Sony Fires Playstation Executive Allegedly Caught on Video in Pedophilia Sting Operation

Sony has fired a senior vice president who worked on the Playstation Network when he was allegedly caught in an amateur pedophilia sting video.

George Cacioppo, who was a senior vice president of engineering at Sony for the past eight years was caught allegedly trying to arrange a meeting with a person claiming to be a 15-year-old boy. The video was uploaded to YouTube channel People v. Preds on December 3, 2021.

Screencapture: LinkedIn

According to People v. Preds, Cacioppo allegedly spoke with a person who claimed to be a 15-year-old minor on Grindr. Cacioppo allegedly exchanged photos and discussed sex acts, according to screenshots from People v. Preds. Cacioppo then allegedly provided his address and the decoy said he would Uber to his location, where Cacioppo was waiting outside. 

People v. Preds have provided their evidence to San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.

[Source: People v. Preds]

Looks Like “Spartacus” is Sony’s Answer to Xbox Game Pass

According to a report from Bloomberg, Sony’s working on a service to rival Xbox Game Pass. You can go ahead and file this under the “it was a bad idea until we decided to do it” category.

Known internally within Sony as “Spartacus,” subscribers will pay a monthly fee to access a catalog of modern and classic titles. The targetted launch for the service is Spring 2022 and Sony plans to merge its two existing services, PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now, into one.

According to Bloomberg, Sony plans to break the service into three tiers, which doesn’t seem like the wisest decision, but things may change between now and launch. The first tier will include essentially what is PlayStation Plus. The second tier will include access to a catalog of PS4 and PS5 titles. The third tier will include demos, game streaming, and a back catalog of classic PS1, PS2, PS3, and PSP games.

Sony has a long way to go to compete with Microsoft in the subscription service arena. Xbox Game Pass is wildly successful and Microsoft is all-in on the service, releasing first-party titles day and date of release. Not to mention, Microsoft has been on a bit of a spending spree, acquiring publishers to bolster their internally produced exclusive titles. There is no word whether Sony plans to include their impressive internally produced exclusives day and date like God of War, Last of Us, Horizon, etc…, but I doubt it.

Competition spurs creativity, so the outcome will only be good for gamers.

[Source: Bloomberg]

Official Playstation 5 Shells May Be in the Works According to Sony Patent

Looks like Sony may have a plan to make the Playstation 5 look less like ass and more elegant by the way of official shells.

Discovered by OPAttackthe official patent is titled “Cover for Electronic Device” and is described as an “ornamental design for a cover for an electronic device.” The patent then has a diagram of the PS5 faceplates for illustrative purposes.

This could explain why Sony threatened companies like CMP Shells if they had their own plan in the works. Or perhaps they realized it was a missed opportunity? I don’t know!

What I do know is that the black shells that I ordered from CMP improve the look of my PS5 1000% and my Xbox Series X is no longer embarrassed to share a media shelf with it.

[Source: OPAttack]

Sony Cuts Playstation 5 Production Due to Global Chip Shortage

The Playstation 5 along with the Xbox Series X|S have been in high demand and still difficult to obtain for over a year. According to a report from Bloomberg citing sources close to Sony’s internal operations, the global chip shortage is continuing to impact Playstation 5 production.

The chip shortage is so severe that Sony had to cut production of 16 million PS5s by in the year ending March 2022 down to 15 million. That is a shortfall of 1 million consoles, which is nothing to sneeze at.

Looks like it’s going to continue to be difficult to land the coveted console for a little longer.

[Source: Bloomberg]

A PS5 Jailbreak Can Be Imminent

Hacking group FailOverflow is claiming to have decrypted the PS5, which will allow them to do very naughty and unauthorized things on the console. You may recall that the same group was able to jailbreak the PS3 several years ago.

I’m not going to pretend to know what any of this means, but apparently it’s a big deal.

What the above tweet may eventually result is the PS5 being fully ‘jailbroken’, which may lead some bold users to copy games from discs to hard drives, downgrade their system OS, and run emulated software. This will make Sony very sad obviously, so jailbreak at your own risk.

[Source: Twitter]

Sony Literally Flying 747s Full of Playstation 5s Into The UK For The Holidays

According to a report from The Sun, three 747s packed with PlayStation 5s landed at Heathrow Airport in London so that shelves are stocked in time for Christmas. ‘A’ for effort, but I have a feeling that the console is still going to be a pain in the ass to find this holiday season.

Additionally, the Sun reports that Sony plans to bring in two additional planes by mid-November. Hopefully, this stock gets into the hands of actual gamers and not scalpers.

[Source: The Sun]

Sony Begins “Trialing” Poorly Conceived “Game Trial” Service in UK

I remember the days when I used to get gaming magazines with demo disks. I’m that ancient. We have come full circle because game demos have become the new buzz all of the sudden. What is so remarkable, is that even though the concept of game demos have been around a long time, Sony still manages to muck it up.

‘Game Trials,’ as Sony calls it is only available in the UK on two titles, Death Stranding Director’s Cut and Sackboy: A Big Adventure.

For the Death Stranding trial, you receive six hours of playtime, whereas in the Sackboy trial, you get five hours. However, the big caveat is that the timer starts the moment you hit the download button. This is a horrible user experience because it takes literally hours to download Death Stranding.

A writer at Eurogamer began downloading the Death Stranding trial and reports that his PS5 estimates two hours to download enough data to start playing, and three hours to download the entire game. You can do the math, but half the trial’s time is spent on downloading.

There’s also a lot of additional fine print from Sony that Eurogamer does a great job capturing. All in all, it’s just a very amusing tale of Sony not thinking something through entirely and rushing something that out that isn’t quite ready, even though it’s just a trial or their, “trial” service.

[Source: Eurogamer]

Sony Backtracks – Will Now Offer Free PS4 to PS5 Upgrade on Horizon Forbidden West

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.

Jim Ryan, CEO of 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.

[Source: Sony]

There Will Be No Free Upgrade from PS4-PS5 for Horizon: Forbidden West

Sony has announced that the delayed Horizon: Forbidden West will launch with distinctive PS4 and PS5 versions.

What does that mean exactly? Long story short, if you have a PS5, you can play the cheaper PS4 version, but it will lack the visual punch and performance from the more powerful PS5 hardware.

According to the game’s FAQ page, under the question “Can I upgrade my Horizon Forbidden West PS4 version to the PS5 version?” the response:

“To access both the PS4 and PS5 versions of Horizon Forbidden West, you need to purchase the Digital Deluxe, Collector’s, or Regalla Editions. Dual entitlement does not apply to the Standard and Special Editions.

Of course, the Digital Deluxe Edition comes at a premium price.

Image: PlayStation Store

Unlike the recently released Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut, Sony offered a less expensive paid upgrade, but this is not in the cards for Horizon: Forbidden West, for now.

Perhaps Sony’s plan is to utilize the hotly anticipated title to get people to upgrade to the new hotness? I can’t fault them for that, but PS5s are still hard to find. What about folks who can’t find a PS5, but are looking and want to play Horizon: Forbidden West now? Those folks are going to have to buy the Deluxe Version apparently. Personally, a paid upgrade would be more fair during this point and time.

I’m getting the game regardless on PS5, because I’m a baller, but this is a lame ass move by Sony. This feels like scummy corporate shit that is anti consumer.

It is no secret that I like how Microsoft has been approaching things since Phil Spencer has taken over. In particular, Smart Delivery, that ensures the costumer gets the best version of the game regardless of generation is tremendous. Sony really needs to replicate Smart Delivery, because as of right now, their entire approach to cross generational games sucks and is confusing.

Whatever the case may be, Horizon: Forbidden West launches February 18, 2022.

[Source: Sony]

New and Improved PS5 Model Is Lighter, Has Smaller Heatsink, Runs Hotter… Wait, what?

Sony has quietly released a new PlayStation 5. The new model (PS5 1100B) went on a bit of a crash diet, losing 0.6 pounds. A lot of that weight apparently is from a spanking new heat sink.

YouTuber Austin Evans got his hands on one of the hard to find consoles, and promptly tore into its guts, for posterity.

While testing, Evans discovers that the new heatsink makes the console run a bit hotter. The temperature on the new console runs four to five degrees Celsius hotter, with the console hitting a high of 58 degrees Celsius while running Astro’s Playroom. That’s 136.4 Fahrenheit for us Americans.

Is this something to freak out about? Probably not, but gamers worry when their consoles run hot. Also, we have expectations that ‘improvements’ should make the console run more efficiently and cooler, not hotter.

Perhaps this had more to do on supply chain savings than console improvements. The PS5 is hugely popular and Sony is shipping out millions of units globally. Shipping on a global scale is expensive. That 0.6 pounds times a million equals a shit ton of cash saved in tonnage shipped.

[Source: YouTube]