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Sony has confirmed that it won’t be bringing their first party games on a day one subscription service ala Game Pass because it is not sustainable.

In an interview with GamesIndustry.Biz, CEO Jim Ryan goes on to explain why this is the case, saying that “For us, having a catalogue of games is not something that defines a platform. Our pitch, as you’ve heard, is ‘new games, great games.’ We have had this conversation before — we are not going to go down the road of putting new releases titles into a subscription model. These games cost many millions of dollars, well over $100 million, to develop. We just don’t see that as sustainable.

Ryan continues on to say that “We want to make the games bigger and better, and hopefully at some stage more persistent. So putting those into a subscription model on day one, for us, just doesn’t make any sense. For others in a different situation, it might well make sense, but for us it doesn’t. We want to expand and grow our existing ecosystem, and putting new games into a subscription model just doesn’t sit with that.”

Alternatively, with the PS5 announcement, a new PS Plus Collection was unveiled as well, which will allow early adopters of the PlayStation 5 to be able to pad their game library in an instant through a curated list of games and top hits like God of War, Days Gone, and Bloodborne among other titles.

The PlayStation 5 will be priced at $499 (around PHP25,000) for the Standard Edition and $399 around PHP20,000) for the Digital Edition. Both editions will release on November 12 in selected territories (US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea) and November 19 worldwide.

We all know that the PlayStation 5 is going to be big, both figuratively and literally. While all comparisons have been estimates at this point, the FCC have published new photos for the PlayStation 5 (not beauty shots or renders) in the flesh, and it truly is a big, big boy.

With photos from The Verge and via Roberto Serrano on Twitter, we can see the console on its horizontal orientation, which gives us a better look at just how much space the console is going to take up when it hits retail in 2 months. The series of photos also show the base, which finally gives us an idea on how exactly the PS5 will be used horizontally or vertically. There aren’t any objects for comparison, but it doesn’t take too much deduction to know that this will be taking up a lot of real estate.

For now, these are the photos we can go on as far as a physical manifestation of the system is concerned, but as we approach launch date, we’ll be seeing more and more photos of the system in the wild, possibly unboxing videos as well.

Leaked photos from before suggest that the outer casing is swappable, which will allow access to possible internal upgrades as well as custom PS5 designs apart from the official SKU’s. While this is not yet confirmed, it could indeed be a possibility.

The PlayStation 5 will be priced at $499 (around PHP25,000) for the Standard Edition and $399 around PHP20,000) for the Digital Edition. Both editions will release on November 12 in selected territories (US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea) and November 19 worldwide.

The install sizes for Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls have been revealed, and both titles will immediately take up a sizeable chunk of the 825GB SSD of the PlayStation 5.

As more and more details about the PlayStation 5 are being revealed after its big showcase, some of its launch titles are taking the spotlight, specifically first party exclusives such as Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls.

As seen from their respective PlayStation Direct pages, both games will take up at least 110GB right away from your hard drive.

Demon’s Souls will take up 66GB minimum while Spider-Man: Miles Morales will take up 50GB. If you choose to go with the Ultimate Edition, which includes the remastered version of the PlayStation 4 Spider-Man game, then it shoots up to a whopping 105GB minimum. That’s 1/8 of your hard drive space gone with just 2 games.

For comparison, the PlayStation 4 Spider-Man game comes to about 45GB with its vanilla version, going up to around 75GB with all DLC installed, so that 50GB size that the remastered game comes with is not too bad, considering the improved textures that comes with it.

Both Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls will be launch titles for the PlayStation 5 when it releases on November 12 in selected territories and November 19 worldwide.

In the latest episode of Cyberpunk 2077’s Night City Wire, we’re given a closer look at Night City and the Gangs that run the streets.

With two months away from the release of Cyberpunk 2077, most of the gameplay elements have been laid out in the last two episodes of Night City Wire. At this point in the game, it’s mostly looking at the background lore and elements that set the game apart from other open world games.

Postcards From Night City

The episode started strong with the new trailer, Postcards From Night City, that establishes Night City as a vibrant, living, breathing city. As compared to The Witcher and its disparate city states, Cyberpunk 2077 focuses on one general area akin to Grand Theft Auto’s Liberty City and its outskirts. This focus concentrates on a dynamic ecosystem that showcases six distinct districts. Each one would have their own personality, but would form a part of the whole of Night City. As Miles Tost points out, “Night City is a sum of its parts.”

Judging from the trailer, CD Projekt Red has put so much work on giving Night City a real sense of place. The world is realistic and believable. It feels like a grand metropolis akin to Tokyo, Manila, or New York where each borough has enough variety to call its own. This opens up endless possibilities of exploration in what Miles Tost calls “mini-stories”. Different from the side quests, these mini-stories are a culmination of small encounters and random events that the player will encounter during their journeys. As if the main quest isn’t enough, some districts could be full of minigames and some districts can lead you to some unsavory encounters with some gangs.

If this is executed from what the trailer is promising, it could be a game changer for sci-fi/post apocalyptic open world adventures. While we do have a variety seen in Midgar in Final Fantasy VII Remake, other post apocalyptic worlds look copy-pasted from each other as seen in Fallout, Rage, and Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise. Besides some small encampments, the overall look has remained generic. It doesn’t feel like a living breathing landscape as seen in larger games like Grand Theft Auto V and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Gangs of Night City

The next trailer featurette is a quick dossier on the gangs that rule the streets of Night City. Each other represents a different element to the game as well as their own unique look. The Maelstrom gang is a group of transhumanists who are breaching the line between human and machine through excessive and creative mod usage. Valentinos are the dominant hispanic gang that follow their own traditions the same way as the Wraiths are following the nomadic code. Voodoo Boys are an urban myth of legendary netrunners that’s an open secret in Night City contrasted to the Animals who are the hired muscle by the Corpos. Rounding them off are the Tiger Boys consisting of the local Triad and The Moxes, a sorority of badass dames. 

While V is primarily a merc, and mercs work alone, V would encounter these gangs either as antagonists, allies, or a place they can receive quests from. There’s a solitary beauty being a freelancer in Night City and while some players may feel the urge to join these gangs, gangs don’t really trust mercs completely. If V wants to become a legend, they can join an elite Merc group to get the best possible weapons, mods, and jobs.

This late in the game, what can they possibly feature in the next Night City Wire in October or early November? We get the hype, we love the world, now give us a demo at the very least!

You can choose to watch the full episode below:

Cyberpunk 2077 is scheduled for a November 19 release date on the PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series, as well as for the PC.

The Cyberpunk 2077 PC requirements have been revealed and they’re looking pretty reasonable, considering how massive and gorgeous the game looks.

You’ll be glad to know that minimum PC requirements for Cyberpunk 2077 won’t be too hard on your system, and you’ll most likely be able to dive into the world with a decent setup. The recommended specs don’t look so bad too that its pretty unbelievable. The only thing of note from the requirements is the 70GB drive space needed, but as a side note, an SSD would be ideal.

Check out the requirements below as shared by CD Projekt Red through their social media channels:

cyberpunk 2077 pc requirements

Cyberpunk 2077 is scheduled to launch on November 19 with no more delays, as confirmed by CDPR themselves. You can look forward to playing it on current generation consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but also choose to hop right into the next-gen versions for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series, as well as the PC.

PlayStation 4 players get first dibs for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War this weekend for the alpha test, Activision has announced.

Pre-load the Alpha from the Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare or Warzone main menu starting September 17 (tonight!) at 11PM. The approximate download size will be 25GB, and once downloaded, access the Alpha menu to experience their first taste of deniable operations in several game modes across four new maps.

During the Alpha, multiplayer modes such as Team Deathmatch, Kill Confirmed and Domination will return, while players can also enjoy new game mode Combined Arms: Domination, a new 12v12, vehicle-inclusive twist on traditional Domination across two larger maps.

The Alpha will end on September 21 at 1AM, with all participants receiving an exclusive Calling Card for participating in the action.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is scheduled for a November 13, 2020 release for the PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series, and PC.

2K Games and Hangar 13 have released the full song list for Mafia: Definitive Edition, which includes 35 songs from jazz greats like Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Django Reinhardt, Lionel Hampton, and more. If you’re in the mood for some head boppin’ beats while taking on the streets, this jazzy set is for you.

The game’s classic tracks will transport players to the unique time and place of Lost Heaven, a prohibition-era Midwestern city riddled with crime and corruption.

You can view the full track list below:

  • “St. James Infirmary” – Cab Calloway
  • “Minnie the Moocher” – Cab Calloway
  • “Manhattan Jam” – Cab Calloway and His Orchestra
  • “Evenin'” – Cab Calloway and His Orchestra
  • “The Darktown Strutters’ Ball” – Django Reinhardt
  • “A-Tisket A-Tasket” – Django Reinhardt
  • “Blue Drag” – Django Reinhardt
  • “Sophisticated Lady” – Django Reinhardt
  • “Tiger Rag (instrumental)” – Django Reinhardt
  • “Black and Tan Fantasy” – Duke Ellington
  • “Crescendo in Blue” – Duke Ellington
  • “Echoes of Harlem” – Duke Ellington
  • “Hot and Bothered” – Duke Ellington
  • “I’m Satisfied” – Duke Ellington
  • “In A Sentimental Mood (instrumental)” – Duke Ellington
  • “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” – Duke Ellington
  • “It’s Glory” – Duke Ellington
  • “Prelude to A Kiss” – Duke Ellington
  • “The Mooche” – Duke Ellington
  • “Azure” – Duke Ellington
  • “Creole Love Call (instrumental)” – Duke Ellington
  • “Drop Me Off in Harlem” – Duke Ellington
  • “I Let A Song Go Out of My Heart” – Duke Ellington
  • “Mood to Be Wooed” – Duke Ellington
  • “Diminuendo in Blue” – Duke Ellington
  • “Heart and Soul” – Eddy Duchin and His Orchestra
  • “My Old Flame” – Guy Lombardo
  • “Little White Gardenia” – Hal Kemp & his Orchestra
  • “Back Beat Boogie” – Harry James
  • “Beyond the Blue Horizon” – Jeanette MacDonald and the Rounders
  • “True Confession” – Larry Clinton and His Orchestra
  • “When Lights Are Low” – Lionel Hampton
  • “(I’ll be Glad When You’re Dead) You Rascal You”  – Louis Armstrong
  • “Thanks for the Memory” – Mildred Bailey
  • “Sing You Sinners” – The High Hatters

Our early impressions of Mafia: Definitive Edition point to it being a well done remaster, built-from-the-ground-up with an updated script filled with rich new dialogue, expanded backstories, and additional cutscenes. Watch out for our full review of the game soon.

Mafia: Definitive Edition is scheduled to release on September 25 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Coming from the initial announcement, Balan Wonderworld is now scheduled to release on March 26, 2021 and will be playable on PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Balan Wonderworld is the all-new action-platformer from the creators of Sonic the Hedgehog Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima and is their first collaboration in 20 years.

Check out the announcement trailer below, which highlights the coop multiplayer feature of the game:

In Balan Wonderworld, players will get to explore the fantastical land of Wonderworld, where they’ll be guided by an enigmatic maestro named Balan, who will help players restore balance to the world by clearing Wonderworld of Negati, physical manifestations of worry and other negative emotions.

Players can jump, climb, fly, smash, and more, as they explore a multitude of unique areas, collecting over 80 unique costumes to assist on the journey. Each costume bestows its own special power, from the Pumpkin Puncher outfit that lets players smash through enemies or obstacles blocking pathways to the Air Cat costume that allows players to walk in mid-air for a certain amount of time.

Balan Wonderworld is scheduled to release on March 26, 2021 across all major platforms.

If somehow you’ve missed out on multiple chances to get Watch Dogs 2 before, you’ve got one whole week and no one else to blame as the game is free on the Epic Games Store along with Football Manager 2020 and Stick it to the Man!

It’s quite simple really, and you don’t have to jump through hoops to get it. Just simple head on over to the Epic Games Store, create an account or log in if you already have one, and claim them to own forever.

That’s it. That’s the news.

Get on over to the Epic Games Store before September 24 before the offer expires!

Despite the PlayStation 5 promising a 99% compatibility rate with PlayStation 4 games, Sony has fully confirmed that PS3, PS2, and PS1 titles will not be supported.

This comes from a Famitsu interview with PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan (translations care of Siliconera), basically saying that while producing the technology for the console, SSD, and DualSense, there wasn’t enough time to work on compatibility.

Famitsu: We were also surprised when we heard that it will have 99% compatibility with PS4 titles. By the way, will there be compatibility with PS1, PS2, and PS3 titles?

Jim Ryan: We keep in mind the engineering specialized for the PS5, as we produced the device. In the midst of that, the PS4 already has 100 million players; we thought they ought to want to play PS4 titles on the PS5 as well indeed, so we included compatibility with the PS4. While implementing that, we also focused our efforts on taking in the high-speed SSD and the new controller DualSense at the same time. So, unfortunately, we couldn’t reach the implementation of such compatibilities.

It’s not like we didn’t already know this, right? Maybe some are in denial, but now that its been officially confirmed by Ryan himself, we can finally put all of this to rest. Ubisoft already gave us a hint about this earlier this month so it shouldn’t have been totally a surprise.

On the other hand, the PlayStation Plus Collection has been announced, which will instantly give early adopters of the PlayStation 5 an instant PS4 library, ranging from games like God of War to Bloodborne and Days Gone.

The PlayStation 5 will be priced at $499 (around PHP25,000) for the Standard Edition and $399 around PHP20,000) for the Digital Edition. Both editions will release on November 12 in selected territories (US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea) and November 19 worldwide.