Sony has renewed its superhero series “Powers” for a second season, something that has been officially revealed by the powers that be at Sony. The series is a drama based on the comic by Brian Michael Bendis, and revolves around a police officer working in the department’s “Powers” division where crimes encompassing those with special powers are handled. This was PlayStation's first scripted drama series, having originally been destined for FX before Sony swooped in to nab it. More details after the jump!
The Naughty Dog team has announced plans to release The Last of Us DLC “Left Behind” as a standalone download for those with a PlayStation console. It’ll be available to those running both the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation 4, and will be dropping in the PlayStation Store on May 12. When the launch day rolls around, it has been revealed that the Left Behind PlayStation 3 add-on will have its price cut to match that price tag (so hold off for a little while if you’ve been thinking about grabbing it).
This week the folks at EA Games and DICE are revealing their next big title: Star Wars Battlefront. This game will be released to multiple platforms, like Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and it'll be strongly rooted in the classic Star Wars universe. This game aims to bring the most advanced graphics and in-canon gameplay to the public with as much emphasis on original trilogy legitimacy as possible. In short - it's gonna be awesome. And it's gonna be coming to game consoles and gaming PCs right around the same time as the next Star Wars movie, to boot.
Sony has announced the new Limited Edition PlayStation 4 Batman: Arkham Knight bundle. With the bundle comes a Steel Grey PS4 console decked out with a partial silhouette of Batman and a subtle emblem reading out the name of the game. A controller with the same steel grey color is included with the bundle, as well as the expected game. That's not the only bundle Sony will be offering, however; it has a second similar one up its sleeve, only for a lower price point and with less flashy designs for those who find that option more preferable.
This week Ubisoft announced Assassin's Creed Chronicles, the next in a line of titles headed to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and gaming PCs. This title will follow three "famous Assassins" to China, India, and Russia, and will be released in three parts. The first part will be Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China, followed by Chronicles: India, and Chronicles: Russia. The first of three titles will be released on April 21st in North and South America, while EMEA will get the game on the 22nd of April.
Sony's new PlayStation Vue service serves to compete with Dish Network's Sling TV and somewhat with the upcoming HBO NOW service, though Vue costs more than both and is in some ways superior (depending on your needs). On Friday, Sony announced that the service has expanded to include a few more channels, all of them being part of AMC Networks' lineup. This includes the AMC channel itself, as well as IFC, Sundance, and WEtv. Not all of them are available in every subscription package, however, a limitation that will be familiar to any cable subscriber.
In the gaming universe, things are changing. While we'll likely never reach a point where it'll be the manufacturers of hardware or the developers of software that take full control of the console ecosystem, today you can mark one up for the latter. Instead of working with their own Music Unlimited system, Sony has decided to team up with Spotify - to great effect. Today Sony not only ends their Music Unlimited system completely across all PlayStation hardware, it begins 30 days of free use of Spotify. Sony is so confident in this team-up, they're tossing out the old and giving the new away for free.
Music fans have something new to try out on the PlayStation game consoles. The new service is called PlayStation Music and it is a tie up between Sony and Spotify that will bring music to users of the PS3 and the PS4 consoles. Sony had promised to launch the service in the spring of 2015 and a launch this week lands right in that target launch window.
Sony's newest TV-based venture is PlayStation Vue, a system that works specifically on their PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 gaming devices. Now that we're well and away from the launch of the PS4, a device that Sony assured the public was a "gamer-centric" system back in 2013, it's time to get serious about bringing on television services. For the time being, PlayStation Vue - a TV channel service - will be available to Chicago, New York City, and Philadelphia only, though more cities are on the way in the near future.
In an effort to make your console more relevant to your TV experience than gaming, Sony is soft-launching PlayStation Vue. Their Internet TV service is robust, sporting 55 channels of take-it-or-leave-it TV. There are no complicated bundles — you get 55 channels with Vue’s starting point. It’s competitive with Sling TV as a streaming TV option, but might leave some wanting. The service notably lacks ESPN, a major feature for Sling TV. PlayStation Vue also costs $49.99/month for the basic package, well above Sling TV’s $20/month starting point.
PlayStation Now is US-only, and that’s pretty lame. We’re not fans of region-locked services like that, so when we hear they’ll be opening up to new markets, it’s exciting. Such is the news today, where we’ve learned Sony is opening up PlayStation Now to the UK. Via a private beta program, those in the UK with a PlayStation 4 — and who are members of PlayStation Plus — can be among the first to sign up for the PlayStation Now network in the UK.