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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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  • Rainbow Six Siege trailer is all about the operators

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  • Spotify now available on PS3 and PS4, lets you play music in the background

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  • Let’s talk Battlefield Hardline weapon balance

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  • UK Charts: Bloodborne enters at No. 2, Battlefield Hardline defends No. 1 spot

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  • Halo 5: Guardians release date and new trailers released

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  • Denial wins Call of Duty Championship 2015

    In a weekend where favourites crashed out and non-US teams took a beating, Denial stepped up to take the title and $400,000 prize Denial have beaten Revenge to win the Call of Duty Championship 2015, claiming a $400,000 prize. Taking place in downtown Los Angeles, 32 of the best teams in the world battled it […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC- check out new maps and the grapple ability

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  • Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies gets a “mini boss” with Ascendance DLC

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  • GTA Online user videos show out of character Lester, important Police Business

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  • Guild Wars 2 devs explain how the Map Bonus system, precursor crafting work in Heart of Thorns

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  • Fly around your creations in Cities: Skylines with the Flight Cimulator mod

    Cities: Skylines players can now fly over their creations thanks to the Flight Cimulator mod. Created by Ulysius and available through the Steam Workshop, the mod allows the user to simulate flight through simple controls. According to the mod notes, it is still a work in progress as Ulysius plans to add building collisions , […]

  • The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul arrive on PlayStation Vue

    Sony has announced the addition of AMC to its PlayStation Vue service, which soft launched in Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia earlier this month. Those who use the service can now get their Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead fix, and also watch the Sundance channel, WEtv and IFC. AMC and WEtv are […]

  • Play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser

    Thanks to Roystan Ross and the Unity engine, you can play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser. This little nugget came to my attention yesterday, and unfortunately it became lost on my worksheet. Better late than never, I suppose. Anyway, the level is free-to-play and if you don’t wish to play […]

  • Steam’s Discovery Update has helped increase revenue for smaller titles

    Valve has said its Discovery Queue has increased product page views across Steam by 30% since the company launched the Discovery Update. According to Valve, 75% of those views come from the Discovery Queue, and 16% of product views can be attributed to the Discovery Queue. Even Steam Tags clicks have increased. The system is […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection April update includes “more ranked playlists”

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  • Get Spec Ops: The Line for free through 2K Games sale on Humble Store

    A 2K Games sale is going on this weekend on the Humble Store with up to 83% off on select titles. Games on sale include Evolve, Bioshock, Civilization and other franchises. Plus, Spec Ops: The Line can be yours for free with the purchase of any -2K title on sale. To see the full list […]

  • Dota 2 The International 2015 tickets are sold out

    Tickets to Dota 2 The International 2015 are now sold out, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. The tickets went on sale in two phases starting March 27. Phase one sold out in six minutes, and phase two sold out in four minutes. Each round of sales offered the same quantity of General Admission tickets priced at […]

  • Here’s what’s expected in Battlefield 4′s Weapon Crate DLC – video

    A new Battlefield 4 drop is on the horizon, and to give you an idea of what to expect, we have a video for you below featuring information on the Weapon Crate DLC. According to Battlefield expert Westie, players can expect five new weapons along with the return of the Gun Master game mode. The […]

  • Pillars of Eternity issues to be addressed in patch 1.03, expected next week

    Obsidian Entertainment plans to release a Pillars of Eternity patch next week to combat issues users have reported. Until the patch is released, the developers have posted workarounds for some of the most common issues. The issues reported span framerate drops, inability to launch the game unless in administrator mode, crashes on 32-bit machines, animal […]

  • Mortal Kombat X videos show Erron Black gameplay, Ermac fatalities, more

    Erron Black, the gunslinger which was outed for Mortal Kombat X in the achievements listing last week, was featured in the latest livestream from NetherRelam Studios yesterday evening. Along with gameplay, fatalities and variations for Black, the developer also provided a look at gameplay for: Ermac vs Mileena; Ermac’s brutality and fatality moves; Lui Kang […]

  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 2015 release not a “priority”, skipping E3

    The Legend of Zelda franchise producer Eiji Aonuma is featured in the latest video update on the status of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, stating a 2015 release is no longer a “number one priority” for the team. While Aonuma never specifically says the game has been delayed into 2016, the announcement confirms […]

  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

    Destiny’s senior gameplay designer Josh Hamrick announced on Twitter overnight he would be leaving the company in a week’s time for Bethesda. Hamrick joined Bungie in 2009 after working two years at Midway Austin, where he created multiplayer maps, modified single-player levels, and other designer functions. He was in charge of fixing bug in code […]

  • What to expect from the Call of Duty Championship this weekend

    Just settling down to the Call of Duty Championship this weekend? Here’s a rundown of today’s matches and what else to expect over the next three days. The Call of Duty Championship is taking place in LA this weekend until Sunday, with 32 four-player teams battling it out for a prize pot of $1 million. […]

  • MLB 15 The Show video highlights improved graphics, updated grass patterns

    Sony has released a video for MLB 15 The Show which provides a look at graphical improvements made to the game. Along with the visual upgrade over MLB 14 The Show, the game contains new minor league stadiums, dynamic sun generated in real-time, and upgraded grass patterns which reflect each stadium’s unique look. MLB 15 […]

  • Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition free to qualified developers

    Valve has said it will offer the HTC Vive Developer Edition for free to qualified developers in an effort to buoy projects before the tech launches commercially. Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios and The Room studio Fireproof Games are just some of the developers which already have a free Vive in-hand. According to Valve’s Doug […]

  • DriveClub gameplay video features MotorStorm’s off-road buggies

    Some gameplay footage of MotorStorm’s off-road buggies in DriveClub has surfaced. Pictures of the buggies were shown on the Japanese PlayStation Blog earlier this month, which considering the game was developed by Evolution Studios – which developed MotorStorm – this isn’t too much of a surprise. The buggies were first spotted by Videogamer, which pulled […]

  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

    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, […]