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Sony is buying more third-party exclusives for PS4

Says Xbox Boss, as they now focus more on first-party content for their Xbox One console instead

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said that market share has nothing to do with the third-party exclusive we are seeing on PlayStation 4 console, it’s all about the money, as Sony is willing to dish it out.

Gamescom is rolling along just fine, and also rolling along is the outright console war between the two rivals, with the Xbox boss taking a stab this week at Sony for dishing out money for silly third-party exclusives, this comes after the earlier news this week that Microsoft is now going to focus its efforts on first-party games instead.

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Speaking to GameSpot about third-party exclusives on PS4, Spencer said: "So, they don’t "gobble" the deals up. They buy them. You know, I read the same things you do, and I know some people think it’s somehow less expensive to sign third-party exclusives if you have a bigger market-share. I can tell you, it has nothing to do with market share."

He added: "When you go in to do a deal, with a third party, that third party has its own view of the global market and the value of it. And they should, they should think about their assets and how valuable they are, just like anyone would when they are selling their goods."

For Spencer the focus is on building a must-have library of exclusive first-party titles for the Xbox One.

"So we’re making a conscious decision to focus on our first-party games," he explained. "It doesn’t make it harder or easier, it’s just a decision. I do think that building up first-party exclusives is creatively more difficult than signing a deal, just by the nature of what it is."

That might sound like a bit of dig at Sony, but Spencer assures that he’s a big fan of some of Sony’s first-party teams.

"I’ll point out too that Sony has some great first-party franchises. I’m a big fan of Uncharted, I thought that looked great at E3. I really admire the team at Naughty Dog, the team at Polyphony," he said.


So is our group of loyal fanboys here on MaxConsole, ready to attack Phil for his words or defend him, do you think he is right, do you think Sony is doing the right move, or do you think Microsoft has the right plan of action instead, it is full on console war this week!

NEWS SOURCE: Sony is buying third-party exclusives for PS4, says Xbox boss (via) VideoGamer

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PlayStation Plus is Turning Five Years Old Soon!

And Sony Is Sending A Gift To Day-One Adopters To Celebrate

Online gaming has changed plenty in the five years that PlayStation Plus has been around, and the online subscription service is growing and changing along with it.

So it does not seem possible but it is, the PSN+ service been around now for five long years, and some people even been paying Sony each month for it since day-one and those lucky people are going to get a gift soon from Sony for being part of PSN+ 5 year history.

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Now millions enjoy PS Plus on their PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PS Vita console, with the service having given out more than 350 games since its inception. But if you happen to be one of the PlayStation diehards who have been with the service since day one, you might want to keep an eye on your email.

In an official blog post, Sony said a special gift will be coming to PS Plus subscribers who have been with the service since the very beginning.

"To celebrate those of you that have been with us from the very beginning, a limited edition gift will be arriving in the mail for those of you that have been part of the journey since the very start," PS Store and PS Plus Manager Chris Howe wrote in the post. "Think you may be one of them? Then keep a close eye on your emails as we’ll be getting in touch today."

Howe, however, didn’t say what exactly that gift will be. Blizzard rewarded 10-year World of Warcraft players with a limited edition statue that arrived by mail. Since the blog post specifically says "arriving in the mail" it seems safe to assume Sony is sending out a physical object of some kind.


So what you think about this story, is it nice of Sony to do so, and do you think it is related to that news story we published earlier this week, about the group of students hired to designed real-life trophies for Sony for a upcoming promo?

NEWS SOURCE: PlayStation Plus Is Turning 5 (via) TechTimes

Northampton students design trophies for PlayStation

Real-Life Trophies to mimic the online video game awards you get during gameplay in new promo video!

A trio of University of Northampton students have been working with design consultancy DeeThree Limited to carry out work for PlayStation which will be used soon in upcoming promotion videos for Sony.

In a recent report from TeleGraph regarding a trio of students working to design trophies, we get a clue on what Sony going to be using in their upcoming holiday promotion ads for the PlayStation brand.

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DeeThree is based in the University’s Portfolio Innovation Centre and worked with Christopher Doyle, Darrel Court and Josh Wells to produce a set of ten model trophies for PlayStation.

The trophy designs will be used in a promotional video to mimic winning game awards when playing online.

The students completed the project in less than three days.

Peter Davis from DeeThree said: "All three of the students surpassed our expectations and learnt some new techniques and methods of approaching each new challenge."

Student Christopher Doyle commented: "Working with DeeThree on this project was great, all three of us were able to attribute our existing skills to a live project."


It is nice these students got picked to do the work, but as a consumer looking to buy their next gaming console would you be pulled over to ‘pony side’ after watching a commerical showing actors winning real-life trophies while playing PlayStation 4 video games?

NEWS SOURCE: Northampton students design trophies for PlayStation (via) TeleGraph

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PSN+ Vote to Play Feature on PS4 Confirmed by Sony

No actual details yet on when it actually begins, or even what games we�ll be able to choose from.

Sony confirmed that the ‘Vote to Play’ feature is indeed happening, allowing PlayStation Plus members to ‘vote on one of several PlayStation 4 games for the upcoming month�s Instant Game Collection’.

It seems soon you will get chances a few times a year to ‘vote’ for certain PS4 game to be added to your instant PSN+ game collection.

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Announced for both North America and Europe, Vote to Play comes as a result of user feedback, with John Koller, Sony Computer Entertainment America VP of Platforms Marketing, explaining:

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The game with the most votes will automatically be included in our future free game lineup for PlayStation Plus. If your pick didn’t make the lineup, don’t worry. In the first promotion, PlayStation Plus members can get the runner ups at a discount. We love to listen to our fans – and we’re super excited to launch this promotion.


We’ll learn about Vote to Play (when voting begins, the titles you can choose from, and how to cast your vote) soon.

However, as Sony notes on the EU PS Blog, "Vote to Play will not be a monthly feature, but will take place at regular intervals throughout the year."

If a previous leak is to be believed, the September 2015 choices will be Armello, Grow Home, and Zombie Vikings.


So what you think of this ‘vote to play’ feature that adding to your PSN+ package?

NEWS SOURCE: PlayStation Plus Vote to Play Feature on PS4 Confirmed by Sony (via) PlayStationLifeStyle

Playstation 4 Sales Pass 25 Million

Almost Double Xbox Sales

Sony has sold more than 25 million Playstation 4 units since the console�s launch in 2013, with the Xbox One only having sold around 14 million units and the Wii U� well, being the Wii U.

Just ahead of the big holiday sales period, we get the current standings of the console war we are engulfed in between Sony and Microsoft, and the PlayStation 4 is still winning by long lead, with almost two-for-one compared to the bulky Xbox One console.

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Sony sold 3 million Playstation 4 units over the three-month period. That’s more than double the combined sales of the Xbox One and Xbox 360 for the same period, which reached around 1.4 million. Poor old Nintendo managed to sell just under 500,000 Wii U units.

The Playstation 4 is also doing well in terms of game sales. The Playstation Network continues to see strong sales and Sony’s subscription service, Playstaton Plus, continues to generate strong revenue for the company. As far as third-party game sales go, it’s difficult to give precise numbers due to most publishers being reluctant to release exact figures. Ubisoft, however, did release its sales figures for the most recent quarter. Those figures showed that the publisher was selling twice as many games for the PS4 as it was for the Xbox One.

It’s not all good news for Sony, however. The company’s having serious financial troubles in its mobile department and that’s put a damper on the success of its gaming division. The mobile division saw a 16.3% revenue decline from last year and its losses add up to $188 million. The good news is that the gaming department earned a revenue of $160 million, which almost covers the losses from the mobile division. The gaming department’s revenue is up by 350% compared to this time last year.

Sony said its troubles in mobile were a result of a decrease in sales of the company’s smartphones as well as CEO Kazuo Hirai’s decision not to expand their smartphone operations. Back in 2012 when Hiari took over, his aim was to build Sony’s three core sections – gaming, digital imaging, and mobile. While he has more or less succeeded with the first two, the third is a struggle. With the Android space becoming more competitive, Sony has struggled to make a dent in that market.


So what you think, this holiday season will be real test for both of consoles, with Xbox One clearly having more games ready for end of this year, and more exclusives, and most likely nicer bundle deals then Sony during the famous Black Friday, it is going to be tough for Sony I think to keep their two-for-one lead, but you never know they are still very strong in Europe even with no games to purchase.

NEWS SOURCE: Playstation 4 Sales Pass 25 Million, Almost Double Xbox Sales (via) GeekSnack

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Announcing Guitar Hero Live – Premium Shows

By completing various challenges, players will have a chance to play ‘Premium Shows’ to win prizes.

Premium Shows are another example of how Activision and FreeStyleGames are bringing great new content to Guitar Hero Live.

It is one thing to jam along to a song, but it is totally different thing to air guitar your way thru a real live actual on tour show.

And the up-coming new Guitar Hero Live for our current-gen (yep, sorry next-gen is gone as PR word) consoles, they are adding a new feature called ‘Premium Shows’ and below is all the PR details on how it works and how you can win prizes and even some screenshots.

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Premium Shows are another example of how Activision and FreeStyleGames are bringing great new content to Guitar Hero Live. Whether it be playable concert footage, debut music videos and beyond, Premium Shows will give players a unique way to access some amazing gameplay experiences.

By completing various challenges, players will have a chance to play these Premium Shows to win in-game prizes based on the level of difficulty of the show. These prizes can include unique exclusive Note Highways or custom Player Cards that fans can use to show off to the Guitar Hero Live online community. It can also include Status rewards that help players level up faster or boosts that speed up the accumulation of in-game currency.

Attached you’ll find some screenshots featuring live concert footage of Black Veil Brides, the first Premium Show we have announced thus far that will be available in the game. Stay tuned for more information in the weeks to come!


So what you think so far of GH:Live and how it is shaping up, just one thing personally bugs me no mention of the cost yet! :)

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Blast ‘Em Bunnies coming to China on PS4 and Vita

It is a pick-up-and-play endless bunny shooter in which you defend your burrow from evil bunnies!

Sydney based indie developer Nnooo is delighted to announce Blast ‘Em Bunnies will be released in China on PlayStation� 4 and PlayStation� Vita. A demo of the game will also be playable at ‘Joy Expo’.

You might not be able to legally play Call of Duty yet on your PlayStation 4 in China, but lucky for the new market, they finally have a shooter they can play, the game Blast ‘Em Bunnies has been approved, so now you will be able to kill tons of even bunnies if you over in China and visiting your gaming buddies there and trying out their shiny new PlayStation 4 console and its approved dozen games!

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Sydney based indie developer Nnooo is delighted to announce Blast ‘Em Bunnies will be released in China on PlayStation�4 and PlayStation�Vita. A demo of the game will also be playable on the PlayStation booth at this week’s China Joy Expo in Shanghai.

Blast ‘Em Bunnies is a pick-up-and-play endless bunny shooter in which you defend your burrow from a horde of evil bunnies before they take you down! Check out the latest video attached below.

"China is a relatively new market for PlayStation and we’re excited to be bringing Blast �Em Bunnies to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita there," said Bruce Thomson, Business & Marketing Director at Nnooo. "It’s also new territory for us and we’re partnering with Shanghai-based publisher Circle Entertainment who know the market well."

Blast �Em Bunnies has already been announced for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS and Xbox One in the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

The objective of Blast �Em Bunnies is to keep your bunny alive as long as you can. The longer you play, the more difficult survival becomes. You also need to deal with the throat slitter who is holding your baby bunnies hostage. He’ll pop up every now and again with one of your little ‘uns. Kill him quickly and the baby bunny escapes. If you’re not quick enough, your little rabbit is in a real stew!Collect in-game coins to upgrade your weapons and purchase special ammo types such as self-detonating peppers, sticky exploding raspberries and daikon rain bullets. Shoot crates to activate power-ups and ammo types. Take out the elusive golden bunny to go into "frenzy" mode and collect a warren-load of cash.

"We are delighted to bring Blast �Em Bunnies to China Joy and to the Chinese PlayStation market," said Chris Chau, CEO of Circle Entertainment. "It’s a really fun game which everyone can enjoy and we’re keen for Chinese players to get their hands on it."

Blast Em Bunnies will be playable at the China Joy Expo in Shanghai from July 30th – August 2nd on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Head for the Circle Entertainment section of the PlayStation booth for a chance to experience the game and meet the developers.

"We’re really looking forward to being part of China Joy," said Thomson. "It’s a massive show and the first time we’ve shown a game at an Expo in Asia. We can’t wait to meet a whole new region of bunny-blasting fans! If you’re going, be sure to come along and say hi."More details on Blast ‘Em Bunnies, including the trailer and screenshots, are available on www.blastembunnies.com.

Blast ‘Em Bunnies is expected to be released in China on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita and in the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS and Xbox One later this year or early next year. Price to be announced.

Nnooo acknowledges the support of Screen NSW in the development of Blast ‘Em Bunnies.


So what you think of this game, and I guess you can figure out why it would get approved, where other shooters have not yet.

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The Technomancer, the Red Planet explored in screenshots

Whoa, alien insects are freakier than insects here on Earth

And I’ve been to the subreddit r/whatisthisbug. Read on for more about what Technomancers are and what they consider sacred. You will be amazed of the bugs you will see in the new screenshots released

There is a cool new RPG coming for our PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, and today ahead of next week’s Gamescom, the developers released a few new screenshots, so you can see how things are shaping up in their new alien universe filled of bugs!

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The Technomancer, the Red Planet explored in screenshots
The new Sci-fi RPG from studio Spiders will be presented in more detail during Gamescom in Cologne


The Technomancer, the new sci-fi RPG for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC from developer Spiders, today unveils new exclusive screenshots.

Technomancers are "mage-warriors", who harness, thanks to an innate talent, destructive electrical-based powers, amplified by their cybernetic implants. Both respected and feared by all, they are fearsome warriors trained from a young age to fight. You are one of them, about to finally pass your initiation rite to become a fully-fledged Technomancer.

In today’s images, we discover the Technomancer and his companions, about to explore one of the Old Domes, vestiges of the first human colonies on Mars and places considered "sacred" by Technomancers, who guard them zealously. Like the rest of the planet, the Ancient Domes are dangerous places, with countless dangers such as looters lured by the prospect of lost technology, as well as some of the most dangerous mutant creatures to roam the Red Planet. This is a true challenge for an aspirant Technomancer, about to pass his initiation rite…

The Technomancer will be presented in more details during Gamescom in Cologne, from August 5 to 9.
The Technomancer will release on PS4, Xbox One and PC in 2016.

So what you think of this new RPG after looking over the screenshots, and of course remember to stay tuned to Maxconsole next week for full Gamescom coverage, there going to be another shitload of new trailers and hot exclusive info of new games coming out soon.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider Announced for PS4 and PC

Xbox One only gets one-year console exclusive, as it now comes out for PlayStation 4 in Holiday 2016

Rise of the Tomb Raider will remain an Xbox console exclusive for one year, Square Enix has announced. After almost a year of not knowing the terms of the exclusivity period, Square has revealed all.

After a whole year of rumors and many stories, we get the final truth from Square-Enix today, that the next Tomb Raider game is infact only going to be on Xbox One console for a short period of time before it then lands on the PC and by holiday 2016 PlayStation 4 owners will finally be able to enjoy Lara in her new adventure after the nice year-long beta test on the Xbox to get all the bugs out.

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Microsoft is publishing the Crystal Dynamics title on Xbox consoles, along with providing hardware-specific development support.

Rise of the Tomb Raider’s Xbox exclusivity period was announced during gamescom 2014.

Since the announcement, Square Enix has reiterated more than once the exclusivity period "had a duration."

Today, it was announced the latest game in the franchise will be made available for Windows 10 and Steam in early 2016.

PlayStation 4 users can purchase the game during Holiday 2016.

Rise of the Tomb Raider will be released on Xbox 360 and Xbox One November 10.


That is all we know for now, but now the real fun starts we can spend the next year debating the framerates and how the PS4 one might end up being better then the XB1 version, so let the blogs start again with a whole new fresh set of rumors now that its coming to both.

NEWS SOURCE: Rise of the Tomb Raider 2016 release windows announced for PC, PS4 (via) VG247

Craigslist PlayStation 4 sale ends in robbery

Instead of cash, buyer brings a Black BB Pistol

Police say a man trying to sell his Sony PlayStation 4 through a Craigslist posting was robbed during the transaction in East Austin, according to an arrest warrant filed July 20.

Yet another case of video gamers giving the online marketplace called Craigslist a bad name, as yet another robbery after someone try to sell their PlayStation 4 console, but instead of getting the much needed cash, they got a black BB Pistol in their face from the buyer.

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The victim told police he met the suspect, 18-year-old Dashawn Stephon Blanchard, the evening of July 14 at an apartment at 5800 Techni Center Dr., which is located just west of U.S. Highway 183, according to an arrest warrant.

Along with the PlayStation 4, the victim was selling four games and a controller for the console, the affidavit states.

Blanchard told the victim they could go to a nearby apartment to check if the console worked. As the two were walking, Blanchard pulled out a handgun and took the console, the affidavit states.

Police later found Blanchard in an apartment near the crime scene. Authorities searched the apartment and found a Playstation 4, four games, a controller and a black BB pistol, which could have "serious bodily injury or death," investigators said.

Blanchard told police he made phone contact with the victim. Blanchard also said he made an agreement to pay the victim the following day and his grandmother was going to give him the money. Both the victim and Blanchard’s grandmother disputed those claims, the warrant states.

Blanchard has been charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony.


Lucky, no one got hurt, and bad guys are behind bars now, but this type of ‘crime’ via Craigslist is so on-going now, that many police depts. around the USA have setup various ‘safe spots’ that they recommend deals to be done, instead just letting the buyer into your personal home, and in some cases this type of ‘crime’ occurs the other way, were the buyer gets robbed of their cash instead of getting to see working PlayStation they are trying to buy.

NEWS SOURCE: Craigslist PlayStation 4 sale ends in robbery (via) KXAN