Sony reverses course on linking Playstation accounts to HELLDIVERS 2.

Man, I miss the days when you didn’t worry about SEO in your title. I would have totally made a torturous joke about Sony getting swarmed by those ballistic drop bullets HELLDIVER 2 apparently uses. I dunno, my kid’s the one who plays it.

Also: if you happen to have Community Notes access on Twitter – which, by the way, offers endless opportunities to aggravate people who really deserve to be aggravated – there’s an entertaining (if ultimately counter-productive) argument going off inside there. Ach, well. I suppose it was inevitable.


Sony to require timed game trials for new Playstation+ games.

This is good news, right? It feels like good news.

Sony has begun communicating with developers about its plans for timed game trials for PlayStation Plus Premium subscribers. According to sources speaking to Game Developer, developers working on games that have a wholesale cost of $34 or higher (€33 in Europe, ¥4000 in Japan) are now required to create time-limited game trials of their games. (Update: This number was previously referred to as the retail pricing, it has been updated to reflect that it refers to wholesale pricing.)

These trial versions must be at least two hours long. 

At least, for game players. Game companies might have a different opinion. And there’s something about this that I’m missing…

Sony hangs Fallout 4’s Playstation 4 players out to dry.

Brilliant, Sony. Absolutely brilliant. Particularly the part where Sony doesn’t even seem inclined to try to spin this – because the PS4 people are gonna be mad about this, and Bethesda is clearly going to be trying to make sure that people get mad at Sony, not them:

After months of discussion with Sony, we regret to say that while we have long been ready to offer mod support on PlayStation 4, Sony has informed us they will not approve user mods the way they should work: where users can do anything they want for either Fallout 4 or Skyrim Special Edition.

Well. It’s Sony’s company. They can do as they like, of course.  But I suggest that with regard to Fallout 4 – or any other Bethesda product going forward – that people don’t buy it for the PS4.  You’re not going to get the full experience.

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The day of last-gen gaming console obsolescence approaches.

Generally speaking, “The default answer to any title question is ‘No’” rule should be in effect, here: Is Dragon Age: Inquisition Withholding DLC For Last Gen Consoles An Ethical Move?  Look, both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One both came out in 2013. It is now 2015. Both Sony and Microsoft are getting to the point where the PS3 and Xbox 360 are going to be no longer supported. At some point, gaming companies are going to have to take that into accou… what’s that? Oh, I do all my gaming on the PC. So, yeah, this doesn’t affect me at all; I’m expected to update my own blessed gaming console anyway.

So. There’s that.

Sooo… Playstation is getting into the television series business?

Apparently so.

Powers, an edgy dramatic series, follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, who are assigned to investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities, referred to as “Powers.” Set amidst today’s paparazzi culture, Powers asks the questions, what if the world was full of superheroes who aren’t actually heroic at all? What if all that power was just one more excuse for mischief, mayhem, murder, and endorsement deals?

It’s got Eddie Izzard in it! …And it’s apparently just going to be on the PlayStation, which is… actually, they’ve sold hundreds of millions of the blessed things.  That’s not a small potential target audience at all, especially since I’m pretty sure that most people who own a PlayStation are going to be at least open to the idea of watching a police procedural about superheros.  So never mind me, OK?

Moe Lane

PS: No, I’m not going to buy a PlayStation just to watch this show.