PlayStation Plus Price Increases Starting In September


Starting on September 22, 2016, prices for PlayStation Plus memberships will change to $59.99 USD/ $69.99 CAD for twelve months and $24.99 USD/$29.99 CAD for three months. The monthly plan will change to $11.99 CAD in Canada, and remain $9.99 USD in the U.S. If you are a current member, the new prices will take effect if your membership renews on or after this date.

New PlayStation 4 "Slim" Leaked


Sony has scheduled a media event for September 7th where the company is expected to unveil an upgraded version of the PlayStation 4 – sadly for Sony, the tech world will focus on a different company that day. A fresh report says that the Japanese tech giant has actually two new gaming consoles in the works, and a leak shows us the first images with one of them.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Sony will unveil a new standard PS4 model in early September alongside the high-end version PlayStation 4 Neo we’ve been waiting for. The standard model will be slimmer and lighter than the current PS4 console, which has already been discontinued. Apparently, Sony has cut production of the PS4 ahead of the September news conference where its PlayStation business will be the star of the show.

Sony already confirmed in June that a high-end PS4 Neo was on the way, but did not reveal that it also planned to refresh the standard model.

Macquarie Securities analyst Damian Thong told the Journal that the new standard model should be slimmer and less expensive, expecting the price of the new console to go below $350. The slimmed down PS4 model should compete directly against the redesigned Xbox One S.


The Journal’s report seems to be confirmed by leaked images (above) that show what appears to be a slimmer PS4 model, as spotted in an online auction, which is now removed.



Destiny: Xur Location & Inventory - Aug 19th Through 21st


Xur has returned to Destiny to give you another chance to spend all those Strange Coins you’ve been hoarding.


You will find Xur in the "Reef"
you can trade with him until 5am eastern on Sunday, August 21st 2016.



This is what you can buy this weekend:
  • Helm of Saint-14 [Exotic Titan Helmet] – 13 Strange Coins 
  • Bones of Eao [Exotic Hunter Leg] – 13 Strange Coins 
  • Voidfang Vestments [Exotic Warlock Chest] – 13 Strange Coins 
  • Exotic Engram [Exotic Gauntlets] – 19 Strange Coins 
  • Invective [Exotic Shotgun] – 17 Strange Coins 
  • Glass Needles (x3) – 3 Strange Coins, 3 Motes of Light, & 1 Exotic Shard
  • Legacy Engram [HELMET] – 29 Strange Coins [Will ALWAYS Be Year 1 Content]
  • Three of Coins (x5) – 7 Strange Coins
  • Mote of Light – 2 Strange Coins
  • CURIOS – Emerald Coil, Plasma Drive, Void DriveStealth Drive, Heavy Ammo Synthesis (x3)


Destiny: The Collection Has Finally Been Announced


Activision and Bungie have announced Destiny: The Collection, a collection for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One including Destiny and expansions Expansion I: The Dark Below, Expansion II: House of Wolves, The Taken King, and the upcoming Rise of Iron all on one disc for $59.99. It’s due out alongside Rise of Iron on September 20.

The collection will also include a Level 40 Character Boost, and pre-orders will include the black-and-silver “Iron Gjallarhorn Rocket Launcher” for use in the game.

For players who have already started playing Destiny on a last-gen system, referred to by Bungie as a "legacy" console, they can upgrade to The Collection for $40, but only until January 31, 2017. This discounted upgrade is only offered digitally and if you own The Taken King. Your character will thankfully move forward with you, but you cannot switch platform families.


PlayStation 4 System Update 4.00 Sneak Peek


UI Refresh

We’ve made a lot of adjustments and improvements to PS4’s main user interface. That includes some changes you may notice right away, like new system backgrounds and a revised What’s New tab, to smaller changes like updated popup notifications and redesigned system icons. As a whole, it all adds up to a more refined and easy to use UI. The overall look and feel of the UI remains the same — it just has a fresh coat of paint.

Quick Menu

As you know, pressing and holding the PS button on your DualShock 4 brings up the Quick Menu. We’ve overhauled this menu to make it faster and easier to use. One big change is that the menu now only covers a portion of the screen, meaning you don’t need to leave gameplay entirely.

We’ve added several new items to the Quick Menu, letting you quickly get info without having to back to the home screen. You can see the online status of your friends, and shortcuts to quickly access your Party, Favorite Groups, Communities, and more. You can also customize the Quick Menu, removing or adding items as you see fit.

Share Menu

We’ve given a similar overhaul to the Share Menu, which appears once you press the Share button on your DualShock 4. Like the Quick Menu, it only covers a portion of the screen. It will save the last social network you shared video clips or screenshots to, making the process of sharing a screenshot or video a bit faster and more streamlined.

You can also upload longer video clips to Twitter (was 10 seconds, now up to 140 seconds).

Folders & Library Organization

One of the big requests we get is for more options to organize content on PS4. With this update, we’re adding functionality to create folders on PS4’s content launcher and Library. This will help collect your favorite games and select apps in one place for quick and easy access.

We’re also making some pretty big changes to the Library. We’ve added a new tab called Purchased, which will show all of the content you own — games, applications, demos, and betas you’ve participated in. As a result, the Games and Applications tabs focus on content currently installed on your system. This should help de-clutter your library, and make it faster to find the content you’re looking for.

There are some new sorting tools for your Library as well. You’ll be able to sort content by purchase date or install status, and search for specific games and apps via text input.

Trophy Improvements

This update brings the ability to view the Trophy offline. You’ll see a new “offline mode” option if your system is unable to connect to the network, letting you view your entire Trophy collection without an Internet connection.

We’ve also added a button that will let you view the content of a Hidden Trophy. The Trophy will still be hidden by default, but you can now choose to show the Trophy name and info.

Lastly, we’re changing the icons that show how rare a Trophy is. Instead of four boxes that fill, the icon looks like a pyramid with the ultra-rare Trophies at the top.

User Profile

We’ve updated the look of the User Profile, making it easier to see relevant info for a player at-a-glance. For instance, you can now see your Trophy progress compared with another player right from their profile. You can also add a background image to your own profile — perhaps a screenshot you took in one of your favorite games.

Destiny: Xur Location & Inventory - Aug 12th Through 14th


Xur has returned to Destiny to give you another chance to spend all those Strange Coins you’ve been hoarding.


You will find Xur in the "Tower" by the Speaker  
you can trade with him until 5am eastern on Sunday, August 14th 2016.



This is what you can buy this weekend:
  • The Taikonaut [Exotic Titan Helmet] – 13 Strange Coins 
  • Young Ahamkara's Spine [Exotic Hunter Gauntlets] – 13 Strange Coins 
  • Starfire Protocol [Exotic Warlock Chest] – 13 Strange Coins 
  • Exotic Engram [Exotic Gauntlets] – 19 Strange Coins 
  • Super Good Advice [Exotic Machine Gun] – 23 Strange Coins 
  • Glass Needles (x3) – 3 Strange Coins, 3 Motes of Light, & 1 Exotic Shard
  • Legacy Engram [SPECIAL] – 31 Strange Coins [Will ALWAYS Be Year 1 Content]
  • Three of Coins (x5) – 7 Strange Coins
  • Mote of Light – 2 Strange Coins
  • CURIOS – Emerald Coil, Plasma Drive, Void Drive, Stealth Drive, Heavy Ammo Synthesis (x3)

Destiny: Xur Location & Inventory - Aug 5th Through 7th


Xur has returned to Destiny to give you another chance to spend all those Strange Coins you’ve been hoarding.


You will find Xur in the "Tower" by the Speaker 
you can trade with him until 5am eastern on Sunday, August 7th 2016.



This is what you can buy this weekend:
  • No Backup Plans [Exotic Titan Arms] – 13 Strange Coins 
  • Graviton Forfeit [Exotic Hunter Helmet] – 13 Strange Coins 
  • Apotheosis Veil [Exotic Warlock Helmet] – 13 Strange Coins 
  • Exotic Engram [Exotic Gauntlets] – 19 Strange Coins 
  • Zhalo Supercell [Exotic Auto Rifle] – 23 Strange Coins 
  • Glass Needles (x3) – 3 Strange Coins, 3 Motes of Light, & 1 Exotic Shard
  • Legacy Engram [PRIMARY] – 29 Strange Coins [Will ALWAYS Be Year 1 Content]
  • Three of Coins (x5) – 7 Strange Coins
  • Mote of Light – 2 Strange Coins
  • CURIOS – Emerald Coil, Plasma Drive, Void DriveStealth Drive, Heavy Ammo Synthesis (x3)

More News On Destiny: Rise of Iron


Destiny: Rise of Iron is around the corner with its Sept. 20 release date for both the PS4 and the Xbox One. With the expansion rapidly approaching, new details are emerging regarding changes and enhancements coming to the shared-world shooter’s current mechanics. One of the elements fans are dying to know more about is the various progression systems.

For the most part, Rise of Iron will be keeping with the status quo Destiny put forth in The Taken King. According to Game Informer, the level cap will remain at 40 and the way you reach that level will be unchanged. However, the Light Level cap will see an initial jump to 385 from the current 335 limit. Some time down the line, the Light Level will further increase to 400 when the new raid, Wrath of the Machine, gets its Hard Mode. (Note the new raid releases 3 days after the launch of the Rise of Iron so you will have 3 days to get your team ready.)

On top of the regular level and Light progression that fans are used to, the new expansion will also be introducing its own Record Book. This menu tracks your progress through the latest expansion and holds rewards for players who reach specific percentages of completion. In the book, players will find challenges that can help them unlock emblems, armor, weapons, and more.

Of course, the Rise of Iron Record Book won’t be the only way to earn new gear. Bungie will be introducing new weapons, armor sets, and Artifacts for all tiers as prizes for progression in the Iron Banner, Trials of Osiris, Archon’s Forge, and other events.

Bungie revealed that on top of the usual Artifacts players have already grown accustomed to, the studio will be introducing eight brand new “class agnostic” ones into the fold. Each of these new Artifacts will represent one of the fallen Lords of Iron including the likes of Felwinter and Jolder.

Unlike their peers, these new pieces of gear must be obtained through a new NPC named Tyra Karn. When you’re ready to start collecting, she will provide you quests to complete in the Plaguelands (Rise of Iron’s new area) to earn the favor of the Lords of Iron through mighty deeds done in their memory. Once complete, players will earn Iron Lords’ Legacy, an item that can be traded to Tyra Karn for a new Artifact. Collecting them all won’t be so quick, though, as she will only have three to choose from per week, and it’s not clear how many will rotate out during reset. According to Bungie, players an expect to collect all eight over the course of as many weeks.

They seem to definitely be worth the effort, though, as each one will provide a “game-changing ability” that represents the Lord of Iron the Artifact is related to. One example given was that of Jolder. She was a brute who had no issue charging into battle head-first, so her specific Artifact eliminates the sprint recharge. There will be other special perks such making enemies fight for you after a melee attack, trading your super for better stats and more grenades, and other boons of that nature.

Bungie shared that you will be able to equip these Artifacts alongside an exotic, so no need to choose between one or the other, as well as any subclass. This is meant to add more variety for your builds so you can further fine-tune your play style.

Bungie admitted to Game Informer that they want to be more “upfront and open” when it comes to sharing what is in store for Destiny beyond just what is up next. Author Matt Miller got the sense that the team wants to “move toward more clear communication about subsequent content drops.” Exciting stuff if you’re a forward looking Destiny fan.

That move towards transparency got started a little bit today. Bungie told Game Informer that after Rise of Iron is released, they are planning to bring back two popular events from late last year; Festival of the Lost and Sparrow Racing League. Festival of the Lost should be similar, but will feature new masks and some “other surprises.”

Bungie hinted that Sparrow Racing League will be a little different this time around. Apparently, Bungie received feedback about the event from people who didn’t enjoy racing. So SRL will return, with some new Rise of Iron themed tracks, but Bungie also wants to find a way to tie some non-racing related activities into the event. That way people who aren’t fond of racing can find something to get excited about.

If you were a fan of these events, you’re in luck. If you are hoping to learn more about Destiny’s more distant future such as Destiny 2, you’ll have to wait a little longer unfortunately.

Click here to view some Destiny: Rise of Iron photos.

Destiny: Rise of Iron comes out on Sept. 20 for PS4 & Xbox One.