Sony State of Play Scheduled for August 6 with a Focus on PS4 & PSVR (WTF?)

Sony announced today on their PlayStation Blog that a State of Play is set for Thursday, August 6. That is the good news.

The bad news is that this State of Play will “focus on third-party-published games coming to PS4 and PS VR.” Sony does promise they’ll “have a few PS5 game updates on third-party and indie titles you last saw in June’s PS5 showcase.”

Seriously, what the fuck is happening here? It’s almost like Sony and Microsoft refuse to announce anything interesting regarding their new consoles.

[Source: Sony]

The Last of Us Part II Delayed Indefinitely

Go ahead and sell your PlayStation 4. I’m going to be taking pictures of mine today and listing it because, for me, there is no reason to hold on to it anymore. I’ll take the money I get from it and put it aside for the PlayStation 5.

Now that The Last of Us Part II is delayed, with no future release date announced, there is simply no reason for me to hold onto my PS4.

Developer Naughty Dog followed up with a statement of their own.

Nobody wants play a game about surviving a bio-apocalypse when they can simply go outside and experience it for real. So Sony is going to wait this out.

Also, everyone and their mother knows this game is going to come out on the PS5. So go ahead and sell your PS4 now while you can and get the most cash you can from it.

[Source: Sony]

Sony Clarifies that the PS5 Will Play THOUSANDS of PS4 Titles

During Mark Cerny’s incredibly dull and underwhelming PlayStation 5 deep dive, folks freaked out when he stated that the PS5 will play the 100 most-played PS4 titles. Sony would like a redo please.

What Cerny should have said was the the PS5 will play the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 games. Maybe he was distracted talking about how awesome the PS5’s SSD is?

Anyway, Sony clarified in an official blog post:

A quick update on backward compatibility – With all of the amazing games in PS4’s catalog, we’ve devoted significant efforts to enable our fans to play their favorites on PS5. We believe that the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5.

We’re expecting backward compatible titles will run at a boosted frequency on PS5 so that they can benefit from higher or more stable frame rates and potentially higher resolutions. We’re currently evaluating games on a title-by-title basis to spot any issues that need adjustment from the original software developers.

In his presentation, Mark Cerny provided a snapshot into the Top 100 most-played PS4 titles, demonstrating how well our backward compatibility efforts are going. We have already tested hundreds of titles and are preparing to test thousands more as we move toward launch. We will provide updates on backward compatibility, along with much more PS5 news, in the months ahead. Stay tuned!

Sony

Big difference and good on Sony on clarifying this.

Still, we’re only (only?) talking about one generation of backwards compatibility. Microsoft has spoiled gamers with what they have been able to accomplish with their catalog of backwards compatible titles. To confirm, making old games work on new hardware is hard.

[Source: Sony]

Insomniac Games Acquired By Sony—Now Part of PlayStation Worldwide Studios

Believe it or not, Sony does not own Insomniac Games. It only appeared that way since many games from Insomniac are Sony exclusives. There won’t be anymore exceptions to this rule, because Insomniac is officially part of PlayStation Worldwide Studios.

Sony has locked down a premiere developer. Insomniac had a monster hit with Spiderman on the PS4. Imagine what they can do with Spiderman 2 on the PS5.

[Source: Sony]

Sony Has Sold a Big Ole Pile of PlayStation 4s—Fanboys Dancing in the Streets

Not too long ago, Microsoft announced their Xbox sales numbers and things were not so rosy for the tech giant. Sony has followed that up by providing their own sales numbers, totally rubbing salt in the wound.

In the latest fiscal report for Q1, Sony confirms that 100 million PS4s have been shipped since the 2013 launch to June 30, 2019. That’s is a shit ton of consoles shipped to retailers. The cherry on top is that Sony sold to customers 91.6 million consoles through 2018. That is also a shit ton of consoles in people’s homes.

PlayStation 5 is planned to come out 2020, but the PS4 has plenty of life left with this install base.

[Source: Sony]

‘Heartman’ Cutscene for ‘Death Stranding’ Shows off Game’s High Quality Character Design.

No doubt that Death Stranding is going to be interesting, if not batshit insane. As all Kojima games, you can expect high quality character designs to accompany the bizarre story premises. Case and point, the recently released ‘Heartman’ cutscene.

Death Stranding releases on the PS4 November 8.

[Source: PlayStation.com]

Death Stranding Sunday – Official Box Art Shows a Filthy Norman Reedus

It’s officially the dog days of summer gaming and not a lot is going on. The sun is still actively trying to fucking kill you, ala Super Mario Bros. 3. so it’s best to stay inside.

The sun will fuck up your shit.

At least we got some cool new box art to look at for Death Standing. You know, boxes that games come in, for those that still buy physical media, like a caveman, but instead of hunting woolly mammoths and collecting berries, they’re lugging home discs.

The box art was revealed at San Comic Con by Hideo Kojima during a Death Stranding panel. On the left, you have the standard edition and the right, a steelbook special edition.

Reedus looks filthy in the special edition. I sure hope that is mud, and not shit, but this is a Kojima games, so who knows.

Death Stranding is set for release on the PlayStation 4 on November 8.

[Source: Sony]

James Bond Director Shows Up 3 Hours Late Because of Wicked Gaming Session

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Every gamer has been in a situation where your so enthralled by what’s happening that you flake on your responsibilities. But, not every gamer is the James Bond director Cary Fukunaga.

Fukunaga was gaming on his PlayStation when he should have been on set. When he finally showed up, the prima donna tried to get the crew to work over Father’s Day weekend to make up for lost time.

According to unnamed source:

“He turned up three hours late which p***ed everyone off. There was a big bust up because they’re so behind. Many said they were not willing to give up their Father’s Day in return for this film. It’s just doomed.”

The Sun

Now, all this information is coming from The Sun, which can be a bit sensionalist, but what is most egregious is they didn’t disclose what game Fukunaga was playing.

[Source: The Sun]