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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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    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

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]

  • 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 […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

    Final Fantasy 15 was nine years in the making – and counting. Are we the same people we were in 2006? Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae A demo available for PS4 and Xbox One. Offers a couple of hours of gameplay. More if you jump over the borders. Bundled with Final Fantasy 15 Type-0 and […]

  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]

  • The Crew two-hour demo now available in US, tomorrow in the UK

    Ubisoft has announced a free trial of its driving MMO The Crew will be available tomorrow, March 25 in the UK. It’s live today in North America. For current players, the Vintage Car Pack and Vintage Live Update, including a new PvP mode, are now available. The Vintage Car Pack included the Chevrolet Corvette C2 […]

  • Minecraft Mass Effect Mash-Up and Pattern Texture Pack out from today

    A Mass Effect Mash-up pack and the Pattern Texture Pack will release on PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita today in North America and tomorrow in Europe. The Pattern Texture Pack is also available for Xbox consoles today. The Mass Effect Mash-Up pack contains the Mars Facility from Mass Effect 3 plus textures and craftable items […]

  • The Talos Principle expansion pack Road to Gehenna announced

    An expansion for The Talos Principle has been announced titled Road to Gehenna. The expansion follows the narrative of Uriel, Elohim’s messenger, as he explores a “strange, hidden part of the simulation” on a mission of “mercy and redemption.” Uriel is attempting to free the souls of the damned “at all costs.” Road to Gehenna […]

  • Twitch Plays Pokemon finally catches ‘em all – even the rare Mewtwo

    Twitch Plays Pokemon players have captured all 151 original Pokemon which were included in a modified version of Pokemon Red, and this includes the rare Mewtwo. It took 39 days for Twitch players to catch ‘em all. Have a look at the impressive feat for yourself below. Thanks, Polygon.

  • GameStop will have limited units of Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL back in stock

    Those who missed out on the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL will have another opportunity to purchase it outside of eBay. Tomorrow only, GameStop stores in the United States will have four units in stock, according to and internal memo sent to Kotaku. This is every store in the country, and again, only […]

  • Second phase of Fortnite closed Alpha launches today

    Fortnite’s second closed Alpha test will go live this afternoon, according to the official website. Those currently participating will have until April 14 to test the online aspects for 12 hours per day (noon -12am EDT). All progress from the previous Alpha test will be wiped, and other changes are listed in the patch notes. […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition: Jaws of Hakkon out now on PC, Xbox One

    As promised yesterday, the single-player DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Jaws of Hakkon, is now available on PC and Xbox One. It will run you or £11.99 or your regional equivalent. The new content expands the land of Thedas with mountainous regions and forests, and it is full of “vicious enemies.” Players will also be […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer shows Ascendance gameplay

    Activision has released a new gamepay trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to support the Ascendance DLC which releases next week. Ascendance, will release first on Xbox consoles March 31 and includes the next chapter of the Exo Zombies Saga, Infected, along with four new multiplayer maps: Perplex, Site 244, Climate and Chop Shop. […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight will be a digital only release on PC – report

    It appears Batman: Arkham Knight will not see a physical release on PC, according to ShopTo. The retailer was told by its buyer the Rocksteady game will only be released on PC in digital form. ShopTo is currently double checking the information. If accurate, it is unknown if this will be case in North America […]

  • Bloodborne patch focusing on load times, performance optimizations in the works

    A patch for Bloodborne which will address load times is in the works, Sony has said The load times were one of the issues noted in Digital Foundry’s report on the From Software title. Sony told Eurogamer the patch would also explore other issues as well. “The development team is currently exploring another patch for […]

  • Gearbox would “love” to have entire Borderlands collection on current-gen

    An Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of the original Borderlands game is something Gearbox Software is interested in, according to studio boss Randy Pitchford. Speaking in the latest Major Nelson podcast, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said should Borderlands: The Handsome Collection prove successful, 2K Games might consider a current-gen version. “The fact that The […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork shows the catacombs, dock, more

    Over the weekend we posted Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork along with news of a retail release in Europe. Today, we have better quality images of said artwork to share with you. Enjoy. The standalone prequel will be released digitally on May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in North America, and digitally on […]

  • Slender: The Arrival terrorizes PS4 and Xbox One this week

    In case you forgot, what with Bloodborne out today and other high profile releases of late, Slender: The Arrival is out today on PlayStation 4 in North America. The scary game will arrive on Xbox One tomorrow, March 25, and in Europe on PS4. Slender: The Arrival is an expansion on the original Slender game […]

  • World of Warcraft’s WoW Token rollout slated after launch of patch 6.1.2

    Blizzard has announced it will start rollout its WoW Token option in the weeks following the launch of patch 6.1.2 on March 24. WoW Token allows players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard will release WoW Token first in realms serving North America, Oceania, and Latin America and will expand […]

  • The Evil Within: The Consequence dated for April, teaser video released

    Part 2 of Juli Kidman’s adventure in The Evil Within will arrive next month with the release of The Consequence. Above is a brief teaser showing some of the “madness” Kidman will encounter. The Consequence will arrive on Tuesday, April 21 on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. European PlayStation players will […]

  • Bloodborne sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate” per performance analysis

    Bloodborne has been analyzed by Digital Foundry and according to the report, even with a 30fps cap the game sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate.” The game’s day-one 2.69GB update 1.01 is “essential” as it contains improvements to game performance and stability and the frame-rate tests run by Digital Foundry were in single-player […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews round-up

    Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews are out in the wild so we decided to catch a few of them for you. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is out today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The collection packages Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel along with each game’s DLC content on one disc. Better graphics and […]

  • Evolve, Forza Horizon 2, WWE 2K15 are this week’s Deals with Gold

    Evolve, Forza 2 Horizon and WWE 2K15 are just some of the games which are part of this week’s Xbox Deals with Gold. You can also pick up the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Pro Edition for 20% off as well as the standard edition for 33% off. For the Xbox 360 crowd, there’s also […]

  • Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles now available starting at $250

    Microsoft is offering a discount on three Xbox 360 bundles with prices starting at $250. The Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles feature various content such as a Kinect, 500GB console bundle and one month of Xbox Live Gold. Xbox 360 500GB Spring Value Bundle: comes with Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare download and Fable […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege beta sign ups now open

    Ubisoft is letting everyone register for the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege closed beta. Rainbow Six Siege is due for a closed beta sometime this year. Ubisoft has opened registration to everyone. All you need to do is enter your preferred platform and log in using your Uplay account. You will be entered into a waiting […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Exo Zombies map Infection is creepy

    The upcoming chapter in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies mode is called ‘Infection’ and Activision has been slowly revealing bits and pieces about it. A few teasers have been dropping ahead of Ascendance launch this month. The teasers are about the second episode in the Exo Zombie story, Infection. First off, the map. […]

  • This is the Bloodborne press kit in all its glory

    Bloodborne is a gorgeous game so it’s only fitting that the press kit it came in is a reflection of that. The pictures capture the many amazing bits of the Bloodborne press kit. A press kit is what’s usually sent to the reviewers alongside the review copy. They’re usually very ornate and almost all of […]

  • This Hearthstone turn is taking over 40 hours and you can watch it happen

    A very smart Hearthstone player has rigged his game to make one turn take over 40 hours, and it has been going for over 22 already. Hearthstone player Mamytwink set up a game against his friend to try and achieve the record for the longest turn in Hearthstone ever. Basically, Mamytwink set the game up […]

  • The Witcher 3: Geralt’s beard grows over time, but not Gandalf-long

    The beard of The Witcher 3 protagonist Geralt will grow over time, but you can trim it if you choose to. As part of a recently published impressions piece by German magazine Gamestar (translated by NeoGAF), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developers revealed that Geralt’s beard will in fact grow over time. Not content with […]

  • Sony mistakenly abandons Bloodborne trademark in the US

    The administration side of Sony Computer Entertainment has not been in the best of shapes recently. Sony has abandoned four game trademarks yesterday, one of which is for Bloodborne. The trademarks were all registered with US Patent and Trademark Office. All of the games trademarks pertain to unreleased games and Sony would’ve had to either […]

  • Payday 2 will be supported until 2017

    Payday 2 developer has announced that it will continue to support the game for the next two years. Payday 2 developer Overkill has revealed today that it’s planning to support the game until 2017. What this means is that more free content as well as paid DLC are in the works for release later. Payday […]

  • These are the top Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare weapons, according to the developer

    Based on their overall kill-to-death ratio, what are the best guns in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare? Developer Sledgehammer reveals the top 5. Sledgehammer’s Michael Condrey has revealed on Twitter the top 5 weapons in Advanced Warfare based on their overall kill-to-death ratio. Here’s the list: ARX-160 – Hole Puncher Ameli – Heavy HBRa3 – […]

  • H1Z1 has sold more than 1 million copies

    H1Z1 has already sold over 1 million copies on Steam. H1Z1 may still be in Early Access on Steam, but it has already sold more than 1 million copies. Daybreak president John Smedley announced on Twitter earlier. H1Z1 launched in January and instantly became a hit. The game has consistently been on Steam’s top 10 […]