Rockstar has finally released its re-mastered version of Grand Theft Auto V for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, so we thought we’d tell you why you need this game.
Grand Theft Auto V was the biggest selling game of 2013, selling more than 30 million copies worldwide. The games huge open-world map allows players to roam free and create all kinds of chaos as you follow three criminals as they plan out and attempt a range of heists.
With the next gen console war in full swing, Sony today put another feather in its cap by announcing that it had sold 5.3 million PlayStation 4 consoles since its launch in November. The data takes end user sales up to the 8th of February and is great news for the company as it plans to release the console in its strongest market, Japan on February 22nd.
Now into the third day of CES in Las Vegas, USA and we have had a wide range of different technologies showcased, from the well-known industry giants to smaller developers. So what highlights have the Tech Lounge team picked, which are their key ideas for the future?
Sony’s PlayStation 4 went on sale today in the UK after months of build-up and anticipation. Lines of gamers queued up in front of electrical stores all over the country to become one of the first people to get their hands on the new console, some of which had been there since Tuesday to beat the queues.
Microsoft do have the upper hand with sales, releasing them in more countries than Sony, however Sony does have a week advantage for its US sales. So After the Xbox One was released on Friday what are the sales figures looking like after the weekend rush?
Two weeks before the UK, the US see’s the launch of the latest console from Sony, the PlayStation 4. This eagerly anticipated console comes out seven years since the PlayStation 3 one, week before its main Rival the Xbox One. Fans gathered at stores across the US with lines stretching out around the streets with people waiting for doors to be opened at midnight.
Recent tech news has been dominated by the revelations coming from Sony that their Playstation had been hacked into and customer information stolen. In a statement the head of communications for Europe, Nick Caplin stated: “We have discovered that between April 17 and April 19 2011, certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account information was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network”.This problem highlights the fact that you should be extra vigilant when entering personal information into any site. As an example only organisations such as banks and insurance companies need to know your real date of birth, this and your name is probably unique to you and you should not let people misuse this. It is really surprising that Sony did not encrypt account information, this entire situation should never have happened, it’s the equivalent of leaving a bank vault door open! A company as big as Sony with a database of millions, should not have taken these risks.
This is a great console, it has a massive hard drive, built in fast speed 802.11g wi-fi, it can detect wireless networks and allows files stored on a laptop to be viewed, the perfect media centre. With a series of games exclusively available on PlayStation 3 as well as an extensive catalogue of major titles, Sony has kept the PlayStation 3 to its gaming roots. With top titles in high definition, you can enjoy the biggest current and future releases such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, FIFA 10, Final Fantasy XIII, Metal Gear Solid 4, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Tekken 6, Gran Turismo 5, MAG and many more besides.With the ability to watch TV shows on iPlayer, and browse the web, the PS3 plays DVD/Blu-Ray, has excellent battery life fully rechargeable the PS3 is no longer just a console, it does pretty well everything.
Sony has announced that ITV’s streaming service ITV Player will be coming to the console for its UK users. There was no time frame given for the new service, but it will joins BBC’s iPlayer which is already accessible to PS3 owners.Sony also announced a new movie streaming service called Mubi would be coming to the console in October, but there was no mention about the rumoured introduction of 4OD or Love Film for the platform.In other news Sony revealed a new PS3 bundle featuring the new PlayStation Move hardware, a 320GB hard drive and Move enabled Sports Champions game for £265, and a bigger 160GB version of the console will take over from the 120GB version.
No one can say that the PS3 hasn’t been a success in the console market, but it has lagged behind the family friendly Nintendo Wii and Microsoft’s powerful Xbox 360 in terms of sales. This was mainly due to it being delayed when it first came out and its price, which was substantially more than the Wii and Xbox 360, but there may be a change on the horizon with the new Sony PS3 Slim.The PS3 Slim has all the features of the original PS3 including a Blu-ray player, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and wireless controllers, but is 33% smaller and 36% lighter than the original device. The New PS3 Slim also consumes 34% less energy, making it a more eco-friendly choice.Of course the PS3 Slim plays all of your favourite PS3 games, but Sony still haven’t included any backward compatibility, so your old PS2 games will become redundant as only the earliest PS3 systems came with backward compatibility.Probably the biggest selling point of the PS3 Slim, after the fact you can play the latest High-Definition games, is the fact that it has an integrated Blu-ray player. This opens up the world of HD media with the latest movies and TV programs available to watch at home.The biggest stumbling block of the original PS3 was its price, but the PS3 Slim is available for just £249.99 which brings it more in line with its competitors. Will the PS3 Slim top the console charts this Christmas? Only time will tell, but with built-in Wi-Fi and Blu-ray player it may just sway some people away from the Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360.
Leading UK retailer of PC and Video games GAME has announced that it will be launching a game rental service on its website. The new service, which is similar to online movie rentals, will allow avid game players to borrow up to 2 games at a time for a monthly fee.