Quick Hits- Vita sales boosted by PS4, Ratchet and Clank hit mobile devices

ps vitaIt looks like Sony’s handheld is getting some sales help from its newest console brother. According to MCV magazine, sales of the Playstation Vita increased by 68 percent the week of the PS4 launch, and 65 percent the week after. Sony attributed the bump in sales to the new console, as the Vita can be used as a second screen for the PS4, though the company did not release any specific sales numbers. Senior project manager Ben Law said, “PS Vita sales wise we are continuing to see strong week-on-week growth since our latest campaign kicked in. The new TV advert went live this week and we’ve already seen amazing feedback from PS4 owners on the Remote Play feature, and the success of Tearaway highlights what a great proposition PS Vita is, either as a standalone device or as the perfect companion to PS4.” This is good news for the Sony handheld, which has been struggling since its release in 2011.

Android and iOS users have a new outlet to indulge their Ratchet & Clank fix. An infinite runner, titled Ratchet and Clank: Before the Nexus, was released today for the devices from Darkside Game Studio. The game tasks players with hopping over hazards and between grind rails as they collect bolts, the currency of the franchise. The two villains from the PS3’s Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus, Vendra and Neftin, make appearances in the game as well. If players sync their mobile device with their PSN accounts any raritanium collected in Before the Nexus can be used to upgrade weapons in Into the Nexus. The game is free on Google Play and on the iTunes App Store.

The spiritual successor to the 2010 release from Press Play, Max & The Magic Marker, will be hitting the Xbox One. On December 20 (tomorrow), Max: The Curse of Brotherhood makes its debut on Microsoft’s newest console. The game has Max taking a trip to a fantastical world where his brother has been accidentally banished, and will retail for 14.99(USD).

Killzone: Shadow Fall’s multiplayer will be free to PS4 owners who are also PS+ members later this month, from December 28-31. The multilayer component will be free to play on those dates, and players who wish to join in can begin preloading now to avoid long wait times at the end of the month. The download is substantial at 38.5GB, and contains both multiplayer and single-player content, though the single-player will only be accessible if you purchase the game. Shadow Fall is also getting a new update as well, and includes the addition of in-game voice chat. New maps are also being released by Guerrilla Games in an attempt “to ensure that the community grows without fragmenting, ” according to game director Steven Ter Heide.

That’s it for now. Stay tuned for more news. Til next time…

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

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