Gamestop is reporting that the company has currently closed pre-orders for the Playstation 4 in the US after Gamestop has sold out all their allocated PS4 launch units.
Bad news for those who has not pre-ordered yet, but such high demand for the console is good news for Sony.
As you can see from the image above, Gamestop has announced on their website that the Playstation 4 is “currently sold out”, and there’s no word yet on whether this is permanent or just temporary while Gamestop tries to increase their stock and eventually re-open pre-orders for the PS4. However, interested user can still submit their email addresses to receive updates when Playstation 4 reservation will be available again.
Below is a statement from a Gamestop spokesperson to Gameinformer:
“Due to high demand for the system, GameStop is not currently taking additional store reservations for the PlayStation 4.”
This is bad news if you are still looking forward to pre-ordering a PS3 on Gamestop because there is still no news on whether pre-orders for the PS4 will be re-opened, but on the other side of the story, this is definitely great news for Sony. Having such demand for the PS4 being higher what what Sony has already anticipated is great news for them and definitely would make Microsoft rethink their strategies for the Xbox 180… I mean Xbox One.
Something also worth mentioning: “Game Informer is owned by GameStop”
After users reporting their PS3 getting bricked after installing PS3 Official Firmware 4.45, Sony has removed the 4.45 update from their servers in order to address and fix these issues.
Image from Official Playstation Website
Here’s whats included in the 4.46 update:
– You can now hide notifications when you earn a trophy.
– An issue in which the XMB™ (XrossMediaBar) menu is not displayed after updating the system software to version 4.45 was observed. This version of the system software addresses this issue.
One notable thing from this update (which was first introduced in 4.55 OFC) is the Trophy Notification Settings where you can now change the settings to whether you want your PS3 to display a notification every time you earn a new trophy. Which is a neat update if you are one of those you find those pop-ups annoying especially during intense moments during your game.
You can update your PS3 via the XMB or you can download the 4.46 update on your PC here.
Good news for Final Fantasy 7 fans, for those of you who has pre-ordered and has yet to pre-order Lightning Returns – Final Fantasy 13, you will get a nifty Final Fantasy 7 bonus.
You will be able to play Lightning wearing Cloud’s SOLDIER uniform complete with his Band item and Buster Sword. This will be the closest thing we can get to a Final Fantasy 7 HD remake like from what we saw during that FF7 tech demo square presented for the PS3 back in 2011 (watch the Final Fantasy 7 Tech demo at the end of this article).
As you may notice, Lightning would also celebrate with Cloud’s classic victory animation and music background after defeating enemies. This is very much a fan service for Final fantasy 7 fans.
The FF7 ore-order bonus is currently available from Amazon, and no news if the pre-order bonus would also be available from other retailers. But for the meantime, you can pre-order your Final Fantasy 13 – Lightning Returns for the PS3 here, and for the Xbox 360 here.
The game ships onto your favorite console on February 11, 2014.
You can watch the Final Fantasy 7 Tech demo below:
A lot of us has already expressed how we feel about the new iOS 7 interface, some liked the new fresh look and feel, while others, like me, felt that iOS 7 looks Andriodish. From what I see from iOS 7, it looks like something you would see when you’re using a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone. Anyway, let’s just watch the iOS 7 Official video so you can judge and see for yourself:
iOS7 does have some nice features included, particularly with the 3d background that uses your device’s accelerometer which looks nice. iOS 7 also includes a new control center which looks very similar to the control center on Android devices. The icons has also received a major change and some users has expressed their dislike with it. Since this is just a preview and we are still months away from the official launch, Apple is still making changes based from user feed back and hopefully it would be for the good.
iOS 7 beta is still only open for users with developer accounts and is available for all ios devices (iPhone, iPod, iPad, iPad mini)
Today Microsoft has announced a reversal of the very controversial DRM features on the Xbox One. Meaning, the Xbox One no longer needs and internet connection and the Xbox One no longer needs to connect to the internet every 24 hours. The Xbox One will be able to play discs just like any other console and the restrictions on trading Xbox One games has also been removed. Also, the regional restrictions has also been removed.
Image source: Joystiq
Xbox division president Don Mattrick has been quoted:
“The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold,”
“Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray.”
As for the price of the Xbox One, Microsoft is sticking to the $499 price saying the Kinect is still part of the “core” experience.
This is a good move by Microsoft after their disastrous Xbox One reveal and their Xbox One presentation during E3. They received so much backlash that common sense has finally hit them and made the right decision to remove these unnecessary and bone-headed DRM restrictions.
Official firmware 4.45 for the PS3 is now available and a tweet from the Playstation Twitter account reveals that the update includes Trophy notification options and to improve system stability.
This is good news if you are one of those who like seeing those notifications everytime you earn a new trophy as the new update now includes new trophy notification options.
You can download the update on your using you PS3 via system update or you can download the update from the Playstation website here.
Note to CFW users: you might want skip on updating to official firmware 4.45, as doing so would remove all the homebrew capabilities and you would not be able to downgrade back unless you have a hardware flasher. Especially since Rogero has just recently released the new Rogero 4.41 cfw.
UPDATE! There have been some reports of users having their PS3 bricked after the 4.45 official update. According to those affected they were not able to boot up their PS3 after the update and restoring the system does resolve the issue. You can read more about these reports on the Playstation 3 support forums here.
With the release of Rogero 4.41 cfw, Deank has also released a new update to his popular PS3 file manager with the MultiMan 4.40.00 update. And this time, Deank is using his own “Home server” so you obtain covers, themes, web column content & game updates via Multiman.
Here’s whats new with Multiman 4.40.00:
* Updated Showtime for mM to 04.03.211
* Updated PS1 Emulator (ps1_emu.self) to 4.41 (it will be used on 4.40 and 4.41 CFWs)
* Updated PS1_NET Emulator (ps1_netemu.self) to 4.41 (it will be used on 4.40 and 4.41 CFWs)
A USB flash drive or an External HD (Both must have free space enough to accommodate the installation files)
A PS3 running CFW (3.55, 4.21, 4.30, 4.40 and 4.41)
Update: Rogero has released an new update with Rogero 4.46 v1.00.
Rogero has finally updated his popular PS3 cfw with the Rogero 4.41 cfw. The PS3 Official firmware 4.41 has been out for some time now and it’s only recently that Rogero has made an update to with Rogero 4.41 cfw.
Here’s how to install Rogero 4.41 v1.00 on your PS3:
As we anticipated Microsoft to either redeem themselves after that seemingly disastrous Xbox One Reveal last May, it seems that Microsoft went ahead an go on with their #dealwithit mentality. So here let’s watch the Microsoft E3 2013 Press Conference so you can judge for yourself.
They boasted exclusive games but most of the games they have showcased were multiplatform and so far the only game worth their salt was TitanFall.
Still how they come up with the 24 hour mandatory online validation check is beyond me, and their used game policy will be the bane (and probably downfall?) of the Xbox One. And the price, at $499 it’s $100 dollar more than the PS4. I hefty price that turns into a big expensive paper weight if your internet goes out for more than 24 hours. It basically seems that you will be just renting your game, it does not seem that you fully own the game because of these restrictions. Way to go Microsoft!
Personally, a lot of gamers think Microsoft just shot themselves in the foot twice. They already had two chances to wow the gaming world but ended up handing the console war for this generation to the PS4.
I don’t know about your IQ score, or how much of a hardcore Xbox fan you are, but to be fair, if you still want the Xbox One you can pre-order your Xbox One over at Amazon for $499 here.
It’s no secret many gamers have been displeased with the Xbox One reveal, focusing too much on being a TV and more of a multimedia device instead of a core gaming console. And not to mention the reveal really did not showcase any new games except for the new Call Of Duty game which is a no brainer since it’s going to be available on all consoles once it goes live. Anyway, here let’s just watch the Xbox One reveal full and in full 1080p glory and see for yourself.
After watching the reveal I went back and watched the PS4 announcement again, yes, the full 2 hour event. And it became a lot more clearer to me how Microsoft totally missed their chance to wow gamers. It seems like Microsoft is following the mistakes of the PS3 trying to become an all-in-one entertainment hub instead of focusing on games.
I believe this was the mistake Sony did with ht PS3, but its seems with the PS4 they have learned from those mistakes. I was even having thoughts on whether to post this under the “Gaming” category or not. Gamers have already voiced ut online about the lack of focus on games on the Xbox One, but we’ll need to wait and see what Microsoft has in-store for E3 and see if maybe they can redeem the Xbox One.