Closure of PS3, Vita and PSP stores

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March was one of the most popular months of the year to release new games, so the stores were very busy. However, in March 2021, the PlayStation Store grabbed the headlines for the wrong reason, as Sony threatened to shut down the PS3, PSP, and PS Vita stores for good. It was just one of the most controversial stories to emerge from the PlayStation camp.

Sony announces closure of PSP, PS3 and PS Vita stores

The PlayStation 5 console might have been out for three months at this point, but that didn’t mean gamers had forgotten some of Sony’s older machines. When Sony announced the closure of PlayStation 3 and PSP stores in July, followed by the PlayStation Vita store in August, there was an uproar. The news got worse when it turned out that several Vita developers had not been informed of the shutdown and several unfinished projects were canceled because they would not be able to meet the deadline to submit them. for publication.

Only a few weeks after the announcement, Sony retracted its announcement. The PS3 and Vita stores were given a reprieve and would remain open, although the writing remained on the wall for the PSP store; it finally closed on July 2 as planned. However, Sony subsequently stopped Paypal and credit / debit cards from working on the PS3 and Vita stores so that only funds from the PlayStation wallet could be used to purchase games there. They also confirmed that no Vita games will be considered for release beyond July 6, so new versions of the platform have slowly come to a halt. Sony is certainly doing its best to prove that the rumors of killing the Vita are true.

CMOS battery issue prevented games from playing on PS4 consoles

PlayStation News March 2021

Modders raised concerns about an issue they noticed on the PlayStation 4 console. When its internal CMOS battery died, gamers could no longer play digital or disc games due to the functioning of the system. console trophies. The issue later affected the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 3 consoles as well, although those were able to play some games once the battery failed. Gamers were understandably alarmed as no one wants to pay for something that will indeed become a brick in the years to come.

Sony responded to the outcry by confirming that they are working on a solution. Sure enough, the issue was fixed with a PS4 console update in September, while a solution followed on PS5 in October. Now, owners of these consoles will be able to play both digital and disc games in the future, even if the PlayStation Network service ends.

Xbox manager Phil Spencer has confirmed some Bethesda games will be Xbox exclusive

PlayStation News March 2021

When Microsoft acquired ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda and several development studios, many gamers were worried about the future of their favorite IPs on PlayStation. Would we see the future Fall games on PS5? What about The Elder Scrolls VI? Well, Xbox director Phil Spencer has confirmed that while some of Bethesda’s games will be exclusive in the future, that exclusivity will be determined on a case-by-case basis. This included honoring existing exclusivity agreements with PlayStation for Death loop and Phantom wire: Tokyo, as well as continuing to support existing games.

If that sounded like relief back then, it wasn’t to last. Microsoft announced that Starfield would be an Xbox exclusive at E3, where they also announced that Arkane Studio is working on the Xbox exclusive Red drop. Later in the year, Spencer also more or less confirmed The Elder Scrolls VI Also wouldn’t make it to PlayStation consoles despite previous assurances from Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard. The problem is, when Matt Booty, director of Xbox Game Studios, admits that Microsoft has yet to compete with Sony on blockbuster franchises, they’re going to start somewhere.

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time remake trophy list hints at imminent release

PlayStation News March 2021

When a list of trophies appears on the internet, it usually suggests that a game is about to be released. the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake The trophy list took people by surprise when it was released in March, but an impending release is certainly not what happened next. Originally slated for release in January, the game’s first delay pushed it back to March before another delay pushed it to an unspecified release date. This publication window is currently at some point during fiscal year 2023 (between April 2022 and March 2023).

Ubisoft India reassured that player development is still on-going, but things don’t look very encouraging. Recent reports suggest that many developers have left Ubisoft Studios for various reasons, such as ongoing misconduct scandals, disputes over the company’s creative direction, low salaries, and better opportunities elsewhere. This resulted in projects being slowed down and stuck, resulting in Prince of Persia seems to be right now.

Our favorite anecdote from March 2021

PlayStation News March 2021

The doors are difficult. At least that’s what most game developers will tell you. They can be locked obstacles, they can provide cover, they can be destructible, and they can aid or hinder players as they explore areas. Especially, according to The Last of Us Part II co-director Kurt Margenau, it’s impossible to work properly when players are in frantic situations where they have to escape quickly. Opening them is easy, but closing them? Not really. The result is that a lot of doors in games have some sort of automated movement where they will close on their own without player intervention. Naughty Dog even ended up creating a new physical item for them.

PSLS game for March 2021: you need two

PlayStation News March 2021

It takes two is infinitely creative. Gameplay is about storytelling, while storytelling informs gameplay, and the whole experience is incredibly refined and detailed. It builds relationships in a way that so many games – and even other forms of media – just can’t. It asks the player to engage in the story via compulsory co-op to tell the story of a couple on the verge of divorce, rediscovering the good of their relationship. It’s not only one of the best action platformer games in recent memory, but also a fantastic, unique story featuring a dynamic you don’t often see portrayed in games, at least not with this depth and depth. nuances.

Join us later for a preview of April’s biggest events. If you missed them yesterday, be sure to check out our recap for January and February.


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