Digital version of MLB 14: The Show experiencing "unforeseen technical issues," not yet available for purchase [UPDATE]

"All parties are working as quickly as possible to remedy the issue," Sony says.

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, Sony posted a statement on the PlayStation Blog explaining why the PS4 version of MLB 14: The Show is not yet available for download from the PlayStation Store.

"Due to unforeseen technical issues, MLB 14 The Show for PS4 is not currently available for download via the PlayStation Store. All parties are working as quickly as possible to remedy the issue. We’ll update this post as soon as a resolution is reached. Thank you for your continued patience."

The original story is below.

The PlayStation 4 version of MLB 14: The Show is available today, marking the debut of Sony's acclaimed professional baseball series on the company's next-generation console. The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions launched last month, and while Sony isn't offering an upgrade offer, all your saved progress will carry forward if you decide to upgrade.

MLB The Show director of production Chris Cutliff also assured PS4 owners that they are getting much more than a simple port. "We weren't content to simply port over this year's game to PS4; our talented team has invested a great deal of work into this next-gen debut," Cutliff said in a statement on the PlayStation Blog.

For the PS4 version of MLB 14: The Show, Sony has "completely" rebuilt all Major League Baseball stadiums "from scratch," with textures that are four times as large and environment polygon counts rising from 150,000 to more than 1 million.

Player models are also more detailed and authentic, down to the hairs on players' faces, Sony says. MLB 14: The Show on PS4 also boasts "fully rendered" grass and a revamped lighting engine that is most visually impressive during night games, Sony adds. There's also "fully redone" high-definition crowd audio.

"Our goal every year is to capture as closely as possible the excitement that takes place on the real world field and to show why baseball is the best sport in the world," Cutliff said.

For more on MLB 14: The Show, be sure to read GameSpot's review, which includes an update now that the PS4 version is available.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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48 comments
Bolgernow
Bolgernow

Just got my hard copy yesterday. The install/downloading times are stupidly long. Go do something else for 24 minutes. BUT, once loaded, the game plays wonderfully, new fielding's smooth, & stunning graphics

BillJr106
BillJr106

I have it... load times are ridiculously long... the framerate stops to 30 or so when you have batter intros and cut scenes. Otherwise it isn't bad. But no hair physics makes hair look odd. It's the sane fun game it's always been though...

blackace
blackace

I'll get it once the price drops. Still playing The Show 2013 on my PSVita.

jdt532
jdt532

I just bought the game and am downloading it right now. I'm looking forward to starting my career as a SP for the Pirates.

RyogaRod
RyogaRod

According to Son's Twitter and FB pages, looks like the issue is fixed. I might have to check this game out. Haven't played a decent MLB game in years!

BeechV35Pilot
BeechV35Pilot

Don't let them fool you.  "Unforeseen technical issues" is management babble "we didn't budget enough time for testing."

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I still think they never get the faces quite right.

They can put all of the hair and skin textures they want on them they still look like Disney characters to me. Obviously that was an exaggeration. 

Maybe it is the eyes, but there is something just not quite right.

Setzera
Setzera

This game was my first serious consideration for PS4, this news doesn't change that.  Best of luck Sony.

BryanParksSuper
BryanParksSuper

This game franchise has never done well. Just stop making em ..

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

So I guess The Show was not ready for showtime

aieeeee
aieeeee

So when is this nonsense going to be fixed? And are we going to have this bullshit trouble with our EU digital version tomorrow?

Triton
Triton

At least this is a little more than just a port for the PortSystem4.

C_A_G_E
C_A_G_E

Sony showed a complete lack of appreciation for it's customer's. The game was suppose to be posted at 12:01 EST. It still is not up. There was no update given to any of the people pre-ordered the game until this morning's blog post.


A simple message through the PS4 notifications would have gone a long way. Many people like me wasted time checking the downloads throughout the night. 

wookiegr
wookiegr

All the next gen hair technology clogged the bandwidth pipes.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

Not enough beard detail. I'll wait until the 2016 game. There should be full beard physics by then. 

Razor10000
Razor10000

if it was EA, the game would be for sale no matter what.

_Judas_
_Judas_

1 Million polygons on a stadium?? Damn, should be 1 million polygons on a BEARD!!

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

It's getting pretty marginal reviews though.

deathstream
deathstream

1 million polygons and a frame rate so bad you can count them all.

xcollector
xcollector

It sucks how this is the only good baseball game to ever look forward to. Its all thanks to the stupidity of EA buying exclusive rights to the NFL and effectively stopping their competitor from releasing their product. That in turned forced 2K to be defensive and buy the MLB license as revenge and unfortunately release one crappy game after another until it was canceled. There was a time when everyone was free to make an NFL or MLB game and the games were better than, when they had to compete for sales. EA really loves screwing over everything.

origkillmachine
origkillmachine

The review screams mediocre port to me. Not that I'm in to baseball, but PASS! all the same.

kane6911
kane6911

i do not see this being a big tittle on any console. considering that sport of baseball in it's popularity has steadily falling to other sports.  

wookiegr
wookiegr

I thought playing video games was the best sport in the world.

ArchDuke22
ArchDuke22

Wish it was by EA, MVP Baseball 2005 is still one of the best baseball games ever made, this is of course my opinion.

Vodoo
Vodoo

@RyogaRod  This is the only baseball game worth playing. It's difficult at first and the amount of menus can be intimidating at first. But once you get everything set up the way you like, tthere's no better MLB game ever made. Looks incredible too.

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

@BryanParksSuper  Yes! Just walk away from having a plum license, and turn your back on millions of dollars. I swear if "gamers" ran the industry, everyone would be broke in six month. 

Orga777
Orga777

@kane6911  

Yup. It has fallen to football. And football.... and football??? Hockey is not even close, and while Basketball has gained some ground, it has not supplanted Baseball as the second most popular US sport yet. :)

BeechV35Pilot
BeechV35Pilot

@ArchDuke22 Man, I have to agree.  That was coincidentally my first bball title and it was very well done.  Then EA lost the Major League BB rights that following year (or soon thereafter).

However, if you have seen the state of the current Battlefield 4 franchise you might not want an EA title.  They stick to release dates at all costs, regardless of how many or large bugs still exist.

C_A_G_E
C_A_G_E

@CaptainHerlock @C_A_G_E  Missed the point of my whole message. Not complaining that it broke, complaining that when it did break there was no follow up. That is the part that is unacceptable. 

C_A_G_E
C_A_G_E

@Orga777  You and your facts... I would much rather just live in the word where i say it so it's true.... no one likes baseball anymore. 

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@Orga777 Well Hockey is more of a Canadian sport while the NFL is all American, MLB used to do great until the strike in the 90s that turned everyone off the sport.

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

@C_A_G_E @Orga777  People like baseball, even though it's very "gamer" to throw your hands up and say "Nobody likes baseball!". and not present any cohesive evidence, and just walk away. Baseball's big problem is the game has become unwatchable. Everyone steps out of the box, walks around the mound, the constant pitching changes, the downtime between pitches, have dragged the pace of the game to a crawl. Back in the 70's when I was a kid a well played game of baseball started around 7pm, and ended somewhere around 9:45. You had the post game, and the news at ten with Gerry Gerard (for those who remember WPIX 11). Now a regulation nine inning game goes three and a half, sometimes FOUR hours.

The NBA and NFL are constantly looking at ways to make their games more viewer friendly, and nobody has done a better job at that than the NFL. Major League Baseball pays lip service to speeding up the game once in a while, then they go right back to what they were doing. Former commissioner Fay Vincent said this past weekend on WFAN NY that revenues for the MLB are strong now, but this will come back to bite them.