Playstation+ Priced For UK; With a Sting in the Tail
Sony has officially confirmed a £39.99 annual price for its PSN premium subscription service. Playstation+ will be hitting on June 29th along with Firmware update 3.40, which will also apparently add cross-game chat for both regular and plus subscribers.
Playstation+ will give you access to a number of premium features including early demo access, premium themes and PS Home items, PSN discounts... and of course, the ability to play to a bunch of free games (including PSN titles and Minis). However, sharp-eyed readers will notice that you don't get free games and downloads to keep; only the ability to download and play them while the subscription lasts. Sony has confirmed that any and all free content will freeze and/or deactivate when Playstation+ subscription terminates or expires. This won't be a big deal for diehard Sony fans, but might be a dealbreaker for the average gamer. [Playstation+]
3D: Nintendo Hints for Next Console, Microsoft Slams
Motion control may be the current major fad du jour, but the move towards 3D gaming has been making a steady surge towards the mainstream. Sony's currently making a high-profile effort to get 3D into the living room (mainly due to their debut line of staggeringly dear 3D televisions), but Nintendo and Microsoft have also declared their own take on next-gen console 3D.
Whilst Nintendo has stated that there's "no immediate need to replace the Wii", Satoru Iwata has strongly suggested that 3D will play a major role in the next console... depending on whether or not it takes off.
“If you display a 3D image, the image quality becomes extremely bad, so we’d probably do it with the next system. We’re thinking that the timing should be once the 3D television adoption rate crosses the 30% mark. We’re looking at the adoption trends.” [VG247]
Microsoft, on the other hand, has predictably slammed the move towards three-dimensional gaming. Citing the technology as a prohibitively expensive novelty, Microsoft UK Boss Neil Thompson has reaffirmed Microsoft's commitment to controller-free gaming before considering 3D in any significant way. Basically, Kinect Good, 3D Bad.
Does 3D gaming get your juices flowing... or is it a cosmetic step sideways for the industry? Have your say in the comments!
Castlevania: LOS Mounted Combat and Experience Explained
We've been keeping a close eye on Castlevania's Next-Gen debut, and we've finally been able to witness its take on mounted combat and experience system courtesy of Gametrailers. Kojima has been working to ensure that the characters and tone manage to toe the line between badass, scary and relatable... and from what we can see, it's working. The combat is looking exceptionally fluid and accessible, with a mounted section providing high speed thrills. This is definitely one to watch!