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Destiny, The Last of Us Remastered, Call of Duty discounts, Metrico, more

So, it was all about Destiny this week! I hope all those of you with the inclination have found time to jump into the beta and start exploring Bungie’s incredible new universe. If you have, let us know your thoughts here.

Elsewhere this week, we also took a closer look at The Last of Us Remastered in all its 1080p/60fps glory; kicked off a new Call of Duty sale; showed off a new trailer for forthcoming PS Vita gem Metrico; offered your first look at PS4 stealth adventure Styx: Master of Shadows; and checked in with The Walking Dead team.

See some of the highlights below, and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Top 5 most read PlayStation Blog posts this week:

  1. How it feels to play The Last of Us Remastered in 1080p/60fps
  2. New on PlayStation Store: Destiny beta, Crimsonland, Abyss Odyssey, more
  3. Call of Duty sale starts on PlayStation Store today
  4. Hands-on with the Destiny beta on PS4
  5. Music Unlimited PS4 app gets new features today

Top 3 most viewed videos on our YouTube channel

Top 3 most RTed @PlayStationEU Tweets this week:

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This week at Playstation:

Every single gamer was trolled with Call of Duty “sale,” prices still stupidly high.
Playstation took a huge hit by losing Magic the Gathering 2015. MtG traditionally had a bigger fanbase among Playstation players, yet this year it’s going to be released on PCs, Xbox and even iPads. IPADS! It’s just… sad. I was playing every single Magic on PS3 so far, and now… I don’t like being forced to buy an Xbox >.>

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Don’t be hasty. I expected it was a mistake by the developers. If you asked 2 years ago who would dominate next generation most would say Xbox and some jumped the gun and started doing Xbox first.

Wait a year if it doesn’t appear at least you get it cheaper on the Xbox.

Porcupeth00 20 July, 2014 @ 11:18
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a huge hit? lol
it can be played on any laptop
and it’s also the worse game in the series yet. avoid like the plague.

fps_d0minat0r 20 July, 2014 @ 12:57
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Havent heard of the game but I was worried when I read your comment.
Then I found out its just a card game and lol’d.

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blackout_pt 20 July, 2014 @ 10:30
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This week at Playstation: I stopped caring. Eventually SCEE CEO will be exposed as the crappy managers they are and be fired or SCEE will go bankrupt due to absurd marketing strategies. (I just feel sorry for the people that will lose their jobs because of it)

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Won’t happen.

We had 2 or 3 CEO’s since the Blog started. One of them was Andrew House and if he could not perform the magic people expected of him as CEO than the problem lies elsewhere.

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@Lucreto
But Jim Ryan in my opinion(my personal opinion) is worst of them… just check his recent interviews… all he is talking about are only PlayStation NOW and Remote Play… it is big mistake… not because those are 100% bad ideas (we can always discuss about it)… but because he is CEO of Europe.

EU the place where even normal PS3/PS4 features are not available in all countries. The place where different countries are sometimes on entire different technological level…

For example if we are talking about Playstation NOW than the experience of players will depend mostly on region they come from. Few days ago I tried re-downloading Destiny Of Spirits… it is in not that big game, right? And It took my whole hour to download it… if simple downloading is taking me so much time… I don’t really see how PlayStation NOW could work here… (not that I would want it)

And it’s not just EU right? There is also large part of Asia and Africa under SCEE. But still I’m pretty sure their part of GamesC...

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@Lucreto
But Jim Ryan in my opinion(my personal opinion) is worst of them… just check his recent interviews… all he is talking about are only PlayStation NOW and Remote Play… it is big mistake… not because those are 100% bad ideas (we can always discuss about it)… but because he is CEO of Europe.

EU the place where even normal PS3/PS4 features are not available in all countries. The place where different countries are sometimes on entire different technological level…

For example if we are talking about Playstation NOW than the experience of players will depend mostly on region they come from. Few days ago I tried re-downloading Destiny Of Spirits… it is in not that big game, right? And It took my whole hour to download it… if simple downloading is taking me so much time… I don’t really see how PlayStation NOW could work here… (not that I would want it)

And it’s not just EU right? There is also large part of Asia and Africa under SCEE. But still I’m pretty sure their part of GamesCom will be mostly about some features that work best only in UK and maybe Germany/France

@Fred
Are there any chances Magic 2015 will still be released this year on PS3/4?

Fred Dutton 21 July, 2014 @ 09:33
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That’s a question for the publisher I’m afraid. I’m sure they’ll make their own announcements before too long.

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This week PlayStation, Crimsonland was priced in the UK in accordance with the actual exchange rate rather than 1:1 as most games are. Unfortunately this consumer friendly move was marred somewhat by SCEE appearing unable to offer the early adopter discount or PS+ discount the SCEA gave, making the game effectively double price for Europeans who buy on release.

How is that pricing FAQ coming along Fred? If the FAQ isn’t happening any more can we at least get an explanation as to why SCEE didn’t keep last gens RRP or how exactly our prices are calculated from the US counterparts. Destiny for example, Digital Guardian Edition: $99 =/= £85 how exactly unless we are directly subsidising lower costs in the US.

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That FAQ could help a lot to ease the tension between all of us…. but it should be treating us seriously… after all most of us are an adults… and we all have some knowledge in various fields.

As for me… I don’t want to hear anything like simple “the publisher set the prices” because it is only half of the truth… and it doesn’t explain anything at all. It would be once again like treating us like a naive children. What publishers set are only “wholesale” prices for PSN… and the one who set the “retail” prices that we all see in PSN shop is non other than SCEE. That is at least what you can find at site about unity for PSM…. but I don’t think it is different from regulations about normal SCE DevNET.

Truth to be told… right now I don’t believe in stories about currency exchange costs. First of all games are not imported from USA… plus they don’t really have reason to set exactly the same prices for both SCEA and SCEE (and PS4 games examples kinda proved that). To me it seems that they ...

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That FAQ could help a lot to ease the tension between all of us…. but it should be treating us seriously… after all most of us are an adults… and we all have some knowledge in various fields.

As for me… I don’t want to hear anything like simple “the publisher set the prices” because it is only half of the truth… and it doesn’t explain anything at all. It would be once again like treating us like a naive children. What publishers set are only “wholesale” prices for PSN… and the one who set the “retail” prices that we all see in PSN shop is non other than SCEE. That is at least what you can find at site about unity for PSM…. but I don’t think it is different from regulations about normal SCE DevNET.

Truth to be told… right now I don’t believe in stories about currency exchange costs. First of all games are not imported from USA… plus they don’t really have reason to set exactly the same prices for both SCEA and SCEE (and PS4 games examples kinda proved that). To me it seems that they are in some kind of economic troubles and probably think that if the games will be more expensive they will be able to earn more… but they forgot that there is also another option… they can lower prices but sell more to gain the same effect.

Fun fact: Freedom Wars pre-order cost only 30$ that’s only 22 EUR (this is great price… even those who are not sure about game will buy because it is really cheap)… we will have most probably 40 EUR… or if we will be luck 30 EUR (kinda don’t count on it)… but for digital version…. So yeah… I’d really like to hear some explanation.

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I think it’s not so much the lack of FAQ, the 1:1 pricing, the feeling that EU/AU regions are subsidising the US and JPN markets, the EU digital only releases, the disparity in sales and discounts or even the wholesale contempt for Vita fans that’s getting to me the most these days.

What’s getting to me is the way that SCEE are failing to respond to these criticisms. Sure, Fred will occasionally put out a stock post saying “We can’t respond to everything, but rest assured your posts are listened to and passed on”. This gets a little old after a while, especially when whole threads will go by when posts are just ignored as the team picks and chooses which to respond to – usually only technical questions or softball compliments.

Months and months ago, it used to be the case that when you posted on this blog on one of these threads, you were guaranteed a response. You might not get the answer you wanted, or you might get a somewhat snarky reply if the team didn’t like your tone, but...

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I think it’s not so much the lack of FAQ, the 1:1 pricing, the feeling that EU/AU regions are subsidising the US and JPN markets, the EU digital only releases, the disparity in sales and discounts or even the wholesale contempt for Vita fans that’s getting to me the most these days.

What’s getting to me is the way that SCEE are failing to respond to these criticisms. Sure, Fred will occasionally put out a stock post saying “We can’t respond to everything, but rest assured your posts are listened to and passed on”. This gets a little old after a while, especially when whole threads will go by when posts are just ignored as the team picks and chooses which to respond to – usually only technical questions or softball compliments.

Months and months ago, it used to be the case that when you posted on this blog on one of these threads, you were guaranteed a response. You might not get the answer you wanted, or you might get a somewhat snarky reply if the team didn’t like your tone, but you always got a reply.

Now, we see post after post of the same things every week. The same petitions, the same criticisms, the same begging calls for someone to listen and respond, because no-one feels that they’re being heard by senior management any more. This is a bad state for a company to get into, as it slowly erodes the loyalty of those customers who’ve been around for years and have put heavy investment into a company’s products. If you’ve spent thousands of pounds over the years, you tend to feel a certain amount of entitlement that the company you’ve supported should at least listen to what you have to say.

The sad thing is, SCEE don’t realise just how much respect they would gain back if they dropped the careful corporate image management and engaged in a real debate. Having someone from the senior leadership put their heads above the parapet and try to answer the hard questions and engage with us long-term fans who are increasingly disillusioned.

The politicians who gain the most respect and support aren’t the ones who prevaricate, hide and avoid the issue, no matter how much they think they’re doing a good job and being a model politician. The ones who gain the most respect are the ones who engage with the issues, defend their actions while being willing to see the other point of view and are willing to respond to every enquiry and question, no matter how difficult it is to answer. The same is true with companies and corporate executives.

Oreshika: Tainted Blood according to official playstation sites will be digital only in Europe (NA of course have normal retail edition). It is yet another first party SCE game after Freedom Wars which won’t have retail release in Europe. Both games have not-surprisingly very good scores from gamingsites… Due to Freedom Wars release sales of Vita in Japan were twice as good as normally, this proves that we are talking about potential system seller for VIta.

As most of you probably know there is already petition asking for retail of Freedom Wars:
http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/sony-computer-entertainment-europe-scee-bring-freedom-wars-physical-edition-to-europe

But due to news about Oreshika we will probably start another one. If I’m not mistaken @supersmith2500 will be the one who will start it, and most probably it will be general petition asking for a change of their digital only politics. I will drop the link if/when it will start.

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Oreshika: Tainted Blood according to official playstation sites will be digital only in Europe (NA of course have normal retail edition). It is yet another first party SCE game after Freedom Wars which won’t have retail release in Europe. Both games have not-surprisingly very good scores from gamingsites… Due to Freedom Wars release sales of Vita in Japan were twice as good as normally, this proves that we are talking about potential system seller for VIta.

As most of you probably know there is already petition asking for retail of Freedom Wars:
http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/sony-computer-entertainment-europe-scee-bring-freedom-wars-physical-edition-to-europe

But due to news about Oreshika we will probably start another one. If I’m not mistaken @supersmith2500 will be the one who will start it, and most probably it will be general petition asking for a change of their digital only politics. I will drop the link if/when it will start.

If you don’t like something, be vocal about it! Don’t wait till it will be too late, we as a customers have our rights. If you don’t want to help, than ok you don’t have to… but at least don’t get in our way.

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Link to new petition asking for both Freedom Wars and Oreshika:
https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/sony-computer-entertainment-europe-scee-reconsider-physical-releases-of-freedom-wars-oreshika-tainted-bloodlines-for-europe

IMHO content of petition could be still bit improved… but for a starter that’s not bad

seems the only Vita game i’ll be owning this year is dangan ronpa 2 cause it’s actually a far smaller title but atleast it is getting a physical release.

madmanwithabox12 20 July, 2014 @ 11:57
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This week in PlayStation, Vita continues to be ignored.

Yes, we got a blog post about Metrico. But how many posts were there for PS3/PS4 games in comparison? Vita needs that same level of love and you’re still not giving it.

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There has been a Vita game been announced nearly every week. Just because it is an indie title or also on PS4/PS3 doesn’t mean the Vita has been ignored.

madmanwithabox12 20 July, 2014 @ 12:57
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You can’t honestly look at the PS blog and tell me Vita gets equal attention to what PS3 and PS4 do. That’s what annoys me. PS3 and PS4 don’t even really need much hype, they’re doing really well. Vita needs all the help it can get and Sony just won’t throw it a bone. Additionally, I do feel like the Vita fans are being ignored on the blog. We’re constantly raising issues or asking questions that never get a response.

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PS4: Destiny, Last of Us, Styx; PS3: Destiny, Sacred 3, Walking Dead, Ace Combat; PS Vita: Metrico, Starlight Inception, Walking Dead. 4 for PS3, 3 each for PS3 and Vita. Not that much of a difference this week.

Would you guys please look at the call of duty black ops 2 apocalypse map pack availability in the cod sale? I’ve looked on numerous psn accounts so it isn’t just my account

Fred Dutton 21 July, 2014 @ 09:35
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Investigating this issue for you now.

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Gaming on the Go sale has some great titles but no actual discounts, needs fixing and is happening a bit too frequently. Advertising sales and not actually having items discounted is a basic no no and not entirely accepted by countries with consumer protection.

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It’s a promotion, not a sale. There has also been no blog post calling it a sale, but there were permanent reductions to coincide with it.

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@WearingFin It is under the menu for Sales and Offers. I fail to see either a Sale or an offer.

Regardless of if there’s been any call out on the blog, in the store that is how it has been categorised on the store where these items are being sold. Also in the PS+ discounts section there are two titles with no PS+ discount.

This isn’t the first time this sort of thing has happened and it needs to be fixed regardless of your own personally chosen terminology for it. It is misleading and inaccurate.

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Of course it’s an offer. If Sale and Offer were the same thing, the category wouldn’t be called Sales and Offers. My point still stands: it’s not a sale and hasn’t been called a sale. Consumer protection doesn’t apply if you’re not discounting in the first place.

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Can anyone at SCEE with even an ounce of weight find out from the big boys what is the exact reasoning behind Freedom Wars and Oreshika being digital only on VITA? I have been tweet @yosp as have many others and he says it’s down to SCEE entirely.
So who is it at SCEE that is making these dumb decisions?

Hi Fred, happy 2nd anniversary!

Sorry, but that’s about as positive as it gets.

Last week I asked you to help Mr Ashraf regarding his communication skills (re vague/confusing allusions to sales) This was of course ignored (see ‘gaming on the go’ banner – this is not a sale but a grouping together of some games for no reason – see above confusion).

This week, I’d like to ask YOU to improve your communication skills.

Since Sony are happy to trumpet the figures that suggest 50% of PS4 owners were not PS3 owners, then I would like to ask that when there is a psn outage (destiny beta), there should be some sort of official communication through the blogpost. My experience of the beta was pain-free but are Sony really happy that many excited playstation owners suffered a frustrating evening that was only made worse by the radio silence from yourselves?

You did suggest in your blogpost last Sunday (that you spent a whole 15 minutes on – despite by your own admittance that Monday was a slo...

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Hi Fred, happy 2nd anniversary!

Sorry, but that’s about as positive as it gets.

Last week I asked you to help Mr Ashraf regarding his communication skills (re vague/confusing allusions to sales) This was of course ignored (see ‘gaming on the go’ banner – this is not a sale but a grouping together of some games for no reason – see above confusion).

This week, I’d like to ask YOU to improve your communication skills.

Since Sony are happy to trumpet the figures that suggest 50% of PS4 owners were not PS3 owners, then I would like to ask that when there is a psn outage (destiny beta), there should be some sort of official communication through the blogpost. My experience of the beta was pain-free but are Sony really happy that many excited playstation owners suffered a frustrating evening that was only made worse by the radio silence from yourselves?

You did suggest in your blogpost last Sunday (that you spent a whole 15 minutes on – despite by your own admittance that Monday was a slow news day) that there are other ways (directly via twitter!) to raise an issue.

You’re the blog manager, not the [deleted] manager. Sony customers should not have to create accounts to contact you directly.

thanks.

ps, pricing faq – never gonna happen. Fred hinted at it’s possibility to pacify the traction that the topic was getting at the time. He has since intimated that it may be weeks/months, if at all.

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wow, 20 hours in moderation. thanks for not censoring my whole comment.

one point.

Fred’s replies today have hinted at an element of abuse/questioning of integrity of staff members. Since I appear to be the only contributor to be censored today, I do not appreciate the subtext that these elements are attributed to myself.

I’d like it to be known that the ‘deleted’ part of my post was not abuse directed at Fred, but a play on words (substituting an ‘a’ for an ‘i’ in the naming of a well-known social media tool) that expressed my disdain for it’s inclusion as a means for communicating with Sony.

So let me re-state the sentence:

‘You are the blog manager, not the twitter manager…’

(let’s hope that this is not misconstrued that I am calling Fred a twit!)

thanks

The Accountants

They weighed up the costs and risks of creating a physical copy of the game and found it would be more cost effective for a digital release only.

Porcupeth00 20 July, 2014 @ 15:49
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I wish every game would go digital-only.
Cut down the retailers, they don’t need to exist.

Porcu, if you haven’t noticed, in EU digital PSN games can be even twice more expensive that if you’d get them on a disc. I bet SCEE would love to kill retailing business, so they could demand 100euro for the simpliest of games, but that’s the opposite of where “for the players” is.

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Every time i go into a particular local entertainment shop i see at least ten copies of Deception IV stocked for full price. I know they will never sell all ten of those copies. It makes little sense for niche titles to have full retail releases, especially when localisation means you often cannot move units from one country to another. I look at Steam and I am envious, i am also aware that a major factor is retail and Sony’s reliance on them. The sooner we can remove that step, the better.

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I’m honestly not sure what SCEE is doing any more.

First, the sheer amount of spam trying to flog Destiny and Driveclub.

Yeah, we get that Sony are counting on these to kickstart a new surge of PS4 sales, but spamming the blog with posts about the most minor things such as guns and weather effects, to the extent where posts that interest other gamers are being squeezed out, is just annoying everyone who isn’t interested. As I stated in the weekend debate thread, I could have been sold on Destiny, but I’m just sick of hearing about it now. Speaking of which, using a weekend debate thread to literally fish for butt-kissing comments in the hope of winning a prize to try and artificially raise the hype level – really SCEE?

Second, the mad decisions about Vita.

Much as I have gone fully digital myself, I can understand those who are asking for physical releases, and I understand the economics of it. Retailers do not stock systems that do not have physical games for them to sell and re...

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I’m honestly not sure what SCEE is doing any more.

First, the sheer amount of spam trying to flog Destiny and Driveclub.

Yeah, we get that Sony are counting on these to kickstart a new surge of PS4 sales, but spamming the blog with posts about the most minor things such as guns and weather effects, to the extent where posts that interest other gamers are being squeezed out, is just annoying everyone who isn’t interested. As I stated in the weekend debate thread, I could have been sold on Destiny, but I’m just sick of hearing about it now. Speaking of which, using a weekend debate thread to literally fish for butt-kissing comments in the hope of winning a prize to try and artificially raise the hype level – really SCEE?

Second, the mad decisions about Vita.

Much as I have gone fully digital myself, I can understand those who are asking for physical releases, and I understand the economics of it. Retailers do not stock systems that do not have physical games for them to sell and resell, so Vita lacking physical releases is just a death sentence, as people like to buy physical bundles in store. Limiting Vita to digital only is the same mistake that Sony committed with PSPGo – only hardcore fans will get one, so sales figures will be down, so retailers will stock them even less, so developers won’t bring titles, so the system will eventually die. That’s not even mentioning the likes of Andrew House and co. talking down Vita and admitting Sony don’t have a clue what to do with it in every interview.

Third, making the same mistake with PS4 as was made with PS3.

The hardcore fans that drove PS2 to such stratospheric success were totally ignored for the first few years on PS3. No hardcore RPGs, no strategy games, only mindless shooters, sports, driving and titles for the casual market. I didn’t buy a PS3 until 6 years after launch because there were only a handful of decent games for it. These hardcore fans migrated to PSP and later Vita, where we have titles such as Persona 4 Golden, Demon Gaze, Sword Art Online and the like. You then treat these hardcore fans who have spent hundreds or even thousands of pounds with Sony over the years with contempt, while failing to attract a single hardcore RPG or strategy game to PS4 and expect us to buy one? The ONLY game with even a hint that it will be a system-seller so far has been No Man’s Sky.

I could go on all day. Why don’t you bite the bullet and put out a survey or debate asking what WE want?

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Hey… I’m also hardcore fan! :D

I would say that old style gamers who collect retail games are even bigger hardcore fans than those who go all digital :P (opinion)

Anyway, thank you for understanding that there are those who prefer digital games and there are those who prefer digitals! I appreciate it.

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I understand the economics, Archacus, as I believe you do too.

I’m digital only for Vita only because when I bought it I had a PS+ subscription and a large amount of the games I wanted were PSP/PSOne which are digital only, and I use it for commuting so don’t want to carry tiny game cards around with me.

Physical games matter though. Without physical games, a console dies, as one of the main sources of sales is from people walking into stores, seeing it in action and being introduced to the system. Sure, people will research and order one online if they really want the titles on it, but you can’t maintain sales from this method alone. Without boxed titles in high street stores to go with consoles as well, there’s only a fraction of the sales available. When the Borderlands 2 slim bundle hit the US, there was a huge spike in sales – until Sony declared their incompetence once again by running out of units to keep the shelves stocked. Digital only will eventually kill the system,...

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I understand the economics, Archacus, as I believe you do too.

I’m digital only for Vita only because when I bought it I had a PS+ subscription and a large amount of the games I wanted were PSP/PSOne which are digital only, and I use it for commuting so don’t want to carry tiny game cards around with me.

Physical games matter though. Without physical games, a console dies, as one of the main sources of sales is from people walking into stores, seeing it in action and being introduced to the system. Sure, people will research and order one online if they really want the titles on it, but you can’t maintain sales from this method alone. Without boxed titles in high street stores to go with consoles as well, there’s only a fraction of the sales available. When the Borderlands 2 slim bundle hit the US, there was a huge spike in sales – until Sony declared their incompetence once again by running out of units to keep the shelves stocked. Digital only will eventually kill the system, until the only titles being released will be Japanese localisations.

When I speak of hardcore fans, I speak of those of us who’ve been Sony’s traditional fanbase from the start – those of us who built up huge libraries of games from PSX/PSOne days onwards. A large part of Sony’s fanbase was, from the start, rooted firmly in games that didn’t hold your hand – in JRPGs such as Suikoden and Shin Megami Tensei, unique titles such as ICO and Shadow of the Colossus and strategy games such as Front Mission. Sony moved away from these games in the PS3 era to try to hit a wider, casual market, so very few were released in the first years and those that were had limited runs like Valkyria Chronicles and weren’t marketed properly.

Sony are counting on their traditional fanbase automatically buying a PS4 when the first Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts or Elder Scrolls game comes out, and are concentrating all their efforts into outperforming Microsoft in the key casual markets of shooters, driving and sports. If they keep doing this, eventually people who have no interest in these games will just decide not to buy one. We need the first PS4 exclusive equivalents of Valkyria Chronicles, Resonance of Fate, Disgaea and the like, and we need them marketed. Right now, we only have Natural Doctrine coming, and it’s cross-platform.

Well, they are trying to surge PS4 sales, sure. But thing is, after you’ve bought a PS4, you’re left alone, abandoned and noone cares for you anymore? You gave us your money? Great, now go hide yourself in a closet or something, at least until you come back to give us more money. It’s SCEE’s new motto, “for the players’ money.”

Though the thing about videos, I’m still waiting to see a video of Driveclub + snow. I absolutely love winter climates, mostly why Uncharted 2 was my favourite in the series.

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I LOVE my PS4 :D

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Hopefully it’s a BIG update with a lot of requested stuff. We have not had an update with added cntent since well can’t even remember. Only thing was the streaming improvment and the sharefactor.

Hi Fred,

When do August PS+ games get announced ?
I hope it’s this week :)

KaneTheGoth 21 July, 2014 @ 00:32
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I hope it is too but I highly doubt we’ll find anything out until at least the 30th of this month, with the publish going live on the 6th August.

Fred Dutton 21 July, 2014 @ 09:40
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No, not this week – it will be the week after. It’s looking like an eclectic list this month – should be something for everyone.

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@Mr. Fred Dutton
Sorry but can you guys stop ignoring us? We won’t go away just because someone is ignoring us, ok? That’s not how it works… it is not kindergarten… and we are not kids or “haters” like you guys try to depict us.

Can we at least know ONE THING:
Are you even still taking into account possibility of releasing Freedom Wars and Oreshika?
Just “yes” or “no”… I’m not asking for more.

Side note:
1. Don’t wait with announcing news, take a look at Square Enix… just 1 month and pretty much only few people still respect SE… don’t make similar mistake
2. You are responsible for whole EU, part of Africa and Asia… you guys keep thinking only from your own little UK perspective… something which will be good for UK usually is not good for whole EU.

Porcupeth00 20 July, 2014 @ 18:12
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buy digital

madmanwithabox12 20 July, 2014 @ 22:54
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@Porcupeth00: It would be far easier for people to accept this game as digital only if Vita’s memory wasn’t such an issue. Cards only go up to 64GB (and those cost an arm and a leg AND they have to be imported from Japan) and changing memory cards on Vita is a huge hassle and it doesn’t work very well, not like switching cards on PSP. So given the limited amount of memory Vita can hold, it’s kind of hard to justify buying larger games like this digitally and on a regular basis.

Porcupeth00 20 July, 2014 @ 23:16
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you don’t need a 64gb card… don’t hoard games that you don’t even play

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I’m curious whether we’ll hear anything this week about further PS4 updates,on the back of the news that the XBox One is getting 3d bluray support? I realise that for some people it’s a minor thing,but I have a few titles,and would prefer to be able to play them. Given the fact that Sony were a key force behind bluray,if like to think they won’t be far behind?

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Logged on to the blog to say exactly the same thing. It would be fantastic if, as others have said above, SCEE treat their customers as grown-ups and share their programme for the release of key updates to the PS4 operating system. Sony would be utterly nuts not to be planning to introduce support for 3D blu-rays (as well as support for media server streaming and other features that existed on the PS3). Uncertainty as to whether these features are coming does not give them any competitive advantage over Microsoft. The only downside to publishing a programme for release of these features is that if dates slip then they will get criticised. Well make sure that the programme makes clear that the dates are subject to change. This is perfectly understandable to everybody. Obviously Sony aren’t going to tell us about new features which competitors may want to steal, but there is no good reason not to say when basic functionality (which should really have been in place at launch) will be a...

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Logged on to the blog to say exactly the same thing. It would be fantastic if, as others have said above, SCEE treat their customers as grown-ups and share their programme for the release of key updates to the PS4 operating system. Sony would be utterly nuts not to be planning to introduce support for 3D blu-rays (as well as support for media server streaming and other features that existed on the PS3). Uncertainty as to whether these features are coming does not give them any competitive advantage over Microsoft. The only downside to publishing a programme for release of these features is that if dates slip then they will get criticised. Well make sure that the programme makes clear that the dates are subject to change. This is perfectly understandable to everybody. Obviously Sony aren’t going to tell us about new features which competitors may want to steal, but there is no good reason not to say when basic functionality (which should really have been in place at launch) will be available.

Fred Dutton 21 July, 2014 @ 10:00
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Yes, more news on PS4 firmware updates very soon. Stay tuned.

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Hopefully that means 3d and mp3 support.

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Fred, unrelated question but are there any plans to either bring back the report button or implement an ignore feature on the blog? If not then can we please get some active moderation in here? The amount of spam coming from a small group of persistent posters is getting tiresome, furthermore anyone who engages the spammers is immediately insulted and this is happening with complete impunity.

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@TrueMurton
There is “report” button in upper right corner (near the number of the post and flag).

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There is a report button if you feel a post is offensive – it’s right next to the post number. However, if you wish for a blog that goes beyond this to the point where comments are actively moderated to remove frustrated posters who display any form of criticism, then perhaps you need to think about the potential outcome of that. Check out the situation on some other companies’ blogs, forums and review boards where you find nothing but 5 star reviews and compliments as anything else is strictly forbidden – do you really want Sony to act like that?

One of the great things about the PlayStation blog is that it has always provided a place for people to sound off and make their views known both when things are going great, and when they’re not happy with the current direction of things. People aren’t posting out of a sense of malice or need to spam, but because they genuinely love their consoles and PlayStation in general, and want it to be the best experience possible. Plus, we inv...

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There is a report button if you feel a post is offensive – it’s right next to the post number. However, if you wish for a blog that goes beyond this to the point where comments are actively moderated to remove frustrated posters who display any form of criticism, then perhaps you need to think about the potential outcome of that. Check out the situation on some other companies’ blogs, forums and review boards where you find nothing but 5 star reviews and compliments as anything else is strictly forbidden – do you really want Sony to act like that?

One of the great things about the PlayStation blog is that it has always provided a place for people to sound off and make their views known both when things are going great, and when they’re not happy with the current direction of things. People aren’t posting out of a sense of malice or need to spam, but because they genuinely love their consoles and PlayStation in general, and want it to be the best experience possible. Plus, we invest hundreds or even thousands of pounds into PlayStation, and as such feel entitled to express our opinions to the company receiving that money.

From what I have seen here, the discussion has been fairly civilised today. Sure, some of the issues are repeats from past weeks, but that’s only because there’s been no response to any of the issues so far. If there were to be a detailed, in depth explanation or debate with participation from a senior figure in response to the things being raised, even if the content of that response was ultimately disappointing, fewer people would be posting. We’d have made our points, and been satisfied that someone from the higher echelons had seen them and taken our views into consideration.

These are serious issues, discussed for the most part in a reasoned, rational manner, so let us please not go down the route of censorship.

KaneTheGoth 21 July, 2014 @ 02:16
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Completely agree with TrueMurton on this one, an ignore button would be perfect. While I’m 100% in favour of free speech, reading the same comments from the same people on the same subjects spread across several unrelated Blog topics is fairly tedious and somewhat spammy. While they may or may not have a good plight and it’s important for their voice to be heard, I, personally, don’t need to read about it repeatedly.

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Is there any news about when the summer sale is going to start if there is one this year?

Fred Dutton 21 July, 2014 @ 09:58
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There will indeed be a summer sale. It should begin next week, with a series of updates over the next month or so. I haven’t seen a full content list yet, so please don’t ask for any clues! Hopefully there should be something for everyone in there.

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Hopefully better than last sale as it wasn’t great and hopefully nearer to the US flash sales!!!

fps_d0minat0r 21 July, 2014 @ 11:28
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Cant wait for the sale!

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It seems a lot of people who post here do not understand what a blog is, a blog is where you go to get information and details on subjects you are interested in. It’s not a venue for constantly moaning about the same old things to people who aren’t interested. That’s what forums are for, go to the forums and have a discussion and let the blog be what it’s designed for. Whenever a developer posts here rather than get the opportunity to answer interesting and relevant questions it’s always drowned out by the constant repetition of long completely unrelated posts. Free speech is great and Sony certainly have a lot to improve but the blog is not the place to air these views.

madmanwithabox12 21 July, 2014 @ 12:21
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Do SCEE staff/developers/publishers respond to issues raised on the forums? I wouldn’t know since I don’t really use them. As is, myself, and I’m sure many others, feel that this is the only way to have direct communication with the people up-top and to let our voices be heard; perhaps that is out of ignorance, or perhaps this really is the only way for us to talk to the relevant people.

Of course people are going to carry on repeating themselves if the issues they raise aren’t being addressed. I appreciate that Fred has given a response, but we’re still none the wiser. It’s not always about having things changed to suit our needs or wants, most of the time it’s just about having a reason. Why did SE say Type 0 was coming to Vita then disappoint millions of people by saying it isn’t? Why is Freedom Wars only getting a digital release in Europe when it’s far and away Vita’s biggest exclusive this year? It’s not necessarily even about changing these things. People just want reasons w...

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Do SCEE staff/developers/publishers respond to issues raised on the forums? I wouldn’t know since I don’t really use them. As is, myself, and I’m sure many others, feel that this is the only way to have direct communication with the people up-top and to let our voices be heard; perhaps that is out of ignorance, or perhaps this really is the only way for us to talk to the relevant people.

Of course people are going to carry on repeating themselves if the issues they raise aren’t being addressed. I appreciate that Fred has given a response, but we’re still none the wiser. It’s not always about having things changed to suit our needs or wants, most of the time it’s just about having a reason. Why did SE say Type 0 was coming to Vita then disappoint millions of people by saying it isn’t? Why is Freedom Wars only getting a digital release in Europe when it’s far and away Vita’s biggest exclusive this year? It’s not necessarily even about changing these things. People just want reasons why these decisions or mistakes have been made.

I think people have to understand that a large portion of the Vita user-base is currently unhappy with the way Sony is handling the device and that this comes off the back of a very lacklustre E3 and some very distressing interviews with some of the higher-ups at SCE. The fact none of Sony’s first party studios is or has plans to make Vita games (except for Studio Japan) is just depressing… People aren’t happy with these things and they want to make their opinions known. It’s never done out of malice (though some people here get a bit too uncivil when raising their concerns) but out of passion. People are complaining because they care.

Again, if there is a better outlet for that than I do apologise for being one of the more vocal posters in these matters, but as far as I’m aware this is the most direct way I can make my voice heard.

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Hi madmanwithabox12 and the others who air similar views. Nothing wrong with wanting answers and speaking your mind but the vast majority of these questions have been answered by Fred or someone else on the blog. Asking the same questions time and time again will not change the answer if you didn’t like the answer the first time. Fred, if you are still reading, here is a suggestion. Create a separate blog post which will focus on contentious issues such as EU digital pricing, lack of Vita love and so on. Then everyone can use this to debate the issue leaving the other unconnected blog posts free to discus what the blog post is actually about.

Project2insanity 21 July, 2014 @ 18:06
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@madmanwithabox12; The forums are great for help. Just for example, I had an issue with DLC which wasn’t listed here. The thread wasn’t even 2 pages long and it was passed to the store team to fix. It was sorted before I had a response from customer service which itself didn’t take an unreasonable time to receive.

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This week Sony once again showed us european vita players are not worthy of decent releases, and Shuhei Yoshida taunted us for it. Good times.

madmanwithabox12 21 July, 2014 @ 18:38
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You’re over-reacting. Shu didn’t taunt anybody. People complained on his twitter that Freedom Wars wasn’t being released here, he told them it was. Which is the truth. It’s not his fault people aren’t communicating clearly and concisely why they are disappointed.

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I think you have been reading some different tweets, because there are no communication errors here:

https://twitter.com/yosp/status/490150172790247424

He really should have worded that differently or he might as well just have written “tough luck, losers”.

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WOW … looking at all the comments,… I kinda feel bad complaining about TLOU censorship again haha .. people are giving Fred, Sony and PSblog team a really hard time haha ..

Still … I’m extremely angry and disappointed about TLOU censorship .. I canceled my preorder :( No games to play on my PS4 at the moment, bored of all the games I got .. no other good games for this vacation was really looking forward to TLOU release. But this collective punishment disgusts me.. why censor it for the rest of EU if only germany is the problem? Why do US gamers get the full experience .. I hope you guys release a gore patch for MP … this is a HUGE let down.

KaneTheGoth 21 July, 2014 @ 16:42
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Fully agree. Why does the rest of the EU have to have the game censored just because of Germany’s overly-sensitive censors?

I’ll never buy the game due to this slack decision.

smile_taisou 21 July, 2014 @ 13:13
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This week at Playstation: European Vita owners get shafted once again with another digital only release of major first party exclusive – Oreshika 2.

This week at EU Vita owners: Money goes towards importing physical Vita games from NA.

SGTSTEELFACE 21 July, 2014 @ 18:19
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Playstation are really getting Square Enix Infamy for the mess ups recently

Project2insanity 21 July, 2014 @ 23:28
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Who exactly is deciding to call these titles major releases with respect to our market? Seriously? I’m a Vita owner and very much in favour of physical releases but I could easily ask 100 gamers and not one would know this title. I personally see releasing these physically being a massive risk. Isn’t it just a tad too easy to make financial decisions when your money isn’t on the line?

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@Project2insanity
Go ahead and ask even 1000 gamers… or just read what Shuhei Yoshida is saying.

There are 3 major first party releases this year:
-Freedom Wars
-Oreshika
-Murasaki Baby <- just in case… I know for sure someone will think it is Japanese game and call it niche just because of that… that's why I feel like telling that it is game made in Europe

I'm kinda tired with that trolling…. – I don't know title so most probably no one knows it, right?-

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Still waiting to hear any form of news about hardware support for PS3 wheels

atharva2001 24 July, 2014 @ 06:02
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Does anyone know the possibility of having Killzone Shadow Fall on PS Plus in August?

Naza_Monagas 26 July, 2014 @ 13:55
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Hello, I bought the game “Syphon Filter 3” and two seconds later was free to PSPlus… Another thing, fix the problem of psvita, when you’re playing a game that uses cinematics, the screen goes power saving mode, that can happen in the application “videos” but never in a game, it spoils the moment. Try any game for example Injustice or Metal Gear HD Edition.

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