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Xbox 360 and PS3 losses total $8 billion, ex-Sony employee paints grim future

Monday, 7 January 2013 16:17 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox 360 and PS3 have cost Microsoft and Sony a combined total of $8 billion, according to a new article penned by industry veteran Ben Cousins.

According to Cousins’ report on Kotaku, Microsoft has spent some $2.996bn on Xbox 360 since it launched in 2005, while Sony has fared worse, spending $4.951 billion on PS3. Both figures are a loss, and you can see an overview of both company’s losses in Cousins’s financial table here.

Cousins, who has worked at a string of high-profile studios over the years – including Sony EA and Lionhead – has shed serious doubt on the future of the home console as we know it, citing SOny and Microsoft’s plan to sell each console at a loss as a reason for such poor fortune. It’s a poor strategy he says, as even with a combined total of 70+ million consoles sold, both companies are still losing money.

“Consoles like Xboxes, PlayStations & the Wii U are sold at a loss”, said Cousins. “It costs more to manufacture and distribute the device than it is sold for. Console manufacturers do this because they hope to make back the money from the license fee they charge for every game sold on the system.

“In order to offset the huge cost of hardware production, distribution, R&D and marketing, a hardware platform holder must sell vast quantities of hardware, and even bigger quantities of software. So much needs to be sold, in fact, that the data points to PS3 and Xbox 360 having made huge losses, despite having sold 70+ million units of hardware each.

“Of those 70 million Xbox 360s sold, a large proportion (approx. 40%) were bought after the most recent price cut of August 2009. Of the 70 million PS3s sold, a large proportion (approx. 42%) were bought since the introduction of the PS3 Slim.”

With such a large proportion of consoles being sold post-price cut, it seems as if the loss-leading strategy is failing to bear fruit for both companies. The issue isn’t being helped by some 50% of home console owners also owning a smartphone, tablet or both, devices which are seeing a rapidly advancing capacity for supporting triple-a game content.

Today’s reveal of the Tegra-4 powered Project Shielf from Nvidia shows that mobile gaming is rapidly gaining ground, and could pose a real threat to the home console market as we know it in 2013. As a final bullet point in his report, Cousin addressed this very issue, “Mobile developers and publishers are starting to target these ‘mainstream console gamers’ aggressively. I work for a mobile publisher just slightly smaller than EA, and we are targeting them aggressively.”

Predicting what he sees on the horizon for the industry, Cousins continued, “In the future, I see gaming as having two main markets:

“Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets will serve the biggest market—covering kids, casual gamers and the mainstream console people.

“The core and ultra-core gamers would be served by PC gaming, which will be smaller than mobile, but that will continue to grow. Many of the old-school PC gamers I know that moved to playing games on Xbox over the last 10 years are coming back to PC because of free-to-play and indie games, controller and TV support, as well as incredible digital distribution on platforms like Steam.”

So now it’s over to you readers. Which of the two brackets above would you say you’ll fall in to, should Cousin’s predictions come to pass? Are home console manufacturers really in trouble, or is this a knee-jerk reaction? Let us know below.

Thanks MCV.

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24 Comments

  1. Dragon246

    That is why both sony and MS are diversifying their products. I hate this stench of negativity. The time for nostradamuses is passe.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Ristas

    So, is “Console gaming is dying” the new “PC gaming is dying”?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    Sony and Microsoft are doomed next gen. Well, Microsoft maybe not because they have tons of Cash from Windows platform/PC Platform, but Sony is in deep shit. Nintendo is also not in a good position with WiiU tright now, although from the Wii they had tons of cash anyway so they will survive.

    In my opinion Sony as a 3rd party publisher could be much better in the end.

    Look. PS Move failed, PsP Go Failed, Ps Vita so far failing (Project Shield with TEGRA4+HDMI is the ultimate kick to the Sony’s handheld division), Xperia Play failed, PS3 as a system is almost a failure (if not it’s previous glorious successes with PS1,2 it would die a horrible death at launch.) Imagine if Samsung or toshiba showed PS3 like system in 2006, lol.

    Console business is dead and soon will be just a service with a controller, PC on the other hand lives and moves forward because of the technology and as a platform it is open.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. _LarZen_

    “Many of the old-school PC gamers I know that moved to playing games on Xbox over the last 10 years are coming back to PC because of free-to-play and indie games, controller and TV support, as well as incredible digital distribution on platforms like Steam”

    THIS!

    #4 2 years ago
  5. gomersoul

    we’re all doomed i tell ya! the end is nigh for humanity…. or is this just some more meaningless bullshit figures that affect nobody. apart from erthazus and his excellent insight :)

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Eddie Rodrigues

    @1 They invested, that is loosing for some people, even though Sony had lost money last year it was due to other factors since it is a company that works on TVs, Smartphones and other ‘high end tech’

    @3 Your first argument can be easily misjudged, for the fact that Sony also makes money outside their console marked. I used the word misjudged. Their outside console market is what make the terrible loss of money last year. No doubt, they have gone through worse times. ‘Sony as a whole lost money last year’, that would be a better statement.

    Although your third paragraph isn’t quite accurate either. The PS3 didn’t fail at all, only if you pack up all the years it had on the market. From 2009 the console sold so many copies that it ‘overruled’ 360. The Xperia Play is part of the Xperia brand, which is Sony’s best smartphone series, although the Play wasn’t the top seller in the series, it was in fact good.

    @4 Guilty, I did that.

    @5 Insight? lel

    #6 2 years ago
  7. polygem

    steambox+wiiu+3ds—-could very well fix all my gaming needs next gen.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Cobra951

    I don’t trust this guy. I looked at his numbers, and he seems to be taking liberties with them in order to arrive at this doomsday scenario. I won’t speculate about his motivations, but it’s clear from his text what future he’s already decided is going to happen.

    For one thing, the (alleged) Microsoft financials he’s tabulated* back to 2003 are for the entire gaming division. Then he assumes every bit of them applies to the Xbox 360 (which is bullshit, given how many fish MS has been frying since ’03). He’s also ignoring the strong upward trend for years, as well as incidental facts such as *this is war* with Sony and Nintendo. If MS slacks off, the other two get all the pie. It costs big bucks to stake out your territory in that arena, and stake it out they will.

    MS also allocated $1 billion to deal with the RRoD fiasco, caused by a severe design defect. Such a rare circumstance needs its own article, and has its own implications, separate from the foregoing.

    Now Sony’s picture does look bleak. There’s no 2 ways about that (again, assuming the numbers are real and accurate).

    * https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AmSmlk-Wo4uhdEhXMy1GcmFERGQ2TGtkdll2OVBXNGc#gid=0

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Francis O

    But I thought Sony and Microsoft were “Destroying” Nintendo?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Eddie Rodrigues

    @9 I wouldn’t say that because Nintendo has always the upper hand due to their portable market (while Sony’s PSP took 2 years to finally get excellent results, DS always sold, the same is happening in the fight Vita X 3DS) although yes, in Table Consoles Market, Sony and Microsoft tend to get a different yet notable audience.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. BraveArse

    “I work for a mobile publisher just slightly smaller than EA, and we are targeting them aggressively”

    Someone with vested interest, says thing to boost that interest and damage competition. Yet again. He’s talking to investors, not us plebs.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. sh4dow

    Somehow I doubt the validity of these comments (in the article, not the comment section). Because everybody knows that wealthy people don’t do business out of benevolence. Would the gaming business not be profitable for the heads of Microsoft, Nintendo or Sony, they’d simply shut it down and do something else.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Gadzooks!

    I don’t see the relevance of increased sales after price cuts. By that time manufacturing costs had dropped.

    This idiot seems to be implying that Sony and MS made bigger losses as the price dropped, which is the opposite of what happened.

    Terrible article, IMO. Not VG’s fault, but the source is complete garbage.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Gadzooks!

    Also what #12 said.

    They wouldn’t still be in the business with the supposed losses in the article.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Mike W

    @3

    Sigh….your stupidity is beyond words.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Dean

    Man working in mobile sector says everything other than mobile is doomed. News at 11.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Gama_888

    @15 Its really starting to get to me just recently. He seems to be getting stupider and more ignorant as this generation begins to come to a close.

    When i come to this site i read through a couple of the articles, read through some of the comments and maybe comment something myself if i feel like it.

    AND JUST FOR ONCE, please just one fucking time, i would like to do it without accidentally reading another one of this idiots biased, badly written & completely inaccurate comments.
    PLEASE OH GOD VG247, GRANT US A MUTE BUTTON!!

    And for the Article. I didn’t read through it all as it actually seemed like it was written by the aforementioned idiot himself.
    Fairly sure the writer seems to have disregarded a lot of information while going through. And i’m fairly sure Sony and M$ have not lost a total of 8 Billion this gen as i remember articles saying they had both started making profit on their investments maybe a year or 2 ago.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. OlderGamer

    ““Many of the old-school PC gamers I know that moved to playing games on Xbox over the last 10 years are coming back to PC because of free-to-play and indie games, controller and TV support, as well as incredible digital distribution on platforms like Steam”

    THIS!”

    Make mine a double, and give that man a cigar!

    #18 2 years ago
  19. fearmonkey

    @18 – ““Many of the old-school PC gamers I know that moved to playing games on Xbox over the last 10 years are coming back to PC because of free-to-play and indie games, controller and TV support, as well as incredible digital distribution on platforms like Steam”

    Yes that is me in a nutshell. Focused on console gaming with the launch of the original Xbox, then moved to the 360, played a few PC games in between including one year of World of Warcraft. Now I am pretty much bored with Xbox, and thanks to Steam sales and online deals, play almost exclusively PC in the last 6 to 8 months.

    If the next gen is really powerful I may play more console again, but with so many great games on digital distribution that I haven’t played and can get for cheap, its hard to want to spend MS’s premium cost for games. MS’s awful discounts pretty much ensure I never buy from them anyway. Skyrim, Assassins Creed III, and Borderlands 2 on 360 are great, on PC at 2560×1440 with all options and high end textures they are amazing, and cheaper too!

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Eddie Rodrigues

    @15 I’m not sure if this guy likes gaming or not, he sure as a hell have a grudge with Sony though

    @19 Ha! Completely agreed! I’ve moved to PC gaming after I saw Steam prices… technically I still play on traditional consoles but only for exclusives or games that have a huge gap between the launch of the console version and the PC version.

    The only thing that keeps me away from the 360 is Live’s Subscription feature for the console, while Games for Windows Live is free (only required in few games, Street Fighter, GTA IV)

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Mike W

    @21

    He/she sure does have a problem against Sony, but that’s fine. It’s just some shit this person states is pure stupidity and ignorant.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Old MacDonald

    I don’t trust his numbers, or his motivations for that matter.

    He does have some valid points, though. At this time, I can’t see myself buying a next gen console. But that is partly because I just can’t see Sony or Microsoft, who are both focusing more and more on selling multimedia content, ads and casual gamers, making a proper effort to make a truly next gen console. I imagine what they’ll make will be comparable with a slightly better than average PC, and focus on Kinect/Smartglass/Move/Facebook/Spotify/Netflix/AND SO ON, with some Halo & Uncharted on the side.

    If that is indeed the direction they’re headed, and it seems that way from the way they’re handling their current consoles, then they’ll struggle when Apple & Google starts doing the same thing, and Valve releases their Steambox (which will probably do what gamers actually want consoles to do).

    #22 2 years ago
  23. MadFlavour

    I’m not expert, but this reeks of bullshit to me.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. kayoss

    There is something wrong with his numbers. It doesn’t give the amount of money Sony and Microsoft are making off of license fee for each game sold for that console. Sony and Microsoft have a very large library of games which the sold millions. I’m pretty sure they lost 8 billion on console sold but probably made billion more on game lincense fee, ps plus, xbox live, and accessories. That’s why I think the guy who wrote this article purposely left out all that detail and info to stir up the pot. No company will continue a business that they are losing money on especially 8 billion dollars worth. So I say this is bullshit and if you going to report something get all the facts.

    #24 2 years ago

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    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 […]