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

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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.

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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.

 

PlayStation Introduces Two New PS4 Bundles

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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.

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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.

Here’s how you can get your hands on the Dragon Ball FighterZ Open Beta

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This is going to be a busy holiday weekend! Bandai Namco finally has the Dragon Balls FighterZ open beta available for download in the PS Store! Here’s how you can get the beta.

  1. Go to the PS Store
  2. Select Games.
  3. Select Pre Orders search to the right and you will see Dragon Ball Fighters.
  4. Once you have the game selected. On the far right you will see add-ons. Then once selected, under the add-on options you will see the open beta download.

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However if you have pre-ordered digitally you will see the option to download the early access beta pass which allows those who pre-ordered the game early to play the beta a day early.

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After you’ve found the open beta download and enjoy the spoils. The open beta availability exact times for the beta are:

  • Pre-orders: Jan. 13 at 3 a.m. ET
  • All: Jan. 14 at 3 a.m. ET
  • Beta ends: Jan. 16 at 2:59 a.m. ET

(Editors Opinion: I’m soooo excited for this title to drop. However after this beta will it will leave me once again with a sense of loss but only for a week thankfully. But for now when this beta drops, this weekend will be nothing but Dragon Ball FighterZ streamed on many of our twitch channels and The Online Arcade respective twitch channels.)

With that being said are you downloading the open beta this weekend. Who are you eager to play as? Are you happy with the open beta roster? Comment below let us know. For news like this and more make sure to check back with us here at What’s Up PlayStation.

Bandai Namco Reveals Dragon Ball FighterZ Open Beta Character Roster

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FGC fans and fans of dragon ball alike are eagerly waiting for the upcoming fighter Dragon Ball Fighters Well today Bandai Namco has revealed the character roster for the upcoming Dragon Ball FighterZ open beta, While the full roster isn’t available here’s the following 11 characters will be playable:

  • Nappa
  • Vegeta
  • Goku
  • Piccolo
  • Krillin
  • Cell
  • Android 18
  • Frieza
  • Beerus
  • Kid Buu
  • Gohan (Adult)

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The Dragon Ball FighterZ open beta will run from January 14 at 12:00 a.m. PT / 3:00 a.m. ET / 9:00 a.m CST to January 16 at the same time. Users who pre-order the game will gain early access to the open beta on January 13, also at the same time.

( Editors Opinion: I’m very much looking forward to this open beta as we here at the WUPS crew were in the previous closed beta. Although it was a closed beta and it was very enjoyable while playing the game. However the downside of the previous beta was the process of catching the available times of the lobbies to be open for players. It was very tedious and a bit of a hassle, however this open beta seems to be a bit more lenient as we have yet to hear any information of this being limited due to play time. Which is a great thing because this game launches in a few weeks and they need to overload the servers to see how they will be able to handle such a large player count especially on the PS4 end. With that being said I am eagerly waiting for this weekend to approach so that I may once again get a chance to play the greatness that is Dragon Ball FighterZ! )

Will you be picking up this title? Dragon Ball FighterZ will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on January 26th North America and Europe, and February 1st in Japan. 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 Free PlayStation Plus Games arriving in January 2018

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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

New Dragon Ball FighterZ mechanic revealed

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As you know we are following every move and note of  the upcoming fighter Dragon Ball FighterZ. Well today via Twitter Bandai Namco has revealed more details in regard to the anticipated fighter. A new fighting system introduced as the “Shenron system”

This feature will allow players who string a specific number of combos during battle to collect Dragon Balls on-screen. Once all the Dragon Balls have been collected, Shenron will appear and grant the player one of four wishes:

  1. Restore my health: Restore your current character’s to its full health
  2. Bring back my ally: Revive your lost ally to 50% health
  3. Give me the ultimate power: Boost your Ki gauge to MAX 
  4. Make me immortal: Health will be 50% restored, and auto-restoration for energy gauge.

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As of now there is no word on if this will be vary in options and we don’t have any confirmation on if this feature is able to be turned on and off. However many fans assume that it will be an option as Bandai Namco has stated that they want this fighter to be a contender for event’s like Evo and CEO etc. But as it currently stands there is no definite confirmation.

Also in conjunction with this news there was a special live stream of the upcoming fighter with the likes of Maximillian, Perfect Legend and Rhymestyle as they revealed a lumpsome of information in regard to Dragon Ball FighterZ it’s worth a look as the roster of fighters has bulked up a great deal. You can view that below as well.

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With that being said what do you think of this news does this dampen or heighten your interest in the up and coming fighter? Comment below let us know. For news like this and more make sure keep us bookmarked and check back with us here at What’s Up PlayStation.

Dragon Ball FighterZ open beta heading to PS4 in January

What’s Up PlayStation Nation,

 

FGC fans and Anime Fighter enthusiast have much to rejoice upon as Bandai Namco has recently announced new fighters such as “Hit, Beerus and Goku Black”  are heading to it’s upcoming Arc System works fighter. But as much surprise Bandai Namco has released more news as they’ve officially stated that:

Players will be able to test their skills on the DRAGON BALL FighterZ Open Beta between January 14th and January 15th. Those who have preordered the game will have extra slots on the early access from January 13th.

open beta for Dragon Ball FighterZ will be held from January 14 at midnight PT / 3:00 a.m. ET / 9:00 a.m CET to January 16 at the same time, with

with users who pre-order the game gaining early access on January 13.

 

Alongside with the above stated news Bandai Namco has released some details about the upcoming characters and a trailer which you can view below:

 

Goku Black

Goku Black will receive assistance from Zamasu, such as holding down the opponent when firing a “Kamehameha.” Using his giant scythe and hand-blade, Goku Black can attack from a distance with long reach, never giving his opponent a chance to retaliate.

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Beerus is the God of Destruction of Universe 7. He restrains his opponent while using “Spheres of Destruction” that explode upon touch, all the while gradually cornering his opponent with what is not even the full extent of his God powers.

 

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Hit uses his “Time-Skip/Molotov” technique to attack as if he is warping. He also uses technical skills, such as automatically counter-attacking when attacked in a defensive stance, to drive into his opponent with ultra high speed attacks.

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(Editors Opinion: I’ve been steering clear of Dragon Ball Super but at this point I have no choice but to binge watch as I’m looking forward to be caught up with the show’s latest story arc by the release of this much anticipated fighter. However I simply cannot stress enough of how beautifully put together this fighter is. The Cell shading of this looks amazing when you view the trailers of the game. I simply cannot wait to see more gameplay of not only Hit and Beerus but Android 21 as well. This will definitely be a day one purchase for me.)
With that being said, Dragon Ball FighterZ will launch for PlayStation 4, and other platforms on January 26 in the Americas and Europe, and February 1 in Japan.What do you think of the open beta details and this new trailer? Are you personally interested? Do you think this will live up to the expectations for fighting game fans and those who that say Dragon Ball Xenoverse 1 and 2 didn’t live up to the hype? 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.