Sony Playstation 'gran Turismo' Makes A Mini Film Celebrating The Nurburgring

Sony Playstation 'Gran Turismo' makes a mini film celebrating the Nurburgring

The Nürburgring and Le Mans are both race tracks, but each represents a different side of the automotive coin. When an automaker wants to prove it can build an all-out race car, it enters one of the categories at Le Mans. When an automaker wants to prove it can build an all-around road car, it goes to the Nürburgring. Yet the 'Ring as a global phenomenon and lap-time graveyard is recent; the Nordschleife didn't appear in Playstation's 'Gran Turismo' until GT4 in 2004. Today, it's unimaginable that a high-profile racing game wouldn't include the 'Ring from the off.

It's been a wild 15 years for both the video game and the track, so the folks at Sony put together a 19-minute video on how the 'Ring and the game have changed.

Sony Shows Demo Of Playstation 5 Load Times

Sony Shows Demo Of PlayStation 5 Load Times


Sony may not be coming to E3 in 2019 but the company has been revealing bits and pieces of information about the next-generation gaming console that it’s working on. It has previously been confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will feature SSD storage, 3D audio, and 8K graphics support in addition to backward compatibility with current PS4 games. Sony has now provided a demo of the PlayStation 5 load times and they’re impressive, to say the least.

The shift from HDD to SSD storage would have understandably contributed to the improvement in load times but one also has to factor in the other hardware improvements which will speed up load times significantly.

Sony Launches Studio To Create Movies Out Of Playstation Games Itself

Sony Launches Studio To Create Movies Out Of PlayStation Games Itself


Sony has had to work with other media companies when it wanted to make shows based on its vast library of PlayStation games. The company is now switching gears by setting up its own studio which will allow Sony to quickly adapt its PlayStation games into TV shows and movies on its own. This new division is called PlayStation Productions.

PlayStation Productions is overseen by Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Chairman of Worldwide Studios Shawn Layden. The studio will be tasked with developing and producing projects that are based on Sony’s vast library of PlayStation games.

Playstation 5 May Release In November 2020 For $499

PlayStation 5 May Release In November 2020 For $499


Sony has already confirmed that it’s working on its next-generation console. The company has also pointed out that the console won’t be out before next year. A new report about the price and release date of the PlayStation 5 suggests that the console is going to be released in November next year for $499.

Respected Sony analyst Hideki Yasuda predicts that Sony is going to release its next-generation gaming console in November 2020. He also predicts in his latest quarterly analysis report for the Ace Research Institute that the console will be priced at $499.

Playstation Now Subscription Service Tops 700,000 Users

PlayStation Now Subscription Service Tops 700,000 Users


The PlayStation Now streaming service has been around for quite some time now, long before similar services were offered for the Xbox One. Sony launched it back in 2014 and it has seen constant growth for PlayStation Now over the years. Sony has revealed that the subscription service now has over 700,000 users.

Sony’s cloud-based game streaming service is based on a subscription model. Users can purchase a membership for $19.99 per month and that provides them with access to more than 750 games for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

Sony Playstation 5 Price Will Be 'appealing To Gamers'

Sony PlayStation 5 Price Will Be 'Appealing To Gamers'

It was clear that one of the reasons why the Sony PS4 managed to have such a huge lead on Microsoft’s Xbox One at the start was due to pricing. Microsoft had priced their console a good $100 more and justified it by including the Kinect accessory, which while appreciated, felt unnecessary.

By the time Microsoft dropped their prices, it felt like it might have been too late. This goes to show that in such a competitive space, sometimes offering more might not be good enough, and that’s definitely something Sony is keeping in mind. According to Peter Rubin of WIRED, he revealed that during his interview with Sony’s Mark Cerny, the topic of pricing of the upcoming PlayStation 5 was brought up.

Sony Confirms Playstation 5 Details, Some Of Them At Least

Sony Confirms PlayStation 5 Details, Some Of Them At Least


There has been a lot of focus on game streaming services which would enable players to stream console-level titles on even their mobile devices since all of the heavy lifting would be done in the cloud. Google and Microsoft are both working on such services. Sony feels that it’s necessary to follow up the PlayStation 4 Pro with new hardware and it has now confirmed a few details about the PlayStation 5.

Sony company president Kenichiro Yoshida has said that it’s important to have “next-generation hardware” after the PlayStation 4 Pro, which basically means there’s going to be a PlayStation 5. System architect Mark Cerny confirmed to Wired that the new console is going to have a third-generation AMD Ryzen CPU under the hood with eight cores built on the company’s 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture.

Playstation Store Refund Pre-order Possible But There's A Catch

PlayStation Store Refund Pre-Order Possible But There's A Catch


It’s possible that you pre-order a game when it’s first unveiled but over the following days you decide you don’t want to spend your money on it. What do you do then if you have pre-ordered it through Sony’s PlayStation Store? A new policy has been enacted which does allow PlayStation Store pre-order refund but there’s a catch.

The refund terms are slightly different depending on the type of content purchased from the store. With the exception of a PlayStation Plus or PlayStation Now subscription, it will not be possible to get credit back for a purchase once the game has been played or even if it has only been downloaded. The only way you get your money back is if you don’t download the game in the first place.

Apple Tv Gets Playstation Vue's Multi-picture Mode

Apple TV Gets PlayStation Vue's Multi-Picture Mode


PlayStation Vue, Sony’s live TV streaming service, isn’t just available on the company’s gaming consoles as the name might have you believe. It’s available on a wide variety of platforms including the Apple TV. The Apple TV is now getting a feature which has been available on the PS4 app for PlayStation Vue: multi-picture mode.

Sony is rolling out the multi-picture feature for PlayStation Vue on the Apple TV starting today. It will roll out the feature to the set-top box by way of an update for the app. The multi-picture mode allowed users to have three channels running on the screen at the same time. Sony is going to improve it further for the Apple TV by supporting four channels at the same time instead of three on the PlayStation 4.

Sony Playstation Vita Production Has Officially Come To An End

Sony PlayStation Vita Production Has Officially Come To An End

In the console space, there is Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, each of whom have their own home console device. However when it comes to handhelds, that space was pretty much a fight between Nintendo and Sony, although it seems that now Sony could finally be conceding that market to Nintendo entirely.

This is because Sony has officially ended the production of its PlayStation Vita console. We had previously heard that Sony would be winding down production, and it looks like it has finally come to an end. The PS Vita was launched back in 2011 which means that it has been around for about 8 years or so, although in the past few years, Sony hasn’t really done much with it.

Sony Playstation Vita Production Is Winding Down

Sony PlayStation Vita Production Is Winding Down


Sony had confirmed in September last year that it would end production of the PlayStation Vita in 2019. It seems to have put that plan in motion as the company has started winding down production of this handheld console in its home country of Japan. It will soon stop manufacturing the remaining two models of the PS Vita.

Sony launched the PlayStation Vita in Japan back in December 2011. It came out with some big titles but the development of major titles for the handheld consoles slowed down and the Vita ended up being more of a place for indie games.

Playstation Plus Cloud Storage Limit Increased To 100gb

PlayStation Plus Cloud Storage Limit Increased To 100GB


PlayStation Plus offers you more than just the ability to play online on your Sony console or get a handful of free titles every month. It also backs up your game saves and profiles to the cloud. Sony initially offered subscribers 10GB of cloud storage but it’s now making a significant increase. The company has announced that it’s increasing the PlayStation Plus cloud storage limit to 100GB.

Sony will be expanding the cloud storage space for all PS Plus subscribers to 100GB from 10GB in early February. This will provide console owners with more space to back up their game saves and profiles to the cloud. This allows them to save their game progress and character profiles on one system and then continue where they left off on another PS4 console without losing any progress.

Seagate Unveils Officially Licensed Playstation External Hard Drive

Seagate Unveils Officially Licensed PlayStation External Hard Drive

Sony’s PS4 console supports users attaching external hard drives to it where they can save some of their files onto, especially given that the storage in the PS4 is fixed and there doesn’t seem like there is an easy way to upgrade it short of buying a new console with a larger storage, which actually doesn’t make a lot of sense.

However if you’ve always found that most external drives tend to look kind of ugly and out of place with the PS4, Seagate’s got your back. The company has recently announced the Seagate Game Drive which is an officially licensed hard drive for the PS4. For the most part it is very much an external hard drive, save for the fact that it has been colored and given a PlayStation logo to help it better blend in with the console.

Cheddar's News Channels Added To Playstation Vue

Cheddar's News Channels Added To PlayStation Vue


Cheddar has brought its online-only news channels to a variety of streaming services such as YouTube TV. However, the channels were not available on PlayStation Vue, Sony’s standalone streaming service. It’s rectifying that now and the channels are available for streaming through this service as well.

Despite what the name might suggest, PlayStation Vue is available on platforms other than the PlayStation 4. Apps are available for platforms like the Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, and more.