Sony PlayStation News Bits

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If you are still looking for a PS4 and live in Canada, we have some bad news for you. Sony has made a decision to raise the price of the PS4 to $449.99, exactly $50 more in Canadian Retail Outlets. When does this take effect? Tomorrow.

It seems the Dualshock 4 controllers and Playstation Eye Cameras will also jump in price by $5 making them $64.99. Sony made a statement to the Toronto Sun saying that the price increase was “to respond to changes in the market environment”.

This seems unfortunate for most Canadians as the PS4 still seems to be very high in demand as local EbGames, Futureshops, Best Buy, and other retail outlets are still sold out. This also means that the Xbox One will retail for only $50 more than the PS4, and with Microsoft bundling a free copy of Titanfall with Xbox One’s now, it pretty much breaks even for most consumers.

How does this news affect you? Let us know in the comments down below!

UPDATE: Seems that Futureshop.ca and BestBuy.ca have shifted their prices.

Source: Toronto Sun

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Earlier today, Matt Firor, game director over at ZeniMax studios did a quick Q&A that was posted to the official Playstation blog. The biggest piece of news to come from this Q&A was the announcement that users would not need a Playstation Plus account to play Elder Scrolls Online.

Although, your brand new PS4 does require an active Playstation Plus subcription to play online games, Matt Firor states “A PlayStation Plus membership is not required to play The Elder Scrolls Online. PS4 players will only be required to pay the same monthly subscription associated with The Elder Scrolls Online that PC and Mac users will pay—nothing more.”

Although the game doesn’t require a PS+ subscription, it still means that gamers will need to pay the hefty $15/month fee; quite expensive for a modern day MMO.  Elder Scrolls Online is scheduled to be released for PC on April 4th, 2014 while the consoles are expected to be released in June.

Source: Playstation Blog

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Upcoming releasesClear up your gameplay stash for a busy holiday season of gaming! Things really start to ramp up next week with a few new games and gaming accessories up for release. The highly anticipated Battlefield 4 is due, with a sweet deal for early PS4 adopters when you purchase the PS3 version ($9.99 digital download!). Also due for a four-edition round of release is Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, to be available across multiple game systems. For Wii and Wii U gamers (I know you are out there reading this) there is a very cool edition of the Wii RemotePlus featuring Mario and Luigi designs. At the end of the week on November 1st, gamers wanting to get fit or to track their walking can prepare for the Wii U edition of Wii U Fit with the $19.99 Nintendo Fit Meter (and download the demo soon via Wii U!). Not enough gaming goods? Ok, try your luck with PaddyPower’s new games site with some virtual gaming. Either route you go, you’re sure to keep your itchy gaming finger busy with what’s ahead in November with the PS4, Xbox One, and maybe one of those special edition gold brick Nintendo 3DS XL Legend of Zelda systems!

See more here of what’s incoming this week for gamers in North America.

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PS Vita

Admittedly, it took me some time to buy into the PS Vita after some bumpy experiences with the PSP models and the PSPgo. After waiting it out (and I could have benefitted from waiting even more, as of yesterday’s PS Vita price cut!), now seems like the ideal time to get acquainted with the PS Vita. Below are my humble ten opinions on why now would be a great time to pickup a PS Vita, especially with the PlayStation 4 on the horizon (November 15, 2013 release date).

Top ten reasons to pickup a PS Vita now:

1. The PS Vita WiFi/3G model is at a great entry price, now at $199.99 and packed with The Walking Dead game and 4GB memory card.

2. Remote Play support with games from a PlayStation 4, taking your PS4 games to the PS Vita when you have to surrender your TV.

3. Dragon’s Crown – An artful throwback to side-scrolling gaming greatness, in beautiful colors on the vivid PS Vita OLED display.

4. A slew of free and worthy PlayStation Plus games are available with a subscription to the service, including Uncharted: Golden Abyss, WipEout 2048, Gravity Rush and more (and Star Wars Pinball, while it lasts!). To which you’ll need some memory cards, which leads us to…

5. Memory cards just received a price drop - 32GB16GB8GB4GB

6. Cross buy/play support on select PS3 games.

7. Sounds Shapes – An original puzzle game with distinct graphic designs and sharp sounds.

8. Rear touch panel works great and is unique to the PS Vita’s gameplay, when implemented properly by developers.

9. Great use of social media apps like Skype, Twitter, Facebook and Google Maps functionality.

10. Borderlands 2 is coming to PS Vita!

 

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Want to secure a PlayStation 4 pre-order launch bundle? Following Amazon.com’s preorder sellout of the PS4 Launch Edition system (at $399.99), four new guaranteed launch day bundles have appeared. As Amazon states on the listings, “Guaranteed to be available on the Release Day.” Jump to it – here are your best bets to owning a Sony PS4 at launch:

PlayStation 4 Battlefield 4 Launch Day Bundle

PlayStation 4 Watch Dogs Launch Day Bundle

PlayStation 4 Killzone Launch Day Bundle

PlayStation 4 Knack Launch Day Bundle

Prices vary for each, depending if a PlayStation Plus membership is included.

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