OnLive Game Service

OnLive to shut down game streaming service, sells assets to Sony | OnLive cerrará el servicio de streaming de juegos tras venta de activos a Sony

[EN]: OnLive announced yesterday via its support page and today via Twitter the company is selling its assets (144 patents) and intellectual property to Sony, shutting down its game streaming service. According to a post, “Sony is acquiring important parts of OnLive, and their plans don’t include a continuation of the game service in its current form. Your service should continue uninterrupted until April 30, 2015. No further subscription fees will be charged, and you can continue to play all of your games until that date.” The OnLive Desktop and the (Second Life) SL Go services will also be shut down on April 30, 2015.

All data centers will be offline, all accounts will no longer be available, and all games (inc. save data) and credit card info will be erased after the mentioned date. People who bought Steam games via OnLive will continue to enjoy playing their titles.

Since its inception in 2003, the main purpose of OnLive has been to stream gameplay to all computers (known today as cloud gaming), especially for the ones that are not powerful enough to play games. The company was at the forefront of game streaming technology with its OnLive Game Service via PCs, Macs, Android and iOS devices, and its own micro-console.

With the purchase of OnLive, Sony still needs to attract gamers to its PlayStation Now game streaming service, which made its debut in January after the purchase of another company, Gaikai, in 2012. For many gamers, OnLive has been known as the Netflix of gaming.

“We are happy that Sony is validating the innovations of OnLive by purchasing our IP and selected assets, and are immensely proud of the work that has been done by the talented team at OnLive, and we thank them for their amazing work,” says a post on the OnLive blog.

[ES]: OnLive announced yesterday via its support page and today via Twitter the company is selling its assets (144 patents) and intellectual property to Sony, shutting down its game streaming service. According to a post, “Sony is acquiring important parts of OnLive, and their plans don’t include a continuation of the game service in its current form. Your service should continue uninterrupted until April 30, 2015. No further subscription fees will be charged, and you can continue to play all of your games until that date.” The OnLive Desktop and the (Second Life) SL Go services will also be shut down on April 30, 2015.

All data centers will be offline, all accounts will no longer be available, and all games (inc. save data) and credit card info will be erased after the mentioned date. People who bought Steam games via OnLive will continue to enjoy playing their titles.

Since its inception in 2003, the main purpose of OnLive has been to stream gameplay to all computers (known today as cloud gaming), especially for the ones that are not powerful enough to play games. The company was at the forefront of game streaming technology with its OnLive Game Service via PCs, Macs, Android and iOS devices, and its own micro-console.

With the purchase of OnLive, Sony still needs to attract gamers to its PlayStation Now game streaming service, which made its debut in January after the purchase of another company, Gaikai, in 2012. For many gamers, OnLive has been known as the Netflix of gaming.

“We are happy that Sony is validating the innovations of OnLive by purchasing our IP and selected assets, and are immensely proud of the work that has been done by the talented team at OnLive, and we thank them for their amazing work,” says a post on the OnLive blog.

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[Sources/Fuentes]: OnLive: Game Service – Farewell; OnLive Blog: A Bright Future for Cloud Gaming at Sony; OnLive Game Service Shutdown FAQ; OnLive Desktop Shutdown FAQ; SL Go Shutdown FAQ.

Sony to discontinue sponsorship while FIFA corruption allegation continues | Sony discontinuará patrocinio mientras que continúa la acusación de corrupción de la FIFA

FIFA / Sony

FIFA / Sony

[EN]: While the world’s soccer governing body confronts a corruption scandal, sponsorship companies are already making their decision about whether or not to continue supporting FIFA.

In the last few days, Sony has decided to not continue its 10-year sponsorship due to rising costs with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, following the steps of Emirates Airlines. The electronics and entertainment company has spent $277 million in sponsorship.

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said the decisions by Sony and Emirates Airlines have “nothing to do” with the current allegations the governing body is facing.

An unpublished report by FIFA ethics panel representative Hans-Joachim Eckert states there was no wrongdoing by top members of FIFA, however, American prosecutor Garcia found the report by FIFA ethics panel Eckert as “incomplete and erroneous.”

With no more sponsorship expenses, Sony could focus on the restructuring of the company. Sony’s contract with FIFA ends on December 31, 2014. Though we fans of soccer and gaming may will still see EA FIFA coming to Sony’s consoles, we won’t be seeing the Sony make.believe logo in future editions of the game and in real soccer matches starting in 2015.

[ES]: Mientras que el órgano del gobierno de fútbol mundial se enfrenta a un escándalo de corrupción, las empresas de patrocinio ya están tomando su decisión sobre si continuar o no con apoyar a la FIFA.

En los últimos días, Sony ha decidido no continuar con el patrocinio de 10 años debido al aumento de los costos con la FIFA, siguiendo los pasos de Emirates Airlines. La empresa de electrónica y entretenimiento ha gastado $277 millones de dólares en el patrocinio.

El secretario general de la FIFA, Jerome Valcke, dijo que las decisiones de Sony y Emirates Airlines no tienen “nada que ver” con las acusaciones actuales a las que se enfrenta el órgano de gobierno.

Un informe publicado por el representante del panel de ética de FIFA, Hans-Joachim Eckert, afirma que no hay delito por los principales miembros de la FIFA, sin embargo, el fiscal americano García consideró que el informe del representante del panel de ética de FIFA, Eckert, está “incompleto y erróneo”.

Sin más gastos de patrocinio, Sony podría centrarse en la reestructuración de la empresa. El contrato de Sony con la FIFA termina el 31 de diciembre de 2014. A pesar de que los fans de fútbol y video juegos puedan aún ver la llegada de EA FIFA a las consolas de Sony, no vamos a estar viendo el logotipo de Sony make.believe en futuras ediciones del video juego y en verdaderos partidos de fútbol a partir de 2015.

[Sources/Fuentes]: TechTimes: FIFA Corruption Scandal Prompts Sponsor Sony to Exit; Nikkei: Sony won’t renew FIFA contract; IGN: Sony balks at renewing FIFA partnership.

Marquis: “E3 2014 Predictions: Can Sony manage to keep the throne this year?”

Sony E3 Experience

Sony E3 Experience

Last year’s E3 was big for Sony, having destroyed Microsoft with their onslaught of interesting upcoming titles, their complete support of Indie games, and their message that they would be focusing purely on the core gamer. At that moment, it seemed clear that Sony had fully learned from their mistakes from the last generation and were ready to bring it with PS4. After Microsoft’s sloppy performance in getting there message out, Sony took full advantage of that and showed us in bullet points why the PS4 was better in every single way, so much so that after the conference, millions of people went to pre-order a Playstation 4 as fast as they could. So here we are a year later, and Sony remains on top. While Xbox One isn’t too far behind, it still is nowhere near the success of Playstation 4. So what can we expect from Sony this year? Is there a weakness Xbox One can exploit? And what does Sony need to do to keep the ball rolling so that they can stay on the path of success.

Kingdom Hearts III

Kingdom Hearts III

Well while Sony did win E3 2013 in a lot of people’s minds last year, one thing that is clearly evident is the lack of games. Now when I say “lack,” this doesn’t mean that Sony didn’t announce anything last year, it just wasn’t much that we know about. We had Destiny which comes out in a few months, The Order 1886, and Final Fantasy XV but the rest were games that either came out last year, or we still know little to nothing about. Sony did say last year that all of their big studios are working on games for the PS4, but if this year Sony’s job is simple…deliver. Sony made a lot of big promises to us of experiences we can only get on PS4 and it’s important that they show us what we can expect from now till 2015. Obviously bigger titles are almost guaranteed to come out next year but what’s in store for us this Fall on PS4? What games are coming that are really gonna wow us and make us have to have a Playstation 4 this holiday season? But Playstation 4 isn’t the only console they have to worry about; Playstation Vita is definitely in need of some love at this year’s E3.

Destiny

Destiny

Since the Vita’s release, there still haven’t been enough core games to really make that console shine. The console itself is still brilliant from a technological stand-point and if done correctly could actually out-do the 3DS, but good hardware is nothing without good software as Nintendo has proved time and time again. So this year, it’s finally time for Sony to give us a reason to buy a Vita aside from just the ability to play Indie games and ports. Another big thing that Sony is almost guaranteed to address is Playstation Now. If you are unaware, Playstation Now is a streaming service, in which you’ll be able to play Playstation 1, Playstation 2, and Playstation 3 games on your Playstation 4, Vita, and select TVs and mobile devices. The beta that started earlier this year just recently came to a close, and it’s due for release this Summer. That being said, I’m sure more news on this is coming and with the big deal backwards compatibility is to gamers, it could just be another reason for people to feel at ease about dropping the 400 bucks for a PS4 knowing the full library of Playstation titles is open to them.

Uncharted 4

Uncharted 4

So it’s clear whether it’s Sony, Nintendo, or Microsoft, the big thing that all of them have to do this year is show us the games. Last year was the time for the consoles to make their case, but this year it’s time for the games to sell us these consoles. For a lot of people, this E3 will decide what console they go with this generation, and in Sony’s case, they have the stage set to deliver, so all they have to do is show us the same big titles we have come to know from Sony as well as a bunch of new IPs as well. Of course, the big title we all hope to hear more about is Uncharted 4, especially with all the news of different parts of the development team leaving the project, making the state of that game a bit worrisome. But we also wanna see more of what was revealed last year in more detail and as well as new games to get excited about as well. Vita also has to bring it in a big way if they have any hopes of competing with the Nintendo 3DS. Still, with all that being said, this is an exciting time to be a gamer, because this year all three companies are competing for our love. And more so than loyalty to any of these companies we as gamers should let the games guide us to which console we find best. E3 2014 is drawing close, and you can count on El Mundo Tech to keep you posted on all the big reveals as they happen at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo.

Jack Tretton to say good-bye to Sony Computer Entertainment America after 19 years | Jack Tretton dirá adiós a Sony Computer Entertainment America tras 19 años

Jack Tretton / SCEA

Jack Tretton / SCEA

[EN]: Jack Tretton will be saying good-bye to the company he has worked for for 19 years. On March  31st, 2014, Tretton will be working for the last time at Sony Computer Entertainment America after years for being one of the persons responsible for the success of the PlayStation platform since the PlayStation 1. According to the press release, “this is a result of a mutual agreement between Mr. Tretton and SCEA not to renew their contractual relationship.”

“Working at SCEA for the past 19 years has been the most rewarding experience of my career,” said Tretton. “Although I will deeply miss the talented team at SCEA and the passion demonstrated every day by our fans, I’m very excited about starting the next chapter of my career. I want to thank the employees, partners and customers for their tireless commitment to the PlayStation brand and, of course, to our fans who have pushed us to new heights of innovation and entertainment over the past two decades. I leave PlayStation in a position of considerable strength and the future will only get brighter for PlayStation Nation.”

Shawn Layden, who currently works as Executive Vice President and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International, will take Tretton’s position, starting April 1st. During his 15 years at Sony, Layden has worked for SCE Worldwide Studios, and was one of the founding members of Sony Network Entertainment International.

Andrew House, President and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment, said: “I’ve worked with Jack for nearly two decades and I want to personally thank him for his leadership and the considerable contributions he’s made to the SCEA business and PlayStation brand over the years. I wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors. I also want to welcome Shawn to the Sony Computer Entertainment America team. I have the utmost confidence in Shawn’s leadership capabilities, and his deep knowledge of the gaming industry and commitment to gamers, will help keep PlayStation at the forefront of entertainment and innovative gameplay.”

“It’s an honor and privilege to join Sony Computer Entertainment America and be a part of the team that is leading the next generation of gaming and entertainment,” said Layden. “SCEA is committed to delivering breakthrough gaming experiences that inspire fans and exceed their wildest expectations. As PS4™ shows us every day, there has never been a better time to be part of the PlayStation community and I look forward to working with our retail, development, publishing and network partners to further demonstrate why PlayStation is the best place to play.”

[ES]: Jack Tretton estará diciendo adiós a la compañía que ha trabajado durante 19 años. El 31 de marzo de 2014, Tretton estará trabajando por última vez en Sony Computer Entertainment America, tras años de ser una de las personas responsables del éxito de la plataforma PlayStation desde el PlayStation 1. Según el comunicado de prensa, “este es el resultado de un acuerdo mutuo entre el Sr. Tretton y SCEA de no renovar su relación contractual”.

“Trabajar en SCEA durante los últimos 19 años ha sido la experiencia más gratificante de mi carrera”, dijo Tretton. “Aunque yo profundamente extrañaré al talentoso equipo de SCEA y la pasión demostrada cada día por nuestros aficionados, estoy muy contento de comenzar el próximo capítulo de mi carrera. Quiero agradecer a los empleados, socios y clientes por su incansable compromiso con la marca PlayStation y, por supuesto, a nuestros aficionados que nos han llevado a nuevos niveles de innovación y de entretenimiento en las últimas dos décadas. Me voy de PlayStation en una posición de fuerza considerable y el futuro sólo se hará más  brillante para PlayStation Nation”.

Shawn Layden, quien actualmente se desempeña como vicepresidente ejecutivo y COO de Sony Network Entertainment International, tomará la posición de Tretton a partir del 1ro de abril. Durante sus 15 años en Sony, Layden ha trabajado para SCE Worldwide Studios, y fue uno de los miembros fundadores de Sony Network Entertainment International.

“Es un honor y un privilegio unirse a Sony Computer Entertainment America y ser parte del equipo que lidera la próxima generación de juegos y entretenimiento”, dijo Layden . “SCEA se compromete a ofrecer experiencias de juegos innovadoras que inspiren a los fans y superen sus mayores expectativas. Como el PS4™ nos muestra todos los días, nunca ha habido un mejor momento para ser parte de la comunidad PlayStation y espero con interés trabajar con nuestros minoristas, desarrolladores, publicadores, y socios de red de seguir demostrando por qué PlayStation es el mejor lugar para jugar”.

[Source/Fuente]: SCEA.

Sony says au revoir to its Vaio PCs | Sony dirá adiós a sus Vaio PC

Sony Vaio

Sony Vaio

[EN]: Many companies, whether they are big or small, are facing hard times. One of those companies is Sony which earlier this morning announced it will be selling off its entire Vaio PC laptop brand to Japan Industrial Partners (JIP). Due to low demand of Vaio PCs, the company will now concentrate on mobile devices and tablets, TVs and its PlayStation brand. Over 5,000 people will be affected, among them 1,500 in Japan and 3,500 in other countries.

The new company will sell the Vaio PC brand starting in Japan first. For fans of Vaio PCs, Sony and JIP will continue offering warranties for users. Sony will not continue producing and selling PCs after the 2014 Spring lineup. For gamers, will Sony now make the Remote Play with PlayStation 3 software work on any PC instead of just with Vaio PCs?

[ES]: Varias empresas, ya sean grandes o pequeñas, se enfrentan a tiempos difíciles. Una de esas empresas es Sony, que esta mañana anunció que venderá por entero la marca de computadoras portátiles Vaio PC a la empresa Japón Industrial Partners (JIP). Debido a la baja demanda de las Vaio PC, la compañía ahora se concentrará en los dispositivos móviles y tabletas, televisores y su marca PlayStation. Más de 5.000 personas se verán afectadas, entre ellos 1.500 en Japón y 3.500 en otros países.

La nueva empresa venderá la marca Vaio PC comenzando en Japón primero. Para los fanáticos de los ordenadores Vaio, Sony y JIP seguirán ofreciendo garantías para los usuarios. Sony no va a seguir produciendo ni vendiendo las PC portátiles después de la línea de primavera de 2014. Para los jugadores, ¿hará Sony ahora que el software Remote Play with PlayStation 3 funcione con cualquier PC en lugar de sólo con las Vaio PC?

[Source/Fuente]: Sony.net: Sony Announces Plans to Address Reform of PC and TV Businesses [http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Press/201402/14-019E/index.html].

An old Nintendo World Championships cartridge sold for US$99,902 | | Se vende un viejo cartucho del Campeonato Mundial Nintendo a US$99,902

[EN]: It is one of the most-expensive cartridges from the 8-bit generation to buy nowdays, the Nintendo World Championship cartridge.

Today, someone with lots of money was lucky enough to buy such a cartridge on eBay for $99,902. The cartridge seems to be in good condition, except for the ripped label. It features some DIP switches used to select the time limit of the title.

The image shows a Sony chip in the grey cartridge, back then when Sony was making the sound chips for Nintendo 8-bit and 16-bit cartridges.

The bid for this 1990 cart started at US$4,999 yesterday. It is now the most expensive cartridge ever sold at US$99,902.

[ES]: Es uno de los cartuchos más caros de la generación 8-bit para comprar hoy en dia, el cartucho Campeonato Mundial de Nintendo.

Hoy en día, alguien con mucho dinero tuvo la suerte de comprar un cartucho de este tipo en eBay a US$99,902. El cartucho parece estar en buen estado, a excepción de la etiqueta rasgada. Cuenta con algunos interruptores DIP usados para escoger el tiempo límite del título.

La imagen muestra un chip de Sony en el cartucho de color gris, en ese entonces cuando Sony estaba haciendo los chips de sonido para los cartuchos de Nintendo de 8 bits y 16 bits.

La apuesta por este carro de 1990 comenzó a US$4.999 ayer. Ahora es el cartucho más caro jamás vendido en US$99.902.

Nintendo World Championships cartridge on eBay

Nintendo World Championships cartridge on eBay

Sony at CES 2014: PlayStation Now game streaming service announced | Anunciado el servicio de transmisión de juegos PlayStation Now

Sony @ CES 2014: PlayStation Now

Sony @ CES 2014: PlayStation Now

[EN]: Gamers have been disappointed by the lack of backward compatibility in the recently-released PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, but Sony has been working on a way to bring games not just to its newest console.

Sony announced Playstation Now, a new game streaming service that will be available officially in the US this summer. The service will deliver PS3 games to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 first, and later to the PlayStation Vita. The goal of PS Now is to let people play games in multiple devices, including tablets, smartphones, and most models of Sony’s Bravia TVs. Eventually, PS Now will arrive to non-PlayStation devices.

Basically, PS Now will offer two plans for the service: by renting titles, and by subscription. Many features offered in the PlayStation Network will also be supported, such as online multiplayer, messages and trophies. Starting at the end of January, Sony will start offering a closed beta access of PS Now in certain regions of the US.

Sony also mentioned 4.2 million PS4 consoles have been sold as of December 28, 2013.

[ES]: Los jugadores se han sentido decepcionados por la falta de compatibilidad con versiones anteriores de las consolas recientemente lanzadas PlayStation 4 y Xbox One, pero Sony ha estado trabajando en una manera de ofrecer juegos no sólo para su consola más nueva.

Sony anunció Playstation Now, un nuevo servicio de streaming (transmisión) de juegos que estará disponible oficialmente en los EE.UU. este verano. El servicio ofrecerá juegos de PS3 primero al PlayStation 4 y al PlayStation 3, y más tarde al PlayStation Vita. El objetivo de Playstation Now es dejar que la gente juegue juegos en múltiples dispositivos, incluyendo en tabletas, teléfonos inteligentes y la mayoría de los modelos de televisores Bravia de Sony. Más adelante, Playstation Now llegará a dispositivos que no sean de PlayStation.

Básicamente, Playstation Now ofrecerá dos planes para el servicio: por alquiler de títulos, y por suscripción. Muchas de las características ofrecidas en la red PlayStation Network también contarán con el apoyo , como multijugador en línea , mensajes y trofeos. A partir de finales de enero, Sony comenzará a ofrecer acceso de beta cerrado del PS Now en algunas regiones de los EE.UU.

Sony también mencionó que 4,2 millones de consolas PS4 se han vendido hasta el 28 de diciembre de 2013.

[Source/Fuente]: Sony Computer Entertainment America PR; PlayStation.Blog: Watch Live: Kaz Hirai’s CES 2014 Keynote [http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/01/07/playstation-now-streaming-game-service-coming-this-summer/].

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Sony: Over 1 million PS4 consoles sold in 24 hours | Más de un millón de consolas vendidas en 24 horas

PS4

PS4

[EN]: SCEA announced earlier today the company has sold over a million PlayStation 4 consoles in its first 24 hours of availability in the US and Canada.

Andrew House, President and Group CEO at Sony Computer Entertainment, said: “PS4 was designed with an unwavering commitment to gamers, and we are thrilled that consumer reaction has been so phenomenal. Sales remain very strong in North America, and we expect continued enthusiasm as we launch the PlayStation 4 in Europe and Latin America on November 29. We are extremely grateful for the passion of PlayStation fans and thank them for their continued support.”

Sony still has a few issues to overcome: the launch of Microsoft’s Xbox One is coming in five days, the high price of the PS4 in Brazil, and PS4 hardware/software problems (system update and “blue light of death”).

For now, Sony has something to be happy about: the most consoles sold during a launch in its history. The PlayStation 3 reached its first million consoles sold 50 days after its launch.

[ES]: Sony anunció el día de hoy que la compañía ha vendido más de un millón de consolas PlayStation 4 en sus primeras 24 horas de disponibilidad en los EE.UU. y Canadá.

Andrew House, presidente y director general de grupo de Sony Computer Entertainment, dijo: “El PS4 fue diseñado con un firme compromiso para los jugadores, y estamos encantados de que la reacción de los consumidores ha sido tan fenomenal. Las ventas siguen siendo muy firmes en América del Norte, y esperamos continuo entusiasmo al lanzar la PlayStation 4 en Europa y América Latina el 29 de noviembre. Estamos muy agradecidos por la pasión de los aficionados de PlayStation y les damos las gracias por su continuo apoyo”.

Sony todavía tiene algunos asuntos que superar: el lanzamiento del Xbox One de Microsoft viene en cinco días, el precio alto del PS4 en Brasil, y problemas hardware/software del PS4 (actualización del sistema y la “luz azul de la muerte”) .

Por ahora, Sony tiene algo para ser feliz: la mayoría de consolas vendidas durante un lanzamiento de su historia. El PlayStation 3 llegó a su primer millon de consolas vendidas tras 50 días de su estreno.

[Source/Fuente]: Sony: PlayStation®4 Sales Surpass 1 Million Units In North America In 24 Hours [http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/playstation4-sales-surpass-1-million-units-in-north-america-in-24-hours-232248401.html].