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Crunchyroll hits the PlayStation Vita!

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Posted 3/19/14 , edited 3/19/14
It sucks that the app isn't available in Europe, but I remember hearing that the reason why we don't have Crunchyroll on any Sony platforms is because Sony actually own Animax and are basically blocking out competitors so that Animax is the only anime streaming app on Sony platforms in the UK. Maybe you could update the PS3 app to allow for Remote-Play, so those of us who use the app through a US account can still watch stuff on our Vitas?

In regards to Nintendo, I'm not sure it is their fault. I don't think the Nintendo 3DS would be powerful enough to stream Crunchyroll (have you seen the YouTube app? It's awful) and maybe the reason why we don't have a Wii U application is because Crunchyroll doesn't want to considering the small install base (With the Vita being a requirement to get on Sony's other platforms). Nintendo have been extremely open with indie developers with the Wii U, so I'm sure that they would be more than willing for Crunchyroll to release an application on it.
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agila61 wrote:


GhostZodick wrote: Youtube doesn't have this problem. Also, it's likely not caused by Crunchyroll team. Crackle also came to PSVita recently. These two apps looks identical. Both of them have dark screen problem. I think Sony provided a "universal video streaming app" for developers. Developers only need to change the color of the app and put their own contents in it. This dark screen problem is in this "universal video streaming app". But youtube is completely different. I believe youtube app is special made.


That sounds quite likely ... it seems that the app that Crunchyroll was working on, which was behind the premature "coming soon" teasers, ran into bugs with Sony's system. So if Sony developed their Crackle app (Crackle is Sony) as a platform for general use, that would give Crunchyroll a way around those problems.

Also likely means that another place to clamor for fixing the screen dimming bug is at Crackle ... as if Sony fixes it for Crackle, there's a good chance Crunchyroll will inherit the fix.



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Posted 3/19/14 , edited 3/19/14
So while watching a video, my screen dims after a few minutes like its power saving and getting ready to turn off...wow. Also has errors displaying appropriate backrounds like on ps3.

Quality.
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Posted 3/19/14 , edited 3/19/14

Utauh wrote:

If only I could download this app using my US psn account like I did with my ps3 :/

When will this app be release in the UK?


The answer is never . Nobody seems to know what the dispute is with CrunchyRoll and Sony Europe, but given that the PS3 CR app never made its way to Europe, there seems to be little chance of the PS4 or Vita apps appearing here.

There is no shortage of apps from other providers on UK PS3s, including the comically bad Amimax app, so the problem is clearly with CrunchyRoll.

An official apology would be nice, but that will never happen, as CrunchyRoll's interest in Europe , or indeed CR customers in general, is next to nothing.
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Yay!!!! Now I can watch Crunchyroll anywhere I can find wifi pretty much and in the kitchen when I'm trying to cook. Oh dear. This may not be a good idea. My Mom will be asking me "How did you manage to burn the food when you are standing right there? AGAIN!!!"
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Time to reactivate premium membership
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Man, I'm starting to get angry. We need an app for the Xbox One.
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Anewbis wrote:
So while watching a video, my screen dims after a few minutes like its power saving and getting ready to turn off...


That's standby mode. It is a built in feature of your vita and as far as I know you cannot turn that feature off (you can set it to a maximum of 10 minutes though in Settings->Power Save Settings). My guess is that since the vita uses OLEDs it is susceptible to screen burn in, so it would be unfortunate if someone turned off their auto standby mode and left their vita on accidentally and then woop there goes your beautiful OLED screen.

If you want a quick fix for it, grab a rubber band and wrap it around the two joysticks. I'm pretty sure this works from what I've read but I haven't tested it personally (nor will I for fear of forgetting and causing burn in ).

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Posted 3/19/14 , edited 3/19/14

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LoomyTheBrew wrote: Why would Nintendo be the problem? Unless it has to be with licensing issues then I see no problem.

The two main problems in rolling out an app for a platform would be the nature of business arrangements for that platform and the level of development kit support provided for that platform. Licensing problems would indeed be an example of the first kind of problem.

Nintendo obviously doesn't go out of its way to make it easy to develop streaming apps for its 3DS/2DS devices, given the limited range of streaming services available for the device ... which are the three companies with the deepest pockets in the business.


LoomyTheBrew wrote: [(to The Ancient One)]: I don't get what you're trying to point out in your first point. Wii U and 3DS both have all the basic streaming apps, just like PS3 and Vita.

That Wii U and 3DS only have streaming support from the Big Three. When PS Vita's rollout of new streaming apps is finished this spring, they'll have The Big Three plus Crackle, Crunchyroll, NHL Gamecenter Live, Qello Concerts, Gaiam TV, and Redbox Instant, so obviously changes that Sony have made recently has made it substantially easier to provide a Vita PS streaming app.


Second, Vita is selling horribly just like the Wii U so don't try to bring sales into this. And if you went by sales logic, it would make way more since to release an app for the 3DS because it's selling great and has a big install base.

However, as described by another member above, the Crunchyroll app is effectively the same app as the Crackle app, with a different skin. Either Sony adopted Crunchyroll's app for Crackle, or (more likely) they took the occasion of developing the Crackle app to develop a general streaming app platform for the PS Vita.


Releasing an app for Wii U wouldn't be a big deal at all (again, assuming that there's no licensing issues).

Seems likely to be a high cost project with little prospect of making the cost back from incremental revenue.


Alright, 3DS is out of the question. Since like another user said, it may not be able to handle it in the first place.

But Wii U is totally doable. Nintendo works great with indies and would probably be more than willing to help. You make it sound like it's such a huge endeavor to develop the app for the Wii U. It wouldn't be any harder than the PS3 and 360 app was.



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FINALLY, JESUS.

Now I have a reason to buy membership again, and not sell my vita. I only use if for netflix, internet, and ps1 games, since the games are overpriced and extremely limited in any specific genre or play style. I don't like joke mini games either, and thats all that is coming out on the PSN.

Vita = arguably worst investment of my gaming life. It is less of a paperweight now. I expected it to be a gaming tablet, but it barely does games, let alone apps. Much hype, many sadness.

EDIT: 3ds would have been worse, don't take that last comment as an endorsement.


Why would you want to sell your vita? You already bought the damn thing, so you would be losing money selling it and if a game like comes of for it that you like, you'll be screwed because you already sold it.

I don't get why people buy products that they're just going to sell anyways. That's why you wait to see if it's worth buying. Buying out of hype is never a good idea, unless you know there's games your going to want to play from the start or know are coming later down the road. That's why I'm waiting on buying the PS4. By the time I buy it, it will have a good catalog games to choose from and a lot of the issues will be fixed.

Also, the 3DS has tons of game and is a great system. How would that be a worse choice than the vita?
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Posted 3/19/14 , edited 3/20/14
Honestly... the Netflix app works great on 3ds. I have download bleach on my 3ds, runs fine. This should definetly be on 3ds now. And CR would get new customers, way more 3ds users than Vita.
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meygaera wrote: That's standby mode. It is a built in feature of your vita and as far as I know you cannot turn that feature off (you can set it to a maximum of 10 minutes though in Settings->Power Save Settings).

The problem is not that there is a standby mode, the problem is making sure their general video platform app calls some kind of system function on a regular basis that tells the system "hey, streaming here, pretend that someone just hit a button or something".

Hopefully Sony gets enough complaints about it from the NHL, their own Sony Entertainment Division and their Crackle service, etc. to ask Google how they did it for Youtube.
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Posted 3/19/14 , edited 3/20/14
Yea I noticed this problem with the NHL and Crackle apps as well and when I researched it, it seemed to be a vita OS problem. But I didn't know apps could actually request the vita OS to turn off that auto standby feature.


ps: go sabres...oh wait miller is gone
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meygaera wrote: Yea I noticed this problem with the NHL and Crackle apps as well and when I researched it, it seemed to be a vita OS problem. But I didn't know apps could actually request the vita OS to turn off that auto standby feature.

I only read here that Youtube doesn't have the problem, I don't know from personal experience ...

... for instance, I guess its possible that person just didn't stream any Youtube clips long enough for the problem to show up.

But if there's anybody that's figured out a workaround, its likely to be Google's work on the Youtube app.
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Thank best birthday gift ever!!! It finally came to Vita.
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cool now fix the ps3 and ps4 version
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