There were some reports of users having problems with the PlayStation Network crashing and now some are experiencing HDMI issues with their PlayStation 4. They're getting a message saying "failed output signal." People from Kotaku, Forbes, and IGN are having these problems too. Although this is huge disappointment to some users, Sony says they will replace all the faulty consoles.
Sonys statement about the HDMI issue: "This is within our expectations for a new product introduction, and the vast majority of PS4 feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We are closely monitoring for additional reports, but we think these are isolated incidents and are on track for a great launch. As part of our normal customer service policy, we've asked those with affected PS4 systems to send them back to us so we can fully test them. We are immediately sending these people replacement PS4 systems."
The PlayStation 4 was launched today and thousands of people in the US and Canada are having problems logging into the PlayStation Network with error codes such as NW-31453-6 or NP-3500-8 and a message saying "The network connection has been lost." This is due to the mass of activity from people trying to logon their consoles. Seeing that today is still launch day in the US the problem might just be getting worse with the amount of people that that still want to pick up or purchase their consoles today.
Sony said that a fix is on the way and are asking users to be patient, but the message from their site has been removed for some reason. Users that are currently trying to download the launch day patch can also go on PlayStation's website and put the download on to a flash drive and upload it to your PlayStation 4.
Sony's message: "The PlayStation Network is experiencing extremely high volume, some users may experience some difficulty connecting. We ask for your patience."
After almost a decade, the PlayStation 4 is here, and the folks over at iFixit have wasted no time in tearing the next-generation console down to its basic components. Using nothing but a T9 Torx driver, two phillips drivers, and a pair of tweezers, iFixit was able to completely disassemble the PlayStation 4.
It appears that tearing down the PlayStation 4 is just about as easy as tearing down a common PC, and rightfully so as that is basically what a PS4 is. The teardown images from iFixit do lend some interesting insight into the PS4 though. Anyone who was hoping that they could upgrade the AMD processor inside will be sad to learn that the chip is permanently soldered to the board and is not even branded as an AMD device. Instead, the chip is labeled as a Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. CXD90026G, a SoC that features AMD Jaguar CPU Cores, and Radeon Graphics Cores.
Additionally, places around the APU, are 16x Samsung K4G41325FC-HC03 4 Gb (512 MB) GDDR5 RAM for a total of 8GB of video RAM. Samsung's K4B2G1646E-BCK0 2Gb DDR3 SDRAM is also present in a capacity of 8GB. The PS4 should have no cooling issues either, as a massive air-based cooler is present that appears to be made mostly of copper for maximum thermal dissipation. When it was all over and iFixit had removed the last screw, they awarded the PlayStation 4 a repairability score of 8 out of 10, which means that it will be easy to fix in the event of any hardware failures.
When you visualize the next-gen consoles in your head, you don't think about a huge size discrepancy between them. But, there is, and it's big. You can see the difference in the pictures below.
The Xbox One is quite a bit bigger than the PS4, but why? The PS4 is the faster console overall, so what is Microsoft's excuse for the Xbox One being so big? Maybe it's cooling system is superior to that of the PlayStation 4, maybe.
Microsoft launched their Games With Gold program which gives you two free games a month on the Xbox Live Marketplace back in June and were originally going to do it for just a limited time. They have announced they will be continuing the Games With Gold and that it will be coming to the Xbox One as well. They will be giving out more details later in 2014.
Microsoft's Larry Hryb sent a tweet out saying: Access to free games each month is coming for Xbox Live Gold members on #XboxOne - Details coming later in 2014
Guys and girls, this is what happens when you shoot Sony's next generation PlayStation 4 console with a high-powered rifle. It explodes, in a beautiful fashion, in slow motion to make it look even better.
Rated RR took to shooting his PS4, which might sadden people who don't have their console yet. Maybe he should've shot the defective ones going around, because I'm guessing this unit worked - and while it's beautiful to see, it does pull at some heartstrings.
Eric Lempel vice president of Sony Network Entertainment gives you a tour of the PlayStation 4 user interface. He shows off the new and improved "What's New" screen and a lot of the other new features. You'll notice the PS4 is pretty quick going through menus and how social and interactive the experience can be. For example sharing to Facebook and being able to stream your game-play for your friends to watch. The new friends list can also show you your friend's actual Facebook photo and real name, and it's an option you can turn off.
The PlayStation 4 is just hours away!
The PS4 launched in the United States today, but it looks like it is already having issues with some customers. Not only that, but some media are having issues, with Kotaku's PS4 review stating that the first retail unit it received from Sony "didn't work", and Kotaku even said that editors also used "one pre-release PS4 and three retail PS4s with no problems".
Customers who had received the borked PS4s reported that the next-gen console didn't boot, with Reddit user 'arogon' winning a PS4 through Taco Bell, receiving a DOA PS4. Another user, 'yearsoflove' claimed to also receive a dead on arrival PS4, but a replacement was currently being shipped from Sony. But all is not lost, because Sony has your back.
President of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, tweeted earlier today: "Be assured we are investigating reported PS4 issues. The number is very small compared to shipped, we believe they are isolated incidents".
Microsoft has announced they will be having a worldwide launch celebration starting 11 pm ET/8 pm PT which will be streamed on Spike TV and will also be available to watch on your Xbox or on Xbox.com. They will be hosting a huge fan party in Times Square, New York and Los Angeles.
Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Strategy: "Today we invite millions of Xbox fans around the world to join us for the launch of Xbox One, beginning on Nov. 21 as we count down the final hours to the launch of Xbox One... Xbox One will be the biggest launch in the history of Xbox and we can't wait to celebrate with our fans."
Sony's PlayStation network has always been a free service to all PlayStation users. Sony's head of global marketing and vice president of Sony Network Entertainment, Eric Lempel explains to GamesIndustry.biz why they had to make the change and that it would be too difficult to keep the PlayStation Network free. Although the PlayStation Network's app services will still be free, Lempel says the PlayStation 4 will still have an edge over Xbox One due to Xbox Live's requirement to use many of its services. Lempel also explains that you get a good value and that it is worth paying for.
Eric Lempel mentioning it's difficult to keep PSN free: "There's a ton of value in the network. We've built up the network over the years and made a significant investment... and it's quite honestly hard to keep everything free"
Lempel continues: "The network's gotten so much better and it's completely redesigned on PS4. And the investment in Plus gives the user a ton of value, so putting multiplayer in there will continue to help us build the network up for our users. It's a massive infrastructure to run this thing, and now with some of these social features there's a lot going on."
Sony has finally unleashed its next-generation console, the PlayStation 4, to at least some parts of the world. The first few reviews are still a work-in-progress, as the PS4 will continue to grow as a device over the years to come.
Something I've noticed, but I'm not surprised to see, is that most reviews of the PS4 aren't completely glowing. There doesn't seem to be a killer game, that is an absolutely must-have title. I really expected there to have been a truly, next-generation console defining title - something like the Halo of the Xbox era. Oh well. Here is a list of the PS4 reviews:
The next generation of consoles are just right around the corner. Ubisoft's CEO, Yves Guillemot comments that the PlayStation 4 is doing better in pre-orders than the Xbox One. Guillemot is not worried though, and says the Xbox One is improving in pre-orders. Guillemot was asked if he was worried about a lack in demand for The Xbox One's pre-orders.
Guillemot comments: "What we see is that there is a good pre-order list on that machine. Even if the PS4 is in front in terms of pre-orders, we see lots of improvement in the pre-orders that are coming on Xbox One. So no, we are not worried at all. We think it will be a big seller as well."
Guillemot is also not worried about the short term transition the consoles bring. Guillemot says, "The PS4 and Xbox One will be released in a few days' time and will be a new driving force for the industry,"
Guillemot continues: "We are confident in our capacity to rise to the short-term challenges posed by the transition phase, thanks to the very high quality of our games, which, combined with the upcoming arrival of the next-generation consoles and the traditional ramp-up of sales during the Christmas season will trigger positive momentum towards the end of the year."
We are hours away from the next-gen consoles launching, and an interesting statistic has hit my inbox from Amazon. An Amazon spokesperson has said that if you were to combine the pre-order sales of the PS4 and Xbox One consoles, "it would make up the largest product release in Amazon history for all categories worldwide".
This is a seriously strong statement, and goes to show the kind of money that is rolling around with these next-gen consoles launching right now. Amazon is one of the biggest retailers shipping and selling the PS4 and Xbox One, but those numbers above are just gigantic. The company with the biggest smile on their face? AMD. AMD have APUs in the PS4 and Xbox One, and they must be laughing all the way to the bank, or at least to the Kaveri APU.
One of the Xbox One's most unique features is app snapping, a feature allows users to do two things at once such as checking up on your friends via the activity feed while playing a game. Users activate the snap feature by using the command "Xbox Snap" which is picked up by the microphone in the new Kinect sensor.
The new snapping feature will even let gamers watch tv while gaming. For instance, a user may be playing Madden 25 on the Xbox One and could say "Xbox Snap to TV ESPN" and could watch Sports Center or this weeks NFL game while playing Madden at the same time. Other snap features include Skype, and internet searching. Users can use this feature to search for hints or game walkthrough in the event they get stuck in the game they are playing.
Sony mentioned a just a couple weeks in their FAQ that the PlayStation 4 will not play MP3 or CDs, which was a huge disappointment from fans. Most people where thinking it was a way to push out their Music Unlimited service. Sony says that was never their intention. So they have decided they will push out a update after the PlayStation 4 launches.
Sony's Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida comments on an episode of Giant Bomb's Interview Dumptruck: "The biggest surprise for us all internally at Sony was there are so many people who passionately reacted to our announcement that there's no MP3 support or CD support on day one," he says. "It's not like we actively decided 'let's not do this feature so people will have to subscribe to Music Unlimited."
Yoshida continues: "The focus has been more on the game features. Some of the features we wanted but we couldn't get in on day one. We didn't really think about MP3 or CD. We thought 'we're going to do that eventually.'... It caught us off-guard. People don't really talk about these features, right? Some people get really mad and [say] 'I'll cancel my pre-order!' So as we speak, people in Japan - the system guys - are discussing when we can put these features in."
The Xbox will come with 500GB of storage. Sounds like a good amount but with the next-gen consoles you will have to install your games. Some of the titles are pretty massive like NBA 2K14, which is a 43GB install. You might have to worry about filling up your console too quickly if you're an avid gamer. Although some titles are not as big like Xbox Fitness is only 246MB install.
Some of the people from NeoGAF have been testing install sizes including @midnightswami. Here is a list from NeoGAF.
The Xbox One has an interesting feature that other consoles seem to not cater to, where it has a HDMI input port. This HDMI port can take most HDMI-based devices, including the PlayStation 4 and Wii U consoles.
This means that you can actually use your Xbox One as an amplifier, or HDMI receiver of sorts, and plug your other console into the Xbox One to play it, saving those precious HDMI ports on your TV. Jeff Henshaw, Group Program Manger of Xbox, said: "[i]f it puts out HDMI, it'll work just great," and that any lag would be imperceptible to the human eye.
It feels like every few articles I write are about the PS4, but we are on the eve of next-gen consoles dropping, so why not? The Japanese electronics giant is expecting to sell at least 3 million PS4 consoles before the end of the year.
During a recent interview with Bloomberg, President and CEO of Sony's US Computer Entertainment Division, Jack Tretton, said that Sony is currently running a marathon, and not a race, in terms of next-gen console sales. Tretten is confident that the company won't have supply issues during the holiday season like it did with the PS3 launch back in 2006, which should be a good thing for consumers this time around.
The PlayStation 4 is pushing all controller-based gameplay, as you'd expect from a console, but there will be one mouse and keyboard driven title. War Thunder is currently on the PC, with over 5 million gamers in the open beta.
The PS4 version of War Thunder will let you play like you do on the PC, as it supports mouse and keyboard gameplay. Oh, and flight sticks. Better yet, War Thunder will also pit PS4 gamers against PC gamers, which is something we should see more of. War Thunder will also support the PlayStation Eye camera, which will feature head-tracking, letting you change the viewpoint in the game by just turning your face.
War Thunder is coming, soon, with the game launching across Europe on the 29th of this month.
The minutes are counting down until the next-gen consoles launch from Microsoft and Sony, with the latter updating its PlayStation 4 Software Usage Terms today, stating that it may monitor and record PSN activity, including content of voice and text communications.
Sony has said that is cannot monitor "all PSN activity" and that it makes "no commitment to do so." But, Sony's statement does say: "However, we reserve the right in our sole discretion to monitor and record any or all of your PSN activity and to remove any of your UGM at our sole discretion, without further notice to you." It goes on to state:
Your use of PSN and our community features may be recorded and collected by us or sent to us by other users as described in 13.1. Any information collected in this way, for example, your UGM, the content of your voice and text communications, video of your gameplay, the time and location of your activities, and your name, your PSN Online ID and IP address, may be used by us or our affiliated companies to enforce these Terms and the SEN Terms of Service, to comply with the law, to protect our rights and those of our licensors and users, and to protect the personal safety of our employees and users. This information may be passed to the police or other appropriate authorities. By accepting these Software Usage Terms, you expressly consent to this.
Mad Catz says that they are working with NVIDIA to bring GameStream to their M.O.J.O. Android-based gaming console before it ships to the public on December 10th. This would use the same technology that NVIDIA's Shield uses to stream games from the users PC and would definitely give the M.O.J.O. more appeal to gamers.
"We're talking to NVIDIA and we hope to enable GameStream soon after the launch of the console," said Mad Catz Global PR Director Alex Verrey. "[Were] also very excited for Steam and we look at all these opportunities with interest."
At the moment, none of the small Android gaming consoles really appeal to me. This could be due to the horrible experience I had with the OUYA, or it could be that for the most part, I never play Android games unless I am in a car, on a flight, or otherwise unable to game at my PC. GameStream on the M.O.J.O. might just be a way to lure those like me to purchase the small consoles.