My Playstation 4 arrived safely in its new home yesterday afternoon. It will be safe here, happy even. It will be dusted, perhaps even occasionally given a polish as well. The children will play on it at every given opportunity, the allure of the outside world will give it occasional refuge and its storage at an altitude greater than one metre will ensure its safety from the destructive little meat paws that might do it harm. The blue light will occasionally illuminate an otherwise empty room as we have our alone time, while my Wife sleeps alone; we will get to know each other better and the bond will strengthen between us. But PS4, you better sort your shit out real quick, or these things will not happen. Continue reading

The PS Vita TV has been announced, and it’s a tiny box that will sync with a Dual Shock 3 to play Vita games on your TV. No word on whether it’s going to be available outside of Japan though.

In the most surprising announcement, Japan won’t be seeing the PS4 until February 22, 2014. It’s surprising because Japan has traditionally been the home base of the Playstation brand in the past, but in terms of battleground regions, it might make sense to delay Japan in favour of ensuring stock for the rest of the world, where Xbox might be considered a threat.

A new PS Vita is coming, with a more compact form factor and a range of colours, and there’s no 3G version. Also, a 64GB memory card was announced. Both for Japan and international releases aren’t a part of the conversation yet.

There’s a new Guilty Gear game coming for PS3 and PS4 in 2014. There’s a 1 minute trailer available. It might be just the resolution of the video, but it looks strikingly similar to the other Guilty Gear games I’ve played (though that could be stated as a good thing) except for the weird 3D spinning camera shots.

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Microsoft has locked in 22/11/13 as its final answer (then again, it wouldn’t be out of character to change it again at this point) as the official “Day One” of the Xbox One. This places it pretty squarely between the US/Japan and Europe/The Rest Of Us launch of the PS4, at 15/11/13 and 29/11/13 respectively. Coupled with this announcement comes the confirmation that the inclusion of FIFA for the Xbox One as a pack-in downloadable game for Day One Edition Xbox One buyers that was previously announced for Europe extends to us in New Zealand. So I guess that’s one game with some guaranteed popularity from the get go (who am I kidding, FIFA has bankable popularity regardless).

You wouldn’t necessarily have known it, but the PS3 supported up to seven controllers to be connected. The list of games that used more than the standard four is slim, and populated mostly by sports games. Also, seven is a weird number to stop at. Fans of even numbers and playing Bomberman locally will be pleased to know that the Xbox One will support up to eight controllers, which means hopefully they’ll release Atomic Bomberman they way it was meant to be played. Word from Sony is that the PS4 will only support the standard four controllers this go round, probably because they know I barely have two friends on a good day anyway.