Hacker publishes PS3′s root key as Fail0verflow claims complete PS3 crack

Monday, 3 January 2011 08:24 GMT By Johnny Cullen


While PSGroove reports that infamous iPhone hacker Geohot has published PS3′s root key, hacker team Fail0verflow has told the 27th Chaos Communication Conference that PS3 is now completely, and irrevocably, cracked.

Geohot has released what he claims is the Metldr key for the console, which can’t be updated, apparently meaning he’s exposed the Sony hardware for good.

“No donate link, just use this info wisely. I do not condone piracy,” he said in a message.

He continued: “If you want your next console to be secure, get in touch with me. Any of you three. It’d be fun to be on the other side.”

Last year, PS3 homebrew jailbreaks, such as PS Groove and PS Jailbreak broke cover, but several firmware updates killed them off at the time.

The addition of these Firmware updates were needed if you were to play games like Medal of Honor.

If true, this new release apparently means that users can now develop homebrew apps, bootloaders and more, and digitally sign them to the PS3 with no risk of a Firmware update to close the hole (thanks, Mike).

The move allows apps like XMBC, which plays old SNES games, to be used on PS3.

The publication of the codes could also have major implications for piracy. Assuming the release is legitimate, users can now circumvent any kind of restriction Sony may issue to stop downloaded games running on the machine.

“PS3 security in tatters”

The news is just the latest blow against Sony in what appears to now be a fully lost war against hacking PS3.

Speaking at the 27th Chaos Communication Conference at the end of December, the Fail0verflow team claimed, as per Digital Foundry, that “PlayStation 3′s internal security scheme is a shambles, with all of its major anti-piracy features failing abysmally. The system is so vulnerable that hackers now have the exact same privileges as Sony in deciding what code can run on the console.”

Fail0verflow claims to now be in possession of all of the encryption keys Sony uses and can create DLC-style packages that will run on any PlayStation 3, including custom Firmware upgrades.

Fail0ver’s presentation at 27c3 made the case that PS3′s OtherOS staved off interest in hacking the machine, postponing piracy for years.

When OtherOS was removed, said the team, piracy followed.

Speaking to VG247 today, a PS3 developer said he was “angered” that PS3 had been so completely cracked, but that there was the real possibility that the news could boost hardware sales.

“It may actually be good for PS3,” said the coder, speaking off the record. “Remember PS2 was massively pirated too.”


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  1. getbradshaw

    You mean to say NFS: Hot Pursuit and GT5 cos Medal of Honor was playable.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Robo_1

    “I do not condone piracy, but anyway, here, have probably the most important component in enabling wide spread piracy on the system.”

    Hypocritical tosser, and that goes for all the hackers who cry a river about not condoning piracy, but enable it anyway. Congratulations, you’ve just screwed over a lot of hard working people.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Quak0r

    @2 I know, right? Just like US law condemns murder but does allow for wide distribution of guns at the same time. And like Sony condemning piracy but still selling CD/DVD/Blu-ray Burners. Hypocrites, all of them.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Syrok

    And for those of us who don’t have a degree in computer science: What’s a root key? And what are the implications of this (if any) for the average user?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Robo_1

    @3 And for the devs who are about to lose a whole chunk of their income? Or gamers who are about to have PSN ruined with cheaters? What’s their crime?

    You’re outright delusional if you’re implying that Sony’s sale of recordable media undermines their right to protect the copyrighted works of others who use the format.

    Sony is a massive content producer/publisher of games, music and films, your implication that they secretly support piracy to sell a few extra blank blu rays is completely ludicrous.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Mike

    @syrok: It basically means that people can now develop homebrew/bootloaders/whatever apps and digitally sign it to the PS3 so it’ll work. There’s no firmware update that can close the hole any more.

    So stuff like XMBC which plays old SNES stuff etc. can now be used on PS3.

    The major problem here is piracy. As now you can circumvent any kind of restriction Sony would want to lay down to stop you running a downloaded game on the console. As the article says, the PS3 is now wide open.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Syrok

    Aha. Thanks, Mike. :)

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Patrick Garratt

    Thanks. I’ve updated it. Trying to get someone to talk about it on the record now.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Quak0r

    @5 What I’m saying is that it’s simply false and delusional to condemn every piece of technology or the people responsible for them as criminal if there is even the slightest chance it could be use to commit crimes.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Robo_1

    I sincerely doubt you’ll get any official comment from Sony. They’re best off just closing down the hatches media wise.

    Since PS3 is now essentially as open as a PC, I suppose one trick they could try is DRM for future games. Not as effective of course, but I imagine it’s one option open to them, and their partners are going to be screaming for them to do something.

    Personally I think we’ll be seeing PS4 for Christmas 2012. At least all this didn’t happen during the first year!


    True, but in this instance it’s unquestionable that piracy is going to be the most popular application of this hack, and given the potential scale of the problem, it’s utterly galling to hear one of the key players in enabling it, trying to claim he’s not supportive of it.

    Sure, it may not have been his ultimate goal (or that of any hacker), but it’s a bit like saying you don’t condone animal cruelty, whilst simultaneously working in the fur trade. The end goal may be a fur coat, but that doesn’t stop many animals suffering for it.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Mike

    Also, it’s worth nothing that this is both for Blu Ray and PSP. Apparently a hombrew installer has already been built for PS3.

    It’s open-season, it seems.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Mike

    There’s a decent thread on EG discussing the implications.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Mike

    A decent quote from the thread:

    “Proof of concept home brew installer has been built already, PSP and blu-ray keys have also been picked out of the system. Hackers and pirates should be throwing a party about all this but for honest gamers it’s going to be quite a ballache. Online game hacks can completely kill an online service, anybody who played PSO on the dreamcast will remember how bad that got :(“

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    I’m still waiting for the moment when they can launch Gran Turismo 5.

    To be honest they took 4 fucking years to understand the structure of hypervizor.
    With the next generation hackers will hack all consoles for 4 damn years from now on all the time.

    Next Generation for consoles is multicore processing. To hack something like that will be extremely difficult.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Rhythm

    Geohot might have just killed the console second-hand market

    EA and Activision are going to fucking *love* Sony for this news. Never mind “project ten dollar”, they’ve now just been given everything they need to justify PC-esque one-time codes with every game sale.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Robo_1

    Yup, I think online activation is going to be the first response we see from this, and to be honest, if it helps protect PSN from cheaters, then bring it on.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Quak0r

    @16 Just keep in mind that Steam ( Steamworks with Portal 2 ) was announced for the PS3 :)

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Kuwabara

    i love you sony, but u should have never released the firmware that killed linux.. now look what has happened!!

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Erthazus

    @Robo_1, Semi-DRM?

    Sony must be pretty out of their minds if they are going to do THAT.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Robo_1


    Rock and a hard place isn’t it. Do nothing and you lose publisher confidence, so you’re only option is to be seen to be doing something, even if it is going to be largely ineffectual, they can’t just throw their hands in the air and give up.


    Indeed, that should be interesting!!!

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Erthazus

    @20, you need to understand that Semi-DRM will unleash Law-suits of Epic proportions.

    I remember Sony back in E3 of 2010 hinted about a Cloud based system (Jack Tretton hinted btw.), but not every PS3 is connected to the internet.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Robo_1

    Oh they couldn’t do anything about offline consoles, this would just be to prevent online play, so if you’re offline, it’s not going to effect you.

    It’s nothing that EA haven’t done with their project 10 dollar stuff.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. theevilaires

    I love how Mike has posted more comments on this article than he’s ever posted in 2010 altogether :D

    (so sickening you get your kicks off negative news toward anything SONY)

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Psychotext

    “EA and Activision are going to fucking *love* Sony for this news. Never mind “project ten dollar”, they’ve now just been given everything they need to justify PC-esque one-time codes with every game sale.”

    Yeah, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see that. People without internet connections are screwed.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. mojo

    “Theoretically, this would allow apps like XMBC, which plays old SNES stuff, and so on, to be used on PS3.”

    practicaly this meansn the PS3 is open as it can propably be.
    Its not a case of u magicaly haveing the key to a always locked door.
    Its more like they took away the whole door.

    “I’m still waiting for the moment when they can launch Gran Turismo 5.”
    has allready happened. gt5 and nfshp running on 3.41

    The PS3 is done guys!
    theres nothing sony can do about it..

    #25 4 years ago
  26. theevilaires

    I remember HD loader for PS2. It would let you copy games to a 3.5 HDD installed in your PS2. Some say it forced SONY to then release the PS2 slim….which within a matter of months also had a usb supported version of HD Loader…..

    ….the PS2 has since then went on to sell well over 100,000,000 consoles. Ensuring its place in video gaming history as the king of all consoles.

    I will admit I had a copy of the disc. I owned my own video game store back then and it was fun letting the locale kids all come after school and play a game they wanted without worrying about one of the little punks stealing the disc.

    The point I’m trying to make is, no one of regular consumer standards will learn about this exploit. Only geeks like the neofags will try and attempt to spread the word along with the hardcore extremist XBOTS.

    Sony will figure something out rest assured.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. undeadwolfy

    I am very dissapointed in this. It was great to be able to bring up the point that Sony’s console is the most secure this gen but not anymore.

    I actually did have a “chipped” PS1 but that was beyond my control. I was only like 8 then and I didnt know what was legal and what wasnt. Ever since my PS2 I havent “chipped” any console and dont intend to on my PS3. This is a major kick in the teeth for sales figures and fair gameplay.

    Just a question, does this meant that hacks in online games (such as CoD, KZ or Uncharted) will be more prevalent? Will we see them in lobbys because of the available access to the PS3?

    #27 4 years ago
  28. OrbitMonkey

    Have to admit, on hearing this all I can think is that now i might get a chance to get my hands on some fallout/oblivion mods :)

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Patrick Garratt


    #29 4 years ago
  30. mojo

    basicaly its zero hour now.
    anything is possible.

    now it finaly can do everything, hax included.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. xino

    Sony farked themselves from the start!


    You are making OtherOS as one of your selling point…KNOWNING that hackers may use the OtherOS to hack the ps3. So why include it in the first place???

    Geohot boasted he will crack the ps3, Sony got scared and removed the OtherOS, forcing hackers to purposely HACK the ps3!


    to the other people commenting!
    hacking a console does not mean piracy!

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Gama_888

    just a little thought i had.
    if the ps3 has been hacked so completely, so that u can digitally sign any software you want and make it work with the ps3, could it be done for hardware aswell?
    i.e. kinect?

    #32 4 years ago
  33. Syrok

    “hacking a console does not mean piracy!”

    Buying a gun does not mean shooting a men.
    Having an army does not mean going to war.
    Building enrichments plants does not mean building nuclear bombs.

    But it can easily lead to it!

    #33 4 years ago
  34. LOLshock94

    where do i find out how to do this?

    #34 4 years ago
  35. Hybridpsycho

    He who hacked it should be shot.

    “Syrok: “hacking a console does not mean piracy!”

    Buying a gun does not mean shooting a men.
    Having an army does not mean going to war.
    Building enrichments plants does not mean building nuclear bombs.

    But it can easily lead to it!”

    Hacking a console is like giving a terrorist a gun. Doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll kill someone, but most likely he will.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. theevilaires

    I tell you what. When you get wii games running on a PS3 and I can use MOVE with Metroid other M and Zelda and find away to add trophies to level up my PSN Status then I’ll hack my PS3.

    If that never happens then fuck it. All of you scream about saving the games industry and whats best for it but are up here posting links to damage it *Cough Mike Bowden Cough*

    SONY has been the only game company pushing high quality games to the fore front with titles like Uncharted, MotorStorm, GT5 and many more and now you all want to spit on them again like its 2006. Some gamers you guys are.

    Yea lets help the gaming industry we love so much……right down the shitter….but you all know as I know its only a few select people here on this site who are truly excited about this and its not because they can get free games. Its because its SONY.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. Mike


    #37 4 years ago
  38. Mike

    GT5 is now playable on cracked 3.41 firmware. That didn’t take long, did it.

    #38 4 years ago
  39. KrazyKraut

    My pS1 and PS2 had both MOD-CHIPs to play imports from Japan and USA. Imports which i bought. Like all other games.

    #39 4 years ago
  40. Kuwabara

    i wouldnt mod mine unless its an external add on, cause i intend on trading my ps3 for a ps4 later. I love sony so iwouldnt want to cheat them on sales.

    #40 4 years ago
  41. gorman

    Hi Pat. XBMC (not XMBC) is a media center open source software that does not have anything to do, directly, with emulators. It ties into them if you install it on your machine (currently available for Windows, OSX and Linux), but it’s not more conducive to emulation than, say, Windows itself.

    Cheers and happy new year.

    #41 4 years ago
  42. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    So what does this hacking mean in a nutshell for the average gamer?

    Will more information come on how we can now emulate different systems/games on the PS3?

    #42 4 years ago
  43. sultaniez

    nice i want program that is for play station from where get it

    #43 4 years ago

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    Destiny players learned more about House of Wolves in this week’s Bungie update than you might realise at first glance. Resident Destiny expert Arekkz cast his eagle eye over this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, which announced next week’s Reef tour livestream. I personally am most excited to learn about gear upgrade paths, but Arekkz points […]

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]