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Sony again mentions “monthly fees” in relation to PSN

Monday, 14 December 2009 17:00 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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SCE technology platform boss Masayuki Chatani has told Nikkei that Sony will “face difficulties” if it continues to rely on the “sell-and forget model”.

“Servers and the like have running costs… after we sell the hardware, though, we continue to sell products such as content and services,” he said.

“We expect to see considerable growth in digital content, such as game download services, avatar items and the like.

“We can also accept payment in a growing number of ways.

“In addition to single-payment packaged software, there are also schemes like monthly fees or per-item charges. I think this variety of payment methods will bring about a diverse range of playing methods, too.”

Monthly fees, eh? Sony said in a presentation recently that subs were on the way to PSN, but SCE boss Kaz Hirai quickly assured that PS3 network play is to remain free.

Thanks, CVG.

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48 Comments

  1. Michael O’Connor

    Maybe they might be considering a system like GameTap?

    You know, pay a monthly fee and get to play certain titles at no extra charge, but only as long as you’re subscribed.

    I’d actually be really on board with an idea like that.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. DrDamn

    That sounds a lot more like monthly fees in relation to a specific game. I.e. MMO type pricing structure. Given FFIV is coming next year then that would fit in nicely.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Psychotext

    Yeah, I still think it’ll be some sort of game subscription, which could be pretty cool.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. DrDamn

    @Michael O’Connor
    Oh yeah I’d love that sort of system. I’ve started renting games from LoveFilm and that is working out very well, but a more on-demand type system would suit me better.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. NiceFellow

    I suspect PSN online play will remain free as a competitive difference to Live. After all, if people seem willing to pay for Live vs an almost matching free service imagine the reaction if PSN actually cost money?

    On the other hand, they’ve clearly seen via Home, DLC, etc. – and of course Live itself – that people are willing to pay for stuff online and quite a bit too. Therefore they are sure to introduce various ways of charging will keeping the core offering free.

    On demand games / rental could be interesting, particularly for smaller titles and PSN titles. Also, they could look to premium content, etc. for a small fee again without changing the free to play core. MMOs would fir this, particularly FFXIV, and it looks like if they play their cards right that could end up exclusive by default as MS don’t want to allow whatever charging scheme SE seem to want to use at the moment, thereby preventing the game hitting 360 due to licensing issues.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. reask

    So I buy a PS3 2 weeks ago and they start talking about charging.
    Call me Lucky. :(

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Redh3lix

    PSN will remain free reask.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Michael O’Connor

    @reask

    They’re not going to charge for anything that’s already free, most especially online gaming. They have clarified this couuntless times at this point.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. MushroomStamp

    LOL.. it’s coming :) Then what will the PSN fanboys have to thump their chests about :) Nothing in the world is free… if it is, soon someone will find a way turn it into a money machine.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Gekidami

    Wow, some people cant read. And if they can they dont understand what the words mean.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. reask

    Oh right, Thanks folks.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Michael O’Connor

    That was a bit harsh, Geki.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Eregol

    Sony normally aren’t ones to mix their words.
    Normally it’s a say what you mean thing.
    So, why are they being so coy about this?
    At the end of the day, they’ll probably keep schtum until after xmas where they expect sales to be good and then announce a change afterwards?
    But with several MMOs due out for the machine in the coming year they have platforms available for subs models.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Gekidami

    How are they being “coy”? Sony says that theres some sub stuff on PSN (like Quore) and more to come and its taken out of context.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Michael O’Connor

    I think it’s pretty obvious this isn’t referring to things like MMORPGs if you read it all, as easy as it is to connect the two.

    They pretty clearly said that is in regards to usages and features of the PlayStation Network itself, and they’ve made no reference to third-party games.

    Still, no need to berate them for people’s confusion. It happens.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Mike

    Charge me, and I’ll gladly pay. Then I can bitch and moan about not getting my money’s worth…at last! :)

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Gekidami

    You’d pay for PSN yet not actually own a PS3? Why? :P

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Mike

    Well, it obviously stands to reason that I’d have to have one first. But when I had one, I wanted to pay, and if they sort out PSN – by perhaps making a “Gold” style account – then it’d be a huge selling point for me rebuying one.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. NoxNoctisUmbra

    People don’t complain, to play online it will still be free, only the ones that are fans and want most out of the PSN will have to pay. Maybe they will have seperate servers with less lag, and what not..

    Either way, you do not have to pay to play online..
    only Xbox does that shit

    #19 5 years ago
  20. PolyGoneWithTheWind

    It absolutely makes sense to charge for content at some point – but it would be disaster to turn round and charge for whatever is free. There will be new things, new stuff, new ways of interacting with content that they will charge for – and you will have a simple choice – pay it or don’t. No-one will hold a gun to your head.

    Everything you have now will be and always will be free – any new things, whole new innovations and platforms may well come with a price. They are not going to suddenly turn round and make you pay for things that used to be free.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Khanivor

    Aye, I can see no reason that a company losing money hand over fist would even countenance the possibility of charging for something it is ‘current’ly giving away for free. None what so ever.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Bleak Harvest

    All I will say it that you all don’t have to worry =) This isn’t what you think.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. PolyGoneWithTheWind

    A customer with a PS3 using your service for free is far more commercially viable than a PS3 customer who has the box unplugged and collecting dust as a piece of front-room furniture. Platform building is always better for any company than loss-aversion model switching.

    Imagine the abuse Murdoch is getting for pay-walls on news sites to the power of a 1,000… the commercial damage of that would outweigh infrastructure overheads for Sony.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. MushroomStamp

    I don’t think people misinterpret what this article said. I think some of us just have further vision. RIGHT NOW they aren’t charging… but this like most things, is just the start. EVENTUALLY, they WILL charge to play. Start charging for little things now and as execs see the money made and the costs to keep up network, it will of course only make sense to go to a paid service like XBL. This is just the beginning…

    * for the record, I have PS3 and 360. I gladly pay for XBL because I have a MUCH better user experience with games on XBL than I do on PSN.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Gekidami

    Want to add a “My words are solid” to that Mushroom?

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Michael O’Connor

    MushroomStamp deserves his very own tinfoil hat right about now…

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Mike

    I don’t understand why everyone sees it as a problem. I really don’t. Why not pay £2 a month if it’ll make it a better experience?

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Goliath

    @ MushroomStamp

    There is no way Sony will ask gamers to pay for the services they already enjoy for free. That’s a backward step.

    Edit @ Mike

    They would lose more than they would gain. The worst thing for any growing community is to be disgruntled. Not to mention the media backlash and negative publicity.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Mike

    No it’s a forward step financially. Sony needs money. What part of 2 and 2 making 4 don’t you get?

    #29 5 years ago
  30. MushroomStamp

    Yes, agreed it is forward. They will offer both at first, enticing those that want more but eventually phase out the free side or make is so that it doesn’t offer much because majority will be on paid service because all the benefits. This is BASIC BUSINESS! some people are just so short sighted. Free goes by the way of the doo-doo bird, just like Redhat.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. theevilaires

    mushroonm there’s nothing wrong with PSN to its regular users. You prefer 360 so of course PSN won’t suit you well. The only thing they need to add is cross game chat and people will shut up.

    You can pay for your party club thing if you want but once PSN gets that (if ever) then all the drama will stop. Can you share games on live? can you play for free? ….Whoa I just realized who I was talking to lol, its you Mushroom of course you don’t mind paying $50 a year because you….well you know what you do :D

    #31 5 years ago
  32. MushroomStamp

    :) I was merely taking the stance from a business perspective. That is completely makes financial sense, especially for an ailing company. :)

    Personally I don’t see why people cry over $50/yr fee. oh and it IS mostly the voice, yes.. but I also find more lag free games on XBL than PSN. for instance this past weekend I play MW2 for about 12 hours on PSN… of which I experienced lag in easily HALF of the matches… I never experience lag on XBL… well ok maybe once every 4 months.

    ** just for you Tea, while I was playing Bayonetta this weekend I thought about you :)

    #32 5 years ago
  33. zoopdeloop

    Everyone says that LIVe is far superior to the PSN which is true to some extend.
    Do you expect Sony to evolve PSN so it could be in the same level with LIVE (or better) while it remains free?
    Deal with it.If Sony wants to evolve the PSN they need some resources specifficaly from the PSN and some monthly incomes to keep them going
    If they ever gonna charge almost every online features.

    LIVE wouldn’t be as good and steady as it is if it was free

    #33 5 years ago
  34. McLovin85

    Doesn’t Xbox Live have a couple of years more experience behind it than PSN. I’ve not had too much experience with Live but from what i’ve seen of it at my mates house it’s pretty impressive and cross game chat is cool.
    On the other hand, i’ve never had any problems with PSN, and it also has a good set of features on it. I would have to say that the UI is better on PSN, as Live just feels cluttered.
    Anyway, considering PSN has been out for just under 3 years i’d say it’s doing alright and i’ve personally got nothing against it.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. theevilaires

    there’s only one game (well two) I’ve seen lag and that was COD4 and MW2 and that’s because those games are P2P. Because PSN is free and most of gamers now a days just want to play stupid mindless shooters you get a lot of people in the country who have shitty internet connections.

    Most of them stem from the midwest with the farms,corn fields,and cows. The next door neighbor is 10 miles away :D They slow down games like COD when they get picked to host. I live in a city metropolis where a 4GB 1080p (terminator salvation file that can be played on your PS3 :D ) can be downloaded in 30 minutes. I carry the max players that can join with me anytime, in any game, on P2P server online games with NO LAG when I host.

    So it depends where the host is from. Not PSN. RFOM 30 players online LAG FREE. R2 60 players 30 vs 30 online LAG FREE. Gears of War2 5vs5 LAG CENTRAL…So lets take business bub…..

    /spits out cigar…scrapes Adamantium claws together.

    #35 5 years ago
  36. MushroomStamp

    Maybe it’s the matching up and the way the host is picked that the XBL service does better than PSN.. I dunno.. All I can talk on is my real world experience.

    Tea, for the record. My #2 reason is the controller. For me, quite simply, I have always disliked the tiny cramped PS controllers. If there was a SIMPLE way to make my 360 controller work with PS3 I would probably play on it more. As it is, I play ALL my pc games with a 360 controller.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. zoopdeloop

    That’s odd…most people prefer Ps3′s controler over 360′s everyone is more familiar with it since the Psone days.
    To me…as i have both,i can say that 360′s controler looks like a cheap Fisher price toy

    #37 5 years ago
  38. Blerk

    I don’t think you’ll find many people who’ve used a 360 pad who still say they prefer the Dual Shock, tbh.

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Hunam

    I just don’t understand why the Dual Shock 3 isn’t as good as the Dual Shock 2.

    #39 5 years ago
  40. Blerk

    Is it not? I haven’t noticed much difference, apart from the sticks being slightly different (better, even… maybe) on the DS3.

    #40 5 years ago
  41. Armitage

    Well, my opinion is NO to fees for these services. Steam makes a LOT of money without charging, PSN makes a LOT without charging, no doubt XBL does as well, without the fees even taken into consideration.. And NO to ads on these services as well.. It seems that what happens here will set forever what is to be the standard in gaming.. And given the already profitable nature of these services, I hope that as customers we should say we want high quality, no-fee, advert-free networked services.

    These reports though seem to be, or at least certainly could be, in relation to game specific monthly fees, such as for the Sony MMOs, as opposed to fees to use the network itself.

    #41 5 years ago
  42. Quiiick

    @ Blerk

    Actually I prefer the PS3 controller over the 360 one.
    (although I first owned a 360 and bought my PS3 2 years later)

    Yes, the 360 controller is more ergonomic but what I really hate is the asymmetric analogue-sticks and the overall weight.

    If there would be a less heavy 360 controller with both analogue-sticks in the lower position I surely would prefer this over the current PS3 controller. But unfortunately this is not the case.

    #42 5 years ago
  43. Hunam

    It’s those damn L2 R2 triggers I hate. And the new sticks. I play on the PS2 a fair amount still and I loved the pad, but the PS3 pad just doesn’t match up.

    #43 5 years ago
  44. Quiiick

    Yes, those L2 & R2 triggers are fucking terrible on the PS3 controller, but so are the LB & RB thingies on the 360 controller.

    Still prefer the secondary-weapon or grenade mapped to R2 (PS3) than to RB (360) in shooters though. Feels more natural IMO.

    #44 5 years ago
  45. Blerk

    Blimey, Quiiick – I was a PS gamer for two generations and spent both of them wishing they’d move that damned left stick to a better position. I knew there must be a reason they didn’t do it, and apparently that reason was… you! :-D

    #45 5 years ago
  46. Armitage

    And me! :D I like it where it is! I like symmetry! I have to ask though – if the right stick is in an alright position for you.. But the left isn’t.. I mean.. Well, there’s no polite way to put this – are your hands asymmetrical?

    #46 5 years ago
  47. OlderGamer

    “That’s odd…most people prefer Ps3’s controler over 360’s everyone is more familiar with it since the Psone days.
    To me…as i have both,i can say that 360’s controler looks like a cheap Fisher price toy”
    Nope.
    No such things as an exeptionless rule. But most of the people except for the die hard PS3 fans, tell me that the xb360 pad is the pinicale of comfort. I would almost agree with that if not for the fact, the FACT mind you, that the best controler ever made is with out a doubt the Classic ColecoVision controler. This thing had it all, solid rectangle design, huge nob like joystick(nevermind what that sounds like youngen), lots of buttons, and to top it off an insert with graphics over the button pad! Now that was top teir right there.
    What?
    Oh.
    Sorry, yes I am old. But I prefer Classic!
    Retro is ok too, really.
    Ok.
    Yes, leaving now.

    #47 5 years ago
  48. Psychotext

    Seems there have been some developments on the “what could the subscriptions be” front:

    http://kotaku.com/5429592/survey-sony-considering-premium-playstation-network-subscriptions

    Looks like we might not be getting cross game chat without paying. :( Still, there’s some quite cool ideas in there as it goes.

    #48 5 years ago

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    Skyworld is a new turn based strategy designed for use with VR headsets. Skyworld comes to us from Vertigo Games, and will be compatible with Valve’s Vive headset. IGN reports Vertigo has worked in close collaboration with the SteamVR project, so Skyworld will support both seated VR and full-room features. Think about that while you […]

  • Link and Ganon battle in new Legend of Zelda fan film

    The Legend of Zelda fans are clearly a very clever bunch. The production values on this Legend of Zelda fan film are through the roof. This is only the teaser, with the full movie from PlayerPiano to follow, and we’re pretty excited. By the way, Netflix is said to be working up a Live action […]

  • Underworld Ascendent backers unlock Lizardmen, more stretch goals available in final hours

    Underworld Ascendent’s Kickstarter has just 15 hours left on the clock, but backers have already unlocked some great stretch goals. One of the latest Underworld Ascendent stretch goal milestones was $750,000. By passing this post, backers have ensured the inclusion of Lizardmen in the final game. Developer Otherside will now add the Dire Grove environment […]

  • Early Access version of MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore lands on Steam

    MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore has landed on Steam Early Access. The game popped up on Amazon last month for PlayStation 4 before Nordic Games had the chance to announce it was reviving the former-THQ property for current-gen. It still hasn’t by the way, to our knowledge. According to information sent over today, the initial […]

  • Avalanche is making sure Mad Max stays “true to the collective body of work”

    Mad Max developer’s Avalanche Studios sat down with Game Informer, as part of its month-long exclusive coverage, to discuss the game’s development and physics-based car combat. In the video below, director Frank Rooke and senior producer John Fuller explain the process of designing the open-world game; how the narrative was fully integrated into the gameplay […]

  • Destiny will get another update before House of Wolves drops

    Destiny got a major update with patch 1.1.1 last week, but Bungie isn’t done. The next major Destiny update will arrive before the House of Wolves expansion. In this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, the developer said it wasn’t ready to share details yet. However, more information will be shared in the coming weeks. The update […]

  • A beta version of Guild Wars 2′s streaming client releasing soon

    ArenaNet has announced a beat version of its streaming client for Guild Wars 2 will be released alongside its upcoming update. How it works is explained in the latest blog post, but in short, it gets players into the game faster, much the same way the streaming client works in World of Warcraft. “Our goal […]

  • Steam storefront updated with Steam Machines, other product pages

    Valve has updated the Steam storefront with a list of various Steam Machines on offer, which range from $460 to $5,000. There is also a store page for the Steam Controller and Steam Link, both of which are out in November for $49.99 each. Steam Machines listed on the service feature a link to the […]

  • Finally, we get a look at Necropolis in action – video

    No longer content with releasing only gifs of Necropolis, Harebrained Schemes has decided to provide a short video. The upcoming third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated levels is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime next year, with a possible console release as well. If you made to PAX East despite the weather, don’t forget […]

  • Super Dungeon Bros will be one of the first cross-play titles for Xbox One, Windows 10

    Another cross-device multiplayer game for Windows 10 and Xbox One has been announced, and it’s Super Dungeon Bros – a “rock-themed, co-op dungeon brawler” from React Games. Super Dungeon Bros tasks four “bros” with raiding underground crypts built by the gods through an ever-changing layout. There, they will be up against “dangerous foes, deadly obstacles, […]

  • Pre-ordering State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition in US nets an in-game knife

    Those who pre-order the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will net a bonus, according to Undead Labs. Select retailers in the US will offer the following knives as in-game pre-order bonus content: GameStop -  The Avalonian :  A true work of art, taken off the body of a fantasy enthusiast whose excitement at having […]

  • Rollercoaster Tycoon World gameplay teaser video released

    Today, Atari has provided a look at gameplay for Rollercoaster Tycoon World. Set for release during the first part of this year, the game allows players to build their own rides and which can be shared with other players. It will also feature four-player co-op.

  • One Heist challenge in GTA Online pays out $10 million in cash

    GTA Online’s new Heists content was previewed by various outlets at GDC 2015 this week, and according to hands-on with the free upcoming content, there’s over 20 hours worth of things to do and quite a bit of money to gain. Oh, and a VTOL Hydra jet too. According to a really informative piece from […]

  • Activision Blizzard makes Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list

    For the first time, Activision Blizzard has been named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2015. The survey conducted by Fortune found the company “ranked highly with its employees” which felt the atmosphere was friendly and place in which they could “be themselves.” “We have always considered Activision Blizzard to be […]

  • Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend nets players special monster skin

    A Evolve community event is taking place this weekend, and participants will receive a special skin for Goliath, Kraken, and Wraith. Dubbed the Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend, it’s the first in a series of upcoming online community challenges and events taking place over the coming months. Those who log-in starting today at 9pm PST […]

  • This video teases contents of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3

    A teaser video and images for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3 have been posted by Capcom. The assets can be considered potential spoilers, so just be aware of that before having a look. The game’s Season Pass costs $20, and the disc version releases March 17 in North America and on March 20 […]

  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

    With Heists coming to GTA Online next week, Rockstar has released one of the shortest teaser videos we’ve seen in ages. Hopefully you didn’t blink. Heists, along with Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode, arrive next week on March 10. The PC version of Heists will arrive on April 14 when the PC version of the […]

  • The Division rumors claim Dark Zones support up to 100 players – video

    With the recent leak of older, pre-alpha footage of the The Division, rumors over the game’s contents have been swirling, and today we have a video for you discussing said rumors. Once of the rumors pertain to the game is that it contains 50-100 Player Dark Zones, which are PvP areas. Supposedly, these areas also […]

  • Here’s a look at MGS5: The Phantom Pain emblem creation, limited edition bionic arm

    A look at how to create your own emblems in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was demonstrated in the latest Kojima Station broadcast, along with a look at the bionic arm replica included in the limited edition. A Venom Snake emblem will come with the limited edition version of the game, parts of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous coming to PS4 once Xbox One exclusivity period ends

    Elite: Dangerous was announced for Xbox One at GDC 2015 yesterday, and those disappointed over the lack of a PlayStation 4 announcement will be pleased to know it’s in the cards. According to Frontier boss David Braben the space-sim will head to PS4 at some point, once the console exclusivity deal with Microsoft has expired. […]

  • Here’s two new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to salivate over

    Two new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, and they are gorgeous as always. The screenshots follow the two released over the weekend. You can look at the new images in full HD glory over on Only Single Player. CD Projekt Red is at PAX East this weekend showing off the latest […]

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

    With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC. Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream […]

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

    We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers. All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game. The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle […]

  • US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL. Your full update is below. eShop Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy Proun+ – Proun+ […]

  • Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

    Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine. As […]

  • First run of Rodea the Sky Soldier copies on Wii U come with Wii version

    The first print run of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will come with the Wii version packed in, NIS America has confirmed. The publisher confirmed today in a press release that anyone who buys the first run of the retail version of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will find the Wii […]

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is coming to PC – rumour

    SWERY 65 has shown off D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, teasing that a possible port may be on the way. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is SWERY 65′s latest project. An episodic detective affair, D4 came out on Xbox One last September and utilised Kinect as its main […]

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! pic.twitter.com/OCQIuWbH3W — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]