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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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  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! pic.twitter.com/OCQIuWbH3W — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

    The Longbeards Culture Pack is now available for Total War: Attila and it comes with three new playable factions. The Langobards, the Burgundians and the Alamans can be played in both single and multiplayer campaign modes as well as custom and multiplayer battles. A new feature called The Lay of Ybor is also included. It […]

  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

    With many of the year’s most popular games heading to SteamOS, Valve has decided to host sale in celebration. Here’s a short list of titles on sale. The full list of PC, Linux, Mac and SteamOS discounts can be found through the link. The Banner Saga Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Batman: Arkham […]

  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

    PayDay 2 is coming to SteamOS, Overkill has announced. Still under development, a release date will be announced at a later date. “Making sure PAYDAY 2 is available on SteamOS felt like a no-brainer,” said Bo Andersson Klint, CEO of Starbreeze in the press release. “With PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition coming to the next generation […]

  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

  • Week 8: Can you win the weekly VG247 GTA Online playlist? Play tonight at 8pm UK time!

    We’re hotdogging tonight. I don’t even know what that means. Eight weeks of ridiculous death. Such a brave, true milestone. We’re going to celebrate two entire months of playing weekly GTA Online playlists with VG247 readers with Hotdogging, a set of six jobs I named completely at random. This one ends with a straight-up border […]

  • Puzzle platformer Four Sided Fantasy coming to PC, consoles in early 2016

    Curve Digital and developer Logan Fieth’s studio Ludo Land are bringing puzzle platformer, Four Sided Fantasy, to PC all major consoles in early 2016. Ludo Land are developing the PC version, with Curve Digital handling the console and Vita versions. Four Sided Fantasy tasks players with venturing across “dreamlike levels” by controlling and manipulating the […]

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

    A release date for Tropico 5 on PlayStation 4 has been announced. This is the franchise’s first foray onto PlayStation consoles. It arrived in Europe on April 24 and in North America on April 28. A Limited Edition has also been announced, and it includes The Big Cheese DLC and the Bayo Del Olfato sandbox […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

    A limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 system will be released in Asia. The system and its DualShock controller were designed in collaboration with Konami Digital Entertainment and targeted for the Asia region, per Gematsu. It will be released as part of PS4 Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain […]

  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

    Sid Meier’s Starships will be released on iPad alongside Mac and PC, and to give you an idea on how it plays on the tablet, a new video has been released. Watch below as Pete Murray and lead producer Stuart Zissu show off the iPad version. The 4X space-strategy releases on March 12.

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to The New Order, will release May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game takes pace in 1946, and and players take on the role of B.J. Blazkowicz as he embarks on a two-part mission in Bavaria. Part one, Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves, […]

  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

    Observer Mode will be released for Evolve as a free update for all platforms, 2K and Turtle Rock have announced. The community feature was designed to give Evolve players the ability to observe and add commentary as well as livestream, allowing a sixth user to “passively enter a custom game” with the ability to switch […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

    The PlayStation 3 and PS4 skus for Dragon Quest Heroes were the top sellers on the Media Create charts in Japan, moving a combined 594,749 units. Elsewhere on the chart, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was in third place with 39,751 units moved, and last week’s top seller, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, […]

  • Watch Hideo Kojima answer lots of your burning Phantom Pain questions

    What’s better than learning the official release date of MGS5: The Phantom pain? Hideo Kojima talking more about it, of course! Hideo Kojima has decided to answer a few fan questions about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, to help boost everyone’s hype to insane levels. He talks about the game’s story, his relief […]

  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector’s Edition revealed

    Konami has officially revealed the release date of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain alongside the game’s Day 1 and Collector’s Edition. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release September 1, worldwide, as previously leaked. It will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC Steam […]

  • EU Club Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack back in stock

    Club Nintendo members in Europe can once again pick up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack. For 3000 Stars, members of the program will receive the double-CD soundtrack which features 89 tracks with liner notes from Ryo Nagamatsu and 12 sheet music excerpts. It also comes with 16 Milk Bar Musician pieces. […]

  • HTC apologises over “confusing” Half-Life VR comments

    HTC has misspoke when it talked about Half-Life coming to VR headset Vive. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has apologised over the comments she made yesterday about the possibility of Half-Life coming to Vive, the VR headset it’s manufacturing with the help of Valve. Sources close to Valve, have indicated to the BBC that the developer […]

  • What do Heists and Daily Objectives tell us about the future of GTA Online?

    Daily Objectives could be more important to GTA Online than Heists. These theories and more, from a giddy Matt Martin. Yesterday Rockstar dropped a bombshell. Not only is it releasing Heists next week – the mythical 4-player missions for GTA Online – but it’s also going to be introducing daily challenges and more modes to […]