Is Cyberpunk fixed?
News and opinion about video games, television, movies and the internet. Just over six months after Sony removed Cyberpunk 2077 from the PlayStation store after its disastrous launch, the game has been restored and is available for purchase once again. ForbesSony Reluctantly Brings ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ Back To The PlayStation Store, So Is It Fixed?
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A PS5 restock is slated for Wednesday, June 23. Just as Prime Day deals come to an end, Sony Direct will have an invite-only PS5 restock. Tom's GuidePS5 restock update: Track on Twitter, Walmart, Best Buy and more
Let’s start our day with a little bit of hope, shall we? I’ll cuddle up with any rumour that suggests that PlayStation samurai sim Ghost Of Tsushima could be on its way to the PC, and the faint wisps of a rumour storm started to gather last night. The game’s official box art has dropped the "only on PlayStation" branding. Could it be? Is it possible? All signs point to mayyyyyyybe-ish-but-probably-not. Eh, I’ll take it.
The tattle sprung up on the ‘Gaming Leaks And Rumours’ subreddit, where the box art was spotted sans PlayStation branding. Poster Dinov_ said: "Just noticed that Ghost Of Tsushima removed the Only on PlayStation logo on the box art. Looks [like] it just got uploaded today for Amazon Prime Day. Horizon Zero Dawn and Days Gone both got reprints to remove the logo after the games went to PC."
Good enough for me! I’ve deleted my System 32 folder to make room for… what’s that, Katharine? Stop doing what?
The rest of the world might want to wait for a bit, and definitely not delete their System 32 folder. It was also pointed out on Reddit that this is a pattern of rebranding that’s occurred since the launch of the PS5, and it’s part of the new template that Sony has adopted for their box art. But I’ve never been one to let reality get in the way of some old fashioned hope, and I’ve been longing for an open world samurai game since bouncing pretty hard off of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
Sony continues to tease a stronger relationship with the PC. Just yesterday they were talking up how Bloodborne was the most played game on the PC on their subscription streaming service, PSNow. There’s plenty of evidence that we’d swallow a Bloodborne port in one bite and ask for seconds.
We know they’re bringing Uncharted 4 to the PC, and we already have Days Gone, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Death Stranding. I remain eternally hopeful that I’ll one day be sat watching Steam download the slashy classic.
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Back in December 2020, just a week after the controversial launch of CD Projekt RED’s Cyberpunk 2077, Microsoft had opened up its refund policy for the game, where it offered full refunds to players. At the time, the company said that the expanded policy would continue to be in effect “until further notice”.
However, according to a new update on the company’s support page for game refunds, this full refund policy is set to come to an end early next month. Microsoft has cited the developer’s continued work on the RPG as the company’s decision to return to its regular refund policy.
“The team at CD Projekt RED continues to work hard to improve the experience of Cyberpunk 2077 for Xbox players and has made a number of updates,” the tech giant said. “Given these updates, Microsoft will be returning to our standard digital game refund policy for Cyberpunk 2077 on July 6 for both new and existing purchases.”
Under Microsoft’s normal refund policy, the sale of all digital games are “considered final”, although players can request a refund under “extenuating circumstances”. Microsoft will then determine if a user is eligible to receive a refund, based on “a variety of factors like time since date of purchase, time since release and use of the product”.
Microsoft’s decision to end its extended refund policy for Cyberpunk 2077 comes hot on the heels of Sony’s decision to relist the futuristic RPG for sale on the PlayStation store. However, the game’s PSN product page features a notice that the game is “not recommended” for PS4 consoles.
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23 June, 2021 - 12:43am
While Sony does not comment on restocks, keep in mind that at times the company has shipped PS5 units to retailers early. In the past, we’ve seen orders fulfilled in a day or two after going up for sale and it’s likely that we may see some of this play out again. This would make a first week of July range essentially a guideline of sorts for retail on what to tell customers and how to keep their expectations in check.
Interestingly, quantities for this PS5 restock are on the lower side. Our sources tell us that game stores have got fewer consoles versus the last two restocks in May. Perhaps Sony is still assessing the ongoing lockdown scenario in the country due to covid-19 before ensuring wider availability.
The PS5 India restock pre-order time is 12pm much like past efforts. This follows IGN India’s report stating that the PS5 would be available for pre-order again this month. Sony has told stores not to force buyers to purchase additional games or accessories along with their PS5.
Expect it to be available on Amazon and Flipkart as well as Vijay Sales. You can check out the full list of stores right here. There’s a list of retailers to avoid buying your PS5 from as well, based on IGN reader feedback.
PS5 sales could go beyond the original PlayStation's record of 22.6 million units sold in a year with help from female gamers and opportunity markets
23 June, 2021 - 12:00am
A combination of a Sony Investor Relations Day that took place at the end of May and a recent shareholder general meeting has revealed the company’s grand plans for the PlayStation 5. While it appears the giant Japanese company has accepted fiscal year 2021 might not challenge overall sales records due to the well-documented issues with chip shortages and console stock, it has targeted FY22 (12 months up to March 31, 2023) as a potentially record-breaking year for the PS5.
According to a slide provided by Sony (see below), the original PlayStation has the fiscal year record in terms of units sold, with a figure of 22.6 million. While the successor consoles were no sales slouches, with both the PS2 and PS4 hitting the 20-million mark and beyond, Sony wants even more from the PS5. Judging by the bedlam that occurs every time a retailer announces (or doesn’t even announce) the presence of PS5 stock, it seems reasonable to believe that as long as the supply is in place the demand is unlikely to fall.
On top of relying on loyal PS1 gamers who have grown up with Sony’s consoles and have made a PS4 or PS5 purchase, the firm is also eyeing up assistance from female gamers and opportunity markets. Console ownership among females for the PS1 stood at 18% but rose to a more equal 41% for the PS4/PS5. Markets beyond North America, Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand are also providing additional sales, with gamers in Latin America, Africa, and Asia helping lift revenue proportion figures from 1% in FY00 to +10% by FY20.
Sony realizes gaming is a truly gender-free global pastime and is enjoying worldwide brand recognition for PlayStation at a level that matches well-known names such as Amazon and Honda. The figure for Year 1 sell-in units for the PS5 was 7.8 million, beating all other PlayStation consoles before it (PS4: 7.6 million). Sony Interactive Entertainment chief Jim Ryan told Wired that PS5 production was to be ramped up this summer, so if the company has the units in place when FY22 begins in April of next year, PS5 sales should easily top the +14.8 million sales figure targeted for FY21.
23 June, 2021 - 12:00am
Sony and PlayStation have updated the box art for Sucker Punch Productions’ Ghost of Tsushima. The new box art advertises the game’s multiplayer, but more interestingly, it also removes the “Only on PlayStation” banner that sits above the game’s box art. The new box art was spotted at Amazon and PlayStation Direct and was first reported on by VGChronicle. You can still view the original box art on this product page for reference.
Sony previously removed the “Only on Branding” branding for Days Gone and Horizon Zero Dawn, which were the first of Sony’s first-party games to be ported to PC. The change could be a sign that Ghost of Tsushima will be the next game Sony opts to release on PC. PlayStation Studios Head Hermen Hulst has previously said Sony will continue to release games on PC “at the right times.”
This doesn’t necessarily mean anything, however, as Sony has not used the “Only on PlayStation” branding for games that are both on PS4 and PS5, such as Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Sackboy: A Big Adventure. The publisher has dropped the branding entirely for more recent releases like Demon’s Souls and Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart. Still, it’s interesting to speculate.
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22 June, 2021 - 05:50pm
PS4 may be losing one of its biggest exclusive games. Recently, Sony Interactive Entertainment has started to bring some of its exclusives to PS4. It's already done this with Horizon Zero Dawn, Detroit: Become Human, and Days Gone, and the expectation is it will continue to do this. In fact, one of its biggest exclusive series in the past -- MLB The Show -- is now on Xbox. Suffice to say, the term "PlayStation exclusive" doesn't carry as much weight as it used to, which brings us to today.
This morning, speculation that Ghost of Tsushima is coming to PC started to make the rounds, thanks to Amazon. For a reason not yet clear, Amazon has updated its box art for Ghost of Tsushima. The new box art features a variety of changes that aren't very substantial, but what's noteworthy is that the "Only on PlayStation" watermark is gone.
At the moment of publishing, Sony hasn't announced the game for PC, but it's possible Amazon knows something we don't know. Whatever the case, the change is enough to have PlayStation fans curious about what's going on.
Of course, PlayStation and Amazon could squash the speculation with a comment or clarification or explanation, but right now, both parties are remaining silent. And we don't expect this to change, for a variety of reasons. That said, if it does, we will be sure to update the story accordingly.
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