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Full Report: Sony’s Tokyo PlayStation Meeting – PSP successor revealed, PS Suite, PS Store for Android announced

Thursday, 27 January 2011 07:46 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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As expected, Sony announced the successor to PSP at a Tokyo “PlayStation Meeting” event this morning. Get a full report of the entire conference after the break.

In the build-up to the meeting’s 6.00am GMT kick-off, developers spotted in the crowd included Hideo Kojima, Capcom’s Jun Takeuchi, Sega’s Toshihiro Nagoshi and Grasshopper’s Suda 51, as was SCEA exec Jack Tretton. The father of PlayStation, Ken Kutaragi, also made the effort.

SCEI boss Kaz Hirai took the stage to start proceedings, promising new products and announcements for those that had made the trip. He wasn’t lying.

Sony then played a video it first showed at E3 five-and-a-half years ago, which revisited the future the company at that time.

Hirai went onto reveal that 80 percent of all PS3s are connected to the internet, boasting that 69 million PlayStation Network accounts have been registered as of January 25. He also added that PSN had seen 1.4 billion downloads since its launch in 2006.

Next, Hirai went on to the current world of portable gaming.

“The world of portable gaming offers a different value in enjoying games,” he said.

“Where you play, it creates a new sensation as the game unfolds in your hands. Now the world of portable has undergone a huge change since the release of PSP.”

PlayStation Suite

He went on to announce PlayStation Suite, which will bring PlayStation content beyond PlayStation devices and onto Android-running devices and tablets.

PlayStation Certified, a new license program, was also announced. This will allow cross-platform devices to be certified by the PlayStation group.

Hirai also confirmed a PS Store for Android devices, and that PS1-gen titles would arrive on Android-powered hardware. Content will begin rolling out “within the next calendar year.”

Next Generation Portable

Then the bomb dropped: Hirai detailed the successor to PSP, codenamed “NGP,” or “Next Generation Portable”.

He detailed the system in five key points: a revolutionary control system, location-based entertainment, social connection, augmented reality features and PS Suite compatibility.

A video followed.

Hirai came back out stage and showed off the new portable. See the official images here. It’ll have two analogue sticks, front and rear touchpads, a 5-inch OLED screen, 3G, WiFI, SixAxis motion controls, an eject button on the back and a physical media slot.

The handheld will use flash-based media. Hirai says the portable will be out this holiday season in Japan.

Yoshida does first-party games

Shuhei Yoshida, Sony’s WWS boss, then came on stage to detail how the new handheld works, as well as confirming the first batch of games. They include Killzone, Hustle Kings, Reality Fighters, Gravity Daze, Hot Shots Golf, LittleBigPlanet, Wipeout, Resistance and, the big one, Uncharted.

A demo of Uncharted was then shown.

“You can tilt the console and you can see the images clearly from every angle,” said Yoshida as he demoed the game.

Yoshida also confirmed that the touchpad could be used to control Drake as well as standard controls. SixAxis support was also confirmed. To demonstrate this, he showed Drake climbing using the gyrosensor. The sensor can also be used to point a weapon at an enemy.

Muneki Shimda from Sony’s software department then spoke about the console’s design, before Yoshida showed a new title known as Little Deviants, a game filled with cute and cuddly characters, apparently.

The game is controlled using the rear-touch pad. Yoshida went on detail a little more about the rear-touch panel, saying it was at the same size as the game screen, five inches.

Live Area

Kaz Hirai then took to the stage again to announce something known as “Live Area”. Shimada re-entered to talk about the console’s UI, which is a gateway to the games. There, you can launch games, launch the PS Store and communicate with friends.

“LiveArea adds depth to the traditional entertainment experience,” said Shimada-san.

You can also send messages between friends using Live Area in real time. As well, NGP is claimed to be also be the first device to connect with mobile networks in an area around you, like a bus or a train. An application known as Near will track where you go during the day.

Using the app, you can see what’s the most popular game is in the areas you’ve gone through, as well as be able to find out more info about said games and actually buy them from the PlayStation Store.

Hirai then brought up augmented titles – Eyepet, etc – before Hot Shots Gold on NGP was shown by Yoshida, with Sony looking to show the convergence between real and virtual worlds.

Once you have teed up your shots, you then enter into a window-like first-person view. The camera on NGP will detect a 360-degree movement in real-life, Sony said.

Hirai came back on stage to confirm that content currently being developed from PlayStation Suite will also work on NGP, adding that the cross-platform will offer new ways of entertainment.

“The Suite means that hopefully we’ll be able to work with developers we haven’t worked with in the past,” he said.

Third-party action

Hirai then decided to invite third-party game creators on stage who are working with NGP, including Koei, Konami, Epic, Activision, Capcom and Sega.

First up was Capcom’s Jun Takeuchi, who started off by thanking everyone for the success of Monster Hunter, one of the key PSP-driving series in Japan.

After announcing the latest edition, Portable 3rd, had sold 4 million units since its launch last year in December, Takeuchi showed off the game using NGP. A downloadable version of the game was confirmed for the device.

Claiming it was the first time he had seen the game running on NGP, Takeuchi said that the game looks beautiful on the handheld, due in part to the OLED screen.

He said: “The analog stick feels great. You can quote me.

“It feels different from the stick on the PSP. It goes down further, it tilts. It’ll be good for action games.”

Takeuchi then talked about how Capcom was getting ready for NGP development by showing Lost Planet 2 on the device, which is said to not be running as smoothly as its PS3 counterpart, although good-looking regardless.

No new titles were announced from Capcom for NGP by Takeuchi, although says announcements will be made in the future.

“Today I’m not announcing any new titles, but before long we will be able to announce new titles for NGP,” he said.

Next was Sega’s Toshihiro Nagoshi of Yakuza fame. He talked about 3G, saying he was very excited about the feature.

“This is a hardware with no excuses,” said Nagoshi, before showing Yakuza rendered in real-time on NGP.

Akihiro Suzuki from Tecmo Koei was next. He showed off a demo of Dynasty Warriors running on NGP, where multiple and specific enemies can be attacked by using touch. After that, Suzuki was done.

NGP Metal Gear Solid heading for E3 reveal

Next: Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima. Unfortunately, he started with bad news.

“There’s no announcement of a new title today, but I’d like to talk about the future perspective.”

Kojima then showed off a demo of an opening scene from Metal Gear Solid 4 using NGP. The scene in question sees Old Snake meet up with Otacon via Mk II and gets his Solid Eye device.

“This game used the model data and environments from PS3, and it was exported directly to NGP,” said Kojima. “On NGP, we can enjoy the same quality as the PS3.”

Kojima didn’t add if MGS4 was coming to NGP, however.

Referring to comments he made about console gaming being dead last year around the time of the Japanese launch of Peace Walker, he added: “When we launched Peace Walker for PSP, this is what I said: In the near future there will be a world of cloud computing.

“Portable MGS and Peace Walker was an experiment for the cloud computing future. NGP allows this cloud computing.

Kojima continued: “What I’d like to realize is playing on your PS3, and when you go out, you put the game on your NGP, and when you come back home, you can once again use your PS3 and large screen TV.”

As previously noted, Kojima said he was not going to make announcements today, but did say he was working on a title for the platform that he hopes will realise his vision. He added he intends to announce said project in June at E3.

Epic business

Once Kojima left the stage, Tim Sweeney of Epic Games showed off Unreal Engine 3 for NGP, showing off the “Unreal Citadel” demo that turned into iApp game Infinity Blade, with the demo’s world in the midst of a snowstorm.

Sweeney also showed a demo of Trendy Entertainment’s Dungeon Defenders for NGP, a title developed for PS3 but moved easily to the handheld in a short amount of time.

“Its gameplay experience by its console controls for movement and touch-screen controls for interaction,” said Sweeney.

“We’re very excited and think you’ll be stunned at what’s possible on Sony’s next generation portable platform.”

Call of Duty confirmed for NGD

Next up, Philip Earl, boss of the Call of Duty business unit for Activision, confirmed that Call of Duty was coming to NGP.

He didn’t mention if the game was in the Modern Warfare series or not.

“We believe Call of Duty will set the bar for the next generation of portable gaming,” he said.

“When considering the OLED screen, dual analog sticks, touch-screens, and social connectivity options, the possibilities are endless.”

Kaz Hirai then came back on stage and showed off a massive list of developers and publisher who had pledged their support to NGP. Rockstar, PopCap and many more were spotted on the list, which you can read in full here. After that, he made his closing comments and left the stage.

And that is that. No launch or pricing details for the west, although you can probably expect those at either GDC or E3.

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32 Comments

  1. Erthazus

    There are guys from Epic games, HIDEO KOJIMA, from Capcom, Jack Tretton :D Suda

    http://www.1up.com/media/03/8/7/5/lg/578.jpg

    #1 4 years ago
  2. 52pickup

    Gears of War 3 on PS3 lol OJ

    I’m excited as can be right now.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. KrazyKraut

    something big is going on^^

    #3 4 years ago
  4. 52pickup

    I’m telling you Sony has invented the holodeck and it’s all yours for just 599 dollar!

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    KEN KUTARAGI IS THERE :D
    http://www.1up.com/media/03/8/7/5/lg/580.jpg photo

    what he is doing there? =\

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Cee

    Probably misses the fun…….

    Gatecrashing probably

    #6 4 years ago
  7. KrazyKraut

    @Spastazus
    He is the Founder of Playstation…maybe
    he has the right to be there when a bog announcement is coming?

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Cee

    ohhhhh Codename Ngp!

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    “He is the Founder of Playstation…maybe”

    NO SHIT SHERLOCK, i never knew that.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. KrazyKraut

    ^o^

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Neq

    NGP look: http://www.pslifestyle.pl/news/show/id/518

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Gekidami

    They just announced CoD.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Erthazus

    CALL OF DUTY :D LOLOLOL kids will go apeshit about it.. XD

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Gekidami

    No footage though, shame.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Johnny Cullen

    Call of Duty confirmed. Megaton.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Gekidami

    Its over, i think.

    Yeah, it is.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Erthazus

    Sony just destroyed the 3DS. I really think that.

    Rockstar and Ubisoft also on board.

    If Activision announced stupid Call Of duty, i want Battlefield for that thing.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Razor

    Sony just rocked the house.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Erthazus

    I want Battlefield on the PSP2. Insta buy for me.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. monkeygourmet

    Design hardly looks portable and i can’t help that Sony is barking up the wrong tree chasing graphical power on a handheld device. The games are going to look incredible, but i hardly could be arsed to whip out this huge lump to play a portable version of a game i can already play at home on a big TV while im on the bus… I don’t really see the point of this device… At least Nintendo has brought something reletival exciting to the table (3DS) even though the 3D feature is a gimmick, having a non-glasses version is a huuuuge trump card over Sony who have been pushing the tech more than anyone but still can only offer a glasses 3D option…

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Erthazus

    “though the 3D feature is a gimmick, having a non-glasses version is a huuuuge trump card over Sony who have been pushing the tech more than anyone but still can only offer a glasses 3D option…”

    cheap stereo 3D is a feature? Pffffffff lolWUT?

    Also you can have a better experience playing 3D on your TV so your point here is INVALID at best.

    The point of this device bringing full console experiences to your portable devices. You have two thumbsticks. Call Of Duty is possible on the NGP (Stupid name)

    Thats it. It’s a WIN = WIN!

    #21 4 years ago
  22. monkeygourmet

    @21

    I didn’t say it was the future, im saying that it’ll make the device seem new and exciting to people who haven’t experienced that kind of tech, the PSP2 just seems an increment graphically at the moment, thats nothing to wet your pants about these days when most peoples cell phones are pumping out the unreal engine (albeit with shite controls…)

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Erthazus

    @22 Have you seen OLED screen in your life?

    If not, you should do it because everything looks phenomenal on that screen.

    When they will see game like Uncharted or Call Of Duty. Tehy won’t even care anymore about 3D.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. monkeygourmet

    although people love some call of duty so i guess 11 year olds will flock to it, although they won’t be able to afford it! ;)

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Gekidami

    @22
    The Unreal Engine is hardly the pinnacle of graphic engines. Both the engines of Uncharted & Killzone (along with several others) look better then it. Those 2 games just happen to be coming out on PSP2, though granted, we dont quite know what they look like yet.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Erthazus

    “& Killzone (along with several others) look better then it.”

    Yeah, good luck with that. Someone forgot the game that is called Gears Of War 3.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Crysis

    This is fucking amazing, day on fucking purchase from me, but the oval design looks ugly, but what do i care, my phone looks like a squished out laptop :D http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRLEcwqChNZwKteEc6_NxYPtFwvwQDWPBwRg82quJWqBcdO2LTObg

    #27 4 years ago
  28. monkeygourmet

    @25

    It’s def not the pinnacle but having games on a portable systemis def a huge leap for the platform, granted, Im sure Uncharted and Killzone will look incredible (although it sounds as if Uncharted may just be a port of Uncharted 1 on the PS3). The best thing i can see about this is development costs may be cut for porting games over from the PS3 to the NGP, although i still can’t see the point in playing these type of games on a portable system… Emulation on it once it’s cracked however would be batshit banana’s! ;)

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Erthazus

    @Crysis, it’s your phone? Ugh…. XD

    #29 4 years ago
  30. monkeygourmet

    @27

    It’s def going to have to be carried using a man-bag…

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Crysis

    @29, only bought it cuz it was Android 2.1 & only $150, i care more for features than cosmetics, cosmetics is just the icing on the cake to me.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. KrazyKraut

    sorry..but i believe that this 3d shit will brick your eyes…sooooo first day buy NGD. PSP was the only gameing device I imported from Japan so will get the NGD the same treatment.

    #32 4 years ago

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    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]

  • Closed beta for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts tomorrow

    The private beta period for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts on January 29. Those who pre-order the game via Steam, will automatically be included in the beta, enabling them to provide feedback on the first campaign in single-player mode. An additional beta period will be announced in the weeks leading up to launch. The […]

  • Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL available once more on UK store

    UK residents who want to get their hands on the shiny Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL can once again pre-purchase it through the Nintendo UK Store. If you want one, you better hurry because units will likely go rather fast. Only one per customer is allowed, and once you drop £209.99 on it, […]

  • Nintendo Q3: 1.9M New 3DS models sold, Wii U lifetime sales hit 9.2M

    New 3DS XL has sold 1.3 million units as of December 31, 2014, Nintendo announced in its Q3 financial results today. New 3DS moved 580,000 units by the end of the same period. Lifetime sales of both systems combined total a little under 1.9 million. Combined global sales for current 3DS models available in Europe […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s exo zombies reanimate a familiar format

    Advanced Warfare’s exo suits manage to bring an undead format back to life. Dave Cook welcomes zombies back to Call of Duty. “The challenges start to spike early so seasoned zombie slayers needn’t worry about being coddled.” Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s first DLC went live this week, dropping four very solid maps for multiplayer […]

  • YouTube app and Maps will be removed from PS Vita

    Sony said that it will end support for the YouTube and Maps apps, as well as remove the “near” feature in an upcoming firmware update. Sony has revealed that a system update releasing in March will remove the Maps app and prevent the “near” feature from obtaining location address or display maps, making it redundant. […]

  • There is a Destiny loot cave Easter egg in Dying Light

    Dying Light is the latest game to take a jab at Destiny by having its own loot cave. Destiny’s infamous loot cave has been recreated in Dying Light, sort of. Of course the loot cave in Dying Light is only an Easter egg and doesn’t actually net you any loot. Instead, upon entering it, you […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 supports co-op in story mode, but only offline

    You can play the campaign of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 in co-op, but not online. 4gamer spoke to producers of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and made out with a few details concerning story, setting and more. The site confirmed that while you will be able to switch between characters in the single player, and have […]

  • The Witcher 3 may have a permadeath “Insanity” mode

    Although not yet confirmed, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt RED is working on a difficulty mode dubbed “Insanity” that will delete your save if you die. During Monday’s Twitch stream, the developer took a few questions from the chat and we’ve got a bunch of answers. There are many interesting little bits […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition is the most successful launch for BioWare, based on sales

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is responsible for the most successful launch in developer BioWare’s history, according to EA. During last night’s EA Q3 2015 earnings call, the publisher said that Dragon Age: Inquisition was the most successful launch for developer BioWare. Today, we get a bit more detail. “In particular, Dragon Age: Inquisition had by far […]

  • Here’s a walkthrough of one mission from Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack, Hurk Deluxe, seems like good fun, judging from this video. The Hurk Deluxe Pack was released today on all platforms. It comes with five new missions. The video below takes a look at the “Call of the Wild” mission. In the walkthrough you’ll get to see some of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date confirmed on Xbox Store

    The beta date for Battlefield Hardline has popped up on the Xbox Store, confirming the rumoured date. The listing for the Battlefield Hardline beta is available for anyone to see right now on the Xbox Store. Granted, it’s for Xbox 360, but unless EA is starting this beta early on Xbox 360, this will pretty […]

  • GTA player flies jets backwards in impressive stunts

    Doing stunts with jets in GTA 5 can be impressive, but it’s nothing like flying them backwards. Making videos of your jet stunts has become too mainstream. Which is why the latest video from YouTube channel GTA5Videos is all about defying that. The video below features some insane stunts mostly done by flying jets backwards, […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare balance patch out, System Hack nerfed, HBRa3 buffed

    The latest patch to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is here with some major changes to game balance. Making good on the promise to nerf System Hack, developer Sledgehammer Games has released the latest patch to Advanced Warfare to do just that, and much more. The patch is out now on Xbox platforms, with PlayStation […]

  • Grinding three purples in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel may crash your game [UPDATE]

    Update: Gearbox Software has announced there’s currently a hot-fix in place for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel as a temporary solution to crashes caused with the DLC update. Until a permanent fix can be made, the hotfix should correct crashing issues. All will be fixed in the next major game update. Original Story A bug that snuck […]

  • Havoc maps up the tempo for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    Dave Cook dons his Exo suit to find the new Havok DLC maps a great change of pace for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Given that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare places great emphasis on verticality, it’s little wonder that Sledgehammer Games has designed the first of its four DLC map packs with elevation and […]

  • G2A responds to deactivated Far Cry 4 keys debacle

    G2A, one of the third-party sellers that were named in the ongoing episode of deactivated Far Cry 4 keys has decided to release a statement. G2A is a well known third-party key sellers online. Most users know it through its sponsorship deals with many YouTube and Twitch channels. The service sells keys both through its […]

  • Petroglyph’s Victory resurfaces with Korean co-developer

    End of Nations, Mytheon and Grey Goo developer Petroglyph Games seems to have salvaged a stalled project. Victory popped up back in early 2013 after Trion Worlds took End of Nations in-house. Petroglyph’s attempt to crowdfund the unusual strategy title ended in iniquity, but it vowed to do whatever it could to bring the game […]

  • Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC now available

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack adds new story missions and a pile of new weapons. Far Cry 4: Hurk Deluxe is now available on PC and Xbox platforms, and is rolling out to the PSN in line with local network updates. The pack bundles five story missions, including Yak Farm, Blood Ruby and Hurk’s […]

  • Yes, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions, but thankfully they’re not as outrageous as initial reports suggested. The subject of Resident Evil: Revelations 2′s microtransactions arose earlier today with reports filtering out of a European press event that you’ll be able to pay to keep playing after your character dies. The ramifications of this are pretty […]

  • Play mini-games to unlock Magicka 2 content

    Magicka 2 publisher Paradox Interactive has invited fans to earn in-game rewards by playing other games. The Magicka website will host various mini-games in the build up to Magicka 2′s launch later this year on PC and PS4. Playing these games controbutes to a community score total which will eventually unlock in-game content as well […]

  • Deactivated Far Cry 4 keys were purchased through Origin

    Far Cry 4 owners who found their games deactivated without warning may be surprised to learn where they came from. Many copies of Far Cry 4 purchased through third-party re-sellers have been deactivated without notice. Although resellers affected by the deactivations argued that they had made authorised purchases, Ubisoft has denied this. The publisher told […]

  • Will Assassin’s Creed visit Japan in 2016?

    The next Assassin’s Creed game after Victory may finally bring ninja and assassins together. An Assassin’s Creed fan has spotted what certainly looks like a heavy hint that the next game after Victory will be set in Japan. Ubisoft forums member Cornik22 was looking through the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag official art book when […]

  • Resident Evil HD modder aims to restore original, terrible voice acting

    Resident Evil and its early sequels are justifiably famous for their simply dire voice acting. Some Resident Evil fans feel they just can’t enjoy the experience of exploring Umbrella facilities if someone isn’t talking at them with absolutely no regard for pacing, content or tone. As a result, modder Bunny has stepped up to the […]

  • Record iPhone sales drive Apple to revenue spike

    The iPhone is still going strong – in fact, it’s selling better than ever. Apple has announced its financial results for the quarter ending December 27 2014, exceeding expectations with a 29.5% increase in revenues to $74.6 billion. This was a new record for the company. One of the key factors in this spike is […]

  • HoloLens has “mind-blowing” potential for games, says Microsoft CEO

    Microsoft’s VR wearable HoloLens is going to be great for games, according to CEO Satya Nadella. Speaking to investors, Nadella made Microsoft’s entertainment plans for the device explicit. “It’s also getting clearer how the games people love today will evolve to mind-blowing experiences in the future when designed for the mixed reality that Windows 10 […]

  • EA Q3: Battlefield 5 still on for holiday 2016, PGA Tour 15 spring release confirmed

    EA announced its financial results for its Q3 fiscal year 2015 quarter, ended December 31, 2014, noting total net revenue $1.13 billion in total net revenue compared to $808 million year-over-year. For the nine months ending December 31, total net revenue came in at $3.3 billion. Net revenues were up 39% and net income came […]

  • Players logged 113M single-player hours in Dragon Age: Inquisition, other EA games stats

    Ahead of its Q3 2015 earnings release, Electronic Arts has released a game infographic showing some interesting stats compiled through gameplay from October – December 2014. For FIFA 15, over 3.3 billion goals were made; 73 million knockouts occurred in EA SPORTS UFC; over 10 million families were created in The Sims 4; 113 million […]

  • Hyrule Warriors has shipped 1 million units worldwide

    Koei Tecmo has announced shipments of its Wii U hack and slash action title, Hyrule Warriors, has shipped one million units worldwide. The Omega Force-developed title was released in Japan on August 14 and in the west on September 26. Two packs of DLC for the game are slated for February alongside the version 1.5.0 […]

  • Xbox Games Store discounts Never Alone, Dragon Age: Inquisition, more

    This week’s deals available through the Xbox Games Store will be valid until February 2 with titles such as Battlefield 4, Dragon Age Inquisition, Never Alone, and Titanfall discounted. Discounted titles with an asterisk are for Xbox Live Gold members only. Xbox One Just Dance 2015* – 40% Another World* – 50% Never Alone* – […]

  • Say hello to Mortal Kombat X’s latest character: Reptile

    As promised, one of two character reveals this week for Mortal Kombat X has occurred: it’s the acid-spitting Reptile. Nice! Watch the video above. Mortal Kombat X is slated for release on April 14 and will be available on PC, PS3, PS4,Bxo 360 and Xbox One. Thanks, MrTGJelly (Trent).

  • Twisted fairy tale Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries hits Steam Early Access

    Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries, the successful Kickstarter from GRIN Studios, has launched on Steam Early Access. The PC title is described as a “cinematic fable featuring a vengeful Red Riding Hood,” who armed with an axe sets out on a quest to avenge the murder of her parents. Gameplay features action-platforming, combo-based hack ‘n […]

  • Dead or Alive 5: Last Round delayed to late March on Steam

    Koei Tecmo has announced it is delaying the PC release of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round to March. According to an updated listing on Steam (thanks, AGB), the fighter was delayed “in order to provide you with the best experience possible.” To apologize for the delay, Team Ninja will offer the Halloween 2013 Set, […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online will be F2P “no plans” for western release

    Dragon’s Dogma Online will be a free-to-play title for PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Set for release this year, Dragon’s Dogma Online has a lobby which will support up to 100 players, is open-world, and the executive producer is Hiroyuki Kobayashi. Players can form groups with up to four players or pawns while raids […]

  • Watch this release video for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel DLC Lady Hammerlock

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel releases today on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and coinciding with the release is the launch trailer. In the Lady Hammerlock DLC, players are introduced and will be able to step into the shoes of Sir Hammerlock’s sister, Lady Aurelia the Baroness. The DLC will run […]

  • Free DLC for Tales of Zestiria takes place after main storyline

    Free DLC will be released in Japan for Tales of Zestiria, and while Bandai Namco has yet to state whether it will be released westward with the core game this summer, it’s an interesting slice of content. According to information from Jump posted by Siliconera, the DLC Alisha After Episode: What Is Reflected In The […]

  • This video of a Paris flat looks the real deal, but it’s all Unreal Engine 4

    I’m not entirely sure when, or how, this fella managed to sneak into my secret flat in Paris and film it, but since it’s out there I may as well share it with you. All joking aside, this video is rather amazing. It provides a virtual tour of a flat located in Paris; however, it’s […]

  • The Witness passes key development milestone, still no release date

    The Witness has seemingly come back from the dead. Creator Jonathan Blow has posted an update on the game’s development. Surely you still remember The Witness? Jonathan Blow’s follow-up to Braid, which was shown during the PlayStation 4 reveal event all the way back in February 2013? Well, today we got our first development update […]

  • You can now take selfies in World of Warcraft

    The latest patch to World of Warcraft has added a S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera to the game. And it does exactly what it sounds like it does. Patch 6.1 is currently being deployed to World of Warcraft’s Public Test Realms (PTR). There’s a massive list of patch notes, but the most pressing one, other than Twitter integration, […]

  • Hellblade: early gameplay and prototype footage revealed

    The latest developer diary for Hellblade is here with a look at some early gameplay prototypes and a peek at some polished areas. Hellblade developer Ninja Theory has revealed even more details of how game development works behind the scenes. The eighth part of this ongoing diary shows early gameplay footage along with some intriguing […]

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2: Raid mode offline-only on launch, more details

    Capcom has revealed a tonne of new details about Raid mode in Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Capcom has confirmed that Raid mode will launch with the first episode of Revelations 2 in February. You will be playing it offline only though, either solo or in split-screen co-op. As for the online portion, Capcom promised it […]

  • Watch the first 20 minutes of Life is Strange

    The first 20 minutes of Life is Strange have been posted online for anyone to watch. The opening 20 minutes of Life is Strange set the stage for what kind of game it is. The kind that you’ll probably like if you’re a fan of Telltale games. The video is courtesy of consolewarsofficial and you […]

  • Don’t blame Ubisoft for cancelling keys – blame the culture of overpriced games

    Publishers need to drop PC games prices in order to stem the flourishing grey market, says Matt Martin. “How are you going to sell me Far Cry 4 for £45 when I can pick up Far Cry, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, Far Cry: Blood Dragon and extra DLC for just £30?” Some players […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online is real, full reveal in this week’s Famitsu

    What’s been heavily-rumoured to be the next instalment in the Dragon’s Dogma franchise, Dragon’s Dogma Online, will be fully revealed this week. According to a recent post by Famitsu, the magazine’s upcoming weekly issue, which releases January 29, will contain a massive feature on Dragon’s Dogma Online. The magazine will dedicate 18 pages to all […]

  • Valve responds to recent Counter-Strike match-fixing scandal, bans offenders

    Valve has investigated the recent case of match-fixing involving two teams in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional scene and decided to ban those involved from future tournaments. Recent allegations involving match-fixing between iBUYPOWER and NetcodeGuides.com – two of the professional teams that played in Cevo Season 5 – came to light. Valve has took notice […]

  • Having issues playing Grim Fandango Remastered on PS4? Sony is offering help

    Sony has offered a few steps to help those who are having issues with their pre-loaded PS4 installs of Grim Fandango Remastered. A few reports have started to appear online from users who’ve pre-ordered and pre-loaded Grim Fandango Remastered on their PS4 consoles. Sony has since posted a support thread on the official forums, to […]