Console Gaming

PlayStation Plus February Is a Beauty For PS3 – Last Chance for free Borderlands 2!

If you own or have just ordered a PS3, and you are not subscribed to PlayStation Plus then get subscribed as soon as possible. You can do this via a 90 day PS Plus subscription (pay no more than £9) or a 365 day subscription (£30 is a good price). Why? Because you will get not only the new games for February, but also your subscription will overlap for the final days of January, which means you get the superb duo of Devil May Cry and Borderlands 2 (PS3). For February they are being replaced with the 94 Metacritic scored Bioshock Infinite and 80 scored Metro Last Light. Both are very good games, Metro Last Light is the kind of game you don’t want to play in the dark by yourself, while Bioshock Infinite is a game everyone should experience.


So you are getting two top rated shooters (3 if you get Borderlands 2) for virtually nothing. They are good to keep as long as you keep the service, and you can renew at any time. If you have a PS4 you have to have PS Plus to play online games, and PS4 owners get treated to freaky Outlast, while Vita owners get Dynasty Warriors Next and ModNation Racers. So a whole bunch of great games, but with its large back catalog, the PS3 owners are getting the pick of the bunch.


New to PS Plus?

Once you subscribe, go on the Sony Entertainment Network website on your computer/tablet (anything but the console), and you can “buy” the free games for the PS4 and the PS Vita too, building you up a nice back catalogue incase you ever get one.

Console Gaming

Official Sony PS4 Unboxing Video is Daft Punk Weird!

Showing more than a little “tribute” to Daft Punk, Sony is clearly fed up with all the typical YouTube unboxing videos and has decided to go its own way with this crazy over the top unboxing video for the PlayStation 4 featuring Shuhei Yoshida, the president of Sony Worldwide Studios.


So what do you get in a PS4?

  • PS Plus Network Voucher (Doesn’t add if you already have an active subscription),
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Dual Shock 4 Controller
  • HDMI Cable
  • Power Cord (no external brick ala XBox One)
  • Mono Headset
  • USB Charging Cable (For Dual Shock 4)
  • 500GB PlayStation 4 Console

Like I say, the video is very over the top, and we will have to wait and see for some YouTuber to top it.  The rest of the PS4 owners will just rip the box up to plug it in asap.

Games News

PlayStation Vita TV Announced: Kills OUYA before it got started

In a somewhat surprise move, Sony has announced the new mini sub £100 games console, the PlayStation Vita TV. ps-vita-tv-bundleAiming squarely at OUYA and other cheap Android game consoles, as well as Apple TV on a media front, it promises much potential thanks to PS4 connectivity and a backlog of Vita games, combined with a VERY keen entry price for a PlayStation console, £64 converted from Yen.

Key Features of the PlayStation Vita TV:

– Plays PS1/PSP Games – 1,300 available

-Plays MOST Vita games (more on that later)

– Games are played with a bundled Dual Shock 3 controller

– Apps like HULU and other Japanese Netflix style services (not announced UK/US services but they will come, except the usual suspects)

– PlayStation Store

– Local Multiplayer

– Stream PS4 games into another room via the Vita TV.

What We Know So Far:

The Vita TV will be launched in Japan first, and will cost 9480 yen (£63) / 14,994 yen (£96 with Dual Shock 3 and 8GB memory Card) on the 14th of November. no official confirmation of a Europe/North America launch but why would they not?

The basic Vita TV bundle is ideal for current PS3/Vita owners as why pay again for controllers you dont need? The Vita based games are outputted at 720p/1080i which should look very good. Sony have released a list of  games that will work on launch, and some huge titles like Uncharted and AC3 are missing. However Sony have not ruled out patches for these games. The most obvious reason they are not available is the Vita TV lacks the touchscreen of the Vita. So games would have to be modified for this.

To use the touch pointer you hold down the PS button, then click in and move the R3 or L3 button.

Potential Uses of the Vita TV:

On a business point of view, this is a cheap way to get latest PlayStation hardware on the big screen. There are a huge amount of gamers in places like Brazil, but they still use PS2. This would allow Sony, if they released the Vita TV there, to get a device they can add games to an online library without needing the distribution channels. There is also no reason Sony couldn’t release Gaikai, their streaming service for PS3/PS4 games on Vita TV. Since the PS4 is a loss leader, while I imagine the Vita TV is not, if you have a good enough connection it could be the device to buy the latest PS3/4 games from the PlayStation store and stream without needing the expensive (for both Sony and the gamer) hardware. Wouldn’t work for everyone, but in fast broadband countries, this could be VERY interesting. There would be controller issues with PS4 games, but PS3/indie titles would potentially “just work”.

The other confirmed Vita TV application relates to something adults will remember unfondly. In my childhood I remember it being a pain to move my console from the lounge to my bedroom. If you are lucky enough to have a PS4, you could just move yourself to the Vita TV room and continue your game.

14 year old me is happy.