Sections

Rumour: Looming PS4 cycle was real reason for Harrison’s departure from Sony

Monday, 4 August 2008 13:25 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Our ears are so close to the ground they’re all mossy. Highly placed sources told VG247 today that the real reason for Phil Harrison’s departure from Sony was that work is now starting on PS4 and deja vu was setting in.

“He could see he was about to get involved in another PlayStation cycle, and obviously wanted something new,” we were told. “The same thing was happening again and he’d been through it enough times to want to move on.”

The timing of Harrison’s decision to leave Sony confused many, given that PS3 was finally starting to bloom after a troubled seedling period. The PlayStation front-man announced he was to quit in February, giving no reason for the move.

He immediately joined Infogrames as president, saying he was finding the company’s focus on casual gaming and an increased influence on internet business models “very exciting”.

Bet PS4 doesn’t have two HDMI ports either.

Latest

  • Sony leaks: Uncharted movie similar to National Treasure but more “intense” and not as “silly”

    Sony Pictures wants the Uncharted film to be similar in tone to the National Treasure franchise, but not as soft or silly, and with deeper romantic storyline than the Nicolas Cage films. The information on the upcoming film was pulled from emails and database files derived from the Sony Pictures hack last year by North […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront isn’t just a “big-budget Battlefield mod,” says DICE

    DICE boss Patrick Bach has promised Star Wars: Battlefront isn’t just a “big-budget Battlefield mod,” as the game carries the Battlefront title for a reason. Speaking with Eurogamer during Day 2 of the Star Wars Celebration yesterday, Bach said the team stayed true to the “core ethos” of the Battlefront series by adhering to what […]

  • New Steam policy restricts accounts to protect users from phishing scams and spam

    Valve has implemented a new policy on Steam which limits user accounts which have spent less than $5 through the store. The new policy is to protect users from phishing scams and spam. If the users hasn’t spent anything on the store, they at least have to have $5 sitting in their Steam Wallet. This […]

  • Latest Flash Sale on the US PlayStation Store discounts action games and movies

    Sony is hosting another Flash Sale on the North American store with plenty of action games, and some films, to help get your weekend started. The list is super long, so here’s a few highlights: Army of TWO The Devil’s Cartel Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Bayonetta Beyond Good & Evil HD Castlevania: Harmony of Despair […]

  • A new expansion for Postal 2 called Paradise Lost was released today

    It appears Postal 2 has a new add-on available. No, it’s not for the 2003 version, but the Complete Edition which was greenlit on Steam 10 years later. Called Paradise Lost, the add-on stars the Dude and contains a new single-player story campaign and new areas featuring free-roam gameplay. The original voice actor for the […]

  • GTA 5 patch 1.01 is now available for PC, fixes launcher and framerate issues

    Rockstar has released patch 1.01 for the PC version of GTA 5 and along with a fix to the character’s facial features changing when transferring to PC, the launcher will no longer drain your CPU and crash. Here are the full patch notes: Fixed an issue where the GTAV Launcher would use an abnormally high […]

  • Ultra Street Fighter 4 will arrive on the PS Store for PS4 in May

    Ultra Street Fighter 4 will be released on PlayStation 4 in May, Capcom has announced. All characters, levels and previous DLC will be included in the PS4 version, including a fix to input lag found in the PS3 version’s controls. The fighting game will be released digitally on the PS Store May 26 for $24.99 […]

  • Upcoming Dark Souls 2 patch to fix weapon degradation glitch

    Weapon degradation wan’t an intentional feature in Dark Souls 2, and now that it has carried over into Scholar of the First Sin, the glitch will be patched out in an upcoming update. The glitch also affected the framerate of Dark Souls 2 on PC, and on all platforms with Scholar of the First Sin. […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront is now available for pre-order on Origin, Amazon, others

    Star Wars: Battlefront is now available for pre-order through EA’s Origin service as well as Amazon and GameStop. Star Wars: Battlefront pre-orders, as previously reported, will include early access to the free Battle of Jakku DLC. The planet is included in the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and finds the New Republic coming […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront – watch the lovely reveal trailer here

    The first trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront was released today after much anticipation. Watch the lovely game reveal below, all captured on PlayStation 4. The trailer was revealed during an EA panel today at the Star Wars Celebration, and featured Lucasfilm concept artist Doug Chiang, the game’s senior producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir, and other members of […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront has 40-player battles, play as Darth Vader and Boba Fett

    Star Wars: Battlefront will take place during the original film trilogy’s timeline, according to a report from the Associated Press. It appears the information was posted ahead of time, (via Kotaku) as the report is written in past tense. According to the report, players will take part in “frenzied shoot-outs between up to 40 players” […]

  • Microsoft confirms departure of Xbox Europe VP Phil Harrison

    Microsoft has confirmed the departure of Phil Harrison, its corporate VP of Xbox in Europe. According to a statement, Harrison left to pursue interests outside of the company, Xbox boss Phil Spencer told GI.biz. “Following a successful tenure as Corporate Vice President in Xbox in Europe, Phil Harrison has chosen to pursue business interests outside […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Rent-a-Server option coming to both last and current-gen consoles

    Battlefield Hardline players will be able to take part in the Rent-a-Server program, similar to the one in Battlefield 4, when the first patch for the shooter is released. Rental servers will come to both last and current-gen consoles, and CPU issues will be addressed in the patch as well, which PC players will be […]

  • Chip’s Challenge and unreleased sequel Chip’s Challenge 2 arrive on Steam next month

    Chip’s Challenge, the 1989 top-down tile-based puzzler created by Chuck Sommerville, is heading to Steam along with the unreleased sequel Chip’s Challenge 2. After the release of the first game, Sommerville spent two years developing the sequel, only to find the trademark had been sold. The trademark’s new owners wanted him to fund the publishing, […]

  • Pillars of Eternity patch betas hitting Steam, update 1.05 to drop in May

    Patch 1.04 for Pillars of Eternity dropped yesterday, and according to Obsidian Entertainment, players can expect the next round of fixes to arrive in May. According to a post on the Kickstarter page, patch 1.04 contained quite a bit of fixes, and going forward, the team plans to continue squishing bugs, adding additional polish and […]

  • Goat Simulator comes to Xbox platforms

    Goat Simulator continues its plan to dominate all platforms under the sun by releasing on Xbox consoles. Goat Simulator has been released on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The store page for the Xbox One version is now live, but the 360 one is lagging behind. Don’t know what this game is or what it’s […]

  • Alienation: first co-op footage revealed

    We have our first look at gameplay footage from Housemarque’s Alienation. Housemarque has finally given us a look at their upcoming shooter project, Alienation. The twin-stick shooter will feature co-op and the new video shows it in action. It’s a short one but still manages to demo several environments. The game was shown off at […]

  • ReShade SweetFX supports GTA 5, user-made presets begin popping up

    GTA 5 modders started making presets for ReShade SweetFX as soon as they realised the tool supports it. To the modding community’s delightful surprise, shader-altering tool ReShade SweetFX was discovered to support GTA 5. What this means is that anyone can download the tool, mess around with the post-processing options, and inject them into GTA […]

  • Project Cars goes gold, full track list revealed

    Project Cars has finally gone gold. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has announced that the racer has reached gold master milestone. “We know the wait for the game to be released was worth it, as we’re confident the quality and realism level we have achieved will provide our fans with the game they are all […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes has a stupid subtitle in the West

    The Western release of Dragon Quest Heroes has been given the most absurd subtitle. Square Enix announced a while back that Dragon Quest Heroes will come to North America and Europe this year. Unlike in Japan, it will launch only on PlayStation 4. Earlier today, the Japanese publisher revealed what the game’s logo will look […]

  • Minecraft vulnerability allows users to crash servers remotely [UPDATE]

    A security flaw discovered in Minecraft’s code that could give perpetrators the ability to crash servers remotely has been fixed via a patch by Mojang. Update: Mojang has released an update to Minecraft patch 1.8, listed as version 1.8.4, and it is available now. It fixes reported security issues, in addition to some other minor […]

  • Official Bloodborne merchandise now available, including a limited edition statue

    The PlayStation gear store has added a new section dedicated to Bloodborne merchandise. The first set of items is as good as you’d expect. If you’re a fan of Bloodborne and want to make sure everyone around you knows it, you’ll be happy to know that Sony has added a few pieces of Bloodborne-branded gear […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy The Last Word?

    Xur is selling one of Destiny’s top hand cannons today: The Last Word. Is it worth grinding the coins for? The answer is a resounding YES. The Last Word is one of Destiny’s best Exotics, and one of the best Hand Cannons in the game. Our Destiny expert Alex notes that it’s one of the […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 17, 18 – The Last Word edition

    What did our good buddy Xur bring for us this week? Xur: Agent of the Nine, Destiny’s weekend vendor is back with more Exotic offers. Xur is your guy if you’re after Exotic weapons or armour, provided you have the Strange Coins for them. Head over to the lounge in the Tower Hangar, you’ll find […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt discounted for Gold members, pre-load now live

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt files are now live on the Xbox Store. Xbox One owners with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt pre-orders can start downloading the full game to be ready for launch. The file size was confirmed earlier to be just over 25GB. Those who have yet to pre-order can do so at […]

  • GTA 5 files accessed by modders, reveal horses, zombies, more

    Modders have managed to pry GTA 5′s file lock open and expose many of its interesting innards. GTA community modders have gained access to several of GTA 5′s archives on PC. These files were previously believed to be inaccessible. Popular modding tool OpenIV, which was used in editing files in GTA 4 (hence the name), […]

  • Bethesda’s E3 invite features Dishonored, Doom, Wolfenstein… but no Fallout

    Bethesda is going first at E3 this year with a showcase of games on Sunday night. What clues can we see in the press invite? Skyrim publisher Bethesda has sent out confirmation of its E3 showcase, taking place Sunday June 14. The invite includes a number of Bethesda game characters including Wolfenstein’s BJ Blazcowicz, a […]

  • Here’s Crytek’s VR demo, because dinosaurs

    Dinosaurs! This is precisely what virtual reality is for. VR demos are all over the place and CryEngine developer Crytek has produced one of its own, showing off how the engine is flexible enough t- Look, let me level with you: I don’t care. I only care about dinosaurs. Hush now and watch the dinosaurs. […]

  • StreetPass update adds birthday collecting, VIP Miis and more

    StreetPass collecters should take advantage of an optional update. It’s International StreetPass Week, so now’s the time to break out the 3DS and go hunting. Don’t leave your home network without first checking out a new optional update, though. Kotaku reports the update prompt is available from the leftmost icon in your StreetPass Mii Plaza. […]

  • Massive Uplay sale offers cheap games in time for the weekend

    PC gamers can grab a sweet saving or two in Uplay’s Spring Sale. Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Alien: Isolation are all on sale as part of Uplay’s Spring Sale, among many other titles. The sale offers discounts of up to 85% off digital […]

90 Comments

  1. FireFly

    Sony should study the PS3 before they move on to a next console. I mean, what if you lose more money, do you really think you could survive another generation? Anyway,…it’s like talking to myself here…lol If this is true, I’d have left Sony too.

    #1 7 years ago
  2. patlike

    They’ve got an awfully long way to go in this generation yet. Long, long way. I think PS3 will be very successful in the mid-term, even. There’s bound to be another one.

    #2 7 years ago
  3. DrDamn

    Yep. They do need to learn a few key lessons though. Designing the machine to be easier to develop for being nice and high on the list. They got away with it for the PS2 as they were the market leader with not much serious competition for a long time. They don’t have such a cushy situation with the PS3.

    #3 7 years ago
  4. patlike

    Yeah, you’re probably right. In a way, though, it does mean people get more out of the machine over time, but if you’re a developer that’s no comfort. Good for gamers though, as games get more technically advanced over the cycle.

    #4 7 years ago
  5. nousemerk

    I just wanted to congratulate you guys here at VG247 for all the great work you guys do. Not only are you speedy at reporting the day to day news, but you get official comments from developers and grounded sources. Keep up the good work!

    -Justin
    PSU.com

    #5 7 years ago
  6. patlike

    Many thanks :D

    #6 7 years ago
  7. DrDamn

    @Patlike
    Wouldn’t it be better for both developer and consumer if they started more technically advanced? Currently you have the PS3 trailing the 360 in ports and it’s going to stay that way for a little while until we get to a stage where both machines are churning out similar stuff from all developers.

    #7 7 years ago
  8. pjmaybe

    I can’t blame the dude for moving on in that case. The PS3 has hardly been a groundbreaking success sales-wise because Sony made the same old mistakes they did when the PS2 first broke cover, and that took a good couple of years to turn around.

    Merely throwing another new console into the mix would be a hideous mistake. I can understand them wanting to be first out of the traps before Microsoft inevitably put out another console, but the PS3 would die a death virtually overnight if they opted to produce another console.

    #8 7 years ago
  9. No_PUDding

    Hi, I just joined up because your guys points interested me and I wanted to comment also.

    I visit the site regularly, so it seemed to make sense.

    The complicated architecture of the PS3, that I know nothing technically about, I think will stay for the PS4. Although it’s complicated, what it does is create a competitive game development market on the technical side. This wouldn’t work without a first party, because third party support would be lost, but first party could keep Sony in the race single handedly if needs be.

    I just think it will stay because not only is it great for gamers when they see something they thought would never come out of their machine, but it’s also great for developers, because they have streamlined their engine to make these superb graphics a selling point, above other games.

    Heck, Killzone 2 looks decidedly CoD4 like, but I am buying it pretty much on the visual basis I have seen so far.

    @DrDamn: PS3 isn’t really trailing anymore in ports. In fact EA and Ubisoft have switched internal development over to PS3 lead, to avoid these bad ports. It shan’t damage the 360 version, obviously.

    #9 7 years ago
  10. pjmaybe

    Whatever the hardware specs are for the new machine, rest assured that what you get in the final revision that’s available to consumers will in no way A) be anything like the specs Sony would have you believe and B) be anywhere near as powerful as that generation’s current flavour of PC tech. For the PS4 to seriously be a powerhouse uber-machine it needs to be fucktastically powerful, have more RAM than a randy minotaur on viagra and at least feature an optical drive that has more than enough throughput to stream more or less seamlessly to RAM/GPU/CPU without overheads.

    Can’t see it ever happening and even if they did somehow miraculously grow a game-machine-design brain and stopped arsing about with all that set-top media bollocks, the machine would be so prohibitively expensive that no one would buy it anyway.

    #10 7 years ago
  11. patlike

    Hey, No_PUDding. Nice to have you here :D

    #11 7 years ago
  12. Shatner

    “Highly placed sources told VG247 today”

    Right. Are these the sort of carefully anonymous highly placed sources that frequent NeoGAF and Eurogamer forums??

    I can’t understand why anyone should expect me to believe what someone with no identity and, by default, no credibility might have to say with regards to movements of high profile industry individuals. Or unreleased videogames for that matter.

    It may well be true. But then again, I’m sure I can rattle off an email that sounds convincing but turns out to be 100% bullshit. Just mention some high-profile interests, make no specific claims, substantiate it with speculatory and completely impossible-to-prove claims and BLAM! front page news.

    Who is this highly placed source? What makes them highly placed? Where do they work? How do they come by their information?

    Why should I trust THEM (or the people that trust them) when they aren’t willing to substantiate themselves??

    All these ‘anonymous’ but ‘highly placed’ sources seem to crawl out of the woodwork to make some impossible claims, allowing for some eye-catching headlines to be written and then disappear. Or maybe “highly placed source” is just a useful macguffin for “slow news day, let’s make something up”.

    Who knows? Whilst we’re so busy protecting the identity of credibility-free tattle-tales it’s rather difficult to care about the words they utter.

    Really, this is about the third time in as many weeks I’ve been expected to believe some baseless waffle from some carefully anonymised internet nobody who, according to the opening line, is well placed.

    Trust me, if you’re that well placed you don’t need to go jeopardising your position by blabbing inside information to the games media. Those who have the credibility don’t need to advertise it. Those that need to advertise it don’t have it.

    Give me news, not this sort of baseless bullshit. It reeks as though someone ‘anonymous’ deliberately manufactured it so they could make some eye-catching, link-catching, ad-revenue earning headline.

    Please stop insulting the intelligence of your readers.

    #12 7 years ago
  13. Psychotext

    Hi Shatner!

    /waves

    #13 7 years ago
  14. Nugent

    If they’re just starting the dev cycle, the PS4 is a long way off. Sony likes to design their own chips, it’ll be years until the CPU/GPU is ready, much less the rest of the console that goes around it.

    Hirai has acknowledged some of the problems Sony has had with the PS3 being difficult to program for. Hopefully, this means they’ll make more of an effort to make it easy to develop for the next time around.

    #14 7 years ago
  15. patlike

    Shatner – That’s your best post yet :D

    #15 7 years ago
  16. mart

    Not only did he insult your intelligence, but he insulted your mum, too! I heard him.

    #16 7 years ago
  17. morriss

    Down with sauces.

    #17 7 years ago
  18. Shatner

    Down with shit journlism. Pat, this site started good but it’s ‘news’ like this that’s diluting the quality with vapourware, baseless shit.

    You invited me to let you know when the quality of the journalism in your content drops – well this is a prime example. Not one piece of ‘highly sourced’ ‘information’ is substantiated or verifiable. Nor does there appear to have been any effort on the part of VG247 to verify or substantiate this ‘information’ before merrily posting it. Do you think puttin the word “rumour” is your get out of jail free card for writing shitty articles? How about not writing shitty, baseless articles in the first place? Oh. Sorry. I forgot. Having expectations of the games media to immitate something resembling journalism is my fault! Let’s all have a giggle with our Eurogamer chums and just write more bullshit until the ad revenue stops coming in!

    And people claim to wonder why I hold the games media in low regard? This article and the attitude of the people responsible for it speak volumes. It seems expecting a degree of professionalism in your chosen field is something to be regarded as a laughing matter.

    #18 7 years ago
  19. morriss

    Oh well.

    #19 7 years ago
  20. Psychotext

    Why do you actually bother reading sites like this Shatner? It’s clear that they wind you up considerably.

    #20 7 years ago
  21. patlike

    Do you ever read newspapers, Phil?

    #21 7 years ago
  22. Hero of Canton

    Do you ever read newspapers, Phil?

    Hang on…Shatner is Harrison? It all makes sense!

    #22 7 years ago
  23. Shatner

    Good response pat. Why bother to look at improving your own standards when you can wriggle away from criticism and try to claim that it’s ok because you’re just as bad as the others?

    Excellent attitude towards accountability. Really impressive.

    #23 7 years ago
  24. Hero of Canton

    Shatner, it seems you have trust issues. If you choose not to believe Pat’s ‘highly placed’ sources, then don’t. That’s your prerogative. But it’s not fair to say that it’s not true simply because the source isn’t revealed. In many cases, sources can’t be named because they’d be in trouble if they were, sometimes to job-losing extent.

    If you’re not happy with the standard of journalism, then why keep coming back just to snipe? Just find another site which suits you better.

    #24 7 years ago
  25. Shatner

    No, HoC, I have “expecting to believe unsubstantiated bullshit” issues. Tell me, where in that article is there *anything* I can find to dispell the notion thats it’s bullshit? Any facts, figures, verifiable details, substantiated claims. Any *proper* sources of information? No. None. It’s not common practice, unless there is a dispute, to publicise why a person chooses to leave a company. Certainly from such a high-profile and senior position. But hey, some anonymous schmuck reckons they know why this person left such a role and is happy to blab about it. Sorry, I just don’t find any aspect of that chain of events likely. Especially given the risk of blabbing for the non-existent returns of having such a ‘story’ go public. It reeks of bullshit and, so far, anyone remotely connected to publishing this story is doing exactly the opposite of making it any more believable.

    Still, that’s another great way of dealing with criticism HoC. Don’t make any effort to improve standards, just suggest your critics go somewhere else.

    I wouldn’t say I have trust issues. But knowing the general accuracy of the games media and the effort they (don’t) go into to verify details before posting ‘news’ I find it out of sorts to protect a source of some completely unsubstantiated bullshit.

    By contrast, if the source had a name and background it would go some way to making their claims remotely believable.

    That the only person that seems to give a damn about accuracy of information over a nice sexy DIGGable headline is effectively told to go elsewhere further demonstrate just why I choose not to give the games media any benefit of the doubt.

    It seems you guys have no problems criticising anything under the sun when it suits you but the moment your own activities and professionalism gets put under the spotlight you seem to get rather put out and tell people to go away.

    If you’re not even going to be accountable for the stuff that gets written then it only damages the credibility of the writers and the site willing to publish such stories even further.

    If I were here to snipe then I’d just be making one line snipes. Don’t try and dismiss genuine criticism as some petty argument. Oh certainly, there’s pettiness here, but it’s not come from me.

    #25 7 years ago
  26. patlike

    Shatner – Sorry. You’re just boring me now. I’ve tried to be polite but I don’t have time to read epic tirades every time you see something you don’t like.

    #26 7 years ago
  27. morriss

    Let’s put a scenario forward shall we? Yes, lets.

    Shatner gets a job as a journalist. As he’s worked in the industry for some time he has made many friends, not only as his previous job but throughout the industry, many people trust him and he trusts them. He chats with them semi-regularly and they always try and meet up at events.

    Now, one of these friends works for Microsoft, pretty high up, not director level, but they certainly don’t make the tea either. They then tell Shatner that they’ve heard that the “word on the Microsoft street” is that a new XBox is coming next year. They also tell him that he’s free to print it but the source obviously doesn’t want his or her name mentioned.

    So what does Shatner do? Print what a friend whom he holds in high regard has told him or simply sit on the story because the friend has said he won’t go on record as he likes his career and doesn’t won’t a team of Microsoft lawyers so far up his arse he won’t be able work ever again?

    #27 7 years ago
  28. Robo_1

    Using unnamed sources etc. is always going to take a bit of a leap of faith on the readers part.

    It’s a chain of trust, does Pat trust his source, and does the reader trust VG24/7. If in a subsequent interview, Harrison admits to this story being accurate, then hey, VG24/7 got the scoop, and their rep increases as a reliable source that’s first to the story. If it becomes apparent that the story is BS, then the site’s going to take a hit both in credibility and hits.

    I don’t for a second believe Pat’s sat behind his computer, twiddling his moustache whilst thinking up what story to invent today, but unsubstantive news like this will always be treated with the odd raised eyebrow, and to be fair, that’s why it is filed under rumour, and not “OMG, have we got an exclusive for you”.

    So really, I’d say to Shatner, do you trust what you’ve seen of VG24/7 thus far? If you do, then lend them the benefit of the doubt, but if you feel they’ve let you down before, or reported one too many ‘rumours’ which turned out to be untrue, then wash your hands of them.

    At the end of the day, journalism is nothing if you don’t trust the people behind the words, so it’s not something any site such as this will gamble away on what is after all, a fairly low key (I mean it’s no big news that work on PS4 will have begun) story, so keep the faith, they haven’t let us down yet :)

    #28 7 years ago
  29. Michael

    Moriss: He likely wouldn’t post it. It would conflict with his overbearing, self deluded ego.

    No offense Shatner, but your obsessive need to try and undermine everything everyone says got old after its second attempt, never mind it fourth, fifth, sixth and twentieth.

    The fact that you seem determined to constantly whine about everyone’s opinion, as if doing so will create some seismic shift in the balance of the universe once we finally “get” you, also reeks of paranoia, and a slightly unnerving sense of desperation.

    But hey, if you feel to need to “educate” all us professionals, the ones getting paid for what we do whilst providing a useful, substantial service to people, feel free. You might just want to start realising who the laughter is being directed at.

    Oh, BTW, lots of words don’t make your argument any more valid or any less petty.

    It was explained as a rumour, and it was detailed as a rumour. It’s not meant to be taken as substantial, only a possibility.

    #29 7 years ago
  30. Hero of Canton

    Still, that’s another great way of dealing with criticism HoC. Don’t make any effort to improve standards, just suggest your critics go somewhere else.

    Well, I’m not the one being criticised, as I have no affiliation with this site. I just happen to believe that Pat’s claim is genuine.

    #30 7 years ago
  31. Whizzo

    Woodward and Bernstein are obvious hacks because they won’t reveal the identity of Deep Throat too.

    I’ve no idea if this is true or not but people wanting to protect their anonymity happens in all areas of journalism and usually for very good reasons.

    #31 7 years ago
  32. HairyArse

    Having read all of the comments on this page – interesting read too – I can see both sides of the arguement.

    However, the one thing that strikes me as being odd is that surely if what was wrote in the article was the real reason for Phil leaving Sony, then only he would know about it? I just can’t see him using that as the official line. And I certainly don’t think Phil would bad-mouth Sony to any of his colleagues – at least not ones he didn’t trust explicitly enough not to anonymously reveal this titbit.

    #32 7 years ago
  33. Michael

    HairyArse: (Nice name, by the way!) To be honest, the way I read it didn’t seem like he was bad-mouthing Sony – he was simply just jaded with the same-old same-old routine and wanted to try something different.

    Guess the only way we’ll ever know the truth is if he up and admits it.

    #33 7 years ago
  34. Shatner

    Shatner – Sorry. You’re just boring me now. I’ve tried to be polite but I don’t have time to read epic tirades every time you see something you don’t like.

    Then stop publishing bullshit. Take some accountability for what your site publishes instead of suggesting that if someone questions what you do that they are wrong to do so.

    I’ve seen absolutely no effort to respond to my concerns about this article (one of many originating from “highly placed” anonymous sources that get published here) and many efforts to dismiss or discredit the person that doesn’t blindly accept every unsubstantiated and questionable claim you choose to publish. I can’t say I’m very impressed with your handling of third-party anonymity either. It seems you’re more than willing to compromise it when you feel it’ll score you a point with your mates.

    I comment on very few articles on this site. I’ve never seen the point of making some comment that simply amounts to “I agree”. Many of the dozens of daily articles you publish are of a more than acceptable standard. So your suggestion that I’m here only to give the poor ickle games media a hard time is victim-playing at it’s finest and another example of avoiding the issue and shifting the blame rather than making any attempt to be accountable for your work.

    As the amusingly name HairyArse demonstrates, if you spend a few seconds thinking this article’s supposed chain of events through (rather than blindly accepting everything that is written and never using your brain) it really doesn’t add up to something very likely. It certainly begs many questions. Sprinkle some anonymity into the mix and it only becomes increasingly questionable. Add lack of accountability and evasiveness into the mix and matters become increasingly worse.

    Whizzo’s comparisons are hilariously over-the-top and out of context. Pure pantomime drama. Much like comparing luxury goods to house purchases. It’s all very dramatic and clever sounding but quite pathetically misplaced on closer inspection.

    Either stop posting bullshit or be accountable for the bullshit you publish.

    #34 7 years ago
  35. morriss

    Why are Whizzo’s comparisons over-the-top?

    You don’t know who the source is, and we’re not going to tell you.

    The End.

    #35 7 years ago
  36. Psychotext

    He actually did do a fair bit of badmouthing of Sony when he left. There were plenty of comments about Sony not listening to his advice about where console gaming was going and that they didn’t focus on the local multiplayer stuff that he suggested.

    #36 7 years ago
  37. Whizzo

    You’re missing my point, your assertion that anonymously quoted sources are worthless because we don’t know who is making them is bollocks.

    In your own post you say “trust me”, exactly how can we trust you as we don’t know who you are?

    #37 7 years ago
  38. HairyArse

    Minor individual snipes aside, I’m fairly impressed that you guys are managing to have a half-decent adult discussion on this. I guess that means the Eurogamer ‘massive’ hasn’t invaded yet?

    #38 7 years ago
  39. Hero of Canton

    Shatner, out of interest, how on earth can you possibly know whether it’s bullshit or not, unless you are in fact Phil Harrison?

    #39 7 years ago
  40. Axle

    @HairyArse. I tried having a debate on Destructoid last week and it degenerated into insults, not only against me but against memebers of my family.

    The pseudonominity of the Internet generates a forum of discontent – at least this debate has reamined about ideas rather than descending into a personal vendetta.

    By the way, personally I would rather the site printed what it has, even with riders, than leave it aside.

    For me, this is (currently) the best videogames site on the web. That may change as it becomes inflamed with fanboys, but I reckon it does a pretty good job at the moment.

    #40 7 years ago
  41. morriss

    Even if the site gets a fanboy overload, the content will remain the same.

    #41 7 years ago
  42. Shatner

    Based on the reliability of “highly placed but anonymous” source and “rumours” in the past it’s not unreasonable to have a healthy skepticism towards these kind of stories.

    When you look at the details in this story, everything is speculative, unsubstantiated and impossible to prove. This doesn’t do anything to dispell the initial skepticism.

    Furthermore, anyone professional doesn’t go about talking about how they left their last, very high profile, very senior, job to the sorts of people that might blab to the easily excitable games media. As ex Head of Worldwide Game Studios it’s not unreasonable to assume that Phil Harrison is a fairly responsible person, fairly professional, good at his job and, in particular, very good at handling the flow of information.

    Given the factors involved it seems ludicrous that someone other than Phil Harrison is in any sort of authoritative position to speak on his behalf as to why he left one role for another. Especially as Phil Harrison has had ample time to divulge such information to any interested parties should he feel like it.

    I don’t particularly care who this anonymously ‘highly placed’ source is. I do care for something to substantiated their completely baseless and unproven claims. If that can be achieved by identifying who they are, who they work for or what they do for a living then, hey, I’m interested. I’m not looking to know a name simply for the sake of knowing a name. I’m not petty.

    Even so, if that name turns out to be anyone other than Phil Harrison, I’d still have serious doubts as to the accuracy of the information. He’s the best person to know why he does things, it’s quite staggeringly dense to assume someone other than him is a better authority on such a topic.

    Tie all this in with this site’s other examples of using anonymous sources, forum posters and other questionable sources and the continued evasiveness and reluctance to show any accountability for their work (cushy number, wish I had a job where I could get away with such a practice) it only serves to reinforce my earlier skepticism even more.

    Digging your heels in, telling your audience to go elsewhere, making wisecracks at others expense, being dismissive of criticism and generally trying to discredit someone who questions all the baseless ‘information’ in this article is very counterproductive to your cause.

    And Whizzo, my assertion wasn’t that anonymous quoted sources are worthless. But anonymously quoted, totally baseless, flies-in-the-face-of-simple-logic, completely unsubstantiated are certainly worthless. All the evasiveness of those responsible for reporting it do not add any worth to it either. Quite the opposite.

    If you think this information is, somehow, on par with the proper journalism that preceded Watergate then I’d question your levels of perception. I’d say you’re giving someone ridiculously too much credit just for the sake of making what you think is a counterpoint.

    #42 7 years ago
  43. Psychotext

    I’m not sure I get what all the fuss is about anyway… it’s not like the article says “He left because he fucking hates Sony and he thought the PS4 was going to be a dud”.

    It says he left because he wanted something new and didn’t want to go through another release cycle.

    Is that really so controversial? I’ve certainly left jobs for the same reasons and it didn’t feel like what I was doing was particularly out there.

    #43 7 years ago
  44. morriss

    But when Woodward and Bernstein first published their claims, it could have easily been construed as “anonymously quoted, totally baseless, flies-in-the-face-of-simple-logic and completely unsubstantiated” by the readers of the newspaper.

    It’s only knowing what we know now and after more digging by the journalists themselves and subsequent publication of their findings do we know that it wasn’t indeed bullshit at all.

    #44 7 years ago
  45. DryWit

    Wouldn’t surprise me if they are talking about PS4 internally, but I’d be very sceptical indeed about any actual dev work starting for years yet. There’s no point.

    #45 7 years ago
  46. Shatner

    But when Woodward and Bernstein first published their claims, it could have easily been construed as “anonymously quoted, totally baseless, flies-in-the-face-of-simple-logic and completely unsubstantiated” by the readers of the newspaper.

    Hmm. Again, I’m left with a feeling that people are being far too keen to flatter themselves by way of comparison. I wonder if the editor of this article conducted as much due diligence as the editor of The Washington Post before the respective articles were published. Based on the sorts of stories posted in the past, I rather doubt it – it boils down to accountability, doesn’t it? That’s where the gulf of difference appears to lie.

    But seriously guys, slapping yourselves on the back with this ‘story’ and buying into comparisons with The Washington Post is now beyond a joke. You’re far too keen to take credit you haven’t earned and FAR too evasive of criticism to temper it with substance or genuine facts. A rather ungracious and convenient one-sided approach to accountability and professionalism.

    #46 7 years ago
  47. morriss

    But yet again, you are talking about the Washington Post with the added bonus of hindsight. Also, I’m sure the Post has got it wrong plenty of times too. Do you know how the Washington Post was seen by the public before that major story? I’m sure there were/are certain sections of the US public that derided their stories just as much as you are doing here.

    In fact, all news outlets get things wrong, although it doesn’t stop them trusting their sources and running with a story. It’s part and path of the course.

    I’m sure you know all this know and don’t need the basics of journalism spoon-fed to you. Although I must admit, it’s looking increasingly unlikely that you have the faintest idea as to how media outlets operate. And when I say “media outlets” I really do mean every single one on the face of the planet.

    Strange you haven’t noticed what everyone has taken for granted for the past 100 years or so and are hell bent on raising issues that are both naive and archaic in both their reasoning and execution.

    Still, it’s your forum, mate. You do what you like with it.

    #47 7 years ago
  48. wz

    Just on a general note, I don’t like these “Rumour” stories either, especially not when they get updated 40min later to clarify the rumour is not true.

    On-topic, the explanation for Harrison leaving is quite the obvious one, since there was no “immediate need” to do so. And I think he might have easily mentioned such a thing as “Oh no, not again, I’m outta here!” to colleagues et al.

    #48 7 years ago
  49. Retroid

    Shatner, if anyone’s digging their heels in on their corner, it’s you. People have responded to those points and you’ve dismissed them out of hand.

    Well, ah etc.

    Besides, to my ears it sounds plausible that he wouldn’t want to go through the whole platform development process again, knowing how long things like that take. Wasn’t he at Sony since before the launch of the original PS? That sort of commitment is bound to take a lot out of a person.

    That’s if this is true, of course we may never know unless Phil says so publically in the future. But I’d be amazed if the reasons for him leaving such a position in Sony haven’t been mentioned to colleagues in private.

    #49 7 years ago
  50. Shatner

    Morriss, I’ll go looking around other media outlets to see if they take accountability for what they publish or favour telling people to go elsewhere when, for a change, the endless criticism and questioning gets turned back on the media instead of the other way around.

    Refusal towards accountability and evasiveness still appear to be your favoured responses in every instance. Just because they’re easy or because someone else uses the same tactics doesn’t mean this story or the way this site has handled its reception to be anything less than a joke.

    I guess it’s far easier taking other people to task for whatever you feel like then ever having to do it yourself.

    And if your suggestion that one isn’t qualified to criticise the subject unless you’re familiar with its workings was to be given any credence then I’d say the games media (in fact, all media) would disappear overnight.

    That’s cute. We can now add double standards into the wonderful array of responses towards the defense of this worthless piece of baseless gossip.

    #50 7 years ago
  51. DrDamn

    I take these stories with the pinch of salt they are intended to be taken with. One important point though – this is the sort of story which helps separate this site from more traditional gaming sites like EG. I wouldn’t expect EG to report this sort of thing without the back-up and due diligence Shatner suggests, I do expect a site like this to post stuff they feel is credible without it though. That is the sort of site this is.

    #51 7 years ago
  52. G1GAHURTZ

    oooh…

    heated conflict!

    How interesting… This is good reading actually. Better than the foundationless sensationalist story which started it!

    lol.

    #52 7 years ago
  53. morriss

    In your opinion. Which is even less valid than the point of view or statement in this article.

    Are you starting to smell what you shovellin’ yet? Or do you really need diagrams?

    Accountability need only be acknowledged if the statement is proved to be false. Also, accountability is only relevant in this context if VG247 tells the reader that a) it is a certainty and b) the source originates from within the company itself.

    However, none of those are present here.

    Again, it’s simple English language, simple logic and moreover simple comprehension.

    #53 7 years ago
  54. Shatner

    Shatner, if anyone’s digging their heels in on their corner, it’s you

    Yeah. Funny that. When I ask why I should be expected to believe something that doesn’t make a lot of sense and is free of substance and am then given statements that are evasive, dismissive and lacking in objectivity, for some reason it doesn’t suddenly make me think my initial feelings were inappropriate.

    And, if you’re the Retroid I think you are, then I’m pretty certain I’ve little reason to worry about your view on these matters.

    #54 7 years ago
  55. morriss

    Dr.Damn gets it. Everyone gets it. Bar one, solitary figure.

    What a shame.

    #55 7 years ago
  56. morriss

    “When I ask why I should be expected to believe something ”

    You’re not. You’re free to do as you please. Like everyone else in the world.

    Welcome to a free-thinking democracy. We’ve been around for a few hundred years now. Glad you could join us.

    #56 7 years ago
  57. Shatner

    Accountability need only be acknowledged if the statement is proved to be false. Also, accountability is only relevant in this context if VG247 tells the reader that a) it is a certainty and b) the source originates from within the company itself.

    However, none of those are present here.

    Again, it’s simple English language, simple logic and moreover simple comprehension.

    I mentioned accountability and evasiveness. You seem to be talking about one whilst practicing the other.

    Surely it’d just be simpler to answer questions than wriggle and writhe and keep finding interesting sounding ways as to why you don’t have to answer questions you don’t like the sound of. I wonder if you’d tolerate that sort of attitude from the people that you speak to professionally.

    You only seem to like responding to people that already fit your predetermined view. I’m questioning what’s being written and instead of treating that maturely the usual suspect have drawn their wagons round in a defensive circle and executed the usual tired ways of trying to dispatch the one who won’t bleat with the rest of the herd.

    If free-thinking democracy is your current line of defense it sounds very nice and mature. What a shame you’ve chosen to execute such a stance by belittling and dismissing the free thinkers rather than the ones that go along with whatever they read without question. Seems conveniently hypocritical to me.

    Good to see you resorting to insults. Must mean I’m hitting a nerve.

    #57 7 years ago
  58. Retroid

    And ‘which’ Retroid do you think I am? O_o

    I’m merely pointing out that it’s being reported as a rumour, nothing more. If it was being reported as “AH! SEE! *FACT*” then I’d actually agree on that point. Just not about anonymous sources being inherently untrustworthy.

    #58 7 years ago
  59. G1GAHURTZ

    Multiple Retroids FTW!

    #59 7 years ago
  60. El_MUERkO

    BAN HAMMER!

    Everyone (including me) must be banned immediately for hilarious consequences!

    /hacks site

    #60 7 years ago
  61. Shatner

    And, Retroid, I’m merely pointing out that this rumour has far more bullshit than substance to it.

    But, apparently, that’s not a valid opinion as, even though it’s been heavily substantiated and seconded by some other commentators, this “rumour” isn’t allowed to be considered as bullshit. Some have gone as far to say that it “can’t possibly” be bullshit.

    Again. The people posting the rumour only seem happy to have people believe it without question. The people questioning the rumour and practicing some free-thinking democracy aren’t treated very democratically at all.

    It’d be funny if it weren’t so fucking pathetic.

    I’m off to re-read Animal Farm and have a bacon sandwich. I’m bored of watching morriss dig another hole for him and this site.

    #61 7 years ago
  62. Retroid

    Apparently! But then I’ve had messages over live saying things like “Not seen you lately on the JRPG.com (whatever) forum! Where’ve you been?” when I’ve never bloody been there in the first place.

    #62 7 years ago
  63. morriss

    I haven’t insulted you at all. I’ve talked down to you, yes. But that’s only because nothing you’ve said so far has deserved any other kind of response.

    Play the victim card if you like, it becomes you.

    Anyway, all your questions have been answered but I guess you’re too bust typing your next monologue about something else that you really have no idea as to what you’re talking about or any kind of experience with, to even read what’s being said.

    Cherry-picking quotes and then basing your next argument around that issue is old and tired. You’ll have to do better than that here.

    #63 7 years ago
  64. morriss

    “The people posting the rumour only seem happy to have people believe it without question.”

    Where does it say that?

    Read. Think. Post.

    Three easy steps.

    #64 7 years ago
  65. Retroid

    I’ll be questioning the validity of this rumour on my own. I’ve not blindly believed any rumour in the gaming press since the 80s, particularily from a single source.

    #65 7 years ago
  66. G1GAHURTZ

    Hey, I think this is all a strom in a tea cup. VG247, the way I see it is a struggling blog, trying to find an angle and its own identity in a sea of blogs. This is even more the situation if it’s trying to be profitable.

    It’s a site that’s trying to stay away from the fanboy rages that frequent other sites, but I’ve noticed over the last few weeks that it seems to be coming to terms with the fact that flame bait and console war posts are the only things that generate any really substantial amount of traffic.

    To be honest Shatner, you might be better of showing a great deal more cynicism when it comes to these sort of stories.

    I mean, lets face it. VG247 has just got a link from Kotaku with this one story and probably generated another 2-3000 hits today from a short paragraph about Sony.

    I’d expect a whole load more of these ‘an anonimous source’ stories in the future.

    #66 7 years ago
  67. Syrok

    This is getting a bit out of control now. Shame, was a nice argument before.

    #67 7 years ago
  68. Psychotext

    It would appear that Shatner with a day off work is a dangerous thing indeed. :)

    #68 7 years ago
  69. morriss

    “struggling blog” lol

    “It’s a site that’s trying to stay away from the fanboy rages that frequent other sites, but I’ve noticed over the last few weeks that it seems to be coming to terms with the fact that flame bait and console war posts are the only things that generate any really substantial amount of traffic.”

    Yes, it’s all contrived.

    #69 7 years ago
  70. G1GAHURTZ

    “Yes, it’s all contrived.”

    Yeah, tell me about it!

    #70 7 years ago
  71. Stupot24

    Shatner, I am loving the fact that you face this article head on with baseless unsubstantiated criticism when thats exactly what you are getting your panties in a bunch about.

    Shatner loves an argument, you have made that perfectly clear, we all get it. Maybe for your next trick it would be a refreshing change for you to actually agree with someone or better yet dont say anything at all. I am sure you will agree that people who anonymously post on message boards with nothing but worthless drivel just because they know they can, is the lowest of the low?

    The article in question was there for you to read and to mull over in your own mind and then you can choose whether to believe the article or not, it isnt for you to choose for everyone else whether they believe it or not or even try to disparage the article so that others are less likely to believe it. The sheer amount of articles I have seen you post in on this site beggars belief, you must have better things to do than waste everyones time?

    Everytime someone replies to what you write, whether its one line or a few paragraphs you respond with useless unrelated words that dont directly address anything in particular, I am of the opinion that you need a few more years writing message board talkbacks before you get the hang of it. This is just my opinion/criticism of your posts, so no flaming now.

    #71 7 years ago
  72. OrphanageExplosion

    Pat rarely posts ‘rumours’ at all, so I trust him to do proper background checks when he does do so. I’m sure if he was looking to post unsubstantiated stories designed to attract traffic, he would choose a far juicier topic than this one.

    As it is, the few site-exclusive rumours he’s posted so far have checked out – the in-game XMB and custom soundtracks for PS3 for example.

    #72 7 years ago
  73. wz

    /group hug

    #73 7 years ago
  74. Retroid

    I’m still wanting to know which Retroid I am

    /Confused

    #74 7 years ago
  75. Michael

    “Minor individual snipes aside, I’m fairly impressed that you guys are managing to have a half-decent adult discussion on this. I guess that means the Eurogamer ‘massive’ hasn’t invaded yet?”

    Just Shatner, I’m afraid.

    “Then stop publishing bullshit. Take some accountability for what your site publishes instead of suggesting that if someone questions what you do that they are wrong to do so.”

    Questioning someone is fine. Rambling on for a dozen posts that could fill an entire book is just moronic and makes you look stupid, especially seeing as the only point you ever seem to have when you post is “I’m right and you’re an idiot”

    “I’ve seen absolutely no effort to respond to my concerns about this article (one of many originating from “highly placed” anonymous sources that get published here) and many efforts to dismiss or discredit the person that doesn’t blindly accept every unsubstantiated and questionable claim you choose to publish.”

    Thats why its listed as a rumour, you dumbass. There’s nothing wrong with unsubstantiated information as long as its listed as such.

    As for why there has been no effort to substantially respond to, its because we’ve mostly gotten bored of your contrived whining all the time.

    “I can’t say I’m very impressed with your handling of third-party anonymity either. It seems you’re more than willing to compromise it when you feel it’ll score you a point with your mates.”

    Then go somewhere else. I can assure you, you won’t be missed. If I had been in Pat’s position, you would have been right at the start.

    “I comment on very few articles on this site.”

    “So your suggestion that I’m here only to give the poor ickle games media a hard time is victim-playing at it’s finest and another example of avoiding the issue and shifting the blame rather than making any attempt to be accountable for your work.”

    There is no issue other than the one you’re making. You disagree with someone, and you refuse to shut up until you’ve completed shitted over every with your overbearing ego.

    “Whizzo’s comparisons are hilariously over-the-top and out of context. Pure pantomime drama.”

    Pot. Kettle. Black.

    “It’s all very dramatic and clever sounding but quite pathetically misplaced on closer inspection.”

    Pot. Kettle. Black.

    Can’t we just ban this arse? He completely destroyes the great, mature community discussion this place is more than capable of.

    #75 7 years ago
  76. Syrok

    No! I’m against that notion.

    #76 7 years ago
  77. mart

    Nobody gets banned.

    #77 7 years ago
  78. wz

    “Can’t we just ban this arse? He completely destroyes the great, mature community discussion this place is more than capable of.”

    That’s a saddening statement. But enough of that metadiscussion.

    #78 7 years ago
  79. morriss

    Shatner’s Shatner, and that’s all there is to it. Banning him wouldn’t solve anything. If you don’t like what he posts, don’t reply. Easy.

    #79 7 years ago
  80. ecu

    80 comments! What the hell!

    I must have blinked.

    #80 7 years ago
  81. SticKboy

    laters

    #81 7 years ago
  82. that_happy_cat

    What PS4 thread…..?

    …oh, right…

    Wow

    #82 7 years ago
  83. Robo_1

    Topic resurrection get!

    #83 7 years ago
  84. patlike

    I honestly haven’t even read this thread.

    #84 7 years ago
  85. that_happy_cat

    You haven’t read it? I’m telling Shatner on you

    #85 7 years ago
  86. Truk

    Shatner is quite the piece of work. He was an external producer, right? Makes sense.

    #86 7 years ago
  87. Quiiick

    Destuctoid posted this “news” more than 3 weeks ago!

    Link

    #87 7 years ago
  88. Quiiick

    Rats!!!
    … and they had it from … guess … vg247! ;)

    #88 7 years ago
  89. Quiiick

    Shit, I’m stuck in a time-loop! :(

    #89 7 years ago
  90. Psychotext

    lol… Quiiick is broken.

    #90 7 years ago

Comments are now closed on this article.

  • Bloodborne and Dark Souls messaging – in real life

    Soapstone is a cool little app that mimics the messaging system found in Bloodborne, Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls. Bloodborne and Dark Souls fans will surely agree that the asynchronous multiplayer side of things, with players leaving anonymous tips, encouragement and jokes for each other, is one of the cooler aspects of the From Software […]

  • Mass Effect fans, get a load of this My Talking Elcor plushie

    I have been waiting to write about this all day because oh my god. Mass Effect attracted a devoted fanbase and Bioware has found tons of clever ways to satisfy that fanbase’s desire for clothes, collectibles, books, comics and toys related to the future world of Commander Shepard and company. The company has been so […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection headed to retail

    Homeworld fans can purchase a neat little package of gloriously remastered nostalgia soon. The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been available online since the end of February, but is now on its way to retail thanks to a deal between new rights holder Gearbox and Ubisoft. The PC exclusive will launch in physical form from May […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt download size lower than predicted

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a hefty install footprint, but it’s not as bad as we expected. The Witcher 3 was expected to be a 50GB download after a note to this effect was added to the PlayStation Store. It looks like that might have been a placeholder figure, as DualShockers noted today that […]

  • Bloodborne, beaten with a Guitar Hero controller

    Come on now, you didn’t expect anything less from the Souls community, did you? Bloodborne has been vanquished with a Guitar Hero controller, just a few weeks after its release. Kotaku reports Bearzly took nine hours to finish the game, which is probably less than many players using a Dual Shock. You can watch a […]

  • Vendors? New social space? Your House of Wolves questions will be answered

    Destiny players learned more about House of Wolves in this week’s Bungie update than you might realise at first glance. Resident Destiny expert Arekkz cast his eagle eye over this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, which announced next week’s Reef tour livestream. I personally am most excited to learn about gear upgrade paths, but Arekkz points […]

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal to be streamed live, new Instagram tease

    The Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal will be live-streamed during a panel hosted by EA as part of the Star Wars Celebration festivities this Friday. This is according to an announcement from Verizon and Disney courtesy of MP1ST. The main stream for the event kicks off at 10am PDT/1pm EDT on Thursday, April 16. It […]

  • GameStop to launch retro game and console trade-in experiment

    GameStop wants to get into the retro game and console business, providing it’s a worthwhile endeavor. To test the possibility, it will soon allow customers in Birmingham, Alabama and New York City to trade-in classic consoles and games in-store. Speaking with IGN, a spokesperson for the company said the initiative will kick off on April […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch addresses five priority issues requested by the community

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch is in the works, and today, Visceral Games has added Punkbuster and Nvidia DirectX driver fixes to the list of issues to be addressed. Miscellaneous fixes for “the most frequent crashes” will be included in the patch, as well as the following “top five priority” issues voiced by the community. Punkbuster […]

  • GTA 5 user videos: Franklin’s exploits, a traffic jam tickle our funny bone

    Since GTA 5 was released on PC this week, the amount of videos being created with the new editing tools are releasing at a quick rate. Below, are three in particular I found amusing. The first one is from James McVinnie, originally posted on Reddit, showing what occurs after he happens upon vehicles in a […]

  • Invisible Inc. is coming to PS4 and has left Steam Early Access

    Invisible Inc., from Don’t Starve developers Klei Entertainment, has been announced for PlayStation 4 and the game has also a release date on PC. The game has now left Steam Early Access and will arrive on PC May 12. Per a post from studio founder Jamie Cheng on the PS Blog, the game will contain […]