PSN: Another game sale live - over 200 deals for PS4 & PS5 for the weekend

PSN: Another game sale live - over 200 deals for PS4 & PS5 for the weekend


The next sale has gone live at PSN: Sony is starting the weekend with further game deals for PS4 and PS5. A look at the website shows: The PlayStation Store attracts with more than 200 new offers. Games from all possible genres are waiting for you, the list is extensive. In the deal you will discover Just Cause 4 Gold Edition (11.99 euros), Skully (7.49 euros), Mega Man 11 (14.99 euros), Life is Strange 2 - Complete Season (13.10 euros), Yakuza Kiwami 2 (8.99 euros), Yakuza Zero (8.99 euros), Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (8.99 euros) and Valkyria Chronicles 4 (13.49 euros).

Added There are deals on games like Unravel Two (4.99 euros), Dirt Rally 2.0 (8.99 euros), F1 2019 (5.99 euros), Erica (4.99 euros), God of War (9.99 euros) and Rage 2 (14.79 euros). We have put together a selection of the current offers in the PlayStation Store for you below. You can find the deals as usual in the PlayStation Store - either in your browser or directly on your console.

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PSN: Games sale for the weekend - over 100 deals for PS4 & PS5 live

Shortly before the weekend, Sony is enticing with another PSN sale: There are over 100 new game deals in the PlayStation Store went online. var lstExcludedArticleTicker = '1380659,1380552,1380496,1380221'; The current offers are online until October 14th, i.e. for just under two weeks. Anyone with an active PS Plus membership will receive selected offers with an additional discount. Please note the information on the product pages. Also take a look at our price comparison before buying to keep an eye out for potentially more attractive deals. The blockbuster sale on PSN went online at the beginning of the week. The current deal of the week followed on Wednesday.

PSN Sale: Selection of the new game deals

A Way Out (8.99 euros) Beyond Two Souls (14.99 euros) Burnout Paradise (€ 7.99) Dirt Rally 2.0 (€ 8.99) Erica (€ 4.99) F1 2019 (€ 5.99) God of War (€ 9.99) Heavy Rain (€ 14.99) Just Cause 4 Gold Edition (11.99 euros) Life is Strange 2 - Complete Season (13.10 euros) Mega Man 11 (14.99 euros) Overcooked (3.19 euros) Project Cars 2 (10.49 euros) Rage 2 ( 14.79 euros) Resident Evil 4 (7.99 euros) Skully (7.49 euros) Star Wars Battlefront 2 (5.99 euros) Star Wars Battlefront Ultimate Edition (3.99 euros) Unravel Two (4.99 euros) Valkyria Chronicles 4 (13.49 euros) Vaporum (8.99 euros) Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (8.99 euros) Yakuza Kiwami 2 (8.99 euros) Yakuza Zero (8.99 euros)

PS4 consoles will still be playable long after PSN has died, thanks to this major update

A video game console smashes through a brick wall.Enlarge / Sony's latest PS4 system update fixes a problem with the internal battery that would have eventually caused all consoles to be bricked.

PlayStation owners wanting to preserve their PS4 libraries well into the future can breathe a sigh of relief, as the system's latest firmware update reportedly fixes a time bomb found inside every console.

Recently confirmed via tests by Modern Vintage Gamer, an unforeseen perk of the PS4's system software update version 9.00 appears to have nullified an authentication communication between the system's internal clock and the PlayStation Network. This had been a security measure that, when failed on both sides, prevented any PS4 software, digital or physical, from playing at all. For anyone concerned about being able to play PS4 games (like, say, Hideo Kojima's terrifying P.T., a delisted proof-of-concept demo for the cancelled Silent Hills) long after PSN support for the system has been shuttered, this is great news.

The problem is the PS4's CMOS battery, which fits into the hardware's motherboard and is used to internally track the date and time, even when there's no power. If that battery is removed for replacement or just dies, the system can't properly track the real-world calendar. This forces the PS4 to reconnect to PSN to establish the correct time—a routine check that happens every time you try to play a digital or physical game. So what would happen, pre-update, if you had a dead-battery PS4 that isn't connected to the Internet? That time check with PSN couldn't be completed, meaning any games wouldn't play.

In his video, MVG founder Dimitris Giannakis ran tests to verify rumblings on Twitter that the CMOS problem had indeed been fixed. To do so, he attempted to start a digital copy of 2018's God of War after removing the CMOS from a base PS4 that was running older firmware and was disconnected from the Internet, which failed. Next, he updated the console to the 9.00 firmware and then disconnected it from the Internet before testing that game and a disc copy of 2018's Shadow of the Colossus with the CMOS battery still removed. Both games started and ran without issues, although Giannakis did note that his trophy data for God of War had been reset.

AdvertisementSonyEnlarge / Sony's official firmware patch notes for its latest update oddly make no mention of a system-bricking CMOS battery fix.

This isn't the first time Ars has reported on this looming threat, which still affects PS3 hardware even after the PS4 update has fixed it for that console. In March, Sony announced initial plans to shut down its online storefronts for PS3, PSP, and Vita. Word soon spread on social media that dying CMOS batteries—which have an average lifespan of 10 to 20 years—would eventually brick all PS4s after Sony inevitably discontinues PSN service for the console. The company reversed course on closing its PS3 and Vita stores in April after significant backlash, with Sony Interactive Entertainment head Jim Ryan saying in a statement, 'It's clear that we made the wrong decision here.'

Other console-makers each have their own methods of addressing legacy platform gaming. Xbox Series X has a similar-but-different drawback, in that some offline, disc-based Xbox One titles require a one-time online check to finish installing on Microsoft's latest hardware, something Microsoft has yet to address. On a related note, the total roster of available backward-compatible titles for Xbox One and the original Xbox is also missing a number of games. Nintendo meanwhile has a history of shutting down older storefronts and online services once their hardware is phased out of production.

While Sony's official patch notes for the 9.00 update strangely make no mention of the CMOS fix, that lack of mention may point to a change in its attitude about PlayStation's legacy platforms. With PS5's backward-compatibility limited (so far) to PS4 titles and in the absence of a major overhaul to its PS Now streaming library of games, taking the step to push an update that nixes the CMOS issue on PS3 as well would be a welcome shift.

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