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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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    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

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  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

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  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

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  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

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  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

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  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

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  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

    What’s the best bolt-action, Police sniper rifle for the Professional class in Battlefield Hardline? Let us help you answer that question. As you’re probably aware, Battlefield Hardline weapons are class specific and faction specific. This makes deciding on a good weapon and loadout much harder than it was in Battlefield 4. Which is where Westie […]

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]