Last week, Sony announced a list of games that would launch with PlayStation Plus when it rolls out in Asia, and yours truly had a shit fit on how underwhelming it was. Today, I stand corrected.
The list that was released today on the PlayStation website is far more extensive, including a mix of PS4 and PS5 games, as well as a “Classics Catalog,” which is a good thing. Sony also goes on to promise that more games will be added soon. So maybe PlayStation Plus won’t be entirely dead on arrival when it matches up with Xbox Game Pass.
Better yet, it was announced that games on the service may feature enhancements, like up-rendering, rewind, and quick save, thereby taking advantage of the PS5’s horsepower. Gamers can also opt for various scaling, aspect ratios, and video filters, to give their classics some retro crustiness.
PlayStation Plus is scheduled to launch in Japan next, and then rolling out to the USA and Europe in June.
That did not take long. Sony has decided to offer a free Horizon Forbidden West upgrade from PS4 to PS5. A complete 360 after their misguided announcement on Thursday, September 2 that they planned to nickel and dime their fans for all that they’re worth.
Sony corporate pud, Jim Ryan announced the U-Turn on the official PlayStation Blog.
“Thursday was to be a celebration of Horizon Forbidden West and the amazing team at Guerrilla working to deliver it on February 18, 2022. However, it’s abundantly clear that the offerings we confirmed in our pre-order kickoff missed the mark.
Last year we made a commitment to deliver free upgrades for our cross-gen launch titles, which included Horizon Forbidden West. While the pandemic’s profound impact pushed Forbidden West out of the launch window we initially envisioned, we will stand by our offer: Players who purchase Horizon Forbidden West on PlayStation 4 will be able to upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version for free.
I also want to confirm today that moving forward, PlayStation first-party exclusive cross-gen titles (newly releasing on PS4 & PS5)–both digital and physical*–will offer a $10 USD digital upgrade option from PS4 to PS5. This will apply to the next God of War and Gran Turismo 7, and any other exclusive cross-gen PS4 & PS5 title published by Sony Interactive Entertainment.“
Mr. Ryan then went back into his office to brainstorm additional ways to alienate his most passionate fans.
It shouldn’t take a weekend shit-storm to realize how incredibly misguided and confusing their initial plan of strong arming PS4 gamers of to purchase the $79.99 Digital Deluxe edition, $199.99 Collector’s edition, or the $259.99 Regalla edition to get access to both the PS4 and PS5 versions of Forbidden West.
Horizon: Forbidden West releases February 18, 2022.
The inevitable has begun in the land of the rising sun. Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia is discontinuing all PS4 Pro models and all but one of their slim models. In the end, only PS4 slim 500GB Jet Black model will be sold in Japan.
The above will be the remaining vestige of the previous era in Japan. Now the question is which other regions around the globe will follow suit?
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.
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.
Horizon Zero Dawn, is officially no longer a Sony PlayStation exclusive. This summer PC gamers will be able to hunt and kill robot dinosaurs. Hermen Hulst, head of Sony Worldwide Studios confirmed the news in the PlayStation Blog.
“Yes, I can confirm that Horizon Zero Dawn is coming to PC this summer…. There will be more information coming from Guerrilla, from the new studio directors [Michiel van der Leeuw, JB van Beek, and Angie Smets] pretty soon.
… I think it’s important that we stay open to new ideas of how to introduce more people to PlayStation, and show people maybe what they’ve been missing out on.
… And to maybe put a few minds at ease, releasing one first-party AAA title to PC doesn’t necessarily mean that every game now will come to PC. In my mind, Horizon Zero Dawn was just a great fit in this particular instance. We don’t have plans for day and date [PC releases], and we remain 100% committed to dedicated hardware.”
Sony PlayStation Blog
Horizon Zero Dawn is a great and visually stunning game. Many considered it one of the most graphically impressive titles on the PS4. Now, PC gamers will get to gloat that it looks even better on their expensive souped up PC rigs.
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.
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.
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.
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.