Kazou Hirai announced to step down as Sony President and CEO

What’s Up PlayStation Nation,

Today provides some bittersweet news In a surprising turn of events it has been reported via press release of PlayStation’s recent finacial report  that the PlayStation 4 sales has reached 76.5 million sales, alongside that Kaz Harai has announced he will be stepping down as CEO of Sony Corporation. Sony has announced that Kenichiro Yoshida will assume Kaz’s soon to be former role and will be taking over as of April 1st, 2018. Even though Kaz will be stepping down as CEO, Mr. Hirai will remain in the company, retaining the Director and Chairman roles once April hits.

As it has been detailed in an official press statement Kaz Harai and Kenichiro provided statements to the recent news which is detailed below:

Kazou Harai States:

“Ever since my appointment as President and CEO in April 2012, I have stated that my mission is to ensure Sony continues to be a company that provides customers with kando – to move them emotionally – and inspires and fulfills their curiosity. To this end, I have dedicated myself to transforming the company and enhancing its profitability, and am very proud that now, in the third and final year of our current mid-range corporate plan, we are expecting to exceed our financial targets. And it excites me to hear more and more people enthuse that Sony is back again. As the company approaches a crucial juncture, when we will embark on a new mid-range plan, I consider this to be the ideal time to pass the baton of leadership to new management, for the future of Sony and also for myself to embark on a new chapter in my life. My successor, Kenichiro Yoshida, has supported me closely since returning to Sony in December 2013 , contributing extensively beyond his remit as CFO and acting as valuable confidant and business partner, as we took on the challenge of transforming Sony together. Mr. Yoshida combines a deeply strategic mindset with a relentless determination to achieve defined targets, and the ability to take a global viewpoint. I believe he possesses the breadth of experience and perspective, as well as the unwavering leadership qualities required to manage Sony’s diverse array of businesses, and as such is the ideal person to drive the company forward into the future. As Chairman, I will of course offer my full support to Mr. Yoshida and the new management team, and do all I can to facilitate a smooth transition and ensure their future success.”

Kenichiro Yoshida States:

“I am very grateful to Kazuo Hirai and the Sony Board for their trust and confidence in appointing me as Sony President and CEO, and at the same time feel a great sense of responsibility in taking on this vitally important role. Together with the outstanding talent we have across the Sony Group, I will aim to build on the business foundations established by Mr. Hirai, and execute further reform measures that enhance our competitiveness as a global enterprise, and enable us to realize long-term profit growth. My first priority will be to finalize our next mid-range corporate plan starting in April, together with our immediate business plan for the fiscal year 2018, and then move ahead swiftly with implementation. This is a hugely exciting time at Sony as we look to our future, and together with my management team I intend to determine the best path for us to move forward, and devote my full effort to creating a better Sony that captures the imagination of our many stakeholders around the world.”

(Editors Opinion: This is definitely unexpected news as it has caught me off guard in terms of expected news. However it does make sense as such a high level position can be tiring considering that he has to travel on the constant and stay away from family. Not only that he has maintain and manage many branches of the Sony Corp. Which he has done a great job at. However it does leave many fans of the brand a bit worried and questioning will the transitioning team be able to maintain the same level of quality that many of us PlayStation fans have come to love. Not only that it leaves the question of will we experience a shift in gaming output. One can only hope that things will continue to prosper and grow. Kazou Harai is one of many parts that are responsible for turning around the perception of the PlayStation brand. But we will see how this is will manifest going into the PS5 and so forth. Does it worry fans who closely follow the PlayStation Brand? I believe it does. But we will see how things will evolve over time. We look forward to see how the PlayStation name will evolve going forward.)

What do you think of this news. Are you concerned with the outcome of this news? What would you like to see from the PlayStation brand in the future? Comment below let us know for news like this and more make sure to keep us bookmarked. And make sure to check back with us here at What’s Up PlayStation.

Check out the Free PlayStation Plus Games and Deals arriving in February 2018

What’s Up PlayStation Nation,

We know there have been rumors circulating on social media for next months PlayStation Plus games offering(Dark Souls 2 and Another title). However today PlayStation has revealed the games heading to PS Plus Users this coming month.  First in the line up is Rime. This single player puzzle adventure is set in a beautiful world where you play as a young boy who has awakened on a mysterious island after a torrential storm. Next up is the launch PS4 game. The family friendly adventure game Knack. Take control of Knack and his signature size-shifting abilities to protect the world from a dangerous threat – the invading Goblin Army. Knack is a fun-filled adventure that lets players wield fantastic powers and discover a uniquely vibrant world.

PlayStation Plus February 2018: KnackPlayStation Plus February 2018: Rime

This month’s PlayStation Plus lineup also includes:

  • Spelunker HD, PS3
  • Mugen Souls Z, PS3
  • Exiles End, PS Vita
  • Grand Kingdom, PS Vita (Also available on PS4)

Also as stated last month, all PlayStation Plus members can get Starblood Arena as a bonus game through March 6. This arena combat game was built from the ground up to be played in VR with your PS VR headset*. Attack, evade, and move in any direction as you compete against pilots from across the galaxy. You’ll fight for glory, credits, and your life.

Gems of War fans, get your hands on the new PlayStation Plus Starter Pack starting February 13th through March 13th. The pack includes the Nobend Brothers troop. It also comes with 10 rare gem keys and 2,500 souls to level up all your new troops!

(Editors Opinion: I’m pretty satisfied with the selection however with the rumor of Dark Souls 2 coming to this months selection. I’m sure this has left many who put stock into the rumor disappointed. However for the game Rime this is a pretty solid selection. For the fellow trophy hunters this is a pretty doable platinum which shouldn’t take long to complete. Knack however is a title many wanted to arrive on PS Plus, and will provide a good challenge for those who want a good platformer that provides a good challenge.)

Overall what you do you guys think? Are you satisfied with this months selection? What would you like to see coming to the the PS Plus Free Games of the month. For news like this and more make sure to check back with us here at What’s Up PlayStation.

 

God Of War Releases to PS4 Consoles April 20th

What’s up PlayStation Nation,

2018 is set to kick off right as it’s confirmed that God Of War is set to release on consoles this spring as it has been officially announced via the PS Blog where Sony Santa Monica Alum Cory Barlog States:

I would love to write a long blog post here but, apparently, I have a game to get done by 4/20 so I gotta get back to work as soon as possible.

God of War (PS4)

God of War (PS4)God of War (PS4)

First, let me say that this is my favorite release day of my entire career. If I live to be 100, I do not think I will be able to top this release day.

There has been a long journey just to reach this point, so it’s a little bittersweet to think that we are only a few months away from that journey finally coming to an end. While I am sad, I am also excited because it means everyone will get their hands on this crazy adventure we have been crafting for nearly five years!

You can check out the trailer below!

So, April 20, 2018…mark the date on your calendar, people. Clear that schedule, tell your significant other they are wonderful, because that is always a nice thing to do, and then wonder what you will do with all that free time you have now that you don’t need to keep asking me when the release date is.

Thank you everyone for your continued support of our game-making addiction. I will do my best to keep sharing information as we head towards launch.

…But wait, there’s more! I’m proud to share our limited Collector’s Editions and Digital Deluxe Edition, whose every component is connected back to the Norse universe and story of our game.

Pre-Order Offer

God of War (PS4) Buckler of the ForgeGod of War (PS4) Elven Soul Shield (1)God of War (PS4) Dökkenshieldr

I should first mention, if you pre-order any edition (or already did) at a supporting retailer, you’ll acquire these three legendary shield skins (which you’ll need internet connectivity to access!) for Kratos to bash and defend against all manner of creatures we created in the brutal Norse wilds.

God of War (PS4) XP Boost GameStop

If you pre-order any edition at GameStop or EB Games, you’ll also receive Luck of Ages XP Boost, which grants +10 Luck and has 1 Enchantment Slot.

Luck influences the following:

  • Increase XP gain
  • Increase Hacksilver gain
  • Increase the ability to trigger Perks

God of War (PS4) Collector's Edition

Collector’s Edition | $129.99 USD/$169.99 CAD

The 9’’ statue was crafted by our team in collaboration with the incredible folks at Gentle Giant. The cloth map is a unique companion to your journey, and an art piece on its own. The Huldra Bros carvings pack as much detail as their personas do in game. Just a few of the highlights, not to mention the digital items as well!

God of War (PS4) Stone Mason Edition

Stone Mason Edition | $149.99 USD/$199.99 CAD (EB Games Exclusive in Canada)

Available in the US and Canada only, this edition includes everything in the Collector’s Edition along with four very distinct, rare items directly from the game. You might recognize Atreus’ wooden Horse and Troll carvings from our E3 2016 debut. They complete the collection with the Huldra Bros, btw. The Stone Mason Ring is a finely crafted piece of jewelry, whose story we won’t spoil. The talking Mimir Head keychain may be your personal favorite after you interact with him in game. Massive credit to Gentle Giant capturing the exquisite detail of these!

God of War: Digital Deluxe Edition

Digital Deluxe Edition | $69.99USD/$89.99 CAD

If digital only is king for you, we didn’t forget. Adorn the legendary Death’s Vow Armor Set to increase your strength, and honor the solemn promise that sends Kratos and Atreus on their journey through the Norse wilds of Midgard and beyond. The digital comic book from Dark Horse, Issue #0 starts to unearth the story of Kratos before his quest with Atreus begins. Not to mention both the digital comic and mini art book will come with exclusive creator commentary tracks.

Finally, available to addresses in the US and Canada only, pre-order this Digital Deluxe beauty to get a sweet, exclusive, shiny, limited-run God of War physical pin.

God of War Pin

Mark your calendars for God of War’s release on April 20!

It should also be noted that the pre-order for this title is available physically and digitally via the usual gaming outlets as well.  Outlets such as , Amazon, Game Stop and PlayStation of course. We can finally rest assured as it has been finally revealed after such a long and tedious waiting game of tug of war that God of War is finally coming to PS4 consoles this spring. With that being said if you haven’t already make sure to check out our recent interview with Cory Barlog at 2017’s PSX in Anaheim.

What do you think of this news? Are you going to pre-order your copy of god war. Did you think it would release before or after April 20th? comment below let us know for news like this and more make to sure to check back with us here at What’s Up PlayStation.

PlayStation Introduces Two New PS4 Bundles

What’s Up PlayStation Nation,

PlayStation recently revealed 2 new upcoming PS4 Bundles that may catch your eye, of which both boast a 1TB HDD and will be available soon.  1st of the two is the Monster Hunter: World Bundle which said to be the biggest game yet in the beloved series, which states on the PS Blog:

We’re ready to celebrate with an amazing new Limited Edition PS4 Pro Bundle available for $449.99 USD (MSRP) exclusively at GameStop on January 26. The Limited Edition Monster Hunter: World PS4 Pro bundle will allow you to seek and slay ferocious beasts across a vast, ever-changing environment. Featuring a Limited Edition Monster Hunter: World PS4 Pro console, DualShock 4 wireless controller, Blu-ray disc and digital content, there’s no better place to hone your skills and take part in the ultimate hunting experience. Use the terrain to your advantage, or be hindered by the hazards they present. The choice is yours in an all new open world adventure teeming with surprises and excitement. This bundle will be available in very limited quantities, so if you want to pick one up, check with your local GameStop for availability.

Monster Hunter World PS4 ProGlacier White PS4 Pro

Looking for the perfect PlayStation product to match these snowy winter months? Well look no further! The Glacier White PS4 Pro will be available for the first time as a standalone console, so look for it exclusively in GameStop stores at the end of this month for $399.99 USD (MSRP). In Canada, the Glacier White PS4 Pro will be available exclusively at EB Games for $499.99. CAD (MSRP) in the coming weeks.

What do you think of these two bundles? are you looking forward to them. Would you invest into either of these PS4 Pro Bundles? Are you looking forward to monster hunter? have you invested in a PS4 Pro? Comment below let us know. For news like this and more make sure to keep us bookmarked and check back with us here at what’s up PlayStation.

Check out the Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Open Beta Trailer

What’s Up PlayStation Nation,

Today is the start of the busy weekend for PlayStation Gamers. Today PlayStation has release a trailer to introduce and prep gamers for the upcoming RPG Brawler coming to PS4 consoles soon. Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is a new brawler from Square Enix and Koei Tecmo coming to PS4 on 30th January. Known in arcades across Japan as Dissidia Final Fantasy, the latest installment of the fighting franchise features three-versus-three combat and a roster full of characters from all ages of the Final Fantasy saga. You can view the trailer for the open beta below:

(Editors Opinion: I’m looking forward to this game. And I’m very much so hyped to play this title weekend, alongside Dragon Ball FighterZ Open beta as well! I’m hoping this has a more in depth tutorial with actual commentary. I was privileged with taking part in the private beta but the tutorial was a bit lacking to say the least. However I enjoyed the game very from my limited play through and this game looks absolutely gorgeous. I am very much looking forward to playing the final build upon it’s release.)

What do you think? Are you going to try this RPG brawler open beta? What Final Fantasy character do you look forward to using? What Final Fantasy characters do you want to see added later that may not be in this current iteration? Comment below let us know. For news like this and more make sure to check back with us here At What’s Up PlayStation.

Mind of a Gamer Ep. 39| Gaming Addiction| Cliffy Blames PUBG|COD Swatting|IGN Fires Editor|Spider-Man Update

Welcome to Mind of a Gamer (MOG) Podcast! With your cast: Gaming With Persona, MistaOfficial & DemiGodReviews, we a are a group of gamers coming together in efforts of providing gamers with a more chill podcast on your usual Saturday Mornings. We talk about all things gaming, including controversial topics that come up in the gaming industry. We approach all topics with an open mind and our opinions are our own.  (Mature audiences only) With that being said we’ve provided a layout of our topics we discuss we hope you enjoy it please leave your comment below or via our YouTube Link located below.

You can follow the Topics outline below:

  • Cliffy Blames PUBG
  • COD Swatting Incident
  • IGN Editor Fired
  • Insomniac Give Spider-Man Update
  • DBFz Potential Char Leak

Discussion

  • Gaming Addition classified as disorder
  • Logan’s Japan Trip Disrespects to Japanese People

Mind of a Gamer Ep. 38| PS Plus vs GWG| Ghost of Tsushima Commercial Appeal?|What to leave in 2017

 

Welcome to Mind of a Gamer (MOG) Podcast! With your cast: Gaming With Persona, MistaOfficial & DemiGodReviews, we a are a group of gamers coming together in efforts of providing gamers with a more chill podcast on your usual Saturday Mornings. We talk about all things gaming, including controversial topics that come up in the gaming industry. We approach all topics with an open mind and our opinions are our own.  (Mature audiences only) With that being said we’ve provided a layout of our topics we discuss we hope you enjoy it please leave your comment below or via our YouTube Link located below.

You can follow the Topics outline below:

  • PS Plus vs GWG
  • Ghost of Tsushima Lack Commercial Appeal?

Discussion

  • What needs to stay in 2017? (Gaming or Community Talks)

 

Check out the Free PlayStation Plus Games arriving in January 2018

What’s Up PlayStation Nation,

With PSX and The Game Awards and the holidays soon ending. We have a lot to look forward to as far as of games we will soon be able to get our hands on in 2018! With that being said. It seems that PlayStation is looking to have something for everyone this January  with the PlayStation Plus Free games of the month. So without further ado here’s what we’re able to get our hands on this December in the trailer below:

 

 

The Line Up details are as followed:

  • Sacred 3, PS3
  • The Book of Unwritten Tales 2, PS3
  • Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4)
  • Uncanny Valley, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4)

It should also be noted that New PSVR users have the chance to pick up Star Blood Arena as a free bonus game starting January 2 through March 6. Even if you don’t have a PSVR headset currently, it’s to be remember that you can simply add this title to your library for later usage!

(Editors Opinion: I’m pretty impressed with the Dues Ex selection being offered as I was not a day one purchaser of this game and a bit skeptic of the title. Now I will give this a shot and make up my decision on if I like the game or not. As far as Batman Telltale this is a great addition for those who are a fan of the dark knight as it provides a great twist in what many would expect from our hero and how he handles his decisions. This is definitely a fun and easy platinum for those who may check it out. As far as the other games we will see what they are like as well, as I will be doing my own trophy hunter research to see if these games are a nice shot at a shiny new platinum trophy.)

But enough of my thoughts what do you think of this month’s PS Plus free game selection? Do you think last months offering a better or worse. Comment below and let us know. For news like this and more keep us bookmarked and check back with us here at What’s Up PlayStation.

Mind of Gamer Podcast Ep. 37| A Year in Review| Best/Worse Games of 2017

Welcome to Mind of a Gamer (MOG) Podcast! With your cast: Gaming With Persona, MistaOfficial & DemiGodReviews, we a are a group of gamers coming together in efforts of providing gamers with a more chill podcast on your usual Saturday Mornings. We talk about all things gaming, including controversial topics that come up in the gaming industry. We approach all topics with an open mind and our opinions are our own.  (Mature audiences only) With that being said we’ve provided a layout of our topics we discuss we hope you enjoy it please leave your comment below or via our YouTube Link located below.

You can follow the Topics outline below:

  • “Catherine” devs incorporate a Trans Character

Discussion – A Year in Review:

  • What console did you enjoy most of your games on this year? What console provided the least enjoyment?
  • What controversial moment do you feel was most blown out of proportion this year?
  • What controversial moment do you feel should have gotten more attention from the gaming community?
  • Who had the best year OVERALL (Gaming Wise) this year? (Console & Developer)
  • Who had the worst year (Gaming Wise) this year?
  • What are some things you hope Sony, Nintendo & Microsoft change (For the Better) in the new year?

3 Best/Worse Games:

  • 3 Best Games
  • 3 Worse Games