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.
This week the folks at Unity have let it be known that their Unity 4.3 build is out for the PlayStation Vita, a device that will now be able to work with a number of abilities in cross-platform gaming. There's a new PS Vita devkit being released for developers for this platform, allowing them to quickly integrate the games they've already made - or are making - into the Unity universe, therefor allowing them to be played on the PS Vita easily.
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.