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Home charges are “schoolboy error,” says Eurogamer

Friday, 12 December 2008 16:38 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Eurogamer’s impressions of Home have gone live, and they’re less than complimentary. Did you know you have to pay to create a “club” (guild)? We didn’t. Snip:

You can probably forget about Clubs to be honest, since Sony is charging GBP 3.99 for the privilege of forming one. Not only that, but in the future – some time after 31st March 2009, according to the blurb – you’ll be charged a monthly fee to keep your Club running. That’s before you even consider the costs of setting up a club house and furnishing it with cool stuff.

We appreciate that Home is a completely free release, and that Sony needs to make money from it somehow. But charging for social features – especially charging fees on top of one-off payments – is a schoolboy error.

Read the full thing through the link. If you dare.

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27 Comments

  1. Syrok

    /sends a copy of “Economy for Dummies” to Sony

    #1 6 years ago
  2. G1GAHURTZ

    £3.99 TO FORM A CLUB!!!

    WHA…….???

    LOL!!

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Hunam

    I don’t see the point in it all personally. I mean at least in second life you can fuck each other.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Shatner

    Saying a game is released when it’s not.

    Now that’s a schoolboy error, Eurogamer.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. deftangel

    Microsoft have thrown a lot of money at building Live over the years and Sony more or less didn’t bother starting until after the 360 launched. However, they’re trying to the same core features for free with a virtual world on top.

    Money’s gotta come from somewhere.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Mad-elph

    What can you say of a Live account is you think 3.99 is a huge sum of money.

    There are clans out there with websites that they have to pay for, so this is likely to be cheaper for them. I mean thats likely their rational.

    It sucks that you have to pay, but its not like we are forced to do it. So how does this contravene basic economics, its simple supply/demand and allows for free mobility of wealth, the liberal economy at its best.

    Some people pay thousands of dollars to have their cel phones gold plated, so what is a few pounds.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. SplatteredHouse

    Please enjoy our arcade games, found in the Bowling Alley…once you’ve QUEUED for the privilege? 0_o
    That’s what seems most ridiculous to me. There is line heckling that goes on in there, at times, also. Wow.

    It all sounds far too user-unfriendly to me, as if they’ve only had their business hats on while developing and designing, and the consumer experience simply requires players to be there to experience the focus.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Michael O'Connor

    “What can you say of a Live account is you think 3.99 is a huge sum of money.”

    More reliable servers and a larger community of online gamers.

    “It sucks that you have to pay, but its not like we are forced to do it.”
    ^ This.

    Stupid move on Sony’s part, but then, so is region locking public public spaces so you can’t actually interact with people you know in them unless they’re from the same continent as you. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather play the pool and bowling with some people I *know* than a complete stranger.

    THAT is a schoolboy mistake.

    Talk about Sony missing the point.

    Mind you, watching 10 guys crowd around a female avatar (who is likely a guy) and whoring after “her” is more than a little disturbing. I feel sorry for any real women who actually log onto the thing.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Mad-elph

    What would to say of the service if you were on there and because of the proximity of other people could not speak with you “friend”. By this I mean, imagine having a nice convo with your mate, but then a person speaking Japanese, Arabic, Russian, German etc etc comes near you and all you can hear is sound you don’t understand… so region locking isn’t too bad an idea as well all hate getting into a game of CoD and having people yelling in different languages.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Syrok

    Oh noes, they speaking moon language!

    What I think is quiet nice is that the pre-made replies are directly translated into your language.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Ratso

    Logging into Home reminds me of visiting a poorly relative in a mental health ward – a slightly sinister, sterile environment with happy pictures on the walls and full of twitching, shuffling, babbling people.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Mad-elph

    Do we have number of how many people are on Live and PSN. I know there was some hoopla a few weeks ago when they announced PSN accounts, and it included people’s multiple accounts but surely not everyone pays for Live, I certainly know a few who don’t.

    Also do we have hard independent data on stability of networks and their robustness?

    I haven’t had any problems with the PSN except from my own end… just saying…

    #12 6 years ago
  13. mightyhokie

    MS releases the NXE and it is a total success (at least very very few hiccups). The navigation is a thousand times better, the Netflix element is AWESOME (although they need to quicken the pace for scanning movies so we have more and better options)…and sorry Europeans about you guys not having it…and I have used many, many more areas that I didn’t in the old blade system. I’ve found the avatars cute and fun. Basically, it is a incredible upgrade from what they had before. Still, it was free and they didn’t have to do it.

    Sony, they give us this….

    …they should just scrap the PS3 and start on the next one and try and beat MS to the punch in the next generation. It is really almost like they don’t give a damn.
    “We are Sony, you must buy our stuff if you want to play games”. Those days are over.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Gekidami

    Ofcourse NXE works better, its mostly just upgrades to what was already there; “Oh look, i painted my wall red, it looks way better then that guys, whose building it brick by brick.”

    Quit being retarded fanboys, the PS3 dosnt boot into Home so you dont have to use it.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Mad-elph

    mightyhokie,
    you are a completely deluded Xbot, not only does NXE and Home not directly compete, but Home isn’t a failure, it had just as many hiccups as NXE’s release, it just didn’t brick as many consoles.

    XMB is far far more intuitive design than either the blades or NXE, and it didn’t steal a Mac interface. XMB won many design awards and deservedly so.

    Home is… interesting… I was in the beta and it was fun, I mean I got to talk to some people I would not have. I can easily jump into a game with people I meet there. It’s a good starting point to get back into the game, but they should not “scrap the PS3″ because if they did, you wouldn’t have as many games on your lame system (multiplat sells more games).

    the irony of that last statement hurts so much, i mean proprietary HDD, paying for online service… and Home is a free service!

    #15 6 years ago
  16. David

    FANBOY ALERT

    Hands a gun to both of you.

    Closes room…………….BANG

    YAY

    Is home good ? that’s down to the person some see it as pointless others see it as a breath of fresh air.

    Is NXE crap ? some see it as crap others see it as a step in the right direction for Xbox live.

    These company’s only care about numbers if home is pulling in the numbers then they don’t care if Hardcore gamer Joe thinks its pointless.

    I think home should just replace the dashboard completely and when you load the PS3 up you appear in your apartment.

    #16 6 years ago
  17. morriss

    I actually think it’s ok and by that I mean well put together. The arcade games are a great idea although being able to watch a friend play and talk to them whilst they were doing it would be a great idea, I think – just like back in the day.

    However, I still don’t know what it’s for and I can’t see it’s something I’ll use often.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. dQuarters

    Are you kidding me? People are going to cry about this now? Microsoft is trying to charge me the same amount of money for a few pictures on my NXE, and I ain’t heard a peep about that ridiculousness.

    Home was free to start. Count yourself lucky. I mean, I wouldn’t pay for it either (as I don’t pay for NXE themes), but I don’t think it comes close to what Microsoft gets away with WHINER FREE.

    PS. I don’t own a PS3. Just a 360 … SILVER account.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Michael O'Connor

    “What would to say of the service if you were on there and because of the proximity of other people could not speak with you “friend”. I mean, imagine having a nice convo with your mate, but then a person speaking Japanese, Arabic, Russian, German etc etc comes near you and all you can hear is sound you don’t understand…”

    I live in Europe Our “Home” has people speaking a dozen different languages.

    “By this so region locking isn’t too bad an idea as we’ll all hate getting into a game of CoD and having people yelling in different languages.”

    Thats a little xenophobic isn’t it? But that doesn’t even count; the game launching require you to invite the people, so it wont be random strangers.

    I’ve no problem with paying 75c to redecorate my “Home”, its a better expensive than buying cigarettes, and all the conntent up there right costs less than a single packet… and it’ll last longer. It was also a smart move that you only need to buy the object once, but can place as many of them as you in your home.

    Heck, I think the bowling alley is great; its the most actively social area; its clear Home’s future lies in offering this kind of social entertainment, and I’ll commend Sony for getting *that* right.

    What I *don’t* like is stupid moves like forcing people to pay for horrible restrictive clubs, RESTRICTIONS THAT DON’T ALLOW YOU TO PLAY SOCIAL GAME WITH FOREIGN FRIENDS (whoever thought this was a good idea was an idiot) and… ironically… the general community; I’m tired already of the hordes of hormonally repressed kids clamouring around female avatars. It’s a bit sad, really.

    Home has potential. I just home they’re not gonna squash with archaic approaches to things.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. ecu

    Home is great. It’s free, and if nothing else it’s a good experiment. Won’t be using it much myself, but I’m glad that they’re trying these things.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Esha

    @Mad-elph

    There’s one thing I’d like to touch upon that you covered there, because I agree.

    I’d rather see micro-transactions in Home than have to pay for the service. I don’t pay for Live, because like with my PC, I bought the machine and I shouldn’t have to lease it out beyond that. Live makes me feel like I’m renting my XBox 360 instead of actually owning it, it’s a monthly and rather unnecessary debt. And therefore one that I choose to ignore.

    Some will argue that it makes for better servers, but that’s a huge, steaming crock of shit. If that were the case then PC games would’ve had server subscriptions tied to them since the PC could go online. I mean … buying Left4Dead on the XBox 360 is for rubes, because you have to pay a monthly fee to even play it with other people. Buying it via Steam for the PC means you pay once (for the game itself, of course), and that’s it.

    If they’re so worried about servers, then it wouldn’t be hard at all to institute a similar solution to the PC, to allow people to host their own servers from the console, or even to release dedicated Windows/Linux servers for console games. There are always other solutions, better solutions. But Microsoft has always epitomised greed to my mind, so this isn’t surprising.

    So I agree with you, it’s stunning that people complain about micro-transactions in Home (which are completely pointless to anyone except for idiots with money to burn, which is some money going to Sony at least), when the alternative is obviously so, so much worse.

    @Gigz

    Remember what I said before? I said that I couldn’t take you seriously because you tend to abuse caps-lock and punctuation to an unbearable degree, it’s like verbal littering and I doubt you’ll ever stop, to be honest.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. G1GAHURTZ

    WHAT TEH FLIP u r TALkING ABOUT EEEEEESHA!?!?!??!!??!!??!?

    U R SOOOOOOOOOO WRONG!!!!!!111ONE

    ROFLCOPTER!!!!!!!!!!

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #22 6 years ago
  23. David

    @Esha Horse for courses I’ve never felt like I’ve rented a 360 and as for live subscriptions well thats up to you if you don’t want to pay. But considering there are hundreds of different places that you can get gold subs. I got one awhile back for £27 thats £2.25 a month hardly breaking the bank.

    Horses for courses though I don’t mind paying when its something I actually enjoy using.

    Which is why I think the club feature of home will know doubt pull in a fair few people as well as the mini transactions.

    #23 6 years ago
  24. G1GAHURTZ

    It’s a load of rubbish!

    I’ve paid for around 3 years of a Gold account and since then I’ve played hours and hours and hours of AAA titles like GRAW, TDU, R6 Vegas, FIFA 08/09, Halo 3, PGR3, The Orange Box, COD2, COD4, Gears, Gears 2, etc, etc, etc online with and without my clan, and had some absolutely AMAZING gaming experiences.

    Apart from well publicised occasions, the service has been practically flawless in terms of both speed of acquiring and quality of connections.

    I see no problem whatsoever in paying for something that works this well, while PSN both struggles with the simple things that LIVE was doing a long time ago and also struggles with the other things that it has, such as Home.

    There are basic things that you can do in LIVE such as accept an invite for a game that you’re not playing that can’t be done in PSN. In fact, I keep reading about games that crash on the PS3 whenever someone on your friends list signs in!

    Now to top it all off, when Sony try and get you to pay £4 to start a ‘club’ and 59p for a rubber duckie, people start trying to defend it by spouting some gibberish like “oh, well the money’s helping $ony…”

    Sorry, but it’s the likes of these people who are the absolute hypocrites.

    All Sony has done is make a massive fun-fair, which anyone can walk around in, but none of the rides are free.

    It’s a giant marketing tool that is designed for no reason other than to maximise the profits that Hirai was talking about not so long ago.

    Anyone who thinks otherwise is utterly naive.

    #24 6 years ago
  25. Gekidami

    quit being a jackass G1GA, maybe one day you’ll actual play a PS3 and know what you’re talking about.

    #25 6 years ago
  26. G1GAHURTZ

    Yeah, great one!

    On PS3, I’ve played:

    Tiger Woods
    Resistance
    Motor Storm (on numerous occasions)
    That rubber duckie in the water SIXXAXIS thingy

    and probably some other stuff that I can’t remember at the moment.

    I had a PS3 sitting behind me on my desk at work for at least a few months and I used to play it from time to time.

    I don’t see what all the fuss is about really…

    #26 6 years ago
  27. Gekidami

    You played 3 launch titles… Your an expert *sarcasm*

    #27 6 years ago

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  • Denial wins Call of Duty Championship 2015

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  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC- check out new maps and the grapple ability

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  • Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies gets a “mini boss” with Ascendance DLC

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  • GTA Online user videos show out of character Lester, important Police Business

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  • Guild Wars 2 devs explain how the Map Bonus system, precursor crafting work in Heart of Thorns

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  • Fly around your creations in Cities: Skylines with the Flight Cimulator mod

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  • The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul arrive on PlayStation Vue

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  • Play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser

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  • Steam’s Discovery Update has helped increase revenue for smaller titles

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  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection April update includes “more ranked playlists”

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  • Get Spec Ops: The Line for free through 2K Games sale on Humble Store

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  • Dota 2 The International 2015 tickets are sold out

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  • Here’s what’s expected in Battlefield 4′s Weapon Crate DLC – video

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  • Pillars of Eternity issues to be addressed in patch 1.03, expected next week

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  • Mortal Kombat X videos show Erron Black gameplay, Ermac fatalities, more

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  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 2015 release not a “priority”, skipping E3

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  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

    Destiny’s senior gameplay designer Josh Hamrick announced on Twitter overnight he would be leaving the company in a week’s time for Bethesda. Hamrick joined Bungie in 2009 after working two years at Midway Austin, where he created multiplayer maps, modified single-player levels, and other designer functions. He was in charge of fixing bug in code […]

  • What to expect from the Call of Duty Championship this weekend

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  • MLB 15 The Show video highlights improved graphics, updated grass patterns

    Sony has released a video for MLB 15 The Show which provides a look at graphical improvements made to the game. Along with the visual upgrade over MLB 14 The Show, the game contains new minor league stadiums, dynamic sun generated in real-time, and upgraded grass patterns which reflect each stadium’s unique look. MLB 15 […]

  • Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition free to qualified developers

    Valve has said it will offer the HTC Vive Developer Edition for free to qualified developers in an effort to buoy projects before the tech launches commercially. Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios and The Room studio Fireproof Games are just some of the developers which already have a free Vive in-hand. According to Valve’s Doug […]

  • DriveClub gameplay video features MotorStorm’s off-road buggies

    Some gameplay footage of MotorStorm’s off-road buggies in DriveClub has surfaced. Pictures of the buggies were shown on the Japanese PlayStation Blog earlier this month, which considering the game was developed by Evolution Studios – which developed MotorStorm – this isn’t too much of a surprise. The buggies were first spotted by Videogamer, which pulled […]

  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

    A progression bug in Bloodborne is in the works, according to Sony and From Software. The issue occurs when players activate a multiplayer session in the Forbidden Woods using the Sinister Resonant Bell or Small Resonant Bell. It also appears the Lunarium Key won’t appear because of the multiplayer bug, and without the key you […]

  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

    The Yo-Kai Watch IP has sold over 7 million copies, according to developer Level-5. The figure included both physical and digital download sales. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be unveiled during Level-5 Vision 2015 next month. The first title is in the works for the west but is still without a release window. Thanks, Gematsu.

  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

    New PC screenshots of GTA 5 have been released along with word of a new trailer coming on Monday. The screens below are from the PC version and you can view them in 4K glory over on Rockstar Newswire. The PC version of GTA 5 releases on April 14.

  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

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  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.