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Sony: PSN and Qriocity sites back up soon, exploit fixed

Wednesday, 18 May 2011 14:44 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Sony has announced that it has fixed the URL exploit which caused it to take the majority of its website services down earlier today.

According to the firm, the process of resetting of passwords caused the URL exploit, but it has since been fixed, and users who haven’t reset their passwords for PSN are still encouraged to do so on their PS3. However, if they want, customers can still use the website service once it is brought back up.

Earlier today, a report over on Eurogamer stated that Sony’s PSN password reset system contained an exploit which could potentially allow someone to change a customer’s PSN password using the accounts stored email and the user’s date of birth.

Due to the exploit, Sony made PSN sign-in unavailable on some of its websites, including: PlayStation.com, the PlayStation forums, PlayStation Blog, Qriocity.com, Music Unlimited via the web client, and all PlayStation game title websites.

“Unfortunately this also means that those who are still trying to change their password via Playstation.com or Qriocity.com will be unable to do so for the time being,” Sony said in an earlier statement on the EU forums. “This is due to essential maintenance and at present it is unclear how long this will take.

“In the meantime you will still be able to sign into PSN via your PlayStation 3 and PSP devices to connect to game services and view Trophy/Friends information. Clarification: this maintenance doesn’t affect PSN on consoles, only the website you click through to from the password change email.”

Nyleveia.com, which first found the exploit, suggested folks secure their accounts by creating a new email that would not be used anywhere else other than through PSN.

The site also suggested users switch their current PSN accounts over to a newly created email address.

“You risk having your account stolen, when this hack becomes more public, if you do not make sure that your PSN account’s email is one that cannot be affiliated with or otherwise traced to you,” said the site.

The site contracted Sony on the matter, and noted that the system “went down approximately 15 minutes,” after it received a respoce from SCEE.

According to a post over on NextGen, the exploit if used nefariously, would result in nothing more than a phishing scam, and because the user data was made vulnerable with the original hack, users will just be more susceptible to a phishing annoyance.

“These individuals could use the same information they stole from the PlayStation Network and do similar things with other services you may be subscribed to,” reads the site. “This is not at a weakness in the PlayStation Network’s security.”

NeoGAF noted that the pages were created in a certain manner for a reason, and that it is not technically an exploit.

Sony pulled the password reset website in the hopes of fixing the issue, which it seems to have done. The site should be back up soon, then.

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63 Comments

  1. jnms

    I’m not sure how anyone can trust Sony any more. This is getting beyond a joke.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Razor

    Oh, Sony.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. LOLshock94

    i give up with sony

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Gekidami

    Yeah, because these hacker dicks doing all of this it totally Sonys fault, right?

    Let me guess, they’re still fighting for customers rights…

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Blerk

    picard.jpg

    #5 4 years ago
  6. OlderGamer

    Are they kidding? Its a joke right?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. reask

    I was on the killzone site a while ago and was unable to log in.
    Not sure if both are connected but I got the same screen I was getting during the hacking incident.
    I hope not anyway.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Gama_888

    Thats embaressing
    after re-launching their whole new system the get caught out by something as silly as this?

    POOR SHOW SONY

    #8 4 years ago
  9. LOLshock94

    @4 sony new the risks and they took those ricks and looks whats happened so yes this is sonys fault

    #9 4 years ago
  10. reask

    Just tried the PSN site.
    Same screen.
    Looks like downtime again. :(

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Blerk

    Yup, UK Playstation site is now reporting PSN as ‘offline’.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. LOLshock94

    @10 is psn been shutdown again i was hoping to play some killzone 3 today?

    #12 4 years ago
  13. EscoBlades

    Roh oh!

    #13 4 years ago
  14. reask

    @ lol
    I havnt tried the ps3 but it looks like it might be.
    Edit: PS3 is online I have just tried it there now.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Gekidami

    No, only the Playstation website log-ins are down. PSN is up.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Blerk

    At least they seem to have handled it quickly this time, no?

    #16 4 years ago
  17. PenTaFH

    Oh great. Just two days ago I watched Kaz Hirai tell the world it all took so long because they wanted to be absolutely sure PSN was COMPLETELY SAFE. Now, two days later, this. Sony handled it good, but this is terrible. Both in publicity, and for the faith of customers.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Gekidami

    @16
    About as quickly as last time, i.e; As soon as they found out.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. jnms

    @16 – That comes with lots of practice! :D

    #19 4 years ago
  20. OrbitMonkey

    So the Hackers who will not stop hacking ANYTHING Sony score another hit & surprise surprise its reported as THE END OF SONY ;)

    Think i’ll sit back & enjoy the same old faces start frothing at the mouth :D

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Erthazus

    Well, it’s sony. Are you surprised?

    #21 4 years ago
  22. djhsecondnature

    Amazing how many people are blaming hackers.

    This was an exploit found by a white hat hacker, who informed Sony, who are fixing it. If that is the case of course.

    Blimey, you’d think someone came and punched your mum in the face with the way some people are reacting.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. NeoSquall

    @16 ARE YOU CRAZY?? FIFTEEN MINUTES IS WAY TOO MUCH!!!

    Do you know how many accounts could get hacked in the meantime?

    /sarcasm

    #23 4 years ago
  24. daytripper

    fuck sake!

    #24 4 years ago
  25. FabioPal

    http://xkcd.com/327/

    “Little Bobby tables” :D

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Alakratt

    “In the meantime you will still be able to sign into PSN via your PlayStation 3 and PSP devices to connect to game services ynd view Trophy/Friends information. Clarification: this maintenance doesn’t affect PSN on consoles, only the website you click through to from the password change email.”

    Come down guys! This is only the login for the websites and the people who (strangely) prefer to change their passwords thru the site. I like how some of you try to make it seem as if Sony shut down PSN again. Really, fanboys get a fucking life!

    #26 4 years ago
  27. DGOJG

    GOD FUCKING DAMN IT! I’ve been trying for a few days to change the password via the web since I’m still at Uni. Not happy Sony. This is the last straw. We’re done.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. fouzi fayaz

    SONNY is fucked

    #28 4 years ago
  29. ManuOtaku

    #26 those people dont choose to change their passwords that way, i think is because if a user never bought anything on the PSN before need to do it this way, sadly for them, but maybe iam a little bit misinform

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Freek

    Hey, lets fix our security issues by introducing brand new ones! That’s brilliant!

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Mike

    I had this up on Twitter aaages ago. I reckon EG stole the story from me! ;)

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Mike

    Yeah, EG also posted my NeoGaf thread corroboration follow up.

    I didn’t even get a mention :’(

    #32 4 years ago
  33. Bluebird

    Maybe they are taking it from the thread on the EG forums. ;)

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Mike

    Ah! Well, same rule applies. They should give a nod to the starter of the thread.

    Always give credit, innit.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. G1GAHURTZ

    Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!???

    #35 4 years ago
  36. Mike

    I’m sure these hacker dicks have tried to hack Live, Steam and Nintendo’s service but have all failed. Still, not Sony’s fault, right?

    Gross incompetence. No two ways about it.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. Mike

    Fixed: http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/05/18/update-on-psn-password-reset-process/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=psn_password_051811

    #37 4 years ago
  38. G1GAHURTZ

    MS and Valve are, first and foremost, major software companies. They need to think about security from the get go and they’ve been doing it for years.

    Sony, on the other hand, is first and foremost, a hardware company that has had to get to grips with making software to play catchup with it’s competitors.

    Sony clearly don’t seem to be helping themselves, but it’s a bit unfair to compare the software competency between the three of them.

    #38 4 years ago
  39. G1GAHURTZ

    And Nintendo’s online system is a big mess, anyway…

    #39 4 years ago
  40. Crab of Thunder

    @36 Hacking Nintendos network wouldn’t get you far lol. IMA STEAL YOUR FRIEND CODE!! :P

    #40 4 years ago
  41. Stephany Nunneley

    Post updated with Sony saying the URL exploit is fixed.

    #41 4 years ago
  42. NeoSquall

    @37 Ha!

    #42 4 years ago
  43. Mike

    @38: So they deserve leeway?! Are you joking?!

    They’re a huge multinational company that has the resources to fund and implement a first-class, fail-safe system. They didn’t. It’s their fault.

    I really don’t see how this can still be an issue for people. Hate the hackers, fine. But Sony blameless? Do me a favour.

    #43 4 years ago
  44. sg1974

    Mike how do you know those compnaies havent been hacked. As stringer says some comapnies don’t even tell their cusomers when its happened.

    #44 4 years ago
  45. Mike

    So you think Valve would hide the fact that their customers’ private information had fallen into the hands of a third party?

    Come on.

    #45 4 years ago
  46. Gekidami

    Live accounts get hacked all the time (along with Windows Live accounts) meaning the persons personal information gets exposed too, remember this?
    So i definitely wouldnt point to MS as being a ‘bastion’ of security…

    #46 4 years ago
  47. Freek

    Brute forcing one persons password isn’t exactly breaking into the servers and stealing the entire database. Xbox live as a service wasn’t compromised due to Major Nelson loosing control of his account.

    #47 4 years ago
  48. Gekidami

    I never said it was. Point is Live is open to its users getting their personal data stolen, on a lesser scale but its still there. Pointing to MS and saying that its “completely” secure is false.

    #48 4 years ago
  49. G1GAHURTZ

    I’m not saying that they deserve leeway, but building a worldwide network the size of PSN from scratch, with little to no experience is no easy task.

    Sure, they should have the money to do these things correctly, but I for one am not really surprised that they’re having so many problems.

    PSN has been having continual problems for years now.

    Servers failing and making games practically unplayable (GT5 etc)… the constant delays for Home, etc…

    In a way, something like this current mess, bad as it is, shouldn’t really come as a huge surprise.

    I just mean that like early adopters can usually expect teething problems, gamers would be a bit harsh to expect PSN to be at the level of Steam and XBL in such a short space of time.

    It’s the same as expecting MS, a software company, to be able to produce quality hardware with no problems from day one, too.

    #49 4 years ago
  50. Mike

    It’s ok, Gek. They’re both entirely comparable and Sony is just unfortunate and innocent of any negligence.

    Carry on.

    #50 4 years ago
  51. G1GAHURTZ

    @ Geki:

    Who said that XBL was “completely” secure??

    #51 4 years ago
  52. Freek

    And not getting phished or have your password brute forced is something that you have full control over by not falling for dumb e-mails or have your password be Admin1234.

    #52 4 years ago
  53. Gekidami

    ^ Phishing isnt the only way to hack a Live account, though. I know because i’ve had one hacked before, luckily it wasnt the one connected to my Xbox Live account. You think Major Nelson got ‘Phished’?

    @G1GA
    Seems to be the general consensus, hackers have apparently “tried” and “failed”. Yet they dont seem to have any trouble getting to individual accounts, where a persons personal information is stored.

    #53 4 years ago
  54. G1GAHURTZ

    I think what people are basically saying, Geki, (and I agree) is that in realtive terms, and almost certainly in terms of percentage of hacked accounts, XBL is much, much safer.

    An individual having his account hacked is not the same as a hacker getting full privileges to an entire network.

    #54 4 years ago
  55. Mike

    @GIGA: Sorry, don’t agree, You just have to employ the right people, and have a decent security strategy.

    Also, MS deserved everything they got from the RroD debacle.

    #55 4 years ago
  56. DaMan

    Let’s see some sources then, Gekidami. Or any evidence for that matter.

    Xbl accounts get phished or they ‘guess’ the password. there is also the social engineering .

    #56 4 years ago
  57. Mike

    From the previous page, obv.

    #57 4 years ago
  58. DaMan

    yeah, like I said. Nothing pointing to other methods.

    The comparisons are retarded. I suppose knowing that someone was hacked because they ‘ve had a password ’12345′ makes them feel better as well.

    #58 4 years ago
  59. Gekidami

    @ G1GA
    And i never said it was. Just that Live definitely isnt the ‘impenetrable fortress’ its being made out to be.

    #59 4 years ago
  60. OrbitMonkey

    Back & forth, round & round, same old same old *munches popcorn* carry on ;)

    #60 4 years ago
  61. TheWulf

    @22 & @36

    You’re expecting sense from the usual suspects? Really? Those who regularly concoct ridiculous conspiracy theories?

    (Here’s my favourite! – “The PSN was taken down by a splinter-cell of Anonymous who’re apparently taking orders from the ghost of Osama Bin Laden. Not just a bunch of fraudsters looking for an easy mark, provided by piss-poor security. Noap! It was Bin Laden leading a highly trained group of hackers into battle, so skilled that they act like fingers of the same hand!“)

    Yeah. Good luck with that. I’ve tried and failed to cut through the sensationalist vitriol that some of them are spouting but it’s just too much, and so dense that not even wolverine would be able to leave a scratch in it.

    Not everyone posting here is like that, of course, in fact it’s thankfully just a loud minority. As I said, just the usual suspects.

    @38

    I’m sorry, I know you mean well and all, but you’re wrong. Sony’s been doing software for years and years. They’re responsible for the SecuROM DRM. There are also a number of Sony software arms – Sony Online Entertainment for one, which have been developing games since the original Everquest.

    In fact, they should’ve been more prepared than Nintendo. They dropped the ball, simple as.

    @40

    Incorrect! They have a shop as well, and their Virtual Console sales turn a decent profit, as is my understanding. So there’d likely be a juicy amount of credit card details there, if they could be obtained.

    I’m kind of fed up that people are still making excuses about this.

    @44

    It’d be pretty easy to follow the evidence trail back to a source if a group of people suffered fraud, and then the company responsible would then be sued to hell and back. This is why every other company in the history of credit card information breaches has notified people immediately.

    All you need is a modicum of sense to figure out why this is the case. Right. Information is obtained but never used by anyone, it’s just sitting in a closet with nothing being done with it. People are going to try to sell that information off as quickly as possible.

    You’d be surprised how easy it is, then, to track it back to the source. It might not happen immediately, but it would happen eventually, and the company responsible would be dismantled for not telling people.

    So yeah, living in the real world, that’s not going to happen.

    @48

    What bollocks.

    You’re comparing someone losing their wallet with a bank being hacked and someone having their account cleared out.

    This is why I really hate apologists.

    Personal security DOES NOT equal corporate security. Duh?

    #61 4 years ago
  62. TheWulf

    @53

    So you’ve been stupid enough to install malware before and now you’re blaming the evil hackers and Microsoft for your own incompetence?

    Marvellous.

    Now I completely understand why you’re being a Sony apologist. Carry on.

    @60

    It’s better to participate in a discussion than to spam nonsense. You’re just wasting database space and CPU cyclces that could be better used elsewhere. :P

    #62 4 years ago
  63. OrbitMonkey

    @TheWulf, What Is this I smell? Ah you & your pretentious little mewling. Please tell me you don’t speak aloud when you type, as you’d be wasting air that could be used by someone more deserving ;)

    P.s. Spouting the same old same old, time & again waste’s just as much CPU as me I think. At least I can keep it brief dear boy. But. then i don’t jack off to how clever I am whilst typing x

    #63 4 years ago

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    Remember Lost Within, that mobile survival horror erstwhile Prey 2 developer Human Head Studios was making with Amazon Game Studios? It’s now available on iOS and for Amazon’s Fire devices, through the appropriate App Stores. There’s a little bit of extra info on it on the AGS blog, if you’re keen; unfortunately the blog doesn’t […]

  • Let’s take a look at Blood Bowl 2′s Chaos faction

    Blood Bowl 2: The Chaos Theory is only the latest in a much loved series of games based on a game based on two other games. Blood Bowl is a popular Games Workshop tabletop game which blends the fantasy universe of Warhammer with a fantasy sport drawing inspiration from American football and related games. It’s […]

  • “Second-person” shooter Screencheat coming to PS4 and Xbox One

    Goldeneye players should be familiar with the concept of screencheating, which is what this new indie is all about. Screencheat has been on our radars for a while but has now been confirmed for PS4, sparking a new wave of interest with a trailer and PS Blog post. However, it was one of a number […]

  • World of Warcraft Timewalking will make old dungeons fun again

    World of Warcraft will soon introduce a feature called Timewalking, designed to make you feel young again. When WoW players participate in a Timewalking event, they’ll be transported to a randomly selected classic dungeon. Upon entering, their level and gear will be scaled way, way down to the Dungeon’s Heroic level – so they won’t […]

  • Bloodborne and Dark Souls messaging – in real life

    Soapstone is a cool little app that mimics the messaging system found in Bloodborne, Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls. Bloodborne and Dark Souls fans will surely agree that the asynchronous multiplayer side of things, with players leaving anonymous tips, encouragement and jokes for each other, is one of the cooler aspects of the From Software […]

  • Mass Effect fans, get a load of this My Talking Elcor plushie

    I have been waiting to write about this all day because oh my god. Mass Effect attracted a devoted fanbase and Bioware has found tons of clever ways to satisfy that fanbase’s desire for clothes, collectibles, books, comics and toys related to the future world of Commander Shepard and company. The company has been so […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection headed to retail

    Homeworld fans can purchase a neat little package of gloriously remastered nostalgia soon. The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been available online since the end of February, but is now on its way to retail thanks to a deal between new rights holder Gearbox and Ubisoft. The PC exclusive will launch in physical form from May […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt download size lower than predicted

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a hefty install footprint, but it’s not as bad as we expected. The Witcher 3 was expected to be a 50GB download after a note to this effect was added to the PlayStation Store. It looks like that might have been a placeholder figure, as DualShockers noted today that […]

  • Bloodborne, beaten with a Guitar Hero controller

    Come on now, you didn’t expect anything less from the Souls community, did you? Bloodborne has been vanquished with a Guitar Hero controller, just a few weeks after its release. Kotaku reports Bearzly took nine hours to finish the game, which is probably less than many players using a Dual Shock. You can watch a […]

  • Vendors? New social space? Your House of Wolves questions will be answered

    Destiny players learned more about House of Wolves in this week’s Bungie update than you might realise at first glance. Resident Destiny expert Arekkz cast his eagle eye over this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, which announced next week’s Reef tour livestream. I personally am most excited to learn about gear upgrade paths, but Arekkz points […]

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]