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Sony pull release of Playstation 4 until a later date in China.
The console was scheduled to launch on January 11 alongside the PS Vita, however Sony has blamed ‘various factors’ for the delay of the consoles, that are now without a release date.
A source at Reuters claims the ‘prolonged negotiations’ with Chinese authorities have contributed to the decision. Sony are said to be working with a local company known as OPCD (Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group) to bring its machines to the country, following a ban of 14 years on foreign consoles.
It’s Christmas time and no festive season would be complete without the obligatory Christmas post. Rather than do your typical best in-game Santa Clause or top ten Christmas games, I thought I would try something just a little different.
I thought I would show you the best Christmas PlayStation ads, and being the 20th anniversary, it would also be a kind of celebration of all things PlayStation. Well, at least that was the idea until I remembered that this is PlayStation we’re dealing with. Not really ones for following the crowd when it comes to advertising. David Lynch’s ‘The Third Place’ anyone?
So even with the mighty Google as my tool of choice to bring you these adverts, Christmas specific PlayStation ads are few and far between. I did mange to find a bunch of PS One adverts, One PS3 advert (which is actually for FIFA) ad one PS4 advert.
However something I did discover while searing these adverts is something quite interesting, at least for me, and I can’t believe I didn’t spot it before. You know at the end of PlayStation 4 adverts it has that weird voice that says “PlayStation” well that actually comes from the end of the original PlayStation One adverts. How about that?
Anyways back to the subject at hand. The best (worst) PlayStation Christmas adverts, in no particular order.
1.This first advert is probably as normal as you’re likely to get for a PlayStation advert. A family arguing over Christmas dinner, all seems pretty standard, that is until Crash Bandicoot, Lara Croft and Sweet Tooth come barging in.
2. This next advert starts off well enough, but then it all goes a bit weird when the agent from S.A.P.S pops up from behind the tree and tries to sell you a stick, with a jingle and everything. This was a long running Campaign for PlayStation back in the day. S.A.P.S Society Against PlayStation.
3. Now things start to get really weird. This is part of a series of adverts that appeared in Japan. This one features a man in a rather dramatic lunge pose. The ad goes on to show his mundane life. But all is saved when Crash and Parappa turn up in a boat. Due to my very limited Japanese skills, I assume it’s meant to represent that no matter what life throws at you, there is always PlayStation.
4. The next in the Japanese series of Christmas ads is similar to the one above, only this time featuring kids. It makes even less sense than the previous one, but also makes less sense as Crash makes an appearance with Wham belting out ‘Last Christmas’. Strange.
5. The final advert in this series, or at least the last one I could find (or bare) is again similar to the above two, this time featuring a girl, neon lights, and a broken plate. It all sounds rather grim, but there again are Parappa and Crash to the save the day, with Wham playing to give that Christmas cheer.
6. Ok so now we’re starting to get into the realms of normality, this Christmas advert for FIFA 13 features Santa Claus, a christmas tree and some jingle sounds. That’s all you need for a Christmas advert right? Nope you need a huge dollop of Lionel Messi to complete the crimble scene. Obvs.
7.Lastly we have come all the way to the PlayStation 4, perhaps the most ‘traditional’ Christmas advert for PlayStation. It’s a take on the old song ’12 days of Christmas’ but of course using gaming terms and PS4 games to replace the usual lyrics. It works kind of well.
Well, when it comes to PlayStation Christmas advertising, it certainly is slim pickings. I’m sure there are some retailer specific adverts that probably stick to more rigid Christmas guidelines which I have missed (or couldn’t find). However, you all know Sony by now and should expect nothing less than odd from the makers of our favourite console.
Sony is pulling out all the stops to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Playstation brand and the latest homage to the system that started it all is a PS1 themed PS4. This absolutely stunning console is going on sale (in the US) starting at the Playstation Experience in Las Vegas December 6th. It’ll be available for purchase in Japan starting tonight for 49,800 yen via the Sony Store. Starting on December 6th it’ll be available for pre-order for customers in the US and Europe. The system–which is limited to 12,300 units–will run US folk $499 and EU folk €499.
Also Happy 20th Birthday Playstation.Playstation JP via Kotaku]
We’ve not had a good old-fashioned teaser trailer for some time now, so it’s good news then that Sony has decided to release one called ‘Emagon’
As is the case with most teaser trailers, there’s not a damn thing in it that reveals what Sony could be hiding up their sleeve. The good news is there’s not long to wait as the big reveal is set for 5 December.
Here’s what the Spanish PlayStation blog has to say about it all (translated)
20 years. It’s a lot of time. Look around you and see everything you’ve obtained. You’ve ruled in infinite places, you’ve conquered and freed. You’ve built and destroyed. You’ve been the light against the darkness. However, this time is different. This time, it’s real. For the first time, your actions have real consequences. They need your help. I know you can hear them. The power to change things is in your hands.”
EMAGON – Discover the first trailer of Playstation’s best hidden secret!
As you know, PlayStation is 20 years old this week. This is a very special day for us, as we never thought we’d get this far when we released our beloved PSone back in 1994. So we want to offer something for the occasion.
However, to know what it is, you’ll have to wait. Above, you can see a mysterious trailer labeled ‘EMAGON’ and a date: December 5. That day, you will know our best kept secret.
So what could it be, if it’s something to do with the 20th anniversary, then I hope it’s a game that features a level from every PlayStation game released to date. That’s never going to happen so let us know your thoughts below. In the meantime, check out the mysterious trailer.
Man, has it already been 20 years since the original Playstation launched in Japan? In short–yes. Sony’s hugely successful gaming brand has been with us for two decades and has changed the way we feel about, interact, and enjoy games in unspeakable ways. Cheers to you Sony and here’s to another 20.
After you watch the video share with us your favorite Playstation moments–old and new–in the comments below.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4KW0OBCtz4] [source: Playstation 20 via Polygon]