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Washington Times: Sony doing all in its power to “hinder” PS3

Saturday, 13 December 2008 10:09 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Let the good times roll. The Washington Times has accused Sony of being “determined to do everything in its power to hinder the market penetration of [PS3] in particular and Blu-ray in general.”

In an editorial titled, “Sabotaging the Sony Playstation 3 market?” the paper says Sony has done nothing to move against disaster in the macro-economy by keeping the machine’s price high, and that its Blu-ray marketing is a “losing strategy”.

The piece goes as far to say that unless Sony’s attitude to Blu-ray changes we could be looking at the demise of the format in its entirety.

“Sony and the rest of the Blu-ray manufacturers need to implement a radical shift in their marketing strategy: Hammer home the fact that not only will their new Blu-ray player play high-definition movies, it also will vastly improve the picture quality of their previously purchased libraries,” says author Sonny Bunch.

“Without such a shift, the format might perish. Market penetration remains low, and every month people don’t buy a Blu-ray player is a month they get closer to downloadable HD movies and the death of the format as a whole.”

Hit the link. Be warned, though: it’s grim reading. If that isn’t enough anti-PS3 sentiment for you, check out CNN calling the machine “a sinking ship.” It’s just as cheery.

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55 Comments

  1. rainer

    While I could see digital movie downloads take root and replace DVD rentals I dont think it will ever replace the practice of buying a movie for keeps.

    That could change if they stripped the DRM from the movie and allowed customers to do whatever they want with it but the odds of that happening are slim to none.

    So Blu-ray still has a chance against DVD and digital movie downloads wont be the knock out blow (DVD will if Blu-ray fails).

    #1 6 years ago
  2. G1GAHURTZ

    Oh no, not the “Blu-Ray will never die, because I want something told hold in my hands” arguement again.

    Just tell that to the record companies whose CD sales are decreasing, and digital distribution is growing more and more profit.

    Anyway, what people seem to be forgetting is that it’s not about the death of Blu-Ray, but the fact that Sony pinned their entire PS3 strategy on the premise that Blu-Ray would be the ‘next DVD’, and that people would bin their DVD’s en masse and that the PS3 would benefit as a result.

    That’s why the console is so expensive. That’s why they marketed it as a home theater system.

    The broken equation went like this:

    Blu-Ray + PS3 + HD = Increased BRAVIA/related electronics sales = Market gains in gaming, home electronics and entertainment = Long term market dominance = Increased profits.

    The big problem with this is that without a SUCCESSFUL Blu-Ray, PS3 struggles, and without a SUCCESSFUL PS3, Blu-Ray struggles, which is what the article was getting at as far as I can see.

    It’s not about a “death” of one or the other, but unless Blu-Ray can stop people buying DVDs or downloading, it’s just going to be another ‘also ran’ format stuggling for market share, and all of the investments that Sony made are wasted.

    Like the $2 billion they lost a year ago.

    Sony NEEDS Blu-Ray to be the NUMBER 1 format, or they are going to seriously stuggle. Not just the chosen format of a few hardcore gamers and technology enthusiasts.

    NUMBER 1 was their plan from the beginning, and they made the investment of a product that they expected to be NUMBER 1.

    That’s why they spent so many millions and millions trying to kill off HD-DVD.

    So it’s not just about whether everyone in the world will stop buying physical media or not. There are still people who buy formats like vinyl and Laser Discs, so I’m sure that people will continue to buy Blu-Ray for a good while yet.

    But as for Blu-Ray being the top selling, market dominating format that DVD has been for so long, then that’s what Sony needs it to be, and that’s a different matter entirely.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Shatner

    innit

    #3 6 years ago
  4. G1GAHURTZ

    Actually, I held down SHIFT, which makes me super cool.

    Like, cooler than ice…

    lol.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Quiiick

    As long as I need to pay €29.99 for a disc, Blu-Ray is not going to be my format of choice.I only have 3 Blu-Ray Discs in my library (for which I paid less then €19.99, which is still too expensive).
    For the majority (95%) of my DVD library I did not pay more than €9.99 at Amazon per disc.
    So, without bringing the price of Blu-Ray disc down dramatically, this format will be an epic failure. Same goes for the PS3!

    #5 6 years ago
  6. sickpuppysoftware

    Make blu-rays the same cost as DVDs or a fraction higher and watch them take off.

    If I’m buying a movie now I have to weigh up if the increase in definition is worth the extra. Unless it’s some all singing all dancing extravaganza of light and sound it often isn’t worth paying double.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. scuz

    if this was a poker game, nintendo is the big stack with good cards, pushing all in every 5 or so hands to make sure sony and microsoft know they can’t topple them.

    microsoft is a hugely aggressive pot raiser who is constantly out of position and in turn looks dangerous as fuck.

    sony is a big stack but is renound world wide for being a 2 time world champion so everyone who sits at the table is attacking him with every cards possible, he tries his best to make the best calls but with everyone idolising him but also trying to say “i beat the moneymaker” its making life very very difficult.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Quiiick

    @ scuz
    … nice comparison! :)

    I believe the reason why Microsoft is so successful now is that they have learned a lot from past mistakes with the original Xbox: The price of manufacturing a games-console is paramount!
    But Sony should have known this too: Their PS2 started to really pick up in sales when the price went below the magic $199.99 mark.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. morriss

    Sony needs to cut the price but can’t afford to because of the on-board BD player. That’s it. If Sony hadn’t banked on Blu Ray and thus could compete price-wise, these types of articles wouldn’t even be published, imo.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Quiiick

    I’m not so sure that it’s really the BD-player keeping the price high.

    My guess is that the cell itself is quite expensive to manufacture. Or why else has Sony decided to turn off one of the 7(8?) SPEs inside the PS3 cell-architecture? To ensure higher manufacturing yields and this in turn keeps the price lower.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. absolutezero

    HD D-loads are not going to take off until they are cheaper than going to fucking Blockbusters and renting a Blu-Ray.

    Which at this point they are’nt.

    Oh wait I can just fucking pirate them.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Psychotext

    az – It’s not all about price, it’s about convenience too. I buy DVDs (rarely these days), I have a lovefilm subscription, and I also use on demand services. Sometimes I just want to watch a film right now without messing around driving to my nearest shop.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. morriss

    az is angry today.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. absolutezero

    /strops

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Gamoc

    I almost agree with this article. They’re obviously not doing it on purpose (which the title implies).

    Their focus on social games is a stupid thing to do, who do they think they are, Nintendo? (ha!)
    They cancelled Eight Days and the Getaway (I think they did, anyway) to work on a Playstation Eye pet thing. Eight Days had some tech demos that look rather good, they should be throwing money into hardcore games more than that kind of thing.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. anasui

    terrible article. The reason for Sony’s debacle is to be found in a rather long list of bad timing, arrogance, bad decisions, waste of time and money trying to figure out a way to appeal to casuals and quite incompetent marketing

    #16 6 years ago
  17. Heavenfall

    In a store in Norway i found Blue-ray movies (newest movies) for around $21 and the same ones on dvd for around $24. Other places i´ve found blue-ray for as little as $14. So there is no reason that Blue-ray cant be cheaper then it is in most places

    #17 6 years ago
  18. reask

    I would not be surprised if they dump the ps3 mid 09 and bring out a less expensive console without br that can match the 360 and gain them marketshare with the brand name.

    Stranger things have happened.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. theevilaires

    looks like someone who’s losing their jobs at sony has some friends in the all but tell the truth american media and you dumb euros eat it up. man how much of a loser are you to post something you think in your little unimportant heads on a website. give it up sony will do what it wants as so microsoft and nintendo. if these people were so smart then they should apply at sony corp.if its one thing history has taught me it is that during a recession people who can’t afford expensive things won’t buy expensive things.come on look at moron we all know he wish he had a ps3 but the fact of the matter is he can’t afford it. psychobitch and him spends their money on butt lube instead :)Happy Holidays everyone

    #19 6 years ago
  20. David

    If history has taught me anything American’s believe anything they are told

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=p7R-s-71csY

    lol :P

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Psychotext

    Good lord. Is someone incapable of handling basic sentences really calling others dumb?

    #21 6 years ago
  22. theevilaires

    well if history has taught you that then english should have taught you to proof check what you type. Are you irish because if you are then its excusable, i know you must have started drinking at 5am in the morning…irish euros are funny lol :P

    #22 6 years ago
  23. theevilaires

    ah damn psy i wish i could stay and chat but its sat night and its party time. listen when i don’t have a life like you don’t , then i’ll spend my whole entire weekend at a computer screen hitting refresh. tty-monday buddy :P Happy Holidays everyone

    #23 6 years ago
  24. David

    I always lol at the grammar remarks since intelligence has got nothing to do with sentence structure. But sure believe what you want ;).

    http://mybroadband.co.za/photos/data/500/grammar-nazi2.jpg

    #24 6 years ago
  25. Psychotext

    Oh noes… don’t go. We bask in your reflected glory!

    :(

    #25 6 years ago
  26. Syrok

    :( I missed him.

    #26 6 years ago
  27. lelik

    it seems to me that everyone forgets the ps3 isn’t sony’s only source of income, and last time i checked they weren’t still losing money on it. so for fucks sake stfu.

    #27 6 years ago
  28. JPickford

    How did you check?

    #28 6 years ago
  29. G1GAHURTZ

    He must be friends with Sony’s Head of accounting…

    #29 6 years ago
  30. morriss

    Sony is losing money on every PS3 sold as of October iirc.

    #30 6 years ago
  31. Cort

    Yes, but making money on the PS3 brand as a whole (since the beginning of this year I think). Software sales from a large roster of first party developers ensures that their latest offering is making money for Sir Howard (which is why he left them unmolested after the recent cost-cutting exercise).

    Once they hit 45nm things will be quite different, I believe.

    #31 6 years ago
  32. Psychotext

    The only way they’re making money on the PS3 is if they’re not making money on the PS2 and the PSP. Their gaming division posted a loss in the last quarter, which had to caused by something.

    #32 6 years ago
  33. Cort

    Could have been a writedown.

    #33 6 years ago
  34. Psychotext

    Nothing mentioned in the release. All they said was that losses decreased because of hardware cost reductions and improved software sales.

    #34 6 years ago
  35. dirigiblebill

    Good grief that evilaires chap is a bit of a juvenile twat, innee?

    #35 6 years ago
  36. theevilaires

    if i’m juvenile then you euros are just plain dumb fucking ignorant. To sit here and down talk a company who i believe 90% of you want to fail so bad is funny as shit, listen when any of you stupid wankers get your own business and you’re in the same position let me know how you feel when a bunch of 12-25 year old losers say about you on some game site that’s one out of millions, and correct me if i’m wrong but isn’t ps3 beating xbox360 in europe.Yea you guys must be of the lesser percentage no wonder there’s so many idiots here. I was under the impression morris was giving you guys blow jobs to post those stupid things guess not…

    #36 6 years ago
  37. wickedman

    WOW!!

    #37 6 years ago
  38. Shatner

    OK morriss, the game is up. We know theevilaires is your alt.

    #38 6 years ago
  39. morriss

    fuk u losr HAPPY HOLIDEYZ

    #39 6 years ago
  40. Robo_1

    Sony 4 Life Yo :D

    #40 6 years ago
  41. dirigiblebill

    Not just juvenile, but pathetically, pathetically easy to get a rise out of too.

    /probably should know better

    #41 6 years ago
  42. theevilaires

    dirigiblebill i can’t even respond to you seriously because your name is juvenile. I mean come on is it just me or does your name say you like to cross dress and masturbate to foot fetish videos . man you give me the creeps stop replying to me please you sick homo bastard thank you. happy holidays

    #42 6 years ago
  43. Syrok

    Dirigible is juvenile? Have you looked into a dictionary lately?

    #43 6 years ago
  44. theevilaires

    so syrok is fucking dirigiblebill and morris is blowing pyschobitch ok now i get it.

    #44 6 years ago
  45. Syrok

    Au contraire, you seem to be unable to formulate coherent sentences without resorting to insults.

    Oh, and you forgot Happy Holidays in your last comment.

    #45 6 years ago
  46. theevilaires

    happy holidays

    #46 6 years ago
  47. dirigiblebill

    No my name does not say I like to cross-dress (NOTICE THE HYPHEN) or masturbate to foot fetish videos, sir – I would carry out those activities regardless of nomenclature, hmnmnnnwhatwhat. ON THE CONTRARY (or “au contraire” as my good fuckbuddy Syrok put it): my name means that I am RIGHT NOW THIS VERY MOMENT cockslapping your PlayStation 3 whilst my (limited edition) Xbox 360 looks on and LAUGHS.

    #47 6 years ago
  48. dirigiblebill

    LAUGHS I tell you. Oh yes and I hope you enjoy your vacation.

    #48 6 years ago
  49. theevilaires

    so you spent 600 bucks to cockslap a ps3 and i thought you bought it for the blu ray player oh well your money…btw i hear if you pay psychobitch 600 bucks he’ll let you cockslap morris.happy gay holidays to you guys i guess?

    #49 6 years ago
  50. Syrok

    Please read again.

    #50 6 years ago
  51. dirigiblebill

    Pfff, I don’t have to pay to cockslap Morriss. All you have to do is ASK, silly un-ironical person.

    #51 6 years ago
  52. morriss

    I do it for free

    #52 6 years ago
  53. dirigiblebill

    There, you see? Brazen strumpet.

    #53 6 years ago
  54. Psychotext

    I get money for that now? When did the terms change? :(

    #54 6 years ago
  55. theevilaires

    mama mia homos everywhere ps3fanboys run!!!!!!!!!

    #55 6 years ago

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    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]