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Hands On With the New Playstation App (iOS Version)



As Jessey informed everyone yesterday, the Playstation App is officially love on iOS and Google Play, and it’s about time. There is no doubt that this will be a constantly evolving App, and just getting it out in advance of Friday’s launch of the Playstation 4 is a huge accomplishment. For now, it is pretty bare-bones, though still a great companion to the actual Playstation Network. Users can now log-in and send messages, see who is online, take a look at trophies, with many other features still to come. It looks like it will also have a Smartglass-type of way to connect with the Playstation 4 to add some second screen features. The App allows you to do about as much as the Xbox Smartglass App lets you do at it’s core, but it is not nearly as intuitive and just doesn’t have the extra features quite yet. With that said, if you’re a Playstation owner, you need to have this App. Like I said, it is going to be a constantly evolving piece of the puzzle and it will definitely get better from here.

I had a hard time finding it in the App Store on iOS, so you can click here to download and make it easier for yourself. Android users can snag it from the Google Play store here. There are a bunch of pictures of the App in use on iOS after the break.


13 November 2013 Gaming  Playstation 4  PlayStation Mobile Read more

Beware! New PS3 Firmware Bricking Consoles

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Be careful Playstation 3 gamers! You’re probably going to be in the mood to play something on your PS3 like The Last of US and get hit with a new PS3 firmware. Do not download and install it! The 4.45 firmware update is causing several Playstation 3 consoles to brick. Hopefully these firmware issues that plagued the PS3 won’t carry over to the Playstation 4.

Update: Users no longer prompted to download the firmware but no official word from Sony yet.

19 June 2013 PlayStation 3 Read more

Sony E3 2013 Press Conference Highlights

I’m still at a lost of words. As we said in our Playstation 4 reveal podcast, Sony had to bring it at E3 and my god they surely did. We took extensive notes and provided extensive coverage (mostly Jess) and picked some of the best highlights from Sony’s coming out party. Hit the arrows and enjoy!

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12 June 2013 E3 2013  PlayStation 3  Playstation 4  Playstation Vita  PSN Read more

Newegg Lists Gran Turismo 6 for Pre-order; Races onto PS3 this November

Whooa! Surprise! Surprise! Gran Turismo 6 was originally thought to be an upcoming Playstation 4 title but a recent Newegg leak would suggest otherwise! The NewEgg leak suggests that Gran Turismo 6 will be a PS3 title. The release date is 11/28/13 but its most likely a placeholder. Will Gran Turismo 6 still come out on the Playstation 4? Only time will tell.

16 April 2013 PlayStation 3  Playstation 4 Read more

Sony Announces Playstation 3 God Of War: Ascension Legacy Bundle


Typical Sony… always late to the party. It’s kind of funny to me that they are just catching on to the profitability of special limited edition systems. It’s too bad I already have a PS3, because I would have bought this in a heartbeat. Packed with a 500 gig hard drive, a 30 day Playstation Plus trial and the entire God Of War franchise, the God Of War: Ascension Legacy Bundle’s prize is a Garnet (read: red) colored Playstation 3 console with matching controller. It looks cool as hell, but with this generation ending soon, I don’t know if I could put myself to get it. If this looks like a must have for you, the bundle launches simultaneously with God Of War: Ascension on March 12th, 2013 for $349.99.


God of War: Ascension Legacy Bundle Includes Garnet Red PS3

We have some exciting news, fellow Spartans! In celebration of God of War: Ascension hitting stores March 12th and to commemorate one of our most popular and epic franchises, we’re releasing a limited edition God of War: Ascension Legacy Bundle for our die-hard fans!

This bundle comes complete with a 500GB Garnet Red PlayStation 3 system, the entire God of War storyline including God of War: Ascension and God of War Saga (which includes all five of the previous games from the franchise) and a 30-day PlayStation Plus trial membership. You can get your hands on this collector’s bundle when it hits stores on March 12th.

The Limited Edition God of War: Ascension Legacy Bundle is a must-have for series fans. You can experience Kratos’ epic story with a stunning Garnet Red PS3 system, whose color is inspired by Kratos’ signature tattoo. The 500GB of storage is perfect for all of your games, movies, music, photos and more.

The complete God of War game collection allows fans to relive their favorite series moments with the God of War Saga, which includes God of War, God of War II, God of War III, and God of War: Origins Collection, comprised of God of War: Chains of Olympus and God of War: Ghost of Sparta.

The collection also includes God of War: Ascension, the newest addition to the franchise and a prequel story that introduces fans to a Kratos they’ve never known before. Ascension boasts a host of enhancements to the single-player experience, with new gameplay mechanics and combat systems, and also offers the franchise’s very first multiplayer experience.

31 January 2013 Gaming  PlayStation 3 Read more

Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition Unboxing and Review


One of the best decisions I have ever made was the day I decided to buy an HD PVR. I love recording gameplay footage from all of my favorite games and getting it on the net and the experience I have had establishing an increasingly popular Youtube Channel. One of the biggest drawbacks to being tethered to a HD PVR is the secret enemy of the HD business: HDCP. For those unaware, HDCP stands for high-definition digital content protection, and it is an encryption that runs within HDMI cables that is meant to prevent copyrighted digital files from being copied or utilized on non-authorized devices. Considering the entire purpose of an HD PVR is to do exactly that, it goes without saying that it has been a challenge figuring out a way to create a device that allows for the use of HDMI. Welcome to the Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition, a device that will allow Xbox 360 owners that very opportunity.

My first HD PVR was the original Hauppauge HD PVR. It has been outstanding, and for the better part of two years, more than served its purpose. The downside is and has always been the lack of HDMI, which has had me stuck using component cables and recording at a maximum resolution of 720P. I realize that many console games are native 720p anyway, but even upscaled to 1080p they look much better. The original Hauppauge HD PVR is capable of recording at 1080i over component, but interlaced looks terrible in the recordings, so that really isn’t an option. All of that goes away with the new Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition.


13 January 2013 Gaming  Tech Read more

The Top 10 Biggest Disappointments in Gaming in 2012

2012 is in the books, and while it was an amazing year for gaming as a whole, there were a few situations that made me sad, angry and/or downright disappointed. We’ll be spending way more time on the good things that happened in 2012 with my Top 20 Games of the Year, but for now, here are the Top 10 Biggest Disappointments of 2012:


30 December 2012 Gaming  Year In Review  Year In Review Read more

Crysis 3 – Closed MP Alpha Test Begins On November 2nd – Open Beta Confirmed For All Platforms

Crysis fans, we’ve got some good and some bad news for you today. The good news is that Crysis 3′s MP alpha stage will begin in a couple of days (November 2nd). The bad news is that you won’t be able to participate in it. Nvidia launched a give-away contest, in which the green team has distributed 5,000 keys to the first 5,000 people who signed it up. As you may have guessed, all those alpha trial keys are now gone.

As Nvidia suggested, this is an exclusive MP Alpha trial, meaning that we could see another closed MP alpha or beta test at a later date. Let’s not forget that C2 had an exclusive X360 beta test, so this is definitely good news for PC gamers.

It will also be interesting to see whether the alpha version is packed with all the DX11 features that were advertised a while ago. According to its readme file, this alpha test is DX11 only, meaning that those with DX9 and DX10 cards won’t be able to play it. The alpha test features only one map and supports up to 16 players.

Consoles fans will also be able to test Crysis 3 prior to its release, as Crytek has also confirmed that there will be an open beta test for all platforms closer to the game’s release.

Crysis 3 is currently planned for a 2013 release on PC, X360 and PS3!

1 November 2012 AudioVideo  Game Trailers  Gameplay Footage  Gaming  PC  PlayStation 3  Trailers  Videos  Xbox 360 Read more

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