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Sony details “fat” PS3 bug, aiming for fix “within the next 24 hours”

Monday, 1 March 2010 17:12 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Sony has issued a full status update on the crippling “fat” PS3 blog plaguing machines worldwide today, “caused by a bug in the clock functionality incorporated in the system.”

According to the following statement we just received from SCEE, the company is aiming to have the issue resolved in the next day.

As you may be aware, some customers have been unable to connect to the PlayStation Network today. This problem affects the models other than the new slim PS3.

We believe we have identified that this problem is being caused by a bug in the clock functionality incorporated in the system.

Errors include:
* The date of the PS3 system may be re-set to Jan 1, 2000.
* When the user tries to sign-in to the PlayStation Network, the following message appears on the screen; “An error has occurred. You have been signed out of PlayStation Network (8001050F)”.
* When the user tries to launch a game, the following error message appears on the screen and the trophy data may disappear; “Failed to install trophies. Please exit your game.”
* When the user tries to set the time and date of the system via the Internet, the following message appears on the screen; “The current date and time could not be obtained. (8001050F)”
* Users are not able to playback certain rental video downloaded from the PlayStation Store before the expiration date.

We hope to resolve this problem within the next 24 hours. In the meantime, if you have a model other than the new slim PS3, we advise that you do not use your PS3 system, as doing so may result in errors in some functionality, such as recording obtained trophies, and not being able to restore certain data.

As mentioned above, Please be advised that the new slim PS3 is not affected with this error. We are doing our best to resolve the issue and do apologise for any inconvenience caused.

For the latest status on this situation please check either the PlayStation blog (for SCEE: www.blog.eu.playstation.com/for SCEA: www.blog.us.playstation.com) or PlayStation.com.

As detailed in full here, first-gen PS3s have been smitten globally with an error message today, the result of a problem that prevents machines from connecting to PSN and puts them at risk of Trophy data corruption.

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45 Comments

  1. Redh3lix

    Problem will rectify itself tommorow along with a placebo patch from Sony.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Michael O’Connor

    I don’t understand exactly why people think it will magically fix itself tomorrow. The clock with still be out of whack.

    Your phat unit will be messed up *regardless* of whether you turn it on or not.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Eregol

    Mmmm placebos

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Seraphemz

    damn..and I got the day..looking forward to play heavy rain…

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    I think its not a big problem at all. Its not like your console RRODed, went apeshit or something like that… Its not corrupted your HDD, blu ray or something.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. reask

    Yeah moc I seen a thread on psn on which the starter was saying the clock only moves up.
    I am sure they will come up with something though.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Alakratt

    AMAZING!! They are actually telling us NOT to use our PS3?! FUCK YOU SONY!!

    #7 5 years ago
  8. daytripper

    anyone else get the “WTF OMG” error when trying to sign in?

    #8 5 years ago
  9. The Hindle

    If they cant fix it they better do some sort of money back gurantee.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. SplatteredHouse

    Michael, how can the data alter from the last time it was switched on, if there is no power at all, to the unit?

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Psychotext

    The internal clock runs on battery power SH.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Michael O’Connor

    “I think its not a big problem at all. Its not like your console RRODed, went apeshit or something like that… Its not corrupted your HDD, blu ray or something.”

    All my themes are being listed as “Corrupted Data”. I remove to even so much as *load* a game simply for risk of losing my save data.

    If this damage ends up being permanent, Sony can say goodbye to me. I don’t care how good LittleBigPlanet or Heavy Rain are.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. G1GAHURTZ

    Surely everyone deserves a second chance Michael?

    #13 5 years ago
  14. SplatteredHouse

    oh no. :( if all of them are affected, that’s no good.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Michael O’Connor

    Unless they replace everything damaged? No. At least Microsoft replaces damaged 360.

    Like I said, *if* this causes permanent damage to files and trophies. I’m not saying it *will*.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Robo_1

    @7

    What would you prefer, that they try to save face and say just use your PS3 as usual. Somebody at Sony fucked up, this is a huuuuge error, but I don’t see what more they could realistically be doing to fix the problem.

    Hopefully they’ll give away an old PSN game as compensation, after the fall out.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. daytripper

    @michael is that your website? very nice indeed

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Michael O’Connor

    @michael is that your website? very nice indeed

    Yes it is. Thank you.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Quiiick

    @ 11
    Sure, but that doesn’t mean that any data gets altered or corrupted permanently. By not turning the console on, you make sure, nothing will be written to your hdd.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. daytripper

    no problem, the game store report stating they are refusing to accept fat ps3′s is a tad concerning.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. theevilaires

    I say reset the system 5 activations and everyone start all over with 0 trophies and brand new slims for all existing PS3 owners with a free copy of Uncharted 2 or God of War 3.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Robo_1

    MS may replace damaged 360′s, but they don’t want to know about the games it scratches to buggery. A friend of mine lost a copy of GTA4 because of it, MS were complete pricks about it too, wanting to charge him for the drive repair and refusing to do anything about the game it destroyed.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. theevilaires

    the 360 has so many issues its not funny man, but this stuff with sony is like doomsday. Every PS3 going out on the same day spells OMEGA disaster. Don’t be shocked if the sky ripped in half by tonight.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. MushroomStamp

    Bullshit, you’re just a hater. I don’t have any issues with any of my 360′s. and For the record I had to replace my PS3 twice because of hardware failure.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. theevilaires

    and we are all suppose to believe that coming from a die hard XBOT who pirates 99.2% of his games…..yea ok

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Gekidami

    One hater calling another hater a hater. Its almost poetic.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. daytripper

    if someone went up to me and called me a “xbot” i wouldnt know what to do, probably giggle i suppose.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. MushroomStamp

    Pirating has NOTHING to do with this.. and I’m not an Xbot.. just an anti-fanboy. I’m a gamer not a consoler. and for the record, I have purchased 18 games in the last 3 months.. just for the PC.. and I can easily pirate those.. but i don’t.. I always buy games that are good.. but being a gamer my whole life, I got tired of being raped by companies shoveling their shit products at the expense of my wallet. SO, if the game is great, i buy it. Maybe if they allowed you to return games that suck ass or only take a few hours to beat, I wouldn’t pirate games.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Michael O’Connor

    My site has been receiving reports that this problem *does* have a chance of affecting Slim units: http://www.thegamingvault.com/2010/03/ps3-slims-not-safe-from-current-ps3-problems/

    (You can complain about me spamming later. =P )

    #29 5 years ago
  30. The Hindle

    @28

    You get called an Xbot as all you do is criticise the Ps3. Its not the first time ive seen you do it.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Kerplunk

    I’ve been following this news with interest all day. I think I can bear to live without switching on a particular console for 24 hours without threatening to murder someone or issue a lawsuit. The alarmist reactions (not always surprising thanks to stories constantly being sensationalised) is, well, alarming.

    Gekidami, your comments have been an island of sanity in a sea of madness.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. daytripper

    @30 what did people call people who criticised the zx spectrum?

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Phoenixblight

    @28

    Nice way to justify pirating. You could always rent games.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. Newbie101

    What a storm in a teacup! Just a date thing and it will be fine tomorrow.

    I guess Sony will do a patch just in case it happens again but at least non-internet connected people will be OK!

    #34 5 years ago
  35. reask

    At the end of the day shit happens.
    Once they sort it it is not a problem.
    I reckon Sony are pretty annoyed about this as it would appear to be human error.

    #35 5 years ago
  36. reask

    @ MOC
    Mine worked earlier on today but I reckon I will leave well enough alone until tomorrow just in case.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. OlderGamer

    For what it is worth, my first launch ps3 died.

    My launch xb360 died.

    Replaced them both.
    MS refurbed my 360.
    I ate the price of the PS3, spent another 600usd on the one that is having trouble now.

    I say they are both pieces of crap. All manufactured at the lowest possible price point by Chinesse labour.

    Truth be said, if your a gamer in todays world replacing system hardware needs to be factored into the cost of your hobby.

    I am still own my first SNES, GEN, Jag, Atari 2600, NEO GEO, TG16(and CD attachment). I don’t think I could kill my Gamecube if I tried. And dare I say it – my Wii is still going strong no matter how many hours the wife plays sports or WiiFit.

    I have a feeling I will replace both the XB360 and the PS3 again before it is all said and done.

    It is just that they cost too damn much for this type of garbage to be ok.

    It almost makes me want to play PC full time.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. Erthazus

    @Michael… Dear Michael. I understand, maybe you went apeshit after what you saw, but Sony is not responsible for your lost data or themes that are being listed as “Corrupted Data”. The thing is that someone at Sony Computer Entertainment fucked really hard as someone fucked up with the Xbox 360 hardware design.

    Every time when you buy some electronics device you must be ready for this kind of shit.

    Michael can i ask you a question? Of course you never had an error with Microsoft Windows or other software device that fucked your entire system and files?

    THEY ARE NOT PERFECT and in Sony, Microsoft interests to make a consumer happy and they are trying really hard to do this shit right!

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Gekidami

    New post from Muster Buster:
    http://community.eu.playstation.com/t5/PlayStation-Network/PSN-Connection-issues-error-8001050F/m-p/10316858/highlight/true#M127033
    Seems that he’s got wind of people wanting to remove the internal clock battery.

    #39 5 years ago
  40. MushroomStamp

    @30 I like my PS3, I merely stand up for the belief Xbox live is better and so is the controller. I don’t bash the ps3, I just have hate fandboys and merely make points of the PS3 inferion online and controller. I have things I don’t like about the 360 as well.. but I rarely see the 360 guys talking smack. YOU people take things as hatred toward the PS3 when it’s not. I merely recognize the weakness in the platform and refuse to be a fanboy that thinks its’ a perfect system. I blindly follow nothing.. especially a company that doesnt’ even know you exist.

    @33 Renting games does not get the money to the developers. There are other reasons I USED to pirate. I started cracking games since TRS-80 comptuers for fun. I was into the code cracking and DRM circumventing.. it was challenging and fun.. These days I don’t do that stuff anymore, no time. These days I only pirate games because of being raped companies too many times. I have no shame or guilt in this. Especially since QUALITY games STILL get my money. You may now get off your high-horse.

    #40 5 years ago
  41. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    ***

    I’d like to know if 10-30 years from now I can pull out my PS3 and play the games I paid for (WITHOUT an internet connnection or network support) just like we can do now with all systems since Atari2600 days…

    Cause this incident is NOT a good sign.

    ***

    #41 5 years ago
  42. Gekidami

    Its the internal clock error stopping you from playing offline, not the fact that you are offline. I’ve seen a few people on other forums saying that they’ve never connected/havent connected thir PS3′s to the internet in a long time and have had no problems playing today, even the likes of Heavy Rain.

    Ofcourse if you really want to be sure, then once this problem is fixed, disable internet on PS3 and try booting up a game.

    #42 5 years ago
  43. AHA-Lambda

    Pachter has chimed in =D

    http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/62564

    #43 5 years ago
  44. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Well hopefully this internal clock error will not happen again 10-30 years down the road (you know, nostalgia/retro gaming itch) and cause our systems and games owned to be completely useless.

    #44 5 years ago
  45. hitnrun

    The scratched disk thing DOES happen and Microsoft reps ARE cocks about it, as I can attest (hasn’t happened to me but to my brother and several friends). However, it is not strictly speaking their fault, since it only happens if you move the system and instructions explicitly warn you not to. It’s a symptom of the fragility of these computers (which is what they are now) meeting the cavalier habits of gamers who are used to more rugged, less intricate devices.

    It’s still bad customer service to not replace a 10 cent disk. They could ask for the originals back, which have authentication marks and serial numbers, and charge a modest fee.

    As for Sony…man. If the end result of this is just a couple days without PSN, it won’t amount to anything, for all the strife on blogs, except a touchstone in fanboy arguments. But if it results in bricked consoles or lost gamesave date, it will be the end of their fucking universe. In my observation, this seems typical of Sony. MS’s problems are from cutting corners – deliberately – not from the complete fucking technical incompetence that regularly emerges in PSN patches.

    #45 5 years ago

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    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]