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Sony: “A lot more headroom left” in PS3, says it’s not “slipping behind the times”

Thursday, 9 June 2011 16:30 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Kaz Hirai has said some people though a 10-year life cycle for a console like PS3 “sounded great,” but were still a bit skeptical over the possibility of it actually happening.

Speaking with the Guardian, Hirai said PS3 is growing with the times and will continue to do so.

“One of the things that we always talked about is the 10-year life cycle,” he said. “When we launched the PS3 back in 2006, one of the questions I kept getting asked was why we were putting so much technology into a piece of equipment that was basically a games console. At the time, I said we were looking at a 10-year life cycle. We wanted to make sure we could adapt as new technology was brought on board. A lot of people at the time said that while it all sounded great, they didn’t believe it.

“The plain fact is, the PS3 has grown with the times. The most recent example was the firmware upgrade for all of the PS3s to be 3D compatible, which is something no other console could do. And to this day, there’s still a lot more headroom left in the PS3. That, again, is a function of the initial investments we made, both in terms of technology as well as financial investments for the components.

“You probably hear a lot things about the PS3, but one thing you won’t hear is that it’s slipping behind the times.”

Hirai goes on to say that since Sony is “not in the hardware business,” whether or not PS3 is profitable or not is a “moot point,” because Sony is in the entertainment business.

“We look at the totality between hardware, software and peripherals and whether it’s profitable as a platform,” he explained. “Having said that – because everyone is so interested – yes, we are profitable on the PS3 hardware and we’ll continue to be profitable on the PS3 hardware… Whether we’re profitable or not in the hardware alone, that doesn’t really address the bigger picture.”

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  1. pukem0n

    “The most recent example was the firmware upgrade for all of the PS3s to be 3D compatible, which is something no other console could do. ”

    since the 360 is 3D capable out of the box or why? ^^

    i still think 10 years is too long and boring, but i guess it saves a lot of money for them.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Ten year life-spans are entirely possible. The trouble is, the software supply tends to run out long before that. They’re still selling PS2s, for instance, but bugger all has come out for it in two years aside from the odd movie tie-in and FIFA.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    Milk it baby.

    This year showed that PS3 is outdated as hell. Not enough innovation and PS3 games that use a potential of the CPU which PC can do it like for 8 years already.

    Since proper Dual core was annonced, Cell Microprocessor was a toy.
    Now we live in the era of 500 series of Geforce with Intel i7 or AMD 6-8 core of microprocessors.

    Next year Intel and AMD will introduce something more powerfull.

    3D? So what? Your 3D Sony makes every game look WORSE. Nvidia 3D vision was before and still much better then in PS3 by a mile.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Bluebird

    For all I care they don’t have to bring out a new machine any time soon. Plus, if there isn’t any new hardware devs could maybe try to come up with better stories, better gameplay and more unique looks.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. wishdokta

    #4
    Agreed. Gaming istn’t about hardware.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. OlderGamer

    To me it feels a bit like the Video Games “crash” after the Atari 2600.

    The biggest reason is the games themself. We get the distinct impression that there is nothing new. Everything feels “been there and done that”. No freshness.

    Inovation is out there. Like it or not Kinect and Move both offer inovation. So does the Wii, and even more can be had in WiiU.

    But no one seems to want that.

    Look at the what the Core gamers are asking for. More of the same but better. Once you have something nearly perfected, how do you inovate that?

    What would make CoD better? Bigger stages? More players? Vehicles? Wait that version of warsime fps is called Battlefield.

    Well, what would make BF better? Samller, more action packed stages? More personal combat with fewer players? No dominating, unstopable vehicle rampaging? yep, that wartsim is called CoD.

    How about we take it into a scifi setting, with aliens, and future … oh wait…Halo, Resitance, Warhawk/Starhawk, Crysis, and so on.

    Almost everything you can think of has been done, to death.

    The software is stale. Franchises rule the roost, too bad if you played the other 9 versions already. The new one will be almost exactly the same, but with a tweak here or there.

    As for hardware. That could be the answer. But it won’t be. And judging by the reaction to the WiiU at E3, most people would reject true inovation anyways. See it won’t do us any good at all to see new, more expensive PS4/XBNXT system come out if the only thing they will do is play the exact games we already have now.

    Better graphics won’t make for better games at this point, take that one to the bank from OG. The graphical leap going forward will be minimaly noticable for the average gamer.

    Things like native 1080P instead of upscaled 1080P. 60fps instead of 30fps. Sure that sounds great on paper, but how many gamers will be able to tell the difference unless they see it running side by side? And even then, that big of a deal?

    I think we will see slightly better textures, frame rates, and resolutions in the next gen from MS/Sony.

    But that isn’t revolutionary. Not inovating.

    Right now things are just stagnet. And why wouldn’t they be? We keep telling game pubs that we like things this way everytime we buy another game in this or that franchise. And yearly franchise updates have got to be the exact definition of anti-inovating.

    In the end I welcome new hardware. I am VERY much looking forward to WiiU, because it looks to me like it will have inovation AND still have core games that I will be interested in playing. But, and this is a big one: new hardware doesn’t by itself = better/more inovated/fresh gaming.

    Again, ask yourself, what is it that you really want?

    We already have games out there that are indeed inovative. But if all your asking for is more of the same, who fault is that?

    This was aimed at no one individualy, btw. I have NCAA Football 12 and Battlefield3 and Starhawk all on preorder myself. Just one of those we vote with our wallet type things, and by looking around we seem to vote for the very things we are tired of playing.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Erthazus


    Well, what would make BF better? Samller, more action packed stages? More personal combat with fewer players? No dominating, unstopable vehicle rampaging? yep, that wartsim is called CoD.”

    more then just 64 players (which was possible in Battlefield 2 era) and building destruction. You can try do destruction not only on buildings but environment aswell.

    Current Console version is just going to have 24 players and smaller maps and etc. on Battlefield 3

    so yeah, we need NEW hardware.

    Much better campaigns, then linear stuff that Battleifield or COD offers. Why this is the generation of linear FPS games? Because consoles does not have enough power to make it more open world, alive and interactive.

    You get an experience where you go on the one road and shoot shit.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. jldoom

    “@OlderGamer But, and this is a big one: new hardware doesn’t by itself = better/more inovated/fresh gaming.”

    Not that this is the only valid point of your whole argument, but this is the one I agree with the most. Regardless, the hardest thing to do is to come out with a product that makes a larger part of their consumers happy rather than the minority. Simple fact of the matter is that you can’t please everybody no matter what game you put out.

    It’s funny because like you said although I’m not the one that rejects new type of hardware, I’m still “stuck in the stoneage” then by the looks of it because I’ve yet to properly enjoy playing with a Wii because of the motion controls, or move/kinect for that matter. I prefer the same old gamepad whether it’s PS3/Xbox I don’t care! I like to feel in control when I play. And give me the same formula, as long as it’s dressed differently, because you know what? I play the videogames to be entertained, and if that’s what I find entertaining, I won’t want the developers to try and change it to something I won’t enjoy as much. I feel like there is a reason why CoD keeps selling year after year, although it’s basically the same game with new killstreaks/some weapon mods/etc…People just know what they’re buying and they’re comfortable with that.

    Eventually, there will come a point when we’ll all get tired of that same shit, and REALLY demand something new. Until that time though *grabs PS3 controller, boots up Fallout: New Vegas*

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    “Not that this is the only valid point of your whole argument, but this is the one I agree with the most. ”

    Except that you don’t know what new hardware can offer in terms of innovation, gameplay and of course visuals.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. jldoom

    @9 True, which is exactly the reason why I usually wait a couple of months to a year, before even purchasing a new system just to see what they have to offer.

    Only one I don’t regret doing this for was my PSP and thats because of the CFW I was able to put on it, because I definitely got my money’s worth out of that one for the year that it spent collecting dust in my drawer.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. lexph3re

    I agree with og on this one. Its all about the gameplay at this point, new consoles wouldn’t improve anything for US as gamers it would just crash our pockets. I see to much potential in this gen of consoles to move to a new. That’s the thinking of a pc gamer that I have to constantly update sometimes its better to just sit back and perfect what you have. Move,kinect, vita and the wii u controller are going to all innovate gaming for the console base this gen and won’t cost the current install base much money at all.

    I would rather buy vita and the wii u before I buy a new console with slightly better graphics. seeing how I’ve already invested over 2k in my ps3 on games and peripherals alone.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. DSB

    @6 You can’t compare it to an almost fatal recession that nearly killed the market, when publishers have never been selling as many games as they do today.

    The market is healthy, but the selection isn’t. I think there’s a general lack of imagination, mostly in the larger genres, which is being excused by socalled advances in game design.

    I mean if you take BC2 which is the military FPS with the most features right now, so many of those features are only skin deep. You have armored personel carriers that can carry 7 fully equipped troops and tonnes of rocket launchers in real life, but in BC2 it’s really just a vehicle with a gun.

    Compare that to a game like Planetside, which of course didn’t have APCs either, but certainly did rely heavily on players picking up what were essentially paratroopers and dropping them in enemy territory. To me that’s a hundred times more rewarding than anything we see today.

    I can’t explain why nobody wants to do those things, but it just seems to me like everybody’s rushing for the lowest common denominator, instead of putting a bit of faith into peoples imagination and willingness to do things that are a bit more complex, but ultimately a lot more rewarding.

    I still wouldn’t say it’s all grim. Even if the biggest FPSes don’t do very much, you still have people like Valve and Gearbox doing different things, and Splash Damage, even if they failed with Brink.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. G1GAHURTZ

    I’m not too fussed about visuals.

    I would, however, like lag free online gaming, instant cloud based patches/updates, no load times and more immersive/precise/intuitive ways of controlling games.

    Consoles have a veeeeeeeeery long way to go technically.

    It’s not just about the games themselves.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. ManuOtaku

    Guys i compare this with the mortal kombat series, you know the first games were good, then we have better graphics 3D fights etc, adding other franchises like DC, etc but when the developer find the time to see what did work and build from that on, and evolving with added features that really enhance the game and fit very well with the old style gameplay without any interference on the overall balance, i think the graphics did came in last place of importantce, i love the new mortal kombat and is not for the evolution in graphics or physics etc, it is becuase the dig in the soul of the game and bring the mechanics that were great and they put they heart and soul into it, something that todays is missing because they are aiming at shining graphics and new way of physics, that sometimes tends to make the game easier, therefore something that most of the time they shouldnt took at aim at it IMHO

    #14 4 years ago
  15. OlderGamer

    “You can’t compare it to an almost fatal recession that nearly killed the market, when publishers have never been selling as many games as they do today.”

    I wanted to write more about that but figured I already was gonna write “book” with the post as it was.

    What I meant was the carefree attitude that was had during the 80s in regaurds to making what they damn well pleased. They rehashed games. Rushed games. There were still gems, but so much of what was put was just started to look and feel the same. It was very uninspired.

    Thank god for the Nintendo and the NES.

    But today when I go to the store and look at the shelfs I feel like I did back then. Nothing stands out, very little anyways.

    The games industry is much bigger today so I don’t think a shear number comparison is fair.

    I focused on content ans quality of content rather then how many of this or that sell. The number of TV channels today are greater then ever, however said quality content is a different story.

    “Except that you don’t know what new hardware can offer in terms of innovation, gameplay and of course visuals.”

    Erth, that can be true. But you should also admit that it doesn’t always mean that. What changed from Xboxone to XB360? Better graphics, enhanced store front/marketplace mostly. There wasn’t much in the way of real inovation, unless you consider more DLC to be inovative hehe.

    I see VERY little room for / or maybe reason for inovation with the next PS4/XBNXT. Other then with Kinect or Move/Eye Toy. Gameplay really won’t change.

    And:

    “And give me the same formula, as long as it’s dressed differently, because you know what? I play the videogames to be entertained, and if that’s what I find entertaining, I won’t want the developers to try and change it to something I won’t enjoy as much. I feel like there is a reason why CoD keeps selling year after year, although it’s basically the same game with new killstreaks/some weapon mods/etc”

    jldoom is very correct. There is a little bit of that in each of us.

    So it becomes a question of what do we really want and are we sure we want it? Its hard to complain about stuff being the same ole, and then turn around and complain about something that truely is inovative like Wii Motes. Move. Kinect. And now WiiU.

    And honestly we need to reject a notion that there is some drastic difference between a core(simply adapted from the self indulgent self named “Hardcore” gamer), and a casual one. I enjoy games that are labeled in both catigories. In truth most of us gamers a bit of both.

    I have just found it very sobering to read many folks reaction to the WiiU. Because to me it looks great. The controler is very creative, and I think offers a lot of unique looking things it can be used for. The system will have Online. It has support from Major Pubs. So why not be able to play some BF, some Madden, some Metriod, and some Wii Sports Style game w/ the grandkids? I am excited.

    And admitidly optimistic.

    After Pat, and so many others have started calling this E3 a bad one. Pat said it may well be seen as the weakest one years. And the complaints are almost always the same. No new suprises. Same ole crap. Milking franchises(I guess the new Ass Cred game fits this one), and all of that. I would agree whole hartedly.

    Then people reject the WiiU, don’t want Move, and hate Kinect.

    Leads me all the way back to well, what do people really want?

    The real answer is more of the same please. They will play the same games until they get so tired of playing them they turn away. They just won’t have any magic in them any more for those people. And that DSB is why people stoped buying games way back in the late 70s and early 80s. Uninspired games that left people wanting to do something else with their time.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. OlderGamer

    I really do write too much, geez.

    I remember a few years back when I first got here most posts where a sentence. A long post was two sentences.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. DSB

    I actually read all of that for once, and I widely agree. I just don’t think you’ll see anywhere near the same consequences.

    And I’m also not as much of a pessimist. Most of the genres I loved the most from the glory days of PC gaming are largely cleansed from gaming. You don’t see any clever realtime strategy, you don’t see any clever turnbased games, and you don’t see anything resembling tactical shooters anymore.

    Even the good old tactical RPG has been raped beyond recognition.

    I still don’t feel less enthusiastic about playing games though, and I don’t think it’s all one big stupid cesspool where nothing works. Several things work, several things are moved forward. I mourn the genres that are long gone, but I’m still entertained all the same by what’s left.

    Arguably though, Portal 2 was the best game I’ve played in years, and that is a little depressing.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. OlderGamer

    I agree with ya there DSB. I don’t think the industry is headed for a crash. Maybe a stall or a flat spot until something comes along and really shakes things up.

    I wonder could something like Cloud from Onlive, Steam, or even Microsoft be such a thing? Prolly not for a few more years anyways.

    #18 4 years ago

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    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]