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Analyst: PS3 continues to lack a clear ‘must-own’ title that will drive sales

Friday, 23 January 2009 16:52 GMT By Mike

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Cowen analyst Doug Creutz says he has lowered his expectation to toward PlayStation 3 for the year ahead as he doesn’t believe the console has any bona fide system sellers.

“Although there appears to be a reasonably robust slate of games for the PlayStation 3 this year, Sony continues to lack a clear ‘must-own’ title that will drive sales, while its platform continues to be the most expensive in the market in the midst of a consumer slowdown,” he said.

“Meanwhile, highly publicized platform initiatives such as Home have failed to get off the ground.”

His overall assessment of 2008 was just as damning saying: “Following another year in which PS3 unit sales lagged behind the Wii and Xbox 360, it is now clear that Sony has failed to establish the PS3 as the console of choice among hardcore gamers this cycle.”

Creutz now expects PlayStation 3 to sell 4 million units in 2009, compared to his previous forecast of 6.25.

Read the public resaerch note in full at Gama.

By Mike Bowden

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35 Comments

  1. Syrok

    Pfff, LBP is a clear must own title for anyone who likes fun.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. doctorstrange

    LBP is awesome but it lacks the mass market appeal that Killzone 2 should have

    #2 6 years ago
  3. G1GAHURTZ

    The PS3 is so doomed it’s the doomed king of the doomed consoles in the land of console doomsville

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Gamoc

    No, it’s not.

    I think the PS3 has plenty of must-own titles. I don’t particularly think the 360 does though. Difference of opinion. I like Crackdown, but I sure as well won’t buy a 360 for it.

    So, why the hell do these ‘analysts’ continue to get articles about whatever the hell they say all over the internet? Not only is it just opinion in the first place, their opinion changes on a weekly basis to fit with whatever everyone else is saying before they say it.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Mad-elph

    I just can’t see how Halo is a must own, or Gears… played them and they are nothing that I think about. The best game of 07 was Cod 4 – multi plat, 08 is hard to call, because there were a bunch of good titles, most of which were PS3 not all of them. If people are looking for a game that reaches through the tv and rapes your eyeballs with golden nails then ships you to Tahiti for a weekend then no… the PS 3 doesnt have it but neither does any other console.

    Look at the Wii are any of those must have games? No they aren’t they are just games someone played in a media meet and greet and it got al puffed up on CNN or BBC or whatever and people think they need to have it. It’s like the ipod all over again… Many can go the job, some even better, but people remember the words told to them last night at 11.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Syrok

    Actually no game is a must-own title and there is not a single game that justifies buying a console. It’s the number of good titles that sell consoles (unless the console is a Wii;)).

    Edit: Hey, I just repeated what Mad-elph said. o/

    #6 6 years ago
  7. DS1086

    What do you call a man with a spade in his head who talks crap all day?

    #7 6 years ago
  8. JesteR

    Yeah LBP, MGS4, Resistance 2, Uncharted or Killzone 2…… they are all just great titles. I think you should ask what titles does the 360 have that is a must have. I dont see any really.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. hitnrun

    Few observations.

    1) Saying LBP or MGS4 are must-own doesn’t make it so, nor does saying Gears or Halo are NOT make that so. Wallets, not words, wins this argument.

    2) Can we stop linking to “analyst” reports? According to analysts, there was going to be a furious battle between the Wii and 360…for second place. They’ve been wrong about each system in uniquely magnificent ways, like snowflakes. They’re just non-gaming Wall Streeters trying to con investors into subscribing to their services.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Mad-elph

    -DS1086

    DS1086?

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Mad-elph

    hitrun, the only reason more people bought Gears or Halo is because they don’t have the PS3. I mean if you can’t play it you don’t buy it. But I would wager that a good chunk of 360 users will get a PS3 when the price comes down a hundred. likewise PS3 users will get the 360 in a year or two when they feel that enough games have been released that they missed to justify having both systems.

    Its just painful that people keep saying the PS is failing and it will get cut early like the dreamcast. Don’t count on it, Sony says 10 years because they’ve structured their business to gain from it for that long. If they cut it early they’ve lost all that investment. As long as people keep buying they will support it and new games will keep coming so stop saying its the end of the PS brand.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. G1GAHURTZ

    I think you should ask what titles does the 360 have that is a must have. I dont see any really.

    Even though I don’t personally consider it to be a killer app, any analyst will tell you that Halo 3 shifted millions of 360′s on it’s own.

    But anyway, I believe the main point here is that the PS3 doesn’t have any undisputed “must have” killer app.

    The proof of this is in the sales figures. Which PS3 exclusive has broken any sales records? People are saying LBP is a must have, but the figures totally contradict that.

    It could be the case that the 360 doesn’t have a “must have” either, but there are other factors such as the price and the popularity of Xbox LIVE that are selling consoles, as well as many more games than are currently being sold on the PS3.

    So the best way for Sony to counter that and convince people to pay the high price of the PS3 is with a killer app, which currently doesn’t exist.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Mad-elph

    Then again I am speaking to a UK crowd that is 360 biased (in terms of sales/users not implying mindset but that is linked) so 360 is the big system there. Worldwide the 360 is 7-8 million ahead of PS3, with a year head start and half the price. That gap will be down to 3-5 by the end of this year, I bet it. They will drop the price a bit this year and get back all that difference in two years. I bet in the end more PS3 will be sold than 360, just not in every market, some markets will be 360 heavy others PS3 heavy.

    Look at Japan its 3-1 PS3 to 360. While its the reverse in NA (maybe closer to 2-1) Wait 5 years then we’ll see.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Mad-elph

    Not everyone is swayed by Live, it isn’t that much better than PSN especially not worth the difference in price. I mean $50 vs. free?

    #14 6 years ago
  15. The_Deleted

    People are too lazy for LBP. As great as it is and the potential it has. If SONY continue to delete a users hardwork because it has a passing resemblence to some obscure IP, people will not bother until it’s dealt with. By then, we’ll be wrapped up in other things.

    DLC: Unless SONY start to throw their weight around and demand the same or alternate DLC for multi platform games such as GTA IV or Fallout 3, people will opt for the other console that can offer tham more. People spend a lot oftime in DC and Liberty City, missing out on the extra play time does not make for a happy PS3 owner.

    I don’t think for one instance that the PS3 is the lame duck it’s being touted as, having to live up to the phenominal success of the last two consoles will be no easy task. But SONY need to realise that fanboys alone will not make for a success and just because you ruled the last gen does not dictate you will always conitinue to do so.
    Killzone 2 & God of War 3 may encourage sales briefly, but there is no way, given the economical climate, that these games will be the killer app’s SONYhopes they will be.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Psychotext

    Mad-elph – Unless Sony drops the price, the difference is going to increase, not decrease.

    The question is, can they afford to? Can they afford not to either?

    #16 6 years ago
  17. Syrok

    @The_Deleted: Your long-term memory regarding the level deletion is good, however you might want to check whether they still reflect the truth. ;)

    #17 6 years ago
  18. fearmonkey

    Lets look at the sales Figures of Halo 3 and Gears of war.
    Going by those numbers alone, the 360 has it’s killer apps.
    (understand I’m not a huge Halo or gears fan either)

    I think it’s kind of stupid to make that statement though.
    LBP is a great title, if I had a PS3, I’d own it
    MGS4 is a killer app, it’s sold very well.
    The upcoming GTA5 will be a killer app.
    God of War 3 will be a killer app
    Plus, we haven’t seen the sales yet of Killzone 2 and that
    crackdown like title for the PS3 looks really interesting.

    I predict that while the PS3 may eventually sell alot more units and catch up the 360, the 360 will still sell more games.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Robo_1

    I’m actually inclined to agree. Sony have never really had a title like Mario or Halo which really rallies the entire fan base.

    By no measure should that be misinterpreted as ‘Sony has no stand out games’. There’s no need to name names, just look over Metacritic and you can see that Sony is well represented in the 80 and 90 + zone.

    Sony have always gone for a more scattershot approach, ensuring that they’re well represented in all genres, from the casual to the hardcore market. It’s one of the reasons why the PS2 was so popular, in that it never tied itself to any one demographic or genre. None of the current gen consoles have really filled the void left by the PS2.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. dQuarters

    PS3 is simply too expensive. That is all. If it were cheaper, many more people would own games lie LBP, R2 and Uncharted.

    Not a fan of Halo myself, but it’s got undisputed mass market appeal, and pushed a crap-load of hardware AND XBL gold accounts. When a “gamer” is faced with the decision of which “gaming” comsole to buy, it is clear their wallet screams 360 (as it did when GTAIV came out).
    And when parents make the decision, it’s clear they choose Wii.

    PS3 seems to only scream to the “harcore” Sony or High-Tech fan. And that is obviously not good enough.

    It’s not the software’s fault. It’s the console’s. Are we gonna call “Wii Play” a killer app now?

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Psychotext

    Wii Play isn’t. Wii Sports is.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. DS1086

    - Mad-elph

    As all your teachers used to say, wrong again, thicko.

    #22 6 years ago
  23. XDamage

    Bullshit. PS3 has lots of must-own titles, but it doesn’t drive sales anyway. Nice work MS!! :D

    #23 6 years ago
  24. The_Deleted

    @Syrok: Cheers for the correction. Good to know they’ve sorted it it out. Might pick up the game myself, now.

    #24 6 years ago
  25. Syrok

    You can get it new for less then €20 now. :)

    #25 6 years ago
  26. Gamoc

    http://www.play.com/Games/PlayStation3/3-/254484/2-/Promo.html

    Play.com. LBP. £17.99. Get it before the weekend ends.

    #26 6 years ago
  27. DS1086

    Beaten by 3p

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-LittleBigPlanet-PS3/dp/B0019CGTXK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1232799141&sr=8-1

    #27 6 years ago
  28. gorman

    ***But I would wager that a good chunk of 360 users will get a PS3 when the price comes down a hundred. likewise PS3 users will get the 360 in a year or two when they feel that enough games have been released that they missed to justify having both systems.***

    “A good chunk”? Multiconsole owners are a total minority on the market, all reports prove this. If you think PS3 will become popular on this, I’m afraid you’re gonna be disappointed.

    #28 6 years ago
  29. Retroid

    Yeah, multiformat owners have always been a minority, but it’s the kind of minority which hangs around sites like this and EG :)

    I’ve owned my PS3 for a year now and still buy most of my multiformat games on 360 because they’re usually better, usually cheaper, and there’s the Live community of friends I’ve built up to factor in.

    Seeing as multiconsole owners are a minority, though, the longer Sony puts off a pricecut and MS 360s are cheap, and discounted in stores, the more likely it is that a lot of those new buyers aren’t going to bother with the more expensive format.

    #29 6 years ago
  30. Esha

    I’m going to go with a strange concept here, so please bear with me until I’m done? Thanks.

    Okay, first of all–I think that this is the biggest arse-expelled fallacy I’ve heard in a long time. Consider the concept of a killer game (similar to a killer app), a console selling game, or a console defining game.

    The PC has none of the above, yet people have been building gaming computers since the dawn of time. Why?

    It’s because this is all very bloody subjective.

    If a game scores well and it’s popular, then it can subjectively be considered to be:

    - A console-defining title.
    - A killer game.
    - A must own title to buy the console for.

    But this is only realised by the people looking at the game. As an example of this, I cite Gears of War.

    Speaking of personal opinion (which anyone may consider as invalid as they like), I think Gears of War is boring. Even the first one retreads ground that had been covered before by better PC games. The only thing it did was put the characters in third person instead of first … such innovation!

    Yet Gears of War to some people is a triple-A game, a fantastic title, the gem of their collection–I simply can’t understand why.

    For me, LittleBigPlanet is the gaming equivalent of a killer app, but if I introduced it to a Gears fan the most I’d get out of them would probably be “lol wut?”, they just wouldn’t understand what I saw in cute little characters jumping around a screen.

    Yet analysts speak of opinion as if it were objective fact, and that gets on my tit, because there can be no killer game for a format, objectively speaking. This can only be decided by those looking at the console to decide what the killer game would be for them.

    As a PC gamer, this is amazingly obvious to me, because every PC gamer should understand this concept due to the wide variety of genres that the PC has available. Some might consider World of Goo a more epic title than FEAR 2, but all of the good games it has are a potential excuse to build a gaming PC.

    I just facepalm every time an analyst says something like this, and I would have done the same if he’d said it about the X-Box or the PC, too. Trying to present a subjective opinion as objective information is complete bollocks, and makes the person doing so look like a total pillock.

    in my opinion, at least.

    #30 6 years ago
  31. No_PUDding

    I think the point is, the PS3 does not have any must-have titles at the moemnt.

    Killzone is gonna be a big seller all over Europe for sure, who knows about America.

    God of War is a big seller in America.

    Twisted metal is still to come.

    GT5 is huge everywhere.

    Team ICO really has garnered some attention outside of the industry.

    There is plenty to ‘look forward to’.

    But the analyst is totally right, it has plenty of great games, just not one that suits it’s market, or has been advertised sufficiently to make it defining.

    Dunno if KZ2 will change that.

    #31 6 years ago
  32. Retroid

    It’s always about the critical mass of games, not the single Killer App for me.

    Oh, and I really liked both Gears of War and the beta of Little Big Planet :)

    #32 6 years ago
  33. Esha

    More power to you, I was really only using that as an example. If it were the other way around I’d have used Fable II and Motorstorm.

    I suppose Gears just felt old to me where it felt new to most people, I’m a grizzled PC gamer so something has to be especially new and innovative to catch my eyes, retreading old ground doesn’t really do it for me.

    I feel like such an old fart.

    Anyway, I’m inclined to agree with you, Retroid. It’s a good idea to look at a console/PC and build up a potential library of games one would love to own and then pick one based on whichever has the most games that they like.

    #33 6 years ago
  34. No_PUDding

    Well you are a core gamer.

    For people on the street, they have to see the advertisement for ‘that’ game.

    Then they start saving up, and other great games are a good way of justifying the purchase. If they spot them too.

    For me on the 360, the ones that appeal are Earth Defense Force and Crackdown. I don’t play PC games anymore and there really is nothing else I WANT to own.

    #34 6 years ago
  35. Esha

    The crying shame of the PC is that it has such a fantastic undercurrent of indie development, and one doesn’t even need to have a high-end computer to enjoy it.

    http://www.tigsource.com/ – Everything listed there is reason enough for me to own a PC laptop and play games on it, because there’s a hell of a lot enjoyment to be had. I’ve pointed out before that (the freeware) Knytt Stories is one of the best gaming experiences I’ve had, and due to the quick development cycles there’s always something to play, every day in fact.

    I’m currently having a love affair Spelunky, for example. That’s a grand little game.

    I understand though that not everyone’s into the core element and that more casual gamers today are going to get caught up in the more mainstream commercial element of gaming, which is very different to how core gamers look at things, as you pointed out. It’s my opinion that a good game doesn’t need a single ad, word of mouth will do it all.

    That’s how it was for Aquaria, World of Goo, King’s Bounty, and Crayon Physics (which are all indie efforts that actually do cost money).

    #35 6 years ago

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    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

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • 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.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    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 […]