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Sony Cuts Costs of PS4 Hardware Production, Price Drop Coming?

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23h ago - Today Sony has made available a [Register or Login to view links] revealing that they have already managed to cut the costs of PS4 hardware production which leaves PlayStation 4 fans curious if a price drop will be coming soon.

To quote: "The cuts have allowed Sony to revise its financial expectations, increasing its projected FY2015 operating income for its Games & Network Services division from 20bn yen to 25bn yen.

"Sales are expected to be higher than the May forecast primarily due to the strong performance of the PS4," Sony said in its latest earnings report. "Operating income is expected to be higher than the May forecast primarily due to PS4 hardware cost reductions."

The reduced costs suggest Sony could be better placed to cut the price of PS4 at an earlier point in its life-cycle - or continue to reap improved profits from ongoing sales.

PS4 sales stood at 7 million in April although Sony has failed to provide an update since. PS3 and PS4 sold a combined 3.4m units between April-June 2014, however, of which the vast majority are expected to be PS4."


 

Video: Sony PlayStation Now Open Beta - Our Journey Begins

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2d ago - Sony PS Now Senior Director Jack Buser announced that PlayStation Now Open Beta begins today with a video dubbed Our Journey Begins below!

To quote: As we announced back at CES, [Register or Login to view links] (PS Now) is the first-ever game streaming service available on a game console, where you can quickly access a rich and expanding library of PlayStation 3 (PS3) games from our cloud servers.

Since January, PS Now has been in Private Beta for select gamers across the country, and I'm happy to announce that the Open Beta will be available to all PlayStation 4 (PS4) owners in the U.S. and Canada starting tomorrow.

As part of this Open Beta, PS4 users will see PS Now titles fully integrated into PlayStation Store, available to be streamed for various rental durations. Check out the video walkthrough of how it all works:





During the PS Now Open Beta, PS4 users will see a diverse library of more than 100 titles to rent, with more added regularly. PS Now will offer a variety of rental periods depending on the game, including 7-days, 30-days or 90-days, as well as a short 4-hour duration, so players can sample the experience first.

With a strong...
 

Sony PlayStation Game Store and PSN Updates for July 29, 2014

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3d ago - Sony PlayStation Store Director Grace Chen is here with this weeks PSN Game Store updates below, as follows:

Pre-Orders (PS4)

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition ($59.99)

Pre-order Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition now! You'll also be able to access the Infernal Pauldrons, Spectral Minion, two unique transmogrification tomes, and three additional character slots as bonus when the game releases.

This Ultimate Evil Edition contains both Diablo III and the Reaper of Souls expansion set, together in one definitive volume. Rise as one of humanity's last defenders - crusader, barbarian, witch doctor, demon hunter, monk, or wizard - and collect legendary loot while mastering devastating new powers and abilities. Play solo or form a party of up to four other heroes, either with local players together on the same screen or online.

Lay waste to hordes of evil throughout all five acts of the Diablo III storyline, or explore the open world in Adventure Mode to hunt bounties on the elder evils that lurk throughout the mortal realms.

Madden NFL 15 ($59.99)

Madden NFL 15 transforms you into your rival's worst nightmare with a new breed of defense built to challenge the best offenses in the NFL. A new arsenal...
 

New Sony PlayStation and PSN Game Releases for July 29, 2014

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5d ago - Sony Social Media Specialist Ryan Clements is here with the new PlayStation and PSN game releases for the upcoming week, as follows:

With a world gone to ruin, society in shambles, and a terrible infection ravaging mankind, Joel and Ellie have the odds stacked against them as they fight to survive.

And this week, Naughty Dog's award-winning experience The Last of Us arrives on PS4 in a jaw-dropping, fungal-sprouting remastered edition.

The Last of Us Remastered brings the acclaimed survival story to PS4 with enhanced visuals, DualShock 4 support, and the inclusion of key DLC including Left Behind and multiplayer maps. Now players can witness the end of the world in 1080p and targeting 60 frames per second.

Guide Joel and Ellie through barren highways, rotting tunnels, and lush wilderness with hundreds of threats festering in the shadows.

Those in need of a "Roguelite" fix can look forward to Rogue Legacy, which makes its PlayStation debut on PS4, PS3, and PS Vita this week. Plunge into the depths of a haunted castle as a family of knights seeking ancient redemption. Gather wealth, upgrade abilities, and find mystic treasures from the castle's ever-changing halls.

For a complete list of games coming to PlayStation this week, read on. And enjoy the...
 

Sony Announces PS4 Now TV App is Available on PlayStation 4

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1w ago - Sony's Chris Owen [Register or Login to view links] today that their PS4 Now TV application is available on PlayStation 4 in the UK with details below.

To quote: "Sky's media app, Now TV, has been added to PlayStation 4 in the UK according to a tweet by PlayStation Europe's English community manager Chris Owen.

Available since last year on PS3, the Now TV app allows users to pay for on-demand movies, TV shows and sports - each with their own subscription.

A Sky Movies monthly pass goes for £8.99, while an Entertainment pass costs £4.99, and a Sky Sports day pass is £9.99.

Last we checked, Now TV was also slated to come to Xbox One sometime this summer."


 
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