's Race Creator and Deathmatch, both arriving in a sort of Beta mode here at the start for consoles. Both of these creator modes will be able to be shared with the Rockstar Games Social Club as well.
Today on what very well may be one of the best days of the year to stay at home and play video games, Sony has disabled a collection of PlayStation Network abilities. This disabling of features for the PSN has to do with the network being a bit overloaded - imagine that, today of all days - so they're looking to lighten the load.
Sony has announced a funding related update for those using the PlayStation Store on a PS3. Moving forward users will be able to add funds to their Sony Entertainment Network wallet using PayPal. Or more specifically, from PayPal and directly through the PlayStation Store. You see, in the past you have been able to use funds using PayPal, however prior to this update -- that was done via the web interface.
This afternoon the folks at Valve have let it be known that they're rolling in with a cool 65 million users total for the Steam gaming network. This number can be compared to the most recent report from Sony on the PlayStation Network working with 110 million users and Microsoft reporting that they're in at 48 million users in Xbox Live. These numbers are not the same as "active users", a number which is much more difficult to grasp.
The new PlayStation App for iOS and Android will be available for free download from the App Store and Google Play starting Nov. 13 in North America, Sony has announced. The app will be released Nov. 22 in Europe and Nov. 25 in Africa. Those dates precede the release dates of the PlayStation 4 by just a few days.
Microsoft has enjoyed a long run as maker of the most popular video game console in the United States, with the Xbox 360 consistently trumping Sony's console month after month. All good things comes to an end, however, and the Xbox 360's reign is over -- for now, at least -- with the latest numbers showing the PlayStation 3 as the nation's top video game system.
Supposing you're a Grand Theft Auto fan and you've not gotten onboard with GTA 5 and the Grand Theft Auto Online universe yet, Rockstar Games is pushing an initiative today that'll have you thinking twice. Done specifically because of the collection of server errors that appeared at launch with this online version of the game, Rockstar is making with some cash deposits in online citizens banks. Made in installments of $250,000, all players of the game online will be given a total of $500,000 total - half a million bucks - for the trouble they likely went through when they logged on in the first place.
Following the latest Grand Theft Auto Online update that Rockstar Games pushed out, another has followed, again for the PlayStation 3 with a promise that Xbox 360 owners will get it by tomorrow. This latest update fixes the problem gamers have had with progress loss, and brings with it some "technical fixes, tweaks and enhancements." Only part of the progress loss issue persists, and will be fixed in another update.