Sony Acquires Another Support Studio

Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced via Twitter that it has acquired Valkyrie Entertainment.

Valkyrie Entertainment, which was founded in 2002, has primarily been a support studio, working with Sony, Microsoft, and Warner Bros, working on franchises like Batman: Arkham Origins, Injustice 2Middle Earth: Shadow of WarHalo Infinite, Forza Motorsport 2, Infamous 2, and God of War. That is indeed quite the resume.

[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]

PS5s Are Getting Jacked Mad Max Style in the UK

Next generation consoles like the the Playstation 5 are in incredibly high demand. I consider myself lucky to have secured not just a Playstation 5 but also an Xbox Series X at retail, but many are not so lucky.

You need to be persistent and have a quick trigger finger to nab one. Or you can pay a scalper a premium if you have a lot of disposable income. If grand larceny is more your thing, you can jack a shipment of PS5s off of a moving truck.

According to The Times in the UK:

“Gangs are mounting car bonnets to break into fast-moving lorries… Consignments of Playstations, TVs, cosmetics, mobile phones and cigarettes have all been raided in recent months as the thieves use a range of tactics…

The raids involve gangs using at least three cars to box in a moving lorry at speeds of up to 50mph. One thief climbs out, usually secured by a rope, through a sunroof or modified hatch. The thief uses cutting tools or a crowbar to force open the rear doors before leaping aboard…”

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Scotland Yard has released this image of the prime suspects.

You know 2020 is bad when criminals are resorting to tactics employed in movies portraying our future as a dystopian wasteland.

[Source: The Times]

The First Global Ad for the PlayStation 5 Has Been Released

Sony has launched the first global add for the PlayStation 5.

Sony really did not have much of a choice to release this, since it leaked earlier in Hungary. Damn Hungarians.

Nevertheless, the ad continues the same aesthetic theme of previous ads from the PS4 era. Also, Sony is really pushing the immerviveness of audio and haptic feedback in the DualSense 5 controller.

Mary Yee, VP of Global Marketing at SIE provided additional context via the Official PlayStation Blog.

There is still no word on price, pre-order, or launch date on the PS5, but it must be coming soon if ads are dropping, right? RIGHT?!?

[Source: Sony]

Break Out the Pitchforks – The DualShock 4 Won’t Work with all Games on the PS5

Sony has confirmed that the old and crusty DualShock 4 controller will not work on PS5 games. It will work on backwards compatible PS4 games on the PS5, but the damage has been done, people are freaking out.

Folks, I know that you invested a lot on the previous generation, but it’s time to move on to the new hotness and away from the old and busted.

With that said, Sony did post an official blog today outlining what old and busted peripherals will work the new hotness.

[Source: Sony]

Far Cry 6 Announced – El Presidente Antón Castillo Up For Father of the Year

Ubisoft is dealing with a lot of shit right now which is no bueno. However, they did announce Far Cry 6, which mucho bueno.

There is no gameplay in the initial trailer, but the production and storyline looks top notch.

Father of the year material here.

The Far Cry series has always been about its batshit crazy antagonists and it looks like that tradition continues.

Far Cry 6 is slated for a February 18 2021 release, coming to Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Stadia, and PC (via Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Store)… and a partridge and a pear tree.

Xbox One and PS4 owners who opt to wait out the release on the PS5 and Series X will be eligible for free upgrades, when the make the plunge.

[Source: Ubisoft]

Sony Teases Us with a Glimpse of the DualSense PlayStation 5 Controller

As gamers wait for actual images of the PlayStation 5, Sony finally gave us a glimpse of the new controller. Thanks to the PlayStation Blog, here are the first images of the “DualSense.”

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It’s a sexy looking controller and according to Sony, haptic feedback is a major factor for this device. Gamers are going to get a true “sense” of the game. Imagine being able to feel the sensation of your car tires slush through mud or a gravel roadway while playing Gran Turismo. Or feeling the tension on your bowstring get tighter as you pullback on the L2 trigger while playing Horizon Zero Dawn, and you get the idea.

One of the more questionable decisions however, is the addition of built-in microphones. Apparently, this will enable gamers to chat with friends online without a headset. Sorry, but there’s going to be folks who will abuse this and will need to be beaten, to knock some sense into them. Like this pud, for example:

There you have it. We have images and details of the controller, and it is intriguing. Now, can we finally get the money shot of the console itself?

[Source: Sony]

Something, Something, Something, Fast SSD, Something, Something—Sony Fails to Inspire in PlayStation 5 Tech Talk

I was really looking forward to Sony’s PlayStation 5 Tech Talk. In the end, I feel like I did not get a lot out of it. Perhaps because this was a highly technical GDC presentation that was inexplicably repackaged for consumers?

Thankfully, there are people out there who created fancy charts comparing the PS5 specs to the Xbox Series X’s.

FeaturePlayStation 5Xbox Series X
PriceTBATBA
Release DateHoliday 2020Holiday 2020
Optical Drive4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive
RAM16GB GDDR6 RAM (256-bit)16 GB GDDR6 RAM
Memory Bandwidth448GB/s10GB at 560GB/s, 6GB at 335GB/s
CPU8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5HGz8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT)
GPUCustom AMD Radeon RDNA Navi 10.28 Teraflops, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz – (Supports Ray Tracing and 3D Audio via Tempest Engine)Custom AMD Radeon RNDA Navi 12 Teraflops, 52 CUs at 1.825GHz – (Supports DirectX Ray Tracing)
Video Output4K, 120hz refresh rate, 8K SupportNative 4K, 8K Support, Up to 120hz
Data Transfer Speed (I/O Throughput)5.5GB/S (Raw), 8-9GB/S (Compressed)2.4gB/s (Raw), 4.8GB/s (Compressed)
StorageCustom 825GB SSD Storage Drive1 TB NVMe SSD Storage Drive
External StorageNVMe SSD Slot, USB HDD SupportSeagate Proprietary External 1TB SSD Expansion Card, USB 3.2 HDD Support

In a nutshell, and there is no denying it, the Xbox Series X is more powerful pretty much across the board. The PS5 has the edge when it come to storage speed. Perhaps this is the reason why Mark Cerny spent so much time touting it.

In the end, I’m sure everything will be fine. Look, Sony still has all their exclusives. While the PS5 is not as powerful, its no slouch either, according to Digital Foundry.

At the end of the day, PlayStation fanboys are taking this in stride.

[Source: YouTube & Eurogamer]

Sony is Finally Giving PlayStation 5 Details

It’s about time. Sony has announced via twitter that PlayStation 5 details are forthcoming.

I can’t think of a better way to spend my lunch than watching Mark Cerny talk about the PlayStation 5.

[Source: Twitter]