Check out the Free PlayStation Plus Games and Deals arriving in December 2017

What’s Up PlayStation Nation,

With PSX and The Game Awards fast approaching, we have a lot to look forward to as far a preview 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 December 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:

  • Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition (PS4)
  • Kung Fu Panda Showdown of Legendary Legends (PS4)
  • Syberia Collection PS3
  • Xblaze Lost: Memories, PS3
  • Forma.8, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4)
  • Wanted Corp, PS Vita

Also as reported on the PS Blog Until Dawn: Rush of Blood is still available a free PSVR title!

As a reminder, we are giving PlayStation Plus members a bonus PlayStation VR game – Until Dawn: Rush of Blood. It’s available now through January 2 for PlayStation Plus members in U.S., Canada, and Latin America. This survival horror arcade shooter will be sure to give you a scare as you blast your way through hordes of enemies. Download it now (if you haven’t already) and buckle up for the most disturbing roller coaster ride you’ll ever take.

Monster Hunter: World is rapidly approaching its release, but you can get a taste of the hunt from December 9 to December 12 exclusively as a PlayStation Plus member. In this beta, you’ll be tasked with hunting a Great Jagras and an Anjanath in the Ancient Forest, as well as a Barroth in the Wildspire Waste. While these are your main quest targets, be on the lookout for other deadly monsters roaming each ecosystem.

Lastly, for a limited time, PlayStation Plus members can grab the Smite PlayStation Plus Pack for free! The bundle includes 31 Skins, 20 Gods and Voice Packs, plus the Khepri Announcer Pack. The bundle is available from December 12 to January 9.

(Editors Opinion: I’m pretty satisfised with Darksiders 2 it’s said to be a good game although I’ve purchased this title prior to it’s PS Plus offering it’s definitely been a game on my “To do” list in regards to game experiences. However with the likes of Kung Fu Panda I personally can’t see myself playing this title unless it has an easy platinum to receive to add to my platinum trophy hunting when i can’t figure out what I want to play. The PS3 on the other hand has a pretty solid line up as I’ve long wanted to play the Xblaze series but never got around to playing them on PS3 during my time of being primarily on the system. The PS Vita titles are somewhat interesting. I’m not too personally excited for the Forma.8 title but wanted corp which is a PS3 and PC title is somewhat of a good drop for passing the time by on the go for a top down shooter.)

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.

More than 80 exhibitors confirmed for PSX 2017

What’s Up PlayStation Nation,

With only 3 week left until PSX 2017 it has been revealed via the PS Blog that there will games and events a plenty for the weekend event. With even more news to be released as the event draws near. But today we’re going to give you the run down on all parties that set to attend the PlayStation driven event as of now the list is near it’s final stage so we can assume that more will revealed to be in attendance as new game announcements are underway.  Before we get into the list of attendees it should be noted that both PSVR and PS4 titles will be available to play for those who attend the event. If you haven’t signed up already you can purchase your tickets here. With that being said let’s get into “The List”:


Show Hours

Saturday, December 9

10:00am to 10:00pm

Sunday, December 10

10:00am to 6:00pm


  • 11 bit studios
  • Ackk Studios
  • Activision Publishing, Inc.
  • Adult Swim Games
  • Aksys Games
  • AOne Games
  • Aquiris
  • Arcade Distillery
  • Arika CO.,LTD.
  • Armor Games Studios
  • Artifact 5
  • Ask an Enemy Studios
  • Atlus/Sega
  • Batterystaple Games and Fire Hose Games
  • Bend Studio
  • Bit Kid, Inc.
  • Blue Mammoth Games
  • Bungie & Activision
  • Capcom
  • Cleaversoft
  • Cococucumber
  • Crows Crows Crows
  • Dan & Gary Games
  • Dangen Entertainment
  • Deep Silver
  • Devolver Digital
  • Double Fine Productions
  • Drinkbox Studios
  • Electronic Arts
  • En Masse Entertainment / Bluehole, Inc.
  • Endnight Games
  • Epic Games
  • Finji + Infinite Fall
  • Firesprite
  • Friend & Foe AB
  • Grab Games
  • Grip Digital
  • Highwire Games
  • Hopoo Games, LLC
  • Household Games
  • Humble Bundle
  • iam8bit
  • Iggymob
  • Impulse Gear
  • Insomniac Games
  • ISVR
  • Japan Studio
  • Lienzo
  • Limited Run Games
  • London Studio
  • Mad Mimic
  • Media Molecule
  • Mommy’s Best Games
  • MunkyFun
  • Muse Games
  • NapNok Games
  • Naughty Dog
  • nDreams
  • Neowiz
  • Paranoid Productions
  • Playdius
  • Playism
  • Polyarc
  • Polyphony Digital
  • Quantic Dream
  • Rebellion
  • RocketPunch Games
  • Samurai Punk
  • San Diego Studio
  • Santa Monica Studio
  • Sirlin Games
  • Spooky Squid Games
  • Starbreeze
  • Studio Surgical Scalpels
  • Sunsoft
  • Supermassive Games
  • Survios
  • Team Meat
  • The Voxel Agents
  • Toadman Interactive
  • Tribetoy
  • Trion Worlds
  • Ubisoft Entertainment
  • Ultizero Games
  • USC Games
  • Versus Evil LLC
  • White Lotus Interactive
  • Wish Studios
  • Zoink Games

But wait — there’s more. We’ll have more than 100 playable titles this year and here are some of the ones we’re most excited for. List is subject to change.

  • 20XX
  • A Duel Hand Disaster: Trackher
  • Aegis Defenders
  • At Sundown
  • Boundary
  • Brawlhalla
  • Call of Duty: WWII
  • Chasm
  • Children of Morta
  • Code :Hardcore
  • Crossing Souls
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Dead Rising 4: Frank’s Big Package
  • Deadbolt
  • Destiny 2 – Expansion I: Curse of Osiris
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • DJ Max Respect
  • Dragon’s Crown Pro
  • EarthNight
  • Fantasy Strike
  • Far Cry 5
  • fault milestone one
  • Fight Knight
  • Fighting EX Layer
  • Flipping Death
  • Fortnite Battle Royale
  • Frantics
  • Gang Beasts
  • Gran Turismo Sport
  • Guacamelee! 2
  • Guns of Icarus Alliance: PS4 Edition
  • Hidden Agenda
  • Horizon Chase Turbo
  • Hover
  • Iconoclasts
  • Immortal: Unchained
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  • Knights and Bikes
  • Knowledge Is Power
  • Lost Soul Aside (PSX 2017 Special Version)
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
  • MLB The Show 17
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Moonlighter
  • Mothergunship
  • Mulaka
  • Night in the Woods
  • No Heroes Here
  • Omen of Sorrow
  • Pig Eat Ball
  • Pinstripe
  • Riverbond
  • Russian Subway Dogs
  • School Girl/Zombie Hunter
  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • Shape of the World
  • SkullPirates
  • Sonic Forces
  • Sonic Mania
  • Strange Brigade
  • Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition
  • Super Daryl Deluxe
  • Super Meat Boy Forever
  • Tera
  • That’s You!
  • The Adventure Pals
  • The Cat and the Coup
  • The Church in the Darkness
  • The Forest
  • The Gardens Between
  • The Night Journey
  • The Swords of Ditto
  • Tokyo Xanadu EX+
  • Tower 57
  • Trove
  • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late[ST]
  • Vane
  • Walden, a game
  • War Theatre
  • Way of the Passive Fist
  • World End Economica
  • Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
  • YIIK: A Postmodern RPG

PlayStation VR

  • Anamorphine
  • Bow to Blood
  • Bravo Team
  • Dark Eclipse
  • Farpoint
  • Golem
  • Gungrave
  • Knockout League
  • League of War: VR Arena
  • Medusa and Man
  • Moss
  • Resident Evil 7 biohazard
  • Shooty Fruity
  • Sprint Vector
  • The American Dream
  • The Inpatient
  • The Persistence
  • X Animal
  • Xing: The Land Beyond

(Editors Opinion: I am very excited to see what games that aren’t announced that will available for playing. I am certainly eying that Lost Souls Aside as it is one of my most anticipated games for 201(Hopefully) And I am looking forward to the indies as they usually the most impressive games to see considering most indie teams size. And most of all capcom cup will be a blast but we’ll save that for another day. At anyway PSX 2017 is an event you don’t want to miss out on as a PlayStation Fan!)

What do you think of the list? If you are attending who do you plan to see when you hit the show floor. We’ll be there as well so if you see us don’t be afraid to stop us in passing and say Hi! For news like this and more make to keep us bookmarked and check back with us here at What’s Up PlayStation for more gaming news!

Nominees for The Game Awards 2017 announced and more!

 

What’s Up PlayStation Nation,

It’s that time of the year again gamers. Where the year is wrapping up and we prepare to indulge in our gaming consoles full speed ahead.  As the holidays fast approach and we are hit with the years most anticipated releases or waiting for the years most anticipated deals on Black Friday. After the shopping and gaming is done we usually get to reflect on the past year by way of the Game Awards. With that being said The Game Awards will premiere this year on Dec 7th, 2017 5:30 P.M. (Pacific Time) Which a few of our fellow WUPS members will be there to give us the skinny on the event. That being said today marks the point of announcements for the upcoming event. Today Geoff Keighley has announced the nominees for the Awards show and trust us there is a lot to cover. Here are the Nominees so far of which you can check the video announcements & the list below:

Please note you can vote for your selections here

Game of the Year

  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Persona 5 (Atlus)
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG Corp.)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

Best Game Direction

  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Resident Evil 7: biohazard (Capcom)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (MachineGames / Bethesda)

Best Narrative

  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • NieR: Automata (Platinum Games / Square Enix)
  • What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow / Annapurna Interactive)
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (MachineGames / Bethesda)

Best Art Direction

  • Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Persona 5 (Atlus)

Best Score / Music

  • Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • NieR: Automata (Platinum Games / Square Enix)
  • Persona 5 (Atlus)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

Best Audio Design

  • Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Resident Evil 7: biohazard (Capcom)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

Best Performance

  • Ashly Burch as Aloy in Horizon: Zero Dawn
  • Brian Bloom as BJ Blazkowicz in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Claudia Black as Chloe Frazer in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • Laura Bailey as Nadine Ross in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • Melina Juergens as Senua in Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Games for Impact Award

  • Bury Me, My Love (The Pixel Hunt / Figs, ARTE)
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm (Deck Nine / Square Enix)
  • Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall)
  • Please Knock on my Door (Levall Games)
  • What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow / Annapurna Interactive)

Best Ongoing Game

  • Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
  • Grand Theft Auto Online (Rockstar Games)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG Corp.)
  • Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)
  • Warframe (Digital Extremes)

Best Mobile Game

  • Fire Emblem Heroes (Intelligent Systems / Nintendo)
  • Hidden Folks (Adriaan de Jongh / Sylvain Tegroeg)
  • Monument Valley 2 (Ustwo Games)
  • Old Man’s Journey (Broken Rules)
  • Super Mario Run (Nintendo)

Best Handheld Game

  • Ever Oasis (Grezzo / Nintendo)
  • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (Intelligent Systems / Nintendo)
  • Metroid: Samus Returns (MercurySteam / Nintendo)
  • Monster Hunter Stories (Capcom / Nintendo)
  • Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World (Good-Feel / Nintendo)

Best VR Game

  • Farpoint (Impulse Gear / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Lone Echo / Echo Arena (Ready at Dawn / Oculus Studios)
  • Resident Evil 7: biohazard (Capcom)
  • Star Trek: Bridge Crew (Red Storm Entertainment / Ubisoft)
  • Superhot VR (Superhot Team)

Best Action Game

  • Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activison)
  • Nioh (Team Ninja / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Prey (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (MachineGames / Bethesda Softworks)

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Assassin’s Creed: Origins (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best RPG

  • Divinity: Original Sin 2 (Larian Studios)
  • Final Fantasy XV (Square Enix Business Division 2 / Square Enix)
  • NieR: Automata (Platinum Games / Square Enix)
  • Persona 5 (Atlus)
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Ubisoft San Francisco / Ubisot)

Best Fighting Game

  • ARMS (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Injustice 2 (NetherRealm Studios / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite (Capcom)
  • Nidhogg 2 (Messhof Games)
  • Tekken 7 (Bandai Namco Studios / Bandai Namco Entertainment)

Best Family Game

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft Paris + Milan / Ubisoft)
  • Sonic Mania (PagodaWest Games + Headcannon / Sega)
  • Splatoon 2 (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

Best Strategy Game

  • Halo Wars 2 (Creative Assembly + 343 Industries / Microsoft Studios)
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft Paris + Milan / Ubisoft)
  • Total War: Warhammer II (Creative Assembly / Sega)
  • Tooth and Tail (Pocketwatch Games)
  • XCOM 2: War of the Chosen (Firaxis Games / 2K Games)

Best Sports / Racing Game

  • Gran Turismo Sport (Polyphony Digital / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • FIFA 18 (EA Vancouver / EA)
  • Forza Motorsport 7 (Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios)
  • NBA 2K18 (Visual Concepts / 2K Sports)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 (PES Productions / Konami)
  • Project Cars 2 (Slightly Mad Studios / Bandai Namco Entertainment)

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Call of Duty: WWII (Sledgehammer Games / Activision)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG Corp.)
  • Splatoon 2 (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

Most Anticipated Game

  • God of War (SIE Santa Monica Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)
  • Red Dead Redemption II (Rockstar Games)
  • Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best Independent Game

  • Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
  • Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall)
  • Pyre (Supergiant Games)
  • What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow / Annapurna Interactive)

Best Student Game

  • Falling Sky (Jonathan Nielssen, Nikolay Savov, Mohsen Shah; National Film and Television School)
  • From Light (Alejandro Grossman, Steven Li, Sherveen Uduwana; University of Southern California)
  • Hollowed (Erin Marek, Jerrick Flores, Charley Choucard; University of Central Florida – Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy)
  • Impulsuon (Hugo Verger, Rémi Bertrand, Maxime Lupinski; IIM – Institut de l’Internet et du Multimédia)
  • Level Squared (Kip Brennan, Stephen Scoglio, Dane Perry Svendsen; Swinburne University of Technology)
  • Meaning (Hariz Yet; DigiPen Institute of Technology Singapore)

Trending Gamer

  • Andrea Rene (What’s Good Games)
  • Clint Lexa (“Halfcoordinated”)
  • Guy Beahm (Dr. Disrespect)
  • Mike Grzesiek (Shroud)
  • Steve Spohn (AbleGamers)

Best eSports Game

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
  • Dota 2 (Valve)
  • League of Legends (Riot)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Rocket League (Psyonix)

Best eSpots Player

  • Je-hong “ryujehong” Ryu (Seoul Dynasty, Overwatch)
  • Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi (Team Liquid, Dota 2)
  • Lee sang-hyeok “Faker” (SK Telecom 1, League of Legends)
  • Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David (SK Gaming, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovac (FaZE Clan, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)

Best eSports Team

  • Cloud 9
  • FaZE Clan
  • Lunatic-Hai
  • SK Telecom 1
  • Team Liquid

Best Debut Indie Game

  • Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
  • Golf Story (Sidebar Games)
  • Hollow Knight (Team Cherry)
  • Mr. Shifty (Team Shifty)
  • Slime Rancher (Monomi Park)

Best Chinese Game

  • Gumballs (QcPlay Limited)
  • Icey (FantaBlade Network)
  • Jx3 HD (Kingsoft Corporation)
  • King of Glory (Timi Studio Group)
  • Monument Valley 2 (Ustwo)

(Editors Opinion: Well the selection is pretty robust on the PlayStation Side of things. It has definitely been a great year for the PlayStation Centric Gamer many of us feel like 2018 will be on par or even better as a gamer. As this is a great time to be not only a PlayStation gamer but a gamer in general. My only hope with the game awards is that there aren’t any horrible Musical Performances this year as some of the previous years have provided some of the most cringe worthy moments of Gaming and Entertainment related cross-over attempts. I’m still undecided on attending this year but I still look forward to the announcements, reveals and more.)

What do you think of the categories do you feel there are any games missing that should have been nominated? Also don’t forget that the Game Awards premiere December 7th and the times you can view are posted below:

TGATimes

Also you can view the event via your respective consoles and usual Social media sites.

Once again you can cast your votes here. And if you’re in the LA area you can purchase your tickets here. With that being said whether you’re planning to attend in person or stay home in the comfort of your home be sure to vote for your favorites. For news like this and more make sure to keep us bookmarked and check back with us here at What’s Up PlayStation as we look forward to you guys/gals feedback!

 

 

 

 

PlayStation reveals week long deals during Black Friday

What’s up PlayStation Nation,

In just a few weeks PlayStation fans will be able to stock up and acquire new games and or consoles for the coming holiday season. As announced via the PlayStation Blog. During the week of 11-19-17 through 11-27-17 there will be deals available for PS4 consoles and as well as PSVR bundles as well. Here’s the more in depth details below:

First up, all PlayStation VR bundles will be available at a great deal at participating retailers. This includes the recently announced PlayStation VR Gran Turismo Sport Bundle at $299.99 USD (MSRP) and PlayStation VR Skyrim VR Bundle at $349.99 USD (MSRP). There has never been a better time to jump into the driver’s seat in GT Sport for a heightened VR experience, or transport yourself into the virtual open game world of The Elder Scrolls filled with dragon-fighting action.

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For PlayStation 4, the standard slim 1TB system in Jet Black will be available at $199.99 USD. This is the perfect time to pick up a PS4 as a gift for the special gamer in your life, or as a treat for yourself. You can also stock up on additional DualShock 4 wireless controllers while you’re at it. All DS4 controllers, including the recently released translucent colors, will start at $39.99 USD (MSRP) at participating retailers.

If you’re a PlayStation Plus member, you’ll get exclusive early access to some of the biggest deals in the PlayStation Store Black Friday Sale starting on November 17. PS Plus members will find deals of up to 40% off on the hottest blockbuster titles.

Even if you’re not a PS Plus member, you still can take advantage of the Black Friday deals at PS Store starting November 21 through 8am PT November 28.

(Editors Note: I will be looking forward to black Friday deals via PSN, However participating retailers like Best Buy always tend to have pretty good deals so I would most definitely refer Best Buy as the “Go To” Store for more of the electronics side of your best buy needs. However these deals are always great and I expect to be able to do a nice trophy clean up for Black Friday via the PSN Store.)

Let us know what you think? What black Friday deals are you looking forward to. Do you plan to go out and endure the black Friday rush or will you pass on the deals? 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.

 

PlayStation Introduces new GT Sport PSVR Bundle

What’s Up PlayStation Nation,

PlayStation is gearing you up for the holidays on the VR front that is. It has been revealed today that the console manufacturer is releasing a PlayStation VR GT Sport bundle. Recently stated via the PS Blog:

The PlayStation VR Gran Turismo Sport bundle, which starts to hit shelves in the next few days. The bundle will include the PS VR system, PlayStation Camera, a physical copy of GT Sport, and an updated version of the PS VR Demo Disc, featuring 13 PS VR demo experiences. The PS VR GT Sport bundle will be available in retailers across the U.S. for $399.99 USD (MSRP) and in Canada for $499.99 CAD (MSRP) – so you’re getting GT Sport at no extra charge with the core PS VR bundle, which is already available at a great value.

Obviously the bundle doesn’t include the PS4/ PS4 Pro console. However for $399 USD that isn’t too bad of a deal. It also shows that PlayStation thus far is committed to providing an avenue for PlayStation VR support and games. But let us know your thoughts? What do you think of the bundle. Are you interested in GT Sport or PlayStation VR? Do you think this bundle provides a good value? Comment below let us know. For more news of the latest in PlayStation related affairs make sure to keep us bookmarked and check back with us here at What’s Up PlayStation.

Mind of Gamer Podcast Ep. 30 | Are Gamers Responsible for Loot Boxes Rise To Infamy?

Welcome to Mind of a Gamer (MOG) Podcast! With your cast Persona, MistaOfficial & DemiGodReviews, we a are a group of guys trying to bring you 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 Outline below:

Intro/Games Played for the week

Topics:

  1. CupHead Hits a Million Sold
  2. Phil wants an explanation!
  3. Epic Suing Hackers
  4. Is there a such thing as to many games?
  5. PSVR 1 million sold
  6. Loot Boxes = Gambling?
  7. EA backtracks on pay to win system in BF 2
  8. Shadow of War Loot boxes bypass
  9. Discussion Topic: Are Loot Boxes Killing Gaming

PS4 Firmware Update 5.00 Nobunaga Now Available for PS4 and PS Apps

What’s up PlayStation Nation,

As you know we’ve previously given details for the 5.00 beta for standard PS4 and PS4 Pro. To where these features were speculated but today we have official confirmation as Sony has announced via the PS Blog the available features in this 5.00 firmware update. Here are the details as followed:

Family on PSN

We’re overhauling the current master/sub-account system, and introducing the new “Family on PlayStation Network.” This new system will offer a more flexible experience for families on PS4 by making it easier to setup PSN accounts for children and customize parental control settings. Below are the new features that will be introduced with family on PSN:

Family Manager, Parent/Guardian

Family on PSN will allow multiple adults to be part of a single family. The Family Manager can promote another adult inside the family to a Parent/Guardian, who can then customize parental control levels of children’s accounts.

PS4 System Software Update 5.00

Individualized Parental Controls

Before this update, the same parental controls were applied to all users on the same console, including adults. But with 5.00, all controls (including game age ratings) can be individually attuned for each child.

Friend List Management

In place of the current ‘Favorite Groups’ tab, we’re adding a new ‘Custom Lists’ tab within Friends, which allows you to create and edit custom lists of your friends. This makes it easier for you to manage your friends and access specific groups. For example, you can create a custom list of your Destiny teammates and easily send them raid invites.

PS4 System Software Update 5.00

Broadcast feature updates

Communities

If you own a community, you can now bind your community to your broadcast. When a broadcast is linked to a community, the community button appears on the Live from PlayStation spectator screen. Once a spectator clicks on the community button, they’ll be able to jump directly to your community page to check out the details.

PlayStation VR

We’ve added a new setting in PlayStation VR: Display Message to Spectators and Spectators’ Comments. Once this is enabled, spectator comments sent during a broadcast is displayed not only in cinematic mode, but also in VR mode. This makes it much easier for VR broadcasters to keep up on comments and communicate with their viewers.

PlayStation 4 Pro

Good news Twitch users: with this update, PS4 Pro will support 1080p 60fps streaming on Twitch.

Messages Improvements

You’ve already been able to share your favorite music to Twitter and Facebook via PlayStation Music, but now you’ll also be able to share via messages using your PS4. If your friends are on PS4, they can listen to the track right inside the message by booting up Quick Menu, and if they’re on their mobile device, they can jump directly to the Spotify app from the PS Messages app to check out the song.

In addition, if you’re part of multiple message groups, you can now easily leave several groups at once. Just open up Options in the message list, select Leave, and choose the message groups you want to leave.

PS4 System Software Update 5.00

Notifications Updates

We’ve added a new setting that allows you to disable pop-up notifications while you’re watching a movie or TV show on your PS4. This setting is off by default, so go to Settings > Notifications to disable notifications and go uninterrupted during your videos.

PS4 System Software Update 5.00

Furthermore, you now have the option to turn off message previews on your pop-up notifications. If you turn this setting off, the pop-up notification will hide the message senders’ online ID and will display a generic user icon and message instead.

PS4 System Software Update 5.00

Lastly, you’ll have the option to change the color of your pop-up notifications to either white (default) or black.

PS4 System Software Update 5.00

Quick Menu Updates

If you want to keep an eye out on what’s happening under Notifications, like the progress of your game downloads/installations or new party invites, you can now access this directly from the Quick Menu so you don’t have to step away from your game every time you want to check your notifications.

PS4 System Software Update 5.00

Also, we’ve added a ‘Leave Party’ option in the Quick Menu, so you can easily exit a party and go right back to playing your game.

PS4 System Software Update 5.00

In addition, now you’ll see the system clock in the upper-right corner of the screen when you pop open the Quick Menu.

Virtual Surround Sound on PS VR

PlayStation VR now supports 5.1ch and 7.1ch virtual surround sound on your headphones when watching Blu-rays and DVDs in Cinematic Mode, making for an even more immersive viewing experience

Improved Tournaments Bracket Viewer

We have a new bracket viewer that shows full tournament brackets for Single Elimination and Double Elimination tournaments on PS4. This makes it easier for you to see the current tournament standings.

PS4 System Software Update 5.00

New System Language Additions

With this update, we’re adding the following system language options on PS4: Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Romanian, Thai and Vietnamese.

Team Tournaments

Prepare to recruit the best players you know, because Team Tournaments on PS4 are almost here. With this new functionality, you’ll be able to compete against other teams for prizes and status.

Team Tournament functionality will kick off on October 5, shortly after the release of the 5.00 update. The initial batch of titles supporting Team Tournaments will be Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, World of Tanks and Mantis Burn Racing, with more on the way. Head over to the Events section on your PS4 to check out details for different Events and Tournaments, and to start creating your team.

You can join or own up to a maximum of 60 different teams, and each team will have an owner and captain(s) who can manage the team. Only teams will be able to register for official Team Tournaments. Your team will have its own customizable team page where you can see team member information, and view upcoming and ongoing events that your team is currently registered for and competing in. In addition, you can easily check out your team’s results in past tournaments with a new bracket viewer that shows full tournament standings for Single and Double Elimination tournaments directly on PS4. Communicating and coordinating with your teammates is also simple via the integrated team chat feature.

Follow Anyone

PS4 5.00 - Who To Follow

Before 5.00, you were only able to follow Verified Accounts, but now you can follow any user without having to be friends with them (subject to privacy settings). This allows you to follow content creators, game broadcasters, and other gamers in a community without having to dip into your friends list. And at the same time, this will allow these users to expand their reach and build more interest in what they’re doing. Your What’s New feed will be updated with the activities of the users you’re following, so you can easily keep up on what they’re up to. And under Friends, you’ll see a new Who to Follow section that will give you customized recommendations of who you can follow. The recommendations will be displayed in separate categories, such as Featured Verified Accounts, trending users, and suggestions based on games you’ve recently played.

Messages Update

PS4 5.00 - URL Preview

We have one more feature to add to the list of updates coming to Messages on PS4. If you send a message that contains a link to a website, messages will now display a preview of the website, like headlines and thumbnails.

App Updates

Outside of PS4, some of our apps are getting updates today too:

PlayStation Communities

Following this update, you can switch the app into landscape mode when you flip your phone sideways, so you get a wider view of the app and it makes it easier to scroll through. In addition, you’re now able to view and post animated GIFs on community walls. We’re also adding the following languages to the app: Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Romanian, Thai and Vietnamese.

PlayStation Messages

Horizon Zero DawnUncharted The Lost Legacy

Stickers for Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and Horizon Zero Dawn are being added. And similar to the PS4’s Messages update, the PlayStation Messages app will also be updated to display previews of a website if you’ve received a link. Support for Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Romanian, Thai and Vietnamese are being added to the app.

Editors Opinion: Although these additions are nice. I would’ve liked to have seen more utilized for name changes, party chat expansions such as larger party count (At least 10-12 player count additions) and something more useful for the PS camera. As well as video messaging of per say 30 seconds to 1 minute clips to friends. Sadly with this update outside of a few welcoming features, I do not feel this warrants a full  5.00 update as previous updates were a bit more anticipated.

With firmware update 5.00 being fully revealed and available for download what do you think? are you satisfied with the results of this update to the PS4 and PS Apps? Comment below let us know and for more news make sure to check back with us here at Whats Up PlayStation.

Sony reveals new PSVR model to release soon with slight changes ahead

What’s up PlayStation Nation,

If you’re still on the fence about VR Sony has made a few changes that could possibly change your mind and maybe place the peripheral up your buyers list. Per the PlayStation blog the new updated PSVR FAQ post detailed the changes ahead:

Is there a new PlayStation VR model? How is it different?

A hardware update to PlayStation VR is being prepared. The new version, model number CUH-ZVR2, features an updated design that enables the stereo headphone cables to be integrated with the VR headset and a slimmer, streamlined connection cable. There’s also an updated Processor Unit that supports HDR pass through, enabling users to enjoy HDR-compatible PS4 content on a TV without having to disconnect the Processor Unit in between the TV and the PS4 system. This function can be used only when the VR headset is turned off.

When will the new PS VR model become available in North America? How much will it be?

We will share details on the launch timing in North America at a later date. The pricing of the PS VR bundles will remain the same.

How can I distinguish between the old PS VR headset and the new one when I’m purchasing?

The packaging for PlayStation VR will change slightly when the new model hits stores. To differentiate, look for the model number printed on the box. The previous PS VR’s model number is CUH-ZVR1, and the new PS VR’s model number is CUH-ZVR2. Also, the product image on the packaging will be updated to show changes on the new model, like the integrated headphones on the VR headset.

If I already own a PS VR, can I swap out my old Processor Unit with the updated one?

Because the cables of CUH-ZVR1 and CUH-ZVR2 are different, you cannot swap the Processor Units.

Are the PS VR games I already own compatible with the new model?

Yes, all PS VR games are compatible with both PS VR models.

Editors opinion: “Me personally this makes me more eager to purchase a PSVR after now acquiring a 4K HDR television ( Which I am currently an 1 week old owner of such). I initially planned on purchasing a PSVR by 2018 anyway so this is actually perfect. At any rate I feel this creates an incentive to purchase a PSVR even more now. 

How do you feel about this news? Does this create even more or less of a reason to buy. Current owners of the new PSVR model what are your thoughts? Comment below and let us know. For news like this and more make sure to check with us here at Whats Up PlayStation.

PS4 Firmware 5.0. Details Leaked

What’s up PlayStation Nation,

As many of us know there per the last few years the PS4 has been keeping consistent with it’s firmware update beta’s. PS4 is continuing that trend with some detail’s being leaked. Although this is a leak and details could by all means not be final. Here’s a bit of info of what’s to be apart of the upcoming update as reported via EuroGamer:

Here’s the summary of what’s new:

  • PlayStation 4 Pro owners can stream via Twitch in 1080p at 60 frames per second.
  • The system’s master and sub account systems has been overhauled. New family accounts an feature multiple adult accounts in a single family, able to act in a parent / guardian role and set parental controls on a per-account basis, allowing each sub account different communications, content-viewing, and spending limit privileges. Request can also be sent to adult accounts on other PlayStation 4’s to join the same family.
  • Players can follow any user.
  • Notifications have been added to the Quick Menu. Uploads and downloads status can also be checked here.
  • Push notifications for events.
  • Spectator comments on screen while broadcasting in virtual reality mode.
  • Broadcasts can be linked to a PlayStation Community.
  • Language support for Czech, Thai, Greek, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Romanian and Hungarian.
  • Behind-the-scenes support for bundle and compilation discs, with or without add-ons, and discs which support games and add-ons (such as a “Game of the Year Edition”), which do not require developers rework any code.

Opinion: Although these are great ideas and features to be added. These details leave much to be desired for this to be an entire update to the big 5.0 firmware update. However it should be taken into account this is leak which isn’t an official release and may not (hopefully) include all the details for the upcoming firmware beta or even the official release of the official firmware update itself.

But what you do think? What would you like to see for this upcoming update? What features are you still waiting for? Comment below let us know and for more news and all things PlayStation make sure to check back with us here at What’s Up PlayStation.