PS4 not coming anytime soon (no sh*t)

In an interview with Eurogamer, Sony Worldwide Studio President Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed what any logical thinker already knew: The PS4 ain’t coming anytime soon.

Quoth Yoshida-san “Looking at the platform cycle, when the platform becomes something game developers are not able to improve their creations with, that’s the time we have to really seriously consider shifting to the next generation,” continuing with, “So as long as we and our developers can create new experiences that are more exciting to consumers, I see no need to transition into newer generation.”

With Microsoft supposedly rolling out their next console in 2013, and the Wii U hitting sometime next year, I can see how some people would be inclined to think Sony would follow suit. The Xbox 360, while being home to a ton of great games, has very little expandability and was not built with future-proofing in mind. The Wii is, and always has been, a slightly updated Gamecube with a dodgy motion control gimmick.

The PS3 is only just now hitting it’s stride. Sony has, inarguably, the best 1st party development teams int he world. Third party support continues to grow and expand every year (if they can win over Valve, they can win over anyone). The PSN is finally coming into it’s own, and may soon give Live a real run for it’s money.

The recent PS3 price drop, coupled with the coming launch of PS Vita (something I’m sure they all know is a massive gamble), are proof enough that Sony is committed to the PS3 for the foreseeable future. A decision I, for one, firmly stand behind.

Source: Eurogamer


I have nothing positive to say about Silent Hill: Book of Memories (NSFW)

Thursday, August 18th, 2011.

This is the date fans should now reference when speaking about the death of the Silent Hill series, as today marks the release of the first trailer for the upcoming PS Vita game Silent Hill: Book of Memories. Continue reading

Portal 2 DLC (finally) coming in September

After waiting not-so-patiently for what seems like a lifetime (4 months!), the first bit of Portal 2’s DLC, a promised release of “summer”, finally has a more definitive release window.

Speaking with Kotaku, Valve’s Doug Lombardi assures us that the content, which includes new maps, leaderboards, and challenge modes, will be released in mid-September.
Quoth Lombardi, “That’s still technically Summer.”

If it weren’t Valve, this wasn’t Portal 2, and it wasn’t free, one might be inclined to be a bit miffed.

Source: Joystiq

Also, the amazing poster seen above is by Valve artist Tristan Reidford, prints of which can be ordered through ThinkGeek.
As an aside, I’d still like to know what’s taking so long with getting Volume 3 of the soundtrack out?

Vita has a boatload of RAM (and cross-game chat)

Despite recent rumors that Sony had slashed the amount of RAM inside it’s PS Vita in order to lower production costs and compete with Nintendo’s 3DS, Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida today revealed that the speculation was just speculation.

“…The reason why we were able to include something like Party, which enables cross-game voice chat, is because we designed Vita so it always has enough resources to handle something like that behind the game while it’s running” said Yoshida-san, speaking to Eurogamer.

While the current PS3 systems sport a solid 256MB of system RAM and 256MB of VRAM, the PS Vita will ship with 512MB of system RAM and 128MB of VRAM.

Yoshida was, however, quick to point out the resolution difference between the two systems and the amount of system resources used is the reason Vita is able to do something like cross-game chat when the PS3 still can’t, much to the dismay of PS3 users who’ve been begging for the feature since the system launched.

Source: Joystiq

PS3 now $249

At Germany’s annual Gamescom convention, Sony announced that all PS3 models, have been given a $50 price drop across the globe, effective immediately.

This puts the 160gb model at $249, while the 320gb model is now a paltry $299. The official Playstaion Blog has also confirmed a new inFamous 2 bundle that includes the game and a 320gb system, all for $299.

The new price point should, hopefully, prove to be a pretty good incentive for those still on the fence about picking up a PS3.

Playing Catch-up

First off, I want to apologize for the severe lack of news over the past weeks. I recently started a new job and, quite  honestly, have not had the time or energy to keep up with all the usual goings-ons.

Now that I’ve settled into a routine, everything should be back to normal around here soon, with the updates coming again fast and furious.

Look for new posts very, very soon. Until then, I’ll be in by bunk.