A recent report indicates Sony is currently meeting with potential content partners in order to introduce an internet TV streaming service to PlayStation later this year.
This is according to the Wall Street Journal*, who spoke with Sony's Andrew House about the company's plans to implement streaming services in the coming months.
The report states that just last week, Sony signed an agreement with Viacom that will allow the streaming of over 20 channels, including MTV and Nickelodeon. At this time, it's unclear exactly on which platforms this service will debut, but Sony has expressed interest in streaming games to other devices outside of PlayStation through their PlayStation Now game-streaming service.
French actress Astrid Berges-Frisbey is set to play Lady Guinevere in Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur.
Berges-Frisbey is best known for her role as the mermaid Syrena in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, a role for which the Spanish-born, French-dwelling actress had to learn English. Her casting was reported by Deadline.
Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is coming to the West on October 4, but you don’t have to wait until then to purchase this 3DS XL. This special Smash Bros-themed Nintendo 3DS is available at retailers beginning September 19. The unit comes in either red or blue models.
Nintendo of Europe announced the system via twitter on August 13 but, because it comes bundled with a copy of the game, it won’t be available in that territory until the game’s release. Please keep in mind that this is not the New 3DS XL Nintendo announced for Japan. That specific Smash-themed system is currently slated for release in November.
Welcome back to Keepin' It Reel! In this week's podcast, Jim Vejvoda and Chris Carle bring you the latest in genre movie news.
After tackling last weekend's box office -- where No Good Deed managed to dethrone Guardians of the Galaxy -- we discuss the latest movie buzz, including Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: Episode VII, Avatar 2, Bourne 5, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, Underworld 5, Skull Island, a reboot of I Know What You Did Last Summer, and more.
Finally, we wager whether A Walk Among the Tombstones or Tusk have a shot at topping the box office this weekend.
It's not often that musician Gerard Way finds time in his busy schedule to write comics, but when he does the results are always worth reading. The former lead singer for My Chemical Romance will be making his Marvel Comics debut next month with the mini-series Edge of Spider-Verse. Way will be teaming with artist Jake Wyatt for Edge of Spider-Verse #5, which introduces a futuristic re-imagining of Spider-Man called SP//dr.
“In a futurist city fairly different from the New York we are familiar with, our version of Spider-Man takes the shape of a government project: SP//dr,” Way told Marvel.com. “SP//dr is comprised of three vital components: a pilot, a machine, and a radioactive sentient spider acting as one half of the brain that makes it all work. Peni Parker is a young girl, who, left parentless, is adopted by her Aunt May and Uncle Ben, the two heads of the SP//dr project. When they realize Peni is the only one who can successfully pair with SP//dr, they make the unorthodox decision to train her as SP//dr's newest pilot.”
FX has ordered a 13-episode second season of the drama series Tyrant, from Executive Producer/Showunner Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24).
Production of Tyrant Season 2 is scheduled to begin next spring with the second season returning in the summer of 2015.
“We’re so proud of Tyrant’s performance throughout its first season,” said Nick Grad, President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “Howard Gordon is one of the best and most successful producers in this business. His ability to combine intelligent, edge-of-your-seat storytelling with events from the current geopolitical climate is truly groundbreaking. We look forward to seeing how Tyrant grows in season two.”
Square Enix has confirmed that Final Fantasy XIII will be releasing on PC.
Set to release on October 9, the Square Enix RPG is one of many in the Final Fantasy franchise available on the PC, including Final Fantasy IV, VII, and the more recent Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Those who pre-purchase the JRPG will save 10 percent on their purchase for a total of $14.39 USD. After release, it will cost $16 USD.
The full release of the Lightning Saga - including Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy - will all be available by Spring 2015.
Frozen may be the highest grossing original animated film of all time, but not everyone loves it. Mayim Bialik is clearly not a fan, as The Big Bang Theory star has taken to her blog with a post entitled "Why My Sons and I Hate the Movie 'Frozen'".
Despite the focus on sisterly love, Bialik argues that Anna's desire to meet a man remains the central plot line. "This is a movie geared to small children who I don’t think need to be focusing on that as the main driving plot of a movie, especially when it’s not a literary or historically-based fairy tale," writes Bialik. "And these characters are young; certainly not old enough in my socially conservative opinion to be searching for mates!"
Focus Features has revealed the first teaser photo for Insidious Chapter 3, which is set to shed new light on The Further.
The minimalist Insidious Chapter 3 poster seen below uses wordplay instead of strong images to creep people out, with a chilling verse about a man who lives in the vents. The upcoming horror film focuses on a teenage girl and her family and is set before the Lambert family haunting.
The Community Development Corp. of Frisco, Texas is considering a $1 million USD agreement to build the country's first video game museum.
Founded by John Hardie, Sean Kelly, and Joe Santulli, the National Videogame Museum is a nonprofit organization that began back in 2009, when the three combined their resources to form arguably the largest retro gaming collection in the country. Their collections regularly go on tour around the country for expos, but they desired to place them in a more permanent location.
2K Games has revealed a new technology that will enable NBA 2K15 players to scan their faces into the game.
The in-game technology is available in the PS4 and Xbox One versions. Players will be able to "scan" their faces in using their Kinect or PS4 camera, which can then be put on their player in-game so that they can play alongside basketball greats in both career and multiplayer game modes.
2K has released two videos to demonstrate the face-scanning feature. The first is an instructional demo on how the tech works; the other is a more comedic take on what it takes for NBA 2K15 highlight athlete James Harden to maintain his beard in-game.
The popular basketball franchise's next installment releases on October 7 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and PC. It features a 27-track soundtrack curated by Pharrell Williams. We awarded the last game in the series, NBA 2K14, an Editor's Choice in our review.
Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention.
Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.
Light in the Dark – ($1.99)
The most intriguing new puzzler of the day, Light in the Dark has you bouncing and blending colored streams of light to get the right shades heading in the right directions:
Activision has announced that a Nintendo 3DS version of Skylanders Trap Team will release day and date with the console and tablet version on October 5.
Connecting with the same "portal of power" peripheral as all other versions of Skylanders Trap Team, the Nintendo 3DS will allow users to import specially-made figures into the game, with an emphasis on portability and being able to play on-the-go.
This handheld version of Skylanders will not be the same as its console and tablet counterparts, but will contain its own unique story, locations, and gameplay. Additionally, two 3DS-exclusive characters will launch with Skylander's release pack: the Boomerang-armed trapmaster Gusto, and Barkley, a mini version of the Skylanders Giants character Tree Rex.
With the release of Digimon All-Star Rumble just over a month away, Bandai Namco revealed how the game's combat will feature Digicards as well as released new gameplay screenshots.
Players can equip two Digicards that have a random chance of activating at the end of a player combo. Digicards have various effects, including explosions, shockwaves, and increased abilities. In addition to boosting players' offense or defense, Digicards can transform Digimon into rare Super Forms. There are 200 Digicards that can be unlocked in the tournament battle game, which also features multiplayer party-arena combat.
Digimon All-Star Rumble is coming out on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in North America on November 11 for $40 USD.
With the Edge of Spider-Verse #2 comic book coming out yesterday, we saw an alternate universe where, instead of Peter Parker, Gwen Stacy was bitten by a radioactive spider. With this new Spider-Woman also came a new costume, so we want to know what you think about it.
The new design comes from artist Robbi Rodriguez. As you can see, he threw out the classic Spider-Man colors in favor of white, black, maroon, and an eye-popping electric blue. The costume actually looks predominantly black and white, but when she lifts her arms, extra color is revealed.
World of Tanks, the free-to-play action game, will be getting a new racing mode for a limited time, starting September 29 and ending on October 12.
Tank Rally mode will set teams of three players against each other in a new version of the game's Port map. Teams will not race their tanks, but also attempt to capture certain points on them, all the while trying to destroy each other. Raceways will also be full of traps, ramps, and other objects that will both help and hinder your team.
Additional features of the add-on include a custom map and complimentary tank for all players.
World of Tanks has become increasingly popular in the eSports scene, with 200,000 players taking part in more than 1,000 tournaments. Publisher Wargaming recently announced their company's plan to invest $10 million USD into its eSports strategy for this year. As of April, there were 80 million registered players for the MMO.
SEGA revealed today that Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric will now come out November 11, one week earlier than previously announced.
By moving up the release date, Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric will launch alongside Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal, the 3DS entry of Sonic's shocking reinvention. Big Red Button is behind the Wii U game, while Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time developer Sanzaru Games is creating the handheld version.
Sonic Boom is the start of a new branch for the franchise that spans the Wii U and 3DS games, a TV show, comics, and even toys. Stay tuned to IGN for more on Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal.
Nintendo has revealed that the three main villains from Hyrule Warriors will become playable characters as part of a free DLC pack coming to Europe October 16, 2014.
A Nintendo tweet reveals that the dark witch Cia, her right-hand man Volga, and the physical incarnation of enchanted ring Wizzro are the three playable characters, each with their own special abilities, weapons, and skills. Check out the characters page for more information.
As an added bonus, it has been revealed that Dark Link will be available right away for those that pre-order all four, paid DLC packs: the Master Quest pack, Twilight Princess, Ganon, and Majora's Mask.
We already know that Sunset Overdrive is insane in the best possible way. Insomniac’s upcoming Xbox One exclusive is shaping up to be smart, stylish, and completely bonkers, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. But one thing that we’ve haven’t heard much of recently is the shape and form in which the game’s multiplayer is going to exist.
Chaos Squad is Sunset Overdrive’s eight-player cooperative multiplayer mode. You can enter the arena at any time by finding one of dozens of magical phone booths scattered across the city, and popping yourself inside one ala Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Once you’ve been matched up with seven other friends or strangers, your team bands together through a series of small missions with objectives that are voted upon by the group after each round. This opening salvo of mini-challenges can include destroying hordes of monsters, grinding your way up a tall structure without falling, and protecting a convoy from would-be destroyers.
Bad Robot Productions has fired the latest volley in the Twitter mashup war between Star Wars: Episode VII and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The production company of Episode VII helmer J.J. Abrams tweeted the video below to BvS director Zack Snyder that has a Dark Knight valentine hidden within the body of the Millennium Falcon: