It seemed to be too laggy for a PS4 streaming box, too short on features for anyone looking for a TV-oriented microconsole, with too little out of the box for newcomers. Moreover, here in the UK it still costs upwards of £80, for which you just get the console, three games -- OlliOlli, Velocity 2X, and Worms: Revolution (all of which have, I think, been part of the PS+ Instant Game Collection) -- but, as I said in my first impressions piece on PS TV, you can't even fit them all onto the system straight out of the box thanks to the paltry 1GB of onboard storage.
The US, at least has itself a dedicated discount bundle that packs in a DS3 and a memory card. But we're not in the States.
The unit itself is stylish yet unassuming, it's tiny and beautiful, but hardly ostentatious. Measuring just 66 x 104 x 127mm, it really puts the *micro* into microconsole. Setup is nice and easy,the inputs -- the HDMI in, ethernet port, power switch and expandable proprietary memory slot are all found to the rear. There are other things you'll need to do for the optimum experience, mind. Cabling up your house completely is just not going to happen for most people, but if you're planning on using the PS TV for streaming, you'll need to make sure at the very least that your PS4 has a wired connection to your router. Extenders help -- if you can wire your PS TV up to an extender, that'll help, but what you don't want is a fully wireless setup.
To be fair, I've not had a terrible time of it beyond that first week. A bit of local FIFA 15 action went down a treat. There were a few instances of lag, but nothing major. It's important to note that the more controllers you have connected to the PS TV unit (you can have up to four), the worse the performance becomes, but for solo play, PS TV has held up surprisingly when well streaming from the PS4. Online competitive multiplayer, however, is going to be variable. Two hours with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare worked almost seamlessly, but a later test with Far Cry 4 was unplayable, and FIFA 15 online made me feel like I was drunk. Or the players were. Or both. I haven't used it for that since. It should also be noted that the games don't look as good as they would on your PS4, what with the resolution down to 720p.
I'm enjoying the PS4 Remote Play, but that's not worth dropping £80. Really, PlayStation TV is a niche microconsole for niche gamers who bought a niche handheld.
Which is why, I'm happy to report, I'm sort of loving it right now.Click here to read more...
Today's instalment of PlayStation's 12 Deals of Christmas is all about zombies and monsters and horrible things. The Evil Within is down to £24.99 and £13.99 on PS4 and PS3 respectively, with The Walking Dead: Season One down to £6.49.
All deals are due to go live at 12.00pm GMT and end at 11.59am GMT 48 hours later.Click here to read more...
When is a deal not a deal? When you're charging £35 for a game that's fallen down to £30 in the past, that's when. The trouble is, retailers have been hiking the price of Destiny back up above £40 in anticipation of the new content drop.
It's worth noting that you can still pick up Destiny pre-owned from Grainger Games for £19.99. You can also buy new copies of the game for £2-3 cheaper than Sony's offers by heading to Rakuten and making use of the GIFT40 voucher code.
In any case, here's the latest slew of "deals" in PlayStation's 12 Deals of Christmas initiative.Click here to read more...
In a very generous move last night at the PlayStation Experience in Vegas, EA has decided to celebrate 20 years of PlayStation by giving away three free games on PSN. This includes Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare on PS4, Mirror's Edge on PS3 and the Vita version of Need for Speed: Most Wanted. You only have until the end of the day though to get them for free, so get them now! Head on over to each platform's PSN store to download them. Or sign into the website and prime the downloads via these links.
If your hard-drive is a bit full, you can always start the download then cancel it straight away. The game will still appear in your download history for you to freely download at a later date.
I've been looking for a new PS Plus deal for ages and this is the best online price I've seen, even without the 5% off as most sites (including eBay) are sticking to £40. I was hoping for a bigger discount around Black Friday, but to be honest, this is the best price I've seen all year.
To get 5% off (normal price £35.99), just like the site's facebook page. If you're not redirected to a code, try this link. Tablet and mobile users may have to tell their device to look for the desktop version of the site to get it to work. If you've already used this trick before, just unlike the page, like it again and pop your email address in the box that appears and a code will appear on-screen.
This is an essential purchase for new PS4 owners as you need it to play games online. The main benefit to membership is a regular plethora of free games though. One membership covers PS4, PS3 and Vita and there are loads of freebies on them too. This is a great last minute present or one for any new Sony console owner. The code will be emailed to you straight away and is stackable on top of any existing membership.
Happy 20th Birthday, PlayStation. We figured that we'd take a trip down memory lane, reminisce about some of our favourite PlayStation memories, and ask our readers to do the same.
When it comes to standout memories of the Playstation brand, there are two that come to mind. The first was when I was 14 and still primarily a PC gamer. The last console I had bought was a Sega Mega Drive, so I had yet to dive into the new-fangled craze that was Playstation, but all that was to change just a week before Christmas. You see, I had just bought Men In Black: The Video Game on PC, but my machine wasn’t having any joy running it well enough to play. My best friend Paul had come round to see if we could fix it, but neither of us were as clued up on troubleshooting PCs as we are now. As such, and I couldn’t tell you what he did, Paul tinkered with something that bricked the computer. I was distraught – not being able to play my new MiB game was bad enough, but now I couldn’t play even play Civilization II. Then, in a sign of true friendship (or more likely though a horrific feeling of guilt), Paul loaned me his PSone and his copy of Metal Gear Solid over Christmas.
There was a catch, though – he forgot to give me a memory card.
So there I was experiencing a game like none I had played before, and I had to do it in one extended session. If anything, the lack of save game facility heightened the tension despite the fact you could press continue upon dying. It meant that every action I made couldn’t be undone. It was glorious and terrifying in equal measure (especially the Psycho Mantis bit) but ultimately it showed me that home consoles were capable of delivering gaming experiences that could match or even supersede those found on PC. While I didn’t purchase another console until the PS2, that Christmas with the PSone changed everything for me as a gamer, and it was all thanks to Metal Gear Solid.Click here to read more...
Sony have rolled out some fat deals for the PlayStation 20th Anniversary celebration today, with discounts on a number of PSOne, PS2, PS3, and PS Vita titles. Here are a few of our favourites:
Remember, you get an extra 10% off with PS+. There are plenty for PSN deals to be had, so check out the full list to see if there's a bargain in there for you.Click here to see the full list of PlayStation 20th Anniversary discounts >>
Sony's 12 Deals Of Christmas continues with a handful of decent offers on PS4 and Vita. Though Dark Souls II is cheaper at Amazon, you can pick up Lords Of The Fallen for £29.99 on PS4 (a £3 saving versus The Game Collection) and One Piece: Unlimited World Red for an astonishingly cheap £11.99 on Vita.
You can read our One Piece Unlimited World Red review for all the details, but suffice to say it's brilliant for fans of the anime. Thanks to vashuclash @ HUKD!
Ho! Ho! Ho! Let's get festive, folks. Advent is upon and Sony have announced that their 12 Deals of Christmas across their PlayStation range will return once again this year. Here's the first round of games deals:
The Last of Us Remastered (PS4)
Was €44.99/£39.99/AU$62.95, now €24.99/£19.99/AU$37.95
Additional 10% discount for PS Plus members
F1 2014 (PS3)
Was €54.99/£39.99/AU$79.95, now €19.99/£15.99/AU$24.95
Dynasty Warriors Next (PS Vita)
Was €34.99/£29.99/AU$47.95, now €14.99/£11.99/AU$22.95
Additional 20% discount for PS Plus members
Remember, if you’ve not got access to your PS4, PS3 or PS Vita then you can also buy through the online store.
Expect the deals to go live around midday GMT today and run until 11.59am GMT on 3rd December. [via]
Looking for a cracking console bundle deal this Black Friday? Love LEGO? Well, check out this PS Vita bundle from Argos.
You'll get a PS Vita Slim and an 8GB memory card loaded with six LEGO titles -- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, LEGO Batman 1 & 2, LEGO Indiana Jones, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, and LEGO Star Wars 3. It's a shame they haven't updated this to factor in the excellent LEGO Movie or Marvel Super Heroes games, but it's still a damn fine package at a damn fine price.
Sony have gone live with their PlayStation Black Friday deals, with Destiny leading the charge, and plenty of other titles discounted across all PlayStation platforms over the weekend.
Destiny (PS3) – Was £49.99/€69.99/AU$99.95, now £34.99/€49.99/AU$69.95
Destiny Digital Guardian Edition (PS3) – Was £79.99/€99.99/AU$144.95, now £64.99/€79.99/AU$99.95
Destiny Digital Guardian Edition (PS4) – Was £84.99/€99.99/AU$144.95, now £69.99/€79.99/AU$99.95Click here for the full list of PlayStation Black Friday deals >>
HUKD got an early peek at Argos' Black Friday deals, and there are some gaming bargains, console bundle deals, and plenty of other discounts to be had.
Argos will be running two sets of discounts, with one-day deals on particular items only available tomorrow, and four-day bargains on other items across the Black Friday weekend and through into Cyber Monday.
1 Day only Deals – Friday 28th November
4 day Deals – 28th November – 1st December 2014
Click here to check out our Black Friday Ultimate Guide. Nice one magicjay1986!
Very have got some cracking Black Friday deals on right now when it comes to the PS Vita. If you're looking for a cheap handheld gaming console bundle this Christmas, make sure you check them out. One of the best currently has a PS Vita with Minecraft, and a five-game Mega Pack (five of the best games on the system -- Tearaway, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush, Escape Room, and TxK) on an 8GB memory card for just £135.
It's also worth noting that you can buy a Vita with the eight-game sports Mega Pack for only £119. Click here to grab that offer. Brilliant spot from jono49!
Vocaloids are amazing. Half international pop phenomena, half musical instruments, Hatsune Miku and her friends/fellow synthesiser applications have taken the world by storm. Crowd-sourced virtual idols who'll sing anything you write for them, so long as you own the software. Despite existing as little more than anime advertising, animated music videos and fan art, these non-existent divas pack out shows, hold conventions and are no less real than any other pop star out there.
We really are living in The Future.
Confused? If so, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd is not the game for you! The original will be more your speed, plus I start our 8/10 review with a deeper explanation of what/who vocaloids are. Project Diva F 2nd, meanwhile, is very much a direct sequel that pushes the intense rhythm gameplay into satisfying new territory while providing a more rounded selection of tracks, providing greater challenge and a wealth of new content for dedicated fans.
Click here to read more...
Tales Of Hearts R is one of the Vita's biggest games of the year and an amazing remake of a brilliant DS JRPG -- which now looks gorgeous and plays brilliantly on Sony's handheld with new combat. You can save £2 at Gamestop.
Gamestop may have a chequered history with customer service and returns, but they're also the cheapest retailer around when it comes to this brand new Vita experience. "Tales Of Hearts R is a fantastic handheld RPG and one of the most impressive remakes of recent years," I wrote in our 8/10 review. "Expect a top-quality JRPG experience from start to finish, even if it's a touch familiar in parts."
It's properly brilliant, even if a few dungeon puzzles can be a little vexatious. Not a bad price ahead of Black Friday though we'll keep our eye out for more cheap Vita games and bundles.
Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!! is out today in the UK, offering a colourful and content-packed all-female fighting game experience with a wealth of localised dialogue. If you want to get in the door early, The Game Collection have undercut everyone else on the internet by a couple of quid, offering the brand new game for £27.95 on PS3 and PS Vita.
You can read our Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!! review for all the details, but suffice to say that it's a capable if slightly stiff brawler with a varied character roster, crazy aerial attacks and neat customisable movesets courtesy of the Arcana system. Expect quite a lot of fan service though.
When it comes to the murky world of all-female fighting games, Arcana Heart has more pedigree than most. Pre-dating the likes of Skullgirls, Girl Fight and Senran Kagura by several years, Examu's fighting franchise brought crazy aerial combat and customisable movesets to Japanese arcades in 2006, finally leading us to the recent release of Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!! on PS3 and Vita. As a remake of Arcana Heart 3 with rebalanced gameplay and loads of extra content, it's definitely a major event for franchise veterans and lovers of all things moe, but does the latest NIS America localisation job deserve its five exclamation points?
Well, perhaps two or three of them at least. Maybe four if you're a fan of cute anime girls.
After seeing so many fighting games provide little or no story for solo players, it's great to play a brawler that takes its narrative seriously and offers a robust singleplayer experience. There's an entire visual novel's worth of dialogue and storyline here -- or more accurately an entire visual novel -- told through a full story mode for each character, epilogue 'After' story mode that ties up loose ends, plus loads of unlockable skits that shows the cast interacting in their daily lives that usually feature their own battles too. Though experience with the previous games will help you to understand some of the nuances, the first page of the instruction manual sums up the situation in an easy prologue (which many of my fellow reviewers seem to have embarrassingly ignored!), while the cast's personalities conform to familiar enough anime tropes that you'll soon work out what's what.
In short: Japan and by extension the entire world is threatened by a dimensional rift that can only be repaired or worsened by finding some crystals. Some characters want to stop it, others want to exacerbate it, others just have their own adventures or agendas in the background. Yes, I've mullered the fine detail, but that's basically it. I'm not sure what many of my peers were complaining about.Click here to read more...
Anime fans are in for a treat with this week's PSN sale. After last week's PS4 deals, this week is mainly about discounts on PS3 and Vita, and they feature anime games and tie-ins, and JRPGs rather heavily. Here are a few of our favourites:
Those are just a few highlights, so be sure to check out the full list of this week's PSN deals.Click here for all of this week's PSN deals >>
Persona 4: The Golden is an incredible remake of one of the best JRPGs ever made. Better yet, you can snag a cheap Vita deal courtesy of GameSeek and Rakuten's oh-so-familiar SPEND10 voucher code.
Remember to use voucher code SPEND10 for the extra discount! The PS Vita is a cult connoisseur's paradise, and Persona 4: The Golden is easily one of the best flagship games on the system. If not the best handheld games ever made. Matt awarded this splendid remake with a perfect score, which went above and beyond the original with a full graphical makeover and hours of extra content. You need this in your life. Thanks to gurdeep93 @ HUKD!
It’s another week closer to Christmas, which means another week packed with more games than sense. Highlights include charging around the Himalayas on the back of an elephant with a machine gun, men in spandex, returning to Los Santos, taking on bloody big dragons with a pointy stick and building blocky civilisations in your pocket. We’ve been warming up for Black Friday a bit early by hunting out the very best of cheap game deals too, so be sure to check out the links to the best prices the net has to offer. Keep an eye on our Deals section too for a regular flow of cheap prices for the best of old and new games.
World War II strategy fans have been waiting for this expansion for a while and according to Matt’s recent hands-on preview, it’s shaping up rather well. Take a look below.
Best Price: G2Play: £22.20Click here to read more...