Hopefully this year will see the release of both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X – that ‘hopefully’ refers to the unknown impact that Covid-19 will have on either systems’ release. But let’s stay positive and rephrase that…
This year will see the release of both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. So in the war of Sony v Microsoft who will win in the PlayStation 5 v Xbox Series X battle?
Regardless of whether you are just a gamer, a console gamer, a Sony fanboy or a MS fanboy the specs look pretty exciting…
Today, finally you can now change your PSN (PS4) username. So for all of us gamers that have been rocking a username that we have had from our youth we can now mature it up a touch.
However, be warned, it all isn’t good news. The first change is free, but subsequent changes will cost you.
A PSN+ Member will be charged £3.99 for each change after the first.
A Non-PSN+ Member will be charged £7.99 for each change after the first.
Not only that, the changes will only work on PS4 :
PS3, PS Vita and PS/TV games and apps do not support the online ID change feature
Then the really bad news. Some games will simply not play nicely with username changes – a few of particular note are Grand Theft Auto V, Little Big Planet 3 and Just Dance 2017.
“All PS4 games originally published on or after April 1, 2018 have been developed to support the online ID change feature. However, since they have not all been specifically tested with the feature, we cannot guarantee that they will support it. For more details and information, we encourage you to refer to the list of tested games before making a change to your online ID. Do keep in mind that the large majority of most actively played PS4 games support the feature.”
Before you change anything you really should have a look at this post from Sony which details all known issues, ranging from minor to ‘critical.’ Eek!
Some of the issues that can arise include losing “progress within games, including game saved data, leaderboard data, and progress towards Trophies”, your previous Online ID remaining visible to you and other players, parts of games not functioning properly “both online and offline”.
Sony says that you also “may lose access to content (including paid-for content) that you may have acquired for your games including content like add-ons and virtual currency”.
However, the company claims that that reverting back to your old ID should resolve most issues that arise.
Sony have announced the 20 games that will be preloaded on the upcoming PlayStation Classic (which some outlets are referring to as the PlayStation Mini).
A few points to note :
– The PlayStation Classic will release on 3rd December 2018 – the 24th anniversary of the original PlayStation.
– The PlayStation Classic will not work with controllers not supplied with the unit – so your DualShock 4 isn’t going to work. The unit will ship with two controllers that should work and feel like the originals – but that is your only control option.
– The PlayStation Classic will not be getting more games in the future – so no downloads, no addons, no Minis – what you get on the machine is your lot.
“There are no plans to bring new content to PlayStation Classic post-launch.” – Sony
– The PlayStation Classic has a built in ‘virtual’ memory card – so you will be able to save your games.
– The PlayStation Classic will connect to your TV via HDMI.
The games listing has brought some controversy, personally I think it looks OK, there are plenty of Classic games in there. Unfortunately there are some questionable releases as well. I could make a list of dozens of games under the ‘What About…’ title but that’s futile, the list is out and the debate over what is more deserving is an absolute matter of opinion, of which we are all entitled.
We have got what we have got. The biggest question then is – ‘Do you feel this is worth eight of your hard earned pound coins?’
So here we go – here is the long awaited list of games coming to the PlayStation Classic :
Playstation 4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition Pre-Order Problems: If you are a keen gamer there is a good chance you found yourself in the position hundreds of us found ourselves yesterday and today. That is without a Sony Playstation 4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition Console.
What is a Sony Playstation 4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition?
Basically it is a special edition Playstation 4 Pro that celebrates the fact that Sony have now sold 500,000,000 Playstation consoles. They have limited this edition to a mere 50,000 units globally making it actually pretty limited. Limited of course means desirable to gamers, and unfortunately desirable to gamers means desirable to scalpers, or as I will refer to them from this point onwards – scumbags.
What’s so special about it?
To be honest thats a difficult question. You can regularly and easily pick up a PS4 Pro for about £300 in a bundle. This edition is £450, but comes with a camera, an upgraded 2TB hard drive and is housed in an awesome looking translucent blue case, each one individually numbered. If you don’t understand the appeal then this probably isn’t the article for you and you’d be best just moving on to the next one. If you do get it, or at least think you get it, have a look at this – I’m sure you will agree it is special!
A STATEMENT ISSUED ON BEHALF LOUGHSHINNY MOTORCYCLE SUPPORTERS CLUB LTD
Issued 21:30pm on 7th July 2018.
“Following discussion with the family, their sponsors and fellow riders, the Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club Ltd have taken the decision to continue with the Skerries 100 on the8th July. The club with the riders permission have decide to race with the entire prize fund to go to William’s Family. It will be a non-championship meeting and the club hope everyone will consider this a fitting tribute to William and his previous race performance and results at the Skerries 100
The Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club extends their heartfelt sympathy to William Dunlop’s family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very sad time.”
Susan Plunkett, Clerk of Course of the Loughshinny Motor Cycle Supporters Club Ltd.
A STATEMENT ISSUED ON BEHALF LOUGHSHINNY MOTORCYCLE SUPPORTERS CLUB LTD
Issued 8pm on 8th July 2018.
Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club Ltd as planned, continued their Skerries 100 event today 8th July 2018.
“With the blessing of our racing family and support from all our officials and marshals, the riders took to the grid to complete the demanding 10 race programme, in fine good sunny weather. The spectators were treated to some superb racing from our incredibly talented riders with only one rider in mind, William Dunlop, a fitting tribute to their fellow fallen rider. This non-championship races were held on the 2.92 mile circuit, and catered for all classes from 125cc up to Superbikes 1000cc.
The Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club extends their heartfelt sympathy to William Dunlop’s family and friends and we are continuing to support them over this very difficult time and the club would ask that the privacy of the family be respected at this time. “
Susan Plunkett, Clerk of Course of the Loughshinny Motor Cycle Supporters Club Ltd
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Having got my RetroPie rig up and running I was thoroughly enjoying some retro arcade action. I had everything from an Atari to a NeoGeo, with 1000s of games from my youth all ready to go with the push of a button on my TV.
One thing felt wrong though and that was the controller. I was using a wired xBox / Windows controller. It worked well, plugged it in and it just worked as it should but it just felt wrong. Playing Streets of Rage on a modern xBox controller just didn’t capture the feel. It still played well, it is still an epic retro game, but I’m sure you get what I mean?
Then I decided to change the controller and started looking for an alternative. One that would work well, feel good and actually capture the feel of these older style games. I did a lot of reading on Amazon reviews as well as other sites and they all pointed me towards one brand – 8BitDo.
They have a wide range of controllers and accessories – as you can see mostly geared towards the Nintendo feel of things :
Thanks to Amazon Prime and the Next Day Delivery – everything arrived right on time for me to spend the most of yesterday setting up the Raspberry Pi and playing games that were just a distant memeory. To be fair though the setting up was a minor aspect of the day. It took about 10 mins to open the package, build the Raspberry Pi and have it sitting ready for it’s memory card to tell it what to do! It is really that *easy.*
*easy* – truthfully there are a few stumbling blocks but I will post up a couple of videos at the end of this post that covers the tricky bits very well.
As a child of the 80’s I have been a gamer since – well forever. That makes Retro Gaming a part of my very core!
I started off on a Commodore +4, then moved to a Commodore 64, then an Amiga 1200, in 1992 I got my first Windows based PC, a Pentium III – DX2 66MHz (with about 500Mb of HDD space) if I remember rightly.
From there I started building PCs and then I moved to Mac and I am still here. As the same time I was also playing with consoles. Of course I had a Gameboy, but I was more of a Sega fanboy, Mega Drive, Saturn, then I moved to Playstation, 1 -> 2 -> 3 and now 4.
Playstation was my system of choice but I still have had xBox, xBox 360, and currently xBox One.
The amount of games I had for each system was criminal, however what is more criminal is the fact that the majority of them got traded in. If only I was wise then I’d still have every one of them displayed in my games room, insetead I imagine they are long since in a land fill somewhere. Devastating!
Along the way I have also picked up a NES, SNES, N64, 2DS, Neo-Geo Pocket, a Master System, a Game Gear and an Atari Lynx along with a really nice Atari 2600 and a few other random systems I have picked up along the way.
I love how gaming has progressed – I love gaming. I’m still at on the PS4, and I have the XB1 for Microsoft exclusives – and Fifa, but I love retro gaming. So I have finally decided to try out some old skool memories using a Raspberry Pi.
As if by magic, mere hours after I mentioned it right here on tbni.blog the official announcement has come…
The Classic SNES is coming on 29th September 2017 and will be priced at $79.99 / £79.99 (although Smyths Toys currently have preorders listed at £69.99.)
You are going to have to be quick though Amazon have stopped preorders, ShopTo have it marked as ‘Sold Out’ and Game is just crashing. This is going to be another Mini NES scenario and the popularity of it is fuelling this SNES even more! eBay already has listings for £180 and eBay.com has preorders listed at $299! Keep an eye on places like Tesco, Asda etc who will probably start their preorders over the next day or so so in the quick so you won’t have to rely on eBay and Gumtree scalpels!
With the release of firmware 4.5 for the Playstation 4, we, the gamers, now have a feature we have craved for a long time… the ability to download and store our games on an external hard drive. This means we now can keep our libraries intact and not have to worry abput what to delete or replace as our collection grows past the capacity of the built in storage.