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The 2014 Gamescom Awards - Game Buzz #87

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Beards, Bedlam, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Dead Island 2, Game Buzz, Gamescom 2014, Hideo Kojima, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, Rise Of The Tomb Raider, Silent Hills, Wii U, Xbox One

The 2014 Gamescom Awards - Game Buzz #87

It's time for the Gamescom post-mortem, prepare yourselves for awards, arguments, and accolades as we get stuck into the best and the worst of this year's show.

And a discussion about beards.

Game Buzz | Episode 87 - The 2014 Gamescom Awards. Recorded 22nd August, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

Want more? Check out the rest of our PWNCAST posts onsite, hit us up on iTunes, or subscribe to the PWNCAST Feed here.

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"It's just beyond our imagination" - A few reasons why the PS4 is doing so well

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
PS4, PS4 games, Shuhei Yoshida, Sony

"It's just beyond our imagination" - A few reasons why the PS4 is doing so well

"It's just beyond our imagination," said Sony Worldwide Studios boss, Shuhei Yoshida, speaking about the PS4's success. Over 10 million sales thus far, and counting.

"We are so happy. But I for one am a bit nervous because we do not completely understand what's happening. You need to understand why your products are selling well so you can plan for the future, right?"

It's a humble statement at first glance, but looking back at what's gone on over the past year or so, it's no surprise really that Sony have managed to extend a strong lead at the start of this new generation. Sony's message has remained so resolute, their communication never wavering for a second. Every step of the way they've delivered when it counts, not necessarily with perfect execution but, crucially, with more poise and appeal than their competition.

"It's just beyond our imagination" - A few reasons why the PS4 is doing so well

There was parity at the start of this generation -- unlike last-gen, neither Sony nor Microsoft had much of a jump on the other in terms of timing -- but being prepared counts for much, and having a solid strategy is invaluable.

So I don't believe you, Mr Yoshida, when you suggest that your company doesn't quite understand the recent success. To me, at least, it looks like a plan well executed. Here's why...

Staying on message

This has defined everything. #4thePlayers -- a motto much more than a social media hashtag, it underpins the entire philosophy behind the PS4. This isn't an all-in-one media centre, it's not one box to rule them all, it's a games console. Yoshida told Eurogamer that there was some trepidation over really focussing on games. "It defied the conventional thinking. Lots of people thought the dedicated game hardware might not be needed going forward, but still lots of people are very excited."

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Black PS4 Destiny bundle only £329.99 at ASDA

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Bungie, PS4, Sony

Black PS4 Destiny bundle only £329.99 at ASDA

Yesterday we ran a deal for the white PS4 Destiny bundle, which was a good price, but had one major problem. The console is utterly hideous. So if you're blessed with a sense of taste and an AV cabinet full of black devices, why not save an extra tenner and grab a black version of the bundle from ASDA instead?

Unless you want your PS4 to blend in with your kitchen appliances rather than your living room kit, that is. Remember to use voucher code CONSOLE at checkout!

Thanks to hatcher @ HUKD!

White PS4 Destiny bundle just £339.97 at GameStop

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Bungie, PS4, Sony

White PS4 Destiny bundle just £339.97 at GameStop

White PS4 + Destiny pre-order | GameStop | £339.97
Destiny Alpha GameplayDestiny preview

It may be garish if not bordering on the hideous, but the special edition white PS4 certainly turns heads. Especially since it also comes bundled with a physical copy of Destiny for £339.97 at Gamestop. This is a fantastic price and one that I'm not sure I can personally resist, to be perfectly honest.

Remember to join the Dealspwn Destiny Clan whatever platform you choose. My Little Dealspwny needs YOU! Thanks to roshambo @ HUKD!

Virtual sharing is a great idea, but PS4's SharePlay is looking like a mixed bag

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
PlayStation Now, PS4, PS4 games, SharePlay, Sony, Streaming, Virtual sharing

Virtual sharing is a great idea, but PS4's SharePlay is looking like a mixed bag

When PS Plus was made mandatory for online play on PS4, we wondered aloud whether or not Sony would rest on their laurels now that there would be a lessened need to attract subscribers with essential content. Instead, PS Plus has remained an absolute must-have on PS3 and Vita thanks to an Instant Game Collection that's seemingly getting better each month, and it's become a way in to many an indie title (and digital discounts) on PS4.

What is now clear, is that Sony hope to supplement that with integrated services. Services such as SharePlay, which was announced at Gamescom last week. Here's how it works:

"How it works is, for example, say, a friend has a game that I don't. I ask them to let me play it, and if they send me an invitation, I can access their PS4 and play while watching the video that is streamed," said Sony Worldwide Studio boss, Shuhei Yoshida, in an interview with Weekly Famitsu (via Kotaku). "You could call it a mini PlayStation Now."

Virtual sharing is a great idea, but PS4's SharePlay is looking like a mixed bag

Compatible with any game that uses the DualShock 4, SharePlay is actually fairly reminiscent of some of the digital sharing stuff Microsoft were blundering through in their garbled PR for the Xbox One ahead of the cavalcade of U-turns. It's an extension of try-before-you-buy -- a P2P streaming demo initiative that trades heavily on word of mouth. Sony have always been a bit better than Microsoft at cultivating a sense of community, and this is yet another initiative that reinforces that. SharePlay is Sony handing power over to their consumer communities and empowering gaming circles to facilitate engagement.

I can borrow a friend's game without owning it or getting off of the couch? Where the hell do I sign?!

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Postcards from Gamescom '14 | Day 0 - Microsoft, Sony, & Disney Infinity

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Disney, Gamescom 2014, Microsoft, PS4, Sony, Videos, Xbox One

Dealspwn are once again in Cologne for this year's Gamescom, having sent Carl & Jon to check out the upcoming titles that have been brought along to the three-day-long event... but before we get to that, our dynamic duo give their thoughts on how Sony & Microsoft did with their press conferences. We also get to hear their impressions on the upcoming build of Disney Infinity.

Stay tuned for their first proper day of highlights in our postcard tomorrow!

A Steady Smorgasbord of Creativity - Sony Gamescom 2014 Press Conference Impressions

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Gamescom 2014, PlayStation TV, PS4, PS4 games, Rime, Share Play, Until Dawn, Wild

A Steady Smorgasbord of Creativity - Sony Gamescom 2014 Press Conference Impressions

No huge surprises that immediately knocked us for six for Sony at this year's Gamescom presser, but plenty of new trailers, lots of rumoured titles confirmed, and some interesting new features coming in the pending firmware update that we couldn't help but smile at.

Matt

You'd never guess that Sony spent millions making a super-powerful, really awesome handheld console. Such has the Vita fallen from favour that initiatives that won't see the light of day in Europe until next year get pride of place above it. Even PlayStation TV got a look in.

Sony didn't have the same sort of surprising bombshell that Microsoft managed to keep under wraps until deployment time, but that doesn't mean their showing at Gamescom this year was worse. Far from it, in fact. What we got over 70 brisk minutes was a smorgasbord of game after game, showing off the full range of creative games on offer on PS4 over the coming months.

DayZ coming to PS4 is a Big Deal, although with H1Z1 also coming from SOE, one wonders if Sony can have too much of a good thing going on there. As it is, they'll certainly be monopolising the console market when it comes to zombie survival games. In many ways, it's easy to look at the cavalcade of indie titles shown off in the first half hour as an extended trailer for PlayStation Plus over the coming year or so. Sony have used their subscription service to help introduce early adopters to games they might not normally buy, with indies featuring heavily on the service.

But these games delivered great showings in their own right too. Ninja Theory are perhaps one of the most underrated studios around, but I can't wait for Hellblade. I've been playing a lot of Wind Waker HD recently, and the trailer for Rime instantly struck a chord. It's good to see a return for that game after it was announced a year ago, and I for one will be watching it with a beady eye -- the word "sumptuous" comes to mind. Then, there was a lovely surprise at the end with Michel Ancel bounding onstage to announce that Wild -- his new IP from his new studio -- will be coming exclusively to PS4. It looks colourful and ambitions and charming, much like most of Ancel's work.

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Sony Gamescom 2014 Press Conference: Twitch Embed & Live Blog – 6PM BST

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Gamescom 2014, PS Vita, PS Vita games, PS3, PS3 games, PS4, PS4 games, Sony

Sony Gamescom 2014 Press Conference: Twitch Embed & Live Blog – 6PM BST

We know you've been keeping some stuff back, Sony. We know you love to make a splash at Gamescom. Now is the time to do it. Sony have been teasing surprises for the past week or so. Will Until Dawn be returning? Can we please have some news from Media Molecule and Guerilla Games? Is there a timeframe on Morpheus? It's time for some answers, and you can check out the Twitch embed and my live Tweets after the jump.

Follow us here to get stuck into the conversation.

Jon's fashioned a list of expectations and predictions, and you can find that right here.

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Sony @ Gamescom 2014: What To Expect, Where To Watch

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Gamescom 2014, PS4, PS4 games, Sony

Press Conference starts: 18:00 BST, Tuesday August 12th

Where To Watch: Sony Gamescom Hub

Just because Sony are clobbering their rivals in sales terms doesn't mean that they can afford to throttle back at Gamescom. Rather, they've got to consolidate their position over the course of 90+ minutes, and assure us that there are plenty of games big and small to look forward to over the coming months.

So here's what to expect from their presentation, both in terms of what we know will be there, a few dead certs, educated guesswork and some good old fashioned conjecture.

Dead Certs

Sony @ Gamescom 2014: What To Expect, Where To Watch

Sony have confirmed that Driveclub, Bloodborne, LittleBigPlanet 3 and The Order: 1886 will be playable on the show floor, and we rather suspect that they'll make an appearance in the press conference too. We can definitely expect some shameless touting of sales figures -- because if you've got it, flaunt it -- followed by another reminder that Destiny is a thing.

The official teaser shows footage of Hohokum (cross-platform) and Murasaki Baby (PS Vita), which rather leads us to believe that a great big indie splurge and some more Vita attention is on the cards.

And that's all we can call with 100% certainty. Let the wild theorising commence!

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Pressers and Postulating - Are Microsoft just Sony's warm-up act?

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Gamescom 2014, Microsoft, PS4, PS4 games, Sony, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Pressers and Postulating - Are Microsoft just Sony's warm-up act?

The trend of having a warm-up act is well established. Timing is everything, right? You put on a gig, you want to make sure that the audience is at peak excitement, that their energy and focus levels are high, that they're engaged.

For the past few years, it could be argued that Microsoft have been the warm-up act to Sony when it comes to press conferences. But are the times a-changing this year?

We stated back in June that Microsoft's showing at E3 was the best we'd seen in years -- not that such praise is really saying much, they'd been dire the previous couple of years. But with a renewed focus upon games, with new head honcho Phil Spencer having spent the first couple of months of his tenure aggressively cleaning house and tidying up the muck that Mattrick left behind, Microsoft came out swinging and, admirably, let their games do most of the talking.

Pressers and Postulating - Are Microsoft just Sony's warm-up act?

That'll stand Microsoft in good stead at a show whose motto is "celebrate the games".

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Gamescom, Quantum Lake, and Kazoo Solos - Game Buzz #86

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Game Buzz, Gamescom 2014, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, Xbox One

Gamescom, Quantum Lake, and Kazoo Solos - Game Buzz #86

This week's podcast is all about getting ready for Gamescom. We take a look at some of our pre-show picks before everything goes slightly off of the rails and Carl whips out his kazoo.

Game Buzz | Episode 86 - Gamescom, Quantum Lake, and Kazoo Solos. Recorded 7th August, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

Want more? Check out the rest of our PWNCAST posts onsite, hit us up on iTunes, or subscribe to the PWNCAST Feed here.

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Get a PS4 with Watch Dogs & TLOU Remastered for £385 at Tesco

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Console bundles, PS4, The Last Of Us, Watch Dogs

Get a PS4 with Watch Dogs & TLOU Remastered for £385 at Tesco

PS4, Watch Dogs & TLOU Remastered | Tesco | £385 (click & collect)
Watch Dogs review | TLOU Remastered Comparison Video

If you're in the market for a PS4 and prefer convenience to shopping around, Tesco's big fat bundle is probably worth a look. £385 will net you the console, a DS4 controller, divisive (but in my opinion very enjoyable indeed) sandbox Watch Dogs and gussied-up survival thriller The Last of Us Remastered, which is a pretty decent haul. Though you can alternatively pick up a PS4 solus and trawl for pre-owned titles in order to get an extra saving, this is much more convenient, though you'll need to click and collect from store to avoid extra delivery charges.

Thanks to stigweird85 @ HUKD!

Sod The Console Wars, Let's Talk Zelda - Game Buzz #85

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
EA Access, Game Buzz, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, SKEA, Sony Microsoft, The Legend of Zelda, Xbox One

Sod The Console Wars, Let's Talk Zelda - Game Buzz #85

This week on Game Buzz, we chat about the recent reports suggesting a 3-1 PlayStation lead over Xbox in the last quarter and ask what Microsoft can do to turn things around. We also have a natter about EA Access and the likelihood of other publishers coming out with subscription models. But all of that is fairly dry, so it's not long before we find an excuse to talk about how awesome the Zelda games are.

Additionally, there's a spot of further recruiting for My Little Dealspwny - the only Destiny clan you'll ever need.

Game Buzz | Episode 85 - Sod The Console Wars, Let's Talk Zelda. Recorded 2nd August, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

Want more? Check out the rest of our PWNCAST posts onsite, hit us up on iTunes, or subscribe to the PWNCAST Feed here.

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PlayStation Now's pricing is still super dumb

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Gaikai, PlayStation Now, PS3 games, PS4, PS4 games, Sony, Streaming

PlayStation Now's pricing is still super dumb

Would you pay $50 to rent F1 2013 for 90 days?

We threw this question around the office asked a panel of experts, and the sum of the answers we received can be summed up in the picture below:

PlayStation Now's pricing is still super dumb

Let's not mince words here: PlayStation Now has emerged into open beta, and its prices are still ludicrously expensive.

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COMMENT | 3-1 to Sony? Microsoft need a new console, and soon

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Games consoles, Microsoft, Phil Spencer, PS4, Sony, Xbox One, Xbox One Slim

COMMENT | 3-1 to Sony? Microsoft need a new console, and soon

But not necessarily that new

Regardless of whether or not the sales figures for the last financial quarter are of consoles sold or shipped, regardless of the extent to which the PlayStation and Xbox numbers were muddied by last-gen console statistics, one thing is clear: Microsoft are lagging behind. By an alarming factor of three-to-one.

It's early days, of course, in terms of Phil Spencer's tenure at the top. For much of 2014, he's been dealing in damage control, and trying to turn the omnishambles that Mattrick left behind into something identifiable, something relatable, something to do with games rather than every other facet of entertainment.

COMMENT | 3-1 to Sony? Microsoft need a new console, and soon

It's clear that communication has hurt the Xbox One significantly. I posited in my recent article about Destiny that Sony have done a fantastic job in selling the idea "better on PS4". We've said since the two consoles launched that Microsoft have had the better exclusives thus far. We've suggested that they have the better exclusive lineup this Christmas, what with the Master Chief Collection, Sunset Overdrive, and Forza Horizon 2 edging LittleBigPlanet 3, Driveclub, and (if it's even still on track for this year) PlanetSide 2. But as Nintendo have found out to their cost, you can have some of the finest first-party exclusives around, but third-party games matter. A lot.

Last year we also stressed the importance of communication. Sony's message has been clear from day on: the PS4 is #fortheplayers. It's a games console designed to play games, be easy to develop for,squeeze out as much power as possible for as low a price as can be had, while maintaining the standard of quality that we've come to expect from PlayStation devices. By contrast, the Xbox One was first unveiled as being all about entertainment, TV, and sports. Then it was an all-in-one console -- "Xbox One. Input One". Now it's had Kinect chopped off, and Microsoft's in-house entertainment production unit is closing its doors.

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PlayStation outsells Xbox 3:1 between April-June

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
PS4, Xbox One

PlayStation outsells Xbox 3:1 between April-June

Sales figures really shouldn't mean anything to us gamers. We should be too busy revelling in our favourite hobby and interactive art form to worry about the performance of uncaring companies we have no financial stake in.

But hot-damn, Sony's latest quarterly financial report contains some seriously BIG numbers.

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Here are your August PS Plus Freebies

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Playstation Plus, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Sony

Here are your August PS Plus Freebies

Sony has revealed the incoming and outgoing free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers next week. August 6th sees brand new PS4 'roguelike puzzler' Road Not Taken release free for members, joined by the critically-acclaimed Fez. Brendan acclaimed it as "a bit full of itself" in his review, though, so horses for courses.

PS3 owners will get to hunt aliens in Crysis 3 and saunter about a beautiful relaxing island in Proteus, while new platformer Metrico and LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7 headline the upcoming Vita titles.

TowerFall Ascension, Strider, Vessel and more quality games will be leaving the Instant Game Collection, though, so be sure to queue up the downloads while you can! Full details below.

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PS4: The Hottest Exclusives Yet To Come In 2014!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
PS4, PS4 games, Sony

PS4: The Hottest Exclusives Yet To Come In 2014!

Sony are masters of The Long Game, and you can't fault their dedication. Instead of cutting the PS3 loose on the run-up to the PS4's launch, they instead delivered an emphatic exclusive lineup throughout 2013, which in turn means that some of their biggest first-party exclusives won't be ready until next year. "Greatness awaits."

But does that mean there's nothing to play on PS4 this year? Not on your nelly. Cross-platform releases notwithstanding, plenty of exclusives large and small are slated for Sony's slanty machine over the coming months.

So for your convenience, here are the hottest PS4 exclusives of 2014 along with European release dates.

The Last Of Us Remastered | August 1st

If you made the jump to PS4 directly from PC, Wii or Xbox 360, The Last Of Us Remastered will allow you to get to grips with one of the PS3's most critically-acclaimed exclusives in a definitive edition. Sporting overhauled visuals based on cutscene assets and all previously-released content, I daresay that even diehard PS3 owners will be champing at the bit to get on board with this atmospheric, frequently terrifying and thought-provoking experience, especially since it should put the hardware through its paces.

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Save £10 on Rare Blue DualShock 4 for £40

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
DualShock 4, hardware deals, PS4

Save £10 on Rare Blue DualShock 4 for £40

Blue DualShock 4 | Tesco | £40 (with code) | Discount Code: TDX-KYNK

Note: Yep, it's another 'new customers only' code, but it's easy enough to create a new account.

The red and blue DualShock 4 PS4 controllers have become very rare since launch and you're lucky to see them drop below £50. This latest voucher code knocks a cheeky tenner from the price though, beating the competition by £13. I have one of these controllers myself and can attest to its gorgeous looks that make it a firm favourite over the regular black model. The issue with degrading rubber on the analogue sticks has apparently been fixed with newer batches of all DualShock 4 pads too.

Thanks to Justsuperman at HotUkDeals.

Devs want Early Access on consoles, but do we?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Early Access, Microsoft, PS4, Sony, Xbox One

Devs want Early Access on consoles, but do we?

A decade ago I'd have laughed in your face if you suggested that thousands of gamers would willingly pay to play unfinished games, but here we are. Alpha funding is now a big deal and a very good thing too in the main, allowing small studios to get investment, community and publicity while letting us into the development cycle first-hand. Huge advantages for everyone involved, despite the increasingly hefty drawbacks of a system that enables unscrupulous liars to make bank and buries quality Steam software under a mountain of utter crap.

It's clear that Early Access (alpha funding by any other name) is still undergoing some growing pains on PC, but developers and hardware manufacturers are now calling for a similar system to be implemented on home consoles. To be perfectly honest, I'm not convinced they're entirely ready yet.

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