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Wait What?: PlayStation Will Not Be Showing Anything At E3 2019

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It officially has been five years since Sony blessed us with the PlayStation 4 console. On top of celebrating the PS4, the company dropped the bombshell that it would not have a presence at E3 2019.

Wait a minute here.

A Sony rep confirmed the surprising news to Polygon explaining that the company is looking for ways to “innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers.”

Per Polygon:

“As the industry evolves, Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community “PlayStation fans mean the world to us, and we always want to innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers. As a result, we have decided not to participate in E3 in 2019. We are exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019 and can’t wait to share our plans with you.”

Sony and PlayStation’s absence will be the first time in the convention’s 24-year history. Sony wowed gamers back in May 1995 at the first ever E3 Conference when it announced the U.S. launch date and price for the first PlayStation console. Despite Sony’s surprising absence, Microsoft, Nintendo as well as publishers like Activision, Ubisoft, Take-Two and more are already committed to E3 2019.

As you can imagine the speculation as to why Sony decided not to attend has gamers believing that the company will be holding its own conference and will possibly be dropping a major bomb in the form of the PS5.

We also believe that as well, but E3 will be a little dry without PlayStation. For the past couple of years, they have been bringing the excitement each year, so Sony’s absence is a gut punch for those looking forward to E3 2019. This is the second event PlayStation has canceled. The annual PlayStation Experience event the company holds at the beginning of December has been put on ice as well.

This story is still developing.

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Jon Platt To Be First African-American Music Publishing CEO At Sony/ATV

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Jon Platt is having an incredible 2018 and 2019 is shaping up to be just as powerful. It is rumored he will take the CEO position at the world’s biggest music publishing firm next year.

Page Six is reporting that the beloved executive will replace Marty Bandier as the CEO at Sony/ATV. The promotion would make him the first person of color to hold that title at the prestigious company. It is estimated the new contract will earn him just shy of nine million dollars a year.

The appointment should not come to anyone as a surprise. Known in the industry as “Big Jon” (he is 6 foot 7 inches in height) he has held several titles in his 23 year run within the music industry. He started off as a DJ and worked up the ladder to his most recent job as the head Warner/Chappell Music. He has played an instrumental part in several careers including Usher, Jermaine Dupri and Dr. Dre.

He is also a longtime friend of Jay-Z who presented him the Spirit of Life Award at the City of Hope’s annual gala back in October. The event, which also featured a private performance from Beyoncé, raised over six million dollars to combat cancer.

Platt is set to start his new role in April.

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Sneaky Devils: Sony Slowly Rolling Out Quieter PlayStation 4 Pro Consoles

Sony Slowly Rolling Out Quieter PS4 Pro Consoles

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Sony’s powerful console the PS4 Pro launched to much fanfare, but owners had one complaint with the console due to its noise output. It looks like Sony has quietly solved the issue with new models sneakingly hitting the shelves.

The very discreet fix was noticed by Eurogamer who measured the decibel level of the CUH-7200 version of the PS4 Pro console. They discovered instead of 50-decibels out from the launch version of the PS4 Pro (CUH-7000), the new model’s noise output level started at 44-decibels and peaked at 48-decibels when at its loudest.

While that isn’t much of a difference when measured it’s still a much quieter experience compared to the “jet engine” like sound gamers often complained about. Unfortunately, to achieve this, Sony did away with the thermal reduction in the new model so the new consoles might get much hotter than the older model. Despite the changes on the inside of the console, the CUH-7200 model still looks the same as it’s predecessor.

So if you’re in the market for a 4K gaming console and you want the quieter PS4 Pro console, your best bet will be purchasing the Red Dead Redemption 2 bundle. We’re not sure if the new model is being sold alone yet so you may have to check the model number on the box and make sure it says CUH-7200. We do anticipate once the original launch models run out, Sony will start shipping the quieter console in more significant numbers.

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Easy Fix: Sony Addresses Messaging Bug, Says It Has Resolved Issue

Sony Addresses Messaging Bug, Says It Has Resolved Issue

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Sony basically quelled all PlayStation 4 owners fears today about a messaging bug that was allegedly “bricking” consoles. 

We have been waiting for the company to address the issue and they did so via their PlayStation UK Twitter account. In the Tweet reply, the company informed worried PS4 owners that it “fixed the issue” and that the bug wasn’t bricking consoles but just “sending them into a crash loop” that could be “quickly fixed in under 5 minutes.”

What also stands out is the fact Sony addressed the issue without having to send out an update or firmware patch. So that basically means it was something on their end that had to be corrected. Definitely good news but this is definitely a good reason to keep your guard while gaming and making it your business to download the PlayStation App. Also, continue to play it safe by keeping your messaging privacy settings on “friends only” just in case.

Sony has yet to issue an official statement which could be taken as an indication to just how worried the company was about the messaging bug or if that they were already well aware of the bug and were on the job.

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About Damn Time: PlayStation Announces New Feature Allowing Gamers To Change PSN ID

PlayStation Announces Players Will Be Allowed To Change Their PSN User Names

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Sony is really listening. First, they shocked gamers by announcing cross-play with other systems, and now one of the biggest requests PlayStation owners have been screaming for is finally happening. You will finally be able to change that awful PSN user ID you have been stuck with for years.

It’s about damn, outside of Fortnite players complaining about cross-play, the inability to change your username on PSN was one of Sony’s most significant drawbacks. So you can imagine the excitement when the company made the announcement via its blog.

The full feature won’t be available till 2019 but select users will get to test the new feature starting this year. You will be allowed to change your PSN ID one time for free, and if you want to again it will cost $9.99 / CAD and if you are PlayStation Plus (as you should be at this point) $4.99/ CAD. Also if you are worried about your friends not recognizing your new handle, there is an option to feature your old PSN ID next to your new one.

According to PlayStation, the new feature will be compatible with games published after April 1, 2018, and should work with most popular games made after that date. Sony does warn that you may experience some issues with games and applications for PS4, PS3, and PS Vita causing you to encounter some problems and errors with specific titles. Reverting back to your old PSN ID will solve all of those issues caused by changing your ID according to Sony.

PlayStation will share a complete list of all compatible games when the feature officially launches on its website.  There is no exact date announced, but PS4 owners can look forward to it dropping early in 2019. PlayStation is truly living up to its motto as being the “best place to play.”

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PlayStation Plays Nice, Will Allow Cross-Play Starting With ‘Fortnite’ – Twitter Reacts

Twitter reacts to PlayStation allowing cross-play for Fortnite

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Fortnite fans were pretty bummed out when they initially learned that Sony was not gonna play nice with other systems and allow cross-play allowing them to transfer their accounts across systems.

Stubborn in its ways initially, the company claimed its reason for not allowing cross-play was PlayStation being the best place to play. After receiving tons of backlash on its initial decision, Sony had a change of heart and will now enable the feature and Fortnite will be the first game to test it out on the PS4.

The company via its blog announced the news which has rocked the video game world:

“Following a comprehensive evaluation process, SIE has identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third-party content. We recognize that PS4 players have been eagerly awaiting an update, and we appreciate the community’s continued patience as we have navigated through this issue to find a solution.

The first step will be an open beta beginning today for Fortnite that will allow for cross-platform gameplay, progression, and commerce across PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac operating systems. We see the beta as an opportunity to conduct thorough testing that ensures cross-platform play is best on PlayStation while being mindful about the user experience from both a technical and social perspective.”

This is huge news, while there are still some remnants of the “console wars” going on its great to see these companies can actually work together in bringing the gaming community together. Fortnite might be the first stepping stone, but this means we could possibly see the feature coming to other games like Overwatch, PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

It’s definitely been a good year to be a gamer, to see video game Twitter’s reaction to big news hit the gallery below.

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Sony PlayStation Classic Mini Console Drops In December

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Nintendo’s success with their mini consoles is definitely having an effect on the video game world. First Sega announced its Mega Drive (Genesis) mini, and now Sony is throwing its name in the hat with the PlayStation Classic Mini Console.

Its been almost 25 years since the groundbreaking home console, the PlayStation was first introduced to the world. The console was an instant hit with gamers eventually becoming the first console to ship over 100 million units offering for the first time the chance to play 32-bit games with real-time 3D rendered graphics in the comfort of their homes.

If you are one of those gamers who wanted to get that feeling again of pressing that power button and seeing the iconic load up screen Sony has good news for you. Today the company announced its new retro console, the PlayStation Classic and it’s gorgeous. The console perfectly emulates the original and is approximately 45% smaller than the original PlayStation console. It also comes with two classic controllers, an HDMI cable to connect with today’s televisions, USB cable. Don’t worry no physical memory cards will be necessary, the system will have a virtual memory card to save your game data.

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As far as what games will come with the system, it will come pre-loaded with 20 classic PlayStation games, fan-favorites such as Final Fantasy VIIJumping FlashRidge Racer Type 4Tekken 3, and Wild Arms is among classic titles that will return with the retro console.

The PlayStation Classic will launch on December 3rd, 2018, the same day the original console hit shelves in Japan back in 1994. As far as cost, it will only run you $99.99 and is now available for pre-order at select retailers such as GameStop and Best Buy. So you better move fast cause you know this bad boy is going to sell out quickly. We just hope Sony handles this release a bit better unlike Nintendo when they first introduced the NES Classic.

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