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PS Plus “contributing in a big way” to increased PSN sales

Friday, 26 October 2012 02:53 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Premium subscription offer PlayStation Plus is going from strength to strength, and driving up sales elsewhere on the PlayStation Network.

A SCE America representative told GamesIndustry that 97% of PlayStation Plus users report being happy with the service, the highest satisfaction in its history, while 93% intend to renew.

“The success of PS Plus is contributing in a big way to driving overall PSN sales, as our last quarter was the biggest in terms of transactional sales in PSN’s six-year history,” she added.

The announcement of PlayStation Plus’s Instant Collection scheme, which provides full games each month which the user can download and keep until their subscription expires, seems to have driven interest up.

“The immediate consumer reaction was completely off the charts, and membership sales more than doubled during the week of E3,” the representative said.

Executive John Koller said Plus would be a “significant” part of Sony’s marketing efforts over the next few years,

“Since E3, we’ve seen a significant rise in PlayStation Plus adoption and we’ll be utilising this,” he said.

“This is a nice weapon in our arsenal that we’ll be utilising.”

Koller said the package is particularly attractive to new users, who find instant Colelction particularly appealing as they don’t already own as many games as a veteran, and to those who aren’t yet comfortable with digital content in general.

“The new consumers who are coming in in particular, which is what I’m looking at here, if we can introduce them to PlayStation Plus and this instant game collection idea, you’re bringing them into a world that may be a bit foreign to them if they don’t own a system this current cycle,” he said.

“So that comfort level is important to us, it’s important to publishers, it’s important I think to most people in this industry that we get them comfortable with digital content.”

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39 Comments

  1. ps3fanboy

    psn plus can go to hell FOR ALL I CARE… FIX THE SINGSTAR SCANDAL ASAP!!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. ps3fanboy

    this psn plus service is just a rental service you cant keep your stuff without keep paying(they dont tell you about that!)… on the official ps forums you get people daily complaining about their dlc and game disappear all the time because they don’t know… and don’t forget the psn plus is on auto charge.. so if you you forget, it will just grab your money without asking, it is to a scam!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ps3fanboy

    about the singstar scandal… they put that singstar in their ofw update and now it start up every time you gonna play a game on your ps3. without a choice of delete it or move it to a folder.. and when people started to complain about it on the official site, they throw in this Nina Scherer person to insult everyone.. just look it up, its over 800 people complaing and more on the ps forums..

    link:
    http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2012/10/23/get-ready-for-singstar-on-the-xmb/comment-page-17/#comments

    this is just the start…. sony just sit on their arses and do nothing.. it is gonna be the end of sony.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. ejams

    …Says the PS3 “Fanboy”.

    I’m truly satisfied with Plus though. Even if it means I don’t get to keep the games forever, it doesn’t matter a whole lot because once you’re finished a game, there’s always something new on offer.

    Plus(no pun intended), I’ll continue renewing my subscription for as long as it remains as quality as it is right now.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. ps3fanboy

    i see your a casual gamer then and like to throw your money in the toilet, for digital fun that last a couple of hours…. you know i can still play my atari2600 games i bought in the 1980. you dont see the big picture here at all…. lets take an example, lets say there is a game thats is called mario bros, lets give access to it for a limited time and not let people buy it. you know what happens?…. there would be no mario today. because the game was not bought by millions and then given to the next generation for free for generations as people got older. what you will end up with in todays gaming world in the 10-20 years of gaming you got no games as legendary as mario anymore(if you think mario was a bad example then put your favorite game in there instead of it). you only got crap, no identity games no one care about… the culture of games are at stake here and it is nothing to kid about. the history is disappearing into the nothing.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. SuperGuyverUSA

    @ps3fanboy

    … Dude, chill out. I’m a big Sony fan as well, but I’m not complaining about PS Plus. If you think about it, it’s actually a good deal. With PS Plus, you can get free games, free betas, discounts on games, and so on. Sounds great, so of course it’s going to have a price. You buy PS Plus, get tons of stuff that not everybody can get, and when you want to access them and more, you pay a fee. $60 was it? For a year? Sounds good to me, and I’m a hardcore gamer.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Dragon246

    “Koller said the package is particularly attractive to new users, who find instant Colelction particularly appealing as they don’t already own as many games as a veteran, and to those who aren’t yet comfortable with digital content in general.”
    Exactly. New users have instant access to some of the best games this gen for a fraction of cost.

    For whiners whining about rental, isnt it the same with amazon prime, hulu, espn, netflix and countless other services? This stupid argument is only given by those who dont have a plus sub.
    And tell me something, how many really visit a game to play it again 6months/1 year after they have played it?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. ps3fanboy

    @SuperGuyverUSA

    what it comes down to is… you want to rent or own.. you want to play it 10 years from now or not. if your hardcore you want to play the game 10 years from now, and pass on to grandchild so they enjoy the game too. but i fear games just gonna end up as a bad itunes song that ain’t worth the crap.. if so why are you paying the prices of the product of today. its all junk throw away…

    #8 2 years ago
  9. ps3fanboy

    @Dragon246

    you heard about retro games, it have a big scene out there even 30 years later. its a reason why people remember mario,pac man, space invaders etc… its because people can still play these games today… in the future of yours, that is rental games you will have nothing of that.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. loveaya

    ps3fanboy is really sick. For example, Now Resident Evil 5 Golden Edition is free for EU PS+. But i really don’t care about it. Why? Because i’ve bought Resident Evil 5 on its launch day and all the dlcs so totally 90 euros.

    If u really like a game, u should grab it when it’s released or shortly after its release. Not until PS+ offers u a free game. Why PS+ offers us the free games? Maybe before we missed some games because of lack of money or time. Now it’s time to pick them up. U get a free game on its launch day? It’s obviously a PSN game not a 3A game.

    ps3fanboy is always talking some vintage games. Why? u are so proud of your vintage game collection or what?

    In the report it mentions that 97% of PS+ users are satisfied with the service. So i guess ps3fanboy is the other 3% of the never-satisfied core players. Maybe ps3fanboy is just a PSN user not a PS+ user.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Dragon246

    @10
    +1

    He named himself that just for fun. Quite ironic.

    @9
    Tell me about retro game sales figure.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Clupula

    I’ve had a few free trials on it. If I bought less games, I’d think it was wonderful, but a lot of the stuff they offer is usually stuff I already have. I think it’s ridiculous, though, to whine about rentals and such. Digital download is the future and this also enables someone who just bought a PS3 to have a bunch of games right away.

    I think it’s a positive as long as online multiplayer remains free. As for whining about it being on auto-renew, well, that’s why you do what I do and make a note for yourself of what day to unsubscribe. It’s not Sony’s fault if people don’t get their shit together.

    Some of the discounts I’ve gotten on it, though, were just brilliant.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Clupula

    And are people really being abusive towards a representative over an icon on your XMB? Really? I’m in the states, so I don’t have…or if we do, I’ve never noticed it, but either way, geez, people. I don’t play any of the Minis, but you don’t see me saying people should be fired because there’s an icon for it on my system. People are so spoiled.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Dragon246

    @13
    They need something to rant about. Its internet.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. speedxl01

    The service is great, it’s 50 usd a year, I subscribed for 2 additional years this month, to take advantage of this promotion “Buy $100 on PSN in October, Get $20 PSN Credit”

    with PLUS you get this:
    Instant Game Collection Access (12 instant FULL GAMES with 2 or 3 rotating each month) you keep this games as long as you are subscribed.
    Discounts from 20 to 80% (if you want to own your games you can always buy them)
    Full Game Trials
    Automatic Downloads
    Access to select avatars, themes, and other items t
    Select Early Demos
    Priority Beta Invitations

    If you do not see value in paying $50 usd and getting those games and benefits then maybe the service is not for you.

    But then again, it’s optional and a plus, unlike MS with it’s live service that charges you for something that should be free like online play.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. mojo

    12:
    You dont even need to remeber the date.
    Just go into settings and uncheck the auto renew box.

    what ps3fanboy sais is utter bullshit.

    “(they dont tell you about that!)… ”
    they do

    “and don’t forget the psn plus is on auto charge.. so if you you forget, it will just grab your money without asking, it is to a scam!”
    per default it is, and i agree that this is bullshit, but on the other hand its a subscription. All subscriptions work like that, hence wh they are called subscription.
    If you dont want it to renew automaticaly you are perfectly fine to go into settings and uncheck the autorenew box.

    and what are u complaining at all?
    Every single game on Plus can also be bought. So if u want to play it without haveing an active plus sub, buy it.
    With Plus u dont pay for the games, you pay for the service, which includes having access but not owning games in a traditional way. If u dont like it you can also buy these games.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. DrDamn

    Love PS+.

    @ps3fanboy
    It’s a subscription service. This is really quite clear to all but people who don’t read. It’s also £2.50 a month if you got it on the recent £30 for a year deal (£3.33 regular price). What do you expect? You don’t keep them forever no, but you haven’t paid to keep them forever that’s kinda why.

    It may not be value for people who tend to buy a lot of games and like their games on release, but for the vast majority it represents great value.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Christopher Jack

    I don’t think any sort of subscription should automatically renew unless you choose to. I don’t like having to go back to say the gym & tell them not to renew then they say that it won’t only to be charged again & fight for your money back- same thing again with XBL Gold & PS+.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Da Man

    What’s that, grunt246 fighting the Phony fight everywhere while calling people’s posts he can’t argue with ‘rants’? Shocker.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. freedoms_stain

    PS+ is only on auto-renew if you give them card details, but why would you when you can buy PS credit for less than its value at retail or online and pay with that with no auto-renewal?

    Also I was well aware that you had to maintain your subscription to maintain access so I don’t know where this “you cant keep your stuff without keep paying(they dont tell you about that” bullshit comes in.

    PS+ has been worth what I’ve paid and when I’m done with the service I won’t be too bothered about losing the games since I’ve already played them and I tend not to go back to games when I’m done with them.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. livewired500

    Usually I don’t think subscriptions like this are a very good deal. PSN+ is. I got it when it first started and made my $50 back in discounts in no time.

    Yeah, the free games will go away if I don’t renew, but they were free. And who complains about free stuff? Not me.

    Yes it renews automatically and I quite enjoy that because I would probably forget otherwise. I just wish that PSN+ had a family option like my XBL Gold Family. I would be happy to pay an extra $50 or so to add 3 PSNs.

    All I know is XBL doesn’t give me cool free stuff every month.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Da Man

    Tbh PSN+ is a shitty attempt at making inferior service popular by giving out seemingly ‘free’ games.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. mojo

    seeing everyone i know having plus is happy about it it cant be that shitty i guess.
    Fact is it gives u ridiculous value for little money

    infact i havent bought a game since i got plus, simply because i cant even keep up the pace of the free games..
    i still have RDR, Just Cause, Deus Ex and Saints Row pretty much unplayed..

    #23 2 years ago
  24. CycloneFox

    Whenever you subscribe for something, it automatically extends after the minimum period expires. It is like this for magazine abos, contracts for internet/telephone, electricity, gas, just everything. Why should PS Plus handle it differently?

    And are people here seriously complaining about the instant game collection? Why would anyone do that? When I truly want to own a game because of the collector’s value, or because I’m a fan of the series or the genre, then I don’t wait for a year or so until I can download it for free via PS Plus instant game collection. I buy it, the day it releases. And then I can still put out my PS3, Xbox360, PSOne, SNES or whatever after decades and play them. (Even if my SNES save data will be lost then) While on the other side, you may not be able to play a PC game because the latest windows doesn’t support it anymore, or because steam or GFWL or whatever might be away. (Hopefully, if that ever happens, they patch out their online activation, like Ubisoft patched out DRM)
    But that is another topic here…

    There are alot of games, I wanted to play, but didn’t have the time or money for. Those are games, I don’t neccessarily need to own, but I don’t want to miss them, either. So I might pick them up later for 20€ or something like that, which is still too much for some games. And this is where PS Plus is quite handy. I’m not the fan of rockstar or the open-world genre, but I still wanted to play Red Dead Redemption because of the very positive reviews. And now I have the chance to play it for free. I also know, that I will never play it again and I don’t want to own the box, because I’m not a big fan of it anyway, but If I now fall in love with it and totally want to play it again in years, I could still pick it up later.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Da Man

    It’s just a desperate attempt, they know they’re inferior so they try with these rented games.

    The games are rented, the value is illusive.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. mojo

    oh illusive. So i dont actualy play those games? Im dreaming?

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Da Man

    You don’t own them.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. DrDamn

    @26
    Don’t bite – he had to try several times before someone bit. Just ignore.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Dragon246

    @26
    Yeah you are. According to some people who dont even have a ps3, let alone plus.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Da Man

    ^You mean like those people who never owned a 360 in 360 articles?

    It would be a crazy value if you actually owned those games, as it is they just give you a limited access to them.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. KrazyKraut

    I am okay with PSN+. When a new PSN exclusives comes out, I dont buy it, because I know then earlier or later you will get it on PSN+ for free/discounted.^^ At you 4.16 euros or dollar per month and get a shitload of games. Not even renting is that cheap.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Gadzooks!

    If I rent a movie and love it, chances are I’ll then go and buy it.

    Rental ‘problem’ solved. You now own it.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. varsas

    @ps3fanboy: “and don’t forget the psn plus is on auto charge”

    Only if you are fool enough to enter your credit card details into PSN and don’t do the sensible thing of buying DISCOUNTED PSN cards.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. OrbitMonkey

    ps+ great value as long as you pay. Xbox live grear service as long as you pay.

    Now see? No need for the fanboy bitch/bait.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. nikk900

    I don’t understand people complaining about the games going when the sub ends. First, you only loose free stuff, all the discounted stuff you have paid for you will keep. Secondly, it’s like saying why can’t I continue to play xbox live when my sub ends. The sub ends, you loose the stuff, same as if you subscribe to anything.

    I think it’s a great service and I will continue my sub as long as the great games keep coming.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Gadzooks!

    #34

    Does not compute: OrbitMonkey not stirring shit, but smoothing it over? ;)

    Oh you big shitsmoother, you!

    #36 2 years ago
  37. kayoss

    @ps3fanboy

    You’re an idiot… you pay $60 a year and you get free games to play that pretty much pays for itself after downloading 2-3 games and you complain? Yes most people who owns a ps3 may have the games that has been offered already but a lot of people who are new to the PS3 this is a great bargain for them. If you dont like it dont pay for it… its not a manditory option unlike Xbox live where you have to get gold in order to access your netflix account that you already paid subscription for. If you do own an xbox 360 good luck with your “reward” to get discounts on purchased games.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Clupula

    @36 – the term “shitsmoother” brings up images in my head that I very much want to leave it right now…

    #38 2 years ago
  39. TheOutcastWolf

    @ps3fanboy You don’t stand for your name at all…

    I am thinking of grabbin’ it once it has a better Vita support, until then, back to normal gaming…

    #39 2 years ago

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    A progression bug in Bloodborne is in the works, according to Sony and From Software. The issue occurs when players activate a multiplayer session in the Forbidden Woods using the Sinister Resonant Bell or Small Resonant Bell. It also appears the Lunarium Key won’t appear because of the multiplayer bug, and without the key you […]

  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

    The Yo-Kai Watch IP has sold over 7 million copies, according to developer Level-5. The figure included both physical and digital download sales. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be unveiled during Level-5 Vision 2015 next month. The first title is in the works for the west but is still without a release window. Thanks, Gematsu.

  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

    New PC screenshots of GTA 5 have been released along with word of a new trailer coming on Monday. The screens below are from the PC version and you can view them in 4K glory over on Rockstar Newswire. The PC version of GTA 5 releases on April 14.

  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

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

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

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

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

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

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

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

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

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

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

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

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

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

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

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

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

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

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

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

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

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