Sony has announced a brand new patch for the PS4 that will remedy some feedback from players. Update 1.70 will add in some features players have been clamoring for, including the ability to take videos and photos from in game on the go with a portable USB or hard drive as well as being able to record gameplay off of an external device rather than the PS4. Players will also be able to pre-load digital games, so once Midnight hits on release day, players can play them without having to download first. The biggest part of the update will be the SHAREfactory, an app that allows players to edit any footage taken in-game before posting. All of these features will be 'coming soon', according to the PS Blog.
I can not wait for this update. I've been working on some '6-Second Reviews' to put on Vine, but recording footage is hard to do, especially with a shaky camera. With this functionality it will be so much easier, and I know there are plenty of gamers out there who have been asking for this. The ability to record off of external devices is also really cool. Thanks for listening Sony!
Amazing Spider-Man 2 may possibly be delayed or even cancelled on Xbox One. Picked up by MCV, Activision released an update to the site, stating “We want to inform you that we are revising our release plans for ASM2 on Xbox One. When and whether ASM2 is released on Xbox One is TBD.”
This is really odd, as the game is releasing in roughly 2 weeks (May 2nd). The fact that the other console versions are still scheduled to come out without an issue could point to development issues on Xbox One specifically. Hopefully Activision will release an update soon.
Sony is reportedly working on a possible discount for The Last of Us owners when they buy the PS4 version of the game. A quick comment at the bottom of the latest PS Blog post about the game, Naughty Dog creative strategist Eric Monacelli answered a user's question about a possible discount for current owners, saying "We’re looking into the business model for all this and will post about this once we have input from all regions."
This would not be a huge surprise. Sony did release a discount system during the PS3 launch that allowed players who already owned the PS4 versions of games to download the PS4 version for only $10, but required them to keep the PS3 disc. It would not be farfetched to think that a similar program will release for the Definitive Edition on PS4.
Sony wanted to make a Vita version of the game that would become Titanfall. According to an article on IGN, the developer Respawn reached out to Sony to talk about the newest hardware that would become PS4. Not ready to talk about specs at the time, Sony offered to help create the game for the PS Vita. Feeling uncertain about the lack of transparency from Sony, Respawn decided to move on with Durango, the hardware that eventually became Xbox One.
This is quite a story. Never in a million years would I have thought that a game like Titanfall would come anywhere near the Vita. Granted, it still hasn't, but it's interesting to hear Sony pushing for something like this.
A new Prince of Persia may be in development, and it's looking like it'll be a 2D game. First noticed by Portail du Jeu Video (and picked up by Eurogamer), the game is reported to be created by the team behind Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends and uses the UbiArt Framework. Nothing else is noted at this time.
This is pretty interesting when you consider that Ubisoft itself has said that the Prince of Persia franchise is on hold for the time being. That being said, a good 2D Prince of Persia created by a smaller team may help wonders for the franchise. Origins and Legends seemed to revitalize the Rayman franchise, so who's to say the same team couldn't breathe some new life into Prince of Persia.
Unity seems to be pushing itself further into the mobile realm by purchasing Playnomics, according to VentureBeat. Playnomics is a company that sells predictive analyitics and marketing services to mobile games. This buyout comes out of the partnership between the two companies that started last year when Unity gave Playnomics preferred partner status on the in-engine online store.
This is probably a sage bet for Unity to try and expand it's services. Over the years the company has slowly been expanding, attempting to make it's game engine a one stop shop for amateur game developers. What will the company buy next?
As always, here are some smaller, straight forward stories within the gaming industry:
- Walking Dead Season Two debuting on Vita next week.
- PS4 reaches 7 million units sold.
- Microsoft trademarks 'Screamride'.
- Teraria for consoles gets a huge update.