PS4 Sales Outstrip Its Predecessors by a Huge Margin

February 20, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


We reported yesterday that the PS4 has already sold 5.3 million units, so there’s no doubt that the console is selling quite well, but NeoGaf user Aquamarine really put it into perspective by comparing sales data from Sony’s previous consoles.


  • 4 months (one territory) – March 31st, 1995 – 0.85 million
  • 10 months – September 30th, 1995 – 1.77 million
  • 16 months – March 31st, 1996 – 4.26 million
  • 22 months – September 30th, 1996 – 8.07 million
  • 28 months – March 31st, 1997 – 13.50 million


  • 1 month (one territory) – March 31st, 2000 – 1.41 million
  • 7 months (one territory) – September 30th, 2000 – 3.52 million
  • 13 months – March 31st, 2001 – 10.61 million
  • 19 months – September 30th, 2001 – 19.58 million
  • 22 months – December 30th, 2001 – 24.99 million


  • 1 month – December 31st, 2006 – 1.7 million
  • 4 months – March 31st, 2007 – 3.5 million
  • 7 months – June 30th, 2007 – 4.2 million
  • 10 months – September 30th, 2007 – 5.5 million
  • 13 months – December 31st, 2007 – 10.4 million

Compare those numbers to what we’ve seen from the PS4 so far.


  • 1 day – November 16th, 2013 – 1 million
  • 2 weeks – December 1st, 2013 – 2.1 million
  • 1 month – December 28th, 2013 – 4.2 million
  • 3 months – February 8th, 2014 – 5.3 million

It only took the PS4 3 months to sell 5.3 million units. None of its predecessors even came close to that sort of success. Sony must be thrilled with these sorts of sales—and who knows how high those numbers will climb when the PS4 launches in Japan later this month?

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Was Titanfall going to Playstation? Could it be…?

February 18, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


Now that Titanfall’s beta is out on the PC, it comes as no surprise to us that players are digging through its code to see what they can find. As we reported a couple of days ago, they already found information about the game itself—but what we have for you today is a little more intriguing.

The code for the beta includes lines that contain “ps3” and “ps40,” although that second one could be an abbreviation for Pixel Shader 4.0, especially since it is found in lines about shaders. The “ps3” line, however, follows the same pattern for lines about “360” and “pc,” which suggests Titanfall wasn’t always a Microsoft-exclusive project.

Of course, some fans are hopeful that this means Titanfall will come to Sony’s systems after all.

What do you think? Personally, we think it’s much more likely that it’s a line or two of leftover code from before the exclusivity deal, but only time will tell. You can check out a screenshot of the code to see the intriguing lines for yourself.

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PS Now Beta Games

February 1, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


Over the past few days, lucky PS3 players have been receiving voucher codes to access the beta for Sony’s streaming service, PlayStation Now. We’ve now learned which games are available for beta testers to try.

The first party games are Killzone 3, Puppeteer, and Shadow of the Colossus while the third party games are Papo & Yo, Darksiders II, MX vs. ATV: Alive, Disgaea 4, Ninja Gaiden 3, and Shatter.

Those games cover a pretty wide range of genres and styles, which is great—everyone who gets into the beta should be able to find at least one they’ll enjoy. Additionally, different games will test PS Now’s capabilities in different ways, so feedback on these titles should provide a good picture of what improvements need to be made and how functional the service is.

We also hope it’s a sign of how varied the offerings for PS Now will be and will keep you updated as soon as we learn more.

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Trade In Your Xbox 360/PS3 Toward a Xbox One

January 30, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


According to the promotional offer sent out to several gamers today, Microsoft is putting a new trade-in deal in effect. If you trade in your PlayStation 3 (any model), Xbox 360 Elite, or Xbox 360 Slim, you will receive $100 worth of credit toward the purchase of an Xbox One. The console you trade in must be in full working condition and come with all of its accessories.

There are a few things to keep in mind when considering this deal. First, you must be prepared to buy the Xbox One at the same time that you trade in your console if you want to get the full $100. If you do not plan to buy an Xbox One with the credited money, your old console will be appraised for its value, and you will receive that amount (which may be less than $100) in Microsoft Store credit.

Second, not all Microsoft Stores are participating in this promotion. If you visit the Microsoft Store website, you can select “Your Store” from the top of the page to see whether or not you can get this deal at a store near you.

Third, this offer will only be in effect for a limited time. According to the Microsoft Store’s website, it lasts until March 2, although some players received emails that listed it as ending on February 28. It might be worth contacting your local store to find out when their deal will end. contacted Microsoft to find out what they would do with the old consoles—the Microsoft Store wouldn’t sell used PS3s, after all—and learned that they will be recycled.

Since neither the Xbox One nor the PS4 have backwards compatibility, many players might be reluctant to let go of their old consoles. For those who are done with the previous generation of games, however, $100 for a trade in is a good deal. While GameStop also offers $100 for PS3 trade-ins, their deal applies only to the 500 GB K model, and they are only offering $85 for 320 GB Xbox 360 Slim models.

Microsoft’s deal is a clear move to give players more incentive to buy an Xbox One, which leaves us wondering if Sony and Nintendo will launch similar promotions to increase PS4 and Wii U sales.

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PS4 Will Emulate PS1/PS2 Titles

January 28, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment

While Sony’s PlayStation Now service was announced as a new sort of backwards compatibility, a feature that would allow players to stream older games to their PS4 console, new information has suggested PlayStation Now will only be for PS3 games, while the PS4 will actually be able to emulate PS1 and PS2 titles itself.

In fact, Sony may not only implement internal emulation software, but also make it so that the emulation could enhance the graphics by presenting the older games in HD resolutions. The performance of games using internal emulators would be superior to that of those being streamed through something like PlayStation Now, although there is no reason why PS1 and PS2 games could not be added to that service as well.

There are no definite details or official announcements yet, so everything is still in the realm of speculation. However, if Sony implements an actual backwards compatibility service that allows PS1 and PS2 disks to play on the PS4, fans will be ecstatic. Even if only downloaded titles can be played, the emulation decision should still meet with praise.

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HBO Go coming to PS3 and PS4

January 18, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


HBO Go, the streaming service provided by Home Box Office, will soon be available for Sony’s video game consoles – the PS3 and the PS4. It will come to the PlayStation 3 first, and to the PlayStation 4 shortly afterward.

HBO Go allows people to stream all episodes of HBO shows, as well as movies, sports, and more. The definite date for its arrival on the consoles is yet unknown, but it should be in the near future.

One of the few things known about HBO Go’s functionality on the PS3 and PS4 is that you will only need an HBO subscription to use it—PlayStation Plus membership is not required.

We’ll have more information on HBO Go’s arrival on the PS3 and PS4 as and when it becomes available, so stay tuned!

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PS3 Blu-ray remote not compatible with PS4

October 2, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


We’ve got some bad news for those of you particularly attached to your Playstation 3 Blu-ray remotes – they will not be compatible with the Playstation 4.

The news comes directly from the horses mouth (SCE President Shuhei Yoshida) who is actually very vocal on Twitter. As we’ve posted previously, Yoshida-san is often the source of new tidbits of information on the PS4.

Follow him on Twitter here.

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Full details of the PS3 to PS4 game upgrade program

September 22, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


Sony has finally revealed “official” details of the process for upgrading the PS3 version of a game to the PS4 version, and it only applies to four select games, so read on to make sure you’re set for launch on November 15.

The four games in question and that you’ll be able to upgrade for the Playstation 4 are Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Watch Dogs and Battlefield 4.

Essentially, when you purchase these games (either disc or digital version) you’ll receive an entitlement to download a digital copy of the game for Playstation when it becomes available, for the price of $9.99.

If you buy the disc version, you’ll get an upgrade code included in the box. Redeem the code in the Playstation Store and you’ll be able to download the PS4 version. You will, however, need to hang on to that PS3 disc because it will need to be inserted whenever you go to play the digital PS4 edition.

If you buy the digital version of the PS3 game then things will be a lot easier. You simply need to login to the Playstation Store and search for the PS4 version of the game. It should show up for $9.99. You then just download it and start playing!

Oh, and the upgrade program has a limited run time in respect of each game. For Assassin’s Creed IV and Watch Dogs you’ll need to upgrade by January 31 2014, for Battlefield 4 by March 28 and for Call of Duty: Ghosts by March 31.

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Sony to launch PS3 game library for Gaikai in 2014

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While the Playstation 4 is not natively backwards compatible, Sony has long said that you will be able to stream (and play) PS3 games on your PS4 using its Gaikai cloud-gaming service.

Well just last week at the Tokyo Game Show, Shuhei Yoshida announced that the first batch of streamable Playstation 3 games will soon be added to the service. Not only will the games be playable on PS4 though, but you’ll also be able to enjoy them on your Vita and Vita TV.

Yoshida-san said that a “decent number” of games will be playable via the service once it is up and running, and that the plan is to add more titles over time.

One caveat is that there’s still no concrete word on when the service will be available. All Sony have said so far is 2014 for the United States… and poor old Europe does not yet have an ETA.

Via: IGN

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Battlefield 4 for PS4 upgrade process and release date

September 15, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


If you plan on purchasing Battlefield 4 for you current generation Playstation 3 console and then upgrading it to the PS4 version once that console is released then you’ll need to watch out for specially marked retail copies of the PS3 version.

They’ll include a voucher code (good for one-time use) that will allow you to upgrade your game to the Playstation 4 digital version for a small fee. Upgrading to the digital version makes sense as it can all be done online and you won’t need to swap/trade discs.

The offer is likely to be popular with hardcore Battlefield 4 players who, if they pick up the PS3 version on October 29, will have just over two weeks extra time to hone their skills before the Playstation 4 is released and people can start playing the game on that console.

Just to confuse things, the PS4 version of Battlefield 4 will actually be available in stores from November 12 (although you obviously won’t be able to purchase a console to play it in until November 15 in the US and November 29 in the UK). The Xbox One version of BF4 will arrive on November 19.

PS: The open beta for Battlefield 4 on the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 will start on October 1. If you are interested in participating, head over here.

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