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Sony – our competitors “are losing the plot” with gamers

Thursday, 7 June 2012 17:23 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Sony’s head of digital games, Jack Buser, is of the opinion the firm’s console rivals “lost the plot,” during E3 as the event is more about showing great games than trying to “legitimize themselves in the non-game entertainment space.”

Speaking in an interview with VentureBeat, Buser felt Sony did a “very good job of drawing a solid line in the sand,” at E3, proving to the community that when it comes to entertainment, Sony is “for gamers.”

“We are for the gamer first and foremost,” he said. “Everything we do at PlayStation, we ask ourselves first, what’s right for the gamer? And at our press conference, we really stood up and put both our hands in the air and said, look, we are for gamers first and foremost. While some of our competitors, seemingly, are losing the plot, forgetting what built this industry. It was the gamer. We remain incredibly focused on the gamer, and our press conference really drove that home.

Buser said first-party titles such as Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls are just two examples of experiences gamers want, and are “pushing what a console game can be to the next level.” Anything not included as part of the gaming space, such as Netflix, Amazon Video and the like, are just an added bonus from a company gamers and those confident in Sony products receive as part of the PlayStation experience.

“It’s not yet another rehash of the same old thing, these are truly innovative, genre-breaking experiences that can only be found on PlayStation,” he said. “Everything we’re doing is for the gamer first and foremost, and I think that… I was proud to be a PlayStation employee at this E3.

“You will see other companies really spend a lot of time and energy trying to legitimize themselves in the non-game entertainment space, because it’s not part of their company’s DNA. Nor do customers trust that they can bring that type of entertainment to the living room or on the go. With the Sony brand behind a PlayStation, our customers intuitively know that non-game entertainment is a core part of our DNA.

“We’re seeing other companies spend a lot of time and energy trying to legitimize themselves in the space, and unfortunately what happens is they can very quickly lose the plot with gamers. That’s quite dangerous. That’s why we at PlayStation very much put the gamer first and foremost. We are interested in bringing the kinds of non-game entertainment to the PlayStation that our gamers expect to see. That’s why you see services like Hulu and Amazon Instant Video deploying on PlayStation 3 first.”

You can read the entire interview through the link.

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38 Comments

  1. mongbatstar

    ruh-roh.

    I’ve lost my parachute.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. OrbitMonkey

    Well this thread could get messy :-P

    #2 3 years ago
  3. reask

    ^ most likely.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. daytripper

    I understand where he is coming from and it’s obviously another dig from them at Microsoft

    #4 3 years ago
  5. ManuOtaku

    I understand also, but this is not they way, i know they care about gamers, but they also did almost the same thing with vita, so if your house is made of glass, dont throw rocks at your neighbours house man

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Sadismek

    @2 Could get? I could predict Da Man’s appearance, followed by Gekidami counter-attack, all adorned by Jesus Raptor, LOLshock94, or whatever his name is and Erthazus. Perfect scenario for a disaster, or another 100+ comments news.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. DLTDawnlight

    You know what? He’s absolutely right.

    Nintendo promised that they would finally appeal to the core audience at E3, and from what they presented, we did not get that. Instead, we were treated to casual software with the Wii U logo on it and multiplat games released months ago on other platforms. Pikmin and Mario were the only core titles shown at their press conference.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Christopher Jack

    Someone has to start this, may as well be me. $ony fuckin’ sux an’ evry Phonybot iz ju3t a butthurt retrd! Microsoft rulz! Hal0 iz da bst, Phonybotz is just jellus!

    #8 3 years ago
  9. G1GAHURTZ

    Come back when you can sell enough *games* to actually make a profit, Buser!!!

    /leaves.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. DSB

    Once someone makes a console that can actually compete with the Sega Genesis, I’ll start listening to what they say.

    These are all just runners up argueing about who is less ugly and stupid.

    Seriously though, the whole PR strategy with talking down the competition just to sell your own stuff is pretty sad. Who is going to listen to that sort of talk, apart from the Sony fanboys?

    You already have those customers, dummy.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. WFMMK

    @9 Come back when you can put a coherent sentence together

    Jokes aside I think Sony is right on both ends. Microsoft keeps giving us the same games while Nintendo keeps ignoring the core.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Gama_888

    Other than trolling criticism theres not much to argue about. Its a pretty solid statement.
    M$ have clearly lost their way. No doubt. All you have to do is rewatch their E3 conference to prove that. Kinect & usher. Nuff said.

    And i dont think ninty have announced propper AAA new Ip in a longg time.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. YoungZer0

    @9: What are you saying? The only good games are games that make a profit?

    #13 3 years ago
  14. G1GAHURTZ

    I’ve already left.

    Fight amongst yourselves. I’ll watch, then come back and snipe every now and again…

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Gadzooks!

    Funny how those tossers at Sony changed their tune. They spent years selling the PS3 as a multimedia device.

    In fact for a long time Youtube, their ‘browser’ and iPlayer were the main selling points.

    Game sales on 360 and Wii still eclipse PS3 so this corporate dick obviously doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about.

    That’s Sony all over. Directionless, clueless, out of touch.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. reask

    Are MS getting lazy though?
    Fair question really when you look at + compared to live.

    Could MS make the same mistake Sony made and get all cocky and expect the fanbase to just be happy they have the superior on line.

    Just a thought as a ps360 owner.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. YoungZer0

    @15: Have you watched this years E3 at all?

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Froseidon

    Personally, I don’t think anyone at E3 did particularly good. Only the developers seem to have the right idea. Microsoft banged on about Smartglass, Sony about Playstation Mobile or whatever it is and Nintendo about Nintendo Land. I don’t think any of the main three are in any position to comment about any others presentations.

    It’s also comments (from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo) like this which sparks fanboy rage wars, which just shows how poor this community is. In truth, the rage is spawned by the companies themselves. Comments like this really lower my views of the company, no matter who they’re from.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. G1GAHURTZ

    And let’s not forget Steph, who knows exactly what she’s doing…

    #19 3 years ago
  20. daytripper

    @18 The community always has a choice, I don’t believe there are many fanboys here, perhaps a few who’s insensitivity comes racing to the surface at times but nothing on the scale of a N4G imo

    #20 3 years ago
  21. polygem

    @14: :D

    #21 3 years ago
  22. manamana

    I would say that Gadzooks! threw the first stone :-D

    #22 3 years ago
  23. OrbitMonkey

    ^ He’d only blame Buser ;-)

    #23 3 years ago
  24. TD_Monstrous69

    Mr. Buser speaks the truth. The Last Of Us and Beyond: Two Souls are games that push boundaries of what exactly is possible out of a console game. Those projects are games Microsoft wouldn’t touch with a 10 foot pole, for they’re a company that [I believe\ doesn’t care that much about making games.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. polygem

    on the serious side: yea he kind of has a point. ms really seems to focus on social, and apps and whatnot, they still focus on getting good third party support though as well as getting some timed exclusive dlc deals (which i hate), and 1 or 3 full blown first party AAA´s. not enough for me. as a gamer.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. fearmonkey

    I hate to say it but he is absolutely right, and this is coming from an Xbox supporter who doesn’t own a PS3.

    MS is focused on things that aren’t what we want for E3. This year we got a bunch of entertainment announcements and no surprises for games, a far cry from the days of Peter Moore with the Tattoos on his arm.
    Go to Major Nelson’s site and look at the comments for E3 related posts, hardly anyone has anything nice to say.

    Jack Trenton is a GREAT spokesman for Sony. He acts comfortable, excited, and even when he had to appear during Sony’s most troubling times, he did ok. The wonderbook guy, not so much…..

    E3 should be about the games, Sony did this better than anyone else at this years E3. MS had Usher, what the heck was that? A conference about games has a live music performance to support a sequel to a kinect dance game, how is that exciting?

    Ms needs to stop with the kids acting to kinect, the focus on entertainment apps, the extra crap like Usher – Cirque Du Solei – hiring celebs to come to parties – etc.

    Don Mattrick should not be on stage, they need someone who is comfortable without a teleprompter like Tretton or peter moore. Harrison should be able to help with that role, that will be surreal though watching him talk about a next gen Xbox next E3.

    MS should also take note of the free games that Playstation plus offers. It’s a much better value than what we gold members get for our money.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. polygem

    @26: agreed

    #27 3 years ago
  28. Froseidon

    @24 – They only push the boundaries graphically in my opinion. Anyone can make a good story. To me, Alan Wake was amazing. I loved the story to that and the gameplay was also good.

    Graphically, yeah, they kinda push the boundaries. Story / Gameplay wise, you can get that on every console. If gameplay and story are good, graphics kinda seem obsolete, as long as they’re as good as every other game, they do not need to push boundaries.

    Also, doesn’t care about making games? (list coming up :P) I admit, Microsoft does not make games themselves, but they publish some awesome games.
    1. Halo series
    2. Gears of War series
    3. Fable (Mainly the first and possibly the second, to me, they have gon down hill)
    4. Mass Effect (the first of course, the other two were available on PS3)
    5. Crackdown (1&2)
    6. Forza is considered good (Not sure myself, never played them – Am aware PS3 has Gran Turismo, not played that either)
    7. Alan Wake

    So yeah, I’d say they care just as much as Sony. They all care but this current E3 just seems more like a filler for me.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Golden

    I’m with @26 all the way on this one. As a sole 360 owner I’m pretty sure I’ll be transferring over to playstation unless xbox dials back from there current approach. I just want to play a diverse range of games.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. Sini

    pc+ps3, best combo without a doubt.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. polygem

    360 was my main gaming platform this gen. always had a soft spot for sony ip´s though. had a ps1 and 2 back in the days (as well as many other gaming devices, but the sony and nintendo ones are probably my most played ones). some of the sony ip´s are among my most beloved games. if i had to choose one console right now i would definiteley just keep my ps3. (and then rent a 360 for halo 4!!!)
    atm i really cannot see a reason to keep the 360 other than for halo 4. i am a big halo fan so this is enough of a reason for me…but next gen i will really really look closely at ms´s console. with bungie now creating destiny and going multiplat with it i am not so sure if i will need another ms machine again.
    i wish sony will finally redesign the dualshock a bit next gen though.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. majicship

    I thought I’d be clever this year and watch the MS press conference via Xbox Live. Thanks, but I shan’t be bothereing with any further streaming services from MS and Xbox Live such as Netflix etc. I missed a good 15 minutes of it due to drop out.

    Now that I have established myself as an Xbox console user I think Sony has a point. MS is moving away from ‘core’ gamers at a rate of knots, but I think this is because it wants to be firmly established as the ‘go to’ home entertainment system of choice. Sony ballsed up its PS3 launch with its ‘no backwards compatibility’ issue which left my family and its large collection of PS2 games firmly out in the cold. So we voted with our wallet and went down the MS route. Some 18 months further on and I am left wondering if I made the right choice. I don’t care for Halo nor Gears of War, and I don’t much like any of the other ‘exclusive’ titles either, and I don’t play online and neither do I really want motion control but it seems I can’t avoid it. Everybody is waiving their arms about these days it seems. I also don’t want to watch YouTube nor search the internet on my TV – I just want a console to be a games machine and not be a bloody PC, but it would seem that MS is hell bent on building the ultimate ‘home’ PC with Xbox. Yes, Sony did try to be a ‘home hub’ with PS3 and I think it has finally woken up to the fact that not every gamer wants a poxy bleedin’ Blue Ray player built into their console; they just want to shove in a game disc and lose themselves for a few hours. Oh, and why do I use a console and not a PC? Simple. It keeps the kids off my computer which I use for my work. I’d rather play games on my PC but I’d have a hard job not playing games on it all day long. I kicked that habbit along with Solier of Fortune 2 some ten years ago. I drank long and hard from that particular cup.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. G1GAHURTZ

    Don’t forget that MS and Sony are both very busy preparing for the next gen right now.

    The reality of the situation is that this E3 came at a time when it wasn’t needed.

    We probably only saw about 30-40% of what both companies have in the works, so there’s no need for tears or tantrums.

    I’m sure that there are loads and loads of games on the way for the next gen consoles that they aren’t telling us about yet.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. G1GAHURTZ

    Having said that, obviously MSs next gen games will be better than Sony’s.

    #34 3 years ago
  35. polygem

    @34: i really hope they´ve learned their lesson. they are pretty succesfull saleswise with their bsinessmodel though, so i don´t know if they really wanna focus on unique first party gaming experiences that much. if ms really wants to shine and surprise with their next gen console, they have to launch it with some outstanding and brandnew first party AAA ip´s. that would surprise me, but could convince me too. it´s not too hard to win me over. it just needs awesome games.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. daytripper

    @35 I think they will go out more to attain 3rd party exclusive new ips like the 360 did in its earlier life span like Mass Effect, Dead Rising 1 etc. The Xbox World mag guys are pretty good at attaining sources for solid news, such as Ryse development, Forza Horizon and Gears spin off. They are adamant the next box will see a lot of exclusive games alongside a box with a lot of power so we shall see.

    #36 3 years ago
  37. OlderGamer

    Well said Fearmonkey.

    If I had to recomend a current gen system for someone to buy that doesn’t yet own one. It would be a PS3. Great exclusives, all of the multiplats, no required online fees(through I would recomend PSN+ because of the games included), Netflix, BluRay, rechargable controlers/cords(no “kits” needed), and more.

    It is a quality system, a very solid value at thos point.

    Next gen? No clue at this point.

    But I like Sonys focus on games.

    #37 3 years ago
  38. Kuwabara

    Bravo John Buser! I’ve been saying the same thing for too long. The wii, nintendo have lost the plot, nothing like the glory days of nintendo. You gotta wait 4 years for a game like zelda to pop up. Besides mario again and again. Xbox 360, seriously anything other than shooter, gears and halo??, kinect, kiniect amd xbox live features, LOL, seriously what do you expect from Microsoft when all they care about is money! hell why bother investing in exclusives other than one month early call of duty when a game like halo can sell millions. What do you expect from microsoft when a douche like “DON MATTRICK” running the show.Lol who doesn’t just want to punch his face when he walks onto stage looking the way he does. He doesn’t know anything about real gaming. Sony is the only company that caters %100 to the core and casuals. How many quality exclusives does sony have to keep shipping out for people to realise that??!

    #38 3 years ago

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

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

  • Bloodborne, beaten with a Guitar Hero controller

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

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

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

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

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

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

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

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

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

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

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

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

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

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

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

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

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

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

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

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

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

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

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

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

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

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

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

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

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

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

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

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

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

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

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

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

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

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

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

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

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

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

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

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

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

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

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

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]