Weekly News Rundown: PlayStation 4 Launch, Games With Gold Extended, and Nintendo Goodness!
It’s that time again, gamers and gamerettes… It’s the end of the week and it’s now time for me sum up all of the news stories that stuck out to me from the past week.
And with that, I think some of the biggest news this week was the launch of the Sony PlayStation 4, which launched today at midnight. So far the only problem reported was that due to all of the logging on that had to be done in order to get the Day One patch, patch 1.50, PlayStation Network crashed. Multiple people reported getting an error message with the numbers ‘NW-31453-6′ or ‘NP-3500-8′, and a statement saying that “The network connection has been lost”. Sony has already responded to the issue, via their support site, and are working to fix it as we speak. As soon as you turn on your PS4 and connect it to the internet, it will automatically connect to PSN to get that new firmware patch. Of course, if you’re not able to get it via PSN, you can always go to PlayStation.com and download it to a USB stick, and then put that into your PS4 and go from there. Sony anticipates that with even more systems being bought today, that the PSN crashing may last for a couple days.
Even before the launch of the system, there were reports of the PS4 having hardware issues. There were four reported incidents where the HDMI port wasn’t made correctly. Basically, when you would plug the HDMI cable into the slot on the PS4, it wouldn’t go it all the way, making it impossible for the PS4 to get its picture to the television. Since then, Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Worldwide Studios, stated that these were more that likely just isolated incidents. So far there have been no more reports as far as that is concerned…not yet anyways.
I’ve said my bit about all of the Sony and PlayStation 4 goodness, so let’s move on to an interesting bit from Microsoft. Everyone know about the Games with Gold promotion that Microsoft was having up until the launch of the Xbox One, where Xbox Live Gold subscribers get two free games per month? Well, Microsoft has announced that they will be extending this service for Xbox One. Larry Hryb from Microsoft said that more details will come about next year.
I would love for them to take a page from the Sony playbook and do something along the lines of what Sony does with their PlayStation Plus membership, where PlayStation Plus members get a slew of incredible free games per month, and are able to keep and play them as long as they keep subscribing to the service. That, my friends, would be awesome if Microsoft did that. I’d like more free games for my 360, please?
And last but not least, Some Nintendo news. This past Wednesday, Nintendo aired another one of their Nintendo Directs, their news show that they put up every so often to let all of us fans in on what’s going on in the realm of Nintendo.
They talked a bit about the Legend of Zelda coming to the 3DS, A Link Between Worlds, which comes out on November 22nd, alongside Super Mario 3D World and Mario Party Island Tour. But what I think to be the biggest news is that fact that they will soon combine the eShops on both the Wii U and the 3DS. Say you have like $3 on the 3DS eShop, and you have nothing to really spend it on. Well, come next month via an update for the 3DS, that $3 will then be combined with whatever funds you have on your Wii U. In order to do this, you will be prompted to may a Nintendo ID. Just make sure you use the same ID on both the Wii U and the 3DS in order for them to combine. We will also be getting the Miiverse on the 3DS, along with a YouTube app. Pretty cool stuff happening on the Nintendo side of things. Needless to say, I’m pretty excited seeing as how I’m the resident Nintendo fanatic here at Gaming Precision.