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Sony and Hotz agree out of court – full settlement details

Monday, 11 April 2011 17:20 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Following months of legal wrangling, Sony and hacker George “Geohot” Hotz have jointly confirmed that they’ve settled their hacking dispute out of court.

Who is George Hotz?

Infamous iPhone hacker who earlier this year published PS3′s root key.

Sony sued Hotz on eight claims, including violation of the DMCA, computer fraud, and copyright infringement.

Case reached farce levels when Sony said Hotz visiting South America had damaged his case.

Hotz on Wikipedia.

Sony and Hotz have issued a joint statement to announce “the settlement of the lawsuit filed by SCEA against Hotz in federal court in San Francisco, California. The parties reached an agreement in principle on March 31, 2011. As part of the settlement, Hotz consented to a permanent injunction.”

The details of the agreement have already been leaked, following Hotz refusing to discuss the terms on his blog as they’re “confidential”. Get the full court document in the images below.

Hotz is now bound by a permanent injunction that forbids him from “trafficking in any technology” that “circumvents any of the TPM’s in any Sony product,” including any sort of decryption code.

He’s also banned from assisting in such activities, or distributing any confidential information about Sony in any form.

Any violations of the agreement will be charged at $10,000 each, up to a cap of $250,000.

It’s also clearly stated in the document that Hotz would be tried in California if the deal was voided. Exactly where Hotz was to be tried formed a substantial part of the ongoing spat between the two parties.

“Satisfaction”

In a press release, both Sony and Hotz “expressed satisfaction” that the case, based on Hotz’s publication of PS3′s root key in January, had been quickly resolved.

“Sony is glad to put this litigation behind us,” said Riley Russell, General Counsel for SCEA. “Our motivation for bringing this litigation was to protect our intellectual property and our consumers. We believe this settlement and the permanent injunction achieve this goal.”

“It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier,” said Hotz, “I’m happy to have the litigation behind me.”

Russell added: “We want our consumers to be able to enjoy our devices and products in a safe and fun environment and we want to protect the hard work of the talented engineers, artists, musicians and game designers who make PlayStation games and support the PlayStation Network.

“We appreciate Mr. Hotz’s willingness to address the legal issues involved in this case and work with us to quickly bring this matter to an early resolution.”

“Confidential”

Speaking away from the press release, though, Hotz’s comments have a different tone.

“The terms of the settlement agreement are ‘confidential’ and the matter requires that they be ‘confidential’,” said the hacker, commenting on his blog under a post in which he encourages people to boycott Sony goods.

He replied to a poster: “I am fighting your fight, in the best way I know how. You’ll just have to trust me.”

The original post, made today, reads as follows: “As of 4/11/11, I am joining the SONY boycott. I will never purchase another SONY product. I encourage you to do the same. And if you bought something SONY recently, return it. Why would you not boycott a company who feels this way about you?

“There is much more to come on this blog.”

The case had started to become a real bugbear for Sony, after it was targeted by hacktivist group Anonymous in recent weeks. Related DDOS attacks on PSN outed the service for much of Monday.

The move will almost certainly be seen as a victory for the group, which today announced intentions to stage sit-in protests at Sony stores over the case, following gamer complaints at Anonymous’s decision to target PSN.

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44 Comments

  1. CaptPierce

    So wait? Who won this dispute, Sony or GeoHot?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    In the end the only loosers in this case are GAMERS. Not Sony or Hotz to be honest.

    Whats done is done. Playstation 3 is cracked to death and Hotz now free

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    I would never thought it would end like this. Very anticlimactic. Hotz just gets a slap on the wrist.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Kerplunk

    “The parties reached an agreement in principle on March 31, 2011..”

    That date is worth noting should Anonymous or like-minded supporters try to claim their activities had any influence in any of this. Now they can go back to their basements and re-watch Fight Club and The Matrix. Again.

    @2 “…and Hotz now free”

    “As part of the settlement, Hotz consented to a permanent injunction.”

    Yup. “Permanent injunction” sounds just like “freedom” doesn’t it?

    All in all, given the amount of bravura shown by Hotz, it seems maybe he didn’t have quite the cast-iron argument to get the result he seemed so sure of earlier on. Maybe he should write a song about it.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. MushroomStamp

    ROFL!! Saw this coming from the beginning. Once Sony realized they didn’t really break any laws just their feelings. Eventually companies will get it that once a consumer buys a product, it is theirs.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. pukem0n

    so he releases future stuff with a different name without anyone knowing. case closed.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Hunam

    I think Sony could have really done some damage here, but I’m glad to see they saw this as bad PR and just wrapped it up nice and quietly.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. AbolfazlA

    Sony will hire GeoHot

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Hunam

    Not a chance of that happening tbh.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Rosseu

    It’s confidential because Sony hired him. lol.
    -
    This is a joke, Hotz still hates sony so…

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Tallon 4

    Lol @ picture 2.
    First time he ever saw an actual camera or caught wanking?

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Ireland Michael

    Hahahaha. The poor anti-climatic nature of all this is pretty hilarious, what with seeing so many clueless people rambling on about jail time, Hotz being screwed for life, this changing the future of service laws, blah blah blah.

    Welcome to reality, where everything is actually really quite boring.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Hunam

    Yep. This much is true. Everything is generally pretty dull.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Patrick Garratt

    The entire settlement’s been added for you in the gallery there.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. tigersaman

    HotZ WiNs ! fatality !
    2 Sony : Never play such a dangerous game with H@ckeRz

    #15 4 years ago
  16. FredEffinChopin

    @4 post of the day

    @16 I sincerely hope that is a joke

    #16 4 years ago
  17. NeoSquall

    @3 Indeed.

    In the end Hotz is getting a permanent injunction to “never mess with Sony internal technologies anymore” and a 10 grands fee every time he gets caught doing it.
    Whoa, big deal.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. AHA-Lambda

    sorry can someone define what permament injunction means for geohotz here in this case?

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Freek

    It means he is bound by law never to hack Sony products or face steep fines.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. tigersaman

    @ 17 & 18

    the money is already paid with donation money.and from now every hack will be namless and i can clearly see the NGP hacked in the first week of shiping from now !

    @19 agreed.it means nothing ! the hacks will be namless and sony can do nothing !

    #20 4 years ago
  21. ManuOtaku

    Guys not pun intended, but every time he will be hacking sony products in the future he will be anonymous.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Aimless

    People are assuming he has any interest in hacking things anonymously. If this whole debacle has proved anything it’s that he has an ego and is into hacking for the recognition.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. LOLshock94

    SONY is officially fucked

    #23 4 years ago
  24. AHA-Lambda

    Not the most exciting settlement rly. Geohotz only got off without facing sony’s full wrath and sony just made sure in writing that he never does it again.

    Begs the question: why didn’t sony just go the full way and sue his ass to hell and back? It still sounds like they came out the settlement best =s

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Christopher Jack

    GeoHot won’t accomplish a damn thing, all he is doing is wasting his time & what the fuck would be the point of a boycott? Surely everybody knows that it’ll NEVER accomplish anything, worst case scenario: 150’000+ people will lose their jobs @ Sony & other companies will resume doing the exact same thing.
    They’re acting as if Sony’s supporting the Taliban or something, pathetic! Sony’s just exploiting their legal rights & there’s only one way around that & it’s not boycotting & performing childish revenge attacks like DDoSing, it’d be legally through a reevaluation of the DMCA.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. FredEffinChopin

    @23
    Aren’t you the same guy who was slamming the Uncharted series because the story “sounds bland”? We get it, your dick gets hard every time you hear the word Sony. Your transparency makes you look so pathetic.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. LOLshock94

    wait saying what i feel about uncharted means i hate sony? really? ive recently started playing my ps3 while playing killzone 3, metal gear solid 4 and after burner? and TBH yes i hate sony but that doesnt mean i hate ps3 u douche.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. FredEffinChopin

    What was clear was that you wanted to hate something more than you actually did. When you criticize the way a story “looks” and write it off, you are obviously a man on a mission. It was a silly thing to say, and it completely revealed your bias, making it pretty irrelevant. You decided to dislike Uncharted 3 before touching it.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. hitnrun

    @22: True, Mr Hotz and this new ilk of out-and-proud hackers are ego-massaging publicity whores who would prefer to rake in the glory while also remaining above the law. But would it really surprise you to find out he’s also the bitter, vindictive type?

    A lawsuit like this would never have happened five years ago. Hackers used to forgo fame for the complete impunity of anonymous, variable nicknames. They did what they did for thrills or curiosity, not for the pussy. (And in this case, even that appears to be some years off…)

    #29 4 years ago
  30. LOLshock94

    @28 i was talking about uncharted 2 while typing that, sorry that i didnt make that clear but if anything uncharted 3 is going to be the same as the 2nd

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Ireland Michael

    I would love to know where the hell people are getting the assumption that he did this for some sort of fame or recognition.

    >Hacker shows his face on the internet
    >Hackers gets branded a publicity whore

    Seriously?

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Christopher Jack

    He done a rap ’nuff said.
    Well he was also on some talk show.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. NeoSquall

    I suppose there’s some sort of hidden clause stating that if anything new goes out in the scene about PS3 jailbreaking or any attempt on the NGP security, it will be automatically attributed to Hotz and he will get charge 10 grands every time.

    That’s probably the reason he came out with the boycott bullshit.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Ireland Michael

    @32 So?

    Making a YouTube video equals fame now?

    People obviously wanted to talk to him.

    Neither of those mean you’re doing something for the “fame”. People in the hacking scene already knew who he was long before this. He’s being doing this for years.

    Sony are the only company stupid enough to sue him for it.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. osric90

    @8 Yup.

    For all the others, haven’t you seen Cath Me if You Can? This is the second movie on the go. Sony WILL hire GeoHot to improve PS3′s security, that would be a smart action.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. MegaGeek1

    @34

    No, but doing multiple news interviews may lay credence to that theory. Also, when a reporter asks “So if your not doing this for money, what are you doing it for? Fame?” and his answer is; “Ha, well I would be lying if I said my actions were totally selfless”, also strengthens the argument.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. TVs Everywhere

    He replied to a poster: “I am fighting your fight, in the best way I know how. You’ll just have to trust me.”

    People still believe this ass? Seriously, he took everyone’s donation money and just used it to get out of trouble with Sony. And he expects people to “trust him”? Whatever happened to his demands that he announced he was going to make in the lawsuit? Whatever happened to the “this is your fight” line? Whatever happened to the “let’s get the best lawyers in the business to fight for us”?

    Sony completely handed Hotz’s ass to him. None of his so-called “demands” were met, and you bet your ass Hotz had to pay settlement to Sony to get them to stop. It’s just unbelievable how people STILL continue to side with him despite being full of hot air and using money meant to “fight for consumer rights” and just “settle” with it.

    Admit it, people, the guy’s a sleazebag. If you still support him after all this, I’m afraid there’s just no hope for your kind. This is beyond naïveté. It’s flat out stupidity.

    #37 4 years ago
  38. daytripper

    “I will address the donations in a forthcoming post, and I think people will be happy.”

    thats what he said also. will he refund donations? or will he escape to the solomon islands once a “sorry but the pot is empty, thanks for your support” type post has been made?

    #38 4 years ago
  39. NightCrawler1970

    Wow, Hotz get a job at sony, just hacking the PS3, i bet he will have a nice office with a nice view, and a fridge full of “NOS” bottles, to keep him up, and a very nice annual sallary of $150.000 a year awesome, maybe i have to hack Xbox, and i can get a job at Xbox, would love to work for Microsoft :P they got plenty of money $$$$$….

    #39 4 years ago
  40. tatsujin

    o_O;; .. I’m not gonna return my Sony products. They make good shit. Half the shit in my house is from Sony.

    Okay, case over, moving on. NGP release date please?

    #40 4 years ago
  41. Christopher Jack

    May as well boycott Microsoft, Apple, Nintendo, IBM, Google, Intel, HP & many others too because they have all been involved in similar cases too. Sony maybe in vocal support of DRM but other than that, they’re probably on the lighter side next to all of these companies. This boycoott will accomplish nothing at all & even if it did, it wouldn’t be a positive result.

    #41 4 years ago
  42. TheWulf

    I still love all the hacker hate, despite the fact that hacking has been a part of science for generations, and that without hackers you wouldn’t have those consoles or expensive LCD tellies. You may be ignorant to how they work, or even to the nature of technological progression, but I can assure you that not all hackers are idiots, and not all of them are attention whores.

    Again, all I get from this hacker hate is “WE IZ LUDDITES” being yelled very loudly. :p Honestly, I just find this hacker hate to be as idiotic as you perceive hackers to be. You might as well hate technology, and if you’re doing that, why not go all the way, swear it off, and become Amish? That might suit you better.

    Sheesh.

    It amazes me how many people take the technology they love for granted, happily taking the time to insult the sorts of eggheads whom are responsible for providing the technology that entertains them. It’s ignorance, plain and simple.

    Quoth Dogbert: “OUT, OUT DEMONS OF STUPIDITY!” *waves stick!*

    #42 4 years ago
  43. mojo

    what thewulf sais.

    u guys should hear urself.

    #43 4 years ago
  44. Christopher Jack

    @42, You are confused, none of us are stereotyping all hackers as cyber vigilantes/terrorists but you continue to assume that we are. We just tend to separate the legit guys by calling them developers/programmers/modders & the guys who create viruses, pirate & attack security walls &/or people the traditional hacker but all of us here know that both groups hack.

    Obviously this is not just Black & White situation, there’s all shades of grey & that’s where GeoHot sits but a majority of anonymous are Black (not racist!), disturbing whomever just for the lulz, just visit their Facebook & 4chan pages also read about their YouTube attack.

    #44 4 years ago

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    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]