PSN Update: Summer Blast sale starts today, Gran Turismo 6 demo, BF3

PSN Summer Blast Sale 2013The highlight of today’s PS Store update would be the kickoff of the PSN Summer Blast sale, a multi-week event that discounts games all across the network. A wide selection of games have been discounted up to 60% for regular members, and up to 80% for the same items for PS Plus subscribers.

As for the store update, two new full PS3 games, Bladestorm: The Hundred Years’ War ($19.99) and Tour De France 2013 100th Edition ($49.99), are now available. MLB The Show: Home Run Derby is now on the PSN for $5.99. And there’s even more. Catch the full update here.

Catch the full lineup for the Summer Blast sale after the break. Continue reading

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Sony issues 4.46 patch for 4.45 locked PS3s

ps3-updated-se7enA fix for the bonked 4.45 update last week that effectively locked users’ out of their PS3s has been issued. The fix involves downloading the 4.46 update to storage media or a USB device, activating safe mode, and manually installing the update.

See the full notice here.

Amazon Gold Box: $250 320GB PS3 Uncharted 3 bundle

Amazon Gold Box: 320GB Uncharted 3 PS3 BundleWith the release next-gen consoles looming in the near future, it’s expected to start seeing some pretty sweet deals on current-gen systems. You can catch one today from Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day, which features a 320 GB PS3, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, and a 30-day PlayStation Plus subscription all for $250 (that’s $50 off the normal price).

Not interested? Well keep up with the deals as they’re revealed, as you’ll likely find something you’ll like (like Dead Island Riptide for $24.99, right now).

Sony to GameStop: “the flood gates are open” for PS4 pre-orders

sony-gamestop-ps4-memoGameStop sent out a memo this morning to their employees notifying them that Sony has allowed them to start taking “unlimited” pre-orders for the PS4, saying: “Starting now, through this weekend and until further notice, Sony has allowed us to take unlimited preorders beyond your current allotments. In other-words, the flood gates are open for PS4 system reserves, we will let you know when to stop preordering based on limited quantities.”¬† GameTrailers, who initially published the leaked memo, also noted that apparently one GameStop store started with 24 PS4 pre-orders, and saw that number rise to 138 by the day’s end. Speaking with SCEA CEO Jack Tretton last week, GameStop execs reportedly stated that they’d buy every single unit that could be manufactured.

“Starting now, through this weekend and until further notice, Sony has allowed us to take unlimited preorders beyond your current allotments. In other-words, the flood gates are open for PS4 system reserves, we will let you know when to stop preordering based on limited quantities.”

It looks like the flood gates have opened. Who’s placed a pre-order yet, or plans on reserving a PlayStation 4? Any thoughts on whether or not there will be shortages? Sound off in the comments below.

PlayStation Plus on PS4: “All You Need to Know”

PlayStation Access TV has published a video giving a rundown of how PS Plus will work on the PS4. Officially, it’s known that a PS Plus subscription, aside from giving access to free games and content, is required to use online multiplayer and that PS4 content will be automatically available for current subscribers. The video has more to see, so it’s definitely worth checking out.

Black Friday: 525k PS3s and over 160k Vitas sold

While the Xbox 360 sold 750,000 units on Black Friday, Sony’s Black Friday sale also proved to be a success (a highly needed one), with the company moving over 525,000 PS3s and 160,000 Vitas (finally, some more positives for the handheld). On the shopping holiday, PS3 bundle sales increased by 15%, while total hardware, software, and peripheral sales increased too. Sony attributed the success to the Ultimate PlayStation Value Bundle, which included a 250GB PS3 and the Uncharted Dual Pack and inFAMOUS Collection for $199, and “Quickly sold out at retailers across the U.S.”

The Vita, which really needed the boost in sales numbers, also managed to move units off store shelves. The Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation bundle sold out at retail in less than five hours, while the Black Ops: Declassified and Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Bundles were gone by week’s end. Also, PlayStation Plus subscriptions jumped by 259% compared to last Black Friday’s number.

Well done, Sony.

Until Dawn: The new Move ‘teen-style’ horror title bent on making sure you never sleep again

Until Dawn is a new horror game for PS Move, which was described to be “just like your favorite teen horror movies.” Screaming teens, mutilated animals being pulled off into the dark, characters being yanked through doors and more. The player takes on the role of protecting seven teens facing unknown horrors in the woods overnight, ensuring that they’re all alive by dawn.

Hopefully they won’t make any dumb mistakes, like going into the woods alone, you know? Nah, who am I kidding. No release date was specified.

Sony announces Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified Vita bundle

Sony has announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified will come bundled with the PS Vita and a pouch. No price was announced, but the bundle will probably launch with the game in November (makes sense).

The game takes place between the first Black Ops game and Black Ops 2, featuring full-fledged single player and 4-on-4 multiplayer with modes like Team Deathmatch and Kill Confirmed.

Red Dead Redemption is September’s game of the month on PS Plus

PS Plus will be updated with new content, shown off at Sony’s gamescom press conference. Red Dead Redemption will be September’s game of the month. PS Plus will be available to European subscribers with 25% of store items starting September 5. PS Plus users will also get an extra 512 MB, making upgraded from 150 MB to 1 GB of storage space, allowing more room for game saves and whatnot.

PS Plus will also be coming to the Vita.

EDIT: This article was corrected to show that PS Plus users initially had a storage space of 150 MB, not 512 MB.

Killzone Mercenary revealed as a PS Vita exclusive

Killzone Mercenary has been announced as a PS Vita exclusive at Sony’s gamescom press conference. In a short trailer the player is shown taking out contracts on their friends, killing with touch screen and melee attacks. No release date was mentioned.

Stay Tuned.