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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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    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 […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

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