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Court allows Sony access to GeoHot website visitor IPs

Saturday, 5 March 2011 15:27 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

If you happened to live in the Bay area and visited George Hotz’s website from January 2009 onward, you may be contacted by Sony’s lawyers.

According to a Wired report, federal magistrate Joseph Spero has granted Sony permission to subpoena George Hotz’s web provider to find out how many people in California downloaded his “jailbreak” files.

This approval, along with any subsequent findings though GeoHot’s service provider Bluehost, will provide Sony with the ability to reproduce “all server logs, IP address logs, account information, account access records and application or registration forms” through the site’s hosting.

It will also allow for “any other identifying information corresponding to persons or computers who have accessed or downloaded files hosted” through GeoHot’s website.

The information obtained through the listings would allow Sony to sue Geohot in San Francisco, instead of his home state of New Jersey.

Other subpoenas for additional information in the case were approved for Twitter, YouTube and Google.

A hearing is scheduled for next month in San Francisco’s federal court, which will then decide whether Hotz can be tried in California or whether proceedings will need to be moved to a New Jersey federal court.

Thanks, D’toid.

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31 Comments

  1. Toastrules

    WOW. This is uh…. hmm…

    I need someone else to put some witty, smart response to this. I’m speechless.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Bloodyghost

    This gay? This is stupid? Crossing over his rights as a citizen his system? Going after the wrong guy who didnt want to hack the console for Pirates but wanted to just for a profession?

    Sony is going out of bounds with this one.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. jnms

    This is what happens when corporations get so large.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. AndymanSE8

    Ay, track down those pirates!

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    PS4 is in trouble. Hackers will hack the shit out of it.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    or NGP

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Crysis

    Damn hackers, they never, ever realize that they’re causing more problems then they solve, now new games will require a new update but what about those without internet? Would be a bitch to go home, turn your console on only to find out you need the internet, but I don’t blame Sony for wanting to protect their partners software, I blame the hackers for allowing mass piracy of it.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Bloodyghost

    @7, I do blame Geohot for being Geo-Retarded and putting his tools up there to make possible for this shit so I DOES deserve that but remember his intentions where not to make a million problems for Sony.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. The_Red

    Ok, this is where I draw the line. This is fucking disgusting. How the hell did that judge allow it? I’m not advocating piracy but this is plain wrong and should be as illegal as piracy itself.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. OrbitMonkey

    Damn you Sony for using the courts to protect your copyrighted product! You evil fascists need to stop using the law to persecute those breaking it!!

    #10 4 years ago
  11. TheTwelve

    I live there. Goooooood thing I never checked his website. Although a call from Sony would be cool.

    12

    #11 4 years ago
  12. jnms

    #10 There’s a difference between using the Law and abusing it.

    Luckily that shit would never work in the UK/EU as we have laws protecting peoples privacy. But the US has never cared about that.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. DeathJynx

    @8 he knew exactly what he was doing. Don’t fall for the “I’m innocent” crap. Burn them all!

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Gekidami

    @8
    He’s not stupid. He knew perfectly well what he was doing would open the door for piracy & cheating in games.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Old MacDonald

    Disgusting, this is not a violation of HIS privacy, but a violation of the privacy of everyone else who’ve visited that site.

    Never visited it and didn’t care about it (I have enough money to buy all the games I want and then some, so I couldn’t care less about pirated games), but I decided to do so now, just to give Sony one more useless IP-address to work with. Found it in the Wired-article: http://geohot.com/

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Crysis

    Kind of pathetic to base your actions on spite, do you think you’re a hippie giving it to the man? Well good on you, they accomplished nothing by ‘sticking it to the man’ nor will you.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. OrbitMonkey

    Come all you Hackers & strike a blow for freedom! This’ll teach Sony to remove Linux, after they found out we were using it to hack their system, the fucking nerve!!

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Redh3lix

    Geohot knew exactly what he was doing and knew exactly what the implications were following his actions. The guys a c**t and anyone defending him should wake the f**k up.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Cygnar

    Sony is well within its rights under US law to make such a request.

    What it is looking for is a list of potential defendants. Sony will not, and cannot, sue everyone who visited this website just because they visited it. I do not know what plans Plaintiffs’ counsel has for this list, but it is safe to assume they are trying to use this information in order to track down people who infringed their copyrights by contributing to Mr. Hotz’ ends.

    This is not a privacy issue. All of these web page uses involve users reaching out over public networks in order to reach a privately-owned server. Moreover, the fact that criminal activity is alleged (or preliminarily established) means that visitors enjoy less protection on privacy grounds, in the same sort of way that police may search people near the scene of a shooting. The mere fact that you use the internet while engaging in illegal conduct does not shield you from criminal or civil liability.

    So many users here have opinions about what is legal or not, but our opinions do not tell us the content, purpose, effects, or scope of the law. I encourage you to educate yourselves before deciding to yourselves that someone’s conduct is illegal, or that a judge is failing to uphold the law. Legal decisions involve plenty of money and responsibility, and so they are generally not as carelessly made as personal opinions.

    Cyg

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Cygnar

    Upon closer examination, it appears that Sony’s counsel requested this information in order to establish in personam jurisdiction over Hotz in the State of California; that is, Sony would like to bring Hotz into a California courtroom and use California law (which will be advantageous to copyright holders) against him.

    Under Int’l Shoe Co. v. Washington, specific in personam jurisdiction requires that Defendant had “certain minimum contacts” with the forum state, and the matter in controversy must relate to these contacts. This principle is difficult to gel with internet websites, given that websites are generally available in any State, and so courts have found that the mere fact that availability of a website in a particular State does not establish minimum contacts to show that specific jurisdiction is proper for the purposes of Int’l Shoe. One emerging guideline for establishing personal jurisdiction in internet cases is to examine the number of website accesses originating from the forum State. This is discussed briefly in Cybersell, Inc. v. Cybersell, Inc., 130 F.3d 414 (9th Cir. 1997). At this time, the list of visitors to Hotz’ website is most critical to establish specific in personam jurisdiction over Mr. Hotz in the State of California.

    The Register has reported on the subject.
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/05/geohot_visitors_unmasked/

    According to The Register, Hotz’ counsel has bargained with Sony and agreed that these searches are proper. Perhaps, then, it would be more proper for commenters here to direct their fury at Hotz and his attorneys for declining to defend the users of his website.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. DaMan

    what Old MacDonald said.

    I like how some people believe the laws are there to help everyone, apparently you folks think americans are fighting for justice in the Middle East and the police is there to protect you from the evil.

    if you really want to help a faceless corporation which hates you, well, then so be it.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Cygnar

    @DaMan

    Actually, copyright law has less to do with overseas warfighting than you seem to think it does.

    Corporations have rights like human beings do, and U.S. law recognizes and protects these rights. Corporate entities can, like individuals, own intellectual property and assert their rights against people who infringe them. In actual fact, Sony would never sell hardware at a loss if it had no control over its copyrighted content. The very fact that copyright laws protect corporate entities allows consumers to enjoy products and software they would otherwise never be able to afford.

    While corporations have fiduciary duties to their investors that force them to concern themselves primarily with money, there is no need to abrogate corporate rights or copyright protection laws in a case like this. The very same legal tools of which Sony has availed itself in this case are available to individuals. Corporate assertion of intellectual property rights does not erode individual rights; it reaffirms them.

    Thus, there is simply no need for an “us versus them” mentality in cases such as this, which concern rights available to all intellectual property owners in the United States. You may continue to fearmonger and try to conflate copyright law with police brutality, but in doing so you will only spread misinformation and panic where there is justifiably none.

    A fundamental principle of United States law is that rights belong to everyone. I do not know if you live in the United States or know anything about its legal system or principles. But I would suggest that you try to educate yourself regarding the subject before you broadcast your ignorance about it on a public forum.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. DaMan

    I don’t think I said anywhere that I support Geohot’s actions or something.

    I went from copyright to those because of this quote (of yours):
    ‘Legal decisions involve plenty of money and responsibility, and so they are generally not as carelessly made as personal opinions.’

    legal decisions involve clever manipulations and presentations of facts, and in many cases bribery. it’s not about fairness or justice, it’s about which side can present and word it better.

    I just find it ludicrous that someone would use the laws as the basis of fairness. and more so, you’ve generalized. if you were referring to copyrights only, then what you’ve just said is fair enough.

    the police searching a crime scene example was unneccesary, you could’ve said that they have the rights to protect what’s rightfully theirs.

    although, i still fail to see how it justifies something mentioned above though anyway, you have the right to browse whatever the site you want, without someone’s permission.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Shonak

    It’s his console and he can do whatever the fuck he wants with it. That’s that. Publishing something then to get something back that was before a component of the product they sold (Linux) is not that bad too. I don’t know if he is a pirate or not, but at least I know he’s damn smart just like graf_somethinganything. Honestly, I don’t care about pirates that much but I am pretty sure that there are better ways to ensure that people buy your product than stealing it, for example by not acting like a complete bunch of douchebags, suing and threating everything that doesn’t obey and basically just thinking that your customers are idiots – which we are, I guess, maybe, but then corporations are evil and god doesn’t exist apparently. I’m drunken and go to bed now. Just saying one more line – just because something is in the law doesn’t mean its right (still Kudos to Cyngar for his informative comments). Basically its easy: Sony sold the PS3 with Linux, they locked it (or removed it, dunno know – don’t own a PS3), he wants it back. That doesn’t sound so bad to me, does it?

    #24 4 years ago
  25. freedoms_stain

    @Shonak, by using software you’re usually agreeing to a certain legally binding set of terms and conditions. These usually include clauses regarding things like unauthorized copying and modification and bypassing security measures etcetera. So although technically speaking he can do pretty much whatever the fuck he wants with the machine, when he starts fucking about with the software we’re talking about a very different can of worms.

    Not that I’m defending Sony or their approach in this matter, but they do have a legitimate grievance that the law (for right our for wrong) allows them to prosecute for.

    Personally I think the majority of laws surrounding copyright, intellectual property, patents and the like are wrapped in so much bullshit the whole package just fucking stinks, but that’s just me.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Cygnar

    @DaMan

    I am sure it is easy to denounce a profession you do not know about as “corrupt.” However, in the U.S., attorneys are held to a high professional and moral standard. In practice, if my opponent’s lawyer bribed a judge to win a case, it would be a dream come true. I would report that lawyer to the bar, have him taken off the case, and ensure that he not only loses the case, but that he also pays my legal fees, becomes embroiled in a malpractice suit from his own client, and loses his legal license. Judges are held to an even higher standard. In any case, the various bar associations’ disciplinary systems are designed to ensure that cheating is punished severely, not only with losses of individual cases–but with losses of entire careers. If you are not familiar with the Rules of Professional Conduct, or their stringent requirements, you are simply not familiar with the system that effectively keeps corruption out of our courts of law.

    Notwithstanding the overwhelming effectiveness of the state-level disciplinary system, the assertion that money somehow decides suits is as popular as it is inaccurate. Money buys the counsel of better-versed attorneys who know what they are talking about, or more highly-esteemed attorneys who are known to imagine and articulate novel arguments. But these are matters of skill, not money. It is unfortunate that not all lawyers are as skilled as one another, but ordinary people like you and me do not lose out because of incompetent attorneys. We have the safeguard of malpractice suits to ensure that our counsel perform adequately in their capacities as representatives and advisors. This does not mean, however, that skill or money can determine what the law says, means, or requires. In a losing case, it is a lawyer’s responsibility to counsel her client as to how best to reduce costs and liability–and this may mean settling rather than fighting to the bitter end.

    However, even if a bribe successfully swayed a judge’s opinion, judges do not merely make decisions. They must provide opinions with reasoning that can survive critical evaluation under appeal. No judge in this country has the power to unilaterally create, modify, or destroy law, and as such, even if corruption were a major problem in the U.S. legal system (it is not), the resulting opinions would collapse the moment they are brought under inspection because monetary gain would underlie their substance, not cogent reasoning. Judges who issue bad opinions, if in any elected position, risk losing their careers to the political process for promulgating bad law, and likewise they are susceptible to ethical codes which are designed and tempered over centuries of practical application to eradicate corruption at all levels of judicial activity and review. These measures remain highly effective, and the United States remains as one of the countries with the most respected legal systems in the world. No one claims that it is perfect, but it reflects the interests of millions of people and legal entities of all shapes and sizes, all of whom have interests worthy of governmental protection.

    Not that this should stop you from wearing a tin foil hat and cowering in fear whenever anything larger than you has responsibilities or rights. However, you should put more effort into understanding what you criticize. You may be surprised what you learn if you discard these paranoid assumptions about the government and corporate entities. Everyone has problems, and they are all entitled to resort to legal remedies when possible.

    However, none of this relates to the main point. All visitors of the site have the right to do so. Sony cannot sue anyone for merely visiting the website in question. It is attempting to establish personal jurisdiction and perhaps to identify which visitors have infringed its intellectual property rights. This action infringes on no individual rights. Sorry.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. DaMan

    err look, Cygnar, you aren’t going to persuade me that the modern law system is a good idea. be it US or not, actually most if not all are based on that anyone has the ‘rights’, be it a huge entity, or a little man. while you have the rights you’re playing by the rules, and the system is nothing but a collection of opinions from those who created it. then again, you yourself said noone claims it’s the God’s will.

    I wasn’t ‘denounc’ing anything. the implication wasn’t that it’s ‘corrupt’, it was that it’s unfair. It’s not the lawyers (the ones that are good do deserve respect, it takes immense skills). Its the system. In fact, i don’t think you ‘ll meet lots of lawyers enjoying all those laws.

    the bribes were absolutely the additional point. I wasn’t saying it happens in lots of cases, fyi where I live it’s not that easy to do either. in fact, it’s not that easy to do even outside of the lawyers.

    I have no paranoid assumptions, I just spent enough time witnessing the work of a corporate system, I don’t know, perhaps you’re waiting for some links to docs and page long essays, I don’t think it’s that appropriate here, besides people have different visions of a plausible society, right.

    anyway,

    sorry but I disagree. you have the right to visit the site while having absolutely zero obligations to help (in this case) Sony. seems odd that you say it infringes no individual rights, when they disclose your private information. perhaps it would be a good idea if Sone visited people across the country, and took a look at their PS3s, as well as the way they hook it up?

    #27 4 years ago
  28. DaMan

    * actually, to correct one thing there: I did say ‘in many cases’, it was a hyperbole.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. ududy

    Cygnar, let’s not forget that, when making and interpreting the laws, rich corporations usually have much greater clout than the sum of individuals concerned with those laws. they also have more money to pay law and marketing people to “educate” people about their slant on right and wrong. Laws are made by the powerful, and the consequences of growing economical inequality is justice that is becoming more and more unbalanced.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Shonak

    @freedom_stain: “by using software you’re usually agreeing to a certain legally binding set of terms and conditions.” Yes, I know that of course, and I think that’s wrong, kinda. I never read those things for games anyway, scroll down and click okay. Here in Austria as well as Germany many people have problems with this kind of AGBs (dunno know the english word for it, sorry -> common business terms, maybe?), so e.g. websites sue people because of the AGBs although they have a big disclaimer on their website saying that it is for free. My brother himself had a problem with one of those “companies”, my father told them to fuck off. Anyway, my point is: It’s in the contract, but customers usually don’t give a fuck about contracts as far as I see it. Otherwise we wouldn’t have so many problems with rate payment in the recent years etc. A hacker of course gives even less crap about it. Geohot mentioned on his site the hacker manifesto and I think its kinda cool how they act. I am surely no genius and could of course never pull something like that off, mostly because I don’t really care about it, I just want that the console runs good and I can play on it. But they like the challenge and therefor hack it. I think Microsoft is doing the right approach by letting those jailbreak hackers work for them to find out about the flaws of the system. Sony instead just acts totally exaggerated, they even let the german police raid the home of graf_blablabla (I really can’t remember his name).

    Basically though I agree with you and legally Sony has a right to sue the ass off him according to the law and the contract between geohot and Sony. But I doubt that its just the right way to handle such stuff.

    “Personally I think the majority of laws surrounding copyright, intellectual property, patents and the like are wrapped in so much bullshit the whole package just fucking stinks, but that’s just me.”

    Completely true.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. kastasmf

    Year 2013:
    And the oscar goes to David Fincher’s “Social Playstation Network”
    http://img716.imageshack.us/f/socialplaystationnetwor.jpg/
    :D

    #31 4 years ago

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    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new gameplay video available that shows a bit of action from the PC version. The video below was captured from Nvidia’s GDC conference live-stream. Developer CD Projekt RED was on hand to show off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s graphical prowess running on a PC. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • Dying Light: Hard Mode and Ultimate Survivor Bundle out March 10

    Dying Light’s second DLC drop, the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, and the free Hard Mode, have been given a solid release date alongside a new trailer. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, the game’s second DLC drop, will release March 10. The DLC is part of the season pass, but will […]

  • Exploration puzzler Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4

    Ether One, the first-person exploration game that puts you in the minds of other people to help change events of their past is coming to PlayStation 4 this year. Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4 this year, developer White Paper Games announced at GDC 2015. A retail version will also be available alongside the […]

  • Larian “murdered” Divinity: Dragon Commander to focus on Original Sin

    Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian talked very candidly about the business side of development and the many unfortunate events that took place for the game to come out as it did. Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke gave a post-mortem on the troubled development of Divinity: Original Sin, and how it managed to overcome all of […]

  • Firewatch probably has the most natural dialogue of any game to date

    Firewatch developer Campo Santo has revealed the first ever gameplay footage of the upcoming exploration game. Firewatch is the first game from super indie studio Campo Santo. The game is set in the Wyoming forests where the player will be exploring the environment and act as a fire lookout. The game features extensive voice-acting as […]

  • White Night launch trailer is a noir thriller trip

    White Night is here, not long after it was revealed and with a mysterious launch trailer. White Night, the black-and-white survival horror set in 1930s Boston, has revealed its launch trailer. White Night is mix of old-school horror, exploration and puzzling solving in an eerie, noir setting. The game’s main mechanic is light. any object […]

  • Free-to-play is “a significant part” of PlayStation’s digital future

    Free-to-play games on PlayStation 4 have seen enough growth that Sony is now considering the model a major part of its future digital business. Sarah Thompson, senior account executive for PlayStation’s free-to-play business said at a GDC panel that Sony has witnessed impressive growth in the free-to-play sector. “We’re really looking at this as a […]

  • Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter documentary releasing free on YouTube

    Broken Age making of documentary Double Fine Adventure will be made available to all. When Double Fine turned to crowdfunding, changing the industry forever, it promised to give an unprecedented look behind the scenes with a professional documentary of the whole development process of Broken Age. That documentary was initially restricted to Kickstarter backers, but […]

  • Gone Home console ports cancelled following Midnight City difficulties

    Gone Home won’t be made available to the console masses after all. Indie hit Gone Home was announced for console release almost exactly one year ago, and we’ve heard absolutely nothing since then. Turns out, that’s because it’s not happening: developer the Fullbright Company confirmed to Eurogamer that the ports have been cancelled. “Our publishing […]

  • Microsoft rang Mojang the day Notch joked about selling

    Minecraft developer Mojang was sold because founder Markus “Notch” Persson made a joke on Twitter. Ever wondered how Minecraft came to be a Microsoft property? It’s actually a pretty great story. Remember when Notch tweeted this? Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking update rolling out

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been updated to help fix its tragic matchmaking. Again. Now almost four months old, Halo: The Master Chief Collection was still pretty broken as of this morning, with rubbish matchmaking and plenty of other issues to go around. 343 Industries is still trying to fix it, and has today […]

  • Nvidia unveils Shield, an Android 4K Smart TV set top box

    Nvidia has named yet another product “Shield” in an attempt to render us all hopelessly confused. The heart of Nvidia’s GDC 2015 press conference was the Shield, a $200 Android set top box launching in May. Apparently the “world’s first 4K Android TV”, the Shield supports 4K content encoded with h.265. The box runs on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront footage shown behind closed doors

    Star Wars Battlefront is being shown to retailers. Now we want EA to show it to us. Star Wars Battlefront is expected sometime this year, so it’s about time EA gave us a look at DICE’s latest. It turns out that while press and gamers have had to twiddle their thumbs, EA is showing it […]

  • Dragon Age lead creative moves onto mysterious new BioWare project

    Dragon Age creator David Gaider is leaving his baby behind. Dragon Age is a team effort, but Gaider was one of the key creatives behind the franchise, creating the setting of Thedas (which, I was recently amused to learn, is an acronym: “THE Dragon Age Setting”). He was lead writer on all three games and […]

  • Unity 5 available for free with “no fucking around”

    Unity 5 looks amazing, and you can download and faff about with it for free right now. “We’re not nickel-and-diming people. When we say it’s free, it’s free. We’re not charging a royalty, which I think is akin to looking for whales.” Unity Technologies announced the release of the fifth version of its popular, simple, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 may be the end of the series

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 released yesterday, and many fans theorise that it marks the end of the series. Five Nights at Freddy’s developer Scott Cawthon has released a new teaser image on his website, but rather than pointing to a new game, many fans believe the teaser signals the end of the series. The […]

  • Source 2 announced, will also be free

    Valve has formally unveiled Source Engine 2, the third major engine to go free to developers at GDC 2015. Source 2 is the successor to the engine Valve has been using since Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2. Valve didn’t have much to say about the technicalities of this long-awaited release. It is apparently focused on […]

  • SteamVR: Valve’s Lighthouse tech allows you to walk around while playing

    SteamVR’s key differentiator is a piece of tech allowing headsets to connect with other devices for extra accurate, room-scale tracking. Valve has announced a new bit of technology called Lighthouse, which it is making freely available to any hardware manufacturer. Like the extra tracking LEDs on Sony’s updated Project Morpheus, Lighthouse improves the headset’s accuracy, […]

  • Steam Machines, Controller, streaming box to launch in November

    Steam Machines will finally become a reality before the end of the year. Valve’s living room PC systems will release in November, the company announced today. Well, I say Valve’s – the idea behind Steam Machines is that a number of manufacturers will offer variously priced systems. Alienware and Falcon Northwest are among the dozen […]

  • Telltale veterans form new team, announce teen thriller Oxenfree

    Oxenfree is a supernatural teen thriller from some of the team behind Telltale Games’ award-winning adventures. New indie Night School Studios unveiled Oxenfree at GDC 2015. It tells the story of a group of friends who accidentally open a “ghostly rift” at an overnight party on the coast. Night School, which is made up of […]

  • PS4 global sales now stand at over 20.2 million

    The PS4 has sold 20.2 million units worldwide. Sony announced the new PS4 sales milestone at GDC 2015 today. It’s a hell of an achievement and salt in the wounds for Microsoft, which hasn’t updated us on Xbox One sales since it shipped “almost” 10 million back in November last year, and has fallen back […]

  • PS4 VR headset Morpheus out in 2016, capable of 120 FPS – video

    Sony’s VR headset Project Morpheus has some impressive grunt. Virtual reality and Morpheus were the heart of Sony’s GDC 2015 presentation today, ahead of its newly announced first-half 2016 comemrcial launch. SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida detailed the headset’s impressive capabilities, notably the fact that it can handle 120 FPS VR games. The PS4 […]

  • Papo & Yo developer making a VR game about dinosaurs

    Some days you write a headline and it makes you so happy that that you have to do a little chair dance, you know what I mean? Papo & Yo developer Minority Media, whom I would personally go to the wall for after they cut out my heart and stomped on it via the medium […]

  • Wasteland 2, Shovel Knight and more in big ole bunch of indies coming to Xbox One

    Xbox One owners are about to receive a pile of great new indie games. At GDC 2015, Microsoft revealed a list of new indie games headed to Xbox One. Some of these titles have already released on other platforms, so it looks like Microsoft has really relaxed the parity clause of ID@Xbox – or perhaps […]

  • Here’s an indie VR game made with Unreal Engine 4

    GDC 2015 is blowing up with indie games, VR and Unreal Engine 4, so here’s a video combining all three. Loading Human is a virtual reality adventure from indie developer Untold Games. It’s in the works for Mac and PC, and Sony has given an early green light for Project Morpheus, too, so expect it […]

  • GTA Online: Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode coming next week

    Heists aren’t the only thing coming to GTA Online next week: players can also expect Adversary Modes, new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities. GTA Online’s Adversary Modes are new PvP modes which feature a range of competitive challenges and will unlock as players progress through Heists. Here’s a rundown straight from Rockstar: Come Out […]

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

    The latest free title to be added to EA’s Origin service is 1993′s Syndicate. For a limited time, you can download the game for free and keep it, much like previous titles such as Theme Hospital. The isometric, real-time, tactical-action game was developed by Bullfrog Productions and released in June 1993. It is a favorite […]

  • Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen now available

    The Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will run you $7.99 and builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline. Have a look at some new screenshots in the gallery below.

  • Shadowrun Online gets a name change and release date

    Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has announced the game’s name has been changed to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown and a release date for April has been set. The new title was formed via the developer and its Kickstarter backers, with the goal being to let those unfamiliar with the game know by the title alone […]

  • Amazon hosting Rockstar and 2K Games sale

    Amazon is hosting a Rockstar Games and 2K Games sale with discounts Max Payne titles, Bully and more. Here’s just some of the offerings listed: Manhunt 2 PC Download $3.00 Max Payne 3 PC Download $4.00 Bully: Scholarship Edition PC Download $3.00 LA Noire Xbox 360 $2.95 L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition PC Download $6.00 […]

  • Destiny weekly reset video shows off Inferno Crucible gameplay

    We have a gameplay video featuring Inferno Crucible gameplay featured in the Destiny weekly reset for you. In it, Arekkz Gaming gives you a look at Inferno Crucible and goes over the various intricacies. You can read up on the weekly reset through the links.

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 available from today

    Episode 2 for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is now available. If you’ve purchased the Complete Season, you’ll be able to download Episode 2 on PS3, PS4 and Xbox One. Steam players should see the episode go live around 9-10pm PST, and Xbox 360 owners should be able to download very early tomorrow morning, per Capcom […]

  • Here’s a sneak peek video for Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

    Fatshark Games has released a sneak peek video for its upcoming Games Workshop title, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Vermintide is a FPS, co-op action title coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and its set during the End Times of the Warhammer universe in the city of Ubersreik. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video shows Ascendance DLC early access weapon

    As you know, Xbox Season Pass holders now have early access to the Ascendance DLC Pack bonus weapons for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Now you can watch a trailer for the weapon. The OHM directed energy hybrid weapon can switch between an LMG and Shotgun “on the fly,” and it also includes the OHM-Werewolf […]

  • March PS Plus games include OlliOlli 2, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, more

    March PlayStation Plus titles have popped up on the PS Plus page. Noticed by NeoGAF user skynidas, the titles include: OlliOlli2 (PS4/VITA) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4) Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS4) Counterspy (PS4/PS3) Papo & Yo (PS3) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment (PS3) A notice has also been posted on the EU PS […]

  • Sci-fi horror game Caffeine will release on Xbox One, PS4 alongside PC – new trailer

    Caffeine creator Dylan Browne has announced the Unreal Engine 4 game will be released on Xbox One. The game will be published through Microsoft’s Indie Program. As previously announced, it is also coming to PC and and now PlayStation 4. Caffeine is a sci-fi horror game which stars a young boy who has been abandoned […]

  • Xbox 360 Preview program invites going out this month

    Much like the Xbox One Preview program, starting early this month, invites for the Xbox 360 Preview program will start rolling out. Select invitees will be able to join program directly from their Xbox 360. A special Xbox Live message will be sent, directing users to head over to their Settings page. Further instructions are […]

  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

    Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is said to be in early negotiations to direct the Gran Turismo film. This is according to the Hollywood Reporter, which states Michael De Luca is still slated as one of the producers alongside Matt Milam, Dana Brunetti, Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin and Elizabeth Cantillon. Plot details are still unknown […]

  • Fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available for download

    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]

  • Mad Max release date set for September, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions canned

    Mad Max from Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has been given a September release date, along with the new of a last-gen cancellation. The axing of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were announced via Game Informer. Mad Max is the magazine’s featured game for the April issue. Avalanche, according GI, nixed development on […]

  • MGS 5: The Phantom Pain out in September, Kojima “closing the loop” on saga

    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]