What a strange month for PlayStation. Admittedly, I wasn’t expecting much considering we’re past the Not-E3 season, and Sony is rumored to be holding a PlayStation showcase in September. However, August took a strange turn with a PS5 price hike and a random DualSense controller announcement released on Geoff Keighley’s Open Night Live at Gamescom. On top of that, PlayStation announced another studio acquisition, this time bolstering its fledgling mobile gaming division.
This is what you may have missed in the world of PlayStation in August.
The PS5 just got more expensive
In the latest round of “What was PlayStation thinking?” CEO Jim Ryan revealed that the PS5 would see price increases around the world due to high inflation rates and the current economic environment. Oddly enough, despite raising the price in regions like Canada, Europe, and Japan, the United States is spared these price increases for the time being.
While the economy has hit businesses and manufacturing around the world, passing the price on to consumers is a terrible decision when the PS5 is already so expensive, and Sony hasn’t sold at a loss since 2021. It also happens to be the faster. -selling PlayStation console of all time, and it’s hard to see how “necessary” this move was, as Ryan puts it.
All in all, it’s a terrible look for Sony, especially when it’s been taking flak for being less consumer-friendly than Microsoft of late. “For the players” seems to be “for the shareholders”.
People can barely afford rent and groceries in some places, and now trying to save up for the luxury they would have liked just got a whole lot harder. Combined with the shortage of stock, Sony seems interested in selling less Good luck with those PS5 reruns.
DualSense Edge is PlayStation’s answer to the Xbox Elite controller
It’s been long overdue for PlayStation to create its own premium controller, so it’s good to see the company finally doing so, rather than partnering with third-party manufacturers. Like Microsoft’s Xbox Elite controller, the DualSense Edge has swappable back buttons and higher-quality construction. PlayStation also says that users can save multiple control profiles and quickly switch between them using a dedicated built-in user interface.
It’s not clear when the DualSense Edge will launch, or for how much, but if I had to guess, I wouldn’t be surprised if it costs $150 or even more. It’s hard to tell whether or not it’ll be worth such a high price, but a lot of people swear by the Xbox Elite controller, which costs $180.
I have a bit of an unhealthy obsession with controllers and like to get different color combinations or models when I can afford it, so I’ll definitely keep an eye on this.
Savage Game Studios Joins Newly Created PlayStation Studios Mobile Division
PlayStation has been moving into the PC gaming space, with plans to expand to mobile, and those plans appear to be moving forward. PlayStation Studios boss Hermen Hulst announced that Savage Game Studios would be joining the PlayStation family as part of its newly created PlayStation Studios Mobile Division. According to the blog post, this mobile division “will operate independently of our console development and will focus on innovative, on-the-go experiences based on new and existing PlayStation IP.”
Savage is already working on an AAA mobile live service action game, though Sony didn’t provide any more details than that. In any case, the wording indicates that PlayStation wants to bring its blockbuster-quality premiere games to mobile devices, something the company had indicated in the past.
While I don’t think I’ll ever become primarily a mobile gamer, I’m excited to see what PlayStation has in store for the pocket screen.
Hogwarts Legacy Won’t Release This Year After All
Probably no surprise to anyone, Hogwarts Legacy has been pushed back to 2023. It was scheduled to release this holiday, but the developer said it needs “a little more time to deliver the best gaming experience possible.” It is a fairly repetitive statement with which many companies have announced delays, but it is no less true. Hogwarts Legacy now aims to be available on February 10, 2023.
Hogwarts Legacy has been controversial, to say the least, as Harry Potter series creator JK Rowling continues to spout vile transphobic rhetoric online. Regardless of where you stand in the debate separating art from artist, there’s no arguing that Rowling’s words have done tremendous damage.
I’m not here to tell you whether or not you should buy the game; that is your own decision to make. But it is my responsibility to acknowledge the reality surrounding the series and the upcoming release of this game that will undoubtedly be popular. And, as I always say when I talk about Hogwarts Legacy, you can donate to the National Center for Transgender Equality, GLAAD, Mermaids, the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, and various other charities and organizations to support transgender people.
Detectives Discover Spider-Man PlayStation PC Launcher Files
PlayStation’s foray into the PC gaming space seems to get more serious if some newly discovered files are to be believed. It seems that people have found references to “PlayStation PC launcher” in Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered for PC, and VGC has verified the files. References to “PSNAccountLinked” and “PSNLinkingEntitlements” were also discovered, although no Sony PC games support PSN connectivity at this time.
I always find it funny, and a little pathetic, when online “fans” get upset that PlayStation exclusives are coming to PC, but it’s a positive for everyone involved. More people will have access to the games and Sony will end up making more money. Console exclusives coming to PC in no way erase the console versions or your experiences with them. But the internet goes to the internet.
PlayStation ended up featuring the “PlayStation PC Games” section of its website shortly after these leaks, only adding fuel to the fire.
Will I personally play Sony games on PC? Probably not. However, I’m still happy that PlayStation is expanding and not putting all its eggs in one basket. Diversifying your assets is a good thing.
It’s been a long time coming, but HBO has finally revealed the first images of its adaptation of The Last of Us, starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey as Joel and Ellie. Although the sneak peek is only 20 seconds long, it does give us a glimpse of some key moments from the game, including the opening of Joel carrying his injured daughter after the outbreak started, and him arguing with Ellie after she runs away. We also saw a cordyceps growing on a wall, and Nick Offerman as Bill.
The Last of Us is set to air in 2023, and even though video game adaptations have a rocky track record, I’m really looking forward to this one. I can’t pass up the chance to see Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey portray the tumultuous father/daughter relationship that Joel and Ellie have in the game, especially as it’s being co-written by Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin along with Naughty’s Neil Druckmann. Dog.
Will one of the best PS5 games of all time become one of the best TV shows? I have doubts, but time will tell.
PlayStation needs to win back some goodwill
While I wouldn’t say it was a occupied month in the world of PlayStation; the news we received was certainly interesting, to say the least. I’m really looking forward to seeing what PlayStation has in store with their rumored showcase, especially considering that their only big game for the rest of the year is God of War Ragnarok. Given the PS5 console’s price hike and PlayStation being generally disliked by fans recently, the company needs a win.