Sony again mentions “monthly fees” in relation to PSN

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


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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  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


    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”
    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.
    Sorry, yes I am old. But I prefer Classic!
    Retro is ok too, really.
    Yes, leaving now.

    #47 5 years ago
  48. Psychotext

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

    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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    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 […]

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

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  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

    Final Fantasy 15 was nine years in the making – and counting. Are we the same people we were in 2006? Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae A demo available for PS4 and Xbox One. Offers a couple of hours of gameplay. More if you jump over the borders. Bundled with Final Fantasy 15 Type-0 and […]

  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]

  • The Crew two-hour demo now available in US, tomorrow in the UK

    Ubisoft has announced a free trial of its driving MMO The Crew will be available tomorrow, March 25 in the UK. It’s live today in North America. For current players, the Vintage Car Pack and Vintage Live Update, including a new PvP mode, are now available. The Vintage Car Pack included the Chevrolet Corvette C2 […]

  • Minecraft Mass Effect Mash-Up and Pattern Texture Pack out from today

    A Mass Effect Mash-up pack and the Pattern Texture Pack will release on PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita today in North America and tomorrow in Europe. The Pattern Texture Pack is also available for Xbox consoles today. The Mass Effect Mash-Up pack contains the Mars Facility from Mass Effect 3 plus textures and craftable items […]

  • The Talos Principle expansion pack Road to Gehenna announced

    An expansion for The Talos Principle has been announced titled Road to Gehenna. The expansion follows the narrative of Uriel, Elohim’s messenger, as he explores a “strange, hidden part of the simulation” on a mission of “mercy and redemption.” Uriel is attempting to free the souls of the damned “at all costs.” Road to Gehenna […]

  • Twitch Plays Pokemon finally catches ‘em all – even the rare Mewtwo

    Twitch Plays Pokemon players have captured all 151 original Pokemon which were included in a modified version of Pokemon Red, and this includes the rare Mewtwo. It took 39 days for Twitch players to catch ‘em all. Have a look at the impressive feat for yourself below. Thanks, Polygon.

  • GameStop will have limited units of Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL back in stock

    Those who missed out on the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL will have another opportunity to purchase it outside of eBay. Tomorrow only, GameStop stores in the United States will have four units in stock, according to and internal memo sent to Kotaku. This is every store in the country, and again, only […]

  • Second phase of Fortnite closed Alpha launches today

    Fortnite’s second closed Alpha test will go live this afternoon, according to the official website. Those currently participating will have until April 14 to test the online aspects for 12 hours per day (noon -12am EDT). All progress from the previous Alpha test will be wiped, and other changes are listed in the patch notes. […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition: Jaws of Hakkon out now on PC, Xbox One

    As promised yesterday, the single-player DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Jaws of Hakkon, is now available on PC and Xbox One. It will run you or £11.99 or your regional equivalent. The new content expands the land of Thedas with mountainous regions and forests, and it is full of “vicious enemies.” Players will also be […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer shows Ascendance gameplay

    Activision has released a new gamepay trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to support the Ascendance DLC which releases next week. Ascendance, will release first on Xbox consoles March 31 and includes the next chapter of the Exo Zombies Saga, Infected, along with four new multiplayer maps: Perplex, Site 244, Climate and Chop Shop. […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight will be a digital only release on PC – report

    It appears Batman: Arkham Knight will not see a physical release on PC, according to ShopTo. The retailer was told by its buyer the Rocksteady game will only be released on PC in digital form. ShopTo is currently double checking the information. If accurate, it is unknown if this will be case in North America […]

  • Bloodborne patch focusing on load times, performance optimizations in the works

    A patch for Bloodborne which will address load times is in the works, Sony has said The load times were one of the issues noted in Digital Foundry’s report on the From Software title. Sony told Eurogamer the patch would also explore other issues as well. “The development team is currently exploring another patch for […]

  • Gearbox would “love” to have entire Borderlands collection on current-gen

    An Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of the original Borderlands game is something Gearbox Software is interested in, according to studio boss Randy Pitchford. Speaking in the latest Major Nelson podcast, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said should Borderlands: The Handsome Collection prove successful, 2K Games might consider a current-gen version. “The fact that The […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork shows the catacombs, dock, more

    Over the weekend we posted Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork along with news of a retail release in Europe. Today, we have better quality images of said artwork to share with you. Enjoy. The standalone prequel will be released digitally on May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in North America, and digitally on […]

  • Slender: The Arrival terrorizes PS4 and Xbox One this week

    In case you forgot, what with Bloodborne out today and other high profile releases of late, Slender: The Arrival is out today on PlayStation 4 in North America. The scary game will arrive on Xbox One tomorrow, March 25, and in Europe on PS4. Slender: The Arrival is an expansion on the original Slender game […]

  • World of Warcraft’s WoW Token rollout slated after launch of patch 6.1.2

    Blizzard has announced it will start rollout its WoW Token option in the weeks following the launch of patch 6.1.2 on March 24. WoW Token allows players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard will release WoW Token first in realms serving North America, Oceania, and Latin America and will expand […]

  • The Evil Within: The Consequence dated for April, teaser video released

    Part 2 of Juli Kidman’s adventure in The Evil Within will arrive next month with the release of The Consequence. Above is a brief teaser showing some of the “madness” Kidman will encounter. The Consequence will arrive on Tuesday, April 21 on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. European PlayStation players will […]

  • Bloodborne sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate” per performance analysis

    Bloodborne has been analyzed by Digital Foundry and according to the report, even with a 30fps cap the game sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate.” The game’s day-one 2.69GB update 1.01 is “essential” as it contains improvements to game performance and stability and the frame-rate tests run by Digital Foundry were in single-player […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews round-up

    Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews are out in the wild so we decided to catch a few of them for you. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is out today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The collection packages Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel along with each game’s DLC content on one disc. Better graphics and […]

  • Evolve, Forza Horizon 2, WWE 2K15 are this week’s Deals with Gold

    Evolve, Forza 2 Horizon and WWE 2K15 are just some of the games which are part of this week’s Xbox Deals with Gold. You can also pick up the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Pro Edition for 20% off as well as the standard edition for 33% off. For the Xbox 360 crowd, there’s also […]

  • Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles now available starting at $250

    Microsoft is offering a discount on three Xbox 360 bundles with prices starting at $250. The Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles feature various content such as a Kinect, 500GB console bundle and one month of Xbox Live Gold. Xbox 360 500GB Spring Value Bundle: comes with Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare download and Fable […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege beta sign ups now open

    Ubisoft is letting everyone register for the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege closed beta. Rainbow Six Siege is due for a closed beta sometime this year. Ubisoft has opened registration to everyone. All you need to do is enter your preferred platform and log in using your Uplay account. You will be entered into a waiting […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Exo Zombies map Infection is creepy

    The upcoming chapter in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies mode is called ‘Infection’ and Activision has been slowly revealing bits and pieces about it. A few teasers have been dropping ahead of Ascendance launch this month. The teasers are about the second episode in the Exo Zombie story, Infection. First off, the map. […]

  • This is the Bloodborne press kit in all its glory

    Bloodborne is a gorgeous game so it’s only fitting that the press kit it came in is a reflection of that. The pictures capture the many amazing bits of the Bloodborne press kit. A press kit is what’s usually sent to the reviewers alongside the review copy. They’re usually very ornate and almost all of […]

  • This Hearthstone turn is taking over 40 hours and you can watch it happen

    A very smart Hearthstone player has rigged his game to make one turn take over 40 hours, and it has been going for over 22 already. Hearthstone player Mamytwink set up a game against his friend to try and achieve the record for the longest turn in Hearthstone ever. Basically, Mamytwink set the game up […]

  • The Witcher 3: Geralt’s beard grows over time, but not Gandalf-long

    The beard of The Witcher 3 protagonist Geralt will grow over time, but you can trim it if you choose to. As part of a recently published impressions piece by German magazine Gamestar (translated by NeoGAF), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developers revealed that Geralt’s beard will in fact grow over time. Not content with […]

  • Sony mistakenly abandons Bloodborne trademark in the US

    The administration side of Sony Computer Entertainment has not been in the best of shapes recently. Sony has abandoned four game trademarks yesterday, one of which is for Bloodborne. The trademarks were all registered with US Patent and Trademark Office. All of the games trademarks pertain to unreleased games and Sony would’ve had to either […]

  • Payday 2 will be supported until 2017

    Payday 2 developer has announced that it will continue to support the game for the next two years. Payday 2 developer Overkill has revealed today that it’s planning to support the game until 2017. What this means is that more free content as well as paid DLC are in the works for release later. Payday […]

  • These are the top Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare weapons, according to the developer

    Based on their overall kill-to-death ratio, what are the best guns in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare? Developer Sledgehammer reveals the top 5. Sledgehammer’s Michael Condrey has revealed on Twitter the top 5 weapons in Advanced Warfare based on their overall kill-to-death ratio. Here’s the list: ARX-160 – Hole Puncher Ameli – Heavy HBRa3 – […]

  • H1Z1 has sold more than 1 million copies

    H1Z1 has already sold over 1 million copies on Steam. H1Z1 may still be in Early Access on Steam, but it has already sold more than 1 million copies. Daybreak president John Smedley announced on Twitter earlier. H1Z1 launched in January and instantly became a hit. The game has consistently been on Steam’s top 10 […]