PS4 Released; PSN Folds Under Pressure
The PlayStation 4 debuted last week, and gamers reported a number of glitches, including an HDMI port issue and what is being dubbed the “blue light of death.”
But overall, Sony says the number of faulty consoles has been low, telling IGN, “There have been several problems reported, which leads us to believe there isn’t a singular problem that could impact a broader percentage of systems. The number of affected systems represents less than 0.4 percent of shipped units to date, which is within our expectations for a new product introduction.”
The PlayStation Network buckled under the weight of the increased demand. Connection with the servers is needed to download the Day One patch. Sony has committed to resolving the issue, but gamers will need patience at this stage of the next-gen launch. PS4 owners can download the patch via PlayStation.com, load it onto a USB stick and connect it to the console or contact the company for a Blu-ray disc with the patch on it.
The Last of Us DLC “Left Behind” Arriving Early 2014
Naughty Dog announced plans to release “Left Behind,” the first-person DLC for The Last of Us early next year. The downloadable content, which will allow gamers to play as Ellie, will explore the character’s relationship with her close friend Riley. Serving as a prequel to The Last of Us, events occur while Ellie and Riley are at a military boarding school in the Boston quarantine zone before Ellie meets Joel. According to the developer, the girls are taken through “a series of events that will forever change both of their lives.”
“Left Behind” will be included in the game’s Season Pass. But gamers can purchase it individually for $14.99. Pre-ordering starts Nov. 19.
State of Decay DLC Will Arrive on Black Friday
State of Decay‘s first DLC will be available Nov. 29 for $6.99 for both Xbox 360 and PC. “Breakdown” will focus less on the storyline and more on surviving the zombie apocalypse. Undead Labs promises the downloadable content will feature more difficulty, new weapons and playable survivors, and more achievements.
The developer will also release a title update for the game on the same date. It will address a few bugs and introduce a new loot distribution system that will “make scavenging fairer and more consistent across every player’s experience.”
Check out the latest trailer for the “Breakdown” DLC below.
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Sony Hypes Planetside 2 for PS4
Sony will bring online shooter Planetside 2 to the PlayStation 4 in the near future. The game should appeal to former Xbox owners who have switched sides or those who have longed for an alternative to Halo.
“We believe that Planetside 2 is going to be the massively multiplayer Halo for PlayStation 4,” said Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley to IGN. “So we want to bring a completely new kind of gameplay to a completely new audience.”
There are no signs of cross-platform play in the works, and it’s currently unclear if players will be able to bring their PC-based characters to the console version. “We’re not going to launch with that,” Smedley said. “There have been some discussions going on around it, but it’s complicated.”
In other news, Sony released the first patch for the PC version last week. The download focuses on frame rate improvements, general fixes and animation.