Tagged: PlayStation 3

Relive the PlayStation Lifestyle of 2008 with this Blu-ray

Want to remind yourself of how Sony was selling the PlayStation 3 lifestyle in 2008? In the mood for some old game trailers you may have forgotten about? Do you love Blu-ray movies? There’s something for everyone on this 2008 “Welcome to PlayStation 3” promo disc that I picked up at a flea market back in April.

It’s a little odd that it was produced on a Blu-ray and you’d need a Blu-ray player (one of the PS3’s biggest selling points back in ‘08) in order to watch it. Nevertheless, there’s some choice marketing tomfoolery in Part 1. Lots of happy gamer dudes dancing around while playing, mimicking Minority Report hand gestures to navigate the XMB interface that never, ever worked that way. The PSP segment is also great, projecting gameplay footage on billboards and the sides of buildings when you were actually staring down at a tiny screen and ignoring the world. There’s even a “Karen” moment akin to the Nintendo Switch reveal trailer where a guy hands his PSP to a DJ at a party to really bring the heat with his Sony Music-approved playlist.

I know I’m way behind the curve on video resolution with 4K steamrolling its way into homes but this is also one of my first 1080p recordings. Oh yeah, it’s presented in 4 parts because I fully expect copyright claims to come down hard on these movie trailers and Sony BMG tracks. So far it hasn’t been blocked worldwide like my Guitar Hero Live video.

Breaking down Sony’s huge PlayStation lineup

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At first sight this updated list of forthcoming PlayStation releases looks enticingly massive. The official blog post is pages long (even excluding the pages of comments below it) but once you take your personal tastes into account things shrivel quickly.

Not into min-eSports style competitive multiplayer?
Not wild about PC ports?
Not up for more twin stick arcade shooters?
Not hot for indie games?

That’ll cut out up to 70% of this list and you can ignore another chunk of it that covers recently released titles. What’s left for PlayStation fans to look forward to? By my estimate about 74 exclusive releases between PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Vita. Only a dozen of those are likely to be major retail releases and surely some of these games are going to slip to 2016 or beyond.

The good news? If you’re a fan of anime/manga then PlayStation will treat you well. There’s a surprising number of games either based on or inspired by Japanese properties, most of which I’m unfamiliar with.  Sony also hasn’t completely cut off ties to a few oddball titles I was worried about. Both Shadow of the Beast and Everyone’s gone to the Rapture are, at least, mentioned on the list. The Last Guardian, however, is nowhere in sight.

It sure makes for a flashy blog post and headline as every other outlet copied and pasted the listing instantaneously. But really give it a look over for yourself and decide how many of these 220 titles you need a PlayStation console for.

SingStar sequel lets you sing through your phone

052114-singstarSingStar, Sony’s long-running karaoke series, is getting a new sequel to be released this year and bringing with it at least one new trick. As seen in this trailer, the game will have a new tile-based interface to browse for songs and watch community performances but the big addition is actually a subtraction: no more microphones.

While the familiar blue and red PlayStation 3 microphones will no doubt be supported you’ll also be able to use Sony’s forthcoming SingStar app to get your voice into the game. Compatible with both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game, the app is “compatible with most iOS and Android smartphones and devices”.

After a day of activity I’m not sure that my phone is up to a night of Bluetooth synched audio streaming with the screen blazing away, but it’s a nice idea. For new PS4 owners it means one less thing to think about or buy and one less barrier to entry for SingStar. Will it help make the game an even bigger seller or is it just a gimmic? I’m sure we’ll see it on display at E3 but it won’t be until people have it in their homes that we know for sure.

Of 2013: The PlayStation Plus Recap List

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I enjoyed more of the “free” games from PlayStation Plus in 2012 but I still think the annual membership is worth it. After nearly two years I have dozens of games to play on both PlayStation 3 and Vita and some of them I’d never have touched if it weren’t for the Instant Game Collection offered by Plus.

On top of the games below I took advantage of some Plus-subsidized sales to pick up Sound Shapes, NiGHTS, The Unfinished Swan, Guacamelee and Spelunky at a discount. I also realized the perfect way to re-up every year is by asking for a 12-month subscription card for your birthday; then those “free” games really are free! Here’s all the games I managed to download and play in 2013 (with 2013 releases in bold):

  • Foosball 2012
  • Closure
  • Chronovolt
  • Joe Danger 2: The Movie
  • Demon’s Souls
  • Malicious
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • Knytt Underground
  • The Pinball Arcade
  • Star Wars Pinball
  • Dokuro
  • Disgaea® 3: Absence of Detention
  • Tekken 6
  • Plants vs Zombies
  • Mega Man 9 & 10
  • NBA Jam: On Fire Edition
  • Ibb & Obb
  • Hotline Miami
  • Galaga Legions DX
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
  • Urban Trial Freestyle

With similar games and discounts promised for PlayStation 4 and continued support for PlayStation 3 and Vita the value of PlayStation Plus is hard to beat. Oh, and you’ll need it anyways to play PS4 games online so go ahead and grab those 12-month cards now before the price inevitably goes up in 2014!