This is nuts… how are you still following us through this long, unplanned hiatus?
It’s been awhile so perhaps we owe you an explanation: College has been hectic for all of us at the GCN and we’re doing our best to find time to post, but it’s just been really difficult with our respective majors. School, at least for me, has been asking for a little more than it has the last two years, so it’s definitely affected my ability to produce new content. I’m sure the same goes for the rest of the staff as well…BUT! We’ll return! All of us… Awesomer and BETTER than ever! Just you wait!
Anyway, thanks for sticking around! The numbers are truly astonishing and we’re humbled to have such a crazy number of supporters on here and Facebook. Thank you so much. :)
CES 2014: Sony Announces Game Streaming Services, PlayStation Now
Sony has formally announced its Gaikai-powered game streaming service, PlayStation Now, that allows users to stream a library of blockbuster PlayStation games from preceding console generations (similar to how you would stream a movie on Netflix) across multiple, internet enabled devices.
Confirmed at CES: 2014 in Las Vegas, PlayStation Now will be supported on a number of devices, including the PlayStation 4, PS3 and PSVita, and non-PlayStation devices like smartphones, tablets and Bravia TVs, and will stream a library of PlayStation legacy titles through the use of Gaikai’s cloud-based streaming technology. The service is set to give users instant access to these games while “[eliminating] traditional barriers without compromising the quality of gameplay,” says Sony exec Andrew House. ”This service in the long-term will provide existing PlayStation gamers with instant access to the games they loved from previous generations, from the original PlayStation, PS2 and PS3.”
More impressively though is the option to access these games through non-PlayStation specific devices, which allows non-console owners to play these classic titles through a specific one-time rental fee or a full-on paid subscription to the service, the latter of which, Sony says, will allow subscribers to explore a wide variety of content and play a variety of games and genres, like The Last of Us, Beyond: Two Souls, and God of War: Ascension, all of which were confirmed at CES with plenty more on the way.
Recently, Sony published a patent on the United States Patent and Trademark Office that allows the company to add new content to emulated games, which may or may not be related to PlayStation Now. Though given the circumstances, it would appear so and would allow the possibility for trophy support and ranked leaderboards.
A closed beta for PlayStation Now will begin this month and is expected for a full roll-out later this summer.
Can’t get enough Kingdom Hearts? Want to brush up on the previous games while you wait for the third installment? Good news for you Kingdom Hearts fans out there. Square Enix has announced that Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMIX will be coming out in 2014. The Remix contains Kingdom Hearts 2: Final Mix (previously Japan-exclusive for the PS2), Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Final Mix (previously Japan-exclusive for the PSP), and an HD remade cinematic of Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded (previously on the DS)
'Sonic Boom' premiering on Carton Network in Fall 2014
Sega’s iconic blue hog is ring-dashing his way back on television in 2014.
Sega announced today Sonic’s return to the small screen in an all-new, animated TV series titled “Sonic Boom.” The TV show is set to air on Cartoon Network in Fall 2014 and will be centered around Sonic the Hedgehog and his many colorful friends, and their ongoing struggle against series antagonist Dr. Eggman. The show will also feature a handful of fan-favorites and all-new characters exclusive to the show.
According to Sega, Sonic Boom is comedic adventure targeted at the 6-11 demographic and will run 52 eleven-minute episodes produced by SEGA of America and Genao Productions.
“Sonic is the star of the SEGA universe and the stage is now set for him to shine like never before,” said Hiroyuki Miyazaki, SEGA’s Chief Content Officer for Sonic. “By teaming up with world-class partners in television animation like Cartoon Network, Genao Productions and GULLI, we’re ensuring that the Sonic legacy will be introduced to a new generation of children across the globe.”
Sonic Team’s Takashi Iizuka, the driving creative force for the Sonic the Hedgehog games, will oversee the project to ensure that the show stays true to the characters and the universe.
The official Sonic the Hedgehog Facebook page also confirms that the project will employ many of the current voice actors from the games. Although not confirmed, we can assume Roger Craig Smith and Kate Higgins will reprise their roles as Sonic and Tails.
Sonic Boom is slated for a Fall 2014 debut and will be the first TV show since Sonic X to feature the blue dude with a ‘tude. Sega is currently shooting to premiere the show in the US and France, though are seeking broadcasting partners for other territories.
Pre-order Call of Duty: Ghost, get coupon for Eminem’s next album
With both the game and album releasing on the same day, Activsion has partnered up with Aftermath/Interscope Records to bring those who pre-order Call of Duty: Ghost a discount on Eminem’s next album, The Marshall Mathers LP2.
Announced earlier today, fans who pre-order Call of Duty: Ghost at Gamestop will receive an exclusive discount on Marshall Mathers LP2 when they pick-up their pre-ordered copies of the game. The coupon, which will be printed on customer receipts, will grant pre-orderees access to a special edition, discounted, digital version of Eminem’s album for $8.99 with an additional track not included in the standard retail version.
This isn’t the first time Eminem has partnered up with Activision. Prior to the announcement, Eminem’s “Survival” was featured in a multiplayer trailer for Call of Duty: Ghost.
“The energy and intensity of ‘Survival’ really matches Call of Duty: Ghosts,” commented Eminem. “I’m excited to continue to be a part of the franchise.”
Call of Duty: Ghost and Marshall Mathers LP 2 are slated for a November 5th release.
[UPDATE] It’s thinner, it’s lighter… it’s the new PS Vita.
Tokyo, Japan - During Sony’s press conference Sunday night, the company announced an all-new version of it’s handheld console, the PlayStation Vita.
The latest addition to the PlayStation family is 15 percent lighter and 20 percent thinner than the current model. The new Vita will also hold an extra hour of battery life. Sony also announced that the new handheld will be featured in six different colors including white, black, gray, pink, yellow, and mint gray (I totally made up the name of that last color).
The announcement comes weeks after Sony confirmed a price-drop across the US and Europe.
If more news rolls in, we’ll let you know.
[UPDATE] The new PS Vita (Wi-Fi only) will debut on October 10th in Japan, priced at 18,980 yen (approximately $190) and will feature hardware improvements including a micro-USB charger and 1GB of built-in storage. The new Vita also opts in for an LCD screen instead of the current OLED display, which sounds like an interesting choice, though we’ll see how this plays out when the device is made available. In addition to the six new colors, Sony confirmed three special edition models: God Eater, Otomate, andGundam Breaker.
To complement the new Vita, Sony has confirmed a price reduction on its current set of memory cards. The 4GB will go for about $15 and the 32GB will price for about $68. Also confirmed, a $105 64GB card.
All of these announcements are tailored for the Japanese market. How these announcement will transfer over to the US market it beyond us.