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Data-security research firm suggests PSN breach could cost Sony over $24 billion

Wednesday, 27 April 2011 16:28 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

The Ponemon Institute, a data-security research firm, has estimated that the total cost of research by Sony over the PSN breach could cost the firm over $24 billion.

According to the security firm, speaking with Forbes, the cost associated with a firm investigating a malicious or criminal act averages out to around $318 record using 2010 figures.

Once you include the 77 million registered PSN accounts, that sum could go over the $24 billion mark.

According to Sony figures, PSN users are present in 59 countries, and 36 million of those are in the US and South America. Europe has over 32 million registered PSN accounts, and Asia 9 million -the majority of which are in Japan.

“Simply put, [this is] one of the worst breaches we’ve seen in several years,” added Josh Shaul, chief technology officer for Application Security Inc., who believes Sony may not know just yet which files were accessed.

Sony admitted it was a possibility that purchase history and credit card address information could be stolen, but theft of the card’s 3-digit security code on the back could not be gathered from PSN.

“They indicated that they’re worried about it, which is probably a very strong indication that everything was stolen,” Shaul added.

Over in the UK, ICO is currently investigating whether Sony was unaware there was a possibility of a breach of personal information, and if so, the firm could impose a fine on the console maker of around £500,000.

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43 Comments

  1. Razor

    WTF

    #1 4 years ago
  2. cloud_ix

    i no understand

    #2 4 years ago
  3. ManuOtaku

    Well the M and The B are to close on the keyboard maybe there was a finger mistake i hope, that is way too much

    #3 4 years ago
  4. NiceFellow

    I feel pretty confident Sony won’t be spending 24 billion on this. Hundreds of millions? Maybe. Billions. No way that makes sense.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    If this is going to be true and they are going to pay 24 billion… I must say that Playstation will never exist and maybe even Sony.

    I’m sorry. THIS shit is just SUPER serious.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Phoenixblight

    Riiiiight

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    Hah… Imagine if sony will pay 24 billion…

    You should prepare to say goodbye to the “Playstation” brand :D

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Syrok

    24 billion? Does the whole of Sony even make that much money in a year? :)

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Stephany Nunneley

    Surely the independent security firm Sony used cut them a deal after the first 2 million :)

    #9 4 years ago
  10. FadeLive

    Creditcard breach confirmed:
    http://www.pressfire.no/nyheter/PS3/3365/Fredrik-ble-trukket-elleve-ganger-fra-PS3-kontoen

    Run it through google translate from Norwegian to English. A person got charged 11 times by Sony for buying stuff on PSN he didn’t buy.

    So happy that I didn’t add my credit card to my Playstation account. Sucks for everybody that has gotten compromised.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Erthazus

    @8, of course not :D

    @10, thats bullshit. Everyone from the internet can write this up.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Stephany Nunneley

    @10 I got charged three times for the same movie last year. Sony didn’t give me my money back, I said forget you then, cancel my account.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. ManuOtaku

    Seeing the numbers involve and if they end being true, i think now i know who just did hack the PSN….. the same independent security firm sony is using, damn those smart guys, i wish i came up with the idea

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Jaxel

    That is some of the worst and most bullshit math I’ve ever seen coming from a so called “legitimate” security firm. Yeah, a security breach may cost $318 to investigate, but Sony is not going to investigate it as 77 million separate security breach instances.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. ManuOtaku

    #14 i think that depends on the objectives regarding this investigation maybe they stop with an X amount of accounts, till they find what they want, but maybe they dont know at which amount, but like i said that depends on the goals of this

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Phoenixblight

    @14

    I know right? They are just going to look at the system as a whole its our responsibility to keep watch on our info.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Mystic Sage

    That seems a bit excessive for what Sony needs them to do but however much it is they need to pay up because they need to look into each users account information and see if anything was stolen so they can notify those users and steps can be taken to protect themselves.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Phoenixblight

    @17

    No not really they will look into the system as a whole and see what areas were breached and compromised and then send a mass email to everyone that may have been affected.

    Who ever did the math just did 318$ x 77000000 which comes to 24 billion which is just wrong, very wrong.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Razor

    I DEMAND SONY SPEND $318m SOLELY ON INVESTIGATING WHAT HAPPENED TO MY ACCOUNT

    #19 4 years ago
  20. ManuOtaku

    I dont think they are trying to find the accounts that are being damaged, i think maybe is a possibility they are trying to find which was the account used to spread the hack.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. DrDamn

    @19
    I also demand they spend the same amount on investigating my bogus other country accounts (including my Beverly Hills pad in LA (only zip code I knew off the top of my head) and my pad in Tokyo at 1 Osaka Rd. Who ever actually buys this data is gonna be a bit hacked off that well over 50% of the accounts are actually dodgy ones :-).

    @10
    That’s not actually confirmed though is it? It’s suspicious but how were there purchases on or about the 26th of April when everything was offline for nearly a week. Looks more like a charging cock-up.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Patrick Garratt

    @19 – :D

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Zarckan

    @FadeLive I cry foul to that site… How can someone be charged BY Sony on the 26th when PSN is down.

    What security breach means is someone ELSE can use your details they got from Sony, NOT that your details get used ON Sony…

    dumb fuck!

    #23 4 years ago
  24. DrDamn

    @23
    *If* PSN was online couldn’t they hack into your account, change your email address and password and then buy stuff they want using that account? I agree the dates seem to discount the recent hack being the cause though, the evidence certainly doesn’t confirm anything by itself though.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Phoenixblight

    @24

    *If* PSN was online couldn’t they hack into your account, change your email address and password and then buy stuff they want using that account?

    Well Sony sends you an email to the original account telling you your info has changed. Then you can call the bank or CC company and tell them to block whatever charges that happen upon that date and ask them for a new card.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Mondayding

    I’ve never heard such rubbish. 24 billion dollars? Not going to happen. Oh yes, lets spend more than we’ve got investigating something so that we end up going out of business. I don’t think so.

    Next story please.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. metamorphic

    Pokemon Institute, lol? *snickers in the back*

    #27 4 years ago
  28. lexph3re

    Its awfully funny hearing some people say they can’t do anything about bad charges to their account. I had got charged twice for a movie and a game before. All I did was go to the bank filled out a alpadavid(had to spell it how it sounds) and my funds were restored. If you didn’t get a refund for bad charges it because you didn’t really want your money back

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Phoenixblight

    @28

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affidavit

    #29 4 years ago
  30. darksied

    Seriously though, if anyone has any incorrect charges (which, the chances are small; without the ccv number on the back it’s hard to use your card), then the easiest thing to do is call up your credit card company. Call up Chase, BoA, CapitalOne, etc. They have systems in place to stop fraud, and it’s pretty easy actually to tell them that it’s a fraudulent purchase and they’ll clear it after a day or so. It’s pretty easy and it doesn’t require you to do anything except make a phone call. You don’t have to go to your bank and fill out forms, just call the number on the back of your card; EVERY credit card company has a fraud department, and just explained what happened.

    Of course, you can’t lie to them to try to get out of a purchase or something; they’ll find out (and woe to you).

    #30 4 years ago
  31. lexph3re

    Thank you so much pheonix. But yes that’s all you have to do is sign an >.> affidavit to your bank swearing you didn’t make the purchases. Then they refund and investigates if sony says you did and gives proof then they take the money back.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. NeoSquall

    Too bad my card holder, the italian postal service, doesn’t have any fraud watch and the only thing they hinted me to do is delete the old card and make a new one.

    I’d do it right away, if it wasn’t for:
    - the order for The Witcher 2 CE I made on TheHut, signed on that card
    - the order for the Red Dead Redemption GOTY Guide I made on TheHut, signed on that card
    - the order for Duke Nukem Forever: Balls of Steel (PC) I made on TheHut, signed on that card
    - the order for Brink: Special Edition I made on GAME UK, signed on that card
    - the order for L.A. Noire I made on GAME UK, signed on that card
    - the order for Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Augmented Editon (PC) I made on GAME UK (as a backup if I don’t want the CE on Amazon anymore), signed on that card.

    All these orders can’t have the card details changed, so if I delete the card I’m basically fucked.

    Also, today I found that my available balance is 1,13 euros LESS than my accounting balance. FUCK IT.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. ManuOtaku

    I am worried about the users account personal data issue , but the thing that strike me the most is that passwords could’ve been compromised too, according with sony statement. Passwords are never stored in readable text, and neither encrypted for that matter, for what i do understand they are hashed which makes them almost impossible to gather the original password from the hashed one. It doesn’t matter if you compromise the entire network, if you obtain the hashing formula, or any encryption key. Hashed passwords are nearly impossible to unhash, if they hackers did access this too, IMHO it will meant that the security level in PSN is beyond low.

    Another thing that iam worried if that the hack being used makes believe that the encryption used is part of sonys networks, the hackers can use the Credit Card information to purchase items on the store, make it believe it was sony system doings, i dont understand much of this but this wouldnt mean that the transactions will be harder to link and follow, i mean for the refound of the money with your credit card bank holder?

    #33 4 years ago
  34. NeoSquall

    As a rule of thumb, any order listed as “SONY ONLINE SERVICES INTERNET GBR” in your bank movements can be appealed until 1. you change your credit card or 2. Sony changes its online services handler.

    In second opinion, scratch point 1.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. blackdreamhunk

    them consoles are sure costing Sony a ton of money lol

    sorry I really dislike Sony and Microsoft. So when are those new consoles coming???

    #35 4 years ago
  36. MegaGeek1

    LOL @ that number

    77 million registered user accounts? I thought it was agreed that Sony has “shipped” maybe 50 Million PS3s? So each owner has 1.25 accounts?

    #36 4 years ago
  37. lexph3re

    You do know there are people with psp’s that can create psn accounts as well right?

    #37 4 years ago
  38. MegaGeek1

    Doh!

    I have 2 accounts also, one NA and one UK.. I just assumed majority of the users weren’t as hardcore as me about getting a demo 24 hours early.

    #38 4 years ago
  39. lexph3re

    I have 2 NA accounts myself but I also have friends with 2 accounts 1 Na another JPN. Then I have some friends who have psps and accounts with no ps3s. So I suspect there are plenty of others following suit

    #39 4 years ago
  40. loveaya

    This is a unfunny joke…Whether it’s true or not, we can say that SONY is in danger. Even if she could bring PSN back within 1 week, the next thing to do is deal with the problems she will be face to!

    #40 4 years ago
  41. dtyk

    LOLL BP didn’t pay that much after murdering millions of little sea animals and Sony is expected to pay this for pissing off GeoHotz… ohhh man this world is officially upside down.

    They’ll never pay that much. Couple hundred million maybe but 24 billion? Whoever wrote this is out of their mind.

    #41 4 years ago
  42. hitnrun

    The $24 billion number is probably nonsense. (Even in today’s dollars :P) That figure was probably arrived at by the same kind of professional alarmists who determine that piracy “costs” the industry $10bn a year by estimating the downloaders on BitTorrent and multiplying by $60.

    But it certainly will reach into the billions.

    As an aside, people saying it’s no big deal because the security codes couldn’t have been stolen are dead wrong. Many merchants don’t use the code. I worked at a CS/fulfillment center just last year where…well, you would probably be better off not knowing. Let’s just say everything except the 15-16 digit card number is negotiable, depending on your issuing bank.

    #42 4 years ago
  43. NightCrawler1970

    Hopefully Sony should open there F*cking eyes and realize that CC is not the only way to buy shit on PSN… and will accept member + by prepay, without shitting, if ya membership almost expire “WE will charge you by credit card to renew it”… for now on, PRE-PAY!!!!!! same as Xbox Live..

    Ya Expired, than buy a pre-pay live card to get online again….
    It will save a whole lot that $24 Billion smackaroos for laywers and that poor ass worn out stinky Hillbilly thats lives in the bush named “alabama man”…. who knows now, he can trade in his worn out Ford 350 model 1975 for a brand new Ford 750 heavy duty 4×4 V10 Diesel..

    #43 4 years ago

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    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 […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.