The PlayStation Network is down and Sony isn't sure when it'll be back up again. It's time to speak with your significant other again. It's time you found out how many children you have running around the house. It's time to speak with your tax representative. The PlayStation Network is experiencing issues in Account Management, Gaming and Social, PlayStation Now, PlayStation Video, PlayStation Vue, PlayStation Store, and PlayStation Music at this time. If you're checking off your checklist of PSN services, that's the whole lot.
It's been some since we've heard about impressive mods to get game consoles running software and games they're not meant to, but thanks to Failoverflow, a collective of console hackers, there's something new to closeout 2015 with. The group has managed to hack Sony's PlayStation 4 to install the Linux operating system on it, taking advantage of the console's fairly standard PC architecture.
A Christmas gift from no less than Santa Clause himself was opened this past week with a less-than-fantastic bit of content. Inside the box was a block of wood instead of the console itself. Cut to a similar size and placed in the box, apparently without signs of damage to the box itself. Amazing that Santa would have such a strange mishap, yes? As it turned out, Santa purchased this particular PS4 from a local Target store, where they were more than willing to take the box back and, in addition, give the parents of the gift-getter a $100 gift card for their trouble.
Now that a large portion of people have seen The Force Awakens, fans are wondering when they're going to be able to get inside of that universe again. Specifically, when they're going to be able to play a game set in that same time period. After all, who doesn't want to mow down some TIE's like Poe? Well, if you're hoping to get into some TFA action in Battlefront, you're going to be disappointed.
Finding Easter eggs in games is a lot of fun. Usually you'll stumble onto something that is a reference to an earlier game, or some other piece of pop culture. However, other times they lead to a puzzle that, if solved, can give you access to something rather unique. Well, Battlefield 4's latest free DLC had one of the craziest Easter eggs I've ever seen.
Back when the first and second Rock Band games came out, I played them nonstop. I worked hard on the drums to climb the leaderboards, and for a while, held a rank that I was pretty proud of. If Harmonix had made today's announcement back then, I'd have been pretty bummed out.
Fans of the Uncharted series are no doubt disappointed that they aren't already playing the game. After all, original estimates had the game coming out in fall of this year, and by the end of the year at the latest. Earlier this year, it was announced that the game would be delayed until March of 2016. Well, that release date just got a little further away.
PlayStation owners that are fans of videos shot with action cams are in for a treat, as GoPro has announced that its GoPro Channel streaming service is now available on the PS4 and PS3. This comes a year and half after the channel launched an app for Xbox One. The PS4 and PS3 versions of the app will let users stream the same videos as on other platforms, so expect lots of sports, animals, action footage, and other clips filmed in HD.
Bad news today for Call of Duty: Black Ops III players on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Activision has officially announced the game's first DLC pack, titled "Awakening," which includes four new multiplayer maps and a new co-op chapter in the zombies mode. Unfortunately none of it is coming to the last-gen consoles, instead seeing release first on PS4, followed by Xbox One and PC.
Finally Bandai Namco has taken notice of the west. After bringing the latest "Tales of" title, Tales of Zestiria, to the PlayStation, both PS4 and PS3, and PC via Steam last October, Sony and the game publisher are announcing a handful of new Japanese titles, both RPGs and fighting games, landing on Sony's gaming hardware next year, probably starting summer. These include the brand new Tales of Berseria, two God Eater titles, a JoJo's Bizarre Adventure fighting game, and a PS Vita exclusive Mobile Suit Gundam versus game.
We've been getting a pretty steady flow of information about the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake lately. Most recently we heard from the game's director about why they decided to release the game in multiple chunks instead of all at once. Today, we've got a few new tidbits about the forthcoming game.