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The Sims 4 Now FREE To Play On PC, PS4, Xbox!

The Sims 4 : Now FREE To Play On PC, PS4, Xbox!

The Sims 4 is now completely FREE to play on Windows and Mac (Steam, EA, Origin), as well as PlayStation and Xbox consoles!

Here is what you need to know…

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The Sims 4

Unleash your imagination and create a unique world of Sims that’s an expression of you. Download for free, and customize every detail from Sims to homes and much more.

Choose how Sims look, act, and dress, then decide how they’ll live out each day. Design and build incredible homes for every family, then decorate with your favorite furnishings and décor.

Travel to different neighborhoods where you can meet other Sims and learn about their lives. Discover beautiful locations with distinctive environments and go on spontaneous adventures.

Manage the ups and downs of Sims’ everyday lives, and see what happens when you play out scenarios from your own real life. Tell your stories your way while developing relationships, pursuing careers and life aspirations, and immersing yourself in this extraordinary game, where the possibilities are endless.

 

The Sims 4 : Now FREE To Play On PC, PS4 + Xbox!

On 18 October 2022, Electronic Arts (EA) made The Sims 4 completely free to play on Windows and Mac (Steam, EA, Origin), as well as PlayStation and Xbox consoles!

Steam for Windows

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the The Sims 4 page.
  3. Click on the Play Game button to add it to your Steam account.
    You can choose to install it now, or postpone the installation.

EA App for Windows

  1. Download and install the EA app for Windows.
  2. Create and log into your EA account.
  3. Search for “The Sims 4” and add it to your Library.

Origin for Mac

  1. Download and install the Origin app for Mac
  2. Create and log into your EA account.
  3. Search for “The Sims 4” and add it to your Library.

PlayStation

  1. Log into your existing PlayStation account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the The Sims 4 page. If it fails to load, search for “The Sims 4” in the PlayStation Store.
  3. Click on the Add to Library button to add it to your PlayStation account.

Adding To Microsoft Xbox Account

  1. Log into your existing Xbox account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the The Sims 4 page.
  3. Click on the Get button to add it to your Microsoft account.

 

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Why Sony Hiked PlayStation 5 Prices Globally!

Sony just gave everyone a “nice” August surprise, by hiking PlayStation 5 prices globally by up to 24%!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Sony Hikes PlayStation 5 Prices Globally, Except US!

Sony has had a hard time producing enough PlayStation 5 consoles, with available units getting snapped up within minutes, often by scalpers.

It doesn’t seem to be a situation that will likely be resolved until 2024, but that does not mean Sony is willing to lose out on profits just because there’s still a shortage of chips worldwide.

On 25 August 2022, they sprung a “nice” surprise by announcing an immediate hike to PlayStation 5 prices globally… except in the United States.

Japan gets a short reprieve until September 14, so consumers there can still enjoy the lower price, but with virtually no stock at hand, that probably won’t make much of a difference.

Europe

  • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – €549.99
  • PS5 Digital Edition – €449.99

UK

  • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – £479.99
  • PS5 Digital Edition – £389.99

Japan (effective Sept. 15, 2022)

  • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – ¥60,478 yen (including tax)
  • PS5 Digital Edition – ¥49,478 yen (including tax)

China

  • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – ¥4,299 yuan
  • PS5 Digital Edition – ¥3,499 yuan

Australia

  • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – AUD $799.95
  • PS5 Digital Edition – AUD $649.95

Mexico

  • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – MXN $14,999
  • PS5 Digital Edition – MXN $12,499

Canada

  • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – CAD $649.99
  • PS5 Digital Edition – CAD $519.99

Singapore

  • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – SG$799
  • PS5 Digital Edition – SG$669

Malaysia

  • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – RM2,499
  • PS5 Digital Edition – RM2,069

Indonesia

  • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – IDR 9,699,000
  • PS5 Digital Edition – IDR 8,199,000

Thailand

  • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – THB 18,690
  • PS5 Digital Edition – THB 15,690

Philippines

  • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – PHP 30,790

Vietnam

  • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – VND 15,990,000

In the United Kingdom, prices are going up by £30 for both the Blu-ray and Digital Edition versions – a 6% to 8% hike.

In Europe, the €50 hike raises the console’s price by 10% to 12.5% for the Blu-ray and Digital Edition versions respectively.

In Australia, the A$50 hike raises the console’s price by 6.7% to 8.3% for the Blu-ray and Digital Edition versions respectively.

Here in Malaysia, the RM200 hike raises the console’s price by 8.7% to 10.7% for the Blu-ray and Digital Edition versions respectively.

The highest increase though will be in Japan. The ¥10,498 increase is a massive 21% hike over the original price of ¥49,980 for the Blu-ray edition. The Digital Edition was originally priced at ¥39,980, but it will cost 24% more after its price is raised by ¥9,498.

 

Why Is Sony Hiking PlayStation 5 Prices Globally, Except US?!

It is certainly odd and rare for companies to raise prices on a product in the middle of its lifespan. I should point out that the PlayStation 5 is almost 2 years old, having been launched on November 12, 2020.

Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan blamed the decision on “challenging economic conditions” which caused “high global inflation rates, as well as adverse currency trends“.

The global economic environment is a challenge that many of you around the world are no doubt experiencing. We’re seeing high global inflation rates, as well as adverse currency trends, impacting consumers and creating pressure on many industries.

Based on these challenging economic conditions, SIE has made the difficult decision to increase the recommended retail price (RRP) of PlayStation 5 in select markets across Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Asia-Pacific (APAC), Latin America (LATAM), as well as Canada. There will be no price increase in the United States.

Why not the United States? Probably because Sony is not doing quite so well in that market, getting edged out by Xbox Series X/S. So it looks like Sony does not want to upset the apple cart there just yet…

PlayStation 5 is doing great in other countries, so Sony apparently felt confident enough to raise prices without the risk of potential customers jumping to the Xbox bandwagon in protest.

Ultimately, this boils down to profit. If Sony cannot get enough units out the door, the only way to increase profits is to raise prices. And if raising prices will keep the shareholders happy and protect their own bonuses, it’s no surprise that Sony executives would sign off on this.

Even more shockingly – Sony is raising prices most in its own turf. Japanese gamers will have to put up with a massive price hike of 21% to 24%.

It really does not pay to be a fan of Sony products…

 

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Horizon Zero Dawn : Get It FREE For PS4 / PS5!

Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition is FREE for a limited time for PS4 / PS5!

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Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition

In an era where Machines roam the land and mankind is no longer the dominant species, a young hunter named Aloy embarks on a journey to discover her destiny.

In a lush, post-apocalyptic world where nature has reclaimed the ruins of a forgotten civilization, pockets of humanity live on in primitive hunter-gatherer tribes.

Their dominion over the new wilderness has been usurped by the Machines – fearsome mechanical creatures of unknown origin.

Shunned by her tribe since birth, Aloy has never known a mother’s embrace or the acceptance of a community. Her only companion was Rost, the stern, impassive recluse who fostered her.

Rost taught Aloy to survive any physical hardship and to scorn comforts as weakness – but he couldn’t provide the answer to the questions which troubled her above all else: who her parents were, and why she was cast out.

Explore a vibrant landscape rich with the beauty of nature. Travel through stunningly detailed forests, imposing mountains and the atmospheric ruins of a bygone civilization, all brought together in a world that is alive with changing weather systems and a full day/night cycle.

Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition includes :

  • Horizon Zero Dawn base game
  • The Frozen Wilds expansion
  • Carja Storm Ranger Outfit and Carja Mighty Bow*
  • Carja Trader Pack**
  • Banuk Trailblazer Outfit and Banuk Culling Bow*
  • Banuk Traveller Pack**
  •  Nora Keeper Pack**
  • Digital Art Book and PS4™ theme

* To redeem the items, go to any in-game traders outside the Embrace and outside the Cut to find special treasure boxes that contain the items. Latest patch updates have to be installed in advance.

** Tokens will be available in the user’s inventory in exchange of the items with any trader inside the game. Latest patch updates have to be installed in advance.

 

Horizon Zero Dawn : How To Get It FREE For PS4 / PS5!

As part of Sony’s Play at Home campaign, Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition is FREE to download and own for a limited time!

Just head over to the Horizon Zero Dawn page in PlayStation Store and add it to your account!

When : Now until 14 May 8 PM PT / 15 May 4 AM BST

 

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Swedish Chef DLC : FREE For PC / PS4 / PS5 / Xbox / Switch!

The Swedish Chef DLC for Overcooked! All You Can Eat is FREE for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox and Switch!

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Overcooked! All You Can Eat

The Peckish have risen again and it’s your job to satisfy their hunger, are you ready to save the world again? Overcooked!

All You Can Eat is a chaotic cooking game where players need to work together (or alone) to serve as many dishes as they can before the timer runs out.

Travel through the land cooking up a variety of recipes in evolving and dynamic kitchens.

 

Swedish Chef DLC

Fire up the ovens, it’s time for a cross-over! Swedish Chef from The Muppets joins the chef roster exclusively for Overcooked! All You Can Eat.

Looking for even more calamity in your kitchen? Swedish Chef will be available to download for free for a limited time.

 

Swedish Chef DLC : How To Get It FREE!

Make sure you follow these steps to get the Swedish Chef DLC for FREE by 30 April 2021.

PC (Steam)

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the Swedish Chef DLC page on Steam.
  3. Click on the green Download button.

PS4 / PS5

  1. Log into your existing PlayStation account, or create a new account.
  2. Search for the Swedish Chef DLC page in the PlayStation Store.
  3. Click on the orange Add to Library button.

Xbox

  1. Log into your existing Microsoft account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the Swedish Chef page.
  3. Click on the blue Get button.

Switch

  1. Log into your existing Nintendo account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the Overcooked! All You Can Eat page.
  3. Scroll to the Individual DLC section at the bottom.
  4. Click on the red Free download button.

That’s it! You now have the Swedish Chef DLC in your account.

Note : You need the Overcooked! All You Can Eat base game for this DLC to work.

 

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Ratchet & Clank : Get It FREE For PS4 and PS5!

Ratchet & Clank – a third-person action-adventure game – is FREE for a limited time!

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Ratchet & Clank

Whether you’re a long-time Ratchet fan or new to the series, get ready for an unforgettable trip across the universe.

Relive the plucky pair’s adrenaline-charged origins story with a fresh, deeper storyline and enjoy more action, new boss battles, spectacular visuals and stellar voice acting from the 2016 Ratchet & Clank animated movie.

Join everyone’s favourite Lombax and his robotic sidekick in a brand new game that retells the plucky pair’s adrenaline-charged origins story.

Based on elements from the original Ratchet & Clank (PS2), this version features several new planets, new Clank gameplay, new flight sequences and much more – with completely new visuals constructed to use the power of the PS4.

To play this game on PS5, your system may need to be updated to the latest system software. Although this game is playable on PS5, some features available on PS4 may be absent.

 

Ratchet & Clank : How To Get It FREE!

Ratchet & Clank is free to download and keep for both PS4 and PS5 until 31 March 2021, as part of Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Play At Home campaign.

  1. Go to the official Sony PlayStation website.
  2. Log into your Sony PlayStation account, or create a new one.
  3. Search for Ratchet & Clank and go to the local Ratchet & Clank page.
    Here are some local links (make sure you select the right one) :
    United States
    United Kingdom
    Malaysia
    Singapore
    Australia
    India
  4. Click on the orange Add to Library option.

That’s it! Ratchet & Clank is now in your PlayStation library, and you can download and install it in your PS4 or PS5 anytime after this.

If it didn’t work, it is probably because you are in the wrong Ratchet & Clank page for your country.

 

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PlayStation 5 : A First Look At Its User Experience!

Sony just shared the first look at the PlayStation 5 console’s user experience (UX)!

Check it out and let us know what YOU think!

 

PlayStation 5 : A First Look At Its User Experience!

It’s less than a month to the official launch of the PlayStation 5 console, and Sony just shared their very first look at its user experience (UX)!

They designed the PS5 UX to “completely” centre on the player, in order to deliver deeper immersion that quickly connects you to your games and the PlayStation community.

In this video walkthrough, the PS5 team gives you an early look at its user experience.

Do note that this video was recorded off a pre-production environment, so there may be some minor differences to the final version when it launches in November 2020.

 

PlayStation 5 : New User Experience Features

The new PlayStation 5 UX introduces several new features to make your gaming experience “more fun, engaging, personalised and social“.

  • a new Control Centre, which provides immediate access to almost everything you need with a single press of the PlayStation button on the DualSense controller – all without leaving the game.

  • Activities, which are displayed via on-screen cards in the Control Center. They enable you to:
    – discover new gameplay opportunities,
    – go back to things you missed,
    – jump directly into levels, or
    – jump into challenges you want to play
    Some Activity cards can be put in picture-in-picture mode, so you can view them without leaving the game.

The PlayStation 5 team also rebuilt the entire software stack, from the console to the network, so that navigating the interface, switching between games and hopping into online matches occurs quickly.

 

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AMD PC & Console Gaming In 2020 & Beyond (Rick Bergman)

AMD Executive VP Rick Bergman just shared AMD’s outlook of the PC and console gaming market in 2020 and beyond. Check it out!

 

Rick Bergman : Executive VP, AMD Computing and Graphics Business Group

Rick Bergman is AMD executive vice president of Computing and Graphics with responsibility for the company’s high-performance PC, gaming and semi-custom businesses.

Previously, Bergman was president and CEO for Synaptics, a leading developer of human interface solutions including touch, display, IoT and biometrics solutions, from October 2011 to March 2019.

Prior to that, he served in a series of senior executive positions at AMD, where he was responsible for delivering microprocessors and graphics chips to AMD customers across server, client, embedded and game consoles, and for driving the technology that put a graphics chip and processor on a single piece of silicon.

 

AMD PC & Console Gaming In 2020 & Beyond (Rick Bergman)

During AMD Financial Analyst Day 2020, Rick Bergman shared AMD’s outlook of the PC and console gaming market in 2020 and beyond in his presentation – Driving Growth Across PCs and Gaming.

Here are the key points from Rick Bergman’s presentation :

Computing Market Updates

  • Since 2017, AMD has nearly doubled both client unit shipments and market share, built off a broad portfolio of performance-leading desktop, high-end desktop (HEDT) and notebook processors.
  • AMD expects to grow its performance leadership with the ramp of its 7nm Zen 2-based 3rd Generation AMD Ryzen processors designed specifically for desktops and notebooks across the consumer and commercial segments

  • AMD is on track to bring increased performance to the gaming, content creation and productivity markets when it delivers the first Zen 3-based AMD Ryzen product in 2020.

Graphics Market Updates

  • AMD partners with world-class brands to bring AMD Radeon graphics to more than 500 million gamers on the most popular devices, with the opportunity to address 2.5 billion gamers worldwide.
  • AMD plans to deliver a full stack of high-performance, AMD RDNA architecture-powered graphics products to further expand the AMD Radeon install base.
  • AMD RDNA 2-based Navi 2X GPUs on 7nm will bring uncompromised 4K gaming by the end of 2020.
  • The Navi 2X GPUs will boast hardware-based ray tracing, variable-rate shading, and a significant performance uplift.

Console Market Updates

  • AMD partnered with Microsoft and Sony to bring AMD Radeon graphics to more than 150 million consoles, becoming the number one silicon provider for game consoles.
  • The next-generation Xbox and PlayStation 5 featuring AMD Radeon graphics is on track to be launched in time for holiday 2020.

 

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