- Burger King tweeted a video of its mascot opening a paper food bag – and the contents played what could be the new PlayStation 5 start-up noise.
- The bag shone a blue light into the Burger King’s face that looked similar to the blue glow PlayStation consoles emit.
- The video teased more details on October 15.
- Twitter users joked that the chain could be launching its own video games. It could also be a teaser for an upcoming competition, some said.
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Burger King teased a mysterious tie-up with PlayStation in a cryptic tweet, ahead of an apparent official announcement on Thursday, October 15.
Burger King tweeted a video of its mascot opening one of the fast food chain’s paper bags. The contents of the bag shone a blue light into the King’s face, not unlike the glow PlayStation consoles emit.
The bag also played a short sound as soon as the bag was opened, leading to speculation this could be the upcoming PlayStation 5 (PS5) console’s start-up sound.
The sound was previously heard at the official PS5 reveal event, per IGN.
Burger King captioned the Tweet: “do Whopper sandwiches normally do this?” It was immediately retweeted by PlayStation, whose retweet now has more than 50,000 likes.
As The Burger King walked off screen, “10/15” flashed up.
—PlayStation (@PlayStation) October 12, 2020
One Twitter user joked that PlayStation may be selling the PS5 for the price of a Whopper.
Others suggested that Burger King may be reviving King Games. The fast food outlet launched a series of three Xbox games in 2006 which have since gained cult status.
The October 15 date could also just be a teaser for a competition to win a console by buying food from Burger King, others have pointed
Sony announced it’s expanding the number of trophy levels and changing how they’re calculated ahead of the release of the PS5.
Currently, PlayStation Network users have a level from one to 100 based on the total number of trophies they’ve collected while playing games on the platform. Starting later today that will change, with everyone being moved over to a new 1,000 level scale. For example, if your current level is 12, via Sony’s peculiar inflation your new level will end up somewhere in the 200s. In addition, each 100 levels will be associated with a different trophy icon ranging from a small bronze to a giant gold and eventually, upon hitting level 999, a platinum.
More significantly, Sony says it’s changed some of the math behind how these new trophy levels are calculated. “Players will progress quicker through the early levels, and levels will increase more consistently,” the company wrote over on the PlayStation blog. “Platinum trophies will count more toward your level progression, making them even more valuable.”
That’s good news for people tired of sitting somewhere in the teens despite having played hundreds of games and earned thousands of trophies. Under the existing regime, bronze trophies are worth 15 points, silver are worth 30 points, gold are worth 90 points, and platinum are worth double that at 180 points. Meanwhile it takes 2,000 points to go from level 11 to level 12, and 2,400 points to go from level 12 to level 13. While Sony didn’t reveal exactly how the new system will be calculated, it called the progression “more optimized and rewarding.”
Sony also said trophies should carry over normally from PS4 to PS5. It doesn’t sound like there are any plans
A new month means a new round of free PlayStation Plus games. Starting later today, PS Plus subscribers can claim Vampyr and Need for Speed Payback. You still have a few days to add September’s free games to your library, so make sure to snag them if you haven’t already.
Developed by Dontnod Entertainment–the studio behind the Life is Strange series–Vampyr is an action-RPG that flew under the radar when it released in 2018. You play as Dr. Jonathan Reid, a man who took a hippocratic oath to help the citizens of London but now finds himself a newly turned vampire. This understandably creates a moral dilemma, and there’s also a widespread influenza outbreak that is threatening the population. Your choices in Vampyr truly matter, altering both the gameplay and the story. It earned a 7/10 in GameSpot’s Vampyr review.
Racing fans can pick up Need for Speed Payback, the 2017 entry in the long-running series developed by Ghost Games. Payback is set in an open-world environment based off of Las Vegas. Payback has both online multiplayer and a single-player story mode featuring three playable characters with differentiated skills. It has more than 70 vehicles to race with. While Payback is definitely one of the more underwhelming entries in the series–it earned a 5/10 in our Need for Speed Payback review–now you can check it out for free.
Ahead of the arrival of these titles, it looked as if we had gotten a bonus PS Plus game, Bloodborne, although it appears to have simply been an error and has now been removed.
For those who are planning on upgrading to the PS5, PlayStation Plus will soon have a new perk. Sony recently announced the Plus Collection, which will give
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Update: Bloodborne appears to no longer be available via PlayStation Plus, and it’s price is once again listed at $20.
PlayStation Plus’s free games for October 2020 are racing game Need for Speed Payback and action-RPG Vampyr. However, seemingly out of nowhere, Bloodborne has also been made free for PS Plus subscribers. It’s unclear if this is a mistake, as Sony did not announce the From Software action game as one of this month’s free offerings. You’ll want to claim this as soon as possible, as it could be an error and fixed shortly.
Bloodborne was PlayStation Plus’s offering all the way back in March 2018 and is included in the PS5’s upcoming Plus Collection, which grants subscribers a library of backwards-compatible PS4 games on the next-gen console.
Bloodborne is remembered as one of the best PS4 games. It received a 9/10 in GameSpot’s Bloodborne review for its agile and brutal combat, phenomenal creature and world design, and interconnected world that “makes every discovery a wonder.”
“The finest treasures are found within the city of Yharnam and the forests, lakes, and purgatories beyond it,” critic Kevin VanOrd wrote. “I finished Bloodborne in less time than I did Dark Souls II, yet I treasure it more in spite of its few missteps. In death there is life, and in blood, there is redemption. More hyperbole, yes, but for a game this theatrical, only hyperbole will do.”
Next month, we see the remake of From Software’s first PlayStation exclusive launch alongside the PS5. Demon’s Souls is being helmed by Bluepoint Games, which is known for its quality remasters and remakes like Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Shadow of the Colossus. We recently got our first look at Demon’s Souls gameplay, which showcased zero loading times when warping between zones and the