PlayStation absolutely dominated the headlines this week as its tiered PS Plus service rolled out in countries across Asia. That meant various details that Sony hadn’t previously confirmed were gradually making their way into the world. Throw in an official briefing three days later on all things PlayStation and rumors that a PS5 Pro could be here as early as 2023, and suffice it to say we don’t hold you responsible for the fact that when it comes to gaming, absolutely nothing outside of the Sony -bubble happened week. Believe it or not, it did, and we’ll round up the biggest PlayStation stories, as well as a few others, below.
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PlayStation Plus subscription confusion
The launch of PS Plus was a bit mixed for both Sony and its subscribers. Visual improvements for the classic games that come with Premium, good. Asking subscribers to refund discounts when they want to upgrade from Essential isn’t as good. Some subscribers claimed they were prompted to do this earlier in the week, and then an email appeared from Sony support backing up those claims. Enter PlayStation with the official word on whether those with stacked subscriptions were effectively penalized for being smart, and the company claims it all came down to a “technical glitch”.
More PlayStation customizations
As mentioned above, PlayStation news continued to leak later in the week thanks to a briefing by Jim Ryan. News that half of the studio’s new games will be available on PC and mobile and PC by 2025, and that more of its intellectual property will be turned into TV shows. As previously rumored, God Of War will be adapted into a TV show. Joining this list, which already includes Twisted Metal and The Last Of Us, are Horizon Zero Dawn and Gran Turismo.
Next-gen Pro consoles over the next two years
18 months after the launch of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, chip shortages have meant the consoles are still notoriously hard to come by. Still, Sony and Microsoft appear to be moving forward with what’s next. In this case, the tech company has dubbed TCL Technology as half-gen consoles. In other words, Pro versions of the latest PlayStation and Xbox consoles, and apparently they could be here as early as next year. The company quoted at a conference this week between 2023 and 2024. It’s probably closer to two years than one, but you never know.
Lots and lots of MultiVersus leaks
The MultiVersus hype has officially started as the very first people could get their hands on it and try out the latest Smash-inspired game. Turns out it’s pretty good, and has the potential to get even better if some of this week’s leaks come to fruition. Some of the characters from different universes that can compete against each other already make MultiVersus incredibly unique. However, Eleven from Stranger Things, Gizmo from Gremlins, and Ted Lasso may all come into play in the future, because why not? That roster is going to be stacked and some of those fights are going to be really, really weird.
Vice City voice actor dies
Legendary Goodfellas actor Ray Liotta passed away this week and fans have taken to social media to pay homage to him. What you may not have noticed until now is that Liotta has lent his voice to legendary GTA character Tommy Vercetti. Vercetti is the main character in GTA Vice City, a game that has returned to people’s minds in late 2021 since it was part of Rockstar’s Definitive Edition, a collection of three GTA games that first launched 20 years ago . Remember Liotta this weekend by taping on Goodfellas and booting up Vice City for a few hours.
Xbox rejects Marvel exclusivity
Marvel could be the biggest deal in all of entertainment right now, regardless of the medium. That’s probably why anyone who declined the opportunity to develop Marvel games exclusively for their platform at Xbox nearly a decade ago is probably kicking themselves. It was revealed this week that the vice president of Marvel Games reached out to both PlayStation and Xbox, offering them both the opportunity to host their games exclusively on their platform. Xbox turned down the offer to focus on its own stuff, while PlayStation made a go. It has since developed two Spider-Man games, with a third on the way, and it will also have exclusivity via Insomniac’s Wolverine.
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